I’ve been to the “mall” a couple times in the last week. I had to go to the Valentino store to see if they could replace a stud that had fallen off my small rockstud crossbody (they did, graciously. More on that in a review of the bag later), and I had a bit of “extra” money I’d saved up from my monthly discretionary fund so I wanted to check out pants at Eileen Fisher.
A couple of things really hit me while I was “shopping”:
- The stuff I already have in my closet is REALLY good. Better than what I found on sale anywhere. Granted, it’s January, and everything is picked over, and I’m pretty well set for winter clothes, but still. I was impressed with myself. I’m SURE I will be tempted by “new” once spring starts to roll out in earnest, but so far, so good; I’m holding fast to my no-buy through mid-March.
- I know exactly what I’m “missing” in my wardrobe, and what I need to replace, and that is what I gravitated to. I use “need” here loosely, because I don’t need anything, but I would like to add another soft blouse/shirt to my closet, since I’ve been reaching for the James Perse one I’m wearing here a lot more lately. It’s just a bit more “refined” than a t-shirt I think, for certain occasions, and I like the open neckline. I may actually give the Everlane sleeveless silk top a try, but I’m not in a hurry.
So, I know I said I’d held fast to my no-buy, but that’s not exactly true. I did buy these Eileen Fisher pants, but took them back within a couple of days. I loved them SO MUCH. They fit wonderfully, if a little long (the small petite was not slouchy enough), and they were exactly what I’d been looking for in a slouchy pant, slightly heavier and more “refined” than the James Perse version I have been waiting for to go on sale. BUT. I was concerned about the fabric (tencel) because it seemed like it would easily snag, and pill A LOT. I read some reviews on the Eileen Fisher website which confirmed the pilling issue, and decided it wasn’t worth it to keep them. I know the JP version won’t pill (at least my other sweatpants haven’t), so I’d rather go with them, if I decide to get anything at all.
I did FALL IN LOVE with this cape at Eileen Fisher, because I was crazy enough to try it on…but man…the price!! I’m sure it’s worth it, and I know I’d wear it a lot, and for many years, but still…it’s way out of my budget right now, and not wearable in this weather anyway. But it’s really good. I’ll keep my eye on it to see if it goes on sale. The ladies at Eileen Fisher said they’d been selling like crazy already.
I did also go over to James Perse to try on some of the new stuff, and I’ll write more about that later, but I was sort of “meh” on everything. Which is really odd. I think it’s the 5 extra pounds I put on during the holidays. yes. 5. Told you I was feeling rather pudgy.
Anyway, my first shopping trip of the new year was a resounding success I think. I feel hopeful that I can keep up my no-buy for at least another few weeks LOL – hopefully until mid-March when I reach my first weight-loss goal, but I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t. 2015 is my year of loving kindness, to myself, especially.
Have you been shopping since the new year? Did you find anything good? or are you burned out for a while? I know Ashley, a frequent commenter here, and blogger at Fancy Stuff & Pretty Things is doing a 100-day no-buy. Do you plan on trying not to buy anything new for a while?