Life in Balance: Project #3 – Wardrobe (update)

Buckle up and prepare yourself for a lesson in reasonably extravagant spending. Having been on a strict budget for nearly a year now, I am not accustomed to spending a large amount of money on “things” anymore. I’m happy to drop a few thousand dollars on flooring for the house I’m building, but anything beyond that has become a foreign concept to me. Which is great. Anyway, that all blew out the window in a cloud of hundred dollar bills last week when I decided to buy a new bag. Granted, this was a thought-out decision as I carry a black handbag day in day out and the one I’m currently using was a cheap purchase that has holes in the lining and is getting a bit weary. I’ve had my eye on this bag for a while (as evidenced in this post) so I decided it was time to go ahead and get it.

Then, inexplicably, all sense of common sense and reason left the building for a few days.

OKAY! On top of my new bag (I ordered it in black, which now appears to be sold out), I also ordered a new wallet because the Rebecca Minkoff one I’ve been using for a couple of years now has started to annoy me with how few card slots it has (four!). Yes, I know how unreasonable that is. Anyhoo, I then had the sudden urge to own a Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac bag, so I moseyed on over to Saks and discovered that they were on sale (25% off!), so now I’m practically making money. I ordered one in charcoal grey (now sold out), because for some reason the black bag only comes with yellow gold fittings. Gross. When buying a new clutch one must consider what she’s going to store her cards and cash in within this new bag, right? I didn’t feel like my Mini Mac deserved the old school treatment of me whacking a bobby pin on my stuff to keep it all together, so I decided that this was necessary.

Alright, stay with me here because this is where things start to get a bit blurry. While browsing through the bag section I stumbled across this compact little beauty. Did you know that the more things you buy from Saks the cheaper shipping costs to Australia are? Go figure. I ended up saving around $150 on this order, so I was quite happy about that. I can also justify the additional black clutch due to the fact the black clutch I’ve been using has GOLD hardware. Of course.

Oh, and then I bought some boots.

I only own one pair of knee length boots so I was in the market for some ankle boots for the season. I recently came to the conclusion that ankle boots need to have some sort of detail going on at the front, otherwise they look like they should be worn underneath something. These Rag & Bone babies fit the bill perfectly. I can easily wear them with both dresses and jeans, they’re great quality and the heel isn’t too high or too flimsy. (side note: They are also currently 25% off in the Saks friends & family sale. Run, don’t walk.) Aside from that I ordered a few new things from ASOS, including a new pair of sunglasses because I put my broken wayfarers in a safe while I waited for the chance to take them in and get them fixed and now I can’t find them. Ok, I’m done.

I realize that this is a lot of stuff, but I am happy that I didn’t buy anything that I was 50/50 on whether or not I would actually wear or use. Now I’m going to spend a couple of months building my spending money back up above the minimum total that I like to have in my account at all times. This little spree was fun while it lasted, and I’m really looking forward to my new goodies arriving soon! The spendthrift life is no longer for me.

8 Thoughts on “Life in Balance: Project #3 – Wardrobe (update)

  1. My credit card hurts reading this. Then again, you pay for quality, don’t you. xx

  2. Drool drool drool drool drool! Amazing haul – and no way any of those purchases could ever be regretted! I think you need to do OOTD posts now with your fancy new items that I’m sure will be endlessly worn/used over the coming few months!

  3. Sounds like it was all worth it though! I flit from tight arse to spendthrift and back again. Currently I can’t decide between, yoga classes, art classes, clothes, perfume, shoes, makeup, or plants.

  4. I love how you managed to justify every single one of these purchases. I didn’t realise that the Saks F&F sale was still going so I just snuck on and bought a MBMJ purse. I also bought that blouse last week in both cream and navy. TREAT YO SELF

    • One of my life skills is justifying purchases. Which purse did you get? I wish I could’ve gotten that blouse in navy. Also, imagine if it came in burgundy? WANTTTTTTTTTT

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