Finally, finally, finally!!

I’m so excited to write this comment today. this is the last week of the fashion detox, I can’t believe I actually made it! Yeah!!!

At the begining of this practice, I thought I wouldn’t complete this activity because it’s so hard for me to stop shopping even in one months, how could I make it in 13 weeks. To be honest, this process is not as hard as I thought at the begining. I was shaking and almost break the rules in some weeks, however, I felt easy for most of the weeks, that’s why I’m so suprise by myself. Time flies for me, I feel like it went really fast this semester. Maybe I concentrateed more on study, I didn’t have a lot of time to think about shopping, then I made it.

I really appreciate that I participated the fashion detox, I learned a lot that I never thought I would do before, I started to creat something, I dyed my first pair of ttight and I fell in love with it, I dyed other things so many times after I made my first try. I also saved a lot of money from this activity, my parents are very happy about that, haha!!

Now, it’s time to shopping, I can’t wait to go shopping after my finals. Yeah!!!

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Stuck it through and time to shop…

I am really surprised at myself that I made it all the way through this challenge, to be honest I didn’t anticipate making it this far, or at least “honestly” making it this far, but I did. I did have some very difficult weeks along the way, but there are a few lessons I learned that have made this all worthwhile.

Firstly, I have learned that my wardrobe is lacking some very important classic, staple pieces and accessories that would have helped me create many more outfits. Every closet needs these essential items. When I found myself getting stuck or feeling the urge to shop it was usually because I was craving a new outfit and couldn’t creatively put anything new together. However, I always found a way, which brings me to another thing I learned, I am much more creative and stronger than I give myself credit for. I fought the urge several times, resisted store windows, and online ads, and didn’t give in to pressure from my peers, or pinterest.  Instead I shared my closet with friends, which was probably one of the best strategies I could have done. I also cut up and redid some vintage pieces and even hand dyed a pair of pants… which didn’t exactly turn out perfect, but I tried. 

Overall I worked with what I had, tried new strategies to resist temptations, and now that the detox is over I plan on spending my money more wisely, and investing in new accessories and essential staple pieces. Would I do this again… probably not, but I am glad that I stuck it though this time and learned a few things along the way. 

Freedom at last!

Well I am happy to say I made it through this detox and am a little sad that it is over, not because I didn’t want to go shopping but because it means the end of the semester is here and I am graduating and although I am excited for what my future holds it is sad to see all of my friends spread out all across the country including myself. Although, this detox was difficult at times it really wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Since being in college I have worked really hard to buy more classic pieces that don’t go out of style. I also try really hard to shop at stores that have a social responsibility policy. I know that by having a policy may or may not mean they actually follow it and just have it to satisfy customers but reading about yet another horrific event in an apparel manufacturing facility in Bangladesh this semester really keeps me out of stores like Forever 21 and H&M and other fast fashion retailers. I also heard recently that Forever 21 supports HSUS which will most definitely keep me out of their doors in the future.

I am really glad I decided to do this challenge because it forced me to actually look through my closet and wear some clothes that I haven’t worn in awhile. It also led me to clean out my closet a little and make a pile to donate to goodwill or try selling at second hand clothing store which will help make packing a little easier here in the next few weeks and in another month and a half before I move to Texas for graduate school. Hopefully, now when I go shopping I will think about the purchases I am thinking of making a little more and only purchase clothing I know I will wear more than just a few times and before an event I will make sure I go through my closet to find something to wear before I just immediately just head out shopping for a new outfit.

Overall, it has been a great experience and I would challenge everyone to take part in something like this in their lifetime if for no other reason than to realize how much we do shop when we really don’t need to.

NO MORE

We are all done!!! We made it!!! At the beginning of the semester, when this study was introduced in class,  all I could think of was what an easy way to get some extra credit. But looking back at it now, it was not all that easy at all. It’s crazy to think that I have had to re-purpose all of my clothes to make new outfits, change other aspects of my appearance (i.e. hair cut), and other ways to update my look. Being an apparel major there is a certain pressure to look your best, but with this study we couldn’t keep up to date. This study proves how much shopping has an impact on my daily life, and it is also a huge stress reliever. Being in the industry that we are in, we have this creative side to us. We immediately see outfits and ensembles when we look at different pieces. With this study, we had to stifle that creativity, which was not a very good time. The majority of us are young women also. We hold ourselves to a certain regard when it comes to our appearance, and this study influenced that aspect majorly. It was hard to feel pretty and confident wearing seasons old clothes. I didn’t like wearing old jeans and tops that were out of style. I was also forced to just wear my basic clothes like t-shirt, jeans, plain cardigans. None of which is fun and festive. I’m very lucky that this study is over and that I am released from it. I have a vacation coming up in about a month, which means I can finally go shopping!!!!

We did it!

One last post! I am so excited for this detox to officially be over! I am actually surprised at how fast this thirteen weeks went by! I think it is safe to say that this has been an interesting and challenging experience. From the beginning I wasn’t sure if this was even something I could even accomplish. Now, thirteen weeks later, I can look back and say that I have done it! I think I truly learned that you don’t have to go buy something new just because you can’t decide what to wear. This detox taught me to look at what I already own differently, I have come up with so many different ways to use items I already own. I am really glad this is over, I have already picked out what I will add to my summer wardrobe, time to start dressing for an internship! 

We did it! Happy Summer everyone!

