Week 3 No Buy Review: Christmas is coming

In regards to my health, I’ve struggled a lot again this last week thanks to the continued changes in weather. Pain and fatigue have been constant and the few days I’ve been a little better (and some of the bad days) have been busy thanks to appointments/social events. Given all of this it hasn’t been too difficult to stick with the no buy challenge but I was tempted by a couple of dresses that appeared on the Facebook page of my favourite vintage shop…

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Why was I tempted by these dresses?

Earlier this year, as part of my decluttering I decided to give away any clothes that were no longer comfortable for me to wear. I’m still working on this but I did donate my ‘Christmas dress’ (the dress I’ve worn for Christmas for the last 4 years) because the zip was just not comfortable for me any more.

Christmas 2013
Christmas 2013
Having a nap during Christmas 2013…

I loved that dress, it looked great and even had pockets, but I had got to the point that every time I wore it the zip felt like it was cutting my back open so it went… At least I know it went to a wonderful lady who will get great use out of it.

Now that Christmas is coming closer I realised I didn’t have my Christmas dress. The dresses from Push Pin look amazing and, apart from colour, they look like they fit my new guidelines for purchases (when the No Buy Challenge ends – I’ll explain these in a different post later).

How did I avoid the temptation?

Well, as I’ve already stated my health hasn’t been the best so even if I had been tempted enough I didn’t really have the energy or strength to head into the shop and try them on.

I also decided that my Christmas dress doesn’t have to be red…

One of my favourite dresses that I already own is a beautiful teal green colour that could be dressed up Christmassy.

The top of the dress...
The top of the dress…
During an interview earlier this year...
During an interview earlier this year…

The photos don’t really show me the colour properly…

I still have my Christmas earrings and wear the same Christmas hat (see photos above) each year at Christmas Eve dinner with the in-laws.

Do you have a specific outfit you wear for Christmas?

If you’ve joined in the challenge, how are you going?


  1. I’m sorry you’re struggling, but I have to say, I totally vote for that lovely dress for Christmas. You can get a red one another year. Nice time to change it up. 🙂

    • Thanks Deborah. I probably won’t end up getting another red one. I’ll do a post early next year about my wardrobe but let’s just say that to simplify I’ve chosen a colour scheme. My wardrobe is mainly blues, greens, greys and blacks with splashes of Pink, purple and orange in it these days. I’m slowly removing most the other colours so that most items can be worn with most other items.

  2. Not good to hear you are struggling 🙁
    I think teal works with Christmas as it has a hint of green 🙂
    Interesting wardrobe project…Keep us posted on the progress 🙂
    Time permitting…I am hoping to get into some re-fashioning/up-styling in the New Year.

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