Fantastic to-do notepad by Craft Colorfully
Happy Monday, friends! Wow, I’ve missed you. That winter’s nap was a bit longer than I planned, but the truth is, I was feeling mightily shopped out after the holidays, and needed a bit more time to rev my engines.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about “enough”. As I looked under the the tree a few days before Christmas, I actually groaned to myself – why did we need all this stuff! And, the real problem: where were we going to put it all?! I mean, let’s face it – I can’t even find a place to put everything I own now. My hilariously oversized jewelry box is full, my shoe closet runneth over, and I know it’s well past time to thin the handbag herd. Granted, we moved last year and lost a boatload of square footage in the process. But still. If I can’t even store them all, I’m surely not wearing them all.
So, do I keep buying and adding to the massive piles? Do I institute one of those Draconian “one in, one out” rules my hubs advocates? Go on a major spending freeze and stop all purchases? I’m not wild about any of those options – in truth, I’m not a girl who deals well with absolutes (learned after decades of failed dieting). But I do know that I’m ready to be pickier. To spend less time cruising the Net-a-Porter clearance sale (le sigh), and more time in my own closet, remembering to wear the things I’d completely forgotten I owned. (I’m not the only one this happens to, right?)
Over the holidays, I became convinced I never needed to shop for another thing again. Luckily, the commerce fog lifted, and I’m feeling better now. But this year, I’m buying smarter. I’m going to do my best not to just shop for the sake of shopping. I’m going to shop with a goal in mind, or step away from the sale rack. And when I do buy, I’m holding out for the really good stuff. It’s not just if the sweater fits, but if it fits, flatters, is made of a material I love and can’t wait to wear, and fills a hole in my closet. Tall order, no?
So, if these are the rules, what’s still on my winter wishlist? Something in pale pink, both because I’m a sucker for winter pastels, and because it’s a pretty good color on me. A weekend-appropriate winter skirt – something that isn’t made of gauzy cotton or silk, that isn’t a pencil silhouette, and is wearable without tights. Also, a couple of dresses. The holidays made me realize I’m woefully lacking in cocktail attire, and that I have zero casual dresses I can wear in the winter. So, it’s time to do something about that. And I wouldn’t mind a pair of barely-distressed jeans with a straight leg and an oversized black silk tee, but they’ve proven pretty elusive, so I’m biding my time.
None of these, clearly, are things that I’d call urgent. I have a good 11 months until cocktail parties are on my horizon again, and if I’ve gone this long without a pink sweater, I suspect I can make it a few more months. But it’s good to have a list in mind, so that when those shopping itches come along, I know what to look for, instead of just buying whatever pretty thing is hanging before me.
Here’s my question for you, friends: what’s still on your winter wishlist? Where are the holes in your closet? Dish, and I’ll put my super-shopping skillz to the test for you!