Category Archives: Fashion

3 great online stores to shop for budget fashion 

What do you do if you love clothes but don’t have an endless shopping budget?…..You get a bit savvy with you shopping that’s what! Having found some great places to shop for clothes that are not only cheap but stylish I thought I would share them with you guys. 

Next Clearance – You don’t have to wait until the sales to find a great deal from Next. The clearance section on their website always has some amazing items on offer. 
This is a great place to pick up jeans, swimwear and footwear, especially If you are like me and are a half size. 

You can also make use of Nexts free click and collect service saving on shipping fees. 

BlackBetty.com is an overstock website. A lot of the items can be out of season but it is worth having a good look through as you can find some real gems. Postage is very reasonable and worked out per item so you don’t have to buy loads. I often just order one item at a time. 
Do be prepared to wait a couple of weeks for your delivery though as delivery is slow.   

This jumpsuit was cost me just £6 including postage, it is super comfy and more stylish than shlepping in tracksuit bottoms on casual days off.


This blue midi skirt was also just £6 including postage. I’m absolutely in love with it and have convinced myself that I’m just like Belle when I wear it. 


Everything5pounds.com is another fab place to pick up some really fab outfits without breaking the bank. Absolutely everything on the website is £5. You do have to act fast though as the best items sell through very quickly. 

A lot of the items are ex-high street though you don’t know which brands until you receive you items. I have had clothes in the past from Topshop, Newlook and C&A. 

I find this a particularly good place to buy shoes. Postage starts from £3.95 and is usually based on a combination of weight and quantity. 

Shipping is usually very quick. 

The trousers below were a purchase from a couple of months back and are ex-Topshop 


These boots from Everything5pounds are one of my favourite purchases. I always receive compliments when I wear them. They are such good quality considering how little they cost. Alas now it’s warmer I have had to put them away for the winter (they have a warm fleece lining). 


What are you favourite places to shop for budget fashion? Do share in the comments section.

Deal alert! -Extra 20% off Topshop sale | My top picks

Just thought I would give fellow topshop lovers the heads up. They have an awesome extra 20% of sale items. I have just been a bit naughty and order myself this velvet cold shoulder dress for a mere £4. That is including delivery!


As I’m slightly over excited by this I thought I would share with you my top picks from the Topshop sale. 
Disney Princess PJ set £9.60

This High neck twist crop top £4 would have been mine. Alas it’s not available in my size. Boo! 

Pregnant ladies how flipping gorgeous is this dress? I never wanted to spend a lot of money on clothes when I was pregnant so at £8 this is a bit of a steal. 

 I’m in love with these velvet sandals. They are just £8 and are still available in most sizes.
 I couldn’t possibly walk in these (dumb back problems) so I’m just going to admire from afar. Sigh for the days that I used to be able to totter about in shoes like these. Queue sad face! 

I have an almost identical pair of these faux leather trousers that I bought from Topshop about four years ago. At just £9.60 these are not to be missed. I paid a lot more than that for mine. 

This pale pink real leather clutch bag is now only £12. It is so classic in style so is a definite investment piece. 

Honestly there is loads of great stuff to be found at really great prices it really is worth a look. Do bear in mind the very low priced items may only be available in one size. You might be lucky though a grab a bargain like I did. 

* image credit topshop.com used for illustration and sharing purposes. 

Everything5pounds mini haul and review 

So I am very late to the party with this one. It’s not that I hadn’t heard of this website before I just didn’t think I could possibly pick up  anything worth adding to my wardrobe for £5. Well how wrong was I? ….Very!

Anyway after seeing a short YouTube clip from moneysavingexpert after they had tried the website out, I was convinced it was time I took the plunge and made my first order.

I was expecting rubbish quality, unstylish clothing. This is not the case though. A large proportion of the items available are ex high street brands. Including stores such as Topshop, New Look and Zara. Some of the items are European brands that I haven’t heard of before. The quality though is still great.

None of the brands are listed on the website so it is a surprise once you receive it if you have picked a high street label. For me that is all part of the fun.

Usually everything on this website, as the name suggests, is just £5. You then pay for postage which is set by the size of your order. On this occasion I ordered four items. As I had a discount code which also offered free delivery I only paid £19 on this occasion. (I would share that but unfortunately it is no longer valid). Even without a discount code the savings you can get are amazing.

It is worth bearing in mind that quantities are limited so stock can sell out fast. If you see something you love don’t hang around or you will be disappointed.

This is what I purchased on this occasion. If an item is still available I will leave a link to it.

Bershka high waisted black skinny Jeans.

