Sample sales

London is a city where you will find a sample sale on somewhere. I am a shopper that despises the sales unless it is online, the idea of queuing, shoving or mess is something I can’t comprehend. Shops like TK Maxx for example is my idea of hell, I’m not a fan of organised chaos, I like structure and calm.

I went to a Bella Freud sample sale a few weeks ago, people make an effort to go to these things, timing is everything, I went at 10 ish, thinking strategically that people who needed to be at work were at work and lunch wasn’t for a while. I queued a short while to get in, paid £3 ( for charity ) and headed in. The room at the hotel was minuscule, tops and jumpers were in a mountain heap on tables and other items were hanging up but there was no way you could get to them. My anxiety levels hit the roof at this point I brushed past a line of people standing and asked how long they were queuing to pay, a lady said an hour, an hour to pay? A flight to Paris is about an hour and 15, need I say more. I was in and out within 5 mins. Why not get a larger room? More staff at the tills, something to sort out this madness. I came away disappointed and worse, empty handed.

On Thursday I went to a Victoria Beckham sample sale in Shoreditch, it was run by company called curate, maybe Bella should give them a ring. The venue was huge, all items were on hangers, trousers and jeans folded, shoes and bags, along with sunglasses were placed on tables, the price list was above each section so no need to ask questions, you check a code and it gave you the price. The tills were at the back near the exit, it was organised, and well managed, I was very impressed. I managed to pick these 70’s style sunglasses, I like the fact they are not pitch black lenses, you can still see my eyes.

That is the contrast of sample sales I wanted to share with you, you never know what it’s like until you get there and I guess you expect chaos as it’s a sale but I think brands should make an effort to at least provide space. Those two are enough for me for a while.

Check Mate

I am in love with my new coat from Mango, not only is it affordable at £69.99 but it feels gorgeous. I am wearing a medium that fits quite big which is good so I can wear chunky knits with ease.

I noticed instantly that the coat updated my wardrobe considerably. I can still wear summer items teamed with the coat, like today with my plain white tee from Topshop.

Autumn you are alright.

Only 5 minutes…

In the occasion where I only have 5 minutes to get ready, I always go for comfort and 99.5% of the time I’m not happy with what I have chosen to wear. This picture is a perfect example, I have my slouchy Uniqglo shirt, my brogues from Asos, and my skinny jeggings from Gap.

I would likely wear this to get a pint of milk, not to go to work in. I love dressing up for things rather than dressing down. The idea of saving your best clothes for special occasions is nonsense. You look good, you feel good. I think I need to be a bit more organised in the morning and leave the comfort look for the milk run.

Long hair, don’t care

Actually I do care, I get it coloured once a year because sitting in the chair for 5 hours, yes 5 whole long hours puts me off. I love the results but it takes me a year to get over the trauma of being glued to a seat for that long.

I leave it to grow and grow and one day you decide enough is enough it is time to tame the mane. I may go out of my comfort zone this time and try something new. Maybe a two tone look, leaving the top black and having blond ends.

Smart joggers are possible

I bought some velvet joggers from H&M. I initially bought them to lounge in but after trying them on, they are super soft and lovely not to wear out, I just need to dress the top and the shoes so it doesn’t get swallowed up in the land of lounge.

I wore mine with my open shoulder top from Gap and smart ankle boots.

Well done me.

The sun is still shining in London Town

I recently bought a camera, the Sony cyber shot. My iPhone camera has let me down and as with everyone in the world it’s the most used and valued. I am devastated and it’s rather annoying as everything has become a photo or video opportunity, I’m not entirely sure what we used to do before the camera was on our phones, but I couldn’t take it anymore so thought a camera would be much cheaper than purchasing the iPhone 8.

The picture above is me trying the 10 second timer on the camera, I’m pleasantly surprised seen as I was alone and managed to take this, the lighting could be better but for a first attempt it’s not a bad effort.

My dress is from urban outfitters and so are the fake spectacles.

The Sony cyber shot was £89.99 from argos

Getting fit, finally…

You notice some people are active and some people are not, I’m afraid I’m the latter. Recently I’ve been thinking how I can improve on this so took the plunge and got myself a membership, finally no excuses. Let’s face it they will take my money whether I go or not, so if that’s not motivation to go, not sure what is.

I’m 6 weeks in and I’m enjoying it, you start to see results and it spurs you on even more. There are a lot of chumps at the gym, one guy literally hovered behind me until I finished on a machine, asking me if he could get on there. Last time I checked I wasn’t wearing an invisible cloak.

I was sceptical of the Ivy Park range from Topshop but this sports bra top has passed the test, durable and comfortable, yet supporting. Might go head to toe in it.

The real test is walking to the gym in the dark and cold, no pain, no gain they say.

It’s a Mango & Topshop Ting

It's a Mango and Topshop ting – I love my new #darling tee from Mango via Asos brings a bit of pow to your outfit. Heart shaped sunglasses from a boutique in shoreditch which surprisingly has some cool shades for a tenner a pop, but I can't remember what's it's called, I'll find out and update.

Bra Top from Topshop; Jamie jeans from Topshop; #darling T-shirt by Mango; Platform sandals by Mango

Tamara Fogle bag 

Yesterday I was rocking my Tamara Fogle bag, my husband kindly bought this for me as a surprise gift. I stayed at my mothers the night before as my husband and I went to see Robbie Williams at the Roundhouse. She was looking after the little one. I thought the smaller the bag the better as I carried a large rucksack for our overnight things. It holds a purse, phone   ( iPhone 6 Plus ) keys and some Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream, a perfect size to travel light. It’s currently sold out but there are other bags to choose from her online shop.  All made in England, in a family run factory I know this bag will have been made with great care and attention.

Check out her stuff here; http://www.tamarafogle.com