Checking In: 2013

The next few weeks are a combination of a heavier workload and some fun travel for me, so I wanted to write a quick update and mention that my posting may be bit a sporadic for the next month or so. As I’m actually at the lounge right now, captive to my laptop and waiting for the fruit platter to be refilled I wanted check in on some of my goals this year. This is more for my own record keeping than anything else, so feel free to snooze away!


A trimmer closet: Ever since 2013 began I’ve kept my number of closet related purchases down (more details here). I’ve always been quite a boring shopper and now my habits have become even more snore inducing since I don’t go shopping very much at all. I’m on track to hit my 30 items in 2013 goal (woohoo!) and I’m actually ahead, though I’m planning on picking up a few items soon for fall. Because I’m so limited in what I can buy and keep, I’ve ended up really liking everything I’ve added to my closet. These days, much of my interest has been diverted towards…

Traveling more: It’s been such a fun time on all of our travels as a couple and now I just have a longer and longer list of all the places I’d like to go! These days if you were to offer me either a nice piece of jewelry or to be able back to Bali on a whim, I’d definitely pick Bali. That being said, I’ve never been a fan of the “travel trumps materials items because it’s an exxppperrieennce (say in snooty voice)” camp. Call me shallow but I frequently experience great amounts of utility and happiness from material goods! Whatever floats your boat. And of course, being about to travel lots goes hand in hand for me with…

Saving consistently: I’ve received a few inquiries about putting together a post about how I budget, which I’ve hesitated on because I’m far from an expert and it’s a bit like the blind leading the blind. That being said, I have been very consistent about how we save this year and really tried to automate as many processes as possible, saving a great deal of time compared to what we used to spend tracking accounts and paying bills. I have a relatively simple set of processes that I’ve worked out that I hope to share in a future post.

All right….that’s the end of my goal check in for 2013 so far and my ramblings. Please let me know….how are you doing on your goals for 2013?


PS: I couldn’t help but peruse some Labor Day sales while waiting for my plane. While I’m actually quite disappointed with this year’s selections overall, here are two stand outs: a classic Burberry black trench with leather details at 40% off, and a simple, comfortable and very flattering black dress by Three Dots at 30% off.

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  • Courtney
    August 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I read about your 30 items goal before, but I do not completely understand it. Do you want to narrow your wardrobe down to only 30 items total?
    Also, I would pass up jewelry for Bali any day =D

    A Golden State of Mind

    • Katherine
      September 8, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      No, I wish! Just 30 new items per year though I try to get rid of an equivalent amount or more from my closet, I am trying to trim down to less items overall.

  • Sorelle in Style
    August 30, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I really need to rethink my closet as well. It’s over-stuffed! I’ll have to try out your 30 pieces in a year trick! 🙂

    sorelle in style

  • Bethan
    August 31, 2013 at 1:31 am

    I’m really impressed by your aims to have a trimmer closet! My secret dream is to fit my whole wardrobe in one suitcase, sadly this is a long way off – between seperate work and weekend wardrobes (I have to dress corporate at work) and sentimental attachments, purges are hard! I do love the idea of a purgatory drawer, it sounds like a great solution!

    • Katherine
      September 8, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      All in one suitcase is an amazing goal, best of luck!

  • Cindy
    August 31, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I just cleaned out my wardrobe recently and ended up with about 10kg of unworn clothing haha. I think the 30 items in 2013 idea is fantastic! Definitely something to consider for the rest of the year

    • Katherine
      September 8, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      10 KG! Congrats and good work!

  • Naaj Rona
    September 1, 2013 at 11:57 am

    The last two months really ruined my savings goal. The sale are not at all helping and my twitter account is just an evil thing which forces me to visit all these online stores to check for deals. That is my foremost goal, Save Save and Save. Can’t wait for the saving post.

    I have a long list of countries that i want to visit but work has been keeping me so occupied that the list just keeps on getting bigger and bigger.

    Naaj xx

  • Letitia - The Editor
    September 3, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Love this! So beautiful!

  • Anonymous
    September 3, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Thanks Kath for your budgeting tips – instead of 30 items per year, don’t you think it will be more realistic if you go by the $ amount that you would spend per month/year based on your income and maybe your hubby 🙂 and if you dont spend any in one month you could carry that over to the next. Your 30 items ideas is excellent, however those 30 items could do a minimal or lot of damages depending on which brand you bought 🙂 Myself is still a work in progress :), therefore truly enjoy all your tips!

    • Katherine
      September 8, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      Hi! You know I do try to keep to a certain $$ amount per year…however I’m really just trying to consume less and have less items in my closet overall! Totally agree though that 30 items doesn’t mean you’ll be spending any less!

  • guest
    September 4, 2013 at 11:37 am

    You have such an awesome, well-rounded blog.

    • Katherine
      September 6, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Wow thank you! 🙂