- Dress – Lands End Canvas
- Belt – from L.
- Bag – Old Navy
- Headband – J Crew
- Sandals – H & M
- Earrings – Banana Republic
Since this is not my last post, I’ll hold off on my goodbyes. I would like to start addressing some of the (thought provoking, as to be expected) questions you all raised. First, some thoughts on shopping. This dress is the only new thing I have purchased all summer. I spent $10 at Goodwill in May and I can’t remember the last time I purchased something before that. I have to admit that this isn’t typical for me. Being a grad student, I’m always on a budget, but my expected summer funding fell through so now I am on an extra tight – counting my iced coffees kind – of budget.
So, how did I come to purchase this dress for almost $40? Well, I got the Lands End canvas catalog in the mail back in April and loved this chambray dress. I showed it to my mom, my sister, friends, anyone who would look at it. I thought about it. I pulled it up online and looked at it there. I imagined the various situations for which I could wear. I looked at it online some more. It went on sale. I thought about it some more. I got a coupon in the mail. I got dressed several mornings and thought: “that dress would be perfect for today.” I told A2 I was thinking about ordering the dress online. I thought about it some more. Finally, three months after seeing the dress in the catalog, I broke down and bought it. And, don’t think I didn’t consider sending it back. So, yes this in an extreme version of my shopping neuroses, but not totally outside my norm. I tend to agonize over any purchase over $20 and am notorious for my buyers remorse which has me bring a third of what I purchase back to the store. Sorry, no great shopping strategies to share! But, don’t you feel like you know me a bit better now?
So what are your shopping neuroses?
On another note, I got my haircut again. A bit shorter this time. And, I’m wearing headbands again! Funny story: Years after S. and I had met and become close friends and well into this blog project, we were reminiscing about how we met and what drew us to each other. We both wore Dansko’s. I was a training for my second marathon and she had just started loving running. She was super out-going and I was trying my best to survive in a class for German scholars. And, apparently, she liked that I could pull off a headband! Back then my hair was fairly short and I wore headbands on a fairly regular basis. When S. told me this – probably just 6 month ago or so, I loved her that much more! I’m going to miss sharing this special project with these incredible women. Oops, I guess I’m getting all sad and nostalgic too.