Thursday, February 5, 2009

The seven week itch

If you can believe it , I have been on a shopping ban since mid-December.  Considering all the sales I allowed myself to indulge in during November and the first half of December, coupled with all our new home expenses and the scary economy, I just cannot justify spending anything on clothes right now.  So far, I haven’t bought one clothing/shoe/bag/make-up/etc purchase for myself in 7 weeks.  But a few days ago, I started to feel the itch… that 7 week itch.  Oh, how I longed to give in and do a little shopping, even browsing in the malls.  But I know that if I do, it’ll be a slippery slope into breaking my budget and maybe a full-out binge.

So… I’ve come up with the perfect plan to stay on my shopping ban, while still fulfilling my love of fashion and the thrill of new things.  First off, I will be doing more shopping in my closet to discover all the little forgotten treasure there.  I mean, there must be a reason why I am wearing only 30% of my winter wardrobe right?  It’s good for my ego too.  Suddenly that too small skirt that wouldn’t zip up last winter fits!  And hello… where did this lovely eggplant cardigan come from?

I also am setting aside a big pile of clothes that need to be hemmed.  These pants and dresses worked fine pre-Maya (my two year old) when I wore 4” heels on a daily basis.  But now that I am a SAHM, I wear flats 90% of the time, and I look stumpy in these longish dresses.  My lovely mother-in-law has loaned me her sewing machine and (once I learn how to use it) soon I’ll have so many more dresses in my arsenal that it’ll be like a whole new wardrobe.

Lastly, I’ve convinced Mo (and myself) that if I put aside a small sum of money to go thrift shopping, that wouldn’t count against breaking my ban.  Since I haven’t found a pottery studio to join, I don’t really have a creative outlet for myself right now.  I think it’d be fun to go thrift shopping, dig and find a treasure or two, and then alter them to fit me and my style.  I’ve been addicted to style blogs of girls who do just this.  I find them inspiring and really admire their eye, creativity and style.  You should check them out, and maybe you’ll be inspired to save a little money (never a bad idea) and pick up a new hobby!

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