Why I Want to Stop Shopping… For Now

I know this probably seems like a strange post – particularly seeing as a large part of fashion blogging is well… showcasing lots of new clothing. However, over the past few months I’ve noticed that I was making purchases “just because,” and although this might sound weird, I was literally beginning to feel sick.

I would purchase something that I absolutely loved and felt so content in that moment, then just hours later I would browse on the internet and begin to want something else. I’d shop one weekend and promise myself that was it, only to end up at more stores the following weekend. Not only was this beginning to dig a whole in my pocket, but it was also starting to make me feel very greedy and ungrateful.

As we all know, there’s been so many tragic things happening in this nation and around the world, that it just feels so wrong to always think about how cute a certain top is, or which pair of boots I “need” this season, you know?

Now, that’s not to say I won’t buy anything else for the time being; it’s to say that I want to refocus my attention on things that actually matter, and not be so gluttonous. I know that for many fashion bloggers we feel this perpetual need to keep up with the latest trends, but there’s more efficient ways of doing so. For example, instead of wanting to buy the entire fall lineup at LOFT, I can pick a handful of pieces that can easily be worn in different ways, and pieces that I know I will wear often. In other words – pieces that serve a greater purpose than just performing well on Instagram.

And yes, I know this will be super hard, and I most likely will have slips up on occasion. I’ll also continue to browse because it’s just fun for me to look. But for now, I think my money and time can be directed towards better causes, such as donating to Hurricane, California fire’s or Las Vegas victims.

Alright, end rant.

If you’re still into shopping, you can shop the items in this post below 😉

Top:  LOFT // Jeans: GAP // Purse: Old Navy (old, identical) // Mules: Kenneth Cole // Earrings: Nordstrom (old, similar)

Photos by Katie Niemiec

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  1. 10.19.17
    Amy Arnold said:

    I have days where I feel this exact same way. Good luck!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • 10.22.17
      Lauren O. said:

      I know, right!? Thanks so much, Amy! I’ll need it LOL.

  2. 10.18.17
    Chloe said:

    I’ve been feeling the same way! Although i want to shop I should definitely cut back. But it’s so hard because I want to talk about new pieces. Now I’m mostly waiting for those Black Friday sales to hit so I don’t make a dent in my savings too! 🙂

    xo, Chloe // https://funinthecloset.com/boho-babes-fall-transitions/

    • 10.18.17
      Lauren O. said:

      Thanks so much for the comment, Chloe! And I totally understand where you’re coming from – I feel the same way, and don’t think it makes sense to stop shopping all together, but just being more conscious of my purchases and whether I need them… a few now and again doesn’t hurt 🙂 And amen to Black Friday! Hoping I don’t go crazy when that comes around! LOL

  3. 10.18.17

    I’ve been going through this exact same thought process, Lauren! I realized a couple months ago I was starting to buy things on a whim and buying too many things. I started cleaning out my closet and felt like I got a pit in my stomach at all the things I had. I’ve been trying to be more conscious about what I buy and not even browse on some of my favorite websites (because I am too easily temped haha). I loved reading this post, and you’re inspiring me to stay strong!

    Baubles to Bubbles

    • 10.18.17
      Lauren O. said:

      Thanks so much for this comment, Olivia! I’m so happy to know that I’m not the only who feels this way. And I completely agree with you… I was just buying things on a whim, and they were things I didn’t even need. Also so glad that I can serve as a bit of inspiration, and thrilled we’re on this journey together 🙂 Hope you’ve been doing well!

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