Cheap Thrills

On Saturday, my 6-month shopping ban ended. I waited patiently until the day ended before even looking online for places that may have the stuff I've listed over the past few weeks of things I thought I needed to incorporate into my wardrobe.

Because I was giddy with excitement, I didn't end up falling asleep until 4:00 Sunday morning. AFTER I organized my sock drawer, realizing that I have 5 pairs of black tights, 2 pairs of electric blue ones, and 2 maroon ones. Ridiculous.

I promptly woke up at 7:00 am. I didn't even grab anything to eat before I left the house, dressed in the comfiest and most convenient ensemble ever (leggings, skirt, and pullover-- no pictures because I was too gung-ho to shop.

Now, I thought about this day a lot. And just like when one goes on a diet, they don't just stuff themselves silly when the diet is over. That would spoil all the hard work they put into that fast, right? So I decided that I would ease myself into the whole shopping routine again by setting a limit for myself and following a list.

For a while, I felt like I forgot how to shop. For reals. It seemed like I had no enthusiasm for looking at clothing. I would pass rack after rack without even glancing to check if any of the items in the rack were on sale. Is this good? I hope so.

I spent a good 4 hours walking around from shop to shop, driving from one part of the shopping district to another, checking out merchandise and comparing prices. By the end of the 4 hours, I knew what I needed to go back for and even had enough time to think of how to incorporate those pieces into outfits.

I had set my budget for this shopping trip to $100 because I was really terrified that if I didn't, I would just buy anything in sight.

Well, I failed there. But not by much, and I stuck to my list. I ended up spending $160 but I was pleased with my haul, and I feel like I don't need to go back and buy anything else for a while. I mean, possibly, for another month or so. I know, right? CRAZY.

So here it is, ya'll. My Haul of Cheap Thrills. Enjoy.

1. White Lace Top from TJMaxx-- $7.00



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Who doesn't love lace? I needed layering pieces that I can wear over dresses or under blazers and cardigans. The flowier, the better. 

2. Black Flat Boots from Target -- $35.00




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I have really huge calves, no thanks to my dad. :) So I had to get these babies a size up from what I usually wear. I'm surprised at how comfortable they are! I needed a pair of flat boots that I can wear with jeans or to toughen up girly skirts and dresses. 

*THESE NEXT ONES ARE A BIT RIDICILOUS. BUT I SWEAR, THEY WERE ON THE LIST*

3. Hello Kitty Beanie-- $9.00



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I had a HK cardigan on my wishlist last post, and I went to my F21 to get one because I need cardigans of different colors, but they didn't have it anymore. (Of course, because they're cute). But I DID need a beanie/snow hat for the winter. Might as well get the cutest one possible.

4. Hello Kitty Hot Pink Cardigan-- $25



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I don't have a lot of colored cardigans, and I like that this one is bright and has cute details on it (in HK's face!!!) Look at that adorable tag!

5. Hello Kitty Jumper-- $20



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Because believe it or not, I don't have any comfortable sweaters. Most of them are tighter than I would like or are too itchy.

LAST Hello Kitty one, I promise.

6. Hello Kitty Pullover-- $18



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Perhaps my most favorite purchase of all. I love the HK big head design, and am LUSTING over the printed leggings. But, they're not on the list, so I didn't get them. 

7. Skinny Orange Belt -- $3.50
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I need to branch out with color, and this is my first orange piece ever! (at least I think it is!) Just like with leopard print, I'm taking the orange in small doses until I'm comfy with it. 

8. Bow Rings-- $1.50 each

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Ok, I'll admit, these weren't really on the list. But they were cute and inexpensive. Plus, rings are my weakness. $3 for 2! 

9. Ruff Hewn Puffer Coat-- which I got for such a steal. Originally $140, I got it for (get ready for it...) $35.



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And it's from this season, too. I waffled quite a bit on whether or not I wanted this or a black one, but because I knew I needed to start playing with more color, I got this instead. 

Like I said earlier, I'm quite thrilled. And I didn't feel the need to buy everything else in sight. I even picked up a couple of ideas for clothes I'd like to make myself instead of purchasing a mass-produced copy. So there you go, folks! My 6-month challenge has ended, and I'm quite proud of myself for getting through it! I thought I spent a decent amount of money on pieces that I know I need and will be able to wear all the time, and I'm developing a new system of purchasing so I can fully assess how much I really need/want an item (it makes me sound crazy, but I promise you, I'm not.) 

