Sunday, 27 November 2016

Christmas Flowers

It's that time of year where you just don't have the headspace to think, there is too much to do/buy and gift shopping becomes a little over whelming.  I always start my shopping early, then year after year November goes by in a flash, I don't buy many more presents then panic buy in December.  So I'm sharing with you some beautiful flowers I received from Beards & Daisies as that no hassle, easy Christmas gift that lasts longer than a day and can be enjoyed a little earlier than just the day itself! I've sent flowers to relatives before, but tend to forget around Christmas time.  They are especially great idea for the older generation who don't tend to want for anything, my Nan's a prime example and  loves to receive flowers.

My bouquet arrived boxed and hand tied with lots of layers of wrapping so they looked just stunning. I loved the simplicity of the brown paper and brown string holding them together, they had a contemporary, modern and festive feel without being over the top.  They came out of the box easily but once I unwrapped them, the flowers seemed to expand and there felt like so many more to the bouquet.

My 'White Christmas' bouquet £34.99
There were 10 roses hidden neatly in this bouquet!
It was such a nice touch to receive information on all the flowers included - something my Nan especially would love to read about.  I also liked how there were tips on how to position them in the vases - perfect for non-florists like me!  I'm not sure I did the bouquet justice in the arrangement but I enjoyed them non the less.

They also came with a voucher, card and plant food.
Great tips on care!
They also offer 'Letterbox Flowers' which is ideal for those who are out and about too much so you don't want the hassle of arranging a delivery.  They start from £22.99 with free delivery and there's a great selection to choose from.  They have also put some thought into making sure specific flowers are offered for such deliveries, 'hardy and less thirsty options' apparently and even down to the way they cut their stems!  Love it when a brand takes the time to think these things through for their customers.

These were my flowers 1 week in!
I kept the beautiful ribbon and popped it on my vase 
A close up of my favourite rose with a pink trim! 
There's also the option to have a 3 month subscription on some flowers so perfect for a gift for you if you're stuck and being pestered as to what you would like for Christmas!

Also felt extra special to receive a huge present! 
PS This is a sponsored post but huge thanks to Jo at Beards & Daises who has been an utter pleasure to work with.  Giving me as much space and time as I needed with no pressure at all on what to write and when (she first contacted me in September!).  It has been my choice to share further information such as the Letterbox Flowers as I was so impressed with the quality of what I received, I would truly recommend them.  

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Quick Black Friday Round-Up

If you're head is spinning and you're inbox over flowing with deals I've done a little round up of the ones I think are the best!  Happy shopping but remember, there is always a bargain to be had so don't panic buy, the Christmas sales will start soon so only buy what you need/were going to buy anyway!

ASOS 20% off everything with code GOGOGO with free delivery.

Boden 30% off full price items using code F6P8 with free delivery and returns.

Brantano 25% off all boots and 20% off a £50 spend online and in-store using code SPEND50 (guessing not to be used together though!).  Free delivery over £35 and free returns.

Clarks 20% off adults full price styles and handbags using code BMERRY16.

Coast up to 40% off selected styles.

Dorothy Perkins up to 50% off selected styles and free delivery over £40.

Emma Bridgewater 25% off today only (Friday 25th November) then 20% Saturday and Sunday.  

French Connection up to 50% off selected styles.

Gap 40% off all full priced items online using FridayGap.

H&M 20% off everything using code 6013, in store also (starts at midnight on the 24th). 

House of Fraser up to 50% off.

Hush 25% off selected styles.

J.Crew 20% off using code GETSHOPPING plus an extra 30% off sale styles. 

Jack Wills up to 50% off selected styles only with free delivery over £60

John Lewis offers across all lines.  

Jones Bootmaker up to 50% off in store and online with free delivery over £50 and free returns. 

Joules just lots of offers on!  

Just Sheepskin between 20-40% off with free delivery and returns.

L.K.Bennett 20% off everything using code BLACK20.

La Redoute 40% off everything (wow!) with free click and collect and returns using code BLACKFRIDAY.

Laura Ashley 30% off everything.

Mango 20% off everything using code BLACK.

Miss Selfridge up to 50% off everything with free delivery.

Molton Brown 20% off everything using code UKBF20 or 25% off when you spend £80 using UKBF25.  Also a free 30ml sample with every order. 

Monsoon 25% off hundreds of lines. 

New Look up to 50% off.

Office 20% off full price items online & in-store using code WONDER with free delivery.

Phase Eight appear to have different daily offers of up to 50% off but then 25% off everything in general.  Free delivery over £50 or free to a store with free returns. 

River Island 20% off selected style with code BFRIDAY16.

Schuh up to 40% off brands including free next day delivery!

Sweaty Betty 20% off everything. 

Ted Baker I was in a queue to view the discounts but gave up so they must be good!  (Left the tab open - up to 30% off).

The Cambridge Satchel Company 20% off selected styles with free delivery over £100.  

The White Company 20% off 'almost' everything!  Use code AP380.

Timberland 20% off. 

Ugg 20% off.  A basic necessity in everyones wardrobe I believe - and the imitations are not worthy of being on your feet!  Additional 5% off with code BF5EXTRA.

