This week I am feeling fine about the detox. On the way to class every day I walk through Aggieville. Recently I have been seeing all of the new Fake Patty’s Day T-shirts. I was tempted to buy a new Fake Patty’s Day t-shirt but instead I decided to wear the shirt I wore two years ago for Fake Patty’s. Even though I am repeating what I wore two years ago I am fine with it because I have only worn the shirt wear once before and I am not spending $30 on a new shirt. Maybe I will walk a different way to class so I am not temped to make any more purchases.
So lets review rules… does buying athletic wear for training, and necessary undies count as shopping if it was a) necessary b) not fun c) not really new and exciting stuff (im mean obviously not worn, but not trendy new shopping). I think i get a pass for necessities right? I wish I could say I bought a bunch of cute summer shorts, but instead I bought mom jeans, cut them up into shorts, added black lace to the pockets and heart cutout, and then used the pant legs to widen my military jacket. And that was before the detox. Anywhos, I hope my necessities werent cheating… I really am being good about not shopping… I hate it.
-Conflicted and needy
So it’s my second week of detoxing and so far it hasn’t been that bad. I’m actually surprised how easy it has been for me. This has been a busy last couple weeks in school and it doesn’t seem like my coursework will be lightening up anytime soon, so keeping busy has definitely helped with temptation. And then of course, is the weather. I’m not a huge fan of snow, but I’m a big fan of snow days! Normally on a lazy day I would be browsing the internet looking for new deals or heading to some of my favorite stores to browse. But since it’s been cold out I haven’t wanted to leave the house for anything but class. Hopefully the next 12 weeks will be just as easy!
This past week has been less difficult than the previous. With the 10 inches of snow surrounding my car and house AND the fact the house internet went down for a couple days (not letting me shop online) the temptations have subsided. In light of the inclement weather, I have taken it upon myself to do some closet organizing! This has led to the discovery of older clothes that I didn’t think I wanted to wear again, but paired with different pieces in the closet, new outfits have been created. Proving the fact that when Trey isn’t able to shop, his creativity shoots way up!
One embarrassing side note: The guys in my fraternity and myself went sledding during the blizzard and when we returned everyone had placed their wet clothes all around the entrance to dry. I had gone back downstairs and was surprised by the number of fashionable things the guys had and “browsed” the wet clothes section. It took about 5 minutes for me to realize I wasn’t in the mall….
Success so far, but this is mainly due to the fact that I have been snowed in since Thursday. Today is the first day I have worn something other than pajamas and ventured out of the house. This coming week is likely to be the same, since there is even more snow predicted for this evening and all tomorrow.
We’ll see how I fare when I go to the mall to pay one of my store bills next week though.
This week was even easier than last week since I’ve been busy getting my Udall application finished and haven’t had any spare time to go shopping. One of my friends did invite me to go thrift store shopping with her on Thursday, and though I declined because I was working, I think I’ll ask her if she wants to go some other time so I can be at least a little bit tempted to buy clothes. I don’t want this detox to be a total bust! The Udall Scholarship deadline is March 1, so after that I’ll have a bit more free time.
Less IS more!…this is something i have to keep reminding myself! the less shopping I do this semester because of the Fashion Detox, the more I realize I have. It’s been incredibly fun to go through my closet and “shop” and find “new” garments I haven’t worn in a while! This is pushing me to get creative and figure out how to use these “newly” found items in my closet and give them a fresh, updated look. I’m realizing that by thrifting or “shopping” in my closet, my style is ultimately becoming more of my own. I’m owning my style! By not buying what’s new out in the market, I’m forced to be unique and different, which I love. It’s also been fun to start tailoring some of my clothes to fit me different to give them a new look. My love for sewing is being taken to a whole new level.
I do have a confession to make though… do gifts count?? I went home this weekend and my mom had surprised me with a pair of running shoes because I had run holes in mine. I guess I should be honest, but it was a gift!… (thanks mom?)… she’s now informed of my fashion detox challenge and I told her if she wants to give me any more gifts, to make them thrifty, fixed, or repurposed!
Well, I’m a couple weeks in and I have to admit I’m doing great! I haven’t purchased anything since I began this crazy journey and honestly I haven’t really even been tempted to! Now, with that being said, I do have to admit that I feel as if this is a little easier than expected due to the fact that I’ve been extremely busy lately! I haven’t had the time to go to the mall or to browse all my favorite stores online. It could be a different story once things slow down for me. But I have really enjoyed the extra money and the challenge of creating new outfits from all the great clothes I already have! Who knew I would enjoy this so much….(we’ll see if I still think this way in a few weeks!) 😉
As I journey through this experience my creativity has sky rocketed throw the roof. My mind has been filling with these new and creative ways how to reuse my old clothes that I already have. I have recently expanded my closet to about two but hey slow and steady wins the race. I still have had the urge to buy new clothes BUT I have successfully stopped myself and just moved past it. I need to just keep telling myself “I need food more than clothes, I need food more than clothes”….. Any who I’ve been keeping up a good attitude and moving forward. I think I can and I WILL!! Wish me luck!
As it turns out this isn’t so bad after all, realizing that I now can carefully choose the items I want to purchase for my summer wardrobe. It’s helping me not make rash decisions and really think about the garment. Is this something I really need? Or do I already have something similar to this? It is a much better method than oh this is cute, I think I’ll buy it. So far this is seeming to go okay, but again the real challenge will be Spring Break when I have nothing to do but spend the money I make working. That might call for some serious moral support, I may have to lock my cards in a safe or something so I can’t get to them. It Sounds a little extreme, but hey, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. I have twenty dollars riding on this detox. My parents bet me I couldn’t do it, so I am here to prove them wrong for sure!
I am learning to make do with what I have, or raid my roommates closets. It seems to be working so far. I have all of there support which makes things so much easier. Bring on the following weeks. I can do this!