Tuesday, 28 February 2012

*Frugal Purchase*

Limited Edition studded brogues, £44.99, New Look

The good news is, they come in white too.

Monday, 27 February 2012

What YOU Say

I’ve found it so interesting to hear everyone’s feedback on my blog – the fact that it makes sense to a lot of people is really amazing to hear.
So I’ve dedicated today’s post to other people in the Media industry, finding out what they do to save money in small ways to afford their luxuries.

Illustration Haley Austin
Brandnation is a top Fashion + Lifestyle PR Agency in central London, they look after brands such as Wrangler, Siwy jeans (I love, you MUST try) and Charles Worthington. I was so impressed by their team work with frugality. Here’s what they do:

Jodie (Fashion)
I buy ingredients for lunch on a Monday and make my lunch for the week. Recently I have been buying mixed leaves, chicken, tomatoes, humous, couscous and making a lovely salad and it has saved me so much money. I used to spend £6.50 per day on lunch and now on average lunch costs me £13 a week so I am saving nearly £80 a month!

Rae (Sport)
My flat mate and I make dinner for 4 instead of 2 and bring it for lunch the next day. It means I don’t need to spend extra time making a separate lunch or buying it when I get to work and I save about £15-£20 a week so its well worth while.

Nicola Rose, Fashion + Creative Director at Red
Nicola suggests heading to Waitrose at 4pm on a Sunday...when all the fruit has been reduced – it still lasts and you get the great Waitrose quality.

Merrick Cassanova, Managing Editor Red + Esquire (he deals with budgets and money-so trust him on this one!) says make sure before you throw away jars past their date, that it says ‘Use by’ NOT ‘best before’. If the jar says ‘best before’ a certain date (i.e herbs etc), it just means they won’t taste as fresh as if you use them straight away.

Ebay: This online auction-house has long been loved by Fashionistas, I should probably do a whole post about it! I love hearing about style-savvy purchases...

Rachel Ingram, Contributing Fashion Assistant at Glamour
I bought amazing silk Celine leopard print trousers, Giuseppe Zanotti boots and a pair of python boots for £8!

Emily Parrett, Editor of normalityandme.com
Unparalleled in her love of Zara, Emily has saved us all time and handpicked her favourite pieces from both hers and The-Frugality's fave High Street store:

A-Symmetric Skirt £29.99 – Linen Tee £15.99 – Floral Bowed Shirt £22.99 - Studio Jacket With Combined Lapel £89.99 – Basic Handbag £19.99 – Printed Trousers £25.99 – Skull and Feather Earrings £9.99

Theia Nankivell, Agent at KBJ Management
It's probably quite an obvious one, but as I've just been furnishing my flat, I've found an amazing website http://www.made.com/ which has huge discounts on retail prices of some lovely furniture...and bikes.

I can't believe I hadn't heard of this website! Here are our top picks:

Sarah Horn, Senior Account Manager at Cube PR (looking after fab brands such as Sophie Hulme and Emu Australia)

This G-Plan dresser was £69 from eBay, I have a small obsession with eBay now that I have purchased a house.

Emma Meysey Thompson, Freelance Fashion Shoot Producer
Designers Guild have a permanent sale shop open Monday-Friday 10am–6 pm with ever changing stock there and seemingly unadvertised to the public. They had some lovely cushions, fabric, bed linen, candles etc. I'll definitely be going back.
Designers Guild Warehouse, 6 Relay Road, Ariel Way (off Wood Lane), London,W12.                                                                                          
Zoe Meads, Press Officer at Paul Smith 
Sign up to Tunetribe's digital music download site - www.tunetribe.com - they do regular flash sales on loads of albums so you can download a new or classic album for just £4 - there's always a really good selection.
I also use www.tunechecker.com which compares the price of music across all the major download sites - you simply enter the name of the artist, song or album to find out who has it for the lowest price.
This is hopefully going to be a regular post (I have some amazing beauty and travel tips my frugal friends have told me about), so I would love to hear ways you are staying frugal, please email me at my shiny new email address: the-frugality@hotmail.co.uk       

