Day 45, actually today is day 46.....what was I was thinking?
I just want to shop... this challenge has allowed me to see that at times I can be an emotional shopper. I've been really stressed at work and I've started to notice that I run right to the computer to soothe myself. I've sent numerous emails to my friends with pictures and links to things that I want to buy at that very moment- some gently send me the link to my initial "No Shopping" post and others simply reply back with "NO".
All I know is that I want to swipe the card and get something!
The other day I got into a "What am I wearing closet frenzy" and I realized that I have similar pairs of shoes- which led me to think about my shopping decisions... am I really thinking about what I already have when I make a purchase?
In the same light, I also started to think about the pieces that I do buy which are brimming with outfit possibilities only to be put in the back of my closet. So yes, now that I'm halfway done this challenge is starting to drive me insane ... but it's also opened my eyes as to the psychological effects as to why I shop and my thought process while doing so. Who would have thought that this challenge would be so deep?
So back to my closet frenzy... I don't remember what I was looking for- but I do remember what I found, too many damn similarities and too many things that I bought but don't wear. (Yes, I can argue that having shoes that look similar are not necessarily the same.. but still)
How many pairs of brown flats do I need, yes they look different but the essence is still the same they are brown flats. The same sentiment goes for the grey heels.
Also.. these shoes are the exact same shoe just different colors. All I can say to myself right now is "Seriously?"
So what I'm learning is this - I'm ridiculous. And buying something that looks like or is in general the same as something I have already is not a good look and not a smart purchase. When I think about my students loans I think about if the shopping decisions I've made could have amounted to smarter financial decisions- it's not to beat myself up, it's just making smarter decisions. If I take into consideration what I have in my closet already, then that's more money in my account.
Don't get me wrong, we all deserve the occasional splurge.. but let's be real too many "special occasion splurges" eventually turn into poor excuses.
As for the clothes that I bought but have yet to wear ... I think we all have a dose of this. But I can remember that some of these things are items I bought as recently as during the holidays... so I just need to wear them!!
this looks waaaaay better on me than it does on the rack!
Are any of you challenging yourself to not shop? Have you ever really looked at your shopping thought process, do you shop because you need, want or just to get your mind off of something else?
~Luvin' My Curves
P.S: In about 3 weeks I will be heading off to Capetown, South Africa! Some of you have asked what I did about the shorts situation. Well, one of my friends without me even asking sent three pairs of her shorts -2 of which still have the tag on them because she shops without thinking (birds of a feather ....). The shorts fit just fine and I am eternally grateful to her for not making me break my pact with the No-Shopping Devil.