Week 12: Rent it Girl

Hello all welcome back to my blog!!!

This week I finally acted on something I have been talking about for weeks now. We are four weeks into not buying new clothing. We borrow. We repurpose. We buy used. Most importantly however, we rent! renting clothing is something that is fairly new to the fashion industry. How it works is simple enough; a flat rate is charged for an item for a certain number of days. On the final day, the garment is dropped of at the post station and sent back where it came.

This method of shopping is used by many innovative retailers. The one i am most familiar with is Rent the Runway. I have talked to many friends and family members about how great their services and sections are. This website in particular offers a multitude of designer garments for all occasions, at a fraction of the retail value. Though I have been intrigued by this website for a few years, I have never had a good excuse to use this site. That is until now!!

As previously mentioned in my earlier posts, i have a formal on December 2nd…this Saturday. Though I looked for formal dresses at brick and mortar shops, none perfectly fit the occasion, and/or my figure. So when I saw that Rent the Runway was running a Cyber Monday promotion with 30% off all rentals, i was immediately sold.

The selection was superb, and the range of prices started at “I’m a broke college student” and extended to “ballin’ all out.” I selected this plum, strapless, high/low dress ($56 with tax and shipping!!!!)  that I thought was edgy, yet elegant enough for my winter formal. What was even more amazing, Rent the Runway lets you reserve two sizes, the second at no charge, to avoid a fit mishap upon receiving shipment. Ugh I could rave on-and-on about my experience so far! I will receive my dress this Friday and give it back the following Monday. Only you guys get the sneak peak of my look (scroll down).

This is my last Shopping Sabbatical post, sadly. This has been quite the journey, and I truly appreciated all of the comments and views! I’m glad I got share this experience with you all, and we struggled through it together.

Take care,

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Week 11: Black Friday is Coming

Hey guys!

Welcome back, welcome back. Hope you all had a marvelous week! This week I was headed back home for Fall break. Thanksgiving is coming soon, and everyone knows what goes alongside that holiday. Like literally alongside it. They actually overlap. BLACK FIRDAY *dun dun dun…* Every retail worker’s nightmare. The day (actually night and early morning) we prepare for the most. The day that makes your commission, and simultaneously breaks your patience.

Lets get real, there are multiple reasons why this day sucks. 1) It cuts into my turkey time. Having to go into work at 6pm on THANKSGIVING is not okay!! Becky, you can wait another 6 hours to buy that flat screen television for %10 off…. let me eat my mashed potatoes. 2) People actually develop into the spawns of satan on this day. Something about seeing all of your family at once, combined with lack of sleep and long lines gets people impeccably irritable. This formula starts riots as is, then add the cold….oh boy. Someone’s about to loose an eye in exchange for underwear at Victoria’s Secret. 3) No matter what company you work for, the store is understaffed. This is problem on both the consumer and customer service end. The customer wants to be helped so they can purchase what they came for and move on to the next deal. The Sales Associate is terribly overwhelmed trying to help 7 people find what they want at once. Sorry shoppers, my training for this sales job did not involve juggling 7 Michael Kors purses at once. 4) No matter what you go to the department store, or the mall for, you always, ALWAYS buy something you did not need. “OH! This shirt is $8, originally $25?? I’ll take two in every color!” Yes, this is Becky again. Back at it with the “savings.”

Now don’t get me wrong. As a Sales Associate working partially on commission, Black Friday is a major opportunity to make some money. However, every retail worker will tell you, once you work this God forsaken day, you’ll never want to participate in it again.

I’m excited and not excited for the chaos.

I’m looking forward to cyber Monday, where limited interaction with humans and savings coincide.

Okay back to fact that the only thing I bought this week was an ugly 90’s sweater from Good Will for my friend Joey’s 21st birthday. I’m absolutely sure he’s gonna love it.

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Sorry you read my rant this sabbatical post just find out I bought one sweater. Its a really cool sweater though! Wouldn’t you agree??

Until next time guys,

-Lyss

 

Week 10: Chicago

Hi guys! Welcome back to my blog. This past weekend turned our pretty well in the shopping aspect, especially for going to Chicago. Everything I purchased was made ethically or vintage. I discovered some very cool shops and stores and am excited to share with you guys what I got.

