When I think of Christmas and all of the things that announce it, these things come to mind:
1. Everything peppermint and chocolate!
2. Really bad holiday-themed Larry Levinson romcoms on Lifetime. (“Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus” starring Steve Guttenberg, anyone?) To be fair, this one is a pretty recent addition to the list c/o my cousin Lisa.
3. Christmas cards.
4. Drag queen Rastafarian Santa!
Probably my favorite part of holiday decorating
5. Holiday shopping, naturally.
Speaking of holiday shopping (of course), I recently caved and purchased a pretty awesome dark floral blouse from H&M for around $15.
Blouse: H&M, pants: Adriano Goldschmied, jewelry: gifts from family and friends
Now, I know that I should be abiding by my rules here, but it was only $15 and it was one purchase for myself. I don’t even feel guilty about having made the purchase; although, I did initially feel a little bit of guilt about not feeling guilty about having made the purchase. Who saw that one coming?
To be fair, I gave myself those two rules as guidelines to help me save money and feel less guilty about what I buy. So far, this plan has been working. I haven’t made any impulse purchases, and I haven’t spent money on anything that I might’ve subconsciously believed would hide or, at least, compensate for any inadequacies I might’ve perceived in myself.
Jewelry: gifts from family and friends.
Purple accents, like amethysts, play off of the purple and blue in the blouse.
On a technical note, this floral print blouse also has an interesting stripe pattern. Based on this, I thought it would be appropriate to pair it with some geometric accessories with more linear patterns and grooves. I also thought that a floral pattern was worthy of some romantic accessories, like my silver bracelet with the heart charm and the Celtic-style engraving or my floral brass and pearl earrings.
My brother bought these earrings at a flea market in Florence. They were supposedly inspired by the design of a pair of earrings worn by Caterina de’ Medici.
Blouse: H&M, pants: Adriano Goldschmied, shoes: Tory Burch, jewelry: gifts from family and friends
Am I still a shopaholic? Let’s just say that I’m making great strides in my recovery.