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26 April 2015

April....what shopping damage have I done?!

Hands up...I've confessed to a few purchases throughout the month but there are a couple that I haven't really shared yet! Here's the first item I bought in April, a useful little black jacket from Mango.  I see this pulling lots of outfits together, it's just a classic!


If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that I had a little H&M haul delivered at the beginning of the week.....it cheered me up no end on Monday whilst in the throes of my housework! I have to put my hands up here and say that out of this little lot I only kept the sandals! They are a fab, bargain little nod to the boho trend this season!


Whilst we are on the subject of tan sandals....I also bought these London Rebel ones thanks to Eve All Worn Out. Sadly they are now sold out.


Following through on the 70's/boho vibe again, I bought this lovely little shell top from New Look which I can't find on their website but does happen to be on the ASOS.


Whilst doing my H&M returns I managed to pick up a bit more khaki, in the way of a dress this time! A good, basic go-to dress in my favourite colour at the mo! 


Last but not least, I have bought these ASOS Maddox cropped jeans....the jury is still out as to whether or not they are keepers! I'm at that point in the season that I've made all of the essential purchases and I am now just looking for trouble....I bet this resonates with a lot of you lovely ladies!! Tell me what you think, I have a feeling they will be a bit of a marmite item?!


This post has in part been inspired by a lovely blog I've come across called Un-Fancy that's all about working a capsule wardrobe. Sadly the lady who writes it (Caroline) is now taking a sabbatical as she is off on an adventure but she has got me thinking about simplifying things and how that has an effect on your life in general so I am enjoying reading her posts from the beginning. Maybe this is the beginning of a new chapter for me? It's certainly making me look at things differently as my wardrobe feels pretty saturated right now! I feel the stirrings of a change of sorts coming along and this could be just what I need, it sounds really refreshing to uncomplicate things!

Here's the round-up of this weeks outfits! First outing for my new Mango jacket.


Zara t-shirt, past season
Gap original fit jeans, past season


Topshop t-shirt, past season


Ramones t-shirt, Primark current, another April purchase
Pull & Bear jeans, past season


H&M top, current instore, not online, another April purchase


Zara jacket, current
Alexander Wang T-shirt, past season
H&M jeans, past season
Kurt Geiger Laurel skate shoes, past season

So have you had a good or bad month purchase-wise?

As always I love reading and responding to your comments.

Until next time!

Michelle xx


36 comments:

  1. Love the Mango jacket Michelle. You've made some lovely purchases. I've had a bit of a thing for white tops this month so haven't been very good.....no surprises there!
    Loving all your outfit pucks too that duster coat is gorgeous.
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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    1. Glad I'm in good company on the purchase front Jane ;0) I look forward to seeing your white tops as that it what I am on the look out for as I have one which I love that needs to replacing as it's on it's way to that big wardrobe in the sky! xx

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  2. Love the black crops Michelle. I think you already work a great capsule wardrobe albeit slightly larger than I think you envisage. Lots of neutral colours, updated each season. I haven't ordered that jacket yet, I'm going to miss out aren't I x

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    1. The jury is still out on the crops.....going to have another go at styling them today! I do need to have a bit of a wardrobe cull but there aren't many things are aren't worn on rotation and on the whole it all works pretty well together! I try hard to make sure the new things I buy fit with at least 5 other items I've already got and sticking to a neutral palette does help a lot! xx

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  3. Love your purchases. I really like how your style is consistent. I think a capsule wardrobe could really work for you. I love Caroline's blog. She really changed the way I view what is necessary in a wardrobe. I particularly found her theory on the "power of three" very interesting. I also printed out her worksheets and highly recommend them.

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    1. That is a huge compliment Marianne, thank you! I feel the need to purge a bit at the moment as I seem to have accrued a lot of stuff. I think it is easier to work a wardrobe better that is built on the basics which is what attracts to Caroline's way of thinking. I've have also been reading with interest about Matilda Kahl in Harpers Bazaar about having a uniform based on white shirts and black for work and that kind of simplifying things really appeals to me, in fact although I only work 2 days a week I have separate clothes that I wear only for work and as soon as I read that article I turfed a lot of items out and will now be sticking to my own uniform of sorts. I am so looking forward to reading up the *power of three* and checking out the worksheets, that is top of my list of things to do today so thank you for bringing them to my attention.

