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A Success And A Fail

At the end of September, I challenged myself to an entire month of no shopping.  For all of October, I steered clear of stores that would lure me in with their cute boots, capes, and sweaters.  It wasn't the hardest thing I ever did, but it did take some self-restraint and creativity with my lunch breaks (which I commonly spend at TJ Maxx, Old Navy, Marshalls, and Target!). 

Well - I almost made it through the entire month with no shopping until my trip to see a client in New Bern, NC.  I've already told you about my two favorite stores in that sweet city, and I was there with a co-worker that was experiencing New Bern for the first time.  She wanted to do some shopping, so I took her into Twice As Nice.  This consignment store is totally hit-or-miss, but I did find something there that I bought.  It was a hard decision for me because I knew I'd be breaking my committment (and it was on the 28th - almost made it!) but it was something I consider more of a necessity than a luxury.


This Ann Taylor black skirt is just what I needed for work.  It's a thick jersey knit material with gold and black buttons going down the front and a built-in belt.  Ya'll - it was $16.98.  It looks brand new.  It fit perfectly, no alterations needed.  If I'd found it in Charlotte, I just would have put it on hold until November!  So there -- I broke my committment, but not for a lot of money, and not for something I won't wear quite often.  My last black work skirt was bought in (ahem) 2004 ... no, I am not kidding.

So that is my fail, and here is my success -- I crossed off #27 on my 30/30/30 list and enjoyed my first Starbucks red cup of the season yesterday morning.


The Apple Crumb Latte ... purely delicious.

I'll be leaving Memphis today and heading back home.  Lots of fun stories to update you on from my trip!

12 comments:

  1. Oh no, You only had a couple days left! At least you were really close to finishing the month. I probably would have gotten the skirt too! It's so cute!

    Lauren

    http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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  2. That apple crumb sounds delish! I'm trying to make a goal of not spending much money either.
    Brad is on me about saving but honestly.. I'm not sure where all my money goes. I think it's to all my little weekend trips ;0

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  3. Apple crumb latte!? This must be new! I had my first red cup today! And you look great in the skirt, and I think you can still say you didn't shop in October, mins 3 days ;) Happy Thursday!

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  4. How have I never heard of an apple crumb latte?

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  5. Congrats on getting so close. That black skirt looks awesome and the latte sounds so, so good!

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  6. apple crumb latte??? amazing...i've never seen this on the menu but i will be looking!!

    as for the skirt, you did REALLY well in your challenge--28 days is a long time my dear, and it's something you genuinely NEEDED ;) so i'll give you a freebie pass--haha

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  7. how about...super props for making it 28 days!!! That's technically a month if we're talking February? It's amazing how much "stuff" we just buy on impulse... I'm thinking I'm going to have to give this challenge a try. Perhaps after the holidays though, November and December are NOT the best months for this....

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  8. The skirt was so cheap I wouldn't even count it! : )

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  9. An apple crumb latte sounds delish! I just may have to try that tomorrow...

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  10. awesome find! and i agree its too cheap to count! yay! for the return of the red cups!

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  11. you're so cute with your posts. just had to say it :)

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  12. I've never heard of the Apple Crumb Latte! Sounds delish!

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