Thursday, July 29, 2010

Razzle dazzle

For the canny shopper, the end of the sales can offer bargains galore - with massive reductions. Right now, the place to head is French Connection. It's the final week of the sale and prices have been slashed to rock bottom.

Take this sequined shift dress. Was £180. Now £45. Its shimmery summery loveliness is what poolside glamour is all about. But it'll be just as hot come party season at the end of the year. Plus, if you're taken by the colourful sequins, there's a skirt, too - was £120, now £25.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bow selecta!

Now, as you know, I've got a penchant for Breton stripes. But, as it happens, I'm also partial to the odd bow occasionally. Put the two together and you get this oh-so chic dress from Primarni for just £9. Its sophisticated monochrome style makes me think of Chanel, while the jet-black sequined bow reminds me of Sonia Rykiel and Markus Lupfer.

This isn't too dissimilar to the H&M dress I blogged about in April (minus the bow, of course). Comparing the two, I'd say the only downside is that the Primark version could do with a little more Lycra. The sequined bow more than compensates, however, creating an understated yet elegant look.

I've teamed mine with wedges (a very old pair from M&S!), but I think Chanel-style black quilted ballet pumps would look adorable. And the clutch (another oldie, from H&M) is just the style to carry off the air of French sophistication. I'm thinking my River Island clutch would look good, too. J'adore!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Bargainista Fashionista is on!

Hey, my blog is mentioned on Cosmopolitan's website. It's featured on the Daily Cosmo clicks on 13th July. How cool is that?

Showing the Eclectic Eccentricity necklace I blogged about a few weeks ago, it says:
'Discover where our fave thrifty fashionista found this adorably romantic pendant.'

Thank you Cosmo!

Btw, I've only just spotted this, so if you see Bargainista Fashionista mentioned anywhere, please do let me know. It'll make my day!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Specs appeal

Now I know many of you are stylish spectacle wearers, so I thought I'd bring this to your attention...

Specsavers is looking for 2010's Spectacle Wearer of the Year. So, if you look great in glasses (be it for vision or fashion purposes), enter its competition and you could win £250 and a holiday in St Lucia. Oh, and a year's modelling contract with Storm Model Management, too (Kate Moss is on its books!). Not bad for just looking good in glasses, eh?

Get your skates on as the closing date for entries is 31 July 2010. Click here to enter. And, if you're not a spectacle wearer, help spread the word on Facebook or Twitter. You never know, you could help launch the modelling career of a friend! What's more, you'll be aiding a good cause, too, as Specsavers will donate £1 to the anti-bullying charity Kidscape for each eligible entry.

Btw, if you don't wear glasses, maybe it's time you gave them a go. I've had my fair share of shopping for spectacles (the Stickman's a wearer) and it's always fun trying on different styles - it's amazing how much they can change your look.

With celebrities such as Alexa Chung, Chloƫ Sevigny and mother-and-daughter duo Madonna and Lourdes promoting spectacles as smart, sexy and stylish, it's not surprising that the number of perfectly sighted people wearing glasses as a style statement is on the increase. You only have to look on the high street and everywhere from Topshop to ASOS is doing glasses as a fashion accessory. So, next time you're shopping, try a pair on.

Mr Farmer (courtesy of Em) wears glasses by Bench (style BCH-70 in tortoiseshell)


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Jersey girl

Grey jersey. It's my comfort fabric. I love it for the fact that it's understated, low-maintenance and quietly cool. And, colourwise, it's not so harsh as black, yet stylish all the same.

Its appeal is far-reaching in my wardrobe, from the charcoal draped-jersey dress by Sophia Kokosalaki for Topshop to the lighter-toned jersey Roxanne bag by Mulberry for Gap, through to a mid-grey Eros by Erotokritos dress (you see, even the designers can't resist the appeal of grey jersey).

I like the ease of wear that jersey offers. Its gentle, fluid fabric delineates softness as opposed to crisp, starchy stiffness (read: little ironing required!). And it's at once both weighty and lightweight, making it perfect for days when the weather can't make up its mind.

No wonder this H&M skirt at £12.99 was an instant buy for me. It's bubble hem is soft rather than voluminous, and its sombre grey is understated yet chic. I don't much mind that the black elasticated waistband creates a two-tone look, either. But, as it cinches in the waist, make sure you keep it simple and fitted on top - a plain Lycra vest in black or white is spot on.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Read my lips: 20% off at Organik Rocka

Remember the Organik Rocka T-shirt that I blogged about last month? Well, given that I'd just gifted it to the Stickman, I couldn't very well borrow it so soon after, so I did the decent thing and got my own.

This is the lips and metallic stars design I'd talked about. Isn't it cool? Made of fine jersey cotton, it's £30 and comes in red, too.

But, even better, the Organik Rocka crew is offering Bargainista Fashionista readers a 20% discount. Just use the code ORGANIK GREEN - 01. It's valid until 22nd September 2010.

You'll love the packaging - your order comes delivered in a brown cardboard record sleeve. How rock 'n' roll is that?

