My Capsule Wardrobe and Non-Shopping journey so far | 13 weeks

Hi all!

Over the past few months I’ve shared with you all my advice and tips on what’s worked for me in tackling over-shopping and the benefits of a capsule wardrobe.

But today I thought it was a good time to reflect on my personal progress so far.

“The only good thing to do with advice is pass it on, it’s never of any use to oneself” | Oscar Wilde

I started with my capsule wardrobe on the 19th of April 2015. It was 6 months after the idea first came to mind and I had avoided the concept in fear that a capsule wardrobe would come between me and my love for fashion & looking stylish. Read More »

Is your wardrobe value for money?

One of the most gratifying parts of keeping a capsule wardrobe for the first time, is that you notice items being worn again and again and again.

Unlike the outfit you bought and wore once scenario, your clothing truly gives you bang for your buck!

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Tracking your best value & most worn pieces helps define what items deserve a larger chunk of your shopping budget next time.

I use my beloved StyleBook app to track what I wear each day. By entering the value of each item when it was purchased, the app calculates items most worn and best value for money per wear.

The results aren’t actually  surprising, they just reiterate the commonsense that I never had!!

Here are my most worn items after 91 days living with my capsule wardrobe (yep I’m at the three month mark!)…Read More »

How to be Mindful with Spending through Tracking Expenses- Week 2

The past fortnight, I’ve been closely monitoring my expenditure using a pretty basic app called ExpensesOK. It literally takes seconds to enter details of money spent and assign expenses to categories which you can easily customise to suit you.

Based on my input over the past two weeks (my pay cycle is fortnightly), I’m astounded by how much I’m saving by spending less on clothing!Read More »

Tracking finances for accountability- why I only just started 

So I have a confession to make! I caved in!!

This week I purchased that workout sweater that I’ve been tormenting myself about, and a pair of tights that jumped into my shopping cart almost from left field. This purchase took me back to the days of trawling online and being tied up in knots over shopping  dilemma’s. I don’t like that space, whatsoever. The pangs of guilt to follow were big ones. The thing is, I thought I was well and truly on the way to being a reformed shopping addict. Turns out, I’m far from it!Read More »

Keeping a non-shopping list. Why you should have one too! 

In my recent post about what to consider when tempted to shop, I mentioned having a shopping list when setting out on a shopping mission, and to stick to it.

I definitely recommend the whole shopping list concept, especially to keep on track if you’re plan is to fill some capsule wardrobe gaps. Your first capsule gap-fill shop can be a dangerous one!

But what can be just as handy to keep yourself on track in making mindful and valuable purchases is having a list of what not to buy. Let me explain… Read More »

How I went from overspending to the savings “zone”

Have you ever been in the savings “zone”? That zone where you’re hooked on watching your account balance grow and it feels quite discomforting to touch your cash stash to purchase even the most necessary things? 6 Months ago I would never have dreamed being in the “zone”. I remember recognising that I was so far from the frugal state of mind, I was fearful I’d never be able to save again! True story!  And here I am… 9 weeks into living with a capsule wardrobe something inside me has switched!Read More »