Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Utility Jacket & Shopping Anxiety

Hello and good day. Georgia is getting much needed rain this week, though it seems to have stopped for now. Even still the grey pallor hangs in the air, leaving one with the desire to stay inside and snuggle up with a book, or in my case a laptop. 

While we're on the topic of rain, I feel I should mention that I sill don't own a pair of rain boots. How do I even call myself a blogger? And what kind of blogger waits 2 to 3 years to get an amazing, trendy utility jacket? Maybe that's why I consider myself more of a lifestyle blogger than a fashion blogger. Besides the fact that I'm far too ADD to stick to one thing, I have brain-fog issues when it comes to shopping if I don't stick to my list. 

We know there is no shortage of beautiful pieces of jewelry, fabulous shoes, purse styles and colors, and the list goes on!! In a nutshell: choices. There is no shortage of choices! And one decision made often leads to the making of another decision. Wouldn't it be nice to have another purple accessory to go with these purples shoes I'm trying on?? Unless of course were talking staples or basics.  My indecisive nature can't handle it, which is why I love being surprised when being presented with a gift. I don't want the stress of choosing. This happens in a matter of seconds...
  • What if there is another color that will suit my overall wardrobe better? 
  • How much bang for my buck will I get with this item? 
  • If I get it will I need to get other items to make it work?
  • Do I "need" it? Ick! Hate that question the most. 
  • Will this get marked down more if I wait or will another store have a better one with a better price??
  • Wait, what about that item? Which one? Which one? Which one?????

My pulse goes up as the swirl of questions clamor around my brain until I flee from the store, weighted down with stress from a "bad" purchase or frustrated that I wasted so much time and came out with nothing. Anyone share in the shopping anxiety with? Anyone?  Hopefully, this sheds some light on why I still don't have that "perfect" pair of rain boots and why I'm not even sure about this jacket!!!! Funny, this is not an issue when I'm helping a friend select something. I'm all..."yes to that" and "no way to this". I should go to counseling. Get them to explain this to me. ;)

Let me bring it down a notch and comfort us both by stating that I'm not like this all the time. I think it's the fab sales of the season that put me in a tizzy, while bringing out those anxiety flare ups. Now I will take a deep breath and say this out loud. 

From this time forth I shall research well, consult my list, remain powerfully focused and controlled. I shall forget about better deals that may or may not exist elsewhere, and be confident in my preparation. In addition, I shall focus on what truly matters and it sure isn't stuff.

There. That's better, right? Let's see how I do.  In meantime, how to you handle the sales of the season? OH! What do you think of how this jacket fits? Is it a keeper?

Outfit Breakdown:

Somewhat Squashed Hat: Altar'd state clearance
To Keep or Not Keep Utility Jacket: the GAP (scored a super deal, sold out online)
Polka Dot Top: LOFT
Jeans: Judy Blue Exact and More
Necklace, Watch & Bracelets: Premier Designs (Online Catalog - contact me for great deals this week and next!)

I think that's enough for today. ;) Thank you for reading and please tell me - jacket or no jacket??



  1. Sometimes I feel like I have to buy things because other bloggers are wearing them; then I realize I really don't even like the item. That's how I feel about Hunter boots. Every blogger on the planet has them so I was tempted to buy a pair. But, I really think they are ugly and do I really need rain boots? No. So I didn't buy them. As for the utility jacket, I bought two one more fitted and one loose. I rarely wear them, the color doesn't look right on me and I feel kinda sloppy in the looser one when I wear it. But I have found the looser style great for traveling when we spend a lot of time hiking outdoors. I guess what I'm saying is, don't jump on a blogging trend if you really don't like it or don't think you'll get a lot of use out of it. I do like the fit and structure of your utility jacket, if you think you'll wear it enough, keep it!

    1. Your comment made me smile, especially when I read that you think Hunter rain boots are ugly. You're right. When you look at enough blogs with a particular item, you do begin to feel like you should own that item as well. Though I've begun to consider how this may begin to make us all look alike. In fact, today I was scrolling through pinterest and felt like I kept seeing the same outfits over and over again. Thank you for the encouragement and validation!

  2. I think you look great in the utility jacket!!! I totally know the feeling you described though - those same questions run through my mind as well! I have a utility jacket similar to yours that I haven't worn yet...you're totally inspiring me to try it out now!

    Sarah Bell
    Trendy & Tidy

    1. Sarah, I'm relieved to know I'm not alone or crazy. ;) Please post how you style your jacket. I'd love to see!

  3. You are just cute as can be in this outfit. I love the polka dots, hat and utility jacket together!


    1. Awww, thank you Carrie! And thank you for visiting the blog. :) This is my favorite part of blogging...

  4. I don't own a pair of reainboots either! Weid right because I feel like I should have a pair of Hunters like every other chick on the block but I am just waiting for the desire to become a dire necessity. Would love if you can link up to http://the-wardrobe-stylist.com/2016/11/27/best-gifts-for-guys

    1. Yay! I'm just glad to know that I'm not alone. Every once in awhile I get sucked in to the feeling that I need something from every trend, but thankfully I get ahold of myself! I'd love to link up. Thank you. :)


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