With Halloween approaching my friends and I began to brainstorm costumes ideas this past weekend. In the middle of brainstorming and shopping online I remembered, I can’t buy anything. For a second I was discouraged and got a little frustrated but I realized I can make a costume easily out of things I already own. I began to Google “DIY Halloween Costume Ideas” and found some really cute and good ideas. While many of the ideas were very generic some were unique and could be really cute. My favorite idea (which my friends and I will be doing) is Toddlers in Tiaras. We will be wearing old leotards that we already own, small little tiaras, and making sashes that say things such as “Supreme.” We will have fun doing our hair crazy much like a young girl in a pageant, load on some makeup, and have a Binky. Easy enough! It something fun and silly which is perfect for me and my girls. With such an easy costume as that I am realizing that I have wasted so much money on things that I did not need in the past. I am feeling really good about my new creativity and I am realizing that by thinking out of the box and trying on things I haven’t in the past, some really great new looks can come together. I am not saying I will not be temped to buy anything for Halloween, because I know I still will be. But, this experience has really been a good one so far and I know I can finish it. All in all the fashion detox has been very refreshing and I look forward to continuing onward.
Boy was this week was rough! The retail store that I work at is having a major clearance sale. I’m talking about $5 tops and fashion jewelry, $ 8 bottoms, and $10 dresses! Not too mention all the new fall merchandise but those are deals that any sensible fashionista couldn’t pass up, but I guess I have too. December 2nd is already penciled in my planner as the day I can finally shop again. Everytime I see a piece of clothing, that I absolutely adore and must own, I think about that date. Shamefully I’ve already created a shopping list including, tennis shoes, boots, MU gear, and jeans. Its so hard, but hey at least I’m saving money! That being money that is set aside to be used on the special event of December 2nd ! lol
This week I’ve been trying to get more creative with my already existing whoredrobe. I’ve been creating new looks and twist to some of my favorite outfits. By the end of this project I would like to never wear the same look twice. Im challenging myself to use my personal sense of style to create new style collections, never wore by me before. I’ve also looked to youtube to inspire my creativity through DYI’s, fabric dying, and look books. Im actually pretty excited for the up coming crafts I have planned for myself. I’m making galaxy shoes from a old pair of tennis shoes. l’ll be sure to let you ladies know how they turn out!
This week has been a little difficult… I have gone through some pretty harsh ups and downs and because of that I went on a little window shopping spree. I mostly looked online at sites like Of A Kind and Topshop, and because of the high prices I ONLY “virtually” window shopped. It made me feel pretty good, but honestly I question if I had actually purchased would it have made me feel better? I think yes. Shopping has always made me feel better, I get to express myself with clothes and I love it. But today at work I designed displays and outfits for the mannequins at work. That was awfully creative of me I guess! I really enjoy designing outfits. But I have also had the opportunity to come up with new outfits from my closet. This is difficult, I work in retail. I see everything and now all I want is well… EVERYTHING. I’ll resist the urge. I promise!
This week I learned a lot about over-consumption that has been on the rise all over the world. I learned terms like the golden rule that each generation should meet its needs without jeopardizing the prospects of future generations. Each generation has a responsibility to our earth, by the way we are over-consuming we are on the path to destroying the earth. Government policies and other means may have to enforce rules to save the world.
This is very relevant to me and mankind in general. It is important to know the reality of how bad of shape our world is coming to. We are the ones over-consuming and we are the ones who need to stop it to save future generations and our planet. If we taught children this at a young age then they will be more aware of the problem and learn ways to stop it.
I plan on doing my part by not wasting supplies. I can be more cautious in the future on what I am buying and if I really need it. Ill share these facts with my friends and family in order to make them more aware of the issue. I want to learn more about what I can do to do my part.
I am officially the worst test subject ever. Prior to this project I couldn’t go a week without shopping. Now I’m a workaholic and am lucky to even online browse. I didn’t feel the need to visit stores this week, nor online shop at all. I was too busy focusing on my eighteen credit hours I’m taking and 50 hours I’m working a week. Times flies when you’re busy, and shopping unfortunately gest put on the back burner. It helps that I work five days a week, because I never need outfits to go out. Before I started this project I would buy a new outfit every time I went out. For the next few weeks I’m not too worried about caving in and going shopping. However when Thanksgiving break starts, that’s a different story….
This week I received my first pay check at work. With that extra income available, I was feeling more tempted to go shopping. Especially with football games happening, I have been really wanting a new OSU shirt or dress. I know I could make one out of an old giant shirt, which I may end up doing soon enough. This challenge will probably end up spiking my creativity a lot. I’ll end up making different outfits and dresses out of old shirts.
My friends have been buying new outfits and fall shoes lately. It makes me feel pretty jealous. It helps thought because then I am able to borrow their new outfits. Luckily my friends are pretty generous when it comes to sharing clothes.