This is a brand I hadn’t heard of before. They have a great looking website though where similar jeans are currently retailing for approximately £20.

The fit of these are great and even though very tight are super comfy.

Washed Denim Skinny Jeans.


These again are another great fitting pair of jeans. The brand is not one I recognise and the label was printed in either Japanese or Chinese. They are perfect for me to wear to work though and totally worth more than the £5 price tag.

Feather Embellished Ankle Boot.


I can not get over the quality of these boots. They arrived boxed and with individual dust bags. They have a lovely soft cosy lining so are warm and comfortable . I have worn them to work and and received lots of compliments.

The brand Nio Nio is sold on this website and styles retail between £17-£29.

Lastly I ordered this Belted Striped midi Dress. The quality is not as good as the other items but I love the style and how it fits. I still feel I have picked up a bargain and am looking forward to wearing this in the summer.

I am not disappointed by any of the items I purchased and will definitely be placing an order in the future. I have my I my eye on this stunning red jumpsuit to wear for my birthday.

Size wise everything I ordered fitted well. It is definitely worth reading the reviews as a guide for which size to order. Some of the reviews also give clues as to which items are originally from a well known brand.

Have you purchased anything from everything5pounds before? What was your experience?

1 Dress, so many ways to wear| Project 333

A couple of weeks ago I talked about my latest mad idea to drastically downsize my wardrobe by embarking on my own little project 333 journey. You can read more about what that actually is this blog post here

I am roughly 1 month in to the project and can honestly say this has been one of the most freeing things I have ever done. I am appreciating the items of clothing that I have in my wardrobe and actually enjoying the challenge of mixing and matching to create different looks with the same few clothes. 

One of my most worn pieces is this very basic dress from Joules. I love how versatile it is and the fact that I can create some very different looks with it. 

As it is such a simple shape the dress works well layered with different  jumpers giving it the appearance off a skirt. 

By simply switching out the jumper I wear I can achieve an entirely different look. 

Worn with a leather jacket and long boots this dress doesn’t look out of place heading to the pub either. 

The dress unfortunately is no longer available in the navy colour that I have, but it is still available in two other colours. Either a Grey or a salt wash blue that would  work equally well. 

I hope this post has given you some inspiration to get get the maximum use out of key items I your wardrobe. 

The Bloggersxmas2016 Event | #Blogmas Day 2

A couple of weekends ago I was fortunate to be able to attend the #bloggersxmas held at Finches Pub in Finsbury Square, London. 

After getting completely lost, with no Internet connection on my phone so I couldn’t even check google maps,  I finally arrived about 20 minutes late. The hubby had to talk me through directions over the phone in the end! 

Anyway, late and slightly flustered I was greeted by jasmine and Kirsty, authors of Soeursdeluxe.com, who organised the event. They were lovely and very welcoming. 

The event was a chance to meet up with other bloggers and to meet some exciting brands. After a glass of refreshing Apple punch I had a little wander around the brands showcases. There was a good mix of brands I already new and some new discoveries. Here is a quick round up of the best. 

Online boutique  Mikko specialise in luxury fashion created by talented designers from across Europe.

I loved the simplicity of their dresses and super chunky knitwear. Some of the pieces were modelled by Mikko’s representatives who kindly posed for photos. (Sorry I forgot your names) Don’t they look fab though! 

This is defiantly a brand I will be checking out in the future. 

Aromand is a British brand based in Berkshire that create luxury hand made candles, reed diffusers and room sprays. 


The scents are unique and very sophisticated. I had the chance to have a chat with Sue who develops the scents and makes the products. 

She takes inspiration from her husband who is a chef and adopts a similar approach to recipe development when creating new scents. 

My favourite has to be Berries and Black Pepper. Berry scents can often be too sweet and overpowering for me but the addition of black pepper adds a balanced spiciness to the fragrance. 

All of her products are beautifully gift wrapped as well. 

I’m gutted my photography was not up to scratch on the day as it really doesn’t do the brand justice. 

Jewelled Buddha is a brand that has captured my heart. I’m saving my pennies so I can purchase one of their handcrafted sari necklaces in the near future. 

All of the scarves and necklaces are created from repurposed saris meaning each piece is one-of-a-kind. 

Jewelled Budda works in partnership with Indian based social enterprise, Wandering silk, ensuring the skilled women who create each necklace and scarf are paid a fair wage, experience regular employment and safe working conditions. 

The brand is truly inspiring in its promotion of zero waste and empowering of women. 

