Sunday, 25 September 2016

A Rare Double French Sole Purchase

It's been a while since I've popped to Bicester Village so I had a rare day off with both my girls now in school and had a good browse.  I knew French Sole had 'moved in' and the range they had to offer didn't disappoint.  I know there are so many other flat style shoes about that are a lot more on trend however for me, the classic ballerina stye works and if it ain't broke.......

Their styles do vary, some show a lot of toe cleavage which isn't for me but I found the above in my sizes, £80 for the metallic and £60 for the animal.  I have the animal already but it's a darker base coloured fur and a red trim.  I love them and they have worn so well being at least 5 years old.  It was a tough call as I loved the metallic however after a few wears I felt the leather would show my toe mark more (which hasn't happened on my current fur ones).  

Not being one to rush into a decision I had them both held then went back at the end and settled on the animal print pair.  As you can see above, my current ones have loosened up a lot.  They do come up small so I go up a size in them and they are still tight.  I got a further 10% off with my VIP card (AA customers - make sure you use this additional offer as it's not known that well!) so at £54 I thought they were a bargain.  They RRP at £135.

Dress; Topshop
Top; Boden
Shoes; French Sole (Bicester Village)
Bag; Prada (Bicester Village)
I wore them the very next day and although they pinched a little, I know they will loosen up.  I am so pleased with them, I love how a little animal print can just add a touch of glam to an outfit.  The sun shone so I wore them with one of my favourite purchases this year, my Topshop pinafore dress.  

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

The Change & My Ikea Bargain

I've been meaning to make some updates to my blog for a while now but time always gets the better of me so I've set myself a little deadline and with that in mind, a short post seems the best way to start.  Like most, I am a busy working Mummy but now my second child is in school I will hopefully get back to some more regular writing on here.  My blog started off years ago with no real direction, I just wanted to share great buys with you but it always ended up being of the clothing variety.  Life isn't just about that so my direction on here needs to reflect that too.  I'm an avid bargain hunter, I only want to pay what I think something is worth and if that means waiting for a sale or even until someone travels abroad then so be it!  So you won't just be finding clothes from now on, there will be other items on here and shock horror (like the Zara coat) I do sometimes pay full price for items too!  That being said, quality is always in the forefront of my mind, you do get what you pay for and if it's worth the money, I invest!  I love sharing new finds - that can be anything from clothing to food to makeup so bear with me, my little journey on here is a wobbly road with bits and bobs thrown in along the way for good measure.  

So there will be an updated bio soon, some proper T's&C's for when I do sponsored posts so you fully understand what goes on with them (and the little ad's down the side) and more varied posts.  Oh and a slightly adjusted logo so you know it's me, Natalie and not that my name is Rosie! (NB I will explain the reason behind the name in the updated bio!).  

Based on that, here' s little peak of a chair that I have been after for a while.  It was originally £195 from Ikea (they adjusted the price to £179 in August 2016 though) but it's for a room that isn't currently available yet (current kitchen will be a study/family room next year).  So I saved a search on ebay for a decent second hand one as it's not a desperate need right now.  They are all selling for around the £100 mark but then I happened to stumble across this one last week-end in the 'Bargain Basement' section of Ikea for £69!  My pretty fabulous friend who was on a mission more than myself that day then went ahead and bargained it down further to £55 for me!  It will end up in the garage for a while but I'm going to wash the seat cover and clean the arms up a little but aside from that, it's structurally and fabric wise in a brilliant condition!

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

The Boden Baseball Tee

I few posts back (here) I debated on how to spend my £15 Boden voucher and as I suspected, the cotton top won.  I have quite a collection of them now and they never really disappoint.  The chino style trousers weren't bad and the best fit (from the several pairs I ordered) were the petite in my size but I felt they would crease too much and then hang loose after being on a few hours.  I will be trying some more trousers from them though now as the cut on them was good.   

The top is 100% cotton and the only comment I would make about my colour was that as it's so lightweight it's borderline see through.  I pretty much always wear a camisole under tops so it doesn't bother me but thought it worth mentioning.  It comes in a few colours and a polka too but I prefer the original baseball style with different coloured sleeves.  If you're looking for something a little warmer in colour then the below is nice. 

Lightweight Baseball Tee £24.50
PS There's currently 15% off with free delivery and returns at the moment making these £20.83 so if you have a voucher now's the time to spend it!

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Winter Coat Inspiration

So whilst some of you appear to be receiving this Indian Summer that was supposed to be here this week, over in Bucks, we definitely haven't!  The winds have picked up and only today has the sun appeared to take away a little chill.  With that in mind I thought I'd do some leg work for you and get you Winter ready - the early bird and all that!  Over the last few years I've upped my coat game and made sure I have a great selection as I do feel the cold.  So starting with a pea coat - such a versatile style for every day.  I purchased a navy one from Warehouse earlier this year in the sales and being a denim wearer, I think it's a great staple to have.  As always, I'm checking out what they are made of!

The White Company £198 with 75% wool 
Jigsaw at John Lewis £198 (yes, exact price as above!) with 78% wool
I know these both seem a little pricey however anything under £100 that I've found has been made of rubbish and you will get one season out of it so I'm not going to share them!  Think about the cost per wear idea.  If you wear this for say 3 months of the year every day and only over 1 year it works out at roughly £2.20 a day.  This is a staple item that never dates so on your second year you're down to £1.10 then I'll let you do the math based on the many many years you will have out of it.  

Jack Wills £198 with 80% wool 
Throwing the above one in as whilst searching for a little animal print, I stumbled across this.  I seem to have been on an eternal hunt for a decent camel coat with wool in.  This one looks gorgeous.  Straight onto my wish list this one goes, if only I hadn't announced at home how much I 'needed' all those other coats......A running theme with the price you will see - how odd!

Boden £189 with 46% wool & 25% cotton
Back to what I was looking for!  Now I have two animal print coats in my wardrobe (despised by my husband) and I love them both equally.  One is a wool mixed one like the above, it has a smarter vibe to it and was from Zara years ago.  The second a faux fur one from Topshop bought via Ebay earlier this year.  I really enjoy adding a print to the mix when it comes to coats.  Being a school run mum sometimes you just feel like adding a little fun to the standard plain clothes underneath.  The above one from Boden is a great alternative if you don't feel you need a lot of wool for warmth as the cotton is another great natural fibre to make sure it stands the test of time.  

FCUK £150 with 75% wool & 5% cashmere
Going slightly off piste again but sharing as I find - this one above is another great woollen one with a slightly different take by way of the draw string affect.  I like the boxy cut of the top half but also the way it can nip you in at the waist.  It is looking like anything made of decent materials is over the £100 mark at present I'm afraid.  You're just going to have to start out of season shopping like me and buy styles that don't date at the wrong time of year!

La Redoute £87.50 with 60% wool 
Typical, right towards the end I start finding a few little gems, starting with the above.  It goes from a size 10 up and would be a great buy but probably better for someone with a little more height than myself!  
M&S £99 with 63% wool
My last little gem was this one above which does also come in navy but I really like the green.  Not the highest wool content of them all but enough I'd say to make sure it doesn't bobble too much.  I love the wide collar on it and how well it actually works with the feminine dress.

Over to you, get shopping and be prepared, you know how our weather can suddenly turn!

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