Introducing High Street Outlet

This week, a lovely lady called Julie got in touch with my via the medium of Twitter (how did we ever live without it?) to see if I was interested in hearing a little more about her company and possibly reviewing some of the products they sell. The company is High Street Outlet, and a quick look around the website made me very interested in both the concept and the stock it sells. You know when you have one of those ‘How much?’ moments, but in a good way? Well High Street Outlet gives you those moments time and time again.

The reason for this is simple. How would you like to buy quality products from your favourite high street brands, but with as much as 70-80% off the recommended retail price? I’m guessing the answer is totally in the affirmative. Well that is what High Street Outlet offer. They buy surplus stock, both current and past season, from a range of retailers that include M&S, Topshop, Zara, Laura Ashley, Monsoon, White Stuff, Dorothy Perkins, The Jacques Vert group and many more, and then sell these on to the customer at a massive discount. The clothes are de-tagged, but the brands and ranges are instantly recognisable to anyone who shops the High Street or trawls websites regularly.

I was sent some lovely pieces to review from High Street Outlet and I have to say I think this may well be my new favourite destination to find affordable pieces. As someone who likes to wear what suits me, rather than just following fashion, and also as someone who loves a bargain, High Street Outlet answers all my needs.  For my first review piece I chose a day dress from a brand I have long admired – White Stuff.

Ex White Stuff Navy Blue Flying High Dress £17.95 click to visit High Street Outlet

Ex White Stuff Navy Blue Flying High Dress £17.95

The navy blue Flying High dress is a great day dress. In thick cotton, with a full lining, this dress is perfect as a day dress – it has no buttons of zips, you simply slip this on over your head. The dress has elastication that gives it an empire line shape, and it sits nicely on the knee. The print is a full of swallows – there is also a purple version that has a butterfly print.

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This dress is a great transitional piece – add tights and a blazer or cardigan for a great Spring look, but in Summer the cotton will be a cool option and the dress would look great with espadrilles or sandals. It would pack neatly into a suitcase and would be great for sightseeing – the cool cotton would be both smart and practical. And (drumroll please…) it has pockets, which is the greatest thing any dress can have in my humble view, especially as I’m snuffling at the moment and really need a tissue at all times.

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To check out the full range of dresses available currently at High Street Outlet, click here.

High Street Outlet also has a sale at it’s factory Outlet on the 1st Saturday of every month, click here for details of the next sale.

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Update that Kitchen with Lilly Loray

In fashion, when we can’t afford to buy a complete new outfit, we try an update with accessories instead. A little black dress can be transformed just by adding a statement necklace, or a coloured cardigan, or a jaunty scarf. It is much the same when we come to looking at rooms in our homes. We may not be able to completely redecorate, but we can update and revamp by selecting some choice new accessories. A great place to look if you want to add colour and pattern to your kitchen is the Lilly Loray website.

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Lilly Loray is concerned with textiles, namely textiles for the kitchen, although the beautiful fabrics is sold by the metre could also be used to create a range of products for around the home – cushions, bedspreads, curtains and chair pads. The company was founded in 2012 by Bryony Tinn-Disbury, with a love of brilliant colour and distinctive graphics. Bryony has combined her love of retro vintage design with her ardent support of the UK textile industry, producing a stunning range of textiles that are hand-made, vibrant and have a gorgeous retro edge. Think 1960s and 70s prints, with a touch of Orla Kiely colour thrown into the mix.

Textiles at Lilly Loray

Textiles at Lilly Loray

What I love about the textiles from Lilly Loray is that you can either mix and match your colours and prints,(with blue/green and orange/red being the colour options), or you can just totally match your prints for a Bree Van De Kamp style (always my favourite Desperate Housewife). The fabrics are used for teatowels, pot holders, aprons and oven gloves (both single and double.) I personally love the aprons, which I am just as likely to wear eating a curry or soup as I am for cooking – with the Meadow Terrace print being my personal favourite.

Lily Loray aprons - Meadow Terrace is pictured centre. Click to view at Lilly Loray

Lilly Loray aprons – Meadow Terrace is pictured centre. Click to view at Lilly Loray

Some of the red/orange prints

Some of the red/orange prints

With products that are all designed and handmade in the UK,  and prices that start from from £10, Lilly Loray is a little bit of affordable accessorising for the home.

Maximising your bedroom space

It is a common problem. You have the wardrobe of Carrie Bradshaw and more shoes than Imelda Marcos, but your bedroom is, let’s be honest, small, and your storage space is limited. For many of us, this is a reality we face in our own homes, with overflowing closets and drawers, and our things left on chairs, and just stuffed under the bed. But it does not have to be this way. The space we have can be utilised to its maximum capacity, no matter how small, by choosing fitted wardrobes and bedroom furniture.

Fantasy

Fantasy

Reality

Reality

Urban Wardrobes is London’s Number one provider of sliding door wardrobes, and has a range of fitted bedroom furniture style solutions that can help you create a bespoke bedroom space that is perfect for your needs.The service they offer is simple and effective, you tell then what you require, and they design the bespoke bedroom solution with made-to-measure, fitted wardrobes, tailored to to your direct requirements in just few weeks. (You can visit the Urban Wardrobes website by clicking the link here.)

Fitted wardrobes offer a solution because they can be tailored to suit any size room. When you put a normal, stand-alone wardrobe or storage unit into a room, there is often space left that then becomes dead. With fitted pieces, you can utilise all the space, including that room above the bed. In addition, wardrobes with sliding doors are even more practical as you do not need to worry about the space required in order to open them. Another great feature is that you can also ensure that they suit your personal taste, whether you love minimal styles, traditional looks or ultra-modern design.

Currently Urban Wardrobe has the classic Windsor design which is a traditional shaker style made from Italian panels.

Windsor - Shaker style hinged wardrobes

Windsor – Shaker style hinged wardrobes

The Florence design is the ultimate in minimalism , frameless, with no adornments, but great use of the inside space.

Florence – Spray painted frameless doors wardrobe

Florence – Spray painted frameless doors wardrobe

The Ferrari design is a little like the car itself, ultra modern and stylish, with a sleek, mirrored look that offers plenty of light.

Ferrari, Liverpool Street design

Ferrari, Liverpool Street design

You can view more of the Urban Wardrobes portfolio here.