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15 April 2014

Diary of an April shopaholic!

Not sure quite what has come over me this month but I have been very bad on the shopping front. I've been seduced by some of the mid-season sales....actually I've just been seduced by lots of stuff FULL STOP! Many wish list items have been ticked off.  Here is  this months moto........


.....or shoes but more on that later ;0)

I thought April would be a light month shopping wise because of the Easter holidays......not many kids are happy to shop but my daughter seems to be following in my footsteps as it is fast becoming her favourite pastime too! I was the best mummy ever for taking her to Westfield in London for the day.....I was flagging after 3 hours but she wanted to keep going!! Anyway I digress. I'd better start at the beginning of the month. My first purchase was this cupro sport luxe look t-shirt from Zara. It would seem it is a special range called W & B Collection?! It has been a great purchase as I have worn it a couple of times already. It has a washed out look about it and a quirky little twist on the hem. It was quite pricey at £25.99 for a t-shirt but I knew I would get my monies worth out of it! 


Not entirely sure this picture is worth showing you but you get the gist about the twist!



Right, next up is an item I have been hankering after a while. I have seen a few excellent blog posts on the jumpsuit but I have to say that after seeing the lovely Anne of I Heart Styling rockin' one for her birthday celebrations I set about finding one. I'm not sure how much wear I would get out of this so I didn't want to pay the earth. I saw this one in the Mango store, tried it on then ordered from ASOS as in Mango it was full price at £34.99 whereas on ASOS it was reduced to £20.50 and I managed to bag it with a further 15% off! You know how much I love a bargain!


So this purchase gave me an excuse to indulge my latest obsession which appears to be shoes!! I bought a gorgeous pair of strappy black sandals from Zara last year but I only wore them once as I could hardly walk in the blasted things so I was looking to replace them with. Thanks to the fabulous Annemarie Fashion Mum of 40 I came to purchase these wonderful gladiator style sandals from M&S.....complete with the comfort cushion insolia! Happy feet!


All I need now is an excuse to wear this outfit!!


Sticking with the shoe obsession, my next purchase was indeed more footwear! I have been a nightmare with shoes since the start of the year! I have bought 11 pairs.....just call me Imelda!! Lol! I have actually sold 5 pairs on eBay so have *only* added to my collection by 6 pairs really.....don't you just love that justifciation! I'm about to have another huge wardrobe purge to try and justify a few more of these purchases. Anyway back to the latest pair of shoes. I have had so much wear out of my beloved Kurt Geiger Laurel skate shoes that when I saw these espadrilles online I was on a mission to make them mine! I did try and track them down in both my local Bristol & Bath stores but to no avail! The sales assistant in Bath kindly pointed out that they would be hard to get hold of (she spotted my Laurel's and commented they had sold out long ago!) as they were in the ad campaign.....red rag to a bull! Happy to report though that I found them on Zalando and they were £10 cheaper than on the KG website and as I was signing up to their newsletter I also got a further £10 off thus making them £65 instead of £85! This made me especially happy as I had just missed the wretched KG 25% off event which lasted until 31st March.....I just wasn't quick enough off the mark to snap these beauties up then!



Love them!


My next purchase was a hidden gem found on the sale rail in H&M for just £10! I was actually in the store looking for a black boyfriend style jean but when I came across these I knew they would be just the job! I seem to have accrued a lot of tops, a few dresses and as I mentioned, a lot of shoes but one thing I have overlooked in my wardrobe was the need for some new trews. These filled that gap just nicely....so much so I wore them 3 days on the trot....I would in fact still be wearing if the weather hadn't notched up a few degrees! They are a ripped up low waist skinny, and again I love them! They look great with skate shoes, the espadrilles and the Birkies.......perfect!


This brings me onto the other pair of trousers I purchased! I was just about to order these online and in fact I had gone so far as to contact the wonderfully helpful Avril from School Gate Style so see what size she had as she was the inspiration behind these! As I mentioned above, as luck would have it my hubby invited me along on a work trip where I could spend the day at Westfield in London.....an offer I couldn't refuse! I've never been before so I jumped at the chance as I knew there was a Uniqlo amongst 100's of other stores making it my perfect playground :0) I was able to try these on in store and of course I snapped them up as they were just £14.90! These are skinny cargo's in grey. If you are thinking of ordering on-line as Avril advised, size down as they come up big. I am normally a 28" waist in jeans, these Uniqlo ones are a 27" waist size 8.


Here, with the Zara t!



