September and October Purchases

Its time for my September and October Purchases…

… from September on I took the decision to change my behaviour as a consumer and to buy sustainable only – this means either sustainable organic brands or second hand. So today I will tell you a little bit about how things went so far. First of all, I want to say that I am very happy that I took this decision and I feel a lot better and a lot more in coherence with myself since!

So how did it go? All in all I am doing pretty good – I bought one skirt from Hess Natur (see below) and a few second hand clothes. However, I also bought one shirt dress from H&M and I bought some sports wear from a normal sports wear brand. I have somehow an excuse for both: I was looking for a shirt dress to wear in Iran (where I am not allowed to wear my usual clothes) and I was not able to find one so a week before we left to Iran, I just ordered one from H&M because I really needed something to wear on arrival (while I was in Iran I was wearing my friends clothes – have you seen my Iran Outfit?). I feel bad about having ordered that dress but I really did not know what else to do.  About the sports wear – I really needed some rubber boots and I found these really cute ones and since I ordered them from a sportswear shop, I looked through the sales and could not resist buying a top and some socks. So these are my fails! Totally admit! I will be better in the next two months, I am sure. And I will become better and better with every month and in one year it will be the most normal thing ever to buy organic or fair trade only (hopefully) 🙂

Two jeans, second hand. They are H&M Boyfriend jeans. I paid 10 Euro for each of them and I wear them a lot. I wore the black one on the blog here and the blue one not yet on the blog, but I am having an outfit ready that I was wearing twice in the last two weeks and I want to put it on the blog soon 🙂
(here I am cheating a little because with the two jeans I also bought a second hand blazer and a second hand sweater but I sold both of them again alread since I didnt like them anyway)

My much loved pencil skirt from Hess Natur, 100% wool, 100% perfect, I love it and wear it a lot! I wore it on the blog here and I am sure it will make it on the blog again several times this Winter, next Winter and even the Winter after next Winter 😉
I paid 70 Euro (on sale!)

A running shirt and running socks. Not much to say about it, except that they are not second hand and not organic and not fair and I should not have bought them. They were on sale, I thought I need them and I paid 5 Euro for all of it.

Rubber boots! I was looking for rubber boots in years, but either I found them ugly or they were too expensive. These ones were 13 Euro, they are actually riding equipment (I bought them from a sports shop in the horseback riding section) and a friend of mine has the same and she says that they are the best rubber boots she ever owned. I just got them a few days back and since we have super duper sunshine weather, I did not get to wear them yet.

A handbag, second hand, originally from MANGO. I paid 20 euro and I use it a lot. Its really big and perfect for my own things plus the babys toys, diapers etc. 😉

The H&M shirt dress I wrote about above. Not organic, not sustainable, not fair, nothing. But I really needed it for Iran! I wore it in Iran and I am sure I will get to wear it a lot back here in Germany too. Still, I feel bad about having bought it. I paid 20 euro.

So these are my purchases. I did not do super bad nor super good. But I am okay with these two months, because I did better than ever before and thats already something! Its difficult to change habits from one day to the other and I am patient with myself – please be so too 🙂

I spent a total of 148 euro
(the items I bought and sold again are not included in here)

All in all I actually find it easier than I thought to consume this way! I am thinking more about what I really need and I am searching for more specific things instead of just scrolling through the H&M sales.
I installed an app for second hand sales on my phone and when I feel like scrolling through clothes, I am looking through the second hand clothes on the app and it has the same relaxing effect on me as did the H&M sales site. However, from the second hand things I bought, I sold two (out of five) pieces again because I did not like them anyway, thats a bad rate, I think. I need to get better in this second hand shopping and I will :)!

So, these were my purchases from September and October and from my first two months as a conscious consumer. What do you think about them?

Sending much love and wishing you a great start in the new week!

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  1. November 2, 2015 / 11:11 pm

    I think it sounds like you are doing well. You shouldn't beat yourself up. You are working to be mindful and make a change, and that is awesome. Unfortunately I love those boots! I've been looking for a pair like them and they are harder to find than you would think.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  2. November 2, 2015 / 11:38 pm

    I think you are doing very well! As you said, you are doing better than before, and that is really great! I love your skirt! I'm looking forward to the looks you will create with it. Have a nice week!

    Danielle
    http://www.spring2spring.com

  3. November 3, 2015 / 2:49 am

    that purse? LOVE! and love the blog too, girl! if you get the chance to check out mine (and maybe even follow? no pressure though!) i'd really appreciate it! 🙂

    have a great week!
    love, rach.
    So, hi.

  4. November 3, 2015 / 7:16 am

    Die Tasche ist wunderschön und dann auch noch für so wenig Geld,
    ich sollte auch mal anfangen Second Hand zu shoppen 🙂

    Liebste Grüße ♥
    Mai von Sparkle & Sand

  5. November 3, 2015 / 4:53 pm

    fun buys! I hate buying jeans, but every time I get a new pair I wonder why I dont buy them more because they are so fun!
    kelseybang.com

  6. November 3, 2015 / 11:56 pm

    You have bought some great buys 🙂
    The boots are my favourite xox

  7. November 4, 2015 / 9:31 am

    They are beautiful! You have very good taste! 🙂

  8. November 4, 2015 / 11:52 am

    Aaaah, die Handtasche ist ja ein super Fund! So eine suche ich auch schon lange…hach!

    -Kati

  9. November 4, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    I really like the bag and pencil skirt – nice choices! A while ago I bought few nice sweaters from second hands and few days ago I bought a lovely winter coat, 80 % made of wool – I bought it in one of those open air markets, so I think its not bad too:) I know exactly what you talkin about with your old and new apartment – when we were movin out I was really sad to leave, even though I was happy to have a new one. I even took pictures of the whole old apartment just as a thing to remember, cos we had so many beautiful moments there:) And our renovation is basically done, but on spring we are plannig to renovate the kitchen – for now on we decided to leave old furnitures and wait a bit, cos they are not so bad. Have a great evening and I wish you a lot of happiness in your new apartment!Hugs:)))