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2 January 2014

The bargains I've bagged!

So I went forth into the sales with a plan based fairly loosely on what my most successful purchases of the Autumn/Winter and of course the obligatory bit of inspiration from Pinterest!

As the New Balance trainers were the top of the list of my best buys and I had found the inspiration on Pinterest.....I went back to my boards to peruse. And came up with this lovely look, deciding I must get some of these leopard print slip-ons!


Here's another look that sealed the deal!


The end game is a pair of these from Carvela at House of Fraser 


but the colour way is pretty Spring like and I'm not ready to go there yet......I am waiting in hope that I might be able to bag these with a discount sometime in the near future! Anyway I started to search for an alternative to wear now, so that I can give the New Balance a rest now and again....lol, do you like my justification?! ;0). So the sales are on and I managed to snag these in the Next clearance section for £18 (originally £38)! They don't appear to be on the site now so I've had to use my own snap!



Yup! They will do just lovely for now!

And so onto my next purchase.....more footwear! More inspiration from Pinterest!


Now, I've wanted a pair of brogues for a while.....I love the above look and also have fancied the notion of wearing them with opaques and a ditsy print dress and a boyfriend cardy (my fascination for the preppy-look  lives on!). I did have a black pair in mind but then realised that actually a tan pair would be far more useful and a bit more casual as that is the road I am going down after my little wardrobe review! I'll admit that I did buy and return 2 pairs before settling on these from Office called Poppet! These were a fab bargain at half price......just £30!


Having worn both pairs of shoes already I know I've done good! Now the next item I didn't intentionally set out to buy but it sat on a rail right next to the cash desk whilst I was waiting to make a purchase and I couldn't leave it behind as it was just £4.99! Who could turn down such a great Breton style top if you didn't have one in this colour way! Good old Gap! 


Sadly the item I went to purchase in Gap was not reduced in store, although it is online?! However I'm not feeling to sorry for myself at having to pay full price for it as it's such a staple. I had a loose fit H&M grey sweater that was on it's last legs and I was ready to part company with. I needed a replacement and as I had so much wear out of a sweater that cost me £14.99 I happily paid £39.95 for this Merino crew neck jumper.


Last but not least I have ordered a top after hankering after a good quality grey T for some time. Luckily this one from J Crew has roughly a third off and was marked down to £20.50 (free P&P). 



It hasn't arrived yet and as I've never ordered or tried anything from J Crew before so it may not work out.....fingers crossed that it does though so that I can rustle up a look like this!



I have to say I'm chuffed with my sales purchases so far, I've stuck to some basics and things I've been wanting for a while. All of the above works fantastically well with what's already in the wardrobe so all in all......I say the girl done good!

The proof is in the pudding....so here are my looks from the past few days!

Sporting the new leopard print slip-on's for a day spent lounging at the folks


Gap poncho sweater
Gap long sleeve T
Gap super skinny's
Next pumps

Trying out the brogues with the shirt and sweater combo!


M&S sweater
Uniqlo shirt
Gap skinny's
Office brogues

Next outfit was for a few drinks post-Christmas pre-NYE party. Not featuring any of my new items at all!


Whistles jersey biker jacket
Gap T
Zara coated jeans
Oasis pumps
New Look tusk necklace

Donning the new top from Gap 




Gap top
Zara skinny's
Office Brogues
River Island pea coat via ASOS

You can see these brogues are going to be just as useful as the New Balance trainers as here I am sporting them again today!



Gap merino crew neck sweater
Gap super skinny's
Office brogues
Topshop coat
Zara scarf
M&S bag

I have done most of this sales shopping in the comfort of my own home only venturing out once the research had been done and I could safely hit one or two shops with a seven year old in tow! That's me done on the sales front for the moment, although there are so many tempting bargains out there I am happy with what I have for the time being.....not something you hear me say often! 

I love reading and responding to your comments....any thoughts on any of the above?

Until next time!

Michelle x


32 comments:

  1. Hi there! You did superbly well Michelle, I love the leopardprint pumps and your new M&S leopardprint bag is gorgeous! The JCrew tee looks like a stylish buy and how could you not get the Gap top either! Well done and I love your pinterest shots too, most inspiring xxx

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    1. Hey Sharon! I did so good that I don't feel I need to add another item to my bulging wardrobe! Lol! So happy with all my purchases.....it's such a great feeling isn't it! Where would I be without Pinterest for all the fantastic inspiration! xxx

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  2. Wow some fab sales buys Michelle, loving your bits of Bet & that J Crew t-shirt looks amazing, can't wait to see it on you. Jane xx
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    1. Nobody does Bet quite like you Jane.....you certainly inspire me to get a bit more Bet in my life.....it really does add a bit of interest to all the neutrals in my wardrobe!! xx

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  3. Fab buys, Michelle. You're so right to stick to your guns and buy what you know will work. Great outfits as always. Lynne xx

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    1. It has turned out to be a very a good plan indeed Lynne! I've actually managed to buy stuff I will get the wear out of! Just need to make sure I stick to my guns with regards to any future purchases! xx

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  4. Brilliant buys - love that you take your inspiration from Pinterest - never think to do that when I shop aimlessly!

