Time’s Up

The thing about setting a date for something big is that the date is going to arrive whether or not you are sticking with the plan, whether or not you’ve prepared. (You can take that brilliant quote and put it in a fancy quote book somewhere. ) It’s been a year since Emma and I decided to start No New Duds – and we were, to my estimate, 83% successful!  It’s Labor Day – I may just have to finally go to a mall. Are bustiers still in fashion? Is Express still making the Editor Pant?

After Emma gracefully stepped down and my guest blogger* didn’t really blog much, I just lost my interest in posting daily outfits as a solo blogger. It might have had something to do with how my warm weather gear is lame and I needed a sun tan. We will never know the real reason, but I did go on hiatus. A few months ago I wrote about this hiatus in “Confessions of a Failed Stunt Blogger” for xoJane.  You can go read that and help us examine which parts of NND were useful. 

Last year, soon after we started NND, I filled out a survey for Women in Clothes  – a book with over 600 contributors who had something to say or draw about clothing. It’s going to be released this Thursday, September 4th:

It seems the first weekend in September is a good time to evaluate, analyze, and celebrate our relationship to clothes, maybe you will want to do the same.  You can read more about the book project and submit an online survey here.  

I don’t want to speak for Emma but next year won’t involve a challenge on a blog. Who blogs anymore anyway. Everything is going back to face to face interaction.

Best of luck to everyone – if you are a fan of reflecting during this time of year (fall is indeed the season for reflection and change even if the 97 degree heat index here in Memphis isn’t exactly making me feel like reflecting on anything other than my face in an glass of bourbon and lemonade) head over to 10Q for the big questions

    *my guest blogger had taken a 90 day challenge and made it 80 days before breaking down. 

 

Q & A With A New NNDer

I wasn’t joking. We really did sucker someone else into trying to not buy clothes for a while. Let’s welcome Jaclyn who has sworn off (all?) shopping for 90 days – except she recently bought a powered toothbrush at the insistence of her dentist.
Also – please forgive the crowded look to this post – wordpress is refusing to recognize spaces.
Who are you?
An educational advocate by day, and an actress by night (or at least that’s what my Tinder says.) A native Texan and a Memphian for 7 years, who boasts an impressive 50+ pair shoe collection and has an extreme weakness for Goodwill finds and TJ Maxx bargains. I also own the most handsome cat in the tri-state area.
If you had to describe yourself as an accessory – what would it be?
An oversized vintage turquoise statement ring. or maybe a pair of leopard flats. or maybe a canary yellow cardigan with accent buttons. I JUST DON’T KNOW.
Why are you taking the no-shopping challenge? 
After doing some budget analysis because I was interested in buying a house, I was shocked at how much I spend monthly on retail. I had no idea how bad it was and I decided it was time to take control of it- in part also because I wanted to replenish my savings quickly after paying off my credit card debt (some of which I had since I was 18) and in part because it became apparent to me that I was shopping perhaps for the wrong reasons. I was looking to appease a void and it was only creating a larger one… so I decided to follow in the footsteps of my good friend Sara Kaye and cut it out for a few months. It is important to note that I geared myself up for this by getting some critical things I knew I would want/need and would not be able to resist. Once that was taken care of, I was ready to roll.
How long? What’s your goal?
I am currently doing a 90 day challenge (which will end on July 22)  but I may extend it longer and follow Sara Kaye to her home stretch which is Labor Day. My goal is to- 1. prove to myself that I can do it and reframe my idea of “want” vs. “need” and 2. get my savings close to where they were before I paid off my debt. I am reminded of my dad who always used to say, “Oh yes, that definitely sounds like a NEED item” when I would insist that I absolutely had to have my 5th pair of flare leg jeans that suspiciously looked like my other 4 pairs at home. It’s time to get some perspective.
You started a pinterest board to put things that you want to buy, I swore off online perusing, it seems like everyone has to find what works for them. How’s your pinterest board going? Do you find you are looking online more? Less?
The Pinterest board is going well. It actually appeases a side of me that likes to “hunt” for things and it also tricks me into believing that some day I will go back and actually retrieve these things. I look online about the same but any time I feel tempted to buy something, I pin it instead. Usually it is either that I see something on someone else that I like and I don’t want to forget it, or I see something online and I want to remember where it is to get it later (even though I probably won’t.) It definitely helps. It’s like window shopping online.
On NND we do outfit pics but also welcome “NND Deep Thoughts” – what kinds of posts can we expect from you? 
I’ve definitely been having some deep thoughts about my consumer habits and why I’ve developed them which I can share. I also am wearing cool combinations of things that I wouldn’t otherwise!
You are already over 10 days in, what’s it been like? What is easy?  Hard?
It’s been very easy so far. Easier than I thought it would be that’s for sure. I really just keep myself out of Target when I am bored and that is 90% of the battle.
What do you think is going to get you through 90 days?
I am feeling really gratified watching the amount of money I am saving. That is what is inspiring me onward.  That and Sunday brunches with Sara Kaye should pull me through!
Here is your chance to be inspirational – say something else to the masses about taking ridiculous internet challenges:
The internet is surprisingly a great support group and accountability measure. I intentionally posted my intent to do this challenge on my facebook to be held accountable, and unexpectedly several of my friends joined in too which added to my resolve. If you know you need to take on a hard challenge, just do it and use the internet as your wing-man.

Day 231 – Picking it Back Up

Ok, there was a little dip in the photo action – I was busy, but I was not shopping so NND is still on!

Here are some exciting stats:

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Thats how long the NND challenge has been going on. And even with a minor accessory slip here and there – so subtract a few minutes, this NNDer has been not shopping for or purchasing clothing for 332,640 minutes.

134 days to go.

And we are bringing in a ringer to help zest up the action, to breathe new life into the challenge, because after you do this so long it’s like ugh. Stay tuned (again, I think I already said that in a post) for a guest blogger who is stepping in to do a 90 day challenge.

Day 228 & 229: Presenting!

If you can’t replenish your biz casual wardrobe you must repeat!

Yesterday:

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And today:

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Same skirt! Believe it ;)

I think I’ve recruited a 90 day NND guest blogger! Stand by for confirmation – I’ll bet she’s running around Memphis in biz casual right now.

It’s Day 224

See what happens when I am on my own? The days get all jumbled and I forget to post.

We are still going to keep this thing alive. I’m looking at some other options like posts about how to revive cheap stiff shoes and also trying to sucker in other people to joining in the NND fun to help get through the last 141 days….