succesful-sale-shopping

I am by no means a sale shopping expert. But of course that won’t stop me from sharing some tips for successful bargain hunting that always seem to do the trick for me. So read on if you looking to come home with fewer purchases that will ultimately find their way to the back of your closet.Let’s start with part #1. You know what they say, preparation is everything.

* Asses your wardrobe and make a list. Find out which gaps need to be filled and which items need to be replaced. It’s the perfect moment to either buy a statement piece from a high end brand that works well with the rest of your wardrobe and you weren’t able to afford before, or to replace some of your basics with luxurious fabrics. Oh, and don’t forget to take that list with you to keep you focused!

* Set a budget and stick to it. It’s easy to overspend when sale signs and discount tags are screaming buy me! at you. So take out your list and consider how much you’re willing to spend on each individual piece or simply decide on an overall budget and subtract every purchase while shopping.

* Try to find out when they restock. For instance, here in the Netherlands the H&M online shop restocks every morning around 6 am. Yeah, that’s early. But why not take a chance and set your alarm clock (and download the app to order from your bed). When it comes to other stores, just ask a sales assistant.

* Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Nothing worse than trying to get out of a pair of thigh-high lace up boots in a dressing room. At least, that’s what I imagine. Assuming you will want to get in and out of your clothes quickly without too much fuss, take that into account while your picking out your outfit for the day. The same goes for shoes of course. Flats, loafers or slip ons are my preferred options.

PS. I know, I promised to post my London purchases, but let’s consider this a sneak peek…
hema-longer-lasting-lipstick

Previously mentioned in my Holiday gift guide, but this longer lasting lipstick in 06 by HEMA definitely deserves some extra attention. It took me a while to get my hands on this fabulous color, because it sells out every single time they re-stock. Why is it so fabulous? Because it’s almost a perfect dupe for MAC’s legendary Ruby Woo for only a fraction of the price. So it’s cheap, it’s matte and it’s extremely long-lasting. It does dry out your lips a little, but no more than Ruby Woo does. Just make sure you moisturize your lips before applying it.

Sometimes I wonder why it took me so long to start wearing lipstick. I guess it felt too fashionable and/or too grown up. You know, models, business women and your grandma. It wasn’t until I read an interview with the gorgeous Jen Brill that I finally gave it a try. Ruby Woo is her favorite lipstick and our skin color is very similar, so I didn’t have to search for a color that worked for me. Although both lipsticks are a lovely bright red for an evening out, it also looks great with a simple pair of jeans and a T-shirt. Actually, I prefer the latter with perfect skin and tousled hair so the lipstick really stands out. Très chic!

holiday-gift-guide

Yes, another holiday gift guide! No wait… I promise it’s going to be good. I hate stuff that serves no purpose other than collecting dust in your house, so I’ve only selected things that actually come in handy, or someone would wear a lot.  Some are really affordable, others a bit more expensive. But it all depends on your budget of course. I know I would be happy with any one of these items, cheap or not, and perhaps you would be too (or your friends and loved ones). Let me take you through it. 1. Fashionology silver necklace (€35) – what’s not to love. Perfect for every day. 2. Topshop cashmere hat (€59) – I’m addicted to cashmere. I love how warm and soft it is. Quite expensive, but well worth your money. 3. APC cardholder (€85) – I could definitely use this cardholder. My wallet only has room for 4 cards and I always lose the rest. It’s also great for when you’re wearing a small bag that doesn’t fit a lot. 4. That same goes for the Comme des Garçons pouch (€70). 5. And finally a small mirror. My Balenciaga bag came with a small mirror, but when I’m carrying another bag, this would be great for when there’s an entire meal stuck between my teeth. 

holiday-gift-guide-16. HEMA longer lasting lipstick (€3,50) – a beautiful cool red matte color and super affordable. Seriously, if you’re not going to buy it as a gift, buy it for yourself. No regrets, I swear. 7. Case Scenario marble iPhone cover (€20) – anything marble is always a good idea. Right now I have a transparent iPhone cover that turns yellow after just a few weeks. This is already my second one, but I definitely need a replacement soon. 8. HAY comb (€11) – one of my favorite brands. I love their minimalist designs and would buy the entire collection if it wasn’t so darn expensive. This pretty comb is great for HAY lovers on a budget. 9. Malin & Goetz Cannabis candle (€14) – no, I’m not trying to sell you drugs! Although it’s easy to get addicted to the scent of this candle. Even my boyfriend loves it. The large one might be a little too much, price-wise, but the small one would make a nice, somewhat confusing, gift. 10. H&M leather gloves (€20) – are great for everyone, male or female. 11. Fashionology silver bar studs (€15) – small delicate jewelry is always on my wish list. I recently lost one of the only tiny silver studs I own. So a replacement like these would be nice.

5-piece-french-wardrobe-update

*I wrote this post before my London trip but I was so busy at work that I didn’t get the chance to actually post it.

Let’s do a small update on my 5 piece French wardrobe adventure before I head to London in a few days. I’ve been doing surprisingly well. At the beginning of the season, when all the new look books showed up online, I almost had a moment of weakness. Everything seemed to be my style and as usual it all looked so good on those tall, skinny models. So after a few try-outs, I quickly came to the conclusions that most of it didn’t suit my body or didn’t look quite as nice in person as it did on the interwebz. So basically, shitty fabrics and short legs saved my bank account.

So far I’ve only bought a camel knit and a light blue blouse by H&M. Truthfully, I don’t really know how long both will last, but a couple of somewhat trendy seasonal pieces are fine, in my opinion. I want to spend the other three open spots on a few pieces that will last me longer than this winter. First of all, I hope to find a striped Comme des Garcons shirt in London. I tried finding one in Amsterdam and Paris, but no luck so far. So that makes three purchases. We’ll have to see if I even make it to five items this season.

Next to those two purchases I also bought a black T-shirt at H&M to replace my old one. I like the rolled up sleeves and the fit was almost perfect (mind you, I like my shirts a little oversized, not fitted). It’s holding up nicely, so definitely two thumbs up. Now if they would only release a discount code so I can stock up on those high-waisted black skinny jeans again. Although I suspect my co-workers think I only own one pair of jeans. Oh well… Stay tuned for my London purchases!