I do, sort of...
it's a bit willy nilly but I do TRY!
My favourite shop for basics that do not break the budget
they are not "cheap"
the CPW (cost per wearing) is what makes them a great buy.
I can ALWAYS find something that will work with my wardrobe here.
When sales are at 50% or better I only browse for the basics...
I am NEVER wooed by rampant patterns of colour...it may sound boring but when I did this in the past they were the buys that were worn once and then they hung sadly passed over forever after in the closet until they were purged by me in disgust!
The basics are neutral and are the workhorses in my wardrobe that I wear over and over again.
They are the backdrop to accessories...
think of them as a blank canvas waiting for a dab of colour or a smattering of sparkle!
I found one new basic today when getting out of the house to ease the cobwebs of inactivity and a release from the domestic chores that have taken most of my morning. In case you think I am complaining I am not...domestics are a big part of my life here in The Humble Bungalow and I truly enjoy pottering about getting things done.
(made in the USA)
basic black Tee top in a weight that is flattering
(especially great for those of us who are not comfortable wearing Spanx!)
This top looks really large but in fact it is not
the sleeves are a bit on the dolman style and 3/4 length which I like to wear at the elbow
it is very sheer and hangs close to the torso
it needs to be worn over a tank top.
This "Splendid" top was not on sale as it is Spring Stock but I liked it so much so I bought it anyway!
I love this lacy "Atmosphere" vest and it is a nice layer over top a white top
not too hot for summer either...
loose weave and it drapes wonderfully
longer in the back than in the front
I think this neutral shade that I would call oatmeal is a great option for a variety of reasons
it's so versatile for starters
can be worn over a dress
capri's or a skirt
it makes total sense when one opts for less rather than more clothes.
Have you been aware of the popularity of dots lately?
I m seeing them every where...
I love the cardigans at J Crew and some of the pretty dresses and scarves in the shops are all dotty.
I might splurge on a dotted scarf too but for now I opted for some cute dotty sox.
In keeping an eye on my expenditures I chose a simple Skimmia posy
which was under $10 and I later divided in two vases
one for the kitchen and one for the powder room.
I got this sweet vase from my BFF as a gift a few years ago
I love the swirly pattern on the matte white background.
Skimmia lasts weeks looking fresh
so it's a great way to stretch the budget.
My orchids are the "go to performers"
when the Humble Bungalow Roses are not ready for picking.
Orchids are budding out but not in bloom just yet and I do so love having something in a vase to perk me up.
Orchids are budget friendly and re-bloom again and again.
What measures do you take to live within your income?
Are you a budget conscious consumer or do you spend with wild abandon?
Just thinking it might be fun to have you all chime in on this topic
as it is one that I have been considering quite a lot of late...
what with retirement on the horizon.
I really could use some of your ideas...