I’ve said it before that I have a serious shopping problem. Especially where clothes and shoes are concerned. But if I am being honest, my shopping obsession isn’t limited to clothes and shoes. I get the same rush shopping for school supplies as I do when I buy clothes and shoes. It’s just the thrill of the hunt that gets me going. Thankfully, as I grow older, I get a little wiser.
Unlike my 20’s, I really LOVE having zero credit card bills, and I’ve stopped buying everything I want, just because I want it. Even though I get almost daily emails from the stores I love advertising flash sales, which make me weak in the knees, I have successfully resisted the urge to shop every “50% off of the entire store” sale. Instead, I have been doing the very adult thing, and for the last month or so, have been keeping a “What I Want” list, so that anytime someone asks me what I want for my birthday, or Christmas, or any gift-giving occasion, I am armed and ready!
So, I’m really excited to start a new series, “What I Want Wednesday,” so that I share some of these wants with you! Who knows, maybe they will be wants (or haves) for you, too! Here a few things that I want this week.
Loft Petite Split Neck Mixed Media Dress (in Olive Branch)
I am really into mixed media everything right now, as it really takes all the hard work out of trying to mix and match colors and textures in creative/trendy ways. Lord knows I need getting dressed to be as easy as possible, considering I get dressed in the dark or semi dark most mornings to avoid waking up the hubs (I am a great wife, don’t let him tell you any different)! The only reason I haven’t yet bought this is because I am holding out for a 60% off sale. They have those pretty frequently, so there’s no point in jumping the gun just yet!
Factory Split-Neck Dress (in retro lemon)
Besides the WOW-factor yellow (or maize, since I am a Michigan fan), which would be the perfect addition to my spring work wardrobe, sheath dresses are a must-have for petites. Sheath dresses, while not super exciting, are extremely versatile. If you buy the right one, it will last you season after season and you can get a great deal of use out of it. Sheath dresses can be worn alone with a statement necklace, with a blazer, leather jacket, or cardigan for an office-appropriate look, with a long-sleeved shirt layered underneath to create a preppy jumper look, with a long-sleeved shirt on top or with a longer flowing skirt on top to create the illusion of a two-piece look. The possibilities are endless with a sheath dress, and in yellow, I think I can really kick my wardrobe up a notch! Again, holding out for a 50% off of everything sale to get this beauty.
H&M Long Wrap Dress (in grey melange)
Although I usually wouldn’t consider buying a long dress, as they normally look horrible on my 5’0″ frame, there is something about this dress that has me wanting to give it a chance. I definitely need to see if it is available in stores and try it on. It seems like it will be the perfect spring casual dress, which I can pair with sandals or converse sneakers. Lucky for me there is an H&M right down the street from my office.
Banana Republic Factory Soft Trench Coat (in Dark maroon)
I really love trench coats, but unless tailored for a petite gal in mind, they look horrible on me. Fortunately, Banana Republic petite clothing is usually spot-on for me, and I love the color of this trench.
Ever since I had my 4th child, I’ve been more open to the idea of the monokini. Well, more open because 4 pregnancies really take their toll on the midsection. I still rock my bikinis, but I really like how monokinis hide the excess skin my children gifted to me, while having the party in the back action. So, this bathing suit is right up my alley. I love the animal print. Sexy without trying too hard. Sadly, it’s sold out online. I really hope they have it in stores, as we are taking the kids on a beach vacation for spring break and this suit will be slammin’!