Monday, 27 May 2013

Cath Kidston - Mini Haul

Hello Lovely.
Late last week I had a cheeky little look on the Cath Kidston website, with no intention of buying anything, just have a sneaky scoop, but when does that ever happen - going onto a pretty website with all their pretty little items and pretty colours and not buying something? It's quite rare for me anyway.
I decided I wouldn't let myself look at the fashion or bag section of the site due to these being my serious weaknesses and potentially costing my purse a lot of monies. Bold Chloë. 
So I limited myself to looking at the accessories and sale section.
These are the great finds that I bought.  
Oooh so pretty

Little Rose Pocket Purse £4.50 - I've attached this little coin purse to my keys and threw some change in for those emergencies situations or if I need to top up my Oyster Card (Underground tube/Bus Pass) 
Polka Dot Case On-sale from £8 to £4 - I have a slight habit of throwing my phone into my bag along with everything else which is not great for the phone or the screen so I thought this cute case would be great at protecting my phone from unwanted scratches and cracks
Flower Key Ring  On-sale from £4 to £3 - I may have a tad obsession with floral print and even though I didn't need anymore key rings to add to my growing collection, soon I won't be able to find my keys, This was my calling my name so basically I had to buy it.

What websites do you get glued to? Which ones makes you go oooooooh?

Chloë x

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Nica Handbag - Alicia Acrossbody

If there is one thing that I, Chloë have a weakness for, it's most certainly handbags, I go on the Nica website to 'ooooh' and 'aaaahh' all over the bags all day.
I think I have about 8 to my collection at this moment in time and each and everyone one of them are very much loved by yours truly.
 Nica bags can be a bit on the expensive side, although when they have a sale or items are in the outlet you can always find a great deal with bags being 50% off. Which is where I came across this beautiful Coral Alicia Acrossbody reduced from £29 to £15, if I could, I would have my whole life in Coral colours, especially for the summer time creeping up it's nice to have something with a nice pop of colour.
You can buy Nica bags from a lot of different places but here are some of the places where I find mine.

P.s apologies in advance if you get hooked on these bags.. they're addictive ;) 

Chloë x

Monday, 20 May 2013

20 Tips For Selling At A Car Boot Sale

I thought that considering I really like going to car boot sales and I've also sold my items at them before I would give you some tips if you're thinking of selling at one. 
I'm no expert at this subject but I can give my experience and things that I found helpful to know or have learned since going.

Tips I have found helpful:
Not in any particularly order
  1.  Organize everything the night before so you're not rushing around early the next morning
  2. Have an early night. Car boot sales will usually open very early, in my case I was at the gates Queuing at 6.20am which is why Tip. 1 is very useful.  
  3. Have a a mixture of coins and notes - I have noticed that a lot of buyers will have £20 notes and want to purchase something for £3 so having a mixture of each is good. 
  4. Pack a lunch - If you're going alone then you will most likely not be able to leave your car/area during the day to get a snack so pack a sandwich and water to keep you going.
  5. Wrap up! If you're in Ireland or the UK remember to bring your hat and scarf along. I know it's almost summer time but especially very early in the mornings it can be quite cold and standing outside all day can get a bit chilly. 
  6. Bring a small handbag with you and do not bring valuables in your bag. Use this bag mainly for your coins and notes - If it's possible put this bag under your jacket for extra security
  7. Bring little containers or boxes to separate items into different categories  ie. jewelry, make up, nail polish. This makes it easier for a buyer to see what items you have for sale.
  8. If you're selling clothes, bring hangers, you might not always have an area to hang your clothes, you may just have to fold them, but having hangers again is a great way for buyers to see your clothes and it makes it more visible and appealing. 
  9. Bring plastic bags - This may be an obvious one but the first time I sold at a car boot sale I forgot to bring plastic bags and I had nothing to put the items for the buyers in..Oops!
  10. If you want to be super organised you can also pick up little zip lock bags in different sizes at the pound shop, the usually come in packs of 36, this is a great alternative to plastic bags if you're selling small items like rings, necklaces, or small items that do not need the use of a big plastic bag.
  11. If you're not taking a car and plan on using any available space in the area i.e the ground, I suggest bring an old sheet or a rug to down first.
  12. If your boot sale is outside I suggest you bring an umbrella due to the tendency of the UK weather to rain. If you have any expensive items then bring a water proof sheet to throw over your items if it starts to rain suddenly minimizing damage and value of your item.
  13. You don't need to settle on the first price that someone offers you. Believe me they will try to haggle with you as much as they can. If you do not think your item is worth less than a certain price do not feel the need to sell for less just because somebody may be nagging you. 
  14. If you're selling an item with the original price tag make the tag clearly visible to buyers.
  15. Some people may not like to ask the price of something so make sure to be upfront and go over and start a conversation about the price and brand to make them even more interested in the item.
  16. Mark a price of an item a bit higher than you actually expect to receive, ie. If you want to sell a coat and don't mind receiving £5 then offer the coat for £8, it's great if they take it for this price but for the majority of people they will try get the price down. Never expect to ask for a certain price and receive it for that price. 
  17. If you have never sold at a car boot sale before I suggest you visit one beforehand to scoop out what prices everyone else are selling their items for.
  18. If a buyer is looking for a specific item and you don't have it on display but you remember you have something similar at home, then be sure to let them know that you will be at the car boot sale the following week, or swap numbers and something can be arranged.
  19. Make friends with other sellers in the line, this means if you're on your own you can nip off to the toilet and have them keep an eye on your space. 
  20. Don't feel like if you haven't sold as much as you had hoped that it was a fail, you always have the following weekend to sell again and different people with different tastes will always be there. ie. I have a brand new dress from Pull & Bear with tags and just because I didn't sell it one week doesn't mean the right person won't be there the following time. 
And that Dudes & Dudettes are the things I've learned/found helpful for selling at car boot sales. 
I hope they've helped you also. 
If you have any more do please let me know in the comments, I'm still learning and would love to know more tips.

