Friday, September 20, 2013

Simple Is As Simple Does

I managed to get that Target bag I told yall about thanks to Stephanie tweeting me telling me there was one left at a local Target.  Just so you know, I have not used this bag yet--just in these pictures to try it on for size.  I'm annoyingly slow with most of my purchasing decisions.  I'll either have thought about it for a reallyyyyyy long time before buying, or I'll buy it and then think about it for a really long time as it sits on the floor for weeks testing my husband's patience.  :D

I know other people have rules that if you don't wear something within like a week of buying it then you shouldn't keep it, but I am somewhat opposite and try NOT to wear something right away.  The reason is because I've made so many impulse purchases that I've wanted to wear RIGHT NOW but after that moment passed I didn't really want to wear it anymore or I realized that it's actually not that practical in my life.  So, I sit and wait and think and try to make more logical decisions about whether or not the piece is the right one for me.  I'm not always successful with it, but I try!  How do you decide whether or not to keep something?

On another note, YAY WEEKEND.  My first order of business: watch the first episode of this season's Mindy Project.  (Also SO glad about New Girl starting again and waiting for Grey's, The Biggest Loser, and Modern Family!)

Shop for the Look:
Top: Forever 21 (exact)
Jacket: Target (exact, similarsimilar)
Shorts: LOFT
Necklace: Old Navy (similar)
Shoes: Old Navy (similar, similar, similar)
Bag: Target (exact, similar)


  1. I am totally the same way! I'll buy it to make sure it's in my closet if I do end up wanting it, but then agonize about it for a few weeks. On the up side, sometimes the items go on sale and I can get them price adjusted!

  2. I almost bought this bag in navy today. I think I might have to go back and get it! So cute!

  3. I always keep my purchases for awhile before I actually wear them because I need to double and triple make sure I want to keep it before wearing/using it! It's rare that I wear a brand new item within a month of purchasing, usually it's a few weeks of debating whether to keep or return.

    I think this sized bag looks good on you! not too overwhelming but not too little either, and it also depends on what you're using the bag for!

  4. I got that exact same bag too when you featured it! Then the Phillip Lim extravaganza happened and I managed to snag the brown mini satchel from his collection. So I returned this one and traded it in for the exact same purse only in navy. I think my purse collection is complete. Now if only I can remember to actually use them in my blog photos!

    M @ http://myclosetcatalogue.com

  5. Nice! That bag is lovely, and looks more like a Coach than a Target bag. I love the yellow shoes!

  6. I don't follow the 1 week rule either. I think to keep something it's got to work in your wardrobe and be something that you want to keep wearing long term. And I just watched the Mindy Project as well- so excited to have it back! (Also love New Girl and the Biggest Loser :)

  7. I like your method, it sounds interesting. I always try things on again as soon as I get home, to make sure I still like them. Then I cut the tags off and wear them :)

    Away From The Blue

  8. That bag really is a beautiful color--I love it!
    I am so psyched about New Girl starting again :)

  9. I love your bag!! I so need to make my way over to Target!

  10. I force myself to style up several outfits with the new piece... if it doesn't play well with the other items in my closet, it goes back!

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  11. This is actually a really smart idea! I'm always in such a rush of excitement to try stuff on that I quickly wash it and wear it. This is actually a really smart idea to make sure I still want it before the return policy is up. I'll have to try that!

    Exploring My Style

  12. I'm with you. Tags will stay on new stuff for a while. There's a set of online purchases sitting in my room right now (drawing the ire of my husband). They're still in plastic and I haven't decided if I'm keeping them yet.

  13. I rarely return things because I try to make sure i REALLY like it first. i'll mentally put together a few outfits with it in mind. Occasionally I'll order something online and not love it so it gets returned but if it's hanging up in my closet, I will probably keep it. If it doesn't get worn within a few months, I sell it.

    I am thinking of implementing a new rule where if I don't wear it within the return period (30 days or so), then I have to return it, but I'll probably let myself slide on that all the time ;)

    Btw. LOVE that bag.

  14. Domesticated Working WomanSaturday, September 21, 2013

    Cute and simple. I love it!

  15. I take a while to make a decision on clothes/accessories also. I want to be 100% sure before I wear it and can't return it! But that bag is a great size and color, bust it out of the house ASAP!


  16. What a great weekend look. Simple and chic, loving that necklace and BAG! drool..

    xo, nina


  17. Simple = classic, no? I try it on in at least three different outfits. If I like all of them (after taking pictures of them), then it's worth my money and closet space. :)

  18. I am the same way; I sometimes buy on impulse, so I almost always make myself wait to use something, so I can determine if I really want to keep it or not.

    Mariposa Medley Jewelry

  19. I have two small children (ages 2.5 and 13 mos) so I tend to do a lot of shopping online at stores where I can return stuff in-store if it doesn't work. I'll add things to my cart, and then leave them for anywhere from an hour or two to a couple of days. My general thought it that, if I'm still thinking about it after that time, I'm good to get it and try it out at home. Obviously if it doesn't fit or I'm not in love with it when it comes it goes right back. But if I go back to my cart and see something that I forgot I even put in there, then out it goes. ;)

  20. I'm just like you when it comes to buying things: it's either too special to wear right now or I need time to think about whether or not I should keep it. This looks awesome on you.

  21. Meggie @ My Grace-Full LifeSunday, September 22, 2013

    I am just like you when it comes to purchases! Often I buy them and think about them for a while because whenever I think a long time before buying it, it is gone when I go to get it. Love your bag!

  22. Love this casual look. For me if i'm unsure about something, I walk around the mall and then if I can't stop thinking about it I go and get it. Or i go home and if I'm still thinking about it, then it's a must.



  23. Interesting.. I actually had both the bag you bought originally and this one at my local Target. After much deliberation I went with the other one(with the zipper on the front). I felt the opening was a little easier and bigger to use, and I just liked the more casual look. I am a mom of 4 and a easy going/bigger opening worked for me. It just goes to show you that we are all a little different, and it is good they make so many variations on similar bags.

  24. I love your blog! I've found a lot of inspiration here! I have a question for you about denim jackets. I'm not a very curvy girl and I feel like every time I try on a denim jacket it makes my shoulders look so wide and my hips look non existent. I found a really cute cropped denim jacket that fits really well and hits me in all the right spots. So my question is this: Do you think a cropped denim jacket is too "young" for someone in her early 30's?


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