July

It feels like forever since I have done my end of the month post. I have missed June, mostly due to traveling and work but I am glad that I am back this month.

July has been hot and for the first time since moving to UK, it feels like proper summer. You will not believe how happy I am that I can finally wear my lighter clothing and enjoy the sun.

You may know that I had a chance to visit Berlin last month and it was a dream come true for me. I had it on my wish list for a very long time and I can honestly say that Berlin feels like home. The language and the culture maybe different but the layout of the streets, the trams, the bus stops and mostly the tower blocks reminded me very much of my home town…

If you are interested in that trip, there is a Berlin vlog on my channel that hopeful will give you better view of this amazing city.

Due to work commitments, I had less time for the blog and I have not done as many posts as maybe I would like to. I still have many ideas for the future so stay tuned for that !

If there is one item of clothing I have been loving in July, it would have to be a white dress. It is not anything new or ground-breaking but white dress is so summer appropriate and makes me feel dressed well no matter the occasion.

For more white dresses ideas check out posts here and here.

August will be a very busy month but I am hoping to get some time off in September. I would love to hear your recommendations… where would you like me to travel next ?

Thank you very much for stopping by…

I hope that next month will be even better !

Aggie x

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Once more about sales

Everly late May, throughout June until July most retailers announce their sales. Scoring something you wanted for a very long time at reduced cost can be thrilling but it is easy to lose you head at the same time.

After years of making my own mistakes, I decided to put a guide with all of my tips on how to shop sales. Things to avoid, when to wait and how not to waste your hard-earned cash. I have done few posts in the past on the subject and I hope that this one will approach shopping sales from slightly different angle but if you are interested you can check them out here and here.

Ps. This post is not sponsored and all of the recommendations are my own !

  • Sometimes later is better…

From time to time it is better to give ourselves more time before buying anything. What I try to do when I see an item that I really like is to put it in the basket (if I shop online) and give it a week or two. If after that time, I still keep going back to my basket I know that the item in question is a special one.

I have recently discovered a website called shortagr.com that is free to use and once you signed up, it will allow you to save the items you like to your wish list and it would automatically notify you when they go on sale or when they are available if they are out of stock. You can opt for an email or mobile notification. Every little helps as they say !

  • Knowing when to pull a trigger

This point is an exact opposite of my first suggestion but on rare occasion you need to have the courage to make an instant decision. High in demand pieces sell very quickly and although I try not to rush, I learnt to act straightaway when I have to.

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This skirt is a perfect example of that… When I first saw it in the store, it was already sold out online. Despite of not being sure if it is right for me, I knew it was now or never. I bought it and paid full price as I could predict it will not go on sale !

  • Simplicity is always better

Shopping especially sales may make you feel like buying items only because they are reduced.  However, what I would recommend is to keep in mind how classic the item is and how well it will perform and hold its use and value. This rule is very important mainly in regards to accessories like shoes and handbags. Classic ones rarely go on sale but when they do, do not hesitate.

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These shoes have been on my mind for a very long time. I knew I will get a lot of wear out of them but spending over £600 was not something I wanted or could do. I ended up getting them with 20% off during Black Friday sales. I have still spent a lot of money but I am happy with what I got in return.

  • Making use of what you have

Shopping sales is not about quantity but about quality. Buying just one item that you really wanted will give far greater pleasure and satisfaction than buying many that do not represent what you are about.

I have mentioned this in the past but making a list of things that are on your wish list and you want to add to your closet is a key. Working down the list will take time but you will end up with things you truly love and not the random selection of pieces that do not belong together.

  • Budget management and self-control

Every, even the most amazing sale find comes at a price. Staying within you means is very important. Getting into financial difficulties just to have the latest fashion ‘must’ should never be justified.

I am not a saint and I still learn how to mange my finances and restrain myself from wanting yet another bag, pair of shoes etc. But speaking from experience, I would strongly encourage you to learn on my mistakes in order to prevent you making yours !

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I really hope you have enjoyed this post and you found it useful.

Please let me know if there are any other topics you would like me to cover in the future and I would be happy to accommodate your requests.

