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

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What I wore Sunday… going out

I am not and never was a party animal. I like to go out every now and again but parting till dawn was never something I enjoyed or did (maybe except my late teens when it was not cool not to do it…). However, it is nice to dress up now and again and go out with some friends or colleagues and that is what I did last night !

The outfit I am sharing with you today is not particularly dressy but I wanted to look and feel fairly casual. I love mixing high street and high-end pieces in order to achieve less polished and more effortless look and I hope it shows…

I wore my trusty Zara coat that I had in my closet for well over two years now. I was obsessed with that style of coats for quite a few seasons and I managed to get a mini collection of my own (one featured here and one more here).

Jeans and top are quite new and they are as well from Zara. That particular pair of jeans is exactly what I wanted. Distressed, in dark blue wash with uneven hem ! I would definitely recommend to check it out as they are very good quality for the price.

So that is what I wore going out this Sunday !

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Coat Zara (similar style here)

Top Zara

Jeans Zara

Bag Chanel

Heels Valentino

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Thank you very much for stopping by !

Going forward I will be publishing  a video every week (hopefully every Sunday) and today’s one features a pair of heels seen in this post… Do not forget to check it out and subscribe (here) for more content x

Love,

Aggie x

What I wore Sunday… night out in Amsterdam

I had a pleasure of spending last weekend in Amsterdam and I will be more than happy to share details of our trip in the coming posts. I loved every single minute of our adventure and I cannot imagine more picturesque city to travel to…

The photos for today’s post were taken in Room Mate Aitana Hotel which I would highly recommend for its design, location and service. I also loved the big windows, very modern and clean deco as well as the view. It is a well-priced option if you want to stay central in comparison to other hotels.

As for the outfit itself, I went for a very minimalistic and slightly masculine look. Checked blazer, white t-shirt and skinny pair of jeans. I added my beloved bag and a statement pair of heels that in my opinion add a feminine touch to the look.

I am surprised myself how much I like what I wore. It is mainly due to the fact that I am not a blazer person. I had few in the past but always felt that they were too structured and not flattering on my body… Somehow this one is different. Much more loose-fitting, without shoulder pads, cut properly.  The minute I have tried it on, I knew I would wear it non-stop !

So without further delay that is what I wore in Amsterdam !

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Blazer H&M

T-shirt Topshop

Jeans Topshop

Bag Chanel

Heels Valentino

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Thank you so much for stopping by and for checking out what I have been up to !

Love,

Aggie x

What I wore Sunday… a very Merry Christmas

Christmas time is a special time in my family. It is a religious celebration and it is time to spend with your nearest and dearest. I still remember that after Christmas Eve dinner me and my parents would go to church for midnight mass- something that I was looking forward more than you could imagine… Maybe it was a fact that I could stay up late or maybe it was the magic of this special period ?

Christmas gift were not as big and over the top as they are now as the focus on was on something else. My parents had limited means and I would not get more than few presents. They were always special though and I still remember most of them.

As an adult, I try to make and effort and every year I like to give something back to parents, my grandmother and my husband. But with my upbringing comes the modesty in how we celebrate. Less is more and even now, I would only buy one or two quite special gifts…

I like to dress for occasion and the outfit I am featuring today is something I would happily wear on a Christmas Day. It maybe a little bit formal, but I feel dressed appropriately. Most of the pieces have been in my possession for quite some time. The only new item is this stunning pair of shoes that I got during pre-Christmas sales. They are very statement and I hope to get the best use out of them !

So without further delay that is what I wore this Christmas Eve Sunday !

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I would like take the opportunity and wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS !

I hope it will be a family time full of love, laughter and forgiveness. Charge your batteries and make real memories with your loved ones.

Love,

Aggie xx