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Tales from a personal shopping life 2/7|What I love in House of Fraser|

As you all know I have been writing these tales for awhile now but today it is going to be a little different. I have been home for a few days with terrible earache and sore throat and it has made me realise how much I love being at work (my lovely personal shopping suite).  I do love the store (House of Fraser Manchester) and all of the people! Instead of sharing with you all of the things I have sold to customers I thought I would share all of the things that I would like (in my wardrobe!)

I will also include a few mini obsessions as well. (there will a jumpsuit or two and sparkly pumps)

Whistles is always a must visit department in store, Miss Gemma Randles is always on hand to help and is now in charge, which is great news.

I do love a Whistles jumpsuit (I have a few) but there is always room for one more, and this could be one of them.

Whistles Tie Front Dungaree Jumpsuit £110 here (was £160)

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We all need a good sweatshirt especially as summer doesn’t seem to be making an appearance! I am thinking I could wear it to fly to Canada in a few weeks (always thinking about outfits)

Whistles Hummingbird Sweatshirt £75 here 

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You have all heard me talking about Isabel Marant, well this dress definitely has the same vibe. I have tried it and it looks great with ankle boots and pumps.

Whistles Anna Wrap Dress £95 here 

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We are all hankering after a Gucci open mule and this are  a great alternative and apparently very comfortable (reliable source of information)

Whistles Lister Open Back Loafer £160 here

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As you all know I love platform sneakers at the moment, they are very comfortable and look cool with most outfits. This pair is by far my most favourite! (I do need these pumps in my life)

Carvela Lupo Silver Flatforms £89 here

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I have introduced many customers to Hallhuber, a German brand, with great quality. (also it’s not available anywhere else in Manchester) The style is easy but on trend. If I was going to wear a cropped white jumpsuit it would be this one.

Hallhuber Cropped White Jumpsuit £119 here 

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If you have a special occasion then this is a dress to try. I had a customer who was having a registry office ceremony and chose this dress.

Hallhuber Cocktail Dress £169 here 

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Pretty tops are always useful especially when they have a boho vibe.

French Connection Mara Top £59 here 

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Good summer dresses are always hard to find, either the cut os wrong or the fabric too heavy. This one suits everyone!

Warehouse Dress £45 here

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This one has an open back and is flattering on most people.

Warehouse Floral Open Back Dress £45 here

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Biba Fit & Flare Dress £49.50 here (reduced from £99)

This dress has a great scoop back and exposed zip.

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Need a pop of colour?? and a new bag (who doesn’t need a new bag?)

Aspinal of London Mini Marylebone Tote £297.50 here (reduced from £595)

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If the mini isn’t big enough then try the medium!

Spinal Of London Marylebone Tote £425 here (reduced from £850)

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So many things to choose from……………………..come and see for yourself.

 

Tales from a personal shopping life 22/5….Time for the Soap Awards

Hello and a happy Sunday to everyone. Another week has flown by in the personal shopping suite in HOF (House of Fraser Manchester)

As always it has been a busy week with lovely clients. Before we start with the tales I have to mention that I amazed myself yesterday! I never really look at white tops or dresses (especially dresses) not even to wear in Lima, but I tried this little number yesterday and I love it. It will be seen in a few weeks in Valencia. It is going to be a blank canvass for my very pretty sandals!

Oasis Metal Trim Cami Dress £40 here

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More of what I am obsessing about later, my week started with a wedding guest (nothing unusual there!) She had dragged her husband around several towns and cities but hadn’t found anything she liked.  Luckily she absolutely loved  this Coast dress.

Coast Berlin Print Amena Dress £95 here

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We teamed it a black chiffon shrug.

Damsel in a Dress Amelia Rose Shrug £69 here

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On Tuesday I had a regular client who has to follow all of the modesty rules of her religion but loves clothes and fashion. She has a fine knit tee/vest to go under absolutely anything and can be very creative when needs must!

Coast Meslita Skirt £95 here

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We teamed it with this top from Whistles which I happened to be wearing and she loved.

Whistles Double Strap Bardot Top £95 here

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We also had a discussion about casual footwear (she was wearing in her words “ugly” shoes) and I suggested KG espadrilles as I wear them when my feet are a little tired! As soon as she tried them her old shoes went in the box and she left the store in the new espadrilles.