Happy shopping !

Love,

Aggie x

May

May came and gone like most of the months this year. I have been occupied with various projects both work and personal life related. Although I am very happy I have the opportunity to experience so many things, I am getting to the point where I just want to rest and switch off.

Waiting and planning for the coming holidays (that are still a long way to go) is something that gives me equal pleasure of actually going on one. Building up the expectation, looking at budgets and variety of accommodation options is so satisfying for me. Are you the same ?

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Your favourite post of last month was a summary of what I have been doing in April (available here if you missed it). I am very happy that you are enjoying my monthly summaries as these post give me a great opportunity to look back at different things and reflect.

If I was to choose my favourite post, it would be a look featuring the most unusual for me skirt (available here). The only thing I am going to say about it is to never say ever as the life goes on and things change !

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May have been a good month when it comes to movies for me. I went to the cinema on number on occasions and out of everything I watched, I would highly recommend seeing Tully if you have not watched it already. Motherhood is not something that I know anything of, however honesty and openness is always a key to me and this movie gives you just that.

Another thing I have been enjoying in May is warmer weather. UK is not the best of places (especially North of England) if you are after proper summer. Having said that we had nice few weeks and I had a change to wear something more time of the year appropriate !

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How was you month of May been like ?

As usual, that you very much for stopping by and I hope to see you soon !

Love,

Aggie x

Ps. An amazing state house that you can see on the featured image can be found here if you are interested. Unfortunately, it is not my house… just in case you were wondering !

April

Last month has been a month of change for me. As I have mentioned at the beginning of April, I have recently changed my job and although I am still trying to find my feet I am embracing the opportunity I was given. Starting something new is always scary but at the end of the day we can only regret the things we did not do, not the things we tried and failed !

My fashion choices last month have been more dependent on weather than ever before. Spring has had much slower start than I expected and as I am writing this post it is still only about 10 degrees outside. My favourite outfit of last month would have to be this one featuring grey blazer and skinny jeans combination. Nothing too complicated but somehow it worked really well for me.

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As for the outfit you liked the most, it came as no surprise to me as I knew it will be a winner. My husband’s birthday look (available here) was you favourite and I have to admit that I liked it too !

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As my time in April has been very limited, I did some shopping but I learned to appreciate and be happy with the things I already own. I did a video featuring all my loved items for last month (available here) if you are interested.

My favourite beauty product of April have been this body scrub by Jo Malone. Pricy but well-worth the money in my opinion. It leaves your skin soft and smooth without taking any moisture out. It has the most amazing scent that is so refreshing and natural at the same time. A clear winner for me !

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How was you month like ?

Anything you loved and would recommend for me to try ?

As usual, thank you very much for stopping by and checking out this post.

Love,

Aggie x

Five red lipsticks worth buying…

My red lipstick love affair started about two years ago. When I bought my first one, I was not sure if I am going to wear it and what I going to pair it with. But somehow after trying it once and then twice, I have fallen in love in how it makes me feel and how much more confident I am with red lips.

Over the last year or so, I have tested number of lipsticks with different finish and from different beauty brands and I am thrilled to show you my favourite five. To accompany this post I have done a video on my channel with all the details and information you may need.

I will be showing you my favourites in the price order starting from the cheapest to the most expensive as well as featuring a picture of me wearing the lipstick so hopefully you will be able to tell the difference !

So let’s begin…

It was my first ever red lipstick and I could not have asked for a better recommendation. It is a very matte lipstick that will last all day long. Colour and overall wear is comfortable but it may dry your lips if worn all day, every day. However, it is one of my favourites that I keep going back to !

One of the classics that is well worth trying. It is a very deep red lipstick with matte finish that wears really well in my opinion. It is not as long-lasting as the Sephora one but it will not dry your lips as much so you have to decide what is your priority. All in all, I would highly recommend to try this one as it is a winner in my eyes.

Probably my most used and loved lipstick. I wore it non-stop for quite a few months. It has a matte finish but it is non-drying or sticky and stays in place all day long. Everything about this lipstick is first class and I cannot praise it enough.

