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21 January 2015

My January splurges!

As I mentioned in my last post......I have managed to notch up a few purchases this month! So here goes...

There was only one item I had earmarked that I wanted to try and snag in the sales and it was a leather biker jacket. I even told the Hubby not to buy me a Christmas present as I wanted to make a big investment purchase in the sales. Once those sales emails starting pinging away I checked the websites of the 2 brands I was hoping to purchase the said item from which were Whistles and Jigsaw only to find they weren't offering any reductions on the leathers I was after. So I shelved the idea. Thought I might wait for a Grazia/Whistles 25% off. That was until a little beauty was brought to my attention thanks to an ASOS further 10% off sale items email that just happened to land in my inbox! This MuuBaa jacket was originally £375, I paid £116.10! I feel like a have won the lottery as it is that amazing! It's lovely soft leather, it has very little detailing on it which is right up my street....less is more right?! I bought the size 10 which is perfect as I can still get a couple of layers on with it but it still looks lovely and fitted! MuuBaa is a brand I would thoroughly recommend if you are in the market for a biker jacket, this one is sold out now but they still have other styles that are well reduced.


I will warn you....this is just the tip of the iceberg purchase-wise so far this month! I have been pretty lucky in the sales and I've stocked up on a few full price basics too! Before Christmas I was searching high and low for a faux fur coat.....that search turned out to be a castastrophe as not only did H&M manage to lose my essential order, when it was re-ordered and delivered successfully, the 8 year old daughter wasted no words in telling I looked like a monkey in it.......what the DH said isn't even printable so back it went! Can't fault the H&M customer service though as they offered discounts and free deliveries for the one that went missing, they were really rather excellent. 

Moving along swiftly though......I was still a bit obsessed with finding me some faux fur, so I did end up purchasing a fur gilet in the Zara sale which has been a roaring success as it was worn immediately! I was hoping that this would look fabulous over the biker jacket, however it is knitted on the inside and it slides straight off the leather! Luckily the Damart gilet is perfect over the biker jacket so I still have that box ticked as such! Anyway, the gilet looks amazing over an all black ensemble just like in this picture. Sadly none left on the Zara website but can be purchased on Ebay, albeit at a v.inflated price. I paid £39.99 from Zara.


Another sale bargain I could not pass up was this good old black and white stripe top which you can never have too many of! This one has long sleeves and is long in the body, it is perfect for layering and was a steal at £5.99 Another winner from Zara.


Last of the sale bargains was this Gap camouflage sweatshirt which my lovely Midlife Fashion friend Jane has here. The Hubby had a credit note which was running out and this top ended up costing £2.01! Couldn't leave it behind at that price. I think it was actually £9.99 in store and it had a further 20% off. Not unusually for Gap it's more expensive on their website! Tut-tut Gap!! This looks great under my favourite coat of the season, this Topshop one and the new H&M jeans which we'll come to in a minute!


The rest of my goodies were all full price but again great basics that have just slotted into my current wardrobe enhancing what is already in there! My love affair with an oversize knit continues after the success of my Zara grey sweater (see here), Boden Off Duty sweater that I managed to pick up at a Boden clearance sale a few months back (see here, similar here) and a Gap navy turtleneck sweater I bought back in December. I couldn't really pass on this Topshop fisherman's style jumper which I had seen on a couple of blogs (School Run Style here and Re:style here). Even though I do say so myself, this colour is great on me....I need more of it in my life! Already worn it twice so it should do well on the pay per wear!


The perfect time to inject here that I purchased another basic sweatermin the way of a Uniqlo merino roll neck (as seen on my last post) in black size large for a slouchy look! Roll neck perfection! Sold out! So sorry I didn't let you know sooner as it is awesome, an absolute wardrobe staple!

Speaking of more basics......I've been in the market for investing some good quality basic tees for sometime but after a conversation which the lovely Sue she assured me these £3 tops from Forever 21 were the best she has come across and we know she will have tried and returned a few ;0) So I took the plunge and now have the black, white and grey in my possession! Thanks for the tip off Sue....these are fab!


