Happy Wednesday everyone! It's a short school week for my first grader so today was his last day till next Monday. I felt like Christmas had come early when he pulled out the piece of paper that said there was no homework for next week...a parent's dream! Seriously, I hated homework when I was in school but I think I hate it even more now as a parent. Since there's no school tomorrow it's a good opportunity to get a few things done--like make some returns. I have things to return to Loft and Gap, both of which I have to drive about a half hour to get to. No worries...the drive is well worth it because we always stop by our favorite frozen yogurt joint on the way out. I could eat it everyday--even in the winter. One time they had Red Velvet fro-yo...heavenly! My all-time favorite has to be the Boysenberry though...oh my gosh, I wish I had some right now!
Anyhow, I'm totally off-topic now--sorry. Back to the title, "The Time has Come"...well, the time has come for a shopping break. Seriously, I need a (forced) break. My husband has always been super good about not giving me too hard of a time when it comes to my little shopping habit, for which I am grateful, but I think when I start to feel guilt about it all on my own, it's time to take a break. The shopping break begins right now...tonight. On my little trip tomorrow I am only allowed to buy something if it is with the money I receive from the returns I make, and even then, I'm gonna try hard not to spend that. Like any good break, there are a few exceptions (hence, I'm not using the words ban):
1. I am allowed to buy an over the shoulder/cross body purse--one I can use for Black Friday so I don't have to lug around the big purse I usually carry. Every single purse I own has short straps so I really want one to be able to just throw across my body and not have to worry about holding it. I already have this picked out from Nordstrom that I plan on picking up tomorrow with some of my "returns" money.
2. I am allowed to purchase the following things off my Anthro wish list if they pop up on sale (Oh, and if they all hit sale I can't buy them all!!!):
Floral Frappe Top
Loosely Looped Tee
Whipped Woolens Cardigan
Some of these probably won't even come close to hitting sale--but I had to include them JUST in case. =)
3. I am allowed to purchase ONE item for myself on Black Friday if I see one that I can't live without. I'm sorry, but it's Black Friday...my version of Christmas! We don't usually spend a lot of time looking for things for ourselves while we're Black Friday shopping, but I have been known to find a good deal on something I just had to have so I'm leaving this option open.
4. I am allowed to purchase a few pairs of patterned tights...I need a few for the winter months. So far these have caught my eye:
Stormy Seas Tights
Ok, that's it...I think I can do it. I have a few things on their way to me in the mail right now so you'll probably still see some new things pop up here and there but know that they were all purchased pre-shopping break. This shopping break will be in effect until Christmas day--December 25th. The problem with the last ban was that I totally went nutso afterwards to make up for the time I didn't get to shop. This will NOT happen this time around (using the word break instead of ban is making me feel better already). At the start of the new year I'm going to create a clothing budget for myself. Seriously, my closet is overflowing...I really don't have anymore room! =) It's either create a budget or kick my husband out of his closet (which I've already taken over half of--whoops). So that's the plan. Wish me luck!
I'll leave you with my outfit from today...I purchased the cardigan and tank at the same time to wear together...the model on the website had them on together and I loved the way it looked. I'm totally one of those people who buys things that the models look good in, hoping that I look just like the model when I wear it...tell me I'm not the only one that does that!
-Twist Neck Tank-Loft
-Always Skinny Jeans-Gap
-Riding Boots-Old Navy (2009)
-Necklace-Banana Republic Outlet
-Ring-gift from my husband
So off I go...let the shopping "break" begin! Anyone else brave enough to join in? =)