As we appear to be firmly on the roadmap out of lockdown into our “new normal”, I’ve realised that I’ve gained a few pounds which are, errrr, taking some shifting. Instead of beating myself up with a wet flannel, I’ve decided to keep on with my exercise and just try my very best to stay fit and healthy, accepting that my midlife body shape is the way it is.
I will most definitely keep up my fitness routine, which is the most important thing, for both physical and mental well-being. My family and I love the whole occasion of eating wholesome, good food. And, the thought of watching every morsel I consume and having to work out for endless hours, doesn’t fill me with excitement.
Like most, I lived in joggers, tees and comfy workout gear throughout the last lockdown. They have served us all extraordinarily well, but I am slowly weaning my way back into keeping my “ comfies” at bay, and introducing normal dressing, once more. By normal dressing, I mean wearing something which lifts the spirit and is a great enhancer.
Mint Velvet Jacket with my bargain Zara Skirt – Having a wander in the city
In today’s post, I’m wearing some new sale additions which have pepped up my wardrobe. As you know, if you read my blog, regularly, I love a bargain and I very rarely pay full price. I’m always aware of considering my wardrobe consumption and don’t buy a lot – just a few additions, here and there. I also love the concept of renting clothes, too – especially if I have a special occasion to attend. I’ve had a quick peek and there are some stunning outfits on offer.
A few years ago, I wrote a similar post showing a few bargains I’d found in the sales (check it here). I listed the questions I ask myself when I purchase anything new (I still do this). Here’s a reminder.
Before I jump in and buy, I ask myself
· will I get a lot of wear from this?
· will it make the transition to early autumn or the following season?
· will I still love this in six months, or, a year or two’s time, and beyond?
If the answer is yes, yes, and yes, then I’ll go for it! Here are a few bargains I’ve picked up.
1st choice – Zara Midi cream, button-up dress. Was £49.99 – bought for £20.00 Size M
I saw this dress at full price and rather fancied it but thought I would wait to see if it was reduced in the sale.
This year, Zara lowered the prices of their sale stock, incrementally. There were a few pounds knocked off at the beginning and so on……. Hence, I waited to pounce. Then, I spotted the Medium in store. The changing rooms hadn’t opened at this point so when I got home and tried it on, I realised it needed a slip underneath because the eyelet detail was quite see-through.
To the rescue came Marks and Spencer’s (above) with their waist slip in the colour, nude. It comes in various sizes and lengths and has a back vent which is perfect for this dress – it is buttoned up (front) and has a small vent. So, I wear the slip back to front and it does the job perfectly. I also got the needle and thread out to put a little stitch in the bosom area as there was a slight tug, there, forcing a little gap between the buttons.
This sorted the problem, nicely. The Marks and Spencer’s slip is such a great addition to my wardrobe. I used to have one, years ago, but, it must have been thrown out, by mistake. It is great for any garment that is remotely see-through, and I have recommended it to a lot of people – at £16.00, can’t really complain.
2nd choice – Zara Green Tie Dye Dress – was £49.99 – bought for £20.00 Size M
There is a theme, here, Zara, being it. It’s simply coincidental as I do love a browse around the shops and the Zara sale is one that came out tops for me, this year, Hence, these great bargains.
Again, I had spotted this maxi boho dress earlier at full price. I remember it prompted me (mid-shop) to drift off to a hot sunny beach where I was sipping a pina colada – oh well! As this hasn’t materialised, yet, I’ve managed to wear it to a few outings, and it’s received some lovely compliments.
In these pics, I have paired it with my Levi denim jacket. But, on Sunday, we were out to a restaurant and I wore it with my cream linen jacket, and it looked great.
Keeping it simple with my black tee, Radley bag and bargain long white skirt.
3rd choice Zara White was £49.99 – bought for £5.99! (What a bargain) size M
I have looked for a long white skirt for quite a few years and they are always on the pricy side. Then, I spotted this on the sale rail. On closer inspection, it still had the full price showing. So, I zapped the barcode with the Zara app and, to my astonishment, it showed a reduction of £5.99! So, this most definitely came home with me. This is a medium. I would have preferred a large as I like to wear skirts like this low on my hips, but who can complain about this price?!!
In these pics, I have paired with a simple black tee and a black blazer which were great for a recent trip to Newcastle. The weather being in-between British warm one-minute, then cold, the next. This is a wardrobe staple which will last me for years. I’m so chuffed because it is 100% cotton with a beautiful lace edge. So, I guess it did warrant its original price tag.
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