This next acquisition was a replacement item. I managed to get bleach on one of my favourite pair of jeans :0( The Topshop Jamie's were about 2 years old but they were a brilliant grey colour (they are now black thanks to a bit of Dylon, so all is not lost) were high-waisted, super soft and v.comfy indeed! Anyhoo! I managed to find a great alternative in these H&M High waisted skinnies, they are more of a washed black but they are as good as it gets and I think this colour will possibly be a tad more versatile if I'm honest. They were £24.99 but I had a £5 off voucher which took them down to £19.99.


Last but not least.....I treated myself to a bit of bling since I saved the DH so much on the leather biker jacket! First up I spotted this fab silver bolt cuff from Whistles. I do love my cuffs and I didn't own a plain silver one so this was a must!


My second jewellery score was this Reiss Frith leather weave bracelet which I've had my eye on for sometime but had forgotten to pop on my Christmas list! It is mine at last! Yay!


Bizarrely what I have noted here is there has not been one footwear purchase here......unheard of!! But!! The black Converse hi-tops have been my go-to shoe.......to the point I can never imagine wearing anything else?! I am glued to Pinterest to try and find my next fashion footwear obsession but there are no clues?! I need help here ladies please!!

A round-up of what I've been donning these past few days.....it's features some of the wardrobe newbies!!

Excuse this pic! This is the perfect example of why I don't ask my DH to take my photo v.often!


Zara gilet (sold out online)
Uniqlo merino roll neck (sold out online)
Zara coated skinnies (old, similar here)
M&S Limited Edition boots (current here)


Damart gilet (here)
MuuBaa leather jacket (via ASOS, sold out)
Zara long sleeve stripe tee (sale, similar here)
ASOS Ridley jeans (similar here)
Converse Hi-Tops (here)
New Look Beanie (old, similar here)


MuuBaa leather jacket (ASOS, sold out similar here)
Brave Soul shirt (ASOS, sold out)
Forever 21 t-shirt (here)
Topshop Jamie jeans (these are the dye job, here in black on TS)
Converse Hi-Tops (here)
New Look Beanie (old, similar here)


Primark mens jacket (current, instore)
Uniqlo merino v-neck (current, here)
Uniqlo long sleeve white tee (current, here)
Gap always skinny jeans (old, similar here)
Converse Hi-Tops (here)
New Look Beanie (old, similar here)
H&M knitted snood (current instore)


River Island pea coat (2013 via ASOS, similar here)
Gap sweater (A/W 2014, sale purchase here)
H&M patchwork jeans (A/W 2014 sold out online)
Adidas Stan Smiths (here)
Primark bobble hat (A/W 2013, though similar instore now)
Aquascutum scarf (c/o the DH)
Mulberry Seth bag (ancient outlet purchase)


Uniqlo Urban Fleecewear coat (A/W 2013)
Uniqlo merino roll neck (A/W 2014, sold out online)
H&M jeans (S/S 2014 sale purchase)
Converse Hi-Tops (here)
New Look Beanie (old, similar here)
H&M knitted snood (current instore)

I am now 'clothed' out for a while! It's time to have a bit of a wardrobe purge and get eBaying to recoup some funds ready for any new Spring wish-list items. Anyone got a Spring wish-list going yet?

As always I love reading and responding to your comments!

Until next time.

Michelle xx

38 comments:

  1. Brilliant purchases Michelle, love the leather jacket. You're great at smart buying and I'm guessing all of those pieces will be in your wardrobe for years to come x

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    1. Lol....with the amount of stuff that's in my wardrobe Donna that is certainly true as some items don't come out to play that often! I do try and buy classics though so they stand the test of time....it's not very often that I go right off the rails these days and go for a one season wonder xx

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  2. you've been busy, great buys, especially the Faux fur gilet and leather jacket. Well done Michelle.

