Thursday, March 31, 2011

Nike's Liberty-print sneakers

Remember the Liberty-print Nike Dunks of 2008 and the Nike Blazers of 2009? Well, having skipped 2010, they're back - tomorrow! Yep, on 1st April, Nike Sportswear launches its biggest-ever Liberty collection yet (and this ain't no April Fools).

There are 10 different sneakers to choose from, in four models - Nike's High Dunks, Blazer Mid Dunks, Blazer Low Dunks and Air Force 1's – with prices from £72 to £78.

The collection launches with four styles available tomorrow from 10am, instore and online, with more styles being released throughout the month. Plus, from the 1st May, the collection will be available from Office stores nationwide.

The trainers shown above are two of the styles that go on sale on 1st April: the Nike Dunk High Skinny Premium trainer in Umbel Print A, exclusive to Liberty, and the Kara's Trees print. Both £78 each.

Below, from top:
High Skinny Premium Dunks in Umbel print A, £78
High Skinny Premium Dunks in Umbel print D, £78
High Skinny Premium Dunks in Tom's Jets print, £78
High Skinny Premium Dunks in Kara's Trees print, £78
Blazer Mid Dunks in Tatum print, £72
Blazer Mid Dunks in Kara's Trees print, £72
Air Force 1 Dunks in Tatum print, £78
See the Liberty's website for the whole of the collection.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Whistles Carrie skirt update

Wow! My Whistles Carrie skirt blog post certainly got you talking. And no wonder, as Whistles CEO Jane Shepherdson told Grazia, 'It has become our most tweeted and blogged about Whistles piece ever.'

With only 600 Carrie skirts made – 100 midi and 500 knee-length – it was little surprise that it sold out so fast, despite the £110 and £95 price tags respectively. The good news is that Whistles is restocking the Carrie skirt nationwide on the 10th April. So, ring your nearest store and get your name on the waiting list now. What's more, in addition to neon pink, the skirts will be available in highlighter blue and lemon yellow.

Can't wait until next month? Well, if you're in London, Whistles on the 3rd floor of Selfridges has got an advance batch of pink and yellow Carrie skirts (while stocks last). I couldn't resist the temptations of the pink midi version, so now I have both. I certainly can't afford two skirts – especially in the same colour! – so if anyone fancies buying the knee-length version from me, just drop me an email. It's brand new and unworn – well, apart from in these blog pictures :)

What I have noticed on my new midi-length skirt is that gone are the raw, just-cut hems – a neatly stitched edge is now in its place. Plus, the waistband is narrower. Small details, but tweaks nonetheless. I assume Whistles has taken note of customer feedback and altered the design. Personally, I love the unfinished hem of the first incarnation, but I guess if it had frayed badly over time, I'd be a little sad.

Btw, if fluoro and pastel brights aren't for you, try the Whistles Erica pleated midi skirt. It's the Carrie skirt but in taupe. What's more, it's sunray pleats make it identical to the ChloĆ© version but a whole lot cheaper at £110.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Yellow fever

On my list of things to do is learn how to crochet. Until then, I'll let Topshop give me a helping hand with this 1950s-style mustard cardie. For £40, it'll probably save me loads of time and frustration!

I love that it works the granny chic look as favoured by Alexa. Plus, you'll be getting a head start on next season's big crochet trend. Just take a look at the Christopher Kane and House of Holland a/w 2011 catwalk shows, where inspiration came from crochet blankets.

Right now, this cropped cardie is great for working summer's colour trend. It comes in bright red, too. Add a splash of colour to jeans or team with a pretty sundress for a retro vibe.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Socks and shoes

Right now, I'm easing myself into spring/summer with socks and shoes. And the ones I teamed with my Whistles Carrie skirt are my favourite pairing.

The socks are from Gap. It's the almost fluoro pink and orange flowers that caught my eye. I got them when they were £4, but they're now £1.99 in the sale. Sale? Yep, practically everything in Gap is discounted, with 50-75% off. Get yourself down there now!

And the leather sandals? They're Gap, too. Designed by Pierre Hardy for s/s 2008. They may be past season shoes, but there is a tale to tell…

Late 2008, they were reduced to a mere £7.99. So, did I snap them up? Silly me, no. Instead, I told my friends (this was the days before my blog) and they duly went and bagged themselves a bargain.

Of course, I came to regret letting such a steal slip through my fingers – especially when my friends clip-clopped by in these cute wooden heels. So, I started a search on eBay for them, finally tracking down a brand-new, unworn pair in my size last year. 

Of course, I didn't end up paying £7.99 for them (more like their original price of £55 – almost) but now I know I really did want them. And you know what? Wooden heeled sandals are all the rage. Find yourself a similar pair at Topshop and Swedish Hasbeens. Or try your luck on eBay – just be patient.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spot the difference



One is Bargainista Fashionista. The other is Barbie as seen on today.

It's been a little while since I did a blog collaboration with Barbie of the Day (click here and here for our previous work together) so to celebrate Bargainista Fashionista featuring in the pages of Elle this month (as shot by photographer Tung Walsh), I asked my BBF (best blogger friend) if he'd style Barbie in my image. After lots of pinning and sewing, here are the results. Doesn't Barbie look great? Barbie of the Day is a genius! Check out his fabulous blog for a daily fashion fix in miniature.

