Penny, Emily K, Karie, and Shevia -- That last question was provided by to me by Joy. She included it in my of her posts and when I saw it I understood immediately how important it was to ask myself. I have settled some many times for so many different reasons (usually because I am being cheap) and always came to regret it later. That was the primary reason I allowed myself to buy the Eileen Fisher pants. No second guessing myself. I bought the exact item I desired. I didn't hunt for sales. I didn't search for substitutes. Perhaps that is why I am so satisfied.
Joy -- the lace would not be my first choice because it might wash me out. The fuchsia is the one I want. But Banana Republic has not put it on sale just yet. So I am bidding my time.
One more thing. I used to spend hours scanning retail websites with no plan in mind. I purchased impulsively and whimsically. As my fast progressed, I lost interest in that behavior.
I did not stop altogether but mindless shifting through retail websites did come to end. Although I still have not put my wardrobe plan on paper, I did start to feel the foundation of a plan forming in the back of my mind. I am pleased that the pieces I am considering indicate a sort of cohesion. Yay, PROGRESS.
And Joy, I am going to delete that pink lace top from consideration because I know you are right.