KG Mellow Flatform Espadrilles £99 here

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On Thursday I had the lovely Annie Wallace from Hollyoaks who is off to the soap awards soon. Whilst she wanted to look glamorous she also wanted to be comfortable. We soon had an outfit that she loved.

Chesca Double Layer Chiffon Cami £80 here

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Chesca Chiffon Trousers £125 here

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Finished off with this Chesca Steel Satin Back Coat £125

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Next was a very lucky birthday girl, it was her fortieth and big sister was supplying the treat.

A whole new wardrobe was the brief and it was certainly a lot of fun.

Whistles Helena Jacket £140 here

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Whistles Flavia Bardot Top £125 here

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Whistles Molly Jersey Jacket £95 here

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Whistles Split Shoulder Top £50 here

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French Connection Kiki Palm Top £35 here

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Mint Velvet Camden Biker Jeans £79 here

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Mint Velvet Peplum Tee £69 here

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And there was so much more, a very lucky little sister.

Friday brought another lady who is about to celebrate her fortieth only this time she is off to Las Vegas. The only brief I had was “make me fabulous”.

Karen Millen Floral Dress £160 here

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Ted Baker Alexie Forget me Not Midi Dress £149 here

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That is enough of clients for today I think it is time to revisit my obsessions and at the moment they revolve around my forthcoming trip to Valencia. I have two Isabel Marant flippy skirts which I will be taking with me and I have found the two perfect cami tops to team with them.

Whistles Blaise Silk Cami £85 here

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Oasis V Neck Cami £22 here

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The next one isn’t for Valencia but it will be perfect for Lima with denim shorts.

Linea Weekend Haven Top £45 here

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I also spotted these KG sandals yesterday and I do love them but I also know I don’t need them!! You have to admit they are very pretty!!

KG London Blanca Flatforms £199 here

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Well that is enough of my dreaming for this week, I hope every one has a great week.

Tales from a personal shopping life 15/5…………Squealing with delight

Another week over! time flies when you are having fun.

Even more lovely customers have passed through the personal shopping suite (House of Fraser Manchester) this week.

Monday started with a lovely lady who is off to Royal Ascot as a birthday treat. We decided that assuming the weather would be good was better than anticipating the rain as it would be more fun. She loved this dress, not to much floral and a little coral which suited her colouring. I teamed it with an orange silk shrug from Damsel in a Dress which has since sold out.

Karen Millen Watercolour Floral Pencil Dress £160 here

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The wedding season is still very much in full swing as I have had quite a few mothers of the bride or groom this week. I had a lovely mother of the groom on Thursday who bought two dresses as she couldn’t decide!

Linea Lace Pop Over Dress £120 here

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Eliza J Empire Waist Dress £140 here

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Saturday brought me two wonderful ladies from Liverpool, there was mother of the groom and Aunty Dorothy. They were amazing and  are exactly what makes me love my job so much. Mother of the Groom was so easy, only two dresses were tried before we had “the one”. The wedding is in a barn so she wanted “floaty” and something that could be worn again. This navy dress is perfect and will be accessorised with silver.

Hobbs Fenella Dress £149 here

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Aunty Dorothy’s brief was very simple “I need a frock for the wedding can you find me one?” I knew I couldn’t disappoint as she is just so lovely.

This outfit from Jacques Vert made her eyes sparkle and the smiles were huge.

Jacques Vert Floral Print Shift £139 here

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Jacques Vert Bolero £129 here

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Jacques Vert Hat £119 here

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Aunty Dorothy thought she looked like the queen and even though she could have it all as a treat from her niece she insisted on paying for it herself quote “I have never felt this good, it’s amazing so I want to pay for it” It made me feel amazing too.

I had a lady who came for a few new summer tops and when she told me what sort of things she likes she made me smile, Isabel Marant, Sandro & Maje it could have been me talking. On this note I thought it might be a challenge but she loved these three tops.

Whistles Flavia Bardot Silk Top £150 here

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Whistles Cross Back Shell Top £75 here

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Karen Millen Off The Shoulder Top £125 here

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As always much of week is spent obsessing about some item of clothing, a pair of shoes or a bag!! Sad but true!! Although I have to say my blue book is still fully operational so I am making progress.

