Beat the January blues with some bargain buys

It’s that time again… you’ve finished off every box of mince pies in the house, stuffed yourself with chocolate and drank enough alcohol to still feel hungover when you woke up for work yesterday morning. This can only mean one thing… the January blues have arrived and it’s back to hearing that early morning alarm and joining the dreaded commute to work.

But the start to 2015 doesn’t have to be as miserable as the weather and neither does your wardrobe!

At this time of year all I want to do is get away to somewhere hot- a tropical island like St. Barts would do great! Unfortunately my purse can’t stretch that far… but it can stretch to some great bargains I’ve found in the January sales. Buying new clothes will always brighten my day no matter how dull and rainy the weather is.

If you haven’t shopped the January sales yet, here some great bargains I have picked out:

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Light orange cross strap platform sandals River Island £55- £25

Lace bralet comes in black, green and burgandy Topshop £22- £10

Biker coat in wool blend H&M £34.99- £20 

Metalic textured co-ordinate outfit Missguided Bralet £14.99- £6  Skirt £19.99- £15.99

Floral bodycon midi dress Boohoo £22- £12

Pink wrap skort New Look £18- £13

Leather Chelsea ankle boots ASOS £60- £30

I don’t know about you but whenever I shop in the sale I can tend to get very carried away and sometimes end up buying things I don’t even need just because “it’s only a fiver”. My wardrobe is already stuffed to the brim so I decided this New Year I would keep these tips in the back of my mind to make sure I don’t go crazy on every shopping spree…

Tips for shopping the sale:

  1. Know what gaps need to filled in your wardrobe.
  2. Think ahead and plan outfits for upcoming occasions and events.
  3. Ask yourself, would I buy this if it wasn’t on sale?
  4. Always try the items on in store to save the hassle of exchanging/credit notes.
  5. Invest in items you know you will wear again and again.

Happy sales shopping and Happy New Year!

Love Leeanna xo

Christmas Jumpers: The novelty, the funny and the ugly

Christmas jumpers are one of my favourite things this time of year along with sparkly decorations, mulled wine and of course my chocolate advent calendar!

Christmas jumpers are everywhere at the moment from novelty designs with flashing lights and all the trimmings, to subtle Fair Isle patterns that look pretty and perfect for this season.

If you haven’t got yours yet, I have selected a few that will definitely keep you feeling cosy and looking festive for when you’re snuggled on the sofa watching Elf.

 

christmas jumpers

 

Ruby reindeer jumper: £20 at Boohoo.com

Blue candy cane and bauble print jumper: £25 from H&M

Conversational gingerbread and candy cane print jumper: £24 at Missguided.com

Fair Isle pattern Trainee Elf slogan jumper: £35 at ASOS.com

Fluffy I’m on the naughty list slogan crop jumper: £19.99 at Missguided.com

Novelty reindeer jumper: £20 from House of Fraser

And who says novelty knits can’t work after hours too… combine your knits with sequins, leather and killer heels for a festive-party look.

Fair Isle print jumper: Boohoo £15

Fair Isle print jumper: Boohoo £15

Outfit: New Look, Jumper £18.50

Outfit: New Look, Jumper £18.50

Christmas jumpers are a perfect gift for friends and family, a great way to bring some festive cheer to work and a fun way to keep cosy on cold winter nights.

Love Leeanna xo

Friday Favourites- Co-ordinates

Friday Favourites- Co-ordinates
Since booking  holidays for this summer, I have been dreaming of the perfect outfit to match some sun instead of the not-so-gorgeous English weather we are currently having over hear. Turkey and America sounds to me like I need an outfit for some hot hot hot weather and  I thought the matchy matchy tend would be the key to what I NEED.
All three outfits I put together are great looks the summer- day to night. The Boohoo red and white floral co-ordinates is also perfect for workday wear, paired with white peep toe heels and subtle rings.
My favourite look is the bright and colourful Topshop co-ords which would look great with the top tucked into the high waisted and belted with a pastel ASOS belt (which even more fab because it is on sale at under a fiver!)
I am loving all off the shoulder looks at the moment, I just bought a grey ASOS off the shoulder top and I’ve been trying it on with different looks to get its full use.  This blue and white co-ords number is from Motel and I think it is one of those looks that would look casual for a summers day by pairing it with a floaty hat (to protect any head sun burn- not just to look stylish) but can be glammed up for the evening with a clutch, heels and a statement necklace.
If you’re loving the co-ords look, get shopping!
Love Leeanna xo

Topshop pink tee
topshop.com

Motel off shoulder top
$82 – motelrocks.com

Boohoo woven top
boohoo.com

Topshop wrap skirt
topshop.com

Stiletto shoes
$42 – newlook.com

River Island hat
$47 – riverisland.com

Asos belt
asos.com

Tartan must-haves on a budget

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I am absolutely loving the tartan trend this winter and I think it’s great that the Scottish-inspired pattern seems to make a come back every Autumn/Winter season. It seems like we all can’t get enough of it!

With Boohoo’s amazing discounts and offers at the moment, I picked out three of the favourite tartan garments from the website.

Green tartan skirt: £12

Red tartan dress: £12

Black tartan leggings: £12

Now that is what I call a bargain. Get shopping now!

Day 1 of the steps in London to my future career

So I arrived in London yesterday to begin a week of work experience for GoThinkBig. To my absolute delight, I discovered that Mappin House (the home to music stations Kiss, Magic and smashhits along with Bauer Publishing mags such as Heat) was situated only 30 seconds off Oxford street. Yes Oxford Street.

Working on the same road as the sparkling windows of La Senza and under a minute’s walk from the humongous Topshop, I was in my element. Unfortunately, for my bank account I can’t say the same.

Day 1 began today on the second floor of Mappin House. Even just on-looking the building from outside made me realise I was exactly where I wanted to be. Listed media brands on the window, rails of clothing visible inside an upper floor and black glistening discoball-like slabs on the wall resembled the dream workplace for me.

My morning took off in the GoThinkBig meeting room where many professionals have once entered to talk to young people in ‘pack lunch’ events. My supervisor, Eleanor, took me on a tour around the floor and introduced me to the team. What stood out to me the most was how young everyone was and how lovely they were. I suppose the demographic of the team goes hand in hand with the company’s concept of helping young people to get their first steps on the career ladder to each dream of success.

My first duty of the day was to carry out a research task into what this year’s awarded ‘100 top brands’ offer young people. I investigated what each of the popular brands offered young people in terms of events, work experience, apprenticeships, internships and undergraduate schemes. I noted their HR contact details so GoThinkBig could get in touch and provide more opportunities to their applicants. If anyone needs experience, I’m the girl to ask.

At 2pm I was invited to an editorial meeting which involved the discussion of the stats of the website, up-coming plans for features and ideas to get O2 ambassadors to promote GoThinkBig.

My day ended with sorting out the GoThinkBig merchandise of t-shirts, bags and UV wristbands. Another perk to the job I discovered, was the free merchandise they received from Boohoo- only one of my favourite online fashion stores (after ASOS of course) Lucky things.

Despite being on work experience, I wasn’t allowed to make tea. Nope, the team don’t like to be ‘cliche’ so instead, cups of tea were made for me. Thank god I can still settle my tea addiction.

Buzzing for what tomorrow’s experience holds, I just hope I can a good sleep without waking up to such big bags under my eyes in the morning!

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