Responsible fashion

The idea for this post came to me when I popped to my local Zara for some last-minute shopping. As the sales are in full swing the amount of clothing everywhere really made me think… How much is too much and do we really need half of the things we buy ?

I am as guilty in the whole process as most of the population but maybe there is something we can do to stop wasting money, damage the environment and reduce the wastage so common in the fashion industry ?

I love shopping but I also like quality items and looking after my stuff. I would happily buy one thing that is going to last me ages that five that will get damage after first wash. The idea of throwing away things I bought with my hard-earned cash is something I cannot agree with… Also the amount of items we buy or we are made to feel we need to buy via social media is really overwhelming. We all need cloths and beauty products but the amount presented in those sources is insane…

I like to have different options available in my closet but I try not to lose my head in all this. So that is what my advice would be !

  • Look after your possessions, be proud of what you have and that will pay off !
  • When looking for a new item to add to your wardrobe think about the rest of the outfit, do you have something else to pair it with ?
  • Shop in your closet and recycle. One item can serve so may occasions… and some examples below…

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Favourite pleated skirt (more here and here)

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Denim shirt as a must in my closet (more here and here)

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Leather jacket I cannot live without (more here and here)

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Statement jacket from Zara (more here)

  • Look at the fabric ! Natural fabrics are always more skin-friendly. Anything synthetic is less preferred by me and it is not so environmental friendly either.
  • Never spend the fortune on trends. The items that are statement or come in fashion for one season only are not something I would invest in… classics always !!
  • Donate anything unwanted… Do a seasonal clean and give away anything that you have that you have not worn for over a year (or 18 months in my case). It may make somebody else very happy !
  • And the most important rule… Appreciate what you already have ! Shopping may give you pleasure but it will not bring you happiness !

I have to remind myself of all of this rules from time to time as I am not the finished article and I make mistakes more often that you may think !

Let me know if you like what I came up with and if you like to read more blogs like this one ?

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Aggie xx

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What I wore Saturday and Sunday… part 1

As you may know I always publish my What I wore on a Sunday on a Sunday… But sometimes I have too may ideas in my head that I can not satisfy all my needs with only one look per week. When I bought this skirt, I knew instantly it is a winner. It fits me perfectly and although I wear more dresses than skirts it was definitely love at first sight.

It is by & Other Stories brand that I discovered at the end of last year. I love the quality of their clothing and very reasonable prices. Not everything will be my cup of tea, but it is without any doubt worth checking out. As I love this skirt so much, I thought I will style it twice for you. One of the looks will be shown today, the other one will be published on Sunday as a part of my What I wore Sunday cycle.

Beautiful bomber jacket that I am wearing in today’s post is by polish designer Lukasz Jemiol. I have bought it during my recent trip to Poland and I like it a lot. The quality of the finish is exceptional and the design is so unique. I will link the website of the designer here if anybody wants to check it out as all of the pieces are very wearable and of outstanding quality.

So without further delay that is what I wore on Saturday !

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Jacket Lukasz Jemiol

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Skirt & Other Stories

Sandals Jimmy Choo (sold out)

Handbag Chloe

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Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope to see you tomorrow !

Love,

Aggie xx

Discount shopping anybody ? … Bicester !

I am sure we all agree that everybody likes a bargain ! I hate wasting money and by wasting money I mean buying something not worth the money of poor quality or unnecessary.

Quite some time ago a good friend of ours introduced me to the outlet shopping village called Bicester. It is enormous and as the official website tells me it has more that 130 fashion boutiques. All the shops are descent space and the selection of goods is surprisingly current. The choice is endless as both high street and high-end are represented here. My favourite brands present in Bicester will include All Saints, Barbour, Tommy Hilfiger as well as Dior, YSL or Burberry.

Bicester is an extremely interesting place to shop for one more reason (apart from the minimum discount of 30 % from the retail price up to 70 % during sales). You are not allowed to film or photograph inside the shops only to keep you guessing of what stock shops have ? It is unpredictable experience and you will never know if you are able to find anything you like or your trip will be unsuccessful.

Transport links are very convenient as the village is located in close proximity to Oxford. You can travel from London by train, bus or car. More details are available on Bicester official website which is linked here.

It is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. The only think I cannot stress enough is the unpredictability of the shopping experience. Stock will change very frequently so be patient and be prepared to go home without all of the items on your shopping list !

