This weekend I seem to be dreaming about going on holiday. Somewhere hot but not too hot, and not too fancy either. Somewhere with flowers and gardens and markets and pavements, and little shops selling second hand books and strong coffee. Somewhere I'd feel comfortable wearing sneakers to dinner; a cosy little restaurant with tables on the pavement, where we eat french fries and salad from plastic baskets and drink endless Kir Royales...

I'm only posting endless lookbook/collection excerpts at the moment, and I'm sorry for that. I know it doesn't make for the most interesting of reading as far as blogs go. I just seem to have zero energy for anything else... blargh. Anyhow, Spring is springing about all over the place right now, which is super cool because I was getting SICK of the sucky winter weather. We've got daffodils all over the flat and ivy is growing like mad in the yard. It's light when I wake up and still light when I get home from work. The change is refreshing. 

I've put away some of my heavier winter items and switched my wardrobe to looser, lighter cottons (the switch over wasn't as much as an ordeal this year, which I hope is due to my dedication in the shopping/curating department). I'd love to add a few new pieces like the ones above - how sweet is the navy lace dress? and the contrasting striped top/pants combo!? J'adore. 

So this is happening. Right in the middle of a month - the furthest possible point between two pay days, gahh! This choice of release date seems like a personal insult, considering how much I adore these clothes. I need just about everything but I think I've whittled my shopping list down to about five pieces (with great difficulty, let me tell you). I guess credit cards really come into their own at times like these...

I'm already dreaming about wearing that long linen shirt dress with Birkenstocks, a market basket and bare legs in the summer. Give me sunshine, please. 
Red = bought & returnedYellow = replenishment / replacement

      JANUARY
      FEBRUARY
  • The Body Book (by Cameron Diaz)
  • Oh Comely magazine, back issue (October 2013)
  • Tracksuit bottoms, H&M
  • Navy gingham shirt, Matalan (men's) 
  • Corduroy skinny jeans x2 (black and charcoal), Matalan
  • Notepaper and diary pages for Filofax
  • Sneakers (black & white canvas hi tops), Primark
  • Running vest and bra, Primark
  • Navy & silver maxi dress, Topshop
  • Silver sandals, East
  • Yardley perfume (English Lavender)
  • Burt's Bees beeswax lipbalm
  • Sennheiser headphones
  • Long camel coat from Ebay
  • Navy mac, French Connection
  • Dog brooch, Cath Kidston
  • The Spy Who Loved Me, Ian Fleming
  • Plain short sleeved cotton t-shirts x2 (grey marl and black), Uniqlo
  • Blue chambray shirt, Uniqlo
  • Jersey midi dress in navy, Asos
  • Grey cashmere cardigan, Uniqlo 
  • Blue velvet midi dress, H&M
  • Porter magazine 
  • Wonderland magazine
  • Earlobe reconstruction

Oh dear, we're nearly a week into March already, and I'm late with my first bi-monthly shopping review of 2014 (no surprises there).

I always seem to accumulate a lot of things in January and February, I guess due to the new year sales. I couldn't resist the corduroy jeans (£3 each) and navy gingham shirt (£2) from the Matalan sale, and I was delighted when I found the French Connection mac at less than £100 it's original price (a good replacement for the navy mac I sold last year, which didn't fit quite right). I also - finally - bought a grey cashmere cardigan and a chambray shirt from Uniqlo, It feels good to cross them off of 'the list' as they've been there for so long.

I replaced quite a few of my basics over the last two months, as seen highlighted in yellow. I count something as a 'replenishment/replacement' item only when I'm observing the one in, one out rule; either getting rid of the older item once I've bought the new one, or because I'm filling a hole left by something I parted with earlier (otherwise I just end up with an unnecessary  mass of similar basics).

Ahh, on to those pesky items highlighted in red. I had a bit of a fiasco trying to find a dress for my cousin's wedding. The first one (from Topshop) ended up with a broken zip and had to be returned, but fortunately I found a 20s style blue velvet midi dress in H&M which I love even more. I guess everything happens for a reason... Other mistakes include the long camel coat from Ebay, which was bought and returned as it arrived in horrendous condition (I've been put off Ebay shopping for a while), and the H&M tracksuit bottoms which have pilled like crazy after about two washes. I must stick to my 'no polyester' rule more stringently!

My biggest expenditure - and by far the best thing I did this month - was on earlobe reconstruction surgery. I only had it done last week so I can't be 100% sure of the results yet (not until I take the stitches out) but early signs look good. I feel happier and more confident already. Hooray!

I bought and read a few books and magazines. The best was The Body Book by Cameron Diaz, which I thoroughly enjoyed and wholeheartedly recommend. I like the new Porter magazine and may buy it again, even though I'm trying to wean myself off of monthlies (I'm leaning more towards quarterlies like Kinfolk and The Gentlewoman).

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ON 'THE LIST' FOR THE NEXT TWO MONTHS
Not necessarily all things that I'll buy, but things I want to look at/try on/think about. I'm quite excited about the next few months (fashion-wise, anyway) because hopefully Spring will come and I'll be able to start leaving my big coat at home!
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Did you many any good sales purchases over the last few months? What's on your list for Spring?