look what i didn't buy
Lately, the number of items of clothing I liked but didn’t buy has exceeded the list of what I did.
There was a Black Fleece shirt I decided against because I didn’t want another blue and white striped shirt, even though I was deeply in love with the collar (also, I wasn’t sure how it would fit). There was an adorable terry-knit striped tee from Rag & Bone (I didn’t really need another tee). There was a sweet polka dotted silk blouse by A.P.C Madras (fabric just a little shiny?). A cozy Steven Alan cotton knit jumper with striped sleeves. All of these things would have made me pretty happy and are probably not terribly regrettable, but a sense of inertia about shopping seems to have overwhelmed me.
Exhaustively analysing potential buys drains the urge to shop out of me. And usually, when something is right, it requires no such analysis, and there’s no guilt. So whenever I hesitate too much, I usually abandon the idea of buying it, and move on.
Hence, my spells of shopping lust have been brief and infrequent, and I was largely unmoved to shop in August and September. Except for the Chanel bag (if it's a fulfillment of a fantasy it shouldn't count as mere shopping, no?). Have I finally conquered the impulse demon?
Meanwhile, 10 things I’ve been enjoying, while not shopping:
- Any of my jumpers, and this WSJ mag editorial celebrating jumper goodness
- My blue and white checked cotton shirt
- Gardenia perfume from Jo Malone
- Daims (nutty butter almonds covered in milk chocolate)
- My beige suede "desert" boots (these impostors from Topshop are doing very well)
- "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver (what took me so long?)
- "Be better than the Gap!" – uttered with earnestness/irony by Ryan Gosling in "Crazy Stupid Love"
- My Chanel bag
- Stephen Fry telling me clever things on “QI” (you will not believe the eco-footprint of keeping a pet dog)