But then, on Friday morning, I happened to be in Belfast and wandered into H&M on Royal Avenue and saw two rails of Marni stock left - plus some necklaces, scarves, sunglasses and shoes!
Despite the availability of a couple of items I had admired online, the only item I really liked in real life was the blue spotty pencil skirt. And my gorgeous photographer and husband offered to buy it for me - I call that a result!
After some wine while watching Gok on the Late Late Show (I recommend catching up on the RTEPlayer), I decided to model the skirt. And ouch, it was sore trying on clothes with stitches in my neck but I'm a martyr to the cause...
Verdict? Love the skirt a lot but I haven't got the right top to match in my wardrobe. Further shopping is required. But I am pleased by this result - any reason to shop is welcomed! Hints or tips anyone (other than a black polo neck!)?