less is less



did you all have a lovely weekend?
  on saturday while larry was hiking, i met some girl friends for lunch.
the weather was hot and i was super comfortable in my striped skirt and a tank top.
that was saturday.

sunday was a different story.
i don't know what has come over me (i blame hormones) but i got rid of more stuff in my house and basement.
alex came over and we filled his truck with stuff for him to sell at the rose bowl next weekend.

i got rid of...

vintage luggage
an old black vintage kitchen scale
vintage tea cups
cookbooks
books
rugs
various other junk including,
 fingers crossed, one rude commenter.

hope your monday is simply beautiful.

xo
janet





77 comments

  1. Janet...you are looking so super cute!

    Should I go to the rose bowl and buy all of your stuff?

    xo kelley

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  2. Looking good.

    Do you think anyone will buy the rude commenter?

    My Monday is hinting at rain BUT it's still Monday! That's my fun day.

    xo Jane

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  3. It is a day off Monday for me, looks to be a beautiful day here on the central coast of California. I'm going to check out our local Goodwill store today...I have $15 bucks to blow so wish me luck! I am a new (and not rude) follower of your blog. LOVE IT! Great outfit by the way, casual and cool.
    Blessings...Lina

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  4. You look fabulous! I am so jealous! Is not incredible how miserable some people must be that the only joy in life they get is making rude comments in someone's blog!! I feel sorry for those people. Life is simply too short to be a miserable pratt!

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  5. Hahahaha! I hope you get rid of the one rude commenter :) I love your skirt so much!

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  6. that's my motto too...I was crazy last yesterday putting things in the to-go pile. I feel so good though.
    Now I think this is my favorite outfit. I'm still having trouble with my wardrobe...I can't seem to put the outfits together now that I'm down to hardly anything. Can you come help? I have lots of good vegan food! :)

    Hope that commenter stays in the junk pile...

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  7. the tank top is another great addition to the skirt. you look cool as a cucumber. i purged more this weekend as well. seems reducing the extraneous opens the mind to further possibilities, exploring new ways of looking at what is left, how it can be utilized. seems it has to be done in spurts. then the mind can refresh what it's looking at, so it can decipher what else could be eliminated, getting to the essence of things. just a observation.
    good luck with the rose bowl sale.
    jan

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  8. Hi Janet, I'm glad you're treating your rude anon with humour. Like Faux Fuchsia, you never said this was a blog about World Peace - just a place to share what you like with like-minded people. (Although, having said that, I think that it's a lovely peaceful corner of the internet, so there's that.)

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  9. I LOVE this outfit! Absolutely fabulous, very simple but perfect . Where is the tank from, I like that it hides bra straps but still shows your arms. Just the right amount of coverage. Don't tell me it is $1find at the thrift shop :)

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    1. it's from target. it's part of my yoga clothes. i think they are $7 right now.

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    2. Thank you! I'll have to pick some up as well - as replacements for what I have, and don't like =) Your blog is one of my inspirations for downsizing. I'm not done yet, but I'm making great progress!

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  10. Love your skirt...Is it spring that makes us want to de-clutter and thin out? Not sure, but I'm in the same frame of mind as you....

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  11. I was purging the non-clothing this weekend too. I might even reclaim a room when all is said and done :) I love your style and I'm inspired by your minimalist approach!

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  12. I love this look too, I love vest tops and live in them during summer. Summer, huh, it's Baltic here I was in my puffs jacket this morning, it's so cold I got earache.

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  13. This is crazy, I was getting rid of stuff yesterday too, I even dreamt about it last night. Rude commenters are a dime a dozen, I hope you get rid of yours!
    xo

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  14. Hello Janet:
    Well, if only a few thousand miles did not separate us from the 'Rose Bowl', then that is exactly where we should be heading. As we are sure you realise, we absolutely love what you write and admire your discipline,but for us, less definitely is less and more is rather better and even more is even better when it comes to 'stuff'. We know that we need help!!!

    Like you, we have been enjoying wonderful weather here in Budapest and your stripy skirt and top would be perfect. We are so pleased not to be in England where snow has even been seen lately!!

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  15. Janet you're giving yourself that gift of freeing up space...
    nature abhors a vacuum so I'm thinking you've opened up some room for polite commenters and new followers :-)
    You are looking as lovely as ever in your tank top and skirt.

