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Sale bargains I shouldn’t buy but probably will anyway…

This is a bit of a filler post, I have to admit. I’m showing you some of the stuff I’m not buying right now because it’s so hard to show you the stuff I have. There’s so much I want to show you – a new Linea Pelle bag, another beautiful Lady Vintage dress, some great finds from the sales…but getting decent snaps is proving difficult. I’m desperately trying to move away from the fuzzy shots I get in my dressing room (my camera really doesn’t like indoors lighting) but the constant rain and bad weather has been really affecting my ability to take decent shots outside (which also involves cajoling someone to take the snaps – something the boyfriend is not very good at). So while I wait for a Sunny moment tomorrow (IT HAS TO HAPPEN, right?) here are some of the items I’ve been coveting but attempting not to buy in recent days…

KG by Kurt Geiger ‘Gem’ snakeskin heels £35

Come on, they’re called ‘Gem’, how could I resist? I’m *so* close to ordering these but I know they’re too high and too ridiculous. I also don’t usually like snakeskin, but I’m drawn to these. As if the silver heels and snakeskin uppers weren’t enough, the ankle strap and the toecap are covered in little sparkles. I love my shoes to be completely ridiculous and I think these definitely make the grade. And there’s a £95 reduction. SO tempting! I fear I may end up heading to a store early next week to see them in real life and judge whether I’ll ever be able to walk in them.

G21 Giraffe print jumpsuit £20 George at Asda

It’s a jumpsuit, with giraffes on. I don’t feel like I need to say any more. Except that I also really like the strappy back, the slim trousers and the fact it’s only £20. My only problem with jumpsuits is the faff you have to go through if you need the loo. Still, it’s more practical in Summer than in Winter, at least you don’t freeze quite so much!

Olivia Rubin black floral swimsuit £17 Dorothy Perkins

Apparently I was the only one who loved the Olivia Rubin for Dorothy Perkins stuff (well, me and Una from The Saturdays) since it’s all now in the sale at drastically reduced prices. I love a good halter swimsuit and this one has the bonus of an added belt/waist panel – always good for drawing attention to the best bits. The only problem is I just sorted out my swimwear and I already have far more bikinis and swimsuits than I do days of the year to actually wear them, so I won’t be purchasing.

Blue patterned Mustique floral sundress £15 at Warehouse

Blah blah halterneck, blah blah sundress, blah blah floral, blah blah 50s inspired…you know where I’m going with this. This is a total ‘Gemma’ dress. The kind of thing my friends point out to me when we’re shopping together. And £15 is a bargain for a fab Summer holiday dress that originally cost three times that. The only problem – I’m not going on a Summer holiday (I’m away in September instead). And given the current rubbish weather, I doubt I’d get any wear out of this in the UK. Should not buy.

Harris chain heeled sandals from £7 a pair at Topshop

Toppers sandals for seven squids. If the aforementioned crappy weather wasn’t an issue, I’d be buying these up in more than one colour. As it is I already have two pairs of new sandals I’ve not even been able to wear out of the house yet. Damn you, rain!

‘Sexy plunge’ pencil dress £19 at ASOS

As you can see from the terrible pic on the right (oh, instagram…) I already have this in blue. And I love the fit. It doesn’t exactly give much room for movement, but it is the perfect holiday night out dress, which is why I’m tempted to order the pink as well, since it’s only £19. That said, I think the pink might be less forgiving in terms of underwear than the darker blue, and this baby definitely calls for scaffolding underneath!

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(soon to be) In My Wardrobe: What I bought in the January sales

2012 is going to be quite a frugal year for me financially (I’m saving for more important things than shoes for once!) so spending my Christmas money in the January sales is basically my last hurrah. After these purchases, I’m battening down the hatches and sticking to an ‘only what’s necessary’ approach to spending. I’m not saying I won’t buy anything this year, but I’ll definitely be reviving Frugal February and after that I’ll be sticking to those good habits at least 80% of the time, putting as much as I possibly can in the bank at the end of each month. Even with the sales I’ve tried to stear clear of the shops and only buy a few things online. Of those, I’m sure at least one or two will get returned. But while I wait for them all to arrive…here’s a look at what I bought!

