Thursday, 8 March 2018

The Clothing Audit: February 2018.

So February was a VERY short month in some respects and as I have mentioned on my Instagram stories towards the end of last week my mental health took a sharp decline. There are signs that I should have noticed but due to having the flu at the beginning and then just pushing myself to keep going and keep going I ended up just completely shutting down on Tuesday. However after a few days off Facebook, gentle self care and just putting on foot in front of the other (and a few pills from the doctor!) I feel like I can keep going. 

Anyway, I did a few little shopping trips this month and fell back into my old habits of not trying on and just buying everything that caught my eye and was in my size. Which has meant that a couple of things that I am not sure totally suit my shape, but we will see how much use I get out of them. One benefit to only shopping in charity shops means that actually the money has still gone to a good cause. 

Anyway, firstly favourite outfits of February?


You'll recognise the shirt from last months post and I really enjoyed tying it over a second hand Henry Holland dress I bought last year. I wore it for a cinema date I think and I just felt a little fancier than I normally do! 


I wore this Boden dress (which I bought for £2.99 from Age Uk last year) about 4 or 5 times this month. I wore it for my induction day at uni, a day out in Birmingham and a quick trip to the pub with Tom. It fits me perfectly, its nice and warm and it just feels so me. I am hoping to find more dresses like this!


This dress is another I have worn several times this month. Its a marks and spencers thin grey sweater dress, It has pockets and its is so comfortable! I wore it on this day with my oasis cape I bought a few years ago (Oxfam Bristol, £10) but it has been my go to cosy dress when I was feeling like I didn't want to even get dressed.

What I Bought This Month ...

Robe, Age Uk £2.25 I had seen this earlier in the month but didn't want to pay the £4.50 for it and so I left it, but folded when it was half price! I have been loving wearing this when I cover myself in moisturiser and that was my sole intention when I bought it.

Black GAP Dress, Age Uk £2.50 Again I saw this a while ago and thought it would be perfect but its a little bit snug at the moment! I am going to see how much wear I actually get out of this but it may have to be re donated. We will see. 

Striped PER UNA Dress, Loros £6 Another one that I didn't try on but this fits lovely. I have come to the conclusion since ready the curated closet that my uniform is dresses! I loved the colours of this one and I am looking forward to wearing it. 

JOJO MEME BEBE Dress, Cancer Research UK £3 Ok so I first tried this dress on, and its a breast feeding dress so my boob popped wholly out of it! I left it, but when it was there later I felt like I had to have it. As long as its tied up right / I make sure Im wearing a good bra I think I will be ok!

FLORENCE AND FRED Dress, Oxfam, £4.99 I fell in love with this dress as soon as I saw it and was so glad it was in my size. I plan to wear it with black tights and I am on the look out for some black ballet flats too

MANDI velvet dress, Extra Care £3.99 This is one that I am not totally sure works with my shape. I was drawn in by the velvet and also I think the fact that I am going to be going to uni (as you are reading this its my first day!) but its VERY short. So who knows, I may wear it out to a student night!

GEORGE Printed thin cardigan, Cancer Research Uk £2 This I really love! I picked it up for holiday as last year I found the nights a little chilly and only had my scruffy travelling hoody to throw on! Its super soft swell.

PAPAYA Jacket, Cancer Research Uk, £3 I tried this on in the shop and I couldn't decide whether I loved it but for £3 I had to give it a chance. its a cropped jacket with 3 huge buttons but my issue is the sleeves are short so I am not sure how its going to work, although I did think I could get some ridiculous long gloves I have wanted for ages!

TU Denim Jacket, Extra Care, £3.49 The pricing in extra care is so so random as I would have definitely priced this higher than the velvet dress but there you go. I am a sucker for a good denim jacket and this one will be a fab edition to my collection. This is also going to be coming on holiday with me as its sort of cropped and should look fab with maxi dresses

ST MICHEALS Mustard Cardigan, Age Uk, £5 This is 100% my favourite purchase of this month and I want to wear it with everything, every day! I spotted the colour from across the shop and new as long as it fit I had to have it have it. Its huge and oversized and thats all I can really say about it. 

