Spring Shopping

Hello Lovelies.

We are now well into March and that means that spring should be on its way pretty soon, although I’m not sure winter is quite ready to leave is just yet (I mean, snow again, really).

I have to say that I am really ready for spring and summer now. I have had enough of layers, coats and boots and I can’t wait to give myself a pedicure and slip on some sandals. For now though, I am having to make do by looking at all the lovely spring goodies in the shops.

At the beginning of the month when we last had snow and I was stuck indoors I had a big spring clean of my clothes and put a lot of them up for sale.

Today I have been on a short but sweet shopping trip with my lovely friend Janine to fill the gaps with some lovely bits for spring and summer this year.

One thing that you should know about me (and about Janine) is that we are bargain hunters. I am happy to pay full price for something that I really love, but if I can find something that I really love in the sale, even better.

Here is my little pile of goodies from today…

I really am a sucker for a bright colour any time of year, but as all the beautiful spring flowers start to pop up it makes me want to wear colour even more.

So here are today’s purchases:

First up was the Matalan Clearance shop in Newport. This is my favourite shop for bargain hunting as you can pick up lots of lovely bits and bobs for a really reasonable price (Janine got 4 pairs of shoes today for £14). From there I picked up these bits…

This pretty little denim dress will be perfect for both spring and summer and will look lovely with sandals or little pumps. For cooler days you could pop on a pair of leggings and a bright colour cardigan. This was reduced from £25 to £14 and I think it is well worth that. I can’t wait to wear this. I got this is a size 14.

This little grey dress was reduced from £14 to £9 and I got this in a size M. I am planning on wearing this with lots of bright colours and I have the perfect yellow statement necklace to go with this. You could even replace the tie belt with a thick bright belt of your own. I love little plain dresses and I need to replenish my plain dresses since losing weight so was happy to find this.

This little skirt was the cheapest item at £3.50 reduced from £12. I think this will look lovely with a coloured body or with a denim skirt tucked in. This will be great to wear dressed up for cocktails with heels and tights or dresses down with vans. I do love a versatile wardrobe staple and this is one of those.

Finally, these striped trousers. These were £7 reduced from £14. Someone in the shop saw me trying these on and they were full of compliments and even went to look for some herself which I will take as a good sign. I plan on wearing these with a plain top tucked in and some sandals.

Next up was New Look. I only got one thing from here which is this little red dress from the Blue Vanilla range. This was reduced from £20 to £7 and I could even get away with wearing this now with tights and boots. I love the floral pattern of this and the material is so soft.

We then went to outfit where I got a lovely Warehouse dress for £10 from £39. I already have a dress in this style that I wore for a friend’s wedding last summer. I got this one in a smaller size so that it will last me after I reach target.

I also got this lovely little ring from Topshop which was reduced to £2. I love this and it fits lovely on my middle or index finger.

Finally from today’s shop was this green and white striped t-shirt from H&M. This was not in the sale but was only £3.99 anyway. I love stripy tops and I don’t yet have a green so I’m excited to wear this with a denim pinafore or tucked into a denim skirt. I love the H&M basics – t-shirts, jersey dresses and cardigans especially – and I’ll be keeping an eye out for some other unusual colours.

I’m also going to share a couple of bits I picked up while at Gloucester Quays with my husband on Saturday. They had an awesome deal in White Stuff where you could get 3 items for £30. My hubby got himself a lovely dressing gown and I picked up a reversible cardigan and a beautiful thick yellow scarf. I actually wore the scarf today as it was so cold and it kept me nice and warm.

I am so pleased with my little haul, especially as it was all purchased with money from my spring clean.

What was your favourite item?

Let me know if you would like to see a try on haul.

Thank you for reading and watch this space for money spring and summer goodness.




I heart my Dr Marten’s 

I got my first pair of Dr Marten’s for my 15th Birthday. I was going through a bit of an alternative phase and was despatate for some black boots to wear with my stripy tights and tartan mini skirts. Luckily my Mum and Dad gave in and got me a pair and I’m pleased to say they are still going strong almost 15 years later. 

Here is a picture of my original babies… 

I still love to pop these on with some black tights and a little dress and they are so comfy still. 

I’m sad to say it took me 13 years to get another pair and once again these for courtesy of Mum and Dad, only this time they were a Christmas present. I went for the black Polley t-bar shoes and I have worn these over, and over again and I think it was these that re-ignited a true love of DM’s that a teenager can’t possibly fund. I love to wear these with skinny jeans or with a dress in summer and winter. I love that they have an almost school shoe look to them (and oh how I would have loved shoes like this when I was at school). 

Since then my collection has grown. As a teenager I was despatate for a pair of Mary Janes however I never actually got a pair. Last summer while shopping in Cardiff we noticed that there was a DM sale on and I managed to get myself these bad boys… 

And for my birthday last year I got these… 

This was a decision that I made following years of buying cheap boots that only lasted around a month. I saw these in the shop and decided I would quite like a pair for my birthday to wear during autumn and winter. Best decision EVER! They not only lasted me a whole Autumn and winter but they also have a lot of wear left in them. Despite the way they look they are surprisingly light and soooo comfortable – I even wore them whilst walking around Rome and found them to be more comfortable than my trainers. I love these and would buy more pairs. 

