The summer sales are coming to a close which is bittersweet really; it means that the high street is full of lovely new AW product but it's still only mid-August; I can't get too caught up in thinking about Autumn yet when it seems like Summer is still in full swing.
The best part about the end of the sales is the chance to pick up some amazing bargains at the cheapest prices; most sales are up to 70% off at this point in the season so it's now or never to treat yourself to a bargain.
I've put together a little collage of key pieces that I thought would make really good investments. They aren't strictly summery pieces and would transition well in to the Autumn season and I found them all on Topshop.com, the Toppers sale actually ends today so check out the picks, hopefully they won't all be sold out, but even if they are sold through online it's always worth checking your local branch as Topshop always seem to have a small sale section on the floor even when the sale is officially over!
The jumpsuit is a key piece for 2014 and I have a leopard print one you might have seen here. I picked up this black one for £15 (it's now £10!) and I love it; it's a simple shape you could wear day to night with heels and a jacket or casually layered with a tee underneath and ballet flats. Plus it's black, ergo, goes with everything you already own!
I love these premium wedges which are now just £30 from £85. A wedge like this is quite a summery shoe but could be worn with skinnies and a long sleeved blouse through the autumnal months, before the boots come out! Plus, a tan wedge is a shoedrobe classic, they'll see you through summers for seasons to come.
I think the leather bag has sold out already; at £40 it's hardly surprising but what a great piece, and a perfect example of using sales and discounts to invest in timeless classics. Black or tan bags are a style staple for me and it would be used all year round, so well worth picking up.
Sunglasses are necessary all year round, especially on crisp winter days when the sun is low; I particularly loved the woodgrain effect on the frames of this pair and now they are just £3 so you can treat yourself!
Have you found any fab bargains in the sales this year?
When I got the opportunity to review a hair product from Alchemy Oils, I jumped at the chance. My friend Katy swears by hair oils, and her hair, like mine, is long and thick with a natural curl (mine's more of a wave) but hair oils do seem to be the go-to product for girls with this hair type. I've used Moroccan oil in the past (well, dupes; it's very expensive!) but I was definitely intrigued by the Alchemy Oils offering.
The first thing that struck me about the product was the packaging. It really does have a traditional, alchemist look to the bottle, with the thick cut glass and wooden stopper. It would look great on a bathroom shelf; which of course isn't the point at all but it definitely helps!
The bottle arrived well packed in a box to prevent breakage and the stopper was sealed with plastic wrap to prevent it leaking in transit. The oil works in much the same way as you'd imagine; you apply a small amount to the lengths and ends of damp hair, and then style as normal. For a more intense treatment, you can massage it in to your scalp, and leave overnight before washing as normal, which I haven't tried yet but am tempted to!
The oil smells amazing, it's got a light and zingy fragrance and you can really smell the grapefruit! What I like about the scent is the freshness, it's not as you'd imagine, heady or oppressive but rather very clean. Alchemy Oils use a blend of just 5 super oils in their products, so there are no nasty parabens or silicones which can be found in other similar products.
You can also use this product on dry hair to smooth flyaways, which would be perfect for a night out or special event. It makes hair feel soft and silky and can even help split ends!
The 100ml size of this oil costs £17.99 which I think is really reasonable when compared to other hair oils on the market. You can find out more information about the brand, and buy online, here.
Reading // Home // Sunshine // Grey Skies // Hair Oil // Outfit // New Hat // Sunday Look // Devon Coast
Another busy week, but no shoes to show in this Insta roundup apart from these cut out loafers/ankle boots from Topshop! Rinsing the last week of the sale I picked these up for £15 down from £62, which is a bargain to good to leave behind. I needed them anyway because my Chanel staples have been prised from my feet and are now being held hostage at the cobbler, they were in need of re-heeling and I am conscious not to ruin them by wearing the heel down, as I tend to do; makes it that much harder to mend them when that happens!
I did pick up this £3 bowler as well, I love a good hat and for £3 I couldn't not get it. I really don't want to start thinking about Autumn yet, despite what the fashion magazines are touting in my opinion summer isn't done until the clocks change, although I do think that I am going to have to get my knitwear out before then, at least, if the current weather is anything to go on!
Couple of previews of upcoming blog posts in the Instagram feed, too. I am currently putting together a feature about blogging 'on the go' and the outfit shot above makes up part of that. Additionally I have a lovely hair oil to review so that will be going up on the blog soon too.
Wearing: Mango blouse Gap chinos Vintage shoes Vintage bag
You know when you find something in your wardrobe that you'd forgotten about, and suddenly you can't stop wearing it? This is how I feel about both these shoes and these chinos, left over from a summer at The Gap and now feeling just like what I want to wear. The shoes were a vintage find, possibly charity shopped, I can't remember but I now also can't remember how I've not been wearing them for the entire summer (aside from the fact that they aren't all that comfortable!) but they go with everything I own and make all my looks more interesting. Holding them up against any of my 'new' shoes and they simply make them all look uninteresting and badly made!
I really love this colour combination for summer, navy and white looks so fresh and I like the way the tan accessories temper it. I picked up the backpack in a local charity shop and it's one of my favourite bags; I even gave it an entire blog post! It was a great find, though!
When I started my blog, I had no idea what I was doing. I knew I liked fashion, and moreover I liked writing; and I thought that a simple to use website, such as blogspot, would be an effective platform to launch some of my thoughts and ideas from. I still maintain that I don't really know what I am doing, but I have learnt a fair amount over the last five years; from how to take better pictures to ways to link text to websites. It hasn't always been easy (coding is still a foreign language and photoshop is not my friend) but I can look at my blog now and feel proud of the way it has matured as I have learnt these new skills.
I was contacted on behalf of Fashion Union and asked a few questions around 'blogging tips' and I wanted to share the result of the interview here. I'm in good company with several other fantastic bloggers and I think it's great that more established bloggers are able to help those just starting out or unsure of what to do to make their blog better, even in very small ways. I think the blogging community is strengthened through knowledge and a lot of what I know now has been picked up from other bloggers who have written posts or been active over their social media with ideas of how to better blogs, as well as things that have been self-taught or learnt.
I thoroughly enjoyed being interviewed for this feature, so many thanks to Fashion Union for the opportunity!