What would be more fitting than have my first post in two weeks be about fashion? I’ve realized that cutting myself off from fashion altogether is a bad idea; it’s close to cutting my arm off. Though I’ve never experienced the pain of losing an arm, I’m sure it’s excruciating.
What Fashion have I been coveting?
Lots! I know…bad idea. It could be my years of being a tomboy and fashion faux pas gal that has caused it, I spent years of my life blending into the woodwork. I now want to step confidently forward as a successful woman in my values, personality and in my appearance, I’ve always tried to have a clean and polished appearance.
I primarily shop at J.Crew and Anthropologie; those are my go to stores for fashion. Club Monaco has been creeping back in now that they’ve introduced a few more feminine and less boxy looking pieces to their line. My taste in shoes and handbags has become more refined, I used to be a huge Michael Kors fan but after spending $450 on a bag that was not of the quality I expected it to be (and they did nothing about it); I have switched over to Coach. We’ll see how that goes….
Handbags and Shoes
You’re all going to be extremely disappointed with me and this is a big fail in my fashion cleanse, but I could not stand the tattered bag I was carrying around any longer. I had been coveting a Coach bag for two months and finally decided to make the investment, here is my new baby:
Isn’t it pretty! It’s sad to say but Coach appears to be much more into Customer Service than Michael Kors. When I complained about my Kors bag, I received a shrug and a “whatever” from the staff in the store, after persisting in my complaint, I then got a lengthy explanation of how they do not guarantee the hardware on their bags. After a year and a half of use, the plating on the hardware is peeling off! Imagine, after a year of use, a $450 bag has deteriorated just like a $90 bag – very odd. Of all the quality, higher ticket purses I have owned, this is a first. Ask anyone I know – even the consignment store I consign at – they will tell you that I treat everything I own very well, my clothes are the first and quickest to sell in the store.
WARNING: rant ahead…
Sorry Kors, the lazy 20-somethings you have employed at your stores could care less and are not representing your brand properly. On the other hand, maybe they are. Let’s not get me started on millennials…most (not all) are lazy, entitled little bitches. I hope there are no more major world wars/catastrophes or we’ll have them all lying down on the ground crying like babies screaming I’m not getting paid to do that! You can’t make me do that!
*End of Rant*
I’ve also had a few shoes I’ve been drooling over at Coach, and after throwing out one pair of worn out heels with another pair on the way into the garbage, the investment will be coming up shortly. Want to know how frugal I am with my shoes? The pair I’m about to throw out have black magic marker covering up scrapes on the toes and heels of both shoes! The final breaking point was when one of the straps tore yesterday 🙁 I also had gel inserts in them to keep them comfy, sadly, they’re going to have to go. I’m sad, they were comfy, simple and stylish.
Coach Shoe Love
While on vacation, I always take several books with me to keep me occupied on the 10 hour flight, layovers and if there’s a rainy day; this year was no exception. In fact, my mother joked at how heavy my carry on bag was; “What’s in this darn bag? It’s so heavy!” Books ma, lots and lots of books. I took three books and had a few on my eReader too, I only ended up reading the following two.
I’ve been full of epiphanies lately; with work, the job search, life, finances, general direction and so on. Call it what you will, possibly a crisis of sorts or yet another step in the right direction toward higher personal growth; they always say you read books that you’re ready for.
Reading Tamara Mellon’s memoir, In My Shoes, was that step in the right direction for me. It’s a very rare occasion that I read memoirs or autobiographies; I find most of them dry and boring. This was my third attempt after reading two Dragons Den biographies – one good and one not so good.
Tamara’s memoir is every female entrepreneur’s dream, it highlights her trials and tribulations with the start-up process and something many women have difficulty with in business, “finding your voice”. Society has consistently provided young females with the perception that we are here to please, fit in and be quiet; we’re not here to speak our minds. Thank goodness the cliché is disappearing thanks to many strong, successful female entrepreneurs and business executives.
I highly recommend giving it a read, it was a page turner I couldn’t put down. I always wanted to know what happened next and what political battle she was fighting with the executives or investors.
This was another great read full of tips and tricks from T. Harv Eker’s Millionaire Mind Intensive course. The main premise of the book is in order to be successful and wealthy you must change your “money blueprint”. Your blueprint consists of all the nasty preconceived notions that society, family, media and so on have filled our minds with from a young age about money. You’ve heard all the catch phrases like money is the root of all evil, you have to work hard to make money, money doesn’t grow on trees and so on; these are the clichés and mind limiting beliefs that Eker believes we must rid ourselves of to be successful with money. Our subconscious has been programmed with negative imagery towards money.
The book consists of Wealth Files, each teaching you a golden rule that millionaires follow in their mindset towards money. They include positive self affirmations/declarations and lessons (Millionaire Mind Actions) at the end of each file/chapter for you to perform and be on your way to wealth success. I even took the time to jot down a few that I thought would be helpful in my journey!
Whenever I go on vacation, it always seems to turn my finances into a circus. This year I had the joy of fighting with two banks while on vacation and dealing with the aftermath once I returned home. Thankfully, all has been solved, I’ve been reimbursed interest charges because of the snafu and I’m caught up with my budget tracking – an update will be coming on Monday for the February recap.
I’ve got several appointments setup with a few financial institutions to discuss the next phase in my financial future: Investing in the stock market. It’s on my goals list for the year and I want to make sure I learn what I need to, research the stocks I would like for a few months, then jump. I also need to save some money to put into said stocks – note to self, stop buying clothing!
With that revelation, the fashion cleanse has been super difficult. I suppose some would say I lack commitment and determination but I enjoy fashion and I like looking polished. It doesn’t help one little bit that my job requires me to look professional and polished, I need the typical corporate wardrobe with a little flair. I’ll continue to do my best with the cleanse, which is all I can do!