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Well, here goes.  My first foray into the blogosphere (do people still say that?) on February 10, 2015, roughly 20 years after the first blog appeared online.  Timely as ever, Auburn.  Totally have my finger on the technological pulse.

Actually, I’ve thought about creating a blog for years, but whenever I stumbled upon a possible topic or theme, I dismissed it almost immediately.  Pictures of my daily outfits?  No.  Done, done and then done some more.  Plus, that avenue requires putting yourself out there (physically) in a way that is outside my comfort zone.  Comedic (so I would hope) musings about the world at large?  No.  Also done and very hard to do well.  Too high pressure and difficult to sustain (in my opinion).  After having my first baby a year and a half ago, dipping my toe into the billion dollar baby business seemed inviting but, there too, hard to find an original niche.

Then, just the other day, as I hit “Place your order” on yet another Amazon.com purchase, I started to think about how I was possibly doing a disservice to other consumers by not writing reviews given what a frequent user I am of that site.  Seriously, I’m assuming Amazon.com has a list of their top purchasers and I’d be shocked if I wasn’t on that list.  Not a humble brag, just an observation.  And yet, I never do write reviews there.  Sometimes I am motivated to write a review of an item on Nordstrom.com but not consistently (though I’m so appreciative of those who do write reviews there as they often guide my purchasing decisions).

According to my husband, I’m nothing if not an overconsumer of goods.  (He doesn’t mean it is an insult and I certainly don’t take it that way.)  So what about a blog where I reviewed my purchases?  ALL OF THEM.  Every day.  For a year.  I humbly present to you: The Daily Buy (I’ve been waiting for three plus decades to capitalize upon my last name . . . and I have a sneaking suspicion it may prove to be an accurate title).

My self-imposed mission is to, as soon as possible after making a purchase, post a blog entry describing same.  Then, at a later date (maybe a few days, maybe the following month, as appropriate), I’ll post a review of that item.  I imagine I’ll refine the process as I go along.  Purchases will get categorized into buckets: Clothing/Shoes (oh lordy, that’s going to be a big one), Beauty, Baby Stuff (products but also baby clothing/shoes), Home Decor, Gifts, Books and Miscellaneous.  My goal is to post every single purchase, excluding groceries.  Although when I pitched this concept to my cousin, she quickly pointed out that reviews of food items and/or recipes might also be of interest.  Feel free to let me know if you agree.  Because I want this blog to have a clean start, my first entries will backdate to purchases made beginning January 1, 2015.

I’m hoping this blog will ultimately serve two purposes: (1) provide candid, non-sponsored reviews of items that followers will find helpful in their own purchasing decisions; and (2) more selfishly, provide me with an accurate snapshot of my own buying and spending habits in hopes of yielding more thoughtful purchases.  And if my overall purchasing volume goes down, well, I can name one person in my household who won’t complain.  Spoiler alert: it’s not me.  Although even I must concede that the amount of time I spend packaging up items for returns is bordering on the ridiculous.

One brief disclaimer: I shall apologize once, and then will try to avoid doing so continually, for the inevitably amateur look and feel of this blog.  I’m new to this, pretty technologically un-savvy and, as a full-time working mom with a baby at home, have precious little free time.  But if I don’t start now, it won’t happen.  For now I shall prioritize content over aesthetics, but stick with me–I hope that the aesthetics piece will improve over time.

Hello world!

January 2nd: Futile efforts in home decorating

WHEN: January 2, 2015 (really got after it that Friday)

WHERE: HD Buttercup

WHAT: 2 rust colored throw pillows; $242.30 (total)

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WHY: HD Buttercup is a fabulous home furnishing store in San Francisco.  The space is massive and jammed with a million interesting pieces.  Twice a year they have a sale with deep discounts and I always make sure to stop by.  This time, I was on the hunt for some new throw pillows to go on our cream sofa, replace the existing floral pillows (which are a bit small) and coordinate with a relatively new rug.  Wasn’t sure if these (the square, stripey ones, on the ends in the picture above) would work or not but knew I could return if necessary.

WELL? I thought they were good, not great.  Husband declared them “too Navajo” and I see what he means.  The colors were pretty much a perfect match with the rug but I think maybe they were too dark/high contrast with the ivory couch?  I don’t know.  I love looking at home decor blogs and sites like Houzz.com, but when it comes down to details like finding the perfect throw pillow, I lose patience (and interest) very quickly.  These went back and have yet to be replaced.  Suggestions happily welcomed.

January 2nd: Futile efforts in home decorating

January 2nd: Bye Bye, Rockstuds

WHEN: January 2, 2015

WHERE: Nordstrom.com (two orders in one day–yikes)

WHAT: Valentino Rockstud Ballerina Flat, Tan, size 40; $745.00

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WHY: I would contend that an explanation is not necessary when it comes to Valentino but I suspect reasonable minds would disagree.  I’ve had these on my Nordstrom.com wish list for over  a year and finally someone took notice–these were under the tree (in Nude) this Christmas.  (Well done, hubs.)  But they were too small (size 39) and the color felt sort of corpse-like.  I should probably admit now that I’m a habitual returner of gifts–add these to the list.  But I still love the style of these shoes so jumped on them when I saw them in my size (size 40, in theory) in this Tan color.

WELL? The color was great and they weren’t quite as uncomfortable as you might think from the pointed toe, but the size 40 was too big.  Evidently, I’m Goldilocks.  Nordstrom didn’t have a 39.5 so these too went back and I happily ended up with a sizable store credit from the gift return.  (Not for long, of course.)  To justify $700+ shoes, they better be perfect.  Sadly, these weren’t.

January 2nd: Bye Bye, Rockstuds

Inaugural purchase and review–really wish it was a more exciting one

WHEN: January 2, 2015 (didn’t waste much time, did I?)

WHERE: Nordstrom.com

WHAT: 2 pairs of Tucker & Tate Pajamas–one solid pink (size Large), one pink and white striped (size Medium); $24 each

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WHY: My 18 month old (who I shall heretofore refer to as HK) goes through PJs like a boss.  She’s in between sizes in Hanna Andersson and I was looking for a slightly warmer, footed option.  You know, for our chilly San Francisco winter.  [Bracing for hate mail from my East Coast friends.]

WELL? Both of these went back. No quality issues but the sizing was weird.  The Medium would have fit for her for roughly 2 nights (maybe less, if I account for dryer-related shrinkage) and the Large was huge.  The search continues.  I will say that, in the meantime, I’m happy I invested in a Merino Kids sleep sack a few months ago–it was pricey ($120 on Amazon.com) but HK has worn it nearly every night and the fabric is flame retardant and magically prevents baby from overheating or getting chilled.

Inaugural purchase and review–really wish it was a more exciting one