Sunday, 8 December 2013
Once I'd discovered what this Black Friday business was all about, I may well have taken advantage of some of the fabulous offers which I'd seen floating about. I ordered several new dresses (I'm wondering about a round-up post about them next week) and these two pairs of shoes, neither of which I'd been 100% certain I'd love enough to keep when they arrived. But guess what? I do. Both pairs are staying.
These ASOS Poet platforms stole my heart as soon as I saw them. Having been given a 30% off code for the site, I'd been having a casual browse, as you do. Chunky, sturdy heels and a huge platform, yes, but they somehow manage to avoid looking too "Lita", which is good as I can't stand the infamous JCs. The Poet platforms are finished in a lovely printed satin, and the contrast between the soft floral print and their chunky heel zips actually really appealed to me.
In the past I've had problems with similar styles to this which had big ankle straps which were too tight and meant the shoes didn't fit (I seem to recall River Island in particular being bad for this - I know my calves are pretty huge but hey, if someone is a size 7 or 8 in shoes, it's unlikely that they'll have a twig-thin calf, isn't it?!). No such problems with Poet, though. The strap makes it a little tricky to get the shoes on in the first place, sure, as you have to unzip them and then get your whole foot through the zip/strap opening, but once in they are certainly true to size and consistent with my other ASOS shoes.
Basically, I love them, and wouldn't have been unimpressed with them if I'd paid full price, but for £35 I think I grabbed a bargain!
I'd seen these Topshop Juniper shoes in store in London and walked by. Looking at the sort of shoes I usually wear, you'd be forgiven for thinking they're not my kind of thing, at all. Ordinarily, that would be the case. I mean, they're not my usual height.
But, I was flicking through the shoes and accessories in the 20% off promotion which Topshop had running for Black Friday, and I decided I would give them a try, because, umm...glitter!
From the front they're fairly simple, but I love the glittery strap and heel section. I'd not been sure whether I liked the pink or the teal best, and now that I've got them and realised how much I like them, I sort of wish I'd ordered both colours.
I'm rather glad I stepped out of my comfort zone with these as I'm thinking they'll be great for some of my shorter skirts and dresses, when really high heels aren't quite so appropriate. And, you know...glitter!!
Saturday, 7 December 2013
|Louche Julita-Country Dress: Joy|
|Shoes: New Look|
I'd bought some dresses last week, both of which I'd fancied for a while and would have probably bought them anyway, but I was tempted to order them then due to some Black Friday promotions which the sites had on. I guess, although they were expensive-ish, I saved some money with the codes, and really liked them beforehand anyway, so they can be considered bargains? Good buys?
So is something only a good deal when you would have bought it at a higher price anyway? I looked down at my armful of half-price "statement" necklaces and a sequin bra and pants (which I already have a very similar set of) and thought: wouldn't I be better off spending the £40 or so I'd have spent on these things, on something I really actually want, rather than just buying cheap things for the sake of it?!"
I can see how it makes more sense to spend a little more on one dress which fits properly, is a flattering shape and the right length for me, rather than going mental in Primark in the £5-dress section because, you know, £5.
So, for now, I'm going to try and focus on wearing some of the things I've bought because I love, or I already owned and love, and try to be more sensible with my spends in future. Let's just hope it lasts through the January sales, eh?
Am I the only one who does this? Stocks up on things I'll never wear because they're "cheap"?
Friday, 6 December 2013
This week's wishlist is inspired by Sarah's latest outfit post - her Poppy England dress looks super cute on her, no? Poppy England started off making kids' clothes and then made the (very sensible, in my opinion) decision to make their pretty dresses for grown ups as well.
Of course, as soon as I saw Sarah's post, I had to go and have a little look on the site, and these are the few things I've narrowed it down to as the things I'd like....first, anyway.
001: I think the Grace dress is my favourite style on the site, and I love this tea party print on the red background. I love the fact that their prints are based on storybook drawings, but that this dress looks totally wearable anyway; a nice grown up style. This one is on my Xmas list, for sure!
