AG Tomboy crop jeans | made in the US, mine are older, different wash
James Perse slub t-shirt | made in the US
James Perse long terry cardigan | made in the US
Emerson Fry slides | Made in Italy, Gift for review from Emerson Fry
Everlane Petra Market tote | Made in Italy, purchased with credits from Everlane
Here’s where buying new clothing fits on my list of priorities/things I want to spend my discretionary money on (this is extra money, after business expenses, savings, and paying down debt):
The last thing I really want/need to spend money on right now is clothing/accessories/shoes. I had been doing really well not spending any of my “extra” money on clothes, but this month I bought a bra (a nice t-shirt bra!!) a couple pairs of Hanky Pankys from the Saks sale, and Nux capri pants for Pure Barre. I also added a few pieces from Shopbop using credits. Oh. Sephora. I forgot about Sephora…ugh.
Not bad, really, but I need to get back to relying only on the credits I earn from partners like Shopbop and Everlane for clothing, and save my “extra” money for necessities like Pure Barre & hair cuts. I’m so lucky I DO have those partnerships with companies I love, but I also need to return to a place of balance in my wardrobe where I’m not adding anything for a while, credits or not.
This is all a long-winded way to say that even though I thought I would try to forgo haircuts and color all summer to save money, I’m not sure I can. I have finally reached a place in my life where I DON’T want to change my hair every couple of times I go to my stylist. I love the cut SO MUCH, I’m willing to pay an arm and a leg for it. Literally. And the color is amazing. I couldn’t be happier.
I used to be constantly frustrated by my hair, trying to make it look the way I wanted it to, growing it out, or just pulling it back and giving up. It took a lot out of me. But since I’ve been getting it cut/colored regularly lately (no grays!!), I realize how much better it makes me feel, knowing that even when I’m having a bad outfit day, at least I’m not having a bad hair day!!
So I’ve come to terms with the fact that I am going to pay quite a bit to keep my hair the way I like it for the foreseeable future. I’m beyond happy with my stylist, colorist and the salon I go to (The Songbird Society), and I love my hair this length, maybe just a bit longer; I can go 6 weeks between cut/color.
That means, I do need to get better at remembering what my financial priorities are. At not getting caught up in sales (yes, that still happens to me!) and wanting something new, not going into Sephora ANYMORE…being satisfied with what I have.
And priorities can change. I may decide I don’t want to spend so much money on my hair after a while and spend more on brunch. But right now, I’ll stick with drinking two buck chuck so I can splurge on my hair 😉
What do you spend most of your discretionary money one? clothing? hair? beauty supplies? exercise?
*oh, and for those of you who’ve asked me to do a post on my hair, I’m not sure how. I don’t really even know what my colorist does, except I go for tints just to color my roots two out of three times, then the third time I do tint and highlights which includes some painting or the pieces right around my face. This time I went for a tint and since I was cutting it shorter, she took the blonde on the pieces around my face up a bit (painted them on) at no charge. I’ve found that if I go in to my colorist with a budget for that trip, she sticks to it easily…
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