Tuesday, 24 May 2016

A Little Gap Edit

I've always been a lover of Gap, they are just great for classic, casual items and their sales are even better.  I have struggled in the past with their prices as in store always seems to be cheaper than online for some reason but it seems to be balancing out a bit more of late.  I grabbed this jumper a few months back for something like £14 as there was further discount on sale items that day in store.  It's 100% cotton and the sleeve can be turned up nicely for a 3/4 length.  I have worn it so much as it's so simple yet has some shape and style mainly due to the little slits at the front.

Being cotton it isn't too warm and has been an easy jumper to throw on with not only jeans but shorts when the sun has gone in.  It is definitely the kind of jumper you would want to take away with you on holiday for the evenings when it's cooler but proper knitwear isn't appropriate.  

Worn here with my Hush camo shorts
I've just checked and it's currently £11.99 online - a brilliant price for this jumper.  It comes in 3 other colours, I will link it here if you fancy one.   

I also had my eye on the below but it was just over £20 originally, it then went down to £5.99 and am pretty sure I got an additional 20% off on that day.  It has a boxy style to the sleeve which I like and at the price it wasn't going to be left behind in the shop.  I can't seem to find it online now but keep an eye out in the sales section in stores.  

Both tops fit true to size, if anything, on the generous side.  It's worth signing up with Gap for their newsletters as they are always having promotion codes with additional savings.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Beautiful Bargain Boden Buys!

I got carried away with the title, apologies (can you tell I've been revising my written English knowledge with my eldest!?).  This post is being split into two as before Boden contacted me I had visited their shop in London and taken some snaps to share.  Then this post got so large so there's going to be a part two next week.  I was so excited when they asked me if I would like to pick a few items to review over on my little blog, I spent a while perusing their website as there was so much I liked but I ended up with some classic staples and one thrown in for fun.  I do browse their Clearance section quite frequently as they always have some great bargains.  I had recently featured this lightweight jacket on my 'Bargain Buy' so I didn't hesitate in trying this.  I copied their look as I loved it with a stripe and simple jeans.  Unfortunately now it's out of stock and I'm not surprised as it was £59.50 down to £29.75.

(1 million shots later - it honestly felt like that, this was the best but the pram made it's debut)
Please note this blog is real - I just can't loose the kids.....However I did dash to the hairdressers straight after seeing this shot!
The breton was also from Boden and is in charcoal grey.  I bought it in a raspberry red last year and it's one of my favourites as far as fit, quality and price go.  It washes so well, only needs a quick iron and hasn't shrunk like other ones I have so I've added a second to my collection.  They come in a huge variety of colours and the fit is true to size and not too tight either.

Later in the day with less hair!
Long Sleeve Breton £26.50
This colour combo of it is currently on sale at £18.55
Because one breton wasn't enough with the order and I'd had my eye on this one a while, I chose a classic navy but with a gold glitter spot - spots and stripes all in one with sparkles thrown in for good measure - genius creation Boden, genius!  It does come up slightly longer in the body than the above style, but being long waisted this doesn't bother me at all.  It has some great little splits down either side so it sits well on the hips. 
My 9 year old is really persevering with trying to take my photo's but the 4 year old insists on getting in on most of them.  Life of a working Mummy.  Sigh. 

Last but by no means least, what else do you think I headed straight for?  Yup, their cashmere in our Spring/Summer.  I harp on about buying out of season staples and this is the perfect time to invest in really good knitwear.  I have a cashmere cardigan I bought from Boden years ago and it really has stood the test of time.  Initially I chose this raglan style however it comes up large and was out of stock in my size.  At £139 down to £69.50 this is a great purchase that you won't regret (and may even wear before Autumn hits if our current weather is anything to go by). 

Raglan Cashmere Jumper £69.50
So instead I chose this polka dot cashmere jumper.  Now this does fit true to size so I actually sized up as I wanted a more loose fit.  This is the same price as the above but has a more structured style to it, especially with the black panelling around the waist.  I am yet to wear it as it has been so warm of late but I don't doubt that this will be a great addition to my wardrobe come the colder months.  If you can, out of season buying really is a great way to build a classic wardrobe that works hard for you.
Cashmere Crew Spot Jumper £69.50

Also worth mentioning that I always wash my cashmere in my machine on a hand wash cycle then air dry.  I haven't ever paid for dry cleaning and as I know this can put people off buying decent fabrics I thought it needed a little note!

Thank you to Boden for allowing me to choose some fabulous pieces that will be staying in my wardrobe season after season. 

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Some Cheerful Ted Baker Shoes

I homed straight in on these gorgeous suede shoes I found in TK Maxx the other day by Ted Baker. I am sure they were under £20 (something like £16.99) but I was focusing so much on trying to make them fit I forgot to note it down.  They were a bargain though and leather - hence I wanted them to work.  They came up really large, this is a 3 and were too roomy with no smaller sizes either. Not meant to be mine!  But if you see them, try them even if they are not your size, you never know your luck.  

Sunday, 8 May 2016

The Miu Miu Top

I was having a little organise of my blog posts tonight and planning my next few when I randomly looked through my 'draft' ones and found this one with pictures all ready but for some reason I hadn't shared it!  It was planned to follow on from a post I wrote about my bargain Prada skirt from Bicester Village last year but it obviously got side tracked.  So I decided this top is too good not to share. Probably about 18 months ago now I made a vow to myself to start investing a little more in my clothes, I think this was one of the first items.  I was pricey, £150 (and my hubby thought I was mad at the time) but it was over £600 full price from Miu Miu and I had that exact amount in vouchers so I took the plunge.  

Top; Miu Miu (via Prada at Bicester Village)
Jeans; Zara
Boots; Ash
Cardigan; Boden
It's silk so a winner in my books already, you know me and a good fibre!  There was only one there and it fitted so perfectly.  It is a little on the thin side so very delicate and needs a nude camisole underneath but it just felt like me as soon as I put it on and as it was Christmas/birthday money, it needed to be a treat too.  

I loved the darting on the back to add shape
The frills are a little fussy to iron but I think it's beautiful so needs must

The original changing room photo!
It's also a great length to tuck into skirts and I was having a play when sorting an outfit last year doing this.  I can't remember what I went with in the end but by the state of the clothes hanging on my wardrobe door I was in a rush for a change. 

Skirt; Zara
Odd shoes; Mulberry and Bally Switzerland
Skirt; H&M
As my wardrobe is all over the place due to home renovations, finding this post has reminded me just how much I love this top.  Over a year on and cost per wear wise I'm probably not there yet but I don't regret it and feel like it's going to be worn in years to come. Invest when you can people!

PS The only few negatives about finding this post are 1. those jeans - oh how I loved them but they somehow had a stain so I dyed them black.   Still wearable but it's the colour I hugely miss.  2. I miss my walk in wardrobe!  I'll get one back again, one day.  Next year.  Damn.

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