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Tales from a personal shopping life 24/2/16

Hello again and it’s another blissful day off! Spring must be in the air as I am having a clear out, all of the clutter is going going gone!

The sun is shining and I know I should be outside but if I don’t complete some tasks, no matter how small, I will feel like it has been a wasted day.

Monday started with a delicious surprise, after a home dye attempt that left my eyes really itchy (not really sure how this happened!!) I trotted off to Waitrose very early to find antihistamine tablets. Unfortunately I had to walk past the bakery section and spotted a lemon yumyum and ohhh was it delicious!! How have I lived my life without them so far?

This is now my mantra “I must not eat lemon yumyums” repeat!


It has been an awesome start to the week and I do feel blessed that I have such a cool job In House of Fraser with such wonderful clients.

Monday was relatively quiet but I had a mother of the bride, it is always a pleasure to find the perfect outfit for a very stressed mum!

This dress and jacket combination by Phase Eight is a favourite this season


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Phase 8 Hattie Dress £116 here Phase 8 Hattie Jacket £120 here

Tuesday was quite a wonderful day I had two ladies who are both regulars so there was a lot of catching up to do and gossip to be shared.

My first lady wanted some new smart casual pieces for when in her words she goes to “golden oldie” events. She went away very happy with new jeans, jackets and tops all things that will mix well with what she already has.

My second lady wanted new workwear, she travels constantly to America and Australia so light weight shift dresses and jackets were the order of the day. The “piece” was this Max Mara Agito skirt and Calamo Jacket with flower detail, it is a beautiful suit and lightweight for warmer climes. I am sure it will shine in Atlanta next week.

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Max Mara Calamo Jacket £350 here Max Mara Agito Skirt £250 here

There was a pretty cool email came through yesterday about HOF Personal Shoppers visiting the Mulberry factory, I can’t wait to go it’s exciting!! The visit is in March so I will keep you posted.

Tuesday also brought a request from the Leeds HOF store to train their new personal shopper, it is always a pleasure to do this especially if they are as enthusiastic as I am about clothes and styling.

The lovely sunshine has turned my thoughts to spring and the new collections! I am always on the look out for cool shoes and I love these platforms from & Other Stories. I can already picture them with my frayed jeans and dresses, I feel an obsession coming on!!

& Other Stories Platforms £125 here

I am thinking that they would go nicely with this navy skirt from Topshop, obviously I have no other skirts in my wardrobe!!!

Topshop Premium Wrap Skirt £50 here

I keep looking at backpacks especially one’s coloured blue or orange then I remembered I have a gorgeous blue one that was made especially for me in Peru. It will be out to play tomorrow!

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As you will be aware Fashion Week has moved to Milan and it means that it will soon be time for Prada, which is always one of my favourites. The colours are always amazing and the combinations unexpected.

The Gucci show was earlier today although in true fashion style it did start an hour late. There are so many beautiful looks from this show it was hard to choose  my favourite look, I chose this one simply because the colours are gorgeous and I would wear that coat.

I have posted all of my favourite looks from the show in a different post.


Back to work tomorrow and more lovely clients to style, now that is something to look forward to………

Tales from a personal shopping life 21/2/16

Here we are again, it’s Sunday already!

To strike a theme for the last few days I am trying to be exceptionally good at not buying everything I like.

Bearing this in mind there have been a lot of giggles around store in the last few days as I tell everyone that I am going to be very good and I won’t be buying so many things that I don’t really need. I want to end this year feeling like I have saved something instead of wearing it all. It is so easy to get carried away when you are surrounded by clothes and shoes!!! My first test was this small drawstring bag from Whistles, it was only in black in store and I was successful at walking away from it but I have just spotted it in orange on the website HELP It is just big enough for a phone a card and lipstick.

Whistles Micro Sydney Bag £95 here 

whistles-micro-sidney-fringe-bag-orange_medium_04I am really lucky that I get to meet some very interesting people everyday at work, this week has been no exception at all.

