Hi, I'm Lilly, and I'm a recovering Shopaholic. I have recently come off of a year-long self-prescribed shopping "detox program" and am already finding it hard to not think of shopping. So, I am starting a new blog that will be dedicated to controlling my habit, posting any outfits that I've put together through re-discovery of forgotten items in my closet (with perhaps a few new items). Please provide input, feedback, and encouragement as I go through my recovery!
Monday, March 21, 2011
To Keep or not to Keep - that is the question!
Well, my so-called month-long shopping ban was put on a temporary hold when I "had to" spend a $100 gift card at a local boutique (paid $50 for it on Groupon) that expired on 3/22. I headed into the store fully expecting 100% self control and only allowing myself to grab things that would fall well within $100. Well, in local boutiques that does not happen...1) because they tend to be smaller stores so it's harder to slip under the sales associate's radar, 2) because local boutique prices are simply higher because you are paying for the quaint store feeling and the fact that the owner hand selected the pieces that he/she found worthy to offer his/her customers, and 3) because for some reason, when things are displayed on hangers hung several inches apart from each other, they suddenly become much more appealing and easier to grab. So, I headed into the fitting room expecting everything to look awful on my short physique, and unfortunately came across a couple of dresses that I "had to" have. I'm posting pictures of them below and really, really, really need your (yes, that means you, reader) advice as to whether either or both of them are keepers. The hubby has already weighed in on the wrap dress and thinks it looks funny in the shoulders. Say hello to the return of shoulder pads!
Yoana Baraschi silk wrap dress (cannot seem to find this anywhere online - sorry!)
Also, just a quick discovery tidbit - Photoshop works wonders with pictures! I know this is likely a no-brainer to the more seasoned bloggers out there, but WOW! I recently bought my husband a "serious" camera for his birthday (okay, yes, maybe this was self-serving as I figured it was high time I start taking better pictures for this blog), and had a chance today to experiment with Photoshop - see for yourself what a difference exposing an underexposed picture can make-I'm sure you can guess which is the before and which is the after!
So, readers, which dress should I keep - or should they both go back??