Now that we finally live in a place that has seasons (I truly missed it in LA), I get to look forward to seasonal changes. I’ve been a little itchy for spring recently, but then I remember how much more rain we need and I slow my roll. Spring does not necessarily equal April showers in California unfortunately.
So instead of moving on to the next season, I reached for one of my absolutely favorite hats and added it to my look – just enough for the last weeks of cold nights, chilly mornings, and really breezy, sunny afternoons.
Learning to Buy Quality Clothes
I was traveling to Portland, Oregon for a weekend downtown years ago and met a woman who worked for a shoe company. Surprisingly, to her, I’d heard of the brand (because Nordstrom carried it and we know I have lots of reasons for shopping at Nordstrom).
We got to talking about the difficulties of getting enough sales for the brand because it was more expensive but not a designer brand.
I knew exactly what she meant. My mom instilled the idea of buying fewer pieces at higher quality years ago. It’s why I continue to wear the same pieces year and year – and the clothing hasn’t fallen apart!
It’s hard to make the jump from getting a bargain on a piece of clothing to buying quality clothes that are certainly more expensive. This is especially the case if the item is by a brand with whom you aren’t familiar.
While I’ve long supported buying fewer items of higher quality, that hasn’t meant I’ve limited my buying (until the last year or so). Now that I’ve really pared down my closet; sold and donated undergarments, shoes, and outerwear; recycling clothing items that might not have any life; and worked to buy primarily from sustainable clothing brands, I’ve been able to buy quality clothing without qualms.
It’s also been wonderful to always have something to wear. Rarely do I go searching in my closet for something to wear. I know what’s in there and what will work best for my day. It’s so different to think that fewer options gives you more choices, but it’s absolutely the case.
When I bought this Rag & Bone crossbody bag last summer at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I did have a debate about whether it was the right decision. I’d hoped to find a stylish bag that would work with my baby boy mom life and this seemed the right piece.
I’ve now been using this purse day in and day out for six months and know it was the right decision. I can throw it over my head, pick up C (or hold his hand nowadays), grab whatever needs to be grabbed and get us out the door!