New Music Tuesday 9.30.14, a playlist by thomyorkesbadeye on Spotify
Hi all! Hope you had a nice week since my last NMT post. So last week’s selection of new music was hit and miss (hit Alt-J, miss Julian Casablancas & the Voidz). This week’s playlist is a bit shorter, has some more female-centric pop tunes and is stuffed with artists I have never listened to before. I can already tell you my fast favorite is the Preatures. Very nice, catchy indie rock.
Hope you find something you like!
A little over a year ago I made the conscience decision to stop dying my hair. I had many reasons, one of them being my quest to stop purchasing unnecessary beauty products for a year. Boy did my hair get grey!
Luckily it was pretty well blended and almost looked like highlights. If you notice from my varied haircuts, I tend to get bored with my look. One whole year with the same color has finally worn on me. I also was feeling very old lately. Looking in the mirror and seeing a sea of grey hairs was not helping in that regard.
So I decided to go back to putting stinky dye on my head for 40 minutes. I opted for a dark brown ash color. It turned out very dark but I am enjoying the change!!
It’s been ages since I posted an outfit pic! Hope you didn’t miss me too much;-) I’m truly enjoying this transition into fall. Boots baby!!!!!
P.s. I am psyched for Scandal tonight.
Dress - Target, Cardi - Loft, leggings - American Apparel, Boots - Clarks Necklace - No clue! Bag - 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target
New Music Tuesday 9.23.14, a playlist by thomyorkesbadeye on Spotify
Here are the new(ish) albums I’ve assembled to listen to at work today - clocking in at almost 8 hours. So far I’m already loving the alt-J! Left Hand Free has been placed on my best tracks of 2014 playlist.
Some of these albums are by artists I already know and love (Perfume Genius, The Drums, the aforementioned alt-J, LIGHTS) and some are totally new to me (Tweedy, Shintara Sakamoto, Los Angeles Police Department).
I’m going to try to make this a semi-regular Tuesday post. I hope you listen along with me!
I know I’ve been pretty MIA since my big bloggerversary spread, but after doing a daily post for 365 days straight I needed a break! Have no fear. I’ll be back to posting regularly, espesh since Fall TV has officially begun. You know I need to share my opinions on the new, the old and the soon to be cancelled. Watching Sleepy Hollow as we speak, biding my time until my long time love James Spader returns on the Blacklist tonight. And Nashville’s back this week too, y’all! Maybe this was a bad time to start my annual Buffy rewatch….
In honor of my good friend who just moved to Edinburgh to marry a great Scot, I present to you a playlist filled with other great Scots! I will keep updating and would love for other users to send me cool Scottish tunes to add to the list. Thanks fellow Playlisters!
In honor of today’s independence vote, here is my playlist filled with Scottish artists that I released in December of 2013. Whether they vote to stay or vote to go, Scots are awesome in my book.
Getting my final eBay / other clothing purchases in. It’s the year of saving dangerously!
9-17-14 to 9-17-15
Wishing ashkenazkitten the best of luck in her quest to be shopping free for one year!!! It is tough but so rewarding!! I’ll be cheering you on, girl!! :-)
Day one of being able to shop, and lord knows I went straight to Target after work hahahaha! As promised, my first purchase was some new chonies! I have an underwear drawer stuffed to the gills with pairs that don’t fit, give wedgies, have seen better days, etc. I seriously can’t wait to toss some of my crappiest pairs. It was high time for some freshies.
Given my tight $50.00 budget for this half month, I opted for affordable Fruit of the Loom multi-packs. One pack was 5 for $9.99 and the other was 6 for $8.59. I used a $5.00 gift card that I earned from tampon purchases last month so all in all I still have $36.42 left in this month’s clothing budget. I think I may hold on to that balance and use it next month to buy a new pair of Clarks brown boots…
Just so you know, I spent almost half an hour deciding which undies to buy! I felt ridiculous standing in front of the Hanes and Fruit of the Looms for so long, but I wanted to get the most bang for my buck! I am pretty sure the rest of my shopping decisions this year are going to be just as stressful.
