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Monday, 18 June 2012

Sales Cock Up Take One.

Oh feckity feck feck feck.  


I have come to the conclusion over the trillions of years (clearly slight exaggeration - put it down to distinct irritation.  As you may have gathered I am not in the best of moods) that I have been sales shopping, that it's not an art form, it's the luck of the draw.  There is no gift in being able to sales shop, it's about being in the right place at the right time.  Prime example being my Acne boots which I bagged at 1am in the morning from the NAP A/W sale earlier in the year.  I know for a fact they weren't there an hour or so previously.


Actually maybe there is such a thing though, as Sales Karma. Hmm now that I could believe in.  I fear I may have used up all my sales luck for this year.  Sob. 


So firstly, this S/S the sales are all over the shop.  The designer sales have already started.  My Wardrobe, Matches - all gone into sale.  Net-a-Porter, slightly later - today I believe.  As I predicted, every thing that I had earmarked has either not gone into the sale, sold out or isn't reduced enough to warrant buying.  Not a huge surprise - I shall not let myself get upset about it.  Not enough to chalk up as a Sales Cock Up.


What does constitute a Sales Cock Up is the following.  Being ridiculously adamant that I am not going to cave and buy things just because they're reduced.  An excellent adage by which to set sail into the summer.   Of course, it's complete baloney. 


Because what does happen is that one studiously ignores all the emails that come through screaming SALE SALE SALE.  DELETE DELETE DELETE.  And polish halo.  I shall not be deterred.  Ditto with the sales brochures that plop enticingly onto the door mat.  BIN BIN BIN. Oh how virtuous I feel. 


Of course what has happened in reality (and what happens every fecking year.  Just tattoo moron on my forehead) is that I bin most of the brochures but keep the one that "might" have a gem in.  I then open it a day or two later - like today - and of course see a bag that I literally can't possibly survive without.  How on earth did I not see this and earmark it previously?  GAH.


Frantically dash to website - can't find it.  Hastily call the call centre.  The dreaded dreaded phrase.  "It's sold out" 


Balls. 


I need this bag in my life.  Ok so actually I would love the Stella McCartney one that it's clearly modelled on but I am not paying the spondoolies that she charges for a pleather bag. However this one, which was reduced to £49, I would absolutely have paid for, for pleather.  Maybe that's why I didn't highlight it first time round - it was £109.  Nay for nay leather, I'm afraid.


I can't even show you a pic as it's been deleted from the website and therefore from my life. I am in Sales Mourning. 




The quest for a black bag goes on.  I can guarantee I will manage to elevate it into a saga. (now That is a gift...)


So that was Sales Cock Up Take One.  Believe me, I shall be back with more.  There are a smattering of High Street shops that have gone into sale.  LK Bennett, Hobbs, Massimo Dutti, Warehouse, Jones the Bootmaker, Gap, Joseph, Office, Dune, Clarks and Phase Eight (the latter 4 though had done the usual trick of dragging out a whole load of tat from heaven's knows where whilst the majority of Summer stock is still full price)  John Lewis' is due to start this Thursday.  Zara, I have been assured, isn't this week.  I will report back as soon as I know more ie the more interesting ones where I'm hoping to bag a bargain - Whistles, Reiss and All Saints.  So setting myself up for a fall but hey, that's Sales Shopping for you.


Finishing up with a very brief what I wore today.  Still nothing particularly summery.  But it's not raining, so we shall move swiftly on.




White linen jersey, edged with silk shirt - H&M
Distressed skinny ankle zip jeans - Zara
Grey blazer - Topshop
Silver ballet pumps - Zara
Silvery heart and charm necklace - Taylor Stephens (another fab item I got from the party the other night!)
White gold and diamond key necklace - Theo Fennell
Sunglasses - Tom Ford
Tan shopper - Zara


Hope everyone has a great evening.  I shall try to be less pathetic than to sit here lamenting the loss of my perfect black bag.  I shall not succeed.  Loser.

20 comments:

  1. You do make me laugh, proper belly laughs. Sorry about the bag loss though...

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    1. thanks love! And yes I am gutted about the bag xx

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  2. I feel your pain! RIP sweet bag of dreams...

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    1. Sob sob sob. Of course now I can't stop thinking about it. Doh.x

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  3. I'm determined not to look at any Sales other than AllSaints and Zara....Oh and possibly HoF ...and maybe a quick peek at JL. I feel your pain over the bag.x

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    1. I'm with you on that. I am determined to make more use of the things in my wardrobe. A couple of things i've earmarked at AS, ditto Zara. Not a black bag though....... boo schmoo.

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  4. northern Gal19 June 2012 03:55

    Have also been assured that Zara sale isn't this week, although my bets are still on this Friday, please post if you do hear as have a wish list as long as my arm there this year but not buying right now as fairly certain there will be at least 40% off the good stuff and by Aug 70% off whats left.

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    1. Deffo not till next week allegedly. I'll post if I hear any different. They've had an excellent season by all accounts but there's bound to be old stock (well, old as in Zara old ie from Feb onwards) as they take stuff off the shop floor so quickly with their huge turnaround of product. I am determined to get a pale blazer of some description!

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  5. Reiss sale has started on line today and in stores tomorrow. Not to tempt you but the Smythson sale has just started too and they look to have some nice handbags reduced.

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    1. I had a look in Reiss the other day and there's nothing I particularly fancy, thank the lord. Well, there's loads I'd love but nothing I need, if you see what I mean. Smythson bags are great but not quite what I'm after. Gorgeous though!

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  6. Love your outfit as usual. Sorry you lost out on the bag xxx

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    1. Thank you, that's such a lovely thing to read! And I'm proper gutted about the bag (get a life lady!!) xxx

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  7. Zara sale commences 28th June in USA, not sure if UK earlier or the same, x

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  8. I don't do cheap bags but would have bought that, I love it, what make is it? we shall have to search ebay!

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    1. I have to say I don't normally until this season when I have been swayed by the two Zara ones I've got and really do love. I've just never found a black bag that I utterly heart (and would be prepared to by!) - this would have been perfect. I've rung and asked Plumo what the make is as most of their products are small manufacturers that you can get hold of elsewhere or in Europe ie my Campomaggi bag (gorgeous gorgeous bags - not cheap but the most divine leather and quite unusual - v boho). But they were spectacularly unhelpful in this instance. grrrrrrrr

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  9. Love this bag enjoying your blog and also how fed up you are with this weather me too roll on summer

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    1. Thank you! Well we've had two days of lovely sunshine which means that tomorrow - oh hey ho, rain again............ (rocking in a corner here, rocking in a corner...) xxx

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  10. Read somewhere that Zara's sale will start on June 28th. It started on a Thursday at the end of June last year so am hopeful for that date.

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  11. Kat, I am here to make you feel better. I bought that very bag at least 2 months ago (for £49) but I returned it. In real life the quality just wasn't great. Didn't like the material at all - very definitely not leather and somehow (I thought) rather cheap looking. Plus it didn't sit well at all (now I realise I'm about a mile shorter than you so this may not have been the case on you).

    Sorry you lost out, but honestly, I'm not sure you'd've kept it anyway.

    PS Hope you got my email re. links and stuff. xx

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