Tag: boho

Sales shopping for Spring

Because January sales are no longer confined to January, there’s still the opportunity to pick up some sales bargains well into February and even March. Of course, buying jumpers and woolly hats is a bit daft at this point of the year, but the beauty with online sales is that they tend to contain something for all seasons because retailers just list everything they still have in stock.

I had an email from Forever 21 a couple of weeks back declaring that the more you buy, the more you save (shopaholic logic right there!) so I popped over for a look-see.

The premise was that if you buy 2 things you get 20% off the already reduced sale price, 3 things 30% off, 4 things, 40% off, and 5 things gets 50% off. So half price on items that were already, in many cases, half price.

With that in mind I ordered 22 items!

Unfortunately the discount was capped at 50% off, otherwise F21 would have been paying me to buy their clothes (the dream, right there!) and anyway, they weren’t 22 different items; many of them were duplicates but in different sizes (because we all know how crap high street sizes are, right?)

Much of what came was too short or too low cut (the perils of shopping in a store aimed at people almost half your age!) but I ended up with a few nice things that I’m rather chuffed with.

Faux suede hat – £3.99

faux-suede-hat

Burgundy and blue floral dress – £5.49

forever-21-burgundy-dress

Rust frill sleeve maxi – £7.99 (this does actually need a little bit of “refining” around the bust to make it suitable for wearing a bra with, and I fully expect the husband to ask why I’m wearing a nightie)

forever-21-rust-maxi-dress

Black and cream flares – £2.99 (love these)

forever-21-striped-flares

Bargainous!

In a separate order I had already procured these rather fabulous paisley velvet flares, which you my have seen if you follow me on instagram. Not reduced, not for spring but definitely not worth NOT having!

Forever 21 red paisley velvet flares

I’m definitely erring towards more boho / hippy / 70s purchases right now.

What have you been buying or lusting after? Let me know!

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

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Boohoo blouses

Anyone else hate the word “blouse”? It seems so cringey and ancient and old fashioned. But it’s the best way I can think to describe the tops I’ve recently bought from Boohoo.
So, what is a blouse? In my mind it doesn’t have buttons and is of a slinky fabric, like a crepe or a none naff polyester. Or a crinkly cheesecloth. Or silk (which is just too much of a ballache to look after so tends to sit crumpled up in my washing basket for an age until I get round to doing some handwashing). It’s a pull on style and not fitted. Something floaty and airy. Good for eating. This is how I’m defining blouses in my wardrobe.
Onto my buys. All from Boohoo and all in the sale. Very pleased I am too.

boohoo-high-neck-ladder-stitch-floral-blouse

The ladder stitching down the front and on the sleeves is see through in between, which I realised when I spotted my bra front in a meeting with my sales director this morning! It’s not very noticeable though, and I don’t have much to flash anyway. It fastens at the back of the neck with one of those tiny fiddly buttons, which I didn’t handle very well at 8am today!

 

boohoo-kimono-sleeve-embellished-blouse

 

 

I adore the kimono style sleeves on this one, and the gorgeous clashing colours. It’s quite ethnic in style and pattern, and has some dangling coin decorations and chunky orange beads sewn on.

 

boohoo-cheesecloth-boho-tunic-blouse

 

This, to me, is the ultimate boho blouse – cheesecloth, embroidery and tassels have one quite similar in cream that I’ve worn heaps. Perfect with black skinny jeans and suede boots during colder months, andbattered denim cutoffs and sandals in summer, it’s a timesless style that will never date.

 

Have you been buying anything new recently? Let me know!

Thanks, as always, for reading. x

 

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Holiday buys from H&M

I’m lucky enough to be going on holiday in a couple of weeks (hurrah!) and I can’t wait to escape the British doom and gloom (weather, politics, football – it’s all pretty crap, isn’t it?!) Besides the obvious Brexit shaped elephant in the room, which I’m hoping won’t affect tourist relations, I can’t wait to lie in the Greek sun, eat Greek food and R.E.L.A.X.

Greece

In anticipation, I’ve bought a few cheeky bits and pieces for my sojourn to the sun. In truth I don’t really need any new holiday clothes, but when did that make a difference to anything?!

As usual H&M has come up trumps, with some ace stuff which just so happens to be mega bargainous in their sale too.

