#BEDN Introduction

Friday, November 01, 2013

I tried to blog everyday in May. I failed. This is pretty typical of me and my blog, as much as I enjoy it, it's the one thing in my life that gets shoved to the backseat when everything else gets busy. But, for Blog Everyday in November, I'm hoping to do better.

If this is the first time you have visited by blog, welcome, I hope you enjoy it. What it is today is somewhat different to when I started back in 2010. My blog has changed and I have changed because of it. At first I just wanted to share lovely things, discover new beauty buys, coo over impractical shoes, share new clothes purchases and natter about my life in general and it is largely still about all of that but now my focus has shifted to pre-loved fashion. I still shop in high street stores on occasion but when I started to feel unsettled by my over stuffed wardrobe I set out to change the way I shop.

I love clothes and I love shopping but I hate the fact that I have too many clothes. A wardrobe full of rarely worn clothes started to seem utterly pointless to me, but my love for shopping remained - a contradiction if ever there was one. I've set about many wardrobe challenges to help curb my spending, teach me what I wear and how I like to wear it. I've made myself wear rarely worn or never worn items and now I have a 'one in, one out' rule when it comes to shopping. It doesn't always work, but I have noticed changes in my thought patterns and shopping habits, which I feel are taking me closer to the shopper I'd like to be. I've started to notice that I am thinking 'I won't wear it' or 'I don't need it' when I see something that in the past I would have bought, justifying the purchase by promising myself that I'd find an excuse to wear it, which I rarely did.

I would love to have a wardrobe of clothes I love and wear, all perfectly co-ordinated and bought under the heading of 'Buy Less, Choose Well'. I'm edging closer but I still enjoy shopping. It has shifted though, instead of going out with something particular in mind I now go out to see what I can find. The thrill of finding a lovely piece of second hand clothing is far greater than that I ever found shopping in high street stores. It also means that I have more things in my wardrobe that I absolutely love. I like the fact that the items I find aren't going to waste, they're being recycled and I am no longer looking for the fast fashion fix found in pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap high street stores. And when I get it home I make sure I wear it and work out how it fits into my wardrobe. If it doesn't it goes back to the charity shop, if it fits, then something else has to go.

As I've said I do still shop in high street stores, but this is mostly for items such as socks, footwear and undies. And PJs, I can't wrap my head around second hand PJs.

But this blog isn't all about that, as I've said there is also a smattering of general chit chat, some craft projects (more on that tomorrow) and I joined in a monthly Show and Tell photographic Challenge organised by Sophie, sadly October was the last one. So I'm taking part in the #fmsphotoaday challenge on Instagram instead. You'll also find the odd beauty review and wish list. There is also more than a passing mention of my cats, Socks and Tink, who make up the majority of my Instagram feed.

So this is me and this is my blog, I'm looking forward to the #BEDN challenge and finding some new blogs to follow. Are you joining in?

Thanks to Elizabeth for organising this again and coming up with a great list of daily topics.

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4 comments

  1. Ahhh a fellow cat fan! Must follow you on Instagram as well! Looking forward to reading more from you during #BEDN

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  2. Thanks lovely! I joined in! Nice knowing about your blog changes too!xx

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  3. Those lime green shoes over on your instagram feed are quite something! Wow!

    I'm doing (trying) BEDN too - looking forward to reading your posts as the month goes on.

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  4. I'm hoping to do the whole month of blogging too! I tried it a while back and missed a few days. Better try harder!

    Gemma x

    http://musings-of-a-gem.blogspot.co.uk/

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