Sunday, 21 January 2018

January Sales - It's not quite over!

Buying a bargain at this time of year can be quite stressful - you know what you need to buy but perhaps can't find it, you're being enticed by low prices on items you don't need and doubting whether perhaps you do. It can all be overwhelming when you want to make sure you are getting Value For Money.

At the beginning of the sales I had two things on my list, a midi skirt for work and a designer pair of jeans for out-out, i.e. not for dog walks! I failed on my first couple of shopping trips, and decided not to bother with the jeans as you need to dedicate time to finding the right pair, and the sales environment doesn't really offer that!

And then the saying goes "when you are not looking, you'll then find it" and I did! It's reminded me that the January sales, is for January and not just the first couple of days after Christmas; what I mean by this is towards the end of the month, retailers give more discount off and so what may not have seem like a good price at the beginning, it certainly is now.

Some of the extra discounts, like I got on my jeans, you have to be in store, I'm not surprised as retailers want people to visit and they need to clear the shop's stock to make room for new season - so venture out and you never know what delightful little bargains you'll get.




red jacket and jean
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Let's start with my jeans, I got them from AllSaints, they should have been £88.00 but I paid in store £28.16 - they had been reduced twice, plus I got an extra 20% in store - what a bargain! 

I'm wearing them here with my fabulous navy shoe boots from Next (gifted to me by a dear friend Katie - thank you!) and Kettlewell's red silky roll neck, this comes in lots of colours and I find the fabric is ideal for dressing up an outfit.

And the jacket, well that was another bargain too from Zara - it should have been £69.99, but I paid £19.99 - this is going to be perfect for my weekend break to Portugal that I have in March as the evenings are likely to still be chilly. I'm sorry I cannot find it on their website so you will need to head in - there were quite a few left in store.





grey midi skirt
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I found my midi skirt at Jigsaw in a recent shopping trip in Marlow with my mum - I was unsure about what colour or pattern I wanted but was keen to have good quality, by not having anything specific in mind left me open to lots of opportunities. I settled on this heavy satin midi skirt which fits lovely around the waist, it's true to size and hangs really well. Creases slightly, so you do need to make sure you smooth it out before you sit. It also comes with pockets, which I love in a skirt of this style. 

I found it online! This colour, shadow grey and foliage green are £60 down from £120, but if you love pink, you are going to be super happy, as this is now £36 for their magenta. Whilst I'm wearing it with jumper and long boots, the fabric is light enough that I know I will wear it over spring/summer with a cami and flip-flops. So you will get a lot of wear out this skirt - I'm actually tempted to get the pink myself!



Jigsaw
Heavy Satin Fluid Skirt
Was £120, now £36/£60 - depending on colour






And so you see it is still worth visiting the shops for those last minute bargains, don't be fooled the racks are messy so you will have to hunt, but at least now the changing rooms are a lot more quieter than when the sales first started, it's definitely worth taking the time to try before you buy - and don't forget it's only a true bargain if you really need it - here's my link again to my top tips for getting the best out of the sales.



Good luck! Let me know what you buy by leaving comments on any of my social channels - Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.





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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Spring 2018 - Easy trends you can adopt!

Spring 2018
Image from Pixabay


I'm so excited that I am starting to write about Spring 2018, I love this season so much! Once we get to the other side of New Year I just can't wait for the shops to clear of sale items so that we can start to shop for this new season.

Now some stores have had their new collection in for a while, whilst others still need to get a move on shifting old stock. My advice to you is STOP buying for AW17, it's over! You have around 6-8 weeks to get as much wear out of your existing wardrobe before really adopting Spring items. I think this recent snap of cold weather is helping too, as we all want to wrap up warm at the moment.

One of the best things about a new season, it gives you a chance to re-evaluate the items you already own. But before we go into that in any great detail (I'll blog about this more over the coming weeks) - you need to start to think about what trends you may like to adopt; you can't wear everything, well you can try but I hope you have a very big bank balance to accommodate this! 

Here's a starting point of Spring trends for 2018, that I think will be fairly easy to introduce into your life, without necessary breaking the bank!




TIED AT THE HIP

The new kind of bag for this season is the belt bag or for those of you who are as old as me, this is a revamp of the bum bag! I know, I know it's had a lot of bad press in the past - but it's a trend that could be really big this season and the high street are already selling them; and I have to confess this new bag is quite high on my shopping list. I think the easy discreet option is to go black, but I am personally thinking of colour - you don't necessary have to belt it around your waist you can also have it across the shoulder.


Topshop
Panther Belt Bag
Available in black, red or pale blue
£22







OVERSIZED EARRINGS

This trend has been around for a few months - shops like New Look, H&M, Zara, Primark, Topshop have lots of designs, colours and styles to choose from. Don't spend a lot and get a few to have a broad selection, the key point to this trend is that you can have a lot of fun and they can easily perk up a fairly dull outfit. Or if you are known for wearing an eclectic mix of colours and styles, this may just simply blend in! 


