Thursday, 2 August 2012

Shock Horror: Actual-New-Not-In-Sale Haul!

Yes, you heard correctly. I shopped in new-things shops on Oxford Street when there weren't big red 'SALE' signs in the windows. And I bought stuff: new stuff. Shameless.

...In my defence, I was spending 'birthday money' and vouchers (yes, yes, I am in my middle thirties, I but I still get shopping money for my birthday). In my eyes, gifted money is there to spend on something nice, and my usual rules about saving up for the sales go out of the window, and straight up to Oxford St H&M, for that was where my vouchers could be spent...

H&M sheer blouse: £19.99
Opinions were, as ever, divided on this shirt. Husband says it looks 'strange', I like it because it looks 'strange'. It has fricken hummingbirds on it - what's not to like?

Badass looking hummingbird
Then, I went for a stroll towards Fitzrovia and the British Museum. Well, I started to stroll. And thought 'what's all this fuss about Forever 21 then? I may as well go in and think snidy blogger things like how it's all just thrown together and I'd be better off making my own from charity shop burlap...' Yeah, and I went in. Reader: I shopped.

Yes, yes, the sensible part of my brain says it's just a shiny new cross between New Look and H&M. The sensible part of my brain says the 'small, medium, large' sizing system is annoying. The sensible part of my brain looks at the seams and does a Marge Simpson hmmmm.

The other part of my brain made me buy these:

Inappropriately short but pretty dress: £19
I may wear this to a wedding I am attending. It's very short and low cut, however as I wear floral maxi dresses (the nice girl's wedding choice) pretty much weekly, I thought I would ring the changes. I'll be styling it sugary 60s, in an attempt to look a bit classy, with opaque tights and this necklace:

How 60s-kitsch? £8.40
They look like sugar flowers!

I also bought a heart necklace which my friend described as "the most you thing ever". Had to be done.

Pink AND diamante AND hearts AND bows. £4.90
Then I realised that I was in some kind of shopping frenzy amongst the brightly coloured young person clothing. I paid for my items and made my escape through a side entrance and away to the British Museum, where I replenished my depleted stocks of culture- and then immediately went to the pub with my chum and watched the male swimming. I am actually quite interested in swimming, so don't look at me like that.

Anyway, I am currently paying for my day of decadence with a stonking hangover.

Oh, and one last thing... I'm off on holiday (to Wells, Somerset) next week. I am too useless to schedule posts, so expect a few short snap-and-a-sentence posts on what we're up to. Or simply draw a stick woman clutching a cheese sandwich and a pint of cider on a post it note and affix it to your internet device; the effect will be much the same. Laters, as the youngsters say...


  1. I bow to your fabulous shopping finds, I'm useless in a real shop! I thought that hummingbird was a tattoo, isn't it so pretty? Eighties in a good way! Love that frock, too. It will look amazing with your stunning red hair and groovy opaques!! xxx

  2. Ah there's nothing wrong with buying some new too! I like to mix and match both new, charity, car booty and vintage in my wardrobe :) Forever 21 is great for bargains..I make a beeline for it whenever i'm in London! :)

  3. I love all the colours and adore the Hummingbird print. I enjoy mixing the old with the new, in particular the range of prints you can get these days and the classics to match with the vintage.

  4. Oooh, that jewellery is very nice! And if you can't treat yourself on your birthday, when can you?

  5. Oh I like new things too and like to mix vintage with new.
    in love with green rose kitsch necklace.
    That green dress is divine as the hummingbirds blouse so pretty.

  6. Buy what you like and can afford no matter! I am a fan of H&M and Forever 21 for certain things and I love everything you got!

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  8. Ah, very nice buys. I think that frock is very pretty, I can't wait to see how you wear it.

  9. I seriously covet both those necklaces. I agree that birthday money is different, I try to stick to sales shopping only but I got a New Look giftcard for my birthday and just ran rampage round the shop!

  10. All bets are off with birthday money! Love that green dress, bet it looks gorgeous on.

  11. Oh I love the flower necklace! Think I'll be making a trip to Forever 21 this weekend x

  12. I do the same, I feel some how cheated if I dont get some sort of discount! Have a fab time x

  13. p.s is it selfish for me to want you to wear the green frock with white opaques!!

  14. Love the colours in this haul, especially the dress!
    Would love you to check out my latest outfit post :)
    Have a fab Sunday xoxo

  15. Your suggestions are always inspiring.

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