As the title of this post suggests I decided to enforce a spending no buying clothes/shoes ban. I can say that I successfully achieved my challenge.
Ok, we bought and moved into our new flat. It is more or less the same size as our old flat but a different layout (ie a kitchen that we can actually cook and be more than 2 people in and bathrooms that are more than just a cupboard) meaning that we have to be super careful with how we fill this space. It was also in the move whilst doing the mammoth tidy and sort out of the century/millennium that I began to realise I HAD TOO MUCH SHIT! I mean clothes have always been such a joy to me (more on that later). SO something had to give. A flea market was done and I am selling more stuff over on my depop account.
I have a buying/spending problem. I buy stuff on a whim without giving it much thought. Its only after I get the items (I am an online shopper/binger) delivered and decide after a lot of trying to ignore it when I check my bank balance and I want to cry. I like food and eating and also having a house over my head and electricity and all those fun things. A new pair of shoes won’t pay those, although they might look nice.
I am VERY compulsive. I can do a lot of damage on one of my shopping binges. I click and buy. I often get tempted by bloggers and instagram which brings me onto my next point.
I felt disgusting constantly buying into the instagram / bloggers world. ALways having to have something new and on trend and be the first to get stuff. There is a massive pressure on us all to constantly be current and have the new it bag or trend.
I wanted to start thinking about the clothes I actually wanted and my personal style and who I am as a person. I wanted to think about how clothes make me feel and how we can play dress up and be a character one day and another one the next. How clothes can change your mood and make you feel better (or worse) and how it is an expression of who you are. Its magical and I LOVE playing dress up!
Buying stuff out of boredom. When I worked in an office I was constantly getting deliveries of STUFF. Just lots of stuff. I was bored and unhappy and new clothes/shoes made me have that buzz for all of 5 minutes until I had to get the next best new thing.
So what have I learnt?
Well a lot actually. I feel like I know what I like more. I feel less dictated to in terms of trends and stuff like that (you will NEVER find me in a fluffy pair of sliders for example). I am growing older (32 eek!) and I feel like I know what clothes make me feel like. I know what things I want and what is missing. I know that I have a personal sentimental attachment to clothes which means I unwillingly hoard them. I also am attached to them because of the amount I have spent makes me feel guilty to just get rid of them (I know silly right?).
As I said above I LOVE playing dress up. But I also love sensible well made pieces. I like to know that my items are more or less sustainable or that they are going to last me for years to come. I think this has taught me to make wiser purchases and not to be so bloody impulsive.
At the start of August I purchased a few things. I broke my spending ban. Whilst originally I felt shit for spending money when I said I was going to last the year I think its ok. I made wise, thoughtful purchases and I didn’t really re purchase things in different versions. I think the new additions work well. However what I have decided is that this is only going to be a bi annual thing. Here in Barcelona we basically have two seasons; a hot summer and a mildish winter. There for there are a lot of clothes that I can use for the transition period. I am happy to wait and see what I really need. To weed out what I don’t wear or need. Or what simply doesn’t fit anymore. I am also eager to see where I have gaps. I would like to do an almost capsule wardrobe, but keeping it fairly loose and for me to keep treasured items (like my vintage dresses and handbags!). I also will operate a strict in and out policy. No more binging on random stuff. If I buy anything I have to LOVE it.
My aims are to:
1. Streamline my wardrobe and the amount of items in it.
2. Buy only quality stuff that is timeless and will last me for years to come.
3. Try and make as much as possible myself (I LOVE to sew and also I like unique to me items).
4. Have a bi-annual clear out of clothes that are unworn or just unsuitable.
5. Learn how to let go of sentimental items.
6. Only buy clothes bi-annually and giving myself a budget.
7. Try to buy as sustainable or from small indie brands as much as possible.
8. Stop buying from HUGE chains (btw I stopped buying from Zara, h&m, Pull & bear completely!).
9. Buy stuff that is ME and not trend led. Just because so and so blogger has it doesn’t mean I need it.
10. Make sure I wear most of my wardrobe and have fun with the stuff I already have and not just wear the same thing everyday.
SO thats it. Thats my clothes buying/not buying manifesto. I am quite proud of myself for lasting 6 months and have learnt alot. Next step….beauty (scream face emoji!).
It’s been a fair while hasn’t it? Well I have had a little heart to heart with this space recently, but what I mean it’s been a while since I’ve popped in and showed my face and my outfit.
We adventured out to Delta de Llobregat on a blustery but warm spring day recently. It was amazing. Such a beaut of a place (more on that soon).
I am going to go into more detail about this soon and dedicate a whole blogging / video series (yep that’s right I am now on the youtubes), but I have been on a total clothes/shoes/bags etc spending ban. Just because it was getting out of hand and also because when moving I realized how much stuff I pack around with me. Right proper pack rat I am.
So returning to some favourites. Denim and stripes and keeping it all super simple. Simple colours and accessories. Pretty much my uniform. I have noticed this actually, through not buying new stuff, I naturally gravitate towards certain things every time. Comfort and feeling like me is a must.
