Thursday, 3 January 2013

Tips From The Pros

"When booking a flight on an airline's website, if you have already searched for fares once before on the same computer, make sure you delete your cookies otherwise the airline automatically put the fares up"
Emily Gegg, Executive Fashion & Beauty Director, Red Magazine

(This one astounded me  -so clever! I always wondered when I went back into Easyjet, the flight had gone up £5! They know you've been browsing the site, and now are going back to definitely book...)

Cassandra-Robinson Brown, PR Manager, Internacionale
"If your going to buy American brands buy them in dollars from US based designer websites like Shopbop who ship internationally for free! I bought a MARC by Marc Jacobs 'Too Hot to Handle' Drawstring Bag in black for $310 dollars/£195. I paid an import charge of around $115 /£70 which still only brought me to £265 with free next day shipping. This bag is currently available at Harvey Nichols, Net A Porter and Selfridges for £400 so I saved £140 pounds! One to  note - prices and import tax prices vary depending on the strength of the pound/to the dollar so keep your eyes on that exchange rate to be sure to know when to grab a bargain!"

Briony Whitehouse, Editor of A Girl, A Style
"Because I don't own my own house yet (and don't know where in the
world I'll find myself in a few years), I don't want to spend too
much on art for my walls. Instead, I find pretty frames (I
like mine all white, so buy mismatched vintage versions at the flea
market and paint them the same colour and mix them with new versions
from Ikea and M&S) and fill them with favourite photos from my
travels, postcards, fashion week invites, vintage prints or my own
sketches. Don't be put off if you think you're no good at drawing;
simple line drawings look great in a frame, and you can always trace
another picture that you love if it's only for your own personal use"

Sarah Kerridge, at Fuschia PR, has recommended an "Aladdins cave" of
retro furniture in Dalston, London called
This was where she tracked down her Danish sideboard (very similar to what I'm on the lookout for) for only £85. You might have to sift
through a few dodgy photos but it's definitely worth it!

Sideboard, £95
Lucy Parley, Freelance Journalist and Editor of It's A Mummy Look:
A facial really makes your complexion look and feel great afterwards
(especially if you’re a tired mum like me). However, as salon
visits aren’t cheap, I save them as indulgent treats and give myself
DIY facials at home:
DIY 4-step facial
Remove make-up with a 2-in-1 cleansing and toning product. I use
Nivea Daily Essentials refreshing 2 in 1 Cleanser & Toner, £3.59.
Rinse off with cotton wool soaked in warm water.
Give a deeper cleanse with a foaming facial wash or cream cleanser,
massaging your whole face with your fingers. I like Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, from £14.25, but look out for
Superdrug's bargain version, Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser, just
£5.99, with muslin cloth included). Rinse off with a flannel or
muslin cloth soaked in warm water.
Now exfoliate. My fave is Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, £38. A
bit pricey, but it lasts FOREVER. Rinse off with that warm cloth
Moisturise. Depending on how dry my skin’s feeling, I first massage
in a serum or facial oil, such as Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate,
from £19.75, or Superdrug Optimum Apple Serum, £14.99 (similar
texture to the famous Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum).
You can leave it there, but for a real skin drink, I use moisturiser
over the top, such as Superdrug Vitamin E Intense Moisturiser, £2.99
- another bargain from Superdrug, and smells delicious.


  1. Feel very honoured to have made it onto The Frugality. Happy New Year, Stedders. xxx

  2. Love the sideboard! I got mine for 50 quid in a charity shop. 60s G-plan in perfect nick. I will keep my eyes peeled for another for you! x

  3. I am so shocked about the cookies on airfares- now it totally makes sense!! Also, I was comparing prices while I was away I Austria and my friend who was on the same website was shown different prices. Plus don't shop on your iPad bc they also show a different price than pc!!

    1. It is mad!!! And I can't believe that with the iPad, how cheeky!!


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