I also acquired this fab utilitarian looking cap sleeve shirt whilst in Uniqlo which was just £19.90. I so wish we had a Uniqlo shop near us as there seemed to be a lot more choice in store.




Last but not least of my purchases is something altogether different. It's not black for a start! 


Shocker, I know! Especially after everything that has been purchased above but I walked in to the Mango store and clapped eyes on this....headed straight to the fitting room with it and then straight to the till! This dress is divine! It will be so lovely for my holiday, I knew I had just the right Grecian looking sandals to wear with it (years old from Zara) so it was a no-brainer.....I just cannot wait to wear it!



Please tell me I am not alone with the shopaholic tendencies this month?! Anyone else care to share what they have added to their wardrobe so far this month? 

Here is the usual taster of what I've been wearing these past few days!


DKNY biker jacket (old via T K Maxx)
Topshop grey t (current)
H&M low wait ripped skinnies (current sale purchase)
Kurt Geiger Laurel skate shoes (current)

Uniqlo fitting room shot!


Superdry leather jacket (old via T K Maxx)
Zara cupro t-shirt (current)
H&M jeans as before
Kurt Geiger Laurel skate shoes (current)
Balenciaga bag (ancient)


Zara coat (last year)
H&M black T (last year)
H&M as before
Birkenstock Arizona's (current from Amazon)


Uniqlo shirt (current)
Zara boyfriend jeans (last year)
Kurt Geiger Madison espadrilles (current)
Zatchel's saddle bag (current)


Zara cupro t-shirt (current)
Mango printed trousers (last year)
Birkenstock Arizona's (current via Amazon)

I am officially shopped out now....goodness only know what I will find to write about for my next post?! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on my purchases and what you've been snapping up this month!

As always I love reading your comments and responding to them!

Until next time!

Michelle xx 







47 comments:

  1. Michelle, you look amazeballs in the black jumpsuit. WOW. That is one thing I have never worn. The KG espadrilles are insanely gorgeous as are the strappy heels. You really found some gems this month. Love the animal print skaters too... I really must get a pair. Now for the Grecian looking dress - You look so beautiful in it! Gorgeous piece and sandals.

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    1. Ahh Celina, thank you so much! The jumpsuit is pretty comfortable and has a zip down the back for an easy-ish escape! So happy with both pairs of shoes....that is my next challenge....no more shoes!! The dress is gorgeous....such a Summery vibe to it.....bring on wall to wall sunshine!! xx

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  2. I am so envious of your shopping budget - SO envious!
    That jumpsuit is amazing and with the heels it looks SPECTACULAR

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    1. Oh gawd.....it's honestly not as bad a budget busting month as it looks as I've been furiously flinging stuff on eBay in hope of off-setting some of these purchases!! I will need to stay away from the shops and sit on my hands for the rest of the month though!!
      Could you be tempted by the Mango/ASOS jumpsuit as I think the 15% off sale is still on so it works out at £16.75?? I can so see you in it!! xx

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  3. Anonymous15/4/14 16:58

    Gorgeous items! I was wondering if you could tell me what the sizing is like on the white mango dress? Thank you very much

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    1. I think the Mango dress come up quite big as I bought the XS. The jumpsuit is a small, ASOS describe Mango as coming up small but I think they are about right. I'm a size 8-10.....I hope I have been able to help and thanks for commenting :0) xx

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  4. Anonymous15/4/14 17:20

    Amazing help! I adore your blog and look forward to each new post! Thank you

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    1. You are welcome! Anytime :0) Lovely to hear you like the blog! Thank you! xx

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  5. Love that Mango dress Michelle & how stunning do you look in your new jumpsuit & what a complete steal too!!!
    You've made some great purchases....I may have purchased the odd few items which I'm totally blaming on this gorgeous weather!!!
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment Jane.....and phew I knew I could rely on you! I am not alone on the shopaholic front this month.....love your justification, at last we can blame the purchase overload on the weather at last!! Think I have a good mix of basics here along with some more frivoulous Summer bits and bobs too!! xx

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  6. Hey Michelle!! What a haul of wonderfully stylish pieces- you shopped and got excellent items that will go with so much that you have already and will be worn so regularly too!! I adore those gorgeous espadrilles and the Mango jumpsuit and heels look fabulous, such a bargain buy well done!! You may have bought a lot but you always try to get the best price and instinctively know that they are not one hit wonders either- a good April shop I say!! xxx