Today I am feeling very lucky as I have these amazing Sophie Webster blue leather slides, I have been obsessing about them for weeks. They are a birthday pressie and I just want to squeal with delight every time I look at them.

Sophie Webster Lilico Slides £195 here

576111_blue_6The King of Peru and I are off to Valencia for a weekend at the beginning of June so these slides will be worn ALOT. This trip has also meant that I have been obsessing about “outfits” and these pieces are high on my Valencia list but I am sure there will me more!!

Whistles Marina Linen Swing Dress £95 here

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Whistles Baxter Mini Chain Bag £95 here

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As always there is some Isabel Marant in the mix and I will be watching this one in the sales.

Isabel Marant Etoile Naoko Dress £295 here

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I hope you all have a great week I am now off to enjoy the rest of birthday birthday.

 

Tales from a personal shopping life 8/5………….Prosecco and friends

What a truly wonderful sunny day, I hope you have all enjoyed it.

It has been a very short week in the shopping suite (House of Fraser Manchester) as I had a few days away from it but I still have tales to tell.

My first customer actually lives within half a mile of me, it is a small world. She was off to a wedding in southern Italy but wanted something she could wear again. I don’t think she thought she would find anything for her petite frame, but  she went away very happy.

Coast Piana Print Carly Dress £89 here

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Damsel In A Dress Amelia Rose Shrug £69 here

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Next up was a lady who was attending a birthday party with a black tie theme. She had already tried an endless number of dresses so was feeling a little weary. This jumpsuit was an instant success!!

Fenn Wright Manson Donatello Jumpsuit £189 here

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Carvela Kiwi Sandals £55 here

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Saturday was a wonderful day even though my first appointment was a no show (so rude!!) I had four friends who always come together and they are lovely. They alway share a bottle or two of prosecco and generally have fun. This time the excuse was one of them needed a dress for wedding but she needed WOW. She fell in love with an outfit almost instantly so spent the rest of the time hugging me. ( I love my job)

Coast Lomax Tipped Crepe Dress £129 here

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Jacques Vert Pleated Fascinator £79 here

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As we found THE DRESS quickly the rest of the crew had time to shop!!

This was for the races Eliza J Fit & Flare Dress £180 here

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These lovely ladies have already booked to come back in October for their winter clothes!! Fun and giggles all round.

Yesterday ended with a young lady who works as Speech Therapist with cancer patients and wanted to look more professional but still young. The pleasure was all mine.

She bought these trousers in black and navy

Hallhuber trousers £59 here 

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Hallhuber Tunic Blouse £89 here

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Whistles Kerry Bandage Dress £95 here

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Mango Shirt £19.99 here

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All of the sunshine has had me obsessing about clothes suitable to wear in the heat, clothes that will go to Lima. I need denim shorts and tops, just simple things to wear with pretty sandals!! I having little success!! Most of the tops are cold shoulder and make me look like a milk maid or a serving wench (not attractive at all)

My current wish list is something like this!!

Isabel Marant Vince Top £170 here

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Allsaints Rip Shorts £68 here

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Isabel Marant Serek Silk Skirt £235 here (all this needs is white tee)

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Juliet Dunn Embroidered Dress £185 here

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I am still looking for a cross body bag, the Mulberry mini lily is probably out of the running as its blue (my sandals are blue but more of them another day!!)

This one is rather yummy:

Whistles Micro Sydney Bag £85 here

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Well enough of my ramblings for another week, I am sure I will have more obsessions to share with you next week.

Tales from a personal shopping life 1/5………Red Carpet & Royalty!

Welcome to a very wet May, fingers crossed the sun will shine soon!! Please!!

It has been another great week in the shopping suite (House Of Fraser Manchester) with lots of interesting clients passing through.

The wedding season is still going strong and my first client of the week was a mother of the groom. It was a simple wedding and she wanted a very simple flattering dress she could wear again. Well she wasn’t disappointed when she tried this one on and went away very happy. We teamed it with black accessories and it all looked gorgeous.

Coast Surrey Print Jamilia Dress £89 here

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I had a regular client on Tuesday who just wanted an outfit for a night out that didn’t look like she tried too hard! This was an easy one and she took a few spare tops as well.

