October’s budgeting bloggers round up

Greetings blogging friends, how are you on this lovely morning? I’m crossing my fingers that you’re snuggled up with a good coffee on a squidgy sofa rather than working hard (that’s my current position anyway!). A girl can dream right? So today’s post is all about my  October clothes shopping and how well I’ve done with the purse strings this month. As per usual I’m joining up with Franish and all the other lovely budgeting bloggers, so don’t forget to pop over to see how they’ve done too! As for me I’ve had an okay month in October – no thanks to the big spree in just one shop in the middle of the month. But despite this I I somehow  managed to keep to my budget and only spend £115.98, which leaves me a little bit to add to the Christmas fund – hooray! So what did I get for this money, well not a huge amount compared to last month to be honest, but I’m not to worried about that as it’s all lovely stuff!
Budgeting Bloggers: October

 

The last months shopping exploits have been in just two shops: H&M (for no less than three pairs of shoes) and Matalan for everything else. All the shoes I bought have been won loads already and are perfect for what I needed, so that’s a bonus! I have been searching for boots like these for ages as they look so practical, are comfy and can be worn with loads in the autumn months. And these ones don’t disappoint. As for the pumps I’ve been needing some for ages that were interesting colours, so I’ve ticked that off this month at least!

As for the clothes, I couldn’t say no to the tweed biker jacket as it was a mere £15 and it’s just lovely. [I think I’m a little bit in love with it if I’m honest!] As for the other jacket/blazer thing I loved the pattern (not the exact one on here, it’s a flowery pattern) so I had to buy it, I mean a black and white blazer is an essential yes? Not in the above picture is a navy and red striped long sleeve top that is perfect for lazy Sundays and walks on the common – very similar to the waffley one above, which was perfect until I spilt coffee down it – oops! As I don’t own skinny black jeans I could hardly say no to these black ones for a mere £12 could I? Especially when they fit absolutely perfectly (and look awesome with the new boots)! The one other purchase I made this month was a simple grey tshirt with fake leather capped sleeves. This top is such a simple item and was relatively cheap (only £8) but I’m totally in love with it. It is such an easy top to throw on with a pair of jeans and automatically looks like you’ve made an effort, which let’s be honest everyone loves right?

So there we have it, quite a lot of awesome things for my money this month, what about you how has your budget gone this month? Has it been successful or not?

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Wow I’m actually quite surprised! aka September’s budget

Happy September budget day everyone – how are you all? Welcome to the latest addition of budget blogging where somehow I managed to have a good month! Once you’ve picked yourself up off the floor in shock, we can continue! I honestly felt like I had a dreadful clothes month so I’m frankly quite shocked by this amazing piece of news! I don’t know how this happened to be honest, I think it helped that I got given a lot of clothes as gifts this month and that I was on holiday for a week, but even so I feel like I’ve spent loads, perhaps I’ve miscalculated and actually missed off a few things – it is possible I suppose…
Anyway the verdict is that I’ve spent £92.75 in total and I actually earned £30 (selling shoes and other items on eBay), so in the end I only spent £62.75. Which is like 50% less than I said I would – wowzers. Big pat on the back to me then. So enough about the money, let’s get to the good stuff, what I actually bought!
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1. Always Skinny Jeans, Gap, £30 (price with 25% off code) – I can’t seem to say no to Gap at the moment so when there was a 25% off code AND free delivery on the site I was all over it! I love my current skinnies so I thought some new ones were in order. These aren’t quite as comfy as the ones I already worn (maybe because I need to wear them in…) but they look great on and will be perfect with boots this winter.

 

2. Shorts, Fat Face, £29 (price with £6 off) – These shorts were an impulse buy at the airport before my flight to Portugal as I frankly just needed some shorts for the trip. I didn’t have any shorts that fitted so these were a lifesaver – they’re super comfy, finish below my fat thighs and were worn pretty much the entire trip. so essentially I’ve already worn them enough to justify it!

 

3. Ugg Boots, Free! – My lovely Mum and sis came back from Australia earlier this month so I was gifted lots of lovely things – the first ones were these gorgeous boots. I did specify that these were the ones I wanted, but I didn’t expect them to get me the ‘proper’ ones, they are just to kind. These boots fit perfectly and are so comfy. I’m definitely going to be wearing these a lot over the next few months!

