Monday, July 13, 2009

Red and Blue Suit - And Checking In Halfway Through My Wardrobe Challenge

When I arrived at work and went to change into this outfit, I realized...the pants are tight. Just a week bit tight, but it serves to remind me to stay on track and watch what I eat and to exercise more. Still, not the kind of thing you want to be reminded of on a Monday. Blech.
However, I love the look of these shoes, and I do like this suit a lot (but I don't wear it much). This is the new red top I got at the swap last week.

The stuff:
Blue, blue, blue cheap shoes...They pop nicely against the red, don't they? They look good, but they are crap quality. I have major Dr. Scholl's in them.

So, I hit the halfway mark of my 2009 Wardrobe Challenge on June 30th, and I was feeling pretty good about it...until this week.

I'm feeling frustrated by not being able to have gorgeous trendy shoes. I want pretty summer dresses. I want nice light skirts. These are the hardest things to find second-hand, and I am really jonesing bad for a shopping trip! I expressed this to L today, and what a dear, he offered to take me shopping and "cheat on your resolution."

Well, that pulled me up short. I have my "gift loophole" (having a bit of a lawyerly bent, I love loopholes), so he could have taken me shopping and bought me new pretties as gifts. But that defeats the spirit of the challenge, if not the letter. I can't do it - but just wait for me to milk the gift aspect when my birthday comes around (gift cards will count as gifts)!

I have a huge admiration for Jane at workthatwardrobe, as she nears the final days of her own "no buy" challenge (hers is much more strict than mine!). Another 5 1/2 months to go...and summer is the hardest part.

Suit (Vero Moda), red top (Le Chateau, swap), shoes (Anne Michelle, consignment), necklace (don't recall).

5 comments:

  1. Sheila, this surprises me because your fabulous and trendy shoes are usually the first thing I notice! And I love your dresses (although I understand wanting more for summer, or getting bored with what you have now.)

    The shoes look fabulous with the red and the pinstripes. The suit is so cute!

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  2. Ugh to tight pants! But Yeah for cute shoes and the shirt does look great!

    I must say, I'm super impressed you're sticking with it!

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  3. i do like how the blue shoes pop against the red top. WOW! totally gorgeous. good luck with your challenge! you can do it!

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  4. You are doing an AMAZING job, lady. It's a long haul, I know, and I'm so impressed that you turned your hubby down for some gifts. I would've totally jumped on that!

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  5. Kari, thanks...I have a lot of shoes, but many of them are of lesser quality or are getting worn out. I need to replace some of them. I do love my dresses...I just want more! :)

    Christy, yeah, I know, I hate tight pants! Thank you for the encouragement.

    Eednic, thanks! I appreciate your support.

    Sal, thank you so much. I am struggling a bit right now...nothing a little consignment shopping won't cure.

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