Accessorize
Fringe disc elaborate earrings
£8







THINK PINK

Pink is everywhere at the moment, it's certainly a colour to consider for this new season. If you have a warm skin tone (like me) this is fairly challenging as our pink is actually orange - but sometimes you have to learn to mix it up, and we can opt to continue the AW17 trend of mixing pillar-box red with pink for that non-typical colour combo! 

For those of you who have cool skin tone, simply go head to toe! Here's Oxana Lozovskaya, a fellow Instagram girlfriend, showing off this trend - you can follow her here at oxanalozovskaya1101



Oxana Lozovskaya
Image: oxanalozovskaya1101



If you are Autumn or Spring with your natural colourings, i.e. warm skintone, I recommend this as an option.



Pinterest





JUST ONE COLOUR - DO IT HEAD TO TOE

After Think Pink, this leads me nicely into the next trend - All One Colour! - it's as simple as that. Pick a colour and its various tones, and simply wear it throughout your entire outfit and make sure your accessories, shoes and bags all tone in too. No complimenting colours, just the one hue please.



Pinterest




STRIPED TROUSERS


You should know this one already, as it was one of my very first posts of 2018. This is going to be big this Spring, you only have to go onto the Zara website or Topshop and it's all over their site. You have options of wide-leg, tapered or jogger-style - a lot of choice and so it should be fairly easy for you to adopt.


Zara
Pyjama-Style trousers with side stripes
£69.99










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Sunday, 14 January 2018

My guide to shopping your own wardrobe

Black outfit
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January is always a tough month when it comes to shopping; you've had all your Christmas presents, you've spent all you gift vouchers, you may or may not love what you bought in the sale but can't be bothered to take it back! And along with having to spend less due to December overspend, let's be honest this could continue into February.

So here's my guide to 'shopping your own wardrobe' to wear more of what you have already...


WHAT'S IN YOUR WARDOBE?

To make this effective and feel good about what you are wearing, it's important to put together stylish outfits. You can only do this if you know what you have, what fits you and what you absolutely hate (by the way, why is it still in your wardrobe?) and what are your potential gaps. Now that last part you may not know until you start to get creative. To help with all this you need a notepad and pencil (don't use a pen you may get ink on your clothes) and your camera phone.


FIND YOUR STATEMENT ITEMS

This is where you take one item, like a jacket, pair of trousers or perhaps a skirt; and you start to play with other garments, accessories, shoes and bags to create more than one outfit. Every outfit you put together that you love, you take a photo to remind you of it! Start to create a library of these so that when you are panicking on a Monday morning of "what shall I wear' take a quick look and just select.

Here's how I styled my striped Hush skirt to get three different looks. First up monochrome, just kept it simple with black polo and black boots...


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I'm still loving my berry boots from M&S - and here I've teamed them with a burgundy jumper for a different look.


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And then I like to do the complete contrast and just add that dynamic splash of colour - and I don't care whether colours work together or not, for this style you need to forget what compliments each other but be more of a wow factor. Love those kind of looks!



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HOW TO STOP WEARING THE SAME THING OVER & OVER AGAIN

This one I think is easy to sort, don't wash it! Bear with me here (LOL). If you find you wear the same jumper every week and you can't stop yourself from putting it on because it's an easy choice - then stop being Superwoman and getting all your washing done at great speed. If it's in the wash bin, you can't wear it and that forces you to wear something else.



ADOPT THE RULE - YOU CAN'T WEAR IT AGAIN FOR TWO WEEKS

The idea here is that you don't wear the entire outfit again for two week, you can wear the trousers again or the jacket, but the entire outfit is a no, no. This helps you get creative with your own wardrobe, and you start to learn to mix and match your outfits. When I offer this advice to girlfriends their immediate reaction is "I don't have enough clothes to do that" - the truth is you do, because the majority of us only wear 20% of what we have, because we wear the same things, over and over and over again - you see my point? A good tip here is to take a photo each day of what you have worn, as a quick reference and by not washing some of the items immediately, this will help you pick other items in your wardrobe.


USE PINTEREST AS A LOOKBOOK

Pinterest is not social media it's a search engine for images, much better than Google images (I personally think). All you have to do is type into the searchbox the garment you would like inspiration for - so here's what I got back simply by typing Black Poloneck and selecting the filter Women


Not surprisingly, it's suggesting an all-black look with black jeans and boots - this is an easy look you can pull together without too much stress.



The next suggestion was dungarees as a possible alternative option, now I don't own dungarees but I do own jumpsuits - so straightaway this makes me think "what can I do with them?".



You may own a faux fur sleeveless jacket like the one below but again if you don't you can simply copy this style and just use your faux fur coat - and you can team them with your favourite blue or black jeans and the accessories she is wearing is again a great way to jazz up a black polo.



