25 Sep 2009

Next sale tomorrow

Next are having a sale tomorrow.  It's only 2 months since the last one, so I'm guessing this will be fairly small.  I got loads of stuff in July - I went to my local next at 5am and then bought online when that sale began at 8am!  Sounds crazy but some things online weren't available in store and vice versa. 

I'm not too excited for tomorrow after looking at the online Next sale preview I think I'll have a look online at 8am and then just pop in later when I go shopping.  I'm not going to make a special trip to get there at 7am.

So far I'll be looking out for this dress which is £20 down from £42, hope I find some other nice bits too. 

24 Sep 2009

Matalan Autumn wardrobe additions

Now I will start this by saying I didn't like Matalan very much up until now. Why? Well you always see amazingly cheap but wonderful items in magazines and in their advertising which entice me to go out of town to one of their stores. But I never find any of those nice items actually in the store. I'm not saying they don't exist, just that they're obviously not very savvy in terms of how popular an item will be and how much of it to stock! It's one of those places where there are a couple of pieces every season which gain a fast cult following, sell out instantly and end up on eBay for silly prices.

Anyway, so I never had much joy shopping at Matalan, just the odd bits and bobs and one pair of shoes which I love to death and would gladly buy 5 more back-up pairs if I could, but that's it. So then Matalan started selling online, I thought this was a smart move by them and that I would now be able to get my hands on some bargains. Nah-uh. The best stuff was either not available online or sold out in most sizes. I gave up up.

Maybe the website was in teething stages or something because today I got a Matalan promotional booklet through the door which tempted me back online. Bits I liked from the magazine weren't available online (aaargh) but I will forgive this as I found a few lovely bargains. These are all office clothes, so won't appeal to everyone, but I think I've got a couple of great staples here and a few silly extravagances, but hey they were cheap!
This dress is my favourite of the haul. I think it will be flaterring on because of the length, the scoop neck, the structured waist and pin tucks and I adore bows, so obviously I had to have it. The sleeves could have been a little longer, but I couldn't resist because of the bow. As if I needed another excuse to add this to my basket, it was reduced to £10! I did actually need a new plain-ish black dress and it will go lovely with coloured tights.

This dress is a lot less 'fashion' but I think it will be great for the office and no other colour makes more of a statement than this. Definately be be worn on a day when I have something to say! I ummed and aarred a lot about this one, but I thought I'd give it a try. It might be really good with grey tights and black knee-high boots, perhaps also my long black open cardigan if I'm not feeling brave enough for the full on red. It's got similar qualities to the black dress, good length, structure waist, pin tucks plus it's got more of a sleeve to it. The neck-line is not so great on this one but it will give different jewellery options. This one was full price and still only £18!
I got these two tops to wear under suits. I absolutely feel for people who don't wear a suit often, looking awkward because they feel they have to wear a shirt with a suit. They then have a little battle with whether to tuck the collar ubnder the jacket or flip it over the lapels of the jacket. Scary stuff. I don't like to look like a stiff when I have to wear a suit. I've got a few nice suits and I think these tops will be really nice under my navy blue and maybe also my dark grey. £12 for the purple (also comes in mustard) and £14 for the blue which also comes in emerald and I think silver.
I couldn't help myself getting all three of these. They were just £12. Suede shoes never last long as they get damaged really easily if they get wet or scuffed, but it's not like they're an every day shoe anyway! Primark have been selling shoes just like these and I tried to get them before I went on holiday but they didn't have my size. I have a feeling they may have been more than £12 too! I'm going to mix and match these, brightening up a plain outfit, and mix and matching them with coloured tights and dresses. I have some lovely jersey dresses from asos, one dark pink, one blue and one grey and they're getting a bit boring, so these will definately breathe some new life into them for this season.
Phew, all that for £90. Thumbs up Matalan, I will be back.

22 Sep 2009

OMG is it Christmas already?

Now I love Christmas, a lot. But it really seems that shops are getting their stuff out earlier and earlier every year. In Sainsbury's yesterday I saw advent calendars and christmas puds, today on Lakeland I saw they had their Christmas catalogue and Boots.com have all of their 3 for 2 gifts. It seems even stranger to me, I think, because I just got back from holiday and have never gone away this late in the year before.

So it would seem rude not to start my Christmas list... top of the list will be the new Marc Jacobs perfume, Lola. I saw and tested this at the airport and the fragrance is as lovely as the packaging. I really like Daisy and I think this will become a favourite too.


Reasons to love autumn

So Autumn is officially here, flip flops and sunglasses are being packed away and it's starting to turn to that time of year when it's a bit too warm for a coat but a bit too cold without. A whole new season of fashion awaits.

Here are my reasons to stop mourning the loss of summer and embrace autumn.

