Well, readers, I’m going to acknowledge that I bought these shoes on day 29 of my no-shopping challenge. In my defense, I had been looking for mint shoes for a long time and finally was able to find them. So, I feel okay about it, as I suspect these heels won’t be leaving my feet for a long time. And, as a result of not quite making it to day 30, I decided to add on an no-shopping extra week. I found that my budget really enjoyed not feeling stretched as a result of shopping, so I’m going to stick with it for a while. I also found myself enjoying looking through what I currently have and changing up some older pieces in my closet. I also had a great time making some jewelry (including the necklace pictured here) by re-purposing jewelry I didn’t wear much (see tip #1). Next on the challenge list? ….cleaning out my closet and separating out “keep” and “donate.”
Top: Gap ($6 marked down from $30)
Kimono: Nordstrom Rack (approx $10 marked down from approx $35)
Pants: Gap ($7 marked down from $60)
Necklace: made it! (cost was approx $2. Beads are from Joann’s and left-over necklaces that I don’t wear much)
Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I decided to look through my old jewelry and pull out some necklaces that I don’t wear too frequently. Once I had them pulled out, I started to pull them apart for the beads and charms. I was able to make two necklaces out of one necklace that I rarely wore, and still have extra beads to make a bracelet. This was a really fun challenge! Between Pinterest and YouTube, you can figure out how to make a ton of jewelry very easily, and very cheaply! Don’t forget that for basic jewerly supplies (like beading wire), you can always use coupons for Michael’s, Joann’s, and Hobby Lobby. All of them have apps and websites to print off coupons for generally 40-50% off any single item, basically every single day of the week. They also usually will accept “competitor” coupons, if you’re in a bind and can’t find a specific store coupon.
2) I wanted to again share about my love of the online consignment group: Thred Up. You can buy clothes through them via consignment, and you can also “request a bag.” When you request a free bag, Thred Up sends you a bag, you put the clothes you would like to consign in it, you ship it back to them for free, they price out the items they think they can sell, give you the money, and then donate any clothes they don’t use. I think this is a great system for both consigning and donating clothes. So, if you’re in the mood for a pre-fall closet clean out, check them out: www.thredup.com
Anyone else have closet cleaning tips? Happy Tuesday, all! We’re almost at mid-week! Thanks so much for stopping by; I appreciate it so much!