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Thursday, 4 August 2016

The Random Shopping Post



Today I had kill some time shopping whilst waiting for the car to be serviced and this is what floated my boat. Do take note of the title of this post - it is random.

First stop Zara.



I was quite happy to see this in store as I had spotted it online and thought it was worth checking out. This is new season stock and it is very pretty in real life but not particularly long in the body and that's coming from me, short thing that I am. This is a cotton viscose mix and I'm wearing a size medium for reference and I am a size 10. This is best worn with higher waisted jeans but would look cute with a denim mini or shorts too

Then I popped in to Monsoon because I had spotted Frances's jacket was in the Monsoon sale and it's now half price! Sold out online but there were plenty in store when I went in. 


Monsoon Aliki Jacket sold out on Monsoon site but available here 


This is a very lightweight jacket - almost like a blouse really so it's perfect for balmy summer evenings with a cami underneath. I may have brought this home with me :) as it's such a flattering cut. Some things you put on and you feel good immediately. This is one of those things.

I had a nosey in Gap too. I don't often venture in to Gap these days and I'm not sure why. I like basic things, they do basic things and yet somehow it doesn't seem to float my boat. But then I spotted this little number. 



This is lovely. They didn't have it in store the other day in my size when I first spotted it but they did today. However, the other day, they had a 30% off full price items and today they didn't. Sod's Law. I think I'm going to hang on for another code unless anyone knows of one now to put me out of misery so I can bag this right now. Yes it's lovely and it's also very soft and comfortable. I'm wearing a size small here in the regular size and they also do it in a petite for the small ladies online. Oh yes, one thing to note - it doesn't strangle me around the neck which is my usual criticism of these blouses. #bonus

I nipped in to M&S too. Sometimes they have some little gems. Today they had this little gem!




I'm always looking at shirts and blouses with ruffles but I'm always looking for blouses and shirts which are not too ruffley. I don't want to look like Andy Pandy basically. The ruffle detail is just right for me on this one and it looks and even feels comfortable fastened up to the neck. Worn undone at the neck - it looks just as good. It's your prerogative. Oh yes, they also do this in lightweight tencel version here and I'm actually finding it difficult to decide between the two. One thing to mention, this is one of those M&S shirts which has those no peep buttons for those busty gals out there who need a little help in that department. I'm wearing a size 10 here and it's true to size.

Oh and I popped in to New Look too (the car service was supposed to take about three hours) and spotted the cutest kitsch clutch bags.




A little bit out there but I like them. I like them a lot actually. Sometimes you can't take fashion too seriously. If you could find a way to add some gold embroidery to the black one, you could turn it into a Charlotte Olympia kitty :)

And to finish off ... I thought I'd try a dress. Yes, a dress! I've seen these "cold shoulder" dresses around and they come in a variety of guises. This is a good take on some of the popular ones found in Topshop which I love but don't fit me at all.

Primark Floral Cold Shoulder Dress


The one I've got on is from Primark. And it's £13. Yup. Not my usual thing but strangely appealing for some reason. Maybe it's the £13 price tag. Well, I brought it home with me and I can decide on that later. It's a midi length and has an elasticated waist with a tie belt. It seems to sit okay and doesn't need much readjustment which is always a winner. We shall hang it up for a few days and decide later ....

So I did say it was random but I did have a few hours to kill whilst I was waiting for the car. Turns out when I went to pick it up, the service button had been incorrectly set and activated and the car didn't need to be serviced for another 10,000 miles. So see you again in 10,000 miles when I might do another random shopping post :)


9 comments :

  1. Great picks Sue. Thanks for the heads up on the Monsoon jacket. I'll be popping into my local store this morning ;) Sue xx

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  2. Just an update for you Sue. I popped into my store this morning and bought this jacket/top, plus a random pair of white beach trousers for my upcoming holiday... Thanks for the heads up. Sue xx

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    1. You're welcome Sue! I couldn't resist either when I found it was half price and there are some great bargains actually in store.

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  3. Some lovely things here. Love the Monsoon jacket, I might have to wander in and have a look. That gap top is really gorgeous too. I know what you mean about gap, I should go in more, but it all seems a bit expensive for what it is and a bit dull. Perhaps I should give it another try.

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    1. I have a love hate relationship with it. Sometimes the displays draw me in but when I try some of the things on, it doesn't excite me enough. The current blouse range looks good though - I wish I'd picked up the blouse there and then and not dithered as it seems to have disappeared off the site now. C'est la vie!

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  4. Seeing that Monsoon top looking so great on you I tried it one today, such a disappointment on me, think my arms are just too long! The Gap top looks amazing, not really Gap like at all. I find Gap overpriced so I may wait for a money off offer to come along. Amazing what finds to have when you're not really looking.

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    1. Oh that's a shame. I just looked at my own pic up there and it's probably not the best design for tall people though I know Trinny from Trinny and Susannah has this one but it does come up quite high on the arms for her. She works it though. And the Gap top was lovely - I should have nabbed it there and then - I shall now have to go and hunt it down in real life again! Le sigh.

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  5. Bought this dress today and love it. Bought 3 primark dresses all for my holibobs and all different sizes?

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    1. Well I tried this one on in a 10 and 12 and the 10 was probably just a slightly better fit on the top half so went with it. I probably won't end up keeping it because it has an elasticated waist and it actually hits me at my widest point so I look a bit blockish in it instead of all hourglass. I'll have to stick to shift/smock styles I think. But they do have some fab little numbers for holidays where you don't want to be precious about all your good stuff (sun cream and all that).

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