don’t lay down to die

I went ahead and ordered a purse. No, it isn’t Chanel or Michael Kors.  But it will do until I can buy the Chanel bag in 10 years.

Isaac Mizrahi purse
Isaac Mizrahi purse

It is the medium Isaac Mizrahi  Bridgehampton Quilted Lamb Leather Bag. It retails for $196. I got it on sale for $178. Go ahead and shame me, animal rights activists.  I wanted a black one because it looks identical to the black Chanel bag, but black is no longer in stock. As far as I know, they aren’t making the black any more so I settled for bone.  (If the black ever comes back in stock…buddha help me). It goes with everything. My only concern is it getting dirty. It does come with a dust bag so yay!

How often should I use it? Well, I don’t go out a lot so I’m thinking once a week should be okay. If I’m just going to the bank or post office, this bag stays at home. This bag will be great for any future interviews. Here is a video of it:

I will try my best to not buy another bag until I can afford the Chanel bag, BUT talk to me in 3 years. I might decide to get a Michael Kors at that time. The one I want will be ‘vintage’ by then. lol.

I did my fall cleaning…sort of. My big trash can is full. I can’t throw anything else away until after my trash is picked up next week. I currently have 2 large trash bags of clothes (mostly suits and dresses) and purses to give to the Goodwill. But I’m not done. I will do a winter cleaning perhaps where I will donate more items. I will continue to throw things away every week until everything is gone.

I put my clothes rack up (brought from The Container Store). I’m in love with it. It was so easy to put together. In fact, there was no putting it together. No screws. The wheels were already securely attached. It is very nice. My mom wants a few after she saw mine. I could use at least one more, but I don’t know where I would put it. Unfortunately, my rack is currently full with designer clothes I don’t wear often (or ever? lol). I need a rack for my everyday, active wear. Here is a pic of how it looks now:

clothes rack
clothes rack

I had my cheat day on Wednesday instead of Thursday because I was very hungry after cleaning all morning. I went to spin class today to work off all those calories. I had a half of a tuna sub, a meatball sub (my fave), cheese fries and red velvet cake. Stuffed in the worse way. I won’t have another cheat day for 45 days. And then I might just go to McDonalds. I’m not a food snob. Obvs. Breakfast all day? About damn time! Get rid of those old school traditionalists who insist that breakfast is for a certain time.

Sorry for my mini-rant but places not serving breakfast all day really gets on my nerves. Breakfast is my favorite meal and I can eat it anytime.

I should get my Forever 21 clothes today. I don’t know where my order is. It was supposed to come yesterday. I would have gone to the store, but I can never find good stuff at the store. I might do a “Forever 21 Haul” where I post all my clothes. It depends on how much time I want to waste. 😉

Do you think that I want too much?

Real food!

chicken & broccoli
chicken & broccoli

It feels nice to eat real food again. No offense to Nutrisystem. That is a chicken breast with broccoli AKA dinner on Sunday. But I kind of fell of the wagon accidently (?)  on Monday. I didn’t know 12 oz of chicken was 700+ calories!! I still ate it though because I had already cooked it and amped myself up. Never again. From now on I will eat around 5 oz of chicken. I guess I’m going to be cutting and weighing my food. And I thought I brought the food scale for nothing.

According to my scale, I lost one pound this morning so it wasn’t a major disaster.

I feel bad about Monday but since I’m exercising A LOT this week, I’m still having my cheat day on Thursday. I have another food problem. I spent $175 on food for 3 weeks. That would be understandable if I had a spouse or kids or if I shopped at a high priced place. None of that is true. It’s just me and $175 is ridiculous. Sure, I could afford it once but every 3 weeks. HELL NO!

I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do. I’m still following Nutrisystem. That plan calls for eating 6 meals/snacks a day. I’m used to it at this point. I’m determined to make it work. I just have to cut out some stuff. Be more conscious as Dr. Barbara De Angelis would say. I have no idea what to cut out. Oh yeah, some of the stuff was for my pets and toiletries but most of the money went to food.  ARGH!

I’m really excited about my mini break from work, but I’m also nervous about fall cleaning on Wednesday. Good news: My mom is going to help for about 2-3 hours. Thank Buddha. She is so good at cleaning. I suck. I’m nervous about not getting enough done, I guess.  I can’t throw everything away at once (not enough room in the trash can) and I want everything gone!  I found a Goodwill willing to take donations. I’m going there on Friday with probably at least 2 large trash bags. Mostly purses and clothes.

Speaking of purses…I was about to do it. I was going to buy a $300 Michael Kors handbag. But, but, but it would be timeless. I would take it everywhere. It would be worth every dime! I wouldn’t buy another purse for 10-15 years when I plan to buy my vintage Chanel purse* (retails for $5,500 new). I’m so glad I came back to my senses this morning. At night, I’m FREE. I’m too free. By morning, I’m anxious and I see clearly. $300 could go to my Asheville trip, my winter electric bill, savings, or home repairs. NO PURSE.

dream Chanel bag: Classic Jumbo
dream Chanel bag: Classic Jumbo

*I can’t help it. I’m a Taurus. We like the finer things in life. 😉

I took a Myers-Briggs test after not taking it for years. This time, I got ISFP. I have never gotten that before. 90% of the time, I’ve gotten INFP. Interesting. They call ISFPs adventurers. LOL. I’m 100% introverted. SHOCKING! Bob Dylan is an ISFP. But Barack Obama is an INFP (reportedly). So I dunno. 😉 It’s possible that I’ve changed over the years to ISFP.Or I’m on the edge of INFP and ISFP. I’m pragmatic, but I also dream…a lot.

ISFPs enjoy upsetting traditional expectations with experiments in beauty and behavior – chances are, they’ve expressed more than once the phrase “Don’t box me in!”

Word!

I still think I’m more INFP than ISFP. But I can relate to both. Don’t label me because you can’t. haha. I used to think that all the time when I was younger.

Off to enjoy my mostly stay in 5-day vacay.