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    2. The article in Harpers was so interesting! I have been tossing bags out of my closet too! Culling must be in the air. Please don't give away your lovely gray coat. It looks so nice on you;)

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    3. Fear not Marianne...the grey coat is going nowhere! That was one of my favourite coat purchases ever and something I will wear for years to come! That's exactly what I need to work out though, which coats I passed over to wear the grey instead!

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  4. Nice purchases! I went a bit mental, Gap sale, loads of tops, and a trench coat, then Asos, weekday jeans and top, more vans, more supergas, ordered a jacket from madewell, bag from HoF. There's something wrong with me! I don't need any of this stuff, ha!

    I have the duster coat, I really wish I'd sized down two sizes instesd of one, feels massive on me, doesn't look as good as yours!

    And I love the Maddox jeans, I keep thinking about ordering them, but I'm trying my best to avoid black and grey at the minute, as I'm becoming more and more fearful of colour!

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    1. You know I started writing this post on Friday and in my usual style the wheel came off the cart on my *less is more campaign* the day after....thanks to the Gap sale! Though in my defence, I bought something that looked as good over the outfit I was wearing as the TS duster that I had on, I could have worn it straight out of the shop, I loved it that much.....oh and it was only £15.99. But I feel the same I don't need anymore stuff, so why do I keep buying?! Arghh!!

      The jeans are good, but I think they will be a casualty of my cull because they are so tricky to style! I am also getting more fearful colour as much as I love seeing it on others!

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  5. I'll be interested to see what the changes a-stirring will bring! I agree with Donna. I think you are someone who has truly mastered the art of the capsule wardrobe and you manage to breathe new life into items constantly by the way you style them. Honestly, I always think you look really fab, so I'm intrigued as to what changes you think you need to make!

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    1. Ahhh Helen, thank you for such a lovely comment. I think I just feel very bogged down with stuff, not just with clothes but life in general and I guess reading Caroline's blog made me realise that having too much choice does sometimes confuses things! I just want to make life a bit more simple I guess, if that makes sense and my bulging wardrobe seems a good a place as any to start making some changes! xx

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  6. So many different looks, absolutely LOVE that fringe bag

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    1. Thank you Fiona! I think you need the H&M fringe bag in your life....in at least one of the colours! ;0) xx

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  7. Fab purchases Michelle! The sandals are just gorgeous, and I love the simple styling of that khaki dress, too. It's a shame that Unfancy is taking a break, I had a peek when you mentioned it on Instagram and it's a great read, although I'm not sure I could ever fully adopt a capsule wardrobe policy...I'd last about five minutes! Loving all your outfits as usual, and I've just spotted myself in your sidebar - such a compliment, thankyou! xx

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    1. Thank you Becky......the sandals and dress go perfectly together don't they?! Isn't it a shame that Un-Fancy is taking a break! I've been looking forward to her posts everyday! All my favourite reads are showing up in my sidebar.....you are in great company! ;0) xx

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  8. I think I have finally discovered I work best on having less choice Michelle! You mix and match to perfection! Enjoy your week:)
    ~Anne xx

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    1. You know, I feel ready to implement the less is more in my life Anne, I want to uncomplicate things! Thank you for your lovely comment....wishing you a great week too! xx

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  9. Love your purchases, but I am an enormous fan of Un-Fancy and she was the beginning of a capsule type wardrobe in my life. It is just so refreshing to have minimal stuff to choose from each day, and yet it doesnt have to stop you looking and blogging (look me up at www.megblackstyling.com...can't wait to see how you make any changes! But please don't stop blogging like Caroline has!

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    1. Meg....I have just had a quick peek at your blog and website and can see there are going to be lots of lovely hours lost reading it all! I'm not going any where, I am having too much fun on this blogging journey but I'm looking forward to trying out some different things! Thank you so much for the lovely compliment! xx

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  10. I LOVE that jacket - I'm just returning one to Mango - the embroidered one - a bit too much for me and I used to be all about color and patterns! Love the jeans - tempted by the Thea that Eve has blogged about! xx

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    1. You need the Mango jacket.....it's an ace little classic! Would you believe I thought I was ordering the same ones that Eve has....not so! The Maddox is a bit wider at the hem, which I think looks great with a heel like the above pic! xx

