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What I’ll be shopping for at the after Christmas sales

26th December, 2018

After the festive season comes the time of year that most avid shoppers count down to: the after Christmas sales. If you’re prepared, you’re almost always guaranteed to find something worth snapping up at a discounted price. The key to winning at sale shopping however isn’t just to look at the tag and buy anything that’s been drastically reduced, it’s to choose strategically. Otherwise it’s likely you’ll end up with less of a bargain but more something that will just gather dust in your closet. So here are some things I always wait till sale time to purchase…

Buy your splurge items

If you’ve been wanting to buy some investment pieces now may be the perfect time to snap them up. Shop around to see if the big ticket items you’ve had your eye on have been reduced as you may save yourself quite a bit. Designer bags or shoes are often discounted at the sales so keep an eye out for some gorgeous pieces. Sunglasses are also things I like to buy on sale as there are some great bargains to be found.

Grab your basics

Throughout the year I’ll often need basics such as t-shirts, jeans and underwear and to avoid spending a fortune on restocking my wardrobe, I find sale time is the ideal time to buy them. Also buying staples on sale could mean you’ll be able to buy reduced top quality pieces that are likely to last longer.

Stock up on linens and towels

If there’s one thing I make sure to do, it’s only ever buy bedding and towels when they’re on sale. I always wait till the end of the year and check out what’s been reduced and nab them then. It’s a great opportunity to restock my linen cupboard as I’ll often end up with some luxe pieces for a fraction of the price.

Snap up kids clothing

The girls outgrow pieces fairly regularly so it’s also an opportune time to buy some new things for their wardrobe. Things like pyjamas and basics, along with special pieces are often on sale so I’ll be able to buy a few garments that will last them throughout the year.

What have you got your eye on at the after Christmas sales?
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How to shop the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales and come away with a great bargain

19th November, 2018

Black Fridays sales are a traditional American retail event that has made its way to Australia, along with its online counterpart Cyber Monday. Whilst not all shops will do in store sales in Australia, you will be able to nab plenty of bargains online both here and overseas. There will be flash sales that run for a small amount of time whilst other retailers may offer big discounts over a day or a few days to its customers. This is the ideal time to nab Christmas presents, a new outfit for New Year’s Eve or just something that you’ve had your eye on for ages. However to grab yourself a true bargain, it pays to be savvy and employ a strategy so you don’t come away with an impulse purchase that you’ll never use.

Here are a few of my tips for scoring yourself some great buys this coming Friday and Monday…

Visit your fave retailers in the lead up to both days

There are some stores that will offer discounts well before Black Friday and Cyber Monday so it pays to check them out to see what’s on offer. You may be able to grab something early and beat the rush but still pay a significantly discounted price. To make this easier bookmark all of your regular shopping haunts so you can efficiently visit them in the lead up to the big sale days.

Sign up to your favourite retailers’ newsletters and social media feeds

If you haven’t already be sure to sign up for the newsletter of your favourite stores. This is often where you’ll find out about what’s on offer, with some giving loyal customers a sneak peek before everything kicks off.

Also follow your go-to brands on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Most stores will often use these channels advertise their sales and you don’t want to miss out on a potential bargain.

Map out your target buys

Have a checklist of what you want to buy well ahead of time. This will help you hone in on what it is that you really need and want as opposed to buying something that you’ve just spotted but may not necessarily find much use for. Also you can check ahead of time which stockists offer what it is you’re after so you know exactly where to go when sale time starts.

Shop around

If there’s a particular item that you have in mind then check out a few different stores to see how much they are selling it for. This will allow you to find it at the best price. Often one retailer may offer it at the lowest price but on Black Friday and Cyber Monday other retailers may be offering huge discounts which will allow you to snap it up at a fraction of the cost.

Try on what you can in person

If you’ve got your heart set on a few things make the effort to try them on in person so you know exactly the size you’re looking for. This is especially important for buying online where you may have to act quickly and you don’t want to miss out because you’re still umming and aaahing about what size you should get.

Be selective

As with all sales my golden rule is not to get swept up in the excitement of it all and try to stick to my shopping list. Whilst something might be cheap, it’s really not if I find I’ll hardly use it and it just ends up gathering dust in my closet. It’s a great time to snap up some good buys and take advantage of all the deals on offer. May the shopping gods be ever in your favour!

Tell me—what’s the best bargain you’ve ever got from sale shopping?

