Ifs, ands, or buts

I must confess, I spend an awful lot of time thinking about shopping.

My mind is constantly thinking about what I want to buy next. Between the steady stream of extraordinarily fashionable bloggers in my feed always making me think "My life is not complete without _____!", ebay saved searches popping up every night with temptations (I should probably turn those off),  the daily onslaught of emails from Gap, J.Crew, Kate Spade and every other online retailer under the sun, combined with my tendencies to want to "just take a quick peek" inside the thrift stores, not buying stuff is no easy task.

Just saying.

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The Rundown
Ampersand Tee Madewell via ebay
Striped Blazer Loft
Jeans Old Navy
Turquoise Sandals Frye similar
Grayson Bar Bag Linea Pelle
Mini Punk Princess Bracelet CC Skye c/o Linger Rose
Opal Ring T Tahari
Gold Ring Thrifted similar
Sunglasses "Eco" c/o Polette


  1. You look fabulous in that blazer. The temptation to shop is so strong- the area where I work is full of great shops. In fact, I broke my spending ban yesterday because J. Crew was having an extra 40% off sale items sale. Woops!

  2. I spend way too much thinking about and actually shopping. When I have to say what I love to do in interviews....I feel bad but it's always shopping. I need to work on it.

  3. Every time I say I'm not going to shop I get one of those email sale alerts and get sucked right back in!! Super chic look Lydia, love the blazer.

  4. Oh I feel the same way! I had to unsubscribe from a bunch of those sale emails because it was just too tempting.

    The Tiny Heart

  5. That top is so cute! :D And I know, I just cant get my mind of shopping, not good!! XD
    Although I'm getting pretty good at resisting buying things, haha

  6. beautiful love! stop by my blog at www.loveolia.com!

  7. YEP!!! I haven't shopped in FOREVER it feels. Now that I'm trying to adjust to getting back to my old body, I have felt the shopping bug coming on. After all, I should pick out a few things for the transition to make myself feel better right? Love the striped jacket!

  8. It's so hard to shop (or not shop) and stay on budget. There are times when I love everything in stores and I want to buy it all! Seriously love that ampersand tee!

  9. I keep telling myself I am going to unsubscribe to all the "store promo" emails I get haha but I never do :) O well!! You are looking fab--love that madewell top!


  10. I feel ya! I turned off my ebay saved searched notifications and all my gap, kate spade, j.crew etc all goes to a particular folder now so that I don't see them every day. Some how I still end up purchasing things though... online shopping is my favorite.

  11. I need a striped blazer in my life!! So versatile and flattering!


  12. awesome ebay find... i love the ampersand, particularly paired with stripes! #jealous.


  13. Cute jacket. I love stripes. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)


  14. Haha seems like we have similar minds! Loving that tee! The gold print is perfect with the striped blazer! Too cute!

    <3 Shannon

  15. I've found blogging and reading blogs to be hard on my pocketbook as well. And I've lately unsubscribed from all those pesky emails because the temptation is just too great. I'm trying to get better about it, but I also spend a lot of time thinking about shopping!

  16. I'm glad I'm not the only one who spends all my time thinking about shopping! There's always something else we need to add, isn't there? I'm in the process right now of going through all my clothes (a monumental task, I have LOTS!)and deciding what to keep, what needs to be altered, and what to sell on ebay or elsewhere.
    P.S. If you have suggestions on the best place to sell still-stylish clothes, I'd love to hear.

  17. I feel your pain! Those daily emails are so tempting! Luckily many retailers don't have maternity lines, so I'm able to delete them a bit easier these days!

  18. Boy can I identify! Those alerts get me every time.

    You look incredible! That striped jacket looks amazing with your super cute tee and distressed jeans. Love the pop of color in the shoes.


