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Dis-Count dracula

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I, of course, am signed up to receive many fashion alerts to make sure that I can benefit from some lovely, lovely discounts (it’s a way of pacifying my debit card “It’s ok, Visa, it’s not full price.”)

And recently, I can’t help but notice that a stack load of places are offering some natty online discounts – as it’s coming close to Christmas it doesn’t take a genius to work out why, but hey, I’m all for buying some little pre-Christmas presents for my wardrobe!

So I have taken these discounts and then found one item from each store that I would use the discount on:

New Look

Offer: 20% off with code NOVNL55

The magpie in me is loving the sequin trend hitting up the shops, and hey, we all need a spangley wee dress for a Christmas party, right? So I’ve chose this baby:

Don’t overdo this dress, the sequins and low back speak for themselves. A pair of opaque black tights and some black heels will make you look like you have legs up to *here*.

Fashion maths: Gold teardrop sequin dress: £39.99 – 20% = £31.99. Nice.

Peacocks

Offer: up to 20% off everything (no code required)

So Peacocks is not normally a shop I frequent, but with the uber-stylish Daisy and Pearl Lowe hitting the rails with their range, I have become better acquainted with the store. They are offering a lovely 20% off across most of their stock online. Huzzah. Here is a wicked checked shift:

A classic white shirt underneath and maybe even a beret (if you’re feeling a bit saucy) will set this off a treat. Avoid knee socks or you’ll look like a school girl!

Fashion maths: Checked shift dress: £25 – 20% = £20. Bargainous.

Warehouse

Offer: 20% off with the code 25WRAF

I am loving the studding and turn ups on these lovely jeans from Ware. And 20% off never goes astray in Warehouse.

Plonk on a pair of killer shoe boots and a band tee and you’re ready to rock some socks off.

Fashion maths: Studded turn up jeans: £60 – 20% discount = £48.

Oasis

Offer: 20% off with the code 20NOV2011

Lookie lookie at these awesome high waisted shorts from Oasis. Normally a shop I would go in for workwear, but as discussed in a previous post, SHORTS ARE NOT FOR WORK! But these checked high waisted lovelies are definitely for play:

Get comfy and cosy by teaming with a nice snuggly arran or cable knit jumper, a big wooly hat (bobble optional) and some thick tights. Snug as a very stylish bug in a lush rug.

Fashion maths: High waisted shorts with belt: £40 – 20% discount = £32. That is def keeping me warm.

So, they are my top tips, but there are these places also offering discounts are:

Gap – 30% off with the code GAPSAVE30
Dorothy Perkins – 30% off most of their range (no discount code required)
Wallis – up to 30% off online (no discount code required)
Accessorize – 25% off with the code ACCNOV25%AF
Ted Baker – 20% off with the code TED2IFJB7
Kurt Geiger – 25% off with the code WRAPUP

GET SHOPPING!

I got love for you if you were born in…

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…the 80s, the 80s.

I have conjured up an outfit that I want want want in my fashion mind. It’s sort of a toned down 80s look (for toned down read ‘not neon’). Fear not fashion friends, the cycling short is not coming back and I will not be wearing a visor.

But I’ve gone and fallen a*se over t*t for Illustrated People’s range of sweatshirts (available at Topshop). Look, look at these little beauties! They range from £40-50, dependent on the style, but I would very much like one of these (BUT WHICH ONE?!)

 

Once I’ve actually managed to make a decision on which one to buy, I had a little thunk in my head that I would wear them with some cut off shorts and black tights. And it just so happens that (after being sucked in by a 25% off voucher) I am currently waiting for these beauts from H&M – £19.99 without a discount – to come in the post:

As soon as I got the idea in my head about the sweater/short combo I spent ages thinking of an appropriate shoe to put with it. And then it came to me. You can’t get more 80s retro cool than a pair of high tops. It’s going to be another tough choice, as I have found all these  and yet again, I am struggling to choose!

Left to right – Adidas Attitude Mid ST (£52 at Adidas online); Converse AS hi ii (£48 at Schuh); Vans Callie hi (£60 at Kates Skates); and Adidas Honey Mid Stripes (£47 at Schuh)

Little help??? x

In love with the Hof

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No, not hairy baywatch adonis and crime-fighting, borderline autophile David Hasselhoff, I’m talking about the other HoF: namely House of Fraser.

Now, generally I tend to avoid department stores for two reasons:

  1. Beautiful clothes, but at prices that make my debit card need counselling.
  2. The ever present danger of stealth attack from a ninja beauty counter worker with a perfume atomiser.

But I’ve just been up to Manchester to see one of my besties, and she works in House of Fraser, which we duly paid a trip to in the ritual shopping trip that always happens when we see each other.

After administering a mild tranquiliser to my purse as a precautionary measure, I was advised that, when it comes to women’s clothes in this department store, the higher up the floor, the more expensive the clothes.

Naturally then, I stayed on the first floor.

So, you might ask, what delights did I come upon in the HoF?

First of all, I found this Vivienne Westwood-a-like cut jacket by label Maggie and Me. They seem to only have the grey version online, but I bought it in black for £45. Not bad for a classic black jacket. I happened to try it on with these amazing indigo flared jeans (AW11 – 70s style baby, get involved!) by Therapy, also £45. You can’t see so well from the picture, but these are monster flares – you get a lot of fabric for your money! Voila, I had an outift. So I bought them both!

My bestie is in love with another label sold at the HoF – namely Label Lab. She gets staff discount on this stuff (lucky biatch) but without such a discount, I’m afraid that Label Lab was a tad too expensive for me. They do have some awesome pieces though, and I tried on this funky cyber-print dress, which I may have to buy on my next payday, £49 in the sale, reduced from £70.

I also liked, but somehow failed to try on, this tie-dyed sheer shirt for £30 from other great independent label Vila. My super-stylish friend, of course, already had it and I’m sure she wouldn’t mind me saying that she had teamed it up with a white vest top (I’m sure we all own one like this Topshop one, £6) and bleached cut off shorts, like these Vero Moda jobbies(also available at HoF for £28) and looked achingly/enviously cool.

Needless to say, now I have experienced the HoF once more, and have an insider to let me know about all the latest drops, I’ll be keeping my eye on this little fishy a lot more… x