Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Outlet Shopping with Layers and Sparkles

So yesterday, hubby and I went to The Outlets at Banbridge - about 20 minutes from Belfast. Not sure if your OH is like mine but basically, mine shops twice a year. Buys a few shirts and a few pairs of jeans, maybe a jumper and that's him. No shopping for another 6 months or so. It's like that book 'Women are from Venus, Men are from Mars' - I don't know a single woman who shops like that! 
(oh and if you're reading this and you're a woman and that's how you shop...you need to send me an email...I'm fascinated and need to know more)

Back to the outlet visit. We arrived too early. Nothing as bleak as an outlet village in the middle of the country with no shops open. But it was an opportunity to get blog photos done without people staring when you're shouting at hubby to 'GET THE FECKING HANDBAG IN THE SHOT'...I joke...of course I never shout at him. Ha!
Today, I was wearing LOTS of layers...here's the outside layer:

Parka - Warehouse (tho almost sold out - this one is also lovely!)
Scarf - SGS Shop
Canonbury Clutch - Boden
Suede Boots - Boden - similar herehere (bargain!)
Indigo Skinny Jeans - Gok for TU
And here's the under-layer! I was definitely shouting 'hurry up - I'm FREEZING!' at the hubster for these ones. But I wanted to show you this great knitted jacket that I randomly came across on the Boden site over Christmas. It got good reviews and was down to £29 from £99 so I thought I'd take a punt on it to see if it would be a nice transitional piece (fashion speak that helps you justify random purchases). For info, the colour is closer to the second photo below and I am wearing a size 12:
Boden Sparkle Knitted Jacket
I also picked up this Emma top that had more mixed reviews on the Boden site but I was looking for a plain navy top and I liked the detail under the bust - good for the norkily-challenged amongst us. It comes up TINY - this is a 12 and to be honest, I think I could have done with the 14. It's quite tight on the bit under the bust and it just skims over the mum tum. It comes in grey also and I'm considering buying it in the 14 ....for research purposes and because it would make a good transitional piece...haha! It's got 3/4 sleeves for info. Nice weight of cotton and it's only £10.50! Check it out on this link.
So that's the outfit done - now onto the outlet shopping! In my opinion, the best shop in the Banbridge Outlets is the LK Bennett store. I could have done major damage here. It's the first place I'd go to if I had a wedding and it's the first place I'm heading to when my 'can't get in' saving tin is full of new handbag money. Though I'd have had a job choosing between these beauties...the Annina in Tan (£145) and the Katie in Berry (£110). Both with an additional 15% off if you get the coupons at the welcome desk.
I also loved this nude patent leather wallet - it was £50
This great bag was on sale in the M&S outlet. It's from the Autograph range and is black and burgundy leather. My neighbour and my sister in law both have it from M&S last winter and I've always admired it. Burgundy is such a good handbag colour. 
But it was only reduced from £75 to £62.50, which is more than it cost in the sale last winter. There were quite a few in stock and the lady in the changing room said they may be reduced further. I'll keep an eye on it!
So what did I buy? Well, one item is a sale essential so I'm saving it for next week but I can show you these metallic pumps that I got in Gap for £7.99. Perfect for spring/summer and unusually for a lot of pointed pumps, they fit my wide foot without pinching. Obviously not leather but they have a good flexible sole on them.
And the best bit? Mr SGS bought both these and my sale essential piece for me. Love him. 
Obviously the shouting worked ;)
Ax

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  1. Ooh, I didn't realise that LK Bennett had outlet stores. I'm to google my nearest outlet store and see if they have on too!

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    1. Definitely do! They tend to have alot small sizes so it's great if you're petite! Ax

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  2. Love the Boden sparkle knitted jacket Avril it's gorgeous & goes so well with your top. Also loving your Gap pointed pumps too...both items were a total bargain. I cant wait to see your sales essential item! Jane xx
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    1. Thank you Jane - I was so pleased with that Boden order! Ax

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  3. Some nice picks but I've noticed something else Avril. Has Mr SGS got himself a new camera and some new photography skills (picked up no doubt from Marlene). That first photo is really sharp and lovely.

    Oh and my Grumps shops the same as you. They're a different breed aren't they?

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    1. Haha - I got the new camera so that's why I have to shout at him more :)) And we did pick up a skill or two from Mrs L! Thank you for the lovely compliment on his photographs...I shall pass it on! x

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  4. Love your sparkle jacket, beautiful colours xx

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  5. I bought that LK Bennett wallet in burgundy for my MIL for Christmas ... but in the Kildare outlet it was down to €40! Sue is right .. the pics really are gorgeous. Is that the camera or the shouting LOL?!!!!

