Month: January 2014

Trend alert SS14

So for those of you that don’t already know. Here’s a quick two minute update on spring/summer 14’s trends to nail the look:

MONOCHROME: This season sees the return of monochrome but this time introduces one key piece of pastel pink to break up the black and white contrasts

FLORAL: Catwalks see the return of floral prints. Clash with stripes for a statement effect, one item of each and go plain with the rest of your outfit ( No need to look like where’s wally meets pay butcher)

ORIENTAL: Think light floral meets eastern promise. Bomber jackets and tailored trousers work well with this trend. A nice kimono and light denim ankle grazers also nail this trend

PASTELS: I think this has got to be my favourite this season. Such a feminine look, very calm and refreshing. And how easy is it to put on a lace lilac box top with a pair of tailored topshop trousers? Need I say more.

METALLIC: And Last but not least metallics are back, no not your granny’s favourite multicoloured sequin cardigan. Think futuristic, silver high shine tunics and bomber jackets. I bagged myself a lovely silver metallic skater dress on eBay using my bay trend tips

So why not give it a go and try the Bay Trend to give your dreary winter wardrobe a spring season update. Try it, I did mine for under £100. BARGAIN.

157 days until summer

It is imperative that this post gets out into the blogosphere ASAP.

I’ve spent the last three months listing over the joys of newly found motherhood and not once in that time did I stop to think about getting back into shape. Now there’s less than 5 months before summer 2014 is here and I look like a train wreck.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me find some healthy recipes. I must cut my extra pounds into ounces. I’ll be truly grateful for each idea. My fitness and eating habits are now my priority this month.

P.S: Remember I’m a mother so unfortunately for me everything had to be done speedy Gonzalez style. Gone are the days of hours in the kitchen 😦

Bay Trend: Top Ten Expert Tips

Hey, so my first post was about the Bay Trend. It’s my way of looking good for 99p. Some of you may be familiar with eBay and others not. So I’ve put together my Top Ten tips to successfully Bay Trend. Hope you enjoy:
 
1) KNOW WHAT YOU WANT: Failure to do so will result in unnecessary spending by straying to look at other items. This defeats the object of a bargain if you end up buying extras.
 
2) SET A BUDGET- For everything: My personal budget for any piece of footwear or clothing is £5. That way I am always getting a bargain. If you get caught up in a bidding war without a budget you end up paying way more than intended and this means expense!!
 
3) DIAMOND IN THE RUFF: Refine your results so that you can find just what you are looking for. If you want a specific skater dress then typing in just that will bring up 1000’s of results. Type the specifics ‘top shop skater dress size 10 black’ and then you can further refine by postage costs, new or used, categories etc. This will narrow the 1000’s down to the better suited.
 
4) WATCH: When you find what your looking for don’t be tempted to bid straight away, this just ignites a bidding war and the price just keeps on increasing way before the item is due to end. By watching you can go back to the item right before it ends and bid a much lower price than if you triggered the war.
 
5) PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE: If you can’t find what your looking for straight away don’t feel disheartened. Save the search and you will be regularly updated on newly listed items. It will come eventually. I waited 3 weeks to bag myself a Topshop Tiger print baroque jumper but when I got it appreciated it all the bit more.
 
6) TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE: I mentioned before to watch the item before bidding. When the item finally is near it’s end don’t be too hasty. I usually wait until the last 8-10 seconds to make my bid ( Although I am already prepared to press “bid” from about 40 seconds) make sure you have set your maximum bid, reviewed this and are ready to click to bid in time.
 
7) GLOBAL: Don’t be dissuaded to bid on international items, they do come. . . Eventually ( postage takes a little longer but this is always stated). From my experience I’ve also found some of the high street store items in international eBay shops, usually china, which means I have been able to buy the exact item or factory second for under £5 brand new.
 
