July shopping

I’ve wanted to get smarter with my spending habits. But arbitrary budgets and shopping fasts haven’t worked out for me. My goal is to do the thinking before I buy something, instead of second guessing my purchase later. So I’ve created a list of rules for myself:

  1. No credit card use
  2. Save money before spending money
  3. Buy vintage rather than new

The list might evolve with time, but for now it’s a simple reminder to be more aware of what I do with my money.

To hold myself accountable, I’ll be posting here what I get for my wardrobe each month. In July I bought the three items above, and I’m hoping they’ll prove to be worthwhile purchases. The bag and dress are vintage, the top is new, and everything matches my colour scheme.

New habits

I’m working on slowing down the pace of my shopping and be even more particular about what I decide to buy. I want my purchases to be something I can enjoy wearing instead of being sources of guilt and regret.

Above are some of my recent purchases, all vintage finds from Etsy stores. I’m glad I got these pieces, but there were others that I wish I hadn’t bought. So starting now in July, I’m challenging myself to establish new and better shopping habits.


The latest additions to my wardrobe are some pastel coloured clothes sourced from vintage stores on Etsy. I’ve tried to find pieces in the right shades so I can mix and match them with the rest of my wardrobe.

I bought a pussy bow blouse and an eyelet dress that are just the right mix of quirky and minimal for my taste. And I found two pairs of high waisted jeans that will be so fun to wear.

Amsterdam vintage shopping

I always look in second hand stores when I’m traveling. It feels like a treasure hunt and it’s so fun to find something special to take home. When I wear these items later they remind me of the places I saw and the experiences I had on the trip.

This is what I found in Amsterdam:

VINTAGE jacket

I was instantly drawn to this amazing floral coat in a small store called Carla Palermo. I don’t think it’s possible to put this one on and have a bad day.

VINTAGE blouse

I’ve been looking for quirky vintage blouses to wear with my more minimal trousers. This one from Zipper fits into that category as well as my colour scheme.

VINTAGE leather skirt

This leather skirt is from Bij Ons vintage. I think it will look great with my muted pastel tops like the mint blouse above.

VINTAGE trouser

Zipper was the vintage store with the most interesting pieces, at least in my eyes. This trouser is so comfortable and easy to wear. The floral pattern with a sheen makes it stand out and be something more than just another black trouser.