Spending freeze

April was a pretty indulgent month, and after reviewing my purchases, I've decided that May needs to be a no shopping month. This is for clothes, as well as my other weakness, housewares. I asked Sean to get on board with me as well, since he can be just as guilty of buying two pairs of shoes in a month as I.

I know not shopping is going to be a challenge for me... there are endless temptations. The first thing I did this morning was unsubscribe from all stores who send me emails, and turn off all my saved ebay searches. I also need to stay away from places like TJMaxx and Target. Anything that catches my fancy I'll save to a wishlist for later reassessment in June! I know I really, truly don't need anything, but shopping is what I do for fun, for therapy, and for social engagements. I'm going to need the support to not shop from those who I often rely on to be my enablers.

This month I'd also like to try and get back on track with my blogging, lately I've had too many nights of staying up late just trying to get my post ready for the next day. I can't say I'm off to the greatest of starts either, but I did get the bulk of my un-edited photos taken care of and uploaded.

I can't believe it's May already and just one month before my trip to California! That is correct, I can not make any purchases this month under the justification that I need them for my trip. Lord help me!

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The Rundown
Blush Silk Blouse Max Studio via TJMaxx similar
White Jeans Old Navy
Jacket Kohl's similar
Silver Pumps Kate Spade via Coco's similar similar
Micro Perry Satchel Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop
Turquoise Necklace Gift similar
Pave Toggle Bracelet Banana Republic similar
Knot Ring c/o Emitations similar
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx


  1. I love all the soft colors and good luck with your shopping freeze!

  2. You have much better control than I do to put yourself on a freeze :) And I just love the colors of this look! Gorgeous, as always.


    La Joie de Vivre

  3. Not making any purchases that are justified as things needed for a trip is a big challenge - but I believe in you. As someone who has done spending freezes both successfully and unsuccessfully, I can honestly say that the thing that makes the biggest difference is just staying away from stores and really riding out the "craving" for something new you've fallen in love with. If you still love it in a week, it might be a justifiable purchase and, if you do, chances are it will still be available in a month. And honestly, you have such an amazing wardrobe, you'll have all kinds of things to choose from when putting together outfits, even if you aren't spending!

  4. So funny you talk about this because I was thinking the same thing this morning. I bought way too much stuff in April--I blame the gift cards that my bosses keep giving me (not that I'm complaining . . .). I have more than enough new stuff to take me into summer. So if it helps, I will be on a no shop May with you in spirit. Good luck!

  5. Such a pretty look! I love the blazer!
    And yep, I will help you not shop this month! You have to help me too, haha...

  6. Good for you to make that resolution and good luck! That jacket is stunning with the blush blouse! Love that combo!

  7. So pretty!
    the bag is cute..

  8. I've been awful with shopping this month (I think I need a May spending freeze as well). At least you have an exciting trip to look forward to!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  9. Gosh, I can so relate. I have so many wonderful things already in my closet, but I just love clothes, so it's hard not to add this & that!!
    This jacket is a beautiful piece---maybe you could do a couple days of just styling it? I love it!!

  10. good luck on the shopping ban, you can do it! Love this neutral look and I'm so jealous of your Cali trip :) I love it there.


  11. The soft colors in this look... LOVE. Good luck with your no spend May! Great idea to have Sean do it with you, that will make it easier to be able to hold each other accountable.

  12. I had a "spending freeze" in April and it was surprisingly easy! The most important thing is trying to avoid online shopping since it's so easy to get sucked into the sales! Unsubscribing from the sale emails is a great idea, I should try that to limit my spending this month!
    An Unblurred Lady

  13. This is so great! Good luck on your shopping hiatus. I need to do the same! LOVE that jacket!

    xx Leah / www.eatpraywearlove.com

  14. You've got this, Lyddie! When you feel the urge to shop, just do something else like... baking cookies, or walking your dog! I know you can do it! You're a tough woman!! <3

  15. I Love the pastels and you rock that tweed jacket. Good luck on the shopping freeze. . .you can do it!

  16. I have been avoiding Target because I always end up with clothes in my cart. I was there today and a top fell in my cart but I resisted and put it away. Good luck on your no spend this month!


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  17. No shopping for a month? Maybe it's not that hard, read some books instead, you can surely resist the temptation!

  18. Best of luck with your no shopping month...that is so hard! I love your blazer, and that blush top is so pretty!

  19. Good luck on your no-shopping challenge, sweetie! Also, your silk blouse is swoon-worthy. Kisses

  20. necessity is the mother of invention and in this case fab new outfits from our existing wardrobes! you look so awesome!


  21. you look lovely! and I feel you about purchasing things you definitely need for a trip, I'm you shoes right now (thankfully only 5 days to go)

    Inside and Outside Blog

  22. Love the neutrals! This is such a pretty look! Good luck with your spending freeze!

    Doused In Pink

  23. Well, good luck !
    I can suggest you try editing your closet, going to the movies (just the movies, avoid the mall), leaving your credit card at home, having people over, cooking, setting up dinners with friends, taking your car to the shop, gardening.. that's pretty much I made it through 6 months of not shopping a few years back.
    How cool you're going to CA ! Are you going for vacations ? Where to ?