January 14, 2013

Pattern Overload

Sweater: Ann Taylor  /  Shirt: J Crew  /  Jeans: AE  /  Shoes: Ann Taylor  /  Bag: Louis Vuitton 'Neverfull GM'

So I put myself on a shopping ban.  Yep.  That's right.  A Shopping BAN!  So far so good.

This year, we will be adding a new family member so I want to be smarter about my finances.  For as long as I can, I will only be buying essentials.  Now, do realize that my waist line is expanding so I did cheat a little by buying a maternity suit.  I consider buying the suit an essential because I have to wear it at least once or twice a week and none of my other suits fit.  For Christmas, my husband absolutely spoiled me so I consider that to be my last hooray.  As for maternity clothes, many family members bought me different items of clothes or gift certificates so I think I'm okay on the maternity clothes for a bit.  I'm interested to see how long I can last!

Has anyone else gone on a shopping ban and, if so, any tips?

18 comments:

  1. I did a 3-month shopping ban at the beginning of 2012. It wasn't nearly as difficult as I expected it to be. I realized that I am way too busy to go shopping, so I didn't really miss it. Good luck!

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  2. good luck with the shopping ban! I feel like I might need to try something like that as well!

    xx Amy
    Leopard and Lillies

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  3. I have not....but I definitely need to...ASAP! A fashion blogger's lifestyle is pretty crazy! Looking great girl! Love the mix of patterns! Hope you're feeling good!

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  4. great layering and love the LV bag :)

    XO Meghan
    citrusrefreshingfashion.blogspot.com

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  5. I went on one and lasted three days :( I think because it was on my mind all the time but this week I'm on a selling binge, so when I go spend some time with my best friend in Nashville we can go shopping!

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  6. Love the polka dots and gingham together! I think I'm going on a shopping ban too...I really need to budget and shop my own closet instead.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    Datevitation Giveaway!

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  7. I feel like these two patterns go together perfectly, so it's not an "overload" at all! And those shoes are so cute!

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  8. Love the print mixing here! I am on a shopping ban too:) We'll see how long it lasts:)
    xoAmy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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  9. I'm not sure I'm banning myself, but I'm definitely cutting way back and only buying things I need as opposed to buying things for the heck of it. It's hard! But definitely necessary if you are trying to save for say, a baby or a wedding or a house!

    Love this outfit Maria. You have on the bag I'm saving for!

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  10. love this!

    http://glamourgirl-bg.blogspot.com/

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  11. I was also on a shopping ban and it was actually easier than I thought. My tips and keep remixing your outfits by pairing new things together, different accessories etc., using leggings, long flowy tops and belts since you've got a baby bump -- and above all -- try to avoid stores at all costs! That's the one that really worked for me b/c if I didn't see new clothes in stores I wouldn't be tempted to want anything new. Also -- organize your closet by color and style so it feels like you can shop your closet every morning. Another good tip that I use myself! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  12. we do a shopping ban once a year for six-eight weeks. the beginning is tough but it gets easier . . . promise!!
    it feels good once you get into the groove! good luck!

    love this look on you too! casual & print-tastic!!!

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

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  13. I noticed your beautiful Coach Kristin Hobo bag on some of your older posts. It is a beauty, could you tell me what color leather that is? It is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you! I'm not sure on the color but it isn't the dark brown that Coach usually carries. I think 'Cognac'?

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    2. It is beautiful! You have such great style! Love reading your blog! Thank you!

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  14. Cute ballet flats with a touch of pink! Best of luck to you on your shopping ban!

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  15. The outfit is so chic! Love that you paired it with that particular cut of jeans!


    Edita
    http://pret-a-reporter.co.uk/

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