Mad Hattess

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black tank, blue cardi, striped skirt, pink purse, necklace: F21
hat: Men's section somewhere I don't remember.
wooden clogs: Target
flower pin: Icing
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eye shadow: Ciotolina from Toki Doki and Turquoise Exclusive from Too Faced Glamourland
lips: Thalia from NYX (favorite lip color ever)
I'm not really Angry-Mad, nor am I Insane-Mad, but at the moment, I'm kinda upset and mildly crazy. For the past few weeks, it's become apparent to me that the ongoing battle between me and my closet will remain just that--ongoing. Even if I cull regularly, I still have a crapload of stuff, and I feel that I really am not loving the stuff I have as much as they deserve to be loved.

One of the other goals I had in starting this blog (and thus naming it so) was to spend less and use the stuff I already have. I wanted to love the worldly delights I already had. My grad student-ness kept my spending in check, since I wasn't getting much of a paycheck, but I still bought stuff I didn't need. Accumulated. Hoarded. Oh gosh, that sounds awful. 

So, I'm going to stop shopping for a while. I know lots of bloggers have made similar efforts (I even got reminded just this morning about this whilst reading Kiah's blog), and I am gonna try to do the same. Not shopping will push me to:
1. Learn how to sew properly. 
2. Be more creative with accessory making. I have tons of "ingredients" so to speak. I just have to make the cake. 
3. Love my stuff.

For 6 months, I am not going to buy a single garment or accessory, and I am going to try to wear all the items of clothing I already have in my closet. 

Whoa. My fingers got all tense and wobbly there for a second.

This outfit would never have been formulated if I didn't push myself to think differently about the stuff I already have. I've had this hat for close to a year now, and I never wore it. (Partly because my head is huge, but whatever.) And this skirt saw daylight for the first time today. It's been sitting at the bottom of my dresser for about 8 months. And look at that, I even put a flower on the hat! Ha! I can feel the creative juices flowing already. Is it supposed to feel like Jello?

Have you ever undergone a shopping fast? 

32 comments:

  1. Six months?! Honey, you are way, WAY braver than I am. That's an amazing goal.

    Also, the skirt was the first thing I noticed about the outfit. Good move getting it out of the darkness! (Flower + Hat = <3)

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  2. AH. that's so amazing. And I definitely wish you luck. I'm starting my first 30 for 30 in just a couple of days for a bit of the same reason. Blogging has sure made it a lot easier to justify buys. Though it's also hard to walk away from something when you're thrifting and it's super cheap anyway.

    I love your shoes a lot !

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  3. You can do it! A shopping ban is really hard for me but I've gained weight and I'm trying to focus on losing it so my mind is away from buying as of now :p

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  4. Love the hat and your nails, they look fab! Good luck with the shopping ban - i know i wouldn't be able to do it haha!

    Stacey xx

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  5. totally adorbs :) love the hat and the candy colored nails! after mini-he, i didn't really shop for a long time. even got rid of ALL my clothes trying to simplify life (ha ha!!). then i started to shop when i started the blog. i really need to stop and do the same. get crafty with all the crap i bought over the years, learn to sew...

    rockoomph.blogspot.com

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  6. wow I look forward to seeing your progress non-fashion buy 6 months commitment! I am itching to buy something already! Love your hat and your bag!

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  7. Love the skirt and the hat together!

    Good luck on the shopping ban! Since January, I've only purchased two dresses, a pair of capris, a new plain white tee, and a new swim suit. All of which I needed rather than WANTED to buy. I think once you start, it will be easy!!

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  8. You look so cute! I love your bag.

    http://kerianlove.blogspot.com/

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  9. oh my goodness I can't wait to see the next 6 months! Maybe some of your wallet friendly feelings will rub off. You look great! I've been in hat heaven for the past month and your hat is covet worthy!

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  10. I put myself on a thrift and consignment store only diet until September - mostly just because I'm accumulating too much stuff and need to reel it in a bit! I can't wait to see how this works out for you...

