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Monday, 3 February 2014

The February Style Challenge - Frugal February Part 1

And I'm late! I'm afraid a last minute offer of a friend's house up on the North coast for the weekend took priority on Friday. We had a fantastic couple of days watching huge waves and walking in the gale force winds. It certainly changes the dream a of a house right by the sea...I'm going more for a 100 yards back and a slight incline now. Here I am with my girls on the Giant's Causeway - holding on to them tight as it was so windy and the occasional wave was managing to make its way up onto the rocks quite close to us!


Back home now and back to the challenge at hand. February is one of two Frugal months during 2014's year of style challenges (see how I sneaked that second one in - it's ages away, I promise). It simply involves not buying clothes for 28 days and instead making the most of what is already in your wardrobe. Are you in? I'm hoping lots of you will get involved and I promise not to tempt you too much with bargains during the month! 

Everyone who manages to resist shopping for a month AND all the bloggers who get involved in the blog linky at the bottom of each of my weekly Frugal February posts, will be entered into a draw at the end of the month to win a mini hamper of lovely things, including items from my shop and other goodies I've been squirrelling away for this very purpose!

So I'm kicking it off with a replica of something I wore on the blog exactly one year ago...the benefits of taking your photo almost every day. I've had to substitute the suede boots for some leather ones and take the photo indoors - both thanks to the latest storm outside..

Fur Gilet - House of Deron (similar here & here)
Red Skirt - M&S (similar here & here)
White Jersey Top - Dunnes (similar here)
Black 100D Opaque Tights - M&S
Black Ankle Boots - Clarks (similar here & here)
Today's linky is below so please do share any Frugal February blog posts here. I'm also linking up with Maria for today's #realmomstyle link up. You can check out Maria's post here and add your look too!
I'm off now to be a model for the colour students at the Andrew Mulvenna Academy...greys be gone. Have a great day,
Ax

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  1. I love this outfit that fur with the red skirt is fabulous!

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  2. Love this idea! Does it count if someone else aka husband buys you something. Not that he knows yet! x

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    1. Oh husbands are TOTALLY allowed to buy stuff for us - it is Valentine's next week after all! Ax

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  3. I love the fur.. I'm still getting used to it and those booties are killer cute.
    Great look!!!

    Thanks for linking up with #RealMomStyle

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    1. Thanks - it was great fun. Loved checking out all those stylish moms, Ax

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  4. I'm doing frugal Feb with you and winning so far! I'm also saving all my £5 notes and £2 coins in a jar for something nice in March :-) please please enter me in your comp, I will need it by then! You look so glam in that outfit, hope hair colouring goes well xx

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    1. Good on you! Wow - that's brilliant...I already do my £2 coins but it's been a slow process...I don't seem to get many of them anymore. Think I need to follow your lead and start sticking the £5's in too x

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  5. Three days nearly gone already only 25 to go lol
    Loving the fur xx

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    1. I love your thinking...and as I type this, there's only 23 left. Yay! x

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  6. I added a link to you in my post the other day about Frugal Feb so have used that one for the linky. Giants Causeway looks amazing, I love the coast x

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  7. Lovely outfit Avril! My goodness, you were brave to attempt the Causeway this weekend-it was a wee bit breezy ;-) Gorgeous photos though! E x
    www.lifeatthelittlewood.co.uk

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  8. I love the outfit Avril. very stylish. We went to the Giants Causeway in 1999. We were at a friend's wedding close by. It was in February too and my face got wind burned. Spectacular place! Good luck in Frugal February, love Liz xxx

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  9. So happy to be in your company for this week's #RealMomStyle! And I really dig your style, especially the faux fur! Keep on rocking it Sister!

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  10. Fantastic outfit....so stylish, can't believe you wore the same outfit a year ago....that is awesome!! I failed on the first day of frugal feb :0( xx

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  11. Don't think my comment worked! Love the gilet/red skirt combo mummysgotstyle.com

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  12. Fantastic outfit- gorgeous gilet!!! Looks great with the red skirt.

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  13. I've joined you for Frugal Feb and so far so good... You look great, Avril. Fab gilet. Lynne x

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  14. Oh gosh I have just failed, just bought a zara coat....but hang on, it was on vouchers does that count?! I love your outfit and I adore the pop of red looks super. Glad to hear you had a lovely time at the coast it looks amazing! Right, time to join you on frugal Feb! X

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    1. OMG - Vouchers don't count - you're still in! haha...see, I'm kind of making up the rules as I go! Ax

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  15. I've never felt bold enough to wear fur, but it looks chic!

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  16. We only visit the Causeway twice a year or so. I recall having a bracing picnic there during March one year, certainly blows the cobwebs away! PS attempting to be frugal but tempted to buy some swimwear for summer hols before all the best bits disappear.

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  17. Ooo! I like the sound of your challenge! It's something I should do I think so perhaps I'll join in!! I've not bought clothes this month so I can qualify I think!

    Love your outfit. Nice bold red :-) x

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  18. Which coat are you wearing in the Giant's Causeway pic? Me likey!!!

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    1. It's one from Joules that I got on Brand Alley ages ago...took me till now to take off the labels as I wasn't sure if I could justify another black coat. But I'm wearing it LOADS. Blog post to come tomorrow! x

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  19. Wowza! That fur gilet is just gorgeous! What sold it for me was the red skirt and the tie it has in the front. It has just the right about of femininity and not gaudy at all (you know how those BIG fur coats and gilets can look). Simply stunning! Thank you very much for linking with #RealMomStyle and we hope to see you again next week. All the best from Washington, DC!

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  20. That vest is just lovely! I'm visiting from the Real Mom Style link up! Very cute outfit!

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  21. Gorgeous outfit! Visiting Northern Ireland is high on my to-do list! xxx
    The Jolly Fashionista

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  22. That is one fantastic looking vest! I adore fur vest but here in Dubai it might be a bit too much so for now I am happy just admiring them on others :)

    Mrs Jack Of All Trades
    Dubai, UAE

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