My top 10 January sale buys

So we are now at the end of January…how did that happen?!? There isn’t that much to be cheerful about in January but I find a trip to the sales is always able to fix those post Christmas/New Year blues. So sale shopping throughout the month is a must for me! Heres my 10 favourite sale purchases I made…

1) H&M LOGG jumper £15 (from £29.99)

This pale grey jumper is so soft and fluffy I couldn’t resist. The high turtle neck is easier to wear than a roll neck and it is oversized so hangs beautifully (I’m a size 10/12 and went for the small). I’ve worn this loads already with both skinny jeans and wet look leggings. 2) H&M fine knit jumper £5 (from £19.99) 

A super cute fitted jumper with a slogan I’m going to use as a mantra in 2016! A total bargain too.

 3) H&M long cardigan £7 (from £24.99)

I love the colour plum in the colder months and liked the long line of this cardigan. At 70% off it would of been rude not to buy it… 4) New Look jewellery / necklaces £2 each (from £5.99), earrings £1 (from £5.99) 

I can’t resist bargain priced accessories and these 2 necklaces look much more expensive than they were. The tasselled necklace has a real vintage feel to it and is very unusual and is definitely different to anything I own already. 5) New Look shirt bib £3.50 (from £8.99) 

I got the white formal shirt version of this as part of a Christmas present so when I saw this checked flannel version reduced I grabbed it.  Its such a clever idea and is great to place under more fitted items such as dresses and tops to create the illusion of a shirt underneath, without the bulk.

6) Primark blanket coat £10 (from £23) 

OK, this coat is an acquired taste but in the grey, black and winter white colourway with a faux leather trim, it looks great. It came with a belt (which I removed) as I am going to wear it as a more laid back waterfall style coat or use a large kilt pin to fasten it. Its suprisingly cosy for a car coat (as its not lined) too.7)  Claires Accessories floral crown, diamante headband, pearl and stud necklace and lurex braces – all £1 each (from £10 – £5)

Because you can never have to many acccessories….8) ASOS patchwork dungaree dress £22.50 (from £38)

I have been on the look out for a dungaree dress since the Autumn and tried loads on but couldnt find one I liked. This one with the different colored denim sections is cute without looking too young and where I didnt like the raw hem (really ASOS?) and just hemmed it to make it look neater.  

9) Monki via ASOS sunglasses £3.75 (from £15)

Is it too early to buy sunglasses? I say no! I loved the cats eye shape of these combined with the gold metal frame. 10) River Island suedette bib £9 (from £15) and bow collar £4 (from £8)

Yes, it’s another shirt bib! I really think theyre fabulous. I also liked this cute bow which fastens like a choker and will be a great substitute for my normal statement necklaces.  

So what bargains have you been treating yourself to? I’d love to know…

Finding my Dress of Dreams™

I think its fair to say I’m quite a bohemian at heart. Style wise I love a maxi dress or skirt or hippy style kimono. I’m always on the look out for great boho style pieces for my wardrobe but you tend to find they are mainly summer pieces.

When I saw this dress in H&M last week I grabbed it off the rail so quickly I almost gave myself whiplash!  I don’t buy a lot of clothes but this sort of dress is a dream daytime dress for me.

The dress itself is a great A/W piece made from a silky yet thick material which hangs beautifully. Being only 5’2″ I knew the dress would be too long and as soon as I got it home I altered it taking 3″ off the bottom. I’m used to shortening things now when there’s not a petite section and a dress like this is pretty easy to do.

I added a thick belt for a more structured look, as being petite I often get a bit swamped by blouson styles but the dress has an elasticated waistband so can easy be worn without. It is available in sizes UK 6-16 and comes up true to size/slightly generous. I am wearing a UK size 10 here although as I mentioned it is shorted by 3″.

      Little details such as bell sleeves and a tasselled tie to the collar really makes this dress looks much more expensive than it really was…

 …Oh yes, did I mention it is instore at only £14.99!!! What an absolute bargain!Lace up boots keep the look relaxed yet still within a bohemian vibe although I kept the hem length to just above the floor so you can hardly see them.I kept my hair long and added some extra curls to the ends, make-up was a neutral daytime look with just a bit of mascara, brown eyeshadow and wine coloured lip gloss to complete the look. My autumn flower power inspired look was complete!

Dress – H&M

Belt – Vintage

Boots – New Look

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Suns out…Sunnies on!

I do love a pair of sunglasses.  I have quite a lot of them and use them as you would jewellery, changing the style to suit my fashion look.  I like to have a some cheap and cheerful pairs which I add to when new trends occur and one or two more premium ones in classic styles that wont date. 

When www.discountedsunglasses.co.uk recently asked if I would like to choose a pair from their range I immediately fell in love this this Michael Kors pair. Sporty and cool looking they are very different from the normal cats eyes styles I go for, but at the same time very classic looking. They were also discounted from £84.00 to just £49.99!
 
There have some lovely little details such as the Michael Kors name in silver simply on the side and an MK logo on the inside base of each arm.  The quality shines through and you really notice it when wearing them in bright sunshine – the glare protection is amazing.  And best of all I couldn’t believe I could get a pair of Michael Kors sunglasses for under £50!
 
I styled them with skinny jeans, a bright tee and my favourite Cath Kidston ‘Cloud’ trainers for a laid back casual look.  What do you think?michael kors sunglasses outfit via Always a Blue Sky Girl styling blog
  
michael kors sunglasses outfit via Always a Blue Sky Girl styling blog 
I love this t-shirt.  Look at the back detail… michael kors sunglasses outfit via Always a Blue Sky Girl styling blog   
T-shirt – La Redoute
Sunglasses – http://www.discountedsunglasses.co.uk*
Jacket – F&F
Jeans – Dorothy Perkins
Trainers – Gola at Cath Kidston

I’ve been wearing them quite a bit as its been lovely and sunny here in the UK.  I think they work just as well with a more formal look too…

michael kors sunglasses outfit via Always a Blue Sky Girl styling blog  
 
Jacket – M&Co.
Skirt – Monsoon
Sunglasses -www.discountedsunglasses.co.uk*
Sandals – Matalan

Do you love them as much I as do?  So far I’ve hardly took them off!  Check out the rest of the range and grab yourself a designer bargain here.