Save and splurge


Today's outfit sums up my shopping ethos of save and splurge. The majority of the time I like to shop to save, preferably from charity shops where I'll often find a gem vintage piece or even just a high street brand from a few seasons ago. I'm not averse to shopping from the high street, but I do like the varied selection that pre-loved shopping offers. 


I bought these alphabet trousers in a charity shop in Truro when I was there recently. The brand is River Island and they cost me £2.50. I'll hazard a guess that they would have cost about £30 in store. A quick wash and they're as good as new.


The jumper was again second hand, the brand is Topshop and this time costing me £3 as opposed to, say £25. Over these two items alone I've saved nearly £50 to set against the cost of the (non-charity shopped) shoes.  


The brand of the shoes is Church's - check out their website here with the other fabulous city smart shoes on offer currently. I found these ones at the Edinburgh branch of TK Maxx when I was there in January. But that's not the price I actually paid for them ...


This was the ultimate in savvy shopping. I saved a massive £363 on these, and gained a pair of high class shoes at the same time. So maybe not so much of a splurge after all!


And yes, the blue soles on these Oxfords was a big plus point when I was considering buying them. Well, the considering took a very brief time in fact, only as long as it took to try them on. I love something a little bit quirky, a bit off-centre and these pretty much tick all of the boxes for me. Plus, I knew how versatile they would be - black and white are a wardrobe staple - as they've proved to be today.


My only piece of jewellery is this charity shopped ring which cost me 99p and again is just a bit unusual, a little bit funky to go with this retro inspired ensemble.


Polly and I were forced indoors yesterday for our photo shoot due to the storm that was blowing across the Isles of Scilly at a ferocious speed. I don't think there were any flights into the islands all day and the freight ship has been affected by the weather for days too. But such are the joys of island life. If I hadn't been at work I would have loved to be wave watching at the North end of the island. I bet it would have made for exciting viewing!

                                                                                           Anna x

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  1. I love these shoes and love how you've styled them! I remember you wore them when we met! You've inspired me to do black and white today with a blast of bright colour too! Thanks for sharing. Jacqui Mummabstylsih

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    1. Good quality shoes are always worth spending good money on - especially when you get a bargain like this. I do recall that I went on to buy a completely new outfit at the prospect of meeting you Jacqui so maybe I did spend some of the money I saved after all!

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  2. Wow the shoes are gorgeous and what a fab combo, you are so lucky with your finds.
    Tessa x

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    1. I'm never sure if it's luck or just dogged determination and lots of time that turns up these finds Tessa! It's a great little combo, I must agree x

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  3. The shoes are fab! A little splurge now and again is great...

    I love the trousers and top but they did at first give me a strange optical illusion that your torso was only as wide as the black mid section on the top; I had to do a double take and then it was alright!

    Hope the storm has blown away - it's pretty windy here too.
    xxx

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  4. What a brilliant optical illusion - did I look mega skinny? The storms just keep coming and the transport system is suffering daily. Some of the islands have run out of milk already. Hopefully the freight ship will sail by Friday!

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  5. I just adore those shoes and the trousers are pretty fun as well. I'm not hugely keen on the top (although it is a good optical illusion), but that's just me. Yikes, storms are scary! I hope things settle down for you soon, Anna!

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    1. Hi Sheila, thanks for your input as always. I kinda like the whole thing. Another couple of days of wild weather ahead of us and supplies of fresh goods are getting low...

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  6. Wow! you look absolutely fabulous. Now this is my type of outfit. Why do I never find items like these

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    1. Hey, thanks Jill. I love to keep ringing the changes and am glad this one strikes a chord with you x

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  7. I love these trousers almost as much as the "plaid for each leg" trousers. The top and shoes complete this funky look so well! There's an extra thrill when you find something you love at a bargain price.

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    1. I'm always a bit unsure of black and white outfits in case they look boring, so that's why I totally love this - it's far from boring! And yes, the joy of a bargain must not be overlooked x

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  8. Nothing better than good bargains. I really like the trousers but my heart skipped a beat when I saw the shoes. Sooooo good.
    Greetje

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    1. Golly yes Greetje I could easily see you in these shoes x

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  9. I love this combination! shoes are fantastic and everything together looks classy. Have a nice weekend!

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