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Are Black Friday deals all they are cracked up to be?

Are Black Friday deals all they are cracked up to be? Are Black Friday deals all they are cracked up to be? It is best to view these deals as you do in sale time. There are some great deals out there with so many retailers offering 20/25% off the retail price. This is great if this is something you were already going to buy. However, you need to ask yourself these questions before you buy. Can I afford it? Do I need it? (It’s not a bargain if you do not need) Is it a good price? Do your homework first. Depending on what you are purchasing, if it is an item sold in lots of places check out the prices. One retailer discounted price might be another’s retail price. The important thing is to only purchase what you can afford and need. It is not too early to start your Christmas shopping. I have just returned from a few days in Glastonbury. As we were going to see the carnival we decided to stay just outside the city. We got the bus into the city and walked home after the carnival as we knew that all the roads would be closed. Staying in Street right opposite our hotel was the Clarks Outlet. Well, it would have been rude not to go and look. The outlet was huge with a great choice of shops and there where people walking around with lots of shopping bags, so for sure many…

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My ideas to add some sequins to your Christmas outfit.

My ideas to add some sequins to your Christmas outfit. With just over a month to Christmas and all the parties in the run up. Have you got your Christmas outfit sorted? I have noticed that this season there are a lot of sequins. Where I have chosen this top because it can be worn many ways, and you know how I like to get my pieces working for me. This sequin top is from Marks & Spencer and retails at £29.50. This is the dark blue, but also, comes in silver, black and evergreen. A few months ago I bought this in a lime green, what I love about it as it can be dressed up or down. Wear with jeans for a more casual look, or wear with  midi-skirt or wide leg trousers. This will also work for all seasons as it has short sleeves. My ideas to add some sequins to your Christmas outfit.       If a dress is more your thing? If you have that special party to go to and would really like a dress, I found this one on SilkFred online. This retails at £99.00 in Rose Gold, but also comes in a Multicolour, Burgundy, and Green. This is a classic style so could be in your wardrobe for many years and come out each Christmas season. I have a similar dress to this in a bright red and it has been in my wardrobe for many years. I was recently invited…

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Add one new piece to your wardrobe to make many outfits.

Add one new piece to your wardrobe to make many outfits. Add one new piece to your wardrobe to make many outfits from other items in your wardrobe. Sometimes you must introduce one new item that then allows you to make many new outfits from existing items you already have. This is what I have done here. I have just bought this snake print skirt from John Lewis  which was £45.00. It is a chiffon type of fabric made from recycled materials and is fully lined. This makes it suitable for all seasons. This is how I styled my new piece from my wardrobe. In this picture i have teamed it with a cream jumper that I have had a couple of years from M & S. The military style velvet jacket I cannot tell you how long I have had it. I know it comes from J Taylor who used to be in Debenhams. I don’t know why I have not thrown it out over the years as I don’t remember wearing if for some time. Probably because of the colour and knowing how useful an item it could be in my wardrobe. The boots I purchase many years ago from a preloved store in Bishops Stortford. These I don’t get a lot of wear out of as they are big around the top of the leg but because this skirt is so long that does not show. To dress down for a casual look To make the skirt…

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Faux leather fashion always seems to be on trend.

Faux leather fashion always seems to be on trend. Faux leather always seems to be on trend and now the shops are full of it. I have two skirts which I have had years one black and the other chocolate brown. You can dress them up with a nice silk blouse or wear them more casual with a chunky jumper. Faux leather fashion always seems to be on trend. I have just bought myself a pair of faux leather trousers, which took buying several pairs to find the right ones. Denim jeans are not my thing, but I have several pairs which I wear at home or out and about with the dog. These faux leather trousers are jean styled with a straight leg. Be careful when ordering as I found many of them are ankle grazers which I can’t stand. Having long legs, they always look like they have had a row with my shoes. The standard leg in River Island is apparently 31″ which I can just get away with wearing flat boots or trainers. These come from River Island not a shop I usually shop in. They come in Black, Brown, and dark green. There are lots of different styles out there. I found some are like a jogging bottom, wide leg, the wide leg finishing on the calf, slim leg, and jeggings. The choice is yours for your body shape and style. In my mind you are never too old to wear this trend. I chose…

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How to wear black if it is not one of your colours

How to wear black if it is not one of your colours Ideally warm skin toned ladies and mature ladies should not wear black next to their face. WHY? because it can be draining, and it is a negative colour. BUT what about the little black dress I hear you ask? Yes you can be a rule breaker but read on to find out how to wear black if it is not one of your colours. How to wear black if it is not one of your colours. I was given this long black dress from a friend of mine to wear on a cruise I was going on. Because it is not one of my colours and black is not a colour, I generally feel comfortable in, I was not keen to wear it. As you can see from the photograph I have put on some makeup and a bright red lipstick. I have also chosen a bright red statement necklace, and the colour is shining up on my face and with this in mind I think I can get away with it. I teamed it with a small red leather handbag and red sandals. Also, I must say that I felt very nice in the dress and got lots of compliments on Facebook. Would I buy a black dress probably not, but I have to say that this outfit felt all right. How else can you style a little black dress? I think the simple answer is to…

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Cleared the wardrobe clutter – what to do next?

Cleared the wardrobe clutter – what to do next? As you know each season, I clear the clutter in my wardrobe and let go of things that I no longer wear or make me feel good. It is easy to put into piles one for rubbish and one for the charity shop. BUT what else can you do? Let me help you after you have cleared the clutter what to do next. Cleared the wardrobe clutter – what to do next? There are lots of ways to get some money back for your unwanted clothes and here are a few of the high street stores and what they are offering. H&M Take a bag of old clothes to your nearest store and receive a £5 voucher. M&S/Oxfam Donate to Oxfam, including items form M&S and receive a £5 voucher. M&S/Sparks Trade in your old school uniform and get 20% off children’s clothing. John Lewis Sign up to the “My John Lewis” donate 5+ items and receive a £5 voucher. River Island Send items to “Reskinned” and you’ll get a £5 voucher to use in store. New Look Give clothes to a participating hospice and you’ll get 15% off at New Look. Schuh Will give you a voucher for every pair of shoes you donate in store. George at Asda Donate clothes at Asda and get 10% off code for George at Asda. Resale shops on the high street These used to be called Dress Agencies and now they are known…

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