Hallhuber Lace Detail Blouse £79 here

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Hallhuber Skinny Jeans £79 here

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Phase Eight Matilda Pendant £25 here

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Carvela Comfort Simona Sandals £99 here

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On Thursday I had two ladies who needed outfits but for different occasions, one for a night out and the other for the Cannes film festival, this had to be red carpet worthy! Her main request was to be comfortable, glamorous but not fussy!

This Coast jumpsuit was the absolute winner.

Coast Viola Jumpsuit £129 here

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Carvela Kiwi Strappy Sandals £55 here

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And for the night out

Damsel in a Dress Luxedo Jumpsuit £169 here

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Linea Mayviss Strappy Sandals £52 here

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On Friday morning I had a lovely young lady whose husband had bought her a voucher to spend on clothes. She wasn’t sure I would find anything to make her look nice!! She left feeling amazing and wants to come back soon.

Phase Eight Cecily Top £49 here

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Mint Velvet Pheonix Biker Jeans £69 here She also bought these in black

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French Connection Kiki Palm Print Top £35 here

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Hobbs Savannah Stripe Dress £89 here

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Whistles Maye Seam Back Tee £35 here

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Saturday brought a lady who is going to a Royal Garden Party but didn’t want a fussy outfit, we kept it simple and she looked perfect for the occasion.

Hobbs Palm Dress £149 here

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Phase Eight Zoe Fascinator £59 here (the graphite colour brings out the grey in the dress perfectly)

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Damsel in a Dress Scarf £39 here

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On Tuesday I had coffee with my lovely lady with cancer, she showed me her wedding photographs which were lovely. The dress we chose was perfect and she looked beautiful. Her prognosis is a little better at the moment so it’s fingers crossed.

My mini obsessions haven’t gone away I am afraid and this week it is THE blue bag but I think you will agree it is VERY pretty. I have been down to the Mulberry concession in store to play with it!!

Mulberry Mini Lily Crossbody Bag £350 here

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I know this dress is black but it looks so pretty on and is perfect for work, you can’t beat a bit of weekday Whistles.

Whistles Lyra One Shoulder Dress £160 here

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I have been waiting for the weather to warm up so that I can wear my Isabel Marant Vince Dress (below) I know it will be well worth waiting for!!

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At the same time I have thinking how amazing this top will look with jeans (I know I need help) and the Mulberry bag (HELP)

Isabel Marant Vince Embroidered Top £170 here

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I hope you all have an amazing week whether it is sunny or wet.

 

 

Tales from a personal shopping life 24/4………Stripes and Slides

Happy Sunday everyone even though it’s raining!! Where has the sunshine gone. Since I spoke to you last I did have a beautiful day off in the sunshine. I had my highlights done and then had a little mooch around the shops with The King of Peru.

In Selfridges I spotted this dress by Isabel Marant, it is my absolute favourite piece this year so far!! and it looks amazing on. I have been playing with different shoes for different looks!!

Isabel Marant Etoile Vinny Dress £220 here

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The dress was a cause for celebration so cocktails then a delicious steak rounded the day off nicely.

I have been searching for the perfect cold shoulder top for weeks but unfortunately most of the fabrics are too stiff and they don’t drape properly. Well the search is over and I think you will agree this top is beautiful by any standard.

See By Chloe Printed Blouse £265 here

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What has been happening in the personal shopping suite this week  (House of Fraser Manchester). Well as always it has had a succession of lovely people passing through.

Monday brought me a mother of the bride who wanted something different!! This is always an interesting statement as it usually means exactly the opposite, but this time, I think you will agree it is not a traditional mother of the bride outfit.

One very happy mum and daughter.

Marella Canapa Dress £185 here

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Marella Guida Fitted Jacket £185 here

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Tuesday morning brought a young mum of twins! who needed an evening dress for a work event. She didn’t want to look “old and mumsy” well I can assure you she looked gorgeous.

The dress looks beautiful from the back and front.

Coast Corwin Multi Tie Dress £129 here

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Next up was a surgeon who was starting a new job and wanted to look cool when she was’t in scrubs!!

She was easy to dress and she completely fell in love with the French Connection wide leg trousers. ( I have featured them so many times) Here are some of the many things she bought.

