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Sensible Shopping Tips

I like shopping. I enjoy the process of finding something new. I am not an impulse buyer. I go for only things I really need, and all my purchases are always planned and budgeted in advance. Gone are the days of just splurging like there is no tomorrow. I guess is all part of adulting right?

 

 

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I like to shop smartly, so I always go by these sensible shopping tips so I don’t waste my time or money.

 

Check the washing instructions

I always check the label for the washing instructions before buying. I tend to avoid dry clean garments because they are too expensive to maintain, except I really LIKE the piece.

 

No retail therapy

I don’t shop when I don’t feel good. Shopping when I am down is the fastest way to empty the bank account. I rather have a spa day, watch a movie, read a book or speak with family/friends, than shop.

 

Think about it

I think long and hard before I part with my cash. I work too hard to just throw money around so no impulse buying here. Before I buy a new item, I make sure I need it, I make sure it blends in with my existing wardrobe, I make sure I can afford it, and I make sure it suits me.

 

Shop around for bargains

I always aim to shop the sales, I don’t like buy anything full price. So if it is not urgently needed, I wait until it is on sale, then buy it then. Or I go to a designer outlet, where most items are usually discounted. There are a couple of designer outlets in the UK, so have a look around online, and find your nearest designer outlet.

 

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Keep your receipts and leave the tags on

Now this is a very important tip. I have had to keep items I didn’t like because I was too quick to rip the tags off or misplaced my receipts. For example, I have a pyjamas thing going on, I like to have a couple of new pyjamas every year, and I got a few from a local store some weeks ago. I got them in my regular size so I didn’t think the fit would be wrong but it was. This particular pyjamas had a different fit, and it was a little too big, but I ripped the tag off before I noticed, so I had to keep it.

The moral of the story is to check it fits and you are very happy before you rip the tags or lose the receipts.

 

Do you have any sensible shopping tips to share?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Shop Vintage

Shopping vintage is now in vogue. I know many people who shop vintage on a monthly basis in search for the next investment piece/accessory.

 

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If you like to shop vintage, you may find these tips useful –

 

Take your time

Take your time when you go shopping for vintage items. You have to be patient and happy to go through the many rails instead of the next treasure. It is unlikely you would be able to return a vintage item, so take your time, try it on and make sure you are very happy with the item(s).

 

Go for investment pieces

Go for investment pieces if you can afford to. They stand the test of time, and do not lose their value over the years. I would only shop vintage investment pieces. I don’t see the point in shopping vintage for anything less, except it is a gem.

 

Go for classics

Go for classic vintage pieces in classic shapes and colours. This way you can get the maximum wear out of the pieces from year to year.

 

Get the time right

Timing is everything when it comes to many things, and vintage shopping is no exception. The best time to shop vintage is after Christmas and New Year celebrations; and at the end of every season. Getting the time right means you would grab the best vintage items before anyone.

 

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Go for the highest quality

When it comes to vintage, the highest quality is the best to buy. Take a good look at every item before you buy, and aim to go for the highest quality items. Natural fabrics are the best. They hang better, last longer and look great.

 

Understand vintage language

Understanding the vintage language is very important especially when shopping vintage online. For example “mint condition” means the item is as good as new, while “good condition” means the item is wearable but with flaws. Understanding the vintage lingo would help you get the right picture of the state of the item.

 

Be careful online

I love shopping online but I am always careful when buying anything that is not from a regular high street or designer brand. I am usually more careful shopping the less popular/independent/marketplace sellers online. So I won’t advise anyone to shop vintage online. I think vintage is best bought in the flesh.

 

What are your thoughts on vintage shopping? Do you have any tips to share?

 

 

 

 

How to Choose the Perfect Christmas Party Dress

Christmas party season is looming on the horizon, but choosing the perfect party dress can be as difficult as tracking down that last elusive gift. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Here’s a guide to finding a dress that will make you sparkle this holiday season.

 

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  1. Dress for the occasion

You can’t begin your search for until you know what kind of occasion you’re dressing for.

How formal or casual will the event be? If your invitation doesn’t state a dress code, it’s worth asking the host or some of your friends what they are planning on wearing.

What kinds of activities are planned? If you’ll be having a formal meal, it’s likely that you won’t want to wear anything too fitted, as you may feel restricted when sitting down for an extended period of time. If you’ll be hitting the dance floor, look for a dress that will stay in place, so you can let loose without losing your dignity.

It’s also important to consider whether you want to be able to wear the dress again throughout the year. If so, you may want to avoid seasonal colours and look for sequined dresses in metallic shades that you can wear throughout the year.

 

  1. Finding the perfect fit

Women come in all shapes and sizes, so understanding what suits you is key. There are loads of gorgeous party dresses for the Christmas season, so finding a style to suit every aesthetic and occasion is just a matter of knowing what to look for.

As Christmas is a time for glitz, glamour and gatherings, you should look for a dress that fits you perfectly to ensure that you look and feel your best. Make sure you feel comfortable and confident by choosing a dress that hugs your figure in all the right places. It shouldn’t feel too tight or too loose, which means using the number on the label as a guide only and knowing your measurements.

 

3. Considering colour

When you think of Christmas party dresses it’s likely that a few colours immediately spring to mind. The classic black dress always works for any occasion, as do rich reds and metallic golds and silvers, so which option you go for really depends on your personal style.

 

The LBD may seem like the safe option, but it also gives you the perfect opportunity to play with unique cuts, interesting textures and bold accessories. If you’re going for a sophisticated look, a midi dress with a sweetheart neckline looks effortlessly chic, as does a short dress with long flowing sleeves. Alternatively, for a sexier look, try a maxi dress with a dramatic thigh-high split or a mini dress with short capped sleeves and lace detailing.

 

If colour is your thing, you can’t go wrong with a vibrant red dress. Equally, nothing screams Christmas quite like metallic golds and silvers. Opting for a maxi dress embellished with shimmering beads will allow you to channel your inner vintage goddess, and a sequin-covered dress will instantly hit the right note at a festive party.

 

Top tip: Opt for chic silver tones if you have a cool skin tone and glittering golds if you have a warm skin tone.

 

So then, are you ready to start shopping?