'I'm a lifestyle writer. Here are the 8 items I have in my shopping cart right now.'

The other day, I was having a conversation with my editor about impulse buying – specifically about what encourages us to click and what ungodly hour we do our sneaky shopping.

For me, it's late at night when I can't sleep. For some reason, when I'm tired and slightly delirious, I'll start scrolling through my favourite online stores and putting things in my cart.

For my editor, Tamara Holland, it's on a Friday afternoon when her defences are down and she's been heavily influenced from a week of fashion content (ICYMI, she's the co-host of our fashion podcast, What Are You Wearing?). 

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This month, I haven't been sleeping as well as I usually do, and yep, you guessed it, I've spent far too much time looking at clothes and homewares online.

Right now, I'm on the hunt for affordable winter clothes that won't go out of trend, and new home decor to make my apartment look a little more luxe.

Here are just a few of the items I'm eying off right now.


Esmaee Fallon Puffer Jacket, $159.95.

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Puffers are my one true love during winter because it's like wearing your doona outside. And this year, I've been looking high and low for a neutral-coloured one.

This one from Esmaee has my name written all over it. I love the thick drawstring around the neck and the fact it has a hood. But it also comes in a blush colour and now I can't decide between the two...

Petal and Pup Alfie Top, $59.

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My go-to tops in winter are always knitted. They don't need ironing (big tick) and look a little more elevated that your simple long-sleeve tee. 

I've been wearing this turtleneck religiously since it arrived. Not only does it keep my neck warm (another big tick) but it also looks good for work and dinner out. 

I'll be snagging it in beige too.


Nude Lucy Denver Pant, $90.

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I've been needing to discuss these pants ever since I bought them in the snow colour. 

Made from heavyweight cotton twill, they feel like a really comfortable pair of jeans without any tightness around the belly area because of the elastic waistband. 

From the moment I put them on I knew I needed them in the other two colours.

Billini Vincent Boots, $109.95.

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Combat boots are a winter must; and although I'd love to splurge on a pair of Dr. Martens, I can't justify spending that much on shoes right now. 

These dupes will do just the trick this year. And that white stitching! I love.

Zafino Sam Earrings, $39.95.

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Much like any other trend, what's popular with jewellery is always changing. 

I came across this brand a while ago – started by an Australian mum and her two daughters – and everything is high quality at an affordable price. These earrings are at the top of my list.

Summery Copenhagen Small Signature Bag, $79.

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I'm going somewhere warm soon and I'm looking for a big bag to take that isn't my workbag. 

Like the rest of my colleagues, I love Summery Copenhagen (formerly Cecelie Copenhagen), and they recently come out with these patterned totes in various sizes. 

I'm loving this one in 'smokey grape', but they also have them in brighter colours, if that's more your vibe.

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Kmart Fluted Decorative Bowl, $15.

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Okay, I jumped the gun on this one, and this Kmart bowl is no longer sitting in my shopping cart but inside in my living room.

I don't know who they've hired but the quality of Kmart's homewares right now are top-notch, and this bowl looks like it could've been from somewhere really schmancy and sold for three times the price. 

Don't sleep on this – get it while you can.

Pillow Talk Chunky Waffle White Quilt Cover Set, starting at $99.

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I came across this store for the first time last week and I'm so glad you did. If you don't already know, they make affordable pillows (duh!), linens and home decor. 

Much like my clothes, I'm not into ironing my sheets. So, I'm eyeing off this waffle quilt set and will probably buy it today since it's half price. How good.

What's on your wish list this July? Tell me in the comments below!

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