I’ve been participating in this little experiment for 5 months now, documenting and publicly sharing all of my non-essential purchases. I have to say, it’s still completely nerve-wracking, much more emotional than you might think. While it’s superficial and materialistic, there is something truly intimate about where we spend our financial resources. It’s one thing to highlight a roundup of my favorite sweaters from across the world wide web, but it’s quite another to show you which sweater made it into my closet because of the swipe of my credit card. Sharing my priorities when it comes to make-up, music, fashion, bakeware and home accessories sets me up as an easy target for many things, the scariest of which is judgement.
But it’s worth it. This level of vulnerability is something I aspire to continue to bring more to this Modern Eve. And this monthly exercise forces me to be mindful of my consumption. I really should include ‘What I would have bought if I didn’t have to share it’ as a fourth category in addition to ‘What I purchased’, ‘What I was gifted’ and ‘What I bought and returned’. For every thing I am buying, there are three that I am convicted not to buy. And that, my friends, is a great thing.
Many of my December purchases I can justify under the pretense of Christmas prep… stockings for the cats, a mini bundt cake pan (to make gifts for neighbors and good friends), poinsettias, champagne glasses, a gold foiled top to wear to casual Christmas parties, Dave Barnes’ A Very Merry Christmas. Unnecessary, sure. But, justified under the pretense of celebrating my favorite holiday. I have no regrets.
Several of the other purchases came as a result of my sister-in-law’s wedding on December 29th. I needed a pair of gold heels to wear with my bridesmaid dress; and while I have plenty of dresses I could wear for the rehearsal dinner, I used this as an excuse to buy a gorgeous emerald number on sale from Alice + Olivia.
Any other month I’d have only minor guilt about my purchases listed below. But considering this month was December and I received a generous amount of Christmas gifts from friends, family and colleagues, I feel a slightly overindulged and spoiled. And grateful, very grateful.
What I bought in December :: Glass pillar candle coasters (2) // Mini cable knit stockings for Chloe & Goliath // Mini bundt cake pan from Williams-Sonoma // Sheepskin rugs (2), fake poinsettias (3), champagne glasses (12) and wall sconces (2) from Ikea // Doormat and DwellStudio Urchin Objet from Wayfair // 8×11 Rug Pad // Gold Kate Spade heels on sale at Amazon.com // Foil sweater on sale from JCPenney (large) // Alice + Olivia Reid Cross Back Dress on sale from Neiman Marcus // Bobbie Brown ‘Heather’ eyeshadow // Dior ‘Diorshow’ in black // MAC ‘Studio Fix Powder // Dave Barnes A Very Merry Christmas CD on iTunes // Ellie Goulding Halcyon CD on iTunes // New battery for iPhone (2 months out of warranty) // Seven, an Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker
What I was gifted in December & for Christmas :: Capri Blue candles // Mercury glass Christmas tree, picture frame and 3 lb hand weights from T.J. Maxx (via Marshalls gift card) // Massi bracelet // Pencils from Elva Fields via Moderne Press // Rug from Rugs USA // Zoe Karssen top from The Outnet // Bell // XEN-TAN Perfect Blend, Scent Secure and Absolute Gold // Sophia Bag in emerald from Cuore and Pelle // Three Dots Tee // Electric cocktail mixer // Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn // Rubie Green accessories bag // Hue Thermal Striped Pajamas // Black & White by Celerie Kemble // Spa Nordstrom gift certificate // Converse Hoodie from Target (men’s small) // Wooden spoons // Onion goggles // AUVIO Expandable Bluetooth Speaker // VISA and American Express gift cards // Sonicare toothbrush // Plastic spoons // Wooden mushroom box // Martha Stewart party crafting template // Wacom Bamboo Create // Riedel Vinum Water Glasses // Towle Arctic 20-piece flatware set // Libbey Just Dessert 25-piece dessert serving set // Drybar Blowout certificate
Things I bought and returned in December :: Kate Spade dress and cardigan from Neiman Marcus (borrowed for Christmas card photoshoot)
*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.
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