Ban Week 19: $15.50 Spent on …

… weeeelllll I actually spent week 20’s allotment during week 19. I know, I know, I know. However since I am writing this post during week 21, I can assure you that I spent not one thin dime during week 20. No cheating, just pre-spending.

I allowed myself to bend the rules during week 19 because I knew I’d be trapped in the house writing all weekend during week 20. And sure enough, I was. Not a moment to shop, and not a penny to spend. My guilt is minimal. So let’s see the goods, eh?

The first acquisition was this lovely:

Black cowl neck sweater
$11.50 on eBay
Fulfills: Black cowl neck sweater (!)

I have a black cashmere cowl neck that is getting a TON of wear this winter because it’s the perfect top to pair with so many of my fun skirts. I love it to pieces, and was worried that I’d literally love it to pieces before its time, so I spent ages looking for a backup. The thrift stores failed me, so I turned to eBay. This Ralph Lauren number is an merino/angora/cashmere blend and fits perfectly – a bit loose and boxy, but not oversized and formless. Superscore.

Husband Mike will be showing his photos at a hospital in Hudson, Wisconsin, during this coming summer so we drove over there to check out the space. And no trip to Hudson is complete without a costume jewelry run at Abigail Page Antique Mall.

Two extremely long silvertone chains
$2 and $2.50 at Abigail Page Antique Mall
Fulfills: Ummmm.

I have several of these long jobbers and I adore them, mainly for necklace layering. These two are nice and heavy, and look great doubled up as well as worn long.

Rhinestone sweater clip
$4 Abigail Page Antique Mall
Fulfills: Double ummmm.

Yeah, I know sweater clips are meant to hold your cardi in place when it’s draped over your shoulders but that’s just not how I roll. I think this one looks cute worn like this, and have plans to experiment with it a bit … maybe wear as a brooch or in conjunction with a brooch cluster. We shall see!

Giant wood and resin necklace
$6 Abigail Page Antique Mall
Fulfills: Never enough statement necklaces

It’s hard for me to express in words how pleased I am to have landed this necklace. I love branch-y looking pieces, but some of them look too much like spiked dog collars on me. This one is perfect. PERFECT! I have already worn it once, and am busily building outfits around it as I type.

So, I had $15.50 to spend and spent $26 – spending the coming week’s $10 and an additional $0.50 which came out of my weekly food allowance. And it could definitely be argued that the jewelry purchases were unnecessary. But, ya know, we were in Hudson and I just wanted to shop. So I did. Do you sense some slightly bratty defiance? Yeah, sorry ’bout that.

So there won’t be any show-and-tell next week. If you guys want to hit me with some questions about the ban, I’d be happy to tackle those for the week 20 update!

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YOU HEARD ME, PEOPLE. And I don’t mean that I’m donating footwear from my own overflowing collection. Nope, you can pick out your own brand new pair of shoes from, should you be the lucky winner of this contest! Here’s what you’ve gotta do:

  1. Be a resident of the lower 48 states (SO sorry, global readers! And Hawaiians and Alaskans!)

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The winner will be selected at random and announced on Tuesday, February 24, 2009. BIG TIME thanks to Danielle at Solestruck for making this contest possible. Good luck to all!

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About Me

I give a lot of advice in this blog. I issue commands and get preachy and trumpet my opinions about behavior and thought processes and self-image and kindness and lots of other important stuff. And because that puts me in a position of assumed authority, I want to make a few things clear.

I am human, just like you. And that means that just because I command you to love yourself doesn’t mean that I love MYSELF every moment of every day. Practicing what you preach is extremely important … but practicing what you preach about positive self-image is also extremely difficult.

I write about body image because I struggle with it. And I mean DAILY, people. So if I post about loving yourself, I’m asking you to aspire as I aspire. I don’t actually expect you to pull it off every single day because I know it’s hard and personal and fluctuating and a lifelong battle. I can’t pull it off every single day either. And if I post about hating myself, I am not being hypocritical: I’m just being honest.

I don’t hate myself, though. I am learning to love myself tenderly and fully and in ways that I never imagined possible, and almost all of that is due to this blog. You’re helping me just as I may (or may not) be helping you. Nevertheless, I am a work in progress. Imperfect and prone to setbacks. I accept that about myself, and I trust you to do the same.

Additionally, you should be aware that I clown. I took myself too seriously for too long, and have only recently learned to laugh at myself. I enjoy having a nice, cathartic, public chuckle at my own bizarre human tendencies, and I do so with affection, and I hope that is always clear. I am funny and quirky and I like to talk about that. I will make fun of myself in this space, and I will laugh right along with you at how goofy I can be. And there’s a world of difference between that and self-loathing.

I am always amazed and elated to hear that people find my advice helpful and my edicts valuable. I want nothing more than to dedicate my life to helping women love themselves, and am moving swiftly down that path. But my advice comes from personal experience and observation, and is NOT infallible.

And, even more importantly, I am NOT a perfect person who follows her own advice to the letter every single day of her life. I try. I try with all my might. And just like you, sometimes I fail.

And that is 100% fine. For the both of us.

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