Tag: New Look

Ever heard of women’s clothes retailer Tobi?

No? Me either…until they got in touch and asked if I’d like them to send me 3 items of clothes and style them my way. I thought about it for all of 0.3 milliseconds before snapping their hand off!

Tobi is based in the US but they offer free international delivery taking 8-9 working days. It does mean waiting a little longer for your order than you you may be used to when shopping online, but a bit of pre-planning should help to avoid any disappointment.

So, what did I go for?

Firstly these floral jersey flares.

I’m a big fan of easy to wear statement trousers and these definitely fall into that category. They’re pull on style with an elasticated waist and a pleasingly flarey flare! These trousers will work for year round wear (except on rainy days, no-one needs a soggy hem!); I’ll add wedges and a loose vest top in summer, and ankle boots and a jumper in winter. For in betweeny days, a denim jacket will be perfect too.

Tobi floral flares outfit

Clockwise, from left: Tobi floral flares, New Look crochet hem vest top, Matalan crochet shoulder bag, H&M denim jacket, New Look pink suedette wedges.

My second choice item is these leather look flared trousers (a bit of a theme here!) I have some faux leather trousers, and some coated leather look skinnies which I love, so I thought a different cut would be a good idea to add into my wardrobe. Unfortunately they’re not very long in the leg, so wearing super high heels (which would be my preference) is out of the question (I can’t stand to see a short flare with a high heel), but a pair of cuban heel western style boots and a print tee will also work well.

Tobi flared leather look trousers outfit

Clockwise, from left: Tobi leather look flares, H&M (men’s) skull print tee, eBay red fringed bag, Office ponyskin leopard print boots

The final item I was sent by Tobi is this gorgeous wine coloured flowing fabric dress. I was thinking this would be beautiful for summer holidays, but it’s unfortunately very short on me (and I’m not that tall, I’m 5ft 6 inches) so I’ll be wearing it as a tunic top instead. I’m thinking it would be great with a pair of wet look leggings and some statement heels for a night out, or maybe dressed down over battered denim shorts in summer.

Tobi cold shoulder dress outfit

Clockwise, from left: Tobi cold shoulder dress, River Island leather look leggings, ASOS embellished clutch, ASOS ankle strap sandals.

*These items were sent to me free of charge by Tobi, Opinions and styling ideas are my own.

Thanks, as always, for reading!

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January sales round up

I don’t know about you, but for me the January sales have lost a lot of the appeal they once held, because it seems like High Street stores always have some kind of offer, discount or sale and so you don’t feel like you have to hold out until after Christmas to pick up a bargain.

In fact even the term January sales is now a misnomer, because most sales start before Christmas, or at least on Boxing Day, which is still firmly December on my calendar.

Not that I’m complaining…!

In years gone by I’d have stocked up on dresses, jackets and funky shoes for my office wear wardrobe, but now I work at a company with a casual dress code there’s no need for that kind of attire in my wardrobe. So now I probably shop less buy fewer things than before.

Here’s what I’ve acquired in this year’s sales.

New Look

Je T’aime t-shirt – £3

Red Je Taime tshirt

Teal velvet t-shirt – £6

New Look teal velvet tshirt

Burgundy floral flare sleeve dress – £7

New Look floral flare sleeve dress

H&M

Orange chiffon dress – £6.99

Orange chiffon dress

Jersey leopard print trousers – £4.89

Leopard print jersey trousers

Khaki lightening strike top – £8.99

Lightening khaki top

Dorothy Perkins

Floral velvet platform boots – £12

Dorothy Perkins floral velvet boots

Black floral boots – £10

Dorothy Perkins floral boots

Of course I have been buying other stuff too, but technically purchases from Everything 5 Pounds barely count, right?

What have you been buying? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks, as always, for reading. x

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September summer buys

Every year, 31st August makes me sad. As much as I try to deny it, I know it signifies the end of summer.

Come 1st September I develop a sense of bullishness that NO, it’s is STILL summer, and I definitely WILL NOT give in to pre-ordained seasons and the associated expectations, and I will damn well WEAR MY SANDALS.