The famous French Connection Wide Leg Trousers £80 here

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Marella Conca Top £95 here

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Marella Lesena Trousers £110 here

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LK Bennett Floret Courts £185 here

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On Thursday a colleague wanted a jumpsuit to wear in Madrid, but it needed to have a small sleeve. Well i have to say she loved this one from Whistles and bought it immediately!!

Whistles Philipa Linen Jumpsuit £150 here

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It is definitely wedding season as Friday brought me another frantic mother of the groom. She wanted something simple but elegant and this Shubette dress definitely looked the part.

Shubette Chiffon Dress £160 here

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I really enjoy it when a client comes and tells me she needs a few things for very specific occasions, it is always challenging! Saturday brought me such a challenge and it was a success.

A dress for a ball.

Coast Penita Asymetric Dress £95 here

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A dress for the races

Ted Baker Panashe Cut Out Tunic Dress £149 here

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Dresses for a cruise!

Karen Millen Tropical Print Dress £145 here

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Karen Millen Stripe and Flower Print Dress £145 here

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A very happy customer as all of the dresses were going on the cruise after the ball and the races.

Well it must be time for my weekly obsessions and this week is no exception at all. I do love a Whistles jumpsuit and a new one arrived in store on friday and all I cam say is I LOVE IT

Whistles Cut About Stripe Jumpsuit £130 here

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I will wear mine with the Kurt Geiger Espadrilles that I love (I have mentioned them before)

Kurt Geiger Carvela Kupkake Espadrilles £99 here

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There is always something that I see that takes my breath away (yes really and my sleep) and these slides have done just that. The colour is amazing and I can see them on all of my trips this year Barcelona, Canada and the annual Peruvian adventure (denim shorts and tanned legs).

It is also a bit of a tradition now (I love traditions that involve shoes!) that I buy a new pair of Sophia Webster’s every year.

Sophie Webster Lilico Leather Slide £195 here

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I hope you all have great week I shall see you next week with more tales from a the shopping suite.

 

 

 

Tales from a personal shopping life 17/4……….Hues of Blue

Another sunny day, it is becoming a very good habit! Lets not break it please!

I hate to keep saying this but the last few days in the shopping suite have been great, as always.

Thursday brought a regular who was going on a works night out on Friday. She loves to wear black and asked for a sparkly black dress but instead she fell in love with this navy jumpsuit!! It is definitely the week of the jumpsuit, they are so versatile and easy to wear. She also took a second outfit for another night out next week.

Phase Eight Penn Jumpsuit £99 here

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Coast Lima Top £49 here

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Coast Seville Pants £79 here

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Yesterday brought me my second GP of the week, a lovely lady who was approaching 50 and wanted a revamp. The brief was smart casual, pieces that she could wear to work or out to play.

Hobbs Belinda Top £79 here

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Hobbs Mallory Capri Pants £79 here

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Whistles Lola Dress £95 here

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Hobbs Jessica Dress £129 here

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LK Bennett Priya Sandals £165 here

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Yesterday finished with a law student celebrating her 21st with her mum. She needed clothes for festivals and a summer in Portugal. She looked lovely in everything but these were her favourites.

Miss Selfridge Crochet Insert Playsuit £38 here

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Miss Selfridge Embellished Crop Cami £49 here

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Well the sunshine is turning my brain into obsessive mode, this week there are quite a few things appearing on my wish list! The cold shoulder obsession has returned with a vengeance as well as platform espadrilles.

The colour of this Topshop dress has certainly sent my brain into over drive, cobalt and the cold shoulder it is enough to keep me awake!!

Topshop Bardot Dress £39 here

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I also “love” this & Other Stories dress, it is my favourite summer colour and if the cotton is soft then it could be amazing……..

& Other Stories Off Shoulder Dress £65 here

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In case you haven’t noticed there is usually a blue theme running through my obsessions but I really can’t help it I just LOVE it. I have to admit that the navy Carvela Kupkake Espadrilles that I posted on Wednesday have been playing on my mind ALOT, they are possibly a perfect shoes for work as they are very light and have the important closed toe (and they just look gorgeous)

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Now that Coachella is upon us my thoughts also have turned to tassels and fringing but in a minimalist kind of way!!

This Chloe Hudson Bag is perfection £1315 here

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And with the image of this gorgeous bag in your head I am sure your week will be great. See you Wednesday.

