26 February 2011

It's about time...

for a refresher.  Over the past year, I've given away approximately 30% of my wardrobe.  That's not really that much, considering the plethora of clothing options I had in the beginning.  The only problem with getting rid of old clothes is that you don't have those standbys anymore to depend on when you don't feel like thinking about getting dressed.  But maybe that's the point.  There's a reason you get compliments on those days you take more than 10 minutes to get dressed.

Today I did something rare and unusual for me: I went shopping.  Many years ago (ok, about 5), shopping was my weekend hobby. I wasn't an outdoorsy sort of girl back then, I was an indoorsy sort of hobby shopper, and it was a weekly habit.  One which ate up many dollars that could have been directed towards my savings account.  The saddest part of it all was that I didn't need any of the stuff I bought, and I didn't even truly want half of it.  It was just something fun to do.  Today, I only go shopping when I absolutely must, because it's no longer enjoyable. I get a bigger thrill out of watching my debt decrease and my savings increase, and it feels stressful now to make all those decisions about my hard-earned cash.  Clothing, in my mind, is the second most quickly depreciating investment you can make - behind buying a new car.  It is a necessity, however, so you might as well try to have a little fun with it, right?

Ok, what did I get?  Well, you know I had to have coupons, and today also happened to be a sale day at JCPenney's!  So it was a win-win.  Let's hope I made some wise choices:
(really really sorry about just having links, but I don't know how to make pictures from other websites show up on my blog!)
Gray Cowl-Neck Sweater Dress with Belt
Reversible Gray&Pink Drape Cardigan (apparently it's called a "cozy"... get with the times, Ri!)
Black flyaway cardigan/cozy/whatchamacallit
Gray Laceback Vest
Black Heels (to go with the dress... not sure if I'll end up just wearing my usual knee-high boots with the dress and returning the heels.  Pain tolerance issues and all, you know...)
Khakis for work in "Barnswallow", I think, which is somewhere between gray and khaki/cement
Jeans because my current ones are getting holes, but not in the "cool" places to have holes, of course! I didn't get the skinny flared jeans I'm showing in the link... I got regular bootcut, but for some reason Old Navy's website doesn't have the same style I bought in the store.

Total cost: $131.83 - $20 Old Navy gift card = $111.83.  Total value was $253.99.  Not bad!

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