The last couple of years I’ve taken it a step further, not only wearing sandals but actively still buying them, as though this extra step will in some way push back Mother Nature and her creeping leaf changing and temperature drops. And this year is no exception.

Since getting back from holiday I’ve bought not one but 3 new pairs of sandals! Yep, while most women are getting excited about new season clothes and counting down the hours to pumpkin latte o’clock I’m still buying summer sandals, baring my toes and pretending that we’re heading towards high summer, not the depths of winter.

So, here they are!

Silver crackle lace up gladiator sandals – Everything 5 Pounds

Everthing 5 Pounds silver gladiator sandals

Camo cork sole flatforms – Everything 5 Pounds

Everything 5 Pounds camo flatform sandals

Purple pom pom lace up sandals – eBay

Purple pom pom sandals

This year, for good measure, I’ve also bought some summer dresses, because why not!

Red flounce sundress – H&M

H&M red frill sundress

Snakeskin 2 layer sundress – H&M

H&M snakeskin jersey dress

Blue flounce dress – New Look

New Look blue frill flounce dress

Do you try and cling on to summer? Or are you firmly in the “bring on autumn” camp?

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

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New Look sale buys

I may have just bought a new house and committed to all the extra outgoings associated therein, but I still cant resist a sale email. Damn you New Look. Damn you!

Or, if you look at the cuteness I’ve bagged for not much money, bless you New Look. Bless you!

Mustard floral flared sleeve blouse – £6New Look yellow floral top

Pink velvet t-shirt – £6

New Look pink crushed velvet tshirt

Black & white suede touch zebra courts – £8

New Look zebra print shoes

NASA t-shirt – £6

New Look NASA tshirt

Multi hoop earrings – £1.25

New Look silver hoop earrings

Black coated/leather look midi pencil skirt – £10

New Look black coated pencil skirt

Black tulle hanky hem skirt – £10

New Look black tulle skirtI’ll be found wearing all my fancy new clothes in my garden drinking tap water to save money, ha ha!!

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

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Just call me Carrie!

When I was younger I was a bit of a party girl, and had a wardrobe full of clothes to match – dresses, skimpy tops, shoes, handbags, the lot.

Later, as my lifestyle changed (and I got older, sob!) I stopped buying those kind of clothes because I didn’t have any need for them anymore.

In my previous job, which was quite corporate, I would dress to suit the environment in shift dresses, jackets and funky shoes, with big oversized bags so I could fit my computer in without having to carry an ugly laptop bag.

Then, when I left and started my current job in a casual office, I got rid of that part of my wardrobe as I had no need for it.

These days I’m all about buying things I’ll wear and that fit my lifestyle.

Apart from sometimes.

Sometimes being this skirt.

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It’s so SATC and Carrie Bradshaw that I couldn’t not have it. It’s so pretty! I don’t care if I never wear it, and it just hangs on my wardrobe door forever. At a measly £10 in the New Look sale it would be stupid to return it, no? (shopaholic logic right there!)

Have you had any too good to miss sale bargains? Let me know!

Thanks, as always, for reading. x

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A few cheer up buys from the New Look sale

I’ve had a (very) little spend and picked up a few (really) nice bits in the New Look online sale. Now, in no way am I saying that buying stuff to cheer me up makes up for losing my Dad, obvs. But at times of sadness it’s important to still be able to find happiness in things – even if that thing is a handbag!

Beaded clutch bag. Love this. Check out the pony skin leopard print in the middle section. £19.99 reduced to £9.

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Faux fur collar. This will be great over my leather jacket in colder weather. It fastens with a frog clasp to keep it together at the bottom so it won’t fall off. £9.99 reduced to £3.

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“Camo” skinnies. These are very very subtle camo, which I like. The front zip pockets add an interesting touch. £27.99 reduced to £8.

Sales are funny things aren’t they? Most places have a constant sale section these day especially online. And with those pearls of wisdom (!!) I’ll bid you adieu.

