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.
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