Lately I’ve been a little too careless with my money. I suppose after a five month stint in super expensive Switzerland and having hardly any money left after that, not really ever having had a lot of money, but suddenly getting rewarded with a huge paycheck of my summer job that I don’t need to necessarily save, it isn’t all that surprising that I’ve been careless. But I’ve been disappointed in myself regardless because I’ve been neglecting my shopping rules. Admittedly, I did so consciously because I kept remembering my introduction to second hand and incredibly cheap shopping where I’d pretty much buy anything remotely nice (or even astonishingly ugly just to gaze and wonder at) and where I’d end up cutting and DIY-ing to the max and having so much fun, but all the while knowing that I’d end up throwing away a lot of stuff and so throwing away money (even if these things cost like one euro a pop I can’t support that ideology). I missed the fun I had! I missed my carelessness! But ultimately I got too swept away, and because second hand has gotten increasingly popular it also got increasingly more expensive. I still know where to look to get my one euro amazing finds, but seeing as I’ve built up such an incredible wardrobe already there’s really no need to find fun in money-carelessness. I already have a huge pile of things that I’ve bought over the years and was disappointed with when I got home. So I am officially making October the month where I buy not one piece of clothing or whatever and focus on the stuff I have lying around that were disappointing buys but can be altered into something useable and even amazing! I’ll try to do at least one outfit post a week but would love the get up two. I’ve been lazy though and slightly busy so I can’t really say for sure.
This dress is only a vague introduction though; I didn’t do that much to it. I got this either for one or two euro and knew it didn’t fit me well but my friend convinced I could easily cut open the sleeves for a better fit. When I got home I realised it didn’t fit my chest either. Sadfaced tears. After a while of wearing it braless, which hardly helped, I suddenly realised I could alter the seams and now I have a super cute heart-shaped buttoned, crochet collar doll dress that actually fits me!
The shoes I got from a friend years ago even though they didn’t fit me I held on to them because I kept forgetting how they flopped off my feet every time I took a step. Today I decided to do something about it and just add a couple of elastic bands with staples (!) and I can walk with them comfortably now!
Socks are Happy Socks (seven euro), which is one of my more extravagant addictions (they make me so happy!). I don’t even remember where I got my belt but I do know I’ve never paid over one euro for a belt. By the looks of it and my mindset of a couple of years back I’d say I would’ve paid a maximum of ten cents for this. The pretty pearl pin was my great-grandmother’s. So in total my outfit cost me a maximum of nine euro and ten cents and I made it work just by perseverance and a tiny little amount of time. Yay!