Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Liking Lately

I like to pretend I have a fancy Holiday party to go to and plan what I would wear.  I would wear this Dress the Population 'Lola' Lace Sheath Dress (above - you have to check out the back) with this coat

This dress, I like, and would have reason to wear (with fleece lined tights). 

This article has some great common sense ideas on how to get move more throughout the day beyond your regular workout.  I'm for anything that gets me more steps!

I'm pretty obsessed with Swagbucks (referral link).  Seriously, I'm really obsessed.  You get swagbucks for looking at ads or videos, playing games, shopping at select retailers or answering surveys (among other things - those are just the things I do) and can redeem them for gift cards.  I usually get a Starbucks gift card to treat myself to fancy coffee now and then.  Now I might switch over and start getting gift cards that can help me with my Holiday shopping.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Back to Black (& White)

Sweater:  Mossimo/Target (September 2015) - Top:  Mossimo/Target (October 2015) - Jeans:  LOFT (January 2015) - Shoes:  Me Too (old)
Another Casual Friday look.  Added a red belt for some color.  Probably used this blog title before.  Apparently not writing in complete sentences any longer...

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Slightly Flared

Shopping at Target After Work

Needed Morning Treat Before Work
Jacket:  Urban Outfitters (old) - Sweater:  Old Navy Lightweight Sweater Knit Tee (October 2015) - Jeans: Old Navy High Rise Rockstar Flare Leg (October 2015) - Boots:  Don't remember the brand...  (Old)
I bought these jeans online on clearance.  They were $13.97 and the top was $12.52.  These were part of my September and October shopping as a sport spree of deals (I bought a lot of cheap things the past two months).  The jeans fit well but I would say they are more boot cut than flare which is a little disappointing.  The top is cute but you do have to wear something underneath it as it is a little bit sheer.  Not horrible purchases, but not perfect and nothing I really needed. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

How to Shorten Short Legs

Sweater:  Ellen Tracy via Macy's (old) - Top:  Banana Republic (old) - Pants:  Old Navy (old) - Shoes:  ECCO via Nordstrom (old)
Here are some things I have had in my closet for quite a while but have never paired together.  Not sure why I never thought to wear this short sleeved shirt with this cardigan before.  I don't wear this cardigan that often because I am never 100% sure I like the front parts hanging down like they do (it's shorter and straight across in the back).  It's a super soft knit though and I love gray so that is probably why I keep it.  I don't think it is the right proportion for my long torso and short legs either...cropped pants with a low rise and a long sweater just makes my short legs look even shorter.  I think next time I pair this top and sweater together I will wear with a black skirt, black tights and black boots.  Although, I hear more and more about not worrying about dressing for your body type and just wearing what you are comfortable in.  I was comfortable in this so I guess we will just go with that and not over analyze!!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Faux Suede on a Faux November Day

Top:  Kohl's (Oct. 2015) - Skirt:  Wyatt Knit Faux Suede Midi Skirt via BlueFly (Sept. 2015 - Same) - Shoes:  TopShop via Nordstrom (Sept. 2015)

Here is an outfit of new things.  I hate to say I've gone a bit over budget in September and October.  I'm not proud of it and have not recapped the damage here on the blog.  I'm still keeping track of all my purchases but I'm not sure if I'll keep up with reporting it here.  Not just because I'm embarrassed but also because it takes a while to put those posts together.  It wouldn't take so long if I only bought one or two things!!  I'm not excited about everything I have brought in these last two months but I do like this skirt and have worn these shoes quite a bit already. 

We have had some gorgeous unseasonably warm weather to start November here in Indiana.  I love we have still been able to take walking breaks outside our office building and not freeze! 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Why do you Shop?

As I have mentioned many times on this blog, I like to shop.  A lot.  I think too much.  I feel unhappy when I see the ill-fitting, not coordinating, cheap things bursting from my closet.  If I had a carefully curated wardrobe of things I loved and that fit well, I wouldn't think I had a problem.  Lately I have found a few articles and books that really resonate with me that I thought I would share.

Most often when you think of or hear about someone with a shopping addiction you think of someone that is over their head in credit card debt.  Despite not being in debt from shopping, I still feel like I am doing it for the dopamine, or trying to fill some sort of void, and not the actual stuff.  This article from the Huffington Post breaks down some signs of a shopping addiction and ideas on how to break it. 

"It’s an investment, rather than the cheap buzz of getting something new."
This writer of this article from The Atlantic made a goal to only buy new clothing items that cost $150 or more. As someone who uses finding and buying "good deals" as a solution for boredom, a bad mood or frustration in any area of my life, I find this idea intriguing. I don't think it is a be all end all solution of course, and clothing as an investment is debatable, but it is an interesting idea to make you think more about what you are purchasing.

Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Of course I had to read this much talked about book. (I bought the kindle version as to not accumulate any more clutter!) I love the idea of only having things that "spark joy". I haven't followed through with a complete closet clean out (getting everything out all at once sounds so overwhelming) but I think it would be helpful if I did. I really wonder if I have any items that truly spark joy in my closet. Impulse buys don't typically turn out to be joy inducing after the initial high of making the purchase.
Trade Shopping for Self-Care and Everything Will Change
This blog post from Be More With Less is inspiring. "The best thing that happened was that instead of stuffing my feelings, I listened to them. Instead of shopping away pain or worry, I felt it. I started to understand that those feelings were my body’s way of saying, “Listen, something is not right.” not “Let’s go buy things.”"

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