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Not Buying it - Day 16

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 Day 16 Oops! I've only realised I hadn't posted this one. I can't believe I'm on the third week of the challenge! Feeling quite proud of myself and so far no problems trying to find outfits.......  I went to visit my son today so I wore this outfit. I bought this black jacket in Age UK for £7.00 a few months back. It's by David Emmanuel and goes with lots of things I have. It's not warm though but as I was only in and out of the car today, it didn't matter.  The necklace was a Christmas present from my brother 2 years ago, the earrings are charity shopped and I'm wearing the bangle with the big blue stone I bought last week in the RSPCA charity shop. It matches my lapis lazuli ring so well! I bought these skinny trousers from the British Red Cross for £1.99.  This picture was taken quite late in the evening and they had begun to bag a bit despite the bit of stretch in them! The top is from the La Redoute sale a few years ba

Not Buying it Days 17 and 18

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Day 17 I didn't have to go out today and as it was a Sunday it was the usual routine - housework and Sunday dinner with all the family. So, I had a sort of PJ day - about my third in ten years. I put a kaftan over my PJs and had a make up free day, too! So no pictures of Day 17's outfit.  Day 18 I was at the Save the Children charity shop today where I volunteer from 9.30 to 1 pm. I am loving it and have been there for about 10 or 11 weeks now. I mostly sort the donations and our back room is not just at the back of the shop but across a courtyard; the need to be well wrapped is therefore important with all the toing and froing between shop and back room. I'm wearing La Redoute jeans charity shopped, the patterned jumper was my daughter's and was too large for her ,so she gave it to me and it fits! The white shirt was bought in an on line sale last winter and was £17.50 reduced from £70.00! The boots were bought on line and I wish I had more pairs

Not Buying it - Days 14 and 15

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I know it might be appear a bit odd to entitle a post 'Not buying it' and then start with photos of of recent purchases, but bear with me.  I always try to shop second hand. I have been looking for a pair of lamps for the tables on either side of our sofa for ages, so last Saturday I visited the British Heart Foundation furniture charity shop in town. I found these two matching lamps for £10.00 each. , They are nice - don't you think? And what's more they are touch lamps, so you can go from dim, to bright, to extra bright with three small taps. Very clever. Can you guess which table is mine? Yes, it's the one with all the books on it. My TBRs (to be read) and the ones I dip in and out of such as the Quran, the Irish dictionary and the book of Irish slang. Whilst I was in the same shop I also spotted this trio of pictures (£10.00) and as I was looking to fill a gap in my wall of pictures, these fitted perfectly. Very pleased with my purchases I

Not Buying it - Days 12 and 13

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Day 12 I wanted to show you how pretty these flowers look (don't know what they're called) in my Ironstone pitcher that I bought in Huntingdon a couple of weeks ago. The flowers are from Lidl and were £2.00. I love Lidl and have been a faithful customer for 12 years. This is my outfit for day 12 and I don't like it very much.  I am trying to keep it real so I have posted it! You know when you have a picture in your mind of what something will look like, then once it's on it doesn't look right? I love this dress, but it doesn't suit me. I'm apple shaped and have quite big boobs, so high necks and extra bits on shoulders don't suit me. This dress/tunic has both! I bought it from a charity shop a couple of years back because I liked the colours - beiges, and brown with splashes of blue and orange. It has an interesting bottom half, in that it looks like pleats, but it's just strips of material overlapping - and it has an underskirt

Not Buying it - Days 10 and 11

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Day 10 Here I am wearing the £1.00  green and blue cardigan I couldn't resist (oh - the shame)! I paired it with green skinny jeans from a charity shop and a blue top which I bought in Co. Sligo in the summer for 2 euros. The boots are another pair of my daughter's cast off's - they have cut out sides so I have to make sure I have  plain black socks on when I wear them! My necklace is from a charity shop, the earrings are from - where else? Sainsbury's! The cuff with the big blue stone was bought on Saturday from the RSPCA shop for £1.99. I've bought quite a few bangles over the past few days. I realised I didn't have some colours in bangles/bracelets and also I don't know why, but some of my bangles - one of which I've had for about 20 years - no longer fit! I couldn't actually get my hand through some of the bangles without some serious discomfort.  Surely my hands cant' have grown? Or maybe it's the joints getting b

Not buying it - Day 9

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I had planned to go walking with the Ramblers today but with all the rain we've been having decided not to - too muddy! I don't mind getting dirty but I'm scared of falling and breaking bones. OH and me will go for a long walk tomorrow whatever the weather and we'll be walking on pavements and paths so less chance of slipping. I'm wearing an asymmetrical top from M&S, bought in Barnardo's in Ampthill for £4.00. Navy blue top underneath was from the £1.00 rail in Age UK in Wellingborough. Leggings are from Sainsbury's as are the boots. I bought them last year at 50% off so only paid £27.50 instead of £55.00. They still have them this year and when I was there on Thursday they have 50% at the moment. For warmth I added this cardigan coat which I bought from on line retailer; Sheinside. This is the the handbag I bought in Keech Children's Hospice shop for £2.75  some weeks ago and I really like it - the contrast of colour

Not buying it - Days 7 and 8

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I've heard of bloggers who post photos of their outfits, but they don't actually wear them in their day to day lives. I just want to let you all know that I wear what I post - in all it's glory or shame. If I make fashion faux pas they're mine and no one else's. If you like them - great and if you don't - tough; go look elsewhere! I can't tell you how excited I got when I first discovered fashion/style blogging. I read my first blog via Pinterest, which I discovered about 18 months ago looking for free crochet patterns. Sometimes pins were posted about older women's style and fashion and so I followed those links. And through those links what an amazing group of people I've found; all of whom are genuine, 'what you see is what you get' bloggers. To see real, actual women of all sizes, shapes, colours etc. wearing real, i.e. affordable clothes, was both a revelation and a joy! No more stick thin, very young models and outrageously,