 

4. Slobbing Trousers, Cotton On, Free! – These trousers are amazing, so comfy and perfect for slobbing round the house or popping out to the shop in. Yet another item from the Australia trip peeps, aren’t they kind.


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5. Heather grey v-neck Tshirt, Gap, £7.50 (price with 25% off code) – I’ve been living in my bright pink version of this so I jumped at the chance to get more when the latest Gap sale occurred. Since it arrived I’ve worn it constantly with a succession of bright necklaces and my skinnies. Definitely a top that is super simple and easy to pull off but that looks more exciting for the effort you’ve put in!

6. Dotty Dress, Cotton On, Free! – This dress was picked up by the relatives on their Aussie trip and I absolutely love it. It’s just so me and again easy to wear and it looks more special than the effort I put into it. I think this dress proves my family know me so well as I would totally buy this had I been out in Oz and people at work assumed I’d had it for ages as it was just so me. That makes me smile!

7. White v-neck Tshirt, Gap, £7.50 (price with 25% off code) – A white version of the heather grey t and another wardrobe essential – you’ve gotta love a Gap basic.

8. Pointelle Sweater, Gap, £18.75 (price with 25% off code) – This was a total impulse buy in the Gap sale. I couldn’t say no when I saw it as I liked the pattern and I adored the cobalt blue colour and I’m just so glad it fitted perfectly when it arrived. A perfect jumper for this Autumn, I can’t wait to get wearing in on a weekly basis!

So there we have it my monthly budget, not something that will set the world on fire I know but definitely a set of essentials that I’ll wear constantly for the next few months and I saved myself a bundle too – woop woop! What about you, how did your budget fare this month? Was it a good or bad budget month?

Oh and of course as per usual I’m linking up with Franish and the rest of the lovely budgeting bloggers.

My August budget – dresses, tops and shoes galore!

How on earth am I doing another budgeting bloggers post already? I swear it’s only August 10th, there’s no way it can be the end of the month. How on earth has August gone by so quickly?! Anyway, I really should spend less time freaking out about the speed that this month has gone past in and more time talking about what I actually bought, hooray! Well I’ve bought lots of lovely things and most excitingly I’ve been gifted lots of lovely things too. Aren’t friends just the best?! So I had been doing really well this month and up until a week ago I had only spent half of my budget and then the bank holiday weekend happened and I went a little bit crazy, oops. But I purchased lots of things on my list this month, so I shouldn’t be too upset with the amount I’ve bought.

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1) Floral top, Dorothy Perkins, £26 – Top of my current list at the moment are tops that are smarter than my usual array of T-shirts as I want to make my work wardrobe a little smarter. I think if I have a number of smarter tops that I can pair with jeans it’ll make the usual early morning panic a lot less stressful. So when I saw this floral top I couldn’t say no. It fits perfectly, although I might have to remove the big bow, I’m not sure it’s quite necessary and is a tad fussy for my liking.

2) Burgundy leather pocket top, Primark, £4 – I love this top, not only is the colour gorgeous (and great for the autumn) but it’s also got lovely (fake) leather detail on the pocket which makes it a bit more interesting. So far I’ve worn this with my jeans – see above – but I think it’ll work just as well with a black tube skirt for work.

3) Black Camisole, Dorothy Perkins, £14 – I’ve been searching for a simple black vest for a while now as I have a couple of really clingy skirts that really need one to make them more work appropriate. Plus I’ve got my eye on this skirt…! I also like the idea of pairing this with a bright necklace, cardi and skinny jeans – the perfect outfit for a meal or evening out I think.

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4) Brown bag, Zara, £19.99 – I’ve been searching for a brown leather-esque bag for quite a while now and I’ve not had any luck, that is until I came across this one in Zara. It’s perfect! It’s big enough for all my random crap, has two strap options (I’ve gone for the short ones) and goes with anything and everything. Plus it was so cheap and I know that it’s good quality as it’s from Zara. I’m so excited about this item.

5) Dotty Pumps, ASDA, £8 – I’m a sucker for cheap pumps and when i spotted the pattern, price and rounded toe on these I had to buy them. There was really no question about this!

