Big purchase

My young, idealistic self never wanted to own a car. No joke. It was part of my whole “no debt, no credit, only cash” philosophy and didn’t fit my vision for “urban living”. And really, I didn’t want the responsibility or expense of maintaining a vehicle.

I wanted to live in the city, near everything I needed. I wanted to rely on my own two feet, a bike or public transportation and more or less did. Until I moved to Texas, I never owned a car. I always borrowed one from family, until my grandfather signed over the title of the vehicle that brought me 2300 miles to Texas.

Big purchase

Dress – Eshakti, 28
Cardigan – Old Navy, XXL
Jelly flats – Mel via ideeli, size 10
Bracelet – Style & Co., Macy’s
Necklace – Etsy

The 20 year old minivan (yes, you read right) was fun while it lasted. Nostalgic even, since a minivan was the first car I drove. The days of carting my siblings and their friends around. The stuck side door that you had to slam shut if you did get it open – it was fun to watch the macho kids try that one. That one time at work when two SUVs parked too close on both sides with no room to spare, and I was able to climb through the back and over the seats, instead of waiting for one of those jerks to come move their car. The night my friend and I took the car during a sleepover (when we shouldn’t have, sorry Mom!) and drove over to her house to grab something. We caught her so-called “friends” toilet papering her parent’s house and scared the crap out of them. Good times.

Driving a minivan might not be an ideal mode of transportation when you’re in your late 20s and childless, but it worked. I liked sitting higher up. It didn’t move fast but got the job done. It had a lot of room for “stuff”. It was also fairly inconspicuous. I do drive fast on occasion and (knock on wood) never got a ticket while driving a minivan. That is one thing (that I feel like) I’m going to miss.

Our new car is a 2014 Subaru Forester. It’s a lot peppier than a minivan.

Ideally, I would have taken these in a field somewhere before sunset, looking like I popped right out of a car commercial… but alas, we had some celebratory sushi (or doomsday “you just signed up for a lot of debt” meal) and snapped these after.

Big purchase

The finance lady took our picture we signed… my expression says it all.

New car!

Chris with the new car

Oddly enough, I really miss public transit. Living in Houston is tough without a car. I thought living in the East Bay was bad enough, but here (especially the suburbs) it is almost non-existent. It was nice to go to San Francisco on BART for school or fun, and not have to worry about parking or getting around. Except a few times I almost missed the last train and got stuck in the city… oops.

This dress is from Eshakti and is one of the few decent things I’ve purchased from them since my bad experience(s) last year. I’ve tried custom sizing several times with catastrophic results, so I was really glad when they expanded the standard sizing. Things are still a little wonky, but much better than before and things I can fix.

We’ve only had the car a few weeks and I’ve definitely put it to work. I don’t commute but we’ve gone on a few field trips – like the beach and a weekend in Dallas with friends (and yarn)! There will definitely be a whole lot of shopping from my closet as I get used to paying a car note and insurance… ha!

Have you made any big changes or decisions lately?

22 Comment

  1. Ooh that’s a good looking car! Good looking boyfriend too and omg you are so cute in your gorgeous dress and cardi!

    Best post of the day! (Although I’m totally bummed eshakti don’t post to Australia)

    1. Nicole says: Reply

      Thanks Michelle! I love the car (and the guy). He doesn’t love having is pictures plastered all over the internet, but indulges me on occasion.

      If you ever see something on eShakti that you can’t live without, I’d be happy to let you use my address and I could send it on! Hopefully they’ll offer it in the future. Maybe send them an e-mail so they’re aware?

  2. Cate says: Reply

    Awesome choice! I have a 2000 Forester and she’s the greatest car ever. :D

    That dress is so great. I love the pops of color!

    1. Nicole says: Reply

      Thanks Cate! And that’s good to know! I’ve heard a lot of great things about the Subaru’s. I’ll be taking good care of her, so we make it that long.

  3. Juliette says: Reply

    The dress is adorable! Congrats on the car – it really is a great thing, even though I know it’s a big expense. I commute by BART during the week but I LOVE having my car on the weekends, just love it. And you will be very very happy when you pay it off, LOL!