Friday, 24 February 2012

3 Best Bretons

Spring is coming....
Tried and tested. Trust me.
£14.90, Uniqlo

£49, Jigsaw

£43, American Apparel

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

LFW Day 5: High Street Challenge

Coat, River Island, Sweater, Cos, Jeans, Topshop, Boots, Office, Bag, Theory
It's the last day of LFW and sorry if I'm not looking my best -  I'm afraid I have show fatigue! I only had a few shows today so I kept it simple in this faux fur trimmed parka from River Island.
I think everyone needs a parka in their wardrobe - to keep it modern it should be teamed with a bit of a heel....it's very easy to fall into the Converse/Festival look (which I often do on a weekend, if I'm honest!).

P.S my Gap neon socks are under my jeans...!

Highlight of the day: Seeing Louise Wilson at the Bally Ready to Wear Collaboration with Central St Martins students...

Bally and Central St Martins Collaboration

Part of the Tata Naka A/W 2012 Collection

I couldn't survive Day 5 of London Fashion Week without these make-up essentials:
  • Dermologica Treatment Foundation. I don't like to wear foundation, but this is good for your skin (especially if you are prone to spots, like me), not too heavy and lasts all day.

  • Clarins liquid eyeliner (seriously, I always thought I was dreadful at applying liquid eyeliner. Turns out, I was just using dud brands. This is the BEST.)

  • MAC lipstick in 'Pink Nouveau' - a showstopping lip colour to jazz up even the plainest of outfits.

Read my London Fashion Week Blog for Red Online here:

Monday, 20 February 2012

LFW DAY 4: High Street Challenge

Coat, Portobello Market, Sweater, Cos, Trousers, H+M, Shoes, Office, Bag, Zara, Hat, Stockholm souvenir shop

So, I admit it, yesterday I was cold. I am therefore making up for it today with the extra layers. Although I don't promote fur-wearing, this coat is extremely warm and was bought second-hand from Portobello Market for £20 (my tip is is to buy in the summer when no one wants it!). The trousers are jersey and are a great, tailored shape and I wear them every Fashion week.

Michael Van Der Ham A/W 2012: prints, prints and sparkly texture


Sophie Hulme, stocked in Selfridges

My friend spotted me enjoying the food pre- Michael Van Der Ham on the Topshop blog!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

LFW Day 3: High Street Challenge

Jacket, H&M, Top, Asos, Skirt, River Island, Boots, Office
So today I came across a stumbling block. I couldn't wait to wear this neon blazer as it's such a fun piece, however, I also spotted 4 other frugalistas in it! That's life, I suppose - and we all looked very chic! I never opt for colour, and so this is a real break for the norm and I'm really enjoying it. Looking forward to wearing it with denim shorts and a t-shirt in the summer.

'Candy' bag, £350, Jimmy Choo
So the bag is the 'Candy' in glitter by Jimmy Choo (again, borrowed from a friend) but it is fast becoming an iconic Choo shape and for £350, I think it's quite a good investment. If you're wearing High Street head to toe, it's nice to add a bit of 'wow' if you can.

People were asking where to buy these Dannijo bracelets, get them here from Oxygen Boutique

Nicole Farhi A/W 2012 showed in the Royal Courts of Justice

Birdseye view of Pixie Geldof at Topshop Unique
Topshop was definitely my favourite show of the day, now under the Creative vision of Kate Phelan:

Military (but very glossy) girls

I love this sweater!
Images from insideout.topshop.com

Red's Contributing Senior Fashion Editor, Deborah Brett, brought her daughter, Mini, to the Topshop show! Seen here with Nicola Rose, Fashion + Creative Director at Red

Top blogger stylebubble.co.uk

Saturday, 18 February 2012

LFW Day 2: High Street Challenge

Coat, Zara, Faux fur stole, H&M, Sweater, Cos, Brocade trousers, Jigsaw, Brogues, Office
 A few people have asked where my glasses are from, because I wear them everyday, I forget to mention them. They're from Balenciaga. Expensive, yes, but they're such a part of me I never regret the investment.

