River Island discount: what to buy

6 Sep

I picked up the October issue of Elle magazine yesterday, which comes complete with a 20% discount card for River Island. It’s not a store I usually go for, I find most of the stuff a bit young (aka tight), but perhaps this is the perfect excuse. So what’s in store?

Well, as I expected a lot of the clothing is quite lycra-based/loudly printed/rather short! Obviously this looks great on some, but not me, so I shall be steering clear of these items. However I have found some great basics, and River Island is particularly strong on accessories and shoes…












Ankle boots, £38












Chelsea boots, £60












Rucksack, £32


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Watch, £28













Leather jacket, £150












Longline blazer, £42

Not bad, eh?

Bethan x

Z for Accessorize

30 Aug

Have you checked out the Z for Accessorize range yet? If you haven’t, do it right now! I discovered it last week and have already spent a few pennies (ahem) on it.

It’s a collaboration with jewellery designer Zara Simon (check out her website here) and you can pick up pieces from about £15 – winner! I love the cute, tiny stacking rings, the delicate bracelets and the semi-precious stones. Feast your eyes, and then get clicking!

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Bethan x


Bank holiday window shopping

24 Aug

Ahhhh, I love a long weekend, especially one where you find yourself with nothing much to do. I’ve been whiling away the hours today compiling virtual shopping lists – no money has yet changed hands.

It’s guilt-free window shopping, because I had a massive wardrobe clearout last weekend. The results of this are that a) I’ve got more space than I think I’ve ever had – and hence I feel the need to fill it; and b) I’ve got loads of items on eBay at the moment, so I’m hoping to make a bit of extra pocket money. Every time my phone bleeps with a new bid, I get excited!

I’ve promised myself that, because this extra money has been generated by my wardrobe, it deserved to be spent on it, too. But the question is, how?

Here are the options:

1. Spend the money I’ve made on eBay on eBay. I’ve got quite into bidding on (and winning) some higher quality items from places like Reiss, Hobbs and French Connection, which I otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford (even in the sale). Here are some of my recent purchases:











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So my first option is to continue in this vein, go second-hand (ahem, vintage) but go for quality. I’m determined that one day I’ll bag a Whistles dress for a mere £10.

2. Splash out on my current Asos wishlist. Here are a few things on it…


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3. Go high-end. Maybe this is finally the time to make that longed-for Net-a-Porter purchase (or The Outnet for extra value for money). I’m loving this lot, including Diane Von Furstenburg, Love Moschino, Tory Burch and MSGM, all for under £150…

























































What’s a girl to do?

Bethan x

Another new jewellery find

16 Aug

One of the perks of my job working at a magazine is that I get to find out about all sorts of smaller brands and designers that I otherwise wouldn’t have.

This week, the excellent jewellery of Maria Francesca Pepe came on my radar. I love the quirky designs (and the affordable prices!) Check out the website www.mariafrancescapepe.com and have a look at a selection of my favourites below.

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Bethan x

Crazy weather footwear

10 Aug

The weather in London (and the rest of the UK, I think) has been all over the place this past week. Massive storms and showers, followed by boiling hot, sunny weather, all in the space of a morning. What’s a girl to wear?

It’s still too warm to venture into jeans and trousers territory most days, so skirts, shorts and sandals are still the way forward. But what to put on your feet? Sandals are out of the question if you don’t want trench foot, and it’s too hot for boots. Which means it needs to be some other, waterproofs, like brogues. But, with bare feet, things can get either A. really painful or B. a week bit sweaty. (Sorry!)

The solution? Ankle socks! I know it might seem like you’re straying back into primary school territory, but stick with me. These catwalk looks (past and present) aren’t exactly childish, are they?

































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I tried this look for the first time on Friday – skater skirt, cream socks, patent black brogues. And it wasn’t as scary as I’d anticipated – my feet were happy, too!

I think the key, for me, is to keep the socks low key. Fun prints and wacky animal faces might be cute, but they’re a bit more distracting from your outfit than you might like. And pretty hard to co-ordinate, too! I like these from Topshop (available in a variety of colours)…













£3.50, Topshop

And as for the shoes? As I mentioned, I’m liking brogues at the moment, so I think it’s worth investing in a proper leather pair to see me through whatever the rest of this year’s weather has in store. Here are some options (I’m branching out from boring black)…












£69, Dune











£65, Office












£72, Topshop












£30, Asos

Keep dry!

Bethan x



Swinging Sixties

6 Aug

Every new fashion season comes with a barrage of trends to choose from. And I know it’s still only August, but I’m already thinking about my autumn/winter wardrobe. I’ve decided that the trend for me will be Sixties reboot, as seen as shows like Gucci and Saint Laurent…




















For me, this is all about luxe shift dresses and an amazing pair of knee-high boots – something I’m very excited about after many seasons of ankle boots being the favoured option.

Finally a flattering leg-option is on the scene. Here’s a few boots I’m eyeing up already…











£80, Office













£89.99, Zara












£160, French Connection

And some shift dresses to wear with them (note the new Hobbs obsession continuing with the first three!)…












£75, Hobbs












£65, Hobbs












£69, Hobbs












£39.99, Zara












£15.40, Dorothy Perkins

Then all I need is some new tights (last year’s black opaques have seen better days!) and I’m autumn/winter ready! Bring on next year’s spring trends already!

Bethan x

Going upmarket

25 Jul

Something quite shocking has happened. I find myself suddenly less interested in my old faithfuls like Primark, New Look and H&M (though, truthfully, I’ll never stop loving their bargains), and more into higher-end high-street stores.

I’m talking Reiss, Whistles, French Connection and Hobbs. Call it the sales effect but, recently, the clothes in these stores, which once seemed to be priced out of my reach, have started to seem affordable.

It’s probably because (and I think this is a result of the recession), these days, you can often find pretty things in previously ‘cheap’ stores at around the £40 mark. I’m never really keen to pay this much for stuff from, say, Dotty P’s, H&M or Asos, because I expect a bargain from them.

But when an item is priced around this level from one of the high-end stores, and it’s been reduced from a previous price of over £100, you actually are getting a bargain. And the quality really is better.

Here are some of my favourite bits from the sales in these four shops (get in quick, they won’t be on for much longer…)












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£41, Hobbs












£59, Hobbs












£30, Reiss (I bought this a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been wearing it about twice a week. It’s already paying for itself!)












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£35, Reiss








£45, Whistles (the top)

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£33, French Connection












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£19, French Connection (serious bargain alert!)

Do you think these are good deals? And which of these stores do you like best?

Bethan x


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