Friday, 22 February 2013

Something for the Weekend - New tops and dress dilemma's.

I really need to have a word with myself about Breton Tops. I am almost too afraid to count how many I now actually own but I do have a good excuse this time.  After seeing Susie's post about the H&M £3.99 grey sweatshirt I couldn't not order one, but you have to spend over £6 online and there was nothing else I wanted, so a new Breton it was. It's all laughable really, from the £6 to the navy and white stripes, nice top though.


Well as most of you have probably realised by now, I never managed to get my mini break to Dubai and really should have booked the deal I found last Thursday to go on Friday evening as the prices really rocketed to almost double after that and I just wasn't prepared to pay the same for a 3 day break in Dubai that it would cost for a week in St. Barts. Oh well lesson learned and as my Travel Agent eldest daughter informs me "there just aren't the last minute deals around that there used to be". So onwards and upwards and must remember to book ahead next time.


So I am now left with having to attend a 40th birthday party on Saturday, an event I didn't think I would be around for, and due to spending virtually every spare moment over the last few weeks searching holiday websites, thoughts of what to wear should I go, were really the last thing on my mind and I have spent all of last night and this morning searching for something suitable.  The party has a James Bond theme and the birthday girl will be wearing a Jovani dress, full length and glamorous but that is not a look for me, well it might be if it were my party but I need something a bit more versatile especially as I don't get to attend parties that often these days.  So I wanted something with short sleeves (cover upper arms and also wear in summer) something Tunic shaped (skim over the apple shaped belly and Tunic shaped dresses work with sandals for summer whereas fitted dresses nearly always require a heel). I would have liked some sort of embellishment but that wasn't essential and I knew there was a dress on the Cos website which would suit if all else failed as I had previously seen it over at Anne's blog .......

Printed silk dress

An in depth search of their website then led me to this one.......

Graphic print dress

which was not only a little friendlier on the purse but I liked the fact the sleeves were shorter and I could just visualise this with flat metallic sandals for Marbella in May.  I quickly added to basket, proceeded to checkout, only to find that they don't offer next day delivery! Can you imagine a website that doesn't offer that option, I was gobsmacked to say the least, especially now that you can order up to 10pm at night to take delivery of any item you might wish to order from Next, who have absolutely nothing which fits the bill in case you were wondering.
Then I had to give up my search because Charlie was throwing up and now it's 7pm at night and zilch. The biggest part of my problem is I wear a lot of dresses in summer but not in winter and the summer dresses I have just don't fit the bill at all, sadly, the fabrics or styles just aren't right for a winter party with a 007 theme, they are all cotton or linen, very lightweight, and very daytime, either that or fit for a wedding and sod all else, so I have to see if I have the energy to go shopping tomorrow which is the last thing I feel like doing when it is so bitter cold out, but needs must or else I will be sitting indoors for another night of shit Saturday evening television AGAIN, but the way my luck has been going lately what's the chances of them being out of stock in my size? Massive I'd say.

Heavenly Hands and Skincare Collection
We are only a couple of weeks away from Mother's Day and as a mum myself I would be more than happy to recieve this Liz Earle giftset at a special offer price of £29.00 saving £18.00 until 9th March or until stocks last.  Buy here.

Baukjen now have their up to 70% off clearance sale online, so if you missed out on a piece you wanted from the A/W collection, go bag yourself a bargain here. The Maje jogger is now only £17.70 and silly prices for chambray shirts, I may have just placed an order!

Uniqlo are offering free delivery on all orders until 28th February shop here. Also £5 off all orders if you sign up for their newsletter, find out more here.

Reiss have now launched their new 1971 collection. Lots of lovely pieces but needless to say it was the toe capped pointy shoes and sleeveless cornflower blue shirt that have taken my eye. Shop here.

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Have a fab weekend xx

Reiss UK


  1. Love the COS dresses and yes you should have gone!! xx

  2. Love both those Cos dresses, what you gonna do? xx

  3. Jumped over to grab a pair of joggers...but all my size gone. Poop! Never mind. May get a Susie sweatshirt too :) Xx

  4. Aww pity about the Cos dress Sharron. Thanks for the mention, I am thrilled with my dress....didnt want to buy a style I might not wear again so it fits the bill! Could you get to nearest shopping mall tonight or morning?
    ~Anne xx

  5. I rather like the red dress - it's very striking. And I'm liking the 1971 range from Reiss - it's not one of my shops as a lot of it as it's all very smart and I have no where to go in it.

    Thanks for the mention - I didn't even know about the extra £6 bit - I was putting in an order anyway so it just worked for me. I think I'm going to put in another order to get the grey one. And you can never have too many stripy tops - it's going to be spring/summer soon - and stripes work perfectly for the warmer weather.

  6. How disappointing that they don't do next day delivery. It's difficult knowing what to wear at this time of year - as you say a dress which looks too summery is not suitable.

  7. Like both the dresses Sharron - rubbish about the no next day delivery though - hope you manage to get something for the party (and let us know what you end up with - would love to see, but wrap up cos it's so cold!). Also like both the H&M tops but must try to resist - am trying not to buy clothes for a while - have so many that I don't get enough wear out of and not enough storage. Hope Charlie is feeling better - rotten for him to be ill over half-term. xx

  8. Sorry to hear you didn't get your break, crazy how expensive the trips are now. Fab buys with your tops too. Loving the red dress, but then I am partial to a red dress.

    X x

  9. Right I'm off to get that h&m top, forgot about it the last time Sue posted about it. Hope you get sorted out with a dress Sharron, that sounds like an amazing party!

  10. I hope as I write this that your dress hunt was successful and you're currently getting ready.
    Both of the dresses are gorgeous, I think you should order the second one anyway!

  11. I too love those H&M tops,handy out

  12. So come on Sharron, dont keep it to yourself what did you wear to the party on saturday? the suspense is killing me!


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