The Challenge

Starting today, I agreed to a challenge that no lady in her right mind should ever agree to.

No shopping for new clothes, shoes, purses or accessories for the rest of the year.

Yep…no shopping. Should be fun right?

No, probably not. But it might be.

Why am I doing this? There’s actually a few reasons…

1. I honestly think I can do it.
Tim initially challenged me to no new shoes for the rest of year (with a couple exceptions at the bottom of the post), but I decided to up it and add in the other three items. I’m not one that goes on major shopping sprees, but I am one that has a tendency to pick up a new shirt or scarf when venturing into Target when I only really need mascara. But really, who doesn’t do that? I’m pretty sure 99% of people that go into Target for one thing leave with a cart full. I will complain that I have nothing to wear, when in fact I do. I just need to learn how to create new outfits and get more out of what I already own.

2. Saving money.
I feel like this is a no-brainer reason, but it’s definitely one of mine. We’re taking a couple trips this spring, and we have a couple big ones that we’re hoping to go on in 2015. Not buying those items = money saved.

3. Spend money on more meaningful things.
I read an article on Design*Sponge last week titled Practicing Mindfulness At Home: The Need + Want Equation that I really connected with. It really gets you thinking about how and where the products you buy are made, along with if you really need something and it’s value in the long run. I hate to admit, but there’s been times that I’ve been very materialistic—whether that’s me feeling like I “need” that expensive item or just want something cheap to tie me over for a summer. How important is it to have that $300, or even $15, purse? It’s not. I would like to focus on filling my life with more meaningful experiences and items than something that could easily be disposed of.

I’ve actually spent some time over the last week going through areas of the house to declutter by throwing things out, recycling or donating. It just goes to show that you could, at any given time, get rid of something that you thought you needed/wanted just a year prior. I would like to start looking at purchases in a different way to where I know I’m totally in love with something before I spend money on it.

So what are the exceptions of this challenge?

• New running shoes—I’m going to need new ones this year. I’m signed up for two sprint triathlons this summer and a half marathon in October. You can actually get injured by running in old shoes, and I’d rather not have that happen!

• New white flats—I wear my white flats year round, and my current pair are really starting to show their wear and tear. I’m waiting for a sale and then will be purchasing a new pair.

• Anything purchased with a gift card or store credit—If money isn’t coming out of my account, then it’s fine.

• New basic tops—I wear my plain (white and black) shirts a ton, and they are also seeing the last of their days. I will probably cut up my old ones to use as rags (just like my mom used to) once new ones are purchased.

So here’s to buying less and saving more!

—m.

Fall Obsession: Ankle Boots

The first day of Fall isn’t for another 9 days, so I’m holding on to every bit of summer I can. However, the thought of cooler weather and wearing boots, sweaters and scarves is on the brink of being on my mind. Last fall/winter, I was all about wearing my tall brown boots, but this fall, I’m obsessing over ankle boots. I have so many pairs on my wish list. I purchased pair #1 with a leftover birthday gift card the other night, and I have my eye on pair #5—love the buckles!

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Boots: 1  /  2  /  3  /  4  /  5  /  6

—m.

My 2013 Spring Wardrobe Wishlist

With Spring roughly three weeks away, I’m itching to get out of my boots and into skirts and wedges. Don’t get me wrong…I love wearing scarves and boots during the cold months, but I am ready to put them away until next fall. I try not to pay too much attention to what’s in, or the current fad, but there’s always one or two things that I actually do like.  And I try to keep with basics so I can mix and match and wear it piece several different ways. So here are just a few things I’m keeping a look out for when adding to my wardrobe this spring.

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Striped Dress // Navy boat shoes // Sweater // Dress // Mint Jeans // Flats

1. A casual pink/coral/red striped dress. I want to be able to wear my jean jacket, sandals and a hat with it.
2. Navy pair of boat shoes. My current pair of Sperry’s are four years old and starting to show their wear. And considering we do have a sailboat, the shoes get used how they’re meant to.
3. Lightweight, oversized sweater. Great for casual days and cooler nights.
4. Aztec or tribal print dress or top. Normally I would be all over polk-a-dots, but I’m totally in love with tribal prints right now.
5. Mint or green colored jeans. I have a pair of cobalt, red, coral and patterned hearts. These would help round out my colors, right?
6. Floral print flats. Last year I was in love with wedges, this year I’m in love with floral print flats. You can wear them so many ways!

—m.

Friday Work Attire

I’ve finished the painting I started last weekend, but I’m still awaiting a new somin’ somin’ in the mail before I do a before and after post. I love the common areas so much better already. So until then, I thought I’d put up a post of what I wore to work today :)

We have a business-casual / fairly relaxed dress code at work. We can wear anything from formal business attire to jeans and a nice blouse. I always aim for something in the middle, maybe slightly more towards the casual side—I’m not quite ready for full on business attire. Kudos to anyone my age that has to actually wear that on a daily basis.

I’m still figuring out how to create different outfits out of my existing clothes. It’s so easy to fall back on your favorite outfits or go out and buy a new item. But with the wedding less than two months away and a list of things we have yet to purchase, I’m determined to use what I’ve got. The three items in the picture below are not the exact items I own, but are pretty darn close. So today, I’m wearing my black and white striped blazer from F21 [no longer available], a basic v-neck shirt [mine was from Express a couple years ago], and blue pants [mine are from Kohls and should still be available—their site is currently down for maintenance.] Oh yes, and I’m wearing basic white flats.

Here are the items shown in the image: blazer // shirt // pants similar pants

I  normally wear the blazer with dark, straight leg jeans or red slacks, but I loved the thought of wearing blue pants. I could have easily worn heels with this to make it even more dressier, but I bruised my left knee up last night so I stuck with flats today. Happy Friday!

-m.

Wait…what brand are those?

I recently bought a new pair of wedges (the ones below to be exact), and am basically in love with them.

I was so in love with the watercolor floral pattern of the shoes that I looked past the lower wedge heel (2.5 inches) and ordered them. They are much brighter in person than what the pictures show. It’s a good kind of brighter too. And! there are so many colors in these wedges, that I can basically wear them with whatever color I want—which I have done. Have I mentioned how comfortable these guys are? Maybe it’s lower wedge heel or the way the fabric lays across the top of my foot or perhaps it’s the cushioned insole. Or how about all three reasons. I was able to score the shoes basically for half of the retail price because they were on sale and an additional discount. So worth it.

So…would you believe me if I said that these shoes were Naturalizer brand? Because they are! Just about every girlfriend that’s asked me about these shoes are shocked when I tell them what brand they are. I don’t blame them, Naturalizer has such an “old-person” stigma to them. But believe it or not, they have  a some cute shoes in their current line. Some may not be the most “night-out-on-the-town” style of shoes, but for wearing to work and every day comfort—I’m sold.