I shouldn’t have crticised but like most people I was frankly appalled at Sarah Palin having spend $150,000 from campaign funds on her wardrobe. Appalled mainly because that is an extortionate amount of money on ensembles that aren’t breathtaking and of course appalled because that is an extortionate amount of money period. Who am I to preach as I’m certainly not one to talk about being budget conscious. If I have it in my pockets, I’ll spend it like there’s no tomorrow. As I’ve discussed before, I’ve also never been really tight of money, in the way that apparently a lot of people will be come next year when unemployment will shoot up and houses are reposessed.
Yet I can’t help but have the rammings of recession digest in my fashion gut. I’m not a complete escapist and as much as fashion fairy land is lovely, ignorance is unbecoming on someone like me who is actually pretty practical in real life (even if I do wear straw hats and crochet gloves). So the break in San Francisco has given me the opportunity to set myself a fairly unoriginal challenge that most people can partake in and it just happens to be something I should be doing more. The ¬£10 outfit challenge is nothing new yet I personally don’t do it enough due to time and the habit of spending as though there was a bottomless bank account. People have told me wonderful things about SF’s thrifting opportunities and so I will be setting myself $20 challenges for an outfit. Shoes will probably not be included but one can try… yes, it’s cheating a little since it is 20 as opposed to 10 but I’ll go by my own currency and gauge it that way – $20 still isn’t a great deal of mullah, especially when converted back to pounds. I still revel in my ¬£0.01 puffy dress (lucky eBay score) or my ¬£3 swirly yellow/purple buy so I relish seeing what I will find. Progress will of course be tracked here.