Overall I have been really good about not going out and shopping. When ever some of my friends go, I opt out of it so that I am not tempted to buy anything. Now that I have money again it’s more difficult. I try to spend my time doing other things, as well as not getting on pinterest and seeing outfits I want.
At the beginning of the detox, I felt pretty anxious about not being allowed to purchase fashion apparel. The anxiety of knowing that I couldn’t buy anything made me want to buy more. But as time proceeds, I believe I am starting to come to terms with the detox and actually feeling relieved about it. It really has made me think of more creative ideas, projects, and outfits. However, I go through phases. One day I’m okay with not shopping but the next I’m a mess and in shambles! I can’t allow myself to look at online stores like I used to. I am an impulse buyer, so looking at online retail is not a good situation when trying to detox. I have to fight the urge to click on the mass amounts of ads that flood social media sites. It’s tough seeing the advertisements on Facebook and Twitter and resisting the desire to look. I used to scroll and scroll through websites when I gave myself a study break, or just felt like procrastinating, which now, I can’t do that or I’ll end up breaking the detox. Which, in the end, is probably for the better in many aspects.
I accidentally broke the detox rules. I didn’t even realize or think of it until after making the purchase. This past week, my sorority had a marriage party with the fraternities we are paired with for homecoming. The theme of the festivity was M for Marriage. I dressed as a mime. I used all of my own clothes for the outfit, except I bought white gloves and a Charlie Chaplin bowler/derby hat. The detox completely slipped my mind. It didn’t come to my attention that I was breaking the detox, since I didn’t buy the items for my actual wardrobe but for a costume. It wasn’t until a few hours later when it dawned on me that it technically broke the detox rules. Its really is tough to keep myself in line!
This Week has been awesome!! I am going super strong. Nothings going to stop me now! This week was my formal for my sorority called Diosa. The first night is country themed and the second night is the formal night! Well completely forgetting it was coming up so soon, I forgot to get my dresses from my house when I was home. Knowing I couldn’t get my new dresses because of my project I had to go look though eighty- eight closets of my sorority sisters to find a dress. The first night I had to find country cloths and I didn’t have any. So my creative side of me came out and made cloths for my self to wear. Not to mention I needed cow boy boots but didn’t have any. What a predicament I was in right? No, and hour before we were starting to get ready a girl asked me if I wanted hers, and of course I said why yes why don’t you want them. She said, “they are to small and I don’t know anyone with your size shoe and they don’t fit me so you can have them!” I was so ecstatic I couldn’t even express it. Then the second night I needed a dress and was scared I was going to have nothing to wear. But boy did I find a dress or what. It was one of the cutest dresses I have ever seen not to mention it fit me like a glove. I couldn’t of been happier!
This weekend my creativity came out by shopping through my sorority sister’s closets and putting clothes together. It was one of the first times throughout this project that I was actually scared I might not find something to wear. But it all worked out in the end.
This weekend there were defiantly temptations but I didn’t have time to go and act on them so it all turned out for the better anyways. When I was seeing everyone get packages from their online shopping with there new dresses yes it was hard but I new I couldn’t do it.
I felt great in my outfits I wore this weekend knowing I didn’t break the detox rules and knowing I looked great. Everyone loved both of my outfits so it was just that much better. I feel so much more accomplished if people compliment me or really genuinely like my outfits.
My strategies are if your friends are there and willing to help take advantage of it. Everyone has different styles and are each unique in there own way, which makes it that much cooler to see everyone else’s styles. Once you can see there clothes you will evenly incorporate there style into yours making yours different and better.
This week has been easy not to shop because of other obligations I have not felt the need to have nice clothing. I think that for college student it can sometimes become easier to just throw on a t shirt and jeans, especially during a week of testing. Being more focused on other tasks that dont involve clothing is the way that I have made it easier on myself not to shop. It also helps that my fellow classmates and friends are also not concerned about their clothing choices.
My parents came up for church today since I stayed at school this weekend. Naturally, my mom is wearing a new dress, new jewelry, and of course, new shoes. How rude?! I’d been doing fine, quelling my shopping addiction by reading a new series of books, until today. And now that it’s slowly becoming fall, of course the boots and skinnies are being brought back into the world from deep, dark closets. Of course, my boots and skinnies are at home. Just my luck… I’m really just ready for real jacket and jean season. It’s my favorite time of year. Not too hot. Not too cold. Perfect. Why can’t the Oklahoma weather just cooperate?! On the other hand, I’ve been way to busy for shopping lately. Going to TJ Maxx, though, Friday with a friend to get hair products was torture! All the new clothes and shoes were in and shoes are my weakness. I have to make it through mid-December, but by that point, there will be so much new stuff out! Hopefully the things I want are on clearance by then, and I don’t have to worry about spending a fortune!