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Harvey Nichols Sale Preview #GetThereEarly

June 17, 2014

Hold on to your purses and avert your eyes, ladies and gents: Harvey Nichols has a stonker of a sale starting tomorrow, both instore and online. Personally, I’m going to be trying to behave myself around the handbags – at 21, I think it’s time I owned a Vivienne Westwood, surely? Hmm, perhaps not, but I’m pretty sure I need one regardless… Make sure you check it out and here are their favourite picks for the sale, grab them before they’re gone:

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Christopher Kane Flower Sweatshirt – WAS £330 – NOW £165; Etoile Isabel Marant Tweed Blazer
– WAS £295 – NOW £148; Kenzo No Fish No Nothing Sweat – WAS £220 – NOW £110; RED
Valentino Butterfly Print Cotton Dress – WAS £510 – NOW £255; Alice + Olivia Floral Stretch Crepe
Trousers – WAS £275 – NOW – £137.50; J Brand Aiden Destroyed Boyfriend Jean – WAS £255 –
NOW £153; Sophie Hulme Spear Tab Leather Shoulder Bag – WAS £460 – NOW £230; MMK Jet
Set Stripe Travel Bag – WAS £260 – NOW £130; MCM Start Stripe Backpack – WAS £600 – NOW
£300; Alexander McQueen Heroine Red Chain Satchel – WAS £1,195 – NOW £597.50; Givenchy
Pandora Rose Print shoulder bag – WAS £1,310 – NOW £524; Givenchy Floral Print Leather Sandals
– WAS £545 – NOW £327; Kenzo Printed Leather Trainers – WAS £200 – NOW £120; Saint Laurent
Bright Yellow Pointed Leather Pumps – WAS £360 – NOW £216.

What have you got your eye on? The Michael Kors bag is calling to me – naturally. Help!

Accessorize 70%-Off Sale Haul.

January 30, 2014

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Somebody needs to extract me from my debit card before there’s real trouble. Yesterday, I popped into town for a well-deserved haircut after around 6 months of dealing with split-end central exploding from my scalp. Given I don’t get my hair cut particularly often, I don’t mind going to the expensive place in town as a treat – so that was already a decent amount of dollaaa spent by the time 1:30pm struck – but no, I was already bitten by the spending bug and believe me, I had it bad. I cavorted around the Body Shop sale, did the infamous beauty blogger Boots raid, even spent five pounds on the veg stall in the market: but then Accessorize happened.

I recently bought an Accessorize bag in the sale and was really disappointed to find that the buckle completely broke within a measly 6 days. Admittedly, despite getting an instore refund, I am still disappointed that I’ve yet to hear back from the online customer care team given I emailed a picture to them. Sort it out, guys. So, with my £17.50 refund card – and a smidge more from my own bank balance, I swiped up all these goodies:

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Tights, tights, tights. At an average of £2.30 for a pack, instead of the usual £8, I was on a spree. Tights are my biggest love and my worst enemy. At present, there is a sprawling monster in my tights drawer, a good twenty pairs of fluff-infested, hole-ridden legs all bundled together – pretty much useless to anyone and so threadbare they’d show up an entire Prada separates suit. This renders my Accessorize tights purchases completely valid and sensible – except maybe the sparkly ones… If you noticed the little pork pie hat in the top picture – that was arguably the biggest steal of them all: got it for £6ish and it was originally £22! Wowza. It looks pretty boss with my new hairdo.

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Jewellery is annoying low on my list of fashionable priorities, and I intend to change that. Picking up these sliiiightly coordinating babies seemed a good place to start. With these alone, I saved an accumulative £15ish – absolute bargain. It only cost around a fiver for all three of them! It’s definitely worth popping in to your nearest store and having a good rummage: the sale’s been on for weeks now and there are still plenty of genuinely wearable pieces that you wouldn’t pass off to your nan or crazy aunt.

Have you picked anything up in the Accessorize sale?

Drop me your haul links in a comment.

Rings, Rings, Rings and Things.

January 14, 2014

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(Excuse the paleness of this shot – I’m not sure whether this is the design, or urr, their printer was out of ink?)

For months on end now, I’ve been eyeing up rings all over the show – in a desperate (and arguably vain) attempt to create a little collection to disguise the absolute trotters I have for hands. I started this collection last week when I picked up a gorgeous pearlescent in the Accessorize sale, and recently I was sent the following pieces by kitschy jewellery brand Kukee. Needless to say, my hands are going to look like this religiously now – even if I do look a little like I’ve escaped from a cult (wearing a pentagram choker doesn’t help, either).

