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Friday, 28 December 2012

Another Sales Hero

Believe me, there aren't very many out there.  I am at home and have been all day long.  And boy, has it been a very, Very long day.  Ill husband working from home, poor sod.  Absolutely pouring with rain (smallest child has a perforated eardrum and so can't go outside, and of course can't send one boy without the other.  My life would not be worth it - there is no amount of chocolate that could make that fair) and I still feel rough.

And then, RR1 starts throwing up as well.  With the washing machine on and the kitchen tidy, what else was there to do but shop.  Clearly along with the rest of the world.  As, as fast as I put things in my basket and went to check out, they disappeared.   Fess up who else was shopping at FCUK and Whistles?  To be honest, there was very little left anyway - very limited sizes and obviously I wasn't quick enough. 

I was very near the edge.  Near the edge of the Sales Abyss.  That all familiar abyss that, once you've fallen in, you're a goner.  Every single item of tat, just because a) it's in your size, b) it's an amazing reduction or c) if you squint it's ever so vaguely like the Stella McCartney version you had your heart set on, gets purchased.  Purging on shit. 

But no.  A minor miracle occurred today.  I stepped away from the edge.  (which, seeing as cabin fever is starting to set in, is a minor miracle.  If ever I was going to bathe in the waters of sales guff, having not left the house in 4 days from illness and over Christmas to boot, today would have been the day.)

A lifeline was thrown to me in the form of Reiss.  All hail the Reiss sale.  Excellent reductions, generally a great selection of sizes (if you're a 6 or an 8 this clearly will be of no interest to you as every single item I've seen I've wanted has been in your size.)   Free delivery and free returns.   A really simple ordering process as well. 

So I'll crack on (once I've made my purchases) and hope you manage to get some bargains. 

Starting with a stunning leather jacket.  Again, I have my Spring/Summer head on (good god, what is it with this sensible version of me that's been let loose).  This is a timeless purchase. You can just feel how buttery the leather will be.  Reiss are definitely one of the go to places for good quality and reasonably priced leather jackets. 

Moving onto tops.  A lovely basic in an interesting fabric - mainly put in as I thought it looked so lovely under the jacket above.  Irritatingly I can't find those trousers though.  Boo.  Boo hoo.  

Flecked T-shirt in soft grey £24 from £49

I haven't lost my mind regarding the below - tis a Body.  I honestly think this would be a great addition to a wardrobe.  Ideal for work but also a lovely staple to have for those evenings out.  Marvellous with jeans but also dressy enough, even for a wedding. 

Milo Black Wrap Shirt Body £87 from £125

This is exceptionally indulgent me me me.  I love this shape of top.  I find it infinitely flattering over skinnies or straight leg trousers - mainly for hiding that muffin top and mum tum (yes I do have one when I don't have my slinky Sainsburys hold it all in on, I promise - you can't see it as mainly I hide it well!)  

Pcoket & Stitch detail top in Ink £47 from £95

Another ideal top and a great buy for pure silk (which I handwash by the way but you didn't get it from me...).  Again an easy transition from work to nights out.  Would look equally as great over jeans. 

Poppy Frill front top in Lime  £64 from £129

You may have worked out by now that I'm having a bit of a love affair with green.  I think it may figure quite heavily in my S/S wardrobe.  Maybe it's the fact that it's so dire out there weather wise, there's something so lifting and fresh about a lovely shot of green.  Geometric prints are huge for S/S so this is going to be a great investment.   Again pure silk.  And not much more than you'd pay full price in Zara - perhaps less.  (and you're not going to bump into 10 other people wearing it!) 

 Samara Print Pale Mint Printed top  £62 from £125 

On a top roll - this just screams sunshine to me.  Beautiful with black now but just stunning with white once the weather warms up. 

Jinny Grey Contrast Sleeve Print top £60 from £120 

I am a complete magpie.  It's woeful I know but this is just The best bargain.  I love it, I've ordered it, I can't wait to try it on.  My black and my blush sequin jackets have been so good to me and I get so much wear out of them, this is just a complete no brainer for me.  Shirley Bassey eat your heart out (am pre-empting The Husband's comments as I type - have been practising my Gold Finger - middle one clearly - especially for him) 

Shelby Pacific Blue Embroidered all over sequin Jacket £118 from £295

I will admit. I can't quite get my head around something this summery.  But it's a sensible buy if you know you wear maxi skirts in the Spring.  With a little navy or white tee and fitted denim jacket and flipflops, this would be stunning.  I know I'm going to really regret not buying this. 

