Monday, 15 September 2014

Bargain of the week: Dr Martens cherry red lookalikes at H&M

Left: Cherry red Dr. Martens, £94.99, Cloggs; Right: Burgundy boots, £24.99, H&M
When it comes to autumn staples, my raspberry Doc Martens are at the top of the list. They're durable, grungy and add a certain edginess to the girliest of outfits.

There are tons of pros to investing in a pair of the Doc's boots, but there is one big con - especially if you're a little strapped for cash. I managed to get mine on sale last year, but that was through pure luck - if you're looking to buy some Dr Martens now, you're going to be parting with at least £80!

So enter the high street hero! I tried on these H&M boots a few weeks back to see what they're like and, although they aren't an exact copy, they are such a good (and comfortable) lookalike that I had to stop myself from walking right up to the till!

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Primark shopping haul: 4 things for £10

August was a lean month in the Chic & Cheerful household - but lucky for me Primark are doing amazingly cheap things at the moment!

A week or two back I broke out of my shopping ban and went on a mini splurge, but with only £10 to my name, I had to head straight to the accessories section to get my shopping fix.

Fine gold bracelets, £1.50 for three, Primark
I usually avoid Primark jewellery like the plague: it has always been just a bit too bling for my liking. But lately they're really upped their game and come out with some super chic treats.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Bargain of the week: Lidl budget fashion line review

When the news broke that Lidl was going to sell a new fashion range, I was sceptical. Fashion journalists all over the UK were hailing it as the new rival to Primark, or George at Asda, but that seemed a little bit too good to be true to me.

Now don't get me wrong - I'm no fashion snob. I buy my clothes from supermarkets, high street chains and, on the odd occasion stylish boutiques. But another budget label sorting out our fashion woes at the checkout? It's going to take a lot of work to convince me.

Viscose top, £3.99; Casual boots, £6.99; Stretch jeans, £6.99, Esmara at Lidl
That being said, I couldn't not pick up some pieces from the Esmara range at Lidl. While most have focused on the leather jacket (it feels like a waterproof and sports a shiny popper reading 'biker cat' - to be honest it was like a kids' design in an adult size) and the semi-sheer shirt (I've seen better on sale in Primark), I decided to go for the basics.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

A complete wedding guest outfit for £86

In a few weeks' time one of my besties will be walking down the aisle in what promises to be the most perfect wedding ever.

And a perfect wedding deserves a perfect outfit.

When it comes to buying a wedding guest ensemble, it is neither easy nor cheap if you want to look good. Even with a limited budget I wanted to make sure everything was just right for the big day...god, I'm starting to sound like it's me getting married!

Anyway, I present to you my complete (well, almost, minus the undies!) wedding outfit, bought for just £86. 

Blue jacquard dress, £30, Warehouse

I went for a light blue and grey colour scheme, after falling in love with this dress from Warehouse. Neither the colour nor the shape are something I would usually go for but I think the blue works well for a September wedding, and the dress is classy but still pretty.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Treasure hunting with the Diet Coke hunks

This is the coolest bit of merchandise I have ever owned.


When I was growing up, the most unusual name you could get on a keyring was Sara. No word of a lie - it's not exactly like Ruth is that wild! Anyway, so this tee and bottle from Diet Coke have actually made my life.

The DC girls sent these awesome gifts to celebrate the launch of Treasure Hunk, in association with my fave website ASOS.

If you haven't come across Treasure Hunk yet, it's a brill competition running on ASOS for the rest of the summer. Until mid-September, customers can win a ton of prizes courtesy of Diet Coke - including personalised bottles and quirky ring pull jewellery designed by the uber cool Katie Rowland.

Every day a hunky man will appear in an unexpected place on the ASOS site - all you have to do is crack the clues from the Diet Coke Facebook page and the ASOS Treasure Hunk page and track that man down!

To take part visit

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