It took me (us really) all day to get these pictures taken, and now that I take a closer look, I see that perhaps I should capture myself when I’m a little more put-together, or not looking so tired. I also noticed that so far this week I’ve been wearing a white top with a solid skirt. Really, I wasn’t trying to, but it is an easy outfit to put together during these hot summer days.
anthropologie casement drapes blouse
american eagle knit skirt
target wakana strappy wedge
Now I want to take some time to reflect on yesterday’s post and everyone’s really helpful responses. Thank you guys for chiming in to share with me your thoughts and rationale for how to decide on when to go all the way with purchasing something at fp or waiting out for a sale. The thing about it for me is this: this is money that I earn and work hard for. I am given responsibility on how to spend it and whatever I decide, I need to feel good about that decision. So I think this is the underlying reason for addressing this topic – for a while there have been some purchases that I haven’t felt good about and that’s what really bugs me. On certain occassions I returned some of the items, but the rest I kept because I liked so much, even though there was no need for them or I wasn’t spending my money the smartest way. The simple decisions of buying at the pretty-looking store, surrounded by the beauty, distract me from the lessons my parents instilled in me on the value of money and its importance for providing me stability. And I feel so torn right then and there: do I want to enjoy my present, my now, with pretty things that help me enjoy life, or do I overlook pretty today for stability tomorrow and the day after that?
To put it in perspective with my personal life, I’m a full-time student and part-time researcher at the university. I have student loans that hover over my head even though I wish they didn’t exist. Since I can’t POOF! make them disappear, I have to exercise decisions that will keep me happy now but also make me feel like I made the right decisions for myself. Really, who knew shopping could become so complicated?? One of the main reasons I decided to start this blog is because I really wanted to catalog different looks with the items I already owned and genuinely wanted (still do) to make the most of what I have so that I’m not always tempted for something new. I also confess that I can outgrow my love for certain pieces quite easily, and that’s okay, but I need to replace, rather than accumulate. I believe Cat’s mantra is that for every new item that is introduced to the wardrobe, one item must say goodbye. I think I can live with that!