wardrobe revamp.

I don’t have a big closet to begin with, but, admittedly, it is completely full. 7 years of working full-time in an office and accumulating “work clothes” has finally taken its toll on my closet space. About twice a year (usually after winter and summer), I do a purge and donate (or give away to friends) clothes that I either didn’t wear much or at all in the season that passed. This has certainly helped, but now, something else, in addition, needs to be done!

When I take a closer look at my wardrobe, I’ve done a good job in making sure I had all the “basics”. With my suits, for example, I have my navy, navy stripe, charcoal, and black. I also have one of every basic coloured shirt one should have. HOWEVER, if you take a closer look, you can definitely tell that I built my wardrobe on a budget. Yes, I may have a charcoal suit or a light blue dress shirt, but it was purchased on some sale rack at a clearance outlet. Of course I’m a firm believer of making the most of what you have and that anyone can definitely uplift their outfit with immaculate styling, but, at some point, quality must be greater than quantity!

I’ve been blessed to have a steady job over the years and have my salary simultaneously increase. I do have that side in me where I’m tempted to buy a handful of $30-40 shirts rather than that 1 nice one, but recently, and particularly due to my lack of closet space, that perspective has changed. I wish I had this mindset years ago.

I think the most obvious example with men is with dress shoes. When I only made x amount of dollars per year, it just didn’t make sense to splurge on a $300-500 pair of shoes, but that $100 pair at Aldo made perfect sense. It was good enough, especially considering my level at work as well as the more obvious issue of $. But what happens? I end up replacing that pair annually without fail. I remember my first pair of “nice” dress shoes. I paid $300 for them, big $ at the time. But I still wear them today. In fact, they look even better today than they did the first day I bought them! Quality leather is like fine wine.. and I have no doubt that I will be wearing them for another 5-7 years to come. Now that’s good investment!

But that mentality never translated over to my actual clothes. Until now.

I did some wardrobe planning (specifically shirts and suits), and I will be donating/giving away around a dozen dress shirts and replacing them with 4 quality pieces. By doing so, I retain my wardrobe of “basics” while at the same time uplifting my wardrobe overall. The real bonus is that I can save on space! Of course this approach to wardrobe planning isn’t realistic to everyone. Heck, it wouldn’t have been realistic to me 5 years ago. But now that I am where I am, I can mindfully and intentionally build my wardrobe one quality piece at a time.

It’s not about growing my wardrobe, but uplifting the one I already have.

  1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

    2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

    3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.

    4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.

    5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.

    6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

    7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.

    8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.

    9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.

    10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

    11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.

    12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.

    14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.

    15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

    16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.

Sixteen Small Steps to Happiness (via hhhhhhhhhhhelen)

(Source: emma-elsworthy)

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Daily Fashion Illustration 47. Tuesday, October 29. 2013
Submitted by Samuel Pyo. -instagram user @samuelpyo ’When I first entered the corporate world 7 years ago, fresh out of university, I found myself suddenly scrambling for work clothes. Until this point, I hardly had a reason/opportunity to throw a suit on or even wear a pair of dress shoes. For the first little while, I survived by randomly throwing different articles of clothing together. It wasn’t until I discovered the wonderful world of menswear blogs (while slacking at work, naturally) that I began to take interest and develop my own sense of style.
Of course, in the beginning (actually, even until this day), I simply just mimicked what appealed to me on these blogs. Slowly but surely, I was gaining a greater sense of what I liked what worked for me, as well as what I didn’t like or what didn’t work for me. Essentially, this is how I developed my own sense of style; experimenting, experimenting, experimenting! Many times I learned the hard way that a certain look wasn’t for me, but the important part was, I learned!
Around 5 years back, I was randomly introduced to a manager at Harry Rosen (a high-end menswear retail establishment in Canada). He sort of became my Yoda. He taught me all the basic rules, how to style my suits, how to mix and match patterns, and eventually taught me to be very intentional with what I wore. I’ve always appreciated his help!
Well, 5-years later, here I am. I no longer dread the fact that I am required to wear a suit everyday to work, but relish that special moment in the morning when I stare at my closet and let my imagination run wild.’
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DAILY FASHION 47

HE SORT OF BECAME MY YODA

Daily Fashion Illustration 47. Tuesday, October 29. 2013

Submitted by Samuel Pyo. -instagram user @samuelpyo
 ’When I first entered the corporate world 7 years ago, fresh out of university, I found myself suddenly scrambling for work clothes. Until this point, I hardly had a reason/opportunity to throw a suit on or even wear a pair of dress shoes. For the first little while, I survived by randomly throwing different articles of clothing together. It wasn’t until I discovered the wonderful world of menswear blogs (while slacking at work, naturally) that I began to take interest and develop my own sense of style.

Of course, in the beginning (actually, even until this day), I simply just mimicked what appealed to me on these blogs. Slowly but surely, I was gaining a greater sense of what I liked what worked for me, as well as what I didn’t like or what didn’t work for me. Essentially, this is how I developed my own sense of style; experimenting, experimenting, experimenting! Many times I learned the hard way that a certain look wasn’t for me, but the important part was, I learned!

Around 5 years back, I was randomly introduced to a manager at Harry Rosen (a high-end menswear retail establishment in Canada). He sort of became my Yoda. He taught me all the basic rules, how to style my suits, how to mix and match patterns, and eventually taught me to be very intentional with what I wore. I’ve always appreciated his help!

Well, 5-years later, here I am. I no longer dread the fact that I am required to wear a suit everyday to work, but relish that special moment in the morning when I stare at my closet and let my imagination run wild.’

www.sunflowerman.com

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My ‘Shot For Me’ cover.

INSTAGRAM

Yeah, I admit it.

Instagram has been good to me (and I try to be good to it). It’s been a fun ride so far, but boy, it can get expensive! Fortunately, I’m still that bloke that doesn’t spend a dime on regular-priced items!

THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO FOLLOW/LIKE/COMMENT/SHARE. I appreciate them all!

Traveling for Business

Growing up, particularly in my early to mid twenties, it was a goal of mine to find work that involved a lot of traveling. I was busy traveling the world at the time and for the most part, it was a much simpler time in my life; no mortgage, no relational commitments, nothing really that tied me down to Toronto.

Fast-forward 5 years and voila, I have a job that requires extensive traveling (and not just within north america!). However.. I am not married, have a mortgage, and other responsibilities I can’t just escape from. Traveling (for business) is hard. Sure I get to stay in 5star hotels, eat the best food, fly first class, blah, blah, blah, but being apart from people and commitments back home can get quite draining.

Fortunately, I do feel young still, and I feel like it’s good to have this experience before any babies come along. But boy, it’s tiresome.

Not everything is as you expect it to be! Even the good stuff!

- S

Toronto

I literally flew back for the weekend from Ghana for a personal matter. After scrambling around for a few nights, I’m back off to Ghana. It honestly felt like I came to Toronto on vacation. I must say, I do feel a little refreshed (mentally - I’m exhausted physically) and I’m ready to go back. In the end, I’m grateful for all things, even the most inconvenient of situations. I always search for the silver lining, but hopefully not to a fault. We shall see how the next few weeks pan out! Will keep you posted!

Until next time, take care Toronto!

S