Archive for the ‘Shopping Tips’ Category

Shopping for School Uniforms

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Shopping for school uniform can be as painful as pulling teeth while standing on hot coals, especially when you take your lil darlings with you on your expedition into what can feel like a war zone.

You do not want to leave it to the last minute, when all the other parents are grabbing the items off the shelves and running for the hills, I mean tills. Shopping early can save a lot of tears and tantrums, from the parents at least.

Personally, I’m a great believer in shopping online. You can tick a few boxes, click a couple of times on your mouse, and hey presto just like magic in a few working days you have everything you need for your kids to start school (who needs Harry Potter?).

There are some great online versions of the high street stores, and here are some I would recommend.

A Few Things to Remember When Buying Clothing from Online Auctions

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007
  1. You can’t return it.
  2. You can’t try it on.
  3. You can’t feel it.
  4. Titles and descriptions are not always accurate. Mistakes and typos are common.
  5. The photograph may not be a good representation of the garment.
  6. Colours are not standardised. What is teal to me may be green to you.
  7. Sizes are not standardised. A size 10 from Monsoon is not the same as a size 10 from Karen Millen.
  8. The seller’s idea of sexy, pretty, floaty, stunning may not be the same as yours.
  9. The seller’s idea of “great condition” may not be the same as yours. (more…)

Changing Style Without Breaking the Bank

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

I have never worn brown in my life, so I thought that it might be nice to try something new. But new is scary and when you’ve got nothing in your wardrobe that would match, it’s also expensive. And what if it bombs and I look drab and dull in brown?

How do I go about trying a new colour or style without spending a fortune? I cheat, of course. There are hundreds of women who have already tried that colour or style and decided it didn’t fit/wasn’t right. And their loss is my gain.

You’ll find most of the failed style change attempts end up on an online auction such as Totalbids or Ebay. All I have to do is spend a bit of couch time surfing the auctions to find what I’m after, make sure the prices are decent and wait for my new style to arrive in the post.

The Wonder That is Primark

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Seen someone wearing a dress that makes you green with envy, but you’ve got no green in your purse? Are you the kind of girl who prefers to wear new things all the time rather than have a “capsule wardrobe” of high quality but very expensive clothing?

Maybe it’s time you tried Primark. Now, I’m not saying that the quality is amazing, but if like me, you like to treat yourself (and I think I deserve it) to something but your bank manager gets mean about it, it’s definitely worth a try.

They have the new trends in at a fraction of the price, for the cost of one dress in a high street shop you can be lugging home two large bagfuls of swag. 40 quid can get you a couple of outfits, shoes and a bag. Not bad going.

Buying That Once in a Lifetime Dress

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

You know the one. It’s for a wedding, a prom, a cruise or a fantastic party. You’ll never wear it again but you want to look stunning. Unfortunately, you don’t have £180 to spend on it. So what do you do?

  1. You go to an online auction site.
  2. You have a look at the fantastic dresses on sale that others have spent a fortune on only to never wear (poor things!).
  3. You DON’T spend more than £40 including postage and packaging because if you are going to spend that much you might as well go to a high street shop where you can take it back if it doesn’t look right.
  4. You shortlist the dresses you like by placing them on your watchlist. Stick a lot on, you can always remove them later. (more…)