Saturday, September 3, 2011


Last Sunday I spent a couple of hours in the city, taking advantage of another beautiful sunny afternoon. Instead of shopping, which I would normally have done if I wasn't seriously saving money, I went for a walk in Hyde Park and the surrounding areas. I borrowed this dress from my sister and I absolutely love it. She bought it in Topshop on a recent trip to the UK and it is totally my style! My ruffle bag is from Forever New which I displayed here. I have used it extensively in recent weeks and it is probably my favourite every day bag at the moment.









Topshop Dress
Forever New Bag
Equip Hair Bow
Wittner Shoes

In my last couple of posts I have briefly mentioned my plans to save money for the future and to stop buying clothes and shoes. For me, this is an extremely difficult task because fashion and shopping are my interests and form such a large part of my life. The prospect of dressing up usually provides me with motivation to get up for the day and buying a new dress or pair of shoes never fails to lift my mood. In the past I have relied on shopping and material items especially when I have felt depressed or anxious to temporarily distract myself from the realities of life and to create my own little world where I felt happy. I know this wasn't the best way to live but for me, it provided short term benefit and it worked. Now, four years out of school and with only a little more savings in my bank account than when I was 18, I regret it. I wish I had been more sensible with money and that I could be living my dreams now instead of in the next couple of years. I wish I had known back then what I know now. However, I am aware that life doesn't work that way and it is only now, at 22 that I feel like I have grown up and have a greater understanding of what I want from my life.

Next year will be extremely busy for me because, along with getting married and attempting to finish my law degree, I have decided that I want to purchase a unit with Rydog in a particular suburb in Sydney. This is a rather ambitious goal but realistic at the same time if I stick to my savings plan. We have even started to look at the real estate market because it is never too early to start. I am so incredibly excited about my potential new lifestyle and having goals, aspirations and life direction has made me feel much more positive about myself and life in general. I just have to keep focused because I am the most impatient person ever and always in such a rush to get on with my life. I feel that having a very specific goal provides me with the motivation to save money and I don't feel as much of an urge to spend. It will take time to completely transform my spending habits and the way I view shopping but I am very pleased with the progress I have made so far. I also believe there will still be room in my life for fashion and new items. Instead of buying clothes I will continue to customise some of my existing pieces, become more creative with what I have a possibly make the occassional skirt. I know I can reach my goal next year and I won't let anyone stand in my way!!


Green Tea and Cupcakes said...

Good for you it's so good to have goals and dreams to aim for!!!!!

romwe said...

You're looking lovely as always, i completely adore your sweet style and photos! That`s fabulous outfit! You are beautiful...

Baśka said...

the dress is just how i imagine the perfect dresses for you. romantic and girly :) i love!

Rose said...

That dress really suits you well. It looks like youve been having some nice sunny days like we have too.
It is so much easier to save when you have such important goals to work towards. Mikey and I are moving out on Monday to a sweet little rental property and after weve bought all the furniture, whitegoods etc we will be saving hard for our wedding which is also next year (November hopefully, when is yours???) and then saving to buy a place of our own. Ive cut down on buying clothes, but I dont think theres anything wrong with buying the odd piece of new clothing.


Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous look and pics, darling!
Love the dress and your bag!


janettaylor said...

What a pretty dress!


Sara Shoemaker said...

your look and your photos are always so sweet! and that's right don't let anything stand in your way of completing your goals :)

The House of Shoes

Francesca R said...

The Topshop dress is fabulous! You look great!

Sam said...

That dress is very lovely! It looks like it was made for you :)

Jennifer Fabulous said...

You look lovely in that outfit and I absolutely ADORE your purse. It's beautiful!

I am so excited for you because next year is going to be AMAZING! :)

I wish you the best of luck on your shopping ban and savings plan. I have no doubt you can do it. You are very smart and make very rational decisions.

Sometimes I think a shopping ban is a very good idea for fashionistas. Because it forces you to get creative with clothing and accessory items you already own. You can come up with new ways to style outfits and piece together items you never dreamed of before! I know that is how the past year has been for me. I have not purchased a new item of clothing in over a year! I just do not have the money...

Andreia said...

Cute dress!! Love it!


Cafe Fashionista said...

You look stunning, Imogen! I so love the femininity of your ensemble - the colors are lovely! :)

wardrobeexperience said...

very cute flowered dress... those flats are amazing.


Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

That dress is PERFECT on you!

Belle Armed said...

fantastic dress


Bonnie said...

I am still so in love with this bag!!!! Plus, the dress is just lovely. <3

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Stevia said...

hi, dear
good luck with your future goal!
I also plan to have my own place in next two years!

such lovely dress!


Josie said...

What a fun, flirty dress. The colors are so pretty on you!
xo Josie

jos xx said...

lovely photos! that dress is so cute! love the bag!

jos xx

jess said...

The dress is so cute.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with your new life, your wedding and your saving plan :) This outfit is so pretty. If you wanted to continue to buy clothes, you could shop in second hand stores and thrift stores.. there are definitley some bargains to be found!

Winnie said...

I can hardly believe that you are still 22, I am almost 25 now and still hunting for that first job- it's crazy! You look lovely by the way, that dress is lovely and how great is it that you guys share clothes? I rarely wear anything belonging to my sister, how styles are so different!

Sick by Trend said...

I really like that dress and pictures! Lovely location




Nnenna said...

I love your pretty, feminine outfit and the backdrop of that church is gorgeous!

It's so hard to cut back on spending when you love to shop but I know you can do it :)

star-crossed smile

Missy Daisy said...

Love your dress <3