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Sunday, 13 January 2013

The Best of What's Left in the Sales

Ok, I'll come clean now I'm half way there - I'm on a spending ban for January (and a drinking ban also but I'm finding that WAY easier to stick to). Apart from exchanging something bought before January for items of equal value, I've not bought myself a thing in 13 days. The tragic velvet jeggings have been returned (too short and most definitely not jeggings - more like granny trousers). And, for once, I'm not overdrawn! It's a good feeling but it's not easy resisting with all the sales getting to the 70% off stage. So I thought I'd share what I've been loving online with you and hopefully you'll all buy it and then I'll not be tortured! By the way, I've tried in all my selections to think ahead to spring rather than buying for the here and now.
Hobbs firstly, where I spotted this sleeveless top. This is a great shade of mauve and a perfect spring/summer piece from NW3. Wear with a cardigan now, and alone when the warmer weather comes..
Hobbs Maple Blouse
And I've always admired their Cambridge Court as I love a substantial heel on my shoes This colour would be amazing with black or navy now or with skinnies and tanned feet later in the year.
Hobbs Cambridge Court
Also available in Navy & Black Snakeskin effect
Gorgeous Ted Baker wallets are another sale essential. Beautifully made, they finally become attainable at half price:
Ted Baker Crystal Bobble Matinee Purse
And this leather sleeved jacket is simply stunning though a bit shiny in the picture so I would have to see in real life before deciding to part with my money..
Quilted Leather Sleeve Jacket
Karen Millen is another store I always check out at sale time. Their clothing is beautifully made and perfect for parties and weddings so I was surprised to find more casual pieces that I could wear on the school run like this draped cardigan..
Grey Draped Front Striped Cardigan
and this broderie top which is only £45
White Long Sleeved Woven Broderie Top
Boden next, where the sale has been going for about a month now. People have returned items so it's a good time to check for something you admired earlier in the sale and perhaps missed out on. This Moleskin blazer is a perfect transitional jacket in a great colour and just a smidgen over £30!
Moleskin Blazer in Deep Sea
and I do love the shape and colour of this dress..
Fringe Detail Dress
Next, it's a perfect little striped top for spring summer for just £11.60. Good selection of sizes available.
Guernsey Tee
Loving this classic Boden patterned jersey top - less than £20!
Wrap Jersey Top

Room 31 always have a great sale. I'm loving this gorgeous grey open knit jumper. Would look fab now with a denim shirt under but also during spring and summer with a white vest. 
Hallie Silver Open Knit Jumper
I also think this dress would be great over navy skinny jeans at the moment and then with bare legs or linen trousers in the summer - great colours
Yumi Dama Geo Print Dress
Finally, a couple of other smaller independent retailers that you may not know about. Me & Em is one of my favourites and I've been SO tempted by their sale and especially by this knitted coat. Three of my favourite colours and so wearable in-between seasons.
Knitted Triple Tone Coat (limited sizes)
If you're in the market for some roll waist lounge/travel trousers, they're in the sale also as is this fab two-tone scarf
Modal Two-Tone Scarf (two colour-ways)
Baukjen is the non-maternity range by Isabella Oliver. It's great for basic t-shirts and vests. My favourite item from the sale is this viscose/merino/cashmere mix scarf which can also be worn like a poncho
Zoe Square Scarf/Poncho
And of course, the sale is the perfect time to pick up a classic white shirt..
The Essential Shirt
Finally finally….I saw this necklace featured on another blog yesterday, the lovely A Life Less Ordinary. I'm not a big fan of Reiss clothing but I do love checking out their jewellery in the sale. Some gorgeous bracelets for less than £20 which are well worth buying for girlfriends' birthdays during the year. This is a bit pricier at £42 but is really stunning and can be worn day or night..
Chantal Gunmetal Chunky Tube Necklace by Reiss
Ok, it's a bit like therapy - I feel better having outed my shopping desires. I still can't buy any of them but at least they are documented for quick linking to on the 1st Feb, when, with a bit of luck, they may be further reduced!
Wishing you a fabulous week…and don't forget to wear some red this week and email me your picture. The draw for the Radley bag takes place on Friday x



  1. OMG, I WANT that coat .. can't afford it and no justification for buying it, but isn't it gorgeous? Thankfully not available in my size, so I don't have to torture myself too much! Off wine for Jan? Now that is impressive!

  2. I have a love/ hate relationship with this time of the is the time to pick up a proper bargain, but also the time you end up trawling through the dregs of whats left too! All the decent stuff has sold out in the size I want usually so I end up cross and grumpy, so this year I'm doing what you are and keeping well away..... and actually it's quite a relief! Nice picks though! x

  3. You have been so good ... and I have been so good .... but I can feel my resistance crumbling. I took my first foray out to the shops yesterday. And I had been so good since Christmas!

  4. Oh no - you are tempting me! I had been watching out for those Ted Baker purses but weren't in sale and am now all out of money and willpower! Jill

  5. Hi my dear! Some really lovely picks here, I'm adoring the Hobbs shoes-love the colour and what a reduction too! Well done on keeping to your spending ban, I am really watching what I buy this month, only key pieces. Sharon x

  6. Fab finds. I do get impatient in the sales but popped into town the other day and bought a bright orange Mulberry purse similar to the one above in the sale which brightened up my day!

  7. Some great sale choices. Loving the leather sleeved jacket! Very tempting! Good luck on your spending ban, I admire you! Gina x

  8. lots of nice bits, especially the cardi from karen millen. I am off to have a look

  9. I should give up fashion log reading as a New Years resolution......too tempting. I love the Me +Em website. Hobbs shoes and blouse just wonderful. Stop Avril!!!

  10. I bought a couple of items and by the time they arrived, the stores reduced the price. Argggggghhhhhhhhh! Happened to me twice in a row. I dithered around and finally decided I'll get another of the same item (seeing that I will wear it a lot), my size sold out. Makes me want to bawl my eyes out. Oh well. It must be a sign to look at the new spring/summer collection.

  11. Some fab picks here! I didn't manage to find anything in the sales!! For the first time in years!! Xx

  12. Loving the Karen Millen wrap cardigan but I'm trying to use what I have and look forward to buying new Spring styles:)
    ~Anne xx

  13. I think you should make an exception to the spending ban and indulge in one of the afore mentioned sale buys.. the necklace is an investment piece - for definite! Thank you for the mention x

  14. also trying so hard to be good. have not been near the shops but fell off the wagon when i looked at the Joe browns sale......

  15. also trying so hard to be good. have not been near the shops but fell off the wagon when i looked at the Joe browns sale......

  16. Thanks for featuring Room31 - loving the Ted Baker purse you have featured!
    have a lovely day x

  17. Just wanted to say thanks for alerting about the Boden sale and some items reappearing in stock - managed to order something I thought I'd missed out on. Cheers.


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