Admittedly I haven't got very far. And that was only online. But seriously, as I said in my last post, where do you start? Sales for most people are a quagmire of crap to wade through. Made only marginally easier by looking online. (made more difficult by having at any one time, a small child screaming at you "but I was half way through my game of Angry Birds...." as you wrestle the ipad from them)
My advice is always only buy from shops where you know the quality and sizing and ideally you've already made a wish list of things you can just hone in on. Smash and grab shopping. Normally I would have a list of wonderful things from NAP and My Wardrobe but I have been so disappointed in the last couple of seasons with there being diddly squat left come sales time or it having sold out of your size. I did have my eye on a couple of pairs of 2nd Day jeans from My Wardrobe but they'd sold out at full price, even before the sale preview.
So rather predictably this year, I had earmarked a couple of things from Zara and Massimo Dutti. Massimo Dutti sale is always quite good actually, especially online. People don't yet seem to have sussed that you can buy online and so there always seems to be a good amount of stock and good reductions.
Zara on the other hand. Well. Used to be great instore with pretty decent reductions. (if you got there early doorsm otherwise, one hour in and you're faced with Primark style chaos) Online, it's not been too bad (issues with website reliability I recall). Reductions haven't been quite so great though. This season though? Mostly pants. Rubbish money off on the whole with limited size selections. Just getting too popular I guess. Ho hum. I need to find another high street altar to worship at.
In the meantime though, I refused to be defeated and had my wish list at the ready.
So to begin with, those things which I have ordered and am waiting for. And after that, a wish list of things which I could easily also buy.
Firstly these wedge boots which I did try and buy instore at full price but they were sold out in three stores. Randomly though, in all sizes online. I clearly need another pair of wedge boots like I need a whole in the head, but these were my "treat myself as I didn't buy another pair of going out boots". See?!
Wedge boots £49.99 from £79.99
I also ordered a navy blazer and two drape neck tops, neither of which I can find online any more. Fingers crossed they show up.......!
Moving onto Massimo Dutti, I've broken one of my own cardinal sins of buying something I haven't seen in real life. I had wanted a camel quilted leather jacket in Zara but they didn't have it online and I wasn't going to drag my sorry butt to a real life shop on Boxing Day. I spied this on the MD site and thought, since I was doing an order anyway, I might as well chuck this in just in case.
As it's such a great reduction it's clearly going to be hideous in real life. But worth a shot.
Leather Jacket with topstitching £125 from £265
This one I have had my eye on since the beginning of the season. Am really looking forward to trying it on with different outfits. Marmite I appreciate it, but I love it.
Quilted leather jacket £155 down from £225
A staple navy tee (although I have since spied ones full price I prefer so this will probably go back)
Combination t-shirt with 3/4 length sleeves £19.99 down from £29.99
You can never have too many bretons and I think this in the burgundy colourway with zip detail on the shoulders will fit really well into my wardrobe.
Striped t-shirt with zip £19.95 down from £29.95
There was also a bracelet that sneaked in as well - a nude colour leather wrap cuff which again I've had my eye on. I wear my Mulberry tan one so much, I know I'll get lots of wear out of in the Spring.
Now moving on to the wish list of things I could buy but really can't justify. And certainly don't really need. All these things I've looked at with half an eye on Spring, which is obviously round the corner (bar the month of snow we're due.....and no I don't actually know that for sure but since we haven't had any so far, it seems predictable that we'll be snowed in come the end of Jan. When it's my birthday and I have plans. Always always the way. And people wonder why I loathe snow.)
black ankle boots £39.99 from £69.99 - Zara
Sandals £19.99 down from £39.99 - Zara
Drape neck top £12.99 down from £17.99 (I find these so useful. Perfect for hiding a multitude of sins round the midriff) - Zara
Checked Blazer with elbow patches £49.99 down from £69.99 - Zara. Probably not the most Springlike of choices but I love it. Delicious dark red velvet elbow patches which you can't see. If I had an unlimited wardrobe selection I would so get this) Watching like a hawk for further reductions....
Black micro-structured blazer £79.95 down from £145.00 - Massimo Dutti. This I think is a great staple number for anyone's wardrobe. Great quality at that price. Perfect for wearing over jeans or wearing to a wedding.
Wool Jacket with Piping - £47.95 from £69.95 Massimo Dutti - This is a style I personally love. Again, easy to wear for dressing up or dressing down an outfit. Every one should have an LBJ (little black jacket) in their wardrobe. Karl Lagerfeld says so therefore it's the law. His LBJ may be of the Chanel variety but details schmetails.
Fantasy cut jacket with leather trim £69.95 from £99.95 - Massimo Dutti. A complete nod to Spring with this gorgeous blush shade. Easy to wear now though with grey, as here. Or looks lovely with tan and white as well. Ditto khaki.
Leather Bracelet £12.95 down from £22 - Massimo Dutti.
Silk Knit Polo Neck Smock shirt £37.95 down from £54.95 - Massimo Dutti. I love this and will keep my eye to see if it goes down any further. Stunning quality in real life.
Sleeveless Oriental Print Silk Shirt £37.95 down from £54.95 - Massimo Dutti
There is also some stunning knitwear and a selection of linen t-shirts at Massimo Dutti. Go forth and shop. I can't wait to hear about the bargains you've managed to snag. Please do share!
Now I'll do another post on Christmas but suffice to say I wasn't well and managed to haul myself out of bed pretty much only for Christmas Day. And the Gok Dress served me proud. Shall be doing a rerun of the outfit on NYE. So so comfortable to wear.
Black half peplum dress - Gok Wan at Sainsburys
Nude tights - Tesco
Black ankle boots - Zara
Diamante earrings - Forever21
Diamante bracelet - Forever21
The other outfit I have is from Sunday (seriously I have mostly been bumming around in a trackie since then, feeling rough!) when we had some of our best friends over for lunch, all the way from Germany and then out in the evening for drinks. Chief photographer was in bed when we got back and I had forgotten to pap earlier so we had to go back to old school. Rubbish I agree, but it's one of my favourite outfits so I thought I could justify....
Black swing jersey top - Whistles
Paint splattered jeans - Zara
Washed black suede jacket - All Saints
Black suede and patent boots - LK Bennett
Pegasus necklace - Stella & Dot
Brushed gold & diamante cuff - Taylor Stephens
Black clutch bag - Tory Burch
Will be back tomorrow with my Christmas highs and lows!