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

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My weekend in pictures

Hey, how was everyone’s weekend? I had quite a busy one, with two Mother’s Day celebrations, and a night out for a friend’s birthday. As a result I’m rather jaded and tired today – roll on hometime!

On Saturday afternoon we went to a pub about half an hour drive from us, called the Warwickshire Lad, with my Mother in Law for lunch. She’s not big on Mother’s Day, and doesn’t like doing anything on the day itself, so Saturday afternoon was ideal. It seemed a few people had the same idea.

The pub is both traditional and contemporary inside; lots of wooden beams and a big original fireplace mix well with sunny windows and big mirrors for a really spacious and bright feel. The menu is a mix of good solid pub grub and gastropub specials.

I went for honey glazed duck breast with rum and blackcherry sauce and new potatoes. The duck was cooked perfectly, not too pink, a bit of crispiness to the skin and succulent and juicy meat. The sauce was subtle; no over riding flavour of either rum or cherry, but it was sweet and not too thick.

Duck with rum and blackcherry sauce

The husband went for Fillet Steak Boston,. which he was incredibly excited about (steak, scallops and whisky sauce; all box tickers for him) but unfortunately it didn’t quite deliver – the steak was medium to well done, rather than medium as requested, and the sauce lacked flavour. A bit disappointing for a £20 main course.

What wasn’t disappointing was my new most bargainous dress – just £6 from the New Look sale! It has bell sleeves, which I love, and a pleasingly swishy skirt. I matched it with tan suede boots and a tan fringed bag.

Looking forward to the weather being warmer and being able to bust this out with bare legs and sandals.

On Saturday night we went to a rock bar in town. I debuted my new Collection Lasting Colour lipstick, which actually isn’t new at all – I bought it months and months ago after seeing it on Holly’s blog (Closing Winter) but haven’t got round to wearing it.

Collection Aubergine Kiss lipstick

Aubergine Kiss lipstick

It’s called Aubergine Kiss and is much darker in real life – a deep black cherry which is very vampy and gothic.

I also wore my new tassel jacket, which is frickin’ awesome, and received many compliments (as well as a description of a gothic Big Bird from Sesame Street!). It was, believe it or not, from Tesco, and reduced to just £20.

F&F tassel jacket

There’s no way I couldn’t keep it. It’s actually the same fabric as my feathery skirt from H&M, but don’t worry, I won’t be wearing them together!

Sunday morning loomed too quickly and I was feeling somewhat delicate, but had to pull myself together to celebrate Mothers Day with my own Mom. She and my sister came over, I cooked baked lamb and potatoes (so much yum) and we drank lots of wine, took lots of selfies and laughed a lot.

A most enjoyable Sunday afternoon and evening.

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

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Jewellery bargains from New Look

I’m a big fan of costume jewellery as a cheap treat and a way to jazz up your look, but I’ve noticed that a lot of High Street stores, even the more affordable ones like New Look, are getting quite expensive lately.

On the plus side, at sale time there are usually some considerable discounts which means bargains galore!

I picked these beauties up in the January sale online – all 3 items for less than a fiver.

Purple stone ring – £1

Layered feather necklace – £2

Multi stud earrings and ear cuff – £1

Have you had any great bargains recently?
Thanks, as always, for reading! x
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That’s a wrap!

I’m a huge fan of shawls and wraps for winter months. I drive to work (and everywhere, really!) so I don’t need a big winter coat, and I find that layering suits my needs much better. Winter coats are too cumbersome and hot.

So, my go to solution for the last couple of years has been wearing a mid weight jacket (I have a velvet riding jacket, and a velvet duster coat, or even a lightweight leather jacket) and throwing a shawl over the top. Perfect.

They also double up as an extra layer in the office, which I can wrap up in early doors and then throw off as it gets warmer towards the end of the day (although my boss did refer to one as my dog blanket last year!) Yesterday I was so cold I wrapped it round my legs in a granny style blanket. Cosy!

I bought this one before Christmas, from Matalan. It was £12 and I’ve already worn it loads. I’m always drawn to plummy colours and this works well with my wardrobe.

