My #noshopfeb is officially over and I've been thinking a lot about my spending and shopping habits for the months prior, but also in general. It's been eye opening and I want to share the top three lessons I learned over the last few weeks.
I tend to gravitate to the same styles and pieces. It's also been interesting to what clothes I've reached for over the last month and the items that are currently sitting in my shopping carts on various sites. There is a consistent theme for sure in terms of colors, style and overal pieces. To me this is great because it means that I'm finally narrowing in my own personal style. Since becoming a mom I find that I gravitate to the same outfits and styles week after week. My Monday through Friday look is pretty similar day after day and on the weekends I aim for a comfy, yet polished look (if there is such a thing). Some of my favorite pieces (purchased #noshopfeb) have been the following. Here are a few of my favorite go-to pieces and items on my current wish list. This blazer is my FAVORITE (works for work, weekend and everything in between).
What I need (really, what I think I need) and want are so very different. My Target runs are perfect example. I would often enter the store with a short list of necessities, but would leave with so much more. I would always feel like I have nothing to show for it too - just more stuff and clutter. A random cute vase, a top, more beauty products that I dont use or finish and the list goes on. I've basically avoided the store, trips to the mall and I've limited my time on IG and blogs to avoid all the temptation. Trust me, I've missed my daily blog reads and favorite IG'ers and I've learned that I can still scroll the feeds and posts, but I don't need to shop. Instead, I'm trying to recreate looks I love with pieces I already own. It's been fun and I'm wearing more of what I own, which is great!
The time associated with shopping (both in-store or online) and scrolling is crazy and I legimately feel like I have had a little more time to myself to focus on other things that really matter. Have you ever logged or tracked how much time you spend shopping, visiting online shops or scrolling through IG and blogs for outfit ideas and inspirtation. Not to get too preachy, but I watched this Netflix movie on minimilism and consumption and boy did it seriously cause me to do some serious reflecting. The documentary forced me to take a hard look at our overall fmaily consumption and possession of "things". While I have no intention of embracing the tiny house movement, I do think that more space equals more unecessary stuff and this past month helped me come to this realization.
Have you ever participated in a no shop challenge? If so, how did you do? If not, would you be interested in joining me in a future no shop challenge? I think this will be a great way for me to focus on limiting my spending, consuming less and my goal of building out an intentional wardrobe.