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On Trend Bargains

Styling Tip for today…don’t spend too much on on-trend pieces, as often they can be worn this season but do not carry well into another.  Thankfully over recent seasons we have seen many trends stick around, moving smoothly into the next season with an added touch, but ultimately meaning we can re-wear and still keep up with the trends.

Our wardrobe is generally filled with a mixture of basics, workwear, dressy and casual styles, and a selection of pieces that were bought on a whim, fitting in with a seasonal trend, but that we no longer really wear.

My worst shopping habit is that I never plan to buy.  I am that person who buys things on a whim – but as soon as I buy, I integrate the piece into my wardrobe (labels straight off and worn the next day!!).  I am proud to say I have worn everything in my wardrobe at least three times (many pieces have been worn hundreds of times *see my 15 year old shirt on Instagram;) ).  I also do not spend a lot of money on any one piece, I often seem to get lucky with my purchases.

And so to a few on trend pieces introduced to my wardrobe over the last month or so.

First up…my new trainers, bought in the Next Outlet minutes before our movie was about to begin in the Omniplex;)  I eyed up the Stan Smith version when they first came out but I didn’t have a place for them in my wardrobe then, so paying over £70 just wasn’t worth it.  I recently saw them on a pre-loved site I follow for £50 but still couldn’t do it.  They are a velcro close, something I knew I may fall out of love with.  So at £10 (from the Next Outlet), I happily made a brand compromise!

Next, my new trousers.  Wide legged trousers have always been a favourite of mine, even though I spend most of my time now in skinnies.  So whenever they are revived on the catwalks, I happily pick them up.  But these are sports luxe so have to be carefully styled.  These are also from Next and purchased on the sale for £12!

Worn dressy with my Gucci style loafers (bought in Topshop for £7 in the New Year sale).

Or casual with one of my favourite printed t-shirts made by local designer, Gordon Donaldson.

And finally for now, on a wander around Forestside I dandered into Warehouse to have a look at their final sale items (always look out for this sign!).  I noticed this cold shoulder top, the perfect transitional piece as the weather brightens up.  Marked down to £8, an extra 20% off.  A bargain!  You may notice in the photo that the straps are a little long for me (I am quite short between neck and bust) but this didn’t stop the purchase – a quick stitch will easily fix this!

Any bargains you have got lucky with recently?


Style Me If You Can

I’m getting the excuses in first!! I am hoping you will empathise as you are probably feeling the same – how busy is life at the moment?!  Nevermind the exhaustion of work (counting down to the holidays!!), but also the list writing, shopping, present wrapping, and of course the Christmas festivities and resulting lack of sleep!

Hence the posts have lost their regular slot.  In fact I haven’t even been functioning like a fashion blogger and have taken no selfies and am still to report back on my final Christmas outfit!  Apologies:)

But for now, I’m giving you a quick styling post.

On Saturday I was wandering the shops, browsing for final pieces to add to presents.  I approached the till where I faced a few dilemmas.  Firstly, the store had a great promotion – choose a card at random and receive either 15% or 25% discount.  Of course I choose the 15%.  I nearly set the items on the desk and left – why take 15% when you can have 25%?? But I persevered, and went to pay with my 15% off.  Secondly, I spotted a girl at the till beside.  She was buying a little casual dress at only £22.  I was intrigued as the shop assistant told her ‘I’m really glad you bought that dress, it really suits you’.  I had to get a closer look, something had drawn me in.  I found the dress on the rail, took it to the changing room and then to the till to buy.  I knew already how I would style this little number!  The next morning I tried the dress on, with the planned additions, and it looked distinctly average.  So I bagged it up again ready for return.

And to the moral of this story – a few style tips!

  • Discounts are great – but how much value does the item really hold for you?
  • No matter how much you like an item, if it doesn’t work, don’t buy it!
  • Just because it suits someone else, doesn’t mean it will suit you.
  • Return if you are not happy!!
  • And finally, I bought the dress in a bigger size than I normally wear because of the style – this is okay!  Do not be put of by numbers, every shop and every style is different.  But feel free to cut the label off when you get home;)

Now, back to shopping for others, meanwhile, I will get working on my outfit post as promised.  Oh, and I have a great ‘One Thing’ for you too!  I promise these will be up before (the end of) the weekend!


What to wear??

After listening to weather reports over the weekend, I knew this unbelievable sunshine would soon be disappearing. I checked my two weather apps, hoping that someone somewhere might just have got it wrong, but alas, the same message was heard. And then I woke up.

Monday morning – coffee, then library. As I opened the window, the wind blew through so I opted for my boyfriend jeans, white t-shirt and statement necklace. But while drying my hair, the sun appeared to be squeezing out through the clouds, quick change, midi skirt, embellished vest top and denim shirt. By coffee time, the denim shirt was removed. By home time, the shorts and bikini top were on again. As I prepare this post, the whole bikini is on!

So the dilemma exists, when the weather is so changeable from cloud and wind, to sun and muggy air, what do you wear??

My vote – floaty things and layers. So instead of the pencil skirt, choose the one that let’s the air circulate, rather than the pumps, choose the sandals, add on the light jacket which can easily be thrown in the bag without fear of a wrinkle!

Now at this point I could direct you back to vote for me in The Matalan Style Project😉 but instead, I’ll direct you towards a few choices I’ve seen while supermarket shopping. After all, you don’t want to spend a huge budget, this weather can’t last forever, can it?!


Bolero Knitted Shrug – Tu at Sainsbury’s £20
Cutwork Camisole – F&F at Tescos £12
Spot Print Chiffon Camisole – F&F at Tescos £12
Colour Block Shirt – Tu at Sainsbury’s £22
Aztec Trim Denim Shirt – George at Asda £14
Plain Ruffle Shell Top – Tu at Sainsbury’s £12
Contrast Piped Sleeveless Blouse – F&F at Tesco £12


Formal Belted Shorts – George at Asda £10
Jersey Denim Skater Skirt – F&F at Tesco £16
Cutwork Hem Skirt – F&F at Tesco £14
Broderie Anglaise Skirt – George at Asda £14


Animal Print Hareem Trousers – George at Asda £8


Floral Print Playsuit – George at Asda £16
Moda Dobby Jumpsuit – George at Asda £18


Stella Morgan Lace Print Skater Dress – F&F at Tesco £15
Tassel Maxi Dress – George at Asda £18
True Monochrome Print Maxi Dress – F&F at Tesco £20

Long may the sunshine continue, but while the weather is interchangeable, what will you be wearing?


Bargain Hunt!

I love a bargain – and they are generally easy enough to find if you have the time to shop around.

My friend needed a new handbag so she gave me a quick description of her preferences and off I went to do the shopping around! Now the problem was, she had seen an original bag in a market which she loved, but wasn’t prepared to pay the price. Getting straight online, I hunted through over 10000 bags (even I was getting a little tired after 9000) and created a little collage of options for her to browse – a range of designs, sizes and colours to meet her needs.

20140506-232043.jpg Handbag, style that works for you

The narrowed down, final option selection!

A few days later she was wandering through her local shopping centre and found the perfect alternative at a much more reasonable price. The lesson – don’t just buy because it’s what you want right now, alternatives are out there, it just takes a little research and a hunt.  A few tips for those of us on a budget – shop where there are loyalty benefits, or look for those investment pieces when there is a sale on or an instore discount on offer.  And if you don’t want to go it alone, get your Personal Stylist on the case;)