Back to Basics.

I’ve been quiet because I’m not shopping much anymore. I’ve ditched 99% of the fashion and beauty blogs that I used to read. I’m no longer “lusting after” a piece of clothing or handbag, “cultivating a capsule,” or researching the latest “must-have” boots. I don’t know if I have all my wardrobe staples and I don’t have a plan of attack for spring shopping.

I’ve shed that skin.

I’m back to tees and cardigans. I shop when I need something. I haven’t shopped just for fun in months. Last week, I decided I wanted another pair of leggings, so I shopped for leggings. Last month, I was fed up with my ridiculous stash of trendy 3/4-lengh sleeved tops, so I shopped for proper winter attire. As I tried things on, I wasn’t wondering how I can jazz them up to look more put-together. I wasn’t thinking of blazers, jackets, and scarves. I just wanted comfort and a flattering fit, and I found it. Getting dressed is so much less complicated now. I’m no longer trying to style myself based on an impossible, photoshopped ideal.

Though I do still have fun when I shop! I really enjoy it, and easily spend a few hours without noticing the time pass (many apologies to my husband!). I’m just glad that it’s no longer my favorite pastime. Though I haven’t figured out how to use all my newfound time well.

Oh, and did I mention I adopted a cat?? She’s the best cat I can possibly imagine ever knowing. My boys adore her. We’re all doing very well.

3 thoughts on “Back to Basics.

  1. maa says:

    What do you think accounts for the change? You make it sound easy. What shifted in your perspective?

  2. Cristina says:

    It was a direct result of the discoveries I wrote about in my last two posts, and yes, it was that easy. Once I realized everything was staged and fake, it’s as though the scales fell off my eyes. I knew right away that I didn’t want to be fake, and I didn’t want to look perfectly put together. It even translated to makeup; I’d been trying to find the foundation that gave me flawless skin. I came close to it, but realized that I didn’t want to look like that all the time. It didn’t feel genuine. My husband says I look softer; my outfits no longer have angles and edges and flaps. Ha!

  3. Nikki says:

    Hi Cristina,
    Happy new year! So pleased to read this update. Really delighted for you. Sounds like you’ve well & truly popped that shopping addiction bubble – well done! It must feel so freeing! Hope you find a wonderful new non-shopping-related creative outlet for your new-found freetime.
    Warmest wishes, Nikki.

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