Annoyingly I was so busy chatting to Harjit about the brand and its work I totally forgot to take any photos of the gorgeous necklaces and scarfs. Do check out their website though here.

I have always been a fan of Joe Browns who were at the event showcasing their Christmas collection. It is Beautiful, with a capital B. 

Other creatives showcasing at the event included; the very talented Sheena Bulsara who creates one-of-a-kind jewellery, Katherine Ellizerbeth Millinery and Gia who were displaying their soon to launch collection of clutch bags. 

Sheena Bulsara’s piece inspired by her time living in Paris
Hats created by Katherine Elizerbeth Millinery


The event was sponsored by jewellerybox.co.uk who provided the bags for our goody bags we were lucky to receive. We were gifted by brands including skinfix, freeman beauty, popband, PNY, yankeecandle and my beauty matches. 


I will let you know how I get on with some of these goodies in the future. Spoiler alert though, I’m already loving the Burt’s Bees lip balm and skinfix handcream. 

5 Stylish Christmas jumpers | #Blogmas Day 1 

So I’m kicking of #blogmas with a round up of some of the best Christmas jumpers available on the high street. 

I love a Christmas jumper but I’m not a huge fan of anything too gaudy. This selection of jumpers have that festive feel whilst still looking super stylish.  

This first one I’m in love with, it’s so pretty! Alas I will be refraining from purchasing one as it doesn’t fit in with my project333. See I’m committed! 

Sequin Graphic Reindeer Sweater – Hollister £29.

Slogan Sweater – Topshop £34.


Sequin Gingerbread man Sweater – Topshop £36.

Strictly speaking this next one isn’t a Christmas jumper. It has the feel of one though and who could resist the star of John Lewis’s Christmas advert ‘Buster the dog’? 

 

Buster the Boxer Sweater -John Lewis £49.

Who knew a Christmas jumper could be ‘dressy’? This one from Coast at John Lewis proves that they can be. 


Black festive embellishment jumper – Coast @ John Lewis £79

This is my Christmas Jumper for 2016. It is from Joules so I can wear it at work. Unfortunately it’s not actually on the website at the moment as they had a half price offer on Cyber Monday so most of the sweaters sold out. I know there are still some available in store though. 

 I love it as its a little bit cheeky!



Game Bird Sweater – Joules £49.95. 

Do you like a Christmas jumper? Are you a gaudier the better or do you like to keep it simple? 

Image sources: retail websites for illustration purposes 

Creating a Capsule Wardrobe using the Project 333 Method

In my previous blog post I talked about how I wanted to downsize and declutter my life. I started to embark on a rather ruthless clear out of my wardrobe yesterday in the hope of creating myself a functional yet still stylish capsule wardrobe.

Shamefully I’ve managed to fill two black bin bags for either the charity shop or recycling centre. These are all items I’ve been hanging on to but truthfully do not wear, and the drawers are still fairly full. They just shut now!
My reliance on a few select items from my wardrobe has become more apparent since I started working in a clothing store. I have to wear their clothing to work as my uniform, and since I’m there usually 4 or 5 days a week, most of my other items in my wardrobe get ignored.

This realisation is part of what has spurred me on to change my habits. I want to have a go at creating an easy to use capsule wardrobe.

Having read a few blog posts for some advice as to where to start I came across Project 333. This is basically a minimalist fashion challenge that encourages you to dress with 33 items or less for a period of three months. You can read more about the challenge here in this blog post by Courtney of bemorewithless.com. 

I think this is the perfect tool to help me create the more simplified life I’m seeking. So this weekend I shall be selecting some key pieces from what is left after I have purged my wardrobe to see me through the next 3 months. The rest for now is going to be boxed up and stored away where I can’t get at them. Im sure my Husband will be delighted as his shirts will no longer be crushed in our shared wardrobe.

I’m not going to select a full 33 piece wardrobe straight away as I don’t want to ban myself from completely purchasing anything over the next 3 months. Also I want to cover myself for any occasion that I might not have anything suitable for without breaking the rules of Project 333.

Those original challenge rules are;

  • The 33 items includes Clothing, Accessories, Outerwear and Shoes.
  • It doesn’t include sentimental jewelry items such as my wedding and engagement ring. (I never take them off accept when doing something messy like making meatballs) underwear, sleepwear or workout gear.
  • Workout gear is only for working out in – no cheating  and wearing that then!

I was having a very tough time narrowing down my selection. This is because a vast majority of it is taken up with essential work related items. I worked out 4 items would automatically be used up on accessories for work.

My Husband suggested I bend the rules slightly as this was uniform and not include those particular accessories towards my total. I was reluctant at first but he pointed out how much I had actually downsized already.


