Sunday, 22 January 2017

The One About The Grey Jumper

I'm on the hunt again as it's a staple for me, it just works.  I don't wear a lot of black, mainly a black jean if anything but my daily outfit is usually a blue wash jean and sweater.  My wardrobe seems to be missing a universal grey, maybe a soft, slouchy cashmere.  I have a v-neck one from Gap I nabbed in the sales in December which is a darker grey, a more smarter, thin merino one from Boden and a very very old boiled wool one from Gap again (and for those eagle eyed readers, a cheapo Gap one a few posts below but it's darker again!).  Recently I bought a Nike hoodie and it's the perfect shade of grey, reminding me I need to wear more of it.  So I've done some research and think I'm going to give some of these a try.  Starting with this cotton and wool one from & Other Stories.  I have a few jumpers of theirs and I am really impressed with their quality.  I've never bought online from them and have a vague memory they take a while or are rubbish for returns? Comment please if you have experience!  I like the neck on this one, it's a little different and lets face it, a grey jumper is a grey jumper so it's nice to have something unusual about it.  

& Other Stories £45
Here's a classic cashmere crew neck from Uniqlo.  I've bought from them before but never their cashmere and it's currently on offer.  It does look a gorgeous shade of grey so I'm really tempted by this.  My concern is it's a thin cashmere, I do fancy something chunky.  I'd like to size up in it, but it's currently out of stock in that size so I may have to wait.
Uniqlo Cashmere Crew Neck £69.90 down to £49.90
Now this H&M one I've been pondering for too long so I think I'm going to have to take the plunge purely because I need to write it off if it doesn't work.  It's their Premium Quality so I'm expecting a good thick cashmere as opposed to the above.  There's another crew neck cashmere in their Premium Range too but I like that this one has a slightly different neck line like the & Other Stories one.  Again I think I will size up as it does look to have a deeper waist band and there's nothing worse than having that ride up to my chest!

H&M Cashmere Jumper £59.99
So this image has just sold this one to me (and I have a £10 birthday voucher from Boden thank you very much), how super comfy yet chic does this look?  90% wool and 10% cashmere the only thing I think I may not like is the longer length but that being said, I am long bodied and with free delivery and returns it's worth a go.  It's available in other colours too (the cream's only £23.85!) and was originally £79.50.

Boden Diane Jumper £31.80
This one is also from Boden but has some side zips which I quite like.  It's the same fibre composition as the above so I may as well try this one out too.  All in the name of research naturally.  
Boden Sonia Jumper £35.80
All very similar shades of grey so here's hoping I find one that works!  On another note, here's the grey Nike one I nabbed from ASOS.  I originally discovered it inside my mates teenager daughters wardrobe last year.  The slouchy hood was so comfy and it's rare and I mean rare but as it didn't go down in the sales I splashed the cash with my birthday money and paid full price for it.  Yes people, it does happen from time to time! 

Jeans & Khaki Shirt/Jacket; Topshop
Boots; Timberland
Look at all those layers on that hood keeping my neck warm! 
Nike Rally Hoodie £45
PS Completely not grey related but make sure you check out my Bargain Buy from Boden at the to right of my page, only sizes L & XL left!  Sorry if you're reading this post well after the published date, I change my Bargain Buy's weekly so you may have missed the boat I'm afraid.  

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Some New Season & Super Sales Buys

I was super impressed with what River Island had to offer today - lots of gorgeous floral embroidery going on.  I couldn't convince my client to invest in a piece so I thought I'd share them on here just in case one of my lovely readers fancied some instead!

Shirt/Jacket £42
Jacket £48

Cold Shoulder Top £35
Stripe Crochet Top £35 
Naturally Topshop didn't disappoint.  There's some lovely Spring colours coming through in their jeans.  My client bought these and they looked absolutely gorgeous on her so I would highly recommend them.  They were a great stepped hem length and shade - willing on our next season!

Jamie Authentic Jeans £42 
Lace T-Shirt £22
Mesh Midi Dress £49
The sales are starting to get a little messy in stores now but don't be put off with the great deals online.  The discounts are pretty good - Zara especially.  They even have a section of over 60% off - yes, I headed straight to that tab!  I was hovering over this coat but got side tracked.  I tried it on in store and at £49.99 for 64% wool (originally £129) I couldn't leave it behind (the collar is detachable if diamantes aren't your thing!).

Check Wool Coat £49.00
Their coats are definitely worth a browse.  I popped a feather down jacket as my 'Bargain Buy' in the week for £19.99, the yellow has sold out but there is a khaki still online.

Down Jacket £19.99
Camouflage Jacket £19.99
I've also kept an eye on Boden's clearance section.  I love their knitwear and this jumper is in my basket as they've just given me a £10 birthday voucher.  I haven't checked out just yet though! Originally £99.50 with 80% wool, this is now £49.75.

Iris Jumper Ivory
Iris Jumper Red/Pink

Shop wisely people! 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Homeware Inspiration & My Bargain Pieces

I warned you last year my blog was going to open up a little more and has done since then so it's about time I bought you a little homeware post.  Being in the midst of huge renovations and sales it's pretty hard not making major purchases right now but space is limited so I'm refraining!  It hasn't stopped me browsing though.  I've been a long standing fan of Laura Ashley, you really do get what you pay for, their quality is brilliant.  I was lucky enough to go to their press day last year which was so inspirational.