Taking this opportunity I would like to share some of my best finds with the brief description of the item and some advice. So let’s begin !

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One of my oldest purchases and the most loved beautiful dress by L.K.Bennett worn to the wedding of my friends back in 2015 ! I got is as a sample sale item and paid less than £50 for it !

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Finding comfortable bag that is as light as the feather is tricky… This handbag delivers that and is of beautiful quality by italian brand Bottega Veneta. I bought it back quite some time ago and it was definitely money well spent !

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The most recent purchase Maje dress with detachable collar. It was waiting for me in the store with only one left in my size and over 50 % off the original price.

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Handbag that I was searching for over the year… When I discovered it, it was already sold out. Never in my life I would have guessed that I find it in Bicester. It is by Tod’s and when the shopping assistant brought me this burgundy one I started jumping up and down. Price reduction was 50 % and in my opinion it was a complete bargain !

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Finally, my most recent jeans purchase (more pictures available here and here). They are by Belstaff the brand my husband loves. The quality of the coating on that pair is unbelievable and with 60 % off it was difficult to complain !

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That is just a few examples of the stars you can find in the village. Whatever your budget is, I am sure you will find something to suit your needs.

Do you know of any other outlet villages around the world worth visiting ? If so, please let me know !

As usual, many thanks for stopping by !

Love,

Aggie xx

Date night

I am not a romantic person and my idea of the date night is staying at home and watching House of Cards with a cup of earl grey. However, from time to time it is nice to make an effort and dress in a more feminine way. I had a pleasure of staying overnight in Lincoln this weekend as a part of a treasure hunt (I will keep You updated on that..) and we decided to spend the evening in town.

I tried to keep my romantic spirit going by putting on this dress but wanted to add a twist with a military style coat. The dress is my newest purchase from Topshop– very delicate piece that will see You through the wedding season as well as those special occasions date nights.. The coat is a real treasure from Zara that looks like a million dollars, worth every penny I paid for it..

My shoes and handbag have been staple pieces in my wardrobe for some time. I got my handbag as a wedding gift from my awesome husband and shoes were the sale purchase. By creating this look I wanted to prove that high street has as much to offer as designers. The pieces can be equally beautiful and well-made. What matters is the quality of the material and how versatile they are.

I hope You will like what I put together.. please let me know !!

All the pictures are courtesy of my lovely husband.

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Dress Topshop, Coat (similar) Zara, Handbag Chanel, Shoes Jimmy Choo

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Many thanks for stopping by !!

Aggie xx

Shoe business

My shoe obsession started some time ago… cannot remember when ? Maybe with the first pair of good quality, nicely finish pair of high-heels ? I still have then and they are in very good condition.. The pair I am referring to is L.K. Bennet pumps, about four inches high, very comfortable.. After this pair, there was another pair, then one more and so on.

As the obsession developed my desire for a new pair every month seems difficult to control. I can go a long time browsing and looking for a suitable addition to my collection but my favourite ever purchases are related to a special occasion, people I share my memories with and travel.

Let me take You to a trip round the glob for my best shoe-related moments !

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London Anya Hindmarch boots

 

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Karkow Wedding Day (similar) Sophia Webster

 

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Nothern Ireland Converse

 

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Abu Dhabi Chloe

 

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Dubai purchase Alaia (sold out)

 

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Best ever bargain purchase Paul Smith

As everyday life can get hard it is easier to have something to come back to Your loved ones, Your home and a closet full of shoes.. I love mine for the joy and memories they bring to my mind every time I wear that special pair. Don’t save them for that special occasion that may never come.. Enjoy them daily !!

Love,

Aggie:)

Harrogate

Harrogate is a very special place for me. Whenever we go there, we always have amazing time with good food, beautiful surroundings and amazing atmosphere.

Last weekend was my birthday celebration weekend and we decided to take a day trip there. My husband managed to book a table at the newly open restaurant Restaurant 92 .

Food was really good and I also managed to do a little bit of shopping so all in all it was a very good day.

Please be my guest and enjoy some of the pictures taken that day.

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Outfit of the day: Coat JOSEPH, Jumper JOSEPH, Jeans PAIGE, Shoes STUART WEITZMAN, Handbag CHANEL

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Many thanks for stopping by !

Aggie xx