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Shopping: January Round-Up

Purchases for January

Early in the month I went to Las Vegas with friends. I was good, didn’t drink, even threw in a late night workout at the hotel. I didn’t spend very much money, except for chipping in for the hotel, of course. Friends bought food and we cooked for the most part. We did do brunch and few quick foods but I’d say my spending was very minimal for a Vegas trip, but was an unplanned expense nonetheless. However I did gain new friends in the process.

On the Sunday of that Vegas weekend, just before we left… the emphasis was definitely on shopping. We even stopped by the outlets at Primm before driving back home. I didn’t purchase anything at the outlets but I did make a purchase at Planet Hollywood… an expensive, unplanned one.

I lost my best favoritest sunglasses when I was in a car accident back in Dec. 2010. They were gorgeous aviators that ran a smidgen more square than round, perfect for my super round circle face. And since then I haven’t exactly had sunglasses. I mean I have, but nothing I was attached to to make part of my “look.”

Enter:

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Prada 52PS

I also had been holding on to a store credit from Solstice for three years… lmao. So I resolved to make the sunglasses my monthly purchase. This did mean that I changed my January shopping theme from trousers to accessories – something I had planned well into the middle of the year because I don’t consider accessories very important (which is perhaps a rookie fashion mistake).

But I think considering my move in January, purchasing anything that would add to my baggage wouldn’t make sense. But sunglasses, now those are handy things. So I felt justified in changing my theme. Also this year I’ve resolved to begin adding gold elements to my wardrobe vs strictly silver/platinum/white gold. A step in the right direction.

Then on the 2nd to last week I purchased an Everlane slim compact leather wallet, a purchase I’d been mulling over since middle of December but held off from purchasing because I purchased far too many luxury goods that month… lmao. But still, the wallet remained a necessity. I’d been using the same fabric Coach wallet for maybe 5 years, if not more. The condition on it is still amazing but the weight and size of it just didn’t feel right anymore.

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In round-up, I think I chose wisely on the theme for the month and also chose items I truly did need and use. For example, I used the sunglasses -without fail- every single day this month. The fit of the sunglasses is absolutely perfect and they serve their purpose well.

Did I save money with this Shopping Goal of mine? Not this month. From an unplanned Vegas trip to moving expenses to having to purchase a formal dress for the Annual FPFC dinner dance for work, I definitely did not save any money this month. But I don’t regret the purchases I made either. Both items were quite practical and carefully thought through purchases.

5 Piece Wardrobe

I am pretty sick of fast fashion. Trends come and go, style go out, clothes falls into a bad state – all from buying fast fashion at “cheap” prices. I have so many items of clothing it’s ridiculous and yet I still constantly have this feeling of, “I have nothing to wear” and for the most part, find myself going back to only a very select few garments that are tried and true and never fail to put an outfit together. I’d consider those select few items as my staple wardrobe items. My goal now, having established a style, coming to realize which pieces flatter me, what color palette I like, etc, I feel it’s time to buy quality pieces at a higher price (an investment), and to equalize that, buy in lesser quantity.

At the moment I just want a few things here and there (mainly shoes) so my list isn’t so concrete as of yet. The five piece wardrobe is seasonal, so that every season I am allowed another 5 quality pieces to invest in. On my mind right now:

  1. Acne Pistol boots, black
  2. Yves Saint Laurent Tribtoo, suede black or black
  3. Giuseppe Zanotti glitter boots
  4. Perfect V-neck Pima Cotton Tee in grey
  5. (not sure yet)

A lot of shoes… typical of me.

Quarter Down

A week has passed and I have not made any unnecessary purchases. This is getting serious. It’s like this… boiling pot of water trying to burst out from under the top. I desperately wanted the Marc by Marc Jacobs moleskine that came out for Barney’s Co-Op 25th anniversary or some such thing. It’s $30… priced significantly higher than a regular moleskine. Now, I did lose my precious red one and have since lost much hope in finding it. Yet, what knocked me into my senses was the $5 shipping. Lmao, I’m one of those people that will refuse to pay for shipping because if the item does not fit… and I return the item, I have still lost out on money with NOTHING to show for it. Anyway, $35 for an item that I can get for about half the price… is a rip-off no matter whose name is on the cover. And then I looked at the moleskine again and the “scribbles” look so careless and are not of any particular design. Much more classic is a plain ol’ moleskine. Ugh, now if only I could find my red one!!

I already know I’m bound to fail this no-buy thing because I plan on purchasing one little thing soon. It’s sort of special, even though it’s used… and small. But I’m very excited about it. I still have about 4 days to think about it… hah!

Quarter Down

A week has passed and I have not made any unnecessary purchases. This is getting serious. It’s like this… boiling pot of water trying to burst out from under the top. I desperately wanted the Marc by Marc Jacobs moleskine that came out for Barney’s Co-Op 25th anniversary or some such thing. It’s $30… priced significantly higher than a regular moleskine. Now, I did lose my precious red one and have since lost much hope in finding it. Yet, what knocked me into my senses was the $5 shipping. Lmao, I’m one of those people that will refuse to pay for shipping because if the item does not fit… and I return the item, I have still lost out on money with NOTHING to show for it. Anyway, $35 for an item that I can get for about half the price… is a rip-off no matter whose name is on the cover. And then I looked at the moleskine again and the “scribbles” look so careless and are not of any particular design. Much more classic is a plain ol’ moleskine. Ugh, now if only I could find my red one!!

I already know I’m bound to fail this no-buy thing because I plan on purchasing one little thing soon. It’s sort of special, even though it’s used… and small. But I’m very excited about it. I still have about 4 days to think about it… hah!