The Challenge

Welcome to my blog!  Here I am with my first post.  I decided I would challenge myself to begin with what is already in my closet.  I cannot buy new outfits, shoes, etc.  I have to work with what I already own. I began by giving several pairs of shoes, handbags, jeans and other clothing to Goodwill, which means I am limited in my choices.  Interestingly enough, I found a lot of clothes that I just don’t wear, and I know there are many of you out there with the tags still on your clothes, yet we continue to buy more.  Well, why don’t you take this challenge with me.  Let’s see what we can come up with in our closets.   Whew, this is really going to be a challenge for me!

I have a friend who purchased her wedding dress several sizes too small, which gave her the motivation to lose weight before her wedding.  I, on the other hand, purchased this dress in 2007 while on a trip to California.  I purchased an extra small, but the dress still fit loosely and I knew I had some growing to do. However, you know how we get when we see something we just can’t resist.  We tell ourselves we can wear it in a few months. Well, four years later, I still have a few more inches to go.  I could not resist putting it on.  I feel so girlie in this dress and I can’t help but spin around uncontrollably whenever I wear it.  Let’s get creative and see what we can come up with over the next few weeks. I look forward to seeing you soon! 😉

Shayla Jay

Shayla Jay


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  1. K

    Wow, this is a great site! I can’t wait to read more whenever there are posts. Love the common sense and great fashion challenge, using what you have! I’m waiting for more from Shayla Jay!

  2. Haute Pink

    I love the flirty dress. I can’t believe you purchased it four years ago! It looks great!

  3. D.C. Fashionista

    I love The Challenge. You are so right–we could all benefit by taking a look in our own closets and finding fun ways to reinvent our favorite pieces (and some that we’ve never worn)! Next time, before I run out to the store, I’ll take an assessment of what I already have to find items that enhance my existing wardrobe. Thanks for the great idea Shayla Jay! I look forward to reading more on your blog!

  4. Anonymous

    Love it! Love it! Love it!! I can’t wait to take this journey with you. I’m really looking forward to following you on fb and twitter and reading more posts. Go for it!!

  5. Classy Sassy

    So excited about this blog! And definitely will continue to follow… The topic of fashion is exciting, and I’m looking forward to learning more about it! Love your dress! It’s fabulous! And I will take on the challenge of wearing what’s already in my closet. Looking forward to more of your blogs!

    • StephannieG

      Shayla, I love the entire concept of this blog. I am so excited for you, you look great in that cute dress! Keep up the great work. I’m inspired to do the same, especially because I am cleaning out my closet this week. Thanks

  6. Virtuous A

    I love it…great pictures. Yes, re-inventing our fashions is great and rewarding task.
    Here’s to great faith, great food and great fashion!

  7. Sapphire 75

    I am so enjoying the blog already and can’t wait to read more. Honey, you are wearing that dress! You look stunning!

  8. Simply style

    Great look…looking forward to taking the challenge with you

  9. Candice

    You look gorgeous! I love fashion…so I will definitely love this blog! Look forward to reading your take on fashion! Oh…and I will take the challenge with you. 🙂

  10. Michael

    Keep up the good work Very nice.

  11. Ever So Lovely

    Shayla this is wonderful..You look so beautiful in the pictures. Can’t wait to see everything that the Lord have in store for you to put out there for all to see and read. May the Lord continue to bless all your endeavors. As our Pastor says the best is still yet to come. Can’t wait.

  12. SherryG

    Shayla this blog is simply MARVELOUS! I am so excited about what you are doing. I am going to take this Challenge with you, as I have outfits in my closet that I have either worn once or not at all. I love how you matched up that beautiful dress with the denim jacket. Very classy and tastefully done! I look forward to reading more. I pray that God will continue to bless you with great ideas for your blog. Shayla, God is definitely up to GOOD concerning YOU!

  13. Wayne R

    You bringing style to Tucson

  14. Alfred Jackson

    Great blog Shala Jay!
    The photos look great. Maybe you can help me improve my fashion sense.

  15. Anonymous

    How Cool!! Your blog is awesome. I look forward to following it. You might have to start daily posts!

  16. mrslbf

    Shayla, what a wonderful blog and a great idea. You have put something on my mind and a conformaiton on what I have been praying about THANKS. I can stop shopping for a while and dress up the items in my closet. Keep up the good work you.

  17. T.Kae

    This blog is awesome! I’m definitely saving this blog in my “bookmarks”!

    Good luck! I look forward to future posts.

  18. Christie

    Shayla, you look amazing. I think this is an awesome idea and I will keep reading your blog.

  19. Precious

    The dress is way too cute. I need those shoes.

  20. Ricka

    I love this outfit girl!! If it’s too big for you, let me borrow it! haha jk

  21. DJ

    Wow! Shayla, you look beautiful! I can hardly wait to see the next post. Have you done any modeling? You should.

  22. keyshanna

    When are you free to go shopping with me lol

    • shaylajay

      I am always free for a shopping trip, but I’m taking this blog challenge, and I am not supposed to do any killer shopping for a while. The challenge is to use what is in your closet and make it work.

  23. StephannieG

    Shayla, I love the entire concept of this blog. The dress is so cute! Keep up the great work. I am cleaning out my closet this week and will definitely be greatful for this challenge. Thanks.

  24. Iniabasi (Ini)

    I’ve never read someone’s personal fashion blog, so I didn’t know what to expect. But I have to say that I absolutely loved it! You are very talented. I look forward to reading more and seeing more beautiful pictures!

  25. Ambie Mobula

    Awesome awesome!

  26. Natalie Fultom

    Hey Shayla, love your blog! Your wedding was beautiful!!!!! Everything, from the proposal up to now, you & Matt are just like a fairy tale with blessings to last happily ever after. Love you guys & what you represent! Congrats on all of your success. I don’t read blogs much but I will definitely keep in tuned to yours. (0=

  27. Bianca

    Your photos are beautiful! You make me want to go in my closet and create perfect oufits.