002 and 003: I love tulle petticoats. I have a couple already (not as cute as these) and when I wear one I never fail to feel like a princess. There is a huge range of colours to choose from, but I think I'd start with the yellow and this pretty emerald colour, as I'd like them to contrast with the dresses.
004: This Beatrice dress wins definite cute points for the print. Little jars of sweets. I love it!
Have you heard of Poppy England before? Which is your favourite item? I'm not expecting it to take me long before I cave and place an order... I'm also rather gutted that I live so far from London as I hear they're having a sample sale tomorrow.
Thursday, 5 December 2013
|Glitter Whisper Strappy Dress: French Connection|
|Stud Detail Shoe Boots: Charity Shop (similar studded shoe boots here)|
|Bug Collar Necklace: Topshop|
For a few weeks.
Then, I went into my local store, which is pretty tiny, and they had a picture of it on the wall, but not in stock. There was, the sales assistant told me, however, a huge % off promotion running, but it finished at midnight. I ummed and ahhed for a few hours, and then a rather lovely person ordered it for me, mostly to shut me up, I think. I was over the moon when it arrived and once I'd actually gathered up the courage to have a huge trying-on session, I couldn't wait for a chance to wear it.
And, a chance I got, on Sunday evening when I was given about five minutes to get ready for an impromptu evening out. Although it's a little low at the front for my liking, I wore a collar necklace and these studded heels to try and 'tough it up' a little. I also realised that due to the large bow detail at the back, it's impossible to wear a cardigan with this dress without looking like The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Not that it really mattered, though, as I had a coat with me and it was nice and warm in the restaurant.
To get around that in future, though, I'm wondering about layering it over a top or something, like they have here on the website, and finishing it off with something like this gold and jet necklace from Jon Richard..Do you think it would work?
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
|Coat: Therapy @ House of Fraser|
|Shoes: Charity Shop|
|(Not sure where the shifty look came from).|
The folks in my local store are ever so helpful, as I'd not been able to find my size online, I gave them a call and they managed to find me one and put it away for a couple of days until I could pick it up. They also told me that their 40% event runs until today, and then there'll be another event, but they aren't allowed to know what it is until it launches - so, potentially some more discounts?
I can't find it on the site anymore, but I like how full the skirt of the coat is, as well as of course the furry collar (which is detachable, but why would you ever want to take it off?!). I wore it over my leopard print prom dress from Matalan. Is it totally uncouth to wear two leopard prints with each other.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
|Bellfield Kirkwood Animal Print Tee : Joy|
|Shorts: Red Herring @ Debenhams // Hat: River Island|
I'd been hoping for a chance to wear my new necklace - I'm trying to build up my collection of chunky, colourful necklaces to finish off my outfits. It seems to make more sense to me to have plain jumpers and necklaces which I can combine as I like, rather than something like this Topshop one, which had caught my eye last week. I rather like how it's colours work with the print of this woodland t-shirt, as well.
This week has started off fairly busy: the run-up to Christmas has certainly begun - and at Guides last night we found out we have an extra week because the church isn't going to be ready (building work is happening) in time for the carol service we'd had planned. This means I need to have an extra week's worth of activities planned. I'm thinking I'm going to make bird feeders with them. In the past we've done strings of monkey nuts, but I'm wondering about something like these coconut feeders. Any ideas what is best?
Monday, 2 December 2013
|Betty Dress: Duck and Duffel|
|Wedge Trainers: Topshop|
I think I prefer the shape of the Betty, and I love the bow waistband (which is removable so I could wear it with other dresses, I suppose) and the muted grey against the pale blue. It also has some cute little mock pinafore style buttons at the shoulders. I teamed it with some wedge trainers and grey tights to run a few errands in town. I find that I always feel less conscious of short hemlines when I team them with a nice, thick pair of opaque tights.
Duck and Duffel dresses are made to order, so can take a couple of weeks (which is a LOT faster than I've been making dresses, lately - I've totally failed on my 12 in 12 challenge this year). I'm trying to decide which one I want next. There are other styles, but I like the Betty so much that I think I'm going to go for that one - I just need to decide which fabric I want it in. I'm torn between this moose print and these polka dots.