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Friday, 24 May 2013

Zara Bird Print & LK Bennett Bargains!

Today the sun shone! YAY! After yesterday's hail and high winds, it finally felt a bit summery today. I even got a whole load of washing dried on the line outside. That's the definition of summer in Ireland I think! So it was the perfect day to wear my only clothing purchase from  the trip to France - Zara bird print trousers.
I fell in love the pretty pattern in these trousers when I spotted them in the Zara in Monte Carlo (surely the poshest Zara ever - and since I saw the UK price, I can confirm it's the most expensive). The base is cream and the birds are different shades of blue with pink/green/navy/grey going through them. This means they will work well with many of my tops and jackets - including denim - so although they are distinctive, I think I can create a few different looks with them and therefore they'll get plenty of wear this summer. I bought the size 40 (12)
Today I went with the nude/pink shades and wore the Boden Photographer Jacket (in a 12), nude M&S ballet pumps and my pink LK Bennett Annina bag. You may remember, I picked up this bag last year in the LK Bennett outlet in Banbridge (just outside Belfast) and what do you know, wasn't I heading there again today? To check out the LK Bennett pop-up shop that's open from 25th May - 9th June at The Outlet Village. This shop is separate from the regular LKB shop in the Village and has even more discount - up to 90% in fact.
Just look at the sight that will greet you in Unit 20...shoe heaven with prices starting at just £10 for shoes and £40 for boots.
Now there is plenty of stock though sizes are limited in some lines and as you'd expect, there are more larger and smaller sizes. Plenty of 36, 37, 41 and 42. But I was able to find enough 39's and 40's to keep me happy.
Clothing wise, the stock is largely autumn winter with lots of dresses, jackets, skirts and trousers. Especially perfect for a working wardrobe or if you're looking for some classic pieces like black trousers or a blazer/short jacket.
Finally, there is a good range of accessories though I imagine they will sell out super fast. There are some cross body handbags and dressy evening clutches that range in price from £20-40. 
All in all, WELL worth a visit. I spent £75 and got items that originally sold for a total RRP of £750 - 1 pair of ballet pumps, a pair of flat sandals, a little black dress and a handbag. I was hugely tempted by a pair of ankle boots and some cream shoes but managed to resist...for now! Lauren, the manager at the LK Bennett store in Banbridge told me that there will be more stock arriving during the sale so not to worry if you can't get down when it opens tomorrow morning. I think that made my mind up to pay another visit in the next week or so.
While I was there, I met up again with some of the other local bloggers, Louise, Ruth, Gemma-Louise and Rosanna (below) from Silver Brogues (who came to my Boden party!). Loving her neon top which Rosanna told me she got in Matalan.
Thank you to everyone at the Outlet and in the LK Bennett Pop-Up Shop for a wonderful afternoon. Here are my bags as I left the store..

I'll share what's inside soon, I promise! In the meantime, it's the weekend so enjoy! x
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  1. Ooooo so tempted to head there tomorrow, but I've already bought 5 pairs of shoes today! Have always wanted a pair of the round toe pumps though, but I'm a 38 which is a popular size so I'm sure chances are slim. Can't wait to see your bargains!

    Ps. So glad u went back for those trousers, they are gorgeous! X

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    1. OMG Trea - 5 pairs of shoes!! Can't wait to see them....and yes, perhaps you should steer clear of the Outlet or you'll have 10 pairs before you know it! There were some 38's but not in the pumps...that I remember but the main store has 20% extra off all weekend too so you'd probably pick them up there no problem xx

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  2. Oh the pants! The shoes! This post has put the largest smile on my face. Can't wait to see what's in the bags!

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    1. Aw, thank you Martha! I'm still buzzing from it...I'm in heaven when there are shoes stacked up in boxes like that. Reminds me of the US outlets! x

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  3. Oh just gorgeous! You both look fab! Isn't the Matalan top like the Cos one? Wish I was there to shop with you both! Xx

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    1. I said the very same thing Joanna - was sure it was the Cos one that Helen and Kat have! It's fabulous - must check out Matalan this weekend! x

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    2. I went back to check the girls blogs and it is so similar! At £6 on the sale, I couldn't say no;)

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  4. Oh my you lucky thing to have bagged so much - I am eagerly awaiting to see if they do some over here - I'll be there in a heartbeat! Hilariously I could probably get a cheap flight and come over to you!

    I am going to Matalan today - to get THAT top! WOW

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    1. I have a feeling the stock moves around all the outlets but I must find that out for sure. Certainly, one of my items has Exeter written on it. x

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  5. I'm a 37 but nowhere near the pop up shop! Drat! And I'm not even a consistent 37 in LK Bennett. Sometimes, I'm a 36 even. I have the same problem with Hobbs fittings as well so I never dare buy online. I love the red shoes with the leopard. Grrr.

    Can't wait to see the purchases though.

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    1. Sue, I found the shoes came up big too - I was definitely a 39. You would have had a ball then with your small feet - lots to choose from! Hope you're having a good day today - I heard all about what you're up to!! x

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  6. Love the trousers Avril! So glad you went back and got them! So fresh looking for Spring Summer x

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    1. Thank you Sera - I love them too. They have a real summery feel to them x

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  7. Dying over that pop up, the shoes look amazing! Fab trousers honey, I bought a sweatshirt in Zara in Marbella to keep me warm!

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    1. Oh we really picked bad weeks to go. I almost bought a coat in Zara too but caught myself on! Hope you had a good time despite the weather x

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  8. Loving those trousers, they're v cute! Can't wait to see what you came home with xx
    Sara at BelfastBeautyLove xx

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    1. Oh wish you could have come - it was great Sara. But GL tells me we are meeting up...can't wait! x

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  9. Looks amazing - can't wait to see what you got!

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  10. This post is veritable shoe porn!!! I remember the LK Bennett pop up in Kildare last summer - it was only there for a few weeks as well. I wonder if it's on its way down to us from Banbridge? So many bargains ...drool!

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  11. Oh lucky girl! Lovely piccy of you and rosanna x

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  12. I am trying to decide on which scarf I like best (as I love all of them tbh). I am a massive scarf fan, so may be organised over half term & see which colours I have least of & decide that way. I am Liz Blight's sister in law, so found your blog through Liz when you first started it :) I am happy as I have 3 new handbags as it was my birthday yesterday :) Cath Kidston, Radley & Next, all totally different, so good for different sorts of days.

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  13. I can't believe how cheap the shoes are. There's a LK Bennett outlet on King's Rd but the prices aren't that great.

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  14. Love the blue shoes!
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