Chloë x

Monday, 13 May 2013

Clothing And Drugstore Haul

As I'm sure many people know, I have slight addiction to Soap & Glory and Aussie products, I just can't seem to get enough. I trotted on into Boots & Superdrug, not needing to buy anything, and came out with these lovely little goodies.

Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed - Deep Pore Detox Mask - here
Around 2 years ago I bought this face mask, I really enjoyed using it and the results it gave, I then completely forgot about it and found it again when I was moving to the UK. I used up the last of the tube and I thought it was about time I repurchased this mask. I will give a complete review once I've refreshed my mind of the wonders of this detoxifying mask.
Soap & Glory Foam Call - Bath and Shower washhere
These body washes are also not something new to me, I've used 'Clean on me' for so long and I thought it was about time I gave a different shower cream a chance. - Pepperminty goodness, It smells deeeelish!
Soap & Glory Dr Spot - Invisible spot fighting gel -here
I think I'm going to be buying Spot treatment gels/creams until I've bought every single one in the world, I just can't seem to find 'THE ONE'. So.. here I go with another product that claims it has 'magical powers to clear my skin of every blemish and leave it looking marvelous'. 
Aussie Mega Shampoohere
My first impression of this bottle was 'Bog standard shampoo' 'nothing too exciting' and my guesses were right. This shampoo is just your everyday basic cleaning hair shampoo, which at the moment I think my hair needs a rest from all these products and build up. My hair just needs a nice cleansing.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle - Luscious Long Deep Treatmenthere
I've just finished up my Luscious Long Shampoo by Aussie which I've loved using, Although I'd never seen this conditioner before and thought I might as well give it a whirl. I like the shampoo so much I hope this conditioner matches up!

For many months I've been eyeing up this Miss Selfridge Peplum Mac, at first I didn't want to spend so much money on a coat but after so long of thinking about it I caved in and spend the £65.00 and my gosh I'm so happy with it! - here 
I trotted into Gilly Hicks.. my favouite place to buy underwear.. TMI?.. and although I didn't find any underwear I did find this beautiful turquoise polka dot shirt on-sale from £40 to £13.99! - here

I love seeing what other people have bought, a tad nosey? Yes! Let me know if you have done any hauls so I can check them out.
Chloë x

Friday, 10 May 2013

Taylor Swift Perfume & Free Gift

Boots have a great offer on at the moment. 
Buy any Taylor Swift perfume and you receive this beautiful floral print tote bag FREE. 
I've been eyeing her perfume up for a while and whenever i'm in boots i have a cheeky spray, but I just never purchased a bottle. That was until today when I seen this beautiful spring/summer bag was free when purchasing the perfume. I bought the 30ml perfume on sale for £13.33 (original price £20.00). Super deal! 
The bag feels like great quality. No pockets on the inside but big enough to fit your kitchen sink..if you're into that sort of thing...I'm really happy with the bargain I got today.
If you're interested in this deal you better get to your local boots asap as I'm sure these bags will be snatched up quickly!

Chloë x 

Friday, 3 May 2013

Making The Most Of The Sun

As people who live in the UK & Ireland will know, the weather is a bit unpredictable a lot of the time, 4 seasons in one day. This week has been super nice weather and although most days after work I'm too tired to do much, On Wednesday myself and my friend Debora decided to make the most of this lovely weather and  headed to Hyde Park for the day. Debora rented a Barclay's bike and I wore my Rollerblades. We had such a lovely day, relaxing and good vibes. Maybe this is the start of the summer weather! Here's to hoping :)

What do you like to do on sunny days? Let me know in the comments!

Chloë x