Matalan plum checked shawl

Last year I had this one too, which is slightly shorter and dressier, which was ideal for a more corporate office. It’s knitted with a crochet edge and feels slightly cape like! I wore it to death, until the trim had started to pull off and it had gone all bobbly. It also comes in cream. Again £12.

One more from Matalan, which they don’t do this year, is exactly the same as the one below, but without a toggle. It’s black with a herringbone trim, and fully reversible on to the herringbone side.

Black herringbone trim shawl

The one shown is from Peacocks current stock and costs £16. The only difference (and I know because I’ve seen it in real life) is the toggle.

I love this one from Peacocks – two looks in one. I’ve been hankering after a tartan one and could be very tempted by this. Must. Not. Buy.

Peacocks reversible check shawl

And also this Aztec cream and blue one which would look great in milder weather with ripped blue jeans and stone fringed suede ankle boots.

Peacocks blue and cream aztec shawl

I received this gorgeous one as a gift from my Mom and her husband at Christmas. It’s a snuggly popcorn knit and very cosy.

Popcorn knit wrap

Here’s me all wrapped up in it – I was freezing!

I ordered both of these from New Look, which are in the sale and down to £18.74 each.

These have the addition of a fur collar and are both absolutely lovely. BUT I don’t really need another one (that pains me to say) and so I returned them. Wah! I haven’t ruled out reordering them if they drop in price further.

This one from New Look is also a good size and colour, at a bargainous £6.

New Look beige blanket wrap

I wasn’t sure if it looked too much like a blanket because it’s completely plain, so that went back too.

(feeling very virtuous, I’m trying ever so hard to be more selective with what I keep from my online shopping sprees for both money and space reasons).

Back to Matalan, who have this knit animal print one (more cardigan/cape like than blanket wrap).

Matalan animal print shawl

And also this ombre one, which would be a good neutral all rounder.

Matalan ombre shawl

Are you a blanket wrap / shawl wearer?

Thanks, as always for reading! x

 

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Disappointment – bad for the soul, good for the bank balance

I’ve had 3 major disappointments with online orders recently. These are things that I’ve been hankering after for ages (in some cases, years).

The timing is probably good, because between Christmas shopping and spending money on our home I’m not exactly in the best financial place. But you know when you really really want something to be great? And your mind has already run away with you about how your life is going to be better as a result? That!

The first thing is this grey fur coat.

Dorothy Oerkins grey fur coat

Now I know I said I wasn’t in the market for a new fur coat. But I was lying. I’ve been hankering after a grey one for ages; in fact this very coat is the one that prompted me to put that post together, although by the time I got round to it the grey had disappeared (hence me featuring the cream). But then it came back online; in the Dorothy Perkins half price Black Friday sale (is it just me, or do they always have discount offers on?) It was set to be my find of the season at less than £30.

Alas, it made me look like the honey monster. The shape made my posture look wrong; all round shouldered and weird, plus it was the kind of hairy fur that moults and gets everywhere.

Boo.

Second fail was this coat from New Look. Be still my inner Penny Lane (read my review of Almost Famous here). I’ve wanted a suede and shaggy fur coat like this in forever. OK, this is faux suede, but that’s ok, I’m not a fabric snob.

New Look 70s suede coat

Unfortunately it didn’t even resemble faux suede. It was more like orange cardboard. And the shaggy fur looked like it had been left to dry after being submerged in a muddy puddle. Penny Lane was not to be.

Finally, on a different tip, a hairstyler which I was sure would revolutionise my barnet (I haven’t moaned about it for a while!) I found the UK version of the one handed blowdryer from Revlon, on Amazon, and kindly told asked the husband if he would buy it for me if it was any good.

Revlon blow dryerRevlon blowdryer

Unfortunately it wasn’t. It took ages to dry and it was awkward to get right to the roots. I gave up in the and finished off with my hairdryer and straighteners. Such a shame as I was mega excited about that.

Have you had any shopping disappointments recently?

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

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