Well hello friends, we made it through the first half of 2020! I hope you are doing well and keeping safe. I’m sending good vibes your way for the second half of the year. 

As I write this month’s newsletter sitting outside in lovely 28 degree heat wearing a heavy hoodie (I KNOW it makes NO sense) - I’m reminded that I need a more robust selection of hot weather clothes. I have an excellent selection of shirts and vacation-ready pieces, but am lacking on every day, casual tee shirts / tank tops and shorts. I know this because I’m currently wearing a hoodie (lol), but more importantly, because I just did a seasonal closet inventory. 



Inventory sounds really boring (if you worked retail, you might remember this!), but after counting all the shoes in my possession (if you missed that video, you can watch it here) I had some *MAJOR* revelations. I realized that about 50% of my footwear is geared toward a lifestyle I no longer live, and a climate I have never lived in (this made me LOL as I believe it’s a testament to how badly I’d like to live in a warmer climate). First of all, I feel like a bit of an imposter on my own channel, but secondly, I think this is a great opportunity to learn and share. Because I don’t think I’m alone. 

Our population purchases 80 billion new pieces of clothing a year - is it because we’re actually lacking those garments in our closets? (math tells me no) Or is it because we don’t have a handle on what we actually need? 

I think this month’s slow fashion tip may help us answer the latter question:

How it works:

Oddly enough, the first step of my closet audit process doesn’t include an inventory count (you can bet that’s changing!). Since this season was my first time doing a closet inventory count, it may change and be perfected over time, but for now it remains very simple: 

1 - Choose a section of your closet to count. You can do this by season, occasion, or simply by type of garment. Depending on the size of your closet and how it’s organized, choose whatever works for you. Alternatively if your closet feels manageable enough to do so, count the whole thing! Just remember to divide it into categories so that you can numerically identify where the deficits and surpluses are. (OMG when did this turn into accounting, I’m so sorry) 

Don’t forget to include accessories like bags, purses, belts, glasses, jewelry, and shoes (divide those into style or seasonal categories to get a true picture of your needs).

2 - Write your totals down and assess. Head over to your shopping list and adjust as needed, or if you have time and are feeling ambitious (you keener, you) jump into a closet audit and ask yourself some questions which can help streamline your closet and create some conscious habits. If you haven’t already downloaded it, my free closet audit guide is here.

Here’s why this helps: 

Numbers Don’t Lie: HOW many times have I argued with my husband about something based on a “feeling” only to be hit with the cold hard truth after he makes me backup my argument with numeric data (My husband is a wonderful human I swear, he just also happens to be an accountant with a whiz computer brain). My point is, having an actual tally of the different items you have is an eye opener for uncovering some hidden truths about why you may be uninspired by your closet: 

  • You have too much of one type of item and don’t have enough complementary pieces to mix and match (deficit!) 

  • The majority of items you have don’t match your lifestyle (guilty!)

  • The majority of items you have don’t match your climate (also guilty!) 

  • If you’re into it; creating capsules or seasonal collections limited by numbers are a lot easier to organize because you know exactly how many pieces are realistic to allocate to each capsule (if you want to get reallllly analytical)

Dress and Shop Smart: Armed with your closet inventory, your shopping list becomes even more accurate than just a list of items you think you might need. Knowing some loose numbers in your head is also a great trick to help pause before a purchase. It’s a lot easier to think to yourself: Ok, I already have 8 sweaters - do I need this one? Instead of trying to mentally run through your closet inventory. Of course, there are apps that can help you keep track of your closet but this is a great start. 

If you read my thoughts on how I'd like to be a more engaged citizen and how that will be impacting my content, THANK YOU. If you're interested and missed it - read it here.
One of my mid-week videos was all about styling oversized and menswear items. A favourite look of mine! Watch it here
If you've been around these internet parts for a while, you know that I love my Power of My People button down shirts. This season, I was finally able to swap out a very old striped shirt for this beautiful ethically made number. I love the way Power of My People keeps the cut simple and the fabric beautiful - by some fashion miracle the collar stays strong - whether popped or worn traditionally. They also use fair and ethical production practices, right here in Canada. Use ALYSSABELTEMPO for 20% off your slow fashion piece. *affiliate
I've been following @ajabarber for a while but recently subscribed to her Patreon. I absolutely love her quick articles with thoughts about sustainable fashion - they're easy to read but impactful. Makes me wish I had signed up sooner. You can check out her Patreon page here.
Thank you so much for reading, I am always grateful to be included in some small way in your day. Wishing you a beautiful month of July. xx
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