5/20/2012

Thoughts On Shopping And Spending

Lately I've been posting a lot of photos of my recent purchases either through Instagram or on here and I wanted to talk about how I feel about spending. First and foremost, I am not the most responsible person when it comes to money but I am trying and the older I become the better I get at it.


 I do love to shop but I live with a very tight budget (rent in San Francisco is expensive!) so I pretty much only shop when I find incredible deals, or at resale stores, flea markets or garage sales. One of my biggest rules is only buying clothes when I have sold clothes I no longer want to get store credit at the Buy Sale Trade store that I work for. That has helped my finances a lot and made me really cheap! I hate paying full price for anything and I like to know I'm helping the environment in the process. That being said, I do appreciate quality I believe cheaper is not always better.

 I think it's really cool that there are so many of us that are creative and have DIY ethics in our generation but there can still be a feeling of competition and having to "keep up". So, my main point is that I don't have a lot of money and I don't spend a lot of money, I pass up on a lot of great things that I want, that's a part of life and it really doesn't bother me. Blogging can create an illusion of a life and I want mine to be a reflection.

Speaking of shopping cheap! Don't forget the Just Lovely Things Giveaway ends tonight!

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  1. "Blogging can create an illusion of life and I want mine to be a reflection."

    I agree 100 percent, Charley. In an effort to become better with my money, I have begun "streamlining" my closet: getting rid of things before I buy new ones & buying fewer trendy items and more items that speak to my everyday style. Plus, I am becoming more and more aware of how my purchases not only affect my financial situation, but how they affect the global community as well.

    Long story short, I am trying to thrift all of my clothing instead of buying cheap, unethically-made goods just because they are fashionable (cough*F21*cough).

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    1. Haha, exactly Sierra! I'm trying to do the same.

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  2. Thank you for your thoughts! I think it takes more effort to find beautiful items while thrifting than it does to buy them directly off the rack. However, there are some quality pieces that are worth investing in. Sometimes it's just hard to make that distinction.

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  3. I got that lace urban dress the other day at buffalo for 15$$$$$!!!! I saw it at urban for 80 which is just crazyness.

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    1. That's awesome! It dropped from $80 to $20 at Urban!

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  4. I think that you've got an incredible view on the entire thing. My goal is to only bring new clothes in when I'm taking others out.. but lately, I just haven't been very good about that.

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  5. What an awesome post! I think a lot of people over spend on trends and it's never a good thing. I try and never spend more than $20 or I think really hard about it and if I'm still thinking, I probably should buy it.

    Anyway, I love the second dress and your feet tattoos are beautiful. I'm so in love.

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  6. I am the same way! I always buy things on sale or at thrift stores. Occasionally I will pamper myself, but that is usually after a birthday or holiday where I have some extra funds. I really need to donate a ton of clothes though and give back to the universe.

    You have the cutest style. I am so glad you went back for the dress in green :]

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