This pile is predominantly summer clothes so it was actually quite easy for me to decide to put it into storage. I will take it out next year and decide what I want to keep then.

What is left in my wardrobe is very much a winter wardrobe and hopefully will cover all eventualities.

At the moment there are 30 items on the list. There are 1 or 2 that I was unsure about so I may remove them at a later date if I find I’m not wearing them. So for now that leaves me able to add 3 items. Though if I do remove those other items that will give me the option to replace them.

I know I am going to have to get a pair of shoes to wear for Christmas Parties as I don’t have any suitable. I’m thinking some kind of black court shoe would be the most versatile.

The Christmas period will be interesting, I’ve selected 1 very ‘dressy’ dress and that’s it. Eeeek!! lets see how I manage.

This is what remains in my wardrobe. Some of it is missing though as it is currently in the wash.

I will try to share some outfit posts in the future, be warned though I’m a bit useless at those as I’m an awkward poser. What do models do with their hands???
I will also share any new additions to my capsule wardrobe over the next three months. That will be a rare occurrence though. As it stands I can only add three things. Oh god help me!

Let me know what you think of this challenge, even if you think I’m mad!

OOTD – It’s all about the Boots! | #BEDM day 16

So I fell off the #BEDM waggon a little bit. Damn busy social life and a minor thing such as an end of module assignment due this morning! That had been submitted now though, pheww! 

Yes I feel like a proper student right now. Out all weekend, hangovers and blearily trying to polish my essay. I was halfway responsible and did actually do most of that before the drinking commenced. 

Anyway that’s why I’ve been AWOL and I’m completely ill prepared for anything remotely constructive on here today, so instead your getting a ‘Outfit of the Day’post.

Man I love these boots! They look hot and best of all are totally comfortable. I’ve basically had them on most of the weekend. 
The swing dress was a bargain I picked up from Hollister back in March. It was in the sale and I think was just £12.99. They did have it in other colours but I do love a bit of grey. I can only find the burgundy version online at the moment. 

The dress Is made from stretchy ribbed material so it’s super comfy, hides and lumpy bits and gives the impression I’ve made an effort, especially when combined with the boots. 

I like that it’s short but not indecent, I’m too old for that now. 

Not going to lie I felt like a bit of a tit posing for these pictures on the way to the pub Friday night. Yes…a fashion blogger I am not. You probably would have found it hilarious watching me trying to do the casual walking away, looking over my shoulder thing. Thanks hubby for the perseverance!! There was nothing casual about it. 

I suppose I ought to tell you where the boots are from? They were from very.co.uk in the last month. I cannot find them on the website anymore but they do have a very similar pair here. 


In fact they are almost identical, they are just stupidly more expensive at £100. 

Hopefully now I’ve recovered from the weekend and all Uni work is now complete for the summer  (I’m air fist pumping right now) usual service can resume on schoolrunbeauty.com

Bye for now, Katy x 

The Cheeky Shopping Bag!

As promised yesterday here are some more details about my new cheeky shopping bag. 

This practical but fun bag is available from Emma’s Personalised Bags priced at £15  here

She hand paints all the bags herself so is able to create designs suitable for all ages and occasions. This particular design is just a perfect match for my slightly naughty sense of humour. 


This is the medium sized bag. As it is made from jute it is super sturdy as well as large enough for trips to the library and into town. 

If you want to see Emma’s other work then check out her Facebook page. You can also order book bags, pencil cases, plus bags in other sizes. 

Huge thanks to the Husband for buying it for me! 

Obsessed with My Protein  running tights 

 One of the perks of going to the gym regularly is that I get to indulge in one of my current obsessions, running leggings from My protein. 

If I had my way I’d have at least 10 pairs by now as they are constantly coming out with funky new designs. Obviously that’s not going to happen as that would be rather excessive. One or two pairs though is okay right! 

 
 

What can I say though, they are super comfy, look great and most importantly wash well. They still look as good as new after several wears and washes. Next time I get to indulge in my obsession for crazy printed leggings My Protein will be the first place I look. 

 

I have my eye on some of the latest designs available from their website. A girl can have a wish list right! Oh and of course they have matching cropped vests and vests printed with motivational quotes to match.

   

Here’s what I’m currently lasting after. 

Black square athletic tights £22.49

  
Women’s reflection leggings £25.49

  
Reflections printed sports bra £21.24

  
The reflections set has to be be my favourite it might clash with my trainers though. Damn! Does that mean an excuse to get new trainers as well? 

Walk away Katy! 

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