Category Archives: Challenge

No Shopping Update #1

As you know, I’ve embarked on my own personal challenge of not shopping for clothes until the Summer (or more specifically August 1st).

For me this is a massive undertaking and although nobody but me is holding me accountable, I have to admit here that I’ve already slipped a couple of times. I don’t mind being transparent, I bought a bag I thought I desperately needed in the BooHoo sale. It was cheap and cheerful – and I hated it so it’s going back.

I then simply had to have a pair of tartan print paper bag trousers because of course I do. Those are staying because they’re super cute.

This morning I bought a £15 puffa jacket to arm myself against the rising chilliness and a sweatshirt I’ve had on my wish list for donkey’s. That was £7. So not exactly breaking the bank and also needed but still, I feel bad I’ve already stumbled at the first hurdle.

I have to remember I’m human and breaking a habit of a lifetime so I will have minor blips. The security team at work asked me if I was okay the other day as there have been no packages since Christmas and I’ll take that as a small win. I might have caved a couple of times but I’ve still mostly avoided the sales and given my debit card most of the month off.

I know I can do this and I’ll be flipping the bird to the people who thought it would be too hard for me come August.

Starting again from NOW.

The Empress’ Old Clothes

Every month I tot up all my expenses to see how much ‘treat’ money I’ll have left after all the bills are covered. These funds go towards dinners out, takeaway and new clothes if I’m lucky.

Increasingly the treat pot is getting smaller, especially after this Christmas and February looks just as bleak as this never ending January.

I beat myself up about never having proper money and although it’s true I like to shop and possibly have a problem with that, I live in Brighton and it’s expensive af! We are all just doing what we can and I know I’m much luckier than a lot so should just shut the fuck up.

But! I’ve decided to set myself the challenge of only wearing clothes I already own until the Summer. I thought this could be fun and teach me a few forgotten lessons about being wasteful. I have some really lovely items in the back of my wardrobe (in a pile of clean laundry in the corner of my room) and dammit if they don’t deserve their moment in the sun (or lack there of).

So this is my pledge. No more new stuff until August. No new handbags, no new clothes. No new jewellery – I have heaps of the stuff.

Man, I might even go through my room with a black bin bag and Kondo some shit. I haven’t actually read or watched any of her stuff but I do like the idea of only housing joy-enhancing stuff. Mmmmmm, stuff.

Shit this is going to be challenging.

UPDATE: There are 197 days until 1st August. I’m going to make a daily note of what I wear each of those days. Who knows, it might even encourage me to get more creative with what I already have.

I’ll hit you back with an update in August. Wish me luck! 🎉