Monday, 25 May 2015

Holiday Packing

I'm not in the best of moods today as I absolutely hate packing.  I am a 'just in case' kind of girl, I carry the 'kitchen sink' with me pretty much every day.  So having to condense 4 peoples clothes for a week into two suitcases is pretty much my idea of hell.  That being said, I am pushing on through and trying to really cut down as we will spend most of our time by the pool (please don't rain in Spain, please!) and then evening outfits will be relaxed ones and worn again (and washed!) for a town trip in the day (Zara/Mango, I am coming for you with our great Euro exchange rate!).  Fatface were kind enough to contact me to help me on my way and sent this cute cotton shirt.  How nice is the detail?  As well as a new hat, my last one has just gone in the rag bag bin, it really wasn't suitable to wear anymore.

Fatface Shirt £28
Fatface hat £35
Tommy Hilfiger shorts and belt; TK Maxx (years ago!)

Very tempted by this little number also from Fatface £35 
I haven't bought anything for my trip to Spain.  It was a last minute holiday as thankfully the eldest has an inset day on the Monday making it slightly cheaper to return that day.  Don't get me started on how flights/holidays ridiculously over inflate their prices in the school holidays.....seriously, it makes me so mad that they can get away with it.  If you have kids that aren't at school yet - go away now!

Saturday, 23 May 2015

The Bargain Returns & Some Possible Ash Sandals!

Following on from my previous post with my silk top, here is what I returned today.  Both amazing fabrics and quality but they've been sat looking at me for a few weeks with no thought to wear them. Since hankering after those decent, well made Ash sandals, I figured that sending these back pretty much pays for them, no matter how good a deal they were!

Silk Zoa New York top £20 from TK Maxx
Leather Edun skirt £34 from £400 TK Maxx
An absolute amazing piece of leather and a bargain but no matter how cheap it was.  I already have a leather skirt and this was just that little bit to puffy at the back
So, do I, don't I.....a lovely Instagram follower alerted me to the company Brand Boudoir selling Ash sandals.  I've not heard of them before and she said they fluctuate their prices (annoying!) so to act fast.  Now do I take the risk and wait until I'm home or get them sent to my Mum's whilst I'm away?  A lot to pay I know however after extensive research, a decent sandal on the high street is £40 odd and every year I buy a cheaper pair for around £20 that last me 1-2 years max.  Decisions decisions, I have until I fly Monday!

£159 down to £79
£135 down to £67
£129 down to £65

As much as I wanted black I am now veering towards the middle ones?  What do you think?!?!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The Bargain AllSaints Top

I begged the kids and hubby for a half hour in TK Maxx the other week.  It was the Watford store which I know always has some good bits in.  I didn't come out disappointed, I bagged this silk AllSaints top for £17.  Yes 100% silk, yes a great design, yes a fab brand = a happy me!  (more show and tells will follow once I've worn them, there is a few 'pending' purchases).  I love the boxy, loose fit shape.  As I'm favouring skinny jeans again I like my tops to flow a little more to balance out my proportions. 

Seriously, the best shot of a bad bunch of photos!  Natural daylight though
The eldest wanted a piece of the action whilst I was trying out a close up of the print
Back to the bedroom mirror selfies, my hubby needs some photographer tips (although he would say I need to pose better and smile!)
What a cool print - flowers turning to studs
Anyone else found some little gems in TK Maxx recently.  You have to hunt people, have some patience and you will find!

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

The Ash Error (& A Potential Topshop Rectification)

I was in London last week for a few press days and luckily enough there was an Ash sample sale on the same day.  I dragged the lovely Jane along to the sale who was so controlled compared to me who had an armful of shoes to try on.  I had seen some sandals online a while ago from Ash with orange studs (someone remind me if you saw them discounted somewhere too!) and thought they looked really fun.  They had the below £130 down to £65.  I tried them on, liked them, walked away, went back and looked at them again and thought I preferred the black which they didn't have in my size. Not only that, I felt £65 was a lot for a sandal, I only have little feet!

The Ash Milo
Fast forward a week and boy am I regretting not just getting the gold.  Firstly, they are £130 full price as current season.  Secondly, I live in flats in the Summer so why not spend a little more on a really decent pair that also had something else going for them in the way of those funky studs.  Live and learn I say!  I'd easily spend that on a wow factor pair of courts yet as they just seemed like a less substantial shoe I naturally wanted to spend less.  Needless to say I'm on the hunt now.  These dropped into my inbox courtesy of Topshop.  I now need to find my way to store to try them on.

Topshop £39
What's your budget for sandals - would you spend £65?

PS Size 3 in those Ash sandals please if anyone finds them remotely near the sample sale prices!

PPS The Ash also have that Balenciaga feel to them don't you think?  Now at £300 + I definitely won't be wearing those on my feet any time soon!

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