MATALAN bikini, £12 The first none charity shop purchase I bought this year. I wanted a new bikini for my holiday and I fell in love with this one!

CONVERSE, Depop, £15 I have been after some converse like this since last year and when one of my Instagram friends was selling them on depop I had to have them. Again I have been wearing them non stop since I bought them!

I also bought some underwear and socks this month which came to £14.99 but Im not going to show the pictures here as to be honest they are really boring! 

In total this month I spent: £78.21
In total this year I have spent: £86.21

So thanks to having such a frugal month last month I am still on track with my goal of £50 a month this year. 

Charlotte Lucy 

Monday, 29 January 2018

The Clothing Audit: January 2018.

So for 2018 I have decided to introduce a new series to Shoestring Chic. Inspired by the Buyers Archive I wanted to track not only what I am spending money on and what is coming into my wardrobe, but also what I am sending to the charity shop and what clothes I am really loving.

One thing I am trying to do this year is to try and really hone my style. There are a lot of clothes that I am trying to wear, but each month I am going to document what I have loved, what I have bought and also what I am sending off to the charity shopping. 

Firstly lets have a look at my three favourite outfits this month. 


This is one of my very favourite summer dresses that on a particularly blue January day I decided to to pull out and layer over a grey long sleeved tee. It cost me less than a fiver from the Scope charity shop.


When I tried on this blue asos maternity dress from Age Uk It fit me perfectly and felt like the dress was made for me. Unfortunately on its first outing I ruined it with a particularly messy Pho. So this month I layered it underneath a cream cable knit jumper which I bought from LOROs by design


Massive bargain was this 99p Allegra Kay dress that I bought from DAPP. I wore it for Toms Graduation and I don't know if it was my fresh new do but I was just feeling really good! I put this River Island jacket over the top. 

So this month I have added a grand total of 4 items to my wardrobe. Yes, thats right 4. I have made it my rule to try things on and thats really helped. Also, I am going back to university in March to do my nursing degree and so I have been working long hours to try and put some money away. As I am writing this I am currently in Leeds where I was looking forward to vintage shopping but I have come down with the flu so I have been practically confined to me hotel bed and even when I have gone out trying on clothes was the last thing I wanted to do! 

Anyway, clockwise from top left:

1. This beautiful ring was a bargain at £2 from Tesco. On first glance I thought it was a leopard, but the more I wear it the more I think its some other creature as it has large back legs. Nevertheless he is gorgeous and I have been enjoying wearing him!

2. At the beginning of the month I had a horrible experience where I was attacked by a patient, and rightly or wrongly I was looking for something to cheer me up. I happened upon the accessorize sale and spotted this beautiful necklace. I thought it was £4 but scanned at the till for £1 and fell in love.

3. I have really fallen back in love with skater dresses. I have tried so many other styles and actually I am just so comfortable in a nice patterned skater that fits at my waist and actually my favourite are from Dorothy Perkins (all from charity shops obviously) I love the print on this one. When I tried it on my friend Kelly said that it looked like my clothes which is always a great compliment! This cost me the grand total of £3 from the Cancer Research charity shop.

4. On the same charity shop I picked up this shirt. Not something I usually wear but I want to experiment with layering it under pinafore dresses and also tied over my skater dresses. I am also on the look out for a pair of long dungarees so we will see! This was again from the cancer research shop, though originally from George at Asda and cost me £2.

So ... Januarys total was a tiny £8. I think thats possibly the lowest I have EVER spent on clothes, shoes and accessories in one month!

