Friday, 22 May 2015

46 great swimwear buys

Swimwear: J Crew

Yep, it's that time of year. If you haven't already got your summer one-piece/crop top kini/triangle style already, you better be quick - they go so fast (a lot of the J Crew ones I was looking at had already sold out). I will be sunning myself in Spain as you read this, so it seemed appropriate that I do an article on swimwear (some of which I bought for my hols).


I have only recently succumbed to a one-piece but love the freedom it allows you (not to mention the amount of stomach crunches you can forget about!). And there are so many more fashionable versions out there now, which still offer body sculpting (love this term!) without being a 'miracle suit'. And cut-outs seem have gone from TOWIE to tasteful in a few short years...

1. Green leopard swimsuit, £15, F&F 

2. Black scalloped swimsuit, £36, Topshop

3. Pink and blue halterneck swimsuit, £98, J Crew

4. Black and white one-shoulder swimsuit, £89, Reiss (I have only just discovered Reiss swimwear!)

5. Blue and pink printed underwired swimsuit, £39, Monsoon

6. Black and white underwired swimsuit, £79, Reiss

7. Brown and green swimsuit (the middle is cut-out - I saw it instore and it looks amazing), £24.99, H&M

8. Black and white halter swimsuit for DD+, £26.99, New Look

9. Green cut-out sporty swimsuit, £290, Ephemera. (If money were no object this would be the one I'd buy - but Next has a realllly similar one in black for £70 here -but they've sold out of my size)

10. Blue leopard print, £25, Marks & Spencer


I'm actually in love with the one I bought from H&M a few weeks ago...for me, with a smaller bust, I find choosing a bikini top in a more triangle shape works better than the 50s underwired styles that kind of need curves.

Bikini: H+M. Shirt: MHL Margaret Howell. Self tan: Vichy. Sunglasses: Valentino (buy similar here)

1. Blue tile print bikini, £34, Topshop

2. Tile print bikini top, £17.99, New Look. Bikini bottoms, £11.99, New Look

3. Floral bikini top, £19, MonsoonBikini briefs, £15, Monsoon

4. Underwired blue bralet, £12, Next. Bikini briefs, £12, Next

5. Leopard print halter bikini top, £10, Marks & Spencer. Bikini bottoms, £8, Marks & Spencer


All the chic with none of the strappy tan lines....

1. Blue stripe bikini top, £15, & Other Stories. Bikini bottoms, £19, & Other Stories

2. Taupe and black bikini, £110, Zeus & Dione at Net A Porter

3. Floral and snakeprint bikini, £215, Zimmerman 

4. Navy bikini top, £90, Melissa Odabash. Bikini bottoms, £90 Melissa Odabash both at SimplyBeach (but trust me, there's a reason these ones are expensive - such good fabric/cut)

5. Green leaf print bikini top, £3.99, H&M. Bikini bottoms, £3.99, H&M

6. Black and orange bikini, $89 (they ship worldwide), Triangl 

7. Pink scalloped edge bikini, £190, Marysia at Salt

8. Coral stripe swimsuit, £35, River Island

And last but not least:


Simply the best ones around. I love the new styles that have emerged recently - especially the sporty 'Crop top' style.

£116.25, Zoe Karssen at Shopbop

1. Gingham bralet, £12, Next. Bikini bottoms, £8, Next

2. Black double strap bikini top, £8, F+F. Bikini bottoms, £6, F+F

3. Brown and black stripe cropped top bikini, £190, Tory Burch at Net A Porter

4. Pink printed bikini top, £14, Miss Selfridge. Bikini bottoms, £10, Miss Selfridge

5. Navy, brown and blue bikini, £295, Flagpole Swim

6. Black and white stripe underwire bikini top, £58, J Crew. Bikini bottoms, £50, J Crew 

7. Red and burgundy sporty bikini £295, Flagpole Swim.

8. Monochrome fluted bikini top, £20, Next. Bikini bottoms, £12, Next 

9. Blue crochet and neoprene bikini, $89, Triangl

10. Black one shoulder frill bikini top, £7.99, H&MBikini bottoms, £3.99, H&M

11. Monochrome Balinese print bralet top, £19, Accessorize. Bikini bottoms, £17, Accessorize

12. Black cropped top bikini, £28, Topshop

Thursday, 21 May 2015

I'm off!

Boilersuit: £50, Asos. Bag: Sophie Hulme. Sandals: Birkenstock. Passport holder: Smythson. Large suitcase: Marks & Spencer (buy similar here). Smaller suitcase: Tripp at Debenhams (buy similar here)
Most of you will have seen from Instagram that I am out of the country. I am sunning myself in Nerja, Spain - I go pretty much every year, as much as I like adventure, sometimes it's just nice to go somewhere you know and be truly relaxed.

It's business as usual on the blog as I have scheduled some posts but come see me on Instagram and my newly started Snapchat (I have NO idea what I'm doing on it, so may be a laugh!) - username thefrugality.

Oh, and I got a lot of questions about my boilersuit at the airport (it's sooooo comfy) - it's £50 on Asos. I love it. It's not as denim-my as it looks on the site, more of a brushed cotton but a great summer buy, nonetheless. I am also in love with my new Sophie Hulme cross-body bag - my one indulgence this month - I treated myself at my Fenwick event with the 20% discount - so it worked out at under £300 which sounds ridiculous but it is a good price for a designer bags these days. I did a carboot sale on the weekend making £500 from my old clothes, shoes and homewares so in fact it was (kind of) free. And I've almost got my cost per wear out of it within the first week!

Sophie Hulme bag, £309, Sophie Hulme at Shopbop

Jumpsuit; £50, Asos

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

DAD Sandals...

