Net-An-Even-Bigger-Bargain!

OMG!

So you might have seen my post about Net-A-Porter‘s amaze sale (if you didn’t you can catch up HERE)…

They now have a further 20% off sale stock! there are garments 80%off with a further 20% off…so that comes down to like, super super, SUPER cheap.

Have a look – I’ve already hit up my credit card to get those things I missed out on in round one!

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Are you ready for this jelly?

As summer approaches, the need for fun footwear is at the top of every gals list. I have long been a pioneer of the jelly shoe, and am delighted to see them come back onto the fash scene with such a vengeance this summer.

Specifically, i’ve loved the Vivienne Westwood by Melissa range. It’s been around for ages, and I have to say each new collection never disappoints. I have a pair of jelly heels and countless pairs of jelly flats… they are so comfy and smell amazing! When I ask people to smell my shoe it’s often met with disgusted and puzzled looks but those who do take me up on my seemingly strange offer are just so excited when they get a whiff of the bubblegum-scented plastic Melissa uses!

It’s ingenious!

But, steering away from my love of The Viv by Mel range, I’ve had a scout round for the best jelly shoes of the season. From luxe to less, these shoes will make you smile, and prepare your tootsies for the warmer weather ahead.

THE CLASSIC JELLY

You had these as a kid…so why not bring them back and rock them at the beach this weekend?

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Sportsgirl Beach Sandal, $19.95

THE ULTIMATE JELLY

For the designer jelly fan, these flats are classic and ooze fun!
I have these in blue… THE BEST SHOE EVER!

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Salvatore Ferragamo Jelly Flat @ Farfetch, USD $200.67

THE EVERYDAY JELLY

Slip these on and off you go! Perfect for those hot yet rainy days.

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Vivienne Westwood for Melissa VW Divine, $125

THE OMG! JELLY

You just CANNOT go past these bad boys. SO VW, SO FAB!

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Vivienne Westwood for Melissa VW Lady Dragon Bow, $125

THE SUMMERY JELLY

Look no further than a pretty sandal! Loving these neon contrasting colours.

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Kate Spade New York @ Amazon.com Farren Sandals, USD $49.73

Happy Shopping! x

London Fashion Week gets down to Earth

Fashion Week for me was always super elite. The upper echelons of fash society sip away at their chandon and pass comment on the next genius collection from [insert du jour designer here].

The latest collections which are labelled ‘Ready to Wear’ leave me thinking about how catching the train in the morning wearing such outfits would be a logistical nightmare, and i’m left going ‘Wow, looks cool…but I don’t think I’ll ever get there.’

This year looks to be different, as London Fashion week is set to be more user-friendly and accessible to the general public.

British Fashion Council CEO Caroline Rush says that she is keen to use social media such as FB and Twitter to get people talking about the collections featured which will make the event more consumer-friendly.

“Social media lets you share messages, get it out to broad audiences. It’s a great way to get an instant response, to find out what’s trending.” She said.

LFW is making a great effort to bring the event straight to social media, with a whole heap of bloggers working in conjunction with the event organisers and live streaming of almost 30 runway shows. So, you can check out the shows from where ever you are.

I personally can’t wait for the latest Viv Westwood Red, Temperley London, Stella McCartney and Paul Smith collections to hit the runway!

Do you think it’s a good move to bring LFW to the consumer? What will be your LFW highlight?

Ankle boot must-haves: the Saks edit

This morning I received the email that would help me forget about the working week and set me up for some seriously good shoe shopping.

I love Saks, but unfortunately they don’t have concession stores in Australia. The ranges are beautiful, they stock some fab brands and they are usually competitively priced.

I remember back in the old days when Saks didn’t post to Oz. I had to put a ban on looking at the site for fear I would send myself into a envy-driven breakdown!

Fast forward to the last year or so and alas, they do ship here. Shipping costs are not exactly cheap, but they are reasonable if you are seriously coveting something you can only find online.

Right now they have a ripper of a sale happening that you’d be silly not to jump on! I had a peruse and picked my top 3 ankle boots for the chilly months ahead:

1. Missoni Wave Pattern Platform boots

These are quintessentially Missoni and despite the pattern, this won’t date. Team with a leather skirt and a bronze sequinned top for a party look or some cigarette pants, tee and a structured jacket for a more casual look.

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PRICE: AUD$1008.47 AUD $403.39 (60% OFF!)

2. Melissa Vivienne Westwood Button Ankle Boots

I can’t speak highly enough of the Melissa range. I have quite a few of the Vivienne Westwood shoes by Melissa and my gawd. I am so ready for this jelly! These ankle flatties are super cute and will work with almost any outfit. They even double and mini gummies and all of the Melissa shoes have a fun bubble gum smell, long after you’ve bought them, too!

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PRICE: AUD$155.15 AUD $62.06 (60% OFF!)