6) Neon Pink Pumps, Gap, £15 – I first see these about two months ago but I couldn’t justify for £30 for a pair of shoes. BUT when I saw these in the sale I had to get them, it was clearly meant to be! Sadly though they absolutely kill so I had to stop wearing them after just an hour, but hopefully if I eBay these I should get back some of the money that I spent on them. They are gorgeous after all.

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7) Navy striped dress and 9) Pink and white chiffon dress – My lovely friend was clearing out her wardrobe when I was staying with her and she ended up giving them to me – how lucky am I! They both fit perfectly and are absolutely ideal for work so they are definitely great additions to my wardrobe. Thanks lovely Mara.

8) Black and white striped dress, Dorothy Perkins, £15 – I know I bought a striped dress last month, but I maintain that this dress serves a totally different purpose (sort of). Either way I fell in love with it when I saw it and it was in the sale, so it had to be done. To be honest anything that has sleeves like that is certainly a must!

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10) Navy Blazer –  This is another item that my friend gave to me during her cupboard sort out and it fills  another hole in my wardrobe, as clearly a navy blazer is one of the great wardrobe essentials! I’ve not worn it yet but it’ll be perfect for those days at work when I need to be a little smarter, plus it’ll be the perfect jacket as we head into Autumn.

11) Bikini, ASDA, £10 – I’m off to Portugal in just over a week and really want to sort out the hideous strap marks I currently have so a bikini seemed like an essential. I’ve not owned one since I was about eight, so this is a big departure for me, but at only £10 it doesn’t matter if I only wear it a couple of times and who knows I might get over my total phobia of bikinis!

12) Green skirt, Primark, £8 – I love this skirt as it’s got a really lovely flowery pattern and is a nice fabric. I’ve not work it yet, but as soon as the weather is perfect for black tights this will become a wardrobe staple.

So there we have it, lots of lovely things, lucky me! In total I’ve spent £119.99 this month, which is actually £10.01 under budget. I’m really surprised about this if I’m honest. I was definitely expecting to be over this month as I got so much! Although I do fear that the September budget might be in a bit of trouble as there are a lot of autumnal items that are coming into the shops that  just look so warm and cosy. There’s no way I’ll be able to stop myself from buying at least some of the things I’ve seen…

Clothes, glorious clothes!

So here we are, I’m in my second month of budget blogging and if you look at the below you’ll see that I’ve managed to buy a ridiculous number of items. It’s plain to see that I’ve really not been that great at having willpower this month, but I am very pleased with everything that I’ve got to show for July’s shopping trips. So I shouldn’t feel too bad about this! If you look at my final total for the month (£193.91) you’ll see that I did go over my proposed budget this month by £62.41 BUT it’s not all bad. After all I did make some savings in July when I returned my gorgeous Oliver Bonas dress (£65) having decided that it was far too thick for a July wedding, plus I sold a number of things on eBay. So when you take those into account I actually only spent £79.91 on clothes in July – whoopee to me! I do love eBay sales, they make me feel far less guilty about crazy amounts of July purchasing! So what did I actually buy?

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As you can see from the picture above I bought quite a few accessories this month. One thing I’ve learnt: I can never say no to jewelry or shoes!

1 – Mint sandals, Forever 21 – £7.40. I’m a little in love with the colour mint at the moment so I had to buy these as soon as I saw them. I’ve worn them non-stop and they are super comfy.

2 – Pink stripey shoes, Primark – £4. Grey and pink is a great colour combination and these pumps are perfect for the summer with jeans and skirts, plus they’ll go well with tights in the winter too. They are definitely the perfect multi-purpose shoe in my humble opinion (and they are super cute to look at too)!

3 – Grey and Neon die-cut bag, Primark – £5. When I saw this bag I fell in love with the neon and scalloped detailing. As I don’t own an envelope style bag I decided in needed purchasing, which I think is a great idea as this colour way will go with outfits of any colour, so hopefully I’ll get a lot of wear out of this in the future.

4 – Silver bead necklace, H&M – £4.00. I love multi chain necklaces and oddly enough I don’t own any, craziness! This necklace will be perfect for jazzing up a plain top or dress anytime of the year – it’ll instantly make any outfit more interesting in one easy step – hooray!