Naveen Stone Printed Maxi Skirt £62 from £125

My last clothing item - look away now if you're not a fan of the baggy pant.  I have been on a pants mission all day (can you tell I've been on Net-A-Porter - trousers, goddamn you).  And I have failed.  Firstly, they are like rocking horse poo - those of a more casual nature, and secondly any that were around have sold out completely. 

These however are winging their way to me.  I have high hopes (which usually is not a good thing) 

Wallis Black Ruched Track Pants £55 from £110 

Finishing with a couple of shoe beauties.  The first - I think the majority of you will think ming.  However I think they fit the bill perfectly for - as I mentioned the other day - making some very formal looking dresses look, well, less formal.  Less worky.  I will admit, I these will work better on those with longer legs (otherwise there could be very gladiatorial whiff in the air) but if you have long legs or just love them, they're a great reduction.  Even better in the Olive. 

Izabel Crystal detail boots - £98 from £245

They also do them in an Olive - £73 down from £245

These, however, I make no excuses for.  These are an item of pure lust.  Not too high (I know I know they're higher than most would like to wear but believe me, compared to most heels on the market which are stratospheric, these are positively mid height - and with a little platform too)  The colour is just perfect and will go with pretty much anything.  Despite me not remotely needing them, if they are reduced by 1p further, I will have to succumb.  Perfect for adding a Spring touch to a black outfit with a tan bag. 

Lily Rose Buckle Detail Sandal  £84 from £169

I know I had said I would do my Christmas round up but since things are selling hot and fast online, I thought another small Sales indulgence was more important.  

There is no outfit pic from me today as I am on the sofa in an oversized jumper, jeans and Uggs and Chief Photographer is chucking her little heart up.  As my middle name is Florence Nightingale (not) I thought it perhaps cruel to rouse her from her deathbed.  I'm all heart.  

Hopefully see you tomorrow!

Thursday, 27 December 2012

My Sales Wish List

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. 

Floral Print Blouse  £32.95 down from £64.95 - Massimo Dutti.  This I actually think I may order as it would make a fabulous Summer outfit with my peach coated cropped zip trousers from Zara last year and my pale tan sandals.  Definitely going to get it.  Have managed to talk myself into it as I type.  Looks so stunning with the grey as well - what was I thinking not ordering it?

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! 

Saturday, 22 December 2012

It's Sales Time!

So all the sales haven't started yet but a good many of them have.  And where do you start with what to buy?  How long's the proverbial piece of string?

I'm therefore being random (which is obviously not like me) and devoting an entire post to the wonderful world of DVF.  Which, in the sale, is always a fantastic buy. 

I will confess to only owning one piece of DVF magic.  But I've had it for 3 years now and wear it often.  In the winter I wear it as a dress with black opaques and in the summer I tend to wear it over white skinnies (it's very short on me.  Someone would get an unexpected and rather unpleasant eyeful were I to go bare legged or even with nude tights.  Barf.)  I've worn it to very upmarket parties and just to take the kids swimming in the summer.  Perhaps the most versatile and comfortable piece of clothing in my wardrobe.  And the best thing?  Hand wash (that will be handwash in the washing machine not actual manual labour).  And and and, no ironing as it's silk jersey, it just dries flat and you're ready to rock. 

But they're not cheap.  So the sales are a perfect time to treat yourself to something that will be a staple in your wardrobe for years to come.  

Now the Clotilda top probably isn't handwashable after all of that (maybe though as it is silk....) but what a useful item to have.  Great for work, great for casual, great for nights out or Sundays in the pub (oh those were the days....)   £56 down from £187 but unfortunately only smaller sizes.   (for the record - if sizes are numerical they're normally American.  I personally always size up as well, so would wear a US 8 which is a UK 12) 

This cardigan is just stunning.  Unbelievably useful to wear as a cardigan in the Spring/Summer but also fab worn jumper style buttoned up (boob size depending...). 

