This article and a great post by my girl Amy have me thinking twice about even the appearance of this. After all, it isn't very Pretty to be focused on material things versus experiences, is it?
The short and easy answer to this is that no, of course stuff doesn't make you happy. My religious beliefs, my family, my culture, my town, my friends - everything tells me so. Easy, right?
But! But. For those of us who admittedly like our nice stuff, so much so that we also enjoy writing about said nice stuff *cough*, it can be tricky. No, things don't make me happy, but a nice handbag sure does make a craptastic month - ahem - seem more a little more bearable, doesn't it?
|if you'll forgive the repeat photo - this may not make me happy, but it sure doesn't hurt my mood.|
In the name of choosing experience over stuff, this month I put the bulk of my Prettification budget towards a blog conference (where I hope to meet some of you, yes - YOU!) instead. In upcoming months, more of it will go to travel and other adventures with family. Because bags are nice, but my people, this sense of community - *this* is better. It is.
Does a pulled-together outfit help me feel a little bit shinier on my lesser days? Absolutely. Does it fix the lesser? Absolutely not, and I apologize if I've ever given that impression here.
Fear not, fashion friends - this doesn't mean I'll stop doing style features or cease being just as disappointingly superficial as you've come to expect. I'll just try to balance it out more, both here and up in *here*, with what really matters. (That's totally code for "MORE KID PHOTOS", by the way - be afraid.)