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    1. Thanks Annmarie! I've more than made up for the lack of a Christmas pressie from the DH! xx

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  3. You've done so well Michelle! The jacket is perfect & I'm kicking myself as I have my biker fund unspent but have had too much on my mind & totally forgot to look in the sales! I have red converse high tops which I never wear & I'm tempted to see if I can dye them black! x

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    1. If you are still looking for a leather jacket I would check ASOS out as they had some good bargains buy other brands too! If you are not wearing the red Converse Hi-Tops it's got to be worth giving a go with a bit of Dylon no?! xx

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  4. Hi Michelle, thankyou for the mention! I love reading what you've bought, you have such an eye for a bargain, and the leather jacket really was a steal - very impressive! The Topshop jumper is so warm and cosy, isn't it? Sadly, my khaki one started to unravel so I had to swap it for a different style because that one had sold out :-( I can't wait to see how you style it though.

    I think a decent blazer will have to go on my wishlist for Spring. Every time I see you wearing that Primark one I want to go out and get one for myself!

    Becky x

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    1. You tempt me with too many things Becky! I do hope I have better luck with the TS jumper....it is so perfect the moment as it's very toasty! The Primark blazer has been such a goodie, I'm looking forward to wearing more once the weather warms up a bit! xx

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  5. Let's try again...well Michelle didn't you do amazingly well, your leather Muubaa jacket was such a steal, envious? Well maybe just a bit! Helen xx

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    1. So happy with it Helen as I really had written off finding one for the time being.....but I guess some things are just meant to be!! xx

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  6. You have a great styling eye. I picked up that camo sweat in GAP last week. It wasn't as brilliant a bargain as yours though and I put it back on the rail. I'll be in the vicinity of a GAP tomorrow evening so I'lm going to search it out again. Some great pieces here

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    1. Ooh let me know if you got lucky with the sweatshirt!! I think because of the colours in the top.....the possibilities will be endless styling wise! xx

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  7. You are a great bargain hunter with enviable style. I would wear any of your choices!
    Lorraine (LorraineSchuchart.com: Letters from Midlife)

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    1. Thank you so much Lorraine, that's a wonderful compliment! :0) xx

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  8. You always find the cool stuff and are able to put together casually cool so well. I have a great little Harley motorcycle jacket but because of the horrendous shoulders it's just a little bit too biker. But I love the classic motorcycle jacket flap front lapel with snaps.

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    1. Joni, thank you. Another really lovely comment, so happy to hear you think I can pull a cool outfit together! That has made my day xx

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  9. Ooh you've made some fab purchases Michelle & what a steal with the biker jacket -don't you just love it when you get such a bargain?!
    I can't wait to see how you style up the camo sweatshirt.
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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    1. There is nothing quite like that feeling of getting such an amazing bargain Jane....bet you felt just the same with your recent Zara faux fur jacket!! I think the camo sweatshirt is going to be super useful xx

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  10. What great buys!! I LOVE the leather jacket and the jewelry - I did rather well in the NAP sale but mainly stuff for summer so hopefully I don't forget about it all - summer seems a long way off! x

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    1. Oooh what a great idea! I am now off to check ASOS for any summer bargains they may have left as we are off on holiday in May and there may not be that much Hi-Summer stuff in the shops before we go!! Cheers for the tip-off! xx

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  11. It's so lovely to read a post where someone has had a good old sales splurge!! Everyone else seems to have been very abstemious this time round. Fabulous buys ... can't wait to get to London next month and have a rummage through Uniqlo knitwear. I feel a mini splurge coming on myself . And major thumbs up for that gorgeous jacket!

