blazer: stolen from brother // shirt: Zumiez // jeans: Gap // booties: Charlotte Russe (similar)
Photos by Briley Noel
One of my favorite things about this outfit is that I’ve owned all the pieces for a long time. I took this blazer from my brother when I was in like high school (I’ve mentioned this before, but he wore it for consecration at our synagogue when he was in first grade), and it’s the only blazer that has ever fit me. I bought the top at Zumiez my sophomore year of college when I used to frequent the store with my friend to see the cute boys working there. It is one of my most-worn and most-favorite articles of clothing. I’ve had this same pair of Gap jeans since I was a sophomore or junior in college too. I need another pair because my phone has worn out the back pocket pretty badly, but I love them so much and they fit just right. The booties I bought in the spring of 2012 to wear for my senior photos after I saw Charity of West Coast Whimsy wearing them. I’m not much of a heels gal, but they’re my go-to let’s-get-dressed-up-and-feel-awesome shoe.
One of the goals of the 30×30 is supposed to be to not shop for 30 days. I didn’t include this as a hard and fast rule for my challenge because I’m not sure how realistic it is for me. I love to shop, and it’s an important form of self-care for me. Mostly, I just scour websites and don’t buy anything, or pick up something randomly at a thrift store if I fall in love. The reason I hesitate to do a shopping freeze is because I get devastated when I finally find the perfect piece that I want to buy, and it’s sold out. I’m a firm believer in buying it if it works, because a lot of things don’t. Recently, I found a pair of black sandals from Gap that I loved. I usually hate black sandals, but I’ve been thinking I could really use a pair, and I had a coupon, so I was gonna buy em up. Well, the second I clicked to put them in my shopping cart, Gap said they had sold out. NOOOOOOOOOOO! But….but my beloved black sandals! Where will I ever find a pair that compares? It’s like they say on Say Yes to the Dress: you’ll compare everything else you try on to the one that got away. I’m really heart-broken, so hopefully I find another pair. And when I do, I don’t want a shopping freeze to keep me from them!
Blogging has made me a much smarter shopper, so I don’t really feel the need to do a full-on shopping freeze. I think it would freak me out and I would end up maxing out a credit card or something. Have you ever done a shopping freeze? What’s your take on the idea?