Fantasy Shopping & Abandoned Carts

I belong to a few shopping websites and I’ve unsubscribed from most of the emails except for Rue La La. I also read fashion blogs and visit (their website is amazing, especially for active wear). I love shopping. Unfortunately, I don’t have any discretionary income. If I spend money on myself, it either comes out of my savings account or my monthly student loan payment.  Sometimes these restrictions feel suffocating and I have the urge to go on a rebellious shopping spree.  In order to satiate myself without setting my bank account back a few weeks, I play a little game with Rue La La.

I open every sale in a different tab.  They have different brands and categories that go on sale for 2-3 days at a time, with new ones opening each day.  Then I add anything I want to my cart.  Even though I’m not going to buy any of it, there are still rules:

  1. It has to be available in my size.  This makes it more realistic.  If I put stuff in my cart that there’s no way I could purchase it wouldn’t be as effective.
  2. If I had enough money to buy it, I would.  This rule is to weed out ridiculous items of clothing that are awesome in theory, but that I would never actually buy or wear in real life.  It goes back to the point in #1 – this shopping trip has to feel real to work.
  3. Money is no object.  This is where it’s fantasy shopping.

After I add everything to my cart, I go back with an editing eye like I would if I were really checking out.  What would this go with?  Where would I wear this shirt? Etc. Etc. Until I’m down to what I would actually buy if money were no object.  Then I close the website.  Here was my cart from today with a grand total of $1200 (brands and prices are in each picture caption):

NIC+ZOE Day to Night Fruitpunch Blouse [$30] — This color is gorgeous. Would look great with skinny jeans and strappy sandals or under a suit jacket for work.

Splendid Bonfire & Pistachio Print Tee [$35] — I’ve put this top in my cart at least 5 times in the last month. I should just suck it up and buy it already. How cute is that print?

Halston Heritage Sapphire, Navy, Grape Leaf, & Apple Colorblock Sweater [$100] – Lime + Sapphire = my favorite color combination

BCBGMAXAZRIA Jaden Slate Combo Print Sweater [$90] — This sweater looks like it feels like something you wear with sweatpants and don’t shower, but the print elevates it enough to be work appropriate.

Tahari ASL Yellow Linen Blend Jacket [$45] — Tahari ASL is one of my GO-TO work wear brands. Always fits and looks cute and professional. This pale yellow makes an awesome neutral alternative to khaki/black/white.

Soia & Kyo Verona Charcoal Wool-Blend Buckle Front Jacket [$200] – LOVE the cape feature (no idea what to call this) and that buckle. It’s a solid neutral that manages to not be boring.

Lela Rose Golden & Black Silk-Lined Dress [$700] — And the mother of the fantasy cart, my fantasy dress. This yellow is one weird ass color, and it’s possible I look horrible in it, but the dress casts such a beautiful silhouette and the black overlay is gorgeous.