How I Shop
Something I get asked about frequently is how and where I shop, so I thought I'd clear it all up in a blog post. I do about 95% of my shopping online, and if you're curious about which stores specifically, I've added a list of my favorite retailers to my sidebar. I'm too accustomed to living in a digital world and have very little patience for combing through racks, waiting in lines, or trying on clothes in dressing rooms anymore, though I do make the occasional shopping trip to return stuff and get an almond pretzel from Auntie Anne's ;).
I generally sign up for all of my favorite stores' mailing lists and let them market to me. There are some stores, like Zara and Pixie Market, that I like to check every time they have new arrivals. For other stores, like ASOS and Forever 21, they have way too much volume of merchandise to keep up with, and I'll only check out their site if I'm looking for something specific, or if I'm intrigued by their marketing/lookbook images or any promotions they might be running. Whenever I see an item I like, I usually don't buy right away (unless it's on sale, might sell out soon, or I REALLY like it). Usually, I'll bookmark an item via Pinterest or I'll file it away into one of my "curated finds" lists (for example, my shoppable list for Spring/Summer here). Often times, after a few days have passed, I'll find that I'm not really interested in buying that item anymore, or conversely, I'll find that I still really want it. Or I'll find that I only kind of want it--that it would only be worth buying if I can get a better price. I like to think that patience is a virtue when it comes to shopping, so I always try to wait a few days or even a few weeks if I can, to cut down on impulse buying and regret. It also gives me an opportunity to get the best price and take advantage of any potential price drops or promotions (free shipping!) the retailer might run.
Organizing everything I like and being able to see it on a single page also helps me get a sense of what trends and colors I'm really loving for a particular season. It helps me figure out what items I might wear together, and what might not work well in my wardrobe, if something I bookmarked sticks out like a sore thumb. I've heard of sites like Shopstyle, Lyst, or Polyvore that could potentially help you shop and organize your wishlist, but I've never given them a try. Do you use any of these? Share any shopping secrets you have below!
Anyway, that brings me to this skirt. I really love a nice dusty pink, so when I saw it during my weekly perusal of Missguided's new arrivals, it was instant love. So much so, that I paid full price for it (it was only $30 but it's on sale for $10 now...) and even paid for shipping (I normally always try to buy enough to get the free shipping but there was nothing else I wanted at that time). I don't regret it because sometimes sizes on Missguided will sell out quickly and you just never know. Anyways, it is hard to feel regret when it's looking so good with this beautiful spring we are having. It is seriously one of most beautiful springs I can ever remember: mild(ish) weather, a bit of rain, and tons of blooming flowers! Hope you all have a great day.
Black lace-up top, Free People (just picked up the same top in white on sale here!) Faux-suede wrap skirt, Missguided. Fringed cardigan, LA Made. Lace-up mid-heel sandals, Public Desire.