Making Savings On Your Spring Purchases

We are firmly ensconced in February. Spring finally feels like it could be on its way, and stores have finally gotten rid of those fairly scruffy sales sections. This is great news if you like your shopping experience to be smooth – lots of shiny new rails, and less like a scrum or jumble sale. But if you love the thrill of a bargain and are still watching those pennies if you have run up major credit card bills at Christmas, this may limit your shopping. But, fear not, there are definitely still great savings to be made out there, and you could still be getting your purchases for less than the recommended retail price.

Clothes – Fill that closet

If you shop around you can definitely find some great purchases at the moment. Top of the pile when it comes to a bargain is River Island, who have lots of new season savings on brand new pieces. In particular there are a lot of savings on dresses that make great transitional pieces.

I picked up this fabulous green dress recently from River Island in Intu Merry Hill and was delighted that it was reduced from £42 to £25 even though it was new season. It was the perfect dress to wear to the Shrek UK Tour press night at the New Alex Theatre.

River Island online has lots of great discounts as well as online exclusives, so it is definitely worth checking out.

For the home

For many people, the coming of Spring means the time for a Spring clean, and this can have you shifting out the clutter, but also replacing appliances that have seen better days. When you shop for something new you need to make sure you are getting the best deal possible, so using a site like Latest Deals.co.uk can help you find all the latest sales, discounts, money off vouchers and free postage regardless of what you are looking for.  A community of bargain hunters find and update those deals daily, so you can just type in what you are looking for, and then find the best deal for you.

Whether you are looking for a new vacuum cleaner, a cooker, or an Actifry low fat fryer, you are sure to find the cheapest price available.

For your social life

If you enjoy online gaming, gambling or Bingo, you really shouldn’t always use the same sites because you could be missing out on special deals and savings.  Many sites offer free spins, free deposits and top up schemes that can help your money go a lot further. Currently it is worth checking out the bonuses at Spintastic which is now branching out into the UK and is offering incredible deals.

With Mother’s Day and Easter both on their way, you may be looking for somewhere special to dine, either for a family meal, or maybe a special afternoon tea. One place that you can find special deals on fine dining and eating out is Groupon. Groupon often offers special bargain prices for a range of food experiences, and deals can often be bought in multiples, so you can cater for a large group.

As I have three family birthdays in March, as well as Mother’s Day and Easter, I will definitely be looking in this direction when it comes to eating out.

 

How will you save money this Spring?

 

Get the High Street version of Key Designer looks

We can’t all afford to wear designer clothing. We may love the Victoria Beckham dress, but without Victoria Beckham’s clothing budget it’s not going to be appearing in our wardrobe any time soon. But, fear not, the trusty High Street seems to always come up trumps with some pretty impressive designer inspired pieces. These won’t break the bank, but will leave you looking a million dollars.

So next time you watch that catwalk show with a mixture of lust and envy, maybe it’s time you took another look at what the High Street, or even the supermarket has to offer.

The Victoria by Victoria Beckham look at George

Scallop Trim Shift Dress £16

Prada Pleats at New Look and George

Pleated Diagonal Colour Block Midi Skirt

Belted Pleat Dress £20

Louis Vuitton Look at River Island

pink sleeveless embellished tank top £30.00

Stella McCartney Look at Boohoo

Tricia textured mesh insert bodycon dress £20

Suzie Bodycon Dress £18

 

River Island A/W 2011 – It’s all about Retro.

Thursday saw the River Island A/W  press day, where they showcased the womenswear collections that will hit the stores for Autumn and Winter 2011/12.  The six collections, ‘Savage’, ‘Sandy’,’London Girl’, ‘Gigi’, ‘Hustler’ and ‘Deadly’  all have a decidedly retro feel to them, think Faye Dunaway in ‘The Eyes of Laura Mars’ and you’ll get the picture.

Here are my thoughts on each of the new collections.

Savage

This is a perfectly stylish daytime collection for even the coldest winter. Taking its inspiration from Native American Indian styling with blanket style knitwear in bold and bright colours to add drama to even the  darkest day. Feathers and Furs make add to the outdoorsy elements to this collection, which is made to be layered.

Sandy

1970s stylish daytime dressing is the name of the game for the Sandy Collection.  The shades of mustard, red and teal combine in the form of pussybow necklines, polo neck jumpers and over-the-knee a-line skirts. This is 70s icons Faye Dunaway in Laura Mars and Network, Cybil Shepherd in Taxi Driver and a stylish Julie Christie. This is a sophisticated look that can take you easily from work to play. The look is complemented by t-bar platform shoes and Trilby style hats which add another layer to the   sophistication.

London Girl

This was my absolute favourite look from the new collection. This is Katherine Hepburn androgyny updated for the modern girl. Wide leg trousers, blazers and tuxedos in a range of checks and tweeds, teamed with striking fake furs for that jet setting luxurious look. The  key is sex appeal through covered-upness – this is not for  those who want to flash the flesh. Think Janelle Morae, Tilda Swinton and La Roux – girls who dress a little bit like boys, but with a slash of red lips.

Hustler

A collection that brings to mind Studio 54, Bianca Jagger and Halston, this is River Island’s new take on grown up glamour. Bright,  jewel colours, long-sleeved catsuits, gold lame style skirts and chiffon dresses with the floatiest feel, these are clothes that are filled with femininity and elegance.

Deadly

Deadly is River Island’s signature evening dress collection, which pulls from every era. These are prim dresses with a twist, the 1960s brocade dress with a huge fur collar,simple shifts that have a flapper feel thanks to acres of  feathers around the hemline, lace and bodycon making 1980s styling feel fresh and new. These are beautiful dresses made to be cherished.

Chelsea Girl

The second Chelsea Girl collection retains that 1960s feel, with cute mini’s with graphic prints, air stewardess style bags and sheer blouses for that dollybird feel. This collection is made for cute Mary Janes and long false eyelashes.

All in all, a series of fab collections that make for a cool, retro Autumn.