What I’m Buying Today: More J. Crew Shit

I suck. I completely suck donkey ass.

I was doing so well! 6 weeks in and not a thing bought! GAHHHHHH, I am a truly sick individual.

You see, I had an out in this whole No Shopping Adventure. In my possession was a J. Crew gift card from Christmas that I was hoarding for the perfect opportunity. A pinch hitter, if you will. When times got tough and I was jonesing for something new, I could pull that bad boy out and hit the racks.

I knew exactly what I was going to buy today. This cardigan.


(On sale for $34.99!)

You know, the cardigan wasn’t really doing much for me on the website. Gray, ruffles, tissue tee material…it’s okay. I noticed it went on sale this week, so Wito and I took a little trip to J. Crew this morning. I tried it on and well, the clouds parted and I saw the light. It’s so cute and chic and perfect for my daily life. I had about $50 left on the card – I was just going to purchase it and run.

Until I saw the exact same cardigan in the most lovely shade of pink. NOT the shade shown on the website, but a deeper, lovelier, PERFECT PINK THAT I JUST HAD TO HAVE. DAMMIT!

Then, Jay (the greatest J. Crew associate ever – damn you, Jay!) brought this top to the dressing room.


Also, on sale! In slub cotton! I WANT TO GO ALL THE WAY WITH SLUB COTTON.

I spent 50 dollars over the amount of the gift card.

Did I mention that I’m a huge failure who sucks donkey ass?

The shirts are still in the bag. I think I might take a couple of them back. I can’t believe I actually feel this crappy about breaking my no shopping mandate. What is happening to meeeeeeeee?

What would you do? Say screw it or take two of the items back?

  1. Rhea

    February 27, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    You do not suck donkey ass, J Crew is clearly at fault here for being so kick ass with its spring line. I just got a ANOTHER catalog today and it is calling me over right now….

    I have that charcoal tee in my cart….I’m afraid to go to the store and see everything in person right now.

  2. Jen

    February 27, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    my fortune cookie last week read as follows: Don’t practice moderation in excess….

    I think you should keep all three because they obviously make you feel really great and you LOVE them. Now that you have them you can go on your way and be good for another 6 weeks.

  3. Nicole

    February 27, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    As much as I hate to say it…you feel guilty for a reason. You made a promise to yourself and broke it. Its like if you work out and then go home and eat half a pizza dipped in ranch. You feel guilty becuase you defeated the purpose. Buying the shirts totally negated what you had been hoping to accomplish. I love the shirts, and the fact that they are still in the bag tells me you know what you should do! :) Chin up!

  4. Joanna

    February 27, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I voted that you should keep the shirts because $50 is not crazy AND you got things that you will wear on a daily basis instead of something less useful. Maybe you should call this your “reward purchase” and allot another $50 for the end of April to celebrate how well you have done…the way I see it, if you truly had an unstoppable addiction, you would have dropped way more cash than you did at your Spiritual Homeland store, right?

  5. TJ

    February 27, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I’d feel guilty too, but then again walking into J.Crew is like walking into a crack house for me. You’ve done SO well with what you’re not buying – consider it a reward! And a SALE REWARD nonetheless! And now I’m off to J.Crew to take my crack hit.

  6. Mary

    February 27, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    First of all… they’re all adorable. I’m having a hard time not going over to J.Crew & picking some up for mah-self :) But I think you should view this as your one strike in your no-shopping mandate. Nobody’s perfect– just extend your no-shopping rule for an extra week as penanace!

  7. FK

    February 27, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Keep them all and extend your No Shopping Mandate a few days longer than originally planned. I’d say…five days. A WEEK TOPS!

  8. Brittany

    February 27, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Are you guys in a tough spot financially? Do you have a clothing budget? If you have budgeted for this type of thing, I say go for it. You will be helping the economy get back on track.

    However, if you are really trying to save more money, or if it just isn’t in your budget, I’d take two of them back.

  9. Darcey

    February 27, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    All I can say is that taking them back will make you feel better… and once they go on sale, then perhaps they will fit the requirements of the gift card?

  10. kristin

    February 27, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I vote get your husband to reimburse you so you can blame it on him and all will be right in the world. Cause 6 weeks?? 6 weeks is a long time! But J.Crew cotton goodness? Who can turn it down!!??

  11. Chris

    February 27, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I have to say, I agree with everyone who suggested that taking the items back will make you feel better. Do you honestly need them? Come on, honestly now!!! Remember this: https://whoorl.com/archives/1101

    I agree slub cotton is THE BEST, but there will always be more and obviously you are feeling guilty about it. And soon “the contest” will be over anyway. Just imagine what I am living through as I promised myself not to buy any new piece of clothing at all this year.

  12. lisa

    February 27, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Keep them…you bought them on sale and if you do return them you may feel resentful and end up buying even more in April, right???? Plus it’s all really cute and you deserve it ;-)

  13. Angella

    February 27, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Keep them all. Seriously. You have been way too good.

    Plus, I’ll feel better since I am going shopping tonight.

  14. Anonymous New York

    February 27, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Pick between the gray and the pink cardi and take one back. Then you only go $15 over. $15 you can live with, right?

  15. nic

    February 27, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    A) if you suck donkey ass, you look damn hot doing it.
    B) if you return them, you will only dream about what could’ve been…
    C) i get my tips from your site, so you CAN’T do returns