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4/15/10 10:38:01

Shopping Early

I was raised to shop the end-of-season clearance items, shopping one year ahead for the best deal so shopping for clothes before the needed season SHOULD be second-nature to me. Yet as I have been in a semi-constant state of weight gain/loss over the past 10 years I have fallen out of this habit, and instead shop only for what I need when I need it.

Now with my weight loss slowing down a bit, and my clothing goals having shifted from "whatever fits" to "I'd like to LOOK good!" I am working on combining these two shopping habits into something that actually works for me.

I do NOT need to pick up the same shirt in multiple colors just because it fits well & looks good on me. I will invariably choose one favorite color, and rarely wear the others. Likewise it just isn't wise to wait until it's 98 degrees & I have NOTHING in the closet that won't cause heat exhaustion to realize I need summer clothes.

My new shopping habits are to shop for the current and next season only. As of right now, I have finished all of my spring & summer shopping for the year... and have a very short list of things I am wanting already, for this coming fall. I am still shopping the end-of-season clearance clothing, but I am MUCH more careful now. A $4 price tag is awesome, but only if it's attached to perfectly awesome piece of clothing! For me there will be no more stocking up on solid tees in 6 different colors.

My wardrobe has been pared-down over the past year from a tiny dresser positively bulging at the seams with okay-fitting clothes to the same dresser with a little room to spare - and yet because I have chosen my clothes more carefully, I am also dressing better than I have since High School. Who knew? Less really CAN be more - even in clothes!

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Hello! My wardrobe is going to be in a constant state of updating for the next year or so as I make my way back to my college-weight. Suggestions & critiques are GREATLY appreciated!
–Homeschoolmama    11/5/09
Your handmade invitations are great! You are so creative. What a lovely family and it really looks as if it was wonderful. By the way, I also agree with your shopping early comments-meant to tell you that before!! Take care!
Melonee   7/1/15
Thank you. I got that t-shirt from Wal-Mart for less than five bucks. They also had them of course in red and blue. I may go get another one.
Daphne   7/3/14
Nice new barrettes. Where do you find them?
Moniette   1/24/14
That magnifier pendant is great! One of my favorite bracelets came from my grandmother too.
Daphne   9/4/13
Thank you. I got the cage ring from Ebay for about 9 bucks. And the concert was great! I will post pictures soon.
Daphne   7/10/12
How beautiful you set everything for your princess party.
paulina   5/18/11
I saw the pictures on your blog of the setting for the princess party. How lovely! What a special day for you and your daughter to share!
Daphne   5/18/11
That does sound like fun. I have boys so I can't do those things!
Claudia   5/17/11
That princess party sounds like fun. Did you take any photos?
Daphne   5/17/11
Happy New Year! How's the chilly midwest? It's been rather cool down south so looking to you and others for outfit ideas.
Daphne   1/6/11
   
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Thank you so much, ladies! This was the celebration that almost didn't happen, after my husband lost his job, and my mom passed away unexpectedly. It came down to honoring the "or worse" of our initial vows though... we scaled back, and went ahead with it anyway. Everyone enjoyed the evening immensely.
Homeschoolmama, I'm with the other ladies, you did a wonderful job putting together your vow renewal, it looked like a day full of fun and love. I think the memory table and cocoa bar were brilliant ideas! and of course, you all looked great!!!
HSM- your vow renewal was beautiful. Those photos in the snow are incredible and I love the way you decorated in a lovely rustic way! Very nice!
Homeschoolmama your vow renewal looked like it was very special. Beautiful. Wish you and your hubby many more wonderful years together!

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