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Monday, 2 March 2015

'You own too many clothes'. Should we be worried about our spending habits?

We've all heard those words or similar, but is our incessant hauling a problem?

My immediate reaction when someone says I have too many clothes or I don't need any more is simple: I, a fashion and Topshop addict will provide a large dose of sass with a small side of ghetto in a rendition of 'you know nothing, mortal human, let me buy all dem shoes'.

But should we be worried about our spending habits? 

And should we be batting away comments about how much we spend, or should we start taking them seriously?

THE DIAGNOSIS
First consider when you spend.Is it when you have been lusting after something for months? Is it as soon as a new collection is released? Is it when you're sad?

THE LONG TERM PRODUCT LUSTER
Planning ahead is a good thing and if you tend to purchase something after months of umming and ahhing, it usually means one of two things:

1) You are a very careful spender and you are waiting until you can financially justify the purchase. 

2) Actually, you just don't think it's worth the price tag.

The latter can often happen without us even realising. 

The way to tell if you really want something is to mentally double the price. Does your heart still flutter at the sight of it? Or does your stomach turn at having to part with a substantial amount of money to own it?

If it's the first then you really do want that edgy biker-esque jacket. If not then hold out parting with your pennies.

THE SAD BUYER
If you're more of a 'He's not replying to my texts and oh my god I actually have no friends' kinda spender, then you need to chill the hell out before you do yourself an injury.

Doing a virtual raid of Topshop might feel great at the time and 3-5 working days later when your dotted parcel arrives but fast forward to 3 weeks from now. Still think you're going to be in love with those lace knickers after they've been spun around the washing machine a few times? Unlikely.

THE IMPULSE BUYER
So your favourite brand have just released a new collection and you've rush bought a hundred pounds worth of wardrobe additions. 

But think about it: did you need the basics or do you have something close enough to them anyway? Don't you have a pair of jeans like that already? Don't cast aside perfectly good items for new items. They won't be new in a few months time.

THE TREATMENT
So hands up who thinks there is a slight chance their spending habits have got a little out of hand....

Yeah, me too. The good news is, we do have a fair amount of leeway when it comes to the ever present desire to update our wardrobe on a weekly basis. The trick is to not get carried away. Here's some classic excuses and how you can curb their use.

1. Clothes are not the devil. Neither is lipstick, especially the fancy kind and quite frankly my dear, the world should be grateful I am putting my money back into society rather than spending it on heroin.
All true, but you know, cars and rent and future related stuff.

2. We're not just buying cotton: we're buying a look. We're buying a 'don't give me sass or I'll rip your head off' look, or a 'I am a delicate princess and these sequins are made from mermaid tears' look and of course the 'I mean business and in the name of clean cut white blazers I demand you give me this job' look.
Again, very true and if you have an interview coming up, go crazy in Zara if you need to. But it's no good spending money on outfits you don't have ample opportunity to wear. Hold back on buying a swish new work wardrobe until you have a job that demands it.

3. We can blog about our purchases. Primark hauls are always popular so I might as well buy a bunch of stuff.
This is the easiest trap in the world to fall into. If you ever need a nudge to raid Primark, pick up the latest 'it' shoes or a few pieces from the new MAC collection, this will be your 'get out of guilt free' card. But buying new things won't make your blog good. Sure, it might help someone stumble across your blog but they won't stay if your blog is just full of boringly average, guilt-ridden, blog-enabling purchases that you've given a half hearted review or mention in an OOTD. If you respect your income your followers are more likely to respect your opinion. 

THE SOLID ADVICE YOU SHOULD ALWAYS COME BACK TO
If you're feeling like you're stuck in a fashion rut - which we all do at times - before you head out to splurge there is one thing you absolutely have to do: wash, iron and hang up ALL of your clothes. 

Quite often you'll be stuck for an outfit whilst gazing into your bare wardrobe, but what about all those pieces you forgot you had lurking at the bottom of your ironing pile?

New rule: before any haul, all clothes in your possession must be washed and ironed before being placed back in your wardrobe.

