so one reason my recent attempt to buy jewelry failed, it occurred to me, was that the piece lacked any personal significance to me. it wasn't from someone special (no, in this case, i don't count) and it wasn't to mark something special (an accomplishment of some sort). for me, if it's serious jewelry (costing more than $80 or $100), it has to be a token of some sort, in addition to being aesthetically pleasing of course.
this evening i had time to waste and went to the drugstore. i found the cutest lip balm there. the design on the product itself is too perfect (a no-nonsense tube construction, writing in grey, writing in pink, words in french, made in france, and a great little graphic detail of a pink spiral seemingly produced free-hand. it is apothecary-meets-cute-cute). and it was half-off. an easy split-second decision that i will not regret.
i labor over clothing purchases occasionally, if the price tag merits it, but i am able to fall for an item of clothing as quickly as i did that lip balm. what i do not ever need is any emotional justification. the love/appreciation/need for the clothes is always enough.
when shopping, do you ever need or have an emotional justification/attachment? is it a help or a hindrance?