Monday, 20 April 2015

The Online Shopping Basket - That's Not Being Checked Out....Yet

On a mission to save for all those necessary things in life, my husband and I have given ourselves a strict budget per month.  Now I know clothes shopping isn't a necessity but I do try to make it one(!).  However looking at the bigger picture (gosh, can you tell I'm mid 30's now) I still don't do too badly, I just try to buy well and invest or save for items.  That being said, there does come a point at least once a month I feel the need to online shop.  I enjoy that mid week parcel arriving, especially when the kids are driving me nuts!  So Saturday I started looking at Uniqlo and there's plenty I am after - for next months budget now of course.  In a bid to really stop myself from checking out my full basket and show restraint, I am putting it out there live on my blog.  You guys go fourth and shop - just don't tell me you bought any of it ok?

I think this is the sweatshirt that the lovely Sue blogged about (and turned into a whole other sweatshirt via transfers from memory, the clever lady) and I remember seeing it and thinking it was the perfect marl grey.  At £14.90 it's not going to break the bank either.
£14.90 this mainly cotton sweatshirt is so cute.  As someone who feels the cold this is a great alternative to a t-shirt as it's just that little bit thicker.
I've purchased their silk before so I just put silk into their search window and voila - it's all on sale!  £39.90 down to £24.90 I love this t-shirt in silk.  They have it in pink and blue too. 
Cotton 90% and cashmere 10%, £24.90 down to £14.90, bargain!  They also had it in plain grey with white sleeves - I loved it and it was in my basket but it's now sold out (phew, that's that one gone!).
This comes in loads of fun colours but I've just found I've been needing a 'chuck it all' in bag with a zip for days out with the kids.  I don't want to use one of my lovely leather ones - somethings bound to leek.  For £7.99 I think this would do the job.
On a side note - it was not intentional that there is a bit of a pink and grey theme going on here.  Oh and as I look down at what I'm wearing typing this, I'm in marl grey joggers and a pink cotton jumper....Grey and pink it is then this month!

Ending on some shoes I found that I shared on instagram, Facebook, Twitter - so you've probably already seen them but they are so beautiful, in case you haven't, here they are.

Phase Eight's Tamara shoe, £110 down to £55.  They come in black as well but I think these are just perfect for coming now.  Leather in and out, I bet they are so comfy, I'm drooling.....but I so don't need these, someone else buy them, please?

Anyone else joining me in showing some self control?  Am I also alone in the enjoyment in online shopping, I fear it's got worse since child number 2 came along and she's a little madam in the shops - I blame her!


18 comments:

  1. Oh my whose tempting who now Natalie lol! I love grey & pink teamed together so those tops are seriously tempting me.
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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    1. Sorry! Luckily those camo joggers are all sold out at Hush!!! x

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  2. The Uniqlo cotton cashmere mix tops are gorgeous - I have the striped one you have here and a couple of the short sleeved ones - they are they perfect weight for spring xx

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    1. End of the month Joanna, end of the month, I just need to last a little bit longer then I can purchase in next months budget!!x

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  3. I love a Uniqlo splurge - you get a lot of good basics for your money. And that grey sweatshirt does look to be the one I have. It's a really nice soft one and doesn't crease. I ordered the white in the same style but somehow it doesn't look as nice - it creases more. And you will have to hurry - there's not many left! Sorry - I should be encouraging you to stick to your budget rather than spending but I call this an investment - you can't go wrong with a grey marl sweatshirt. Thank you for the mention Natalie :)

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    1. There were two Sue, the other grey one looked like a wider neck so thought this was yours. Yes, an investment may be but I am pushing on through and waiting....what will be mine, will be mine and all that! x

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  4. Ahh ha! Now I see your dilemma...have you still not checked out yet?! There are some brilliant basics not to be missed out on here Natalie! You were so good on Saturday....I think you deserve a couple of these bits at the very least! Gotta those shoes are pretty divine too! xx

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    1. Nope, how controlled hey! Budget spent this month, I will not, I will not buy anything else! x

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  5. I totally know what you mean about online shopping, my 2 year old kicks off as soon as we enter any shop so I love shopping online! I've been looking for decent affordable sweatshirts so thank you for reminding me of Uniqulo, I shall be taking a peek later ;) x

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    1. Yep, I hear you. Popped out today with 3 year old to buy a birthday present, lots of bribes and still didn't manage to find a present! Enjoy if you do get one, I reckon they're great x

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  6. I am so glad internet shopping wasn't so popular when mine were small, I think we would just be living in a tent by now! Love your choices, and you cant go wrong with a sweatshirt or two, or even......three?!!!
    Helen xx

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    1. That's what I keep saying to myself....but nearly made it to the end of the month, just wondering if they will still be there when I go back to purchase! x

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  7. Oh my goodness, I love the short sleeved sweatshirt. Sooooo much nicer than a tee. I admire your restraint. You're doing so well. xx

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    1. Me too, actually the more I look at them all above, the more it's my favourite actually.x

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  8. I love the grey mark sweatshirt too! It's a great shade & fit! The carefree spending of the past is long gone here too! I'd love to time travel back to when I had more money then sense & make a few good investments! x

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    1. Guess what - still not purchased - arrrrrgh! Was in London yesterday and meant to pop to a store but ran out of time and surprise surprise, I've spent this months budget already ( but they were serious bargains I couldn't leave behind....!) x

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