Now since I've become a shopping expert (yes I am sitting here crying laughing at that - what a total JOKE!)...
I should say - since I've spent way longer than anyone possibly should, thinking about clothes and wardrobes and boxing in a slightly more clever way with what I acquire and keep, I have noticed that there are certain items that I wear year in and year out.
Lots of obvious basics but some more on trend items which last for at least a couple of years, if not more (a trend these days isn't necessarily a one season wonder anymore at all. Except for dungarees. Hmmmm.)
And one of these, which came to my rescue yesterday, is a pair of black heeled ankle boots.
Mine are from Sam Edelman and I have had them for three years now. And in fact, I've worn them three times in the last couple of weeks. I wear them with boyfriend jeans, straight legs turned up, skinnies and they're perfect with midi skirts. Love the proportion in the Winter of a midi skirt and a heeled ankle boot.
So whilst we're limping to the end of discount craziness, it would be rude not to see if we can take advantage of the dregs of the offers, it being Cyber Monday (said no calendar ever).
Starting though with mine that I've actually found online, very much reduced (clearly very old stock) and not in all sizes. But not anything to do with Cheapskate Monday or whatever it is. Just a good old fashioned bargain from two seasons ago.
Sam Edelman Margo Boots were £207.99 now £135.19 I cannot begin to tell you how comfortable these are.
Offer with Mango extended to the close of play today - 5CYBER15 for 30% off.
These are gorgeous and would work especially well with skirts and wide leg cropped trousers (obviously all types of skinnies). They seriously are super versatile.
Buckled Suede Ankle Boot from Mango £89.99
More buckles and super high now but prepare yourself for a bargain. Today there is 50% off at Shoescribe. FIFTY PERCENT of A/W stock (some brands excluded, obviously.. duh. But not Togas or Golden Goose.. Or Marant.. Or Acne...)
Michael Michael Kors Ankle boots were £240 now £120
Still staying high but these are a complete classic.
Elastic Panels Ankle Boots from Mango £49.99 pre discount
Similar but with a lot more detail and back at Shoescribe. (Lordy I LOVE these. It was a mistake looking at Shoescribe. A big big mistake.)
Pedro Garcia ankle boots were £330 now £165
Bargain of the day though, from Pimkie at ASOS. 20% off with the code CYBER.
Pimkie Pointed Toe Heel Ankle Boots £28.99 pre discount I have to say, these may well be my favourite pair out of all of them.
Lower and pointy again, also at Mango. These are eminently wearable and would work really on an every day basis too.
Buckled boots £49.99 pre discount
More pointy and a mid heel at ASOS - 20% off. I should have more patent in my life I think.
ASOS Revenge Pointed Kitten Heel Chelsea Boots £45 pre discount
Another not vertiginous pair of heels from Clarks and 20% off with the code BELIEVE.
Kendra Shell £85 pre discount
And now for some ringers. These aren't as classic as the others but I do love a pair of statement boots (just in case you hadn't noticed...).
Chie Mihara Ankle boots were £230 now £115
Or... (and most of you will HATE these!) Toga Pulla heeled boots. My best friend has these and they are honestly, truly truly amazing. Look fabulous with a skirt.
Toga Pulla ankle boots were £360 now £180
And of course, the ultimate in ontrend but these will transform old pieces from your wardrobe into a brand new outfit. Mine have rescued many an outfit in the past couple of months. Mine were from Zara but these are even cheaper, especially with the 20% off at ASOS. They don't look as high as mine which makes them even more attractive.
ASOS Easy Going Pointed Fringed Ankle Boots £65
So here we have me in mine yesterday. Lovely afternoon/evening at a Christmas Drinks party. Very relaxed (I had had sequin trousers on but felt I was perhaps peaking too early... maybe I'll bring them out on Wednesday on our girls night out) - silk pussy bow shirt underneath the leather jacket. First time I had worn jeans in almost as long as I can remember. Have to say I didn't love them but it was one of those days when no outfit worked and I had 10 minutes to get ready. I'm just not feeling the blue denim love anymore. At. All.
Hair had completely died after the catastrophic escapade that was rugby in the rain on Sunday morning. Old school bun ring came to the rescue.
Pussy bow blouse - Zara
Jeans - Zara
Margo boots - Sam Edelman
Pleather jacket - ASOS
Fur scarf - New Look
Clutch bag - Coccinelle
So is anyone else feeling completely defeated by the Black Cyber Weekend malarkey? Or even worse, does anyone feel guilted into doing some Christmas Shopping? I still have a stack of things to get for the children (I've got most of the extras but things from their list, I have neglected to touch... Lego Dimensions, trainers, some Nerf gun that you can assemble yourself... I have looked - admittedly not with the hugest amount of effort and I can't see any discounts on any of them. But I did get Fifa 16 *punches air.. goes back to researching clothes*).
On the upside, I think I might be going to Bicester on Wednesday. Sneaky extra trip as someone threw an entire bottle of wine over The Husband on Friday night when he was wearing a white Ralph Lauren shirt. It's cheaper to drive all the way to Bicester to buy another one that it is to pay full price. Of course, I could perhaps spend the rest of the evening looking at Cyber Monday bargains and find one that way.. but a trip to Bicester with friends sounds like a much more exciting option, no? That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it.