Life lately, Coatigans, Early Black Friday Discounts, and Our Home Improvements.
England has, once again, been plunged into lockdown 2.0. An enforced slumber with people up and down the country facing tougher restrictions.
For a little while, we have been thinking of revamping some of the areas of our home. We thought we would start with the kitchen. So, for weeks, we have been sourcing floor tiles and wood for the kitchen area.
We have chosen a mixture of wood and porcelain floor tiles in a Victorian style for the kitchen. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished effect when our expert tiler has worked his magic! Luckily, the workmen we have booked to do their various jobs can enter our home to do their bit – as long as we all social distance, while wearing our masks.
I have started listening to podcasts and loved the interview with Michelle Ogundehin (Former Editor-in-Chief at “Elle Decoration” magazine) Michelle was being interviewed on Alyson Walsh’s podcast, “That’s not my age”. Michelle said,
“Spend as much as you can afford on the floor. Flooring underpins everything and is not easy to change. Nothing will improve a cheap floor”.
I am finding Michelle’s website so helpful for decorating advice and ideas – here’s the link if you want to check it out: MichelleOgundehin.com
I will look forward to sharing the result once we are finished revamping the kitchen.
For our last trip out before “lockdown”, we decided to visit our local shopping centre to see what was on offer for Christmas, coinciding the trip with a Costa coffee – while we could!
While there, we were surprised to see some great discounts. I managed to get a huge 30% reduction on some Dior aftershaves in “House of Fraser”. My menfolk are very fussy about their signature scents! So, this was a big markdown on the original price and will keep them happy!
What I’ve Been Wearing Lately
The fashion industry seems to be all about reinvention and creating hybrids. This season, we have the “shacket”. But, for the past few seasons, we have had the “coatigan”.
As I am a coat addict, I was attracted to this quirky trend which has a flattering shape and comfortable style. You may well ask “What the heck is a coatigan”?
This is my attempt to describe it. Coatigans are lighter than a coat but warmer than a cardigan and have more of a finish than a cardigan, usually without any lining.
This garment suits the climate where we live in the North East of England as it can sometimes be warmish in the winter and cooler in the summer. It’s so unpredictable, here.
This is one of those items you don’t think you need until you have one.
I bought this grey wool coatigan from Zara around four years ago. I have had so much wear from it. I do like this concept of a lightweight coat. Hence, when I saw a cream woollen one in the sale, this year, reduced from £199 – £79.00 (Mint Velvet), I couldn’t help myself. They are both the best quality wool, as you can see in the photographs, and are super soft to wear – and not scratchy. I will have them both for a long, long time to come.
Usually “Black Friday”, the biggest shopping event of the year, takes place on the last weekend in November, because of coronavirus. And, “Lockdown” companies are releasing discounts, earlier. With a range of retailers set to slash their prices on big-ticket items like TVs and coffee machines, it is the best time of the year to find a deal and, of course, get your Christmas presents sorted. Here are some ideas and what’s on offer, right now!
As well as 50% off certain items, Sosandar currently have 20% off your order when you sign up to their VIP Newsletter.
Marks & Spencer
Getting a head start, “Marks and Spencer” have up to 30% per cent off selected womenswear … Here are a few items, on offer.
Along with their Christmas advert Click here to watch🎄🎄“John Lewis” always have amazing offers, both on-line and in-store. Here is a selection of their discounts. John Lewis & Partners currently have a saving of 20% off selected items.
It is fair to say that we all want our wardrobes to support sustainability and small independent brands. Take a peek at this beautiful weekend bag from a UK family run business called, “Oarsum”.
Their products are all handmade using recycled “well used”, old sailcloth! These bags are part of their creative designs and are “best sellers”. They come in a variety of sizes along with several personalisation options. You can choose from initials, flags, or a simple shape (I picked a “pink star” with a mixture of colours). The design is then forever unique to you. What a brilliant idea!!! This is a perfect gift for either yourself, your family or someone you love for Christmas.
I am a huge fan of these supplements plus any help, health-wise, is welcome. I have noticed they have some great offers on, now, so I may drop a few hints, here and there, with my family. Click here to read my review about “Lumity”.
‘40% off their Ultimate Self Care Set’
Please note that the above are affiliate links – if you like the look of one of the items and click through to the website, there is no extra cost to you.
Thank you for reading my post. I hope you have enjoyed it.
If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below. All products are my own, apart from the overnight bag from Oarsum, which was a gift.