Or finally a contrasting statement skirt - now you don't have to have this exact same shape skirt but you may have a pencil skirt in your wardrobe which could be red or blue and you could mimic this style. And here instead of boots you could opt for shoes.






SPEND ON YOUR GAPS

Now this is not an open door to go shopping for an entire new outfit! This is where you have done your research into pulling outfits together from your wardrobe; you've played on Pinterest or looked through magazines, and then you find you have small gaps like needing different coloured tights or maybe a different colour poloneck to get more out of what you have. Now here's where you use the pencil and notepad, as you try on your outfits, work out what you are missing to complete the look. Once you have a list, what common items do you need most that helps several outfits, these should be your priority on your next shop.

I purchased recently myself to get more out of my own wardrobe by investing in my H&M Biker jacket - I wanted to wear more of my work clothes at the weekend for the occasions where I don't want to wear jeans, and so this jacket has provided me a relaxed look (as photographed above) and all the rest of the items I am wearing I have owned for several seasons or years! So sometimes you have to invest a little to get a whole lot more!

One final rule for spending on your gaps, consider the value you need to spend to get the right purchase for you. If it's an item you will only need to wear a few times then spend less but if you think it's an item you will wear week in, week out, then consider spending on better quality so that the item lasts longer.



I hope you find all these tips useful - if you have any you would like to put forward, then please share them by getting in touch or leaving a comment on any of my social media platforms - Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.





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Thursday, 11 January 2018

About Me

I'm so excited to share with you my updated 'About Me' page - I hope this will give you an insight in to who I am, why I blog and ultimately my mission to help each and every one of my readers.







At the bottom of the page, I have included some quotations from readers who answered my survey back in November. A big thanks to all of you who took the time to complete it, I really appreciate the feedback - it will help me in writing the posts you want to read throughout 2018.

So go-see my new page, you just need to click here.

Thanks 

Lizzi x





Sunday, 7 January 2018

Let's get striped!

Many of you got in touch after my Athleisure post published - it seems it ticked a lot of boxes with our current mood. And one trend that has hit the high street in a big way is striped trousers, perfect to adopt for this style.

Today I have worn them with my Nikes and my Barbour jacket for a dog walk out in the January sunshine with my mother - they offer such a great 'relaxed-vibe' a fabulous alternative to jeans.


Black Striped Trousers
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These trousers give you hybrid-versatility - what I mean by this is that you can where them casual like you would trekkie bottoms or you can dress them up as if they were tailored trouser. The fabric along with the flat-front design, the mimicking zip-fly and the pockets makes them look like real tailored trousers, but in fact they are a pull-ups with an elastic waistband - so clever! I opted for Large this accommodates a size 14.

I now have the choice to dress up or dress down with little inconvenience, these will be perfect for trips into London or on a city break abroad, where you need comfort for travel but style for your destination.

And I'm even more happy that my new biker jacket from H&M suits them perfectly!





Zara striped trousers
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Zara
Trousers with side strip (red and white)
£25.99

NB: Zara sell them as a turn-up that is stitched in, this made it too short for my regular length legs, maybe by summer I might turn them up, but for now I have had them unstitched and steamed to be a slightly longer length. 






Zara again here offering a more tailored Navy option - with small slits at the ankles - this would be great for the office!


Zara
Navy Trousers with strip (white-red-white)
£29.99








The reason I purchased the Zara trousers is mainly due to this hybrid style that I can adopt to different items in my wardrobe; during my shopping trip I tried on many others, generally from affordable stores like H&M, Topshop and New Look as I wanted to test to see if I liked them. What I noticed with some I tried on the fabrics are in a tracksuit material - and for these you are unlikely to get away with dressing them up, the fabric is not stiff enough and quite often too shiny.


TopShop
Popper Side Trousers
Navy (red stripe)
£49







TopShop
Side stripe joggers
Black (red-white stripe)
£28







Top
Checked Side Striped Slouch Trousers
Grey (white-yellow-white stripe)
£49

I love the yellow and another great option that I think you could get away with in the office - and looking at the website they are selling well.








New Look
Side Stripe Tapered Trousers
Black (burgundy-white striped)
£14.99

I really loved the colour of stripe of these, seeing as though burgundy plays a huge part of my current wardrobe, and whilst the sizing was true to fit, the material was too shiny, it looked cheap. Now £14.99 is quite frankly the right price, but this image below makes them look a lot better than what they truly are. A great casual trekkie bottom if you don't want to dress them up.






I would love to know what you think of this trend, so do get in touch via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.



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A BLAST FROM THE PAST


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It won't be long until you need to think about your Spring wardrobe; if you've not started already! A staple item is The Trench Coat - take a read here of a post I wrote January 2017 that gives you some great tips before you invest.















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