Sunday 5 February 2012

Sales: a summary

The January sales. What did you make of them? I’ve spotted some pretty sweet buys on all your blogs :) Did anyone else feel that they were a bit a shambles this year? The savings weren’t even that great. £5 off a skirt? Oh why thank you. How very generous of you. And I recognised so much old stock. Last year’s rejects no doubt.

I dedicated one day to get my sales fix. The day was executed with military precision. Up at silly o’clock, there at silly o’clock and done late morning before all the crowds and craziness. Here’s a summary of my January purchases:


Still in possession of many Primark vouchers (incentive for doing a Primark survey), I couldn’t resist this bed throw - a total steal at £3!

Plus a couple of pairs of wellie socks – a nudge to book up for a festival this year!

They’re perfect for lining boots in this cold snap we’re having at the moment.

River Island:

I bought this River Island skirt and it’s a few sizes too big. Like on a drastic scale. Why do we do this to ourselves? Crazy low prices can inspire such madness sometimes! 
But it was only £5 and I can easily sew it in.


This Topshop coat and boots had to be returned. LOVED the wedges but they were pointed and far too narrow. Think they would’ve crippled me. The coat had really annoying hook and eye fastenings and was way too much hassle to deal with. I did however keep a black mini skirt which I can’t find *rubbish blogger* It’s a size smaller than I usually take (oh the joys of sale stock…) but it fits like a glove. It’s so refreshing to be able to wear a non-flippy skirt that doesn’t everyone give everyone an eyeful when it’s windy out!

French Connection:

Originally £180, I paid next to nothing for these in the sale thanks to a generous reduction and a French Connection voucher I already had. I do like Chelsea boots but was after something a little bit different to the ones you see on everyone. I love the strap detailing – an added quirk that satisfies the rock chick in me. If you like them, they’re still selling them on - but for £126. Silly.


As much as I love Yankee candles, I can’t justify spending that much on candles. I jumped at the chance to buy their mango and peach scented candles for £3.22 

And I was lusting after this gift set before Christmas - but I was never going to spend £20 for a pack of sampler sizes:

I was ecstatic to find them reduced down to half price in the sale. Christmas cookie, Mountain pine… I’m all set for Christmas next year. WIN.


I don’t really go to Boots for jewellery but I couldn’t resist this ring. I love the design so much. I think this is the sort of ring I’d choose out if I ever got married / engaged. Except with nicer stones instead of these cheapo ones that keep falling off!

I also feel the need to share the late Christmas presents I received from friends:

Very cute mug and hot chocolate set

Another mug which sums me up well

Check out my friend’s awesome knitting skills! 
Such a cute and alternative way to decorate a gift!

Last but not least... this cookery book which I 
have been experimenting with this weekend:

Raspberry and white chocolate cupcakes.

They just melt in your mouth. NOM.


  1. Love those French Connection boots.

    I actually never bothered in the sales because unless it's through a vintage store I hate rummaging! I decided to save my xmas money & vouchers this year till the spring/summer stock comes in.

    Those cakes look amazing too :)


    1. Ahhhh don't blame you! I don't really like much of the stuff in stores at the moment. Just isn't really me. But is no terrible thing... is good on the bank balance at least! x x

  2. Nom nom nom. I want one of those cupcakes right now. Raspberry and white chocolate is always a good combo.

    Looks like you got some good things. I didn't see too much I wanted last month...I did pick up two things at the Zara sale, though...a gorgeous supposedly cashmere scarf for $15, and a turtleneck top for like, only $8. Not bad! But yeah, overall I think the sales were kinda weak...

    I want to sniff all of those candles...

    1. They smell good - trust me :) Really strong though! They're STILL in their packaging and STILL manage to fill the room with scent! x x

  3. You look like you did well in the sales the FC boots are amazing.

    About the tee I just cut around the neckline no sewing necessary :) xoxo

    1. Ah fantastic, thank you! Must give a try this weekend! :) x x

  4. Wow what a lovely buys and so much! Hehe!

    1. Thank you :) Loved your Paris trip photos by the way x x

  5. i love the french connection boots! i brought a few bits in the sales (mostly shoes from new look) but tbh i wasn't too impressed. Thanks for the concern btw but i'm fine, just need to pull myself out of a slump :) x

    1. Shoes + New Look... you're a girl after my own heart, haha! And don't worry, I get like that too sometimes x x

  6. You bargain hunter you! Looks like you picked up some brilliant sale finds, especially love those FCUK boots - HOT! ♥ Claire @ Jazzpad

    1. Thanking you! :) Wish the snow here would go away so I can ACTUALLY wear them out! x x

  7. Ooo I love the Topshop boots, shame they don't fit, I hate it when you find something lush but doesn't feel right! Haha I love your Keep Calm cup (I'm obsessed with all of that too!) and you can never go wrong with a Yankee candle!

    Thankyou so much for following my blog! Yours is great, so good - full of personality :) xx


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