It dawned on me recently … well actually it had already dawned on me but on this occasion it hit me with a thud … that I have many things that I LOVE that I do not use or wear. I’m always waiting for the right occasion or worried that if I use that special thing it could get broken. This has been me since way back when. I’m now 57 and these things sit tucked away ‘safe’ but not being used and appreciated. Life is too short for this!
So, I’ve started with my scarves. I have a lot of scarves. Some have been gifts. Some I’ve bought myself. The thing is that here in Brisbane the window of time to wear them is short because it is mostly too hot. Add to that the fact I don’t really go out and about much now that I’m not living the corporate life, and these scarves are not getting worn. So, while we are experiencing cooler weather I have decided to wear one of my scarves every day, even if I’m not going out anywhere, and so far I’m loving it!
Here is a snap for each day that I’ve posted to my Instagram Stories.
Day 3 – Today! I’m enjoying this pretty scarf that was given to me just recently as a gift for my birthday from a friend (thank you Kylie). I’m mostly just home today apart from an appointment I’ll be going to later in the day. Finally remembered to take my glasses off for this shot! Not the case for Day’s 1 & 2.
Day 2 – a Sunday visit to Mum for the day. I was wearing purple/fushia coloured jeans and a black knit top and this scarf worked in well. This was hastily grabbed selfie taken over at Mum’s in case I forgot later.
Day 1 – I went out and got my nails done and picked up a few things from the shops. I love this scarf so much. I bought it from Jenni of Neon Cherry quite a while ago. My hair was up because it needed washing and I wanted to hold out washing it till the next day!
The next project will be to start using my April Rose Mikasa dinner set that has been safely packed away (some of it on display) ever since the child of a dinner party guest smashed a plate back in um … circa 1988!! Ok I think I have brought it out once or twice since then but definitely no more than that. It’s quite ridiculous!
What do you have that you love but don’t use or wear often enough? Would you like to see more of my Project Scarf-A-Day? I have plenty more scarves to wear yet!
Ciao for now,
I’m a scarf wearer now. I love them. I don’t have anything for good. May as well not own it. If it breaks, it breaks – who cares. Now use having stuff packed away – that said, we have beautioful wine glasses from our wedding but they have ridiculously long stems and don’t fit in the dishwasher, so we never use them. The ikea party glasses have just become our normal as they CAN go in the dishwasher and so they seem to have creeped into our normal cupboard (we have regular parties and can easily cater for 60-80 guests with iour ‘party’ stuff). My parents had so much ‘good’ stuff that it actually probably gave me this attitude. Who want’s to live in a house where you have to worry about damaging things all the time? (Apparently I’ve just discovered some baggage I didn’t know I had…maybe I’ll post on this soon!! Ha!)
I love them too Lydia! I always loved it when I went to Melbourne or on my trip to Tassie where I could wear the heavier/woollier ones as it’s rarely cold enough here – even in winter! However, we have a cool change coming where the temps are going to get pretty low for Brisbane so I’m digging those babies out and I’m going to enjoy them. I don’t have a lot of things that I don’t use because I’m worried about them breaking but that April Rose Mikasa dinner set is definitely one. Before I married I lay by’d that dinner set, paying it off over several months. It was quite expensive if I remember correctly. I remember being horrified when a plate got smashed by a baby on a dinner guests lap with an errant spoon in her hand (the baby’s hand). They did buy me a replacement plate but it wasn’t cheap. Now that I’m older and wiser I realise things are just things and there to be enjoyed so I need to enjoy my beautiful Mikasa dinner set! I look forward to your upcoming post! LOL
Hi Min, You look beautiful and your scarves are great accessories. I’d like to see more of your project scarf-a-day. I wear scarves about 75% of the year due to Canada’s cool climate. I’m in the camp of thinking “You can’t take it with you” so I use what I love/ like as often as possible.