8) TOMATO, TOMATOE: New, worn once or twice. What’s the difference when vintage is all the new rage anyway? Nothing, apart from the idea of paying an extra £40 in store for it with a paper tag attached. Worn a handful of times is just as good as new if your buying quality. So word of advice is to not go out there searching for primark clothes because they’re bad enough quality BNWT (I used to be a loyal primark customer until tops started falling apart as I removed the tags).
 
9) GOING, GOING, GONE: Get selling yourself. It’s so easy, simply list the item and once it sells take a stroll to the post office to send the item to the buyer (They pay postage). If your auction starts at 99p it’s free to list too. Whenever I sell something I bid for something else to replace it’s old space in my wardrobe #Swap&Shop
 
10) VICE-VERSA: Shop out of season, want a pair of Levi shorts for the festivals in summer? Buy these on eBay in winter; these are not in demand in winter so it’s more than likely that there will be much fewer bids on shorts etc meaning Levi’s for less (I reluctantly paid £13 for a pair last summer but only £2.24 for a pair a few weeks ago).
 
Have a look at my eBay shop here to give the Bay Trend a go 🙂

Bay Trend Buy of The Day

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So here it is my buy of the day. This black crushed velvet skater dress retails in Topshop for over £25 and won at auction for £4.71. I guess the only thing I’m not jumping for joy about is the cost of postage.

What I really want though is the burgundy crushed velvet skater dress for valentines day. My eyes are on the look out and all bids will be set 🙂

No customer service for you dear

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In bed reflecting on my day and it’s headline act was an americano featuring a slice of carrot cake. This all started whilst I was sitting at home with my daughter drinking a cup of instant coffee. I thought “hold on a minute this is far from middle class sweet pea”. So got dressed and left out for my neighbouring cafe loafing.

Now I must say that general customer service skills are the norm in my books especially when a coffee lover is spending £10 in a single transaction on coffee and cake for two. Well, shocked to say the least sums it up. Perhaps it was both my cousin and I’s hipster appearance that repelled a welcoming hello from the barista or maybe it was the weather (either way one of the two left a glum look on her face). Maybe it was our general topic of conversation that had unwanted eyes staring for more than a moment or two?

At least the shop itself gave off a warm rustic welcome. Filled with cute china saucers and cups displayed on distressed wooden shelves and a mash up of shabby chic furniture I definitely felt I was somewhere other than hackney (well it is a village, not to be mistaken for the high rise council flats of hackney). The coffee was to die for I could definitely taste the espresso base, this had me feeling jittery after a mouthful or two; top marks here. The cake renamed ’24 carrots’ by yours truly was that of gold, hence the name.

So to conclude, if your not dressed as your hipster alter ego and after a lovely cup of coffee and slice of heaven for £5 then this is the place to be.

P.S if you don’t like dogs I suggest you sit outside as a Labrador was also sitting in with me for a cup of coffee :-/

Loafing can be found here: 79 Lauriston Road, Victoria Park, E9 7HJ

Save until a million- From zero to hero day 3

When I started this whole blog thing I wanted to tell everyone about my bay trend. But also share my tips and advice on how I save money and my mindset behind it all. To be honest I’m not sure if there is a mindset behind it all but I just know that one day I’d like to say I have accomplished my money goal; To save one million pound.

Sounds crazy I know but in my pink bubble I have a vision. A vision of a million. It’s not reality but if I think it into existence it can be. If I can think of one way to make £100 then surely I can think of many more? Well I haven’t so far but guess it just takes time. At the moment I have one way and ten ways to make £100 a month makes £1000 that’s £12000 extra a year and blah blah blah etc. I just need nine more
ways, that’s nine ideas to come up with.

If anyone is actually reading this ludicrous post perhaps leave a comment with an idea. Come on don’t keep it to yourself. I’ll tell you my first way: selling my much loved clothes on eBay.