A friend lent me this amazing Christopher Kane clutch for the day

A coat, for me, is a definite investment. And it's more than okay to wear the same coat twice, even if it is London Fashion Week. Today I've adapted my look by adding this faux fur stole from H&M (borrowed from my sister).
You may have noticed that most of my shoes are from Office. I'm a total flats wearer and I find such great ones here. These faux snakeskin brogues have been snapped by loads of Streetstyle bloggers and were only £65.
'Frank' brogues, £65, Office
I couldn't survive LFW without......
  • Umbrella (today, especially!)
  • My Leica camera
Leica D-Lux camera, John Lewis
As a Blogger, I'm learning that you need to really invest in a camera and take it with you everywhere, always ready to take a snapshot. I tried using a little powershot one on the first day of Fashion Week and it took so long to take a picture and the flash was so heavy, so I've brought out my trusty Leica, in its own vintage style case.

Aquascutum A/W 2012 beautiful show venue The Savoy

House of Holland invite: iPhone cover!

Fashion Forward and Ethically-Aware

Christopher Raeburn, stocked at Browns
 What the Editors are wearing.....NEON Accessories

Emily Gegg, Executive Fashion Director at Red - bag, Rebecca Minkoff, bracelet, Heidi Klein, watch, Swatch

Lynda Bell, Freelance Stylist ellebellefashion.blogspot.com, Bracelets: M&S, Monica Vinader, Watch: Guess 

Issa A/W 2012, jade brocade to the soundtrack of Bowie's 'China Girl'

LFW Day 1: High Street Challenge

It's London Fashion Week, which means I am consumed with fashion: what's in fashion, what's not, who are the up-and-coming designers...and more importantly: what the hell do I wear?! So I decided, this fashion week, to set myself the task of only wearing clothes from the High Street. It's not exactly hard, as the number of designer clothes I own I can count on one hand. However, it is a challenge. I hope I do you proud.

Coat, Zara, Shirt, gap, Jeans, Topshop, Watch, Gc, boots, Office, Bag, Theory
I've gone for classics with a twist and intermixed my boyish classics with a hint of neon and unexpected details. The socks (just seen under my rolled up jeans) are a graphic Marni-esque print, from H&M.

The neon bag is my favourite of the season from Theysken's Theory. I'm allowed one show-stopper, right?! It's a real 'classics' store, I only have a few things but they have lasted really well.

Inside the Theysken's Theory bag....

 My Fashion Week essentials:
  • Blackberry
  • Oyster card
  • Smith's lipbalm
  • MAC lipstick in 'Vegas Volt'
  • Glasses cleaning cloth
  • iPod
  • Smythson Panama notebook

Bracelets can really lift an outfit, I love these from Dannijo

Finale at Antoni + Alison A/W 2012

Check out Red's Shopping Assistant Lucy Reber's amazing bag - Phase Eight!
PPQ A/W 2012

Orla Kiely's Presentation was set inside a set of an Old Dance Hall

Lydia from TOWIE - I couldn't resist!

Read mine and the Red Fashion Team's London Fashion Week blog on http://www.redonline.co.uk/fashion/fashion-blog

Monday, 6 February 2012


There is nothing wrong with cheap plates.
From left: Anthropologie, Donna Wilson, Anthropologie, Ikea
So I've started to stock our kitchen with sets of dinner plates, bowls, tumblers - and realised that you don't actually have to spend a fortune. Marks and Spencer now do a value range - classic white bowls are only £2.50 each -  and you get the M&S quality that you expect.
For our kitchen, I went for classic white and grey....and went for 'character' in my side plates.
Andante pasta bowls, £2.50 each, Marks & Spencer

Breakfast bowls, £10 each, Brissi. Plates, now only 80p each, Ikea

Ania tumblers, £18 for 4, LSA International

Tumblers, £4.99 for 6, Ikea

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