Its been a fair while hasn’t it. No excuse really, other than life has been VERY heavy as of late. We are still in the depths of summer over here in Barcelona. So with that in mind I have adopted some sort of daily uniform, which doesn’t particularly make for great outfit documentation/blogging. However thats cool. I have written here about how I seem to have adopted a sort of uniform. I guess thats growing up. You find you and feel better about it and everything seems to slip into that. So here is my summer look that I have been rotating on a daily basis. Its really too hot to care that much. Bring on autumn, tights and layers! I miss you. Shirt- H&M / Camisole- Topshop / Regular waist shorts- H&M / Necklace – &otherstories / Shoes – Birkenstocks.
So summer has well and truly arrived. Which for me means sweat, melting and hiding away from the intense heat of the Barcelonian sun. Out come the milk maid legs and dresses, sandals until October and wanting to live in a fridge. I lose my sense of style a bit in this heat, as not feeling like a gloopy mess trumps any sort of style decision. Its nice to wear floaty dresses and flounce around beautiful stately parks (this one being in Badalona). Also having lupus means I need to stay covered up, so light weight tops or jackets are a must. I would like to sew some little kimono jackets myself. Lets see if I can do that.
The heat has most definitely arrived. It is sweltering. This was taken a week or so ago when it was still warm but comfy. I have been really enjoying wearing a pop of bright lipstick as of late and am a bit obsessed with the Kat von D tattoo lipsticks. They are amazing. I like that they also brighten my face and make me feel like facing the world a bit more. I am more into wearing black and more neutral colours these days so its nice to add a bit of colour. As you can see I have been mixing things up and doing a wardrobe remix, discovering which bits I wear the most and which bits not so much. Also what I feel good in and what I think suites me. My style has evolved a lot but at the same time stays the same. A mix between a child and a grandma with a bit of utilitarian comfort thrown in. The rest? I am going to sell on depop so watch out soon.
Also just wanted to add that one perk of this no buying clothes thing means that I have had a big sort out and discovered I had these jeans in the back of my wardrobe. I had completely forgotten about them! That is crazy as they were brand new. Its nice to rediscover old gems and bits you didn’t even realise you had. I am going to try and wear bits that I haven’t worn in a while.
Jacket- Vintage / Cami – H&M / Necklace – &otherstories / Jeans – Monki / Trainers – Nike / Bag – Cambridge satchel CO. / Silk Scarf – H&M / Lipstick – Kat Von D Liquid tattoo liptick in Berlin. / Brooch – gift from a lovely friend
Jacket – Monki / Enamel bird pin – Gift from friend / Blouse – Monki / Jeans – Monki / Shoes – Clarks / Super cute pup – Models own.
So a quick outfit post on the roof terrace. What a difference it makes to ones mood to slap on a bit of makeup and play dress up in ones favourite clothes (which all happen to be from Monki- oops!). I love my silver disco dancing shoes (even though they are scuffed- sad face). They make me feel like dancing…even if I can’t. This outfit is my feel better and face the world (well the seagulls on my roof terrace). Also there is nothing better than being interrupted mid photo session by your pup who wants a stroke/thinks you are a bit of a weirdo for standing in weird uncomfy positions ha!
Jacket – Vintage / Shirt – Pull & Bear (a few years ago) / Dress- Monki / Boots – Dr Martens.
This was taken a week or so back, and its one of my very favourite outfits. One that makes me really feel like me. I love the colours and the fact that this dress can be worn in so many different ways. These boots are still going strong and I love them dearly and are as comfortable (well nearly) as my trainers. Perfect outfit for exploring on a grey Barcelona day.
I know April now seems like a while ago, and it is. We are edging further into summer and further away from the cooler months. April has been a funny month for me with highs and lows. There have been little things that have made all the difference and I am going to list some of them below.Having a skin care routine and putting on a bit of makeup is a ritual that always makes me feel better. Its not because I feel the need to or because I have to. Its something I enjoy, always have done and its something that makes me feel brighter and a bit better. Like I am looking after my self.A few months ago I was in Sephora with a dear friend when I was testing some products. Something made my terrible sensitive skin flare up loads and it was like I had dipped my hand into acid and also it was so itchy at the same time and came up with a horrible rash that almost blistered. The lovely lady at the counter came to the rescue with this cream on the right. Crème Fraiche® de Beauté Enrichie. I don’t really know what the magic ingredient is in it. It smells wonderfully floral and has something else that I just can’t put my finger on. Once on the skin it was awesome and felt so cooling and soothing on my alergic reaction that I knew I had to buy it. I use it at night time and it leaves my skin so soft and calms any redness I get from the sun (sun alergy here). I was actually in Sephora looking for an eye cream so I knew the Nuxe one would be a good bet and it is. It makes me feel ready for sleep and so nourished.I picked up this hand cream in Carrefour of all places. It was only 1.99€. Its so soothing and smells like honey and doesn’t leave your hands all sticky and greasy. I love the fact it has yoghurt and shea butter in too and its fairly natural. SO good for the price, I will definitely repurchase as I seem to use hand cream loads due to being a messy illustrator and needing to constantly wash my hands. My medication constantly gives me acne around my neck