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4 May 2015

Last splurge......

before I go cold turkey for a few weeks!

So after my last post where I expressed the urge to uncomplicate my wardrobe here I am confessing to 2 more purchases made before the shopping stopped last Sunday. As you may recall I recently started following this lovely blog Unfancy and although there is not a lot of chance of me getting my wardrobe down to just 37 pieces (it hasn't started well as this shoe purchase was totally inspired by Caroline's blog!) but I am hopefully on my way to living more with less, to coin a phrase.

Back to what I've been buying! These shoe boots were an eBay purchase after I saw them in a Kurt Geiger store last Saturday. I just couldn't justify paying 100 quid for them, but low and behold (gotta to love those shopping fairies) there just happened to be a worn once pair in my size, auction finishing on Sunday and bingo! I was able to score them at a much more palatable price!


Already worn 3 times this week, they have been busy earning their keep!


Zara jacket, ancient
Zara jeans, past season


Gap jeans, ancient


French Connection jacket, past season
H&M Breton, current instore from Logg section, 
Mulberry Bayswater bag, ancient

The second purchase was a bargain I just could not walk away from! I bought this fab short navy Gap trench with a whopping great discount, practically £50 off, down from £64.99 to just £15.99. The best thing about this jacket is that is has made me let go of something in my wardrobe that I was never quite sure about or 100% happy in. Anyway here's a close up of the jacket, unfortunately I can't find it online which is probably a good thing as knowing Gap it would be a completely different price!



Gap jacket, as above
H&M Breton, current instore from Logg section, 


Topshop jacket, ancient
Jaeger sweater, past season
Gap original fit jeans
Kurt Geiger Laurel skate shoes, past season

So that's it from me this week. I am attempting not to make any purchases for a couple of weeks until I've had a proper sort through my wardrobe. I've managed one week without any shopping so fingers crossed it won't be too hard. I keep telling myself little steps, just hoping I'm not setting myself up for a big fat fail as I'm off on holiday on the 19th and not sure I will be able to resist treating myself as there is a Zara and Mango within striking distance of where we are going! But if I could be good until then, well it would be a start!

Anyone else setting themselves any little challenges or having a good old wardrobe clearout?

As always I love reading and responding to your comments.

Back soon!

Michelle xx

34 comments:

  1. Love your two new purchases Michelle & how lucky were you picking them up at such reduced prices?!! It would have been rude not to surely ;-0
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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    1. I do love a bargain Jane....I dislike buying anything at full price ;0) Happy to have bagged a couple of classic items that I'll hopefully still be wearing in 5 years time! xx

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  2. Great buys and outfits as usual. I really wish you lock with the cold turkey..... You brave thing, I have no willpower!

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    1. Thank you Annmarie! The cold turkey isn't going too bad at the moment.....it's terribly tempting looking at other blogs but I'm trying to find alternatives that I already in the wardrobe to replicate the looks that inspire me. You are pretty good at clearing out things that you don't love so much and selling on so that you can purchase something you've really fallen in love with! xx

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  3. Great shoes Michelle, and don't they go with your Mulberry. Love the navy jacket too, well done.
    Sue xx
    Bestfriendstyle

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    1. The shoes practically match the Mulberry Sue....that made them appeal even more as I am very matchy-matchy! Looks like today will be in need of a mac today....it's nasty out there! xx

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  4. From no on I have to be 'good' re: shopping as I'm back at college and the fees are sly high. it is going to be difficult though so I am with you on the taking it one step at the time. You found two lovely bargains, very clever ( and then I would say they don't count) good luck!

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    1. Oooh brilliant......good to know I will be in excellent company whilst I try and reign in my clothing expenditure! Like you, I have other some other financial commitments to consider as we are just about to start a big project at home and we will be needing every penny to get things exactly how we want! xx

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  5. Oh I'm loving those shoes and they really are versatile - look great with the casual cargo jacket and with your blazer. Great find - you have to love eBay really! X

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    1. Thank you Avril!! The great thing about the shoes is that even though they have a heel they don't feel too dressy which is brilliant for my lifestyle! I heart eBay!! xx

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  6. Michelle!!! You're a little minx at the moment. But how could you not buy both. The shoes are gorgeous and I'm full on jealous. I'm going through the same prices as you at the moment (holiday wear not included). Before I buy anything, I'm asking myself if it will go with lots of things I already own. Two very boring white shirts bought from Fat Face in Saturday but so useful x

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    1. The purchases are done for the next couple of weeks....scouts honour Donna!! I think that making sure things are going to mix'n'match with what you already have is key to the capsule wardrobe thinking!! I classic white shirt is so very useful....thankfully I have that classic covered!! xx

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  7. Loving those shoes, they look amazing on you and well done for getting them on ebay, a fabulous buy. The jacket is gorgeous too, no doubt it will last you years and years xx