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    1. Oh - that was a great price...and I'd probably prefer burgundy too...yet another reason to head down there soon! Ax

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  6. Gorgeous - that first photo is brilliant! My Husband shops like that too - saves all his money then goes and gets what he wants - though he may be the only guy that keeps an Excel spreadsheet of 'clothes I want':)

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    1. Thanks Joanna re the photograph...hubby v pleased to hear his skills are being appreciated! Oh and I don't doubt that my hubby has some sort of spreadsheet going on. He has for everything else we buy in this house! Ax

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  7. Boden bargains - wow, proper reductions. I do love you in that scarf. Great colours on you x

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    1. Thanks so much Donna - I do find those colours work well with my skin tone etc...so I'm v chuffed my colour guru agrees! Ax

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  8. The Annina is beautiful, as is your scarf:)

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    1. Oh it's a stunner...every time I see the photo again, I want it even more! Ax

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  9. I went outlet shopping at Clark Village, Street yesterday! So glad they don't have an L K Bennett there.....I would have done some serious damage in there! I picked up those very same pumps in Gap but I popped them back and I was being good and only allowed myself one purchase!

    Love the Boden sparkly cardy, it is so perfect with the top and your Canterbury clutch, such gorgeous colours x

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    1. Great minds eh, Michelle?! Love me a good Gap outlet - always great for basics. Thanks for your lovely comments, Ax

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  10. My OH does exactly that but goes on his own. He popped to Next in early December near his office and casually spent £150 on trousers, 2x shoes, jumpers... In, out, done is his motto. Doesn't happen often, as you say, maybe twice a year but it seems to keep him ticking over for work/casual.

    Golf stuff on the other hand he seems to come home with new bits every month; windstopper jackets, waterproof jackets, waterproof socks, mittens, zip jumpers etc. He plays twice a week in the winter and at least 4-5 times a week in the spring/summer. I can't really criticise as I have A LOT of running gear :-)

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    1. It's a great way to shop Lou but a bit boring! But LOL at the golf comment - EXACTLY the same!! For something you do so rarely? So there is a madness in their shopping habits too - thanks for reminding me! Ax

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  11. Avril, I bagged the m and s burgundy number in the sale for a bargain £28, fabulous quality bag and goes with so much, if it goes down further I highly recommend you acquire, I am on my second winter season of using and still looks as good as new, love your blog tx

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    1. Thanks so much and WOW - £28!! So they are being a bit cheeky with the £62.50 I reckon...will hold on for now but yes, you seem to have found it as useful as my sis in law and friend. Great quality and colour. Ax

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  12. That parka looks fab on you Avril and I love the colours in your scarf! My husband shops like that too.... mostly down in Kildare village:)
    ~Anne xx

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    1. Oh you're so lucky to have Kildare so close by. I really need to schedule in a stop there next time I'm heading to Tipperary! Ax

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  13. Is still have yet to head to Banbridge, can u believe that! We have junction one here, but there's not a lot of women's clothes shops (for my age anyway). Loving that scarf, may have to get one off you on Sunday! Great photos btw, well done Mr SGS - worth all the shouting!!

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    1. Hope you enjoy wearing your new scarf - you looked amazing yesterday. And omg - you have to go to Banbridge....yet another Silverbrogues/T&P/SGS day out! Ax

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  14. Ha, absolutely, my husband shops twice a year too and usually has a dizzy episode as he reckons he is actually allergic to shops..we are sooo different it's untrue! I adore that blue Boden cardigan on you the colour is beautiful. The M&S bag is fab too definitely worth keeping an eye on as it looks so much more expensive! Sounds like my idea of a perfect 'date day'! x

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    1. Haha - it's a good mix to have. If you were both crazy shoppers, you'd have no money! Ax

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  15. My hubby seems to have developed a liking for TKMaxx and every time we head to our shopping mall pops in and comes out with a bargain!! Love your top and knitted jacket and I'm still hankering after that lovely scarf! I showed your pic to my hubby and explained that this is how an outfit pic should be taken, shame your hubby can't give mine some tips! xx

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    1. Oh I can't get hubby into TKM - he can't cope with the disorganisation of it all. But of course, I love it! Lol at the hubby photo thing...maybe he should start a fashion blogger husband blog?! haha x

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  16. My Hubby is the same! He loves clothes & fashion but loathes shopping....& I mean every kind of shopping! Food, house, clothes is all up to me! So glad to know I'm not the only one who shouts.....erm I mean directs my Hubby with the photo taking! Love your new pumps! I've got my eye on a pair with an ankle strap atm but yours are a great colour & price! Ax

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