Ah, sales... Don't you just love this week between Christmas and New Year, the time to lose yourself online and find a few special treats, especially important if the presents under the tree left a long-lasting impression of being a bad girl in Santa's book (which, of course, is an absolute nonsense!)
How do I approach this kind of shopping? With a cup of tea, mac on my lap (slightly pushed aside by Oscar who has a love-hate relationship with my computer), tv or music on the background, blank wish list and empty shopping basket. I never bother with the real shops - the crowds and lack of choice aren't something to be excited about. Instead I choose the virtual boutique with endless possibilities, choice of sizes, home deliveries and easy returns - what's not to love?!
"Mmmm, something..." I mumble to myself before I begin. After all, I am a woman and, as such, allowed to need and want as I see it, in a manner of surprise, a happy discovery I've been totally unaware of until now.
Here're some of the gorgeous finds I've come across... Mostly designer, all - under £100, and some can even be delivered by New Year's Eve, all beautifully wrapped especially for you.
Shop: 1. Classic wool blazer, 2. Friendship bracelet, 3. Tailored peacoat, 4. Gold & pearl ring, 5. Faux leather biker jacket (outside UK), 6. Breton top, 7. Star stud earrings, 8. Merino blend dress (also in blue), 9. Lucky clover gold earrings, 10. Grey check skirt, 11. Plaited leather bracelet, 12. Pleated midi skirt, 13. Statement necklace, 14. Leather gloves, 15. Crystal bracelet, 16. Laser-cut leather sandals, 17. Sequinned leather pumps, 18. Merino wool turtle neck sweater, 19. Brogues, 20. Tortoise sunglasses, 21. Fine knit jersey top, 22. Loose-fit trousers, 23. Woven raffia clutch, 24. Leather tote (available in 9 colours), 25. Gold leather sandals, 26. Leather sandals
In case you are wondering if I got tempted by anything... Then yes, I did find a pair of Ash ankle booties - they are travelling from Italy, I believe and I cannot wait to meet my Dalins.
Photo source: Karolina Kurkova in Vogue US October 2006 (photography: Steven Meisel, styling: Edward Enninful)