Funny things these wish lists. I'm always coming across them and I've done the odd one myself but mine never seem very high brow or wishful. Most of the ones I see feature beautiful clothes from NAP or Matches or any of the other more expensive shopping sites. Mine rarely feature anything from them because I simply don't have the funds to buy from these places and so I rarely look. I'm not good with all this wishful thinking and oh yes, some of the things, I wouldn't choose to wear anyway no matter how expensive. They're just not me .....
..... however, I always wondered what would I do if a small lottery win came my way. What would I spend £1000 on today if it came and knocked on my door and said "SPEND ME".
First shop - Massimo Dutti. Could I have these black ankle boots please?
Could you get any plainer after the Kooples boots?After the fat legs episode, the Kooples boots have finally been exorcised from my brain. However, now I would like these Massimo Dutti black ankle boots which I feel would sit in my wardrobe far better as they are relatively understated, have a slightly pointed toe to make them more current and a mid heel to give me that much needed couple of inches in height. I had a look in Massimo Dutti when I was in London a little while back and was really impressed with their shoes actually. These boots are leather lined (bonus) and are reduced from £125. These could be the replacements for my Topshop Ambush boots which I have definitely decided to give up on as they make my legs look a tad too carroty. The MD boots will probably make my legs look carroty too but I like them more than my Ambush ones so I can deal with it. I can talk myself around anything when I put my mind to it.
Next shop - what? Not more shoes? Yes - some nice burgundy Bass Weejun Wayfarer loafers please.
Think classic Margaret Howell - not school shoes.
Next stop - Plumo. This Catalan wool scarf would go lovely with so much of my wardrobe.
It's big, it's tartan, it's ace!
Bags! I haven't had any nice bags for ages! Let's go to the handbag shop! I've got my eye on this little beauty!
Green, green ... err green!I just really like this Claire Vivier messenger bag especially in this green. It goes with everything and nothing in my wardrobe. What I mean by that is, it's green - let's just clash it with everything! I no longer subscribe to the school of matching shoes and handbags so that means we can carry what we like when we like if we like. Apart from the fact that this is a messenger - a big plus in my eyes, it is a simple, clean, design and has no discernible distinguishing labels. This is about £225 after the $ to £ conversion. And ... I'm thinking ... this will look perfect against navy. Blue and green should never be seen ... says who?
Oh I do like this virtual spending! But wait! I'm not making the most of this. I still have over £500 burning a hole in my virtual pocket! Let's have a blowout on some Bobby wedge sneakers.
Isabel Marant Bobby Sneakers (Link to Purple Ones)
They're cool. End of.
With the last £175 approx - I'm going to indulge in a little more Marant. Come on - how often do I get to spend without guilt?
Errr ... I just like it and I don't have anything like this ... I think.
Now what you might have garnered from this rather unexciting list is that I don't covet very splashy high end items. I don't covet items which shout 'look at me!' and I don't really go for things which will date too much. I had a budget of £1000 and what I did was I blew it on things which would compliment the existing wardrobe. I wanted a few nice items to lift and refresh the current wardrobe and to make myself excited about wearing what I already have, hence the fact that my list is rather accessories heavy. You might argue that the loafers are a bit pre-pubescent but I think they will work perfectly with the boyfriend or skinny jeans for Spring going in to Summer with lightweight jumpers and being burgundy - they are less harsh than black. The Bobby sneakers - yes they seem faddy and fashiony but these are at the tamer end of the wedge trainer spectrum and they've been around a while now and to be honest, I think they're going to be around a little longer. I've picked a lovely big scarf in my favourite muted tones which I will enjoy this winter and next and the one after that. And I'm having my little pop of colour with the Claire Vivier bag - I love the way the colour shouts but the design doesn't. The top - the soft red means it doesn't scream at you - that totally ties in with the way I dress. So does anyone understand my way of thinking and how I'm choosing to spend my virtual £1000? Or am I being too sensible and practical? If you had £1000 today - what would be top of your list? One big spend or lots of little things like me? I like a lot of bang for my buck admittedly.
Mum to Ben & George, married to the Grumps, living in suburbia, somewhere in the north of England.
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