    1. Nicole says: Reply

      Thanks Juliette! I just made the first payment and had some buyer’s remorse, but living in Houston without a car is impossible. I never thought I’d miss commuting on BART… but I do. Though I think I don’t get sick as much, since I’m not using public transit daily, ha ha.

      I will definitely be glad when it is paid off… in a few years, ha ha.

  4. bloomie says: Reply

    You are adorable – I LOVE that dress! And big mazels on the car! I inherited a car from my mom and it does me plenty good but my gf is always daydreaming about the nicer car we’ll buy in a few years time.

    Also it’s so nice to meet your man, I feel like he’s been the man behind the photos for so long that it’s nice to see his face.

    1. Nicole says: Reply

      Thank you! I was driving an inherited car for the last 5 years, and it was a blessing. Free car, low maintenance, cheap insurance? Awesome. The new car was a bit of a shock, but it is amazing.

      He doesn’t like his picture on the internet… but I’m slowly converting him! I figure he takes a good 75% of my outfit pictures now, so he’s a part of the blog. ;)

  5. We bought a new car in December and I was like you – had my old car for 12 years, it was totally paid for and tiny and easy to get around in. Why would I need a car payment and something bigger? But, Max said it was time and we needed to do it. And I love my new car. But I insisted on keeping the old one and now he drives it and loves it as much as me, lol! But I am still anti-car payment and cringe when I pay it each month. But it’s for the greater good… I keep chanting that to myself!

    Love that dress lady… I need one too!

    1. Nicole says: Reply

      I am cringing with you! Plus the added expenses – my insurance doubled (compared to my California rate, no less), more gas (even though it is better MPG)… but I love it. We still have the old car too, because I’m a slacker.

      I think this is called the tuxedo front dress. Not sure if they have this color combo anymore, but they had a few others.

  6. Olivia says: Reply

    whoooottt!!! I didn’t want a car either! And for years I didn’t get one, know I can’t live without it! xxxxxx

    1. Nicole says: Reply

      I know what you mean! I could do without the payments… but I love the car, ha ha.

  7. I thought since I was 18 that I can’t live without a car. Dad bought me one directly after I get my driving license. And now, I don’t have one because I don’t have the money to buy a car. It works. But I really miss the comfort I had with my little peugeot. *cry* :)

    You look gorgeous in this dress. Love it! <3


    1. Nicole says: Reply

      We do what we must! I was always lucky to have access to vehicles owned by family, so I thought I could live without… which isn’t the case.

      Thanks Mel!

  8. I loooooove that dress on you! Super cute!

    1. Nicole says: Reply

      Thank you! One of my favorites now! Just need to fix some fit issues with a tailor.

  9. Haha, now you know why I was so baffled and scared of public transport in NYC. I know now to just get over it, but I’ve lived in a small lake community my entire life. There is no public transportation, and if I were going to walk to the nearest grocery store, it’d be a 14 mile walk round trip. I’m sure you’ll enjoy being able to get to things easier, but yea, car payments suck. Love the dress by the way! I haven’t purchased from eShakti in a long time, but maybe I should give it a go again.

    1. Nicole says: Reply

      Hey, I thought I’d be better with the public transit in NYC and even I was overwhelmed and lost. But we survived!!!

      I have an epic love/hate (more of the latter) relationship with eShakti. I’ve had a few gems (this and two other items) but send most of them back. And I’m never doing the extra 20% store credit thing ever again.

  10. Betty says: Reply

    Hi, I just recently found your blog and have been browsing through, admiring some REALLY CUTE OUTFITS! You have exactly my kind of clothing style, just a shame I can’t be bothered with shopping/have the time and money to get your wardrobe… Anyway, you have great style!

    1. Nicole says: Reply

      Hi Betty! Thank you! And thanks for commenting. I used to think the same way… so I wore jeans and t-shits all the time. My shopping experiences were always stressful, so it took me a while to come around.

      When I started working on my wardrobe, I did a lot of thrifting and clearance shopping to find the pieces I wanted to work with my budget, but both take time. If you haven’t, maybe give it a try! It is always exciting to see what treasure you’ll find among the rest. ;)

  11. Chel says: Reply

    I super love your dress!!

    Just discovered your blog today from bloghopping. I love your style. :)

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