Decluttering and shopping

I try to keep a spick and span home – which is SO much easier now that I have oddles more space, in both square meters as well as storage space.  That being said, I know one day we might live in a smaller place, so I’m always critically reviewing what we have.  Here’s what I parted with on Friday:

Destined for trash - a dress with a damaged collar (and was cheap as), dead socks, a bra I wouldn't subject on anyone, and a mangy bath mat
Destined for trash – a dress with a damaged collar (and was cheap as), dead socks, a bra I wouldn’t subject on anyone, and a mangy bath mat
Tweezers than no longer tweeze, single earrings, what's left of reusing a backing from a photoframe and bent L's from my bed ledge moving house
Tweezers than no longer tweeze, single earrings, what’s left of reusing a backing from a photoframe and bent L’s from my bed ledge moving house
Found on the street - didn't fit my oven :( Took to metal recycling at Reverse Garbage
Found on the street – didn’t fit my oven 🙁 Took to metal recycling at Reverse Garbage
Exercise c**p.  The glasses and band from my Neon run, where I intentionally took no money, but someone bought me (groan).  The pedometers were freebies my parents got and thought I might want.
Exercise c**p. The glasses and band from my Neon run, where I intentionally took no money, but someone bought me (groan). The pedometers were freebies my parents got and thought I might want.

 

As I took the day off on Friday (I only ‘earn’ one a month now, rather than one a fortnight),  I spent most of the day shopping or window shopping.  I bought a canvas print I’d admired in the thrift shop the week before.  I also dropped some items off in the thrift store (and tossed some in the garbage – no one needs worn out clothing or grotty bathmats).  What else did I buy? A box for bras to ‘sit’ on my ottoman, where they tend to linger.  And a basket for a 40th gift 😉 And two running tops… and a headband for running.  Oh yes! I was on a role.

Not as blue - but I still love it!
Not as blue – but I still love it!

In light of my consumerist moments, I came home and really weeded through my wardrobe.  I drafted the most boring post listing all the tops I had, all the jackets etc etc.  And then, looking at it, I started culling.

The art I almost bought.  Seems Salvos was given a bulk collection of images, but I'd already bought the other one already.
The art I almost bought. Seems Salvos was given a bulk collection of images, but I’d already bought the other one already.

The upshot was 20 items for decluttering.  Two will be copied and reinvented.  Some will go to the trash.  Some will go to the op shop.  None are worth money, so I won’t try to sell anything.  This is in addition to about 10 items of clothing I’ve given away this year.  And there’s two pairs of running tights/leggings that are showing signs of their last legs.

In counter balance, I’ve bought 13 items in 2014, so that’s a nice counter balance.  Although, I don’t track my other stuff as carefully, though there is a spreadsheet for that of course.

I’m pretty sure the decluttering is partly for me to mentally justify any further purchases this year.  I really would like a teal top or two.  One outbound teal top has been replaced by a more casual teal and navy stripe top.  The incredibly thing is how many pieces of have given that I wear a uniform.  Though it’s starting to seem like those days are numbered, so perhaps my ‘re’ cluttering will be expensive work wear.

Do you declutter to feel ok about buying more clothing, or do you truly believe you need less?  How do you know when is ‘enough’ for work clothes, or basics (for example, I had 16 long sleeved t shirts for wearing under wooly/itchy stuff)?

Clothes shopping 2013

In the same vein as EcoCatLady, AnExactingLife and Minhus, I thought I would round up my clothes shopping for the year. I keep all my receipts (I think, I hope).  And I have posted some of the recent purchases in October here and here, for those who like pretty photos.  Here’s what I bought:

January
Seven (!) pairs of knickers from Target – $56

Feb
Two Target bras (beige & white) – $8
Woven skinny black belt – $12 (already died :()
Lace front cream Jeanswest top – $30
Very short Dotti navy dress – great for dates – $60
Church dress, all my favourite colours (Paul Dane) – $50

Paul Dane dress
Paul Dane dress

April
Camper Sinousa shoes (posted about it here) – $310 (to think I found their outlet in Nov!)

