Well I don't often do this. Photograph things I spot out and about on my travels - I always feel a bit of a berk taking pics of myself prancing in front of a mirror - it's okay in the privacy of your own home but a bit weird in a shop especially on the shop floor. In addition, I also worry that the shop assistants mistake me for a retail spy or something and arrest me or turf me out of a store and that just wouldn't do would it now? Embarrasing. With a capital E.
But whilst in Matalan yesterday, I was feeling a little braver. I went there for a specific purpose. To pick up a coat which I had my eye on and which is to be a Chrissy present from a friend and also to check out a few bits which I'd seen online. So this is a bit random but whilst in store, I spotted this ....
Fake Fur (not online)
I picked this faux fur up out of curiosity and partly because I have this thing about having to try on every fur coat I see on my travels. And it was a lot nicer than I thought. It's usually the case, when you set your expectations criminally low - the opposite always happens. And of course it's totally sold out online so I can't give you any links - I know because I've seen it online previously but it's not there now. Soddus Lawus. I put this pic out on Instagram earlier and I had quite a positive response to it. It's really quite pimp'tastic isn't it? There were quite a few in store though ... I could be tempted to do a return trip despite the Grumps exclaiming "what on earth have you got on?" when he saw the pic. Hmmm. And it must be quite eye catching ... I noticed people giving me the look up and down as they walked past me trying it on.
I did see a few handbags which looked interesting. This one makes quite a statement and is around the £20 mark from memory. And not online off course!
Leopard Bag (not online)
.... although I'm more likely to pick up one of these little clutches which are not online either. Perfect to lift those little black outfits which so many of us will be donning over the festive period.
Suedette Clutches (not online)
However, these envelope clutches are online but not in store (!) which I would like to have had a closer look at especially at the special offer price of £8. Both colours look good and I'm quite taken with the silver which seems to also have a hint of bronze mixed in.
And when I win the lottery, I will have an Anya Hindmarch Valorie glitter clutch but until then ... maybe this black glitter lock clutch will do? It's always good to have something like this .... you know, just incase! Again, not found in my store but they are online. Hoorah!
And does anybody need party shoes? I wanted to see what these caged sandals were like in real life but guess what? They weren't in store! I'm also starting to see a pattern here - if it's online, it's not in store and if it's in store, it's not online. I prefer the metallic version here - there's something about the Christmas season which brings out the shiny shiny in me but there is a classic black (but doesn't look as good) too for the princely sum of £22.
And I have bought this jumper previously though I don't have any pics of me in it ....
This was going to be my Christmas jumper but I returned it on the eve of the 28 day return policy :o) I eventually passed this up for another Christmas jumper instead. Fickle me, fickle me. I do have to say it is really lovely and soft and very warm. You won't be displeased with it should you get one.
And if you manage to pick up one of these boucle boyfriend coats - they're very good for £30 and they're not dissimilar to my Topshop one which I recently bought. The teal is the standout colour out of the three colours they have (black, pale blue and teal) and is quite striking. The stock photo looks more navy, but the colour in real life is more teal. I forgot to take a photo to get a better picture and besides my phone was starting to make that annoying low battery beep to tell me it's about to conk out!
Oh and then there were the Christmas decorations whilst I was at the tills. I liked the look of these feather wrapped baubles ...
Very au naturel and muted! And see the feather glass droplet bauble below? It's £3 but there is a similar one retailing at £8 in Anthropologie currently. Spot the difference!
Oh and the one below might just be my favourite .... which I spotted online but not in store.
The Christmas stag decoration is a little more off the cuff and just that little bit more interesting than most decorations I've seen around. At £3 - it's not unreasonable when you think how much more costly it would be if it wasn't in Matalan and in a high end store. Again, I think it has a touch of Anthropologie styling about it. And if you're one of those persons who buys maybe one new decoration each year to add to a collection - this one would be a fab addition.
Anyway, I was in a bit of a rush as I really was only popping in for the Chrissy pressie. Want to know what I was getting? This little number!
Okay - not as exciting as the faux fur jacket but probably a little more me. And no it doesn't go with the jumper I have on today but you get the idea. I tried this in store a few weeks back and a lady walked by and stopped and watched me for a moment or two before saying "that looks really nice on you love". It's the kind of thing I do when I see someone trying on something and I think it looks good on them. Little things, little things but things which make a person's day or helps them make a decision.
Anyway, this was probably the most useless post ever - links to things which I didn't find in store and no links for the things which I did see in store. Random stuff like Christmas bubbles and not a whiff of a Christmas dress or outfit in sight.
I promise to do better next time! And to charge up my phone in advance.