On Thursday,I had a young mum who had been given a voucher to spend on new clothes. These appointments are so special as quite often they haven’t shopped properly for themselves for a few years. Watching them transform as they try on the clothes is a pleasure, they forget what is like to look good. All it took was carefully chosen pieces from Oasis and Warehouse and the result was a very happy customer.

I also had the pleasure of finding a prom dress for a lovely young lady, it was very easy, a simple floor length cami dress with beading in grey. She looked stunning and the icing on the cake was mum was going to buy her Jimmy Choo‘s to wear with it. What more can a girl ask for?

Friday brought me more lovely customers especially a very beautiful lady looking for 80th birthday outfits!! She certainly didn’t look anywhere near that age either in her face or her figure!! Her secret I believe is that she does yoga everyday and has done for many years and the fact she enjoys life. For her birthday she was taking 22 members of her family to the Lakes as a treat.

The outfits that I chose for her where full of colour and they absolutely reflected her personality. We discussed different styles of yoga and she made her recommendations for both The King of Peru and myself. Watch this space for the new yoga regimes!!

A photo of my beautiful shells in my shopping suite.


Another of the weeks mini obsessions is the Chloe Hudson bag with fringing, I think you will agree it is gorgeous.

Chloe Mini Hudson Bag £1395 here


Whistles are being very torturous at the moment as this top arrived in store, it is lovely but completely unwearable for work until it warms up. I do love fringing!!

Whistles Manderley Crochet Vest £95 here

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Returning to the orange theme (remember the bag) these sandals are also pretty cool.

Whistles Luma Ankle Strap Sandals £175 here

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A lot of my attention is on Fashion week in whatever city it maybe, in New York Victoria Beckham stole the show as always. The lady has great style.


In London so far these images have caught my eye:

Mary Katrantzou
Simone Rocha
Topshop Unique

Next Milan which I love as there will be Prada, I do love PRADA

I found these sandals earlier on the Prada website, how gorgeous are they?

Prada Sandals £795 here

Prada sandals

See you in Milan.




Tales from a personal shopping diary 16/2/16

Its that time of the week again a day off and as always I have lots to say.

Since I spoke to you last I have had so many lovely customers and all of them so different.

Last Thursday I had a very lovely young lady who wanted to update her work wardrobe, she was tall and slim but didn’t see her self that way at all.

This black Izzey dress from Whistles certainly changed her mind, she looked amazing!  I would  recommend this dress to anyone the side gathering  makes for a very flattering dress indeed.

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Whistles Izzey Dress £130 here

Saturday is always busy and I do look forward to them, I always try to wear something special. I wore a top and boots by Isabel Marant with Zara jeans and it felt great. It certainly inspired the four lovely ladies that came on Saturday afternoon I replicated the outfit from brands in store. They drank champagne in honour of a birthday in their midst and bought lots of new clothes. They have even rebooked for early May, another appointment full of giggles.

Boots & Top Isabel Marant Jeans Zara

Yesterday I had a lovely surprise a rather nice bottle of champagne was delivered to store from a very kind customer. A huge thank you as it was very much appreciated.


Tuesday morning brought another delightful customer who is returning to work next week. A lady with two children under 3 and one aged 7 just the shopping time alone was a treat for her as she hadn’t shopped for herself properly for quite a few years. It was lovely to see her confidence grow as each outfit was chosen. Warehouse and Oasis certainly performed well for this lady.

The Chinese God of Wealth has been in store all day (House of Fraser) with his entourage and I have to say he looked rather grand but very friendly. They came to have a look around my shopping suite and thought it was very nice, apparently better than others they have seen!

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This afternoon brought a serious life lesson in the form of a phone call. A terminally ill lady wanted an appointment to choose an outfit to get married in, she is coming to see me in two weeks and gets married at the end of March. She is planning the wedding at very short notice with such enthusiasm that I found it infectious. I will definitely ensure she has a very special time finding her special outfit.

Afterwards it made me think how easy it is to think we have real problems when in reality most things we worry about are rubbish. Our health is everything and I for one will be looking after mine a little better.

