Wednesday, 28 February 2018

February Purchases and Wearing Things Twice In The Month I Buy Them

This time last year I was doing my #6monthsWithoutShopping challenge. This year, I'm not doing that challenge so I'm free to spend! I continue to have the goal of spending less this year than I did last year though. Even with the freedom to shop I haven't bought much, I've definitely changed my shopaholic habits.


away from the blue blog february shopping haul YouTube video





Just two purchases this month! A long thought out purchase and an impulse buy, but I've worn the impulse buy one the most surprisingly.



Here's what I bought:








How I Wore It


I have my 'wear everything twice in the month you buy it' rule. I started this a few years ago to ensure I was only buying things I could get use from right away, to stop the discovery of unworn with tags items in my wardrobe. There have been a few exceptions to this rule, one when my pregnant belly outgrew something before I got to wear it and the rest have been weather related. As I mentioned in the video, the foil jumper hasn't been worn because of the weather.

The wear twice rule still works though. I did consider buying something else this month but decided against it. Purely because I had to order it online and it wouldn't have made it in time for me to wear it twice in February. It was a 'want' item, not a 'need', but my large wardrobe makes almost every purchase a 'want'! It was easier to refrain from purchasing know it wouldn't pass the wear twice rule. Maybe next month I'll buy it if I keep thinking about it.


two ways to wear distressed denim shorts with kimonos in summer | away from the blue blog

The foil knit, bought a few days before the heatwave, didn't get worn at all this month.  There's a little more detail in the video above, but basically I bought this thinking I might not get to wear it right away, and bought it anyway as I didn't want to miss out on the trend again.

The denim shorts, an impulse buy, have been worn right away as you can see above, as they were perfect for the heatwave.  I know I bought a lot of new shorts for summer a couple of months ago, but when you stumble across $60+ denim in your size in the op-shop, you buy it! While I've worn them similarly here with printed tanks and kimonos, the video has more ways to wear them.


I'm pretty content with my wardrobe now. I might buy that piece I keep thinking about or I might wait until cooler weather to see where the gaps are in my wardrobe!



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53 comments:

  1. Those shorts were a steal and the variable length thing is just genius! I love the jumper too. What a month of successful shopping!

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    1. I love the variable length, and they were such a bargain!

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  2. Such cute outfits! Love the video haul as well! Thanks for sharing!

    Emily | www.East91Blog.com

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  3. Such a great video!

    https://chicglamstyle.com

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  4. I agree sometimes you see something you know you will wear and it's such a good deal you need to buy it even if you don't actually need it right now. I am that way with basic tees and tops and jeans. It can be hard to find exactly what you want and the right fit, you need to stock up whenever you can! Those shorts were a great buy!

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    1. Yes, it's so rare to find denim in my size, it was a must-by right away! :)

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  5. I think your "wear twice" rule is so smart. It's great that it helps you be happy with what you have and think through purchases. That is something that I've been working on as well this past year or so. Also, that sweater is so fun! I can't wait to see you style it once it cools down there.

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    1. Yes I'm really glad I've implemented it, it's helped so much over the years to curb the growth of my wardrobe!

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  6. Woohoo! I'm getting better with my shopaholic ways as well! Funny what tracking your spending does, right?
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    1. haha yes it's eye opening having it tracked and on paper in front of you!

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  7. I enjoy watching hauls on occasion because its fun to see the great deals you can get. Those shorts were such a brilliant price. Loved your video as well <3 http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2018/02/investment-bags-for-spring.html

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    1. Thanks! They were such a good deal!

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  8. I have to try this wear twice rule. Sounds like a really reasonable thing to do. I love the shorts and the silver foil details on the jumper makes it very unique.


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    1. It is a great rule to have, I hope you find it as helpful as I do! :)

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  9. I love finding great thrift buys! Sometimes we can get so lucky! I love your new shopping rules! Good idea :)

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  10. I like this wear twice rule. I definitely wear some new purchases twice in the same month but not all, nor all the time. I like the shorts, that is something that I don't wear a lot of. Wishing you & family a lovely rest of the week. /x Madison
    FASHION TALES

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    1. Thanks Madison. I have definitely changed my shopping habits by implementing the rule.

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  11. I agree with the comments above...I think I should incorporate this rule in my purchases as well. I am really loving shorts although it might be awhile since I can wear something like that:D

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    1. haah yes, perfect summer buy for me but not when it's snowing in winter for you! :) I hope you see the benefits of implementing the rule :)

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  12. That pullover is gorgeous, I saw you showing us on your YouTube! And you've got a new subscriber that is me. Love listening to you speak and I relate to your love for the polka dots. And the shorts are genius. :) I hope you and your kids are healthy and happy. Thank you for sharing your video Mica :) Have a beautiful day and I hope the heatwave is reducing there so you can wear your beautiful jumper!

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    1. Thanks so much, glad you liked my video and subscribed! Still haven't worn the jumper yet but I'm hoping to soon!

