Friday, 9 October 2015

Zara Special Prices

On the eternal hunt for a wool based camel coat for under £100, I spent some time browsing Zara online.  I've been a bit lapse of late on the shopping front - and the inclination for it (bank balance is happy though and needs must when you're moving house - how preoccupied does your mind get when it's time to buy and sell bricks?!?), so it feels like ages since I had a good look around Zara - virtually of course.  I stumbled across a pink coat last night, I've always felt like I've missed the band wagon on the pink coat trend.  It was 53% wool and only £29.99 - wow!  It was sold out in my size so I signed up to the alerts and low and behold, it was in stock this morning.

Also available in ecru
Naturally I ordered it and yes dear husband, as you are proof reading this I know exactly what you're going to say - 'you don't need anymore coats' - but we live in a cold country, until then, I will keep buying them.  At this price and with some wool in it, it felt like a no brainer so I'm hoping it's just as good in the flesh.  It's not camel I know but I tend to buy as a bargain presents itself so I'm hoping the camel will drop into my inbox one day.  Naturally I had to top up for free delivery - their 'Special Prices' section is pretty good, do take a look.  This dress was £19.99 and I really need to ditch the jeans a little more so I'm liking the idea of this with ankle boots and tights when it's cold.  It's available in red also.

I'm not in the market for a black coat but if I was, this wool one for £29.99 (also in their Special Price's section) looks great value for money.  Currently sold out online but worth signing up for alerts or checking your local stores via their online search option too. 

I'm always telling my clients to try an item they wouldn't usually when going into the changing room so with that in mind, I popped this dress into my basket.  I'm not entirely sure it's me but I was willing to give it a go.  I'm now hoping nothing fits as I was actually quite pleased with my lack of spending of late, I will report back soon!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

White On White

I had an event to go to in London a few weeks back - it was when it didn't stop raining all day - that was the day!  I was desperate to wear my Prada skirt which is yet to be worn and had pretty much planned to until the last minute (that £50 bargain in case you missed the post!).  I just couldn't bring myself to do it, especially as I wanted to pop to a sample sale first.  Luckily I didn't as the sample sale was a good old fashioned one with boxes of stuff to dive in (I was too tired to get much but it was fun none the less). The rain literally did not stop, so I would have also been very wet and cold.  For once, I did have a back up plan.  I had grabbed some black Topshop Leigh jeans a few weeks before but was unsure due to not wearing much black.  I love my dark denim version but these black Leigh's ended up being perfect that day as they didn't feel to casual.  The tags we ripped off quickly, a little turn up added at the bottom so they weren't too contrived and then it was a monochrome look.  I went for one of my favourite tops - a silk Sandro then added my white blazer from Zara.  It was a little risk doing white on white but as the fabrics were so different, the colours weren't exact so they toned in together well.

Please excuse the hazy photos, it was nearly midnight at this stage, my contact lenses were drying up and I was exhausted.  But needs must, I was pleased with the outfit in the end and needed some photographic evidence!  I decided to add some light colour and fun with my handbag and shoes.  My vintage pale pink Chanel and my animal print Mulberry shoes finishing it off.

Bracelets; Valentino, Tiffany & Annie Haak
I love this old clasp on my handbag
Had it not have been throwing it down, this was my other plan.  I now just need another occasion to wear it as the skirt wants to be worn!

I liked this jewelled J.Crew top with it but felt it was a little more casual than I wanted for that evening
The vintage hat was taken off at the last minute, wasn't right with either outfit and I did prefer this jumper.  This ensemble will be saved for another day!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The Search For The Perfect Camel Coat Continues

I have a little wish list on my phone of key items I feel I'm missing in my wardrobe.  It's not particularly glamorous (a grey sweatshirt being one of them!) but long standing is a decent camel coloured coat.  I tried a fair old few last year and nothing ticked all the boxes.  I am short, it can't be too long.  I want some wool in it so it's warm and doesn't bobble and last more than a few wears.  I want a good shade of camel and low and behold, I want it to fit me well.  So when H&M sent me an email with one from their 'Conscious' collection with 58% wool at £59.99 (then there was a 25% code off and free delivery making it £44.99), this felt like a no brainer.  I honestly didn't deliberate long, which is rare for me.  It took 5 days to arrive - I was beyond excited.  Especially as they actually had it in a size 6 (I am petite up top but just for the record, I also wear 8's & 10's) which for some reason, not a lot of their clothes are available in online.  

Um hello size 6 coat that you could wrap around me twice (ok, slight exaggeration).  Gutted wouldn't have even cut it.  I think I would even have side tracked the fact it was darker than I wanted if it had fitted me well but no, it was majorly to big, to dark and fairly thin.  

So if you're a size 10, buy the 6 - that's if you don't mind it being a dark shade of camel.  I loved the style, I had actually planned outfits around it already.  That will teach me for being ahead of my game.  

The picture below is it online - definitely a lighter shade than what arrived.  Sometimes I do despair at sizing.  I would quite happily put myself forward for a fit model.  I'm just not sure how they could get it so wrong.  

That being said, if you get the sizing right, H&M still have some good offerings - especially when they have coats on sale right now.  This shorter wrap style below is 50% wool and now £41.99.  See here.  

You can't go wrong with a biker style leather jacket.  This is from their premium range and reduced with 40% off down to £83.99.  See here

So I'm back on the hunt for a camel coat.  I ordered one from ASOS last year but was again, really disappointed in the sizing and quality.  I've seen the below and am fairly tempted.  I'm not a huge ASOS shopper but everyone else seems to do really well out of them so feel I should perhaps give them another go.  This one is reduced to £63.50 with 77% wool.  Somethings stopping me though - probably the luck I've had so far and the bother of having to package it back up and return it via the postoffice (and the usually long queue to do so!).

I've seen this Hush coat below featured on a few blogs now and I love it.  I'm just not sure I can justify the £190 price tag right now even though it has the best fibre composition I've seen in a long while - 93% wool, 6% cashmere and 1% polyamide.  Now that's what I'm talking about - go Hush!  One to watch in the sales quite possibly.  

I think perhaps I need to spend some time hitting the shops for me and have a really good mooch around (t's all about the clients and the kids these days!). Has anyone else come up with a great version that ticks all their boxes or am I not alone on this front?

Friday, 25 September 2015

Outfits Round Up

I did warn you in my last post that the Boden Alice shoes would feature heavily in my round up so there are no surprises here!  They really have been a great addition to my wardrobe.  I reach for them so much, I love that they don't fall off as easily as a ballet pump when I'm sitting.  I'm almost worried I may tire of them but that's not stopped me wearing them so far.  Needless to say, they've been worn with jeans - a lot!

School run attire!
Sweater; Marc Jacobs
Jeans; Zara
Shoes; Boden
Work mode with a client!
Cardi; Zara
Bag; Ugg
Jeans; Topshop
Shoes; Boden
I tend to forget about this Ugg bag in the Summer months as feel the sheepskin is just more Winter however the sun decided to shine brightly when I took it out to play!  It's a great hands free sized bag, just enough room for some essentials.  

Ugg sample bargain for £27 a few years back now. 
A denim on denim day!
Shirt & jeans; Topshop
Boots; Gap
Off out to a friends for the evening - with popcorn of course!
Jumpers; Cos
Jeans; Zara
Bag; Prada
Shoes; Boden
Park time after school!
Jeans; Topshop
Watch; Tag
Sunglasses; Chloe
Shoes; Boden
A monochrome day - love the back to this jumper!
Jumper; Rag & Bone
Jeans; Topshop
Trainers; Nike

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