Honesty is the best policy, right?
It happened. I knew it would. I snapped.
Having not bought anything for just over two months, I finally caved on Saturday and bought not one, but two new dresses. I had realised the Terrible Truth; that despite my best intentions and reluctance to give-in to the first world premise that buying something new has a positive psychological effect on a person, new clothes really do do great things for the psyche.
Hear me out!
Without going into too much detail I’ve been having a bit of a crappy time lately (hold the violins). And in trying to regain a little sparkle I’ve been trying to be social and head out and have a great time, which I have! However, going out in the same old same old kind of starts to make you feel same old same old. And so I caved and bought two new dresses. And Saturday night was ALL KINDS of awesome. So there.
I’m not giving up on WMW 2013. I’m still going to attempt to buy nothing, but if I slip up every so often I’m not going to beat myself up. Especially since I’ve realised I never really did anywhere near as much shopping as most of my friends (Erin I’m looking at you!).
If it’s any consolation, the black dress was reduced from $150 to $60 and the other one was $47. So the bank has not been broken. But I realise this is a lame excuse.
Do you hate me? Jo and Chloe, have you caved at all?!
Perhaps you need to re-think the parameters of what you are doing if this is going to continue to happen. Maybe you need to get things altered to create a new wardrobe without having to buy new things. Dying, changing and adding in a different way to get that spark of wow again? Hate you…. NEVER!!!! Understand and get it totally!
Thanks Deb! I definitely had big plans on getting things altered, but then (stupidly) didn’t think of how difficult it would be to find a decent and well priced tailor in a remote regional area. But I am still on the search and I’m going to see if I can borrow a sewing machine to do my own alterations (if nothing else the consequences could be hilarious!). I definitely need to get more creative 🙂 x
Don’t give yourself a hard time, Bec! Two months without shopping is very impressive.
I totally understand 😉 I too have caved 😦 & bought a jacket ($45 on sale – huge discount online from the UK). Given I have been selling lots of stuff on eBay after some mad decluttering I decided I could spend half of the money on myself provided I used the rest more wisely (am going to donate the rest on Kiva). The fact of the matter is that I am consuming far less than I did which cannot be a bad thing. I now have a little eBay funded nest egg with which to treat myself during the year & have made a short list of what I will spend it on – classic basics that will last & hopefully get a lot of use (new winter coat & a trench coat).
Thanks Jo! The first month was so easy, the second was harder. Sounds like you are doing an amazing job decluttering and I love the idea of an eBay nest egg with which to buy classics. I’m going to try and get back on track now x
Don’t beat yourself up, they are both lovely dresses and incredibly wearable so you will get full value out of them. I’m sure you’ll also be able to accessorise them with items from your existing wardrobe too!
Well that’s what I thought! Both very versatile dresses. Thanks for your kind words 🙂 x
I agree with you Bec. Sometimes you need a little pick-me-up and affordable clothes are a one-way street to lighter spirits. Bisous.
Thanks Adele! x
Babe you did much better than me…I’m pretty sure I broke this little pact of ours on January 2nd!
And as a result you ALWAYS look bangin’! Not that I’m jealous or anything 😉
I think all is not lost, all you have to do when purchasing another item is get rid of something in your wardrobe and it’s like nothign ever happened….
I love this! Althought the potential for abuse is high… I can imagine me buying a cocktail dress and then throwing out a manky pair of tights to justify the purchase haha
Hmmmm nah set boundaries, I do and it works 🙂
Bec, this is totes unacceptable. If you continue to do such scandalous things like BUY CLOTHES, I am going to defriend you 😉
Shop on, girl.
Haha best comment so far!! xx
Never! My husband was sent to NY for what turned out to be the whole month of Feb. and I went too. Since we live in LA that meant a pair of ‘fashionable’ waterproof boots (ordered online while waiting for our flight at Burbank!) and then while we were there a pair of jeans and a couple sweaters (didn’t pack enough clothes to get through a mont). Anyway I figured that is completely out of the norm though so didn’t beat myself up too much. You shouldn’t either. I’m sure our non shopping has helped our bank accounts and the environment, among other things!
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