Purchase History: August 2012

Those of you that follow me well know that I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching recently. There’s been a lot of reconciling, prioritizing and purging in my life. Good stuff. Great stuff. The stuff that brings meaning, clarity and peace. In effect, I’m growing up. Or so it feels. With that, I feel an increasing responsibility to represent myself in a true and accurate light here on Modern Eve. I want to let y’all in; to get more personal.

One of things that has been weighing on my heart recently is the false idol of materialism. It’s plain to see that I struggle with it. I mean, come on, I write a fashion / lifestyle blog. I have a sincere and well-meaning appreciation for beautiful things — things that are smart, well-designed and earnestly crafted. I’m drawn to things that make my life more efficient, that allow me to better express myself and encourage self-growth and learning. But sometimes my ‘like’ of things can be a little too much. I can stray from the aforementioned / healthier reasons for buying things and swipe my credit card based on compulsion, jealousy and insecurity. I can extend my budget buying things that either end up in the trash (lack of quality) or at our annual garage sale (lack of true love). I deeply want to cut down on those purchases.

Mindful consumption. It’s a concept I’ve been trying to weave intimately into my life. Buy less. Buy only what I need, what I love and what’s in the budget. It shouldn’t be hard, folks, but if I’m being honest, it is. So, I’ve decided to take cue from one my favorite bloggers, Joslyn from Simple Lovely, and document and publicly share my monthly purchases. The accountability will be good for me. And hopefully the increased transparency and confession will encourage you, my readers.

So, here it goes… here is my Purchase History for August 2012. This includes all clothing, accessories, home decór, craft supplies, make-up etc. This list does not include food, toiletries, household cleaning supplies, gifts, items for Husband, bills, fees for personal services, travel expenses or business expenses.

What I bought in August :: Black hexagon stud earrings on Etsy // Ankle zip legging jeans from Gap in tropic green (30% off) // Gap tee (on clearance + 30% off) // Smoking flat in leopard from Mossimo, Target // Striped tank from Mossimo, Target (on clearance) // Black shape-wear from Target (needed to wear with a dress) // Kendra Scott Rayne necklace (50% off because it was my birthday month) // Drop-waist dress from LOFT (on sale) // Vince Camuto Beenie boots (bought at Dillards) // Black and white tanks from Nordstrom BP // Green snake-skin sleeveless blouse from Nordstrom BP // Black and cream blouse from T.J.Maxx // Black and orange paper straws from T.J.Maxx // Yoga towel from Lululemon // Glue gun, glue sticks and blue gingham tissue paper from Michaels // Glass butter dish, plastic pasta storage box and magazine file holder from The Container Store // The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp // Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman // Love Poems by Pablo Neruda // We are So Good Together print from 20×200 (bought art credit on Gilt City) // InStyle Magazine September issue // M.A.C powder // Chanel nail polish in Frenzy

And because, mindful consumption isn’t just about my purchases, but about minimizing possessions, I am also going to share some of the items I have been gifted from friends, family and brands. August was my birthday month, so this list is a lot longer than I expect it to be typically.

What I was gifted in August :: Scarf from Nordstrom BP // Gold star earrings on Etsy // A beautiful orchid // Nikkor 50mm camera lens // Small plate and dish from Anthropologie // Kate Spade notepad // CLARISONIC Mia // Lo & Sons O.G. bag // Lo & Sons The Melrose camera bag // Glimpse skin care products


Wow, there it is. Honestly, I thought it would be a lot less, which is exactly why I need to do this new column. Thankfully I don’t yet regret any of those purchases. Except maybe that stupid shape-wear. I was unhappy that I needed it in the first place. We’re already half-way through September and my purchase list is much shorter, which I feel really good about. Looking forward to sharing with y’all here in a couple of weeks. Stay strong, Katie. A little self-talk might be necessary.

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  • http://twitter.com/PPFGirl PennyPincherFashion

    Really love this post and your honesty here. Being a “budget” blog, I recently started sharing my purchases too – the accountability definitely helps and I’ve found that my readers love to see what deals I’ve scored as it assists them in locating things/sales they may not have known about. :)

  • Jocelyn

    Great idea… great post!!

  • hiding my identity for now

    wow this is a great post.. however, made me sad as I am struggling with how I never get to buy myself anything. going thru alot myself but on how I feel like in my relationships I get taken advantage of and always put others before me. I am going to write down what I buy myself or receive for September. I literally have not step foot into a clothing store for the past 6 months at least. Very difficult in a strange selfish way to see what you do for yourself and how I never do anything for me.

    • http://modern-eve.com Katie Anderson

      Hi Anon,

      It breaks my heart that my post made you sad and that you’re in a difficult place right now. Obviously I don’t know the details of your situation / relationships, but I hate the idea of you getting taken advantage of. There’s such a fine balance between over-indulgence and self-deprecation. In no way shape or form do I believe that material possessions are a solution, especially when they are outside of one’s financial means, but I also think there can be something unhealthy with complete self-denial. I encourage you to take first steps by doing something just for you, even if it doesn’t cost a lot money. Take an afternoon walking in the park, read a favorite book, treat yourself to a long bath — whatever feeds your soul. If you’d like to talk more, you are welcome to email me at katie (at) modern-eve (dot) com. I don’t promise any wisdom, but I’m willing to listen.


      • http://twitter.com/HilaryInspired Hilary Walker

        Lovely response, Katie, and I heartily agree!

  • http://www.fabulouskblog.com Kelly

    This is such a great post, Katie. And so smart. I am totally with you on buying stuff I don’t need. We’re constantly stimulated by all the things we see on blogs, which definitely equals overspending. I think this is a way to keep yourself in check…Love it.

  • Amanda

    Hey Katie! I too have been thinking about this and I think I need to document my purchases as well. Thanks for the reminder ;)

  • tomorrowtodayblog

    i love this and am excited to follow along! i recently started blogging and have found that it makes me want, want, want and that is not a good thing! i’ve been ok so far but i can definitely be better… you will probably enjoy this: http://www.ted.com/talks/graham_hill_less_stuff_more_happiness.html

    • http://modern-eve.com Katie Anderson

      I have seen that talk and I DO love it. Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention again.

  • http://www.sweetandspark.com/ sweet & spark

    So nice meeting you at IFB a few weeks back. Love this post! I’m a true believer of what I like to call “work with whatcha already got”. I’m taking a creative hiatus from the 9-5 grind and that has forced me to be more mindful about my money. It’s amazing what you really don’t need! Just because we’re fashion bloggers doesn’t mean we have to buy new stuff all the time! I’m still happy (if not happier) spending my time on things that are more meaningful. xx!

    • http://modern-eve.com Katie Anderson

      You’re so right. I have so much junk that I absolutely do not need. I’ve been going from room to room clearing out stuff. It feel so good to purge!

  • dancingwithashley

    I bought the same flats and love them!

    Also, the Twyla Tharp book is one of my favorites. I read it over and over!

  • Christine

    Great idea! I love the honesty. Holding yourself accountable is so important–I should try this, too.

  • http://twitter.com/misstweediebird Miss Tweedie Bird

    Love you honestly! I think it’s amazing you are willing to open up and be accountable for your actions. I think I need to try this too, I am always thinking about things to buy. never being content with what I have. I need to try the art of I am enough, I have everything I need!

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