This playsuit was reduced from £12.99 to just £4.99. It’s a lovely soft fabric, quality but not too thick, with pockets (everything should have pockets, IMO). H&M patterned playsuit

So I might have bought it in plain black and black and white Aztec print too…

A couple of pairs of shorts – black lace reduced from £12.99 to £5.99, and imitation suede with front patch pockets reduced from £12.99 to £4.49.

These trousers, which the husband immediately screamed “pyjamas” at when I asked his opinion, but I think with a tan, a simple cream vest and loads of silver jewellery these will look suitably boho hippie and not like I’ve escaped from some kind of cult (£14.99 down to £5.99)

H&M mustard yellow hippy trousers

And finally, a new bikini, because holiday (bought as separates – £20.98 down to £10.98)

Mucho bargainous – gotta love the H&M sale!

Have you picked up any bargains recently? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks, as always, for reading!

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Going boho with the Asda George sale

I’m a big fan of boho styling but have veered away from it while my hair has been shorter as it just didn’t really work (that sounds really stupid when I put it into words, but I know what I mean).

Now my locks are getting longer, I feel that hippy dresses and floaty tops suit me again.

As luck would have it, Asda had some perfect bits and pieces in their sale which I snapped up!

Embroidered front tie neck blouse – £8

Asda boho blouse

I’ve worn this with leather look jeans and ankle boots, but it will also be perfect with ripped blue jeans or denim shorts and sandals in the better weather

Crochet trim burgundy patterned swing dress – £8

Asda crochet sleeve dress

I wore this with tights and chunky lace up shoe boots to the pantomime (oh yes I did!) but can’t wait to pair it with bare legs and ankle boots or gladiator sandals in summer. It’s very lightweight and doesn’t need ironing, plus the shape makes it a perfect eating dress!

Totally bargainous!

Have you bought any sale bargains?

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

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Fringe benefits

I love fringing. It’s so carefree. Obviously you have to be careful not to go too far – Texan cowboy or 80s throwback is not a good look! But in moderation, fringing is my friend.

My favourite way to incorporate it into an outfit is in a bag.

I think I’ve blogged about this bag before – in fact this is my 4th one; exactly the same! You can pick them up on ebay for £6 to £10 and they come in various colours. But I always come back to the black.

Fringed bag

It’s my go to bag for outside of work – it dresses down a fancy outfit for when you want to be a bit more casual but looks great with jeans too. It fits in so well with my current 70s/hippie obsession as well.

This bag is from Peacocks. There’s a dearth of the usual High Street shops in my most local town, so I regularly have a wander around Peacocks. Pricewise they’re probably on a par with Primark, maybe a little bit more expensive, but the quality is incomparable, and they often have some nice bits and pieces that you won’t see everyone wearing.

Peacocks fringed bag

Peacocks fringed bag close up

Their website isn’t particularly user friendly, but they do offer free delivery over £30 and free returns to stores (you have to pay if you want to return by post). They also do discounts fairly regularly too, like 20% across the store or £5 off if you spend £30, that kind of thing.

I like that this bag is a mix of leather and suede (both faux, obvs) with a chunky silver chain. It’s smaller than the other fringed bag and doesn’t hold as much, but sometimes that’s a good thing!

I got this waistcoat in the H&M sale, reduced from £29.99 to £9.

H&M fringed waistcoat

H&M fringed waistcoat back

It’s a thick twill fabric with silver embroidery and tassel fringes. You may have spotted it on my weekend post a few weeks back. I think I’ll be wearing this a lot.

Here’s some fringing inspiration.

Fringed v-back festival boho dress

Fringed suede skirt fringed clutch bag

Olive green fedora fringed jacket cut off denim shorts

Black fringed suede jacket black fedora skinny jeans

Fringed western suede beige ankle boots

Fringed tan suede bag with peacock feather trim

(images from pinterest)

Thanks, as always, for reading!

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Autumn inspiration

Despite my protestations and wishing it wasn’t happening, there’s no point hiding away and denying that it’s now autumn.

I managed to stretch “summer” out for most of October, which is better than normal, but with our holiday and the mild weather I haven’t felt the need to really change up my wardrobe, apart from covering my legs more.