So this past weekend, my club associated with my major (FDMA), visited many brands that are either made in Chicago, or ethically produced somewhere else. So I go a pair of Henry & Bell jeans (originally retailing for $200) for $10!! Yup, that’s what I like to call a steal. Then I shopped around and made my next purchase at a Vintage store called Ragstop, located in Wickerpark. I got a denim skirt, and grey crop top for $30.

Great deals all around! Though I did shop at stores like Forever 21, Top Shop, and H&M, I didn’t find anything that I wanted to buy or that I liked enough to pay for. Either I was being more frugal than usual, or my subconscious would not let me purchase anything.

Anyways, I’m still staying on track guys. Hopefully you all are too?

Until next time loves,

 

-Lyssa

Week 9: Looking Ahead

Hey guys and welcome back to my blog! Its been an insanely hectic week, and alas, I have no report for you. I did not go shopping, nor did I buy anything. While this past week was fairly mundane, I’m looking forward to some upcoming events going on.

Firstly, this weekend I am going to Chicago with my college club FDMA. We’re touring around the city, stopping at fashion businesses whom produce their clothing in the US or have very sustainable methods of manufacturing garments. A few stops are Dearborn Denim, Henry & Bell, and a handful of other places over the weekend. Chicago is a shopping mecca, but I’ll try to stick to vintage/second hand clothing. I’ve hear there are some really cool shops with vintage couture that I MUST check out. As you know updates will be posted.

Secondly, my sorority has a formal coming up. Typically I would find a semi-cheap, semi-cute dress and wear it once. This time however, this time I plan on trying something new. Its called Rent the Runway! I’ve never used the service before but I’ve heard positive review on it. I got on the site a couple weeks ago to check it out and they have great designer brands that you can rent for days at a time. Again, will have to update some pictures later on!! I’m sure I’ll talk about it again too.

Well that s the rundown this week folks! See you next week!

-Lyss

Week 8: Halloweek

Hey guys!! Welcome back to my blog for this spooky edition tracking what I did not spend. Oh wait? Yes, you heard me correctly. Did. Not. Spend!! We made it through the no shopping month. We weren’t unscathed but we’re here, and we’re talking about HALLOWEEN. For the record, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It’s the musical theatre nerd that loves the makeup, costumes, and characters. Since we weren’t allowed to spend, I borrowed everything for Halloween.

Night 1: I went out as a Dad and this costume was super funny to me. I wore this Iowa State Dad shirt (previously pictured in one of my earlier posts, sorry I didn’t snap one for you guys) with jeans, tennis shoes, a hat, and tools to boot. This one was comedic more than anything and I got some good laughs from people.

Night 2: I went out as a Devil. I borrowed a red, patent leather skirt and some devil horns for the bars. I did mostly red shades on my eyes with some black in the corners to darken the look! (Jaclyn Hill eye shadow pallet, you haven’t failed me yet!! Also, so far this is my most liked picture on Instagram)

Night 3: I got very creative and saw this done on Pinterest. I cut a box of cereal and covered myself in fake blood (my friends were vampires and they had plenty to spare). Cereal Killer. People did come up to me and ask if I was Special K Cereal, but when I told them I was a cereal killer, their faces were priceless.

Night 4: the last night of Halloweek I was one of my favorite musical characters. I went as Sandy from Grease. I surprisingly had everything to make this look (peep the pink motojacket from week 5’s binge). It was very cold that day, so my outfit was perfect.

Welp, no shopping month is over. Can’t say I’m sad but we’re on to our vintage finds. This next month might be my favorite.

Until next time,

-Lyss

Week 7: Big Little

Hey guys! I missed you last week. It was a crazy one for sure, but I’m back. Last week I didn’t do too badly! I went to Ole Miss for a football game and a Jesse McCartney/ T Pain concert, both which I didn’t buy anything for!! Very proud of myself, especially after the week 5 fiasco. This week though, its been hard. This week is big/little reveal for my sorority, Chi Omega. To explain it for those of you who have no idea about Greek life: Each year we recruit and get a new pledge class of girls. I’m older than the new members so we hang out with them, and are assigned different girls throughout the process. After a while, we choose a little; a girl we mentor and are close with. This week we found out who our littles are, and we have whole week of giving them gifts and clues, then we reveal who we are!! So far I haven’t bought any clothing (just candy and craft supplies)…but I’m debating it. Most girls buy a matching big/ little themed shirt. I always have wanted to do that but I’m broke and can’t buy clothing for this shopping sabbatical.