May
Running top in pale blue fro Lorna Jane – $76
Nude Target pantyhose x 2 – $20

June
Two tops from Temt $12

July
First pair of Jeanswest skinny jeans, dark wash – $90
Boohoo Sexy dress for date nights – $40

September
Asics running shoes – $160 (yay for the outlet! This is cheap for Australia)

October
Gold pave earrings – $8

Sexy lace teal bra – $20
Pale pink bra – $30
Cream & white Sportcraft cotton knit top – $60
White short sleeved Sportscraft button up top – $108
Blue 3/4 sleeved Sportscraft button up top – $117
These five items in this post

Banana Republic stuff – dress, and four tops – $308.50

Random other purchases, mainly second hand, that I didn’t keep good records of

Mavi skinny low rise jeans
Mavi skinny low rise jeans

Red Cross op shop blue skinny jeans – $25
Black handbag from op shop – $15?
Brown woven handbag from op shop – $10?

Weirdly, I feel like, except for October, I didn’t really do much/any clothes shopping. But clearly, I spent $1,625 on 36 items, which segments like this:

  • 4 accessories (2 bags, 1 pair of earring & a belt),
  • 13 underwear items (7 knickers, 4 bras & 2 pairs of stockings)
  • 2 pairs of shoes
  • 4 dresses
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 10 tops

I’m on par with what Dar at An Exacting Life spent.  I spend a little more than the ‘average’ American, but end up with far less items 68 items that Elizabeth Cline sites in her book Overdressed.

This is better than other years, I have stats from 2009 & 2010.  I spent $2560 in 2010  (44 items) and $1660 in 2009 (guesstimate 32 items).  But last year I spent $1100 mainly in Dubai and France on 29 items.  I’m not sure what happened to records of 2011!?

Overall, I’m up a net 9 items, largely in the ‘tops’ department, as I didn’t get rid of many.

Shoe inventory

I realised I never took photos of all my shoes – how can one truly see my clothing inventory (and my handbag inventory) without seeing my footwear? I did say I had 20 shoes in my clothing inventory though, but no photos.  Shame on me. Here’s the suite of shoes:

 

Foam thongs (in water polo team colours), leather sandals/thongs, inside slippers (in cold places like Europe) and sheepskin slippers
Foam thongs (in water polo team colours), leather sandals/thongs, inside slippers (in cold places like Europe) and sheepskin slippers
Work boots flat boots
Flat winter boots, work boots (I have a second pair at work), and rain boots
These are the workhorses of the weekend! The leftmost still cause me some blisters after lots of wear, the middle Campers should have died, but they have been reincarnated, and the new Campers with a slight heel (still cause some blisters too)
These are the workhorses of the weekend! The leftmost still cause me some blisters after lots of wear, the middle Campers should have died, but they have been reincarnated, and the new Campers with a slight heel (still cause some blisters too)
Sandshoes or runners, either end are more casual.  The navy ones are great for walking on coral and rocks and water.
Sandshoes or runners, either end are more casual. The navy ones are great for walking on coral and rocks and water. The old runners are for an upcoming colour run, then they’ll be recycled
Closed toe heels for winter, opened toes heels for as much as possible, and the silver ones... might be on the way out.  I always pass over them, but it is nice to have a light coloured pair of heels
Closed toe heels for winter, opened toes heels for as much as possible, and the silver ones… might be on the way out. I always pass over them, but it is nice to have a light coloured pair of heels
I forgot these, buried deep! The heeled boots, the multi blue tone ballet flats (the most painful of my shoes maybe?) and my knee high boots bought in 2006!
I forgot these, buried deep! The heeled boots, the multi blue tone ballet flats (the most painful of my shoes maybe?) and my knee high boots bought in 2006!

Still a total of 20 pairs. Although I didn’t count the shoes I don’t wear, the birdcage ones I keep as a piece of art. They do fit my feet, but I’m not talented enough to wear them!

Birdcage heels
Entry way with floating shelves

Of the shoes pictured, I seldom wear the blue colour blocked ballet flats, I often pass over the flat suede boots… The very white casual runners don’t get worn much, but I refuse to wear real runners with jeans, and these are acceptable to me (and better than boots for a lot of walking). They also work with shorts etc. The silver heels are seldom worn, they are a bit dated, but sometime black is too hard for a light (dressy) summer dress. The closed toe heels aren’t comfortable (unlike the ones they replaced that I wore to death), so I would pass them up and replace them if I found something better.  The reef walking navy booties probably aren’t used enough, but I’ve had them since 2003, and they come into their own at times.  They are also small, and when I have blisters, it’s like wearing socks out in public!  So they have earned their place!

The leather sandals/slides have been so good to me – I bought them from the maker in Greece, and I bought a second pair, for myself, but my mother ended up with them. Sad, but great for her!

