Fashionista 514

Shopping Hiatus Challenge!

Posted in challenge, money-saving by fashionista514 on May 30, 2009
Alright, alright, alright… so the day has finally come where I am officially

CUTTING MYSELF OFF!

Now, I have tried this in the past (and failed miserably) but now I finally have witnesses. A support system.

You guys!
(lucky, lucky you)

Over the years, I have become an increasingly bad shopaholic 😦
(smack on the wrist)

I have always been able to because I have always kept my expenses down… now, my expenses are lower than ever and I want to finally take ADVANTAGE of that.
I want to start saving money in mad heaps! Unfortunately… my shopping addiction quite easily gets in the way of saving… and really it does feel like an addiction sometimes.

As much as I love Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin and MAC makeup… I will not be donating any more of my worth to their pocketbooks!
(not for quite a while *tear*).

So here is my Challenge (and this IS a challenge):

I will not be buying any clothing, shoes or accessories for two whole months
(start date June 1st – end date August 1st)

here are the specifics:

  • Everyday stuff needed (such as skincare, toiletries or foundation) is allowed to be replenished… still gotta bathe YO!
  • If I DO crack and buy something – the penalty is that I have to give it up as a giveaway! You lucky… lucky… LUCKY people!
  • Giveaways on this site are still on – I will shop vicariously through you 😉
  • Maintenance of clothing and DIY are allowed and encouraged (changing heels on shoes, painting jeans, whatever…)
DON’T get me wrong – I use absolutely everything I ever buy and love it till it shreds or runs out, but this nonsense has got to stop! I have a killer wardrobe (in my opinion), and now instead of adding to it I need to be enjoying the crap out of it and using it!

We all have our inner demons, and this is definitely mine

(sucks to be a girl sometimes, no?). I want money to set me free of this consumerism urge I constantly feel and dislike so much! I figure two months will give me enough time to change some of my bad habits and take control of the urges I get when the perfect shoes blink back at me…

More $$$ in the bank (or invested) = more of a better future for me and my “to be” family ;). You’ve only got one shot at life and I wanna live mine right!

So here is where YOU come in!

Every day I will be exercising a “Money Saving” tip in my everyday life to help me out on my quest!

Submit your tip in the comment form below, and at the end of my Shopping Hiatus Challenge the tip that helped me out the most will be receiving the following Giveaway:
  • Fashionista 514 Engraved iPod Nano!!! Choose your color (subject to availability)… cause the most relaxing form of meditation is music to me 😉

Help me out ladies & gents! I will be documenting my progress on my blog throughout the time frame of the Challenge including the tips and the bloggers who donated them 😉

Here goes Nothin‘… Wish me Luck!!!

UPDATE

Soooo, just to inform you all – I caved after one month (it was on MAC makeup… the collection was just too pretty… 😦

BUUUUT… I’ve been doing really good with cutting back on everything else in general! Making food at home, manicures and pedicures at home, no more $5.00 Starbucks coffees, riding my bike around town instead of bus and metro passes, etc…

Giveaway is STILL on!!!

Thank you all… I LOVE all of your tips and AM trying them all out 🙂

It’s Free Cone Day!!!

Posted in excitement, food, fresh, money-saving by fashionista514 on April 22, 2009
OMG!!! I was picking up dry cleaning and movies and saw a lineup down the street… FREE CONE DAY AT BEN & JERRY’S!!! Wow! Thank god for errands – I would have kicked myself if I missed out on a free cone!!! Get out there and get yours!!!

Shopaholic?

Posted in fashion, money-saving, panic, priorities by fashionista514 on February 27, 2009

So tell me ladies, has the recession sent you into a fashion shock? Here in Montreal is most definitely not as bad as in the States right now – so sometimes it can be hard to relate. What have you traded for financial piece of mind during these hard times? Your usual Starbucks latte? Those Manolo’s you croon over every season? What about cutting down on restaurants?

Although the media makes it seem like all these cutbacks are hurting our lifestyles, don’t you think they may actually be enhancing them? Think about it. When was the last time you just stayed home and really relaxed? Enjoyed all the previous items you’ve bought in the past and indulged in a spa night? Had a beautifully home cooked meal with your significant other? Cuddled with your dog or cat? Read a book for that matter?!

The media has been so great at brainwashing all of us into consuming everything we come across that maybe we have forgotten what it’s really like to LIVE. Spending time, not moments with people we love instead of collecting an assortment of “items”. Yes they are beautiful and give you a little spring in your step, but at the end of the day they really aren’t anything more than glamorous marketing schemes whisking us away.

Stop. Smell the roses. Take this amazing opportunity to rediscover who you are and what you like that has absolutely no association to money. The problem with our society now is that we have gotten too used to the “keeping up with the Joneses” lifestyle. Accumulating things to make us look and feel shinier. The truth is though, we can’t afford it! We run in circles trying to get promotions and credit cards, loans and mortgages that never seem to end and that only land a ton of weight on our shoulders. Stress! I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that where stress lives, disease breeds. Try to cut down. Maybe we all don’t need cable television, the latest cell phone, or the largest house. From the famous mouth of Notorious B.I.G. – “The more money we come across, the more problems we see”. Take it as some very wise advice.

Indulge every once and a while, but take on a European way of life – live. Things will only ever be things. Health, happiness and love is what you should be striving towards.