Monday, August 11, 2014

1 week down, 51 to go!

Dress- E-Bay; Fedora- Sears; Sandals & Belt- Thrifted; Backpack- Boutique in Colchester, England (don't remember the store's name); Sunglasses- Ardene; Nail Polish- Shellack 

They say it takes 21-28 days to form a new habit or break a bad habit. I've just completed my first week of my year of no shopping and I'm going to be honest, it's been tough.  Maybe even harder than I thought because I wasn't fully aware of how often I give in to my temptations.  My first day of the challenge I was working at twiss & weber and tights were on sale for $20.  I immediately started justifying to myself how tights could count as hosiery (on my can buy list) and that maybe I would start my shopping ban the following day.  After consulting with a friend, she reminded me that I wouldn't need tights for a couple of months yet and that I still have plenty of tights I can wear.  A few days later I was picking up a prescription at the pharmacy.  After being told it was going to be a thirty minute wait, I figured I would just browse until the time was up.  Until I realized that I would be tempted to look at and possibly buy nail polish (on my not to buy list).  So instead I drove home, did some tidying and walked to the pharmacy half an hour later.  So not only did I not shop unnecessarily, I also got some exercise and a tidier home!

Something fun that has come out of this challenge so far has been shopping my own closet.  I have been organizing my clothes room and came across over a dozen summer dresses I had forgotten about(counting this printed bird number) along with a few bags (including this butterfly backpack- and backpacks just happen to be trending again- hooray!) Finding items you didn't realize you owned is almost as satisfying as shopping for new pieces- bonus you don't have to spend any money!

Have you ever had to break any bad habits? How long did it take you? (P.S. yes that is a pug in a lifejacket- my friends' little guy Rupert!) 



  1. Good for you for stay strong. My way to break a habit. Like shopping is not to go in to stores.

  2. What a fun post. Pretty pictures, cute outfit and we get to hear your mind work. I used to struggle with limiting the money I spent on clothing but now I re-classify that as Money That Makes Me Happy so I've loosened my belt.

  3. Well done Em! Removing yourself from the distraction is a good call. I'm happy you're rediscovering clothes you forgot about. I can't wait for that to happen when I haul out my winter clothes!

  4. Nice Dress and beautiful bag,and i like the cute dog.

  5. Rupert is adorable. I love your pretty dress. The print is so pretty. I have done a few shopping bans. Usually they just last about a month though. Right now my bad habit I am trying to break is eating sugar.

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