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    1. Hello my lovely!! So glad you think I did good!! I need to save a few pennies now for next month and my London trip ;0) I am pretty pleased because I've bagged a few basics but I got some evening and holiday bits too neither of which are ever very high on my agenda as I just don't get the opportunity to glam up all that often so it is good to be able to buy those things at bargain prices!! I must confess that I didn't pay full price for the M&S sandals thanks to a lovely friend....she knows what I'm like bless her! Nothing like the feeling of bagging a bargain is there?! xx

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  7. You haven't bought a thing that I don't love Michelle, it is all gorgeous and if I can't get the Chanel espadrilles, I might get yours! That jumpsuit and the sandals, wow you look truly amazeballs! I love how we are all an inspiration to each other xx

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    1. It is brilliant that we can all inspire each other isn't it Sharron!! I do hope you can get your hands on the Chanel pumps....but I can highly recommend the KG Madison's!! Thank you for the wonderful compliment :0) xx

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  8. Too much gorgeous stuff here Michelle and totally justifiable! You look incredible in the black jumpsuit and the heels. I am so tempted by the heels but am trying to learn from my lesson from last year with the cream snakeskin heels which I hobble around in. Are your black ones comfortable and manageable? I love the Mango dress too - I'm waiting for one to arrive as the Leeds and York stores are not holding the latest stock (yes, I'm anal enough to check online before I go off on another mad fashion goose chase). And I've had to slow down over the Easter hols ... the Grumps has been around - he rolls his eyes too much when the doorbell rings and a parcel is thrust in his hands and his name is not on it! But he's gone back to work now ... rubs hands in glee :o)

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    1. Thank you Sue! I'll be honest.....I find the gladiators a little tricky to get on but once they are on they seem manageable enough! They are probably not as comfortable as the snakeskin ones from last year....the lovely perspex heel is probably a tad more sturdy than the more stiletto type heel on these black M&S sandals. Heels are such a minefield for me now as I am just so used to flats, trainers, skate shoes and now espadrilles....I am not helping myself out here!!
      As for the dress....I didn't see it in my local store in Bristol either but Westfield, well I bet they get everything first!! Lol with the Grumps......I knew I had parcels waiting for me when we got back from London and I was laden with bags for my and the little one, luckily I got in the door first and bolted up the stairs with the evidence.....I still think Mr is none the wiser ;0) xx

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  9. Wowsers, you have been on a mission! I have also been absolutely terrible this month! I love all the purchases but I have to say my fave is the jumpsuit, you look incredible in it and the shoes are perfect.
    A x

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    1. Phew....good to know I'm not the only one having an epic spend up this month Abbi.....I just need Mr to spring a date night on me so I get to wear the jumpsuit and heels xx

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  10. I have confession to make also, I have been buying too much this month too and last. The delivery man and I are on first name terms.....Paul!! The Mango dress being one of my naughty purchases..... it is divine isn't it!? The KG shoes I love, I know the skater shoe wouldn't be me but the espadrille I think I could do. xx by the why the M&S shoes look amazing with your jumpsuit.....thanks for the shout out. x

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    1. OMG Annemarie! We are style twins...on the sandal and dress front!! Lol! I am also on first name terms with my Hermes delivery man, Keith! My daughter waves out to him if we see him on the school run! You are welcome for the shout out...thank you for the inspiration, you look amazing in those sandals too, can't wait to see you styling the dress xx

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  11. Fab fab haul Michelle. I love everything! The gladiator heels are on my radar but I'm waiting for my M&S vouchers to drop on the doormat. Have an outfit planned around them for our next meet up (I am sad). No doubt they will have sold out and I'll end up spending twice as much else where xx

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    1. The M&S shoes are amazing aren't they?! I was lusting after them for a couple of weeks too...there are a couple of outfits I knew they would be perfect with so I knew I would have to bite the bullet before they were gone! You are brave to be thinking about wearing them around London town....think I shall be wearing flats again just in case there is a chance to pound those shopping pavements! ;0) xx

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  12. Wow! What a haul! You look so glam in the jumpsuit with the killer heels! I love those M&S shoes and I'm v tempted just don't think the old ankle would hold up in them! Hope you get to wear this somewhere gorgeous soon. The mango dress looks made for you. The girl has done good again xx

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    1. I am chuffed Vikki....love the jumpsuit and the heels but just as happy with the casual everyday stuff that will get worn regularly too! D is off to indulge in some CFC hospitality on Saturday so I think I deserve a date night the following weekend ;0) Bring on the Summer so I can get the Mango dress out as well! xx

