The boxing day sales, lets face it, they are not just a day. They taunt us and our credit cards for the next little while. Need I say more?! They are a complete and utter danger zone. They hit us right between the eyes and ease our holiday headaches with a soothing wet cool cloth claiming “it’s your turn now, you deserve it”. There is no avoiding the boxing week sales. Even if you refuse to leave the house then your email inboxes are calling you from the sofa. It’s a test of true shopping willpower. Willpower that obviously is not a strength of mine!
I thought this was going to be the year I had control. This was the year that I had not planned to buy anything other than keeping an eye out for the gold sparkle Kate spade wallet I had lusted after to replace my tatty old purse. I honestly told myself that I’m happy with my current pieces I currently wear and that with my forthcoming February Trip to England, why spend in the sales here when I can greet some old favourite haunts in the UK with open arms and no guilt. That was my plan. I promise! However, when I get a text on Boxing Day morning from a mate who wants me to help ‘her out’ for an hour at Topshop with the lure of “we can also pop into Kate Spade and see if your wallet has been reduced”. I find myself brushing my teeth and throwing on some Lippy pronto. Why wouldn’t I help a mate out? she just needs an extra pair of eyes to help her pick and decide. It’s not like I’m going to look for myself? I’m content with my lot! So as my boys tell me to “Go, Go Mum” with the prospect of them hitting the chocolate Toblerone under the tree in my absence. She picks me up from home and we drive off downtown with a true plan to be just an hour or so.
Well, the shopping gods were with us that morning. We find the perfect free parking spot. We then waltz into Topshop and instantly gather an armful of gorgeous pieces to try on. Some real gems for her. Fabulous coats with 60% off, beautiful tops with 50% off and lovely scarves at 60% off. However, we also found some real gems for me too. Bloody hell! I had actually convinced myself that I would somehow rise above the bargains and the items calling my name. Alas, that would be a great big fat f*&@ing no chance! I should know by now that the Boxing Day sales are a slippery slope that you cannot sideline away from.
The One in, One out game
So as we get back into her car, laughing hysterically, throwing in the massive bags of sales goodies. What else are we to do? I start to play the ‘one in, one out’ game on the drive home. This is my classic game that comes to the rescue on ridiculous shopping days like today. I literally reach into my closet memory or iPhone notes and start to select items what I will part with in order to make a home for the new beauties in my shopping bag. If I was rich (Dear lottery, I feel would be very good at this. Please consider me!) then it would be an easy transaction of ditching the pre-loved or unworn items to charity to make way for their upgraded equivalents. But for now, as I am not this weeks lottery winner, I make a list of items to sell for listing on eBay, sending to the consignment shop or passing onto friends who begged me to let them be the next owner. The ‘One in, One out’ method helps me keep my small wardrobe, small, it helps keep my capsule wardrobe mission relatively on track and my shopaholic tendencies a stern look when its let out of the cage for some fresh air!
So make way and give a round of applause for these beauts of the 2015 Boxing day sales. Topshop has been the store to grasp me this season. They have some truly winning pieces. I usually make a beeline for Zara, but can honestly say that the staff at my local store have clearly only been employed if they can compete with each other over who can be the rudest. I just can’t be arsed to deal with them. It has completely put me off going there. I’m a sucker for customer service and just adore the lovely Topshop staff at the Topshop concession in The Bay, Rideau Centre in Ottawa.
So, fingers on the buzzers, lets play the ‘One in, One out game”!
In: Topshop Navy hybrid faux fur coat 60% off Out: The ‘It’s just too blah for me’ Zara Black studio Duffle coat
In: Topshop sequin boyfriend blazer 45% off Out: The ‘never seem to wear now’ Mango Beaded jacket, Black beaded quilted jacket & Jovovich Hawk embroidered Cape
In: Topshop Cream fur coat 60% off Out: The ‘makes me look like a satanic wookie as opposed to Kate Moss’ black faux fur Altuzzara for Target designer collabaration coat
In: Topshop navy ribbed swing sweater 50% off Out: The ‘it’s too small as I’m too good at eating Toblerone’ All Saints grey asymmetric knit
In: Topshop Moto Jamie skinny jeans (i love these jeans!!) 40% off Out: The ‘baggy arsed after just 1 hour of wear’ Zara black denim skinny ankle grazers
In: Sam Edelman Circus black white boots 50% off Out: The ‘just never seem to wear, I’m not a brown person’ All Saints brown suede Volker boots
The Boxing Day big-ticket winner
This is that beloved item that you didn’t go in to search for not alone bloody buy. This happens to me every so often. I go into a shop for pair of ski-mits for my youngest and come out with a pair of ‘cant live without them now I have found them’ boots. This always happens to me (cue a shocked look of despair on my face). I even wrote a past blog post (capsule tricks: Heart vs Head) on this very scenario. So low and behold. Off I go to the store looking for a gift for a neighbour when I spot the stunning Rag and Bone Mini Pilot Crossbody bag.
In: Rag and Bone Pilot crossbody bag Out: The ‘I hardly use it’ Zara leather tassel bag that I coincidently sold on eBay the following day (Bingo! it was meant to be) and my ‘Thank you Teacher’ gift card. Done and dusted. The paid for and hugely adored Rag and Bone bag!
The Betty Ford moment for my January shopaholic tendencies
I admit that maybe Betty Ford could help me with a few things that I need to get a firm handle of. A new year resolution is to maybe use the Elliptical trainer for exercise as opposed to drying bed sheets on. But lets focus on the Topshop bags that are sat on my bedroom chair for now! So for the next little while I need to:
- Delete all shopping promotional emails that get sent to my email inbox. If brave enough, unsubscribe to them (Eeek!)
- I cannot step foot in a store unless it is to return something. I must wear my blinders too on these visits to ensure I don’t spot anything else!
- I need to replace all internet shopping moments with fitness opportunities (don’t even talk to me about Godiva chocolate sitting on my hips)
- I need to applaud all fellow blogger purchases shared on posts and instagram with a ‘oh bravo’ and not a ‘oooooh, me too’
- I need to wear something from my wardrobe that I love everyday to remind myself of my goodies I have
- I need to read the news headlines everyday to catapult me with some reality and gratitude for what we have
Wearing: Gap grey overcoat, Gap black tee, Zara black faux leather skirt, Alexander McQueen skull scarf, Black industrial Moto biker boots
The tell-tale signs of a good purchase
So there we go. Dear Husband and bank manager, at least I’m honest!
But as I riffle through the bags I can see the pieces that will be worn instantly. This is always a good sign. If you wear it instantly then it is truly loved. If it sits in your wardrobe for the next month then it’s a sign that your wardrobe days don’t really need it despite how much you admire it. I’ve already worn the navy coat and smile everytime I take my gold sparkly wallet out to buy some bread and milk! This will be the true test of my lovely treats above. I will keep you posted if any of them return to the store. Some will be featured in an instagram post coming your way soon! But in the meantime, if you get your knickers in a twist over some heavy guilt purchases. Then play the ‘one in, one out’ game. Believe me, its my lifesaver, along with red wine and the map app on my iphone!