Oh I just found this article: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/fashion/some-home-truths-about-that-shoe-addiction-of-yours-20131003-2uvek.html  Though, I own the loft, so clearly I’m not buying 13 pairs a year 🙂

House Inventory

Inspired again, by An Exacting Life, I decided I should do a house inventory.  Over a few months, I’ve share a number of posts, and this is the post that links them all together in one place.

What also prompted me to do this fiddly task was the fact that  when my contents insurance came due, I asked about what the insured value was.  It seems they annually increase the amount insured.  A smart idea for most people.  But I wondered when I first got the policy if it wasn’t a little overstated on the contents value – so I was wary when it increased again for the next year.

I worried ‘what if they know something I don’t know’.  I thought I could sit down with a nice spreadsheet, and work room by room to work out what I have, what I paid for it, and what it might cost to replace. The bulk of my ‘stuff’ was purchased in the last 18 months, since I moved.  In 90% of those cases, I have the receipt filed.

Some was bought prior to 2012, such as my bed, the mattress and other ‘bedroom’ stuff.  I was lucky to be ‘gifted’ some appliances,  and I took all sorts of things from Mum and Dad’s house (with permission of course).  Where things were purchased in the past, or ‘stolen’ – I’ve worked out the replacement costs. From privacy’s sake, I’ve not shared the cost of items in my posts, but there’s lots of lovely photos.

I did not include my stationary as it was of negligible value.  In the event my place burnt down, the replacement of these items would be on an as needed basis.  Also, a lot of the stuff was from when i was a student, and I ‘worked’ from home.  Now that I work in an office, my access to stationary is sufficient at work that I need a much smaller collection at home.

Lastly, this post is of my stuff – there’s more now that we’re two households, and I’m planning a cheeky poem to outline the duplication (in the form of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’).

What do you think I might have missed?  I certainly haven’t counted all my screws, but they are pictured in my ‘buffet drawers’ post.

Free furniture & appliances

I know that not everyone earns the same amount as me.  And I’m sure some of my money decisions (like $300 shoes and business class airfares (once)) shock people.  But then I can be frugal and cheap like the rest of them.  Here’s what I have in my house that was free.

Free from freecycle!
This ottoman was free from freecycle!
Freecycle blender (ie free!)
Freecycle blender (ie free!)
Stick mixer and attachments (asked for one on freecycle, and a friend responded!)
Stick mixer and attachments (asked for one on freecycle, and a friend responded!)
Fairy light (a rubbish room find)
Fairy light (a rubbish room find)
Wooden bedside table
I passed this onto my local thrift shop, but I found it on the kerb
DVD and VCR player - thanks to freecycle
DVD and VCR player – thanks to freecycle
Not this actual hairdryer, but the one at my bf's, was a kerbside find
Not this actual hairdryer, but the one at my bf’s, was a kerbside find
Dumpster find!  Yes, that's two Eiffel towers in my house.  This is at my entrance
Dumpster find! Yes, that’s two Eiffel towers in my house. This is at my entrance
Kerbside find!
Kerbside find!

That’s not even counting all the stuff you absorb from your parents house! I’m mighty impressed that such nice things can exist and be given for free!

Electronic inventory

If it plugs in, it’s on this list (whether I bore you with a photo, is another matter!)  Oh and thieves, eat your heart out.  The TV and the VCR/DVD player were freebies, so I’m not too fussed if you take those.  My phones, well, they hardly work well, so I can’t imagine you getting a great price.  Washing machine and fridge – try sneaking those out past my building manager.  Basically, I am not too scared about ‘showing’ all these things off to the world wide web!

Living Room

Oh the Acro lamp - and so cheap second hand!
Oh the Acro lamp – and so cheap second hand!
TV from a friend, and speakers for the laptop
TV from a friend, and speakers for the laptop
DVD and VCR player - thanks to freecycle
DVD and VCR player – thanks to freecycle

Bathroom

Iron
Iron
Great little washing machine!
Great little washing machine!
Breville Hair dryer
Hair dryer
Fairy light (a rubbish room find)
Fairy light (a rubbish room find)
Oh how I love this obscenely expensive vacuum!
Oh how I love this obscenely expensive vacuum!