Thank you Natalie. I’ll keep taking a photo each day of the scarves I wear – I guess until I run out of scarves or cool enough days! I’ll do another post in the future to share them. You’re lucky you have the weather for scarves. I love a cooler climate. I don’t like hot humid weather. I think I am living in the wrong place! lol
I have sooo many scarves too Min and luckily where I live it’s cold in winter (and spring and autumn) and a scarf is just the right accessory! I love your photos and good on you for making the most of the ‘special’ things now 🙂
Scarves are lovely aren’t they? Yes you’re lucky where you are that it would be cooler longer and so more opportunity to wear and enjoy scarves!
I love your scarf a day project Min and enjoyed your photos. I do love scarves but they never look or feel right on me so I rarely wear them. I have quite a few pretty scarves so perhaps I should pull them out and give them another go.
Thanks Jennifer! Have another go with the scarves. They come in different shapes and sizes. Some feel a bit too big and bulky for me, some feel a bit small. It’s always good to google ways to tie scarves. There’s some good YouTube videos that provide a bit of inspiration. I must revisit them actually since I’m wearing a scarf a day for a while. My photos are going to get boring if I tie them the same every day!
Hi Min – I’ve been trying to use my scarves more too – I have several and they’re so pretty, but I rarely wear them. A friend of mine has cut some of hers down the middle lengthwise and hemmed them – to make them less bulky to wear and I’m considering doing that too – they always feel a bit too full and I fiddle with them. That being said, they’re a wonderful accessory and one I need to figure out how to use more now that Winter is approaching. You look lovely in yours x
Thank you Leanne. Yes I find some scarves a bit too big and voluminous too! I never thought to cut them down. I’m not sure if I’d be brave enough to! I think I need to do a Google and find a video of different ways to tie scarves to inspire me for this project so my photos don’t get too boring with all scared tied in the same way! lol
I don’t wear scarves and I don’t know why. My mum does – all of the time. And I love some of the scarves you get nowadays and like the idea of woollen ones in winter.
Perhaps I need to dip my toe into those waters!
Dip your toe into the waters Deb! They can really life an outfit, and your mood, and even keep your neck warm when it’s a bit chilly! 😆
I love that idea of a scarf every day! I used to collect hats – not the fancy type of hats but you know, winter hats, like berets. I LOVE berets and always will. While they were somewhat in fashion I bought plenty of them, then later I discovered the newsboy caps, bonnets etc. But I haven’t used them much in recent times. Many of them became worn out and don’t fit anymore. I’m still totally a fan of newsboy caps though! I bought one in Dingle a couple of years ago when we were there and the weather was horrible, and it’s my favourite hat now.. I even bought another one in a different colour. But I sort of miss berets!
And I’m a big fan of scarves although I don’t wear them a lot. They look very stylish!
Berets are cute! I remember having one as part of the winter uniform when I was at school. I just can’t remember which school. I went to three different schools during primary school as Dad was transferred around a bit. I love hats too and have a few for summer but very few for winter as our winters are generally pretty short and mild (says me on a blustery 14 degrees celcius day LOL)! I’m loving wearing my scarves. I’ve yet to choose which one I’ll wear today – that’s next on my agenda!
Love those scarves and I’m glad you’re wearing them! I don’t think I have any clothes I don’t wear anymore and if I don’t, I choose to give them away. I have been trying to regularly declutter my closet (and other areas).
Thanks Sanch! I still have quite a few clothes I don’t wear – either too small, too big, too old, too daggy, not my style anymore etc etc. I’ve given away, donated a lot and gave my wardrobe a good going through recently when we had painters in etc but need to go through all my drawers again.
I love this. I wear scarves as decoration….with a jacket or cardi. I cannot stand things being around my neck much at all so those floaty and light weight ones work well.
I stopped keeping things for special once we moved here and use most everything. Trouble is, we have no use for wine glasses etc now but I cannot give them away. No-one in the family wants them either. We used to host 3 course dinner parties in the 1970s and 80s.
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I can’t stand things around my neck either Denyse. I can’t wear high necked/turtle necked tops and can’t wear heavy necklaces – especially during summer. I rarely wear scarves normally – saving them as a novelty to wear when in cooler climates on holidays BUT I decided to change that since it’s quite cool here so far this winter and I’m not travelling to cooler climates lately. I use mostly everything I have – except that good dinner set. Such a waste and I plan to change that! xo