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21 April 2013

The Last Article of Clothing I Bought





 {Can you read my expression in the first picture? It says, "Angel, stop fussing me." For the record, Angel named this outfit "Raspberry Lemonade." He's very creative. Also for the record, it snowed the day I was wearing this--bright colors apparently don't bring warm weather}

So, I don't consider myself much of a "stuff" person. As far as furniture, kitchenware, or home accessories go....we might have many years to go before I grow up enough to want to spend hard-earned money on stuff like that. I genuinely enjoy having nice, clean, empty cupboards in my kitchen and empty closets in the guest bedroom.

When I was growing up, my family moved fairly frequently, and the impression that that lifestyle left on me was that I don't want to have a ton of stuff to carry  around with me whenever I move. Because packing is annoying.

There are a few things that I have a lot of, though. I have a lot of books, though it's probably been a year or so since I've bought any--I have so many through a lifetime of begging, borrowing, stealing, and occasionally buying. You know, the usual ways that people collect libraries full of books.

I also have a lot of shoes and clothes. Not a hugely overwhelming amount. Not a walk-in closet's worth or anything like that. I take good care of my clothes and I've been the same size since I was 12 or 13 so I have several years of clothing collecting under my belt. I stay on top of my closet and make sure that I actually like everything that's in there. Still, there are many times when I want new dresses. 

Or fuschia-colored jeans. Or shoes with studs in them.

I'm no impulse buyer, and I don't buy new clothes all the time. It has to be something special in order to convince me to part with my money. It's not unheard of for me to go a month or two without falling in love with anything new...but longer than that? That would be a stretch--but that's exactly what I'm attempting to do right now.

These polka-dot shoes were my most recent purchase, from the first week of March. I saw them at the store in February, and fell in love with them, and when I still hadn't forgotten about them two weeks later, we went back to the store and bought them. Aren't they cute? They didn't come with shoelaces, but colorful shoelaces are a signature accessory for me, so I took a pair out of my stash and laced them up. The problem: Keds don't have as many  holes for laces as Converse do, and the shoe laces were way too long. So I cut the ends off the shoe laces and had Angel scientifically hold the ends of the laces in the gas fire on the stove to melt them so that they wouldn't fray. Genius.

It's my intention that these beautiful shoes shall be my last purchase for a while. It's already been over a month since I bought them, and I haven't bought anything else to wear since then. You see, Angel and I are going on vacation in late summer. And plane tickets are expensive. Also, our destination is a place that I know has some awesome shopping. I'm going to refrain from buying anything to wear from now till then. I said before that going without buying anything new for a month or two is easy for me. But not buying anything to wear for  4 or 5 months? A little more challenging. I'll have to learn a lesson in not coveting, and I'll also have to hope that 50s era dresses with full skirts and petticoats don't suddenly become all the rage this summer while at the same time becoming very cheap, because that's pretty much the biggest temptation I could think of at this moment.

p.s. The grocery store has excellent lighting for pictures.

p.p.s. That yellow t-shirt is a children's size 14/16. I don't remember kids being so adult-sized until I stand next to some of my 'little' cousins.

delirious rhapsody


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18 comments :

  1. i would have never guessed that was a little girl shirt! and i'm sorry about the snow. sometimes i wear bright colors on days that i'm in a bad mood, in some sort of hope of cheering me up. :)

    does angel name most of your outfits?

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  2. I actually bought a pair of shoes very similar to that recently...but instead of polka dots they are bright coral. And I'm quite sure they have the same shoelaces (but they came with the shoes).

    Are you shopping at Meijer?! That was my favorite grocery store living with my parents, but where we live we don't have them. :(

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  3. Those shoes are so fun and adorable!

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  4. Fun outfit, especially the shoes and the shirt! I like the belt looped through the shirt as well.

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  5. I love those shoes! Actually, the whole outfit is great!!

    OvertiredMommy.com

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  6. those shoes are fun, but i am really digging that yellow tunic tee with the belt. the way it fits you, it almost looks like you're some journeyman elf ready to set off on an adventure...a crayola-colored, well-lit adventure. =)

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  7. I've had 10 year old students who are my size. And I'm 5' 6" and 120-some pounds. I mean, I'm not petite. I don't remember children being so adult-sized either when I was little. Looks like the whole vanity-sizing thing is affecting their clothes too.

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  8. I love your shoes! They are so cute, colorful and go so well with your top! I am really into bright, neon and bold colors right now, too!

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  9. Good luck with your challenge of not buying anything until you're trip! And I really love your yellow shirt and can not believe that its a child sized! That's hilarious, but looks great on you!

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  10. Well Rachel, aren't you a gem! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your about me, be to be honest, you had me at the word random in your blog name. Random might as well be my middle name. It's also refreshing to learn so much about you in just this one post. Do I need to read more? You betcha!

    And just to take a break from idolizing you, I love anything {everything} polka dot. Those sneakers are adorable. You sound very disciplined about selective shopping. Very disciplined. Bravo to you.

    Sue xo

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    1. Your comment has left me with the biggest grin on my face! I do enjoy all of the randomness in everyday life!

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  11. I'm used to just seeing a lot of pictures this week and not a lot of text but you win in both departments. Your post was very engaging... You're obviously a great writer! And fashionable. I think those shoes are just the perfect addition to the outfit so I'm glad you ended up getting them!

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    1. Thank you! I have a passion for words--I can't have pictures without words too!

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  12. you've worn the same size since you were 13?! Wow. I probably have since I was maybe 17 but definitely not 13. I sometimes buy kids clothes too, the 14 is pretty adult sized I find! Those shoes are adorable :) good luck with saving your money! You can do it, its for a great reason!!
    Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  13. It's nuts, right. I can totally wear kids x large sizes, sometimes they're a bit short though. Good luck not buying anything. I haven't bought clothing for myself since Janurary until last week, but then I ended up returning it because I didn't 100% love it once I tried it on for more than 2 minutes.

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  14. Love the shoes. Found you through the link up. Check out my blog for a stella & dot giveaway and join me this Thursday April 25 for my link up.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  15. such cute shoes...perfect for spring!

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  16. Same here haha I've been the same size since before high school so I have a huge amount of clothes! But I absolutely love your new shoes... your whole colorful outfit makes me happy!!! :]

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