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  11. Love the Mango jacket, love the H&M sandals and Love the Asos jeans, so cool, love them styled with heels as in the photo. Also your Zara army trousers are fab on you such a good, cool alternative to chinos. Your style completely rocks! xx

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    1. Thank you Frances! The ASOS jeans do look fab with a heel don't they?! I love the Army jeans.....it is so tempting to wear them everyday as they are so easy to style and so comfortable, such a great alternative to wearing skinnies too! xx

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  12. Michelle, you always get it so right. That jacket is fab, such a goodie to have in the wardrobe, and the sandals were a great buy too! The way you mix and match up is brilliant, super stylish but never too contrived! Keep on keeping on girl! Helen xx

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    1. Thank you Helen, that is such a lovely compliment! At least what I buying is pretty considered and slots in well in my exisiting wardrobe....I just need to buy a bit less! I thought I'd had a pretty good month until I started totting up what I've spent and counted the amount of new things I added to the already bursting wardrobe! I have since been having a clear out and made sure I have got rid of as many items as I've added! Tiny steps and all that! xx

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  13. Looking effortlessly cool as always, Michelle. I so admire your style. Off to investigate some of your buys now ;-) Lynne xx

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    1. Thank you Lynne! I bet you are off to check out the New Look top....and the H&M sandals?! ;0) xx

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  14. Well....I spent my April budget and slightly over....my May budget has already started so I purchased a bargain dress from H&M (£15!). I feel like I need to really stop and take stoke though as like you, I feel like I have an abundance of clothes yet every morning I walk into my wardrobe and think I have nothing! Randomly I started pulling out a load of shoes this morning to take to a pre-loved shop. I love sorting other peoples wardrobes but lack the attention span for mine most of the time. Yet I do think I need a damn good clear out. Would want to see the Asos trousers on before I passed judgement. That blk mango jkt though is gorgeous and now I want that New Look top!!!!x

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    1. Oooh! I shall look out for the new dress on your blog! ;0) I am starting to take stock Natalie! You have been pretty good at sticking to the budget you've set yourself, so you have also inspired me! At least you may acrue a few more funds if you sell some items on.....in my head that would mean I could up my budget! ;0) I am currently clearing out too, putting the odd thing on eBay so I can start a fund for a clothing investment....not sure what yet but I will have some fun researching! xx

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  15. I love these posts - your honesty about all you've bought and the inspiration I get from it! I saw that new look top in store on Saturday - it's fab. Have you worn it yet?
    I'm with you on the paring back - I got rid of about 30% of my wardrobe when we moved and it's made getting dressed so much easier - tho buying more gets easier too as you have space to fill in the wardrobe!! X

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    1. Mwah...what a lovely comment Avril! Thank you! I have worn the top....just didn't get a picture of it! I wore it with the Topshop khaki silky harems and the new H&M fringed sandals, have to say I felt great in that outfit!
      I am on a roll with the paring back....sounds like a house move would totally sort me out! It feels good to be ridding myself of some of this *stuff* and I am already seeing the wood for the trees as they say and finding it easier to get myself dressed on a daily basis! xx

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  16. Hi there!
    Just discovered your blog through Twitter. I must tell you, it is inspiring to see the pics you have taken of yourself. I have a blog as well, and I am just having such a difficult time putting myself out there, in my own clothes, and god knows, my visa and closet are testaments to the fact that I have a few outfits I could throw on for the camera. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I'm now a follower, and that you have motivated me to show a bit more of myself in my blog. Love the Mango jacket btw! xx Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, thank you for the lovely comment! It's not that easy to put yourself out there, I admit but I enjoy sharing my outfits as this is how I tend to gain inspiration myself! It's nerve wracking it first but can become quite addictive! I've just had a quick look at your blog at it looks fantastic, will be going back later to have a proper read. Thank you for getting in touch! Michelle xx

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  17. You always look amazing Michelle & really are great at buying key pieces! Carolines blog look so interesting & I look forward to having a good look at it! I don't have a huge wardrobe & in the last few years have definitely thought more carefully about what I've been buying but there's still some impulse purchases & room for improvement! x

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    1. Thank you Andrea! Caroline's blog has already cost me.....but hopefully that will be the end of my purchases for a while! I am in the midst of a huge closet clear out.....there is so much room for improvement but I can see the wood for the trees at last!! I think the hardest things is parting with stuff that has a bit of sentimental hold over you even though you'll never wear it again! I'm getting there though! xx

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