I love a good bit of cleavage. Boob cleavage, ankle cleavage - all kinds of cleavage. But recently I've been enjoying having my shoulders on show and so I feel like I've become a bit of a budget bardot connoisseur, if I do say so myself. I mean, what could be better than a top that allows you to go braless (cheeky), go without shaving your arm pits (guilty) all whilst making you look really put together and sophisticated when - if you're anything like me - is the exact opposite of what you really are. Even better when they cost less than £20.
I'm an all or nothing kind of girl. One minute I'm quite literally injecting (stupid amounts of) money into my face, the next I'm searching high and low for the best deal on toilet paper. What can I say? I'm choosey about where I invest my moolah. Would I skimp out on facial fillers? Absolutely not - that stuff sticks around for a while. But splurging on scented 47-ply loo roll? Well, we all know where that ends up.
The same goes for my wardrobe (not that it ends up down the toilet..) - I love me a bargain, but I'm also partial to the odd buying binge every once in a while. I've grown up with the mentality that, if you can't afford it, you can't have it. I've never had a credit card, never used store credit, nor have I ever dipped into my overdraft. So when it comes to shopping I'm super tactical about what it is that I pick up, when I pick it up, and why. Seriously, never go shopping with me - I'm that person that spends about four hours looking through sale racks, only to turn around last minute and put everything back on the rail. Sales assistants hate me. But, in doing that I have managed to 'skilfully' curate a closet that ticks all the boxes for me, without leaving me broke, and quite literally living in a box on the side of the road.
- STAPLE ACCESSORIES
- HIGH QUALITY MATERIALS
- WARDROBE STAPLES
- ONE OF KIND ITEMS
- TREND PIECES
- HOLIDAY CLOTHES
- GYM GEAR
- OCASSIONAL WEAR
WHEN TO SAVE
Whenever possible, save. This doesn't mean you can't go out and buy the things you want, but just try and be smart with it. Have you checked online for discount codes? Could you get it cheaper somewhere else? There's always a pretty penny to be saved, and hey, it adds up! I swear, even if I woke up one day to millions sitting in my bank (yes pls), I'd still shop on the high street, and I'd still scour the sales. Bargains feel good. Bankrupting yourself in order to buy the new it-bag on Instagram, does not.
Trend pieces are one thing I always make sure I skimp out on, because - chances are - I'm not going to be loving in a few years down the line. There are some things I've splurged on in the past because it was cool at the time, but now? Well, now I'm having a hard time flogging them for even a few quid. I've bought brand names before only to find an exact duplicate of it on the high street two weeks later. Better quality? Of course. But will I be wearing it in six months time to even care? Probably not.
WHEN TO SPLURGE
That being said, I do think it's important to invest in staple pieces whenever possible. I must've spent literally hundreds of pounds looking for the perfect white tee on the high street. They'd start out great (and so worth the £10!) but after a few washes they've lost their shape completely. A few years ago I bought a T by Alexander Wang V neck for - gulp - seventy quid, and you know what? It still looks exactly the same as the day it arrived on my door step. I must have worn it over a hundred times, taking that cost-per-wear down to a measly 7p. Call me crazy, but I'd say that's worth the initial splurge.
Another reason that I'd be more inclined to get spendy comes down to, quite simply, not being able to find anything else like it. Take a Chanel bag for example. Sure, you could buy a super cheap fake, but it won't last. And yeah, you could go and buy a really great quality dupe, but if you want a Chanel bag, you want a Chanel bag, not something that just looks like one. The great thing about designer bags is that they keep a lot of their value too, so if you suddenly decide to sell your 'Boy' bag (ahem, call me) you can be sure to get back a nice hefty chunk of the price you originally paid. And of course, if you fancy saving a bit of moneys along the way, grab yourself some second hand Chanel.
These ASOS wish lists have become a bit of a habit of mine lately. What can I say? Girl likes to window shop. Girl also has no self control when it comes to bargain hunting on the interwebs. Don't even get me started on sites like VoucherBin.co.uk and MyVoucherCodes. Seriously, just take my money and run.
Anyway, recently I've been having a bit of a style overhaul (have you noticed?!) and in turn I've decided to cull over half of my wardrobe to make room for the pieces that work hard - the not-so-basic basics, as I like to call them. Think structured jackets, shirt dresses and a ton of textures. And not single black piece of clothing in sight. What can I say? I told you I've changed.
SHOP THE POST
Beige bardot off shoulder top
White shirt dress with black tie
Mustard woollen coat
White drop hem dress
Black baker boy cap
Olive leather jacket
Tan suede bucket bag
River Island tan knee high boots
White ruffle cami top
For the past few weeks all I've wanted to do is spend them dollah dollah billz on things that I do not do not need. And tonight is the night that I've finally decided to do just that. I mean, I like to think of all this clothes shopping as an investment for my blog. It's a smart business plan! The better the clothes, the better the blog, am I right? I'm so right. And oh am I about to be so broke.
What's on your wish list right now?
Okay so maybe these boots do just look good, but then again, how many uses are shoes actually meant to have? I was deliberating about whether or not I should even post something about these boots in a non-outfit manner, since I normally like to keep the majority of my blog posts fairly, I don't know, useful? Insightful?! Whatever. But today I've decided to come at you with something completely materialistic and undeniably impractical in the form of some thigh high lace up boots from none other than my faves Missguided. Oh mama.
So if these boots don't actually 'do' anything, what on earth am I on about in the title? Well my friends, of course I'm going to have some sort of profound thing to say about a piece of material wrapped around my legs and feet. Haven't you learnt that about me by now? But anyway, I'll keep it short and sweet for you - both because I'm sleepy and also because I'm not sure even I can make up an in-depth story about boots.
Basically, these shoes have dragged me out of my style rut. Like I said above, they're completely impractical (especially for a girl that lives in the countryside) but I feel like that's exactly what I've been needing. I mean, comfort is great and all, but that's what pyjamas and Birkenstocks - still my one true love - are for. I don't know how I'm going to style these babies - let alone walk in them - but I do know that it's time to have fun with what I wear again. Comfort? Pah. I'll wear Crocs when I'm old.