It's baseball season. The time of year where I trade in the 5 inch heels and dresses for a pair of converse sneakers, yankee cap and yankee zip up. That's my outfit of choice for a spring day at the park. Next time your in the Bronx just look for the grey converse sneakers and black baseball cap. See you at yankee stadium.
I had an opportunity to spend a long weekend with friends and DH in New Orleans the week before Mardi Gras. It was my first time visiting NOLA and I had a blast. The beignets kept us occupied during the day and the mardi gras parades kept us partying all night. We also had an opportunity to do the ghost and cemeteries tours which both come highly recommended. Our tour guide "Scary Mary" for our ghost tour was the highlight of our trip. Despite the fact that it was freezing (dropped down to 20 degrees one night) I had a great time with my best friend and DH. Here are some highlights of the trip. Because it was so cold I really did not have an opportunity to take fabulous outfit pics but c'est la vie. Just means I will have to visit again sometime real soon.
Most of you who know me know about my shopping addiction and more importantly my shoe addiction. Although I gave up shopping for lent (and boy am I glad that is over) I am not entirely cured. I did learn a few lessons along the way.
(1) Shop often but buy sparingly.I will go on shopping binges where I buy buy buy only to discover that I have (a) overpaid (b) already have the item or (c) don't even really like the item. By shopping often you become familiar with trends, how they work with your body, and what things are worth. Just because something has a 50% off sign on it doesn't mean it is a good value. Also just because something is "trendy" doesn't mean it is going to work with your body type and/or lifestyle
(2) Shop your closet first. Trends are tricky. You see everyone wearing colored jeans and you run out and buy the first pair that fit. Meanwhile in the back of your closet are a pair of awesome purple jeans you bought on a whim a few years ago but have only worn once (true story). This happened to me. Luckily because I did not obey my first rule I was able to uncover a lot of awesome gems in my closet. Purple jeans and yellow corduroys just to name a few. I was happy and so was my bank account.
(3) Make a list and stick to it. During my shopping diet I kept a list of all the things I wanted. During the first week I spent most of my day adding items to the list. By the last week of lent I realized that half the items on the list were things I was no longer interested in or things I already owned (refer to rule 2). That being said armed with list in hand I have been able to focus my shopping on things that I REALLY REALLY want instead of just buying random things that spark my interest. Not only is my account looking good for it but it is helping me stay more organized which is in turn making it easier to put together new outfits.
(4) Know how much to spend. We all want to be seen walking down the street in our red soles but it is really necessary to spend that much money on a pair of shoes? (If you ask me I will say yes but I am a bit unrealistic at times). The key is to know an item's worth. A pair of black Louboutin pumps that you will wear every single day may be totally worth it. A pair of feather and studded 7 inch heels that you will NEVER wear probably not so much.Even if they were on clearance for 99% off they still would not be worth it. Do the math. If you spend 600 bucks on a pair of shoes that you are going to wear at least 3 times a week for a year you just paid $3.85 a wear for those shoes. Even if you spend $10 on the aforementioned 7 inch heel and only wear them once you will have paid $10 a wear which is almost 250% more than the $600 pair. I say put the $10 towards something you will actually enjoy.
(5) Shop alone. I kinda hate this rule but I do best when shopping alone. It is fun to have brunch with the girls (or guys) and then go shopping afterwards. It is fun to try on things that you will never wear and laugh until you are in tears because of how ridiculous you look or try on those extremely expensive shoes that you will never buy just cause. But what happens when your friends "ooohing" and "aaahing" result in you reaching into your purse to purchase those extremely expensive (and unreasonably high) shoes that are (1) way over your budget and (b) unlikely to ever be worn comfortably in public. When you shop alone you tend to be more focused and realistic. There is no pressure to "impress". If you like something and it works and fulfills all of the above requirements then you buy it and move on. Yeah it doesn't sound like fun but neither does having your credit card denied.
(6) Follow these rules within reason. If you really really want that $4,000 Chanel bag (and you can afford it) then get it. If you have a pair of red jeans but REALLY want another pair then get them. If you fall in love with a gorgeous ring that is not on your list but you know you can put to good use then buy it. Rules were made to be broken and these rules are meant to be a guide for making better shopping decisions.Using these rules as a guide I am on my way to being able to afford that $4,000 Chanel bag.
This past fall/winter I rediscovered the color yellow. I have bought yellow pieces here and there but I have to admit I was a little intimidated by it. Now that the color seems be popping up everywhere I thought it would be appropriate to show you how I wear the color. Following the theme of my last post which was about yellow shoes here are some outfit ideas that I have put together. I will be posting some pictures soon of how I actually wore the color using some of the ideas below as my inspiration.