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solstice shopping haul

As I’ve mentioned more than a couple times here recently, my body has been a changing, and that means my clothes aren’t fitting the same anymore. Unfortunately, it’s gotten to the point where they weren’t fitting period. I gave away my last pair of too-small skinny jeans and I’ve been staring at a row of dresses and blouses every morning that made me feel both too big and inadequate. That’s not a positive or fair way to start the day.

I’ve been trying to do a little shopping here and there, on Instagram, local thrift shops, and Forever 21, trying to slowly rebuild my closet. Well, after too many tears in the mornings last week, I decided I was rebuilding too slowly and needed to kick it up a notch. So I did what any (credit) card-carrying shopper would do. I went to the outlets. What better way to celebrate my body in its current form that buying pretty new clothes, and what better time than the solstice?

(Hopefully) you’re all familiar with the greatness that is J.Crew Factory, which has crazy-good sales, like, always. My local outlet mall also has a Gap Outlet and a Banana Republic Outlet, and I received and email Friday morning for 40% off in each of those stores. Because money is especially tight, but so are my wardrobe choices, I went with a mission. A pair of jeans, versatile work dresses, and a couple of blouses. Since I spend 40 hours a week at work, I really needed to focus in on things I can get a lot of wear out of each and every week in the office. Weekends feel more sparse these days, so I can make do with what I’ve got.

Anyway, here’s what I got, not including a perfect new pair of skinnies from Gap. I went two sizes up from my old/current pair, and I’m so happy I did, because they fit really comfortably and I still have room to eat a sandwich. Can you tell I was really feeling blue?

sorry for the turrrible photo quality–took these at night. womp womp!
Have you ever had to pretty much start over with your wardrobe? What made it harder or easier on you? Any fun new buys this month or solstice celebrations to share? I wanna hear it all!
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