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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

One for you, one for me....

...no we're not talking about a box of Celebrations here, we've already established that I'm a savoury girl.  I'm talking presents.  

Now I am properly sick.  I am feeling exceptionally sorry for myself, I think I may have proper flu.  My head feels like there's a sledgehammer going off inside it, my ribcage aches, my shoulders ache, I can't breathe through my nose, I am a vision of gorgeousness. 

Actually I've been asleep all day which is totally unheard of for me and I am typing from my sick bed.  

I forgot I have to get The Husband another present.  I'm quite lucky in that he doesn't read the blog so he will have no idea (just in case someone in his office decides to share my cunning plan with him though, I'm not going to reveal the one thing I already bought him.  This is something he asked for months ago and *punches air* I got it.  I should probably explain that I did in fact forget to get it and managed to miss numerous money off codes and then had to panic buy the last one nationwide at full price.  What a total numpty.)

But whilst I was having a little look at Matches Men, I sort of swerved into the Women's department.  It's really not that exciting shopping for men.  There.  I've said it.  Men's wallets or women's bags?  Err that's not a proper comparison surely?

Now I don't need a bag (well that's not true, I do actually *need* ie I would like) another black bag as I am black bag tastic at the moment.   And it would be remiss of me not to share (from the sick corner) the bargains that there are at Matches at the moment, especially of the DVF variety. 

To be honest, when it comes to "designer bags" hers are really good value anyway.  But with 30, 40 or even 50% off, they are my definite recommendation for under the tree this year (seeing as a Bottega Veneta bag is never ever ever going to happen!)

Starting with black, there are some lovely options.

Courier Rail Shoulder Bag from DVF was £360 now £180



Sutra Hobo Bag from DVF was £305 now £213

The Red version is even cheaper now was £305 now £183 and there are some gorgeous other colours online as well. 


The other bag shape I adore from DVF is the Sutra Duffle Bag was £280 now £186


Whilst I was there I also thought I'd have a quick look at some of the accessories.  These aren't cheap, they're still really expensive but it is Christmas......  Neither of these will be some people's cup of tea but I think with a plain dress or a tee and blazer, you'd have these for years.  They are rather "out there", I'll give you that.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Multi charm necklace 30% off at £374  



Rosantica by Michela Panero was £505 now £353




But a more reasonable little number would be some sunnies.  I have two pairs that I've had for years and both are absolutely cream crackered.  Seriously, my old Tom Ford glasses are verging on frosted glass, they're that scratched.  And the arm of my Dior ones keep falling off.  I am one step away from Jack Sugden style sellotaping it back on.

But these from DVF again look pretty darn perfect. 





However I abandoned Matches for His present as after a quick little google, I did manage to find it cheaper at ASOS.  It just means I'll have to wrap it myself *delegates to 10yr old* (she's still at that age when she loves wrapping presents - I remember so so looking forward to it every year.  And now?  Well I'd rather poke forks in my eyes.  I'm not well remember.....) 

Paul Smith Reversible Stripe Scarf was £65 (still is at Matches!) now £45.50 in blue.  Done.  Other colours again available reduced at ASOS - I just put Paul Smith Scarf in the search bar.



So I did actually accomplish something on my sick day.  I have no photo of any outfit as I have honesty worn my pyjamas for three days.  I can't actually remember being this ill, but at least I've hopefully got the worst of it over before next week when the festivities commence.  I now need to go and lie down.  Please send get well vibes as I have so so so so much to do tomorrow, let alone Thursday.  GAH!

Monday, 15 December 2014

The Best of the Rest

Oh god I'm not well.  It appears my daughter is the generous kind and has given me her lurgy from last week.  I've been sicker for sure but I currently feel like I have been chewing razor blades all day. 

So my day of last minute Christmas shopping has had to be shelved as I feel very sorry for myself - at home with the decorators.  The joy...... I'm also due to be out tonight for a dinner party but have had to give my apologies (yes I feel that rough).  The Husband will be flying solo whilst I try and persuade the children to watch a movie and not make too much noise. 

