My shopping buddy and my newly cleaned out closet.
Sandal weather, the skirt that was my downfall and afternoon reads.
Delicious cider and one of my favorite reads by Elin Hilderbrand (I have all of her books!)
Saturday morning coffee in an XL cup, too many selfies in front of a mirror, and that skirt!
I’m guessing that you know what I did from my overly long title, right? I cheated. I had a month long no shopping ban in effect. I’m usually really, really good at this! I swear! I can visit stores, look around, go online and buy nothing. I’m not sure what changed, but this one has hurt. Eleven days into April and I was dying. It seemed everywhere I looked something pretty caught my eye. It reminded me of way back in the day when I worked at Dillard’s and almost every cent of my paycheck went towards clothing. The temptation to buy pretty things has been high.
My downfall began on Thursday when my mom (love her!) came by and took Brady overnight, leaving Molly and I with some time to ourselves. We quickly decided to go to Target (I mean, isn’t that the perfect solution to girl time?) and look around. We had the best time! We looked at shoes for her (bought three pair) and picked out ice cream for dinner. After that I meant to just go browse the bathing suits. Really! Then I walked past the most perfect soft chambray skirt. It had cute buttons up the front and had that ‘washed a bunch of times’ color to it. I’ve been looking for a skirt like this forever. Isn’t it funny how sometimes you can look for something high and low and never find it, but when you stop looking it shows up? That’s what happened with this skirt. I tried it on and it fit perfectly. It flared in all the right places and nipped in at the waist without cutting in and I knew it had to be mine.
Then (then!) I saw the most perfect tank top. Flow-y and soft and the best type of tank to wear with everything all summer long. I hemmed and hawed over these items for a long time and in the end I didn’t buy them. I stuck to my guns and went home with my girl and we ate two bowls of ice cream and watched Tangled.
Now, at this point I’m sure you are thinking, “Wow, she did good by leaving that skirt and tank top in the store!” Oh, friends, you know me better than that, right? The next day I picked up Molly from school and we were on our way to get Brady at Grandma’s. In a split decision we ended up at Target and I bought the skirt, and the tank top (maybe in 3 colors?)….and two bathing suits (this sequin one and this fringe one.)
I lost my resolve and surrendered to skirt/top/bathing suit lust. The funny thing is, I don’t even really feel that bad about it. I’ve mentioned our financial plan before in this post. I do like to take shopping breaks here and there (this is my third this year), but these aren’t because I have to. I want to step back sometimes. I had my fun last Friday and now I can step back a little again. Not forever, but I can make it to the end of April without shopping for myself.
Okay, on to the rest! Saturday was perfection for me. Perfection! The weather here right now in Northern Florida is amazing. The bluest of skies, warm but not hot temps and car rides with my family where all the windows are down and you just feel lucky, you know? We did silly errands; hair cuts for the boy and house purge trips to Goodwill and the recycling center. You know, a normal Saturday. Except just having the time together as a family makes me ridiculously happy. We ate dinner outside on the patio and I had a
couple hard cider(s) with my husband and then movie night with popcorn in the living room. Sometimes things just align and it makes you want to pinch yourself with how great life is. Saturday was one of those days.
Tell me, how was your weekend? Have you ever bought something you had to have, despite not needing it?