8 Shopping Mistakes You Need To Ditch Before You Turn 20
It's no secret that Candy Girls love shopping! After all, it's such a thrill to stack up your wardrobe with new pieces that are fun and on-point, but at the same time, it's also easy to get carried away when it comes to shopping. We're sure there are pieces in your closet with tags still intact or ones that you'll probably never be caught dead wearing ever again (Aren't we all guilty of these?). So to help you manage your shopping obsession, here are some tips to skip the guilt the next time you shop for new clothes!
Getting caught up in sales
Yes, that 50% off can look very tempting, but ask yourself, "Will I ever wear this more than once?" If the answer is no or even a maybe, then skip the deal. You shouldn't waste hard earned money on clothes that you can't picture yourself wearing in the future!
Swipe, swipe, swipe!
Credit cards or ATMs are so convenient when you don't have extra cash lying around. It's even more convenient when you're shopping and have to just swipe your debit or credit cards away to make a new purchase. Remember Rebecca Bloomwood in the Shopaholic series? You don't want to end up with a bad habit and a closet full of pieces that won't even see the daylight.
Taking trends way too far!
Trends are essentials in maintaining a stylish wardrobe, but be careful not go overboard with it. Control your urges and grab only one or two staple trends to fit your wardrobe or else you'll end up with too many unnecessary pieces that can only be worn once.
Skipping the fitting room.
We know that you've shopped in your favorite store a thousand times, and at this point, you're probably already sure of your style and your size already. However, there's nothing more disappointing than coming home and trying out your new purchase only for it to end up looking way too big or too small on you. Take the time to try out clothes in the fitting room while you can!
Shopper's remorse always happens when you do impulse buying. After all, it's so easy to get carried away when you’re "in the moment." But if you give in, you will most likely just end up picking up items that you clearly don't need. Break this habit by giving yourself a few days to think if you really need that new pair of slides.
Not being practical.
Do not get distracted by trends too much that you forget to purchase wardrobe essentials. Invest in classic wardrobe staples like a good pair of jeans or a comfy T-shirt instead. These are staples that will last you a long time and pieces that you can wear them in any given day.
Not loving what you get.
Don't get pieces that you "like" or that are just "okay." Get pieces that you love and adore, and you know you'll get multiple wears out of it. Life's too short to have clothes in your wardrobe that you don't really love.
Purchasing clothes for "the future."
Have you ever bought a dress or a top that you're saving for the future? You tell yourself that you'll wear it when the time comes or if there's a future event. Do not get those pieces ever again! Chances are, you will most likely forget about it and forget that it was ever in your closet in the first place!
What shopping mistakes are you guilty of doing?
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First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.
The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.
If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.
And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.
Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.
Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”