In the meantime and in between hacking coughs, I have got out some of the presents for the kids that I have bought (not nearly as much as I had thought - darn it.  Every.  Year.  I think I've bought loads, get it all out and it looks a piddly amount.  Except that I've spent loads.  GAH.  I will be doing my trip to The Range to stock up on art supplies to pad out their stash)

And whilst they sit on the kitchen island in a defiant manner, daring me to wrap them, I am practising my procrastination skills by just seeing if there are any dresses out there that I may have missed... and of course there are more sales. GAH. 

I have ordered my dress from yesterday from the bargains at ASOS - it's coming tomorrow, it's so so not me that the chances of it working aren't high but you never know.  It could open up a whole new sort of look for me.... (this is so unlikely it's risible) 

So sat here perusing bits for the children (actually I may just have done a price match at John Lewis as I can click and collect my Lego Emmett watch from there but it's £5 cheaper at Toys R Us. Thanking you kindly JL), I may just have come across some dresses which are rather gorgeous, from Warehouse which have opened up a whole new avenue of temptation. 

As I've said before, this season they are rocking it.  Seriously gorgeous stock, here is my cream of the crop. 

Starting with some looser ones (I've got canape-itis in mind for next week, you can keep your Roses & your Celebrations, I cannot resist a savoury canape.  I can literally hoover an entire tray in one swoop).  Again, I'm thinking Christmas Day, maybe New Year's Eve with some added bling and perfect for drinks parties and evenings out in January and beyond (planning ahead here...) 

Grey Marl Swing Dress from Warehouse £30



How have I not seen these before?  This is perfect.  I love it dressed down for lunch with ankle boots (I'm thinking my Toga Pullas..) but with heels for Christmas day or a dinner party.

Lace Shirt Dress from Warehouse £50



This is rather reminiscent of the Whistles dress from yesterday but at a fraction of the price.  A lovely little extra one to have at a bargain price now.  Graffiti dress from Warehouse was £48 now £25  Ideal with black or silver or grey for the Winter.  In the Spring, I'd wear this with a little black blazer and either black ballet pumps or my beloved white sneakers that I can't see me giving up any time soon.  And into the Summer with whatever sandals we shall be wearing.  This is my most favourite sort of dress - one that you wear for any occasion. 



And dresses of this sort are just in abundance at Warehouse. 

Black New Shadow Floral Slinky Dress was £38 now £20 



Camo Print Textured Dress £38 from Warehouse



This one is so far from my comfort zone but I love it.  I think it's very Roksanda as opposed to Warehouse.  Definitely looks much more expensive than you'd think.

Green Pleat Detail Midi Dress £70



Whilst I do love the one above, I have to say it's this one that I LOVE.   I'm just slightly concerned the cream against my ridiculously white skin tone may look a bit meh.  But I would have worn this to work and then out in the evenings, it would have been my *Friday* dress. 

Colour Block Wrap Dress £48 from Warehouse  And I think now with heeled suede court shoes for Winter it would be perfect, into Spring with some gladiator sandals...Or during the day with a pair of strappy buckle ballet flats.  Or how about ankle boots (oh hello Toga Pullas again... I'm literally talking myself into this as I type)






And if we're looking at jumper dresses, this I think would be too short for me to wear with tights but I'm loving the idea of it over my good old (uncomfortable) pleather leggings or skinnies.  The ultimate in comfort (if I can get over the saggy crotch from those god awful Topshop pleather leggings.  Mine detail and at least the length would cover it.  I'm all the class and then some) 

Cable knit high neck dress £48



So moving on as otherwise I would just be able to show every dress from Warehouse and there are others that are worth looking at, such as the brand True Decadence which I haven't come across before, but I would definitely say worth a look at.  All rather Whistles to me but at a third of the price.  From John Lewis. 

True Decadence Big Pleat dress in navy £48



And a grey one in a great texture.  True Decadence Waffle Curve hem tunic dress £48




This looks very like a Sportmax dress I nearly bought last year.  True Decadence Contrast Waist Dress in blue £50



A similar shape here from Ted Baker - a brand I don't tend to look at for dresses to be honest, but this one I think could neatly fit into most wardrobes as that perfect party dress.  For all year round to be honest. 