For the price, these are brilliant little additions to anyone’s ring collection. The seal at the back of the spiral-look rings is a little shoddily finished, but that goes to the back anyway and is barely noticeable. Considering all I usually do is whinge about items I’m sent – I’d actually recommend Kukee’s products for cheap and easy way to round-up some stackables.

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 From R-L: Kukee Celestial Midi Stacking Ring Set (inc. Moon ring on left) – £6* | Kukee Twist Midi Ring Set – £3* | Accessorize Sterling Silver Mother of Pearl Oval Ring £6 was £12 | Kukee Moon Ring (out of stock)*

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ASOS Sale Buys.

January 10, 2014

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Well, well, well, ain’t it funny how the frequency of my posting increases exponentially when I have something I actually have to get done to a deadline? Not content with my sale picks at ZARA, I got tempted into the above beauties: primarily because I got sent a 20% off code for Christmas for being part of AccessAllASOS (thanks guys!). Now, you’ll know if you’re an avid reader, that I’ve actually wanted the Alexa Chung x Eyeko set for a while – it was part of my December Wishlist so I’m ridiculously excited to try this out. Is it me or, given that it’s an Alexa Chung related product, is there a weird lack of hype around this set? I’m hoping that isn’t anything to do with the quality, but I’ll be sure to post a review pretty much as soon as it arrives, anyway. I also featured the killer boots in my ASOS sale picks last week.

Now, if you’re aware of the fact that I’m currently trying to adopt the vegan lifestyle (to an extent), you’ll be quite perturbed to find two leather items in my picks. I’m not going to lie and feign total philanthropy: I’m only eating vegan, I’m not adopting it into every aspect of my life. Though I’ll never wear fur. I had to pick up these pieces – the quality for the price is just amazing and I saved so much money with the combination of the sale and my discount code:

ASOS Leather Pinafore Dress – £60 was £120

ASOS PREMIUM AFFLICTION Leather Ankle Boots – £34 was £85

Alexa for Eyeko Limited Edition ‘Eye Do’ Set – £35

When you factored in the 20% off, the basket only came to £103 – that’s a saving of nearly £140!

Have you bought anything from the ASOS sales?

 

ZARA Sale Outfit Buys.

January 10, 2014

If you’ve been reading my musings lately, you’ll be all too aware that I’ve just got back from London – and I’m still sulking about the lack of effort I put into my outfits for LCM. Given that I’ve been asked by a couple of magazines to cover LFW for them, I’m already madly planning outfits to ensure that I actually look the part this time. So, instead of writing my essay (currently at 1,000/5,000 words with less than 3 days to go – stellar), I’ve spent the last hour or so conjuring up outfits in my head/on the Internet – my bank account is in peril.

I’m desperately hunting for a co-ordinates set at the moment but, after endlessly hunting the Internet, I haven’t had much luck – so I’ve opted for a different spin on the trend here. Both the coat and the shirt are houndstooth print, which would tick the boxes for that co-ord look I’m after – pop in some chic ankle-grazing trousers and open-toed sandles (toenails would have to be oxblood, definitely) – and I’m in love. Arguably, if I had these in the shop, the love could go down the drain very quickly: I’ve lost far too many outfit lusts to trying them on and then realising I look like a pure pillock, so bare with me on this one…

And oops, I just ordered them…

 

 

 

 

Total: £123.96

Total Savings: £66

What do you think? Will it work, or has my essay-riddled brain finally lost it?

ASOS 75% Off Sale Picks.

January 2, 2014

Despite my bank balance currently screaming over-overdrawn at me, I couldn’t help myself from having at least a masochistic peek at the up-to-75% off sale running at ASOS at the moment – and now I want to cry. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could cry pennies? Painful, but $$$$. However, I decided to live vicariously through you guys and give you a quick rundown of some of the delightful pieces they have to offer at the moment. Don’t worry about me, I’ll just be here – in my dressing gown, crying into my camomile tea. Currently on Day 2 of ‘Veganuary’ and not smoking, going strong and looking forward to trying out the Vegan options at Tampopo later at the Trafford Centre. Going to get my consumer fix by trading in 5 empty Lush pots for a facemask, mwahaha. Anyway, back to the subject – here are my sale picks:

  • Daisy Street Crop Top with Polo Neck – Was £9.99, now £6.50

Unsure whether my infatuation with this style of shirt lies with the product itself, or my burgeoning jealousy for that model’s torso – can I buy that, too? Either way, I love how this shirt manages to flip off the prudish stigma behind polo/turtle necks (three words: Velma – Scooby Doo) with its cheeky midriff cut. Easy to style, I’ll have it in both red and black please.