5 – Gold wishbone necklace, Forever 21 – £3.15. I have a thing for necklaces (hence the 20 odd hanging on one hook in my room), and this one was an essential buy as it’s a lovely length for all my summery dresses. My one regret, I wish I’d purchased it in silver too…

6 – Mint cuff bracelet, Forever 21 – £3.90. I told you I had a thing for mint, so of course this had to be purchased. I know I’ll get a load of wear out of it and for less than four pounds, it would have been crazy not to buy it!

Some other accessories that I bought in July, but just don’t have pictures of:
Silver heart necklace, Forever 21 – £2.50. Another essential as it will go with any outfit and it is just super cute thanks to the two entwined hearts – gorgeous!
Zara cream sandals – £24.99. As soon as I saw these in the Zara sale there was no question I wouldn’t be buying these. They’re lovely and only hurt slightly when I wear them – although I’m sure this will change once I’ve worn them in more. They are cream and neon so they’ll pretty much go with everything – exactly what you’re looking for in a summer sandal if you ask me. They are amazingness shoe-ified (yes that’s a word I’ve just made up. Awesome right?!) and I’m so grateful that my size was the only size remaining in the shop!

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7 – Black and white striped dress, H&M – £7.99. This was a last-minute holiday purchase and I’m so glad I picked it up. I love the elasticated waist, which makes it so easy to wear and ensures there’s a bit of shape to the otherwise simple dress. It was absolutely perfect when we headed to the zoo and paired with my neon cardi and I think it would be perfectly suited for a plane trip, day at the beach or during a day in the city. I honestly think I’ll get so much wear out of this and for only £7.99! I only wish they had it in more colours.

8 – Floral Patterned Trousers, Gap – £8.50 (originally £34.95). When I was in Dublin I saw these in the sale, and even though I wasn’t sure I would wear them due to the pattern, I had to buy them as they were so cheap and fitted perfectly. Thankfully I did do this as I have literally not stopped wearing them since! They are the comfiest pair of jeans I’ve ever owned and they aren’t as bright or bold as I originally thought. I adore these trousers so much.

9 – Black dress, ASOS – £14. A perfect dress for the summer, which I’ve already jazzed up with loads of different accessories for both work and evening things – plus it’s jersey fabric so I’d be able to throw it on at the beach too. A snip at just £14, bargain indeed.

10 – Khaki trousers, Gap – £14.99 (originally £34.99). Comfy summer trousers were an essential purchase prior to my trip to Dublin as I knew we’d be walking around a lot and skirts and dresses would just not do. I’d been scouring loads of shops for the perfect sightseeing trouser, so when I saw these in Gap I had to get them – they were certainly a steal at their sale price which made it that bit sweeter!

11 – Green bandeau dress, ASOS – £14. Another ASOS purchase when I had my holiday wardrobe in mind. I love the forest green colour and it was great over the last week for getting rid of strap marks!!

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12 – Turquoise skater dress, Primark – £13. As I mentioned at the top of this post I returned a dress that I’d bought last month as I deemed it too thick for the wedding I attended last week – it was meant to be scorching and three days before the wedding I realised my chosen dress just wasn’t going to work! So after a panicked search on ASOS and the high street I popped to Primark and spotted this dress. It’s such a brilliant texture, fit and colour and was absolutely perfect for the wedding. And it was so much cheaper than the original dress, so lots of money was saved – hooray!

13 – Belted printed strapless dress, Primark – £13. I was in dire need of a dress that was good for beach to evening wear, and this box ticked that need perfectly. The patterns unusual and I love the brightness of it, plus when you add a cognac belt to the waist to give it a bit of shape and throw on some gold sandals it’s perfect!

14 – Vest tops in mint and grey, Forever 21 – £2 each. Wardrobe essentials that I have been needing for a while – I do love a Forever 21 bargain!

15 – Black and white cardigans, Tesco – £0 (£8 each, but free for me). The Mothership bought these for me during a recent food shop as she knew I’d been looking for new basic cardis for a while. Considering how cheap these were they fit absolutely perfectly, which is a change to all the other ones I’d seen on the high street. Why is this always the case?!?

16 – Blue dress, Primark – £8. You’d think I’d have had enough of beachy dresses this month – but for some reason I couldn’t say no to this one. I love the cobalt blue colour and it stops at the calf, so is perfect in my opinion. Also, I’m not a fan of jersey dresses that cling too much, so when this one didn’t I know it was a winner!