    I'd be really tempted to highjack that truck on it's way to the Rose Bowl and buy some of your castoffs!
    I have a passion for black and vintage....

    Our lily of the valley has gone mad in it's growth pattern and is all abloom and the scent is intoxicating...
    I'd bring you a bunch if I lived closer.

    Hugs
    Hostess

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  16. Zap, rude commenter be GONE! Why, why, why are people so nasty . . . Love your look, your getting rid of "stuff" and totally enjoy visiting your blog . . .

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  17. I just love this blog. And, by inference, you.

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  18. Enjoy your pictures...my husband and I are downsizing (children now adults) and moving from 3100 square feet to 1200 square feet after 16 years in this particular home. Also we are downsizing everything including our wardrobes. Your blog keeps inspiring me!

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  19. Oh Janet, words cannot describe how much I love your outfit, I need a stripy maxi in my life!
    Well done with the de-cluttering and hope you feel lots more cheerful today. x

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  20. Love the look. I'm so into maxi length dresses and skirts lately. And I hope that miserable old man stays out!!

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  21. when i did a NOLS course twenty years ago, one of our instructors had the motto: go light & be happy.
    like a song, it has stuck with me.

    i have swung from less is more to more is more and i'm ready to swing back again.
    your posts make me feel excitement {rather that dread} at the prospect.
    plus, you look aDORable, as ever.

    buh-bye rude commenter : )

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  22. You always inspire me. This week-end I was (again) cleaning out my closets and getting rid of more clothing that I was hanging on to "just in case". I always look forward to your posts to see what you are up to next.

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  23. Well, I salute your decluttering on Sunday. It must have made you feel good!

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  24. I am so torn on long, maxi skirts. Did them in the 70's and am debating if this is a trend I will miss. But you look wonderful, so casual and so chic. I may give them a second look. And there must be something in the air that wants us to declutter. I have just returned from getting a village garbage bag to use in cleaning out a portion of my attic. Rain is predicted tomorrow and I'm prepared.

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  25. I love your look. I'm working on my arms so that I feel more comfortable in tank tops. Got any ideas? Your arms look fab. Oh and remember, jealousy is a disease. We have to feel sorry for people like that.
    Rosanne

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  26. Hi Janet :)
    I was showing my daughter your blog (she is a fashion blogger, designer high style, for many years). She was commenting on what loyal followers you have, and what does it take to get that sort of following. She often asks me about my opinion because I read a lot of blogs - a wide assortment of topics; politics and science, to fashion and everything in between. We talked a long time about your blog and why we, your followers are so loyal to you. My conclusion, the draw is, that you have given us a peak into your every day life, in such a sweet unpretentious way, that we are charmed. As a society we are so "busy" we have become isolated from each other. You make us feel part of the inner circle. We dream of living a simple and elegant life and you have shown us how. I love every post and every picture. Thank you for making my world a better place.
    Sincerely,
    Miranda
    SF Bay Area

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    1. Couldn't have said it better myself.
      -Suzanne in Illinois

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    2. thank you miranda. if you get a moment, please email me. janetkorff@gmail.com thanks.

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  27. Hi Janet,
    Love the outfit. I have similar pieces in my closet, so I can copy this one! Yeah me! Spent the evening in my basement last night due to tornado all around and took the opportunity to purge--I thought of you. So, happy that you might be free of that horrible commenter.

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  28. Hi, I just stumbled across your blog today. You are beautiful and incredibly inspiring.
    -Your fellow vegan and new subscriber, Sarah

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  29. I too just found your blog today and so enjoyed your inspiring outfit planning. I wish my 60+ upper arms would tolerate the sleeveless tank as you do, but alas. I'm looking forward to following your posts.

    Libby @ Beauty Without Within

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  30. I love your blog! I want to try the olive oil as body moisturizer tip you posted a while back, but I'm worried about the oil staining my clothes, especially silks or light colors. Have you had any problems with that?

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    1. i have super dry skin and it absorbs the olive oil perfectly. i've had no problem with stains, not even my sheets. make sure you apply it to wet skin though.

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  31. Love this! This is so my style. Casual elegance I call it :) And I'm really loving stripes right now. I have a similar striped maxi dress from anthropologie and it's my favorite thing. Lovely weather lately too!

