Monday, 29 October 2012

Barratts


Boots have always been - and always will be - one of my wardrobe staples. With so many different varieties readily available for all manner of occasions - whether formal or casual - boots are timeless and will never go out of style. My favourite pair to date have served me well. First purchased 8 years ago, they've seen me through when I lived and worked abroad, uni, and general day-to-day wear without so much as a scratch. 

But nothing lasts forever. I had to say goodbye to them recently, as excessive wear during our increasingly bad British weather had severe consequences. The heel fell off one boot making for a lopsided Lucy, and both boots developed holes under-foot, rendering them completely useless on rainy days. I am now in real need of a replacement pair. I can't keep walking around in ballet pumps with soggy feet. When Kieron from Barratts contacted me about Terri Lowe's competition to be in with a chance of winning a voucher to spend on the Barratts site, it couldn't have come at a better time.

I had a peek on the Barratts website and I was honestly really impressed with their latest collection. 

Here are some of my top picks: 

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1 // Everyone needs a smart pair of boots, right? This pair wouldn't just keep my legs warm in sub-zero temperatures, but they'd be perfect to wear to work and on nights out. They are the perfect mix of smart and casual - ideal for that dreaded "smart casual" dress code that we face so often these days!

2 // Normally I'll choose black boots over brown boots however this pair are set to change me. The buckle detail is gorgeous and makes the boots look so expensive when in actual fact they're not. They look such a sturdy and comfy pair to don for autumnal walks in the woods.

3 // Tan boots and tan satchels will never fail to excite me. Like black, it is a colour that just goes with everything. The tan colour of these boots paired with not one, not two, but THREE buckles makes this the perfect autumn / winter boot to pair with your denim skinnies.

4 // Another pair of smart boots - this time in black. The heel on this pair is slightly lower though making it a more sensible choice for long days spent on your feet. I love the ruched quality to it and like the brown pair, they will only get better with age.

5 // I liked the style of this boot so much that I chose them in black too! This and the brown pair are such a versatile boot as they would also look great styled with a skirt or a dress.

6 // Biker boots always hold a special place in my heart. I'm not at all girly, and I always like to toughen up dresses and skirts with something a little edgier. These boots look like they have soles with a good grip - making them perfect for rainy / snowy days.


Which style of boots do you usually go for?

Monday, 15 October 2012

Style inspiration... Zooey Deschanel

I've only just got around to finishing series one of New Girl (shameful I know) and I have to say: it's rib achingly funny. I got told that I was a lot like Jess and I was intrigued. So I watched the first couple of episodes and yes, she is hilarious and quirky, but at the same time I found her to be border line psychotic. Nice to know what people think of me(!) But as you delve into the series a little bit more, Jess does seem to tone it down. Despite her sporadic moments of craziness, you can't help but adore Jess.

As well as being part of a ridiculously funny series, Zooey Deschanel is a major style inspiration for women everywhere. I find myself now wanting to cut in a fringe / bangs, dress up a la Jess and swap my glasses for thicker geek chic frames. Her character Jess has a seriously enviable collection of shirts, skirts and dresses:


And whether you need a reminder of how fabulous a series this is, or are a complete New Girl virgin, please find some of my favourite quotes and moments so far below:


I'm about to get my teeth into the second series and I can barely contain my excitement - Nick style.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

The truth about returns

I went to Topshop with the sole intention of making a return. I just wanted to go straight in, get it sorted, and go. The reality? I got distracted. But life is too short to have regrets.

 Anything with cats and I am SOLD.

I'd never seen anything like this before.
I love anything that's a little bit different!


Why are returns rarely ever purely returns? 

How do so many turn into exchanges? Why are we so incapable of going to a store, heading straight to the customer services desk and handing over our unwanted items?

High street stores have meticulously planned out the shop floor layout meaning that it is nigh on impossible to enter the store and see the tills right there in-front of you. Instead, you will have to bob and weave through a maze of clothing rails which are all so closely packed together, you will elbow something off a hanger or catch something with your bag. You feel obliged to pick it up and hang it back up again, but what's this? 

Oh it's actually a little bit gorgeous. 

You feel obliged to hang onto it so that no one else snaps it up (besides, do you know how rare it is that they have your size in stock? It's in your size, it must be a sign). You try to talk yourself out of it but it's not happening. You've probably got an armful of other bits at this stage anyway. You've already lost the fight.

The alarming thing is that with exchanges, it doesn't feel like money is involved. 

Yes, you've spent that money originally but in the heat of the moment we seem to forget all about this. It's like free money. Or having a gift card or something.

There's also the guilt that comes with making a return. 

Especially when the item(s) in question is / are gorgeous. You get that look from the sales assistant that says: "you're mad to be returning this..." And then comes the questions where you are asked why are you returning said item(s). Cue the awkwardness where you don't really want to explain how it's too small / the zip wouldn't go all the way up / it wouldn't fit over your head. You're made to feel like such a villain. Even after giving your reasons, they will continue to probe: "anything wrong with it?" They're always so damn suspicious.

You should be elated to have the money credited back to your account but that's not your initial thought (well, not mine anyway). You feel bad for returning so many items and creating such a long queue that is snaking around the store. So we exchange. Because they - the shop folks - like you then. They've succeeded in keeping some of your money plus it's validation that their in-store visual merchandising is effective.

Does anyone else find it annoying / difficult when making a return? Please share your stories and experiences! :)