Thursday, 27 July 2017

Spending Diaries: What Happened.

Hello!

So I wanted to come back today and tell you why I stopped my spending diaries. I am really struggling to write this today because I don't want it to sound like excuses, but I have been spending a lot more than I should have been recently and I have been almost embarrassed to post it.

I was working 50 hour weeks to pay money off my credit card which was fantastic, only as someone with chronic health issues I was basically just running on empty to get my credit card paid off. I was trying to spend less and less and I just wound myself tighter and tighter like a spring and then ricocheted into a massive spending spree. Well, I say that actually it's not as bad as it had once been but I started buying rubbish online I didn't need. Convincing myself that eating out every day was fine because I was working hard. My mental health plummeted and then I just felt awful. Then when I thought it couldn't get worse I was hospitalized in immense pain.

You may or may not know, but I have IBS and I have also had problems with ovarian cysts. I had this sudden onset of pain in my left side and coupled with low blood pressure and a very fast heart rate I ended up being admitted to the Gynae unit on a lot of painkillers. I had a scan and they found cysts again, but not as large as last time, so the consultant said hes pretty sure I have endometriosis. The only way to confirm this is having another laparoscopy which he isnt keen to do because I already have so much scar tissue that could be contributing to the pain. So for now I am going to start back on the pill and treat it as endometriosis with follow up scans in 4 months and possibly more surgery in the not so distant future.

ANYWAY  

I have got to put my health first. This has meant having a couple of weeks off sick (and therefore on no pay) and also I have had to reduce my hours so I am going to be on a reduced income. As my interest free period ends on my credit card next month I have used some of my house savings to pay it off. So my current goals are:

1. Rebuild up my house savings

2. Pay off my anniversary holiday

3. Reduce my food spend.

4. Make some more money from home!

So there you go if you have made it to the end of this post well done I  know it has been a bit of a ramble but I wanted you to know where I am at. Leave me links to your favourite money savings and money making blogs because this girl needs serious help!

Charlotte Lucy.  


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The Thrift List - July


 OK, so we all know by now that I failed my spending ban right?

I am someone who doesn't have expensive taste, but I LOVE fashion. I have considered and considered and considered a capsule wardrobe but it just isn't for me. However I realised my way of shopping was frantic and haphazard (like most of my life really). I started the Buyers Archive to track my spending and then forgot at the end of each month what I had bought, I have tried giving myself a budget which never works before I feel I have to spend it all and get as many pieces as I can for that price.

So I am trying a new approach. Each month I am going to put together a thrift list. Items I am actually looking for, probably inspired by bloggers I am not going to lie! At the end of each month I will decide if the piece moves onto a master list if I still want it and haven't managed to get it!

This first list may be a little longer as I have been saving fashion posts since May!

So what I am I looking for in July?

Yellow Dress.

I think that La La Land started this obsession but even before that I used to have this yellow dress that I paid 99p for and took every time I went on holiday, however after a good few years the colour had faded and sadly it had to go. So after falling in love with Emma Stones dress, I then spotted the lovely Hayley in a beautiful yellow dress and it ignited a fire within me! I am torn between buying this ASOS number or this New Look one, but I need to shop around.

Colourful biker jacket.

I fell in love with my biker jacket that I managed to get for £4 at the beginning of the year but it just doesn't seem summer appropriate. I saw this gorgeous red one on Lolly and then my gorgeous friend Sophie sporting this pink one and I have been on the hunt ever since. I know a lot of them have been around on the high street (New Look had a fabulous range as did Quiz) but so far I haven't found the perfect style and fit for me.  

Knee length denim skirt.

Preferably button down the middle and has to have some elastic in the waist. I am not fussy right? I used to have quite the collection of skater skirts but since I have gained weight they still fit round the waist but are pretty much obscenely short. I can't even find an image of what I have in my head! But that said I will know it when I see it *makes a little wish to the charity shop fairies.*

Fitted Denim Jacket.