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  32. I love this look too Janet! AND I loved seeing your beautiful rain drenched roses:) I have already told you this but you definitely inspire me in many ways...from eating better to losing a few pounds to trying to live with less.... You seem elegant and graceful and REAL!

    Unfortunately, in the 5+ years that I have been blogging..I have encountered some hateful commenters too. I finally stopped letting anonymous people comment. It was just too hurtful. I write about my family and it about killed me when someone commented on my son's very thin body. They blamed me. He had some serious health issues that we were doing everything we could to figure out and that one put me over the edge.

    Anyway, I KNOW (am a Ph.D in marriage and family) that these people are really unhappy in their own lives and yes, probably jealous of your beautiful life (the parts you share with us anyway). Knowing that is one thing, reading the stinging comments and brushing them off is another. I think you would be much happier to disable anon comments. PLUS, it will annoy anon that she can no longer attempt to bully you.

    Have a peaceful day.

    Kim

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    1. I so agree that she will be annoyed that she can no longer attempt to bully you.
      We all love you Janet--Just don't let anyone post anonymously...
      It is a wrinkle in an otherwise perfect blog! XOXOXO
      Lori

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  33. hi Janet-a fellow vegan here that just wants you to lnow that i not only enjoy your beautiful breezy blog, but i think its important too. keep writing, i get a beauty boost every time i come here.

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  34. You are looking so fresh and cute in this latest maxi skirt look. I will have to try out my long skirt with a tank next...I think I'll just start copying every outfit. It will make my life so much easier!
    xoxo, A

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  35. Janet, I agree with 3 peanuts. Stop giving these silly comments any of your valuable energy. A year from now, will it matter. That being said, I miss seeing your home. Do you change things for the seasons? I am making your enchilada recipe tonight! Hang in there! You are a beautiful soul who is willing to share with others. Thank you for all you inspire. Gina T

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  36. Janet, I really like this simple look. The contrast of the dark tank top with the striped skirt is a perfect combination! Happy purging...

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  37. Janet, I do not understand rudeness...why be that way, when it's just a easy to be nice..or even civil. Hey we all like you ..so to heck with meanies. Oh I would love to go to the rose bowl sale just once. Smiles, Susie

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  38. What a lovely spring look. I agree with the whole less is less concept. It amazes me how much we accumulate over time and the reluctancy of some people to throw anything out. I love getting rid of stuff and feng shui-ing my house. Minimalism and only having what you actually need feels great. From reading the comments above, I think you blog and posts are so popular because they have a great energy about them and remind people how to live simply but well. Keep deleting those negative posts. Fifi

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  39. I love this simple, comfortable but no less elegant outfit on you. You wear it well. I have to agree with others who've commented on why your blog is so fantastic.

    As for purging, I didn't know there was anything left to purge at your house! It just proves how very far I have to go. Thanks for the continued inspiration.

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  40. Ha, ha, ha...everyone needs less stuff including one less rude commenter! The skirt/top/French market basket looks so exotic and fantastic. Here in the Pacific North West I can just about start carrying my French market basket around. You look great!

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  41. Your skirt and tank top are so cute!! I continue to enjoy your blog. Thank you!

    Leah

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  42. Janet I love this, it's so perfect and polished.
    Thanks for inspiring me to get rid of more crap. Tomorrow is my day to clean the study and fill my new book shelves that have just been installed, I'm going to channel you while I do that!
    xo

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  43. Just love your style. Am currently on WW (down 20, with about 20 to go, yea! ) and this is the perfect way for me to rework my wardrobe as my body is changing. Thanks for all the imspiration.
    Ps dont understand why people waste time making ugly comments. If they dont like it, just dont come back.

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  44. Hi Janet, yes I am loyal; you are in my top 3 reads, for a long time now. The conversation here the last few days has brought to mind the fact that what you create here on your blog is a most important story to those of us who want a narrative on fashion – the sense of playfulness and just about "anything goes" and you show us how to embrace the lifestyle you so eloquently share. The very things you adopt: garden, home, food and your brand of fashion, are inventive in a modern, authentic way and this sparks envy and want. I think you to be more original than many of your contemporaries, certainly me! I feel glad to come here and wish to see more raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens and just about anything else. So keep up the nice work, you have an important legacy as a blogger.