Tales from a personal shopping life 13/4…………..the reluctant shopper

Good morning and I hope it is as sunny where you are, it is beautiful here.

My plan for the day is to post a few articles and then take a trip out to enjoy the sunshine.

It has been another great start to the week in the shopping suite as always. I do consider myself very lucky to enjoy my job so much, it makes me smile every day.

Monday started with a GP who just wanted to dress smartly but stylishly as well. She was such fun and had such a positive outlook on life even though she has to deal with some abusive patients everyday.

I hit the spot totally with exactly the same cropped flared trousers from French Connection that my young mum bought on Saturday. I tried them yesterday just to see if they looked as good on me and the answer is no! Bilbo Baggins springs to mind.

Whistles Tie Front Knit Top £95 here

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French Connection Polly Plains Top £35 here

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Mango Crop Jacket £49.99 here

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French Connection Florrie Drape Dress £65 here

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Next up was a young man who had been given a voucher to spend and as he had two very young children he hadn’t been shopping in quite awhile. His favourite piece was this jumper.

Ted Baker Boltin Textured Crew Neck Sweater £85 here

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The afternoon ended with a lady who was off to Spain and wanted an evening outfit. She was very petite and didn’t want to show her arms so this outfit was perfect.

Mint Velvet Harrison Cropped Jeans £69 here

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Hallhuber Top £69 here

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Yesterday brought me the “Reluctant Shopper”, a gentleman who hates shopping and hasn’t been for many years. His wife booked the appointment awhile ago and they turned it into a city break, staying for a few days in Manchester. Both him and his wife warned me that it could be a difficult appointment and he may give up very quickly!! Two hours later he had a pile of clothes and we had had  a lot of laughs and he even said he would come back. Next time the treat will be for his wife but I did organise a mini makeover for her yesterday as she definitely deserved it. Thank you Emma on Guerlain!

Michael Kors Padded Bomber £241 here

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Howick Cotton Blazer £145 here

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Well thats enough “boy” stuff lets have some pretty things!!

I spotted these sandals in store this week and I love them, I had something similar last year and they were so comfortable in the heat (Lima dreaming again)  and looked great with everything.

KG Kurt Geiger Nola Flatforms £89 here

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I also love these Carvela espadrilles, it must be the sunshine!! The Miu Miu pumps have got me hooked on ribbon ties!!!

Carvela KupKake Espadrilles £99 here

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Summer days are all about white cotton tops for me and I do love this one by Isabel Marant (no surprise there!!). it will look perfect with jeans, shorts and just about anything else.

Isabel Marant Dill Embroidered Top £225 here 

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Well I am off to the make the most of my day off in the sunshine and I will see you all Sunday. Have a great week!

 

Tales from a personal shopping life 10/4……..blue is definitely the colour!

Good morning everyone and what a beautiful day! I will certainly be making the most of it later with a walk in the sunshine.

It has been an amazing few days since I spoke to you last with lots of clients passing through the shopping suite (House of Fraser Manchester)

One of the highlights was a phone call from a client I had in March, a lady with terminal cancer who married at Easter. She called to say thank you for finding her a beautiful dress and making her feel special.  We  are meeting for a coffee soon so I can see the wedding photos. I feel very honoured that in-between chemo living life she thinks I am worth the time.

Thursday started with a very bubbly young teacher from the Isle of Man who needed a wardrobe refresh. She certainly enjoyed herself and says that is worth the trip to come and see me again soon. Leggings were her wardrobe staple but they won’t be anymore!!

Oasis Linen Blend Peg Trousers £42 here

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Mango Crop Jacket £49.99 here

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Mango Seam Detail Dress £29.99 here

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Next up was a young lady off for a trip on the Orient Express and she was very excited. The shop was so much fun as she just needed everything for days in Venice and nights on the train. I love this sort of brief!!!

