In all honesty, I miss shopping. A lot. But then I look at what I have and the fact that I have not yet run out of clothing to wear (gasp!) and I remember why I'm on this diet. I fear that when March 1, 2011, hits, I will go crazy either at the mall or online (or both). While I don't believe shopping is actually a bad thing (I'm just a sucker for a challenge), I wonder how I will react.
That said, I haven't exactly been a savings machine since I started the diet (it wasn't a financially-driven decision in the first place)...we had to replace our computer and printer, and got a new camera for my birthday. Plus I've purchased probably 5 pairs of shoes, 2-3 belts, a scarf, a bag, and handfuls of jewelry to make up for the lack of "clothing" (I know, it sounds like a technicality, but it is within the rules). Swaps have been the main feeder of my want of clothing, and I feel super-fortunate that they come around several times a year in Sacramento.
Now to get back on topic, what has made me really think more about shopping lately is the change in weather. It has been cold and rainy all weekend, and while I am definitely more suited for summer (I pull out the boots and down coats at around 72 degrees), I do love a lot of things about fall--warm baked goods, candlelight and scents, pies and desserts, blankets, boots, holidays, family, and did I mention food? Unfortunately we discovered this weekend that our heater in our apartment is broken (or just not turning on for some reason) and I really wish I had one of these chunky vests to wear. I did score a light vest at the latest swap, but it may take a while for that to make its debut (will definitely be a staple next summer).
This basic piece is cozy enough for a weekend trip to the pumpkin patch, or keep it at your desk to wrap around yourself without wrinkling up your sleeves.
This ruffled number dresses up a basic button-down + skirt/slacks combo and adds an extra layer for warmth.
I love this tuxedo-inspired piece, and check out the sassy lace back.
Tweed is an old office standby -- try this over just about anything (maybe even a sheath dress?).
The military trend is everywhere this year--in vest form it can dress up a long-sleeve tee and trouser jeans for a Casual Friday look.
The oversize collar and elegant draping here make a chunky knit more sophisticated.
Could you imagine yourself in one of these vests? What kind of vest would you rock at the office?