At the beginning of the year I posted my 2015 Wish List and so far I have bought 3 items from it. My Acne Pistol boots, Acne Scarf and Isabel Marant Boots. I've wanted these items for over a year and finally got the Wish List budgeting down. Here are a few tips that helped me.
Organise: Write down your wish list items and keep them somewhere you can refer back to. I keep mine on my phone so I can change/update on the go. I also have a Wish List on Net A Porter which is better for visuals.
Budget/Save: Even if you're saving £50 a month, over a year this would equate to £600, which is more than enough for the 2 of the 3 items I bought this year. If you have this in mind you'll also become more careful on how you spend money. For example, I take packed lunches into work which saves me £20-£25 a week!
Sell: Have a clear out on items you no longer wear and sell them on eBay. Store the money you make in your Paypal account instead of transferring it right away. I did this at the beginning of the year, and once I had enough, I bought my Acne scarf. It's a long process, but if you can be patient it's well worth the wait.
Discounts: Keep an eye out of deals and discounts, and get to know the brands. Sale usually happen at the end of the financial year (June) and towards Christmas, so I am currently saving up for the Christmas sales. This is another reason why it's good to keep your Wish List items together on websites like Net A Porter to save time once everything does go on sale. You can (hopefully) just add you Wish List items to your basket once they're on sale, plus this will keep you from being distracted by other items on sale.
Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Monday, 30 November 2015
I love these Gianvito Rossi Boots, but they are pretty expensive, nevertheless I've found some alternatives below. The 'Steal' option are by Sam Edelman, they are still available online so make sure you check it out.
RAG & BONE
Ashby suede ankle boots
Edith suede ankle boots
Sunday, 29 November 2015
Sunday, 6 September 2015
&Other Stories have some of the prettiest bras, check on-line or in store. They have so many different colours but I tend to stick to black with interesting details:
Strappy Back Soft Bra
Eyelet Triangle Bra
Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Sunday, 16 August 2015
Here are a few ways on how you can spend a Sunday.
#1 Get active: If you're feeling adventurous go for a run. It clears your mind and works wonders on how you feel. It helps beat stress and improves your outlook on life as well as making you feel healthy. If you don't want to commit to running then try something like Yoga or Pilates.
#2 TV catchup: What is better than waking up on a Sunday morning knowing you can stay in bed and watch Netflicks. Here are a few of my favourites: Community, Parks and Recreation, Mindy Project, Orange is the New Black and New Girl.
#3 Catch up with friends: Sunday is the perfect day to catch up with friends for brunch, but if you're planning on staying in bed all morning then arrange an afternoon lunch at one of your local spots. If you are having an antisocial day and don't want to leave the house, you can still catch up with friends via Messager or Skype.
#4 Errands: During a busy work week it's easy to avoid boring errands. Take a deep breath, write them down and work through them, you'll feel better once they are done.
#5 Pamper: Chipped nail polish is often taken as a sign of bad hygiene, so make time to go to your local nail salon for a tidy up. Shellac is great if you can afford it and can last up to 2 weeks, but if you're more of a DIY Mani/Pedi girl like myself, invest in good Top Coat to keep the shine going. Other pampering acts; face mask, hair mask, body scrub, teeth whitening strips, brow management and more.
Saturday, 15 August 2015
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Deciding to go back to your natural hair colour takes a lot of courage, especially if you're going from light to dark. After nearly a year of my blonde adventure I decided the constant maintenance was too much. If you're like me and find yourself contemplating this, here are a few factors that helped me make my final decision.
Time management: in the same way that you save money, you also save time. You don't have to arrange yourself around long, awkwardly placed appointments. The only time you need to go to the hair dressers is for a quick trim.
Hair growth: this is much easier when you no longer need to worry about chemical damage. If you use any form of heat on your hair + chemical alteration, chances are you will have more spilt ends that constantly need to be cut off.
Quality: this should be your main focus. While you are no longer dying your hair and paying for constant upkeep, it's important to focus on the condition of your hair. That doesn't mean you need to keep buying those expensive products, you can try cheaper alternatives or make your own home remedies.
If you get bored: experiment with boho updos and heartless waves. The possibilities are endless. If you're out of ideas then check out Pinterest for inspiration. There are so many things you can try without changing your hair colour.
Monday, 27 July 2015
I love these Jensen Acne Boots, but they're quite pricey. If you're looking to invest then go for it. I think it's always better to buy quality over quantity, but everyone has there limit. The 'Steal' H&M version are newly released for Autumn so make sure you check it out.
Friday, 24 July 2015
If you're worrying about splurging on brightly coloured fad summer clothing, that you know will eventually end up in the car boot sale then fear not, look for inspiration in your current wardrobe first. I believe in buying clothes that can be worn all year round so don't be afraid to reuse and recycle. Black is sleek, none nonsense and all purpose. Don't be afair to experiment with different shapes, lengths and fabrics.
Top : And Other Stories
Jeans : Topshop
I love my new Nike shoes (thanks Jon)! These are Nike flyknit racers. I think they usually bring out new colours every month.
If you're ever in Shorditch, make sure you check out The Ace Hotel for coffee and Dishoom for breakfast which is just around the corner. I recommend the Granola!
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Monday, 13 April 2015
If you haven't been to Paris yet, book it! You can get amazing deals on the Eurostar but be prepared to wake up early / book in advance. We were advised to stay in Le Marais which is close to the Notre Dame. It was quite central to everything and close to the 'best coffee' in Paris!
Find the oldest Parisian bakery here, Stohrer
Rue Montorgueil fruit stall
Yummy strawberries from the market
Eiffel Tower picnic
Paris love locks