Watch this space in two weeks as Clarins have invited me to have a facial and a makeover, I will tell you all about it.

You might now be thinking about the obsessions I usually have with shoes or bags, well this week it is this Saint Laurent bag, I spotted it online at Mytheresa when I was in Peru but it has jumped up the ranks once more!! Such beauty!

Saint Laurent Monogram Fringed Bag £590 here

The cold shoulder is everywhere this season and this LBD from Whistles is perfect. I would wear it to work with ankle boots now or something colourful and pretty as the weather warms up.

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Whistles Cold Shoulder Dress £130 here

Tales from a personal shopping life 10/2/16

Well the weather certainly meant I have had a quiet start to the week, people don’t want to shop in the rain!! I decided to use my time to make sure the shopping suite was looking clean and shiny and redressed the mannequins.

I brought a jar of shells back from Peru so that I could have a little piece of paradise with me everyday. ( they were collected for me) They are going to live in my room and  the “Lima Dreaming” will be strong!

My beautiful shells

I have spent a lot of time browsing the internet this week checking the new season arrivals, even if we don’t sell it in store I can always reproduce a trend with the brands I have. Biba have a great tan skirt, it looks like suede but it isn’t but the drape is perfect.

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Biba Skirt £59 here

There was much excitement on Monday when I found the Isabel Marant Drew boots in a dark red, I thought briefly that they could be “the ones” but  I am going to hold out for the green pair that I keep going on about! (I really hope they appear soon)

Isabel Marant Drew Boots £345 here



Tales from a Personal Shopping Life 3/2/16

Well it is my day off again, time does fly when you are having fun.

The week started well on Sunday I made a chilli, the first ever, and it was delicious! I was very pleased with myself another dish to add to my small repertoire!!

House of Fraser social media also picked up on my tales on Sunday which was very good.

Monday was an excellent day indeed as far as customers and shopping go.

I had a customer who had never been to House Of Fraser for personal shopping before and she was a dream. She lives on the Isle of Man and came for a work suit but ended up buying loads of workwear and casual clothes too. Even better she is coming back in about 5 weeks to see me again, a very nice lady. It is such a pleasure to shop for people who are so enthusiastic about clothes.

Tuesday brought me completely different challenges, first I had a lady of 82 who was lovely but had a very strict criteria of what she would or wouldn’t wear.  It’s strange but none of those things matter when the clients are interesting.

Sadly my last lady yesterday had a sad story, she needed a dress to wear to a funeral I was so happy that I found her one she loved. It was nice to see her smile a little.

Today I took my beautiful Miu Miu sparkly Mary Janes (see below) back to Selfridges as they snapped last Friday as I was walking across Deansgate, I was a very unhappy little person as I do love them. Happily they are now off to be mended and they will be away for a few weeks, I will miss them as they are so comfortable for busy days.

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My beautiful Miu Miu Mary Jane flats

I have spent many more hours obsessing about the Isabel Marant Drew boots but at the same time I do love my Isabel Marant Danae boots and I have spotted them in metallic on Farfetch

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My much loved Isabel Marant Danae Boots
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Isabel Marant Metallic Danae Boots here

I have been obsessing about a pair of cropped flared jeans but sadly I cant find the perfect pair but I did find these in Zara today and I think they are gorgeous!! (very happy face), I will be taking them to be shortened tomorrow as I cant wait to wear them!! Just love the frayed hems.

Zara slouchy jeans here

To finish on a very bright note as I was walking through Harvey Nichols this morning I spotted this bag and I think you will agree it is beautiful. I have the Victoria Beckham Liberty Tote in bright blue and this is the Quincy tote, it is a smaller version. Pretty sunshine yellow to brighten grey days.

Victoria Beckham Quincy Tote here


Tales from a Personal Shopping Life

I have so much fun every day that I have decided to share it with you. Who could have thought that being a personal shopper in a department store could yield so many stories.

As you know I am a personal shopper/stylist at House of Fraser in Manchester and it is a cool place to work.