Over the last year or so I have picked up two really perfect denim jackets but they are both over sized and I just can't make them work with maxi dresses. So I am looking for a denim jacket that fits well. I also have a really great patch that I want to iron onto it so it has to be good to make that commitment!

Vintage Converse.

This is something I have always been on the look out for! Either converse or converse style shoes, I bought some rocket dog ones at the beginning of the year with beautiful daisies size 6 though and they are too small so I will be selling them if anyone is interested. I have a pair of white ones from new look that I am wearing to death at the moment so I would like a bit more variety. 

So that's what I am looking out for this month. Do you have things in mind you want to buy? 

Charlotte Lucy

 



 

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

June Competition Wins!

You may or may not know that comping is one of my latest favourite hobbies! Inspired by the likes of SuperLucky Di and Victorias Vintage I have started entering lots of competitions! I think one of the misconceptions about compers is that the win loads of prizes without much effort! I tend to enter competitions on twitter mostly and others during my commute but I would say on average I enter about 50 a day at the moment. I don't enter everyday and I only enter things I REALLY want to win (this might sound obvious but when I first started I entered every single one! So I thought each month I would show you what I have won this month ... so here goes!


Pizza party for two at The Exchange 

Local competitions are always good to enter, they dont tend to get hundreds of entries because I suppose by the time people have factored in travel expenses etc it just isn't worth it. However I was really happy for the prize! I took my friend Kirstie and ever since we have been saying we need to go back for pizza! It was even in my foodies favourites!



A Brothers Cider festival pack 

Well ... I was supposed to be going to a couple of festivals this summer but now I am not sure I am going due to time and money restraints but still this kit contains a lot of useful things (I mean hello litre of cider, toiler covers and a torch!) 



I have been looking for a nice rug for my bedroom Yoga area for ages but they were all so expensive! So I was over the moon to win this wonderful soft one from Wilsons floor on twitter. It arrived so quickly and I have already had a couple of yoga sessions on it!

I am still waiting for two prizes so hopefully I will include them in Julys round up!

So thats it for this month! I didnt comp every day, and my July goal is to enter at least 25 competitions everyday maybe more! I enter all the twitter competitions on my normal twitter account (Charlotte_LucyG) and I know some people have seperate accounts, so if you are interested in some twitter retweet competitions feel free to follow me over there!



Tuesday, 20 June 2017

The Fast Fashion Fast: Part 2.



If you haven't read my last post, you may not know that I am following Verena Erin's fast fashion fast and today I wanted to talk about why I shop. If nothing else my no spend challenge which I have had to dramatically alter has shown me that shopping has just become something I do for the sake of it. To kill time but also because when I feel mentally drained its like a sugar fix. I used to binge eat and while I am not completely cured from these habits I have found that shopping has almost replaced it as my crutch.
As a result I have a wardrobe full of clothes that don't get as much love as they should, a pile of books to be read and boxes full of the latest skincare that, realistically could probably last me a lifetime if they wouldn't expire. Like I said in the other post I don't really shop fast fashion much anyway, but fashion in general I love. One of the things I really regret buying was a two sizes too small Cath Kidston tee from a charity shop. I think when I bought it it was to slim into, and now I have embraced my body this is no longer even part of my life plan. So why is it still hanging in my wardrobe? I can't seem to let go of it! So actually if any of you reading this want a size 10 blue teapot print Cath Kidston tee let me know, It could do with a good home!
I went out for lunch last week with my friend and minimalist Rebecca and I was telling her about how I have this all or nothing kind of mentality when it comes to practically everything in my life. So my instinct was to take a black bag and just empty my whole wardrobe. However I know that purge would lead to inevitably me three months down the line realising that I had discarded all my autumn winter clothes and then needed more.
So instead I am taking a slow but sure approach. I am going to keep a list in my bedroom of clothes that I want to add to my wardrobe. I am then going to go hunting only for these items, I realise I love the hunt. I love rooting through charity shops looking for items, but at the moment my mindset seems to be that I see the day wasted if I don't buy anything and that's what I need to change!


Are you taking part in the fast fashion fast? I would love to see your posts below!