40s tea dress with pintuck detail was £45 now £18 and blue midi dress in lace with seam detail was £60 now £32 both at ASOS.

The first dress I bought purely out of curiosity. It’s so ill-fitting around the chest on the teensy model that I thought it might be perfect for my big bust / small waist body shape. I don’t hold out much hope, but that ASOS premier subscription comes in handy when you want to try something and see! The blue lace dress is something I’ve had my eye on since it first arrived on the site, but I couldn’t quite stretch to the original price tag. I absolutely love the 40s shape and I’m hoping the fit is good enough to keep so this can become the first of my London Fashion Week outfits.

Bunny2 PU Stretch Thigh High Boots £20 (were £76)

I can tell you now that these will probably get returned, but at that price I couldn’t resist at least trying them. Thigh high boots scare me a bit, but having seen them on other people, I at least want to try them out. I think they might be one of those things that only work on very slim girls, but equally as I’m about 70% legs I thought I’d take a risk. I think they need to be worn in the right way – with jeans or a dress that covers the tops ( think Fergie, not Kim Kardashian) as I’m not ready to be Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman just yet!

Purple deco colourblock dress was £42 now £20 and Turquoise deco dress was £42 now £20 both Dorothy Perkins

Two very similar dresses that I couldn’t decide between, so I decided to order both and see how I get on. I’m unsure about the midi length of the turquoise one but I couldn’t find it in any stores to try on so I had to go online and take a chance. I worry it might look a bit frumpy on me teamed with the high neck, but at £20 I thought it was worth a shot. The purple I know looks good – I tried it in a 12 in store to get an idea of how it fits and the length, and let’s just say I definitely needed the 14!

Ruby Belle Princess dress was £50 now £12, Black Nightingale dress was £70 now £19 and Blue Valentino dress was £70 now £19 all from the Fever sale at Brand Alley

I can’t resist a Fever sale, and when dresses are at this price, I have to stock up, even if I could probably make the dresses in the time it takes Brand Alley to deliver them. I think these will be numbers 8, 9 and 10 in my Fever collection. You might think that’s excessive but it’s nothing on Roisin who seems to be wearing a new one in every photo! I know the fit will be good on a Fever dress, and the styles are quite timeless and generally good for work. I wasn’t sure about the Valentino dress with the fringing details, but having seen the pink one on Sian, I had to snap one up. Cobalt is one of my favourite colours for clothes, so I had to go with the blue.

Curvy Kate Tempt Me bra £16.95 (was £29) and high waisted brief £6.95 (was £14.50) at BraStop

If anyone can make a plunge bra that doesn’t dig in at the middle, it’s Curvy Kate. The brand is probably one of my favourite discoveries of the last couple of years. I had my eye on this set before Christmas, so when I saw it in the sale at Brastop I decided to give it a go. I love, love, love the retro style high waisted briefs.

Irregular Choice Oz Can’t Touch This shoes were £80, I paid £44.99 (now £49.99, oddly) at Schuh

I don’t have anything to say about these except how could I resist? They are absolutely insane, my mother would hate them, I’ve been scared to show them to the boyfriend for fear he’ll think I’ve lost my mind, but as far as I’m concerned, they’re shoes of wonder and I can’t wait to wear them. Look at the heels!

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Window shopping: Top Summer sale fashion finds!

It’s Summer sales time, and this year’s bad weather means there are even more items to choose from as people are a bit cautious of spending too much on flippy Summer dresses and strappy sandals when most days are still spend in tights and coats! It’s a great time to stock up – particularly if you have a Summer holiday coming – so I’ve picked some of my favourite sale finds to help you along. There are loads of lovely shoes and some fabulous Summer frocks, and nothing on this page costs more than £35 (except one pair of fabulous Carvela shoes I couldn’t resist including). Personally, I’ve got my eye on a pair of fabulous wedges that’ll give height with a bit of added comfort, and a really nice bright 50s dress to wear for my birthday in August. What’s new, eh?!

