I feel like I have a huge weight off my shoulders! I cannot wait for my first shopping trip off the detox! The most important lesson I learned was that material possessions don’t have to rule your life, you can live a happy life without them. I learned to find more entertainment/joy out of the littler things in my every day life that I might not have noticed if I was too busy focusing on what outfit I was going to buy next. I thought at the beginning of this detox that I honestly wouldn’t make it more than 3 or 4 weeks, but I didn’t purchase anything until my 9th or 10th week. This detox challenged my self control and made me realize I’m a lot tougher than I thought when I want to reach a goal. I’m proud of myself and this experience, but I honestly don’t want to do this again. I will however, not forget the lessons I learned and how incredibly blessed I am.
I cannot express my relief for when this detox is finished. I’m just afraid that when this is over I’m going to go on a HUGE shopping binge and spend all my saved up money. Lets hope my newfound self control will kick in before that happens! I have been noticing new swim suit styles lately and cannot wait to purchase a new one for this summer! I’m really considering buying a one piece since I’ve been seeing so many cute ones online recently. Hopefully, this upcoming week will distract me from the temptation to shop since I have many finals I need to study for. My overall mood is a happy one since this is the final stretch of the detox and I can see the goal in sight. Good luck to all this week!
This detox has finally hit its hardest part for me. As summer is drawing closer and closer I feel as I’m about to completely crack under pressure. I will admit I slipped a little last week and bought sunglasses and a pair of sandals. Was it necessary? No. Will I put them to good use? Yes! So there is a plus to this scandal of mine because I actually have no sandals or flip flops and as the weather gets warmer boots are harder to wear. I feel that it was worth it because this small purchase will be the last little bit of fuel to get me through the rest of the detox without any more slippage. When I can officially shop the first things I want to buy are maxi dresses and skirts. I’ve been seeing them everywhere lately and am dying to have some of my own! I have already visualized what they will look like with my new sandals and sunglasses. So with all these outfit ideas swirling around my head and with a more positive attitude I believe I can make the last stretch of this challenge!
This last week was very busy for me. I felt I had a heavier load of homework, which helped me keep my mind off of shopping. I can’t explain how ready I am for this challenge to be over and will never take for granted how privileged I am. So in preparation for this detox to be over I used my spare time to sort through and organize my closet and dresser. I will be donating almost everything I won’t be wearing anymore to the Savers in Kansas City, which leaves me with plenty of room for the new purchases I will reward myself with. In the last month of this detox I will be doing more preparation by making lists of the exact articles of clothing I need/want so I don’t go crazy when I actually get to shop.
In last week’s post I was feeling very uninspired and bored. This week I was in a much happier mood, which I owe mostly to the beautiful weather! It wasn’t the best week for amazing outfit choices, but I did find more blogs that have helped me brainstorm new spring assembles. I STILL have resisted shopping by not going into any boutiques or malls in Manhattan or back home in Kansas City. This seems to be the only strategy that works since if I actually went inside a store I don’t think I’d have enough willpower to say no to buying something.
A huge plus to this detox is that my basically non-existant self control before this challenge has grown a respectable amount that I’m actually quite proud of! Another bonus to this detox is that I have saved a good amount of money. I haven’t kept track of how much I’ve saved, but I know that it’s a lot since I always seem to have extra money in my wallet. I’m counting down the days till this detox is over and hoping I don’t hit my breaking point before the end! Good luck to all!
So today was Easter and I’m hoping everyone had a wonderful day with their families! I was happy to be back home again this weekend and didn’t actually have the time to shop so that was good, in this case. I brought some of my spring/summer clothes back to school with me, so I hope this will add more variety to my outfits and that the weather will agree. I really wish I had found time to do some thrift shopping, but time just seemed to fly by this weekend. This last week was very difficult for me to put outfits together without getting frustrated and then resulting in me wearing something extremely plain and boring. I also am running low on things to talk about in my posts, which is making me very tired of this detox. I’m definitely going to try to find some new outfit inspiration this week so I don’t go crazy.
This past week was spring break and sadly I didn’t get to lay out on a beach, soaking up the sun. However, I did get to go to Colorado and visit my dad where we avoided all malls and shopping centers since I knew I would definitely cave in if I went inside one. After a few days I returned to Kansas City where I almost instantly got sick (the flu I believe) and was bed ridden for the second half of my break. I didn’t enjoy all the pains of being sick, but it was a great excuse for why I couldn’t go shopping with my friends at Oak Park Mall. So it accidentally saved me from another opportunity to break my detox. I’ve tried very hard to be creative lately, but since I’ve gotten sick I have mostly been in pajamas, so not much effort there. I’m very excited for this detox to be over since my main strategy for the last couple weeks has been to avoid all malls and boutiques all together. I attempted to avoid online shopping, but I can’t resist looking at all the new spring/summer apparel my favorite stores are getting in. I have been trying to look through fashion blogs for inspiration on how to spice up my current outfits with the clothing I already have. Lets just hope the next couple weeks fly by without me going insane!
Thanks to the snow apocalypse it wasn’t hard to resist splurging this week. It was pretty easy for me to get my mind off of shopping when I was stuck indoors for a few days. Honestly, the last thing I wanted to do was to leave my house and walk around in the cold, mushy snow. So being at home most of my weekend was very relaxing and kept me from breaking my detox. I’m a bit worried about the upcoming weeks when I won’t have the snow as an excuse not to shop. Overall, I know that if I keep telling myself to have a happy mindset and remember all the positive things about this challenge than I will be just fine.
So as this 1st week has wrapped up, I am proud to say I haven’t gone shopping at all. The temptation to shop when I was by the Plaza in KC this weekend was insane. I literally had to have my friend give me a pep talk (or 2) about how this detox would all be worth it in the end. I’ve come to the conclusion that as the weeks go by I will need to stay as far as possible from any malls, boutiques, and especially the Plaza. I did some thinking the past couple days about how this Fashion Detox is making me more appreciative of the clothes I do have and is forcing me to switch things up a bit. I didn’t realize a week ago that I would not only be testing my self control, but creatively changing my view point on how I can wear my clothing. I’m happy that we all have one less week of this detox, but am also grateful for this experience. It sure is a tough one though!
After I decided to do the Fashion Detox my first thought was, “How in the world am I going to handle my stress without shopping?!” I then decided that I’d need some mental preparation for this 13 week suicide attempt. I started thinking of ways women handle stress without shopping in the time I probably should’ve been studying or doing homework. The list I created of alternate stress relievers doesn’t sound nearly as effective and exciting as the power of shopping.
In fact, they should be classified more as distractions than relievers because all of which don’t solve the anxiety I get from too many tests or a pimple on my forehead. On my list (of distractions) I have things like take a spinning class, adopt a high maintenance dog, or just become a hermit and live in a cave (with WiFi, of course). All are things I’d rather not do, but might have to consider as the weeks roll by. I did however make another list that I’ve enjoyed making A LOT more! It is a detailed checklist of all the things I look forward to purchasing when this death sentence is over. I highly advise you detoxers to consider making one as well because it will give you many well deserved shopping trips to look forward too!
The last thing I reminded myself before officially deciding to do the Fashion Detox was to try something new and challenging. And there’s no better way to find out what a girl’s made of than to tell her she can’t shop, am I right?