No sorry, it's not the dress thread that I promised - although I do recall mentioning that it may be gazumped by a more pressing piece of news that was delivered today.
Have you ever kissed your delivery man? Because today, for the first time in as long as I can remember (can't say first time ever as I do fear I may have been tempted before but am happy to report it's never "actually" happened... she says......) I had to hold my self back from jumping on him as I was so beyond giddy at what he was delivering.
I had finally caved to ordering the Ash Beas in the prune, taupe and black. The ones that I had talked myself into and then out of again (x a gazillion), that I first saw a month or so ago on the Ash website.
Now obviously they didn't sell them on the Ash website (why would they? Duh.) Some lovely lady commented on here that she had found them for me on the Harvey Nichols site and I managed to also track them down at a great looking boutique called The Dressing Room in St Albans. But I still procrastinated.....
However following my super TK Maxx trip and deciding that I didn't need a new jacket purchase after all (till next month obviously. Ok maybe I can eek it out till Dec. hmmmm) - the purchase of new plum coatigan and stripey jumper doing the job instead, I decided definitively that there was a new Ash wedge trainer hole in my wardrobe.
Of course by the time I had adequately farted about with my fickle decision making process (I am truly truly woeful, of that we are all aware), were they available in my size anywhere? Were they heck.
Cue manic calling around of everywhere that I knew had ever stocked Ash, including head office, the two Ash shops in London and about a dozen boutiques & dept stores that I was aware sold them. Nada. Zilch. "Oh the ones that she has slung over her shoulder in the ad? Yeah we get loads of phone calls about them. Can't get hold of them for love nor money". Oh just great. (my language was slightly more fruity in the comfort of my own home, I will admit)
I could get hold of them in the Bowies in the same colourway but not the Beas. Now as an Ash obsessive (slash saddo) the Bowies are not what I wanted. They are slightly (to my mind a lot - to a normal sane human being, every so marginally) beefier, for want of a better expression. They're much more solid (as clearly the Beas are unbelievably delicate. Not.) But hell they were just not what I wanted.
I was gutted (as well as fickle and woeful, we can also add melodramatic to my list of attributes).
But all hail the Google machine. Oh how I luffs ya. I came across, on about page 3, a random site (that maybe everyone knows apart from me) called Spartoo who sell a full array of Ash shoes, including my holy grail Beas. Whilst I was worshipping at the altar that is Google - in for a penny, in for a pound - I also managed to find a discount code for 20% off (enter AUTUMN20 till Oct 31). I know, I know, I need a life, but honestly I skipped around like I'd won the lottery (for about half an hour. Ok maybe more....)
And here the are in all their glory (for some people to hurl at - I appreciate they're not everyone's cup of tea) They don't actually look that bright in real life (which is a shame actually as I quite like them like that - they're more muted which is probably far more useful)
And here I am wearing them today (obviously - and with the new jumper that inspired the purchase. Breaking every single one of my sacred shopping rules there. What's that about rules being made to be broken?)
Blush longline ribbed vest - Miss Selfridge
Striped jumper - QED London (TK Maxx)
Charcoal Baxters - Topshop
Grey lace knit scarf - Plumo
Stone maxi zip satchel - Anya Hindmarch
Sunglasses - Tom Ford
Bea wedge trainers - Ash
Tomorrow is definitely D day (that's for dress - nothing else more exciting unfortunately).
Hope this has been of use to anyone who's after some Ash and either hasn't been able to track them down in their size or who has been waiting for a discount code!