Monday, 29 August 2016

August Purchases

After not buying anything for #NoBuyJuly16 I didn't buy as much as I thought I would in August. I picked up the dress I'd had my eye on in July after it went on sale again, and another wrap top from Atmos&Here. With the 30% off at Jeanswest for rewards card members I filled up my cart, but never bought anything in the end. With the official start of spring later this week I thought it best to wait and see what I end up wearing a lot of and where any wardrobe gaps are before I buy any more clothes.


What I bought in August:









How I wore my purchases:





Continuing with my goal of wearing things twice in a month after buying them, I've worn both things twice. Since I only bought two things this month, it was really easy to wear them both. I think they are pieces that will get a lot more wear as the weather heats up and we move into spring. I would have liked to have found a replacement for my black maxi skirt since I returned the midi skirt but after the hassle and cost of hemming the last skirt I bought I'm happy to wait a little longer until I can get the right one for my short self. Or until I find another local tailor!

As well as making sure I can think of two ways to wear things immediately before I buy, I'm starting to add things to my cart and then come back another day to buy them only if I've still been thinking about it. Not sure how I'll carry on with this pattern when I'm back to shopping in stores, right now with two boys under 3 online shopping is my main way to shop. It seems to be working to slow my spending for the moment.

I will be attempting #noSpenderSeptember next month and seeing if I can replicate July's no buy month in September too! I got the idea from Beth at Almost Posh. Wish me luck!







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80 comments:

  1. I love the polka dot styled dress! You've picked up some amazing things. I'm gonna try #nospenderseptember! x

    www.57-days.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Good luck with the #nospenderSeptember challenge! :)

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  2. I like both purchases and it looks like you styled them both well! I also love how you made a video - it was fun having a voice to put with your face :)

    Erica
    www.pumpsandpushups.com

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    1. Thanks! it's hard to find time for videos, I wish I could do more!

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  3. Cute wrap top! I am impressed you didn't buy much after not shopping in July too.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  4. I love when I'm able to fill out my cart with stuff and then never actually make the purchase. It gets the shopping bug out but saves my wallet, haha! Doesn't always work out that way though
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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    1. It is good when you don't need to buy! :)

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  5. You've got some lovely things this month! Great post!

    Darriyan xo
    www.darriyancateland.co.uk

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  6. You got a few really cute and versatile pieces. I like how you worked them into outfits right away.

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    1. Yes, having the goal to wear things twice after buying has really helped! :)

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  7. Looking at the items in the video I was more drawn to the wrap front tee than the dress, but I love the ways you styled it! I don't think I would have thought to put together the items you did, but I love the way it turned out!

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    1. Thanks! Glad I could give you some new ideas :)

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  8. I think I stopped following my purchases back in June? Ooops..... that's totally on the to-do list. Honestly I didn't buy anything the entire month of July, so really I sort of did an accidental no buy July, right? (; You've always know how to make the most of your purchases!

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    1. haha congrats on the accidental no buy July! You'll be too busy with wedding stuff to track your purchases anyway!

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  9. I'm impressed with how well you did! I think sometimes after taking a shopping break sometimes people over do it afterwards, but you were so reasonable. Love the dress you got especially--it looks like a great piece for multiple seasons!

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    1. Yes I'm surprised I shopped so little! And that dress will definitely be worn year-round :)

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  10. You're so cute! I forget you're in Australia until you mention things like it becoming spring soon! <3

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  11. I love how you styled everything! I wish that it wasn't so hot here in TN still... though I did enjoy the pool this weekend. I can't wait for fall layering weather!

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  12. i love your purchases and the way you styled them!

    cute & little
    kileen

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  13. My fave of your purchases was the grey top. I love how you styled it with the pink trousers. Its great to see that you commit to wearing your new stuff right a way !

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    1. Yes wearing things immediately really helps so I don't have unworn wardrobe items! :)

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  14. I really like the first shirt dress you showed! I'm getting really into those lately, and I think you paired them so well. Good luck on #nospenderseptember as well!

    Sam | My Beauty Cloud

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  15. I used to buy clothes all the time and then never wear them! I try and go for a similar approach now, I take a look at things instore and if I'm still sure on them after a while then I buy them online. I'm sure it's going to help me stop with the spontaneous purchases :)

    Velvet Blush

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    1. I was the same - making sure I wear things immediately after buying has helped! :)

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  16. I love the grey shirt & shirt dress you purchased Mica. The print is gorgeous and will transition well with the seasons. That asymmetrical skirt is gorgeous also :D Nice purchases.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  17. Loving your purchases! Also, that is a really smart way to go on about what you buy... I tend to impulse buy a lot (mostly makeup), although I like your idea of only purchasing something if you still want it after a day or two. :) Thanks for sharing! <3

    Kay
    http://www.shoesandglitter.com/

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    1. Yes it's really working for me as I make a lot of impulse buys too :)

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  18. I think it's such a great idea to join these challenges because after you complete them it's like to start buying more consciously and in a more clever way. Your purchases show exactly that, they're items that are gorgeous, versatile and stylish. Good luck with the new September challenge dear!!
    xx

    www.stylebydeb.com

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    1. Thank you! It has been good to set myself these challenges :)

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  19. Great purchases and I love how you styled them! =)


    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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  20. I love all of these purchases! They are so cute!

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com

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  21. Man, I did the opposite of no buy July. I am impressed! Teach me how to avoid temptation...actually, don't. I don't know what I would do with my spare time if I didn't shop.