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  13. I love it when I find my favorite brand in my size in the thrift store! It's the best, and you could not have gotten a better deal on the shorts, they practically look brand new.

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    1. Yes, it was such a perfect find, definitely meant to be! :)

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  14. I wear my clothes several times over and over again. Ha!! Mindful shopping is one of the things I'm doing as well. You look wonderful in that shorts.

    https://www.missymayification.co.uk

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    1. haha yes, I wear them a lot more than twice, it's just good to have that rule so I know I'll love and use things right away, and I can instantly think of different ways to wear a piece before I buy :)

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  15. You have quite the collection! I wish my bag collection was even half as impressive. You're also a master at wearing things multiple times. I love the wear twice rule. I try to stay away from things I can't wear a lot, that an easy way to think about it before buying.

    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

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    1. Yes I want to add pieces I can wear multiple ways to my wardrobe, so it's a good rule for me :)

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  16. Those jean shorts are perfect!!

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  17. I am undecided on the foil trend myself, I am not sure if I will give in.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

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    1. I'm a complete sucker for it, this brings my total up to 3 pieces!

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  18. Strange hearing about heatwave when we have the Beast from the East here. You'll need to Google that. I like your wear it twice in the month of buy approach. I've told you that before I think. It's a darn good idea.

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    1. haha yes, the complete opposite weather here with the opposite seasons :)

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  19. Those denim shorts were a great find! Love them!

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  20. I don't know how you survived no shopping for 6 months! But glad you're free to spend this year! haha .
    Love both outfits here, I'm on the hunt for some summer shorts at the moment.
    I also scored a great mantra for my closet from this post - wearing something twice in the month you bought it is a great idea!!

    The Hidden Thimble

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    1. Hope you like the shopping rule!

      And yes, it was an interesting experience not shopping for 6 months! I wrote all about it here: http://awayfromtheblue.blogspot.com/2017/06/6monthswithoutshopping-lessons-from.html

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  21. I love it when the impulse buy turns out to be fantastic. As much as I try to plan what I buy, sometimes you just can't tell what will work and what won't!!!
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    Jodie
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    1. Yes, it's been good having to wear things twice as there's more chance of them working out in my wardrobe, haha!

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  22. Hi Mica! Great new pieces! The sweater is absolutely beautiful! Great video! Have a blessed weekend!

    Tiff
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  23. You did pretty well Mica, the shorts are adorable and if you live in Australia, there is no such thing like too many shorts. Like how you paired them with cardigans and t-shirts
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    1. hehe yep, you definitely need a lot of shorts here!

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  24. That was my January too! Although I did buy a lot of stuff for the house, and I've made up for my frugality in January by buying a fair bit in February :D The spending bans are always really good to focus on what you really want and need, and I've found that being pregnant has made me really more focused on what I should be buying rather than what I want to buy! Possibly because I'll be on less income after a few months, oh dear!

    Eileen | 5feetofstyle.com

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    1. Yes maternity leave can definitely make you rethink your spending! I liked your Feb buys though, you found some bargains! :)

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  25. That's a pretty awesome haul Mica and you did really well. Great picks too! Those shorts look amazing on you and love how you wore them. I haven't bought all that much stuff either aside from a red dress that was on clearance. I am also trying to be better about buying items after all there are a ton of items out there that though they are tempting I would never really use. So yeah...happy Friday lady!

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

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  26. Those jean shorts are so cute! I got rid of a bunch of shorts last year because they were just too short for me. I'm on the hunt before it gets hot over here to find some good ones!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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    1. Hope you can find some nice ones! I've been loving longer length shorts lately too, got rid of all my super short ones!

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  27. Looks like those shorts were good purchase Mica... i have yet to wear all the stuff I've bought. Just today I posted about a skirt I bought in 2016 and just wore today for the first time.

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    1. It was such a pretty skirt too! I used to have so many things unworn in my wardrobe, the wear twice immediately rule has really helped me change that!

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  28. I made the same change several years ago Mica. I think we're smarter shoppers now. I know I think about a purchase and it's advantages & disadvantages before committing. I use to have doubles & triples of clothing/shoes. There was so much excess. I'll be evaluating my closet again this Spring.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Oh it's good you can reevaluate your wardrobe! I have the hardest time downsizing mine, so slowing my shopping is my main way to keep the size of my wardrobe under control, haha! It is good to be more considerate when I buy too.

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  29. Aren't you glad you aren't on a self-enforced shopping ban this year? Haha! I really like your wear twice rule and it is one I need to start implementing. I still find things with tags on them in my closet all the time. :( Cute shorts and so cool they are convertible. Adore the foil top with the little dots and hi-lo hemline. Thanks for linking up, Mica!

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    1. haha yes, I do like being able to buy what I like when I see it instead of hoping I can find it after 6 months, ha! I'm interested to see how much I spend this year without that rule.

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  30. Thank you all for your lovely comments - glad I could give you some inspiration to try the wear twice rule :)

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