On Monday I was very excited to be returning to work after my trip to Peru, I know this may sound a little sad!! but I do love my job and more importantly the people both staff and customers.

I certainly wasn’t disappointed after all of the welcome back hugs, the “we missed you” and the comments about the tan is was business as usual.

i didn’t have to wait very long for a giggle, I returned a phone call to a customer and a beautifully spoken lady asked me if I could call her back in half an hour as she was having her morning coffee and watching TV and she did’t like to be disturbed. what could I say? The good news is she is coming to see me soon and I am sure she will be fun.

After all of the diary updates it was time to catch up with up with what new clothes we had in store, I love this bit it is a bit like christmas on delivery days.

I had a good rummage around  Whistles and it is a great place for me to catch up with what is going on around Manchester, you know who you are Gem.  A great piece of gossip which I hope is true!! The French Connection store has closed in my absence but the rumour is & Other Stories are taking it over!! Exciting. If even its not true. Unfortunately they didn’t have the cropped flared jeans I wanted to try but they did track them down for me and I am going to try them today.

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Whistles Cropped Flared Jeans £95 here

I did share my obsession of the metallic green Isabel Marant Drew boots, I told them how I had checked all of the websites everyday whilst I was away incase I missed them, but sadly still no joy.

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Isabel Marant Drew Boots in metallic green just perfect.

Then it was my first customer of the year, a young mum returning to work after maternity leave, what a delight. She was returning to banking but she really suited vibrant colours so we kept the skirts formal and the tops colourful it worked perfectly.

A perfect first day back.

My first customer yesterday was a no show so I called her to see if she was running late but she did make me laugh when she said “oh I couldn’t be bothered love” What can you say!!

A very lovely lady from Liverpool who was about to be the mother of bride made me smile yesterday when she declared me amazing and asked where had been all of her life!! It makes everything worth while.

We do have quite a few characters in store and I love a certain young lady on the 5th floor she happily gives out pink bags all day on the collection point. Yesterday she announced she needed to learn to drive but also declared she wouldn’t be very good at as she cant see and is very easily distracted!! I hope her parents realise that after she passes her test she requires a “cool car” like mine!! Apparently mini’s are cool, well I certainly think so.




Personal Shopping at House Of Fraser Manchester

As some of you will be aware I am now working as a personal shopper in House of Fraser, Manchester, when I say “work” I don’t really mean it as I am being paid to do what I love everyday.

It was a little daunting at first but I quickly settled in and so far every appointment has been a joy. I don’t think anything can be more satisfying  than seeing clients leave with outfits that make them look and feel amazing. we all know that you feeling good about yourself carries over into every aspect of your life.

For anyone looking to use the service, it is free and there is no minimum spend. All of the bookings are made through the online booking system which you will find here

In Manchester we are tucked away next to Toms Champagne Bar on the third floor so if you want to bring along a friend and enjoy a glass of champagne before, during or after you are more than welcome.

The downside!! is I am looking at clothes and shoes all day and there is a lot I want to buy for myself, so very sad!! I went from wearing black every day to being able to wear what I want and it has been wonderful. I do admit to buying one or two things along the way and here they are.


Untold Faux Leather Midi Skirt £89 here

Untold is what we call a house brand and they have some gorgeous pieces for SS15.

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Whistles Shivy Wrap Back Dress £110 here

This is my new special piece and it is gorgeous, I will wear a few times a month.

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Whistles Ca Va Logo Tee £45 here

The logo on this tee is navy and it teams beautiful with the Untold skirt and looks great with jeans.

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As soon as pay day comes around I have these pieces on my list (only a few days to wait)

Whistles Oversized Chambray Shirt £110 here

This dress looks great with ankle boots, brogues and heels so I will be able to swap and change shoes for different looks.

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Whistles Pocket Tee in Lime £55 here

This will just look great with jeans.

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Miss KG Albus Shoes £60 here

Great shoes for jeans or the Chambray dress.

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My brain will be very busy over the next few days deciding which items will work best with my wardrobe!! I am also sure that the list will always be long!