So it’s day 20 of my 30 Day No Shopping Challenge and not shopping is still a struggle but I’m finding it easier to resist my impulses. Since I haven’t been shopping, I’ve discovered clothing that at one time I HAD to have. This holds true for this Michael Kors leopard print skirt I’m wearing today. Last Fall I HAD to have it so I bought it and wore it a handful of times. Unfortunately the cycle of buying clothes I had to have and then “falling out of love” with them was becoming too common, leaving me with a pile of rarely worn clothing. To be honest, it kinda makes me ashamed of how greedy I had become with clothing. I honestly thought I was adding to my wardrobe but in actuality, I was just collecting more and more stuff. This challenge is teaching me to appreciate what I have and not to covet stuff so much. Now don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE clothes but instead of running out to buy new stuff, I’m learning to work with what I got.
If you are participating in the 30 Day No Shopping Challenge, how is it going for you so far?
Whenever I buy clothes I think primarily about sustainability. If I can’t wear an item for at least two seasons, I’m probably not going to get it. Having an interchangeable wardrobe is essential because you’re getting more wear out of your clothes and it decreases the need to constantly replenish your closet. Sleeveless dresses are definitely an item that you can get a lot of wear from. Plus they transition smoothly from season to season. The next time you want to wear a cardigan with your sleevless dress, dont leave it open. Button it up to create a crew neck sweater to wear over your dress. Add a belt and ta da…its now a skirt! This pretty much works on most sleeveless dresses so get creative, try it with your favorite printed or patterned sweater.
The easiest way to transition a sleeveless dress is by adding a blazer. But instead of reaching for a blazer, try a fitted leather jacket. It adds instant polish and edge to your dress but Is still appropriate for work.
How do you transition your sleevless dresses?
Have a wonderful day!
Sweater: Old Navy
Necklace: Lane Bryant
Belt: from an old dress
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft
Shoes: Nine West
I hope everyone had a great weekend. I spent my weekend doing housework, laundry and errands…I know SO exciting! LOL
I made sure amidst all the fun I was having that I documented some of my outfits during my vacation. Since I didn’t have my trusty tripod I had to rely on my BFF and my godson, Alex to take my pics. It felt good to be casual and not dolled up for work. I spent the majority of my vacation lounging in bathing suits and shorts.
I promised myself this Summer I wasn’t going to wear skirted bottom with my tankini. To be honest I was really self conscious about my thighs being uncovered but by the second dip in the pool, all was forgotten! I love this pic of me in my tankini while on Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk. Thanks Alex for taking such a good pic!
I was reading my blogger buddy Parker’s post Repeat Offender on her blog Everyday Runway and it got me thinking “I’m a repeat offender!” Currently I have my black & white striped shirt from Ann Taylor Loft in serious rotation (it was originally $44.50 and I got it for $13!) . I swear I wear it at least three times a week. I think the reason why I’m so attached to the shirt is because I love how black & white instantly makes an outfit crisp and sleek. I’ve been pairing the shirt with everything I can get my hands on…but its okay! I’ll happily keep offending until I find another item to latch on to!
Are you a repeat offender? If so, what item of clothing or accessory you can’t get enough of?
Memorial Day weekend here in the States is the unofficial start of Summer. While that might be true, the weather on Saturday was more like late March! After days of stifling humidity and 80+ degree heat, a cold front swept in dipped temperatures in the high 50s! Although the weather was less than ideal, I still went to see “Star Trek: Into Darkness” (LOVED IT!), ran some errands and met up with my girlfriends for dinner at Redstone American Grill. The chilly Saturday evening air didn’t stop me from getting a little gussied up by wearing one of my favorite ASOS maxi dresses. Dinner was a blast and the food was excellent. It was great hanging out with Bridgette, Andrea, Kim and Theda.
Dress: ASOS Curve (bought last August)
Jacket: Old Navy
Sandals: Nine West
On Sunday Latasha, Tamera and I went to Washington DC for the day. Knowing that we were going to do A LOT of walking, being comfortable was more important that being cute! While we did walk a lot, we had a great time together. The weather was perfect for a day in Washington DC. By the end of the day I was completely pooped!
Shirt: Ann Taylor Loft
Jacket: Old Navy
Necklace: Forever 21
Sandals: Steve Madden
Here are some of the highlights of the day. If you haven’t been to the Smithsonian Museums definitely put it on your “to do” list. A day was simply not enough to take in all the museums and multiple exhibits. The next time I go to Washington DC, I’m going to go for a weekend so I can see all that I missed.