Halloween Fashion From New Look

In the car this morning, as I once again tried to avoid sleep walking through the school run, a song came on the radio that immediately made me smile. It was ‘The Monster Mash’ by Bobby-Boris Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers, a classic Halloween song that was a hit in both the 1960s and 1970s and has been played at a million Halloween parties every year since. It reminded me that Halloween is less than two weeks away, and that I had yet to have looked at the Halloween fashion which has sort of been a tradition since I started this blog. So here it is.

This year I decided to have a look at the Halloween range from High Street fave New Look. who I genuinely think have played a blinder this year, with a range that covers everything from casual t-shirts to beautiful dresses and skirts that could be worn for Halloween, and will then be dressy enough to be worn through the festive season that follows.

New Look has created a collection that allows you to add a little bit of Halloween to your wardrobe without a huge expense. There are cute pumpkin earrings that cost just £1.99, a fabulously creepy spider choker for less than a fiver, and a great range of spooky t-shirts that cost less than £10, which I think is a great bargain.

I have highlighted some of my fave pieces below.

Will you be dressing up this Halloween?

New Look Halloween – Key Pieces

Black Halloween Spider Choker £4.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Premium Galaxy Embellished Mesh Dress £39.99 Click to visit New Look

Halloween Black Sequined Bat Mask £5.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Scary Movie and Chill? Metallic Slogan T-Shirt £9.99 Click to visit New Look

Curves Black Skeleton Print T-Shirt £9.99 Click to visit New Look

Halloween Floral Net Head Band £7.99 Click to visit New Look

Cameo Rose Black Frill Hem Trousers
£19.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Spot Mesh Hanky Hem Wrap Front Dress £24.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Trick or Treat Colour Block Purse £4.99 Click to visit New Look

Bright Orange Glitter Pumpkin Earrings £1.99 Click to visit New Look

Red Suedette Stiletto Over The Knee Boots £44.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Leather-Look High Waist Skinny Hallie Jeans £25.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Witch Please Slogan T-Shirt £7.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Skeleton Print T-Shirt Dress £12.99 Click to visit New Look

Black Sheer Midi Skater Skirt £22.99 Click to visit New Look

 

Charity Shop Haul – My Recent Bargains

I love clothes and I love shopping. That’s no secret. But if I was to spend all my time shopping on the High Street or online, I would quite frankly need to remortgage my home.  Which is why so much of my shopping time is spent visiting charity shops in market towns, the sort of places where you can pick up great bargains and unusual pieces when you are on a strict budget.

I love charity shops, the idea that you can find something that has been preloved and give it a new lease of life. Charity shops serve a great cause in raising money that is much needed, and also work well in recycling clothes that could otherwise go to landfill, hence helping the environment too. They can also be the cheapest option when searching for vintage clothing, definitely cheaper than dedicated vintage shops or ebay.

Charity shops can also be hiding designer bargains too. Recently I have found pieces from Louboutin, Vivienne Westwood, Dries Van Noten and Calvin Klein – all for under £25.

Here are some of my most recent charity shop finds, along with a few more tips on what to look for if you are charity shop shopping.

Look for classic shapes and prints

Animal prints, stripes and polka dots or plain, block colours, all these are perennials that never really go out of fashion and are worth picking up. In a similar way, a shift style dress is always a winner, with 1960s shift shapes like the striped M&Co dress below being a great option for dressing up or down.

F&F Dress £4.49 from BHF

M&Co Dress £4.50 Katherine’s House Hospice Shop

Kaleidoscope dress £5.99 Acorns Hospice Shop

Look for Vintage

Vintage is so much cheaper if you can pick it up in a charity shop, and there are some brilliant finds out there. 1970s and 1980s labels are the easiest to find, but you may pick up something earlier, like the 1960s yellow dress that I snapped up for £6.99.

1980s dress £4.99 BHF

1970s print skirt £3 and Hobbs shell top £3.99 Katherine House

Tea Dress 1970s £3 Salvation Army Shop

1960s dress £6.99 Giles Hospice shop

1960s suit £4 Save the Children

1980s jacket Giles Hospice shop

1960s dress £4 Fresh Fields

Look for Designer and Quality Labels

Charity shops are not just about ‘old clothes’ and High Street Labels, you can also find premium High Street labels and Designer labels – you just need to look!

Hobbs Dress £2.50 Severn Hospice

 

Louboutins Pigalle £25 Age Concern

Dries Van Noten dress £8.99 Giles Hospice

 

Have you found any good bargains in charity shops lately?

Shop Online

Oxfam http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop

BHF https://giftshop.bhf.org.uk/

Sue Ryder on Ebay http://stores.ebay.co.uk/suerydershop/?_trkparms=clkid%3D890980944738164266

 

 

A few holiday Essentials

Holiday season is already in full swing, and with half term next week, more people will be jetting off to enjoy the sun. But it is no secret that holidays, as well as being a time for fun, relaxation and excitement, are also a time that can prove to be very expensive. Travel money, holiday wardrobes, travel insurance, new luggage, all of these things can add up and make even the most budget of holidays rather more expensive than you may have budgeted for. There are ways, though, that you can help with the cost, these range from short-term loans from companies like Lendgreen Online loans that can help with both the cost of your holiday, and funding your new wardrobe, you can also budget for that wardrobe by setting yourself a clear holiday budget and sticking to it. There are also lots of fabulous places to actually pick up those holiday essentials on the cheap, and using voucher codes can make even more savings.

Here are a few bargain buys that will update your holiday wardrobe without breaking the bank. Don’t forget to check out your local supermarket brands for bargains, Morrisons have recently added an adult range, whilst some branches of Poundland are stocking the budget brand Pep and Co in their stores.

A maxi dress is perfect for evening drinks or daytime sightseeing, and this one is just £14

Bardot Paisley Ombré Maxi Dress £14 Click to visit Asda George

A cool pair of espadrilles will work for holidays and festivals alike. Add in a metallic touch, and you have a shoe that is stylish and versatile.

Metallic Espadrille Sandals £12 Click to visit George at Asda

A beach cover up can look so much  chicer than a sarong, and this black dress has an interesting back detail.

Crochet Cover-Up Dress £12 Click to visit George at Asda

Every holiday wardrobe needs a splash of colour, and I adore orange on holiday. This dress comes with a free necklace, and, if orange isn’t your colour, it also comes in pink and purple.

Ruffled Dress with Necklace £16 Click to visit George at Asda

 

Protect your head with the coolest cover up around – it has to be a Fedora.

Fedora Hat £6 Click to visit George at Asda

Boho prints are another holiday fave. I love the pink accents in this tote bag, it looks like it has come straight from Talitha Getty’s 1960s Marrakesh wardrobe.

Jacquard Tote Bag £14 Click to visit George at Asda