Pressies, sales (and a few other details)

19 January 2011

kenzo influence olsens luella books

Christmas may be all but a distant memory to some but due to monetary gifts and the wonders of internet shopping, it's only now that I've managed to meet some of my presents.   Inevitably I spent some of the money on less exciting things like pre-pay Oyster top ups and bottles of Volvic, so it's slightly blurred as to whether these items were from others or just presents to myself.  A few of the more definite gifts were these books my Mum treated me to; as a fellow fashion obsessive, she understood my need to have them.

kenzo book

kenzo pop up book

The Kenzo book was the one I was the most excited to receive, after only having a quick flick through in the V&A shop.  I love how tactile the book is, with pages which fold out and pop up and I can't wait to have a more in depth look once my dissertation wiring is over.  Also looking forward to finally reading Luella's Guide to English Style and Influence for obvious reasons.

tom brown leather satchel

I also finally bought myself this leather satchel, which I guess you could say was mostly funded by my Aunt.  As I ordered it a few days after Christmas, I assumed it would take a while to come and had it sent to my Uni address.  Little did I know that it would arrive a day later and there would be some sort of Royal Mail Redelivery rigmarole to finally get it in my hands last weekend.  It's exactly what I'd hoped for (you can see I've been loving it for a while as it's in my background) and is the exact same design as the Cambridge satchels, which sell for around £20 more!  I hope they bring more colours and designs out, as I quite fancy the navy.

topshop antler ring

Now onto the sale buys.  My only offline sale purchase was this hugely impractical antler ring from Topshop, which fills passers by with fear.  

selfridges delivery box

yellow polka dotted box

nine west vintage america shoes
Thanks to Miss Rocks for the photo

I never expected to ever be able to order anything from the Selfridges website but lo and behold I managed to spot these Nine West shoes for the lowly sum of £19!  I loved the vague creeper relation and vital heel height to keep the illusion going and the fact they arrived perfectly scruffed up.  I don't normally like paying for postage but in this case, you get your money's worth.  I wasn't expecting the bright burst of yellow as I opened the box and the crazy amount of tissue paper, but the packaging  almost excited me as much as the shoes themselves.  I wore these heels to the Next event and they were really comfortable, though a little big for me.  Insoles at the ready.

asos lace maxi dress

You might have guessed that Asos would feature quite heavily in my sale buying.  I think the allure of free delivery and returns makes me never think twice about placing an order and I even have a dedicated 'Go in the sale' bookmarks folder to keep track of when things go down.  I'd been coveting this lace dress for a while and actually ended up ordering it 4 times as it went down further to £23.  The first time I tried it on was disheartening, as I'd just eaten a massive Nandos feast and there's no zip enclosure but a few days later I braved the bigger size and found it pulled on a lot more easily.  I guess this shows that you should always buy the right size and not take the label to heart.  I can't wait to wear this in summer, chucked over a bandeau and bike shorts but for now, tights and a long vest will have to do.

holly fulton asos leggings

holly fulton for asos leggings

As a massive Holly Fulton fan, I was pleased to see some of her designs in the sale (though maybe Holly wouldn't see it that way) and ordered the shoulder pad dress and these printed leggings.  Unfortunately I didn't really like the dress on me but my Mum happened to pop in my room and snap it up, so at least it's within the household if I ever change my mind.  I kept the leggings as they seemed more up my street.
h and m brown trilby hat

Somehow I'd avoided going into an H&M store for about 3 months, until about a week ago.  My friend gave me the knowing look as we headed in, and I kept thinking to myself 'You're doing really well' as I walked past everything.  That was until I saw this hat.  I've being trying to search for a hat to fit my gigantic head for a while, so was pleased to discover that H&M doesn't assume all women have the same sized heads and actually stocks them in small, medium and large.  It's also 100% wool so an unexpected sort of quality for £7.99.  Have you seen much in H&M recently?  Somehow they've tracked me down and sent me a catalogue, though I'm not quite sure how...

topshop longline bra

I thought I'd include this purchase as I intend to wear it as a top, but I'm pleased I finally managed to find a bralet in my size. Now I'm not really a massive fan of cleavage but I really love the construction of these sorts of things, and think that the juxtaposition with a high-waisted maxi skirt (and possibly a sheer shirt over the top) will possibly make me feel a lot more comfortable.  I have an outfit in mind but will have to wait until it's a lot warmer to try it out...

red tops topshop american apparel

I'm also still loving the cranberry hue at the moment, and went for a brighter version in the scalloped Topshop top and a more earthy tone in the American Apparel peter-pan shape.  The AA number is a result of the Groupon deal they did inconveniently before Christmas, which I somehow couldn't resist!

I think my 'shopping ban' will have to start in February, as it's all gone out the window this month!  It's tricky as I want to try and go for quality over quantity this year, but somehow I still end up browsing Asos and Topshop at all kinds of crazy hours of the day. I don't really want to enforce a limit but I do need to sort out my spending and start saving for a new camera (plus the very scary graduate collection I have to knit).  What are your shopping thoughts of the moment, have you been buying much recently or nothing at all?

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  1. OMG, so much stuff!!! Love the look of that pop up book and the dress, leggings, satchel and burgundy shirt. I bet your having so much fun styling all these beautiful items! I love those chunky boots too =)

    Hannah xx

  2. These things are incredible! I really wanted the Luella book! And I love the sheer skirt and the cranberry tones, I can't wait to see how you style them :)

    Maria xxx

  3. Love the look of the Kenzo book, what a great idea to have pop-ups. And the lace dress is gorgeous, you are so right - it is best to ignore the labels (which are often just plain weird) and go for fit.

