Pretty Projects

Sometimes when a project idea pops in my head, it’s relatively straight forward.  I start with a goal in mind and just go for it.

Bing. Bang. Boom.

In relatively short order, it’s done with a horrid before picture and a much improved after one.

Sometimes, though, projects spin into an unexpected vortex of sequences that seem never ending.

My little closet project has done just that.

I posted my dream pictures with a spark of an idea in my head.

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In my lofty plans, I thought I could quickly do a little makeover in a few days.

Silly, silly me.

This project has turned into much, much more than that…

In a really good way.

It became a process very similar to what I watched years ago on a show called Clean Sweep with Peter Walsh.  Peter and his team would go into a  home where a person struggled with organization in hoarder proportions.

He so very kindly, yet firmly, walked  people through understanding why they held onto stuff so much.

There was lots of psychology involved and usually a few tears.  But, in the end, the people felt renewed and excited to have a fresh start in life in a newly organized, pretty space.

It was through those shows that I learned how much we as people are tied to our environment.  When we live in the middle of a mess we feel WE are a mess!  Lots of guilt and shame are associated with it, as well as weight gain! {Can you believe it?}  He even wrote a book called, Does this Clutter Make my Butt Look Fat?


I make a promise – you cannot make your best choice or your healthiest choice in a cluttered, messy, disorganised home; it just doesn’t happen. Your home should be a place you create that enables you to live the life you want.”~Peter Walsh

Now’s when I spill a little secret…

So, lean in, look in my eyes, and I’m going to whisper, ok?

I’ve been feeling really ugly for a long time.

Oh, my.  That sentence was hard to write.

It all boils down to those pesky pounds that have snuck up on me and been undealt with for years.

Somehow I had unconsciously determined that UNTIL I was thinner, I couldn’t spend too much time, money, or effort on how I looked now.

I was in creating a defeatist “we’ll just have to make do” situation on myself!

The process of making my closet pretty has expanded into much deeper areas ~mainly myself.

I decided to take action.  Right about that time, I discovered an online fashion course for Women over 40.

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I decided the $24.99 would be a wise investment.  And, let me tell you girls, it was!  This little “course” is brilliant, in my opinion.  Once you sign up, you get a shopping list.  I read years ago that most people only wear 20% of their wardrobe 90% of the time.  I don’t know about you, but I only want to buy the 20%!!  The shopping list helps you choose wisely, and bonus!, I ended up having almost everything already in my closet!   Then, each day, in my e-mail, I get an outfit of the day.  They put together 21 outfits based on the basic pieces from the shopping list.

I have found a new joy and confidence through the process.  Part of the options available is to join a Facebook group with other participants.  Let me tell you ~ they are a very sweet, encouraging group of ladies!

So, now I’m happy to announce, another course is about to be launched!

Winter/Holiday Style Challenge Square

The Winter Style Me Pretty Challenge! Here’s how it works (right from the website):

How Does the Style Me Pretty Challenge Work?

You’ll receive a shopping list of winter wardrobe essentials perfect for any casual occasion, plus a few dressy looks for your holiday soirees. Don’t worry – you won’t have to invest a ton of money to participate. A lot of the pieces might already be in your closet and you’re free to shop at your favorite stores. You can spend as much or as little as you want!

After the pieces are in place, you’ll receive 21 days of winter outfit combos created from those pieces in your inbox daily. You can choose to style your pieces and wear the outfit that day or save it for another day. All of the outfits are able to be downloaded and printed so you can refer back to them.

What’s Included:
  • Your Winter/Holiday Basics Shopping List – A list of winter/holiday wardrobe essentials with links to recommended items plus a downloadable PDF to print off and take shopping with you.
  • 21 Days of Daily Outfits – A different outfit combo each day created from the pieces on your shopping list. Outfits are released at 7:00 p.m. ET the night before so you can have it ready to wear the next day.NEW for this challenge – You get the dressy outfits at the same time as the shopping list, no waiting for them to be released.
  • Facebook Group – Each style challenge has it’s own private Facebook group where you can show off your style, share shopping tips and make great friends. Most participants agree that this is the best part of the challenge!
What type of outfits will they be?

The Winter/Holiday Style Me Pretty Challenge includes cozy, casual outfits for the busy woman on the go, plus a few dressier outfit combos perfect for just about any holiday party or event.

You’re free to shop where you want and modify any of the pieces or outfits to suit your comfort level and style.

It’s totally risk-free, if you sign up and feel it’s not right for you, I offer a money back guarantee. You have two weeks from the release of the shopping list to request a full refund.

Here are some sample outfits from the challenge.


[Embellished Sweater/Pencil Skirt/Patterned Tights/Gold Clutch/Booties]


[Fair Isle Cardigan/Layering Tee/Skinny Jeans/Fur Scarf/Riding Boots]

How Much Does it Cost to Participate?

If you were working one-on-one with a stylist and personal shopper, the average cost of a capsule wardrobe and 21 days of styling options would be well over $1,000! But one of the beliefs that I founded GYPO on is that great style should be accessible and affordable for everyone. That’s why I’ve made participation in the Style Me Pretty Challenge available for just $24.99 ($29.99 for late registration).

Will I Have to Invest a lot of Money into the Shopping List?

It’s really up to you how much you want to spend. If you participated in the fall challenge, many of the pieces will be reused in this challenge.  A lot of the other pieces will already be in your closet, I’m just showing you different ways to pair them up. I style each item on the shopping list an average of four different ways in order to have less items on the list and show you more ways to wear them.  If you decide to buy new items, you’re free to shop at your favorite stores and spend as much or as little as you want. Shopping list recommendations will include items from Target, Loft, Nordstrom, Land’s End, Boden, Old Navy and other stores with both online and in store shopping options.

Winter/Holiday Challenge Timeline:
      • November 21st – Registration opens.
      • November 27th – Regular registration closes at midnight ET. Late registration opens.
      • November 28th – BLACK FRIDAY! – Shopping list release at 12:01 a.m. ET.  Your dressy outfits will also be released at this time.
      • December 7th – 27th – Outfits are sent out at 7:00 p.m. ET each evening.

You will notice that Registration opens up this Friday.  That’ll give you a little chance to think about it.

If you do decide to join, I have a little proposition for you.  If you click on the pink button below when you’re ready to sign up, I will get a little “kick back” too, as I’ve signed up for their affiliate program.

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Your decision just may help me buy a pair of those cute boots I’ve been eyeing!!;) tee hee…

And, for you sweet friends that I’ve just spilled my guts to, I put on my brave and did a selfie of today’s outfit of the day:

pretty day 1

I’ll be back throughout this week to give you the low-down on the big closet project.  I warn you, it’s not finished yet…

But, I’d be so happy for you to join me in this journey to pretty.

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  1. You look fab, Rita! I have been following Cindi’s blog for a while and just love it. No, I haven’t taken the course, but I’m sure it is well worth it.
    Looking forward to the big closet project!

  2. Those are so gorgeous and I can see your pooghtraphy technique is perfect!!! I am attracted:) And I like to take pictures!How can I contact you?I will be a Senior next year!

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