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Some Everything Five Pounds buys

I don’t know about you, but I tend not to shop very much in February and March. The shops are full of new season stuff but it’s still too bloody cold outside to wear anything less than 10 tog quilted clothes and hide under blankets at all time.

Come April though, I start to get a hankering for shiny new spring and summer clothes. Probably because I haven’t dared to unpack all of my previous year’s spring and summer clothes to avoid jinxing any good weather we might have. Or, more probably, because I get the fear when I don’t buy new things.

With that in mind, here’s a round up of my cheap and cheerful E5P buys which have ticked my new clothes box without breaking the bank.

Red ruffle hem trousers

Lesser mortals may think these are only for special occasions. I’m going to wear these bad boys whenever the mood takes me, even to work.

Everything 5 Pounds red flared trousers

Peacock print leggings

Ditto the above. I’ve already worn these to work, but certainly not with a top tucked in (who wear legging like that?!)

Everything 5 Pounds peacock print leggings

Navy and white spot shirt dress

I’ve had a soft spot (pun intended!) for dotty dresses ever since I saw Vivian wearing her brown and white one at the croquet in Pretty Woman. Hers shows more arm and less leg. I’m thinking of teaming this with a red bandana headband and white sandals.

Everything 5 Pounds polka dot shirt dress

70s print chiffon top

I love easy to wear pieces like this (by easy to wear, I also mean easy to wash, by which I mean no ironing required!) Great for chucking on with jeans.

Everything 5 Pounds retro print chiffon top

Frill sleeve blouse

I’ve waxed lyrical about my love of a fancy sleeve in the past, and this little lovely also has a fancy frilled front for extra dandiness.

Everything 5 Pounds frill sleeve blouse

Empire line denim dress

This is thicker than I expected so will probably get more wear in winter with tights and boots. Anyone else annoyed by her haphazard cuff folding?

Everything 5 Pounds denim dress

Embroidered cheesecloth smock tops

Again super easy to wear and no iron (they’re designed to look crinkled!) I couldn’t choose k=just one colour so I got two. Sorry not sorry

Aztec print chiffon cover up

I’m sure I will be asked why I’m wearing a dressing gown over my clothes when I wear this but that’s ok. As you may have noticed, I’m very much of the don’t give a fuck camp when it come to other people’s opinions on my clothes!

Everything 5 Pounds long chiffon kaftan

Off shoulder cheesecloth mini dresses

More non iron beauties! I was hoping these would be long enough to wear as dresses, what with me not being of clothing model proportions, but I might be pushing it on the decency front. But they’ll look great with leggings or over denim shorts.

 

Has the good weather sent you scurrying to the shops? Let me know!

Thanks, as always, for reading. x

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One size DOES NOT fit all

A big well done today to ASOS, who have announced plans to start showing the same clothes on different sizes and shapes of models.

Because we all know that a dress we buy online isn’t going to look the same as it does on the model…don’t we?

So, won’t it be nice to see the effect of wider hips or a bugger bust or shorter legs on clothes before we buy them?

ASOS different sizes

More importantly it’s a recognition that women do come in all shapes and sizes, and that we want to see all shapes and sizes reflected in our decision making process.

Naturally it’s going to take a while to roll out across the entire website, but it’s already a great start. Other retailers take note!

Read the full story here.

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

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Some Everything 5 Pounds buys

My regular-ish round up of what I’ve been buying from the cheapest clothes website on the internet!

Blue and green fringed kimono

E5P blue & green kimono

I’ve always loved blue and green together. I wore this over a black vest and turned up indigo skinny jeans this week (I also managed to “lose” two of the fringes as I ran over myself with my office chair at work!). Looking at the label, it’s originally from Matalan. It will also work well as a beach cover up when I’m in Greece next month.

Multi maxi skirt

E5P print maxi skirt

I loved the colours and pattern on this, although I do find that drawstring/elasticated waists make me look a bit thick around the middle. OK, so it’s actually my love of food and wine that makes me look thick around the middle.

Floral midi skirt

E5P floral full skirt

This is so pretty! Love the colours and the shape, and the thick scuba-ish fabric mean that it’s pleasingly full and also doesn’t crease (possibly the most important consideration of all in any clothes purchase). Unfortunately it doesn’t have the same effect on my midriff as it does on the model which, for £5, I would have sincerely expected, but hey ho.

Denim tunic dress

E5P zip denim dress

This is looser than I would have usually worn in a dress this style (it’s hard to gauge sizes in a lot of cases on the E5P website because you don’t know the manufacturer – and we ALL know that different manufacturers have different sizing – plus sometimes it’s just an S/M or M/L choice) but I like it. It has a tabard feel, and the husband said it reminds him of Game of Thrones armour (?!) which is apparently a good thing! It will also look good layered over a black polo neck jumper in winter.

Black cold shoulder midi dress

E5P black sundress

This is a Primark one I think, and I need to shorten the length a little I think as it’s too in between on me, but I really like the style and think it will be lovely with some wedge sandals.

