Remember a few posts ago, when I lamented the fact that I hadn’t yet bought anything for my summer capsule wardrobe? And that time is ticking because we’re shooting all the outfits this weekend? And that I was a bit worried because I’m actually terrible at shopping + making purchase decisions?
Well. Apparently, since the last time I shopped — ahem, three months ago — I have gone through a magical transformation.
Let’s compare + contrast, shall we?
Last time: Planned for 2 weeks and shopped for 2 weeks. Returned about half of it. Then over thought the returns + repurchased some of those returns. And at the end of it all, felt tired + (maybe more than a little) cranky.
This time: Shocked myself by planning + shopping + creating my wardrobe in 3 days flat with little to no over thinking. Returned ONE item. And at the end of it all, felt gloriously happy with my wardrobe + my state of mind.
I know. Believe me, if I could shoot myself a quizzical look right now, I would.
What was the difference? For me, 3 things:
- Filling out my capsule wardrobe planner + trusting the process, before ever setting foot in a store. And what was a foggy idea at the beginning, became a concrete shopping list at the end.
- Wearing headphones while shopping to create a zen space for myself and block out the noise + music. With headphones in + a chill playlist, I enjoyed the process + felt relaxed. Which led to good purchases and a happy state of mind.
- Behaving like a style icon. Now, I get that this sounds a little strange, but here’s how this mind game works. Fill in the blank: Behave like a … and soon enough you will be … . It’s a more authentic spin on fake it til you make it. You can try it with anything, so I tried it with style. To me, a style icon is someone who makes her own rules, tries bold things, and trusts her instincts. So I just … behaved that way. Cool, right? Here’s one of my favorite bloggers, Kathleen, on the subject:
Perhaps you want to be more fit but are feeling like a couch potato. Behave like an athlete. Take your vitamins, lace up your sneakers, and go outside. Behave like a healthy person and soon enough you will be healthy.
Or maybe you want to be happy but are finding yourself in a foul mood. Behave as if you’re happy – put on a smile and give someone a compliment. Behave as if you’re happy and happiness will find you.