I might make something…. We’ll see. I’ll update this post with pic of what I come up with.

Until next time guys, also have a spooky Halloween and best of luck borrowing costumes!

-Alyss

Update: I actually ended up using a plain old t-shirt I had and iron on paper. I made my own Gossip Girl themed shirt by designing a logo saying “You know you love me… XOXO, Little,” and I dressed as Blaire Waldorf to complete the theme. While it was very last minute, and not the best I could have come up with, my little seemed to love it and I’m glad she got something to remind her of the night.

Week 5: Not Off to a Good Start…

Sooooo…. Well its week one of no spending and I did the complete opposite. I DIDN’T EVEN MAKE IT ONE WEEK. Guys, it wants just one thing either, it was a full blown shopping spree ($200). I have never been so ashamed or embarrassed, but here I am. Okay, I do have a few explanations to defend my actions, and you guys are going to love what I got, but yeah…not a proud moment.

Hmm where to start? Well I guess I’ll start by saying it all happened when I went home to work for the weekend. I work at Michael Kors and we were having an additional %25 off sale items, and I as an employee get another %25 off of the that discount, so you can’t blame me for buying $125 shoes for $23, right? Like come on that’s a steal! You’d be insane not to buy them for that price. Well the Oyster Trent sneakers inspired me to have a completely new fall wardrobe…

While working, my boss came back form her break with an Express bag and news of a store wide, 40% off, sale. That, my friends, was truly motivating. I went the next day and got this oversized sweatshirt dress, with bell-sleeves, and a cow neck collar (originally $70, paid $40). I’m not exaggerating when I say I could live the rest of my life in this dress; seriously the most comfortable, stylish garment in my entire wardrobe right now, no joke. I also got these black slacks that pleat at the waist band, with a tie belt. SO CUTE!

I stopped by American Eagle, got a shirt for $10 and Victoria Secret had 7 for $27that weekend; enough said.

Last and certainly not least, I stopped by TJ Maxx. I will swear by this saying until the day I die, it goes something like “You do not walk into to TJ Maxx looking for something you need, you let TJ Maxx show you what you need.” By this point, I was satisfied with my purchases, but I love TJ Maxx so I decided to check it out. By ‘check it out,’ I obviously mean I actually checked out at the register with $80 of clothing. I got two sweaters (made of blanket material), a pink velvet moto-jacket, and a top. While I did get a good amount of product for my money, it was just shameful how frivolously I was spending.

I guess I can justify my spending by saying I had not shopped for the season yet, and fall is the most essential season to update your wardrobe. All of these items will be used frequently and some even up-cycled for Halloween costumes, though thats a little while away, I already have a few ideas planned.

Until next time with more money, hopefully,

-Lyss

Week 4: Viva Los Vegas

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This week was little different than the average, which I think many people can agree upon. Though I am hundreds of miles away, Los Vegas, Nevada experienced the deadliest mass shooting in US history this week. I am deeply somber, as this event effected hundreds of lives, for seemingly no reason.

I know this blog is essentially a log of my shopping habits, but the only thing I put my money toward this week was donating to the victims of this terrible attack ($5). Though it may not seem like much, its money that can help a family or victim with medical bills, counseling, or funeral expenses.

I will attach the link below.

Until next time,

-Alyssa

https://www.gofundme.com/dr2ks2-las-vegas-victims-fund

Week 3: The Other ISU

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This past week I’ve been monetarily cautious. I’m trying to save money for other adventures like an upcoming trip to Chicago; and even one to Disney next spring. That being said this free spirit decided to fly (drive) to Iowa State for the weekend. Honestly, spending less than $100 while traveling anywhere is impressive, and I ACOMPLISHED IT!! Thank you for the applause, but let me break down the money that I did spend. The largest amount that I spent was on food! *pretends to be surprised* Iowa State has some pretty good food, and it was well worth my money ($45). The next thing, and probably the most obvious expense, was gas ($43). I did ride with my best friend Ellen, and we split the cost the way there and back; that definitely helped a bit. My last, and favorite expense is pictured above. This awesome shirt ($8) was so fun to cut up and wear around. Ellen and I got many compliments on our twinning, dad shirts; and we LOVE them.

So, to sum things up, we traveled and had so fun, making every dollar spent so worth it.

Until next time guys,

-Alyssa

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