2011: The Plan

 Warning: This post contains a lot of text.

A picture of what I did today, apropos of nothing.

I never make resolutions because I am really impatient. I’m also decisive and when I make my mind up that I want to change something, I don’t want to wait until the end of the year to do it. Not changing something I want to change gives me anxiety. But not this year. This year I realized that along with being decisive, I’m also really good at rationalizing most behaviors, both positive and negative. So, in the past few years,  I’ve managed to convince myself that it’s okay to go shopping a lot for clothes, and that I deserve it because of (insert any minor hardship I’ve experienced in the past 24 hours here).
This year I decided to make a new year’s resolution because don’t really want to do this, and I could stand to wait to make this change. But time is up and it’s 2011! Yikes!

This year I will not be buying any clothes at any “fast fashion” outlet. Sniff, sniff. I’ve been trying to budget better since I’m now working for myself and I don’t have as dependable an income yet. A lot of my money goes to Forever 21, Old Navy, and Madewell…I gotta give it a rest for the good of my life! And now that I’ve written it, I am accountable.
Crap!

Okay, here are the rules:

  • No chain store shopping. If I need something for a specific reason (event, etc) I will wear something  I already own, or find something at a consignment shop. 
  • I will only buy clothes at thrift stores and vintage stores (and no, I will not go shopping every day).
  • I’m still allowed new shoes, but only if they are on sale/at a discount. 
  • I’m still allowed new underwear and socks.
  • If I find the perfect pair of high-waisted skinny jeans, I’m still gonna buy them.
  • I will still accept new clothes if someone wants to give them to me!

So, I’m gonna have to get my fix of new clothes from shopping with clients, and I am gonna have to rework all that I already have for a while. I’m hoping this will improve my blog because I will be forced to get more creative (like 12 months of 30 for 30), which may be a good side effect of my resolution. Hopefully everyone wont get too sick of last year’s Forever 21 purchases (if they last that long, let’s get real here).  If you do get sick of them, see the last bullet point.

I know a lot of bloggers out there are already strict thrift/vintage shoppers, and this resolution probably seems super easy to you, but are any of you recovering F21 addicts like me? I have been in a fast fashion rut since moving to Austin, and I’m excited to dig my way out of it. I promise not to complain. Too much. At least not every day.

P.S. Happy birthday little baby Tallulah! I can’t wait to meet you! Welcome to the world!

January 2, 2011

13 Responses to 2011: The Plan

  1. Whitney says:

    Con l'occhio estetico e tutti intorno a questo senso della moda
    cosiddetta "sfida" sarà più facile di quanto pensi! I
    non possono aspettare cosa riserva il futuro per il tuo blog.

    p.s. Amo penny

    xoxo

  2. Mikhaila says:

    I've considered doing this same thing because I get overwhelmed by the amount of clothes in my closet and how much I've spent on them! There aren't too many decent thrift shops around me but I definitely avoid going to the mall as much as possible. I also bring stuff I don't wear to my friends consignment shop and make a little money back. I think this is a fun resolution though, good luck!!

  3. those tricks says:

    Just read up on Forever 21's business/production practices and it'll be reallll easy to walk away from purchasing their stuff new. Plus, F21 items show up in thrifts/Buffalo Exchange regularly, so you will surely still be able to get your fix via resale!

    Austin has some great thrift stores – you will have a fun year with them all!!

    Happy New Year!

  4. Jessie says:

    oh yes, i'm completely addicted to forever 21 and i have a very bad habit of not even trying on my purchases before i buy them! It leads to a lot of buyers remorse and wasted funds.

  5. Estefany @ The Helmet Head says:

    This is cute!
    I have so many things I wanna accomplish this year as well. Hope I can actually keep it up though..
    Good luck!

    xo

  6. Collette Osuna says:

    Fab resolution hunnie….you are going to do great!!

    Happy New Year!!

    Stop by and say Hello:)
    Statements in Fashion Blog♥

  7. Kristin Wyly says:

    I kind of love this picture. daschunds are the cutest.

    Shopping at thrift stores is so much more gratifying, because you feel so proud when you find things and you are saving money!

  8. Dreed*Tea says:

    I know how it feels! I have the urge to refresh soo bad and it kills me to b/c everything is so cheap right now! So how do you have a fashion blog and not buy clothes?! right?! So that's what led me to the brilliant idea of featuring indie designers on my blog and going to their shops and trying and photoing all the outfits…at least in some shape or form I own it! It's great to see what you really like and yearn for, rather than impulse stuff!

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