Hello all

I was a shoppaholic that realised I had a problem. This led to an opportunity for me to be less of a consumerist and more creative and stylish with my excessive wardrobe. So a little over 12 months ago I committed to a new years resolution that meant I couldn’t buy a single piece of clothing for all of 2013. I know there’s still 2 days to go, but it’s fair to say I farkin did it! No cheating. 12 months. No new clothes. In many ways, this new years resolution combined with all the blogging has been a wonderful experience. Although, what I am most grateful for is the support from my husband. He’s no photographer but a year ago when I asked if he could take all my photographs for the blog there was zero hesitation. His photographs are amazing and he’s been in on my journey the entire way. Then there’s all my friends and the amazing bloggers I’ve virtually met all over the world. You know who you are. If you are keen on making ‘no shopping’ your new year’s resolution I’ve listed some quick survival tips but first here is a short video with some of my favourite outfits.

1) Blogging or diarising your outfits to an audience will trigger that creativeness you. Also once you start blogging your outfits to the world you will be surprised what you can do with your wardrobe.

2) Shop for wardrobe essentials before the new year to help mentally commit. The less you think you need in your wardrobe, the better.

3) Be realistic with yourself. For instance I said no shopping for clothes. This didn’t extend to shoes and accessories but what I found over several months was that my shopping appetite naturally curbed itself. Think of it as though you’re on a diet and by the end you’ll come out a better you. Your bank account will look healthy too.

4) Un-subscribe or filter out promotional emails from the likes of shopping sites so you don’t get tempted by sales.

5) Build your networks on the social media scene. Instagram is great if you are seeking inspiration from other fashion bloggers. You’ll also become virtually well acquainted with amazing people and even come across some profiling opportunities.

6) Be easy on yourself.  There will be days where you feel like crap and have the urge to shop so be prepared for that. I was stalking asos.com for months before I got use to the fact that I wasn’t going to buy anything. So instead I subscribed to Asos fashion finder and began posting my looks for other shoppaholics. You will find that something to distract and make you feel better.

I hope that this short list helps you with your journey should you dare to sign up. Thanks so much for reading and I wish you a happy and healthy 2014.

Sovanny xx

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