Window Shopping

One of the most frustrating parts of buying a new flat is waiting to get through the front door, before you purchase any new items for your home. I’m always so tempted to start buying new things in advance, but until it is a done deal then it certainly isn’t a wise idea. I literally can’t fit anymore in our current flat and certainly wouldn’t want to be left with odd bits of furniture and a new oven sitting in the middle of the lounge!

We’re  currently waiting for our flat to sell before we can move forward with any of the tedious legal stuff, but luckily the home we are buying has been taken off the market and the family that currently own it don’t seem to be in too much of a rush for us to move in. The only one that appears to be in a rush here is me – It’s such a pain having to keep your home spotless for the viewings, and like I said, I’ve got shopping to do… Even if it is only for floors and tiles!

We’re buying a ground level maisonette, and it appears that a family with young children has just moved into the floor above. Now, I’m not one to tolerate  loud noises above me whilst I work, so I’ve been stalking the street that we are meant to be moving to, just to suss out if it’s going to be quiet enough for me. (Yes, that is actually what I have been doing)! Every now and then at different times of the day I’ll walk past and check to see if all is calm in Da hood – It’s currently looking tolerable, so unless there is a baby on the way, our luck might just be in.

One thing we have discussed is whether or not to invest in some pretty decent home contents insurance. This will be our first time living on a ground floor, so I want to make sure that my treasured possessions are protected from any little accidents the  family upstairs may have – Better to be safe than sorry and it’s definitely a must for us!

Anyway, there is nothing to stop a girl window shopping, so here are a few things I’ve been lusting over – Mainly consisting of things I will never be allowed to buy.

From top left to bottom right…

1: Cartouche Mirror (Made-to-Order) – Bouf – £720

2: Bird Cage Chandelier – Graham And Green – £395.00

3: Pigeon Hole Wall Shelf Unit – Graham And Green – £75

4: Barlow Tyrie Dune Day Bed – John Lewis – £2, 805  (It’s a bed… For the day!)

5: Factory Bindery Shelving Unit – Rockett St George – £350

6: Padded Grey Leather Wallpaper – Rockett St George – £69

 

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Shop. Shop. Shopping

I tend not to have too much patience when it comes to clothes shopping. My first port of call is always the online stores because I’m not much into trawling the streets looking for things that I know will take me hours on end to find. My three staple shops for the past few years have been ASOS, Topshop and Urban Outfitters. It’s not often you will find me straying from these and that is mainly because I hate trying on item after item, only to find nothing fits. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love great fashion – It’s just that most of it is currently out of my price range or simply drowns me.

Occasionally I’ll have a successful burst in Miss Selfridges, but that is generally when I’m looking for summer clothes. I don’t find that being only 5ft 1nch holds me up too much in my stores of choice because they tend to make clothes a lot shorter than I’d usually dare to wear, meaning they quite often come in at the right length for me.

Rather annoyingly, I’ve recently found that ASOS just doesn’t have as solid a selection of clothes as it used to. I don’t know if my tastes have changed, or it’s because of the seasons, but I’ve certainly struggled to spend my birthday vouchers on the site. However, I’m slowly getting there and managed to bag a few dresses this week. I wasn’t totally convinced that they looked terrific online, but ordered them anyway… Luckily It worked out and I’m two items up!

This Ruby Rocks Ikat Print Dress is right up my street colour wise. I was worried about the fit, but it pinches me in at all the right places and is actually very flattering. I got it for £28 (reduced from £45), but it is now out of stock.

I honestly thought I’d be sending this River Island Contrast Lace Skater dress straight back, but have finally learnt that not everything on ASOS actually looks like it does in the flesh as it does online. It may not look like it’s worth a million dollars, but when I tried it on it really suited me. I think it will look fab with my dark denim jacket and will be easy to dress both up and down. A steal at only £12!

Do you have a favourite shop that you always go back to? Is it just me or has ASOS lost it’s way a little?

