Shopping Sabbatical (Part Deux)

Shopping Sabbaticalphoto via Stylizimo

It’s been eight months since I completed my four-day marathon closet purge and things are a mess. Dresses are falling off hangers, blouses are crushed and crinkled, and there’s a pile of jeans in the corner that my dog has chosen as his new crash pad.

I don’t know what fits and what doesn’t and there’s a fair amount of items that still have the tags attached.

All of this means just one thing.

It’s time for a shopping sabbatical.

Last time, I endured a self-imposed 3-month long shopping sabbatical. That’s just ridiculous. Fall fashions are starting to roll out I have no intention of setting myself up for failure.

This time, I’m proposing 30 days of no shopping. No new clothes, shoes, or accessories.

Want to join me? Offer some moral support?

We can all report back with a progress update in September 1st.

P.S. Before our shopping sabbatical officially starts, buy a pair of the most adorable dachshund socks you’ve ever seen! All proceeds go to Austin Pets Alive!

Worthy of the Week

I’m going to be away for the next few weeks so I tried my hardest to make this edition of Worthy of the Week extra juicy. Enjoy!

Worthy of the Week Dachshund in a Tote

Worthy of the Week

Book of the Week

I couldn’t resist pre-ordering Haper Lee’s much anticipated Go Set a Watchman and have spent every spare second of the last three days reading. I’m so nostalgic for the experience of reading To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time, that it could be absolute shit and I’d still be starry eyed.

Fun with Flamingos

It’s official. Flamingos are having a moment. I’ve been on board since I purchased an adorable pink flamingo beach tote from Kate Spade a few years back because it spoke to my Mrs. Roper ambitions so I’m glad to see our feathered friends in the spotlight again.

Here’s a few of my favorite pieces of flamingo paraphernalia (those beach towels will be mine) to inspire you:

Fun with Flamingos1. Gray Malin The Flamingo iPhone 6 case $50
2. pink flamingo pool float $70 (Does everybody and their sister have one by now?)
3. gold flamingo necklace $58
4. Ready to Flamingle PJ set $13
5. flamingo a-line skirt $43 on sale!
6. flamingo beach towels $22 for two!
7. flamingo French terry sweatshirt $35 on sale!
8. Kate Spade strut your stuff flamingo purse $398
9. Flamingo pink sunglasses $12

Pssst…be sure to check out this recent CBS Sunday Morning News feature on the father of the pink flamingos. RIP Don Featherstone.

Worthy of the Week

worthy of the weekI think Ollie exemplifies how we all feel this week.

Worthy of the Week

Book of the Week

Pretty much everyone I follow on Twitter has been raving about The Royal We (or maybe it was just Fug Girls retweeting every raving tweet about the book) and I’m over here all meh about it.

What have you been reading? Anything you’re more than meh about?

Beach Bag Essentials from Target

The weekend doesn’t officially start without a trip to Target to pick up the necessities. This past weekend, that included everything needed to sit by the pool and enjoy the first three consecutive days of sunshine we’ve had this summer.

Tampax Pocket Pearl

I’m no stranger to the aisles of Target, so I whipped my way through beauty, home goods, and accessories (with a short detour through snacks and adult beverages) and was on my way to rest and relaxation in 20 minutes flat.

Summer Essentials Tampax Pocket PearlHere are some of the beach bag essentials I picked up on this week’s trip to Target:

Tampax Pocket Pearl — Aunt Flo doesn’t care what your weekend plans are, so tossing a few tampons in your beach bag is always a good idea. Tampax Pocket Pearl are small and discrete with their colorful wrapper and offer all the protection of Tampax Pearl, including a smooth extendable applicator and Built in Backup™ Braid which channels leaks back into the core.

True story: The last time I was in the Behamas, I paid $20 for a tiny box of Tampax Pearls because there is no way I’m using a cardboard applicator. Totally worth it.

Up & Up Sunscreen — Protecting your skin is of utmost importance year-round so I like to stock-up on Up & Up SPF 50 spray mist sunscreen which is easy to apply and easy on the pocketbook.

John Frieda Sea Waves — After years off the market, John Frieda finally brought back this cult favorite! A few spritzes after you get out of the pool, and you’ll have perfect beach hair.

Contigo water bottle — Stay hydrated by bringing your own reusable water bottles. I love the Contigo bottles because they’re durable enough to toss in your bag without a second thought and never leak.

Nate Berkus beach towel (similar) — A cute and fluffy beach towel is a must.

boater hat (similar) and sunglasses (similar) — A little extra sun protection is always advisable.

flowered bag (similar) — You’re going to need a cute pouch to hold all your necessities. I recommend something waterproof, like a makeup bag.

Real Simple magazine — Perfect reading material to pass the time while soaking up the sun.

Beach Bag Essentials Tampax Pocket Pearl

Are you looking forward to the weekend? What are your beach bag essentials?

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