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{Misty Trapeze Knit and Colour Block Rib Knit – both from Whistles}

With most of the UK basking in a heatwave and temperatures set to soar to 30 degrees, what on earth am I doing buying knitwear?

Fear not, I assure you there is method in my madness. I know from previous experience that I will spend  most of this year’s clothing budget on Autumn/Winter pieces as knitwear, coats and heavy boots tend to be more expensive than shorts, sandals and cotton dresses. Also quality, in my opinion, is paramount when it comes to these items – a cheaper, synthetic jumper may look appealing on the hanger but give it ten washes and I can almost guarantee that the initial allure will begin to fade.

So, this is where the summer sales come in. If you can force yourself to think about the darker, colder months that lie ahead, it is the ideal time to invest in some quality pieces at a fraction of the original price. Both these Whistles jumpers were reduced from over £100 each to £35. Hopefully they will stay hidden in my wardrobe for a good few months, but come mid-November, I will be thankful for my forward planning.

Next on my list are a pair of classic biker boots as my old pair have literally been worn to death.

What do you buy in the sales? Do you think ahead to the next season or do you prefer to concentrate on the here and now?

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My (rather meagre) Sales Haul

I’m old enough to remember when the January Sales used to be a big deal, warranting at least one whole day out scouring the shops for bargains. Now with high street stores discounting left, right and centre in the run-up to the festive season the post-Christmas Sales have lost some of their appeal (for me at least). As someone who is not great at Sales shopping in the first place, I usually only buy a handful of pieces (mostly online, I’m not a big fan of scouring messy Sales rails for that one elusive must-have in my size). This year I’m doing well, it’s only January 3 and already I’ve snapped up two bargains:

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These Cocorose London snakeskin ballet pumps were reduced from £85 to £38 in my local boutique O’Keefe

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And this InWear Eden glitter frill top, now £33 (reduced from £55) will be perfect for wearing with with skinny jeans and heels for a dressed up, yet relaxed, look.

As usual, I couldn’t resist buying a couple of full price pieces like this cropped slouchy yoga top from Sweaty Betty

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..and these ankle boots from H by Hudson which will help put a spring in my step when the new season rolls around.

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So, what about you? Any good bargains or are you saving your cash for next season’s collections? X

 

Bring some Nordic style to your home

I love my coffee mugs and lanterns in white & taupe from Nordic House

I love my coffee mugs and lanterns in white & taupe from Nordic House

One of my favourite online shops for home accessories is Nordic House. I love their simple but stylish Scandinavian inspired pieces, from candle holders and lanterns to cushions and tableware. I bought a set of  three rustic looking lanterns earlier in the year and they look equally great in the garden for al fresco dinners and indoors where add a cosy vibe when the evenings get darker. The white and taupe mugs are another great buy that always attract lots of compliments when friends come around for a cup of tea or coffee. At the moment Nordic House has a Sale with up to 50% off so it’s a good time to grab yourself a bargain. Here’s a selection of my favourites:

Clockwise from top left: Pierced Tealight holders now £3.57 for medium and £4.77 for large; Bamboo tray now £29.96; Summer Hurricane Lanterns now £6.48 for a set of three; Vintage Graphite Love Cushion now £17.97

Clockwise from top left: Pierced Tealight Holders now £3.57 for medium and £4.77 for large; Bamboo Tray now £29.96; Summer Hurricane Lanterns now £6.48 for a set of three; Vintage Graphite Love Cushion now £17.97

The Fashion Clinic #3: Sale Shopping

I’m the first to admit that I’m rubbish at Sale shopping on the high street. If I walk in to a store covered in red and white signs promising 30, 40 or even 50 percent off, nine times out of ten I will bypass the messy Sale rails in favour of the pristine looking new stock (at full price of course). But online it’s another matter – no elbowing past other shoppers to get to the goods or fighting over the last skirt in my size. However, it’s easy to be seduced by a seemingly good bargain only to realise a few months later as said item still hangs unworn in the wardrobe that, factoring  in ‘the cost per wear’, you would have been better off buying the full price shoes/bag/dress you wanted in the first place. That’s not to say that there aren’t good deals to be had but it’s important to keep a cool head and remember that often pieces are on that Sale rail for a reason. So without further ado, here is my short but sweet guide to Sale shopping:

As a general rule Sales tend to fall at the end of a season (or at the very least mid-season) so try to steer clear of one-season wonders. There’s nothing worse than wearing something that is blatantly Spring 13 when everyone has moved on to Winter 13/14. Go for pieces that are not defined by a particular trend and won’t date so easily. Classic is an overused word and often confused with traditional or old-fashioned but to me it doesn’t mean twinset and pearls, but rather items that you will turn to again and again, like that jacket in the perfect biker-cut or the skinny jeans that fit just so.

Wrap skirt by Diane vin Furstenberg, was £300 now £180; Striped dress by Clu was £280 now £140; Striped sweatshirt by Marc by Marc Jacobs was £150 now £75

Wrap skirt by Diane vin Furstenberg, was £300 now £180; Striped dress by Clu was £280 now £140; Striped sweatshirt by Marc by Marc Jacobs was £150 now £75

Black and white stripes and other monochrome patterns are trans-seasonal and can easily be paired with whatever colour is the flavour of the moment.

J Brand 811 striped skinny jeans was £225 now £112; Citizens of Humanity Avedon jeans was £210 now £147; Cottonblend sweater by Dagmar was £200 now £100; Duffy turtleneck was 250 now £150

J Brand 811 striped skinny jeans was £225 now £112; Citizens of Humanity Avedon jeans was £210 now £147; Cottonblend sweater by Dagmar was £200 now £100; Duffy turtleneck was 250 now £150

Think beyond the here and now. Come October you ‘ll be pleased that you invested in some versatile jeans and sweaters for the colder weather.

J Crew tweed jacket (on left) was £410 now £205; Michael by Michael Kors leather biker jacket was 515 now £309; Leather trimmed tweed jacket by IRO was £662 now £463

J Crew tweed jacket (on left) was £410 now £205; Michael by Michael Kors leather biker jacket was 515 now £309; Leather trimmed tweed jacket by IRO was £662 now £463

When it comes to jackets, think more about the shape than the material or colour. A blazer (long or boxy) or biker jacket will always look right.

Pierre Hardy pumps was £465 now £279; Jimmy Choo Pence sandals was £250 now £125; Jimmy Choo Pavlova sandals was £495 now £346; Bloch ballet flats was £125 now £62

Pierre Hardy pumps was £465 now £279; Jimmy Choo Pence sandals was £250 now £125; Jimmy Choo Pavlova sandals was £495 now £346; Bloch ballet flats was £125 now £62

Let’s not forget the accessories. If you’ve always wanted a pair of Jimmy Choos, now is a good time to buy them.

Chloe Alice tote was £2,205 now £1,544; Michael Kors Gia shopper was £655 now £328; Alison shopper by Chloe was £665 now £399; Zebra print clutch by Jummy Choo was £495 now £248

Chloe Alice tote was £2,205 now £1,544; Michael Kors Gia shopper was £655 now £328; Alison shopper by Chloe was £665 now £399; Zebra print clutch by Jummy Choo was £495 now £248

A classic bag shape like a clutch or tote will see you through for many years.

All items available from Net a Porter