Happy new day! I wanted to share the shoes I added to my collection. The $500 Challenge has motivated me to be more intentional about my purchases as mentioned here in my last post. Therefore, I wanted to add some designer pieces that I could enjoy and get a lot of wear out of... and that would last for quite some time. I brought these shoes last year and a couple at the beginning of 2017. I have not purchased any other shoes this year. I've noticed that the soles wear down very quickly on designer heels so I try not to repeat the same shoe day after day. When I am not wearing these shoes I store them in its original box and dust bag. I haven't resoled any of these but I'm sure I will have to do it in the future.
I love that these heels have a curvaceous silhouette that makes it perfect for all occasions. I chose open toe because the majority of the year I experience warmer temperatures. I plan to purchase the closed toe black pumps as well.
I was a little worried about these shoes because when I get really hot my feet tend to swell and I felt the lace would be too uncomfortable. However overall these sandals are absolutely comfortable and they pair well with all my summer outfits.
Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! I wanted to share a quick tip on how I save money and most importantly time by investing in the clothes I currently have. Last year, when I started the $500 challenge I was inspired to reorganize my closet in a way that could help me save money towards this challenge. At this time, I honestly could have gone a long time without repeating wearing the same clothing. I realized that I had more than enough but I was still accumulating so much more. Therefore, I prayed for clarity in how to stop being wasteful with my clothes and most importantly in all areas of my life.
After my closet makeover I was left with items I truly love to wear, fit properly, and are made of great quality. Now, I don't let any items enter into my closet unless I'm certain the items will coordinate with the clothing I currently have. This ensures that I will definitely wear the item verses it sitting in my closet occupying space. I also love that I don't duplicate buying items I currently have in my closet because I am more aware of what I have now. Basically, my purchases are intentional and it saves me so much time, energy and money.
This floral dress was purchased last year and the length was almost past my knees. I really wanted this item to stay in my summer wardrobe for this year because I love the print. However, I didn't like the fit. I'm 5 '1 so this dress being so long made me look even shorter. One option was to buy another floral dress that fit the way I desired. However, I decided to take it to my tailor and it cost me $16 to get this dress altered to fit properly. Well for that price I feel I could not buy another dress made of this quality for $16. I not only save money but I saved time searching online or in the stores looking for another dress. Our time is one of God's greatest gifts and I would rather use my time in the best way to honor that gift.
As always thank you for reading! Have a blessed week!
Antonio Melani floral sheath dress similar here or here
Jimmy Choo henna pump here
Ralph Lauren cat eye sunglasses here
Happy new day! I want to share a few tips on saving money. It's an amazing feeling when you can love saving just as much as you love spending. When spending is out of control and there is no adequate savings plan in place it creates a cycle of living paycheck to paycheck.
1. Make it automatic! When money has no assignment it becomes dangerous and at risk of being spent. Therefore, once you determine your target savings amount immediately have that amount drafted at a specific date into your savings so you never touch it or see it.
2. Avoid paying interest! The average consumer debt is out of control. The fact is because people have no money saved they are forced to borrow. When you borrow money you become enslaved to the lender until all of it is paid off. When you have money saved the only person you will have to borrow from is yourself.
However, if you do have any debt putting a system together to eliminate that debt very quickly will save you so much in interest. Remember the more you save in interest the more you can save towards financial independence.
3. Last, invest in what you love! When you purchase things on impulse or just because society tells you that you need it then over time it will cost you a lot of money. When you self develop you become aware of the things that truly bring you happiness and are worth you spending money or time on.
Thank you as always for your support! Have a blessed week!
Dress: Anne Klein size 2 (altered) here
Bag: Coach crossbody here
Shoes: Aquazzura Amazon lace up sandals here
Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren cat eye sunglasses Here