After reading this excellent post by Rachelle, I was completely inspired to take inventory of my buys in 2015 thus far. I know it's only the end of February, but so many of us are guilty of blindly shopping and I can be one of them. It's almost mindless. You follow bloggers with enviable wardrobes, you see perfectly curated outfits on Instagram, and boom! Before you know it, you're filling your virtual shopping cart with similar items and spending more money than you'd like to admit. I received a few packages in the mail last week, and for the first time since getting married, my husband gave me the dreaded look. You know the one (or maybe you don't, which I commend). We both have separate checking accounts, but we do share a savings and we never touch that. Anyway, I knew from his sideways eye that he looked worried about my recent wardrobe additions, and I guess I don't blame him.

So here are my goals for this year as far as my spending habits/style/ are concerned. I also mentioned a couple of them in this post.

1) Pay more attention to the details.

2) Don't protect or save designer goods for the closet shelves. Wear them!

3) Don't just buy something because it looks great on someone else. Most girls I follow are actually quite a bit taller and thinner than I am, so just because a skirt or jacket looks like a million dollars on her doesn't mean that it will translate on my body.

4) Only buy multiples of things I have purchased before and have worn and loved!

5) Factor in cost per wear, and don't buy things just because they are on sale or at a "fast fashion" store. Invest in beautiful, timeless pieces instead of trendy items.

6) Quality over quantity.When in doubt, put it back on the rack. Tailoring can be an option, but only if the adjustment is minimal and only if I love everything about the actual piece.

Since January first, this is what I have purchased.


Express floral kimono (check stores) and mesh lace kimono

Shoes, Jewelry:

Sole Society flats and pumps

Elizabeth Stone Jewelry (ring, bracelet, long druzy necklace, short druzy necklace) and Anthro bracelets (here I am just wearing one of three)

Just ordered: 

What's on my wishlist for Spring and Summer:

1) More maxi dresses, at least two. I want one in white and one very colorful maxi, possibly even another print!

2) White skinny jeans and shorts

3) Simple tees that are soft and of great quality (meaning they won't shrink or look like hell after a few washes).

4) A new bathing suit

5) A denim jacket

I'm sure I'll add to the list at some point, but I really want to stay as true to this one as possible because these are things I actually do need. I'll keep you posted as the year goes on, and will update this just as Rachelle does on her blog.

How are your shopping habits going so far this year? Are you spending less or more?


  1. Yay! I'm happy to see a post from you. You've gotten such great piece this year!

    1. Thanks girl! I'm here Lol! I typically post about twice per week.

  2. Ooooh, I love this post! I guess because I'm nosy and I love to see what other people buy. (Love it when Rachelle does this too.) I think you made excellent, practical choices so far and your wishlist items are also very reasonable.
    Gina - On the Daily Express

    1. I'm nosy too, I think most of us on the Internet are! I loved rachelle's post. I didn't realize she did them often until I went back and read them. It's a great way to manage your money, see what you're lacking in your closet, and stop buying just for the sake of it.

  3. I love your goals for this year! I love seeing the things that people purchased too! I've always thought about these types of posts but I never have yet

    1. Hi Julie, well I do plan on doing this every so often. Maybe every season? Feedback is welcomed as always!

  4. Great goals, Noelle! I love seeing a rundown of all your purchases so far too... that floral kimono is so pretty!

    xo, alison*elle

  5. Noelle I LOVED this post. You're really stepped up your blogging game...keep at it girl:)

    Your purchases this year are very you and great pieces to invest in. can't wait to see stuff you just ordered too especially the maxi dress

    For me I have become much more careful with spending since having my daughter. I spend less on clothes and save more for our future and also European vacations. I have a TON of clothes already anyway so only buy what I know I will wear not just what mass bloggers rave about. For me that's mostly professional work clothes that fit my body type (tall hourglass).

    1. That's so sweet, thank you! Sometimes I feel like I don't belong in this community anymore because it's changed so much! But I love it and I'm happy you are enjoying my posts :)

      I think once you become a mom, priorities change as they should! I'm sure I will be the same way.

  6. So awesome! I will link to you as well, and I just love seeing what other people purchase. I usually do my recap at the end of the month, so let's keep each other posted so we can share.

    1. Sounds great Rachelle! I would love to continue this with you :)


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