Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Financial District

I went for a walk on my lunch today and I swear everyone was super thin and crazy fashionable. I'm a sucker for beautiful shoes and handbags and I saw no shortage of either today as I strolled Market Street.

The Financial District is at the heart of the "Plastics." Everyone is attractive and very professional looking. The shoes are polished and the handbags are smart. I had labels like Chanel and Christian Louboutin flying from every direction. I'm not a label whore, but I know what I see when I see it. They all looked like they were on a mission to get somewhere important. And then there's me. Plain Jane making her way down the street in slacks and tennis shoes listening to my iTunes. In today's financial crunch I just can't compete with the Plastics. Deep down I know I don't want to either. I've learned the hard way that money doesn't buy happiness.

After I came back to work from maternity leave, I did not restock my wardrobe with great expensive stuff in bigger sizes. I can't justify $100 on ONE blouse, much less $100 on ONE pair of heels - and I've gotta walk around in those things ALL day. I improvised and pieced together cute stuff from Target or found bargains at Banana Republic (like $12 for a really cute black skirt!). There is no shame in a bargain to me - regardless of where I bought it. I guess it comes down to priorities and what is most important to you. My priority is getting the hell out of here just as quick and as fast as I can to be with my kids. They are the reason for everything I do. If I'm willing to sell my house and move to BFE, then you better believe I'm willing to dial my wardrobe expenses down to get where I want to be.

I'm not going to lie. I miss the great clothes and the ability to justify the expense. Good fashion doesn't die just because you can't afford it. Truthfully, I don't know that I'll ever buy designer again, even if I am ever able to afford it. In these times, it just seems frivolous and wasteful and those are not values I want to ingrain in my kids. There's going to be bigger problems in life than who is wearing what - trust me. What better time than now to teach our kids to just be happy with who they are and what they have. Someone in life is always going to have more. We mine as well just get comfortable with it.

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