Kitchen

Microwave
Microwave
The fridge to fit the space
The fridge to fit the space
A seldom used toaster...
A seldom used toaster…
The reason I got this toaster - lift and look! A little more!
The reason I got this toaster – lift and look! A little more!
Quiet boil, supposedly? I'm not convinced
Quiet boil, supposedly? I’m not convinced
Stick mixer and attachments (asked for one on freecycle, and a friend responded!)
Stick mixer and attachments (asked for one on freecycle, and a friend responded!)
Food processor how I love thee
Food processor how I love thee
Freecycle blender (ie free!)
Freecycle blender (ie free!)
Hand beater and phone charger
Hand beater and phone charger

Dining

A thrift store find, but from Ikea orginially
A thrift store find, but from Ikea originally
Radio - with CD players and a retro tape deck!
Radio – with CD players and a retro tape deck!

Bedroom

Cheap plastic box fan (thanks mum)
Cheap plastic box fan (thanks mum)
Metallic bulb lamp base
Delicious metallic based lamps (a Christmas sales gift to myself!)
A great lamp that gently wakes you up with music/sounds and light.  Sadly only possible to purchase it in the US
A great lamp that gently wakes you up with music/sounds and light. Sadly only possible to purchase it in the US

It’s really hard to share the cost of these items with you, and then work out the replacement cost.  It’s just so detailed!  My best estimates are:

What I spent: ~$3,000

What it’d cost to replace: ~$4,500 (man finding a comparable TV is hard, I don’t wanna UPgrade!)

Photos that are missing

  • Laptop (at the boyfriend’s, but it’s also a legacy of my mother’s former employer)
  • Other phone’s charger (cause really, you don’t need to see that!)
  • Oven & stove – not technically ‘mine’ but the place’s, so not costed
  • Fixed lights – which I did install, so I can cost, but it doesn’t seem right to include them here

And some ‘weirdness’ in the money amounts

  • If it was a gift, or ‘inherited’, I mark it as costing me $0, but full ticket in the replacement cost
  • Laptop not included in the totals as  I’m not sure if I would replace it if it died.  Which it might have.  🙁

A lot or a little?

Is my house an Ikea showroom?

I really hope not!!

But then I thought, what is from Ikea?

So another photo essay it is.

PS none of the links are affiliate, but to help you should you want to source anything.  I’ve tried to link to Australia’s Ikea, as a more factual reference to the prices.

    • Bed – Malm Queen Bed in Dark brown, which I don’t think is a colour they still do
I think my bedhead isn't totally centred on the wall, oh well.
Ikea Malm bed with Malm hacked bedhead
Ikea Kasset blue
Storage underneath and my perfect bedside height
    • Box for elevating the fan (stolen from the parent’s house!) – the cute Hol – I love that lattice pattern and it’s stood up to many years of service!
Ikea Hol
I love the lattice pattern, and it’s strudily built!
    • Bedroom curtains – Vivan for the sheers (not shown below), and Sanela is a red velvet (which is out of stock, and the tops of mine are different to this new model), all on the awesome Kvartal triple track system
Ikea Sanela Red
More colourful than a hotel room.
    • Smalls storage – Skubb boxes, but bought years ago to fit in a wardrobe hanger thing
ikea skubb
On the floor of my wardrobe live my ‘smalls’
    • Lighting – the kitchen has discontinued and the living room has the PS Maskros
Ikea light fitting
Ikea’s flowery light fitting
      • Kitchen table – I bought this second hand from the old tenant, but it’s a Sanfrid table top and Adils legs (I think?)
The perfect table to compliment my stainless steel benchtops
The perfect table to compliment my stainless steel benchtops
    • Semi-armchairs – found in a thrift store, so I forgot they were Ikea’s Nils
Doesn't everyone have one of these?
Doesn’t everyone have one of these lamps?
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The other chair
    • Salvaged trolley – from the kerb! But the real deal is the Bekvam
    • Magnetic notice board – sort of like the Spontan, but different
Bekvam trolley found on the roadside
The trolley was a kerbside find! The noticeboard was not
    • Lamp in the dining area
A thrift store find, but from Ikea orginially
A thrift store find, but from Ikea orginially
    • Lamp in the living area – I swear everyone has one of these, Dudero, it’s $15!! (Maybe it’s the cool name? Shown in the Nils chair photo above)
    • Second hand entertainment cabinet – the Besta, didn’t realise he was Ikea til someone told me (can be seen in the lighting picture above)
    • Side tables/stools – love the double duty Marius, and the limited edition teal colour of them
Ikea marius stool
Stool or side table, it works double duty for only $6!
    • Floating shelves in the entry way – those little Lack’s
Entry way with floating shelves
Entry way with floating shelves
    • Bathroom bin – love the shiny Rundel (til it’s not of course!)
Ikea Rundel bin
So shiny and easy to use!
    • Kitchen bin – so cheap at $3, you can’t go past Fniss (just why did I buy the white one?)
Ikea bin
Kitchen bin – with no wet waste, being unlidded doesn’t matter.
    • Stationary storage set of nine drawers
Covered drawers
Stationary etc drawers
    • Blue platters
A thrift shop find, and I love them true
A thrift shop find, and I love them true
    • Bedroom lamp shades (Jara)
Metallic bulb lamp base
Just the shade is from Ikea

What do you think? Do I have more than the average (keeping in mind, I was a ‘poor student’ until 2009)?