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    1. Very chuffed with the shoes, thank you Frances!! I adore the navy jacket too!! xx

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  8. Oh gosh those shoes look yuk and heavy and too clumpy off but amazing on - wow

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    1. Phew....for a second I thought it sounded as though you hated them Fiona!! xx

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  9. Those shoes look a,axing, Michelle! I was really good in March and I've not added up my spends for april but it's not looking good!! Lynne xx

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    1. Thank you Lynne! I think, in part this little sabbatical may have been inspired by your challenge in March....as you say you were very good in March so changing something was good for you.....hopefully this will be good for me! xx

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  10. You did well girl! The shoes look fab on - and they obviously have slotted right in to your wardrobe. And the mac - that's a steal! You're doing well on this careful considered buying ... I'd love to know how much you've culled though. None of your vintage pieces I hope!

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    1. Thanks Sue....the shoes have slotted right in! I absolutely love the Mac too! I love that phrase.....carefully considered buying! This is already making me think more about what it's worth spending the money on, once I've had a rest from purchasing I hope to be able to identify those pieces more easily!
      And you can rest easy....the vintage is going nowhere because there are always occasions that will arise when it pays to keep hold of these things because you can be 100% positive no one else will be wearing them! xx

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  11. I do love a GAP bargain. It's always annoying when the prices in store are different than online (i.e. cheaper) but they don't have your size in store but they do online... Not that I go in to town much but when I do it always happens with GAP!

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    1. I do love Gap....I have found a fair few bargains over the years! You can't beat their staples! I do wish they would sort the pricing between store and online out though, I totally agree it's so annoying!! xx

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  12. Wow, those shoes are gorgeous! I love them with the camo jacket, and how lucky to get current stock on eBay!! We have a Gap outlet near us, and there are some real bargains to be found in there. The navy coat is fab! Not much chance of my wardrobe going capsule any time soon - I reckon I probably own more than 37 t-shirts before you even start looking at the rest of what's in there :-D

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    1. I do love the shoes!! I do find with KG though they seem to carry some styles for a couple of seasons, they did with the Laurel skate shoes I have so it could just be that they did them last year too...or I was just extremely lucky that someone bought them this year and didn't get on with them! I'm happy with them either way! I'm not kidding myself I will ever get down to 37 pieces either but I have started to cull.....I probably had about 37 pairs of jeans but have just got rid of a dozen I know I'll never wear again, small steps but I'm getting there! Now you've gone and introduced me to Caroline Hirons my funds are needed elsewhere! ;0) xx

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  13. Oh love those shoes, you were so lucky to find them...definitely the fashion fairies were smiling down on you! That Gap jacket is such a great buy too Michelle. Now....Can you keep to your promises? Hmm'n!! Helen xx

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    1. Thank Helen....I did indeed get lucky! Really loving the tan accessories this year! I've managed 10 days of cold turkey but admittedly feel like I could do with some blinkers! I'm feeling good about my challenge so far! Have sorted a huge bag of stuff to be sold on at a preloved event, so I am feeling lighter already. Ready to tackle this living more with less malarky! :0) xx

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  14. Anonymous7/5/15 11:20

    Gorgeous shoes Michelle and they look super on you. *off for browse on Kurt Geiger*.
    I noticed you have a Forever21 t-shirt in one of your pics. Could I ask how you find the sizing? I was just looking at a couple of t-shirts on there this morning but have no idea if their sizing is usually true-to-size or not.

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  15. Thank you so much....I really love the new shoes!!
    I bought the Forever 21 tee in a size small (bought black, white & grey and they all came up the same!) O am normally a size 8-10 on top and these are perfect in a size small...not too clingy around the tum! Hope this helps!! Let me know how you get on! x

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    1. Anonymous9/5/15 22:01

      Thanks for that Michelle. I will order the M as that should be fine by the sounds of it.

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  16. I have a grey pair of shoeboots similar to yours Michelle-great for this very unpredictable weather!! Love your bargain jacket from Gap:)
    ~Anne xx

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    1. Thank you Anne, the shoe-boots are great for this weather! I really love the Gap jacket too xx

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  17. I've totally purged my wardrobe and am focusing on two capsules. One for Spring/Summer and one for Fall/Winter. I got started on Unfancy's blog and then found Into Mind which is another fantastic resource of inspiration. It seems to have all put a huge curb (for now) on spending and searching for another "perfect" piece because I'm enjoying more the things I've unburied that I already had.

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    1. I love Into Mind too! That blog has made me go through my skincare and make-up and rid myself of some of that stuff as well. I am feeling exactly the same about my wardrobe after also having a huge cull, it's exciting to shop my wardrobe again now I'm starting to be able to see the wood for the trees! xx

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  18. Oh lucky you Michelle! 2 fantastic purchases! I've just taken order of a tan block heeled pair of sandals & hope they work as well as yours do! x

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