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My savvy online-sale shopping tips………

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Jeez January…….you’ve been one crazy-ass long month.  Even though I love you as you are my birth month – I’m kinda over you and glad you are done.  So……..hands up who is happy ‘sale season’ is more or less over and we can get back to the shops looking a bit more presentable with new Spring fresh stock and finally see the back of the crappy sale stuff thats been hanging around from about 10 seasons ago?  I am!

I for one am not a ‘lets queue at 5am for the shops to open the morning of the January sales’ and then forage, rummage and basically fend for your life amongst the enemies….I mean other customers, for the sake of finding something that is reduced by 20%. NO THANKYOU.  I’d rather sit in my pj’s with a glass of prosecco, cup of tea or cocoa or whatever takes your fancy on a chilly January evening or morning (it’s never too early for Prosecco by the way……#justsayin) and leisurely scroll my way through the sales popping things into my online basket at my own pace and literally not having the fear of someone shoving me out of the way to grab the last size 12’s in a pair of floral trousers that would have looked cool in 2013.

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So let me start by talking about Zara……our Spanish retailer best friend and ‘go-to-high-street-store’.  What on earth would we all do without you?  From amazing well-tailored and classic pieces to threads that look like they’ve come straight off a New York Fashion show runway, we all are a little (ok ‘little’ is quite an understatement) partial to your affordable and stylish fashion.  Now, this isn’t an ‘ode’ to Zara at all, it’s more a blog post about how you can be a bit more savvy in your ‘online’ sale shopping but seen as I’m wearing ALL Zara in these pics (and mostly from the sale), I’m going to of course mention my favourite high street store.

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So as you’ve figured out from above, I’m not a big fan of trawling the shops during the sales.  I hate messy stores and more importantly messy merchandising.  There’s nothing worse than walking into a store and finding stock everywhere and all squeezed onto one rail.  I like to see the stock merchandised creating a co-ordinated story with colours and textures all complimenting each other so I can browse around and pick up items at my perusal without the fear of tripping over a pair of over-the-knee boots piled beside some wooly jumpers.  So basically sale season freaks my O.C.D out as I can’t bare the mess ha, ha!

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It totes looks like I’m looking for something in this pic – maybe I’ve lost an earring ha, ha! Too funny not to share!

In these outfit photos, I’m wearing all Zara – the shoes and bag are old stock but the trousers and top are recent purchases from their online sale.  They were basically bargains and I couldn’t resist.  The top was £19.98 and the trousers were £7.99 (both from the UK Zara website).  What I love most about them is that they are still current and I know I will get good wear out of these two items (worn together or separately) for Spring/Summer and into next Autumn/Winter because of the colours and style.

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Love the back detail on this ♥

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In this blog post I want to share my tips on how to successfully online shop in the comfort of your own home and not have to venture through harsh weather conditions (obvs doesn’t apply to my Dubai peeps!), traffic, shopping malls, queues and parking issues.

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  • Don your comfiest of attire – be it leggings, pj’s, tracksuit bottoms, onesie…..whatever! Just be comfy and make sure you have ample amounts of snacks and drinks in your reach. (Alcohol is always a good option but slightly dangerous when you become ‘click-happy’ with your mouse and add all of the items into your basket!
  • Make sure your laptop/phone/iPad is charged! You laugh now………and yes, sounds obvious but it’s no laughing matter when it comes to check-out when you’ve nabbed the last item in your size and your electronic device dies!
  • Know your measurements – again sounds like an obvious ‘know-how’ but one negative of online shopping is having an item arrive either three sizes too small or way too big because you haven’t been able to try it on.  Plus, there are size variations in different stores and with brands.  So get out the measuring tape, measure your bust, waist and hips and take note of the size charts.  If all else fails and you’re really not sure, do what I do…….buy it in one size bigger and take it to your local tailor to make adjustments.  Sending back items from retailers such as ASOS whilst living in Dubai can be a bit of a pain and I just don’t do it so I make adjustments if I can instead.
  • Read the reviews.  A lot of online stores such as Topshop have reviews from customers who bought the same item.  I find this really helps me to decide whether or not to click the ‘Confirm Purchase’ tab or not.
  • If there are any discount codes available on top of the sale price, take note of them on the site before you checkout and enter them appropriately.  ASOS regularly do this.
  • Photos can be deceiving so take the opportunity to glance at videos along with the product shots to give you a better idea of how the clothes look in real life.  Again ASOS, Warehouse and Net-a-Porter are good for this.
  • Depending on the time of year, try and think ahead when purchasing sale items.  Is this just a fad/dying trend? Will I be still wearing this and will it look good in six months time?  Will it go with other pieces in my wardrobe?  These are just a few questions that you need to ask yourself when shopping – (not just online I might add, these are questions you should consider when shopping in a store also).
  • When shopping in the online-sales I tend to only buy block colours and try to avoid clothes with crazy prints or trends that I know I won’t want to wear in six months down the line.  For example, in these outfit pics, the top is quite a statement piece with the ‘V-shaped’ detail at the back plus ruffle sleeves.  Ruffles again are big business for the season ahead plus the colour looks good with almost anything and will still look fresh by next Autumn/Winter.  The trousers have that ‘sports-luxe’ feel about them which is a trend that is still lingering on.  They will look good with nice trainers as well as funky heels so I know I can dress them up or down.
  • Finally, another good thing about online shopping in general (maybe not so much during sales) is that you can keep items in your online basket for up to 60 days in some cases, so it gives you time to consider whether or not you really need something.  I always say, if you’re still thinking about it in 24 hours – then you need it ha, ha!

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Shop the Look

Zara Maroon colour frilled poplin blouse (HERE) // Zara trousers with side stripe (HERE) //Burgundy court shoes (and also a sale bargain from the Kylie + Kendall range) (HERE) // Large clutch bag (similar HERE) // Christian Dior sunglasses (a couple of years old) (see HERE)

Even though we have survived and come through the other side of the January sales blues……..there are still great bargains to be got online (I’m looking at you Zara and ASOS in particular) if anyone fancies a sale shopping spree.  Just don’t blame me when you get your credit card statement………..

Until next time, thanks as always for stopping by and having a wee read…..see you very soon and remember

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Happy Shopping

Irene xoxo

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