I, like many others, am tightening my belt and trying to spend less. This IS a new dress, but I have an excuse: I don’t have a car.
My car broke down in early November and it will cost more to repair than it’s worth. (Not to mention that I’ve already poured money into it over the last few years.) I’ve been creative with getting where I need to go on the bus, my bike, or foot. When I went to my friend’s holiday party in December, I rode the bus there and brought cash for cab fare to get home. Luckily, I scored a ride to Clifton (and onto my regular bus line), so I saved the fare. However, my ride let me out in front of Panagea and I couldn’t resist spending the cab fare on a knit vest I’d been coveting. When I got home, I realized that the vest was unflattering and saved the tags and receipts to return it. Panagea only takes back merchandise for exchanges or credit, so I had money to burn in the store. With my vest credit, I bought this dress, a bracelet, and (another) pair of feathered earrings. And I still have $4 left! So, the only reason I have this dress at all is because I don’t have a car. I’m trying not to feel bad about buying it.
These are the earrings I bought at Forever 21 on Boxing Day. I had a couple of requests for a close-up, since they were hard to see in an earlier post.