I did a quick zip around the sales today and as almost always I am drawn to ASOS over all. They have the best selection, the best shipping (I ordered something yesterday (boxing day) and it arrived today (on a SUNDAY!) and the easiest and quickest online returns. I’m a big fan.. plus I paid for premiere membership sometime last year which is something like £9.95 for 12 months next day shipping so I like to use it as much as possible! There were other sales that caught my eye here and there, I was very tempted by the All Saints offers.. 50% off select leather jackets with an ADDITIONAL 20% off online but I ended up finding a beautiful burgundy number at Whistles (via Next) which if it ever arrives (7 week lead time) I will share but I can’t find available online anymore. I did a little in store shopping yesterday, mostly Victoria’s Secret which was epic but again nothing online to share there. While I’m on that, would you guys be interested in posts about underwear? I’ve only recently invested in some really nice day to day stuff from VS and am getting really into the worn to be seen concept of caged bra’s (like the one above) with love cut tops.
All in all I picked up some bits and pieces but I’ve done pretty well to avoid overspending this year. I’ve been concious that I want to save some dollars (literally) for our holiday in THIRTY FIVE DAYS!!!! rather than spend it for the ske of it in the sales. I did do a teeny bit of pre-sales shopping thanks to Zeek however who sent me a credit to buy a voucher via their app. I’ve spoken about them before (and I’ll show you what I got once it arrived) but the general idea is that you can buy and sell unwanted gift cards via an app. It’s really easy and whether you’re online shopping and looking to save a little extra (eg. you could buy a £50 Topshop voucher for £45 and use it instantly) or looking to make some cash from the gift cards you’ve been given it’s a really useful tool.
Once we’ve got into further reduction territory in the next week or so I’ll do an under £10 picks post.. they’re my favourites really.. if it’s less than £10 in my mind it’s practically free! There speaks the not so budget shopper side of me.
I had planned to put out a pick of the sales post today and I may get around to that but what I REALLY wanted to talk about today was the Erin Condren sale. I had this post waiting in the wings for the New Year but when I saw the site had 15% off for a very limited time I thought it might be the right time to show you what I bought. I’ve had my eye on a Life Planner for years and when they had their Black Friday sale I finally bit the bullet and picked one up for both myself and a friend for Christmas. Was it not for YouTube and blogging I’d never have heard of the American giant that is Erin Condren so I wont be surprised if some of you reading this haven’t either but a word of warning, you can’t just spend 5 minutes on their site.. it’s a black hole, I could waste hours customising stickers and beautiful cover designs for my fantasty shopping basket before returning to the real world.
Planning is something I’ve become more and more interested in this past year, it’s a legitimate hobby for many and I think it appeals to the stationery geek in most of us. It’s an excuse for adults to plays with highlighters and decorate pages with stickers while still feeling productive. It’s something that genuinely does help to keep me organised but feels like a bit of a guilty pleasure at the same time. It’s not a cheap hobby but one I’d highly recommend if you’re someone who still gets excited at the prospect of back to school shopping and trips to Staples ‘for the kids’.
So I finally got my planner and although it doesn’t start until Monday I haven’t been able to resist a little pre-planning and stickering. Of course I haven’t quite had it long enough to do a first impressions for you yet but I will tell you that I waited as impatiently for its arrival as for any handbag I’ve ever purchased. I tracked it twice a day and ripped open the box practically before the door was even closed to the Fedex guy. Everything arrived quickly, was packaged really well and basically was everything I’d hoped for and more. It’s a little bigger than the Personal Planner I’ve been used to but it still fits (just) in my small handbag if I want to take it along with me. I’ll be doing a review in a month or so if you’re interested and I’m considering sharing monthly ‘spreads’ with you in the New Year too.. it’s definitely something I enjoy reading/watching so although it’s a bit niche and maybe not for everyone I imagine there are some among you who would also.. we’ll see. If you’d like to see an unboxing and take a look at both planners I ordered along with everything else included in the box and a bit of a flip through the book you can watch the below video.. for those who’d rather just browse for yourself you can check out the site here
It’s the Saturday before Christmas and I KNOW there are some of you who still have gifts to buy so I’m sharing this early present I received from Laura this week because it’s just about the best thing ever and if you’re really stuck for ideas it’s an excellent set to pick up for pretty much anyone. For me it’s the ultimate indulgence, something I really wanted but never could justify buying for myself. I bought a smaller set in the sales a few years ago of the Ambre Vanille scrub, body souffle and the honey bath and I was so in love with the scent I vowed to pick up the fragrance but never did. I mentioned it frequently in the meantime, it appeared on multiple wish lists, I finally used up the remaining scraps of the products recently after seriously stretching them and just this week I told my husband it was going to be my treat purchase after Christmas. Imagine my joy to then open this fully comprehensive set from Space NK!!
Being a huge lover of all things affordable I never really thought luxury bath products were worth their hefty price tag but I can attest that these really are. It’s not just the intoxicating scent but the formula of the body souffle is just amazing. It looks petite but it’s the Mary Poppins carpet bag of jars, I swear. A little goes a very long way and honestly, I’d pay full RRP for a big jar of this, I really would. I’m not stingy but I don’t like to spend a lot of consumables so that’s a hefty endorsement from me. The fragrance was the thing I was desperate to try (it’s almost always out of stock) so I’m happy to finally have that but I’ve heard from several people who the scent fades more quickly with that than the souffle (which lasts all day, fills the room, scents the bed sheets etc etc).. strange but time will tell. Of course having both I wiill layer the two but trials will be necessary to prove this theory.
You can find this gift set online here.. or if you’re lucky in the sales after Christmas.. if I see one I’ll be getting a back up! EDIT: No longer available online in this scent however the Almond Coconut set still is which is still lovely just not quite AS lovely to me. If you see them in stores let us know below!