Nothing New 2019

100 Days of Buying Nothing New


T-shirt - Traid charity shop, Skirt - Ibiza flea market, Boots - Charity shop

T-shirt - Traid charity shop, Skirt - Ibiza flea market, Boots - Charity shop

100 days have gone by and I can honestly say I have bought nothing new. I can also say I haven’t missed shopping the high street. I have however had a good look online but more and more I find inspiration as how to wear the clothes I own rater than buy new.

When I have been tempted by something fantastic< have simply turned this around into inspiration and idea for sewing projects and recycling.

Yes, I am sure at some stage I will be sorely tempted but the enjoyment of simply using what i have and reusing second items is actually way more fun!


Spring Skulls


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Spring is here, it’s the 1st of March and I’m two months into not buying anything new. Which means I have bought no new clothes for the past 59 days. I have bought a few items from the local charity shop which I have either used as is or upcycled - see dress above. I reused a tulle layered skirt and old t-shirt. I am feeling good. I have barely looked at the online shops and instead i have sent more time with friends. All in all I’m not missing shopping for ‘new stuff’ and I’m loving making new from old.


Should I Start A Blog?


I have found myself over the last few years putting other people first. I have silenced my voice at times and let others take the lead so that they stay happy. Now is the time to reclaim my voice, to put myself at the front of my life and give myself some time.

Prior to this I have blogged for many years. I have blogged about my fashion, family, style, sewing and my dogs.

With the silence of my voice, I also felt a loss to write. I have contemplated whether I wanted to continuing to blog although my resolution to not buy anything new stands.

I googled ‘Should I start a blog?’ and I was inspired by the breadth of reasons to start or in my case to cognate to write. These were the top reasons that came up…

Blogging is easy.

Blogging makes you a better person.

Blogging helps other people.

You can make money with blogging.

Use blogs to stay in touch.

You can make world a better place.

Blog can help to grow your business.

Blogging can become your hobby.

Blogging helps to improve writing and argumentation skills.

Having refreshed my thoughts blogging and having such an inspiring project as not buying anything new for a year, it seemed rather sad not to continue documenting my thoughts and findings. So its with new and improved vigour that I continue this blog.

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New Years Day 2019


Rixo x Laura Jackson - Dress, Mui Mui - Boots.

Rixo x Laura Jackson - Dress, Mui Mui - Boots.

New Years Eve and New Years Day (apart from my birthday) are two of the hardest days of the year for me. I simply find them over whelming at the start of the day and then only end up feeling under whelmed by the end of the day. The pressure to perform, achieve, list, analyse ourselves only serves to simply freak me out! So as I type this as the clock just approaches 5.30pm - I am glad to say that the day is nearly over and I have survived. In fact I’ve had a great day walking dogs, generally chatting about very little and baking fresh bread.

Last night was spent at the London Palladium, where I wore my last purchase of 2018 a Rixo X Laura Jackson sequin dress. It’s a great dress that is timeless and will last years, in fact I’m keen to try wearing it again and again daytime and evening in so many different ways.

It is a super simple, rather 1930s inspired shape and has set my mind thinking about what direction my first recycled / up cycled sewing project should be… as 1920s and 1930s clothing is becoming so hard to find and because its in such a delicate condition now, It has inspired me to think along these lines for the silhouette.