  19. I think about shopping a lot. I love your shoes.

  20. Great outfit Lydia. I always subscribe to my favorite stores so they can alert me to sales. However, it seems there are sales every week lately. HaHaHa

  21. i LOVE this outfit!! the simple & tee and the blazer is so chic! and i totally know what you mean about always feeling like you need something else in your closet..and so many sales!

    cute & little

  22. I am so with you there. Even when I'm not shopping - and I have been relatively well-behaved, shopping-wise, in the past while (although I've had no choice but to be, since practically everyone I love has a birthday in May and June - it's brutal.) - I'm always thinking about it, pondering the pieces I want next and how I could style them and the fact is that none of them will change my life but there is a certain joy in that process, however silly it may seem. And reading blogs... probably doesn't help. Because even though I already have an ampersand tee, I love yours and would gladly get one for myself!

  23. Ha! I see I am not the only one that has those "sinful" thoughts.
    I just unlisted my email from a few sites.
    Last week I went out to get a jeans overall and I ended up buying a pair of shoes, a shirt and an overall that cost me almost one hundred bucks.
    I still have not dared taken out of the bag because i feel to guilty.

  24. The struggle is seriously real!!! And I am swooning over that blazer!

    Jessie at www.BlushandBlonde.com

  25. I am loving this look! LOVE the green shoes with this blazer!!


  26. Love the blazer and the shoes lyddie!

  27. Love the blazer and the shoes lyddie!

  28. Such a pretty blazer! I bet it makes it easy to focus on clothes since you're still looking for a job, it's easy to fill your time with a hobby. Hoping you find job that's the perfect fit, like your clothes ;)

  29. The tee and the jacket - awesome together!

  30. I love that blazer and graphic tee!! I think it is a woman thing to always "need" to shop! I know I do :)


  31. that jacket is so fantastic! love the shape of it! super cute look!


  32. I love that tee. I have been trying to find a version of it that isn't pricey!

  33. Love the jacket, stripes are so great girlie.

  34. That how my mind work as well. It's somehow nice to know that I'm not alone here. I have been pretty good with shopping lately, but I have to admit the temptation is always there. I know that nothing will change in a big way yet how wonderful is that process.Oh, my!!
    I always love to see you wearing that gorgeous striped blazer and it makes we want to get one for me as well. Since I have soft spot for stripes.

    xoxo Ra


  35. Love the striped coat! I am exactly the same as you with shopping. I buy somethibg then think of what I can get next! I guess that's why we love fashion. As long as we appreciate each item I think it is ok!

  36. I feel your pain....way too many temptations out there!


  37. You look nice!

    ML EDITOR |||

  38. Super vest, like it and nice outfit, pretty shoes love, love.

    Thanks for your comment.
    New post on my blog
    See you soon

  39. Again with that adorable tee! Love it with stripes :)

  40. Seriously, consolidating all of my store emails into one daily email really curbed that impulse to shop. Of course blogs and Instagram are still tempting, especially when a blogger goes and wears an awesome blazer like this one! ;-)

    Bedknobs & Baubles

  41. So true! All the emails and deals are too tempting! You do look great though and ebay saved searches are such enablers!

    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

  42. Your blazer is so incredibly stylish. I totally need one too:) Have a beautiful day, lovely.

  43. I love your style so much! Your blog is totally one of my favs! You look so pretty tho :) Loved specially the jeans. Love xx <3


  44. loving this simple, adorable

  45. Amen! I love everything about this fashion blogging world but it sure does mean I'm always updating my wish list. Love your outfit. The shoes are such a great addition.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  46. That jacket is darling! I was just in Loft too, but I didn't see it. I think about shopping ALL the time too! It gets out of control. But we are bloggers for a reason I suppose ;)

  47. cute sandals!

  48. I can totally relate with you. I spent everyday all day filling up my carts on my favorite online stores. Then I make huuuuge orders, and even when they arrive, I still want to go and buy more... hahaha.

    Looking cute as always btw! Loving the striped blazer :)


  49. Oh gosh...I feel like thinking about shopping is my job. I know all the sales that are going on and what the best prices for items are. I'm afraid of ebay...I just won a gap leopard clutch - my first time bidding and winning an item - and now I might be addicted.
    I absolutely love the striped blazer and tee!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  50. Such a beautiful outfit! Love your style xx