Did no-one hear my cry? Ok so admittedly it's normally in my head - a small voice screaming, "someone save me from myself". Which is then beaten to a pulp by the bargain obsessed other side of my brain who has no concept of need or budget. It tends to win. Darn it.
I have attempted to redeem myself by returning some things. (All of my Reiss order - I will do another post but I was utterly blown away by their Customer Service and Delivery/Returns policies. All other online retailers should take note), a number of things from Zara, ditto Massimo Dutti. Plus I had a complete result in River Island. Took back the one jacket that was too big and mentioned to them that the beading had come off the one I had worn. However I loved it and would like to keep it, instead of returning, was there anything else they could take off it? Yes, they would take off 50% which made it £12.50. Well for that, I was so definitely going to keep it, even though the chances of it not coming back from the second wear in one piece are hideously high. But it's a great fit and a wonderful little jacket (of which I appreciate I have 20 too many. Moving swiftly on.....)
So, so far, I have FCUK trousers, a white cowl neck top from Zara which will really come into it's own in the summer and a wine and off white breton top from Massimo Dutti. All keepers (I've a horrible feeling there's more I've squirrelled away and am clearly in completely denial about.....)
Here are my final (she's says ambitiously) sales bargains that I'm definitely keeping. Necklace and bracelet from Zara - £9.99 each.
And here are my two ponder ponder ponder items. I love both of them. I really do. Plus (and this is following the advice I give clients - smug smilie - I do *try* & practise what I preach...) they both adhere to at least one of my sales rules - make a note of those things during the season that you love but can't quite justify. Then hunt them down and buy at a a much more palatable price.
Well *check* with both of these jackets. It was definitely love at sight, but I couldn't justify them back then. And my dilemma is, can I now? Both are great fits and both slot really well into my wardrobe - again ding ding on the sale rules. But that will be because I already have similar things in my wardrobe. Gah.
Let me try and justify keeping them. First criminal in the dock - the quilted two tone leather jacket from Massimo Dutti. Love. Drool. Gorgeous leather and now £125 from £225. (it was £155 when I first ordered it but it was reduced so I rebought it and will take the first one back. A faff, but £30 is £30!)
But I already have the small washed black suede jacket from All Saints. However on just writing it down, I may have managed to make the justification whilst writing. Washed black and suede? Well this is black and leather. Hmmmm
So maybe I can justify keeping one of them then. But which one? As much as I love the leather jacket above and think it will be perfect in the Spring, I am officially addicted to navy jackets. I have a few. But this one is slightly different..... I do have one navy blazer which has definitely seen better days and must be 4 years old this year so there could perhaps be a fitted navy jacket hole in my wardrobe. This wasn't the best bargain ever it had sold out however of my local Zara way back when and wasn't reduced all year), £59 from £79.
So over to you - which do I keep? Either, both or neither? Obviously I'm erring towards both. If we weren't due snow (dear god please no - after two weeks of being at home, despite having a great time, I don't need any more time chez moi housebound) then I could wear both next week, no problems. In fact I'm out for lunch next Friday for my birthday and I'm toying with which one to wear.....
And I would love to hear about your sales successes or disasters!
Finishing with my outfits from this week
Charcoal grey jersey top - Zara
Distressed straight legs rolled up - Zara
Red & Black leopard print cotton scarf - Hong Kong
Grey knitted military coatigan - 3.1 Phillip Lim
Tan Rockafella boots - Russell & Bromley
Sunglasses - Tom Ford
Chestnut Lily Bag - D&G
Nude vest - Primark
Burnt orange knitted top - Cos
Khaki zip detail trousers - By Malene Birger
Camel knitted jacket - Whistles
Snake print scarf - M&S
Chestnut Lily bag - D&G
Chestnut knee high boots - Jigsaw (a fabulous gift from one of my bessies as she didn't wear them - how over the moon am I?!)
Black vest - Primark
Charcoal Renoir top - FCUK
Navy, black and white tie dye jeans - H&M
Black silk jersey scarf - Cos
Black boiled wool coatigan - Ronit Zilkah
Black suede & patent ankle boots - LK Bennett
Black Faridah hobo bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs
Navy jumper - H&M
Navy, camel and black leopard print jeans - Whistles
Gold necklace - Day Birger et Mikkelson
Navy knitted pea coat - Zara
Beige scarf with gold studs - Taylor Stephens
Black suede & gold patent ankle boots - LK Bennett
Brown leather cuff with chain detail - Hultquist
Stone maxi zip satchel - Anya Hindmarch
So blog posts coming up. My first obsession of 2013. And ideas for your Rock up in Red outfits!