Ted Baker Metallic Wrap Dress in grey £139




I am still on a navy shoe hunt (I think I may have tracked down the Dorothy Perkins ones though... this does however rely on The Husband trecking to a random London location to pick them up for me.....hmmmmmm) and therefore I am now obviously looking at navy dresses as well.  (this is bad bad shopping....but I do have the little matter of the First Holy Communion at the back of my mind) 

Hobbs Prudence Dress in navy £139  The irony is that these plain navy dresses would be ideal with a totally different coloured shoe.  (I'm not going to mention pink but....)  Silver, grey, cobalt blue (oh yum actually - ooh these would all be fabulous with my Reiss sandals from last year), gold, the list goes on.  I also think this slightly 50's shape would look great with flats as well. 





Hobbs Sandrine dress in navy £149 (I would also wear this with sneakers or skater shoes come the Spring - it's machine washable..... whoop whoop = school run dress)





Now I've swerved Mango recently as I had overload from all their offers but blow me down with a feather, the gits have got new stock in.  And it's gorgeous.  Dresses - just a couple...

Tassel Shift Dress (I know, I know, it's black but it would be so useful) £44.99 from Mango and by the Summer you can wear it over a bikini.  Simply perfect.



Or a printed version (both of these could easily be worn with opaques) 



Speaking of dresses that can work hard for you - not dissimilar to the ones above is this utter beauty I may have stumbled across at the Matches Sale (did I mention Matches are in sale yet....... be still my beating heart and twitchy fingers

Caterina Pleated Tunic was £155 now £93 from Vix at Matches


Some DVF at 50% off?  Reina Tunic Dress was £265 now £132



Finishing with more navy - stunning simplicity again at DVF.  Bevin Dress was £305 now £183



And I could honestly go on and on but I must must must go and wrap some presents.   There is no photo today as I literally got back into my pyjamas after school drop off as a lovely friend dropped the children home this afternoon.  This is my outfit from Saturday for a family lunch before we went out in the evening.  More old favourites. 

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Black vest - H&M
Navy sweatshirt - JCrew
Distressed patchwork jeans - Mango
Emerald green boiled wool coat - Zara
Caitlyn biker boots - Seven Boot Lane
Diego bag - Alexander Wang

I have just looked at the (smallish) piles of presents for the kids and of course, there is one pile with loads more than the others.  Oh darn it - and I thought I'd got it sussed.  Hopefully I'll feel a shedload better tomorrow and I'll go the The Range and get some more small goodies.  Oh and there's a Homesense and a TKMaxx opposite which should mean they're sorted.  Hope everyone else has finished their Christmas shopping?  Not to mention John Lewis Click & Collect which has been my saving grace for the last couple of years.  If I get them wrapped today this is the first time ever that I haven't left it all till Christmas Eve....... (we so know where this is going, don't we....?)

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Let the merriment commence

The merriment that is the madness of the sales period.   What on earth is going on?  It seems that the days of staying up on Christmas Day till midnight to press buy on the sales goodies you've spent days bookmarking are long gone.  We've got eons till Christmas (don't anyone dare abuse me of this foolish notion....) and yet the Sales are starting with a vengeance. 

Which means it's the perfect opportunity to go on (yet another) dress hunt.  Christmas day, I will nail you.  I still might keep the Boden dress but I am definitely on the look out for other potentials......  You can never have too many dresses - all fabulous weapons in your wardrobe arsenal. 

So starting with ASOS who, to be fair, aren't in sale sale mode but there is 20% off today.  Off. Everything.  Which is a big deal at ASOS as they have so many fab brands which you will still pay full price for elsewhere. 

I personally am not in the market for a black dress (she says...) - I have two from last year that I love and will be wearing this week to various parties and drinks but if you are on the lookout for a black one, this one is very sweet (and lovely and loose which hides a multitude of sins)

Elise Ryan Drop waisted dress with lace peplum £52 pre discount



Another black number with some lace detailing. 

ASOS Midi Skater Dress with lace panel £45




They also do this in a berry shade 




Speaking of berry I'm all about the colour and the print this time round and boy do I wish I could wear red.  This for Christmas is perfect but it would be ideal to take you into the Spring as well.  I have yet another First Holy Communion coming up in June (number one son) and this would fit the brief for that perfectly. 

