|I love this picture, from the February 2009 issue of Harper's Bazaar. My dream look!|
Is it the January blahs? Is it all that time at Bloomingdale’s over the holiday season? I am shopped out, dear readers, and I didn’t even shop all that much this past Christmas. I do have to say that I was put off by a few customers in the shoe department (not where I worked but I was close by). A couple of them were having panic attacks when they couldn’t get the shoes they wanted, pronto! And usually customers acting like that had a ton of shopping bags with them already and it seemed like it was way past time for them to put their wallets away and go home.
It got to me, I tell you.
So I intend to join my friend Catherine at Aesthetic Alterations in her self-imposed Shopping Ban for 2013. I will still have to get basics. I will still have to buy mascara and shampoo. I will probably need to get another pair of (inexpensive) jeans. But I really want to see if I can resist the urge to buy a bunch of little things—J. Crew cardigans and T-shirts, new nail polishes, vintage designer scarves and jewelry on eBay—and, instead, save for some really special thing, like a vintage Hermès Kelly, or a Cartier Tank Solo watch.
|I don’t think I could own this particular Kelly. I would never let it go outside!|
|Lauren Santo Domingo’s Kelly from her 5 Days, 5 Looks, 1 Girl feature. Sigh.|
|A Cartier associate gave me this book on the Tank watch after I tried some on last summer.|
|A collection of Tank Solo watches.|
I don’t know if I could actually go through with purchasing either of those items, because yes, they are so expensive it makes the eyes water and the bank account quiver, but I like the idea of taking a good old-fashioned break from shopping and this need for more more more—which I saw in spades at Bloomingdale’s. I like the idea of turning to my own closet, making do with what I have, shunning trends in favor of something that is true to me, and saving for something special. It would be an item that I took great care and research in buying and then wore so much it would acquire secondary meaning as a key part of my style. Something that I could leave to my daughter (even granddaughter?) one day.
|Cartier Tank Solo. Functional, gorgeous, and what an heirloom this would be!|
Instead of a Spending Spree, I’m going on a Saving Spree!
Have you ever saved up for a special item? Do tell, what was it? Please pass along any tips you have for either A) Resisting the urge to shop or B) Saving for something big!