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7.31.2014

A Final Purchase Before August Fasting

For me, August is a nothing month. I'm not ready to hang up the summer clothes completely and yet I can't bring myself to start the search for jumpers and coats. So a bold decision was made the other day, I'm not going to buy ANYTHING in August. That's right, not a single thing. Chatting to other bloggers, it would appear that some felt the same way, others decided to abstain from this stupid  challenge. Normally such badinage is saved for the footwear department - we tend to be in two camps Fuglies Vs Non-Fuglies but that's another story.

So, it's out there now and everyone knows. Eeek, I feel I'm setting myself up for one almighty fall. Oh well in for a penny, in for a pound.

Of course there are rules:

1. No clothes
2. No shoes (this really hurts)
3. No jewellery
4. No make-up - this should be ok as I've stocked up unless Clinique bring out a new chubby stick shade
5. No deliveries in August - I almost checked out on a Mango order earlier because technically we're still in July so this rule has been hastily inserted
6. No online shopping towards the end of August...because technically it doesn't count if I don't receive it until September. It does, so I won't be doing it
7. Gift and store vouchers may be spent
8. Gifts are ok, please feel free to send them this way (I'm talking to you husband, it's our wedding anniversary in August)
9. I can borrow stuff but it has to go back (love you daughter)

How difficult can it be, it's only 31 days, a mere 744 online shopping hours. Gulp. I'm going to sit back and watch this new season develops and make plans for my A/W wardrobe. So whose with me? Anyone?

My final summer purchase is this gorgeous Maison Scotch blazer from Atterley Road

Maison Scotch Fashion Blazer now £58 (plus there's a further 10% off today)


The colours are much richer in real life. Here are my close ups. It obviously lends itself more to autumn than summer and given that bright oranges and reds are set for a comeback, I think it will work well in my wardrobe. It comes up quite big, mine's a size 10 and is still roomy across the shoulders.



Atterley Road has had a great sale this time so much so that I ordered a whopping great big box full of goodies whilst sat on my sun lounger on holiday. I kept just this jacket and a necklace

Pau Pendant Necklace now £8 (plus there's a further 10% off today)


Sorry Atterley Road, the rest is winging it's way back. I loved it all, please don't hate me.

Here's what I'm wearing today but I may well have to change as it seems to be warming up.

All old, except the t-shirt which was from Mango. This particular one has sold out but there are still some bargain ones to be had here.



By the way, when I mentioned the challenge to the husband he replied "do you really buy something every month?".  Is he for real?


Donna x
27 comments on "A Final Purchase Before August Fasting"
  1. LOVE your outfit today - you look about 10! Gorgeous jacket - dang it I may have to check that out... But I am so with you lady on the no shopping in August. Well.... your list is somewhat more exhaustive than mine to be honest..... Shoes, no, clothes, no, but I appear to be still in credit on the old accessories front - "runs off screaming with glee into the ether".....

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    1. You will so cave before me Kat. I wish you the very best of luck xx

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  2. I'm just trying to decide whether I will be joining you ladies in your challenge?! Will going on holiday make it easier or harder is my line of thinking as I do like to treat myself whilst on my holidays and unfortunately there is a Zara where I am going and I may be hooking up with a shopping partner in crime!! Decisions, decisions!! xx

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    1. That's a hard one, you're bound to see some fab stuff on holiday. Report back as soon as you return!! xx

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  3. Great jacket - the Atterley Road sale is AMAZING....I can't look again...just put in a shoe order with Boden! Eek! Might join in the August shenanigans but not declaring it on the blog...will see how I get on for the next week or so. Can honestly say I'm a bit sales jaded now. Ax PS looking smoking today lovely lady! xx

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    1. that was supposed to say *smokin'* but the phone changed it.... :(

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    2. Thanks Avril. I felt really bad sending back so much stuff because really I loved it although I would have had to exchange a few sizes anyway xx

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  4. Okay I'm with you - a fast will help - I struggled to get all my holiday gear back in my closet!! Love your outfit today - simplicity always looks great - I try and remind myself constantly! The new jacket is stunning too - the colors a beautiful xx

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    1. And now I'm really laughing out loud. Joanna on a no spend month. You so cannot be serious xx

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  5. I am still shopping today, still need swimwear for holiday so I'm in but not on the August delivery rule! Fab jacket by the way x

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    1. Excellent, I'll let you off. Can't wait to wear the new jacket xx

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  6. I shall be supporting you all from the sidelines as I climb onto the plane to Chicago and some mega shopping days :) Gorgeous jacket from Atterley Road x

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    1. Yeah I kind of get that. Maybe September then?? xx

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  7. I am joining you and Kat on the August ban, need to check out Atterley Road stopped looking over the summer and quite a few people have picked up amazing bargains. Love love Maison
    Scotch jackets, great bargain Donna. X

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    1. Yes! Another buddy although you've done so well already xx

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  8. Love your new purchase Donna am sure you will wear it so much. Have been on a ban during July (we're not going abroad so no holiday clothes to buy) and I may try and see my way through August too as I really dont need anything but I feel it may get me to use my imagination with my wardrobe a bit more....will see how that turns out!!
    Love todays outfit...the jacket is gorgeous...your husbands reaction to the fact you purchase something every month was brill! xx

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    1. Excellent, welcome on board the barmy bus Kareema xx

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  9. I'm joining in too, Donna, as I said on twitter a couple of days ago, though I am cheating somewhat as we are away for three weeks :-) I do fully intend to stick to it though (and I know I'll be tempted come the end of August because I always get excited about autumn wear and the impending return to school! Lynne x

    Ps love the jacket and you do look fantastic!

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    1. Ahh thanks. Bit slobby for me today but needs must. I'll expect a full update when you get back. Have a great time xx

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  10. I love your husbands response! And the blazer....I'm also on a self/husband imposed spending ban for August. Might work if I can stay inside the whole time with no internet access ;) roll on 1st September!

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    1. He's so naive isn't he, where does he think these things come from? The fairies? Glad you're giving it a go. We can cry together. Should we form a support group or something - I know I'm going to throw a wobbly before the month is out xx

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  11. See I'd struggle on the make-up front - but you knew that already! Having said that I did a spending ban last year and managed it - wonders will never cease! Love the outfit! xx

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  12. Ha ha my husband would say exactly the same, sometimes there is an upside to his complete lack of observation skills! :-)

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    1. Oh it gets worse. I can walk in the house after having 3 inches chopped off my hair and 6 shades lighter and he doesn't notice. Yet I'm suppose to comment how fantastic his hair looks when he's had 1/2mm taken off!!

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  13. Gorgeous jacket & necklace Donna! Good on you girl....you know I'll be on the sidelines cheering you on but sneaking off to the shops at half time! I'm going to be 5mins away from Primark tomorrow & I haven't been since I got here a year ago! There'll be no stopping me! Ax

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    1. Gee thanks for the support Andrea. You'll be like a kid in a sweet shop in Primark x

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