Funny you should say shopping ban, I’ve been working out a similar sort of agreement with myself. It’s so hard to be surrounded by such well dressed people all the time, I know new york is the same way. But the exchange rate is killing it for me. Here I thought I was bargain hunting and then I get around to multiplying it out and that twenty euro dress I bought at zara… not so much a deal anymore. Uhf.
I’ve developed a shopping protocol for myself. Anytime I want to buy something, I have to donate or sell one or a few things from my closet. This only works if you know exactly which items you are willing to give up before you take the plunge and get something new. Don’t resist your love for clothes and shopping–adapt to it!
My roommate and I once fasted from buying clothes for an entire year. It sounds impossible ( I certainly thought it was) but it wasn’t as hard as you might think PLUS it feels SO liberating! Hope your ban leaves you feeling refreshed!