Sunday, 23 February 2014

Frugal Feb......not really

Normally I'd like to think of myself as quite frugal, I've never been a big 'shopper' and clothes are ebay or charity shop bought.  I'm in a new job where everyone is weirdly encyclopedic about fashion.  Literally, they could win mastermind with their knowledge, I do slightly wonder if the endless fascination we have for the contents of our and other people's wardrobes could have found a cure for cancer were it channeled a bit more usefully, but hey-ho here I am writing about clothes (again)

I have bought too much but my excuse is new job and no 'new' clothes since about 2001, so I do need a few bits and pieces....


I bought these in the my-wardrobe sale, they are Ash and were about £80, they are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn

 These are Joseph gabardine and leather trousers also from my-wardrobe, I think still on sale now (£495)
 I bought a jumper from ZARA like the one above, but can't find online (£60)
 The top above from Joseph on Brompton Cross £180

 Markus Lupfer from matches.com (on sale £165)

 Another jumper from Joseph £140


Herve Leger leggings from Net A Porter (too expensive to admit but I will wear them forever)



Missoni dress from my-wardrobe £585 still on sale now


2 wild fox from ASOS about £90

What is interesting is most of it is just 'buy now wear now' there is no point in even thinking about Summer as the weather is awful and by July I will have changed my mind 10 times about what I would like to wear.

The Missoni dress is my only forward planning.

I notice I have basically bought all luxe sportswear, it just shows you can take the girl out of the gym but you can't take the gym blah blah blah.

They'll be pics to come of all of it as I put it together in my usual haphazard way, it is no wonder my mum feels inclined to keep a steady supply of clothes coming my way.
Have you succeeded in having a lean February?
Does anyone ever actually buy 'new season' and wait for the good weather?
Or like me are you more, buy it now, wear it now?

24 comments:

  1. I guess we could of donated what we spent in Feb to Cancer Research, trouble is the money donated goes towards plush offices with huge rents and not to where it should be going, the research. On a brighter note you have bought some lovely things,wish I had your budget, think I need a new job!

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    1. so true about the charity gravy train, don't get me started, regional managers earning £120k a year to manage shops etc less than 5% of aid money ever reaching its destination, I couldn't agree more. I was thinking more about our collective brainpower, although I got a lowly C in my biology o level so wouldn't be much help!
      The problem is that I don't really have the cash, as they pay is not good, but I slightly feel as I chose to take the plunge, I am obliged to 'play the game'.

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  2. Ooh excellent choices! I do buy for spring/summer - fingers crossed, I love having things ready, I haven't bought anything yet but my list is forming, mostly jersey ( again, my gym clothes have ruined me) or loose dresses in light colours.

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    1. I can't wait to see, please do lots of pics, you are one of the few people who styles everything better than Net a Porter!

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  3. Some lovely things- especially love the trousers and leggings. Looking forward to seeing you wear everything :-) xx

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    1. thank you, they were the most successful, the dress was awful, that is going straight back!

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  4. Hello Alexandra:
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    1. Dear Jane
      Thank you for your lovely response, I think that you are just the breath of fresh air in what has become a rather suffocating world for him, I will make sure that he gets in touch.

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  5. Wow ... no frugal Feb in your world!! Some stunning choices (& of course I'm now gagging to know what you paid for the Herve Leger leggings!!!!!!) I buy as I see ... to wear pretty much immediately ... and having been out of work for two years (including college for one), my budget is still playing catch up, so I don't have a huge amount to invest in my wardrobe sadly. But I will ... oh yes! I will! Incidentally, thank you so much for the lovely comment on my blog yesterday ... it genuinely made my day x

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    1. dress is going back, leggings went back (some one showed me where to find looky likies for one tenth of the price. Jumpers went back, so not quite as wild as it looks!

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  6. What beautiful pieces! You chose well.

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    1. i've been bad this week, so sent loads back,

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  7. Remind me again why your buyng such fabulous pieces is a problem! I've bought nothing yet, but am in the planning and mentally editing stages.

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    1. if i'm completely honest, not a lot of this stuff is 'me', i bought it for the person who I felt i 'should' be in the new job, most of it has gone back

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  8. Your choices are lovely. I never stock up for summer, only for the colder months...There is something about the heat, and white legs that never seem to look tan enough that makes me feel uninspired.....We will be in London April 11-18.

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    1. such good news that you are coming over, the eldest is back from boarding school on 29th March so we will be around. He is doing cricket training every day for two hours (and revising for dreaded exams) so we could do any morning for coffee and cakes. Let me know when you have an idea of a schedule and we can sort out a time.

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  9. In the US a charity has to tell you how much ACTUALLY goes to the cause it's raising money for - they should do that here too

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    1. so true, now i feel really bad when i look at what i spent, it could have done something useful instead

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  10. Absolutely lovely choices, Alexandra. I can't even think about spring clothes at this point. I'm looking at a 3' snowbank as I type:) Have a lovely week.

    Bonnie

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    1. i'm secretly hoping for snow here, we had a few flakes today but nothing settled, although indeed thinking about Summer seems a little premature!

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