This lipstick has the most amazing packaging with huge attention to detail. But what is inside matters and it is pretty stunning as well. The finish of this lipstick is satin and the intensity of colour second to none. It is a pricy one but the quality you get for your money makes up for that in my opinion.

This one is the most expensive of the bunch and the most hyped up at the same time. It comes in a stunning and very minimalist packaging and the content does not disappoint as well. It is a satin finish and the colour itself is very rich and maybe on a slightly darker side. As it is satin finish, staying power is more limited but still fairly long-lasting. A clear choice if you are after some indulgence !

That is my five favourite red lipstick !

Let me know if I missed anything and if there are any others I need to try ?

Thank you very much for stopping by…

Aggie x

March

Last month has been the busiest month for a very long time… Both at work and in my personal life constant changes and expectations made the last thirty-one days gone with the wind. I do not share my professional life on my blog as I like to keep those two things completely separate but I can tell you that I have just started a new job and although it is something that would give me a lot of development opportunities, it is new and quite scary at this point in time !

The highlight of March would have to be my visit to Poland. I have managed to go just for few days to see my family and as I do not get to see them as often as I would like, it was something that I am going to treasure for a very long time.

I could spend all day long taking pictures of those drawings… I do not remember them from when I lived in my home city but I absolutely love them !

Blog post that you liked the most in March was from the beginning of the month and it featured one of my favourite trench coats (still available here if you missed it). All the pictures for that post were taken in such a short space of time but they remain my personal favourites as well. Morning light is everything and more I could have asked for…

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There have been quite a few things that I have been loving lately from skincare and make up to fashion. Moving forward I have decided to do monthly favourites on my YouTube channel and March edition is available here if you are interested…

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How was you month ? I would love to know !

Thank you very much for stopping by and I hope to see you all soon !

Aggie x

Designer handbags shopping rules and five starter bags

Starting your designer handbag collection can be daunting. There are so many to choose from that is very easy to get lost in all of this and buy something just for the sake of buying with little resell value or even more importantly little use.

I would lie if I said that all of my bags were well thought through and researched but somehow I have managed to stay true to my style and avoid big mistakes. Not everything that I have bought would stand the test of time, however all in all I am quite happy with my collection !

So having all this in mind, I decided to put together five golden rules when it comes to bags together with my recommendations for best starter bags with the biggest resell value in the future… I have already put a comprehensive post detailing dos and don’ts when it comes to designer handbags so if you interested go and check it out here !

Let’s begin…

  • Start small

I would not start buying into designer handbags with the most expensive Chanel flap or even more pricy Hermes. Learning what you really like and what not will take some time so test the water before you jump in !

  • Do your research

Research is truly a key to successful purchase ! Impulse buying when it comes to luxury, can be very costly… Find the style you like but be practical and think about different situation in your life and occasions you would want to use your new accessory.

  • Do not compromise

Sometimes when you have been saving for a particular bag that feels out-of-reach, it is easy to settle and buy something cheaper instead. Speaking from experience I would say do not do that as soon or later you will end up going to your original choice (I promise !).

  • Quality over quantity

It is always better to have couple of good quality, functional handbags than half a dozen of cheap and tacky ones. Invest in neutral colours and the ones you will be able to style day and night !

  • Classic is the way forward 

As mentioned before classic colours and models will stand the test of time. Bright colours and stand out prints may not be the best of choices. Classics will also have much better resell value should you decide to let them go in the future !

Now with some examples… I decided to suggest five handbags that in my opinion will make an excellent first (or even tenth) investment handbag. Please take my examples with a pinch of salt as my view and lifestyle maybe different to yours and what I like may not be to your taste…

In no particular order…

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Best work handbag goes to LV Neverfull

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Best evening handbag goes to Chanel WOC

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Best day to night handbag goes to Chloe Drew

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Best day handbag goes to Gucci Soho Disco

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Best starter handbag (all things considered) goes to LV Speedy

I hope you have enjoyed this post and find it useful…

I would love to know your feedback !

As usual thank you very much for stopping by…

Aggie x