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    1. I am with you Helen.....I intend to make to time for another little splurge in London too! Uniqlo will definitely be top of my list to check out! I'd like to say I will be saving all my pennies until but I think we all know that is v.unlikely to happen.....willpower of a gnat I tell you! xx

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  12. Great splurge Michellle, fantastic bargin with the Biker I'm sure you'll love wearing it, a real classic.
    Sue x
    Bestfriendstyle

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    1. I made the hubby take me out for a cheeky afternoon glass of wine when the jacket arrived just so I could show it off!! V.chuffed with this particular wardrobe classic! xx

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  13. Blimey Michelle, you have had a good old splurge! Some great finds, the jacket was an absolute bargain! Love the cuff & bracelet too. I've hardly bought anything (not intentionally really) but I've got so much winter stuff I'm waiting for the Spring pieces to hit down (& I'm so over the sales!) xx

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    1. Shopping is the best form of therapy for me Sian....well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! I am over anymore Winter purchases, I may already have had a little peruse of Spring stuff.....all in the name of research! ;0) xx

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  14. Fab buys, Michelle. You are fantastic at looking for the gaps in your wardrobe and buying sensibly to fill them. Looking fantastic in all of your outfits. I love your gilet! Lynne xx

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    1. Actually Lynne you are right....I have just bought things that fill a gap in my wardrobe which is brilliant as it means I still haven't gone way off course from original A/W plan. I only made one or mistake purchases this season which has been brilliant! Great comment! xx

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  15. Wow - great purchases Michelle! The leather jacket is amazing - have the envy :)
    I've not been able to read blogs for ages so having a very enjoyable catch up on yours tonight - happy new year lovely! xx

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    1. Happy New Year to lovely you too Avril! I am missing your posts.....hope we are going to get a peek at your house project when you are all done! I look forward to seeing you blogging again soon xx

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  16. Muubaa is an excellent leather make actually - I know about it but not had chance to come across it in real life which is what usually stops me purchasing along with the usually high prices so you did fab here snapping that up for that price! It is going to be such a good wardrobe staple.

    And you ordered the F21 tees - they're okay for the money aren't they? And yes, I've checked out a few from Splendid to Uniqlo to H&M and Gap and these are a lovely fit without being cut too low and feel really nice on too.

    And what no shoes? I thought we were shoe buddies!

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    1. Glad the jacket has your seal of approval Sue.....you know your stuff! I see myself getting a lot of wear out of it, can't wait for it to warm up so I can style so it can be seen!
      Can't thanks you enough for the tip off about the Forever 21 tees!! I was prepared to spend 10 times more on one but these will do the job perfectly and intend to visit the store to stock up on more basics when I'm in London Town next month!
      Ahh....the footwear......hang fire there, am about to order not one but 2 pairs of boots even though I fear it may be a bit late for boots I am looking for trouble as usual xx

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  17. Anonymous29/1/15 07:14

    Hello
    I was just wondering what size you normally take? I'm spying bikers ( ordering many ;-/ ) and the one you have is back in in a 14... I'm usually a 12.
    Thanks for your lovely posts, I love seeing your styling.

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    1. Hello there! It would depend on the brand as to what size I would order, Whistles and M&S normally a size 8 but Topshop it would be a 10. As I was familiar with MuuBaa I did go for the size 10 and it fits perfectly with room for a couple of thin layers. Depends on how you want to where I guess! I would definitely give the 14 a go if you are buying through ASOS as with free delivery and returns you have nothing to lose! Please let me know how you get on with it! Thank you for the lovely comment :0) xx

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  18. Gorgeous buys, I of course love the green sweater and the fur gilet is fab, looks great in you, the leather jacket is stunning bet you will wear it so much, gorge! Xx

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    1. Thanks Frances.....the green sweater looks amazing on you! I love the colour and the knit stitch, definitely one of my favourite jumpers now xx

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  19. Anonymous4/2/15 20:04

    Thank you for the black Dylon tip- I now have a newly black pair of zara skinnies and remember that Mango tshirt you got last summer with frilled edges a la marant? Stuck that in too and it looks better then when I bought it!

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    1. You are a genius!! Now why didn't I think of doing that!! I have always found the Mango top to be a difficult shade of grey....it would be perfect in black for me!! Mwah!! Thank you!!

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