I Made It 28 Days Without Shopping

Striped Top: H&M| Blazer: Forever 21 (similar) | Skirt: H&M (similar) | Wedges: Blowfish Shoes | Necklace: Seek First | Feather Ring: Unexpected Expectancy

Ever since I won these Blowfish shoes from A Thought Is The Blossom, I decided that my shoe collection could use a lot more platform wedges.  They give you height without having to arch your foot like crazy and smash your toes so that you have permanent indentations on your feet from strap marks.  That has happened way too often to me in some heeled sandals I own (although please don’t make me part with them just yet).  But anyhow, wedges are my new best friend, just thought you’d like to know.  And by the way, there is no “i” in wedges, they are not to be mistaken with wedgies, because those are most uncomfortable!!  At the Tim Gunn show I went to this past Saturday, when someone asked a question, they referred to them as wedgies, and I was totally taken aback.  No, WEDGIES are NOT in this season, or any season for that matter.  But WEDGES are in.

The thing I like about this look is the mixture of stripes and polka dots (yay for pattern mixing), the use of a blazer to make this outfit great for work, the pop of red and turquoise, and a fun feather ring accent.  I’m not going to lie… the mannequin at H&M was my inspiration for this outfit.  Mannequins generally have a great sense of style, don’t ya think?  Or that’s just a really good job at store display design and I am a sucker for it.  Sometimes it’s just so much better to see what an item looks like on a perfectly crafted mannequin body than on a hanger.  Or as Tim Gunn preached, “Ladies, try it on” (will be sharing pictures from that event soon)!

OH and in case you are wondering what the title of this post means… well I have a confession to make.  You know how I was on shopping hiatus for the month of April?  Well I made it 28 days and then I shopped.  I’m not going to blame Simply Bold since she was there as I rung up my purchases, although she is a pretty good enabler.  ;)  But I’ll blame the cute things that H&M always has in store at totally affordable prices.  That store is dangerous I tell you.  I actually didn’t end up thrift shopping at all either in April, but I did spend more than my allotted $35.  Either way, I failed, but I still think making it 28 days is pretty dang good, for me.  Next time I decide to limit myself, I think I’ll just give myself a budget for the month instead of saying NO SHOPPING, because clearly that’s kind of impossible for me.  :P

P.S. The winner of the Hugs & Kisses Designs giveaway is Sarah of Yes, Teacher Crafts!

What stores do you always walk out of with something in hand?

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  1. As someone who dresses mannequins for a living…I’m ridiculously excited to hear that you “bought” the mannequin! haha. I have to say that I love the mannequins at H&M and Old Navy….there are always way too many things to choose from in those stores and the mannequins really help you visualize ideas and give you cues on what’s “in” this season!

  2. Michaels. haha! I never buy clothes for me but for my girls. I so need to though! Love seeing posts on different blogs w/all the cute outfits! I so need a personal shopper/style person! Love the shoes!!

  3. this is not fashion related, but every time I go to target for ONE thing, I walk out with a cart full of items for the house that I am not sure that I really need. >< #targetisthedevil I can't believe that you went on a hiatus for that long~ that is major willpower~ very proud of you wow!!! =))

  4. eeek – love the rullas! the perfect pop of red! actually i love this whole outfit – you are so cute, i wanna hug your neck! wish i could do that in near future. miss you!

  5. Zara usually gets me :)
    ….and betweeen ourselves I enjoy Primark shopping. Its so fun just to fill my basket with everything I like (because I know it won’t cost much) try it all on & buy the 3 or 4 things that really suit me!

  6. you look adorable!! love the pattern mixing and the colors all go so well together :) thank you and i’ll bet you already know — the more you enter, the more chances you have of winning ;)


  7. 28 days is great!!! And by the way, I think this is my favorite outfit that you’ve posted :)

    And I can’t believe I won the giveaway! What a lovely birthday surprise to wake up to!!

  8. 28 days is still impressive! this outfit is adorable!! And I have a hard time leaving target without anything!

  9. The stripes and polka dot pattern mixing is so cute! Making it 28 days is still pretty good. I also tried to go on a shopping ban but I slipped up a few times. Target is the store that always gets me…I walk in for toilet paper and I come out with an whole spring wardrobe, oops. I now just avoid Target entirely!

    The Tiny Heart

  10. Congrats on 28 days with no shopping – I wish I could do that! LOVE your pattern mixing…stripes & polka dots are one of my faves…and those wedges, not wedgies, are SO cute :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  11. There used to be a time when I could barely walk out of Zara bare handed, but times change. I love this skirt, and actually almost bought thenavy version! I’m starting a shop-stop too now that I have to save every penny I have to travel during summer. Hey, life’s about making choices right!? x

  12. This is a really cute look and Sandy..28 days is really good! That is technically a month in my opinion…because Feb has 28 days hehe. I never leave empty handed from Forever 21…omg I have to stop going in there!

  13. Yay! I found your blog again. I don’t know how it disappeared from my google reader. So since I have missed out on a lot of your posts, first let me tell you how great you look! Secondly, I love the skirt and I like the wedges (although I think my flat feet will not fill them out).

    I gave myself a goal of not buying any beauty products from January until the end of March. It was tough but luckily some great friends were sending me stuff. This aside, Sephora is the one place that I normally never leave without buying something or even getting a sample of something I am interested in.

  14. Target. Target is the devil.

    Love the colors of this outfit! I always forget to pair gray and red – but then I don’t have much of either color in my closet. Weird, right?

    p.s. I’m a wedge lover.

  15. well done you!im thinking of doing a no spend for a while! must get on to that lol! I am in love with whole outfit, those shoes are divine, as is the whole outfit! x:)

  16. You still made it pretty far with 28 days. Don’t know if I could’ve done it! :)


  17. A wedgie is certainly NOT cute, but wedges are ;). LOL on the comment at the Tim Gunn event. Awkward! I’m surprised he didn’t have a cute comeback. Can’t wait to hear more about that event! Great job on not shopping for 28 days. I agree that a budget is more reasonable. It’s like diets that don’t work because you deny yourself and then binge later on. Moderation is key. Good luck in May! Cute outfit from H&M inspiration. I only go into stores that have cute stuff on mannequins ;). You’re lucky you walk out of the stores with stuff because I hate when I walk about empty handed! LOL.

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