Join me in my goal. Let’s help each other make a million in reality not in daydreams 🙂

Emergency Food – Sardine Pasta

Students and fellow mummas, this is just what the doctor ordered; a VERY cheap and quick recipe. Just my style !!

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We all have this – the dish that we cook when we’re too tired, too lazy or have lost the will to live. Mine is a sardine pasta that can easily be prepared in 10 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tins of Portuguese style sardines (spicy if you like)
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • half a small onion, diced
  • spaghetti (I just grab what can fit in my hand, served 2-3)
  • salt and extra virgin olive oil, season to taste

How to:

  1. Boil spaghetti for 7 minutes or until al dente
  2. Meanwhile, drain the sardines. Crush the sardines in a pan and “fry” to for 2 minutes.
  3. Wait for the pasta to cook
  4. Once the pasta is cooked, transfer directly to the pan. Mix with the sardines. If it is too dry add a cup of the pasta water.
  5. Season with salt to taste. Mix.
  6. Serve immediately and drizzle with extra virgin…

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AW14 With Versace

Versaces Autumn/Winter collection 2014

Return of The Gramp

We’re still in 2013’s AW season but Versace’s already here with this years AW14 range. From the men in still it seems SS12 tie dye makes a comeback but in true vamp style. A hint of the trademark Versace Baroque print in the suit to the left and making a return in a new life are western inspired pieces in Leather. Thinking out loud; Maybe I shouldn’t have sold those black cowboy boots on eBay.

Who I Am and Why I’m Here

I’m a young mother of one with the long lived dream of getting my hands stuck into fashion. Up until now I have been waiting and waiting for an opportunity to arise but it never did. Now although I couldn’t get my ‘foot in the door’ as they say. I’ve taken it upon myself to follow the fashion happenings within the blogosphere and write a blog detailing any and everything I feel is fashion relevant to me.

Blogging is the thing for me rather than a journal because that way I can share my ideas and visions with all of you fellow bloggers out there. Now not only is this blog about fashion but it’s also about looking good for less because as fellow mothers are aware;

if we look after the pennies the pounds will look after themselves

I’ll be covering many topics on my blog. Anything that tickles my fancy. I never have limits so will not limit myself to fashion only. Another thing I love to do is grab a bargain and save money, so much discussed topics will include:

      Fashion

 

      Lifestyle

 

    Money saving and more . .

I would love to connect with Look magazine via blogging as I have been a devout reader since it’s first issue. I think I speak for a lot of women who buy fashion weeklys when I say that Look Magazine inspires the everyday woman to do more to look and feel good.

By the end of 2014 my hopes regarding this blog are simply to be read and shared by others. Maybe help a person or two with some of my hints or tips, stories or any other inspirational messages I put out there into the blogosphere.

What is The Bay Trend?

I mentioned the Bay Trend in my previous post but what exactly is this? Well not only do I call this a trend but believe this is an art in itself. It’s the art of buying an on trend item for a fraction of the price; pre loved (used/worn) on eBay.

This all started when looking on eBay for a specific dress I saw in river island but couldn’t afford at the time. I tried my luck with eBay and lo and behold, it was there: “Black River Island Bodycon Dress Size 10 Worn Once”. With 2 hours and 4 minutes left on this auction I placed my bid of £2.99. I waited patiently expecting to win the dress after the auction ended but no, someone beat me to it and the auction ended with a winning bid of £6.80. After two weeks of searching and bidding on eBay I finally won my dress for £66 less than what it cost in River Island. I was a happy bunny and that’s the moment eBay stole my heart. I asked myself “Why spend £100’s when I can spend £1’s”. From that moment on I decided, it would be the Bay Trend that was set to style me for the foreseeable future.

So to sum it all up, The Bay Trend is simply seeing a key fashion piece you like in store, online or advertised somewhere else and finding the same piece on eBay for a bargain price.

To read my Top 10 Expert Tips on how to Bay Trend to bag that bargain stay tuned for my next post 🙂