9 Month Shopping Ban Update | Loose Tee and Straight Leg Jeans
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I can’t believe September is over tomorrow - we are three-quarters of the way through 2019 already… which means I’m three-quarters of the way through my shopping ban!
When I decided to take on a shopping ban for the entirety of the year of 2019, I wasn’t completely sure what to expect. I knew that a 100% ban on all shopping would be impossible because I’m human and I’m going to need some things like socks to replace holey ones and the like. What I didn’t expect was how content I’d feel with the things I’d have and the creativity that it would inspire. Maybe it’s because I’ve gotten a year older and I’m not in a new decade in life but I have been having a lot of introspective moments all over the place and I have a lot of thoughts on my journey so far of buying less.
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9 Month Shopping Ban Update
While I disclosed that I broke my shopping ban while on vacation to Traverse City, I have been really good since. I think it helps that I also get PR packages every once in a while to keep my wardrobe fresh. I also got myself a sewing machine for my birthday and I’ve been trying to think of ways to give new life to the clothes I was planning on donating or selling. I am going to practice hemming some pieces that are too long on my petite frame but after that, (and after this ban), I think I may start doing some thrift flips!
But enough about what I plan on doing after this year, so far, other than replacing broken or worn-apart things, I really haven’t bought anything new. While in the spring, I felt a burst of creativity with my outfits, summer was challenging because it was too hot for me to want to wear anything that wasn’t the same old shorts and tees. I definitely wanted a wardrobe refresh at at least buy a new pair of shorts… only to realize, this is how people get trapped in the myth of needing more. My Summer 10 x 10 Challenge was really helpful in reminding me how little I need for my wardrobe to feel like it’s enough.
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I grossly underestimated how hot it would be when Brian and I decided to take another trip to the US Botanic Garden. People around here joke that we have 12 seasons in DC - I was tricked by the season of False Autumn into dressing warmly, only to get the bait and switch by Second Summer that hit with an 85 degree day (with humidity to boot!). Things were better when we got inside the greenhouse but I still couldn’t resist taking pictures in this serene, autumnal garden in the middle of the city. I wore this loose-fitting tee with a picture of a leaf on it (I thought it was fitting) and tucked it into these straight-leg jeans. I am starting to get a bit embarrassed by how often I featured these jeans on the blog in a short span of time. I can’t help it - they’re so flattering, pretty, and comfortable! I have been switching on and off between these and the Everlane 90s Cheeky Straight Leg jeans lately on my days off. Is this what happens when you turn 30? Asking for a friend…