Yves Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane Small Sac du Jour, $2,750, originally from F/W 2014 collection
Saving up for this bad boy has forced me to modify how I shop. Putting away the same portion of my paycheck week after week makes the final purchase a treat that I know I’m expecting — a planned-for surprise, if you will. Watching that monetary amount grow and grow demonstrates my perseverance to myself, showing my inner shopaholic that if you hold out for something that’s timeless and you covet so dearly, the trendy pieces that catch your eye for a minute or two become less and less appealing as you start to notice your triggers. Mine are plaid, exceptional fabrics, interesting silhouettes, and uniqueness…but the deal breaker? Knowing that other people will have it. I crave pieces with a rebel-rock aesthetic, but classic enough to outlast a one-season wear.
While in LA earlier this month, my coworker and I popped into the Chanel store on Rodeo Drive to satisfy our eyecandy temptations. I’ve been in love with the Chanel Boy Bag since it came out in their F/W 2013 collection, but seeing it on nearly 8 out of every 10 women in LA was an extreme turnoff (aside from the $4,000+ price tag). Sure, I saw my YSL on a few shoulders, but a minuscule number by comparison. Same goes for most other designer pieces I crave — uniquely classic designs that a few people have, but not so blown up as a fad would merit.
This will be my first luxury designer bag I pay full ticket for out of my own pocket — others have been gifts from friends in the industry (Burberry Crush from last Christmas) or just amazing steals at discount stores (hello, Furla croc tote a la Nordstrom Rack in 2013). The hefty price tag has forced me to rethink how i shop so i could actually put aside a consistent amount to grow a “Shopping Fund,” if you will. Instead of blowing $50 on rather disposable pieces from H&M or Urban Outfitters, I’ve been keeping my spending to an absolute minimum — no new clothing purchases since AUGUST. That may be normal for many of you, but it took a LOT of self control and spending restraint to get me this far in the “fund”. I had made a few “key-pieces” purchases in August to refresh my Fall wardrobe, but I’ve been a good girl ever since 0:)
What about you ladies? Has there been a designer piece that you’ve wanted so badly you changed your shopping/spending habits to make it a reality purchase?
I’d love to hear about it in the comments section!
Due to a much-needed digital detox and a recent job promotion, I took my last post’s last point to heart — “Unplug, log off, sign out, and ENJOY LIFE this summer.” I stopped checking my Instagram account, stopped drafting blog posts, stopped planning ahead, and just enjoyed my time in NYC as I maneuvered through the first few weeks of my new position. I wandered more, I spent more time with my boo, and I had enough free time that I no longer minded staying later in the office because I didn’t have a self-imposed deadline. I just was. I went with the flow, and I enjoyed life so much more.
Going into my 6th week in my sales position, it’s been an interesting road so far. Having faced age discrimination, cattiness, and egos beyond my wildest dreams…fashion sales are interesting to say the least! The most recent thrill was my first travel experience earlier this week to Las Vegas for the ENK Vegas trade show. I tried to snap pics as much as I could, but when you’re the new AE there’s not much down time! See the IG pics below — hover for captions/context.
As the new Account Executive for Andrew Marc’s RTW collection, I have a few trade show plans coming up before the holidays even hit: Coterie in NYC next month, Brand Assembly in LA + the F.I.G. in Dallas back-to-back in October — I’ll try n snap a few pics along the way ‘cuz there’s nothing better than remembering your first trade shows years from now when you don’t have to go any more 😀
It took me a bit longer this year to really pinpoint what I want to attempt to change over the course of the next 12 months… I toyed with a few initial ideas:
- ∞ Stop, Breathe, Notice the Stressor: an attempt to de-stress my life a bit by pinpointing the triggers
- ∞ Drink More Water—doesn’t everyone say this?
- ∞ Think LESS: stop over-thinking, nit picking, over-analyzing, etc. ENJOY LIFE…yeah, I should probably keep this one, lol.
Ultimately, though, I want to de-clutter my life. It started once I moved from DC to NYC. I gave away/sold/donated over 3 Hefty trash bags’ worth of clothes, shoes, jewelry, and accessories. That put 2 things in clear perspective for me: 1. HOLY SH#* I waste a lot of money on clothes I don’t wear too often, and 2. HOLY F*$% I own way too much shit for someone my age. Moving into a studio apartment seemed like a death sentence when I was in D.C. Hell, even when we signed our lease here I was apprehensive because of the lack of closet space. Since last June I’ve come to realize that you just don’t need all that STUFF. Of course I’ve still shopped after we moved, but I’ve been smarter about it…because I had to. I’ve made an agreement with my boyfriend to tell him every purchase I make, otherwise he’ll just call me out on it and tickle me into submission. Yes, you read that right. Tickling is my weakness. I simply f*$%ing hate it.
In an effort to de-clutter my life ASIDE from my closet, I’ve also opted out of certain things. The biggest one? Twitter. Ah, yes, it feels SO great to no longer be a member of a social community that gives me more headaches than pleasure. Buh bye “Dolce & Gabana have tweets for you”. No…they don’t. Liar. PEACE OUT CUB SCOUT!
Have a happy new year ladies and gents. What positive changes are you going to make in the new year?