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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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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

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My 2016 buys

2 Jan

I know, we’re only two days into 2016, but I’ve already got a shopping list as long as my arm. Some things never change.

A few of the things on my wishlist are geared around ss16’s trends, and others are just little things that’ve caught my eye while I’ve been browsing the sales.

The lingerie trend is a big one for ss16. Remember back in the early noughties when the go-to outfit for a night out was a little camisole top and jeans? Well, those tops are back in a big way…

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£25, Reclaimed Vintage. I think this is so pretty, and the perfect weekend piece worn under a big cardigan with skinny jeans and ankle boots. I think the key is to dress it down rather than up to stop it looking to, erm, boudoir?

And, linked to this trend is the whole pyjamas as daywear thing, which I’m still totally coveting. I just can’t seem to track down the perfect pyjama-style shirt. I think I’m going to have to find an actual pyjama top that I’m not embarrassed to wear out…

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£70, Bodas. Do I have the guts to go out in it?

I’m also very into luxe sportswear at the moment. I mentioned an Adidas t-shirt in my last post (which I’ve now ordered!) and I’ve also recently clocked a new Puma collection at Asos…

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£32, Puma. This rose gold sweatshirt’s already in my basket.

And, speaking of sportswear, I’ve decided this is the year of bright trainers. 2015 was all about the clean, white Lacoste Showcourts, but I think 2016 will be about colour. Top of my list is these…

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£70, Adidas. How nice is the colour?

Stripes are huge for ss16 – when are they not? – and this season they’re bolder than ever.

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£18, Vero Moda. This dress is last season and now in the sale, but I’m hoping to see much more like this in the shops, because I will be buying it. Just add black tights and ankle boots now, then flip flops in summer.

H&M’s having a moment for me right now. I had a scroll through the new items yesterday and found myself adding dozens of things to my imaginary basket. First up is these ‘treggings’ (there’s still something about that word that I hate, but it seems an accurate description in this case!)…

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£12.99, H&M. I definitely want to see them in the shop and try them on through. H&M’s sizes can be very weird!

And while I’m there, I’ll be seeking out this cool shirt…

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£29.99, H&M. Looks more like Cos than H&M doesn’t it. Very cool.

And finally, check out the tassles on this cute dress…

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£29.99, H&M. I love the styling here with the socks and boots, and I think it’d also look lovely with grey cable knit tights.

Well done H&M, you’re winning 2016 so far!

What are you hoping to buy in 2016?

Bethan x

The best of 2015 fashion

30 Dec

With just one more full day of 2015 remaining, I thought this would be a nice chance to look back at some of my favourite trends that I’ve blogged about over the past year.

These are the pieces that I’ve been loving, with a few suggestions for new ways to style them up for 2016…

In October, I featured these sparkly shoes from Boden.

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The glitter version have all sold out, but these chic black ones are new, and reduced from £89 to £62.30.

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I think I’d go for the full Audrey Hepburn look with these – slim black trousers, a black roll neck and a swingy black ponytail. What could be classier? Or step into January with a splash, by teaming them with trusty black opaques and a loud, proud fuchsia swing dress

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This is reduced to just £10 at Asos.

Not feeling the girlie vibe? Swap the black roll neck I mentioned above for a sporty tee

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£22, Adidas at Asos. The monochrome palette and slim-fit shape mean this is a safe option for the sports-luxe-shy (aka me).

In September, I became obsessed with pompom shoes, and in particular this pair, which are now sold out…

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Thankfully, Topshop still has a few pairs of this very similar style left, which are in the sale for £15…

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For 2016, I’d embrace the geek chic popularised by Gucci and style them up with a pleated midi skirt, tank top and roll neck. You couldn’t fail to feel cheerful on your first day back at work dressed like that!

Topshop’s grey/silver skirt will add just enough sparkle to a grey January day…

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And at £30, it won’t hurt that post-Christmas bank balance.

In May, I went crazy for ghillie shoes – along with the rest of the world. I bought this blue pair from Asos…

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They’re now long gone, but there are millions of other pairs (or so it seems!) still for the taking. And on a practical note, I didn’t think these would be the comfiest of shoes, but they actually are. I did a day-long shopping trip in these the very first time I wore them and I was blister free.

For a 2016 take, I like this chic, minimalist pair, which are reduced to £39 in the Asos sale…

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I think they’d make the perfect trans-seasonal outfit with this grey jumper dress from Whistles, which is down to £85 in the sale…

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I was up for all-denim-everything in April, with this Zara midi skirt leading the pack…

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I’m so pleased that denim’s still going strong for 2016, and I’ve currently got my eye on this pinafore from Asos…

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Looks just like my favourite skirt in dress form! I’ll wear it for work with a pussybow blouse and ankle boots, then at the weekend with a ribbed knit and trainers.