But now I’ve packed my summer wardrobe away, the clocks have gone back, and it’s almost November, even I can’t deny it’s autumn any longer!

The one good thing about autumn is different clothes, so here are some pictures of ways I intend to be dressing this autumn.

Drapy tops and cardigans with skinny bottoms

All black

Blanket cardigan and hat

Blanket cardigan and heeled boots

Grey jumpers 

Camel grey and leather

Black leather grey jumper wine trousers

Grey jumper and denim shirt

Maxi skirts

Grey maxi skirt

Leather and maxi dress

Maxi skirt and leather

Stripes and maxi skirt

Mini skirts, thick tights and boots

Mini skirt and boots

Mini skirt and tights

And, of course, leopard print!

Leopard print and coated denim

Leather and leopard print

Leopard print fur coat

(images all courtesy of Pinterest)

On the plus side I already have a lot of these items (or variations of) in my wardrobe, so hopefully I won’t need to buy a lot (I’m sure that won’t stop me though!)

Here are some shots of today’s clothes – my first truly autumnal outfit this year!

Autumn outfit grey top cardigan

Autumn outfit blanket cardigan

Tan fringed bag

Chunky two tone heeled boots

Two tone boots with skinnies

I’d love to hear what you’re wearing into the new season.

Thanks, as always for reading! x

 

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Stretching out summer sales shopping

The good thing bad thing thing about having a holiday later in the year than usual is that you convince yourself it’s still ok to be spending money on summer clothes way after it really makes sense in terms of cost per wear.

Which is how I’ve ended up with these sale purchases.

H&M

Green frill bikini – £10 (bought as separates)

H&M green bikini top H&M green bikini bottoms

Jersey dresses – £4 each! Not worth NOT buying

H&M blue sundress H&M striped dress

Black bandeau maxi dress – a staple (£9). I like the way this bags over at the waist, it’s more flattering for eating!

H&M black beandeau dress

Patterned dress – £9

H&M patterned dress

Wide leg heavy jersey 3/4 trousers – £5

H&M black wide trousers

New Look

Bell sleeve chiffon layered boho dress – £9

New look dress

Ironically, the weather forecast for Italy next week really isn’t that good! So I may not even get to wear some of this stuff after all (and I’m currently in the process of buying kagouls so we can still go out sightseeing if it rains).

The injustice!

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My final Boohoo bargains

So you’ve seen my Boohoo jewellery, and you’ve seen my Boohoo flares (swoon!) Here’s the round up of the rest of my purchases from the sale.

Boho laid back hippiness with this viscose top. The colours are vibrant without being OTT. This will definitely come to Italy with me. It needs a tight fitting bottom (oo-er) to balance out the voluminous-ness.
 Boohoo bright boho tunic top
Boohoo bright boho tunic top 2
Pointed assymetric heels. I’ve been after a pair of black shoes like this for ages but they’re either not quite pointed enough, or not quite high enough. These are perfect. And a very purse friendly £10.
Boohoo black pointed heels
Boohoo black pointed heels 2
Grey studded belt. I love the heavy buckle detail on this. £4.
Grey Boohoo belt
And finally, a totally unseasonal and, some might say, daft purchase is this coat. It’s not thick or heavy, in fact it’s not lined – it’s more like a soft felt blanket in a dressing gown shape. But I love it. It’s very glamorous and flattering and draped. Will be cool worn with all black in winter.
Boohoo mocha wrap coat 2
Boohoomocha wrap coat
Not that I want to even think about winter right now!
 
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Some more sale buys

Here are some of the things I’ve been buying from various places over recent weeks, collated into what looks like a rather greedy list, when I put it all together!

Cheesecloth boho top – F&F

Tesco F&F boho blouse

This is my current favourite item. I love it! I love the tassel neck tie, I love the sleeve width and length, I love that it’s crinkly cheesecloth that you can just wash and wear. And I love that I also got 20% off the £16 price tag. With a pair of battered denim shorts it’s the ideal summer outfit.

Speaking of battered denim shorts…
Falmer mid blue denim shorts – Matalan

Matalan Falmer denim shorts

My perfect denim shorts. I find they tend to be either too snug, or too short, or too long. These are ideal; they sit on the hips, are the perfect colour blue and come pre-distressed. £14 well spent (I think I had 20% off as well).

