New Year, Same Old Me

If you’ve followed the blog for the 8 years I’ve been writing Kendi Everyday, you may have noticed that my ‘everyday’ has changed many times over the years. I started as a 25-year-old who had no idea how to dress office-appropriately on a budget to a shop owner for 5 years (man, that was fun.) then we spent a year traveling while wearing pretty, pretty clothes and now I spend half my day mommin’ and the other half working to bring content alive to KE. (Who am I kidding — I spend all day mommin’. Can’t stop, won’t stop.) Two things have never changed during each phase of the last eight years — I still get dressed every day, and I still love me some heels. Some things will never change. You can just bury me in heels.

Lately, I’ve been on this organizing kick throughout my house — the pantry, our linen closet, our office (the first post is coming up tomorrow!) but there’s a room I’ve been ignoring —  my closet. Like not just turning a blind eye but actual neglect. It looks like a complete shitshow in there. Tornado wreckage level here, people. Like stepping over the clothing carnage just to get to my shoes type of mess. It would make a professional organizer quit her profession and go work in a quiet office somewhere with numbers, far, far away from people like me. Therefore there is only one miserable person for this miserable job: me. And that is why it is still a hoarder’s dream; because I just can’t bring myself to do it quite yet. For this reason alone, you are going to get organization posts for everything else in my life — complete avoidance leads to me organizing other rooms. I’m pretty sure my brain ‘Freaky Friday’d’ with someone else when I had Gemma, and I’m a clean and organized person now. To my college roommates: can you even believe this? I know right? Miracles do happen.

Okay back to the matter at hand — you still there? I think one of the biggest reasons I’m ignoring my closet is because I know that there’s a lot to clean up and out. I know that there’s going to be a lot of personal judgment like why did you buy this? Wait, you wore that?! And honestly, I just don’t want to cross that bridge until I absolutely have to. (Spoiler alert: I absolutely have to.) I’ve been craving for my closet to work like my boutique used too; I’m a keen merchandiser, and I have visions of my closet working just as well as our store racks did. I also know that once I do this initial purge and organization, I’m going to realize that what I like to wear isn’t always the fanciest. Sometimes you guys, it’s a t-shirt and a cardigan, and I throw on some heels because you CAN put lipstick on a pig. Still a pig, but also a really fancy pig.

The other side of this very long post is this: I’d like to spend this year really buying intentional pieces for my closet. Pieces I love and want to wear over and over again, not just because I know they will take a pretty picture. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve worn every outfit on Kendi Everyday in real life, but our days are simpler now, and I love getting dressed, but I want to sincerely love what I am wearing.  Sometimes I forego what I need in my closet for what I want and I end up still needing something as basic as a great black cardigan. That’s why this year I want to pay attention to what I buy and make sure it’s something I genuinely love.

That’s actually what this outfit is: all these pieces I truly love. My ripped jeans from Madewell (LOVE), a basic black cardigan I just purchased, my favorite white tee and of course, leopard heels. Sure I was just going to grab lunch with B and run some errands but the heels made it feel better than a Monday. Something as simple as getting ready each day (hell, even if it’s a messy bun with a smidgen of makeup — IT STILL COUNTS) makes feel like I can take on the world a little bit more.

I wrote my New Year’s Resolution with Gemma in mind, but I think with myself and this blog in mind I want to approach my style differently this year while embracing my everyday. If you look through KE’s catalog, you can see each year brought a new style and new adventure. This year, my adventure is navigating what it means to be a new mom and figuring out how to do that with intention, style and all. Just know that if I share something on here, that means I genuinely love it.

So I’d say buckle your seats, a wild ride is a coming, but the truth is it’s going to be a lot of jeans and a lot of casual things, with perhaps a few wild cards in there. So buckle up if you want, but honestly, the wild factor is about a 5-mph car ride on a straight, brand new road, with literally zero bumps.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way. 😉

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Editor's Notes:

Cardigan runs oversized in my opinion! I’m in the medium! I’d size down unless you like it slouchy! Jeans run one size big, so size down!

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  1. 01.09.18 · Reply
  2. Jenn I says:

    That was a lovely post. And I’ll totally come and help you clean out your closet. It’s one of my favorite things to do. 🙂

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  3. Kate says:

    Love the idea of shopping intentionally! Such a great goal for 2018. Can’t wait to see what you add to your closet.

    Kate |

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  4. DEMELER says:

    Love this simple look!

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  5. Savannah says:

    I’ve been reading since the beginning and I’ve always loved and resonated with your style (I’m a girl who loves heels and loves to dress-up!). The last year or so I’ve found that my life, job, etc. calls for a more casual wardrobe and I’ve been struggling with how to still feel cute/like myself while dressing more casually. I’m also going to have a baby later this summer so I’m sure I’ll need even easier/more comfortable clothes!
    TLDR- I’m excited to see how your style evolves this year and continue to get inspiration for my own wardrobe! <3

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  6. Mireia says:

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL

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  7. Natasha says:

    I’m all in for the casual mom wardrobe! Can’t wait to see what’s coming!

    01.09.18 · Reply
  8. danielle claudet says:

    I just loved reading this post and can’t wait for what’s to come on your site!

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  9. Stephanie says:

    Excited for what the new year will bring! I’m definitely more of a jeans and cardigan girl so can’t wait for some casual inspiration.

    01.09.18 · Reply
  10. Briana says:

    Such a cute shoot! Can’t wait to see what you have planned for this year!


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  11. Cristina says:

    Those are the cutest shoes! I love how you styled this look.

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  12. Kendall says:

    I can’t tell if you’re show owner fun comment was serious or sarcastic:) but I think this is an amazing goal. As a fashion lover on a budget (and one with a super small closet), I have really tried to only buy pieces that I love and that will be workhorses in my wardrobe. I’ve made a few mistakes over the years, but I learn and further narrow my style from every one of them. Can’t wait to see where this journey takes you!


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  13. Cynthia says:

    I’m so excited to read your upcoming posts about getting your home organized. I have the same fear of my closet, and I’ve been seriously avoiding it!

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  14. Rach says:

    Oh man my closet has been a disaster too! Ever since treatments, I’ve been neglecting mine and this year it is my goal to organize it. I can’t wait to see more of your jeans outfits!

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  15. ” You can just bury me in heels.” HAHA! I love it. This year I’ve been doing the same, buying more intentionally, more lasting pieces, classic things that are mix and match. I can’t wait to see your “mom style” continue to develop. 🙂

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  16. Jessica says:

    Love this! I’ve loved following along on your journey!

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  17. Mary says:

    I’m excited to hear the “intentional shopping goal” – I think that’s where my 2018 style story is headed as well. I’ve just started a job (that I love!) but has me in scrubs 4-5 days a week. Being intentional with my clothes choices has suddenly become super important because I feel like I need to make the few days I get to wear real clothes count. Transitioning from being a frequent shopper with a huge closet to someone who really only has to put together 2-3 outfits a week is a little weird and requires more thought and downsizing than I expected. It’s good to know one of my favorite bloggers will be looking a their closet in a similar way. Here’s to a new year!

    01.14.18 · Reply