I realize it’s been a little while since my last post. Things have been a little crazy and I haven’t had much time to sit down and focus. I feel like I owe you, the reader, quality content and that doesn’t always come quickly when I’m in the middle of trying to get multiple things accomplished. While the blog may go quiet every once in a while, I always make a point of curating fun fashion articles from around the web on the Barely Practical Facebook page and on my Twitter feed. If you’re just looking for great shoe or fashion inspiration, there’s also my Pinterest page or Lyst feed.
During some of my down time, I’ve been working on my spring/summer wardrobe. Normally I’ll pick up something new here or there as it calls to me, but about a month ago I had the perfect storm of sales that caused me to go on a major shopping spree.
I had already made plans to go to our local Boston Store’s Trendevous shopping event which is held every spring and fall. It’s a practical fashion show and I always use the great coupons such as 30% off shoes. However, the potential for doing a real wardrobe update really kicked in as I discovered a 30% off Kohls coupon on my mail table the night before and received an email that everything at The Limited was going to be 50% off the next day until 2pm. Since I was at the mall anyway, additional stops at Aldo and H&M couldn’t hurt either, right?
OK, so it looks like I went completely crazy, but there’s actually a method behind my madness. While the items at the mall aren’t as unique as the pieces in the boutiques, the larger retailers have very liberal return policies. When shopping at the mall, I can truly shop with abandon and not worry about making tough decisions because most anything can go back later and I get my money back. Shopping then becomes a worry free experience that is all about the exhilaration of the hunt for a great deal and pieces that are fun and flattering.
But sooner or later it does come time to make those decisions. I needed to decide what to keep and what to return and what would work with what I already have. I don’t have the glorious walk-in closet that I’d like yet, so I laid my purchases out on my bed and started to line up shoes so I could easily see things in one place.
Several hours later I had identified what I should take back, and what additional pieces I still needed to make outfits complete. As much fun as this had been, I wondered if I could make this whole process a little more efficient. I just don’t have the time that I used to nor do I remember what I do and don’t have at home. So I decided to try and experiment with some closet management apps.
I’m currently trying out several different ones and you can look forward to reviews over the next couple of weeks. If you’d like a preview, you can check out my guest post on Modly Chic which talks about the vacation packing feature of StyleBook.