As I mentioned on Monday’s post, I was in a fog the first part of this week; couldn’t concentrate, felt sort of scattered. I think I figured it out though – over the weekend, I had pizza for lunch AND dinner, along with copious amounts of proseco, then one of those heavenly breakfast souffles at Panera Sunday morning for breakfast on my way back home from Austin. Yeah. That’s a whole lot of gluten & dairy for a person who normally eats none.
Anyway, since I couldn’t focus on writing on Tuesday, I went shopping instead. REAL LIVE shopping, which I hadn’t done in awhile given our household austerity measures and all. I do have a little extra money to spend in the next month since I earned more money last month, so I’m trying to pinpoint exactly what I NEED for fall/winter this year.
In case I haven’t mentioned this before, I am single-minded when it comes to shopping and finding what I’ve determined that I need; I have a hard time thinking about much else. And I’m REALLY REALLY in the mood for fall clothes right now, since it’s the hottest time of the year. Ugh.
And I also learned (by wearing these pants) that once I have found “the right ____________” (whatever it is…and yes, I almost wrote “perfect”), I can be done looking for anything else. That requires a couple of things though: one – to be HAPPY with what I have, and two – to acknowledge that it’s the right whatever for me, and that I’m not going to find better.
These JP pants are SO GOOD that I’m done looking for any more pants, gray, black or otherwise (EXCEPT I have FINALLY found a pair of wide leg pants that FIT ME, so I’ll get those and then be done!). I’d been thinking I’d like a pair of army green/olive pants, but I don’t need them. These pants are perfect for when I don’t want to wear jeans or black pants. I will say they’re quite warm for summer, but they are so fabulous for cooler weather, and for traveling. I know they will last forever. They’re sturdy as hell.
I’m also done looking at/for jeans. My Le Garcon jeans are THE BEST for me right now, and I’m very happy with them.
I do need a warm black blazer/jacket, a shirt dress, and black loafers. I would LIKE TO HAVE a big slouchy cashmere sweater and/or sweatshirt, and a long grey dress that I can layer easily. I’ve identified the exact pieces I want/need, now I just need to get about the business of procuring them!
While I was shopping, I did pick up this Madewell oversized chambray top, because I thought I needed a chambray top, but now, I’m not so sure (more in this week’s The Minimal Closet post, coming tomorrow!). I also used up a store credit card I had at H&M on a great oversized gray sweater. Now, I’m officially done with H&M. I just can’t anymore.
I checked out new arrivals at Splendid – I liked this pink top, but that was probably it. At Neiman Marcus I looked at this IRO dress I’ve had my eye on; maybe it will be my long gray dress? I also tried on this Vince sweater I’ve had in my “hearts” at Shopbop, it was good, but I’m not sure it’s $495 good, you know? Actually I’m 100% sure it’s not $495 good…especially for not being 100% cashmere.
Finally, I tried on the Rag & Bone fedora I’ve been obsessing over for the last couple of years. It’s SO GOOD. But I’m not sure how a hat is supposed to fit. The large seemed almost too large and the medium just sat on top of my head. Also, I’m not sure how a person who is completely anti-frivolity wears a hat if not to keep her head warm? When would I wear a fedora??
I spent quite a lot of time at James Perse also, but I’ll do another post on that, because it will be LONG, given all I tried on 😉
What’s on your fall shopping list? Have you knocked any of it out yet??