Saturday, 26 August 2017

Week Three of Not Buying Clothes

So three weeks have passed and no urge or shopping activity beyond normal (food/petrol/living) needs has occurred. I have worn maybe the same three or four dresses/pairs of jeans over and over and been perfectly satisfied with this sartorial choice. I have a friend who literally wears the same thing every single day for work and she always looks fine. She suits her choices and makes no apologies for having the tiniest amount of clothing. I admire her for that.

My  favourite outfit for work is an ankle length navy and white striped skirt which I put a navy, very asymmetrical hemmed top with. I always get compliments on it, yet it's wash and wear and cost under $20. I have been wearing my green skinny jeans a fair bit too. My kid says I look like Peter Pan, but they are fast favourites and came from a thrift store for $5.99. I've been wearing a pair of my Converse sneakers alternately with my biker boots to give another pair of shoes an outing too.

My special man reminded me it might be prudent to get rid of anything I haven't worn in six months. But I am not quite prepared to do that yet as spring is about to spring and so my little weight loss and exercise regime will kick in and hopefully, I will refit into all the other stuff. Not that I would ever get it all worn, but I'd like the choice.

This week I got rid of a poncho/cape type thingy. It has a lovely Aztec print, but too much of flappy creation for me to wear. I'm feeling good, I am feeling pumped and am feeling like this is no hassle at all.

Thank you for reading.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Where I've Been Dripping Away In Droplets

I re-started my notebook a few weeks ago. Each day I document where, when and what I spend. I don't write down things like hydro/water/insurance type things on a day to day basis as these stay the same each fortnight and also aren't anything I can get rid of. But the actual day to day spending that I do, is written, in pencil, in my little notebook. I sometimes stick a receipt in, highlighting the amount or sometimes I simply write the amount.


I don't have very many no spend days, the reason being, I live very close to a supermarket and like to shop daily at better times, for better deals and fresher (though this is up for debate) food.


It's a helpful tool as I really don't like writing down anything other than necessities. Though you will see a couple of coffee purchases, maybe once a week, when it is my turn to buy takeout coffee for me and my beloved. I cut corners elsewhere so we can have a little extra hot caramel latte together now and then...it's worth it for me!

At the moment I don't seem to have any obvious money leaks but I think I could tighten up on the money I spend on food. I don't shop excessively and always buy reduced as and when there is some available. But Australian prices and their reduced cousins are not significantly different. There's no such thing as 50-90% markdowns in Woolworths...so a little meal planning and organisation could help a little I think.

Because I have a list of all my regular outgoings I have also been wondering if I can trim them. Some are not negotiable or I have negotiated the lowest amount already, so that leaves me with water and hydro. I already never waste either, but am now pondering if I can somehow cut them further by even more awareness of use.

These are the things I'm pondering, I'll be back with some hard data when the bills come in. I know I can improve. Thank you for reading.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Blogs That Rock My Socks (3)


This week I am loving The Blog That Started It All in 2009 (for me). Many/most of you know Ilona, but for me she has been the blogger who has stood the test of time. Even when I stopped blogging for a time. I always go back to her, re-read her blog from the beginning at least 3 times a year and I consider her my frugal, inspirational guru. Whether it's her travels, her cat love, crafting, recycling, her frugaling, her optimism, her vlogs or simply her down to earth, common sense, there's never a post I don't enjoy. Whenever I have lost focus, I have always gone back to her blog to remind me what I need to do and why I should be doing it.

If you are a lucky person and haven't happened across Ilona, then you are in for a treat. She isn't trying to sell you anything, she walks her talk and uses her creativity in everything that she does. If you are new to her, then I am so excited for you.

She's the next door neighbour you wish you had...thank you Ilona! Long may your ratings soar!

The Inspiring Dressers In My Life



There's a few people in my life who inspire me, sartorially speaking. And oddly enough, all three of them boys, well men, mostly.

The first one is my special man. He doesn't have a clothes shop full of clothes and even wears uniform to work, but he looks ace in everything he wears. He tends to stick to dark colours, mostly cotton material and he never tries to show off. All his clothes mix and match and I've never seen him look crap. He's found his look and he wears it well. Another inspiration is my best friend, also a man. He's very, very minimalist. If something comes in, something goes. He has a tiny wardrobe and a couple of slimline drawers and never does he look boring. And finally my kid. A teenager who wears black jeans and a couple of variations on plaid shirts, Converse sneakers and that is it. I've even offered to buy him more clothes (as secretly I am a bit bored seeing the same items over and over) but no. He's not interested, not until what he has is worn out.

