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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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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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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

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)

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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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GIG REVIEW: The Counterfeit Stones

I have mixed feelings about tribute bands. On the one hand I think it’s pretty good that you can go and see a band who look and sound like a real band that you like, but in a cheaper and more accessible way (generally smaller venues and playing more regularly than the originals). On the other hand I’m like “but it’s not the real band and they’re just pretending”. Although that’s what actors do and obviously I’m ok with that.

A dichotomy, no?

What I don’t have mixed feelings about, is how great the Counterfeit Stones were when I saw them on Saturday night!

I’d never heard of them before, but the husband told me they’re classed as one of the best Rolling Stones bands out there and, according to their website, Mick Jagger classes them as “The Most famous Stones band in England” (apart from the originals, obvs!)

“The Counterfeit Stones have successfully toured the globe for nearly twenty years, and during that time have played shows with audience capacities of up to 60,000. Their many fans include Bill Clinton, Prince Edward, Lemmy, Mick Jagger, the Gallagher brothers, Jerry Hall and many many more.”

None too shabby!

Playing all the hits, the ticket was real value for money with two sets of around 45 minutes each. Front man Nick Dagger has the voice, the look and the mannerisms of Mick – he struts, he swaggers and he sounds ridiculously like Jagger himself. Close your eyes and you could be at a Stones gig. Each band member is very tight and plays immensely, which was obviously helped by the really great sound at the venue.

counterfeit-stones-at-the-robin-bilston

There’s a comedic element to their performance, with a bit of audience banter and not taking themselves too seriously, certainly enhanced by the terrible wigs worn by “Keith” and “Ronnie” but for a singalong, rousing fun night out, you can’t go wrong! If you like the Rolling Stones and you see these guys advertised at a venue near you, my advice would be to go and have a great time.

I wore my new red velvet paisley flares from Forever 21. Aren’t they great? They got a lot of love!

forever-21-paisley-velvet-flares

Read about the time I went to the Rolling Stones exhibition at the Saatchi gallery here.

What are your thoughts on tribute bands? Yay or nay?

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

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She wore bluuuuuuuue velvet…

I’m currently mad on velvet, hence the title of this blog post (it’s a reference to the 1960s Bobby Vinton song of the same name, in case you were wondering. Extra blog points if you “got it” without me explaining).

Velvet is so sumptuous and soft and wintery. It’s comforting and cosy, classy but hippy and it seems to be everywhere this year.

It started with these Jeffrey Campbell rip off inspired boots which I bought from ebay. Check out the colour!

plum-crushed-velvet-lace-up-boots

Then, I decided I couldn’t live without a pair of velvet flares. So 70s! So rock n roll! So cool! Luckily Forever 21 came up trumps, and I bagged these black beauties.

Not content with a triangular silhouette, I went in the opposite direction and started looking at velvet skinny trousers. I didn’t want anything too structured, but also didn’t want leggings. These ones from Boohoo are a perfect compromise – pull on style with no zips or buttons, but not too skin tight.

 

Then I turned my attention back to boots. Primark satisfied my hunger on a budget, with these plush grey ankle boots for just £15.

grey-primark-velvet-boots

Finally, for Christmas, my sister bought me these from River Island – velvet and leopard print. What could be better? They’re so incredibly comfortable and anyone who comments on how great they are has to stroke them (I insist!)

river-island-leaopard-print-velvet-ankle-boots

I ordered a load of velvet tops in the sale (not to wear with the trousers and boots, I hasten to add!) but unfortunately they were all pretty naff and belonged in the sale (or the trash).

Just in case you’re disappointed at the lack of actual blue velvet, here is the aforementioned Bobby Darin song to please your ears!

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

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Daisy Street at ASOS

Daisy Street wasn’t a brand I was aware of until a lovely lady I follow on Instagram posted a picture of some fantabulous boots she’d bought from ASOS in the Black Friday sale and I scooted over to have a look.

On the back of that I bought these starry beauties, with 20% off, making them a very palatable £27.99. I haven’t worn them yet, but even if I only ever keep them as ornaments, they’re worth it!

daisy-street-star-print-ankle-boots

Then, what with it being January and me needing more stuff (guffaw!) I had a little browse of the sale and purchased these lovelies! I won’t be wearing them until the weather improves, as to me they scream for denim and bare ankles, but at just £16 they were too good a bargain to miss.

daisy-street-star-print-silver-courts

Their clothing is less appealing to me, but on the footwear front I could go wild in the aisles. There are so many pairs I covet. It’s worth checking them out yourself, but here are my pick of the pops (a mix of sale and non sale, all on the ASOS website).

Green and black snakeskin – swoon!

daisy-street-green-snakeskin-boots

Western buckle sandals – not suitable for my lifestyle these days!

daisy-street-western-ankle-strap-sandals

Macaroon heels – I actually lay in bed thinking about these last night!

daisy-street-macaroon-heel-pointy-shoes

Sparkly flowery heels – so pretty for a wedding.

daisy-street-flower-detail-heel-shoes

Pom pom heels – ditto above.

daisy-street-pom-pom-heeled-sandals

Red and black snakeskin platform Mary Janes

daisy-street-red-snakeskin-platform-mary-janes

Burgundy velvet over the knee / over the top boots

daisy-street-burgundy-velvet-otk-boots

Are you familiar with Daisy Street? Have you got any of their footwear?

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

 

 

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Its my birthday and I’ll cry if I want to…

its-my-birthday-and-ill-cry-if-i-want-to

Image from Etsy seller Sassy Baby Applique

A slight bastardisation of the Lesley Gore song lyrics, but as I’m not having a party it’s the most appropriate. And I have cried. On and off since Friday. It’s my first birthday without my Dad and I miss him. I miss his daft jokes where he pretended not to know the date or how old I was. I miss how he’d play me up and tell me I wasn’t allowed to open my presents early, even if I wasn’t going to see him on the day. And I miss him phoning me up, and the excitable tone of his voice when he used to say Happy Birthday to me.

I know it’s to be expected, with it being the first Birthday since he died, but I didn’t expect to feel this bereft. This is the worst I’ve felt since his funeral at the end of September.

I’ve had such a lovely weekend too, of live music and old friends and new friends and Christmas market and food and husband. But sometimes feeling happy can make you feel even more sad when it hits.

Anyway, not to be a complete misery guts I’ve busted out some season appropriate clothing – wearing my new velvet boots (present from me to me, via Primark) and my new sequin sleeve top (present from me to me, via Everything 5 Pounds) and I’m trying to have an ok day, even though I’m in the office. I’m also wearing red lippie because it’s fierce and my Dad’s watch so I have a little piece of him with me.

birthday-outfit

I’ve had lots of birthday messages from lots of lovely peeps and I have all my cards and pressies to open when I get home, and the lovely husband is taking me out to dinner.

You know what though? I’d give it all up for 10 more minutes with Dad.

Normal (more upbeat) service will resume soon. Thanks, as always, for reading. x

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