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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

London purchases..

So, I promised a separate post to show the things I'd bought in London last week and here they are. I knew I wanted to pop into the Cath Kidston store on Piccadilly as the sale had started. I planned to pick up the bus print dress from the new collection, and also to finally get my hands on the safari print playsuit and jumper. There wasn't a jumper in stock in my size but I managed to get the playsuit and wasted no time in wearing it for my Alton Towers trip this weekend.

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Cath Kidston Bus print dress and Safari Playsuit
In Goldhawk Road I apparently purchased a "ridiculous amount" of fabric. A girl who was with us seemed to be hugely interested in how much I'd bought and spent that day. I actually think I did really well, given that I've used almost all of my stash recently and the prices of fabric per metre in these shops averaged about a third of the cost of buying in my local haberdasher, which has nowhere close to the variety. I'm particularly excited to use the shiny fabrics. I know what I have in mind in the way of party dresses, now I just need to find the right pattern.

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Goldhawk Road fabric purchases
I'll admit, I was mildly interested but not hugely excited about the Emily and Fin sample sale. Whilst I do like their dresses, I seem to be  a fan of only a few of their styles, whilst I find that some of them don't really flatter me. I'd also already purchased the three dresses which I'd set my heart on from the current season after seeing them at Pure back in February, so I really didn't think there would be anything to take my fancy.

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Emily + Fin sample sale dresses
Well, how wrong I was. With dresses priced at £20 (they usually retail for around £70) and some prints and styles I'd never seen before, there was a huge amount of stock and before long I was whittling down an armful of eight dresses to decide which ones to bring home with me. I settled on these three. A pencil print Charlie dress which has a button front, a polka dot Lucy Long, and a Norma dress in a beautiful shade of blue. Expect to see them in outfit posts soon.

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Irregular Choice store purchases
And finally, my Irregular Choice "haul". I spent well over an hour in the shop, chatting to the staff and trying on a few different styles. I'd not gone with a list in mind, but there were a few styles which I was interested in seeing "in the flesh" and trying on. I'd hoped for Why Not but they weren't in my size. I've been planning to get Abigail's Party in this green rose print colourway for a while now so I was pleased when they had those. Little Tipple were a pair I'd sort of dismissed when I saw them online, but in real life I really liked them and the bright pink colour is fab.

I was also really taken by the Magic Pony bag, which the whole world seems to have gone a bit crazy for lately. I have a small collection of Irregular Choice handbags but nothing from their recent collections. I like them though and know that they're well-made. I was pleasantly surprised with the finish and quality of this one and liked this colourway more than the other two by far.

So there you have it. My London purchases. I'm very happy with them all, particularly now that I've cleared a lot of wardrobe space recently with my recent IG sale.

22 comments:

  1. Ooo, lovely, lovely things!
    Fallen in love with the polka dot dress...can't wait to see that on!
    Cute shoes + bag (of course, being IC).
    So glad you had a fun day. I used to always use Shepherds Bush Mkt, oh, memories! One thing I have NEVER done (yet) is go to Brick Lane. Wish I'd done it when I lived in London before it got so 'commercial'.
    Zxx
    Z xx

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    1. I can't wait to wear the polka dot dress but I'm trying to decide on the best shoes to pair with it - the challenge is getting more and more tricky.

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  2. Flipping heck, Char, you got loads. Love that bus dress (have I said that before?). I got an Emily and Fin dress in a chaz shop recently. Must actually wear it! xx

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    1. Definitely wear it -they do make lovely dresses!

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  3. Ooooh I love Irregular Choice shoes! That bus print dress is so fun too. Sounds like a good trip!

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    1. It was a lovely day - I'm excited to wear the bus dress!

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  4. Wow, those E&F dresses are aaaaaaaaaaaaamazing! And £20 only! Damn, I should have come up to london after school on Friday!x
    I like the Cath haul also!x

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  5. Oh Char, I have shopping envy! x

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    1. I have that pretty-thing-excitement.

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  6. Ooh, what a great haul! I love it all! All the dresses and the playsuit look absolutely gorgeous, and I can't wait to see what you make from the fabric. The shoes and the bag look amazing! One day I shall visit that shop... xx

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    1. I can't wait to get started on the fabric!

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  7. OOh, a fabulous shopping trip! Love it all!

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    1. Thanks, me too -I still have that post-shopping glow ;)

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  8. Those Emily & Fin dresses are GORGEOUS!

    Maria xxx

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  9. oooh love all your purchases, especially the dresses. The neckline on that blue one is gorgeous xx

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    1. Thanks Gem> I don't often go for plain colours but I think the neckline speaks for itself on that one!

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  10. You made some really lovely purchases, you have the best taste in dresses ever! <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  11. Oh I do love a haul post because I am nosy and haven't been doing much shopping of my own recently. Love the IC bag and good to see you've already been wearing some of your purchases. Looking forward to seeing the bus dress in action.

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    1. I took some photos of the bus dress the other day - will be up soon :) I love it!

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