Fail. July was a complete fail when it came to the shopping ban. It all started with some 'window shopping' when I had about 45 minutes to kill in San Francisco. I was meeting up with friends for dinner at Hayes Valley and so when I got there early I thought I would browse. Nope there's no such thing as window shopping and harmless browsing when you have a shopping addiction AND it's sale season. I caved and bought this backpack from Building Block (at a killer price, but still I shouldn't have). And then you know that feeling where you've already off the wagon, so you might as well try to get away with more? And then I saw an Hermes Lindy 30 (like this one) for a great used price at Fashionphile and justified it by saying I already sold 2 bags (the Mansur Gavriel Lady bag and the Goyard tote) so it's like a 'trade.' Well yes and no. I still need to sell a couple more bags to make up the difference which I'm in the process of doing. So I'm basically downsizing my purse collection to trade it in for one Hermes, so that's a good thing right?
I guess the upside of this shopping ban, even when I do fail it, is that I'm at least not tempted to shop the online sales. I used to get a real feeling that I'm missing out when I don't shop the sales. But I've realized that I'm probably not going to buy anything life-changing at a sale (and most of the time I end up buying mediocre stuff because it's on sale). So nowadays because I'm on this (supposed) ban, I tell myself not to waste any time looking online (and TBH it mostly works except instead I find myself spending more time on sites like Fashionphile that sell used items).
Anyway I'm going to keep on trying (try, try again amrite?) and we'll see how the rest of the year goes with this shopping ban.