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  13. Oh yum! I love all of it Michelle! You have made some great purchases here & no doubt you will get plenty of use out of them! I think its the change in the weather that makes us want to spend! I went on a bit of a spree yesterday & it felt great! xx

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    1. Feels good to have a bit of a spree doesn't it Andrea! I actually feel better as I've also had a bit of a clothing purge and either eBayed or passed stuff onto my little sis! The weather does indeed get you in the right mood! xx

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  14. Wow! Normally I read posts like these and there's one or two items that I'm not sure about ... but I LOVE everything that you've bought! That jumpsuit is beyond gorgeous on you! As queen of skate shoes, can you answer me a question ... I had to return my Clarks ones as when I brought them home and put them on without socks, they were far too wide. Ridiculously so! Any suggestions as to where I might find a more narrow fitting pair? x

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    1. Oh no Helen! Can't believe you had to take the Clark's skate shoes back....they looked amazing!! On the whole all the skate shoes I've tried have been wide apart the Topshop ones but to be honest it seems that everyone who has them or who has tried them say they are uncomfortable, they are definately not as comfortable as the KG ones that is for sure!! I'm not being much help am I? Have you tried any of the M&S ones? Office or ASOS might be worth a try (ASOS) have 20% of their own brand at the mo) Fingers crossed you find a replacement xx

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  15. I've never worn a jumpsuit either, and you look sensational in that one, with the strappy heels! Such a gorgeous look. You're never alone with the shopaholic tendencies. Never. P x

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    1. I am soooo looking forward to wearing the jumpsuit, it's a lovely crepe like material and feels really comfortable on!! I feel like a Charlie's Angel in it!! Phew......it's so good to know I'm not the only April shopaholic!! xx

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  16. Not alone, I've been terrible this year! I always seem to find loads of what I want all together then nothing for a while. Am praying for a drought soon......I absolutely love that Mango dress, it's right up my street. Thank God it's out of stock in my size online. Not near a Mango either but if I see it, will be trying it on.

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    1. Another kindred spirit on the shopping front! Yay!! The Mango dress is fab.....if it helps at all I bought the XS which I think would be big on you!! xx

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    2. Yes, thank you, that's helped a lot!!! x

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  17. I have been as weak as my Mum's tea too. I have had a bit of a spending spree to cheer myself up. I love loads of your' purchases but the jumpsuit and heels is a killer look. Fab, you must find an excuse to wear it and soon! H xx

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    1. I am hoping to get my first wear out of the jumpsuit this weekend!! Can't wait to dress up as it seems like forever since I've had the chance to!! xx

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  18. Michelle thanks so much for the lovely mention, I hadn't much time on the laptop last week only catching up on all my blog reading today!! You look fab in the jumpsuit and heels:) hope you had a great Easter weekend:)
    ~Anne xx

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    1. You are welcome for the mention Anne....thank you for the wonderful inspiration!! xx

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  19. WOW some great items there - I LOVE seeing other people's hoards:) Love the espadrilles! You know I haven't hit an order button for almost 2 weeks now! ;)

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    1. OMG Joanna!! 2 weeks?! Are you feeling ok??! You must have rectified that by now!! The espadrilles are lush....so comfy!! Too bad it is raining here at the mo which means I'm not getting to wear them as much as I'd like!! xx

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  20. You look great in your jumpsuit. Hope you get an occasion to wear it out and about soon. I am going to have to get those snakeskin espadrilles now. I have been stalking them ever since I saw them in a mag. Can't remember which one though. If you think they are going to be a sell out I need to make my swoop soon. I already have the laurels like yours! I had to visit my brother in Sheffield to make sure I bagged a pair in my size as they were all sold out down south. Will strike whilst the proverbial iron is hot this time.

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    1. I would get right on it with the espadrilles as it looks as though they will be a big hit this summer and if they are anything like the KG Laurels they will be gone in a flash!! Xx

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  21. Wow - Love the jump suit and shoes outfit - thats really nice. Love the Mango dress too - that looks gorgeous!
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    Paul

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely comment....glad you like :0) xx

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  22. You have been busy shopping, and some fab purchases there.....Really loving the espadrilles, and the Zara top! xx

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    1. I wish I could say the purchase would be stopping here but there is so much fab stuff around at the mo.....I shall be writing diary of a May shopaholic before you know it!! xx

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  23. I agree that we can't have too many shoes and those Autograph ones are fabulous and they are the ones with the comfy insole - even better! M&S seem to have really improved their shoe range lately.
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Love the M&S heels....just wish there was a date night penciled in so they get their first wear!! xx

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