As for the hot pink lace dress, it's by my new favourite store, Whistles. At £250 it's not quite a bargain, but compared to the prices of lace gowns by the likes of Christopher Kane and Erdem, it's a steal, especially as the fabric quality and workmanship puts it in a similar league to designer dresses. It's definitely one to consider for a summer party or wedding. 

Me, I'll be justifying the price by cost-per-wear. And there are plenty of ways to wear it. With a neutral-coloured, lightweight jacket for work, with a twinset-style cardie for lunch with the girls, with a tux jacket for cocktails, with a loose tee on top to add a casual twist, with thick opaque tights comes autumn/winter… the list goes on. If you want to have fun working this season's brights, this is the dress to do it with.

I particularly love the tiers of lace that make up the skirt of the dress, while my practical side adores the built-in, silky sweetheart-shaped lining (no need to worry about what to wear underneath). And it goes without saying that I'm mad for the colour!

It should be hitting Whistles stores soon. In the meantime, check out the Lorna lace dress. In a pale peachy-pink, with short sleeves, it's a teeny bit cheaper at £175.

Bargainista Fashionista wears:
Lace dress, £250, by Whistles
Cotton socks, £8, by Jonathan Aston
Canvas trainers, £30, by Monsoon
Liberty-fabric suitcase, £60, by Merci for Liberty (read more about it here – and yes, the price has gone up since I first spotted it)

Barbie wears:
Dress by Barbie of the Day
Shoes and luggage, Barbie's own

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Whistles Carrie skirt

Recently, I've been obsessed with Carrie. No, not SJP's alter-ego in Sex and the City (although just as stylish). I mean the Carrie pleated skirt from Whistles.

Don't know what I'm talking about? Where have you been? This pleated polyester skirt in highlighter pink has been featured everywhere. Flirty, fun and bright, Carrie is this season's bestseller. So much so, everyone has been tripping over her skirt lengths to get the calf-grazing midi version at £110.

It's been an instant sell-out. Yep, even Bargainista Fashionista has failed to get her hands on one. But, thankfully, Carrie also comes in a shorter, sassier knee-length version at £95. So that's what I got, just so I could have that fabulous fluoro pop of colour hanging in my wardrobe.

Want one, too? The good news is I've heard more skirts are in production. In the meantime, ring around. That's what I did. Whistles is most obliging in terms of putting an item on hold for you. Plus, stores will post an item out to you, too.

Trust me, Carrie's worth it. The neat pleats, prim yet pretty, turn librarian/granny chic into sexy and sophisticated. And I love how the voluminous, lightweight swathes of material with that raw, just-cut hem intensifies the vibrancy of the colour.

If you want to work the fluoro trend in a feminine manner, this is the way to do it. Copy Jil Sander and wear your brights with a plain fitted white tee. Or do what Isabelle over has done and team brights with brights. Damn it, I want the longer version now!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Bargainista Fashionista is in Elle!

So, what does it take for Bargainista Fashionista to reveal all? A centre-spread in Elle? Oh, go on then.

Yep, I finally show my face in the free Style for Less supplement, out now with the April issue of Elle.

Throwing my semi-anonymity aside, I model my take on this season's trends (colour and romance, should you care to know), along with fellow bloggers Susie Lau of, Kristin Knox of and Bip Ling of Plus, we share our high-street haunts and secret shopping tips, too.

Two magazines for the price of one (that's £3.80 btw)? Bargain.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The new cardie-cape

Meet the new cardie-cape. It picks up where autumn/winter's capes leave off, providing a lightweight cover-up to throw over spring/summer's dresses and vest tops.

A fine cotton knit with chiffon panels, it's part cardie, part cape thanks to popper fastenings under each arm that create batwing sleeves of sorts. I love the ditsy floral print of the chiffon – it works this season's romantic floral trend, while the pale nude and circular shape of the cardie-cape gently nudges the 1970s vibe, too.

It looks oh-so cute over my new white lace dress below (yet another French Connection sale buy), but I can see it with contrasting florals, too – the more ditsy, the better! And, come summer, you'll be wanting this cardie-cape to go over your swimsuit or bikini, too.

Also available in blush-pink and dove-grey, it's just £19.99 at New Look. Sweet, eh?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sleeping beauty

These pyjama bottoms look too good to save for the bedroom. Their ditsy floral print and wide-legged flare are so this season – add the nice thick cotton they're made off and they could pass for summer trousers. So much so, I've teamed them my new French Connection brogues!

I've been waiting for an excuse – or rather a 30% discount voucher – to buy these PJs. Luckily, Gap obliged this week, helping me bring down the price from £19.95 to £13.97. Click here for the voucher; it's valid until 13 March 2011.

And, like the Gap PJs I blogged about last May, the print is extended to bras (£18) and knickers (£6) – and even umbrellas (£12.99) this year. The ditsy floral also comes in black, where the PJ bottoms have already hit the sale at £9.99. See, dreams do come true!


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