Sunday, 7 September 2014

The September Shopping List

My monthly update on trying to stick to what I actually need in my wardrobe continues.  On working it all out, I feel I have been fairly successful this last month so maybe I should ensure this is a definite  regular post (even if it is purely just for my own benefit...!).

So the 'ticks' are as follows;
  • Beige ankle boots: after mixed views from my Insta buddies, I ended up keeping this style in the biege/sand/nude (call them what you want).  When I returned the black to store, I had to look away, I still love them!  But I don't need them, nor do I need doubles of the same style.  Vairety is the spice of life!  I have sprayed mine so they are protected and worn them several times already (blog to follow on those outfits).  At £30, they were cheaper than the ones I returned in my August list here, they are flatter and more sand in colour than taupe which was my original criteria. 
Now don't anyone else tell me they preferred the black...
The keepers!  Worn, no going back now! Topshop £30
  • Casual skirts/dresses: I wasn't properly on the look out as my focus was mainly on sorting a wedding outfit but I grabbed this grey dress in Dublin's Topshop when I was visiting my sister.  It worked out at under £20 and was so comfortable, ideal for my hot holiday in October. 
  • Trophy jacket: not a proper tick but I got this Gap number from the outlet and is light and casual, a little bit thicker than a cardi.  
Gap £30
  • Denim shorts: well no, I didn't find any but I did find some in the Zara sale for £9.99 so I bought those in stead - that's a tick right?!?!   
Zara £9.99
The usual with denim shorts.  These were from Zara.
Topshop's wall of denim shorts couldn't even help me
  • Shirts/blouses: I found this Zara one in store for a ridiculous £5.99 and this Whistles silk one from the outlets for £35 (was £125) so a proper tick for these two.  My wardrobe is very casual so they have been a welcome addition.  Both have already been worn, will share pictures soon. 
Zara
Whistles
  • Swimming costume: now this I thought was a definite unrealistic addition to my shopping list,  but I found not one but two!  I'm yet to christen them so I can't comment on how they wear but I was surprised at how easy I found them.  The black strapless was in TK Maxx in Dublin and the navy M&S was whilst I was down in Cornwall.  Both heavily reduced so that made me even more happy.  
TK MAxx $109 originally, €13 to me
M&S £17, I love that it has adjustable straps.
  • Wedding outfit: another item ticked that was easier than I thought.  I did a lot of online shopping for this, I was not successful when I was looking around shops, I just found nothing.  In the end I had 3 to choose from and luckily for me and my bank balance, the cheapest was the winner.  I'm on a role with Topshop this month.  Am I the only one who seems to find this with them, I buy nothing for a while then find loads in there? 
Light and easy to wear.  It will be jazzed up don't you worry!
I just need one of those straps to pinch my bra in as the back is cut out, which I love.
The rejections; 

This was second in line and was from Miss Selfridge, £60 (I found a code as always and got it for £50).  It fitted beautifully and if it wasn't a beach wedding, this would have won.
This was originally my favourite reduced to £27 in Topshop but after several people said the colour did nothing for me, there was no chance it was staying put.
I loved the back though.  Damn it. 
Additional purchases; oops.  Slipped off the 'shopping list' wagon.  Apologies, but pretty self explanatory why (will write it out though just in case someone questions my motives...)

It's cotton and cashmere, Antoni & Alison at TK Maxx and was £8 odd.  Quirky, natural fabric, cheaper than Primark!
My sisters fault.  I introduced her to the black trainer, she purchased then, I then wanted them even more.  I've worn my Onitsuka navy suede ones loads, I needed black.  But I did wait until I got back into the UK and got these for £50 with a voucher (they were over £100 in Dublin). 
Ok, ok, epic fail on the breton front.  But it was a good quality, well fitting black breton which I don't have and again, I waited until I got back to the UK and bought from Topshop for £16.
I missed out on the J Crew camo sweater that went into the sale so when I saw this for £4.99 in Gap, it didn't take much to part with my cash.  Love it.
So that leaves me with what I am looking for this month.  I'm saving now and on count down until my holiday so the list needs to be teeny tiny.
  • Diamante sandals for wedding (but I have a back up that may have to work as I'm been on the look out and seen nothing glam enough so far).
Carried over August's list:
  • Black jeans
  • Denim shorts - but on the verge of giving up!
I'm not thinking too far ahead to Winter yet, I'm still in Summer mode whilst my holiday is on the horizon.  I may not be saying that in a few weeks though....!

