Friday, 23 April 2010

My YSL Glasses Have Arrived

Finally my lovely YSL glasses have arrived! I thought I would show them to you.
I used to have the glasses FEAR having worn glasses when I was a child and been forced through all kinds of horrendous styles (including ones that hook around your ears ouch!) This caused me to think that all glasses are ugly.

Over time, not wearing them though my eyes aren't as good as they used to be and staring at a computer all day hasn't helped. So I bought myself some new frames. Having had my eyes tested I was seriously disappointed by the limited choice of frames. Why do they fill all the same with what is essentially the same pair of glasses? You can see in the earlier post my top picks here.
It seems I'm not the only one who has been looking for glasses lately as I see Susie Bubble from Style Bubble has also been on the hunt here.

After looking around A LOT I settled with the YSL 2253 in Dark Havana. What do you think? Not a great photo but I'm working on taking better photos.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

The Best Summer Trousers

Today I have found my perfect Summer trousers... and what's more they are only £14.99! These are available in black, white, grey, beige, khaki and brown and are in shops now.

The military look had been going strong on the high street this season and now H&M have released the perfect military trousers. Even Mrs B was looking unusually casual in a fantastic in a pair. River Island also has a great pair that are slightly more expensive but still a bargain at £29.99.

I can't wait to snap up a pair. *Skips to H&M to wrestle someone for them*

Sunday, 18 April 2010

The Outnet Outburst!

What do you do when your PR stunt or marketing campaign badly backfires? I am of course talking about the 1st Birthday campaign for NET-A-PORTER.COM's sister website This site boasts a "Chic discount shopping experience."

'Chic' was definitely not how I would describe Friday's £1 Birthday sale. This was an invite only meant to be exclusive affair which inevitably was about data capture and expanding mailing lists. Having registered two weeks ago after reading about the event on twitter, I was sent an email to tell me I was "on the list!" How very important I felt. Little old me being invited along to this special event. The campaign was going well so far. I even read up on how to shop smart and increase my chances of being able to snap myself up a lovely designer bargain for just £1. I registered all my address details before hand and prepared as they could notify me at any time on Friday when the sale was live.

Sure enough, at around 7.10am as i was clambering around trying to get dressed for work I got an email and jumped straight online. After about 10 minutes of the website crashing I finally got through me email invite onto the site. But, what now. Having seen the email it did say "Everything in the sale £1!" But where was the sale? No sign,

This was where I started to get frustrated. I clicked around trying to find £1 items. Nothing. The site continued to crash. Now, it may just be me but I would think that if you were having an invite-only sale you could easily anticipate the maximum number of people who could be on your site at one time? The site continued to crash.

Thinking that I must have been mistaken and that something MUST be £1 I tried to put something in my basket and see if the price changed when I went to pay. This alone took an hour. I then phoned the helpline. Only to be told that nobody would be answering the phone today but not to forget that only items marked as £1 were in fact £1. I still hadn't seen a single one of these amazing £1 items. I continued on this until 10am. The time I had allowed before I decided to give up. Then I went on Twitter only to be told the sale had ended. It seems I wasn't the only person to have problems in my quest for the perfect discount designer item.

One angry tweeter said "it was like being invited to a party and then getting a slap in the face when you arrived!"
While others were saying that they would never shop with theOutnet again. This surely wasn't the VIP shopping experience Outnet had hoped for?

Outnet director Stephanie Phair sent out this message (taken from

Hello everyone, I am Stephanie, Director of theOutnet. I wanted to personally say that we have been listening to all your comments. First and most importantly, I want to say sorry for the frustrating experience that many of you had. You have shown incredible interest in our site today and we do not take that lightly. Clearly, while we were prepared for the volume of traffic the sale would deliver, in some markets, the UK mainly, we were overwhelmed by the speed at which you came to the site this morning. This remarkable volume—up to 9 orders a second—led the site to crash for many of you, and I want to say that we are very sorry to all those who didn’t get to buy anything at the sale, but delighted for the thousands of lucky ones amongst you that did walk away with a £1/$1 bargain from theOutnet. We want to thank all of you for being part of our first year celebrations. With each event we are working hard to fix issues that arise, and want to say that we fully intend to offer you further bargain shopping opportunities in the future. Thank you again, Stephanie.

I guess it always was too good to be true and although it hasn't put me off shopping at The Outnet for good, I will think twice before getting involved in one of these events again.

Monday, 5 April 2010

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

This week this year's Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign which raises money for UK charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer. This was launched with the gorgous photos being released shot by Mario Testino of Kylie Minogue, Sienna Miller and Claudia Schiffer wrapped in black and white target sheets.

Then over the weekend I got a Topshop email and noticed that their is a fantastic collection that is being sold to help raise money for the campaign which hopes to raise over £1 million.

You can see the full collection here.

Some of my favourites include The "Love to Love" Vest from Topshop and the Olivia Rubin dress from My Wardrobe 30% of purchases go towards the campaign so you get to spend a feel great!

Cancer Surviver Kylie
Photo courtesy of Breakthrough
Breast Cancer