& why blogging is bad for my bank!
You know the drill, holiday season rolls around, you treat yourself to a few new things to take (that two piece you’ve had your eye on and those sliders because they’ll come in handy around the pool), you’re all set until a week before you’re due to board the plane and the dread that you don’t have enough stuff to wear sets in… Hello panic buying! That’s exactly what I’ve been doing with my weekend. Panic buying anything and everything I can get my greedy mitts on (fuelled sufficiently by the Topshop sale which let me tell you is just glorioussss right now!).
You wouldn’t think I would be the panic buying type because, well I’m always buying. Constantly browsing online and adding whatever tickles my fancy to the basket. But even with the best will in the world, holiday shopping always tends to be a last minute affair. The only thing I did manage to purchase in advance were bikinis and that’s only because I desperately wanted to try out She In for swimwear and for a mere £6-8 a set, not much thought was required for that. On that note, I might do a She In bikini review type post if that would be of interest to anyone??? Lemme know!
The problem with panic buys is that there’s danger of some (if not all) of them becoming ‘what on earth were you thinking’ items once you take them home and look at them for longer than a split second as you rush around the shops in panic mode. So I think I did pretty well considering!
Number one on the list (do I want to admit this?!) was a bum bag because 1. practicalities and 2. fashion. Practical because pick pockets and all that (plus, is there anything worse than carrying a bag around all day?!) and fashion because if Topshop are selling them then I’m not going to argue with that! Trying to pick between four different colours was all a bit too much for me so I’m going to have to plan my outfits and go back to pick up the colour that goes with most! I did however get the most glorious orange bodycon number as an evening option, I don’t normally go for bodycon but I think on this occasion it works (the real test will be whether I wear in the UK but I’ll keep you updated on that!).
Probably the best thing I picked up (also from Topshop, of course) was a camel coloured paper bag waist mini skirt which is literally the most adorable thing and I’ll get so much wear out of it BUT it was with all the sale stuff and had £17 written on the tag in pen but when it came to paying it was not in the sale at all so waaaaa at that! And I could bet your bottom dollar that it’s going to go in the sale VERY soon (hence the writing) so how annoying, but I love it all the same and couldn’t leave it behind. See, this is what panic buying does to you! See ya later £££!
Fashion is fast and I like fast fashion. But there’s a kind of unique pressure when it comes to fashion blogging, to buy new clothes more often. You can’t deny it some extent, I don’t want to be showcasing an outfit made up of the leather jacket I’ve had since uni, last years faded slogan tee and some ripped mom jeans you can’t buy in store any more (LOL that this outfit consists of a shirt from 2 years ago and a Zara skirt I can’t find the link for!).
I don’t have an issue with re-wearing things. Thats not it. I love restyling old pieces but I’m also addicted (I mean, that is too strong of a word but you get me…) to buying new, shopping from the ‘new in’ sections is my favourite past-time. I know Lisbon is going to be instagrammable as hellll and I don’t want to be standing there in my polka dot jumpsuit you’ve seen a hundred times over, I want to be like ‘look at these amazing holiday clothes you can have!’.
And it’s not just since I started documenting my outfits on the internet – I used to work in the centre of Norwich and every lunchtime (we got an hour which was just, lethal!) without fail I would be in Topshop and Zara and H&M and New Look, I would know their entire stock and what was new that week, and obviously more often than not I would return to my desk with an additional carrier bag in hand.
So, it’s safe to say I definitely do not have a ‘capsule wardrobe’.
Also, shout out to the cutest bag alive I’m wearing here! The absolute gems at So Souk sent it over to me and I’m so so so excited for this to become my Lisbon evening bag for every day I’m there!
Skirt – Zara / Shirt – Topshop / Mules – Primark / *Bag – So Souk
*An asterisk denotes an item which has been gifted to me. All imagery, styling and opinions are my own.