I've decided (I am not totally happy about my decision, but that is why I think it is important to keep pushing forward) to NOT spend any money on purchasing new items this month, even though I begin a shopping ban in 10 days. I've decided to get my bag of stuff to the tailors and get the repairs and alterations that I need done. I tell myself that it'll be like having a bunch of new things in that I'll be able to WEAR them. Trying to focus on need over the emotion-charged act of BUYING, and following my own advice which I always intended to do but never followed through with (getting those alterations done).
I hate to stress how hard it is to change, but you know how the saying goes- no gain without pain! And this is emotionally painful for someone who literally is a spoiled child who is used to getting her own way (reasonably, but still spoiled all the same).