Shopping Christmas sales

With festive season fast approaching I thought it will be a good idea to write something about sales… They will traditionally start on the Boxing Day but nowadays more and more retailers offer them mid-December. I am all about buying quality without overpaying but shopping Christmas sales requires some preparations and forward thinking…

I have touched on this subject already (previous post available here) but as December sales are a little bit different that any other sale, I decided to list all the items worth hunting for as well as all the preparation stages I take in order to buy only things I really need and save myself some money…

My usual starting point would be to make a list. Planning ahead of what is missing in your closet, homeware, accessories etc. is crucial. The more specific the list the better. If you are interested in particular brands, list the retailers that stock them and add the appropriate links to your favourites. Regardless, if you prefer online shopping or traditional approach it would be my starting point.

The second step is to make the list smaller… Ask yourself three magic questions:

  • Do I want it ?
  • Do I need it ?
  • Can I effort it ?

Lately, I have added the fourth one that is more a rule that a question.

  • Can I buy it twice ?

It will be hard initial but the more I practice this approach the more conscious all of purchases are.

Step three is the most difficult in my opinion and consist of shopping but with ability to restrain myself from buying anything that is not on the list or not perfect. Sometimes I will see something that ‘will do’ but I know that I will end up going to my original item over and over again. So not settling for any thing than perfect is the key !

To prove that shopping sales can be a good idea I am going to include my five top purchases made during sales. All of the examples featured here are in my opinion good options to buy on sale as their initial price point will be higher but they hopefully deliver on quality of the finish and durability…

  • Outerwear (coats, jackets, parkas etc. made out of quality fabrics)

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Amazing Joseph coat bought in 2016 during Christmas sales (with nearly 70 % discount)

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AllSaints leather jacket bought in Bicester village (60 % off)

  • Shoes (especially designer heels and boots that will be used for many years to come)

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Most wanted pair of Gianvito Rossi plexi pumps (over 50 % off original price)

  • Occasional pieces (dresses and jumpsuits with limited amount of re-wear)

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Maje dress bought in Bicester village (30% off)

  • Swimwear (may be an odd choice but I only ever buy higher price point swimwear on sale as the initial price is far too high to justify the spending)

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Swimsuit from Solid and Striped (bought during summer sale for 40 % off)

  • Handbags (this one can be tricky as classic designer models sporadically if ever go on sale, but worth exploring)

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One of my most loved bags by Bottega Veneta bought in Bicester village (with 50 % off the full retail price)

Let me know if I missed anything and what are you planning on buying if anything this time ?

I hope that you find this guide useful and I would love to know you thoughts.

As always many thanks for stopping by…

Love,

Aggie xx

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Fashion trends for Autumn-Winter 2017/2018

With Autumn fast approaching, I thought it will be a good idea to give you all an update on what is yet to come in fashion world. As you know, I am not huge on fast-changing trends but every now and again, I like to introduce or experiment with something new.

Before I start, I would like to say that fashion should be fun but never buy something just because it is fashionable or popular. Find things you love and that are going to work for you and your lifestyle.

So without further delay that is what is coming soon:

  • All red

Red is such a beautiful colour but for one reason or the other I never had the courage to wear it. I tried to introduce it step by step as a lipstick or collar detail and eventually as the whole outfit.

Finding the right shade of red maybe difficult but it is so worth it. Nothing gives me so much confidence as my red lip but more on the subject very soon !!

  • Metallics or shine

I love a good metallic pleated skirt but wearing metallics head to toes is far too adventurous for me. When I am not sure a trend will work for me, I try to introduce it step by step… starting from a skirt or a blouse to a pair of strappy sandals.

  • Oversize knits with feminine skirts

This trend has me written all over !! I love the idea of thick, chunky knit and more delicate skirt and over-the-knee boots. I will definitely experiment with this trend in the near future so stay tuned for that.

  • Mini skirts and dresses

Whether something will be classed as mini or midi may mean different things for different people. For me it is anything above the knee but what designers have in mind is much more out there !! I do not think I am as brave as that but you never know ?

  • Suits

Suits are back in fashion, especially the grey ones with sharp cuts and more 80s vibe. This particular trend is not me but I do not want to write it off just yet and I am happy to add a checked blazer into my autumn closet.

  • All about the waistline

Highlighting the waist is most likely my favourite trend for the new season. Although I am not huge on belts, I am willing to experiment and one or two new ones into my collection. It is a very feminine trend and executed correctly can be very flattering.

  • More florals

Floral were big during spring and summer this year but the ones for autumn are darker and maybe less girly. Boho floral dresses are very on point and they will suit me very well !!

 

What is your favourite trend for the coming seasons ?

Is there anything you are not going to try ?

I would love to hear from you so let me know !!

Love,

Aggie xx