update #3 about my no shopping challenge

It’s been a hot minute since I shared an update with you about my No Shopping Challenge! Between the kitchen renovation and planning the wedding, I haven’t really had the time, energy, or resources to do much shopping… which is sort of awesome because it’s really helped me to get back into the groove of this challenge. The last time I checked in, I had slipped up a little over the summer with my shopping and was hoping to get back on track. Let me just say… having all your money wrapped up in a renovation is a great way to avoid buying new clothes!

Shopping My Own Closet

Recently, I transitioned my closet from summer clothing to fall and winter clothing. I documented the entire process on Instagram Stories a few weeks back, but basically I removed every single thing from the closet and re-evaluated whether it belonged or had to go! This system was really nice for a lot of reasons: I could see what I hadn’t touched all year and I could gather things for donation. Once I pulled my sweaters and winter clothing out of storage, it felt like I was actually shopping! Everything felt new again because I hadn’t seen it in so long. It was sort of like greeting old friends. Hello, favorite sweater! Nice to see you again, moto jacket! I really love to wear sweaters, so I even cleared out an entire shelf so I could fold them neatly there. Getting dressed now feels fun and easy because they are all there, laid out really nicely, just waiting for me to choose!

While I was doing this closet overhaul, I identified a few gaps for essentials that I’ve had for over a year. For example, last year I realized that none of my boots were comfortable for my leg. They all either pressed on my hardware in a weird way or had heels that are too high. So I donated them and tried to fill the gap last year. I must have bought and returned 10 different pairs of boots! I ended up only buying a new pair of rainboots last year, but still don’t have a nice pair of black leather boots that I can wear out. I just ordered (and returned) 3 more pairs of boots, so the search continues. It is so frustrating! But I know that a good pair of stylish, but comfortable boots is out there… I just need to find them! The other gaps I identified were that I had to get new black leggings because my old ones had a hole in the knee and I needed a few more bras and workout clothing because my size changed. Then lastly, I indulged in a new sweater!

What I Bought

  • 2 new bras
  • a pair of Spanx leggings
  • this Barefoot Dreams cardigan that I’ve been living in
  • a few new workout tops because my old ones didn’t fit
  • many pairs of boots that have since been returned… again!


So overall, it feels like I am way more on track with this no shopping challenge than my last check in. I definitely consider purchases wayyy more now than I did before. I have also noticed that this means I’m shopping locally instead of online. I mean, I have done my fair share of online shopping (especially for boots…), but I feel like I am more cognizant of what I can find at local boutiques that are within walking distance of my house. I’ve also been thrifting wayyy more, too. Ever since my collab with Value Village, it feels like I’ve almost rediscovered thrifting. The thrill of the hunt has definitely gotten me addicted to vintage shopping all over again!

In case you missed it, catch up on my ‘no shopping’ challenge here:

If you’re doing a similar challenge, I’d love to hear how it’s going for you and what you’ve learned along the way!

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Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest-based social media strategist, content creator, and former textile designer. Joanna is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jojotastic, a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress cabin, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style. Her work has been featured in Domino, CNBC, and Eating Well.

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