Thursday, 8 October 2015

Summer sales flashback part 1: shoes and accessories

At the start of the summer I decided that I was going to collate all my sales buys into two posts - one on shoes and accessories and another on clothes. I figured I'd probably have it all done by the start of August and could share all my bargains with you.

Big mistake. Turns out shops don't go into sale the same time any more, so my end of season shopping stretched over about seven weeks, culminating in the middle of September when the first hints of tartan began to come into the shops. So excuse me while I run through this a lot quicker than I would have liked to, but hopefully you will get a good idea of what little gems sales can hold.

Black bag, £20 down from £4, Topshop
Gold bag, £19 down from £60, French Connection on ASOS
First up is a nice easy one: handbags. For a long time I have been coveting a really nice Michael Kors style shopper tote bag, so the black faux leather purchase from Topshop was a real no-brainer. It's really simple, soft and can carry all the junk I love to cart around with me every day!

The gold French connection messenger bag on the other hand is completely the opposite: small, structured, with lots of pockets for only the essentials. I originally bought it to go with a wedding outfit but it also became a nice little accessory for summer evenings out.

Shoe boots, £15 down from around £40, H&M
&Other Stories grey speckle heels, £7 down from £79, TK Maxx
White flats, £12 down from £28, Topshop
Black and pink sandles, £15 down from £28, Topshop.
Ahh the shoes. I never really classed myself as a shoe person, but I do seem to own quite a few pairs - and have definitely added to that this summer.

The shoe boots on the right were such a great purchase decision from H&M. They were down to £15 from about £40 and are just perfect for wearing with a nice top and jeans. Same goes for the &Other Stories speckle heels too - although these were an even better bargain at £7 instead of the original £80 in TK Maxx!

The other two pairs are both Topshop that I picked up on different lunch breaks while browsing through the racks. I am absolutely in love with the white shoes, they are so chic and have worked well into autumn too. The sandles on the other hand are not something I would ever usually go for but something about them screamed buy me (in hindsight it was probably the big 'reduced' sticker). They're a little clumpy compared to what I usually wear but have been great paired with cigarette trousers for work.

Tassel bracelet, £2, Topshop
Semi-precious pink stone dangly earrings, £2 instead of £7.50
Topshop Flame cuff earrings, £3, Accessorize
Three stone bangles, £4, Accessorize
Hoop earrings, £1, Outfit
Sterling silver midi ring, £5, Accessorize
Half moon semi precious stone necklace, price unknown, Topshop
Sterling silver curved bar necklace, £6 Accessorize
I'm going to run through the final few things so this post doesn't end up being a mile long but I think you can really see my changing style just from the jewellery I've picked up this summer. It started off with more plain, classically stylish pieces and went a bit more ornate as the weather got warmer. I'm not a huge one for colour (as you can see everything has been black/white, gold or silver) and I tend to opt for more delicate pieces too.

My absolutely faves so far as jewellery is concerned are the detailed midi ring and the tasselled bangle, both very different but each have quickly become a regular wear for me.

So, what do you think? Let me know how you rate my sale buys in the comments or use one of the social links below to get in touch! 

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