Side note, of course I had to check out what was left of the Altuzarra for Target collab and there is a LOT still in stock. It is not selling well in North Haven! The one dress I was seriously considering spending my $50 budget on was available but the sleeves looked too small, a common problem with Target collab shirts/blouses/dresses in the larger sizes. Honestly designers, ladies that are size 16 most likely don’t have skinny arms. I have a Jason Wu for Target blouse with the tags still on it because of tight sleeves. Of course, like a lot of women I hold on to it with hopes that it will fit when I theoretically lose weight…It’s been a couple years now hahaha!
Year one’s plan went pretty swimmingly! For someone who typically gives up on new projects relatively quickly and regularly (guitar, jewelry making, learning Spanish, learning Catalan, etc.) I surprisingly stuck it out like a champ. Everyone keeps asking me what is next now that my year is through. “Are you going to go crazy shopping again?” No, my friends. Now it’s time to really challenge myself.
Per some great article recommendations from my awesome friend Lauren, I learned about proper budgeting. According to Who What Wear via Pete the Planner, 5% of your take home pay can be allocated to your clothing budget. I won’t tell what I earn, but I am going set myself a $100 per month clothing budget, which is less than 5% of my take home.
As for beauty products, I am going to only replace items once I have completely run out of them. Those 5 bottles of facial cleansers will eventually all get used, dangit!! Of course, drug store products purchased with coupons/on sale will be preferential. No crazy Sephora spending sprees in the near future for this kid.
So I am setting up a spreadsheet for myself. Every purchase I make in a month will be debited from my $100 budget. If any funds are leftover at the end of the month, they get added to a slush fund for making big ticket purchases (coats, boots, fancy bags etc.). If I go over my budget during the month (and over the slush fund balance) the amount of overage will get deducted from the next month with an extra $25 penalty. Going over will cost me. Since we are halfway through the month, September’s budget is just $50.
Finally, for every piece of new clothing that enters my closet, one piece of old clothing will be tossed or donated.
Going cold turkey was relatively simple. Actually being able to shop, but keeping to a strict budget may prove more difficult. Once an addict, always an addict. When alcoholics or drug addicts go into treatment, one more drink or hit can send them spiraling back into a bad place. I am a bit worried that having a taste of getting new and fabulous things will bring me right back into my old ways.
Keeping up with this blog will, hopefully, keep me honest and keep me on track. I won’t post daily outfit pictures like last year, but I will post a couple outfits a week, some styling and makeup tips, fun links and more playlists and music recommendations. And some time in the near future I will be making the move from Tumblr to my own self-run website. I hope you join me for year two!
Day 365 Outfit: I made it!!! My last day of being shopping free!!! To help mark the occasion in high style, my oldest friend (not in age, in friend years) Marybeth Orlowski (aka MB) came to New Haven to take some profesh looking shots of me at East Rock Park in New Haven. Isn’t she crazy talented?! Go pro, girl! We had such a perfect afternoon laughing and reminiscing.
Speaking of reminiscing, here are some things that I learned this year:
Thank you all for putting up with my daily outfits (the good, the bad and the meh) and for following along as I worked on bettering myself. I will be a shopping addict forever – my addiction is no different than others. However this year I took great strides in getting it under control. I’ll reveal my plan a bit later tonight that outlines how I will keep this positive progress going as I slowly reintroduce shopping back into my life. Year two starts tomorrow!
Dress & Pearls – LOFT, Leggings – Target, Shoes – Keds, Top – Old Navy, Bracelet & Ring – Lia Sophia, Sunnies – Opening Ceremony, Bag & Scarf – 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target - This whole idea started after my 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target binge, including this Boom scarf, which still had the tags on it before I used it today. In with a Boom and out with a Boom!