I’m pretty happy with the smattering of things I have, but I do wonder at what cost to societies and the environment where these things might have been made.

Bathroom trolley shelves

Some more photos in the inventory series.  Today are photos of what’s on each of my bathroom cabinet’s shelves.  The drawers are jam packed, as shown in this post.

Top shelf for bangles and my wooden bead necklace
Top shelf for bangles and my wooden bead necklace
Toothbrushes in service and a tea light (and a hiding jug for filling the iron)
Toothbrushes in service and a tea light (and a hiding jug for filling the iron)
Earrings and other jewellery that is better suited to not hanging in the open
Earrings and other jewellery that is better suited to not hanging in the open
Mop bucket on the bottom shelf
Mop bucket on the bottom shelf
The shelves of my bathroom storage - mainly for jewellery!
The shelves of my bathroom storage – mainly for jewellery!

There’s also a post on how I store all my jewellery if you’re interested – as this isn’t all of it!

Book inventory

I love blogging! I drafted this post, and then I thought, ‘it’s a little disjointed’, ‘why this book isn’t with that book?’.  So after completely reorganising my books, hopefully now they are stored in a way that makes sense to you – it certainly makes more sense to me!  Oh and I decluttered two books that I wasn’t entirely proud to have listed :p

Firstly, books are largely hidden in my home, after spending a time in a room with a wall lined in books. I just find the visual too cluttery. So here’s what’s on show in my home:

Beside the radio

Radio - with CD players and a retro tape deck!
Radio – with CD players and a retro tape deck!

In the same shelves, above the radio

Ring binders
All my paper filing is in these two binders

And on the bed ledge

These are the ‘plan to read’ books.

These books have been there for at least 1 year.  Maybe they'll never get read?
These books have been there for at least 1 year. Maybe they’ll never get read?
  1. Israel is Real, Rich Cohen
  2. Each peach pear plum
  3. An intelligent life
  4. Holocaust sites of Europe

And here’s what’s hidden behind closed doors

Wardrobe

Some French novels, and some texts.  Even a 'how to get a job in 12 steps'
Some French novels, and some texts. Even a ‘how to get a job in 12 steps’

French Books (in French or about France)

  1. 12 steps to find a job
  2. The game master (Le maitre du jeu)
  3. Objectif Paris
  4. If it is a man (Si C’est un homme)
  5. Bonjour Tristess
  6. Bonjour tristesse
  7. Improve your French
Books that don't fit the other categories!
Books that don’t fit the other categories!

Gifts

  1. Poland <- a gift from a Polish friend when I studied in France
  2. The Bronze Horseman <- from an Aussie friend who visited Russia.  I read Paulina Simons ‘The Bronze Horseman’ and so I asked for the original poetry.  But I can’t read cryllic!

Other books

  1. Honeymoon with my brother – Franz Wiesner
  2. The Christmas Mystery – Jostein Garder
  3. Plan B – L.R. Brown <- all about alternative ways in life.  Like no flush toliets, and Chinese meat consumption and global warming

The Back Row

To the left, there's mainly holocaust books, to the right there's spirituality/mental health
To the left, there’s mainly holocaust books, to the right there’s spirituality/mental health
The book end to the back row - all holocaust themed
The book end to the back row – all holocaust themed

Holocaust Books

  1. The holocaust odyssey of Daniel Bennahmias, Sonderkommando
  2. Night, E. Wiesel
  3. Eyewitness Aushwitz, F. Muller
  4. Among the righteous, R. Satloff
  5. Ester and Ruzya – Masha Gessen, Masha Gessen
  6. The Seamstress – a memoir of survival, S. T. Bernstein, L.L. Thornton & M. Berstein Samuels
To the left, there's mainly holocaust books, to the right there's spirituality/mental health
To the left, there’s mainly holocaust books, to the right there’s spirituality/mental health

