Since starting this blog and reading other writers’ thoughts on purchasing, materialism, and the like–I feel as if I’ve become more aware of my rate of acquisition and the amount of money I actually dedicate to funding my life, including clothing/accessories for various activities. Today’s post won’t delve into all of that, but perhaps in the future I’ll conduct a more thorough analysis of my spending and general principles.
I thought I was going to make it out of January without any more purchases…and for the most part, I did pretty well this month. I didn’t do an Acquisitions post for January but all I got so far was stuff from Uniqlo: Ultra Stretch Jeans in navy and this Oxford Long Sleeve Shirt in white. Wardrobe-wise, I’m fairly covered for our California winter, and the stuff I got from Muji (the striped shirts) are ready to go for spring. These upcoming items are mostly to support my walk/run workouts (actually I’m “running” now–albeit with walk breaks.) Here’s what’s on track for the next round of purchases:
1. Oakley XX replacement earsocks
I have some old Oakley sunglasses (15+ years old!) that have ripped earsocks/missing nose cushions. I also now have a prescription for astigmatism that I wear corrective lenses for (it’s mild, but I notice how much nicer the world is when I can see with glasses on.) The non-prescription lenses are scratched but they’re still ok for glare/sun protection; eventually I will get them filled, but for now, replacing the rubber parts means I can wear these when I’m out running and shield my eyes from the sun and bugs. I just bought these today from Amazon–they also seem to be available on Ebay and other optical websites, but I have less experience with the reliability of those sellers.
2. Nike Luxe Seamless Running Jacket, $139.97. I have an older version of this, with open pockets. I like to run with my phone tracking my route and speed, and providing musical accompaniment. My old jacket’s pockets aren’t secured, so zippers would be a welcome addition. I’m not sure about those thumb holes, but I’ve never tried it, so who knows? I’m mostly looking for a non-fussy black jacket with zippered pockets, and I liked how my old Nike Dri-Fit jacket fit and kept me warm.
3. Nike Lunarglide 5+: I’ll probably get something like the one on the left–price is important considering I’ll wear these out in a year or so. But Nike’s customization means I can design one to my desires! That diamond pattern is supposed to be a reflective layer when lit up. It looks really cool–and you can see it on Nike’s website. If you pick a lighter base color, like gray, it is even more reflective (at least from what I can tell on the site.) This purchase is basically updating my old shoe (which is more than a year and a half old.) I think the cushioning is just about done on those, so it will soon be time for a replacement.
4. Uniqlo Ultra Stretch jeans in black
Ok, these aren’t really workout-related, but I’m a little obsessed with these pants. I have two of these in navy, but I might bite for one in black. Size one down if you do order; they stretch quite a bit. They’re forgiving when you eat a big meal and once hemmed (because they only come in 33″ inseams) they fit (IMO awesomely. Denim heads will argue that maybe the hips are a little tight since I have a little bit of whiskering, but I’m not too picky.) Love these pants. If I could wear them to work, I would have a whole stable of them already.
Time to do some creative budgeting and prioritization! How’s your month in shopping going thus far?