There are another couple of items of clothing – yes really – that I’ve not yet mentioned as I don’t have pictures of them, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love them both. First up I got a dotty blazer from Zara for £39.99. I’ve had a blazer on my ‘must purchase soon’ list for a while as I wanted one that was plain (my only other blazer is turquoise) and that had 3/4 length sleeves. When I saw the dotty blazer in the sale that fit both criteria there was no question this was being left behind in the shop. It fits absolutely perfectly and looks great with everything – plus I’ve received loads of compliments when I’ve worn it. So whilst it might have been a bit too much for one item, almost forty pounds, I think it was totally justified! The other item was a navy pocket t-shirt from Primark for just £1.50, which I’ve worn so much as it goes absolutely perfectly with the patterned Gap jeans. That outfit is fast becoming my favourite one of the summer!

Phew – what a lot of things I now own. July was an epic shopping month, let’s hope August is calmer. I think considering I now have all my holiday essentials (apart from a swimming costume and shorts) I should be much better this month…famous last words!

I am of course linking up with Franish for the August edition of Budgeting Bloggers.

What did I buy in June?

So June has been the first month that I’ve tried to stick to a budget (like the budgeting bloggers) and I have to be honest I’ve quite enjoyed it! It’s been good to properly consider what I am buying and if I actually need each item that goes in my basket. So just a reminder that I’ve tasked myself with spending just £130 a month on clothes. So what did I get and did I stick to my budget during my first month?

Paradise print dress, Oliver Bonas – £65.00. A new dress was an essential this month as in July I’m headed to a family friends’ wedding and I currently have nothing to wear, even after my attempts mentioned here. Okay that’s a lie I have a dress but it’s the same dress that I have worn to a wedding and a conference in the last eight months. So not really an option. I had no idea what I fancied for the wedding, I just knew it would be colourful – as after all it’s (supposed to be) a Summer wedding! When I saw this dress in Oliver Bonas it was love at first sight and I knew there was no way that I would not be buying it. It’ll be absolutely perfect for the wedding, not only is it super comfy, it’s also incredibly flattering plus it’s unlikely anyone else will have it. After all Oliver Bonas isn’t the most prevalent shop in the UK. What’s more I have shoes and a belt to wear it with already, so no need to spend more money this month – result!

Black and white stripy top, H & M – £9.99. This top has already become a wardrobe staple as I’ve worn it ALL the time. It goes with pretty much every item I own, is super comfy and really easy to wear. I also love the pocket detailing and the fact that the sleeves are three quarter-length and plain black rather than stripy. I think it makes the top a bit more interesting.

Purple vest top, H&M – £12.99. I really love this top as whilst it is simple it has some interesting detailing that seems like a necklace. It’s another easy to wear item too and perfect once the Summer arrives, which had better be soon!

Dotty Keds, Asos – £37.50. I’ve been searching for some trainers for a while now as I want a pair of shoes that I can wear whatever the weather and with tights, skirts, dresses, jeans or shorts. No mean feat I know! When I saw these on Asos I was really happy as not only are they super cute, they aren’t that expensive and they are turning out to be quite comfy. The real proof will be my upcoming sightseeing trip to Dublin, but so far they are working well!

Basic items that don’t need explaining, you know those items that you NEED in your life to complete most outfits but aren’t that fun or interesting.

  • White vest top, H&M – £3.99
  • White and aubergine lace strap vests, H&M – £3.99 each
  • Calf-length and long black leggings, Topshop – £12 each

So what’s the damage I hear you ask? As to be fair this is quite a lot of stuff. Well in total I spent £161.45. Oops, that’s over £30 more than I was meant to spend. In my defence (*clutches at straws*) if I hadn’t included my basic essentials on the list I wouldn’t have been over and it’s just annoying that all of them were needed this month. I did consider leaving them off as they really are all essentials BUT I figured the whole point of this budgeting malarkey is to be transparent and to make myself aware of what I spend. So it would be wrong to leave off things that are essential to my wardrobe, especially as I know I’ll wear all of these items so much. So yes, I might not have been completely on budget on my first month of trying, not really ideal but I’ve decided I’m not going to beat myself up about it as it’s only month one and I didn’t go completely crazy on loads of stuff – just some Summer essentials. It’s at least a start on the road to proper budgeting!

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