ASOS Midi Dress in red with dipped hem and full skirt £45






Another red number.

ASOS Tall Wrap Dress £35  Disclaimer here.  The model is 5ft 9 which yes, is tall but it's the same model they seem to use for a lot of their "regular" dresses..... Oh and it's not a proper wrap dress, it's a fake wrap dress.  Which is a huge thumbs up from me - much easier to wear, much more flattering for everyone. 




Personally for me, it has to be the black.  I said I didn't need another black dress.  I lied....



This is perfect - I can't believe the price and that's before the discount.

ASOS Midi Wiggle in Winter Floral in Crepe £50



Same dress in a textured photo floral print for £60



And they do this in red (can you spot a theme here....?) 



And another red one for good measure - I adore the simplicity of this.  Absolutely adore the shape of it, I might be even tempted to do the red, I love it that much. 

ASOS White Viscose mini dress £60



But back to print now and I love the luxurious feel to this one. 

ASOS Premium Pencil Dress in floral jacquard £75



Now after my big party last night I may be losing the plot somewhat but there's something about this I think is quite sweet.....

ASOS Tall Butterfly Midi Dress £60



Another nature theme dress from Whistles.  On a scale of 1 to 10 of useful all year round, this is a 12.  It says dry clean but it's only polyester so I don't know why you couldn't cold wash it.  You could wear this on the school run in the Spring with flats, you could wear it to a wedding.  And you could certainly wear it on Christmas Day.  I think it would look amazing with silver shoes..... Or black opaques and black shoes or shoe boots.  

Whistles Dress with Placement Floral print £160 (I swear Whistles dresses gone up in price... I think this one is new season)



Moving on now to dress experts Boden where their sale has most definitely started.  So this is the dress that I have... but it's just ever so ever so snug across my chest.  However I think the next size up would be huge everywhere else. GAH.  Though I'm very tempted to reorder it as it's now about £15 less than I paid for it...

Eliza Dress in the blue now £59.40 was £99




Other ones that have caught my eye is the Selina dress in the leopard which has 50% off which makes it now £64.50 from £129.



I don't actually recall seeing this one previously but I quite like it - quirky.... and so easy to put with black accessories that you already have. 

Alicia Dress in Gold Rush Painted Bird was £79 now £39.50



A navy shirt dress - love this dressed down with chunky boots but it would also look great with heels.

Maisy Dress in French navy was £79 now £39.50 



Or the retro tunic in the navy colourway - again this would be fantastic in the spring with flat pumps or sneakers.  But I'd team with black opaques and heels for Christmas Day.  Or nude tights and silver shoes for a Christmas party.  Gorgeous and super versatile. 

Retro Tunic was £79 now £39.50



My final choice with 50% off (which is handy as it was very expensive to begin with) is a very special number that I have to say, were I able to find some navy shoes (grrrr), this would be perfect perfect perfect for a First Holy Communion.  Very tempted to just get it and keep it for the ridiculously long cooling off period Boden give you.... (is that very naughty?) 

Silk and Lace Tunic Dress from Boden was £250 now £125



So some food for thought there (and of course you do get 20% off everything at ASOS, not just dresses and there are lots of other bargains to be had online at Boden - just in time for those last minute Christmas presents....) 

I am so umming and ahhing as to whether to keep the darn bird dress... maybe I'll try it on and do a show and tell on here.  I also have another one I *may* have picked up the other day when I went for lunch with The Husband...... (but guess what - it needs pigging navy shoes...Couldn't write it, could you?) 

And proving my point that spending time finding the right dress pays off, here I am in my outfit from last night in a dress that I've had for four years and it gets dragged out every year.  Totally saved my bacon last night for our Winter Ball - I bought absolutely nothing new at all, hence I'm now on a dress roll. 



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Bling jewellery - Forever 21
Sequin dress - All Saints 
Clutch bag - Tory Burch
Black suede shoe boots - M&S

Oh and I've just pressed buy on one of the above dresses.  It's not me in a million years.  It will no doubt go straight back but any guesses which one?