I hope you were all thoroughly spoilt and ate your body weight in food...
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Life has been a bit manic of late (to say the least), but now it's Christmas time, I finally have some time to myself to relax a little.
Christmas is my favourite time of year and I'm a big fan of winter fashion... namely you get to wear more and layer up!!! I've read a lot of amazing Gift Guides and Wish Lists, they were exceptionally helpful when writing my own list to Santa.
To be honest, I'm a tad late to the game to publish one myself, so I thought I'd share my tricks and plan for the Sales (that had actually already started before Christmas itself... who said Christmas was becoming a commercial holiday?)
I am by no means a 'savvy shopper' or 'bargain hunter'... in-fact, I HATE the Sales, they are literally my worst nightmare. But, I would be a fool to ignore them entirely. A lot of these tips I have picked up from friends and other bloggers, it's kind of my own adaption on a 'How to...'
- Firstly and most importantly, know what you want! I can't stress this enough. Keep your Christmas List, write a list of everything you want/need. I do this normally anyway (here), I also highly recommend you look at Anna's from South Molton St Style (my bible). I keep a visual reference on my Pinterest too. It keeps me focused and makes sure I buy clothes I will love, need and fill holes in my wardrobe.
- Don't buy something just because it's cheap, the amount of things I bought because they were £5 and never wore... add that money together and I probably could have purchased something I really wanted, full price.
- Invest in classics. Personally, I don't think that Sale shopping is a time to buy trends, they come and go; instead, buy a classic dress, footwear, great denim, knitwear, jersey or accessories.
- Make note of pieces you have lusted after all season and could never buy, now might be your chance!
- Think ahead, what pieces would work for summer or even better next winter or forever...
- Shop ONLINE, it takes away the horrible crowds and long queues.
What's on my list...
- Denim - particularly jeans and a good denim shirt
- Jersey - what I own is feeling very 'loved' so it's time to update my collection
- Black ankle boots - mine have finally given up
- Jewellery - I'm always wanting more, particularly statement necklaces
- Curling Tongs - technology quite often goes on sale, I've been wanting some for a while...
- Basic knits - ideally a grey and black plain round neck
- Dresses for work
- A pair of loafers
- Homeware, I plan to start re-decorating this year, so want to invest now whilst things are cheaper.
- And anything else on my list....