3. Rachel Roy Gillian Suede and Glitter platform ankle boots

Anyone who knows me will know my two favourite materials and sequinned and suede. I’ve copped a lot of flak for wearing sequins and glitter casually, and I don’t care. Who doesn’t want a bit of sparkle in their life? This boots are just DIVINE and the self-covered platform and metal hardware on the toe gives it a rockin’ edge. The price is even better- I doubt I could get the same at Wanted shoes for that price!

glitterboots

PRICE: AUD$439.59 AUD $175.84 (60% OFF!)

Happy shopping HERE! x

[pics from Saksfifthavenue.com]

ASOS – Awesomely Super Online Shopping!

When I was jotting down some potential online shopping sites to review I was a bit unsure if I should bother with asos.com. I mean, everyone knows ASOS, right?

Wrong.

It seems I was so caught up trying to discover the next online shopping mecca I forgot the KISS policy: Keep It Simple Stupid!

A quick survey with the girls in the office reaffirmed my need to start with the basics. 68% of women on the floor had never bought from ASOS, and surprisingly, a whopping 50% didn’t even know it existed!

Oh. Em. Gee.

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Even George Dubya is perplexed

NAVIGATION & RANGE

With a super easy to manipulate site, you just type in the URL and BAM! You’re in the thick of the action.

However, if you’re anything like me, the action gets a bit too thick sometimes and you find yourself wading through 26 pages of quicksand in the form of the WOMEN>SALE>DRESSES tab and get bored quickly. That’s why it helps to know what you are looking for.

In saying that, the variety is amazeballs. What other site can you name that offers such a vast array of high street to high(er) end brands? The site covers everything from ASOS brand to Alice McCall, American Apparel to Antipodium. Love!

The range is endless, the trend factor and stock cycles are high, and they cater to – in my opinion anyway – women of all shapes, sizes, ages and work Xmas party themes…

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Aloha! The lovely Angela (Middle) and myself (Right) rocking our ASOS finds

Worth a mention is their maternity section. If you’re a mum-to-be and still want to be on trend I’d suggest you take a look. As well as offering a wide range of maternity fash brands, ASOS brand quite often repeat the same garment in  petite, normal and maternity ranges, as I found out the hard way, see below:

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UK Pregnancy & Birth Mag April 2012. Check the pants in the bottom right…

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…Yep! The same!

I’ve found bras and swimwear, evening dresses, winter coats, jewellery, funky Vivienne Westwood flats, even some questionable electric blue, high-waisted, microfibre pants. But probably my fave purchase to date is a beautifully constructed Urban Code branded leather jacket that is so deliciously timeless and cool.

SALES

Well! You’d be hard pressed to not find a bargs on this site. So good are the bargains, in fact, that asos.com got a write up in Australian Money Magazine’s ‘Web Find’ section in their September 2012 issue.

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Okay, so I had a lot to do with that. I am the “Girlfriend” mentioned in the article and that was MY leather jacket that made web find of the month.

I have to say, I was chuffed enough to receive the accolade, but I went from excited to catatonic when I discovered the author (the fabulous Emi Berry) had likened me to ultimate rock chick and bad ass, Suzi Quatro!

But I digress…

Signing up to their mailing list will help you get to the front of the queue, as they often have flash sales for short periods of time, e.g 60% off leather for 48 hours. There are always further reductions on sale stock, new markdowns, the ASOS outlet and special codes delivered direct to your email inbox for customers.

SIZES

ASOS is home to over 800 brands, and every fit is different. They have a handy size guide next to each item that I strongly recommend you use. Look carefully to see if the garment sizes are in UK or Aussie sizing and use the measurements to make sure it will fit you.

SHIPPING & RETURNS

FREE. Worldwide (Wha?)

That’s all I need to say, really isn’t it? That is, If you’re prepared to wait a week and a half for your clothes to arrive at your doorstep.

And who isn’t these days?

ASOS are excellent at keeping in touch, and will generally do a same-day dispatch, which means by the 7th day you’ll have your hot little hands on your purchase. These parcels are tracked and I’ve never had a problem with them.

If you can’t wait, there’s a 2 days express shipping option for just $10. I choose this if I need something for an occasion. You can get free express shipping If you spend over $125 and enter the code AUEXPRESS at the checkout.

If for some reason you are unhappy with your purchase once it arrives, you can fill in the simple returns form, state your reason and send the garments back within 28 days. You foot the bill to return the parcel, but the fantastic guys at ASOS have a customer returns centre in Chullora, NSW which means you save a bit of dosh on international postage.

I love ASOS, and I know I promised high-end (Stay tuned for my next installment!!) but I have to pay me dues. If you don’t do a lot of online shopping, this is a great place to start.  Shoes, bags, lingerie, accessories, beauty and Men’s – this is your one stop online shop. The customer service is excellent, website seamless and the range is just so hot right now.

So, what are you waiting for?