    ~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life

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    1. haha yes, not having a lot of time for shopping with two little boys has been a big help in slowing my spending ;)

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  22. These pieces are all so cute! I especially love the shirt dress, the print is so fun!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
    Instagram

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  23. Great buys!! "No Buy July" sounds pretty interesting!
    Adi xx
    fancycorrectitude.com
    instagram.com/fancycorrectitude

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  24. Great post dear!
    Have a nice day,
    Emma
    www.emmalovesfashion.com

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  25. I need to try this challenge. Love all your looks.
    XOXO, Rachel
    http://www.rachelvogttrends.com

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  26. I LOVE your style! Ive never done a no buy but I probably should soon!

    http://www.thesaltlifewife.blogspot.com

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  27. Love your new purchases! The wrap top especially. Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  28. Wow you made a great purchase! I love this beautiful short dress and the price sounds afordable. Hope you had fun.
    Have a nice day - Vettae
    My Pretty Bazar

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  29. I like this challenge of wearing things twice in a month. I mean, it is just practical and brings out the creativity in people. :)

    Jenn
    The Pink Lemonade Girl
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  30. The dress and wrap top are gorgeous Mica, and I love the way you've styled them to create two very different looks with each item. You look stunning! Well done for sticking to your aims and avoiding impulse buys! I've been doing something similar over the past three months, and have also been listing items on Ebay, so I can sell the things I never wore or which were nearly new. By selling some of my unused items, I'll hopefully be able to put some cash towards new things for autumn!

    Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog.

    p.s - I really like your video for this post, and you speak very nicely!

    Saba xx

    www.trulymadlydeeplyfashion.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Saba! :) I really need to try list some things on ebay - it's been a while since I did a big clearout so it's overdue!

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  31. Congrats on managing to buy only two things this month and for wearing them. We should all try to bring a little suistainable fashion in our lives by wearing the clothes we have often and avoiding shopping. Shopping our closets can be a lot of fun once we get used to it. It is great you wore your items twice this month. I didn't stop buying clothes officially, but I will probably move into a new house by the end of a year and that made me revaluate my closet...I don't think I bought anything this August! I'm sure I bought some things last July (one yellow dress and one black sandals) and one skirt in June but I'm pretty sure I didn't buy anything this month (clothes related) so good for me!

    That shirt dress you bough is gorgeous, loved both ways you styled it. With that leather jacket it looks rock chic, but I also like how it looks with that long cardi. The same goes for that top, it is really lovely.

    http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.ba/

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    1. Well done for not buying! I think moving into a new house will definitely help slow spending as you save for the house! :)

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  32. Wearing things twice in the first month is a good rule! Good job not going super overboard even though you had July "off!" You make me excited for cooler weather!
    Carylee | more pieces of me
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  33. I love your idea of NoBuyJuly...

    XOXO
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  34. Great post dear!

    http://iameleine.blogspot.com/

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  35. Lots of will power! Thats great! I am doing that for Sept, as I have a budget I adhere to, and if I get ahead, I need to cut back. Love the items you bought, the shirtdress, top.. I think I am very carefull of what I buy now, staples and more that I can get many wears from. Lovely items!
    Thanks for linking up with Turning heads tuesday
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Good luck with your #nospenderSeptember! :) I'm definitely trying to buy more staples too :)

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  36. I'm loving the way you've styled your wrap top, it's such a lovely, figure flattering style and convenient for breast feeding too, like you mentioned in the video! I'm sorry that skirt didn't work for you, this style can be a bit tricky, not the easiest of styles to work with. Nonetheless, 2 of 3 worked and you wear them so well! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you're having a great start to your week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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    1. Yes I'm glad 2 of the 3 worked even if the skirt wasn't as good as I anticipated!

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  37. Lovely purchases! I love the polkadot shirt dress!

    Florals&Smiles

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  38. I like the tee! It looks very versatile and you can pair it with almost anything.

    annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com | Bloglovin' | Instagram

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  39. Another no buy month so close after? Good luck! The dress you got was a win, I really like how it looks on you.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Thanks! :) I've got my fingers crossed I can do it again so soon!

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  40. Love that pretty print dress! You will get so much wear from that wrap top, too. It's such a pretty, soft gray color!

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  41. I love the shirt dress! Can't wait to wear mine this spring.

    SSG xxx

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  42. That's a good idea, putting things in your cart but then not buying them immediately!

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    1. Yes it seems to be working for me! :)

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  43. I really love the items you chose! The dress is an absolute perfect print. I also adore the gray top. I'm still nursing as well and it seems to be a fit that could be worn during and after.

    Amanda | http://ASparklingStickyStyle.com

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    1. Yes definitely one of those pieces that will be worn after breastfeeding too! :)

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  44. That is an awesome rule...you really get the most out of your items this way. I absolutely adore the top.. very versatile and cute! Well wishes

    Tiff
    http://www.dashoffashandfinance.com

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  45. that gray top is the cutest thing. Love how yu styled it in both ocassions
    x,Abril
    The Color Palette

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  46. The Shirtdress is such a versatile piece! I love the print of it too. And wait, is that a Chanel bag? Jelly!!

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    1. hehe no no, it's a Rebecca Minkoff Love bag. My Chanel bag is black :)

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  47. Great dress! love the pattern!

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  48. I love your idea of wearing new things twice in the first month, to make sure you are thinking about them actively as a part of your closet. Probably something I should adopt. Would also keep me from buying wool blazers in june...Chic on the Cheap

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    1. haha yes it does make sure I'm buying things for the season I'm in right now :)

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  49. The grey top is really nice, such an easy top to throw on!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.com/

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  50. Thanks for the shout out and good luck for your second month of no spending! Props to you. Loving that shirt dress. #atmosandhere4eva

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    1. hehe yes I spend way too much with that brand! :)

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  51. Thanks all for your lovely comments :)

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