Well, my no spend week is almost over and aside from buying some wine - which was very much needed but I won't go into that - I seem to have made it! I am paid at midnight tonight.
So - I've decided I'm going to attempt some sort of budgeting over December, while I don't usually go any more crazy over the festive season than usual, it would be good to keep an eye. I'm therefore implementing an envelope system. I am taking all the cash I need out of the bank in one go, allocating it to various envelopes (cats, going out, cleaner, groceries, Christmas) and will try to stick to these amounts, or under, over the month. It ain't going to be easy but better to try and fail than not even try, eh?
Most of my allocated Christmas cash is going to be spent tomorrow, on the cats. Over the past couple of months my two indoor cats, previously soft, cuddly, calm creatures, have becoming increasing whiny. Marlon (the big blue) meows constantly from around 6 in the morning. He doesn't WANT anything, apart from me to get up. Once I'm up, he just ignores me. Little b@$^A£d! Gene, the small one, likes to sit in the hallway yowling at the front door but seem to have no desire to actually go out. He just miaows at it. For hours.
I adore both my boys and they are, by and large, good natured creatures - I just can't take the noise. they aren't ill, they are still putting away food like nobodies business and are very perky. I think they must just be bored, and I can't blame them. As such I am finally getting them a cat tree. The one I have wanted for a couple of years is finally on sale at half price. Half price is still £60 but this is £60 spent on my sleep (i.e. sanity). With a combination of this, a laser pen for easy playing and a Valerian toy I'm hoping they will chill a bit.
I'm also finally going to attempt to leash train them. I can quite see myself, decked out in my vintage regalia, visiting the local hostelry with two cats on leads.
Anyway - the real reason I popped in today was to show you my new baby. My Christmas present to myself.
Feast your peepers:
Oh yeah. Sexy innit? Could there be anything better than a full length emerald green velvet dress with a matching turban? I don't think so. And heavens, she fits like a glove.
Thank you to the lovely Kellie at Via's Vintage on Etsy for answering my many questions. It really was a dream of a transaction and its a dream of a dress.
I've paired her with some stunning and scandalously cheap repro shoes (dance shoes) I picked up on eBay from Freed (used to be Equity). They aren't quite like these but almost.
I shall go to the ball, I shall. Whether I have a prince to take me, well, we shall see. ;-)