August 2018 archive

Coffee Date

This is my first “coffee date” post. I love doing the monthly currently post, but that only goes into very surface level details of my life at the moment. I want a post where I can really talk to you and get to know you in the process.

If we were having coffee I’d probably order a cold brew or something iced because it’s been way too hot outside to even think about a hot coffee. The cold foam cold brews at Starbucks have been a favorite lately. The foam is just enough to sweeten the coffee without it feeling too sweet.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I have some big, exciting news that I can’t share publicly yet, and it’s killing me. It’s the worst being excited about something that you have to keep a secret. Because I know it’s probably your first guess, no I’m not pregnant.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I really want to dedicate more time to this blog. Since I’ve started, it’s been a good week if I get one post up. And forget keeping up with social media. I love this little space because it’s a great creative outlet, but I’ve been neglecting it from the start.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve started shaving my face. I had blonde upper lip hair that I was getting increasingly self conscious about. I started searching for ways to get rid of it without doing something super painful like waxing and stumbled upon this Popsugar article. I bought these eyebrow razors, and I’ve loved it. Shaving makes my face feel so smooth and no more lip hair!

Shopping Ban One Month Update

It’s been one month since I started my year-long shopping ban. It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing, but I’m back on track.

Wins

I finished the pot of Estee Lauder moisturizer I was using. Instead of rushing out to buy the Olay moisturizer I want, I found another moisturizer I had stashed away that I’m going to use up instead.

I needed a dress to wear to a wedding this weekend. I thought about renting, but because I’m going straight from a work trip to the wedding, I would’ve needed an 8-day rental. Those start at $48. A lot of the shopping bans I’ve seen have been for minimalist reasons, since my motivations are more financial renting wasn’t the best choice for me. I found a great dress on Amazon for under $30 that I used gift cards for, costing me nothing out of pocket. And after I wear the dress this weekend, I’ll probably wash it and resell it to make some of that back. If you have an event coming up, I highly recommend this dress. It comes in a ton of colors, has pockets, and no one would guess you only paid $28 for it. I originally bought in a small, and ended up exchanging for an XS.

Losses

Only a couple weeks into my shopping ban, one of my favorite brands did a huge warehouse sale. They had all kinds of crazy markdowns on items I’d had my eye on and I caved and participated in the sale. In my first month I was up against the Nordstrom Sale, this warehouse sale, and Prime Day. I managed to avoid the NSale and Prime Day, but I was bound to fail somewhere.

What I’ve Learned

I’ve unsubscribed from all of the promotional emails I was receiving. If I’m not getting notifications about sales and great deals, it’s easier to avoid them and not think about browsing for something new I don’t need.

I’ve also muted some of my favorite Instagram accounts. I love following Carly Jean Los Angeles and a couple big fashion bloggers, but when all of their posts and stories are encouraging me to buy something or check out this item on sale, it’s too easy to swipe up. By avoiding these feeds, I’m avoiding a lot of temptation.

While I have made a couple really great purchases in the last few months (mostly jeans), most of the clothes I buy I don’t really love or eliminate the need for something else I already have in my closet.