breaking up with my feb budget challenge

Ok, I’m not usually one to admit defeat in a challenge. Seriously, when I was younger and SimTown informed me that I needed to build three apartment buildings in a month, sanitation department be damned, I did it if it meant I won the challenge. I’ve come to set up many challenges for myself because that’s how I become motivated. Becoming vegetarian? Challenge: Let’s see how long you can go without eating meat! Finally learning to drink at least one bottle of water a day? Challenge: Let’s see how many days in a row you remember to fill up your water bottle and drink it before 5PM.

But I digress. What you need to know is that I don’t back down from even my personal challenges very easily. However, perfect blue polka dot dresses aren’t usually involved.

Pinterest informs me that I pinned this outfit inspiration a whopping 44 weeks ago.

Way back in April 2011 I posted it on my blog as an outfit that I wanted to copy. It’s been in my head ever since, but I never found the dress I wanted to buy to make it happen. Blue polka dot dresses were either not navy enough, too short, too see-through, or just slutty. Nosireebob.

But then today, in two different places on the same day, I saw it.┬áThe perfect dress, exactly what I wanted. It was from Old Navy, it got excellent reviews, and it fit in my budget for the month (I’d already spent on that pink blazer and some mustard tights). Perfection. I need to have it.

So this weekend I’m running to Old Navy and crossing my fingers that they have them in-store and in my size.

No, this dress is not in a spring approved color. No, it does not fit in with the February challenge. But I figure that since I wanted it for almost a year, I can get away with it.

february budget – spring prep w/pantone

January was a lean month, clothes wise. After receiving a few great pieces for Christmas, I didn’t need to spend a lot of money on clothes, and clocked in at just over $80. Sweet! In a moment of extreme sensibility, I’m not going to increase my February budget of $100 to compensate for the money I saved in January….because then I didn’t actually save it, right? I’m making mature financial decisions, people.

I find myself doing smarter shopping when I had a to-do list. This goes for groceries, clothes, everything. While I like window shopping, or online browsing, in general I’m much better at tasks that have a clear focus. In addition, throw the word “challenge” in there, and I’m all over it. I’m still waiting for the day where the stars align and I can participate in the EverybodyEverywear┬áchallenge one of these months, but until then, my own personal challenges will have to do.

So for February, my challenge to myself (in addition to keeping my budget), is to buy only clothes or accessories that are in the color palette that Pantone featured in their “Spring 2012” fashion color report. They’re fun colors, and a good variety, so I don’t anticipate it being too difficult.

Spring Color Report Results

I’m especially loving Margarita and Cockatoo, they’re a little subtle but still seem to be good colors to do some blocking with. If you’re wondering, I do feel silly calling them by those names, but I guess it’s no different than crayon colors, right?

I’m in desperate need of a bright blazer, I think pink (I’m sorry, “cabaret”) is the way to go. Other than that, I’m keeping my options open…except where tangerine is concerned. My skin tone just doesn’t like that color, so I’ll be keeping it away from direct contact. Maybe an accessory or two, but certainly no pants or tops.

That’s close enough, right? Any suggestions? Cockatoo pants? That just sounds fun…I may have to get on that.