10x10 Challenge

In high school I was known as the girl who was always experimenting with fashion. People claimed that I never wore any outfit twice and has closet full of new clothes (only half true). If you were to talk with any of my classmates from then, they never would have guessed about the kind of slow fashion advocate I am now. One day, one of my good friends was teasing me about how he thought I could never go a week wearing the same shirt. Challenge, accepted! I wore the same (I'll admit, pretty basic) t-shirt to school every day for a week. I forget what I won but the pride of knowing I accomplished it was enough for me. That's how I felt through this 10x10 Challenge, only it wasn't as easy-breezy as my attempt in high school. 



The challenge was created by Lee Vosburgh of Style Bee. The challenge lasts 10 days, with 10 items, and 10 outfits. Vosburgh suggests choosing 2 pairs of shoes, 1 jacket, 1 dress, 2 pairs of pants, and 4 shirts. I admittedly got a little confused and forgot shoes were a part of this equation, okay I cheated! My 10 items consisted of a 2 jackets, 5 tops, 2 pairs of jeans, and 1 dress:


  1. I don't enjoy experimenting as much as I used to. Attempting weird trends and styling pieces in new ways are things that I love to muse about but aren't practical for my day-to-day. Call it growing up (gasp) but, I need a balance of comfort, style, and practicality in my wardrobe.
  2. I could go the rest of my life wearing the same two pairs of sneakers and maybe a pair of boots for nights out. But really, I have to force myself to mix up my shoe game– so why in the world do I have 20 pairs of shoes? Good question.
  3. Same goes for jackets, I have about 12 (including faux fur and blazers, but not including winter coats). I live in Los Angeles! A girl here really only needs 3 or 4 max. Suffice to say my spring cleaning will be a serious one this year.
  4. Planning outfits relieves an incredible amount of stress. I was able to get ready and out the door so much quicker because I knew I only had a limited about of things to choose from. I like having variety in my closet, but it's important for me to be realistic about what I actually want to wear on a daily basis. Why am I still hanging on to that denim vest from 3 years ago? Another good question.
  5. Accessories are a girls best friend, and I'm sure it's not hard to tell that statement earrings are my friend of choice!

The Vagina Times: Birth Control, Periods and Waxing, Oh My!

For some reason Seattle was a time to focus on being a female:

Planned Parenthood – I didn't get a chance to go to my gynecologist before I left on my trip. I forgot that leaving for 5-6 months meant I needed renewal of my medications for that long as well- and that requires a check-up appointment. So I found myself at Planned Parenthood and had the most pleasant experience! First off I was in the waiting area with two MEN, yes Planned Parenthood is for guys too! Then I had a nurse take my weight, blood pressure etc. She also asked me a series of questions such as: Do you feel safe in your relationships? Do you feel depressed ever? How often? What resources do you have? I am an incredibly privileged person in many ways so these questions were fairly easy to answer but for some people who don't have proper access to therapy, good sexual education and general support, these questions are SO important. Finally the doctor came in and checked in with all the questions I'd answered- she told me how important she thought therapy is and I completely agree- and then wrote me a prescription for THE SAME BIRTH CONTROL IM ON NOW. I didn't get some random pack or whatever, I was able to get right back on track with my life, in a new city and away from my family/doctor. Amazing. Now, I urge you to donate whatever you can to the amazing organization because they are doing a million things right. 

Diva Cup  I've heard so much about the Diva Cup lately and have been urged by many friends to try it. I finally went to a Whole Foods in Portland and bought one. My period came when I was in Seattle so I decided to test it out. Like many told me, it took some getting used to and was uncomfortable for the first trial run. After some adjustment I felt I got the hang of it and am incredibly satisfied with my purchase! The Diva Cup is economical, eco friendly and easy to use. I highly recommend it!

Sugar Sugar – I've been getting bikini waxes for about 4 years now but have never tried sugar waxing before. I thought I'd try this place in Seattle because I've learned recently that it hurts let and is far more environmentally friendly than regular waxing! My experience was very positive. The appointment was slightly longer than a regular wax but I felt my results were much better than I've had before. For anyone who is thinking of getting waxed for the first time I would definitely recommend sugar waxing!