Fashion, Food, Desserts, being a 30-something mom is exciting!

Reflection

Thursday is always a day of juggling schedules. I have early morning bible study, and I’m typically a touch late (I serve with hospitality) because of the kids’ school schedule. This used to stress me out, and then last week I realized, it was OK. It was OK to let the morning setup fall on someone else’s shoulders.

We are studying Nehemiah, a heart that can break, by Kelly Minter. It’s pretty accurate, as far as what I need in my life right now. What makes your heart break? A very heart-stopping question. Which got me to thinking, just about life, blogging and the insane amount of excess in my life.

Uh-oh.

I started my blog last year in an attempt to explore the massive clothing collection I have amassed over the years. I have found many things in my closet that I never thought to wear the ways I’ve worn them.

I’ve discovered an extreme love for crystal encrusted shoes and 100mm Christian Louboutin heels.

I’ve unloaded a pile of mediocre items that didn’t fit well, were uncomfortable (bad shoes!!), and that I knew I would never ever wear.

And yet, I often find myself obsessing over eBay, sales, and the “thrill” of that “next amazing item”. That I don’t “need”.

It has nothing to do with blogging, I’ve always been a consumer, and from a very early age I’ve had a penchant for labels (because, lets face it, they stand the test of time!). I still remember the shoe that started it all. Gorgeous orange sandals with a flower. I wore those suckers everywhere. The park, play dates, you name it! (My daughter was a baby, so this is nearly 9 years ago!!) I cringe looking back a bit. The past decade has been such a style revolution for me, and I can say, now that I’m in my 30’s, I have found my “groove”.

Skirts. Dresses. Cardigans. Sparkly shoes. Really, what else can a girl possibly need?!

What I mean by the above is, I am planning on a ban in February. No non-essential shopping. My heart races at the thought! My brain says “but you aren’t in debt, and buying one pair of shoes won’t affect anything financially”. But for me, it’s a mental challenge. I’m going to work on downsizing a bit, instead of continuing to upsize! And perhaps, just perhaps, I will discover new things in my bulging closet.

So, my last purchases before my self-imposed “ban”:

Alannah Hill dress (for Valentine’s day!) I plan on wearing my red patent leather Simples with this

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A skirt from goodwill (on sale for $2.49)

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I also have a couple of items from eBay, a Kate Spade blouse & petticoat. The only thing I will buy this month is a pile of crystal crystals to embellish a wild pair of heels for my boss to wear to the Miss America pageants she attends (she judges). But that isn’t for me.

No more target hauls (eek!), or trips to the thrift shops. It’s going to be difficult! I’m turning off my eBay app as well.

Anyway, I have rambled long enough! My outfit for today:

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Cardigan: Target (girls’ section)
Blouse: DKNY, thrifted summer 2010
Skirt: Escada (I love this skirt! I know I wear it a lot)
Shoes: Christian Louboutin navy Simple 100
Stockings: Calvin Klein (I admit it, I bought 7 pairs yesterday. @ $3 a pair, they are amazing!!)
Handbag: Kate Spade Maryann

The detail on my blouse + my diamond flower pendant:

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And for fun, I took what are referred to as “mod shots” of my shoes. Not sure how “mod” they are, but it was rather fun!

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Tomorrow it starts. Zero shopping. Eeks! I’m a tad terrified!

Until next time,

Jules

2 responses

  1. Interesting a shopping ban. Nothing instigated this? Your taste is so excellent though. Perhaps you can use your ebay searching skills to highlight things that you would have bought if you didn’t already have something like it etc….

    also i see you are getting more creative with your photography! very nice.

    February 1, 2013 at 02:08

    • Maria, it was kind of a “oh my goodness I have way way way too much stuff” moment. If that makes sense? We shall see IF I make it. Such a big IF!! (Just because I have a couple of trips that I have to take into downtown LA, and it is sooooo hard to resist those bags of $1 sewing notions!!)

      I try sometimes to get better photographs, but I use my phone, so I tend to be limited. I should set up the big bad DSLR and tripod, but with the kids and schedules, it’s so time consuming!! One day I aspire to have beautiful blog photos. Maybe when I am a grown up. *grins*

      ❤ Jules

      February 1, 2013 at 02:55

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