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Thursday, 16 February 2012

finally find you and i collide..

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floral blouse: h+m
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jersey pencil skirt: primark
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heels: new look
a quick and fairly unexciting outfit post, although i didn't realise until i was halfway down the stairs that i had managed to pick some stupidly tan coloured shiny hold ups - not good and i didn't realise the glare they would be producing in the photos - oops!

and another outing for this pencil skirt - i had planned to get rid of the blouse, as i have always liked, although not really been particularly comfortable in blouses, as i was always really funny about how they fit me across the chest..i decided to give this one one last try since it didn't sell on ebay the other week, and i have to admit i'm not having any of the problems i had envisaged - probably due to my change of size in that area with the recent weight-loss..

today's first news is that i have joined danielle in her 100 day shopping ban - her post about it can be found here - and i think it makes a lot of sense..i read through, and can totally relate to a lot of the things she says she finds herself doing..i guess that for me, the actual act of 'going shopping' (ie. going for a browse around clothes shops with no real purpose) has become more of a hobby than it should, and i would prefer to use my time for something more productive..

starting today i am giving up shopping for clothes, shoes, accessories, etc for myself for 100 days, until 26th may 2012..i'm hoping to use the time to get my spring clean for the year totally finished, figure out some better storage solutions for my existing clothes and shoes, and to get some of the fabric stashed on my shelves turned into clothing, as making something new doesn't count as a spend if i'm using fabric from my already existing collection..keep up with my progress here or no doubt on twitter, or better still - join us?

also in my ban i will be including money spent on books and ebooks, as i have a huge pile to get through..
i'm not going to ban myself from buying presents (birthday etc) for friends and family, as there are quite a few of these coming up in the next 100 days, and i will allow myself to spend on stamps and stationery to enable me to keep in touch with my penpals..

and leading on (sort of) from my thoughts of using my time more productively, i'm thinking of applying for a local allotment, after seeing something about it today online..as i don't have any outside space, i really like the idea, and may well apply - although i'm worrying that i may not have enough time to devote to it to really see any results - does anyone have any thoughts - i'm going to try and get some books from the library and have a more detailed think about what it will entail before perhaps applying at the meeting at the weekend..any tips and advice would be really appreciated....!

17 comments:

  1. Good luck with your 100 days without shopping, I read Danielle's post on it yesterday and I think it's a really great idea. As for the allotment that too is a good idea, it's something I really want to do myself, or at least have a yard big enough to grow things in. My parents have one and it's always good just being able to pop down and pick fresh fruit and veg. You don't need a huge plot of land, you do need to rotate your crops yearly and having flowers within the vegs help to attract the insects that help your veg. I wish I knew more green fingered things to help you.

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  2. I am in love with that top, what a beautitful pattern.
    100 day no spend? Wow, brave and comendable. Shop your damn wardrobe woman! You have loads of clothes.
    x

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  3. You look lovely, pencil skirts really suit you. Good luck with the 100 day ban - I could probably do with joining you, I've been such a spendtrift lately. But 100 days is a long time! I might do it for Lent xx

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  4. Good luck with the shopping ban! You are a braver woman than me! Love this outfit on you, shows off your amazing figure :)

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  5. Char you would be by far the best dressed allotment tender!!! I'm on the spending ban too, hope it will prove to be a turning point.

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  6. I don't have any advice on the allotment but I really like the idea! I'm a flat dweller too and I know how horrible it is to not have private outside space. I'm also liking your skirt, and don't throw the blouse away!

    xx

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  7. I love your outfit, the colours look gorgeous together and those shoes are beauties! Best of luck to you both with the shopping challenge, I know what you mean, Shopping does become a bit of an activity to do on the weekends, but not so good for my bank balance and my wardrobe needs a big clear out anyway not more items!

    Caroline x
    carolinescatwalk.blogspot.com

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  8. That skirt is so beautiful! And those purple heels are gorgeous!

    Jessica | Vixenelle

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  9. That skirt looks great on you; I wish I could wear pencil skirts!

    The 100 day shopping ban sounds really interesting. I might have a go at doing it myself, I do really need to save some money at the moment.

    xx

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  10. Oooh, do get an allotment! We don't have anything like that at home and it always makes me laugh at the idea (even though it is a good one)
    Also, I love the shiny legs look!

    Ps. I'm joining you and Dani on the ban too

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  11. I really like this outfit, the colours are fab.

    Good luck on the 100 day spending ban. I am very tempted to join in so watch this space!

    X x

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  12. The making something new is a great idea. I have a load of jewellery making bits so I will have to get going on that! Thank you for joining me on this lovely :]] xxx

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  13. I love the skirt - such a nice shape! Good luck with the 100 day shopping ban, it's definitely longer than I could manage!

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  14. Ooh I am so jealous of your allotment! (saw your tweets about it) Growing your own veg is so rewarding, Scott has grown carrots & beetroot before. Much more delicious than shop bought.

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  15. I love that skirt, such a lovely color! And that top is gorgeous as well. You look gorgeous! :)

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  16. You can hit me up for allotment advice whenever you wish! I had one at work for a year or so (before it got reclaimed by the gardeners, booooo) so I know the basics.

    Also, consider yourself tagged ;-)

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  17. Ohhhhh god 100 days that is such a long time! What a daunting task - you should definitely do a round-up after 50 days or 25 or something. Good luck! ♥ Claire @ Jazzpad

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