Happily Done! :)

Hello, for one last time! For the past thirteen weeks I have had my own personal fights on the inside of whether I should buy something or not.  Most of the time I go shopping now, I realize that it is for other people, not for me.  I go to the mall and other stores to help my friends pick out outfits for themselves and to buy presents for family and friends.  The one time I had a slight breakdown was in California, and technically I didn’t buy the clothing. (Thanks Daddy!)  However, I have realized that I can make it through months now without having to buy a new piece of clothing.  Maybe I should just become a stylist for my friends, that way they’re spending their money and I get to help dress them. 🙂

This experience as a whole has really helped me to start making budgets for myself.  Also, it makes me realize that I have a lot of clothing!  I just need to look through my closet better to piece together items to make new looks with what I currently have.  By going through my older clothes that I haven’t worn in years and sneaking into my mom and dad’s closet and stealing items out of there that they haven’t worn in a while, I realized that I can be thrifty, but still fashionable.

Overall, I have realized that there are much more important things to spend money on than buying clothing for myself.  Ultimately for me, giving to others and seeing them happy when they open a gift is what truly makes me happy.  And in the end that’s what is most important, spreading happiness and seeing smiles on other people’s faces. 🙂

THERE IS LIGHT!!

I can’t believe that The Fashion Detox has finally reached an end. There were some weeks I didn’t think I was gonna make it through it and other weeks seemed to fly right on by without me feeling the urge to shop.

Through the detox, I learned that what I may think are “needs” are truly just wants. I tend to want a lot of stuff and by participating in the detox I could see just how strong of a person I really am. I was able to hold back from shopping, even though I had plenty of urgencies to buy. What really helped throughout this long journey was having friends to swap clothes with. It helped in a sense that you had new clothes in your closet, when in reality you just had borrowed clothes in your closet. I also did a lot of going through clothes I put away in storage. With this, I was able to find garments that weren’t so trendy, at the time, and mix and match them to make a new, in style, outfit. It was quite the challenge, but I had fun with it. I had to keep things interesting one way or the other.

I would recommend anyone and everyone to try The Fashion Detox. It’s a journey that allows you to distinguish the differences between wants and needs, find your inner will power, and bring out the creative side in yourself. I won’t say that I’m not happy the detox is over, but I will say I am glad I participated in it. Now lets shop!!

xo

misskimberlyg

I can shop again… but do I really want to??

So we’re here- the detox is over! I can’t believe how fast this semester went by. I really thought that this detox was going to be a terrible experience for me, but it has impacted me and I believe it has made me a better person. At the beginning of the detox I struggled a bit- I wanted to buy things when I went to the mall with my mom, and I had a hard time not looking at clothing online. A few weeks into the detox, however, I wasn’t so bothered by not buying new things. I rediscovered old clothes that I love, and realized how many clothes I truly have. I did relapse once, and I do feel bad about that. I do think though, that I am going to end up prolonging my detox. I honestly do not see a reason to go shopping. I have way too many clothes as it is, and I think that I want to work on more important parts of my life than spending my money on the latest fashions.

From now on I plan to spend more time on myself- but rather than my clothes I will spend time getting in shape. I think that once I reach my health goals then I will feel better about buying some new garments- hopefully I will actually need new garments so I won’t feel so bad about making a purchase. This detox has really opened my eyes to how much I buy. I want to stop placing so much importance on material items and now that I realize I don’t need to get new clothes all the time I think I can do that. This detox also made me realize how lucky I am to even be able to purchase new clothes whenever I want to. 

Not only do I want to stop making so many purchases, but I also want to be more aware of the purchases that I do make. I want to be able to reduce my impact on the environment. Simply not purchasing so many clothes made me think about all the other aspects of my life in which I can make changes. For instance, I hope to find ways to reuse items that I would normally throw away. 

Overall I think this detox has been a great experience. I almost wish that everyone were required to participate in the detox, as it has really impacted my life. The biggest lesson that I have learned through this experience has been to just think before I make a decision. As simple as this sounds, I believe it really helps. Throughout the semester I began thinking about non-apparel purchases more- do I really need this? Is this really worth the money? Will this still be a satisfying purchase in the long-run? I plan to use this same process when I do many apparel purchases again. 

Lastly, I just want to say congratulations to everyone, and have a great summer!

Time to shop again

On the whole, I felt this was a good experience to show just how much shopping permeates our lives.  I will definitely think more about what I purchase in the future and whether or not I actually need it, or I just have a passing fancy for something.  It will be nice to have a thoughtful wardrobe, instead of one made up of bits and pieces of whatever.

I also have a new appreciation for stores like Plato’s Closet or Rockstar and Rogers.  Items don’t have to be brand new to be appreciated.  In fact, I sometimes only get one use out of something I buy new because it shrinks so badly, and I wouldn’t have to worry about that if I buy used.

FINALLY, I can shop again!

Wow, these past 13 weeks have been extremely eye opening to me about my shopping habits! The fashion detox made me realize how much I love to shop and how often I went shopping. With that being said, I’m definitely happy that I saved alot of money these past few months especially now that I will be able to shop in full force again and probably will be spending money! 🙂
I learned alot between borrowing clothing and getting creative. I even put new outfits together that I would have never thought to put together before going through this process. Although I wouldn’t say I loved the detox, I’m happy I got some key lessons out of it and it wasn’t all for nothing. I’m just excited to be able to socialize while shopping with family and friends now that I can actually buy apparel items again! It’s perfect that I’m home in Overland Park for the weekend because I have any store right at my finger tips and can’t wait to do some retail therapy over the weekend, right beofore for finals week!!!! I’m glad I did the detox but it was so hard in many different ways, so i’m glad I did it once but I don’t think I would be able to handle something like this again! I guess you could say I’m addicted to shopping in a way…! I love being a girly girl.