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The Shopping Addict’s Excuse Book

on Tuesday, 30 July 2013. Posted in Lifestyle

The Shopping Addict's Excuse Book

Effective excuses to avoid arguments, interrogations and general feelings of guilt.

If caught red-handed in the act of holding and/or stashing new purchases:

1.It was on sale
2.I needed cheering up
3.I deserved to treat myself
4.I have wanted it for ages
5.I haven't bought anything new in ages
6.I never spend much on myself
7.I'll get a lot of wear out of it
8.They were practically giving them away
9.It was too good a bargain to miss
10.It’s an investment

The eBay Challenge

on Monday, 15 October 2012. Posted in Outfits, Fashion

eBay Challenge

This is the beginning of a new series of posts and videos, I like nothing more than tackling a challenge and so I'm going to be setting myself various fashion and beauty tasks over the coming months and documenting my progress for you all to see.

My inaugural challenge is the aptly named ‘eBay Challenge’. The rules are simple; I must source an outfit solely from eBay and for no more than £50 (not including postage). Note: this will not include underwear - I have no desire to wear someone else’s second hand smalls.

Midweek Mini Break

on Wednesday, 19 September 2012. Posted in A Bit About Me, Lifestyle

Heythrop Hotel, Oxfordshire

After two luxury holidays in two years (honeymoon and Vegas for a 30th birthday celebration), my husband and I decided that a short staycation was the order of the day this year. So this is where you currently find me.

The trip involves a stop at Bicester Village - I cannot tell you how excited I am to be visiting Bicester. I've wanted to go for quite some time and I'm delighted to have finally organised a trip. Watch this space for updates on what I bought and how my husband coped being dragged along!

The Wedding Phase

on Tuesday, 14 August 2012. Posted in Shopping, Fashion

Phase Eight - Arabella Twist Front Maxi Dress

Phase Eight and weddings outfits… two things that go together like Carrie and Big, for me at least. This year I’m attending five weddings and for three out of the five, I will be wearing/have worn a Phase Eight dress.

Up until 2010, Phase Eight was a shop I’d never ventured into. This all changed when I went shopping with my Mum for her ‘mother-of-the-bride’ outfit for my wedding. She chose a dress, jacket, fascinator, jewellery… in fact, her entire outfit down to her shoes came from Phase Eight. Having spent well over an hour ambling around the Bath store selecting items for my Mum to try on, the occasional distraction was almost inevitable. While waiting outside the changing rooms I couldn’t help but pick out a beautiful chiffon floral print dress to try on. Ten minutes later, I’d made my first ever purchase.

The Collection Sale

on Tuesday, 17 July 2012. Posted in Outfits, Shopping, Fashion

French Connection - Summer Sizzle DressFrench Connection - Mimosa Mist JacketFrench Connection Sale Items

Sale shopping, two words that normally strike fear into my heart. Crowds of bargain hungry women fully prepared to trample over anyone who gets in their way. Gorgeous clothes hung randomly on racks and frequently strewn across the floor - more akin to a jumble sale than a retail environment. But not so in the Reading branch of French Connection. Not an item out of place, friendly staff and trample free toes, a winning result! This haven from the sale starved crowds that had taken over The Oracle proved to be a wonderful retreat for me to indulge in some genteel browsing and trying on. It did however, result in some damage to my bank account and my husband’s patience.

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