Monday, 14 April 2014

The Un-expected Trainer Purchase

Posts are a little light at the moment, Easter break, lots of catch up appointments for the kids, lots of work for me and just got over a bought of tonsillitis means little updates - I'm sorry!  However, I do have these little bobby dazzlers to show you.  As my blog is predominantly about my bargain hunting shopping addiction/problem, it would be rude not to share the below.  

My love for outlets holds no bounds so on the way back from a mini break in Cornwall, I insisted we stopped at the Clarks outlet in Somerset to get the girls new shoes.  My husband has had a thing about Onitsuka Tiger trainers for a while and dragged me to their store down Carnaby Street the other week.  He left minus the pair he had his eye on as they weren't as good on.  It wasn't meant to be as there was a Asics shop with the Onitsuka Tiger line in at this outlet.  I wrote a post about the trainer trend back in February for British Style Bloggers and when I write about trends, they nearly always seem to work their way into my life a little later on.  I like to have time to warm to things first!  With a further 20% off all styles, me, the husband and my eldest daughter all grabbed a pair of bargain trainers. 

These were originally £75 down to £22 then £17.60 with the further discount.  I was torn between these and a more expensive pair but as I was a little dubious I wouldn't get enough wear out of them, I opted for the cheaper ones.  They are so comfortable, I can't wait to give them an airing.  I love the yellow stripe and the vintage black suede effect, I feel young and hip.....until I look at my grey hairs peeping through!

(Lizzie the cat trying to get in on the action - again!)
I have the weirdest cats!
So have you warmed to the trainer trend yet then?

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The Zara Jacket Review

I went into Zara the other week-end and saw the green coat feaured in this blog post so had to try it on.  It's gorgeous but I still wasn't convinced on the price.  It is unlined but then I guess you wouldn't need it lined for warmth as it's a lighter weight jacket for a reason, but it made it feel un-finished without one.  When it goes down in the sale I may invest although it will probably by Winter then!  I am a stickler for paying only what I believe it to be worth!

Zara Coat £89.99
I still loved this one below (as shown before in the same blog mentioned above) even more so when Look magazine recommended it (after me I hasten to add.....Look, you need me scouting the shops for you!).  It felt a little more worth the pennies in terms of fabric and quality however it is still a more formal style in my opinion.  Love them both, just not the price.

Featured in Look magazine
So instead.......I bought this one!  Recommended by Avril who tried it on and then Sue who pointed out it was £39.99 in Zara's 'Special Price' section.  I mulled it over for 24 hours then hit the checkout button.  It's on the cusp of being a little too warm (especially on the day it arrived) but my warmer knee length coats are too much and I'm not yet ready for a light weight mac.  It has 53% wool and the style is a lot less formal than the two above.  It's not as bright as it seems below by the way!  I still feel there is a place in my wardrobe for either the cream of green one but for now, I am happy with paying the £39.99 for this one. 

I am finally managing to crack a smile in some photos!
Just in case any one has not tried Zara out before for on-line shopping, I fully recommend them.  Free delivery over £50 and it pretty much arrives in 1-2 days.  Not only that, it's so well packed and looked after.  Boxed then wrapped in plastic with a carry handle (it's the small things with me....) then your clothes are all beautifully wrapped in tissue with a cute little sticker to seal them.  You can then arrange for a free home collection if you don't want to keep your items. Easy peasy.  Love them.

Sunshine yellow items used to top up my order for free delivery.  They didn't fit, phew!
Zara is one of my favourite stores.  I always feel inspired when I go in, they have a great mix of stylish classic items and more fashionable pieces.  Here are a few of my favourites right now.

Beaded tunic £59.99
What shops are inspiring you right now?  Gap is working well for me right now as well.
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