My Recent Purchases

Alex asked everyone to contribute towards some ASOS vouchers for my birthday last month because I’d seen a denim jacket that I liked on the site. When I went to buy it, I decided to do my usual money saving investigating and found it for £40 cheaper on another site. I initially wasn’t sure it was the exact same jacket as the image on the other site wasn’t great, but I took the chance anyway and was quite chuffed with my find when it turned out to be the one I wanted.

One month later I still have a large chunk of my voucher money waiting to be spent… Why is it that when you actually have the funds you can’t find anything to spend them on?!

Anyway, I thought I’d share my most recent purchases with you all – You lucky people!

1: I’ve been in need of a black bag for some time now. I’ve had my Paul and Joe Sister clutch for a few years, and this Topshop bag gives me a bit more space for stashing stuff when I go out. I’ve removed the heart and the handle actually extends, so you can wear it across your body if you’d rather.

2: I used part of my ASOS voucher for this Rare lace dress. I wasn’t sure it would suit me, but it’s actually pretty decent. After attending the Grey Goose Taste By Appointment event, I realised I didn’t have anything  to wear out to nights in slightly classier places – I’m in need of a entire wardrobe overhaul that’s for sure!

3: This is the Pepe (Mikas) Jacket I made a huge saving on. It’s actually a slightly darker blue than in the above image and matches all the clothes that my light Pepe Jacket doesn’t. Yes, I have now have two! Unfortunately, it appears to have shot back up in price, but keep an eye on Zalando, as they seem to have a lot of great offers all of the time. You can also pick it up here at ASOS. Here’s how I wear the jacket…

 

4: Now, I’ve been trying really hard to banish store emails from my inbox by unsubscribing, but when Buyapower sent me an email mentioning a Moroccanoil Four-Piece pampering set, I just had to purchase it. Since I finished up my other bottles earlier in the year, my hair just hasn’t felt that great. I tried to replace it with the cheaper Boots Moroccan argan oil, but it’s just not the same. The shampoo and conditioner are only small bottles, but the treatment works really well for my hair. This little lot was £35.00 and is likely to keep me going for quite some time.

5: My local high street and I have not been getting on so well. There isn’t really much of interest on it for me. Superdrug is about the only store where I find myself buying more than I should. Nail varnishes are a cheap and cheerful way to cheer myself up and I have all of the above Barry M colours.

6: I’m a sucker for bright skirts. Alex always jokes about the crazy patterns I wear! I love the colour of this Topshop skirt (£28.00) and generally wear it like this…

So, there you have it. All the items that I have been squandering my hard earned cash on.
Now, I just need to find something to spend the rest of my vouchers on!

Have a great weekend x

Fashion Focus: Miss Selfridge Petites

I normally wear a lot of dresses and skirts because it is a bit of a mission to find trousers when you barely reach the dizzy heights of 5ft 1 inch. Luckily I don’t seem to be restricted to the petite section in most stores because a lot of dresses are designed to be worn just below the rear – These are generally the perfect length for a petite who doesn’t need to look like mutton dressed as lamb!

If I am heading for a petites department, I find I’m constantly drawn back to Miss Selfridge. They are particularly suitable for maxi dresses and are not too expensive compared to other high street stores. They also tend to stock extremely colourful items, which I’m always drawn to.

Below are a few of my top picks that are currently in stock. I’m resisting the urge to buy  at the moment, but who knows what the weekend might bring…

Petites Smudge Floral Maxi – Price: £33.00Also available in standard sizes.
This is in the same style as another maxi that I purchased from Miss Selfridge last year.
I have a feeling that it will look even better in store… If only we had some sun!

Petites Ombre Shirt – Price: £32.00
I probably wouldn’t wear this myself due to the lack of sleeves, but I think it deserves a mention for looking so fab.

Petites Zip Front Playsuit – Price: £39.00 – Also available in standard sizes.
Great detail on the front, which turns this plain coloured playsuit into something a bit more desirable and flirty.

Petites Zig Zag Printed Dress – Price: £37.00
I purchased this dress to take with me on my trip to San Fran and I love it!
It fits perfectly and looks fab with a denim jacket and footless tights.

Have you got a favourite high street store that you constantly go back to for the correct sizing?