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13 things worth buying from the Net-a-Porter sale

19th December, 2017

Christmas is just around the corner so it’s understandable you may be quite busy shopping up a storm in preparation for December 25th but it would be remiss of me not to point out that Net-a-Porter is having a crazy good sale right now. We’re talking up to 50 per cent off a looong roll call of designer brands including Chloe, Valentino, Gucci and more. So, now may be the perfect time to take a break from the frantic rush of looking for gifts for the fam (just for a little bit anyway) and find something to reward yourself for your efforts. Or you may very well find something unbelievable to gift to someone special in your life. In any case it’s well worth a look as you could find something that you’ve been eyeing drastically marked down or just stumble upon something you never knew you always wanted. If you don’t have time to scroll through everything here are a few things definitely worth adding to cart.

Marco de Vincenzo braided velvet sandals

I have these in pink and they are the cutest party shoe. If grape isn’t your thing they have the teal on sale as well.

Chloe textured leather and suede shoulder bag

A small black bag is a worthy splurge as it’s guaranteed to have many outings whether it be out to dinner or if you just want to downsize all your daily essentials.

Zimmermann Jasper cold shoulder tiered mini dress

A white dress is made for summer, especially when Zimmermann is involved. This one has an adorable polka dot print and a cold shoulder design that’s perfect for a dressy day look.

Loeffler Randall knotted velvet mules

Mules aren’t going anywhere anytime soon and this pair with its knotted detail looks chic and on trend. Bonus points for the versatile yet not too common navy shade.

JW Anderson gold plated hoop earrings

You know what your wardrobe needs? A pair of statement earrings. This gold pair would look amazing with your New Year’s Eve outfit.

Little Liffner Tiny Box suede shoulder bag

A teeny tiny bag this may be but the beautiful olive colour and silver finishes give it some major sartorial punch.

Prada bow velvet mules

These are a great dress shoe and with its grosgrain ribbon finish it lends a feminine touch to any ensemble.

Celia Dragouni embroidered cotton mini dress

The embroidered blouson sleeves are to die for and the red and cream colour pairing makes it look fresh.

Nicholas Kirkwood embellished metallic leather sandals

A pair of silver sandals are a surprisingly versatile summer shoe as they are able to work back with so many different looks. The pearl detail at the heel take them to next level territory.

Elizabeth and James stretch cady mini dress

The perfection of the pastel pink shade was enough to sell me on this dress but it’s also well worth considering as a slip dress is a wardrobe’s best friend. Worn with sandals, heels, even sneakers, it can work for so many different occasions.

Valentino silk twill scarf

Scarves are everywhere right now whether used as a fashion or hair accessory. The bold print and vibrant colours make this perfect for your new season wardrobe.

Bassike oversized cotton shirt

A white shirt is always a good idea. This one is easily wearable for work or play and is greatly reduced so you’d be mad not to snap it up.

Katerina Makriyianni multi-stone earrings

The colour combination of these drop earrings can easily turn any outfit from good to great. You’ll wear them non-stop this summer, I promise.

Have you snapped up any great bargains from the Net-a-Porter sale?

 

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What I look for when shopping during sale time

15th June, 2017

Sale time is here and it’s the perfect time to nab a bargain. However it’s easy to get caught up in a flurry of sales tags with reduced prices and discounts aplenty that you may end up with something that’s not entirely a worthwhile buy. I love shopping the sales and have perfected my game plan so I always end up with pieces I know I’m definitely going to use. Here’s what I do:

Buy wardrobe staples

During sale time I’m a big fan of buying pieces I will use a lot such as t-shirts and jeans. It’s the perfect time to stock up given everything is reduced. I always make sure to do a wardrobe check to see what items need replacing or updating.

Avoid statement pieces

I usually tend to avoid buying things that are easily identifiable from a particular season. There’s always a particular print/colour/silhouette that is a designer’s signature item for each collection and I will steer clear of this to ensure that there will be longevity in what I buy.

Invest in expensive items 

A few years ago I bought a Balmain blazer on sale from Net-a-Porter and it’s still going strong to this day. I remember searching for ages for it and once it went on sale I snapped it up. I find that when it’s sale time it’s the perfect opportunity to buy more expensive investment pieces such as a blazer, leather jacket, a coat or bag as you’re guaranteed to get plenty of use out of these items and you’ll be able to buy it at a fraction of the price.

Do the full price test

It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of getting a bargain but just because something is cheap it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a good purchase. I always make sure that I look at anything on sale and ask myself if I would buy it full price. If I would that’s usually a good indicator that it’s a good buy, if not then it tells me that I’m just getting caught up in the idea of buying something because it has been reduced.

What’s are you on the hunt for during sale time?