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Sale away

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Sales are a blessing and a curse. I’m sure you have been in some of the below scenarios as many times as I have:

Blessing: find something super awesome that you wanted for ages but you couldn’t afford full price.

Curse: find something super awful that you try on because it’s a ‘bit different’. Buy in a frenzy of ‘out-there-ness’. Put at back of closet and never look at it again.

Blessing: Try on something that you liked but hadn’t dared to try on before because it was out of your price range and you might really love it. It fits a treat, wear forever and a day.

Curse: Try something on in a size above/below your actual size because you really, really like it and are determined to have it. Convince yourself it sort of fits. Buy. Put at back of closet and every time you try it on, remind yourself of the money you wasted on it because it doesn’t fit.

Blessing: Find some great wardrobe staples from better quality labels at high street prices.

Curse: Buy something that is ‘on trend’ at the moment, but is a fad and the reason it’s in the sale is that no one will be wearing it in a month’s time. (Macrame and tie dye, I’m looking at you.)

So. I have hit the sales recently and in a valliant and conscious bid not to waste my hard-earned on any ‘cursed’ items, I think I’ve done rather well. (Gloat, gloat.) Here goes.

1. Safari shirt dress

Totally loved this safari dress from Oasis when I saw it, but tut-tut they are so naughty with their full-priced stuff sometimes – they definitely overcharge on most items I find. I’m a bit of a ‘lining-pedant’. If an item is over a certain amount of money and isn’t lined I refuse to buy it on principle.

This shirt dress (a freaking wardrobe classic) was originally £65 and WAS NOT LINED! I declined to buy, on the basis that it wasn’t worth the money. Imagine my delight at finding it in the sale for £27, which made me less bothered about the whole lining thing. That’s a bit more like it, isn’t it Oasis?

Verdict: Sometimes its worth holding out when you like something but it ain’t worth the RRP. (P.S. this has been reduced to £20 since.)

2. Leather handbag

I’ve needed a new handbag for a LONG time. My current one I bought about five years ago and I have used it pretty much every day since then, and it is hanging on by a thread! I trawled the online catacombs of John Lewis and happened upon several Radley bags I liked. Now, traditionally Radley had been the leather-based stomping ground of the conservative and slightly older lady, but they have brought me around with this Christa handbag. Full price: £169. Sale price: £84.50.

Verdict: Some bags on the high street cost this much full price and aren’t real leather. If I use it every day for the next 5 years, that’s a pays-per-wear figure of  5p. Investment.

3. Decent underscroggins

I need not tell you that when it comes to underwear you get what you pay for. But a good underwear set can cost you £40 right off the bat. By the time you’ve bought a black one, a lace one, a t-shirt one, a nude one you’ve spent £200 without even realising! That is why I will always invest time in searching the sales for underwear. T’is always a bit hit and miss – often you’ll find they have limited sizes left, or you’ll find the bra in your size but the bottoms in sizes 6 or 26 only. But it’s worth the metaphorical rummage to get good underscrogs for more reasonable prices.

I bought this funky animal print set from the Caprice lingerie range on ASOS. Whole set cost me £19. The original price of the bra alone was £24, so that is a full on bargain as I see it (the whole set full price would have cost £38)

Verdict: Worth spending some time to grab yourself a bargain – but getting good fitting underwear is important, so don’t be wooed by the saving, and only keep it if it fits your brits a treat.

So there you have it! Take my advice: brave the sales intelligently; grab some bargains; regain the respect of your bank manager.

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Lady in (deep) red

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Anyone else noticed how burgundy is having a bit of a moment? It makes me very happy as it is a shade of red that my pale little complexion can handle!

So make like Jessica Rabbit and grab yourself a little red dress! (Dying hair ginger and marrying a cartoon character optional.)

How cute is this Pink Boutique polka shift? This is one for petite girls: anyone with a large bust or a boyish figure will not be left flattered by this baby. Bonus is that it’s only £25 at Dorothy Perkins. Too cute! It was sat right next to this burgundy lace number too – another bargain at £26. Loving you right now, Dorothy Perkins. Last of the shorties is this amazing mesh dress from Warehouse – loving the bodice detail. Christmas party anyone? This is great for pears or boyish figures – skimming hips on one and giving waist detail to the other. Slightly more expensive at £75, but look at the pretty!

Burgundy nails the colour palettes of AW style – it’s going to look great with all the creams and navies and browns that are de rigueur right now. So slap one of these babies with your cuddly knits and thick tights in your day wardrobe.

Nailing the 70s trend, this pussy bow shift is ace (and may well make it into my work wardrobe!) – £60 at Warehouse. Love the dipped hem of this Rare dress at Topshop, and is a bargain at £34. Chunky tights and laced ankle boots will set this off a treat. Finally, this 40s shirt dress from Motel is super cute, and nails the midi trend too. Grab one from motelrocks.com for £52. They’re offering £10 credit when you sign up to the newsletter too – I think Jessica Rabbit would agree that it would be rude not to.

You know how much I love a print, so I had to include these two in the post – I’ve made the images a bit bigger so you can see the detail a bit better. Loving the bird print on this £65 silky little Warehouse dress. Big pants required just in case for that hemline though, I fancy. Finally, what would happen if two of my faves got together and had a secret love child? This leopard print baby is what – the HoF makes sweet sweet love to leopard print and gives us this amazing Maggie and Me dress for just forty of our English pounds.

Enjoy being a lady in (deep) red…x

As my purse gently weeps

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Yes, I’ve been buying things. But they are for work, so it doesn’t count right?

I confess, I bought the navy trousers from Topshop – which I was pleasantly surprised fitted me as I’m normally a between-sizer when it comes to Toppers. Well done them.

I also bought the black midi skirt from H&M from my previous post about their dressing room thingie on their website. It turns out that on my 5’10” frame that the midi skirt is an on-the-knee skirt, but that’s ok! It’s more 50s than 70s, but I can roll with that. Looks great with peep toe courts! Plus there was a lovely 25% off, meaning it was only £14.99 (bargain), which I managed to get from signing up to their newsletter. I thoroughly recommend it – http://www.hm.com/gb/newsletter

Speaking of money off, our friends ASOS are offering 20% of all ASOS branded clothes online to celebrate London Fashion Week, plus free delivery with the code HAPPYLFW. I may or may not have used it to buy this dress and these booties

Unfortunately the dress didn’t fit properly so that has been sent back, but I had hiiigh hopes for the platforms, not least of all because I need them to be able to wear the flared jeans I blogged about a couple of weeks ago! And they didn’t disappoint! They are totally awesome, but do make me about 6’1″ but that’s all good with me 🙂 (Ok, so the boots aren’t for work, and neither is the other thing I bought…)

My final little treat was this awesome leopard jumper from Warehouse – I am very picky about my leopard prints, and frankly for a long time, leopard prints have been nothing short of CRAP! But I loves this jumper – a little on the pricey side at £38, but oh well.

I will be teaming this baby up with these awesome berry coloured Baxter jeans, £40 from Toppers, come payday, plus a nice white or cream peter pan top like this £10 chappy from Next underneath the jumper to nail an edgy-preppy look!

My purse needs a bandage on it for sure!