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  45. Ha, ha! Janet, you are too funny! I sure wish I lived close enough to The Rose Bowl swap meet to snag all your wonderful stuff!!! You are terrific and I sure do enjoy you!
    kim

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  46. I read you all the time, and today you had me laughing out loud! Thanks for the good laugh today. I needed it.

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  47. hi ajj,
    i love this post. i do call you ajj but the last j is the most important of course. because you are absolutely unique. the other two famous initials would have loved knowing you! you have their same style, grace and beauty. but there's a sly little dry humour that they didn't have. or that i hadn't noticed. and that's the icing on the cake as "they" say! and it's you!
    cheers dear heart,
    tammy j

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  48. Love your style and love your inspiration! I have been reading your blog for a few months now and it has definitely made an impact on my life. I'm trying to pare down my wardrobe, declutter my home and eat a better vegetarian diet. Thank you for "putting it out there!" You make a difference.

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  49. Love your blog, Janet, and your wardrobe. Oh, and your garden. Found you via FF. And if you ever tire of this skirt, can you please send it packing to South Australia! Elizabeth.

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  50. You look stunning in your oufit ; it's hard to believe it's fashion OVER fifty ! But don't you get scared having got rid of all this stuff ? You're not going to regret it?

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    1. no, actually the opposite happens. i feel so good when it's gone that i wonder why it took me so long to get rid of it!

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  51. Oh my gosh! I can't believe you of all people had a rude commenter! I seem to be accruing stuff...not losing it...so I'll have to take some inspiration from you! x

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  52. Love your skirt! I need to take inspiration from you and turn an old maxi dress I have into a pretty and comfy skirt. Maxi skirts are the best :)

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  53. I have about 50 blogs that I follow, but I go to yours first now. Why? Because it's simple, inspiring, quiet, lovely and just makes me feel good. Thank you for sharing your thoughts in such a peaceful manner. That energy spreads in a positive way!

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  54. I think decluttering is good for the soul, I decluttered my husbands office today, it feels good to get rid of junk, I do hope all you clutter goes!

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  55. Janet,

    I love the tank top with the maxi skirt. Maybe because it shows off your great shape!

    I think one great thing about decluttering is that you are only keeping what you truly love! So I guess that explains why you always look amazing in everything you wear. :)

    Linda
    xo

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  56. Janet - you are tops in my book and I want to tell you you inspired me awhile back to clear out my pantry! Last December, because of your inspiration, I began letting my gray hair grow in. 2 weeks ago I got it cut really short - so all the old colored hair is OFF. I feel so liberated and have you to thank for inspiring me. I wish I had done it sooner! No more toxic chemicals on my scalp! Bless you Janet for all you share with us!
    xoxo
    Shelley

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  57. You are one of the lucky ones who can wear horizontal stripes!
    Perhaps you can block your nasty anon commenter. You can block dodgy people on Flickr so I wonder if you could do it on Blogger.

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  58. You are so inspiring to me. I love the simple life you lead, yet you manage to still look so fabulous! Hope the sketchy commenter is gone for good too! xoxo, Grace

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  59. Janet, like so many other commenters, I love the maxi skirt - I'm on a mission to find one. I always enjoy hearing about the things you declutter, but this time, sad to see your vintage luggage go. I assume these were the ones you had stacked in your dining room at one time. If I'd known, I would have been tempted to drive the 350 miles to the Rose Bowl!!

    Barbara in Northern Cal

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  60. Lovely post from a lovely lady again. I hope that pesky mean commentor is gone, gone, gone. Doesn't it feel wonderful to clean out items, even though we tuck them away and they are no "visible"? I swear we can feel their vibes.

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  61. Pretty outfit- it is a challenge to find tank tops that cover bra straps. I am too old to think that straps hanging out of one's top is attractive. Please don't block anonymous comments- I prefer a bit of privacy in a very public online world.

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  62. I hear those "rude commenter"s sell really well.

    xx
    SP

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  63. Classy you are! I just found your blog and love it. I too love the maxi soooo comfortable yet classy:) Nice meeting you:)

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  64. Stunning photos, they almost look fake they are so beautiful. As for anonymous commentor-not so beautiful...

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