Gorgeous Sale Dresses

Orange shadow butterfly dress was £40 now £20 Dorothy Perkins
Multi green print contrast prom dress was £75 now £35
Navy fine pleat dress was £50 now £15 Lovedrobe at Style369
Multi-layer dress with beading was £40 now £16 TFNC at ASOS (I have this in blue. The M-L would easily fit up to a size 18)
Stripe frill hem dress was £16 now £10 Peacocks

Fabulous Sale Shoes:

Berry Laser-cut shoe boots was £35 now £10 Style369
Black floral platform shoes with ankle strap was £40 now £17 Dorothy Perkins
Powertrip suede toe perspex heel court shoe was £60 now £24 ASOS
Cleo jewel brooch cherrypie sandals was £60 now £34.99 Schuh
Asses black suede heels with coloured platforms was £140 now £59 Carvela at Kurt Geiger
White woven flat sandals was £30 now £10 River Island
Green clog-style sandals with wood effect heel was £29.99 now £9.99 H&M
Fever metallic gladiator flat sandal was £40 now £20 Miss Selfridge
Rainbow flat sandals with twisted vamp was £37.50 now £15 Poetic Licence at Let’s Buy Shoes
Bow sling-back polka dot wedge was £29.50 now £25 Evans
Strappy wedge was £19.99 now £9 New Look
Menna bow sandals was £80 now £40 PPQ for Office

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Save 25% at

Style369, Arcadia’s younger and more stylish plus size store is currently offering 25% off their new Spring 2011 stock. This includes dresses from Max C, tunics from Lovedrobe and all manner of basics, trends and footwear. To help you spend your money wisely, I’ve picked some of my favourite pieces from the New In section. Just click the links below to shop – you don’t need a special code, the discount should be applied automatically at the checkout. Only some items on the site are included in the promotion so double-check before you put in those credit card details…

Lovedrobe Pearl Neck Peach Tunic £36
Max C Black Frill Detail Dress £45
Animal Print Peg Leg Trousers £27
Max C White Lace Dress £55
Black Heeled Clog Style Courts £29.50
White Sling-back Wedges £25
Black Wedge Ankle Boots £39.50

See the full range of items that qualify for the promotion by clicking here.

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20 Fabulous Sale Finds – grab a January bargain!

I know that in the sales you’re supposed to buy up classics and basics and ignore the faddy trends that you didn’t buy three months earlier at full price. But while I do use the discounts as a way of stocking up on chic work dresses and nice shoes, I also see sales as a super-cheap way of trying out things I’d never normally give a go – like capes, coulottes and crazy heels. So I’ve put together 20 of my favourite sale finds from both high street and plus size retailers, some of which I’ve already bought, to help you hunt down the best discounts…

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Cheap thrills! Top treats for under £5

Despite the fact we’re on the tail-end of a recession, prices seem to be going up all over the shop and it’s getting increasingly difficult to find anything (even lunch) for less than a fiver. So what’s a girl to do when she’s got an urge to shop, but very little cash to last until payday? Well, there are a few gems for less than a fiver still to be had. You just need to know where to look…

Collection 2000 Shimmer and Shade in ‘Pink Me Up’ £3.99 at Boots

Collection 2000 has come a long way since the last time I used it – back when I got lippies and mascaras free with copies of Shout magazine when I was 14. Now the budget beauty brand easily rivals more expensive rivals with well-packaged, fun cosmetics that are great for experimenting. This blush / bronzer / highlighter pallette is one of my favourites for a really quick natural flush. It goes a really long way and looks natural and pretty. Just use a decent brush and remember you’ll need a mirror – there isn’t one in the compact, but for £4, I’ll let that one go!

Vero Moda fine knit batwing top £5 at ASOS

Clearance sales are perfect for stocking up on basics, and you don’t get much better than these £5 tops from ASOS. The sheer jersey is great for this time of year, and the longer length and batwing sleeves give it a slouchy, easy wear shape that’s great for lounging about. I like the hot coral, but it also comes in aqua and grey up to a size 14 (which, looking at the shape, would probably fit most 16s too).

Goldtone and ivory drop earrings £5 Desire Clothing

I love cheap jewellery for finishing a look. These earrings come in black or cream for only £5 and they’re perfect for a bit of a dramatic touch with a simple outfit. Rules suggest big earrings look best with an up-do, but I quite like them poking out from big Cheryl Cole waves too.

