A Buyer's Archive | October 2016Tuesday, October 25, 2016
This year I'm joining A Buyer's Archive with Elise, to keep track of my spending on clothes and accessories.
I'm posting this a little early as I've vowed to stop spending this month. Umm, I seem to remember doing a similar thing last October, which didn't quite have the outcome I'd hoped for...
That said, I'm not issuing a spending ban, I'm just not spending anymore until next month, which is seven days away - even I can manage that.
At the end of last month I worked out that I had £54.70 per month to spend on clothes and accessories between September and December, in order to come in below my £745.00 goal.
In September I spent £4.75 - a very good start, however this month hasn't gone quite so well.
Early in October I had a little look in Next to see if they had their new season coats in stock, they did. And I purchased one. And a pair of shoes, and some jewellery. I was on my way home from a massage, feeling very chilled out with nothing to rush home for (except housework), so I decided to have a good look around.
Grey hand finished military coat | £95.00 | Next
I hadn't planned on buying a coat, I just wanted to see what they had on offer, y'know for future reference. I tried this on, decided I liked it, and that I'd keep it in mind as a definite possibility. But as I made my way to pay for my other items I thought 'fuck it', and that is how the coat came to be mine. How's that for an impulse purchase?
Fringed loafers | £28.00 | Next
These are a little different to anything else I own, they'll look cute with skinny jeans and several other items in my wardrobe. And I feel they're a little more autumnal than my ballet flats and loafers, with a bigger heel and more substantial sole.
Necklace | £14.00 | Next (not available online)
I loved this the moment I saw it (hello, pom poms!) and tried to think of what I'd wear it with. I came up blank. I told myself that if I couldn't think of even one thing to pair it with, I couldn't have it. I was about to walk away then my white dress popped into my mind and that was all the persuasion I needed.
Earrings | £4.00 | Next (not available online)
Cute, delicate and only £4.00...
When I got home I tried it all on, and worked out what I could wear everything with. My thoughts of perhaps returning the coat went out the window when I realised that the last time I purchased a coat I really liked was before I met my husband!
I'm glad to say my new shiny things have all been worn already.
But the shopping didn't end here. I took myself off to Felixstowe for wander on the beach and I made a tiny charity shop purchase.
Wallis spot dress | £8.00 | Charity shop
Sadly the hem is wonky, a fact that I managed to miss completely in the shop, so I'll need to alter this before I wear it. Pretty though right?
And then came a trip to Bury St Edmunds to meet Sophie and trawl the charity shops. I was rather restrained this time around, only buying three items.
Phase Eight black dress | £8.00 | Cancer Research shop
I really like this but it isn't the best fit. I'm pondering making it into a midi skirt, I'll wear it more as a skirt than an ill fitting dress - if I do a good job of altering it.
T-shirt | £2.50 | Cancer Research shop
A decorating t-shirt. After a huge wardrobe cull earlier this year I hadn't left much in the way of 'clothes I can happily ruin in the process of making my home beautiful'.
Monsoon cardigan | £3.50 | RSPCA shop
It's not particularly flattering, but it's big, cosy and warm, and some days it's all about the cosy!
Which gives me a whopping total of £163.00 for October (so much for my £54.70 budget!).
Overall total for 2016: £694.60
Which leaves me with £50.40 to hit my target of £745.00. Yikes, two months to go...
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