I can’t believe I lasted 13 weeks without shopping. I definitely did not think I had that kind of self-control. This experience has definitely opened my eyes to my shopping and spending habits and I’ve realized that they have to change. I used to shop when I was bored, and my closet is full of clothes that still have the tags on them because I often don’t like them once I get the clothes home. This has caused me to waste so much money. I’m really glad I did this detox because it has made me realize so much about myself. I’ve also become more aware of what’s in my closet and I’ve become more creative when putting outfits together. I’m really glad I decided to embark on this journey!
The end is in sight!! I’m so excited that I will officially be let off my leash and able to shop! The bipolar weather has really put a damper on wanting to go outside, so that leaves me inside browsing my favorite store’s website. It’s been so hard to resist. But because it’s been so cold, I see no point in buying summer dresses and swimsuits because they just sit in my closet and mock me. So now that the finish line is in sight I’m feel very accomplished for completing my fashion detox!!
Another week down, another week closer. Luckily, the weather has been so bipolar I have had little to no desire to buy clothes because I have no idea which season it will be when I wake up each day. This weekend I attended a formal and really wanted to get a new dress for it. Normally I would probably go buy something I wasn’t too thrilled about, but it was different than what I wore in the past. This time I just said ‘what the heck’ and decided to wear a dress I had already worn twice. Hardly any pictures were taken, so I figured it would be okay. Like always, knowing that I can’t do something is really frustrating, even if I may not have wanted it before being told I can’t makes it all the more appealing. Now that I can see the finish line, I’m starting to feel better about finishing strong.
This week hasn’t been as bad as the last. The key to success is keeping busy and this week has been busier than the rest. I’m definitely ready for this little experience to be over though. It has been much harder than I thought it would be. I have definitely been more creative when dressing myself with the clothes that I already have. It makes me realize how much I really do have and how my spending and consumption can be absolutely outrageous sometimes. It’s definitely been en eye-opener for me, and even though I’m ready for this to be over I’m really glad I’ve done it. But I may be whistling a different tune next week..no promises.
Well another week of no shopping and another week closer to needing to be confined to a padded room. Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic but I’m definitely starting to go a little crazy. I’ve been doing my best to stay away from temptation, but it seems to follow me everywhere. I have a new respect for those children on the child safety leaches. I feel like I’m running toward the clothing store in pure excitement only to get pulled back and told no. Again, I don’t like it one bit. But there are only a few weeks left and I’m determined to get through this. I just have to keep telling myself that this will have enriched my life, but mainly I’m just thinking about all the stuff I’ll get to buy when this is over!
As I predicted, this has been the hardest two weeks I’ve had to endure so far. Spring Break was a torturous nightmare. So many temptations and almost no distractions to save me from myself. I seriously questioned why on Earth I agreed to this in the first place. The week after spring break has not been much easier. There are so many Easter sales and discounts, that I can hardly check my emails with getting a bogo or 50% off offer from my favorite stores. This has definitely been the worst part. I keeping thinking that I’m missing out on some great deals that won’t happen again. This isn’t making me a happy camper. I have, however, been looking at my closet in a new light. It’s made me realize just how much I really do have and that there are plenty of great outfit opportunities to come from my already existing wardrobe.
Well another week has passed and that means I’m another week closer to dusting off my wallet and shopping for some new clothes. This week has been the hardest so far. With all the new spring and summer clothes coming out, it’s been really hard not giving in to all the new maxi dresses I’ve been seeing. Keeping busy has definitely helped, and has kept me off my favorite websites to avoid temptation. I’m slightly worried about how spring break will be. Technically we’re on vacation, so while some splurge on food and drinks, can’t I splurge on a little shopping too? Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still be splurging on food and drink too. So hopefully I’ll be able to fight off temptation during that time, in which I have zero plans for. Keeping my fingers crossed!
The first few weeks of this detox weren’t so bad, but I’m definitely starting to feel the effects of deprivation. It was especially hard when I went into Victoria’s Secret to claim my free panties, not to shop for more items. I figured since the panties were free, it would be ok. But while I was in there I was tempted to try on and buy more merchandise than I intended to. It was really hard to resist, but I just had to keep my head down and stay focused. There was also a sale at one of my favorite stores and not taking advantage of the markdowns was pretty brutal. I couldn’t resist from looking, but that only made it worse. So I’ve decided that out of sight, out of mind is the best way to get me through this. This experience has made me look at my closet differently and realize how many clothes and accessories I do have and that I actually need almost nothing. So that has helped to put things into perspective. I think that spring break will be the true test for me. I don’t have any exciting plans, so I know I’m going to be so bored and want to shop. So if I can get past that, I think I have a good chance of completing this 13 week experience without any cheating. Stay tuned.
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 first week has not been very challenging for me. Last year I spent waaaaaaaay too much money shopping while studying abroad in London. There are many items I look at now and think ‘what was I thinking’? Not good. That experience really made me rethink my shopping habits and I started to shop smarter. Now when I shop, I ask myself ‘am I really going to wear this?’ and a lot of the time, the answer is no. However, it’s still very tempting to go out and buy the new trendy clothes. So I guess I have already been on a shopping cutback, so hopefully a full on detox won’t be too challenging! Stay tuned.