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    1. Thank you Emma!! Pinterest is such a great tool isn't it?! I see that you are also a big fan! it's such a brilliant way of storing away ideas that you can always look back over if you lack imagination some days! Makes my life so much easier in the outfit planning department! xx

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  5. Loving your new items!! Excited to see the J Crew Tee as I've never owned any of their clothes but my husband has just ordered a Tee shirt so we'll see the quality/fit etc.. I adore your brogues and think the leopard print pumps are cool! Amazingly stylish as usual xx

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    1. The J Crew is not arriving quickly enough for me....I can't wait to see what it's like either Vikki....bring it on! Thanks for the lovely compliment chick! xx

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  6. What brilliant buys Michelle. Each and every one. I love the tan brogues and the leopard pumps too. You look fab in all of your outfits. I love looking at Pinterest too for inspiration. Love Liz xxx

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    1. Very happy with my haul Liz! I put in my research and it paid off.....phew! Good to hear you are a fellow Pinterest lover too:0) !! xx

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  7. The leopard pumps are just fab!! Pinterest is so great for style ideas & I love the blazer/leopard pumps pic! I've not ordered from J-Crew before either so you must do a show & tell when the top arrives! x

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    1. Don't worry Sian I shall be reporting on my J Crew T the moment it arrives....very excited to see what it's like! Can't wait to re-create that look with the blazer and pumps....I just wish the delivery would hurry up! xx

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  8. Fab buys and loving the shoes ... both of them! The very fact that you've worn everything so quickly is proof that you really did want them! Good job!

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    1. Plotting all my outfits all around my fancy footwear at the moment Helen....I'll just be rotating the brogues, Next pumps and NB trainer for the foreseeable...lol! Pleased I've have made the most perfect purchases for once! xx

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  9. I call that perfect sale shopping! Result. Will you link up this post to my Style Challenge linky about key sale essentials? This is a great example and now you have me wanting brogues - they are stunning on you! Ax

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    1. I'd love to link up to your Style Challenge linky Avril....what a fab idea! Thank you for asking me :0)
      The brogues are a must.....can't believe it took me so long to get a pair! They will be fab for Spring! x

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  10. ooooo Love love your sales purchases, please let me know how you get on with your J Crew T-shirt, I would love a really good quality one and have not yet found one! xx

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    1. I hope the T works out too! If I find a good one I'm going to stock up and get some more colours! Will let you know how I get on with it xx

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  11. Great buys!! I love JCrew but their tees can be quite light weight so I hope it works out for you - they also vanity size so sizing can be sometimes tricky! Love the tusk necklace by the way - I wish I wore necklaces more often - I'm always worried about looking 'over done' - especially with my new ear piercings:)

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    1. Thank you for the tip off Joanna....I quite fancy a sweater that I've seen too but I shall now hold off purchasing until I've tried the T! The tusk necklace has been such a fab buy.....that was only 3 quid in the sale back in the Summer in New Look of all places! xx

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  12. Great post Michelle, I love all your new buys and that breton for £4.99 wow! I can see how well a pair of tan brogues would be although I've never thought of getting any before now. I'm sure you will love the J Crew, I want the grey, got bought the pink for Christmas x

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    1. Thank you Sharron! Loving the brogues.....my favourite purchase of the bunch.....I never knew they would go with so much! Keep my fingers crossed my J Crew T works out as well as yours! xx

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  13. Loving the brogues Michelle, tan is a great colour in them too. As always loving your Pinterest inspo pics!! Saves me hours searching lol!!

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    1. To think I was going with black brogues to begin with!! I would never have got the wear out of them as much as the tan....they looked so much dressier in black patent! Mind you if they work out that well might have to consider getting black as well....lol! xx

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  14. You are so good at remembering to take photos. I love your new purchases especially the brogues. I bought a pair over a year ago and have worn them once (they hurt me - what a wimp). I'll fish them out and give them another go after seeing you in yours. Saw a pair of white ones the other day - lush. Happy New Year. Dx

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    1. I've had lots of practice taking the photos Donna having been posting on Avenue 57 for 15 months!! That's how all this started! Get the brogues out and give them another whirl.....I've found mine so useful! xx

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  15. You've done so well & I'm super proud of all your bargain purchases!! You are giving me a run for my money now Michelle! I checked out the Gap boyf jeans & they are lush but just out of budget for me atm & I've promised Hubby no more purchases.....well not ones he knows of anyway! ;) Happy New Year & heres to a good one all round! <3 Ax

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    1. I have been very lucky indeed with the sales purchases Andrea!! Do you get the Gap emails as it seems that these past few Tuesday's they've sent emails so that you can get a further 20% off sale instore! Might help bring down the price a bit!! Happy New Year to you too xx

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  16. Brilliant bargains all of them. And they are good because you're getting so much wear out of them going by your outfit posts where you look incredibly fab and cool.

    Do love the M&S leopard bag. I knew I shouldn't have returned it!

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  17. The bag is so fab Sue, I really love it! It's such a great size and love the darker shade of leopard print!
    Can't argue with the fact that they've all been excellent buys because you are right....I haven't stopped wearing them!! xx

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