Mega bargains in the Shoescribe sale

23 Jul

It’s no secret that I’ve got something of a shoe habit. Yes, I love clothes, but perhaps not as much as I love shoes – there’s just something so appealing about them. Perhaps it’s the fact that they always fit, even if you’ve been eating nothing but bacon sandwiches and pizza all weekend (guilty).

So, this week, when I was scouring the web to try to pick up some bargains in the last of the sales (now’s the time for the super bargains, with up to 80% off in some shops as they try to shift the stock to make way for, deep breath, autumn collections), I was thrilled to see the treats available at Shoescribe

I’m a big fan of Ancient Greek Sandals and Shoescribe has 50% off the best range of styles I’ve seen. A few particular favourites are…

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£70 (I bought these – I’ve always wanted the winged styles from AGS, so pleased to have them!)

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£54 (last pair available on site!)

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£64

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£68

Another brand I’ve been wanting to get my hands on for ages is Grenson, and there are several styles available at 60% off.

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Reduced from £200 to £78. Hoorah!

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These Kurt Geiger flatform espadrilles have a touch of the Chanel about them…

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And at £40, they’re 60% off.

These Mother of Pearl skate shoes are pretty enough to be worn with skirts and dresses, but promise the comfort of trainers. Win win.

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£78

Looking for something a little girlier? How about these pretties from Lucy Choi…

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£88

How about that? Loads of amazing shoes for under £100. My apologies to your bank balance!

Bethan x

Have you discovered Olive?

16 Jul

Hello, and firstly I must apologise for my complete lack of blogging over the last month. I moved house (resulting in chaos and no internet for weeks) and then went away on a lovely holiday with my friends. But I’m back, bringing with me big lust for a new brand I’ve recently discovered: Olive.

It’s not actually a new brand – the shop opened in Cheltenham back in 2010 – but it’s a new discovery for me, mostly thanks to its brilliant Instagram game. It puts together some seriously covetable outfit combos that have me rushing to the website on an almost daily basis.

Here are a few Olive looks I’ve been double tapping recently…

I don’t know how they do it, but I just want everything they Instagram. Perhaps its the chic floorboards and the natty little inclusions of flowers, books and accessories. But mostly I think it’s the pretty flouncy frills, florals and dresses that do it for me.

Even better news is that the clothing is really reasonably priced (especially given some of it is currently on sale!). Here’s my current wishlist…

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Dress, £39

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Skirt, £25

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Blouse, £29

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Skirt, £32

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Skirt, £59

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Blouse, £45

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Blouse, £55

Bit of a pastel and pink theme, but they’re such pretty pieces!

Have I converted you, too?

Bethan x

 

Girlie gingham – under £50

11 Jun

There’s something exclusively summery about gingham. More than even florals or nautical stripes, which both have their winter incarnations. You just don’t really see gingham done when the weather is rubbish and the nights are darker, as demonstrated by the stylish ladies of Pinterest…

Perhaps that’s because gingham just looks so right with sunglasses and white jeans – both high summer staples. Or maybe it’s because it reminds us all of outdoor tablecloths in the summer!

Whatever the reason, I’m embracing this summer staple with my pick of high-street gingham pieces under £50. Feast your eyes…

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Shirt, £34, Topshop

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Trousers, £39, Topshop

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Cami, £14.99, New Look

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Wrap skirt, £39, Warehouse

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Dress, £45, Asos

My top tip? Wear it head to toe – I’m thinking the pink trousers and cold-shoulder blouse worn together would be a winning look. Be brave!

Bethan x

Summer florals

4 Jun

I’ve been up to all kinds of flower-related activities lately, from visiting Mayfair Flower Show at Sketch…

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(This is a pic of the amazing ceiling in one of the rooms, with beautiful flowers hanging from it)

To a flower-arranging masterclass with Bloomon…

They’re a brilliant new floristry company, which began in Denmark, and which delivers enormous brightly coloured bouquets to your home on a subscription basis. Check them out here.

So, naturally, this has inspired me to include some new florals in my wardrobe. It’s obviously not a new concept – florals happen in fashion pretty much every single summer – but there’s a reason for that: they’re just lovely. Who doesn’t love flowers? So why not add a little floristry to your wardrobe with my top five high street pieces…

1. Oasis top

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I’m fairly mad about the entire new Chelsea Physic Garden collection from Oasis, and this pretty top, £40, is just one of the many standout pieces. The dresses are also top of the list for anyone attending a wedding this summer.

2. Liberty x Havaianas espadrilles

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We all know that Liberty is the place to go for ditzy-floral-print fabrics, and it’s also pretty hot on its collaborations. These espadrilles, £45, are possibly the best shoes of the summer.

3. Zara kimono jacket

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I’m making a stand and moving away from the bomber. If you want to be original this summer, this kimono jacket, £29.99, is the perfect choice.

4. Accessorize clutch

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Accessorize won’t be beaten on clutch bags, particularly embellished numbers perfect for nights out, summer events like the races or polo, and weddings. This bedazzled clutch, £49, is a girl’s dream.