Marella Infante Straight Leg Trousers £130 here

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Ted Baker Ellanor Tee £59 here

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Coast Barcelona Lace Trousers £79 here

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Coast Jolie Beaded Top £59 here

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Coast Carmel Print Marie Dress £149 here

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Thursday ended with a lady looking for an outfit for her 40th birthday party. She wanted something wow that she could wear again. Her only request was NO jumpsuits as they never fit properly. I sneaked this one to the rail for her to try and guess what she bought? RESULT

Marella Art 365 Jumpsuit £185 here

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Friday morning started with a very lovely lady who needed a refresh and a dress for a Baltic cruise. She bought nearly everything I gave her as in her words “you listened to what I wanted and understood”

The Baltic cruise dress Linea Sophia Linen Dress £69 here

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Hobbs Savannah Stripe Dress £89 here

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Betty Barclay Perfect Five Jeans £80 here

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Hobbs Riley Sweater £79 here

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Betty Barclay Cropped Sally Jeans £60 here

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Saturday brought me a young mum, it was her birthday and the shop was a surprise. Her only request was to look cool again and she left feeling just that. Mission accomplished!

French Connection Wide Cropped Trousers £80 here

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Whistles Maye Seam Back Tee £35 here

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Whistles Cut About Striped Josie Dress £110 here

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Well I am happy to report that the blue book is still fully operational which means that I haven’t actually been wasting money!! It is a real test as I am surrounded by clothes and shoes every day in store and I keep torturing myself about this navy (I do love navy!!) jumpsuit, it will look great with all of my shoes (and the one’s I don’t have yet!!)

Warehouse Culotte Jumpsuit £59 here

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It will look pretty cool with these Kurt Geiger pumps that I am still obsessing about!!

Carvela Lotus Pumps £110 here

6890283909Bomber jackets are definitely a trend for spring summer and there are lots on the high street but this one by Gucci is just gorgeous! You only need a small lottery win for this one but it would be worth saving for.

Gucci Lace Bomber £1260 here

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I will leave you with this alternative which by the way would look great over the navy jumpsuit!! (just an idea)

Zara Printed Bomber £39.99 here

2364563403_6_1_1I hope you have a beautiful week, see you Wednesday.

 

Tales from a personal shopping life 3/4/16…….its time for a ballet class

Good morning, it is a beautiful sunny day here I hope you have the same wherever you are.

Well the question is what has been happening in the personal shopping suite (House of Fraser Manchester) since I spoke to you last!!

As always I have had some lovely clients.

First up yesterday was a young lady who was heading out for her hen do last night and she wanted “sparkle”. Well I certainly gave her sparkle and she looked gorgeous.

Lace & Beads Embellished Body Con Dress £85 here

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Dune Abigail Navy Court Shoes £65 here

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Next up was a mother of the bride full of trepidation, she didn’t want to look like a typical “mob” but they never do!!

This was actually so nice as it took so little time to find her outfit and she looked stunning. One very happy smiley lady!

Damsel in a Dress Abstract Full Dress £249 here

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Damsel in a Dress Amelle Shrug £49 here

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On Friday I had a very lovely lady who was attending a wedding at the Savoy and wanted something a little sparkly, like she said she was only 5ft tall and wider than she should be! This outfit was the winner, it made her eyes sparkle and she looked very elegant.

Jacques Vert Cross Front Top £89 here

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Jacques Vert Teal Chiffon Skirt £99 here

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Yesterday I got to wear my gorgeous new dress from Finery London and it felt amazing. There are a few people who want to buy it for their holidays, I hope they enjoy it as much as I did.

Finery Hilgrove Contrast Panel Dress £59 here

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As always on a Saturday the King of Peru came to meet and we had cocktail in Tom’s Champagne Bar, I celebrated my lovely dress with a Dark & Stormy, you can’t beat ginger beer!! (the Goslings rum obviously helps as well)

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I have a new quest and it is to find a new jumpsuit and it has to be black or navy.

It also needs to be a cropped culotte style!! I have already found a few I just need to try them on.

First up

Finery Milford D Ring Jumpsuit £75 here

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COS Draped Top Jumpsuit £99 here

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I am sure I will find many more over the next week as it will become obsession!

I am trying to keep all of my obsessions under control as “the blue book” is evidence of all of my spending. It is much harder when you have to write it down and look at the evidence aarrgghhhh

Having said that we all need a pair of ballet flats in our wardrobe and this pair by Kurt Geiger are just too cute! (they are also reminiscent of a certain designer pair, more of that in another post)

Kitty by KG Kurt Geiger £89 here

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Well I hope you all have a great week and that the shops are full of jumpsuit’s!!