  4. Ammaaaaazing stuff!
    I have the Olsen Influence book and I love it. Those Nine West shoes are an absolute bargain as well. X

  5. ok where do i even begin?! i need the kenzo book! gonna hop on over to amazon right after and fingers crossed i can get it... or perhaps convince someone to get it for me as an early birthday present. AH the lace asos dress, im almost certain it's the one i'd been eyeing for a while now. i want more maxi and more sheer, but i feel like i should stay away from black. lastly i've been hunting for bustiers since forever and have yet to find one i absolutely have to have.


  6. So many lurrvvlay things! The kenzo book looks so very pretty, that'd keep me amused for hours, haha. I also really am liking those creeper style shoes and your lace maxi. They look amazing :D great buys.

  7. I had the EXACT same query when I randomly received the H&M catalogue also...then I realised I have their iphone app which knows your current location (if you let it) so they've clearly taken this data for their mailing I'm getting all kinds of junk!

  8. Gosh that Kenzo book looks beautiful - so intricate!
    I love how you style everything Kristabel! You can pull off so many combinations - like the lace dress which looks stunning on you.
    Oh and the Selfridges packaging would defninitely have got me excited too - so cute!


  9. That Kenzo book looks stunning - im so jealous !

  10. I love the kenzo book! And that satchel is gorgeous.

  11. Aaahh, wonderful sales madness! Love your Holly Fulton leggings and the lace dress - and how beautiful is the Kenzo book?!?!

  12. Those books look stunning, but I have to say it is the shoes (and all that amazing wrapping paper!) from Selfridges that really struck me. They are beautiful.

  13. great choices! the selfridges package looked like a blast of sunshine, i'm very tempted to order one myself :D
    i've been trying to get rid of stuff - in fact my shopping's been a "one in one out" rule which I'm featuring on my blog!

  14. That satchel is gorgeous - the colour, style, size - everything is spot on! xx

  15. some amazing items you have there! love that bag and shoes!xx

  16. lovely review on your day:) I think it's time for me to buy a big 'fashion' book myself.. inspiration I need.. thanks for the ideas:) and I hope a Monki store will soon open in London:)

  17. i love the holly fulton leggings! i am loving the sheer skirt over a short dress look at the moment - not sure if it's something that would suit me but you look amazing.

    are those shoes acne?

  18. I like your shoes,dress and ring !

  19. Wow how cool is that Kenzo book!! Im desparate for a bag like that one too Love them!

    Im trying to not spend as much too its a nightmare as I always see things 'I just have to have'

  20. this is a lot of stuff blimey. the kenzo books looks ace, weirdly i ordered a pop up alphabet book and it arrived this morn, i will do a blog about it, i'm assuming you will like it now. be interesting to see some more of the kenzo book.

    where did you get the satchel from in the end then? looks great.

  21. wow, such a great blog!!
    i like your style!

  22. great post sweetie:)x check it out if you like it we can follow each other xx

  23. Money is the best gift to get/give, hands down, and your satchel makes me swoon. end transmission.

  24. I love posts like this! The Holly Fulton leggings you got are amazing, I always find it difficult to resist printed leggings too.

    Carol x

  25. heheee, so much stuff! please do a post on the luella book once you've read it, really curious to know what it's like. love the satchel too, i've been hankering after one for a while now. lucky girl! x

  26. The books look awesome, as do all the outfits.. You should have posted the full picture of HF dress.. Oh well.
    I have been really good last few months with shopping, (well, I was also broke...) and I really didn't intend to spend much in sales, as I'm saving for the wedding plus life afterwards, ha! But then I started looking at the websites and one thing lead to another and I bought bunch of stuff! Urgh! But, just like you, I'm trying to go for quality over quantity, so everything I bought is really good quality, and also branded so hopefully it lasts more than few summers :) That's at least my personal justification for spending money :P

  27. That kenza book is beautiful!
    Love your fierce topshop ring too :)

  28. oooh wow this kenzo book looks amazing!
    & I really want luella's book too!
    I actually bought the topshop scallop top this week, I got it in cream!

    xx Iris

  29. What's the book "Influence" like? I'm looking for good book that will inspire me for layout ideas. For on of my modules we have to make a trend prediction package and I want mine to have a professional but creative look. Appreciate a reply.


  30. Woah, this is quite a haul! That Kenzo book is gorgeous, I never feel guilty about buying books, they're an investment! I've had my eye on the Luella book too. Thank you also for pointing out that satchel website, I had wanted a Cambridge one but they're just a tad too expensive & similar vintage ebay ones are going for silly amounts right now. Beautiful shoes too & such a bargain...I might have buy something from Selfridges just for the lovely packaging! :)

    My buying in the aftermath of Christmas/my birthday is coming to an end now, although I still have some vouchers left. I might save them for when I'm really skint & fancy treating myself!

  31. LOVE LOVE LOVE the satchel. wowzerzzzz.


  32. I agree that the bralet is very cute. Why save it for warmer climes!? I am now on the lookout for something of the like. Think I would team it with a long sleeve maxi jersey dress...

  33. I cannot believe the shoes were £19!!! that's an absolute bargain! you must be delighted with yourself!
    I love the satchel. I've been looking at some recently, I was going to do a little feature on them soon! yours is gorgeous, I love the simplicity.
    I adore the pattern on the bralet, i'm actually very jealous haha!
    Nice purchases :)

  34. I love the antler ring so much! I've nearly bought that on eBay a couple of times but I keep missing on it in the last second :(

    Lovely purchases! :)

  35. ooooh in love with the box-like satchel and that floral intimate piece is to die....