pink stripe skirt

8 Things I’m Trying Not to Buy

things I'm trying not to buy

So, I’ve been pretty good about the whole “trying to only buy sensible clothes” thing. 

Honestly, I’d love to take some credit for that, and tell you all about how strong-willed I’m being, but really, it’s not like I’ve had much choice: spring has apparently decided not to come to Scotland this year, and I’m finding it a whole lot easier to resist sundresses and sandals when it’s constantly pouring with rain outside. I mean, it SNOWED this weekend guys. And, OK, it was only a little bit, and it had melted by morning (I only happened to see it because I woke up super-early and couldn’t see out of the window because of it), but EVEN SO, people, EVEN SO.

As I was saying, it’s fairly easy not to buy summer clothes when it’s still winter: or, at least, it WAS, until I saw THIS:

ASOS pink and white stripe midi skirt

Then I just sat there for a while, kinda harrumphing to myself as I added it to my basket, then removed it, then added it again, then removed it again… and so on and so forth. So far I’ve managed to resit buying it, because COME ON, AMBER, how many stripe midi skirts does one person really need? On second thoughts, let’s, not answer that…

In this case, I can’t even use the “but I don’t have one this colour!” argument, because hello, pink stripe skirt that I convinced myself I “needed” just a few months ago! So I’m not going to buy it. Unless I decide to buy it, obviously, in which case I’m just going to pretend this post never happened. Or that it was THIS skirt I was talking about:

Boden Violet skirt and polka dot dress

It’s the Boden ‘Violet’ skirt – and, ooh, look, there’s also matching dress, which thankfully seems to be out of stock right now, or I wouldn’t be responsible for my actions. I literally died when I saw this. Literally. Died. I mean, it could ALMOST pass as “sensible”, couldn’t it? Say it could pass as “sensible”, then we can all go out and buy it, and be sensible together: do we have a deal? While we’re at it, let’s just throw caution to the wind and buy that Chi Chi London dress I just can’t seem to stop posting photos of:

Chi Chi London 'Nora' floral dress

I wonder how many times I can show you a photo of this dress before I finally crack and buy it? I wonder if the fact that I almost cracked and bought it while I was writing this post – BUT DIDN’T – is a good sign or a bad one? Speaking of Chi Chi London:

Chi CHi London 'Amber' dress

This one is called ‘Amber’. THEY NAMED A DRESS AFTER ME, PEOPLE! (Note: they didn’t. Let’s pretend they did, though: it’ll make it easier for me to justify buying this at some point…) If that’s not a sign, then I just don’t know what is. Moving on…

Louche Luxe Chance Bird Dress

The Louche ‘Luxe Chance’ bird dress. It’s similar to to the first Chi Chi London dress, and yet totally different. So I want it. And also this one:

mint green dress with full skirt and beaded bodice

This is from the ASOS Wedding collection, and it should probably worry me a little that I always want to buy dresses to wear in “real life” that are actually designed for bridesmaids/wedding guests. It really doesn’t, though.

On the subject of green dresses:

green retro-inspired pencil dress

You’d think the fact that I already own a dress similar (and yet completely different!) from this one would make me want it less, wouldn’t you? You would be wrong, though, because I’d basically sell my soul for it. Anyone want to buy a soul? Hit me up!


off the shoulder floral print dress

Where I live, there isn’t a single occasion this dress wouldn’t be deemed “too dressy” for. Like, even if you were getting married, and you wore this as your wedding dress, people would be all, “Where are YOU off to, all dressed up!” Isn’t that just the saddest thing you ever heard? Other than things that are ACTUALLY sad, I mean? I think so, too.

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When I sat down to write this post, I thought there were WAY more than 8 things I was trying not to buy, so I have to admit, I’m actually feeling quite relieved now. I mean, it can’t be THAT hard to avoid buying 8 things… can it?

  • Chiarina


    Oh, come on, pink and white stripes are totally different from pink and black stripes…. that pink and white skirt is to kill for!

    April 14, 2016
  • You know….if you DON’T get the Fatale Ivory dress, you CAN get the Amber dress, the pink striped skirt, the Boden skirt and the bird dress and still be saving money. You’re welcome.

    April 14, 2016
  • I’ve just bought the Amber dress for a wedding I’m going to! It’s gorgeous in real life – you need it!!!!

    April 14, 2016
  • Helen Love


    I can see you wearing them all Amber! And I think the Chi Chi London dress is amazing…. they all are! Go girl – lol xxx

    April 14, 2016
  • everything’s so pretty but that final dress is soooo nice! I definitely think you should buy it.

    April 14, 2016
  • Catherine


    Such beautiful choices, but I share your difficulty in not buying things I want … 🙂

    April 14, 2016
  • I love all of them. I adore the pink stripes skirt. Also how to miss a polka dot dress? No way!

    April 15, 2016
  • Get the ChiChi London dress…. you’ll regret it later and try to buy in on ebay !
    Been there…

    April 15, 2016
  • gio


    Those Chi Chi London dresses are gorgeous!

    As for the first skirt… It looks so pretty in the promo photo, I just couldn’t resist and bought it. But, when it arrived, well, it looked nothing like it. It’s not pink and white at all. More a nude and weird pinkish salmon, which looks so flat and dated. The length is longer too, it almost reached my feet. I’m not very tall, but I’m not petite either. I wish I had photos to show you, but I was SO disappointed, I sent it back immediately. 🙁

    April 16, 2016
  • Such beautiful choices you have there!! I am also resisting buying things at the moment haha YOU CAN DO THIS (oh but the amber dress is a sign, get it immediately)

    April 16, 2016
  • Nicole


    Completely fallen in love with the Boden ‘Violet’ skirt!!… Why did you have to show me this!? It’s way out of my budget…. if you’re going to show pretty things like this you need to put a cheaper version beside it haha!

    April 20, 2016