Tan heeled sandals – Deichmann

Deichmann tan heeled sandals

These were a bargainous £8 in Deichmann’s half price sale (a shop that’s definitely worth a look at – they have some crap but the odd gem pops up). I like these with turned up tatty boyfriend jeans; the contrast between laid back and dressed up really works for me.

Boyfriend jeans and tan heels

They’re not leather, but they are mega mega comfy (in fact I’m wearing them today and they’re like slippers. If slippers had heels and peep toes)

Little Mistress midi skirt – Dorothy Perkins

Little Mistress stripe skirt

I had a Carrie Bradshaw moment when I put this skirt on. It makes me want to twirl! It was half price in the DP sale; reduced from £50 to £25. Husband said it looks like something his Mom would wear (I’ve known his Mom for 10 years, and no way!) and I don’t have anywhere to wear it but I can’t let it go. It was all packed up ready to be returned and I retrieved it last minute. Too pretty (and pretty classic too). I’m thinking black Bardot top and black heeled sandals. Luckily enough, I have both!

Black and white stripe dress – New Look

New Look stripe dress

Another one I have no occasion for. Oops. But it was only £15 and is so lovely! One of my very first blog posts was about buying bargains when you see them so you don’t have to go hunting when an occasion arises. Well so far I have a plethora of bargains and sod all places to go! So I think I’ll try dressing this one down and wearing it that way. Or just dress it right up and prance around the supermarket like a loon.

Tooled leather belt – New Look

New look tan tooled leather beltNew Look tooled leather belt

My previous tan jeans belt is getting a bit tight (or rather I’m getting a bit bigger – I’d like to say it’s because I’m wearing my jeans lower than when I bought the belt but that would be a lie). This one was reduced to £7 in the New Look sale and has small metal studs and a silver buckle (silver…hurrah…be gone gold hardware!)

Lace and feather print scarf – New Look

New look multi lace print scarf New Look multi lace print scarf

I like the colours, I like the mix of patterns, I like the £4 price tag. Done. Wore it at Download as the Sunday felt more like March than June <<insert grumble about British summertime here>>

Ah, I do love the sales!

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Sucked in by the H&M sale

I say “sucked in” like I had no choice. In truth I can’t resist a sale email. The minute I receive one I’m scrabbling to hit the website so I don’t miss out on all the stuff I don’t really need. And H&M does give good sale. Hats off to it – the reductions are usually pretty substantial and they have some decent stuff in as well, not just last season’s tat (although in store is usually another story). Here’s what I bought.

Jersey mini skirts

H&M stripe mini skirtH&M lycra mini skirt

At £4 a pop or less these were a no brainer. Easy to wear, they’re my alternative to a loose dress for summer work days – chuck on a baggy tunic top and sandals and you’re good to go.

V-back bell sleeve lace top

H&M lace top H&M lace top

I’ve always had a thing for bell sleeves – I used to have a green lace shirt that I wore tied at the midriff back when I had less midriff (whistful music playing in background). Anyway, this obviously needs something underneath, so I wore a plain black bandeau and teamed it with my Coachella for H&M fringed skirt. Lovely summery festivally boho-y(?) vibes.

Sleeveless frill top

H&M frill top

Ooh, this is a beaut. Long enough to team with leggings to hide VPL or camel toe, it has a small metal fastening at the neck and that lovely waterfall frill. I’m thinking leather trousers and spiky heels. Not in this weather though, obvs. I might buy the pinky colour too.

Cream patterned shorts

H&M patterned twill shorts

These weren’t in the sale per se, but I did nab them with 30% off so that counts. I first saw them on Lisa’s blog and liked the look of them. They have lots of colours in which makes them easy to match with stuff. I wore them with a tan coloured 3/4 sleeve baggy top and studded beige biker boots to offset the amount of leg they show, what with me not being 21 anymore. They might also work with a denim shirt, but that would need some investigation.

Stone suede boots

H&M suede biker boots

Be still my beating heart! Actual real suede (most of my shoedrobe is “faux” as I’m a quantity over quality kind of girl), these have “stand on me” written all over them. I fear for them getting trashed and as such may impose an exclusion zone when I’m wearing them. The ever elusive silver hardware too. Lush.

In truth I didn’t need any of it. But can I live without it? No!

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