54 comments:

  1. You got some great deals! Love all the Hello Kitty stuff :)

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  2. These are some great buys! I can't believe you made it six months, that's so great. The coat is my favourite I think.

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  3. It seems like you did really good - and I love the jacket that you got (I'm impressed that you were able to resist the pull of the black one - although vowing to play with color more is something I really need to do as well.

    xoxo ~ Courtney
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  4. 6 MONTHS!!!!! YOU GO GIRL!!! I may have died lol ;)

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  5. i love all those tops! and cute rings

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  6. Proud of you, dear! You survived so well :) and I love your finds, they're so awesome! :) xoxo

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  7. I love the Hello Kitty cardigan and those lovely black boots! Congrats for going 6 months without shopping, that is seriously AMAZING. I really need to go on a shopping cleanse/ban as well... even thrifting adds up after a while! :) It must've been amazing to shop again.

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  8. You did an amazing job! I love the Hello Kitty pieces big time, the cardigan is fabulous. And $35 bucks for that jacket-wuuhhhhh??

    Adrienne
    What Lola Wants

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  9. You got some awesome stuff!! I love the hello kitty cardigan, and those amazing bow rings. :)

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  10. Sweet! Nice job on the 6-month challenge! This is a pretty sweet haul, (without going overboard). I've only have a list of about 5 things that I'm 'allowed' to buy at any time. If something doesn't seem important enough make it onto the five things list then I'm generally not allowed to buy it. Unless it is something that just BLOWS MY MIND with how awesome it is.

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  11. Great job Laura! So proud of you, 6 months is a LONG time to not be shopping. I am not sure I can do it. I love everything you've got here but esp. all things HK! They are adorable. Can't wait to see you wear them.

    On my first day back I have a giveaway - check it out ;)
    http://justtututiny.blogspot.com/2011/12/giveaway-allison-izu-premium-denim.html

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  12. Great job! The hot pink cardigan is super cute I'd say that is a must have ;)

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  13. That coat was a steal! Congratulations on your ban! And yay for new items. I need to revamp my wardrobe, so I think I will make a list, too. Thanks!

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  14. I can't believe you made it the full six months! I live in shock and awe of you! Congrats-- you deserve every piece!

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  15. I am so proud of you Laura! I love all of the Hello Kitty stuff and the coat! I still don't know how you had the will-power to go 6 months without shopping. I am certainly impressed lol :) - Dreama

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  16. Love that lace blouse and the belt :)

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  17. My blindy eyes can't read, were the HK sweaters/tops from F21? I kind of love the grey pullover, but if it is it would be waaaay too small for me.

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  18. I am super proud of you for sticking to your ban for as long as you did. That's a big accomplishment! I would have failed after 7 days.

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  19. OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG

    I WANT THAT PINK HELLO KITTY CARDIGAN! i'm going to look for it on the forever21 website RIGHT NOW!

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  20. Great deals Laura! I am so proud of you for completing your 6-month challenge! Kiah

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  21. Love your boots and the Hello Kitty swag! I am really impressed that you only spent $160! Congrats!

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  22. Wow, that's a lot of determination! Brave one. I think your budget is just nice. Get a bit break after 6 months.

    I had a one-year shopping drought previously, and when I finally found time, alas, my spree was uncontrollable. Really a bit regretful.

    yup, so shopping a little but regularly is a great thing to do actually. =)

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  23. I love the lace top, I really love lace at the moment! I know how you feel though, it's just like when you haven't had money for ages and then when you finally do you don't want to spend it! Your blog is really pretty, I am following :) xo

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  24. I CANNOT believe you completed 6 months!!!
    WOWSA!!!!!! well deserved purchases!
    xx-
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  25. Congrats on completing your challenge, Laura! You should be proud! I applaud the strategy you applied to your post-pan shopping trip.

    As for your haul, good job sticking to your list and staying within reason of your budget. And, carefully selecting items that fit your wardrobe and personality. I know from experience how hard it is resisting something that's really nice or pretty, yet neglecting it once it comes home with me.

    Your new lace top is beautiful! I am eager to see how you style it. Personally, I like the cardigan you bought better than the one on your wishlist. The pointelle Hello Kitty pattern is too darn cute! I think it will serve as being both versatile and fun very well :)

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  26. All of the HK stuff is just AMAZING!!! I WANT that Cardigan!! Fabulous haul!

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  27. Well done! Good on you for completing your challenge and also not going mad when it ended. Looks like you got tons of stuff for the amount that you spent! Hurrah!

