Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Phase Eight Bargains

I was working with a client in House of Fraser the other week and a fair few items in Phase Eight caught my eye.  I wasn't able to take photos but they had the cutest leather cross body bag - which has now been reduced even further in the sale.  I've been really impressed with them of late, it's not a brand that is heavily on my radar but I have recommended different items to several of my clients, from shoes to dresses.  They seem to have got it right as far as delivering to a broad age group.  I will stop my rambling and just share and link a few of my favourites right now - mainly handbags, they really are my thing but do have a browse around their site.  Oh and be quick - these beauties won't hang around for long.  When I was planning this post the other week they had some other amazing handbags which have now gone.

NB This isn't a sponsored post, purely me sharing a brand I recommend at the moment!

£49 down to £22 I saw this in the flesh and it is gorgeous - the perfect small bag size 

Suede and tassels - what's not to love?  This bag is £69 down to £34

£65 down to £29, this leather bag is great for a luxe day bag feel due to the gold and the tassel

£55 down to £16.50 I love this beach bag, it's the perfect colour combination so that it won't look scruffy after a few uses
A great little clutch, metallics go with everything and the texture/animal print adds a bit of character.  This leather clutch is £59 down to £41

This suede bag is a great travel companion, or if like me, you daily carry the kitchen sink with you, a great day bag to.  Tan is one of my favourite colours for bags as it's so easy to wear.  £120 down to £60

Their shoes are equally as good and if I wasn't so sleep deprived, I would continue on and share a whole load - but I promise there really is something for everyone so follow this link to head straight to the shoes.  Flats, sandals, heels, boots, sparkles, leather, they have got them all covered.  I will leave you with the below though, a favourite of mine.  I ordered the blue but the colour was just that little too similar to another pair in my wardrobe, the black however is a classic.  They were so comfy and well made - suede lined, I could just picture them with some casual rolled up jeans and a cute little top (oh and maybe one of their bags too).  My self imposed budget means they can't be mine right now though (insert sad face if I could!).

These are £110 down to £33

Sunday, 26 July 2015

The Zara Blazer

I had a meeting the other week so it was the perfect outing for my new white Zara blazer.  It is slightly longer than previous blazer's I've purchased so I struggled slightly, it's definitely not one to go with a dress or skirt.  It does however really really smarten up denim.  I didn't want to go to dark on the bottom so opted for my khaki Zara jeans.  Heels were a must and I wanted some animal so my furry Mulberry courts worked well as the jeans were ankle length.  Finally a very old H&M t-shirt which is not my usual style as I prefer top's higher up nearer my neck but a lower cut top worked better with the blazer.  (Note to self, a few more v-neck tops now needed in my life to go with this blazer).  It really is that old that after taking it off I found a little hole in it - oops!  I will try a little stitch behind it as I love the heart on the front, it may be saveable.

Blazer & jeans; Zara
T-shirt; H&M
Shoes' Mulberry

Bag; Prada

Sunday, 19 July 2015

The Vintage Find

I had a rare day out with just my Mum a few weeks back in Oxford.  She has mentioned Summertown to me a few times and after finishing in the city centre earlier than planned, we headed there for a mooch.  It's a small, quaint High Street, it reminded me a little of Primrose Hill.  I found the cutest vintage charity shop run by Helen & Douglas House.  It was attached to a normal second hand shop and was a proper treasure trove.  I found a very old Laura Ashley cream top for £20 and fell in love with it immediately.  

My Mum found this dress by Richard Shops and was very excited by it (I had never heard of the brand! Possibly giving her age away here - sorry Mum!) 
I don't think this pram would have been there long - especially after the photo of Princess Charlotte's one!
I was very tempted by this vintage Smythson however I would have been duplicating one I have that's very similar.
On a random doorstep in London I managed to get a shot of me wearing the top.  Teaming another charity shop find with it - my Chanel handbag and some not so vintage Topshop and Primark!  I do like to mix and match!

Top; vintage Laura Ashley
Jeans; Topshop
Bag; Chanel
Pumps; Primark
Finishing the post with something 'new', these Balenciaga lovelies in the Harrods sale.  They've been on my wish list for a while, I tried them on knowing they would be too large (oh and ever so slightly out of my budget) just to satisfy my craving.  They are gorgeous but for now my Ash ones are just as good and cost me a lot less.  One day I will own a pair though, one day! 

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

My First Hush Order

I've had my eye on Hush's camo joggers for ages but they are so popular that they are always out of stock.  It may come as a surprise to you but I am a huge joggers/loungewear fan.  I love nothing more than coming home and putting a pair of comfy trews on.  Aside from that, I loved the prints as joggers aren't always the most flattering of bottoms so the camo kind of detracts from the style.

Camo Joggers £45
So when the email came through for their sale preview and the shorts version were in there - I actually jumped on it and didn't dither for once!  They came up true to size and are fairly generous.  The print is just as good in the flesh and they are super comfy (the print also means I can wear big pants and not worry about any VPL going on - shattering your illusions of me now aren't I!).

Camo Shorts £20
I love this look with those boots - I may try my Ash boots with them!
That is my large black Garfield cat in the background - that long black thing!

Sadly for you guys, I was not so quick to share them on here and they are now also out of stock - rubbish I know.  However their sale has just got even better and as the weather has taken a turn, I am contemplating some of their 'snuggly' jumpers!

Eyelash Jumper £55 down to £30
Short Cardi £120 down to £40
Camo Sloppy Joe £45 down to £15 (I'm so tempted)
They have some 100% silk tops in that are also reduced.

Classic Silk Shirt £140 down to £70 (3 different colours available)
Silk Tee £65 down to £40 (also in black for £50)
Happy shopping!  Oh and keep checking back for the joggers as they have come back in stock before, just not in my size!

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