For Christmas last year my hubby got me these…

I love these. Whenever I wear them I get compliments and I CANNOT stop staring at my feet when I wear them! I’m sure Ed is fed up of my gushing compliments of these shoes whenever I wear them. These are perfect with tights and dresses or with jeans. I especially love to team them with stripes! Who doesn’t love floral shoes? 

This brings me to my final pair… I got these yesterday after months of eyeing them up… I’m sure I popped into the store at least 20 times to stare at them and stroke them and added them to my online basket more than once! Reduced to £65 (from £95) I had an absolute bargain and I can’t wait to break these bad boys in and start wearing them! 

These are the bubblegum pink Polley t-bars from the pastel range and I am in LOVE. 

I’m pretty sure these will become a staple in my summer wardrobe and I’m already planning outfits to wear with them… I may even wear them to work tomorrow! 

My advice to you about Dr Marten’s

Although they look beautiful they WILL rub! Always arm yourself with plasters, spare socks etc. Once you have broken them in they will fit like a dream and be the comfiest shoes you have ever owned. Persevere… it makes me sad when people give up after one wear! 

If you are passing a shop pop in to have a look what they have in store… You may just find yourself leaving with something lovely! 

Shopping Spree – plus size clothing

Sorry for the long delay since my last post. 

As you will know I have had a major declutter and I have sold LOTS of my old clothes – ones that I would never wear again, that doesn’t fit anymore etc. It has actually felt pretty good getting rid of lots of things and this has obviously left lots of space in my wardrobe for new clothes that do fit and also a little bit of money to buy some new clothes. 

Yesterday I went on a shopping trip with two of my friends. We shopped till we dropped and had a rather successful shopping trip so I thought I would share some of my purchases with you. 

Our first stop was the Matalan clearance store in Newport.

I have been looking for some new tops to wear with my skinny jeans – both casual and evening wear.

Firstly I got this blue and white stripy t-shirt. This was reduced to £4 and is lovely and lightweight and will be perfect for summer days and also for Autumn teamed with a chunky cardigan and scarf. This is a size 22 from the Rogers and Rogers section. 

Secondly was this lovely red top. This again will be great for the day time and will be perfect teamed with skinny jeans but this would also be lovely for evenings teamed with heels and some lovely jewellery. This was reduced to £7 and was a steal at this price. This is also a size 22 from the Rogers and Rogers section. 

I also got this top from Matalan. This again could be dressed down for day time or dressed up for an evening out with heels and jewellery. This has a lovely dainty heart print and was reduced to £10. This was also a size 22 from the Rogers and Rogers section.

This is the last top I got from Matalan. This is a slightly thicker material with 3/4 length sleeves and would be better suited for a cooler day or evening or Autumn. This is a size 20 Papaya item. I love stripy items and this is the perfect fit. This was reduced to £8. 

Also from Matalan I got this dress that was reduced to a bargain £2. This was in a size 20 and is the Palmer Heritage range. This will be perfect for work and I couldn’t really leave it behind for that price. It is a skater style and fits lovely. 

Finally from Matalan I got this spotty skirt. Again this will be lovely for work. It sits just below the knee when worn as a high waisted skirt and should look lovely teamed with whites or reds. This was reduced to £4 and is from the Soon range. I love a high waisted skirt and it is nice to have one that is a good length to be able to wear without leggings or tights. 

I don’t really like to go anywhere without a cardigan and I love the colour yellow. I have a yellow 3/4 length sleeve cardigan that has been worn so much that it is falling apart. I’ve been looking for a replacement for a while and was so happy to finally find one in Peacocks. This was £12 full price and is a size 18. These are perfect for summer and I love the bright yellow colour. 

Also while in Peacocoks I picked up 2 pairs of shoes. The first are a light blue (myself and my sister call it Cinderella blue). These are a peep toe and sling backed and are a lovely summer shoe. These are a size 8 and were £8 full  priced. 

I also got these blue sandals. These have a block heel and an ankle strap and are the type of shoe I have been searching for. I was so excited when I spotted these… They were the last pair, were a size 8 and were reduced to £5. This purchase really made my day. 

We then moved onto Dorothy Perkins where I got a lovely summer dress. This was £20 full price but with my 10% NHS discount came to £18. It has lovely thick straps, comes to just above the knee and is a lovely fit. It has a lovely floral pattern that reminds me of the 70’s. I got this in a size 20.

My finally purchases for the day were from Primark. I got myself a new pair of summer PJ’s. These were £5 for the pair and are perfect for summer. 

And last but not least I got a little mermaid t-shirt. This is supposed to be a pyjama top but I think it may be making an appearance as a t-shirt. Anyone that knows me will know how much I love the Little Mermaid and so will know my excitement at this getting this. This is a size XL which is an 18-20 and cost me £6.

I’m also going to sneak another little purchase on here… Friday lunchtime I got a dress from Debenhams that I am in love with. It is from the House of Holland collection and was £28 with 20% off. This has a lovely bee print with a cutout on the chest. I absolutely love this and I have already planned its first outing. This is a size 18 and fits fine – it does have a little bit of stretch to it – and it will go perfect with my new yellow cardigan. 

If you would like to see any of these on then please give me a shout. 

I do still have some clothing available for sale over on my Depop shop so I may be able to have another shopping spree soon. 

Let me know what you think of my new clothes 😃