The 6 for 4 Mindful Consumption Challenge

Walking with Cake: MindfulConsumption_6for4_guidelines by Eden Hensley Silverstein

(Image created by Eden Hensley Silverstein.)

Last week, Eden shared this post on Google+ and asked if anyone was interested in taking on the challenge in May.  I jumped at the chance, because it sounds like the very thing I need to do right now as I’m figuring out my wardrobe and working to create a more basic overall style.  I’m feeling too old for Peter Pan collars these days, but am I ready to commit to a lifetime of black and neutrals?  Maybe.

Beginning Sunday, May 4th, I’m committing to wearing six carefully chosen pieces through the end of the month, along with Eden, and I hope you’ll consider joining us!  In some ways, I think this challenge will be easy, since you know I already live in a uniform most days. I’m still choosing my six pieces, and will share all six with you next Monday.  I’ll also give a little update of this clothing experiment each Monday during May, and Eden will be sharing a newsletter on the same day with great clothing-related topics.

The challenge also asks us to refrain from shopping for clothing during the month, and I think that part will prove harder for me.  I’ve had my eye on a few soon-to-be-released pieces from Everlane, and I’ll have to wait until June to decide if I really need them.  My goal with this challenge is to do more with less, since I already have a great supply of ethical and fair trade clothing in my closet.  I don’t need more colorful dresses or skirts, though I could use a few basic pieces (that’s where Everlane comes in), but for May, I’ll make due with what I have.

I need to consider the weather, which has become extremely hot here overnight, as well as any plans my family has for the month.  The only event I’ve got scheduled in May is James’ pre-school graduation at the end of the month, so I’ll be sure to include a dressier option in my six pieces.  Also, things like underwear, workout clothing, and accessories don’t count, and I’m excited to see if I can change my basic looks by accessorizing throughout the month.

For the full details, please read Eden’s post at The Road to the Good Life, and let me know if you decide to join us!

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