And finally, back in January, a whole year ago, I was mad for suede in all its forms, but particularly jackets. This red number from Mango was at the top of my wishlist…

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But, for 2016, I think I might be swayed by the simple shape and attention grabbing colour of this cobalt version, down to £54.99 in the sale.

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Whereas I’d wear the red one with a dreamy boho dress from Zara, I think this blue one needs strong shapes and clean lines. So a white t-shirt and these striped wide leg trousers from Asos, which are now just £24, should do the trick…

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I wonder what style choices 2016 will bring? Happy new year!

Bethan x

The year of pompoms

20 Dec

The majority of fashion trends are, of course, dictated by the catwalks, but every year, a few little things sneak under the radar and become massive hits, mostly thanks to street style and the influence of blogs and the high street.

This winter has undoubtedly been the season of the pompom, and I have definitely got the fluffy bug. They’re adorning everything, from keyrings and hats to shoes, jumpers and bags (and I’ve been harping on about them for months!)

There’s something especially festive about these cute little pompom pieces – and they won’t bust the budget – making them great last-minute Christmas gifts. If you act fast and order these today, they can all still be under the tree in time for the big day…

How about a pair of pompom trainers

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£22, Asos

Or try a glamorous heeled shoe

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£32, Lost Ink

The pompom beanie has also taken on a life of its own this year. You can get them in all sorts of patterns and colours, but I quite like a neutral if I’m wearing it on my head!

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£14, Topshop

Pompom keyrings are a nice way to get in on the trend if you’re not one for OTT statements. Helen Moore’s are classic, if a little pricey (but not too pricey for a Christmas gift).

£30 each, Helen Moore

She even sells cute shoe clips so you can adapt a few pairs you already own…

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£28, Helen Moore

River Island’s used pompoms to jazz up some great staple accessories. I love these leather gloves…

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£25, River Island. The colour contrast is really nice.

And as a final flourish, this pretty, folksy necklace is now reduced to just £6 – a third of the original price.

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Have a very fluffy Christmas!

Bethan x

 

My big fashion Saturday

3 Oct

I’ve just arrived home from a long day of fashion-related activity in the city. It’s not often that I venture into London at the weekend these days – I tend to just grab anything I need during my lunchbreak (I’m based right by Oxford Street) or order stuff online. So it was good to remind myself of how nice it can be to wander round without the deadline of the end of my lunch hour.

First on my list was Whistles, because I had a 25% off voucher (thanks to this month’s Grazia – expires Monday, get yours now!). I love Whistles, but I never buy stuff from there when it’s full price because, frankly, it’s too expensive. The cashmere is beautiful, but it’s about £180 for a jumper, and you can get them for less than half of this in Uniqlo or M&S. I took about eight things into the changing room, but knew I could only stretch my budget to buy one of them.

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Of course I made a purchase. It’s a roll-neck midi dress in navy, which I was going to post a link to, but it’s not on the website! So here’s my own slightly rubbish photo instead…

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It looks so boring here, but it’s actually a lovely snuggly winter dress, with great details like pockets on the front and ribbed cuffs and sides.

Next up, I went to the V&A to see the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition. If you’re a fan of shoes, this is well worth a visit – basically two floors of shoe porn. There are some brief descriptions about the history of shoes, how they convey status, customs in other countries, but most of all, this is an opportunity to drool over some seriously beautiful shoes. It’s amazing to see how tiny the feet of Victorian women were but, for me, the highlight was all the references to Sex and the City. There’s a video playing of the moment Mr Big gives Carrie her blue Manolos (possibly THE classic movie shoe moment of recent years) and lots of pairs of shoes linked to SJP. I also loved seeing David Beckham’s ‘Brooklyn’ football boots. Because I’m such a big football fan, obvs.

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Finally, after all that culture, I sharpened by elbows and headed for the Alex Monroe jewellery sample sale at The Hoxton in Holborn. I’d actually gone there first thing in the morning, but the queue was enormous and rumour had it that it was going to take two hours to get to the front. No thanks! So I went back at the end of the day. It paid off. There was still loads of stuff and, if you weren’t too fussed about which piece you wanted, which I wasn’t, plenty to please. I bought these three bird-themed bits for less than the price of one of them at full price. Now that’s what I call a bargain!

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Phew, now I need to put my feet up with a cup of tea (and put my poor credit card in the freezer to cool off!)

Bethan x