All three always look great and very pulled together. Very.

I on the other hand have a suburban garage lined with clothing and racks and oceans of shoes. I mostly feel awkward in what I wear, very rarely feeling sparkling, shimmering and fabulous. I wear a couple of things repeatedly and ignore the rest.

I do wonder if a lot of my awkwardness comes from within, in the same way as my excess buying came from trying to fill some odd, freakish hole in my psyche. Or is it being female? I know my three male lovelies have their anxieties too, but they don't take it out by shopping excessively.

I'm working on taking a leaf from each of their books. Finding my look and sticking to it. I've blundered around like a drugged elephant for long enough, wearing one style one day, another the next, yet never ever knowing who is or has been or will ever be, the real me.

Deep huh?

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Could It Be Done? Any Words Of Wisdom?


I've been wanting some change in my life for a long time in regards to my career. When I was younger all I wanted to do and be was an actor. My parents of course did not go along with this. So I would buy the print version of The Stage with my pocket money each week, looking longingly at the ads for auditions and I'd dream. I joined a drama group, I studied drama in high school and then, when I got to university, gave up what I was interested in and trained for a real job. A real job that I have been doing for almost 25 years. A real job that whilst I enjoy to a point, has become so highly politicised and to a great extent contradictory and in many ways obsolete to the people I work with that some days it takes all I can muster to put on a happy face.

This does not feel good.
This does not feel authentic.
This does feel soul destroying.

And let me tell you, anyone who says teachers work from 9-3 each day and don't deserve long holidays, has never had a class of thirty, highly strung, unfed, unparented, neglected and brought up by computer screen type clients. It's a fricken' hard job.

But all that aside, it's not the kids that suck you dry. It's all the political, extraneous, nothing to do with teaching crap we have to do. If it's not from the department, it's being asked to fix issues BETWEEN parents, blah, blah, blah!

Anyway, what I'm really getting round to is the fact that I have been trying to come up with possibilities for a new direction. The place I've landed at is perhaps using my interest in drama (sort of) and being a cheapskate (definitely) and perhaps beginning a YouTube channel for frugal/simple cooking. I asked about a bit at work and quite a few people thought it might be a good idea, especially for young people or old people, perhaps widowed men for example who needed a little guidance and ideas for simple recipes that cost very little.

Should I do it? Even as a fun hobby? Could I grow a big audience? Do I want to? Am I clutching at straws? Can I even cook? How do I make myself interesting? Here are the thoughts I ponder.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and ponder them too!

Thank you for reading.


Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Inspired By Mavis



I've been inspired by MAVIS. I am really keen to achieve this particular activity. It seems trite on one hand, yet for me absolutely vital to achieve. I really want to wear my clothes out. I mean have them show wear, have them show use and have myself wear them enough to say 'I did it'. Instead of either a) donating the item elsewhere b) leaving it unworn but keeping it or c) or not even realising I own the particular item.

At this stage I probably have two items that look as if they've had any use. One is my True Blood Bon Temps Football Club tee which actually has a few pinhead sized holes in it and my biker leather boots that I wear almost every day throughout the colder months- despite owning many others that I love.

Other than that, most of my clothes, even the ones I wear, still look impeccable...and I don't want impeccable. I want worn, loved, tried on, kept on, used, known about, inspiring....

....oh I almost forgot, my favourite pair of stockings that have a hole on the big toe, I simply can't think about parting with those- yet!


Three items...that show wear..pathetic!

Monday, 21 August 2017

Dead Simple Extra Veg Bolognaise




Well, I don't use rice or noodles as they tend to sit a bit heavy in my gut, so a jacket potato or two goes down well. I also grate extra veggies (today sweet potato and double onions) to pad it out, omit the red wine and yummy, just fab.

INGREDIENTS


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • About 600g beef mince
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon sugar





  • I also had a peppercorn-zaster where the lid came off the grinder and a ton of peppercorns fell into the mixture. I picked a few out, but because they were whole, they didn't over-pepper the bolognaise. Two medium jacket potatoes each and a little cheddar....ace!





Sunday, 20 August 2017

I Heard An Echo

I'm starting to think I'm taking my minimalism to an extreme. Whilst sat on my couch I called out to my kid in the other room and I actually heard my voice echo a bit! Hmmm!

But I'm sort of still prowling around the house. I'm thinking all the time of what else I can get rid of that I can live without. I have two large empty kitchen cupboards and a large empty drawer.

This makes me happy.