5. French Connection embroidered jeans

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Anyone who remembers B*Witched (the girl group, not the TV show) may recoil in horror at the thought of bringing back embroidered denim, but I’m afraid it’s happened, so it’s time to jump aboard the trend Rollercoaster (see what I did there, B*Witched fans? Am I making myself sound old?). That’s right, the late 90s is back, and jeans emblazoned with pretty floral motifs are flying off the shelves. There are limited pairs of these French Connection jeans, £90, still available, but when I say limited I mean limited, so keep your eyes peeled for more styles. I’ve seen some in Zara, too. Happy hunting!

Goodness, all these florals have made me feel like summer might actually be upon us now. Come on, weather gods, make it happen!

Bethan x

 

Everyone loves a stripe…

30 May

…And particularly a classic blue and white one. Nothing feels more spring bank holiday to me than a fresh striped top, comfy and stretchy skinny jeans (I’ve eaten a lot of cake and biscuits this weekend) and white trainers or sandals.

But equally, I’m coveting chic and swishy striped dresses. That’s the beauty of the stripe: dressed up or dressed down, it always makes just enough of a statement, but still feels safe and reliable. Here’s some inspiration from Pinterest…

So if you’re feeling the need to splash some post payday cash (hoorah!) may I draw your attention to these…

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Harpa dress, £225, from L K Bennett. I’m obsessed with this dress for summer wedding, though sadly I’m not going to one this year! But I think it’d look brilliant with a colour pop shoe – I’m thinking fuchsia or yellow.

And, for a more relaxed day dress, this one from Fat Face is perfect…

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It’s the Kirstie dress, which costs £40.

For those dress-down days, like today, you could literally fill your wardrobe with an array of simple stripes.

This sweet button-back top is just £7 in the sale at New Look now. Super pretty with white skinny jeans on a sunny day (if the sun decides to grace us once again). See the Pinterest pic top right.

And, for the classic Breton tee, there’s really only one place…

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Petit Bateau! This top is £35 and is Duchess of Cambridge approved.

You can get the look for your home, too…

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This Hadley bedding from M&S starts at £29.50, and strikes me as the perfect choice for the Breton fan. Even better if you’re moving into a house with blue carpet (er, yes, I’m talking about myself again).

Stay tuned for next week’s post on another spring favourite – fabulous florals!

Bethan x

Leather skirts and sweatshirts

21 May

Yesterday I made a sneaky little purchase of this cool tie-front sweater from Missguided…

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It was only £20, plus a bargainous £1.99 for next-day delivery. It turned up at 8.30am this morning – I’ve never had better service from an online mail order company – will definitely be shopping with Missguided again.

Anyway, I’ve decided what it really needs is a leather (or leather look) skirt to go with it, and then some cool slip-on trainers to finish the look (weirdly, in spite of all the shoes I own, I currently don’t have a pair of slip-on trainers in the closet, something I’m keen to rectify asap!).

M&S has this khaki wrap-style skirt for £35…

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It’s also available in real leather for £129. I think this is a great option for the tall girls and those that don’t want to show off their knees. I also really love the colour, and I think it’d look great dressed down a bit.

For the classic black pencil skirt, I love this one from Zara

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As it’s faux leather, it’s a bargainous £25.99. I usually find faux leather a bit lighter than real, too, especially in the summer.

Or, for something a bit shorter and more fun, which would look really cute with a sweater and trainers, how about this pleated mini from Asos?

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At £18, you can’t really say no!

Topshop also has some really cute and fun real leather styles…

The button-front is £85 and the bright pink is £75.

As for those trainers, you can have pretty much anything your heart desires.

From slogans…

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£19.99, from Pull & Bear,

To sparkles…

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£22, River Island

To whacking great flatforms…

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£120, from Kurt Geiger. (They’re expensive, but I love them!)

How will you wear yours?

Bethan x

 

 

Hot colour combo: pink and red

14 May

As much as I love classic neutrals like white and grey with denim, sometimes you just need a super bright and girlie colour combo. And right now I’ve completely obsessed with pictures I’ve been seeing on Instagram of red and pink outfits. Check them out…

There’s a clear style formula here, and this is a look that’s perfect for wedding guests, especially if you’re looking for something a bit more modern than a dress.You’ll need:one full skirt in bright pink, red or a floral; one pair of killer statement heels in bright red or pale pink; one simple top, from a white shirt to a cami to a lace body – tuck it in to keep it sleek; and finally, for the most glamorous of looks, finish it off with a statement pair of sunnies.

Here are some bits I’ve found to recreate the look…

The skirts

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Skirt, £54, Closet

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Skirt, £79, Monsoon

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Skirt, £30.12, Chic Wish (also comes in red…)

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The tops

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Body, £17.99, Cameo Rose at New Look

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Top, £24, Oasis

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Jumper, £19.99, Uniqlo

The shoes

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Shoes, £24.99, New Look

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Shoes, £49, Office

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Shoes, £69, Office

And finally, the sunglasses

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I can’t get enough of these kooky, retro sunnies, £22 from Topshop. Cool enough to make a statement, but because they’re monochrome, they won’t fight with the pink and red.

Prefer a classic?

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These classic black aviators are a winner, and only £18 from Topshop.

Do you love this pretty look?

Bethan x

 

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