ph: Geoffrey Beane Fall 1992: Bill Cunningham/Edward Gorey for Visionare (1992); full image here
1) Continue to spend less money on fashion purchases (Not including fine jewelry).
I used gift cards to my advantage to score some basic tanks and my LeSportsac for cheap as chips. I received a new wallet for my work anniversary. From April to July, only 2 items were over $100: another infamous Black Fleece shirt dress and a wholly grail item; everything else was under $32. The July sales are so tempting, but I can’t have it all. Also, I’m ready to make another fine jewelry purchase yet I can’t seem to stop buying junk jewelry haha!
2) Improve Care & Maintenance
I have shoes that need heel repairs. New pants that I deem worthy of alterations. Minor non-urgent clothing fixes I have yet to complete. A watch bezel to replace. I dared to wash my Chanel jacket, but this is the last time, as it’s affecting the lining. Also I may look into restoring my precious baby Sami…:/ On the upside, the delicate wool cycle is more time and water efficient than individually hand washing my sweaters. Plus, I found better guards to save my Drkshdw hoodie from constant laundering.
3) One in, one out for heels.
I added a pair of wholly grail heels, but I do plan to throw out a pair of boots. That said, this is still likely to be broken as I may succumb to a very alluring pair of low heels (never say never!).
4) Continue to shop for and maintain a wardrobe suitable for my real life.
I did pull some extraneous tops from my wardrobe and gave a necklace to a co-worker. I downgraded a pair of leggings to those rare occasions I’m inspired to do yoga. I was quick to return things that weren’t right or not needed. The July sales and ebay are so tempting, but I can’t have it all (at once)! I have to prioritize by what I really want/need and what I will get the most use out of.
Overall, I’m happy with my additions, except for the Kuwaiti scarves (basically a balaclava with a rectangular scarf attached to one side) that fell short of my expectations. Though this is likely more to do with the poor construction of the ones I purchased than the idea itself. This was an inexpensive purchase so no big deal.
5) Shop Like A Tourist (At Home)
From April-July, 5 out of 13 purchases were online, which means the majority of my purchases were in-store. I had luck at the outlets and found some good work basics: khaki pants that fit perfectly, long navy sweater, and versatile pearl necklace. I’m undecided whether my next major jewelry purchase will be made online or in-store.