Top 10 Bags & Shoes Picks From Sales

Wednesday, 29 May 2013
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My friend, Christy and I were standing in front of my closet trying to put together an outfit for me. Something slightly more radical and "unique". "Hmmm....... you have a small and well edited collection", she said while we were scratching our heads trying to conjure up a few missing pieces in my closet. There are glaring gaps namely a pair of black ankle boots and bada$$ gladiator heels. A proper long raincoat with a massive hood that'll cover my head and face. A panama hat to reduce the risk of migraine thanks to sun glare to list a few.....

I'm hating the word minimalist more and more these days. The fear of clutter (the result of living with hoarders ALL my life) has driven me to keep only the bare essentials. Now that the sales season has started, I'm getting my shopping mojo back albeit slowly. I've had a look at the Barneys sale and the prices are so much better than what we get over here in the U.K. Take the fabulous J Brand Aiden boyfriend jeans, they're now $89 (£59). They cost an eye-watering £260 here. Notice the gulf wide disparity?

I've been eyeing the Givenchy Lucrezia Duffle for a while now. The neutral contrasting colors make it even more eye-catching without it being overly so. I have a soft spot for duffle bags as they're practical especially if they come with a detachable strap.

I've featured Sophie Hulme bags previously because they're 1) well made  2) affordable  3) while they're not considered it bags, her bags are elegant and striking. I saw a lady carrying it on an elevator once and I couldn't stop staring at the bag. I love dual purpose bags because it's a little like getting 2 bags for the price of 1. The envelope clutch doubles as a crossbody bag during the day. As for the Bottega Veneta Intrecciato clutch, it's a classic piece that never dates.

Notice all those low to mid heel ankle straps? The answer to your question is yes, I'm still obsessed with them. It's an ongoing love affair. Nothing's over 2.5 inches high which is all I can manage till I've mastered the art of walking on stilts.  Has anyone managed to nab some bargains lately?

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  1. The yellow Maison Martin Margiela are too cute. Love and adore.

    I've not looked at anything in the sales yet ... they're all abroad. Why do they start before us anyway? Feels a bit not fair.

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    1. I wonder why too. Is it because it's a more competitive market over there?

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  2. No bargains for me yet, but I am hopeful. :) Must admit, I also don't have a massive wardrobe and like it this way. I've always had very few things because I've always preferred quality over quantity, but at the moment I feel like I need another bag (as well as a few items for my wish list)
    Hope you've got those jeans and everything else you've been looking for! x

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    1. I know... I've always gone on and on about quality but right now, quantity is looking reaaaaal good.

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  3. Great picks! I love Sophie Hulme bags, I would think they are definitely worth investing in. And I cant believe the price difference for J Brand jeans, it's crazy!! :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

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    1. It's crazy how much we fork out for American brands over here.

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  4. I wish sale started here already. But then again perhaps it's better that it hasn't started yet? Your picks are beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Anna! Fingers crossed. I'm desperate for NAP sale to start.

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  5. I'm itching to go back to the States for shopping! You can't ever go wrong with Bottega and I love that lovely neutral color. I'm trying to be very good :)

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  6. I was hoping for a BV clutch, but i was late to the game. I did pick up a helmut lang jacket. I was surprised that it was still available, so I am thrilled with that. Cant wait to see what you will pick up at the sales!

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  7. I love all of your picks! I can't believe the jeans are so expensive in the UK!!

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  8. I'm actually trying to keep my credit card in my wallet this sale season. At the point where I know I don't need to buy anymore, and if I want to buy next season more comfortably then it's a must. Although if those IM sandals end up at some ridiculous sale price well.. I can't be held accountable for what happens next ;)

    PS. You asked if I was a fashion journalist? No definitely not! I work in Politics !!

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  9. Great selection! I love the IM sandals, the Givenchy bag and those jeans! No, I am trying to ignore the sales for as long as I can...

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