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

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  11. That's quite an undertaking. Best of luck seeing it through. I've never gone on a self-imposed shopping ban, per se, but I have gone extended periods of time without shopping. You know, those "I don't feel like shopping and I really don't need anything" moods. I realize they're basically the same thing, but one is more committal and the other is more "whatever." Haha. I am probably not making any sense! But anyway, I have a feeling that you'll be able to stick to it. Just remember, if you waver there's a whole world of support/encouragement at your fingertips! I think this outfit post is a good start - seeing old items in a new light, getting creative, and so on. Speaking of this outfit: I really like your striped skirt and straw fedora. And the floral embellishment on the hat is adorable :)

    I need to learn to sew properly, too!

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  12. Love this outfit girl!! 6 months!! WOW!! I am only doing it until I wear every new thing in my closet.. so for about 2 months of blog outfits!! Hey we still can shop! We can shop our closets!! I went through mine some more today and I found a dress and some shoes that I bought a while back still in the bag!!! I wore both items in my most recent outfit post! I probably spend about $400 to $500 a month on shopping!! I decided to put the money away for a trip to NYC next year! Thanks for the shout out girl! Kiah

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  13. Laura, I think I've been on a shopping fast for the last three years! They don't have clothes in Europe for curvy gals! Grief. I love your hat! You look so "oo la la" girl! And the nail polish is too cute! :)

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  14. I need a shopping fast too! I spend way too much time shopping haha, love those funky nails and that cute purse! :)

    xoxo,
    daisy

    http://imjustdaisy.blogspot.com

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  15. You look Too Cute! I am LOVING that nail polish and the Chanel-esque bag! Total Fabulousness! I am also a Huge Fan of the Tokidoki eye shadow! I have some and it is my all time Favorite!

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  16. Lovely blog! The look is sooo cute!

    Lola x
    http://lola-x.blogspot.com

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  17. i would find it so hard to do a shopping fast, although i think i need to: i'm packing to go home from uni and i filled a suitcase ENTIRELY full of tshirts......
    good on you for doing one! :)
    that first picture of you is SO cute, you look lovely!
    i love the hat :D
    Rosie xo

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  18. what an amazing goal, you can do it! these pics are all so cute =)

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  19. Whoa, six months, that's quite a goal! You so are my new hero!! I know you can do this! Looking forward to hearing how it goes!!

    Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

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  20. This is such a lovely outfit perfect to go outside in - love the striped skirt and heels!

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  21. Loving your outfit and your handbag is so cute. Not to mention LOVE your nails way too much fun!

    xo

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  22. wow that's a great challenge! GOOD LUCK! I should try it lol I always just keep buying stuff and only wear it a few times. Now i look at my closet every morning and can't figure out what to wear SMH

    that handbag is so cute!!

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  23. adore your makeup! and your nails are yummy looking :)




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  24. Oh my god ! 6 monthes is a lot ! But you're so creative, I'm sure you'll surprise us with lovely outfits !
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  25. Wow, I'm impressed with the ban! But you have great style so I'm sure you can remix your wardrobe and feel good about it! Love this skirt. The whole outfit is something I love to wear;)

    Aesthetic Lounge

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  26. AH WOWWWW. That's so fabulous. That's actually such a great idea. I want to say, "I wanna try that." But I simply don't have self control, haha. So BEST WISHES! Do blog about it!

    QUIRKYEXPLOSION.blogspot.com

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  27. Hey Sweetie, you are being so brave!!

    I doubt I can last a shopping fast. I mean I can tone down my buying, but definitely not a zero tolerance for a splurge here and there hehe.

    You look uber cute in this outfit, love the hat, the bag and those nails! ♥


    xoxo,
    Addie
    The Cat Hag

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  28. It's aggravating, isn't it? To have a ton of sh*t and have [kinda] no idea what to do with it? I decided to get rid of everything I don't wear/haven't worn in a long time and force myself to wear the absolute basics over & over til I want to puke (metaphorically speaking). Plus I'm moving into an apartment with half the space and kinda have to do it anyway :-) You can do it! I'm also on a ban til September. Wanna do it together?

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  29. First of all, I just have to say how much I adore the whale in your header. Second, good luck with your shopping ban. I know how hard it can be (I always find myself giving in) but you can do it! I admire your determination :)

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  30. WOW! Good luck! You can do it!!!

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  31. i love this background and your super neat nail polish....I have decided to stop shopping , my last haul will be this june and that's it....not that i will sew but I am planning to buy a land next year..your hat and clogs are so pretty!

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