When the seasons change, I get the urge to shop BAD. My part time job in high school and college was always in retail, and I picked up some bad habits, the kind that help me justify buying an entire outfit instead of just one new piece. I'm quite certain that my subscription to InStyle and my new obsession with Kendi Everyday and What I Wore are only adding fuel to the fire.
Back in the days before daycare, diapers, organic groceries, and the recession, when I got the urge to shop, I would. It was so much easier to enjoy the experience of shopping, of looking, dreaming, touching, and trying on before I had a toddler in tow. Now, I do most of my shopping online because taking Cara to a mall, or to pretty much any store for that matter, is a task I am not willing to undertake most days. She hasn't developed an appreciation for shopping yet anyway, so online shopping definitely has its perks. There is nothing better than a package sitting on the porch. However, the experience of shopping online is very, very different. The aesthetic aspect is pretty much gone, and it's easy to lose track of the value of money when you are not holding the garment in your hands.
These days, I have (mostly) limited myself to shopping at the change of the weather and only adding a few new pieces each go around, but I feel like I should really try a little harder to work with what I already have. It seems wasteful not to, especially when there are more worthwhile things we could spend our money on. So, last night, I cleaned out my closet and did the seasonal clothing swap. I love the fresh start of rearranging my closet anyway, but I really dug into all the nooks and crannies, and this time, I found a gem. This pink scarf was tucked away in the back of a drawer, and I honestly have no idea where it came from or when I acquired it. But it seemed just perfect for perking up a dreary day.