  • ASOS Skater Dress in Check – Was £42, now £21

Cannot get my head around the juxtaposition of preppy and grunge with this one, but I think that’s the appeal. Team with a chunky waist-cincher belt, black platform boots and a black fedora. And a coat: just because Father Christmas has been and New Year has gone, doesn’t mean you should opt for Pneumoniary (that’s pneumonia + January… worked out better in my head).

  • ASOS Pencil Skirt with Bold Braces – Was £40, now £24

You can be the bawzzz with this form-fitting bold pencil skirt. Perfect piece for an office-to-evening switch: just wear with a dress shirt during the day, sneakily strip off in the loos and replace with a graphic shirt – preferably with something alluding to how fabulaaarse you are (don’t – those shirts make you look like a bit of a nob).

  • ASOS PREMIUM Affliction Leather Ankle Boots – Was £85, now £42.50 

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Hamlet asked: “To be or not to be?”, Ebony asked: “Why the sweet mother of fudge aren’t these boots on my feet?”. Arguably somewhat less of a pressing matter – I think shoe lust is trumped by suicide contemplation, but I’m still not convinced… I would team these with: everything. Forever and ever Amen.

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Ark’s Ridiculous Sale Picks.

December 31, 2013

Well played Ark, I wrote this post primarily because I wanted that bangin’ gif on my blog – just look at that little marvel. Given I have a cracking total of £16 whole pounds in my account, I should really put this under my ‘Pipe-dreamin’ posts, but with the prices this cheap: I could technically afford something! The sale is MASSIVE – arguably larger than Nicki Minaj’s arse, but I’ll leave that for you to decide. So, whilst I carry on with my virtual copywriting mountain, I’ll leave you guys to check these sales out and hopefully shop vicariously through you. Here are my favourite picks:

  • Hearts & Bows Plum Bower Space Dye Cropped Knit (try saying that in one breath…) – was £18.99: now £12

Given everything I’ve bought recently, aside from my nip-tastic red dress, has been blackblackblack. There’s nothing like a good staple piece, so snapping up this throw-together-with-everything piece would be grand. I’d team with an Empty Casket necklace, black platform boots and a kimono.

  • Vero Moda Green Puca Sequin Mini Skirt – was £25.99: now £12

I’m sorry Mr/Miss Ark Stylist, but I’m not with you on this outfit combination one iota – however, I am lusting over that shiny little number. Nothing better that channelling a bit of a slutty Little Mermaid vibe, right? I’d stick with a white graphic shirt and leather jacket, or just black-on-black-on-black. Who’s with me?

  • Vila Black Kindra Military Coat – Was £54.99: now £35

Bargain of the year award goes to…! This is so cheap and yet tasteful looking, that I am very tempted to sack off my New Year plans – simply to stand around Wigan town centre handing these out to underdressed 17-year-olds on King Street. Timeless and pneumonia-free. And a great shield for you to throw over any poor, misguided lass wearing womb-shorts (you know which ones I mean, right?).

  • Hearts & Bows Floral Horilen Devore Velvet Kimono – Was £37.99: now £20

I’d write something meaningful, but the velvet has taken me. This one needs no explanation whatsoever – aside from the explanation of why you haven’t bought one yet.

An Ode To Lush Cosmetics.

December 31, 2013

Recently, I was on my way to work, getting ready to put my face on in the car last-minute, as always – when I opened my bag to absolute shock and horror. My Lush lip-scrub had yet again managed to open itself and explode its entire sticky contents all over my make-up – my MAC brushes looked like they had STDs. So, after sulking away about it and having to rely on good ol’nature to sort the brushes out (wildly shaking them out of the window on the motorway to get the sugar off, that is), I posted a pissy tweet to Lush about my debacle.

