After work, my husband I walked over to a bar in our neighborhood for dinner, so I changed into flats.
J. Crew sand & white striped sequined tank - $14
Tommy Hilfiger sand & white striped blazer - $42 (but $0 because it was an exchange)
Talbots boyfriend jeans - $20ish, old
Banana Republic brown braided leather bracelet - old
J. Crew red bangle - old
Michael Kors gold watch - gift
Zigi Soho olive wedges (via DSW) - old
Target cognac sandals - $15 (exact)
I was super comfy and felt summery in this neutral, airy outfit. I'm really digging this blazer and love that it's so light and fresh for summer! I'm excited to have another summer work blazer to mix in with my usual fave, the white blazer.
Second, let's talk about money honey. You guysssss!!! I'm still in the clear on my shopping ban 3 weeks in, but even more importantly, I surivived my first major obstacle - the J.Crew 30% off sale. I rarely miss out on purchasing at least something during these because there is almost always something I've been lusting after forever. As soon as I saw the emails this week I felt my reserve weakening jussssssst a little... okay, kind of a lot - I actually clicked on one of the emails to open up the site once, but I immediately shut it and deleted the email. Right after that I got on Blogger and wrote this paragraph in a draft post. I seriously did not want to have to come back in here and change it to say I broke the ban, especially since I couldn't even pretend like it would have been a spur of the moment thing at that point. And I totally resisted! I'm pretty proud of myself (even while knowing full well that this shouldn't really be an accolade-worthy act...) Regardless, I made it through another week, and I'm actually a little bit surprised it hasn't been tougher to avoid temptation so far, because 3 weeks is kind of a long time to not buy anything (for me at least). I really think the key is not even opening emails with ads or sale info in them and avoiding stores as much as possible. That, and the fact that June is an incredibly busy month because it's finally summer and there's so much to do! This would be much harder during, say, February or March when it's really easy to sit inside and browse great sales all day. This little visual I got from Mint helps with positive reinforcement too:
Finally some good feedback!
So overall, things are going swimmingly. So swimmingly, in fact, that I'm actually considering extending the ban through July. Friends who commented on the last post about shopping bans, how are yours going? Have you broken down or found it pretty easy to stick with? Are you going to stop after next week or keep it going?