The time has come... SHOPPING BAN

May 24, 2012

Yes, my friends.  My self-imposed shopping ban has officially started. {it actually started last night!}  I am smack dab in the middle of Day One and I feel fantastic.

After being excited about making it home before 6pm last night, I came straight in the house, upstairs to my bedroom and into my closet to peel my work clothes off and change into something comfortable to start dinner.  I took one look at my closet; jam packed with way too many pieces, scarves strewn all over the place, shoes all over the floor, handbags and clutches almost falling off of the shelves, my beautiful work of color-coordinating my closet no longer in existence - and almost had a panic attack.  Oh. My. Goodness., is what I thought.  My shopping is out of control.  Where did all of this crap come from?

And that’s when it dawned on me: I don’t need to buy another thing for a really really long time. Even though at times it feels like I have closet full of nothing, refraining from purchasing shoes, belts, jewelry, handbags, clutches, bathing suits, blazers, pants, tops, sweaters, ANYTHING {including thrifting!} until my birthday at the end of July just feels like the right thing to do. So here we go!

After being suggested by my friend C via twitter last night, I was thinking about doing a “challenge” here on the blog.  A series, if you will - of ways to shop my own closet, but I don’t think I need to.  What a great idea but I don’t think shopping my closet should be a challenge.  It should be something that I am doing daily.  Anyway.  And that is what I plan to do. :)

As a “style blogger”, it is so easy to get caught up in wanting the latest and greatest.  Wanting to click and buy something that looks amazing on one of the beautiful bloggers that I follow.  Creating wish-lists and posting about my current cravings - feeding into the self-induced frenzy of HAVING to have something just because it’s cute. Nope, it stops here. And I will be the first to admit that this won’t be easy.

Admittedly though, I don’t think I spend too much on shopping for myself.  There is no secret that I am a fan of thrifting, which doesn't put too much of a dent in my pocket. I almost always shop clearance / sales and use a coupon code whenever possible, but those purchases count and boy do they add up.  The money that I did spend on shopping will now go towards meaningful things.  Like our Myrtle Beach family vacation in July.  Or summer-time fun that we can’t wait to have.  Or the sans-kids cruise that Cory and I plan to take in October.

Who knows? Maybe this ban will last far longer than July 26th.  I would be thrilled if it does! :)

Have you ever gone on a shopping ban? Any words of encouragement for me?  

xoxo, thanks for reading!  ♥

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