Charlotte Lucy

Friday, 12 January 2018

My 2018 Competition Wishlist

Last year I started to dip my toes into the world of comping, spurred on by watching plenty of prize unboxing videos on youtube and being a member of the Lucky Learners group on Facebook. In 2017 I would say that I was entering competitions probably once a week and mainly either on twitter or through the prize finder website. This year I am stepping it up a notch and trying to maintain a certain quota each day. Although with the number of compers increasing day by day things are going to be harder to win! Anyway, Im putting a bit of faith into the universe and hope that by writing down these prizes they will come to me ...

Wireless Headphones

I really want a pair of wireless headphones! My commute to work is between 30 minutes and 50 minutes depending on which hospital I am working with and when I start my degree placements it could be even longer and so I find myself listening to podcasts and audiobooks a lot. I am forever getting into a tangle with my current headphones and I sometimes put my bag on the floor (with my iPad in) and forget I'm connected! So this would be a fabulous prize to win 

A kettle and toaster

We were kindly bought a matching kettle and toaster set when we got married but 5 years on the kettle tends to leak and the toaster has seen better days. Obviously if either stopped working I would have to replace but honestly thats money that could be being saved for the dream house and I would rather keep it for that! 

A holiday! Or even a spa weekend ...

I am certain that this is high on ever compers Wishlist but I would really love to win an all inclusive holiday somewhere hot! Ideally a Yoga retreat in Bali would be my number one prize, but actually knowing that money is going to be tight while I am a student I would settle for a mini break somewhere in the UK. Anywhere that lets me relax and provides me a good meal is great for me!

A years supply of something

Wouldn't it be great to know that for a year something was sorted? You know even if it was a years supply of toilet paper, just to know that you didn't have that annoying little expense for the year! 

So there you have it, universe please grace me with these prizes! What would you like to win this year?

Monday, 1 January 2018

Things I Won't Be Buying This Year ...

So I am a woman on a mission. I've said before, I'm not terrible with money, I love a bargain and I pay all my bills on time but at the same time I am not putting nearly enough into my savings as id like to. Back in October I had some pretty serious surgery and with only statutory sick pay coming in and multiple direct debits going out my savings took a battering and it was enough to scare me. While we still have enough money saved in our help to buy ISA there's not a lot instant access cash available to me in an emergency right now and I want to change that. 

I go back to university in March (I'm finally going to get my nursing degree and so my income will no doubt drop so in the next two months I could do with getting things in order, learning to live on less and build those savings back up! I can't really pick up many extra shifts at the moment as i am pretty anaemic from my surgery and as always health is my top priority! 

So, what won't I be buying this year? 


I wouldn't like to know how much I spend on magazines! With my Readly subscription at £7 a month and the top ups for the magazines not included on there it soon adds up! I was lucky enough to win a years subscription to Healthy magazine and also receive <insert magazine here> for Christmas and so I should have no reason for purchases! 

The only exception to this is that once I have started at university I am possibly going to see if there are any student offers on either a nursing journal or the nursing times.


This one is tough! I had pre ordered quite a few books on Amazon and I have painfully cancelled them all. I have so many books at home lovingly waiting to be read and also a fantastic local library so there really is no excuse to be spending money on books. There will however be a nice Amazon wish list forming which will be offered up for birthday and Christmas this year!

New Clothes. 

I was going to do a total ban on clothes but I see that as like the restricting and binging cycle I've been stuck in before. So while I'm not going to make any grand gestures in this department I'm also not going to be buying new clothes. Everything will come from a charity shop. I am sure this won't be a problem since watching The True Cost. I'll be showing everything on here but also on my insatgram

Make-up, skin care & toiletries. 

I am on a mission to use up my stash! I am pretty disgusted with the stash I have amassed but I won't be buying anymore until I run out of what I already have. Theres a few things I am going to be trying this year (Such as the curly girl method) and I really want to eventually get to a place where I have a core group of products I love and use rather than having over 10 bottles of shampoo in my bathroom. Ill be doing a monthly empties post to show what I am getting through.

What will you be giving up this year?