I am desperate for one of these love/snuggle chairs! 
How cosy does this set up look.  That chair so has my name on it.  
I love the whole look and feel of this lounge.  The navy sofa's are very tempting based on having two black cats and children that fail to keep sticky fingers off my nice furniture!
I'm a huge hook freak.  I love them and have them everywhere to help organise and make use of dead space.  I like the simplicity of this flower against a coloured wall.  
This Hydrangea hook is currently online for £5.40 (original price £12)
When can I move in!  The feather lamp shade is a firm favourite with my 10 year old for her new room. 
The feather cloud pendent was £70 but currently on sale at £44.10 so be quick!  
Continuing along the home front I was gifted some gorgeous table linen from a new brand Claribel London when I went to the Spirit of Christmas fair last year.  I was super impressed with their ethos and use of natural fibres.  The ladies behind the brand have created some amazing, unique pieces that are well worth a look.  

Too pretty to use in my building site of a home right now!  These have gone in my special tote full of saved up nice pieces for when our building work has finished. 
If you read my blog regularly you will have seen I purchased this chair last year (for the bargain price of £55 in the Bargain Basement section of Ikea!) - how good does that cushion of theirs look on it!  That's definitely one for my wish list.  


Now my love of animal print doesn't just stop at my wardrobe, I'm known to throw in a few pieces around the home too. I'd been after a pouffe/foot stool ever since I'd seen these in Ikea however refused to pay the £200 price for one. I looked at all options, even considered buying a rug and making my own with an old coffee table but in the end I knew I had my heart set on these. Again, I saved a search on eBay and eventually one came up. I contacted the seller to ask re the condition and found out there were two. I paid £140 for both in the end and was going to sell one on depending on which I preferred (one more fluffy!). However the whole family loves them so much we're keeping both and will put one in the kitchen/diner when it's built. Thank you eBay!

The bench is also a second hand find via a lady I've met who restores furniture.  This old bench set me back £50.
I can't wait until my house is finished, I just love finding unique pieces to mix and match to furnish my home.  I've had to stop as we have now run out of space but this side table was another pre-loved and refurbished item but this time from a shop in a neighbouring town.  My parents ended up getting it for me for Christmas as I just loved it so much and couldn't get it out of my head.  I do the same with homeware that I do with clothes, I just fall for pieces and work them into my life somehow!  This glass top hexagon table was £65.

Please excuse the missing skirting - the back wall/window is going to be knocked into internal doors so there was no point fitting any yet.  Oh and the chocolates aren't all mine!  We didn't know there was parquet flooring in the house until after we moved in.  We've had it restored professionally but I'm struggling with how easily the pine dents so I don't think it will be forever but it makes a nice change and the carpet covering it was manky anyway.  

Friday, 6 January 2017

Savvy Sales Shopping

A Happy New Year to all my readers, I hope you are all well and truly rested after the festive break.  Or perhaps the break starts now the kids are back at school......!  We have lots of family birthdays around Christmas time (great planning I know) but it does always mean we hit the shops for various reasons quite a bit.  As we are midst renovations right now I'm being more selective than ever and currently have a nice little stash of birthday and Christmas money being saved away.  That being said, I have managed to grab a few bargains - but beware, the sales haven't reached their full potential yet, wait for better discounts if you dare!

I do love M&S cashmere, it wears well and only recently have I somehow managed to shrink a few pieces.  I loved this red crew neck which was £75 down to £50, then scanned at £40 and I had a £5 Sparks birthday voucher so £35 - happy me!  I've linked their cashmere here but I've found more selection and better prices in store right now.  

(Not as bright as it seems and paws to the left courtesy of Lizzie cat)
Gap is always a firm favourite of mine and as a few of my sweaters need replacing I grabbed this cotton one which was down to £14.99 (£24.99 online though I'm afraid).  Make sure you sign up to their emails, they are always sending offers and I had a further 25% off via a recent one making this £11.24 - bargain.

A blog post of mine wouldn't be a post without featuring Topshop would it!  When I was supposed to be running to grab a last minute child's present I saw the sale sign and couldn't help but duck in.  I had seen this shirt earlier in the year and loved it but at £12 I wasn't going to let it stay in the shop.  It is a size larger than I normally take but it fitted well and as it's cotton it allows for some shrinkage. I've not seen it online so check out stores if you're after one.  

Gorgeous back detail
On the same 'emergency' Christmas present shopping trip, I had to pop to H&M and saw this wool hat for £2.  Yes, you read that right, £2.  Needless to say that didn't remain in the shop either.

Now this is the one I need a little help with.  I love the Missoni print and this was down to £20 in TK Maxx.  I thought it was gorgeous but I'm not a huge scarf wearer to be honest and after it was joked I looked like a llama herdsman (I have the best mates) I've not worn it yet.  I don't want to be sucked in on price and just because it's designer, but it is still beautiful.  Being short of space at the mo I'm being very careful what makes it's way into my limited wardrobe.  

Lizzie cat again, yes! 

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