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You Think You've Got A Bargain Until You Go In Store...

Thought I'd touch base as I'm currently working on the body shape series which is taking so long to write. I mean, it's proper work! But we've started, so we'll finish. Anyway, the trousers and jeans post is almost complete and should be ready for publishing tomorrow (I'm not saying what time tomorrow, it could be 11.59pm).

Hey, do you like the new blog style? You probably won't notice any difference if you're reading this on a phone. I've just had it freshened up a little. Still a few tweaks that I need to make but it feels like a nice, calm space. I like nice, calm spaces...they're few and far between in this household.

So. The son wanted to watch the new Fast & Furious film today. I ducked out and had a couple of hours browsing in the shops at The Trafford Centre while the husband did his daddy duties. He loves F&F too - that's Fast & Furious by the way not Florence & Fred. The only time he goes near a Tesco is to get his car valeted and pick up a Costa coffee.

I'm still on the 'dress for Wembley' mission and thought I'd kill time looking through the late spring stock. Pants, I'm telling you, pants. Everything is so samey. I tried on dresses ranging from £42 to £400 and nothing really grabbed me. That particular mission will have to wait for another day.

I did manage to pick up a few bits in the Gap sale though. There were racks of clothes with up to 70% off. As always, I got bored after flicking through half a rail but was delighted to find this culottes jumpsuit thingy. A lovely knitted fabric that's not too thick and hangs really well. Perfect for summer with trainers and a blazer. I bought it in a small. Looks nothing here, I'll grant you that.

Gap Softspun Knit Stripe Wide Leg Jumpsuit £29.99 (20% Off with FITGAP)  (was £39.95)


I picked them up for a mere £14.99. With the 20% promotion above, I still work that out at a smidgen under £24. Two very different prices. Can they do that? I guess so. To be fair, they are worth every penny whether you pay £14.99 or £23.99. I prefer the smaller one because the change bought me a Merino wool jumper.

This one. I'm a bit nesh and still in need of a bit of wool right now.

Gap Merino Wool Sweater £29.99 (20% off with FITGAP) (was £39.95)

And yep cheaper in store by lots. A mere tenner! The cream is sold out online but there are three other colour ways. I bought a large as I wanted a slouchy fit.

My final purchase was a black dress. Yes yes, I know I can't do black but it's a deep v-neck so there's no colour directly under my chin. It isn't online so I can't show it to you but it was reduced from £50 down to £14.99. I bought a medium so it didn't cling anywhere.

So the question is, do you want to sip coffee at your kitchen table and order a few bits from Gap, stress free, delivered directly to your door. Or, do you want to risk a trip into town or shock horror a mall (at Easter, are you crazy?), battle for a parking space, drag your sorry butt into the store and fight other keen bargain hunters for a spot in front of the 70% off rails?

Me? I'm still reeling over the shock of the price differential. And the sizing too. Did you notice, I bought a small, medium and large?

You can thank me later.

I put this on Instagram earlier as I haven't had a chance to show you this new blazer. It's a total game changer. Easily smartening up a pair of jeans and an old t-shirt. Magic that!!

Blazer - Next
T-Shirt - Ichi (Old)
Kick Flare Jeans - Next (similar)

2 comments on "You Think You've Got A Bargain Until You Go In Store..."
  1. Hi, have you seen the yellow lace dress in m&s? Not my palette but it is a lovely dress and looks much more than it's price

    1. I'm not sure if I have Tracy. Off to have a look now. Thanks for the tip off x