Hannah from En Brogue, wearing sandals: £60, Hudson. I'm wearing sandals: £35, Teva
Where do you go after wearing comfy Birkenstocks all day everyday last summer...? The dad sandal, that's where - or 'dandals' as I like to call them. We've gone from the 'ugly sandals' to the downright ridiculous (with velcro straps) - but, once you put these orthopaedic flats on your feet, I promise you there will be no turning back.

HANNAH: Top: Topshop. Dungarees: River Island. Clutch: Coach.
ALEX: Trench: DAY Birger et Mikkelsen. Top: New Look. Culottes: Karen Millen.

Don't think you could? I draw your attention to the backlash to Birkenstocks pre 2014...where comfort starts, fashion follows.

Hannah Rochell, flat wearer since...well, a long time, and founder of flat shoe blog En Brogue says: "I've always been a fan of slightly "ugly" shoes (I've been wearing Birkenstocks for 20 years) so Velcro walking sandals don't feel like a hard transition for me. I loved the Gola ones that were paired with Bermuda shorts at Christopher Raeburn's SS15 catwalk show (in fact, I promptly bought them) but I've fallen really hard for these from Hudson as they feel a bit more fashion forward. It goes without saying that they're MEGA comfortable, too".

Christopher Raeburn S/S 15 (image: 
Burberry Prorsum S/S 15 (image:
FitFlop has also got in on the action, and I must admit they're like walking on AIR:

Jacket: Jigsaw. Shirt: Atterley Road. Jeans: half price in the Matches sale, MiH Jeans. Sandals: FitFlop

1. Rose gold leather sandals, £50, Teva at Asos

2. Leather sandals, £55, Vagabond

3. 'Funki' reef sandals, £48, Topshop

4. 'Sling' sandal, £55, FitFlop

5. Toe loop footbed sandals, £20, Next

6. 'Calypso' silver sandals, £60, Hudson

7. 'Flapjack' sporty sandals, £38, Topshop

Monday, 18 May 2015

Half Price Anya Hindmarch...

Yes, you read that right. And Burberry, Kenzo, Chloe and MARC By Marc Jacobs. One of the best accessories websites around, Monnier Freres, is having a SECRET SALE between 18th - 21st May with 50% off a huge selection of bags - all items in the sale are listed here - using the code SECRET 50 AT Checkout - and I've actually just secured a code of 55% off at checkout with FRUGALITY55.

'Girlie Stuff' Anya Hindmarch pouch: usually £95, now £47.50, Monnier Freres
MARC By Marc Jacobs bag: usually £265, now £132.50, Monnier Freres
Anya Hindmarch 'Valorie' clutch: usually £350, now £175, Monnier Freres
Shop the Secret Sale here.


Sunday, 17 May 2015

Fenwick X The Frugality 14.05.15

Last Thursday, I held my first shopping evening in my favourite Department store, Fenwick of Bond Street. 20% discount on the evening, drinks, canapes and manicures - it was such a lovely evening and I loved meeting some amazing women (who enjoy shopping as much as me!). 

Getting my touch up makeup done at the Bobbi Brown concession - see Adeola, she worked miracles in 10 minutes! 

Many of you know that Fenwick is my favourite London store - it has a relaxed atmosphere and there really is something for everyone - shoppers bought from the stationery dept, kidswear right up to denim, shoes and accessories (the Le Specs sunnies went down really well). It was so much fun going through everyone's purchases.

Gluten, dairy and refined sugar free crumbles from Livia's Kitchen

Wearing jumper: Bella Freud (available in black here). Jeans: MiH 'Phoebe' . Both brands are stocked in Fenwick.
Knot & Bow products: Fenwick

Christian Lacroix stationery: Fenwick. Kusama ornament: my own

At the end of the night, that black Sophie Hulme bag was mine! 
My friend Natalie from StyloClay designed my flyer and signage
I brought a few items from my home to mix in with my top picks from the store

I asked a few of my favourite brands to help with gifting on the evening. Thank you Eve Lom, Bliss, Nails Inc and Roger & Gallet for helping with the goodie bags

Nails Inc provided manis

Laura from WITBlog 

Thank you all for supporting me on my first store event - it meant so much to have everyone there - especially traipsing through the rain!

A big thanks also to my wonderful husband (who I know reads this), who took all these photos throughout the evening.

Want more? See my Top 10 picks for denim - complimentary nail colours, my favourite brands and styles at Fenwick Muse:

And afterwards? I met some friends for a well deserved glass of champagne and dinner at Bob Bob Ricard (and they showed me what they'd bought - stationery and leopard print Supergas - I approved). All in all, I'd say it was a great night.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Workwear {Part Three}

Sunglasses: £20, ToyShades. Sleeveless trench: £29.99, H&M. Cashmere jumper: reduced to £87, Iris & Ink. Trousers: £22, Asos. Leather bag: £220, Karen Millen. Shoes: £60, Next 
This a much more relaxed work/office approach - and one more in keeping with my working style. This Iris & Ink cashmere jumper is my new favourite - it's the lightest weight cashmere I've ever worn and cool enough for summer - and it goes with everything. Actually, if you want excellent quality workwear, Iris & Ink is a really good place to start. It's a more premium price, but you can intersperse it with more affordable pieces (as I have here).

Watch: £49.99, Timex

I'm really into the bowling bag styles at the moment, they look smart and can hold everything - but you need to spend a decent amount of money to get a decent one. I almost bought this & Other Stories version last week (but might need another payday before I invest).

Leather bag: £145, & Other Stories

Leather tote: £185, See by Chloe at The Outnet
Leather tote: £220, Karen Millen

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