That concludes this weeks Spenders Anonymous. Do you think you'll be reigning in your spending a little?
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Sunday, 22 February 2015

6 eBay bargains you can't miss

Looking for the best eBay bargains? I've collated my favourite eBay picks, all of which I have purchased myself at some point or another. Tried and tested. 100% bargain.

Oh eBay. Home of the thing we can never find and, more famously, mouth-droppingly good bargains. I know you guys are all pretty savvy with your pennies, and know a great bargain when you see one. Well, to help you out, all my top eBay picks are now stashed away in one post. Happy buying.

THE TUMBLR STYLE TOP
If Tumblr in top form is what you're looking for then you have found your answer. Less than £5 and a little edgier than your typical cross over dress, this crop top is the first pick for your go-to 'let's misbehave' outfit. Wear it to cocktails with kohl liner and lashes or wear it to a gig with a haphazard ponytail and grungy make up.

THE (SURPRISINGLY GOOD) MAKE UP BRUSHES
I refuse to believe I need to spend a car worthy amount of money on expensive brushes. Especially when I've tracked down this beauties that (get this) don't shed. Okay so I've had one mishap with one of the eyeshadow brushes where the head came off, leaving me with a black wooden handle to apply my eyeshadow with (not advisable), but I'm guessing that was probably my fault anyway. Nothing a bit of superglue couldn't fix and the others are my staple brushes. If your make up stash needs a revamp, start with these.

THE GOT-TO-HAVE-IT PHONE CASE
If I look at this photo long enough my mouth starts to water. Easily the prettiest phone case I have ever seen, it tops any designer number I've laid eyes on (and believe me when I say, I love the MOSCHINO ones). Tacky glitter? Yep. Shiny stars? Yep. It's everything I could ever want in a phone case and more. I'll take 5.

THE ESSENTIAL NAIL FILES
I grew tired of being ridiculously overcharged for nail files that barely lasted more than a few uses, so I took to eBay and picked up 10 of this double sided, curved ones for less than the price of a coffee. The reason I get through them quicker than I get through brownies is because of the next eBay delight that I'm going to let you in on... 

THE BARGAIN MANICURE
Having my nails done began to feel like a chore (oh the scandal, someone take my Girl Card away immediately). Not only that, but being stuck with acrylics can be such an inconvenience when university assignments creep up and I need maximum typing efficiency. I discovered these stick on stiletto nails towards the end of last year and I am converted. If you don't want the pointy, maneater look then you can file them down to a softer almond shape. 
Tip: to help them stay put for longer, gently file the top of your own nail before popping the glue on for nails that (should) last around a week. Just keep the glue in your purse so you can make the inevitable quick fixes when one flicks off.

THE MUJI STYLE ACRYLIC STORAGE
What's a bloggers desk without clear make up storage? Irrelevant, apparently. Since we've all hopped on the MUJI style bandwagon, we might as well opt for the purse friendly alternatives. This clear acrylic lipstick organizer is as good as the real thing and will only set you back £2.10. Your move, MUJI...

So what's first on your list of things to pick up?

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Saturday, 21 February 2015

*Knock Knock Knock* Penny




There are two things I am loving right now. Watching endless reruns of The Big Bang Theory on E4 and this geometric, bodycon dress. Oh, and the leather jacket. So three things. 

Topshop always do well with bodycon dresses. I think it's the fact they don't skimp on material and you always get a good, thick material to highlight your curves. Oh and this panel detailing? An hourglass figure in thread form, I swear.

Now there's a story behind this leather jacket: I had one very similar a year or two ago and I lost it on a night out. Now, any normal person would have returned to the bar/club the next day to retrieve such a well loved jacket. Alas, we must take my extreme laziness into consideration, coupled with the fact that it quickly slipped my mind. 

Let's cut to the chase shall we: I am now the owner of this peplum number (yup, peplum on a leather jacket, it's a thing, believe it) and I'm pretty damn thrilled with it. I think it is by far the best thing to have in your wardrobe if you want to add a bit of a rough edge to otherwise girly pieces. I know I'll be getting a lot of wear out of it but for now, back to The Big Bang Theory...


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