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  28. Good job girl!! Well done! You got some great stuff that you'll be able to wear forever.
    I have huge calves too. So, if I find a pair of boots that actually fit I grab them!

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  29. WOW so much good stuff for so little cash, well done! I love the pink HK cardigan, those adorable rings and that wonderful lacy top. Congratulations (again) on finishing the project!

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  30. I can't believe you got all that for that ahem, small amount of change! :) I love the lace top most of all, followed by the Hello Kitty jumper and flat boots. Although truth be told, I'd be happy with anything in your haul! Super adorable and most of all, everything looks comfy. And God knows I need comfy. The cute kind is always best! Thanks for sharing your lovely purchases with us! This was a fun post! :)

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  31. Congrats on making it all the way to the end. You definitely deserved that shopping spree and what a great amount of loot you got!

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  32. LOVE all your goodies, Laura! Especially the lacey top, the hello kitty cardigan, and the boots. Congratulations again! =D

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  33. wow 6 months?! congrats on pulling thru! u got the same HK sweatshirt as me :D i love it. am surprised u were still able to find the HK stuff at f21. they've been completely sold out at the ones near me.

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  34. Hi Laura! Congratulations on completing your 6 month shopping ban. I am so proud of you and also that you set a budget! It's ok to go over it, I think you bought some great items that you will put to great use. The hello kitty items are absolutely adorable and I love that beanie :)

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  35. THAT BEANIE! need. and i can't wait for my skirrrrrt.

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  36. I love Hello Kitty's collection at F21- I saw it yesterday and wanted to snatch up so many things! You did so well after 6 months of no shopping-I probably would have blown a fortune!

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  37. My favorite is the white lace and I love the hot pink Hello Kitty as well. Congrats on making it six months! I probably would have imploded.

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  38. That's a pretty decent sized haul for 160.

    I've got a question for you. I've seen you wear leggings/tights a few times and I'm wondering if there are any really REALLY opaque one's you'd recommend?

    I feel like I've tried everywhere except online stores... and online stores are always iffy with me. Appreciate the help!

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  39. wow! i'm so proud of you! wish i can do the same.. and you've got some great finds! love the hello kitty.. great deals huh! happy for you! IMY hun..

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  40. i love all of your new purchases dear! especially the hello kitty hat and the ribbon ring from F21, lovely one <3

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  41. Laura, I am super proud of you girl! You found some great things. I can't wait to see you sport them in your posts. So happy for you and ENJOY them! No regrets! I love Hello Kitty! :D
    http://sassyuptownchic.blogspot.com/

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  42. Woot! Holy moly! You did it!!! I'm so proud and happy for you. Great haul. I particularly like the grey hello kitty top. I know what you mean about not even feeling interested in looking at first. What do you think that's about? I've noticed that happens to me a lot and I LOVE shopping! Whenever I strictly budget myself for a long time though it takes me a while to remember how to do it well. Great job. Woo hooooo. How am I this happy for you?!?! No idea. But I am!

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  43. I absolutely HAD to share this person's post with you! http://thegirlwhocouldntbeafashionista.blogspot.com/2011/12/hello-kitty-covers-elle-taiwan-december.html
    Hello Kitty fashion mag covers!

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  44. Yay you can shop again! :) You did great sticking to a budget and you got some gorgeous stuff. I love that lace top and the hello kitty cardigan is amazing! I LOVE it! Better to shop around like you did then get what you want, then you don't just randomly buy everything!! x

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  45. OMG I WANT ALL THAT HELLO KITTY STUFF!

    :D

    xoxo,
    daisy

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  46. aww you deserve every piece that you bought there. You sound very grounded about it and it was nice to hear you didn't blow money on everything you saw! love those boots!

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  47. i think you did well! i love those boots and the doses of color you got with your items. look forward to seeing them on!

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  48. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRGHHH!!! How come Indonesia's and Singapore's F21 don't do this Hello Kitty!!! I want want want!

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  49. Wow. Congrats, Laura! If I do a shopping ban on myself, I end up buying those small things and when accumulated, it costs me even more.

    But the boy kept me grounded, though. I mean when it comes to shopping that is.

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  50. Congratulations on making it through your shopping ban! The new items you picked up are cuuuute (who can pass up those bow rings?) I'll be doing mini shopping bans through all of next year. Any words of wisdom to impart on how to make it through?

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  51. Yaaay! Congrats lady! You killed this challenge, I don't think I could handle it. But luckily, I don't shop to much (YET). That hello kitty stuff is tooooo amazing!!

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