1 July 2012

Denim obsession continues.....also, spending diary for my thrift finds and outfit post

Hi everyone!! Well this June was officially declared as the wettest and dullest since records began and I do so hope that July will not be following the same pattern. Today has been a mix of sun and showers yet again and the wind is getting my washing dry at the moment!!

Back to all things fashion related and my favourite denim find of the month is this H&M chambray denim gilet from the Cancer Research charity shop for £3.99.  I really like it as it's not pure denim so will be able to go with all jeans and summer skirts and it's super light and cosy for the current in-between weather:


The skirt was a find last week from the Salvation Army and is by Gap-it has a fine small red check print, pleated and has pockets and an ideal everyday summer skirt-only £2.99:


My tee is by Ralph Lauren from their Ashford outlet store and the sandals are from Topshop a few years ago. I'm also wearing blue hoop earrings from Primark which I bought last year.

I bought a diary at the beginning of June as a couple of years ago I used to do a spending diary for thrift finds and found it really gave me a good insight in to what I bought, what I gave away and what I spent. So far this month I have bought 3 summer skirts, 1 gilet, 1 jacket, 3 bags, 2 pairs of boots, 1 pair of shoes, 1 grey Tommy Hilfiger hoody, 1 grey Whistles tee and 1 Topshop embroidered blouse, 1 bangle and 1 scarf.

Out of all of these there are 2 bags which I didn't really need/want, but got them for the 'bargain' aspect. I have earmarked 8 items to the charity shop bag too. My favourite finds this month would be the summer skirts as they will definitely be worn, as will the gilet, the hoody, the boots, the tee and the blouse. I really try to only buy items that I will wear, as opposed to 'prettying the wardrobe'-ie-the wardrobe sees it more than what I do!!

Do you keep a budget/spending diary on what you buy and what you get rid of? It is certainly an eye opener, especially for repeat buys. I try to do a 'one in, one out' philosophy, but it doesn't always work.

I am hoping this months buys will feature 3 of these items on my thrift wishlist: a maxi sun dress, a blue denim skirt for everyday wear and a summer coloured small handbag or clutch-not black!!

Do you still have anything on a summer wishlist??

12 comments:

Vix said...

You look lovely! I can't resist second-hand denim, it's always useful and goes with everything.
I suppose my blog is my record of thrifty finds. It's a great idea to keep a record, a good way of knowing what to avoid in future, just because it's cheap! x

Louise said...

I think keeping a buying diary is a really good idea. I'm in the midst of a mammoth de-clutter, selling or donating so many of the things I have bought and I fear, had I kept a diary, it would have shown up millions of things I have bought which I never needed. I'm learning some valuable lessons, and when I do start to purchase again, maybe I should keep a diary too. I love your gilet by the way, I think they are such a useful item of clothing. x

That's Not My Age said...

Nice gilet. I'm a bit obsessed with denim. Though my summer wishlist = holiday on a beach somewhere hot!

That's Not My Age said...

PS that's good news about your son at fashion week!

Style Eyes said...

I really love your denim. In theory I try and do the one in one out thing but in practice I really struggle to part with stuff.

Perdita said...

I should be more organised.Before I start to log purchases though, I need to have a clear out!!

Love that summer denim look- chic and relaxed!

Veshoevius said...

Love your double denim look - always a great look when it (finally) gets sunny - the weather has been awful hasn't it?? On my summer wishlist is a mint coloured blazer - still haven't found the right one yet.

Caroline said...

Hi Sharon - I don't keep a spending diary, but perhaps I should do - I think it would be a real eye opener! I agree about the weather - just dreadful. We're off to Greece for a fortnight tomorrow - can't wait to see some sunshine x

Caroline said...

Hi Sharon - I don't keep a spending diary, but perhaps I should do - I think it would be a real eye opener! I agree about the weather - just dreadful. We're off to Greece for a fortnight tomorrow - can't wait to see some sunshine x

Heather said...

You look super cute love your outfit...I think your diary is a great idea I need to eventually go through my closet and lighten it a little. I tend to not look for specific pieces but I like to find really unique pieces...which then means I get over attached to them hehehe....but I am sure my closet could use a little thinning. Especially once I get my sewing machine unpacked and start sewing again. ~I hope you find all the pieces your looking for and I do really hope the sun comes out too!! Love Heather

janettaylor said...

Lovely skirt!

teawithonesugarplease said...

I need/want another maxi dress - with this depressing weather I want the summery look but keep my legs covered up (but not wear tights) does that make sense?

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