Friday, 22 January 2016

January Retail Therapy

Its been too long since I've been on a satisfying all-day shopping spree. With the craziness of being a mother, and never being able to remember things, spare time becomes scarce,  the clock is always way ahead of you. But with the January sales in full swing,  I made a promise to myself to go out and find some bargains. Hastily I handed over little man to his daddy, kissed him a sweet goodbye and braved the cold weather to catch the next train. 

As I strolled wondrously down the High-street, straining my neck out like a tortoise to get a glimpse in shop windows, I noticed the high amount of ridiculous offers. It was hard to restrain myself from clearing shops completely...actually there was no 'restraining' going on...more like 'diving in'. The rush of people speeding along with heaps of bags from various stores didn't help either. It certainly wasn't difficult to uncover many bargains, and as the day went on someone clicked on the crazy switch, and my money flew out of my hands and into the tills. By the end of the day I had only £20 left, and that was my lesson learnt. To be fair it was christmas money (no excuse!).

My biggest bargain was from Boots, Pixiwoo's Bold Metals Collection Essentials With Clutch set. Originally it costed a whopping £65, and it was reduced to just £25. That's near enough the price of one brush! I didn't really need anymore make-up brushes, but I had always admired the look of these, especially the rose gold brush, but on a normal day I would never have been able to afford them, they were just way out of my price range. Thank god for the sales is all I can say! I also really like the clutch bag included. I assume you are supposed to put the brushes inside it, but I think I'll use it as a fashion accessory. Following Boots I also spent about an hour in Zara, but I could have easily spent a day in there browsing the many packed isles. A large period of that time was spent in the changing rooms playing tug of wore with five or six pairs of jeans, which involved much yanking and tumbling. Thank god for the curtains! Though these jeans are the only full priced item I purchased, I wanted to include them in this post for the simple fact Zara jeans are the most comfortable and well-fitting I've ever had the pleasure of wearing. However there was a definite lack of sizes. Also from Zara, I picked up a leopard print shirt, something I have been in two minds about for a while. I've never felt comfortable enough to pull of a print as 'in your face' as leopard, but since it was in the sale for only £12.99 I went for it. My happiness lasted until I got home, opened the bag excitedly, only to find a huge hole in the sleeve, which I'll now have to stitch. Let me tell you, my face drooped right to the floor in that moment. Despite my disappointment, it is a lovely sheer fabric, the kind that floats over all your lumps and bumps, for that perfect flattering fit. 

Lately I've been watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer religiously, it has always been one of my favourites, and as I sat and watched her kick vampire butt I admired the tiny leopard print skirt she was wearing. Goodness knows how she managed to kick so high! The skirt was paired with a skin tight, black jumper. I loved the simplicity of the outfit. So I made it my mission to find one that I felt comfortable wearing. I found a leopard print skirt very similar to the one she wore in Zara, that was reduced in the sale to £3.99. The best thing about it, is its elastic waist band, which made pulling it over my elephant hips a piece of cherry cake (no tug of war going on here). The rough texture of the skirt could make a simple outfit look interesting. I paired my newly found leopard skirt with a simple black turtle neck jumper from Dorothy Perkins in the sale for £14. The gold button detail on the sleeves gives a nice sophisticated touch. There you have it! One Buffy the Vampire Slayer outfit, your ready to hit the sales. 

It was perhaps the worst mission I've ever been on. My luck for the new year already seems to have run out, with most of the items I've bought in the sales having holes in them. If your planning on going shopping, whether sales or not, always check your garments for holes in seems or missing/loose buttons. Its fair to say the day was hectic, the busy crowds can get a bit much, and I was glad to step of that train and get home to my loved ones. Maybe next year I'll do my sale shopping online. 

I'd like to see what everyone else managed to bag in the sales, maybe there are some bargains that I've missed out on? *slaps self in the face* (no more!). 

Items featured: 

Zara Super Skinny Jeans (Check in store)
Zara Oversized Leopard Print Shirt (Check in store)


  1. Ooh these are gorgeous! I adore that leopard print shirt!


  2. Love this fashion wishlist and your picks, so perfect for the transitional time!