The AF Bloggers Budget Challenge

This is the first OOTD post on your blog. When Sera from The Agoraphobic Fashionista asked on twitter if bloggers were interested in a budget challenge I was excited to take part. 

I tend to shy away from OOTD due to not having anyone to take photos for me as I know not everyone likes mirror photos! They aren’t the best, but this was too good an opportunity to miss. I thought it would be fun.

So what is The AF Bloggers Budget Challenge. Each month Sera picks out four people, they agree on a store and you have to try and get a complete outfit for under £20. Exciting right. It really makes you think about what you are buying and I think it’s a great way to showcase how affordable fashion can be.

This months store was boohoo. As delivery was rather expensice £3.95 it was decided we’d put together an outfit under £20 if it included the postage that was a bonus. The challenge is simple. Get a complete outfit for under £20. But you can use one staple item from your wardrobe if you need it. I’ve never shopped in boohoo before so was excited to place my first order.

Here are the bloggers involved in this month and the outfits we all put together.

I’m excited to read all the posts to see what the other ladies picked up.

You can find the posts here

Sera at


Emma at

Christine at

So onto my outfit. I got a pencil skirt, top and ring.

The skirt I was instantly drawn to. It’s not something I’d immediately pick but I love animal print and I love the faux leather trim on it. Even better than that it’s a bargain £6. Online it does look a lot bluer than in person but I think this actually makes it more wearable. Definitely cocktails with the girls type of skirt.

I absolutely love rings. I think they always add something subtle to an outfit which isn’t immediately noticed. I’ve recently got a few double rings so when it was only £4 I couldn’t resist. How cute is it.

As the skirt is such a feature item I decided to keep everything else simple. I plain black boob tube to show curves and not take anything away from the detailing in the skirt and the simple ring. The boob tube is £6 which in all honestly is quite pricey considering you can get them cheaper else wear. I tried a few other tops with it but the baggier ones just didn’t suit me the way I’d hoped.

I’m really pleased with the way the outfit turned out. I really love the skirt and think it will be perfect for cocktails with L. My shoes are from stylist pick and I got them for £12 they aren’t available anymore I’m afraid. I love stylist pick but I went till sales or I’m offered discount codes. I think this outfit would look great with most heels. It also looked good with wedges for a summery feel and black heels give it a clean sleek look.

But I had issues with boohoo and delivery. I live in an apartment block which means due to working 9-5 getting my delivery was a pain as the driver can’t get into it and I don’t know whether they have been to arrange a re delivery. When I then arranged for it to be delivered to my work the parcel was delivered to a random part of the hospital signed for by someone who doesn’t know me even though the couriers site stated they person signing on your behalf needed your ID. Also it wasn’t delivered until 19.08!! For me sites that don’t offer royal mail as an option are a pain.

I did also feel restricted on what to order. As although they offer free returns you are charged £2 per item you send back as a restocking fee. I understand people ordering lots then sending back is a pain but I then felt other stuff I liked on the site I didn’t order incase I didn’t like it on.

Overall I loved my outfit and shopping for it was definitely fun and a challenge I’ll set myself more when shopping but I don’t think I’ll be placing another boohoo order unfortunately.

Thanks to Sera for arranging it all and I can’t wait to see what next months ladies put together.

What do you think of my outfit? Have you tried something like this?

Love M


Don’t forget to check out the other lovely ladies bargains 


  1. Anonymous
    August 3, 2012 / 9:14 am

    Love it 😀 I adore that skirt and you wear it so so well! Thanks for taking part I was honoured to be part of your first outfit post!!! xx

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      August 5, 2012 / 4:31 pm

      Thanks hun, was great to be a part of the challenge x

  2. Fashion Floozy
    August 3, 2012 / 9:56 am

    I wish I could pull off that look!!HOT as!!!

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      August 5, 2012 / 4:32 pm

      Aww thanks, really love the skirt you picked x

  3. Anonymous
    August 3, 2012 / 9:18 pm

    You look lovely! Love that outfit.

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      August 5, 2012 / 4:32 pm

      Thanks x

  4. Stefij
    August 7, 2012 / 7:48 pm

    i love the look you've pulled together, looks a lot more expensive than £20. can't wait to see what the others have done x

    • C.S.I Beauty Blog
      August 12, 2012 / 12:04 pm

      Thanks, I was pleased with it 🙂

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