Thursday, 15 January 2015

The Birthday Spends

I always think I am a bit of a weird sales shopper.  I get all excited then loose the will to live in stores very quickly,  so I ignore them for a few weeks.  Then the sales pick up a bit more momentum and the discounts are upped and I get all excited again.  Only to ponder whether I'm really purchasing for the price or the actual need.  Mmmmm!   So I've put all my birthday money into my savings account and I'm pondering these items.


I saw the above Selected Femme boots in a little local boutique in November.  They were reduced from £115 to £69, I loved them but having recently purchased my Ash boots, I thought another pair was a little extravagant.  However I didn't stop thinking about them.  There is a little hole in my wardrobe for a dressier boot such as this to wear with skirts/dresses when I wear tights.  However I failed in one of my golden rules - always try on!  Two months later, I was there again today and they fitted perfectly.  They are leather lined too and still at £69.  I walked away again thinking I want them to be £50 - mad?  Yep, I think so too.


Then I felt I had another hole for a really thick school run coat.  I have a Nike down filled one that I impulse bought when I was pregnant with no 2 as was getting drenched on the school runs and it fitted over my bump.  It did the job but 3.5 yrs on after a failed washing attempt, it's not so thick anymore.  I saw the above in the Zara sale.  £109 down to £69.99.  It looks thick and is also down filled, I love the big hood (my Nike one has a big hood but it's so big it covers my eyes - don't random buy when pregnant is the moral of that story!).  Initially it was the price that put me off, just not reduced enough for my liking.  However as I sit here typing it's currently pouring with rain, the school run is in an hour and I'm now thinking the lack of 'waterproofness' may also be a big fat no no.


And here is the random, 'I just like it' purchase!  Do I need it, nope but this is birthday money talking here.  I've heard and seen a lot of this brand Chinti and Parker and I do love their cheeky/cute designs just not the price tag.  This was £90 down to £45 and is organic cotton.  Part of me wants to give it a try and see what all the hype is about, part of me says that's a silly price for a cotton top.  BUT you get what you pay for - in most cases anyway.  Even me, the shopaholic that I am, is still learning about what not and what to invest in brand wise.  It's hard, you get swayed by a price but then within a year it's bobbled, shrunk, fit for bed wear and you think is it actually worth spending more for it to sit in my wardrobe longer?  I'm not heavily into faddy fashions, I buy to last and my style is pretty simple with twists used in accessories.  

So conclusions.  I'm popping to Bicester Village tomorrow to do a pre-shop ready for a client so it would be rude to not have a little look around.  After writing this, I'm kind of thinking the boots and the top.  The coat I can make do with, I have a Barbour (with no hood - they so need to come as standard) and other warm coats.  I hate snow so if we get any, my large Nike puffa will do for the few paces I will walk in it.  The C&P top is a little treat, something I probably wouldn't buy normally - so what birthdays are about.  The boots, well them boots.  If they are meant to be mine, they will still be there when I go back!  Oh the life of a shopaholic!

PS If the shipping was all free it would help, internet shops - #JustSaying ....

8 comments:

  1. Just love those boots, they are so chic and they fit you perfectly but I completely understand that you would snap them up if they were £50 it just seems that bit more justifiable!!! The top is gorge and would be such a useful item for summer. Hope you had a successful trip to Bicester xxx

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    1. B Vill not so successful, left me thinking about those boots even more - oh dear! x

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  2. The boots look fab Natalie but I can so see where you are coming from! I think the top is cute too! If you had really wanted them you would of snapped them up so sit tight & that birthday money will get spent on something really special! x

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    1. I guess as they aren't an every day boot the price tag feels like it should be lower to justify that they will sit in my wardrobe for a bit unworn! I sat tight and had a proper result in Topshop which I will share soon! x

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  3. I agree with Andrea. If you had really wanted them, you'd have snapped them up before now. I too would sit tight ... bet you'll find something that you just adore in Bicester!

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    1. I bought a new peg bag in B Village.....oh yes, the last of the big spenders there! Was really un-inspiring there for a change, Guess you can't have a 100% success rate every time!x

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  4. Oh you sound just like me. Even if I like something in the first place at full price, if I don't buy it, I still have a price in mind that I would probably want to pay for it. I totally get it. But sometimes I buy impractical shoes just out of sheer love regardless of the price ... I don't think you love them enough.

    And peg bags are good. I could do with one.

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    1. I'm glad I'm not alone on the price front! Maybe so, even though I still keep thinking about those damn boots and that top!
      I'm very pleased with my new peg beg actually!x

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