Well, for me the "waste not" is easy, but the "want not"? Hmmmm...
So what's a girl who wants (wants and wants and wants...) but also wants to keep her budget?
Recycling, that is.
I love accessories. I have lots since I've been collecting them little by little since I was in college and keep most of them in good condition. Having a trunk of trinkets to fire my creativity with is the surest way to not follow trend blindly. I basically can recreate a trend or at least create a similar effect from what I've already had in my closet.
So when the department stores sell multi-layered fake pearl necklace for exorbitant prices, I just steal the idea and incorporate into my own wardrobe. Afterall, why do I need to buy ONE new multi-layered necklace when I can create mine with THREE strands from my own jewellery box? Or I can wear all of them separately, or just layer two strands instead of three. The possibility is endless in the game of fashion.
Don't forget the bracelets! This department store also sells bracelet sets very similar to what I'm wearing. Well, I prefer to mix-and-match my own, thank you! And my wallet is happier, too!
Now that I know I don't need to spend my hard-earned money on all those new trends, I can splurge at the Kinokuniya bookstore and buy something (or several things) that will last longer than the passing accessories trend!