Neutrogena Deep Clean make-up remover wipes approx £4
(available in Supermarkets, Boots & Superdrug. This is a new formulation & I can’t find it online yet. Picture nabbed from the wonderful A Beauty Junkie in London)

Ok, these are less of a treat and more of a neccessity, but I had to mention these new wipes from Neutrogena. I was recently sent them to try, along with the cleansing lotion from the same range, and I was really, really impressed. I’ve tried various brands and never found a cleansing wipe that actually removes all my mascara without making my eyes go red. But these did! They’re oil-free, so good for younger skins, and though they have quite a strong scent, it’s not as horrible and synthetic as some rivals. I found these not only removed all makeup, but also really refreshed my skin. In fact, the moment I finished the pack I was sent, I went out and bought another one!

Red Y neck animal print vest top £5 George at Asda

This is an essential Summer staple in a well known print in a slightly unusual colourway. Asda stuff is known to wear and wash well considering how cheap it is, and I bet if you buy this you’ll find you wear it far more than you ever thought you would. The longline style is great for layering, and helps avoid that irritating gap with a low-slung pair of jeans. I have a very similar blue leopard print top from a couple of years ago which I’ve worn to death.

Metallic kohl in First Light £5 Topshop

I’m so excited by Topshop’s new makeup range! I have very fond memories of ‘Kiss and Makeup’, the range offered by sister shop Miss Selfridge back in the early 90s, and if this is anything like that, it’ll be full of trend-lead colours at good prices, all of a decent quality. Topshop are offering all kinds of products, but the metallic kohl’s look like some of the most dramatic. I love the polka dot packaging – so cute!

Florence & Fred mutton sleeve top £5 Tesco

It’s meant to be Spring, but since we’re experiencing some of the coldest May days ever, you might want to snap up a long-sleeved top for the next few weeks. This one has the ever popular power shoulder for a bit of detail, and it comes in a variety of colours for £5. Wear it under your Summer dresses until the sun finally decides to make an appearance!

Bow buckle waist belt £5 at Matalan

Nothing tops off a retro dress like an elasticated waist belt. I like the prim Emma Pilsbury feel of this mint green bow detail offering (it also comes in coral and cream) and it’s a bargain at a fiver. And if you don’t have that dress already, you know where to look!

Bourjois So Laque Ultra Shine nail enamel in Beige Glamour £5.49

I’ve sneaked this one in even though it’s £5.49, because with the special offers and advantage card points at Boots, it’s highly likely when you go in that you’ll get this for a fiver or less. Well, that’s how I’m going to justify it, anyway! I’m a chronic nail biter so I can’t really wear bright shades, but I find this peachy beige looks alright even on stumpy nails, and stops me from biting them quite so much. It’s also a great suits-all colour for toenails on the days when I don’t fancy my usual blood red.

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Boob-friendly dresses from Bravissimo

Bravissimo has long been the secret haunt of girls with D+ boobs. Stocking all the big brands that cater to larger breasted ladies (Freya, Panache, Kalyani, Masquerade etc) in loads of back sizes (not just large, but small) and providing a measuring service that’s second to none, I know ladies who’ll sing the praises of this shop ’til kingdom come. In fact, I’m one of them! The Bravissimo angels can lift and support even the biggest boobs and sell pretty, not frumpy designs. And as if that wasn’t enough, they also sell special big boob clothing!

Offering up standard UK dress sizes with three choices of chest measurement – curvy, really curvy and super curvy – these clothes aim to avoid that annoying gape or pull that you find on the chest if you squeeze your D+’s into standard sizes. This is particularly useful on dresses and v-neck tops, which often end up revealing far too much bra as the standard cups strain on larger chests. Instead, you get custom-cut coverage, but without having to go bigger elsewhere. Lots are super-fitted and ruched at the waist for a gorgeous hourglass shape, too. The selection of secret support tops and nightwear is also great – after all there’s nothing worse than saggy boobs in bed!

Sizes go from an 8 – 16, so not particularly great if you’re a plus size, but with the generous cup sizes on these babies, you might well be able to fit comfortably into a smaller size than normal, meaning size 18s shouldn’t rule the range out if they have a store nearby where they can try on.

Right now there are various items on sale, including the lovely 40s style spot print dress’ for £39 and the fluted sleeve dress for the same. Outside of the sale, get a bit of Summer daytime chic in the incredibly flattering nautical striped jersey dress for £45.