A Buyer's Archive | July 2016

Monday, August 01, 2016

This year I'm joining A Buyer's Archive with Elise, to keep track of my spending on clothes and accessories.

H&M dress, top left |  pre-loved from ebay  |  £16.78

ASOS dress, top right  |  pre-loved from ebay  |  £18.00

I have to admit I hadn't planned on bidding on either of these dresses but after a few glasses of Pinot I placed a cheeky low bid hoping for a bargain, but then I got competitive and kept upping it when I was outbid.

Lesson: Never drink and ebay.

That said, I love both dresses (they have pockets by the way, both of them - pockets!) and have already worn the ASOS dress to a wedding.

I've no idea when the other one will be worn but I love it, so I might just have to create an occasion to wear it. Or perhaps pop it back on ebay and hope someone else has a few too many glasses of vino...?

Poncho  |  ASOS  |  £20.00
Less exciting than two pretty dresses with pockets, I also purchased this khaki poncho to take to Latitude. In the end it didn't get worn, the weather was glorious! I was convinced that with the wet weather we'd been having, and the fact that last year the weather was really good, we couldn't possibly be so lucky a second time. Still I rather have it and not use it, than not have it and need it.

Bikini  |  Debenhams  |  £26.00
Purchased for the possibility of swimming in the lake at Latitude. We didn't swim in the end so now I feel the need to wear it. I'm thinking it's time to let the world (or a tiny number of people in a small seaside town in Suffolk) see me in a bikini for the first time in 6 years.

Ombre Poncho  |  Tu  |  £12.00
Because it was just so pretty.

Sunglasses  |  H&M  |  £7.00
Because my other pair keep sliding down my nose...

Bracelets  |  H&M  |  £3.99 and £4.99
When killing time before an optician appointment, what is one to do but shop?

Sandals   |  Tu  |  £16.00
I customised them a little by cutting off the highest strap. I'm not hugely taken with these but I haven't found any so far this year that I really like that fit well. These will do for now.

Festival hat  |  Latitude  |  £10.00
When you get sunburn on your scalp, and your nose, and will be spending all day outside, you need something to shade your face.

Total spend for July £134.76

Total so far for 2016 £489.64

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  1. That bikini is gorgeous! And I had to laugh at the 'never drink and eBay' - I have fallen into that trap too many times.

  2. I always buy things on Etsy and Ebay when miserable. In fact, most of the Luckydip style boxes I have bought are just as a result of that! The H&M dress is GORGEOUS!

    1. I have a huge Esty favourites list, but I rarely purchase anything from there. It's a can of worms I don't want to (and probably shouldn't) open!

  3. Drinking and ebay brings your competitive side out - it is not good. I think most of us has probably done it at one point in our lives. At least the dresses are beautiful so well done.

    1. It's not good, but at least I ended up with two great dresses and not a couple of duff items what ended up in the charity bag!

  4. Both dresses are lovely and I'm sure you'll find occasion to wear the second one. xxx

  5. I love the idea of buyers archive, so easy to get carried away with online shopping.

    1. All to easy. I've been keeping track since 2012 and it does help to curb spending a little bit, I still succumb to the odd impulse purchase though

  6. I tend to buy things on ebay when I am on night shifts! I still need to complete my July buyers Archive as I may have purchased lots of things ...



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