A cableknit cardigan sweater (so comfy and versatile)
A pair of Keds or Chucks (go with almost any)
Boots and Booties (all kinds)
Poncho (It’s so comfortable)
Knitted hats (I recently added another one gifted from the other GW)
Nivea Essentially Enriched (Lasting coverage, no greasy build up, and washes clean)
Ziba Beauty Eyebrow Pencil in Chai (Have you seen me without penciling in my eyebrows? Wash my face and they disappear like Whoopi’s)
Vaseline (people always talk about my use of this product, but, honestly, it’s the only way my lips don’t peel)
Q-tips – The Multi-tasker (I never run out and I pack them when I travel. Eye make-up removal. Boogey removal for kids. Cleans the entire outer ear, even the folds at the top)
Waist length leather jacket (Depending on the style, you can wear it with almost anything. However, I must say I hate the ones made like early 90’s blazers)
Tights and Leggings (My sweats. I almost fear getting too old for them)
My favorite pair of jeans (I guarantee you’ve seen them millions of times. They began as a dark wash)
A cotton v-neck t-shirt (one of the sexiest most comfortable creations)
Camel colored all weather coat (To the likes of a trench. These days they are not nearly as long.)
Plain Black Pump (Leather/Suede. I have both)
A white dress shirt (Go to item when I am rushing to go to work. I do not wear dress shirts often, but I keep one of these on hand)
Black Pencil Skirt (Can always throw it own for work. Timeless, until it’s dingy)
A tailored and cropped blazer (Goes with almost anything as well)
The Office DVDs (random, but I watch something comical before I go to sleep. This has been habit since my Freshman year of College. I used to watch Family Guy before bed every night. Great way to go to sleep)
My iPod, which was recently found slain. (Turns out I can live without it, but I had quite a grieving period)
1. Don’t buy it, unless you’re in love with it and can get prolonged use out of it.
People think I shop a lot because they often see me in something “new.” Actually, I may buy 1 or 2 items a month. For a woman, I guess this is minimal. The key to shopping less is buying staples versus buying trends. Staples allow one to mix and match. I have learned to manage my shopping via asking myself pertinent questions while I am in the store. I will, literally, sleep on it and if I still want to buy it within 2 days, I’ll commit and make the purchase. As I stated in an earlier post, I used to be in a frenzy while shopping, making impulsive short-lived purchases. Thus, donating bags upon bags of clothing. Depending on the type of purchase, I will sale them to a consignment store.
2. If buying online, search for additional discounts.
I always check http://www.promtionalcodes.com. Simple: Find the best deal you can. You can Google coupons and discounts. You can also use the Google “shopping” search feature for a better price on an item. Type in the designer/maker and product name/number. You’ll get results.
3. Some stores offer price adjustments within 7 – 10 days of your purchase.
You do not have to bring the merchandise back; you only need the receipt. I will typically visit Saturday before 1pm, if I feel like I can get a better deal. This is the case with a lot of department stores. Some of the boutique chains will also do this. I saved $40 on one item once for just going back for a price adjustment. Carry your receipts on you.
4. Always keep your receipt.
For the purpose of returning or exchanging, keep the receipt. Additionally, it’s good to keep your receipt for a price adjustment, if extra discounts become available
5. Read the Return Policy
Always read the return policy, so that you know how much wiggle room you have. Decision making becomes extremely crucial at stores that do not allow returns and only offer exchanges within a certain amount of days.
6. Never buy anything that is too small or uncomfortable, unless it’s one weight-loss goal item.
I do not believe in that either, but some people do. As much as you may be excited about this item, clothes that are too small look awful anyone and you fidget when something is uncomfortable. I had a problem with this growing up. I am 5’9” or 5’10”. Arm-length and inseam are always considerations when I shopping for long-sleeved shirts, jackets, and pants. Recently, longer inseams have become easier to find. Growing up, it was awful. I had to “fall into the GAP.” It was the only place that sold Longs. Those were the most monotonous jeans of the 90’s.
7. You can buy skirts and dresses a size or two larger.
I know. I know. You should buy things to size. I have done this several times: purchased a dress or skirt that was too big, only to have it altered. May, my tailoress, knows my family for suits, pants, dresses, skirts, and all. If I am in love with something that is too large, I will have it tailored. Nothing like the perfect fit anyway. For those that thrift, this is a great idea, since you’re getting the clothes at a great price. Depending on the material and how intricate the pattern is, the price can come in low or high. It all depends on how much you want to spend. Have a tailor or tailoress, though. Men, if you can avoid it, never buy a suit off the rack and wear it. Please, have it tailored.
8. Buy what you like, do not duplicate someone else’s style or buy things because “everyone’s wearing it”
Be inspired. Do not duplicate someone’s outfit or style. Of course, I like what many people wear, but I understand it’s not me. During my college years, I bought a lot of things out of my comfort zone and opposite my style because I had not yet accepted and cultivated my own style. Wasted money. The fashion market produces the means to MY end.
Confidence is heavily connected to rule
number 8 and although said over and over, it cannot be truer. One’s posture and disposition in what they are wearing is half of the outfit.
10. Budget Shopping
Make a shopping budget and stick to it. This should get you to make wiser decisions. If you are returning too often to stay within budget or just returning too often, you are not making good shopping decisions. Take cash into the mall. Leave cards in the car.
This is all I could think of for now. Happy conscience shopping!