Saturday, November 30, 2013

Last Day: November No Buy



Well this is it, the final day of the No Buy. 

And I'm not sweating, or bummed out. I don't feel like I've missed anything. If anything I feel like I've gained waaaaaaay more than I "lost" over this month. 

At the beginning of the month, I honestly thought I would struggle because of the Black Friday weekend, but as it grew closer, and is now passing, it feels more like my eyes were opened to my own covetousness and selfishness, and that all of the shopping I was doing in the months prior to the no buy could have been just covering up a deeper issue or pain. 

As a result of this no buy:
I'm now in the process of a HUGE purge. Hopefully I'll be done before the new year for a fresh start.
I can recognize and process a need and distinguish it from a want.
I don't shop when I'm bored, I find something else to do.
I was able to use the cash to help others instead of indulge myself.
I stuffed some extra cash into my savings.
I'm happier with myself, and more grateful for what I do have.

Think I may do this again next November. Hopefully I won't be alone.

God bless

My Kind of Cozy

Friday, November 29, 2013

My Wish List

My Wish List
Here are the things I'm hoping Santa will slip under my tree this year (I've been really really really good).

The Ugly Sweater: A How To Guide

The Ugly Sweater: A How To Guide


That sweater that your beloved gran made for you or your aunt found at the Salvation Army for a quarter? Yeah she's looking for you to wear that, yeah THAT, to the family dinner. No sweat, mis amigas. Here's how to doll it up.

Long sweater
etsy.com

Long sweater
rustyzipper.com

Cut loose top
rustyzipper.com

Stretch pencil skirt
$40 - peopletree.co.uk

Acid wash jeans
$24 - newlook.com

Red pencil skirt
$29 - fashionunion.com

Wedge bootie
alternativeoutfitters.com

Oversized purse
express.com

Warehouse blue clutch
$42 - warehouse.co.uk

AX Paris beige purse
$20 - axparis.com

Banana republic earrings
bananarepublic.gap.com

Gold tone bracelet
jcpenney.com

10 Bells deco jewelry
$9.54 - theiconic.com.au

Bracelet bangle
$11 - newlook.com

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Thursday VS Black Friday

(Photo courtesy of Quickmeme.com)

I hate Black Friday.

I've never liked it. I think it's hypocritical to have a day of celebration of gratitude, to sit down and eat a meal with friends and family, to thank God for all He has provided only to follow it up by putting the dishes down and going to wait in line for the stores to have their Black Friday opening Thanksgiving Evening!

It used to be that the Black Friday sales could at least wait until it was actually Friday before returning us as a society to a covetous, greedy, selfish state. But oh no, my fashionable friends, now the madness has not only engulfed thanksgiving Thursday, but has surpassed it now offerering Black Friday deals on WEDNESDAY. 

And some of us have gone further, camping out at the locations where these alleged deals are, totally foregoing the thanksgiving experience. 


There is something very very wrong here. And I hate to say it, but it's our fault. If there was no demand, the stores wouldn't overhype us with their supply. 

Megan McArdle' a writer at Bloomberg says "If we could all collectively agree not to open these stores on Thanksgiving, everyone would be better off: Retailers would be able to keep the store closed and save all that overtime, and customers would be able to eat their turkey in peace. But we can’t, and as a result, we’re all worse off."

She's right.

What it boils down to is us as consumers. Are we really going to sacrifice time with our families for a new t.v.? Are we going to substitute time around the table of good food and even better conversation for an ok-at-best deal on clothes? 

It's just STUFF, guys. This time next year, it will be broken, or forgotten, or given away.

I ask you to consider it all. Me personally, I'm more excited about Small Business Saturday than any Black Friday. And of plan on sleeping in Friday. And that's how I really feel. 

Now that I've got that out of the way. Happy Thanksgiving all! God bless.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Late Nights/ Early Mornings

Late Nights/ Early Mornings

It happens to the best of us. When it comes to work wear versus "out" wear, we have the tendacy of separating them, treating these different wardrobe moments as though they were feuding neighbors rather than friendly cousins. Not to fret, fashion forward friends! Your work wear can also double as fun time attire with just a few adjustments. This one dress can be worn two different ways and, once again for my frugal fashionistas, EACH ITEM IS UNDER FIFTY BUCKS! You're welcome. Enjoy!

Oasis blue sleeveless dress
$49 - oasis-stores.com

Camel blazer
$37 - newlook.com

AX Paris red wedge shoes
$45 - axparis.com

Oasis ballet pumps
$24 - oasis-stores.com

Pull Bear blue clutch
$32 - pullandbear.com

Kenneth jay lane jewelry
net-a-porter.com