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Outfit of The Day (Ethical Edition)

Want a peek into my ethical wardrobe?  Here’s a snapshot of what I’ve been wearing lately, with this outfit of the day.

Trying to take photos at this time of year is always a challenge.  Day length and available light don’t really work well with indoor photography.  However, like most things in life, I gave it a good go.  They’re a bit grainy, but hopefully, you’ll get the gist of some of the ethical things I’ve worn lately:

My Ethical Outfit of The Day

Here are the ethical items I’ve worn lately that I have loved

White T-Shirt Co & MATTER Prints

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Top – White T-Shirt Co / Shorts – c/o MATTER Prints

The White T-Shirt Co has been on my radar for some time now, as part of my guide to ethical clothing, but I’ve only recently purchased from them.  I was in need of a good basic navy top, and I think because of the name I’d never thought to check their website for navy tops.  A bit of searching for an ethical navy top led me to their site, and this top fitted the bill perfectly.  PS: there’s 10% off and free delivery right now.

I’m not normally a shorts kind of lady.  However, I was quite drawn to this pair by MATTER Prints.  They feel a bit smarter than standard shorts, and the fabric is nice and heavy.  I’ve never worn shorts with tights/leggings before, so I wasn’t too sure if I could pull it off.  My partner is the first to tell me if he doesn’t like something I wear, and actually, he was quite complementary about these shorts. So that is saying something!  I think they are going to be a wardrobe staple for me on casual days.  They are so easy to wear.

Secondhand & Finisterre


Dress – eBay / Cardigan – c/o Finisterre

I’ve kind of gone off eBay lately.  People seem to be listing things for silly amounts of money, and postage is sky-high.  And if you’re selling eBay fees seem higher, and they even take a 10% cut of your postage fee.  That being said, in the summer I was looking for a dress to wear to a friend’s wedding.  I’d looked in a few ethical shops online, and couldn’t find anything that I really liked and on budget.  In the end I tried eBay.  Within seconds I stumbled across this secondhand beauty, which I immediately snapped up for something like £15.

The Thrill of Secondhand

Now, this dress has a bit of a backstory.  I remember seeing it in Hobbs a good few years ago now for something like £140.  I really wanted it at the time.  However I’d never spent that much money on an item of clothing before, and ultimately decided I couldn’t justify it, so decided to let it pass.  I periodically checked on eBay specifically for this dress over the next year but never found it, so it was quite a surprise to see it pop up without looking specifically for it.   Slow fashion at it’s best!!

I’ve been wearing it without the cardigan for Christmas parties, and with a cardigan for work, as my work can get pretty chilly.  This wool cardigan by Finisterre is THE warmest.  I’ve barely taken it off, and pop it on as soon as I get home if I haven’t been wearing it whilst out.  Our house is old and cold, and it’s been keeping me cosy without having to resort to putting the heating on.

It’s the shortest day tomorrow, and gosh I am looking forward to the increasing day lengths!  I read somewhere that the Scottish Gaelic word for December literally translates as The Blackness, which feels about right.

Where are your favourite places to shop for ethical clothing? 

ps: more ethical clothing inspiration this way.

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A Simple Tip To Stop Buying Things You Don’t Need

how to stop buying things you don't need

Need help to stop buying things you don’t need? Let me share with you my one simple tip that always help me rein in my spending.

Sometimes it can feel incredibly difficult to stop buying stuff. I think we all go through periods of live when we feel like we can’t stop shopping.

There can be a whole host of emotional triggers for this spending response. It could be sadness. Perhaps you’ve had a bad way and want to treat yourself. It could be in response to a good day. Perhaps you’ve wanted to treat yourself for something going well. Spending could be in response to boredom.

How To Stop Buying Things You Don’t Need

Whatever your emotional spending trigger, there’s one technique that I’ve personally found really useful to rein in my spending and to stop buying stuff, particularly on the high street. It’s really simple: just work out your hourly rate.

Yup, if you don’t get paid on an hourly rate, then work out your hourly rate.

A Demotivational Tool

I find this a really useful demotivational tool when it comes to buying things I don’t need.  This is because when I’m thinking about buying something then I work out how many hours it would take me to work to buy that item.

For example, I might ask myself if that ‘must-have’ pair of boots is really worth 6 hours’ of my time spent at work. Or could I think of a better investment of my time spent at work?  It’s the single most one thing that helps me stop buying things I don’t need. I find this a particularly effective method to make me really stop and think about an item’s value against my time spent at work.

I find working out my hourly rate also really helps me think why I’m working.  It’s really helped me realise that I’m not at work to be able to buy stuff I don’t really need, but ultimately to provide for my family and have fun experiences with them.  Prioritising experiences over stuff ultimately makes me happier and more fulfilled, and less like I’m chasing the unattainable dream.

Any other tips on how to stop buying things you don’t need? I’m all ears!

ps: posts 1 -4 in this series are available here in case you missed them.