Btw, both mine and the Stickman's tees are size medium. So, unless you want a tight fit, I'd recommend going up a size.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Spot the difference

One is a floral-print nylon shopper with a contrast heart detail by Marc by Marc Jacobs. The genius is in the detail, as this tote can be folded and zipped away into the cute heart motif. Slip it into your handbag and you'll always have a shopping bag to hand; an essential for the eco-friendly who refrain from using plastic carriers at the checkout.

The other is, well, you guessed it, a floral-print bag with a contrast heart detail. The difference is the bag at the bottom offers no gimmicks, no zips, but it’s still compact enough to fold neatly away in your handbag while roomy enough for your shopping. Plus, it’s a mere £6 from New Look, compared to the £84 price tag of the Marc shopper (and that’s the sale price!).

Still, if the foldaway heart is your heart's desire, you can get it at where it is reduced from £120. It’s also on sale at for around £78. But if the far more thrifty New Look version is the one that makes your heart beat faster, take your pick from three colours: red, pink and navy.

Monday, July 12, 2010

He loves me, he loves me not...

I'm a sucker for charms. I'm not talking the masculine kind here (although I am sucker for those, too) but the jewellery variety. Charm bracelets, charm necklaces - they all catch my magpie eye. I like that they tell a story or signify important markers in a person's life. Of course, you don't have to build up a collection over time, especially with the likes of Alex Monroe handcrafting delicate little charms and Annina Vogel sourcing the most wonderful trinkets. Neither do they have to be 18ct gold.

Take this heart necklace - it's made from brass, but charming nonetheless. Created from 1950s tooling, it has a vintage vibe, while the arrow adds an element of fun. So, does he love you? Spin it and see!

It's £12.50 from Eclectic Eccentricity, a delightful online jewellery boutique that I discovered recently. Like its name, the vintage-inspired pieces on offer are quirky and individual. I like that each design is given a fabulous name. This love spinner, for example, is called Oui Oui Mon Cheri! And you know that Urban Outfitter's envelope necklace that I adore? Well, Eclectic Eccentrity has its own version called For Your Eyes Only - and it'll only cost you £14.50 for a peek.

Actually, it'll cost you less as the lovely people at Eclectic Eccentricity are offering a 10% discount especially for Bargainista Fashionista readers. Just use the code BARGAINFASH. It's valid until 31st July 2010. So, is this a bargain deal? The spinning arrow says yes.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Top marks

Last year, I spotted the perfect leopard-print leggings for an animal-print virgin like myself. I'd only just become acquainted with the pattern after a lifetime of loathing, so I was taking tentative steps towards embracing it (see The Marmite Effect and Animal Attraction).

These leggings were a pale grey with a darker grey print. They were neither too loud nor too garish, thanks to the subtle colouring and the size of the leopard markings - which were of dainty, elegant proportions; baby-sized if you will (rather like the toddler steps I was talking towards being an animal-print lover).

The leggings were being worn by a girl on the tube, so I asked her where they were from. Uniqlo it turns out. Hurrah, they'd more than likely be bargainista-friendly. But a London-wide search proved fruitless - they'd sold out weeks ago.

So, what should have been a tale of a buy missed out on has a happy ending as, a year later, I've found them - in Uniqlo! I'm not sure if they're exactly the same as the ones I committed to memory, but they give me the low-key leopard-print fix I'm after. And yes, I'm one step further on the road to loving animal-print with this £6.99 purchase. They also come in fuchsia-pink and caramel, while for the bold, there's a graffiti-esque leopard-print, too.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Free Paul & Joe Sister top

Who needs the sales when you can get designer labels for free with the latest issue of Elle! Yep, this Paul & Joe Sister top comes courtesy of the August issue (£3.70 - the one with Lily Allen on the cover).

The cool French label has collaborated with the fashion magazine for a second year running to create a stylish summer tee. Last year's top is one of my favourites, so I'm pleased to add another to my wardrobe.

Featuring a raw-edged neckline and hem with ruffled, fluttery sleeves, it's casual but chic. It comes in muted grey, black, khaki and red.

I've been wearing mine with denim cut-offs, but it looks good with summer's ditsy floral-prints and the utility trend, too (think tapered combat trousers or the Gap shorts I blogged about recently - they're in the sale right now).

Btw, the envelope necklace is the Urban Outfitters one I blogged about in December. If it takes your fancy, look out for the bracelet version - it's reduced to just £4.99.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Short and sweet

I've just bought a pair of hotpants. Now, I'm no Kylie, so that's not a sentence I imagined writing any time soon. But there you have it. I'm now the owner of a pair of rather skimpy shorts.

But are they really that revealing? The pretty lace embellishment adds an important extra few centimetres in length, disguising the shorts as a miniskirt and turning daring into (slightly) more demure - if you can call a mini modest. And I can promise there's no cheeks on display!

I adore the boho, hippy vibe of these River Island shorts. Throw on a skinny tee and you're festival-ready, or just add a bikini top for summer-holiday lazing. Plus, with lace set to be next season's wardrobe staple, I'll definitely be teaming these with tights.

They're £29.99 and also come in red, white and pale green. Personally, I'd love a black pair, too. So, if I get bored of cream, you know what I'll be doing.

(Btw, I am seriously holding in my tummy in this picture!)


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