The Ibiza Tiger Eye Red Cardigan - £110 from £220 at Coggles 

Or they have it in a dress Version - The Kivel Tiger Eye Red dress.  This is the tunic shape that I love.   £145 from £290.

Continuing with the tunic style, I love the Ruri dress - Chains Red & Grey.  £155 from £310.  One of my favourite things about DVF are the way out patterns she has.  Don't ask me how, but they don't seem to date.  There's something about a DVF dress that makes it a classic. 

I love the pattern and colours of this Leopard Print Egg long sleeved shift dress.  A looser fit so super flattering as well.  (one for Christmas Day over thick opaques)  I'd also wear over faded skinnies in the summer.  If you weren't as ridiculously tall as I am, this would look so cute with bare legs as well.   £160 from £330 from Flannels. 

How perfect is this Geometric Print Dress for the S/S?  Classic colours and a classic style.  £135 from £315.

If I could remotely justify another black jacket or were I to wear a bright red, these Merino Majorette Knit Jacket would definitely be winging their way to me.  I love a knit jacket.  I find them so much more wearable than a suit fabric jacket - great for dressing down a dressier dress and so comfortable.  Again, season proof.  £110 from £310

In black 

And red 

I simply adore the colour of this dress.  (although I do appreciate that Kermit green probably doesn't float everyone's boat)  Much dressier than the silk jersey tunic numbers and definitely not washable but if you have a special occasion coming up, then this would fit the bill perfectly.  I'd wear to a wedding, (darn it why didn't I see this last year!) - would work in both Winter and Summer, to a Christening, out for dinner - the possibilities are endless.  This would fit my "go to" dress hole.  (I think I most love the no mum tum on show aspect. Perfect) Oh god I've just done an excellent job of convincing myself I must have it.  Darn this blasted blog.

The Leala Dress  £215 from £431

Now I can't do a wrap dress.  Despite the protestation of Trinny & Susannah that they suit everyone, I am testament to the fact that they're wrong.  I look like a barrel.  I have no boobs and no waist and me wearing a wrap dress is akin to having "look at my lack of breastage and thick middle" tattooed on my forehead. 

However on those blessed with a more womanly figure - yes, I think they look amazing. 

This is a classic DVF print - The New Jeanne Chains Red dress 

Geometric prints are a classic for SS13 so this would work well.  

The New Julian Two Dress £227 from £325

Whilst I could go on forever, I'm going to finish with some gorgeous accessories - in particular two pairs of shoes, boots and a bag. 

As much I spent an entire blog pontificating about how I wore boots in the winter, I eat my own words completely as I would wear these in a heartbeat.  Gorgeous.  And a bargain now at £115 from £230.  Zia black suede and glitter shoes.  (how great would these be with the green dress?  Lush)

And these would see you all the way through the SS in the snake print.  Someone hide my credit card.  Quickly. . 

Anyone need a pair of wedge boots? ME ME ME.  Opalista Taupe Suede Boots  £167.50 from £335. 

And I shouldn't love these.  But I do.  £185 from £370.  Do you think there's a law about how many pairs of wedge boots you're allowed?

Finishing with a perfect black tiny clutch.  The Mini Harper.  £110 from £220.  What's not to love?  If I didn't have my Tory Burch one, I would definitely have treated myself to this (investment, investment....... If you say it enough times you can convince yourself.  Honest guv) 

There are oodles more bargains to be had, best ones I've found to date are at Coggles, Flannels and Matches.   Net-a-Porter and Selfridges are normally excellent DVF stomping grounds but as of today, their sales haven't started. 

Finishing finally with my outfits from yesterday.  


Wine jumper - Dorothy Perkins
Distressed biker jeans - By Malene Birger
Fur gilet - Taylor Stephens
Tartan scarf - H&M
Bea Wedge trainers - Ash

And for a dinner party last night. 


Black cowl neck tee - Zara
Coated skinnies - Cos
Black sequin 3/4 sleeve jacket - Boutique by Jaeger
Pegasus necklace - Stella & Dot
Black clutch - Tory Burch
Diamante cuff - Taylor Stephens
Black suede and patent boots - LK Bennett 

I will be back with more sales bargains to report.  Have you started Sales shopping yet?  Anything exciting to report?  Would love to hear any tips and bargains!