27 comments:

  1. The camo top has to be my favourite. It's funny because I was just about to do a Pinterest board on camo! I have a great winter jacket I can't wait to wear :) I do love the trainers as well. X

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    1. It's fab isn't it, aside from the boots, probably worn it the most out of everything. I love a good print, camp, animal...! Trainers yet to be christened as they were a slightly naughty purchase so talking myself round (especially after a parking tickets today, arrrgh!) x

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  2. Hi. Love your blog. Great post & super bargains! Where are those fab beige boots from!? I need! Thanks, Audrey :-)

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    1. Ah thanks Audrey! Topshop (huge apologies, have been slack and neglected a few key points like where they are from! Sorting that out now!) x

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  3. Love the beige ankle boots and the Whistles silk top. Also dying to see you wearing the 'wedding dress'. Which TK Maxx were you at in Dublin ? I always conisider you the TK Maxx Queen!!!

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    1. I went to both - you know me! The newer one was where I found the swimming costume - had great jewellery in too, Em got a gorgeous silver Gucci necklace! The older one is near St Stephens green upstairs, didn't find anything there x

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  4. Where are the beige ankle boots from please?

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  5. Hi, I'm very jealous of your gorgeous antoni & Alison from TK. I've had a schooh online but there are three, yes THREE of them showing on the TKMAXX website. Could you me in the right direction of the one you have and also how it's comes up size wise? Many thanks :-)

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    1. Hi Bex, just had a look and they have the same jumper on there twice and different price points?!? I got mine in store on final clearance (yellow sticker - only twice a year) so surprised to see it still full price. It's the 'Grey Printed Jumper' or the 'Grey Floral Sweatshirt', I would go for the later as it's £5 cheaper! I'd say true to size. Good luck x

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  6. Oooh I feel honoured talking to THE GlamRosie!! Eeeek! Well I'm glad it's not just me who a complete WTF ?!?! moment she looking at the TK MAXX website! I think I may order online and then check out my nearest store when I get a chance. Would hate to be left high and dry...!!! Thanks :-)

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    1. Order them both just in case one is slightly deeper in colour. Top up order by another £5 and it's free delivery then when you go to have a look in store you can return what you don't want, job done! Let me know how you get on x

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  7. WOW, now that's what I call a good shopping trip!

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    1. I aim to please Fiona....not done in one trip though, just in case you thought I was that hard core...!x

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  8. Hello again! Well bargainious is not the word! Groupon have a deal on £20 to spend in store for £12 :-D I am now the proud owner of your fab jumper and another cashmere mix one by Arabella & Addison for the grand total of £12 as both were reduced to 9.99 each! Bargain! Thanks Glamrosie for the tip off of the gorgeous jumper and I hope someone else can benefit with the Groupon / tk maxx deal, as as you said, the quality is superb and cheaper than Primark :-D

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    1. I saw that deal and wondered about it but not had chance to look into it, is there postage on top for it? Yay - well done you! Enjoy your new purchases x

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    2. It's for instore purchases only.... Buy voucher (also go through quidco) & just show the 16 digit confirmation code at the checkout, very easy, maybe too easy ;-) Go on, do it!! I think TK Maxx may be my new favourite store!!

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  9. Amazing buys! So in love with those short;-, the colour and pattern are as cute as anything. I would have told you to go for the beige boots over the black, so glad you kept them. Your TK Maxx find is the best though, such a cute top. x

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    1. I've only worn those shorts once, they are hopefully going to get a load more wear for my October Summer holiday, love them!x

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  10. You are so tiny Natalie!! Love the beige boots & the spotty shorts too! The dress for the wedding is just gorgeous & so unusual! Perfect style & print for a hot climate! You have some great items here! Ax

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    1. I'm pleased with the dress but it needs a little work in terms of accessories so that is my project this month! x

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  11. Fantastic buys Natalie - particularly love the TK Maxx jumper. I tried on a few of that make/material the other week but not as nice a pattern as yours - they only had star ones and they just weren't as nice. Also loving the fringed boots - really cute! You could always cut off the fringe in the future if it annoys you and you still have a lovely pair of boots - I've done that with a pair in the past and it worked really well! Ax

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    1. Now that's an idea re the boots, I did have a momentary blip when I wondered how long I would like the fringing but I loved them too much to think it any further. Thanks for the idea though, will definitely keep it in mind x

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  12. You do remember I need cashmere in my life - if you ever see any like you Antoni & Alison bargain in my size - buy buy buy!!!! Awesome blog xxx

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