It’s March – let’s update that Spring Wardrobe

It’s the 1st of March, and for me at least, that officially means that Winter is almost over and we can start to think about Spring, and, more importantly Spring Fashion. In the past this used to mean a complete blow out shopping trip, giving the plastic a real bashing and coming home laden with more bags than I could ever hope to carry (taxi for Emma please.) But, these days, due to being more savvy with shopping, and more careful with money, I find that I pick key pieces to update my wardrobe, and then look for other ways to make a saving.

Here are a few of my March picks, along with some March money saving tips.

Check out the Voucher Code Websites.

This may seem like a no brainer, but I never buy a single thing online without first checking to see if there are any current voucher codes. These can range from money-off offers, to free delivery and returns. There are lots of voucher codes sites around, but I love My Favourite Voucher Codes because it donates 20% of all profits to good causes each month, making that shopping a little more guilt free. You can also download their app too, which allows you to check for codes when you are out and about.

Currently it has a code for 20% off selected dresses at Dorothy Perkins, here are a couple I have my eye on. Great to wear now, but also very transitional as the weather begins to warm up.

khaki lace maxi dress Price: £18.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

khaki lace maxi dress
Price: £18.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Midwash Denim Shirt Dress Price: £24.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Midwash Denim Shirt Dress
Price: £24.00
Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Take a look at the sales

Almost all websites have a sales section that is a permanent feature. It is always worth checking them out when you are looking for basics and classics. Knitwear is transitional, so with a view towards Spring, thinner knits are a good buy. In addition, denim, classic shift dresses and anything monochrome will never go out of fashion and will therefore prove a shrewd buy.

Wallis is great for classics and currently has a good sale with lots of pieces to wear now and wear later.

Grey Roll Neck Top Was £25.00 Now £15.00Click to visit Wallis

Grey Roll Neck Top
Was £25.00 Now £15.00 Click to visit Wallis

Petite Monochrome Geometric Stripe Jacket Was £35.00 Now £20.00Click to visit Wallis

Petite Monochrome Geometric Stripe Jacket
Was £35.00 Now £20.00 Click to visit Wallis

Black Zip Pocket Ponte Trouser Was £30.00 Now £20.00Click to visit Wallis

Black Zip Pocket Ponte Trouser
Was £30.00 Now £20.00 Click to visit Wallis

Sign up for emails and updates

This morning I have received an email informing me that the Miss Selfridge sale has started today. Most online stores have email updates that you can sign up to which let you know about new sales and further discounts. Combined with voucher codes for free delivery, or a further 10% off sale, these updates can enable you to make really significant savings.

Plunge Rib Midi Dress Was £39.00 Now £19.50Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Plunge Rib Midi Dress
Was £39.00 Now £19.50 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Nude Judo Wrap Pencil Skirt Was £39.00 Now £10.00Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Nude Judo Wrap Pencil Skirt
Was £39.00 Now £10.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

How do you save money on your clothes shopping?

Outfit post – January looks.

I generally hate January, it is a dull, miserable, cold and dark month that is such a disappointment after the bright lights and fun of Christmas. And, for me, this January has been no exception to this rule, made even more depressing due to a worrying health scare I have been living with, one now made a little easier due to some pretty drastic tests last week. Thankfully it seems that my worst fear won’t be realised, although I will still need some more tests and appointments in the coming months.

But January hasn’t been all doom and gloom. I have hit the sales with some avengence, picking out some great bargain buys for my wardrobe that I have been super pleased with. I’ve had the chance to review some great shows, including Strictly Live, and have had fun taking part in a cocktail masterclass that will be on the blog this week. I have also become a proverbial footie mom, with a woolly hat and scarf fully in place (not quite got an anorak yet, but the Uggs have made an appearance.

Here are the best of the looks that I have been wearing out and about in January. Where possible, I have added a link to the same, or a very similar piece, but as many have been picked up in the sales, or when shopping my wardrobe, this is not always possible.

Happy February folks.

Joe’s football training

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Shirt C/O Next (Shown below)

Mid Blue Denim Shirt £26 Click to visit Next

Mid Blue Denim Shirt £26 Click to visit Next

Trousers Primark

Boots New Look (Featured here)

 

Nando’s Date

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Jacket Primark

Top BHS (via Charity Shop)

Jeans Primark

Boots New Look

Scarf Marisota (See here)

Bag Cath Kidston

 

Football at the Hawthorns

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Hat and Scarf – Official WBA merchandise

Jeans C/O Marisota

Boots C/O Marisota (pictured below)

Coat Primark

Sole Diva High Leg Boots Standard Calf Extra Wide EEE Fit now £42 Click to visit Marisota

Sole Diva High Leg Boots Standard Calf Extra Wide EEE Fit now £42 Click to visit Marisota

Sunday Lunch at my parents house

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Cardigan New Look

Top underneath DKNY

Skirt Hobbs (charity shop find)