Annoyingly, I haven’t really been wearing any of my new purchases recently, because we’re so upside down at home that I can’t get into some of my wardrobes, lots of things are still packed up from the move and we’ve had to empty the bedrooms for the workmen. So at this rate I’ll have a whole heap of new stuff ready for next year!

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

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Everything 5 Pounds mega round up

It’s been a while since I’ve shared my Everything 5 Pounds buys, and there have been quite a few since the beginning of the year, so I thought I’d share them with you.

I know I bang on quite a bit about this website and you’re probably bored of reading about it, but I’ve had such good stuff from there that it seems selfish of me not to post some pictures, no?

Starting with sandals. I love sandals. I love bargain sandals even more. I bought some from the E5P website last year before I went to Fuerteventura (read about my trip here) and I was so pleased with them that I’ve bought 5 pairs so far this year, even though it’s not quite yet sandal weather!

Two cold shoulder tops to wear with battered denim shorts or over bikinis on holiday

Two velvet kimonos, in different colours

A pair of “flatform” trainers – I love the simplicity of these (you may have seen them on my Instagram account)

Everything 5 pounds white flatform trainers

Various dresses – the top left mint butterfly print is originally from Apricot, and the third top left dusky pink velvet is DP or River Island I think (I can’t tell from the cutout label)

All that for £85! (plus postage). Pretty damn good I think!

Anyone else a fan of this website?

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

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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

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Burgundy and blue floral dress – £5.49

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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)

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Black and cream flares – £2.99 (love these)

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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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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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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!

 

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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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My new favourite website – Everything Five Pounds!

**WARNING** – this site can become addictive!

So, now I’ve done my bit in terms of protecting your spending wellbeing, let me tell you about Everything Five Pounds. Or, more specifically, what I’ve bought from there!

I’ve read about the website before on various blogs but always been put off by the fact that you have to pay for postage and there are no free returns. But then a colleague at work told me about some boots she ordered from there, and how reasonable the postage was, and that one of the tops she ordered was originally from ASOS and I thought I’d have a look.

Footwear is always a safe bet because sizing tends to be pretty consistent (as opposed to clothing) so that’s where I started.

Stompy clumpy boots

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If you follow me on instagram you may have already seen them. God I love them! They’re so chunky and fierce, mega comfy, very roomy (plenty of space for thick socks on cold days!) and I’ll be wearing them a lot this winter.

Then I got sidetracked by sandals. Yes I know it’s bit daft buying sandals now the temperatures are dropping to single digits but I love, love, love them plus they’re such a bargain and it means I’ll have nice new stuff to wear when next Spring comes around.

L>R Red ankle strap sandals, beige fringed buckle sandals, black fringed chain sandals, beige Aztec embroidered clogs

And I’m going to Fuerteventura for a few days next month so I’ll get a sneaky wear out of at least 2 of the pairs I think. Hurrah!

The order was dispatched really quickly by Royal Mail signed for delivery – all good! And I was so pleased with everything I received, I thought I’d sneak another look and cast my net wider.

I took a risk on some clothes – it was a good risk!

Eagle shoulder short sleeve jumper

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Retro print blouse

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Suede platform boots (how I love these)

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I’ve been really impressed with the choice and quality so far and can see myself ordering regularly. More deliveries, the husband will be so excited!

Have you ever ordered from Everything Five Pounds? Let me know in the comments!

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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When the going gets tough…

…the tough go shopping.

Or so the saying goes.

I think the actual saying is “the tough get going” (or at least that’s what Billy Ocean sang – if that makes no sense to you then ask an older person. One that isn’t me). My personal fave is “the tough have a drink”. But that’s just my own mantra and not immortalised anywhere. It also works for when the going is easy, or the going is neutral.

That’s besides the point.

I haven’t actually been shopping, I couldn’t think of anything worse at the moment, but I have been slightly cheered by a parcel I ordered last week, before life fell apart all over again. In fact it’s been sitting unopened since before the weekend, and I’d actually forgotten what was in it.

Cue some smiley happy shoes.

I love shoes. They always fit, they never make you look fat, and they have the power to transform an outfit from just ok to “wow”. Bags I don’t really get. But shoes? Oh yes!

These are two bargain beauties from H&M.

Multicoloured lace up roman sandals – £9.99 (reduced from £24.99)

Buying sandals at this juncture in summer may seem an odd move, but I get a lot of wear out of sandals and this style is right up my alley (in fact it’s pretty much the only style I’ve bought this year). I love the multi colours, and the versatility and I know I won’t tire of them so they’ll be great to wear into next year as well.

Yellow suedette heels – £12.49 (reduced from £24.99)

These are less versatile and I will get less wear out of them, but fuck it! They’re a lovely bright colour and, despite looking like they might have the same effect on your toes as cheesewire, they’re surprisingly comfortable, because the toe strap is soft and padded and the slight platform offsets the heel (which is already lower than many of the pairs I own). The buckle sits slightly awkwardly on my ankle bone, but I can handle it, I’m hardcore 😉 I’m going to pair them with all shades of denim, dressed up or down, and maybe with a dress too if the occasion arises.

Are you a shoe monster? Hit me up!

Thanks, as always, for reading. x

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