Shopping the Sales: What I’ve Bought. So Far.

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My sales shopping has begun in earnest; stricter and more methodical than ever this year, because I need every spare penny for important house renovations! It’s all too easy to go crazy with online shopping when prices start being slashed – no queues, no awful try-on sessions in badly-lit changing rooms. This year I have made a list to keep me on track and I’m pleased to say that I’ve ticked off most of the things on it; the jeans that I know suit me and that I wear almost constantly, the tees and sweaters that I’m certain I’ll get lots of use out of. A little lingerie treat that may ring a few bells (ding dong) if you’re an avid follower here on A Model Recommends… Here’s the list in full:

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1) Paige Verdugo Jeans in deep purple. I have to say that I’ve never ventured into the “coloured jean” realm before but when I tried these on I was smitten. Colourful jeans seem to be an easy update to a casual outfit and Paige’s Verdugo skinnies are my definite jeans of choice – they fit me well and are nice and stretchy in the waist area. Paige seem to have found the perfect amount of give to their fabric; enough to provide ultimate comfort, but with good firm support and lift around the bottom. Bingo. The purple pair were £219 (I KNOW)  but are now £109. I realise, still steep for jeans, but I wear denim almost daily and so invest heavily in them! Find them at House of Fraser here.

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2) Zoe Karssen T-Shirt: had my eye on this for months but I thought I’d gamble on it being in the sales. And it was. Not much of a reduction, really, but the twenty quid off sweetened the pill, as they say. And this is the softest t-shirt, it’s great! It actually goes very well with the above Paige jeans… Find it here on Net-a-Porter.

paige verdugo jeans sale

3) Paige again – I grab Verdugo deals as and when I see them and these cords were too good to pass up. I always know without a doubt that a size 27 will fit me exactly (though they are on the tight side, post-Christmas, admittedly!) and these don’t disappoint. Note, however, that they do come up quite short – almost at the ankle, really – so if you’re a leggy bird then take this into consideration. I get the feeling that they’re supposed to be this cut and they do look chic with heels. Also quite tidy to wear with boots as there’s no long bit to have to fold upwards and tuck in.. These were £190 full price but are down to £95 here. I may have to pop back and grab a pair of the blue ones here, too, as I have them already but have worn them to death!

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4) A lingerie treat: you may remember that I wanted this extortionately-priced neon set from Agent Provocateur but plumped for the Boux Avenue orange one as a finance-saving measure. Well, I have to say that the Boux set is brilliant – very comfortable, good lift – but when I saw the lime green AP with 50% off, I couldn’t resist. This particular package hasn’t arrived yet, I’ll let you know how it is (not with photos, ha!) but there are loads of great reductions on naughty knickers to browse in the meantime. See here for the sale. (Incidentally, Boux Avenue still have some “Chloe” bras in neon orange for £11 here.) The neon green AP Margot set is here.

helmut lang dress

5) Still on my list; some quality, slouchy cashmere and soft sweatshirts. And oh, oh, oh; I don’t need this Helmut Lang dress (above) but I really do want it. It’s not even really in the sales, it’s on The Outnet, which means that it has previously been into the dregs of the N-a-P sale and nobody wanted it even then…but look at that gorgeous draping! The “casual tee” top with the fitted twill skirt! What do you think? What would I wear it with? Would I even wear it? More pics of it here.

I’ll keep you updated with my purchases they come and go (back) and I might even do a little video if I can get my act together. Let me know what your sales essentials are in the comments – and if you spot any gorgeous cashmere or soft sweaters, point me in the right direction!

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  1. Grace
    December 31, 2013 / 6:59 am

    Lovely buys and I admire your restraint. The Helmut dress would be a nice option for off duty days when you’d rather wear a dress than jeans, me thinks!

  2. Helle D.
    December 31, 2013 / 10:02 am

    Love love love the t-shirt!

  3. chloe walker
    December 31, 2013 / 11:03 am

    Can never go wrong with a nice pair of jeans, Id pay hundreds of pounds for jeans. They’re priceless, and can last years upon years!

  4. December 31, 2013 / 1:13 pm

    Some Paige jeans are on sale at Nordstrom and the Zoe Karseen T-shirts (brand) are on sale (reduced) at Bloomingdales. Guess I know what I’ll be doing later this morning! Thanks. BTW: Just think of it as starting the year anew and afresh! *I* most certainly am! ;)
    Happy New Year, Ruth! Wishing you great health, success, happiness and much continued love. xxx

  5. Cecilie
    December 31, 2013 / 2:41 pm

    Celtic & Co have some lovely wool and cashmere jumpers on sale, I just bought two of them, great quality. Happy New Year to you! Looking forward to more great posts in 2014.

  6. December 31, 2013 / 2:55 pm

    Nice bat t-shirt! I also love the lingerie set haha!

  7. Akaleistar
    December 31, 2013 / 4:29 pm

    That dress is beautiful!

  8. Cornelia Kennedy
    December 31, 2013 / 7:57 pm

    Love the lingerie set, I looked at the Sale as soon as I saw it was online but they had nothing in my size! (good for my bank I guess)

    Cornelia – Ineffable Beauty

  9. Lisa
    December 31, 2013 / 8:39 pm

    Video would be a great idea & I would go for the Helmut Lang dress- I think that it is very you.

  10. RainBeau
    January 1, 2014 / 9:39 pm

    The Helmut Lang dress is now 56% off! x

  11. January 2, 2014 / 1:58 am

    Some really nice stuff!

    The top is so cute! And I love the colour of those purple jeans!

    Laura DemandBeauty <3

  12. Lucy Geddes
    January 2, 2014 / 3:55 am

    Lovely purchases Ruth! I think you should go ahead and buy the Helmut Lang dress, you would look great in it!

  13. Sophie Lou
    January 8, 2014 / 3:43 pm

    You don’t half spend my money for me! haha

  14. Sophie Lou
    January 8, 2014 / 3:51 pm

    I treated myself to the AP set in the neon green! SAAAAAAALEEE!!! =O £70 for the set!!!!!!!! HUGE saving

  15. January 13, 2014 / 11:03 pm

    White and Warren might be a good bet to look for slouchy cashmere but they’re American so shipping might be prohibitive for you (as it is for me, as I am a Canadian).

    I own their travel cashmere wrap and it’s heavenly.

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