Category: challenge

budget report: week 13/52

January is the third month of my $100 per month shopping budget, and things are going pretty well. Controlling my spending has been easier than I thought, and my shopping urges have quieted considerably. Over the weekend, I stopped by the mall and bought two pair of pants at Kohl’s and a sweater at Charlotte Russe, spending $85 of this month’s budget. But I’m starting to get that old familiar feeling… You know the one?…

budget report: week 3/18

Remember this post, in which I shared my new {gulp} quarter-long budget? Part of the deal was regularly checking in with updates on my progress; you know, to keep me honest and prevent those little spending slips that add up to total budgeting failure and whatnot? Well I’m nearly halfway through the first month of the four-month challenge, and I haven’t spent a penny yet. Not on a bag or a shoe or even a…

when is “enough” actually, er… enough?

  I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Mostly in terms of the contents of my closet; which may seem trivial and silly, but it has a surprisingly profound effect on other parts of my life. I’ve shared my struggles with shopping addiction before. {Just typing the words “shopping addiction” looks so serious and scary, but let’s not sugar coat things.} While I’ve come leaps and bounds with my spending in the last couple of…

makes me wanna twirl…

This morning I was putting off getting dressed for work – -as per usual — and browsing Instagram, and I spotted the #StyleMeMay challenge in the feed. I was intrigued… The idea of someone giving me a little style direction every day in May {and in turn, having one less thing to think about in the morning} sounded pretty appealing. It also led me to the blog of the challenge’s creator, Hilary at Dean Street…

>summer blackout 2010

> The beautiful Sally McGraw of Already Pretty issued a SUMMER BLACKOUT 2010 challenge for the week of June 7 – 14. I’m all in, starting with this gray, white, and silver ensemble. Michael Kors and Kenneth Cole had some gorgeous ad campaigns with similar color stories this spring, and I thought it was oh-so-chic. I bought this drapey faux-wrap dress from LOFT last year on the sale rack and kind of forgot about it…