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Why I keep failing at remixing challenges

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If you’ve been reading Section 391 for a while, you’ve probably noticed a consistent theme when I attempt a remixing challenge:

Step 1: Express excitement about participating in said challenge

Step 2: Apologize for taking so long to post pictures of all of my selections for challenge (if at all)

Step 3: Participate for as long as 2 weeks in challenge

Step 4: Disappear, reappear, blame busyness of life for disappearance. Promise to catch up “soon”

Step 5: Disappear again, quit challenge, talk about why I failed challenge, swear to do better “next time”

Does that sound right? Any steps I’m missing? I think that sums it up!

My latest challenge that I never even started was the Greater Than Rubies challenge. She even has daily prompts to help you figure out what to wear during your challenge, and yet, I never even started! I kept putting it off until I realized that I was almost to the halfway mark of not participating. That made me start thinking about the reasons why I keep failing remixing challenges, and here’s what I came up with:

Reason 1- I’m indecisive: Choosing a certain number of clothes to wear during a predetermined amount of time just seems really overwhelming to me. That’s why I almost always pack too much on vacations too!

Reason 2- I want what I can’t have: I won’t wear something for six months, but as soon as it’s off limits during a remixing challenge, it’s the only thing I can think about wearing!

Reason 3- I don’t have a cohesive wardrobe: I think I’ve talked about this on my blog before, but I’ve always been a quantity over quality shopper, so I have a lot of clothes (although I’ve been better about purging), but not a lot of them go together.

Reason 4- I don’t have good basics: Well fitting pair of black pants? White t-shirt that can be dressed up or down? Nope. I’ve got black pants but they’re just okay (and they smell weird, even after repeated washings). I’ve got a white t-shirt, but it’s an odd length and requires a shirt underneath because of the deep V and the sheerness. Without some basics, it seems that much more difficult to remix.

Reason 5- I don’t really know what looks good on me: Sometimes I’ll wear something and think “eh, that isn’t so bad,” Usually I won’t know any better unless I ask my husband (and he tells the truth!) or I take a picture of myself like I did today. Please note today’s outfit:



Let’s ignore my Monday face for a minute and just look at this beaut. I bought the pants last month, yet they look like something from the 90s (and not in the cool, throwback way). The shirt keeps fighting me and the line is trying to migrate northward giving me an awkward cut across my chest. The jacket is awful, but it’s my office jacket for when I don’t want to turn on the heater, so I’ll ignore it. This outfit also makes me feel short and wide. Even my husband said it’s “not my best” when I texted him the picture (and promised there would be no repercussions for brutal honesty!). Ladies and gents, if your significant other says it’s not your best, then you need to listen!

What’s the point of all of my words and unflattering picture? I partially wanted to write some of the thoughts I’ve been having as remixing challenges and minimalism are growing in popularity. I also wanted to use this as a springboard to take my wardrobe – and this blog – up a few lot of notches. I’m tired of feeling frumpy. I’m tired of spending a lot of time looking in my closet only to come up with combinations like the one above. I’m also tired of failing at remixing challenges. So, let’s buckle down, do some soul searching (or closet cleaning and clothes trying on) and be Section 391 2.0!


September Budget

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Time (and laundry) has gotten away from me, so I haven’t quite finished putting together my 31 items for the remixing adventure. I hope to have those chosen and photographed by Friday!

In the mean time, here are my September purchases;


Old Navy polka dot jersey pencil skirt- $15

No picture- VF Outlet khaki Dockers ankle pants- $5

No picture- VF Outlet black skinny pants (can’t remember brand)- $22

Wow! Only $42 spent last month! Woo hoo!

Linking up with Budgeting Bloggers!

Create Your Own Remixing Adventure!

I had big plans to jump into the Fall Capsule trend that’s going around on my Feedly reader right now, but I missed the linkup…and the beginning of it! I thought about just joining in a week late, but then today, I read about the 31 Days, 31 Ways Create Your Own Remixing Adventure hosted by Caitlin at Greater Than Rubies. This seems much more manageable than a 3 month capsule that will span Tennessee’s notoriously fickle fall!

I may not post before it starts, but I’ll be back on October 3 10th 🙂 to share the pieces I’ve chosen for the remixing adventure!

Almost Ready to Rock and Roll

Hi! If you’re here from the old blog, welcome to my new home! After stopping and restarting over there several times, I decided that a fresh start needed a fresh blog. I’m not sure when I’ll be up and running. I’ve started my personal blog with a September project, so hopefully this one will be kicking soon too! 

One of the first things I’m considering doing is the capsule wardrobe challenge that I’ve seen a few other bloggers participating in (and there’s a linkup at in residence!). I tried doing the Tiny Closet Challenge over the summer but failed because I was burned out on blogging, and I didn’t take enough time to truly consider what I should have included in my capsule then. I have four more days to join the linkup with pictures of my capsule selections, so I think it’s time to jump in!

Are any of you participating? Any tips from those who are old pros?

Glutton for Punishment?

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I miss this.

After I posted my goodbye message, I was convinced that I wouldn’t blog in this capacity ever again. I even stopped reading other fashion blogs for a while just because I felt like I had lost my interest in the entire genre.

But then, something changed. I found a few, new-to-me, relatable blogs where women looked like real people and wore clothes that I would actually wear. I also rediscovered some of my old favorites and began reading them again. I started pinning outfits and recording what I wore and thinking about remixes and capsule wardrobes and somewhere along the way, I got the itch to start posting here again.

I can’t guarantee that I’ll keep a good schedule or even any kind of schedule. My pictures may still be awkward and poorly edited. I’ll continue to write awkward entries about the weather and weekend plans. But you know what? It’s what I want and what I missed.

I’m also going to transition this to a WordPress blog for a number of different reasons. So, check out and prepare yourself for all of the awkwardness you can stand!


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In December I wrote that I wasn’t having fun or finding inspiration from this blog anymore. I took a little break and then thought that I would be revived enough to create what I wanted this blog to be when I started it. Unfortunately, it never really seemed to take off. I have been doing a lot of thinking and self-evaluation lately, and I’ve decided that I’m finished with this little blog. I love fashion. I love reading other people’s blogs and finding inspiration in what they post. I love writing too, but I just don’t love this. I still feel awkward taking pictures of myself. I feel awkward posting pictures of myself. I don’t like remixing challenges. I don’t like promoting myself and forgetting to pin outfits, tweet things, and participate in linkups in the hopes that I’ll see those little counter numbers get bigger.

There are a lot of people who are great fashion bloggers and who do what I wanted to do way better than I ever will. I want to keep reading them and being inspired by them. I just don’t want to try to be them anymore.

Tiny Closet Challenge: June 15-21

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Week three! As I wrote Friday, I have been tempted to quit, but since I’m already halfway through, I might as well stick it out, right? =)

I debated making a couple of tweaks this week, but I realized that since I’m so close to the end, I need to stick with what I have and really work on the remixing aspect of the challenge.

Also, I have some funky pictures this week. I’ve been in more of a rush to take pictures lately, and it definitely shows!

Now, for the week three outfits:

Sunday, June 15:
Stayed home all day
Monday, June 16:

Tuesday, June 17:

Wednesday, June 18:

Thursday, June 19:
Out of work today
Friday, June 20:
Out of work again today
Saturday, June 21:

On to week four!