Almost instantaneously, I received a response from Nicolas at their customer care team, who asked me for my number (wheey). I obliged and within five minutes, received a phone call which has reassured me of Lush’s wonderful customer service and ensured my custom for life. Nicolas was lovely: helpful and truly informative (listed all the ingredients in the scrub to put my mind at ease about the reversibility of any damage to my make-up). He also insisted on sending me a replacement for my scrub and, as it was Christmas, a few little bits and bobs to make up for the inconvenience, which I thought was lovely.

The parcel arrived on Christmas Eve, giving me one more present to unwrap on Christmas Day. Instead of sending me one lip-scrub, I received two – which was nice, as I could give one to my friend who was visiting at the time. I didn’t receive the same lip-scrub that I’d originally had and disposed of, but this time I got the ‘Mint Julips’ which I have since fallen in love with. Alongside these, I also received some seasonal gifts: a ‘Santa Sugar Scrub’ which I’m excited to try out, a Santa Baby lip tint and two ‘Shimmy Shimmy Glitter Bars’ – one of which my friend pilfered. The glitter bar is brilliant, but it looks miles better on tanned skin than my pasty shade – I popped some on my nan and she looked like she was made out of gold dust. Party on, nan.

To summarise: thank you Lush for being a genuine company, who genuinely cares about customer service.

We’re Getting Missguided This New Year.

December 29, 2013

This year I am determined to do something semi-awesome for New Years. Last year, I saw in the new year whilst panned out in bed with my best friend, eating noodles and watching a shit film – it was nice, but quite so lame that we didn’t even realise that it’d turned midnight for a good ten minutes – oops. However, after deliberating through trips to Edinburgh for Hogmanay, or crashing some hip’n’happenin’ jive in London – it’s probably going to be a night ’round Leigh town, or Manchester at best. Either way, there’s no excuse for not looking your best, even if you are dribbling noodles down your chin watching Gossip Girl – here are my favourite Missguided New Years picks – currently with 30% off! (Enter ‘NYE2014’ at checkout)

  • Loba Velvet Open Back Playsuit – £24.99 – with 30% off: £17.50

If you want to look slick, sophisticated, and like you’re about to develop the onset of pneumonia: this playsuit is for you. If you don’t want the latter: wear a coat and some thick black tights, please. If you caught my Christmas Haul post, you’ll know I’m a big fan of velvet right now and this piece is definitely no exception. Team with a deep plum lipstick and cat eye flicks – oh, and a kimono, if you’re feeling floaty.

  • Kitia Silky Keyhole Maxi Dress – £29.99 – with 30% off: £21

Tit tape at the ready, ladies – we’re in for a bumpy ride. Hot damn though, this dress is worth the fuss: silky jewel green with a cheeky keyhole cut? Count me in. Probably better for a night on the swanky tiles, than perhaps wandering the streets of Wigan town centre – if you’re heading out further afield, or to an indoor party, this one’s for you. Not sure I’d be able to brave a family party without a bra wearing this number, though… Your call.

  • Inuno Sequin Playsuit – £39.99 – with 30% off: £28

Remember what I was saying about pneumonia? Urr yeah, here’s another – but it’s so pretty! However, you definitely want to be wearing this piece at an indoor party – I can’t imagine the perils of being trapped in the thronging crowds at the Edinburgh street party, freezing cold, in a playsuit… Imagine how difficult it’ll be to go to the loo in. Definitely, definitely wear this one at an indoor event – preferably one with lots of strobe lights: those sequins deserve it.

I hope you all have a brilliant time, and I hope I end up doing too! Here’s an extra treat: free next day UK delivery when you enter ‘NYFREE’. Have fun, guys.

ZARA Sale Crisis – Help!

June 21, 2013

If you didn’t know that the ZARA sale started at midnight last night, you might want to just ban yourself from the Twittersphere and be done already. Anyway, there are some really lovely pieces that otherwise, I would rarely be able to afford and these three little temptresses have caught my eye. Out of the two dresses, which one should I buy? 

 

Printed Dress | £39.99, was £49.99

Dress with shoulder pads | £29.99, was £45.99

Shopper with braided handles | £29.99, was £39.99

Which dress? Help me out guys, need to buy – neeeed to buy. Drop me a comment or tweet me @Ebzo!


Ebony. 25. Manchester.
Marketing Manager who likes to mouth off on here about stuff she cares about. Expect mental health, Borderline Personality Disorder, and reviews - from restaurants, to books, to fashion. Talks to cats more than people, but seemingly has a lot to say.
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