Friday, 1 December 2017

November Purchases

While I didn't buy a lot in October, I did do a lot of shopping in November!

November Purchases: What I bought, How I wore It. Budget fashion blogger | away from the blue

There are a couple reasons for buying so much this month:
  • Doing Christmas shopping meant more exposure to stores and more temptation to shop
  • I love spring/summer clothing and it makes up the bulk of my wardrobe as I find ways to wear it year-round. And there have been some really nice new season pieces.
  • I've been decluttering and downsizing my wardrobe So I'm starting to feel there are 'gaps'.
  • Jeanswest had a 40% off sale and I still had unspent gift cards that I had been setting aside for after my 6 months without shopping challenge at the start of the year.

The Jeanswest sale being the biggest reason if I'm honest, considering that's where I bought everything! I'm such a sucker for a sale! There's another 40% off sale on right now too!

What I bought:

How I Wore It:

I have a rule that whenever I buy something I have to wear it twice in the month I bought it. I couldn't do that with all of my October purchases, as one arrived over a month after I ordered it, and some had to be taken to the tailor first. I had better luck this month though, as you can see below. The only thing I haven't worn twice are the earrings as I'm saving them for Christmas.

The idea behind wearing things twice in the month I buy them is that I have to come up with two ways to wear it immediately before I buy so I know it will be useful in my wardrobe. I no longer have things new with tags sitting unworn for years and I have to really love it to want to wear it so frequently right away. I've slowed my shopping and gotten more use from the pieces I've bought since I've implemented this rule so I'm keeping on with it.

November purchases worn - spring and summer outfits Brisbane budget fashion blogger | away from the blue

I'm feeling pretty wardrobe content for the moment! Not sure if I'll buy more in December or just get those final few Christmas presents I need to buy for people. The Iconic usually have their big boxing day sale so I'm sure to be tempted by that, especially if Rebecca Minkoff is included!

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  1. The olive embroidered shorts are so cute and look so comfy!! A must for summer days!! Happy new month Mica and happy December!! It's the most beautiful month of the year and I am so excited!! :)


  2. What a fun video! I like watching shopping hauls, love the shorts you bought especially the parker, looks comfy and pretty. Hope to see more of these. Have a great weekend dear!

  3. 40% off sale along with being able to use gift cards sounds like a great incentive to shop especially since you didn't shop for over 6 months. Looks like you picked up some really cute and versatile pieces. I'm so envious that you're wearing shorts now since we just broke out our winter coats!

  4. So many great buys!! I was actually well behaved in November...we'll see if i can keep it up for December! (I kind of have to because I had a slow work month for 2 clients in November...ahhh!)

  5. These outfits are all pretty nice, I love how you pair up primary colours, with the yellow and blue items being my favourite. This seems pretty relevant to the weather in Australia and you look great! (although if I were to try out one of these in Wales right now I would surely freeze haha)

    Little Moon Elephant

  6. Looks like you got some great stuff! It's really hard not to do shopping during the holiday season! I know I'm buying more than I usually do with all the great sales!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  7. Happy Friday Mica! I really enjoyed your video! You got some wonderful versatile and cute pieces for the spring. Thanks for sharing and have a blessed weekend!


  8. You got such cute pieces, all of which are versatile, too! I love the olive shorts especially. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great weekend!



  9. I love that tip about needing to wearing it twice in a month! Often times, I get caught up in getting pieces that I don't know what to wear with it and end up buying more.

    xo Adri

  10. You have brought some wonderful things in November that's for sure, really do like your gorgeous outfits that's for sure!

    Gift-cards are great and especially when there's a sale, 40% off everything is always wonderful.

    Like your short shorts!

    Laura xo

  11. That is such a smart idea to ask for gift cards and I should do the same. I spend way too much in November and I really have to go on a strict no-buy for a few months. My drawers are ridiculously overflowing with stuff to the point it's embarrassing.

    ps: It's soooo good to hear and see you! You have such a lovely voice!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  12. You got some really great items and they look like they are all easy to remix too! I love the bright yellow top! It's just the right shade of yellow. I love those embroidered olive shorts too! Have a great weekend!

  13. I love the idea of wearing a new item twice that month... I hate when I buy something new and I forget about it! You are too cute on your video! I love hearing a bloggers voice and seeing them on video. I was going to do more videos this year and I've only done one. I am always looking for versatile pieces, too!


  14. I made more purchases than usual during this month as well due to Black Friday haha :P The black shorts look like they'll be a staple, and loving the printed shorts too :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  15. Those tanks look SO useful. I love the colours, and they work really well with that you already have. I accidentally bought the Lookfantastic advent calendar in the cyber Monday sale... And I got 2 maxi skirts from Kmart that I'm pretending are long enough and I love them! The weather has been a bit weird and in-between for the last week so they've been just right.

  16. Hello Mica. I love the items you have picked and they look great on you. I love how you always put comfort first over anything especially as mom. The details on the shorts and the coloured tops make every look that extra special. Happy festive season to you and your family...

  17. The wear twice rule is surely helpful to only buy things you really need or determine early on that they weren't needed.
    So far I haven't purchased anything, but I am not as good as you with Christmas shopping, I am still missing the majority of items. Shop exposure and temptation will surely come in December.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

  18. Love these pieces! There were so many good sales on over the past weekend with black friday and cyber monday! I definitely went a little crazy myself! But all things I needed!

  19. I love the shorts you got--especially that printed pair. And the striped tee is so fun too! I did a bit of shopping for myself along with Christmas shopping too this month :) Hope you're having a good weekend!

  20. I've been spending waaaay too much lately, especially with those damn black friday sales. I need to pull back a little. My wardrobe has become fairly pressed for space again which is not a good sign. I love the idea of making yourself wear new purchases twice in the month. I need to do this myself. I have a habit of buying more "formal-ish" attire. Things more for nights out then during the day like heels etc. Only problem is I have nowhere to wear any of this to! Ahhhhh! I need help!


  21. I love your rule of wearing something twice in the month you've brought, it's such a good idea and one I definitely want to implement myself! Adore the Anika Foil tee and I'm also loving you in front of the camera, your a real natural and I'm obsessed with your accent!

    Musings & More

  22. I love the olive shorts :) they go so well with your outfits. Glad you got these at a bargain! I managed to evade the sales for far! hope it stays that way lol

  23. What a fabulous idea that when you buy something, you need to wear it twice right away!!
    I'm totally stealing that idea, Mica!!!

  24. That's a great vid, Mica:) I think this is the first time I've heard you talk! Anyhoo, love the haul. Really digging that mustard yellow top. I can see why you're loving that colour lately:) And those earrings are really nice and will certainly add some pizzazz during the holidays.

  25. You have such great necklaces! I love that you use your accessories to really make a whole outfit. You also do such a good job at getting use out of your clothes. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

  26. I definitely did most of my spendings this year in November as well, taking advantage of all the sales that's been happening :) I love that rule of wearing something twice within the first month, it's definitely easier to keep wearing something once you know what else it goes with in your closet!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

  27. You picked up some fun things this month, Mica! You're so right about Christmas shopping upping the temptation to shop. I definitely succumbed to that a little bit in November!

  28. Mica, I think you make smart purchases! I love everything you purchased. I am loving those type of shorts on you. They look really good and are cute.


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