Sunday, March 5, 2017

Recent Edits and March No-Buy

Recent Edits and March No-Buy
altered & new

I am in purge beast mode as of late. Frankly, over time my eye just gets tired of things. Of course there are wear, fit, lifestyle, etc… changes that also spur a purge. As a style enthusiast, it’s always been in the back of my mind that I cannot continue to add more without occasionally letting things go. To be clear, I’m not throwing out/selling/donating/giving away my entire closet. I think of myself as an editor, updating my wardrobe to keep it modern and relevant to my aesthetic and life. 

The editing extends onto altering and re-purposing to keep things useful. I had one fail in this department. An attempt to repair the ailing straps on a 10+ year old Zara birkin did not turn out as well as I hoped (decent work, bad material), that this may be culled next. As I’ve barely used this bag in years, it wouldn’t be a huge loss.

It hasn’t been all purges and repairs though. I’ve added 3 new pieces to my wardrobe this year:
- BCBGeneration olive rain coat (Available here)
- Kenneth Cole red snake flats (I will no longer continue to repair my other red KC flats)
- Rick Owens black maxi dress

As far as beauty products are concerned, my friend happily inherited a NARS Orgasm Multiple (a greasy glittery mess on me), H&M eye palette, cream shadow, and some assorted mostly eye brushes. I’ve since learned I’m not one for cream blushes and can’t be bothered with eye makeup. I am forcing myself to use up remaining beauty products before I allow myself to buy more. I wasn’t super strict with this idea. While I can avoid Ulta and resist at Target, it’s Whole Foods that I cannot leave without making some kind of beauty purchase. Also, I made use of my last month of employer health insurance, and went to an actually good dermatologist so now I am on PanOxyl and tretinoin to hopefully treat some stubborn hyperpigmentation and recurring breakouts. Good skin reminds me of a GPA, once you screw it up it’s hell to get it back.

All of these leads me to consciously initiating a No Buy for March. There are obvious exceptions like gas, groceries, and business expenses. Beauty products are my main weakness as of late. I am only allowed to replace ESSENTIAL beauty products. The only one I can see myself potentially needing to replace is sunscreen. I sensed that I'm running low on my beloved Smashbox BB water so I switched to my MAC Matchmaster--that said when I wear either its rare and the most microscopic amount. Are glycolic pads essential though? I'm leaning towards no--I haven't seen the results I would like and this would just open up a can of worms at Ulta....

Let's see how this no-buy goes...who knows maybe I will develop more productive hobbies.

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Anyone else cleaning out their wardrobe/vanity or doing a no-buy? And what are your shopping weaknesses?

7 comments:

  1. I've just returned from Paris, and while it makes me happy to have more options than a single sweater, single type of top, and single pair of shoes...I am once more overwhelmed by how much stuff I have. Much is fabulous (I've gone through several purges over the past year), but it's time to do another. Just so I can *see* and not resort to my standard match-ups in default. I'm not on a no-buy per se, but I realize I simply shouldn't. Except perhaps for a pair of shoes for Cuba—a surprise trip.

    Good for you getting the dermatologist's care. I start a new medication this month, and it will be hell but *please* give me back lovely skin. I love your analogy. GPA is right.

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    1. Since you have done several rounds of purging already, would you consider "hiding" some pieces for a while? Unless you definitely know you want them gone.

      I wish you luck with the new derm meds.

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  2. I feel you with the purges. So far as I know, SA from Dear Beautiful World (https://dearbeautifulworld.com/) does a no-buy month, too. I don't have enough willpower for it now as I'm looking forward for all those spring floral patterns and dresses to enrich my work wardrobe. :) Also, I'm that kind of person who, when being banned from something, usually ends up rebelling somehow and it doesn't matter that they're my own principles and decisions, lol.

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    1. Purges/no-buys it can all depend on what stage you are in w/ your wardrobe/life. My no-buy stems from a lifestyle change, no longer work in an office--my wardrobe needs and disposable income has changed, and I have a lot of a lot--more clothes than I even have occasion to wear.

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    2. "Purges/no-buys it can all depend on what stage you are in w/ your wardrobe/life." - This is so true! Those Red Kenneth Coles look so beautiful! Coming to glycolic pads, do you think they don't work. I am still on the fence. I have the Dr.Dennis Gross ones and use them once in 2 to 3 days. I feel like they prevent breakouts. But it could all be in my head. I know you published a less expensive alternative for them a while ago on your blog. Once I run out of Dr. Dennis Gross, I will try the ones you recommended.

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    3. I think because my skin is so used to acids, microdermabrasions, retin A, etc... they are not as effective as when I first starting using them--also I had better skin then too--and also I have become very inpatient.

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  3. Good luck with your March no buy! I'm also in process of cleaning out my wardrobe, but just getting rid of clothes that I don't ever wear or have stains/holes on them. I think my weakness is sales. When my favorite brands are doing 70% off, I just can't say no. I mean, I know that I like the brand, so it's even difficult to just close my eyes and skip them.

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