Uniqlo selected offers which are all pretty good so worth a look.  

Wallis up to 50% off everything with free delivery to store or over £50 to your door.

Whistles 25% off selected items.

WoolOvers 20% off everything with free delivery over £50.  Use code BLKFRI. 

Zara 20% off selected items from 11pm tonight (Thursday 24th November). 

Saving the best (in my opinion!) until last and so far the only place that's made me spend some pennies is Topshop with up to 50% off selected items.  I had my eye on these shoes to go with my party frock so ordered in both colours.

Graceful Grey Velvet £59 down to £44.25
Graceful Pink Velvet £59 down to £44.25

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Some eBay Bargains

This post has been a long time coming as I kept meaning to share it earlier in the year but then Winter passed and the items didn't seem relevant.  The principle however did remain the same.  I am a contemplator. I don't tend to make decisions easily, especially with my wardrobe.  Being a bargain hunter I hate paying full price for items so try to hang on for sales.  That being said, it doesn't always work so eBay has been great when I feel I've missed out on something.  Queue this post I wrote 2 years ago about the pale pink faux fur gilet in Topshop.  I popped it on here, on my Christmas list, no one took the hint and it sold out.  I then saved a search on eBay for what seemed like eternity.  I missed out on another that my husband was supposed to bid on for me (yes he got a telling off) then finally this grey one popped up.  I paid £30 for it, it was second hand but in new condition.  Yes, I possibly think that paying £60 for the pale pink one 2 years earlier may have been the right thing to do but hind sight is a great thing.  Oh and thank God for eBay!

Gilet; Topshop via eBay 
Jumper; & Other Stories
Bag; Chloe
Hat & Gloves, Moschino via TK Maxx
Jeans; Topshop
Trainers; Nike
Gilet, jumper and jeans all Topshop!
Trainer boots; Timberland
Next up was another Topshop faux fur, this time a proper 'Bet' jacket.  Am sure I've featured it on here before but this was another eBay purchase.  It actually came up as a suggested item when I was looking for my gilet.  Then I got hooked on finding a decent one in my size.  I think I paid £40 for this and it was about £90 new but sold out by the time I stumbled across it.  I must say, these two faux fur pieces from Topshop have been brilliant.  They really are well made and a great soft faux fur - one of the only imitations I will do! 

Coat; Topshop via eBay
Chanel Bag; lucky charity shop find
Jeans; Zara
Trainers; Nike
Cashmere hat, leather gloves and my daughter 1D rucksack;TK Maxx
Jumper and boots; Gap
Jeans; Topshop

More recently I had a very old search saved for a Whistles shopper that I spotted years ago again, in a snake pattern.  The ones that kept coming up were used and the leather appeared to show wear really easily so I wasn't prepared to pay huge amounts for one.  This one came up and was brand new (there was still the gift recent in it when it arrived!).  I paid £26 for it.  My back's been playing up of late so I've needed to stop using my Prada everyday handbag as much.  They are so well made they are heavy unfortunately so I've swapped to this lightweight leather shopper style instead and it's been great.

Whistles via eBay
Really simple inside and raw leather lining
So if you feel you've missed out on something in the sales (especially as they are coming up) make sure you save a search on eBay.  It might not happen straight away but give it some time and something will always turn up.  I don't tend to randomly buy off there for clothing or accessories, only when it's been something I've seen and know it fits and is of good quality.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

A Few Nice Coats - Ok, It's Camel Ones Again!

I didn't know what to call this blog post as I've lost count on how many camel coat  blog posts I've done.  I think I''ve pretty much given up looking for one for myself, I just can't find one the right shade that complements my skin tone. That being said, I still think it's a great staple in anyones wardrobe so I'm always keeping my eye out.  I found this gorgeous one below in Zara whilst shopping with a client.  It looked so good on her (not on me when I tried it on another day) and is such an easy coloured coat to wear.  It's 58% wool so not a bad amount of warmth in there for the money. 

Masculine Coat £99.99
Whilst browsing for the above I also found this one which has 50% wool and a double breasted style if you prefer that style coat on you. 

Buttoned Coat £69.99
As much as I've resigned myself to stop the hunt, it won't stop me trying on if I see one.  Whilst returning some kids clothes I spied this one on a mannequin in H&M.  My heart skipped a beat as I literally thought it might be it.  The colour wasn't bad (and I wasn't 100%, so my colour wasn't great!) and it fitted lovely around the shoulders and I loved the belt.  But yep, it was miles too long on little old me.  At £79.99 it wasn't cheap enough to warrant the additional work it needed to get it to the right length.  It was lined so it wouldn't have been a quick job for a seamstress.  Gutted yes!  My husband always goes on about not buying items that need alterations.  I don't 100% agree but his voice was ringing in my head at the time with this one.  It was 51% wool and 37% cotton so actually a pretty good mix of natural fibres as well as a little others.  I can't see it online in camel anymore, there is grey and black which is selling quick.  

How it should look - not like a full length coat!
Wool-blend coat £79.99

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