Last week I documented my end of summer sale finds, and my favorite places for doing so in Dallas. The adventure continued when I visited Elements this past Saturday for yet another round of summer sale scavenging. Crazily, I took my 2-1/2-year old twins with me, and my shopgirl Stevie and the sales staff could not have been sweeter to play with them while I shopped… and I bought. All of this shopping has been great fun, and I have added many lovely pieces to my wardrobe the last 6 weeks. However, I have gone well beyond my limits, and I must put my foot down on myself. Yesterday, I told two of my friends I will not shop for myself for six months (other than for essentials, naturally). Can I do it? I hope so. I have no choice, to be honest! I realize this means nothing new during the holiday season, not even after Christmas sales. But I am not concerned. How is one to enjoy what one has if they are always acquiring the next new thing?
Over the past several years, I have assembled a nice wardrobe of things I love, things that communicate my brand and make me feel supported and fabulous. This is what I want for my clients, and I am merely taking my own advice. Yet, there comes a time when one has enough. Now the fun begins, actually, because I can test my outfit-making skills, devising interesting combinations with my wonderful wardrobe.
Outfit-making is one of my favorite things to do for clients. It falls under my closet audit / wardrobe review service. Most clients are amazed at the number of options they have that they never considered and would not have put together on their own. I look forward to doing this for myself and casting a blind eye to the 2013 fall collections (at least where my own wardrobe is concerned).
You may have noticed I excluded “essentials” from my shopping moratorium. What is an essential anyway? If nail polish isn’t an essential, I’ve already broken my promise this morning. I was trying to find an OPI polish called Fly from the 2012 Nicki Minaj collection, a cool matte teal I’m sporting on my toes from a recent pedicure. I justified the purchase because I love the color and I want to replicate it on my own since pedicures may be beyond my budget for awhile. I did not find Fly, so instead I picked up a glittery teal, also by OPI, called Yodel Me On My Cell from the Fall 2010 Swiss Collection. I must be very wary of my “essential” purchases, else I will make the drug stores very rich over the next six months and negate the benefit of my “no shopping” pledge.
So, there you have it, my promise to not shop for six months, no shoes, no jewelry, no clothes. I will keep you posted on my progress, and I hope you will help me stick to my guns. I would like to apply some restraint on my twins’ wardrobes, as well. I daresay they are much less excited about a new piece of clothing than I am. While I am on my shopping hiatus, I will live vicariously through my clients and you. Let me know what you’re buying. I’m dying to know!