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No Spend November Update

I’m half-way through my No Spend November Challenge. How’s it going?

Well…

I was doing great. Really great. And then a significant number of US voters (but slightly less than the majority) decided that Donald J. Trump would make a good President and I did some stress shopping. And some more stress shopping. And then just a bit more stress shopping.

I realize blaming stress is just an excuse, but hand to God, I did not buy anything outside of my rules until Florida started looking like it was going for Trump. My email confirmation of my first online order is time stamped Nov 8, 2016, 9:13 PM. That’s Eastern Time. Considering what was happening at that moment, I don’t feel as if you can blame me for a moment of weakness.

What have a bought? Stickers from Paper & Glam for my Erin Condren Life Planner. A winter coat for my son (technically not against the rules, but the cardigan I threw in for myself to get over the threshold for free shipping definitely was). The NSFW version and the expansion pack for the Exploding Kittens card game. Some Urban Decay makeup brushes from Sephora (which I bought AFTER the VIB 20% off sale because I am a monster). And some more stickers and a holiday-themed cover for my Erin Condren Life Planner.

Clearly, I have a problem. Clearly, I didn’t really need any of the things I purchased. Clearly, No Spend November has been a bit of a bust.

I am, however, spending less than usual (hard to believe, I know). I’m also going to do my best to get back to the heart of the challenge and restrain myself from making additional frivolous purchases (although I kind of want that cardigan in gray now, too). Hmm…

Send help.

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Les Bons Mots de la Mode

“Always dress like you’re going to see your worst enemy.”

— Kimora Lee

No-Spend November 2016

I like stuff. I like buying stuff even more. Clothes, makeup, weird little (mostly cat-shaped) tchotchkes to keep on my desk – I love it all! But I’ve realized lately that I have entirely too much stuff. Stuff that I don’t use. And even though I have all of that stuff that I’m not using, I’m still buying new stuff. The madness has to stop!

That’s where the No-Spend November Challenge comes in. I’m starting a teensy, tiny bit early because I want to be able to shop after Thanksgiving. (I’m only human!) I’m also not going to be quite as strict with myself as some other folks. If I get too restrictive with myself, much like a crash diet, I’ll just end up going on a huge shopping binge by day four and giving up completely. I’m trying to seriously reduce my discretionary spending – not go cold turkey.

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Les Bons Mots de la Mode

“I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.”

— Alexander McQueen

Review: Complete Unknown

Complete Unknown, starring Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon, is directed by Joshua Marston and distributed by Amazon Studios and IFC Films. I received a screening link from IFC.

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Les Bons Mots de la Mode

“I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.”

— Diana Vreeland

The Brunch Report

The Brunch Report is a Monday recap of my weekend activities including who I saw, where I went and of course, what I wore. 

Well, friends. It was quite a weekend. The weather and my ex-husband conspired to put a damper on my spirits, but it simply couldn’t be done. Good friends, good food and great fashion will always prevail!

I dressed for my date on Saturday in a lovely light coral Floral Ruffled Challis Sundress from Torrid. The weather was awful, so I added a white 3/4 sleeve cardigan to give myself a bit more coverage. I really wish this rain would go away. I’ve got too many cute and flirty sundresses hanging in my closet that are just dying to be worn!

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Not Saturday Night (same outfit though)

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Les Bons Mots de la Mode

“Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.”

— Ralph Lauren

Les Bons Mots de la Mode

“Buy less, choose well.”

Vivienne Westwood

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