1. Tights

Tights fix a multitude of fashion issues don't they? If you're not allowed to wear leggings at your work, chances are there's no ban on black opaques, and they give the same type of effect. But it's not just black tights I'm talking about here, I love coloured tights, wooly tights, patterned ones - they can really make a plain old dress look like an interesting new outfit. I think I will need a feature on my favourites.

2. Wearing a mac / coat

I love my mac and there's not much of the year I can wear it as it's usually either too hot or cold enough to require a full winter coat. Mine is lilac and gorgeous and makes me feel instantly glam. I also now have a similar style in red and can't wait to start wearing them.

3. Boots

There's nothing more easy to wear and comfortable than your uggs. For me the official defination of the time of year comes down to what I'm wearing at the end of my jeans - uggs of flip flops. In the past I had been known to wear Uggs in Summer as I just couldn't be parted with them, but was once asked if I was expecting snow. Shame.

Knee-high boots are a bitter sweet for me, I adore them and think they can do wonders for your legs and transform an outfit, but I have big calves, so often the pairs I like don't fit me - boooo.

4. All the exciting events to plan for

Autumn / Winter is full of opportunities for dressing for special occasions. Obviously Christmas is on the horizon which brings parties and special dinners, but there's also Halloween and Bonfire night. I think it's such a fun time of year for fashion, and I've always preferred Winter over Summer in terms of clothes - I think it has something to do with being -overweight - Winter requires a lot less flesh-flashing! I've got a full on dressing up Halloween party this year, so I will be posting ideas for costumes.

5. Getting a new wardrobe!

Well okay not a whole new wardrobe, but it's a great excuse for some shopping to update my Autumn / Winter clothes.

Here's a few items I'm liking the look of for Autumn / Winter. Dig out your woolies and enjoy!

Next

This dress is £45 and rather the perfect shape. It has long sleeves for covering the bingo wings, a belted waist to add definition to the waist, a cross over top part to flatter that area and ends just above the knee. I might get this. Worries are it might be a little long on me and I'm not sure if it's a little old for me?




I think this one falls into that category of 'I like it but I wouldn't wear it'. Two years ago everywhere you turned dresses were shaped like sacks. I think I hardly bought anything all summer because the shape just did nothing for me (I tried belts etc but it was a disaster). So I don't think this is a look for me, but it's really pretty. If you're a realfourteen with a more straight up and down kind of shape (lollipop perhaps) this might look really good on you. Also £45 from Next.



I majorly heart these boots. They're a bit eighties, a bit smart, a bit casual, they look just a little bit tough and I think they might even be quite comfy! I will definately try these on when I go shopping and will most likely cry on the shop floor if they don't fit my chubby calves! They're more expensive than I would usually go for at £100, but I really like the style (I actually saw someone with boots like this about 18 months ago and loved them, but they were vintage) and think they would last me ages.
Dorothy Perkins

This coat is so pretty and a real statement piece, but I think the ruffles are would add too much bulk on me. It comes in a lovely rainbow of colours - £75.

This is a really great work dress. I'm sure it's something I tried to get last year in the sale, but my size had sold out. Maybe it was popular enough that they brought it back. I would wear it as a pinafore over a shirt, top, polo neck etc. I already have something a lot like this, but it's getting a bit old and this is much nicer version. £40. (It would go lovely with the boots!)

That's all for now x


21 Sep 2009

Too faced make-up haul

So here's a little haul from my holiday. There was only one Sephora where I was staying and it was quite small so I was dissapointed that they didn't have some of the stuff I intended to buy. Here's what I got.

Most of the Too Faced stuff will be out over here soon I'm sure if not already, but we don't usually get the value sets and the one I got was a really good deal. I was going to buy the sun bunny bronzer by itself and then i noticed this set which included the full size bronzer plus bonus goodies for just a few dollars more.

The Laura Mercier concealer was bought on the recommendation of some of the youtube beauty gurus so I'm hoping it's good!

Other things I wanted but couldn't get was included an Urban Decay value set and a Nars Harlow lipgloss. They did have a Nars lipgloss set including Harlow but it was $49 which seemed like a lot and I didn't love all of the colours. Hopefully I can get the Harlow on ebay - they didn't have it singularly in the store :(

Sadly I was also too early for any of the holiday sets to be out (although I'm wondering if the too faced set I got is a holiday set) - I love Philosophy but there wasn't anything new out I liked. I'll probably love all of the holiday stuff when it comes out and I can get it! It's so annoying that only some of the stuff becomes available here.

Anyway, I shall look forward to trying out all my lovely new make-up and I shall let you know what it's like.

BTW, you probably know this, but now I'm using polyvore, if you want to see what something is or how much it costs and where it's from, if you click on the picture it will take you to polyvore where each of the items becomes clickable and the details show.

20 Sep 2009

Beautiful bows



Wow, I've just discovered polyvore - it'll be so much quicker for me to show you the things I heart with this. First collection - one of my biggest fashion crushes - bows! Enjoy x