Holocaust Books

  1. Parrallel Lines
  2. Hiding Edith
  3. Mosaic
  4. The Messanger
  5. Auschwitz, Auschwitz, How can I forget you
  6. Human Smoke
  7. Safe Passage – Ida Cook
  8. American Heroine in the French Resistance

Spirituality/Mental health

  1. Mister God, this is Anna
  2. Affluenza
  3. Growing to Maturity
  4. Finding happiness
  5. The mindful way through depression
  6. The invitation

Linen/pantry closet

The top left hand shelf on my pantry/linen closet hybrid holds all these binders and books.  There's 3 travel journals, two stamp collecting binders and all sorts of university and floristry course notes
The top left hand shelf on my pantry/linen closet hybrid holds all these binders and books. There’s 3 travel journals, two stamp collecting binders and all sorts of university and floristry course notes
  1. Striped book – Inspirations book from 2006
  2. Spiral bound black book – more inspirations
  3. Photo album from high school
  4. Blue display book (empty)
  5. First travel journal from 2006
  6. Second travel journal from 2006
  7. Third travel journal from 2007 onwards
  8. Plastic case of brochures for future employers etc
  9. Binder of bank statements from France – 2006 onwards
  10. Empty binder
  11. Stamp collection (Australian)
  12. Stamp collection (foreign)
  13. Binder of floristry assignments and remaining notes
These are the more readily used books, living in the linen closet too
These are the more readily used books, living in the linen closet too
  1. Tax envelope for this year’s receipts
  2. Receipts of clothing spending, electrical items, scooter related costs
  3. Writing paper and envelopes
  4. Lists book
  5. Atlas
  6. The Sweet Poison Quit plan
  7. Humourous check list
  8. Journal from 2011-12 (with lists to move house etc)
  9. Emergency

There you go, I think that’s about all of the permanent resident books in my house. There’s a constant cycle of library books, of course.  I pretty much won’t buy a published book now days – between the library, my mother’s house (which feels like a library) and my uncle owning a book store, I have an endless source, it would seem!  I will only buy 2nd hand books when I am heading overseas, and leave them there.  How do you think I did?  Minimal?

Handbag Inventory

I recently shared what was inside my handbag, and Pauline from Reach Financial Independence wanted to know more about what bags I carried things in.  Yesterday I showed you them stashed in my buffet, recently repainted, at the front door. Here’s what’s in there:

The current ‘everyday’

It carries work files easily, and was a Christmas gift from my parents, after they saw how much I was wearing my simialr blue bag to death!

This was a limited edition in Winter 2012/13
This was a limited edition in Winter 2012/13

The collection of Longchamp bags

The blue was a long serving ‘everyday’ – perhaps for 2 years?  The black bag is better for smaller amount of stuff, so on weekends or evenings, where I’m not too fancy :p

The pale blue bag is the same size as the green bag
The pale blue bag is the same size as the green bag

“Walking around” bag

Great for markets or a longish walk where I need things, like when I walk to my hairdressers or into the city

This bag was found on holidays in Adelaide.  It's great when I know I'll be walking around all day
This bag was found on holidays in Adelaide. It’s great when I know I’ll be walking around all day
Sadly, showing signs of it's poor materials :(
Sadly, showing signs of it’s poor materials 🙁

Luxury/evening bags

The teal bag is the first time I’ve ever thought to call something ‘buttery’.  The lining is the softest silk in a creamy colour.  Sadly there’s some pen marks, but it still feels divine!  Outside is a beautiful teal suede.  I feel in lust/love with this bag at first site in Jan 2006 in the streets of Paris.  As a lowly student, I’m not sure how I thought I could justify a 80 Euro bag, but I’m glad I did. (I think I attributed it to my ‘grandma birthday money’).  And I’ve never looked back and thought ‘why’d I spend so much on that bag’.  Every time I use it, I just adore it.

This was my first *big* purchase in Paris in 2006 (the year I lived in France) at 80E.  I've never once regretted the cost, it's delicious.
This was my first *big* purchase in Paris in 2006 (the year I lived in France) at 80E. I’ve never once regretted the cost, it’s delicious.

This little cutie was a whim buy at $10 in JFK as I was heading back to Australia. Nothing is that cheap in Australia, so I took a risk that it would match my dark grey evening gown, and huzzah, whilst it’s a different fabric, it tones pretty darn well!

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I know some of my readers have no handbags, what about you? Could you do with more (!) or less? I think this is just enough for me!