Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The Hush Try On

Ok - against all instructions from doctors and husband and friends, I did a very quick and very painful try on of my Hush order. Not only because I knew you were all waiting to see how I got on with my order but also because I knew some of it was going back and I needed to return it promptly.
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First up - the cargo trousers.
Now these don't get the best reviews and the advice was to size down. I ordered a 10 and they fitted perfectly and I have to say that I really do like them as an alternative to jeans but they're still a bit pricy for me at £50 as I'm not sure I'm going to wear them *that* much realistically. The quality is great - don't get me wrong - lovely soft material with a bit of a stretch. But I've overspent a bit on the sales to date so they will have to go back.
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Next up - the chiffon blouse - this was the only item where quality was an issue for me. This just didn't have the feel of a £60 top...it's reduced to £40 now but it's still not good enough. At £20, I might consider it as I loved the colour but it's very transparent and a little long for wearing untucked. Would make a great beach cover up actually.
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The fluro stripe tee is just as lovely as I'd hoped but too large in the M/L. I see it's back in stock in the S/M so I would like to exchange it for the smaller size.  Love the cut of the neckline and the shape.
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Really liked the crop jersey hacket also - just such a versatile wee jacket that could be dressed up or down. My only gripe was that the sleeves were very long but that's easily remedied. My reason for returning is simply the colour - it's not a flattering shade on me. Though I notice that the shawl collar blazer is back in stock in the slate colour so I'm tempted by it...
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Finally - the surprising star of my order - the jersey maxi dress in fuchsia - love it! I don't do strapless stuff normally but this is a really firm, secure strapless dress yet it doesn't push any excess out under your arms or above the top of the dress. It's a perfect length - I'm wearing with completely flat sandals (5'6 and three quarters!!) and the jersey is a nice weight, not clingy and not see-through. And it has pockets. SOLD. I cannot wait to wear this with a denim jacket once I'm mobile again - and the autumnal weather moves on.

Sales advice - keep checking back to the sales you love to see if things have reduced further or have come back into stock in your size. I've just noticed the Serrano sandals in Boden are now down to £17.70!!!
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Before I sign off - thank you to everyone for your all your kind messages and comments. Emails, blogs and social media are all really helping this rest time to pass faster.

A special thank you must go out to Steph at Imagination PR for the Aromatherapy Associates gift she sent to me yesterday to aid restful sleep and destress my muscles.
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And a thank you to Lizzi from Energetix magnetic jewellery who heard about my sciatic troubles and sent me a magnet to place at the top of my sciatic nerve, as well as a magnetic bracelet. And yes, that is Ronan Keating on the brochure...my friend Catherine's going to want to steal this I know!
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23 comments

  1. Oh Avril, how you are suffering for your art! Now the returns are in the post please take it easy. The fluoro top looks fab on you - i love your total honesty about what to send back and why, it is TOO easy to hang on to things just because they are in the sale. The pink maxi rocks on you - definitely a keeper! pippax

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  2. Oh Dear! You do suffer for your art lady. Have to agree with the pink dress though, amazing colour on you.

    Hope you're feeling better very soon.x

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  3. GO BACK TO BED!!!!!!!!!! You're very bold! But while I'm here, just want to say the maxi looks fab .. shame about the jacket ... and really??? Are you sure you wouldn't buy the trousers? They were my favourite item and I think you'd be surprised by how much wear you'd get out of them ... and if you didn't buy the stripey tee (seriously, how many stripey tees do you already own?!) then they wouldn't seem quite so expensive (and this is why I'm not an accountant!) Now please stay in bed and work on getting your back sorted!

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  4. Love the maxi dress - really gorgeous! I I also like the look of those cargo trousers - am going to have a look at their site now to see if they still have any 10's left!

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  5. Avril, rest up and hope you will be out and about again and able to show off all your sale bargains. The trousers are really lovely on you , as is the pink Maxi dress. Get the rest packed up before you are tempted to keep them ! Get well soon.

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  6. The pink maxi looks amazing Avril....definitely the best of the bunch by a country mile! Hope you are on the mend and get to wear it soon! How lovely to receive such lovely treats, hope they help to ease the pain or at least make it a teensy bit more bearable! Take care xx

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  7. Hope those cargo trousers and striped top are now returned Avril. I avoid fuchsia but that dress is great on you and a keeper definitely.

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  8. It's all gone back - bar the pink dress. Hubby whisked it off to the post office before I could change my mind :) xx

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  9. I hear you and I like your accounting methods but I was thinking that I have grey combat style trousers from Uniqlo that I wear a bit but not overly so. I love jeans too much. Oh and I'm loving the harems in your latest post. Welcome to the dark side!! xx

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  10. Lovely maxi Avril....hope you are well enough to wear it out soon! Enjoy your treats:)
    ~Anne xx

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  11. The maxi dress look fab on you, great colour. When I was choosing my free pieces I going to get the combat trousers but read the reviews ( which aren't the best) and then I looked at them on Kat and they looked like they stretched & creased a lot so I didn't go for them. The pieces I got quality wise have been great and I am looking forward to their winter collection after seeing a few pieces on Instagram. xx

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  12. Em....you may have forgotten to mention this earlier!!!! ;)

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  13. I think you chose well - they do great dresses for sure. I also think their autumn/winter stock tends to be better than the spring/summer stuff...and that's the case for quite a few brands actually. Shouldn't say it when we're only in July but I'm really looking forward to the AW brochure! xx

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  14. Oh you poor thing, I really do feel for you :-( the maxi dress looks fab on you - I agree that it's the star of the show. Love the jacket on you too, it's a shame it's a colour that doesn't suit. Lynne xx

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  15. Siobhan Coleman16 July 2014 at 22:01

    You are very bold to be out of bed, but I would do the same :). Love the maxi dress, looks fab on you! Hope you are getting better, take it easy, talk soon. Sxx

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  16. Hi Avril, thanks for modelling your items from Hush, you get a much better feel/look of what the clothes really look like, I hope that you decide to keep the Fuschia dress it looks lovely, I agree with your assessment on the rest of your order, hope you are starting to feel a little better. Take care Sue xx

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  17. Thanks for sharing your honest reviews of Hush.

    www.petitestyleonline.com

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  18. Oh my, stunning in the fushia dress, that's definitely the one to keep! Hope you will be on the mend soon
    Abbi x

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  19. Those cargo pants are perfect! I have a pair that I need to replace & these look like just what I'm after. S x

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  20. Both my Father and my Aunt suffer with sciatic problems so I know that this post must have been extremely uncomfortable indeed. On the plus side you look gorgeous in that pink dress. This next bit is very random but my Father swears by putting a nutmeg in your' pocket to alleviate his sciatica. (Weird but he says it helps) :0) H xx

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  21. Agree I really like the jersey jacket and fluro top. There was nothing in my size as soon as the sale went live sadly x

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  22. That maxi dress is amazing. Absolutely stunning

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  23. Love the stripy top on you Avril & hope you manage to size down on it! You are naughty but I would be been the same after being bed bound for so long! Hope you are now on the mend! Ax

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