Necklace Asda George

Boots Clarks

At the theatre for The Snowman

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Top Billie and Blossom at Dorothy Perkins (the same in blue below)

Skirt Tu at Sainsburys

Shoes Bally vintage (Charity Shop find)

**Billie & Blossom Cobalt Embellished Blouse Was £26.00 Now £15.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

**Billie & Blossom Cobalt Embellished Blouse
Was £26.00
Now £15.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 

Strictly Come Dancing Live

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Top c/o ASOS

Skirt Dorothy Perkins

Necklace Primark

Beefeater Review

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Dress Select ( Twitter competition win – See below)

Boots New Look

 DOUBLE CHECK SHIRT DRESS Code: #S042/0406/012_RED now £11.99 Click to visit Select

DOUBLE CHECK SHIRT DRESS
                          
                             now £11.99 Click to visit Select

More Football training

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Top Dorothy Perkins sale

Boots Ugg (see below)

Jeans New Look

Necklace Primark

Women's Michelle £170 Click to visit Ugg Australia

Women’s Michelle £170 Click to visit Ugg Australia

Birthday Party

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Top Clements Ribeiro

Skirt M&S

Necklace  C/O Zara Taylor London (shown below in detail)

Shoes c/o Shoezone

Fairy Cameo Long Chain Pendant £22 Click to visit Zara Taylor London

Fairy Cameo Long Chain Pendant £22 Click to visit Zara Taylor London

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Jumper Michael Kors

Coated Jeans Dorothy Perkins (pictured below)

Boots and necklace Primark

Bag Scotsburn Croft (reviewed here)

Black Coated Bailey jeans Was £25.00 Now £15.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black Coated Bailey jeans Was £25.00
Now £15.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Cocktail masterclass at Bar Opus

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Blouse and Jeans Dorothy Perkins (Similar blouse below in black and white)

Shoes Debenhams

Necklace Topshop

Black Spot Bell Sleeve Top Was £25.00 Now £15.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black Spot Bell Sleeve Top
Was £25.00
Now £15.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

What have you been up to in January?

 

 

 

 

 

Glittery Fashion Fixes Under £30

When it comes to Christmas, we are all looking for a way to make our money go that little bit further. There is just so much to buy, from presents for family and friends, all that festive food and drink, to the clothes to take us all the way through party season and on to New Year’s Eve. It is the most wonderful time of the year, but also the most expensive.

This is the time of the year when people look at taking out loans from the bank in order to fund excess. Some people take a mortgage break or max out on the credit card. Others enjoy a little flutter, the odd game of bingo, a sly bet on the football or the horses, or even enjoy playing slot sites, especially when there are free games on offer. At this time of the year, every little bit helps.

But as well as being an expensive time of the year, it is also a time when you can discover some real bargains. Most  online stores have money off discounts that actually seem to be never ending, whilst the budget fashion stores and supermarket brands have pieces that look a million dollars, but don’t actually break the bank. You need to shop around, which can take some time. So, as I am feeling kind and festive, I’ve done a little shopping around for you.

The following items will perk up your party wardrobe, and nothing costs over £30. Pretty, sparkly and a total bargain – what more could you possibly ask for?

Sequined Dress £25.00 Click to visit George at Asda

Sequined Dress
£25.00 Click to visit George at Asda

Belted Palazzo Leg Jumpsuit £25.00 click to visit George at Asda

Belted Palazzo Leg Jumpsuit
£25.00 click to visit George at Asda

Floral Cut-out Dress £20.00 Click to visit George at Asda

Floral Cut-out Dress
£20.00 Click to visit George at Asda

Black Sparkle Bardot Top     Was £28.00 Now £22.40 click to visit Wallis

Black Sparkle Bardot Top
Was £28.00 Now £22.40 click to visit Wallis

Black Asymmetric Shoulder Top     Was £30.00 Now £24.00 click to visit Wallis

Black Asymmetric Shoulder Top
Was £30.00 Now £24.00 click to visit Wallis

Silver Metallic Shift Dress     Was £55.00 Now £27.50 click to visit Wallis

Silver Metallic Shift Dress
Was £55.00 Now £27.50 click to visit Wallis

Gold 'Frost' lace court Shoes     Price: £29.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Gold ‘Frost’ lace court Shoes
Price: £29.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black and Silver Lace Mini skirt     Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black and Silver Lace Mini skirt
Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Pink Lace High Neck Top     Price: £24.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Pink Lace High Neck Top
Price: £24.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Cream & Gold Wrap Blouse     Price: £28.00 Click to visit BHS

Cream & Gold Wrap Blouse
Price: £28.00 Click to visit BHS

Black Faux Leather Skirt     Price: £25.00 Click to visit BHS

Black Faux Leather Skirt
Price: £25.00 Click to visit BHS

Navy Mix & Match Fit and Flare Dress     Price: £26.00 Click to visit BHS

Navy Mix & Match Fit and Flare Dress
Price: £26.00 Click to visit BHS