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Sales Haul!

Fashion post without sounding up-myself yet still interesting, part 2.

Boxing day morning: the happiest I’ll ever be to spring out of bed early. Mumma SJW, my brother’s girlfriend and I were all ready, with our elbows sharpened, to hit the sales bright and early. Here are my tips if you want to feel like a God at shopping in sales, rather than a frustrated grump who just wants to go home. I’ll get the generic ones out the way first:
– Get there early. As in when the shops open early… no, not Next 5am early. That’s just mental. 9am – 10am timeframe.
– Consider each item’s price individually. Don’t look at the bulk of what you’re spending to start with, consider each item’s value and don’t just buy because it’s cheap.
– Shop in a small city. Sounds strange, but it really works. Less people here are after the most fashionable items, leaving more choice for you.
– Try on clothes in bigger sizes. Mainly tops and jumpers work really well oversized. This Christmas sale I bought a top which is 2 sizes too big, no harm in trying it on!
-Shop at both the start and end of sales. Usually new lines are added to sales and further reductions happen, unless you have been banned from shopping by then.
-Shop with your Mum. You may think Topshop is the only store to hit, but I’ve often found some great items (accessories mainly but the odd piece of clothing) in Marks and Spencer (look for the Limited Collection) and Next.

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Right, end of the generic ‘ah ma gaaad, here’s my shopping tips bbz’. Onto the ‘ah ma gaaad, look at my new clothes!!’.

My favourite purchase of the sales (if that’s even possible to choose) has to be my new coat. Reduced down to £25 from £52 in Topshop, it’s my favourite colour. I have to give some credit here to my brother’s girlfriend who was definitely the driving force behind me buying it!

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£25, Topshop

I had my eye on this Next rucksack when it was full price, as my older one was falling apart, and this one was reduced to around £12 in the sale. The pictures have been taken from my trip to Ikea this week, and yes I am sat on a kids rocking horse, no disapproving looks please. Have to admit I sneakily got the rucksack into my Mum’s shopping so I’m not totally sure on price. (Thanks Mum!) Invest in your secondary school self and buy a rucksack, you won’t regret it.

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£12ish, Next

I can feel myself developing an obsession with rings and my newest addition is a cracker from &otherstories. Half price, I couldn’t say no to having a lion clutching my finger. Need I say more? Buy cool rings. Your friends will be jealous.

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£12, &otherstories

The final thing I’m going to picture is this t-shirt, which for £12 (down from £25), seems to me like a right bargain. It’s made by Escapology, which through more research is a brand created by Topshop. I’m not sure if it’s being continued, but it appears to be very print-based affordable pieces. I personally love the print and think it’s a great top to just be able to throw on; recently I wore it with black leather dungarees.

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£12, Escapology

Other items I’ve bought have included some fake leather trousers (invest in these), a maxi skirt with slits up both sides; looks amazing indoors, really blimming impractical in everyday life. Little bit windy? Trying to walk up the stairs on a bus? Do. Not. Bother. Aaaand finally, some shoes with cut out detailing. I wanted to picture these, but I’ve already worn them a lot and the shoe fairy (a.k.a. my mum, is not here to clean them), so I’ll picture something similar below. Highly recommend you buy some shiny socks to wear with them, I’ve heard Topshop and Primark have a great range of these at the moment.

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Cut out boots, £74.99
http://www.newlook.com/shop/shoe-gallery/boots/limited-burgundy-leather-metal-tip-cut-out-ankle-boots_300337062

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For those of you who prefer flats, I love these cut out brogues, £32
http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?searchTerm=cut+out&storeId=12556&productId=12813300&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

In other news, I’ve put myself on a shopping ban (#prayforSJW), saving for travelling America in the summer is in full force!! (I could do backflips about how excited I am about this!!).

SJW x

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Le Weekend: Ikea Lols

I’m not quite sure where to begin with my weekend, I guess it all started on Thursday and there was a sign it was going to be a good one when on Thursday evening whilst changing my bedsheets, my flatmate commented ‘SJW, do you like having blue sheets?’, I replied ‘Nah, they aren’t my favourite’, to which my flatmate replied ‘Yeah, I think I’d get a bit seasick with blue sheets.’
What a loveable nutter she is. #flatmatequoteoftheweek

Friday, I survived my uni lectures, had lunch with my brother and met my building neighbours for shisha in the evening.

Saturday was the big event. Ikea. Whilst there we encountered a man who exclaimed to the hordes of people: ‘Do people just come here for a day trip!?’. Yes sir, yes they do. I have no shame. And to anyone who turns their nose up at that I’d just like to say ‘Oh Hell No!’ to you.

I set off with my co-pilot at about 1ish, already 2 hours later than the over optimistic 11am plan. 2 hours later, we’d moved the equivalent of about 2 tube stops. No frickin joke. We’d been through the lols, and I think the only thing that can sum up our boredom was when I looked to my right at the car next to me and the woman was quite literally banging her head on her steering wheel. That’s the level of the traffic jam.

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Eventually, we successfully navigated out of the traffic jam, off a sneaky side road (wahay for women drivers), and the road trip lols began again; WE MADE IT. 3 WHOLE HOURS LATER. (It was meant to take 40 mins).

No Ikea trip is complete without meatballs, I went a bit hard on the meatballs and had to deal with horrendous food coma round the actual Ikea adventure. Doh.

Anyway, Ikea lols all round, I made a friend, found my crown and bought a pretty nice plate I don’t wanna eat off.
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We also made it home in about an hour, praise the lord.

SJW x