and jaw line. After a month or so of using these products with a hot flannel my skin has totally cleared up. I adore, love and worship Lush a lot, I love what they stand for and their killer products. These two are my very very favourites. Ultra bland is amazing for removing any trace (even waterproof mascara) and just feels so soothing. If my skin is particularly sensitive I will just cleanse with this and nothing else, not even a moisturiser and it seems to restore the balance in my skin a treat. Aqua Marina really cleans, soothes and always gets rid of any impurities. Its like wet clay with herbs when applying and seems to get deep down and dry out any nasties without stripping my skin. I love them both and they are both firmly in my skin care routine.You have prob’s seen this jacket in my latest OOTD post. I love it so, it been perfect for these in between days where I don’t want to lug around a massive coat but still need to have some warmth. As I mentioned in that post I like how it scruffs up my outfits a bit. Sometimes I can feel a bit too dressy and throwing this on the top makes me instantly feel more me. I got it in the vintage bit of Topshop.This top from Monki is wonderfully frilly and victorian. I love this style of blouse, especially when worn with Denim. Its silky and soft and you can’t really tell from the photo but it has tiny little dots embroidered into it. I love its flouncy sleeves. I feel all Alexa Chung in it, inspired from her series on Vogues youtube channel (something I am going to get to in a bit).This necklace from &otherstories was gifted to me and I love it. I love its simplicity and the length and thickness of its chain. Oh and its gold <3My black Monki dungaree dress owns a large part of my heart. Its so versatile, comfy and just makes me feel like me, but a 5 year old me. I love it.L-R: 1 & 4 Windsor and Newton Water colour pens. They are amazing double ended pens that when mixed with water give an amazing texture. I love brush lettering with them. 2. Is my trusty mechanical pencil from Muji. Its my favourite drawing instrument ever and I have about 5 and a million refills. Just in case. 3. Faber and castle 1.0 mechanical pencil I also really like this, more for going over lines and being a little bolder.@bowieseye (the best name IMO!) I love Julia’s sweet illustration style and simple lines and oh the colours. / @maiuki Naia and her cute (best dressed) daughter. Naia makes/knits amazing kids clothes. I want her life! / @tincanhomestead This couple are super amazing. Natasha of @nastashalawler illustration fame. They travelled the states in a VW van called WesVanderson (brilliant!) and they are now doing up an airstream. Her style is incredible and I love love this project so much. Watching the progress is so cool. / @rynfrank I have been following this lady and her illustrations online for years under the name Katt Frank. I recently discovered that she changed her name and had a bit of a rebrand. I love love her IG feed so much, so perfectly curated. I can’t wax on enough about how much I love her illustrations and lines. I adore them.
And the rest. Youtubes I have been enjoying. Netflix series and books.
Jacket – Second hand vintage / Dress – Primark / Backpack (not pictured) – Kanken / Shoes – Vans.
SO its that time of the week again when I share my wares and attire. If you know me in IRL then you would’ve seen me wear this dress quite a few times. It is a cheap old thing from Primark. However I love the fit and the monochromeness of it. I normally wear it with boots and a denim jacket however decided to mix it up a bit. I love LOVE this jacket as it goes so well with denim and is warm and casual and scruffs things up a bit. Which I like. These Vans are also my one true (many true loves though) love. They are so good and comfy and go so well with both dresses and jeans. The other day I saw a girl rock a midi length skirt with vans and socks and it looked GREAT. Anyway what I wanted to say is that this is a very me like outfit and you can mostly find me wearing something of the sort.
So I thought I would post a super casual style post again to show how I am mixing bits and pieces up. As you all know I am sticking to my no buying ban in order to sort out all my stuff and also not buy into cheap, crappy clothes market. I will treasure and keep what I love. It’s also a bit of an exploration into my personal style, as it forces me to embrace what I have and experiment with it and eventually throw the stuff I am not too keen on. I tend to keep things pretty simple as of late. Items that are comfortable above anything else. Purely for the reason I don’t actually leave home a lot and when I do it zaps all the energy from me so I want to feel comfortable and not trying to fight with items of un-comfy clothing. So its been a jeans and t-shirt kind of affair and I couldn’t be happier. I do missing dressing up daily and wearing the more fancy items in my wardrobe, I shall be slowly putting these bits back in and experimenting some more. I need to have the big spring/summer change over and I think this will be good for a re sort out and rediscovering some favourites and getting rid of some not so favourite pieces.
I have had this jacket for years and years (over 10!) I love the style, colour and fit still. This is a firm favourite. I also am a massive fan of mustard yellow and love the t-shirt with the rust colour of the jacket. These are “my” colours. Jeans are same as before, they are so comfy. Trainers are also a must have at the moment, I can’t seem to wear anything else. That will of course change with the heat. Earrings are new, I have wanted some simple gold studs for years. I am allergic to anything else in my ears. Backpack is such a staple too, it is like Mary Poppins bag and fits so much in it. I often have to cart around my medical papers, prescriptions, note-book sketchbook, kindle and camera to hospital appointments so its good to have something easy and comfortable.