Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Best Black Friday / Cyber Weekend 2014 Sales

best black friday sales


I can only apologise for the lack of appealing imagery in this post, but because there are just SOOOO MANY DISCOUNTS I wanted to get them all down in one place. I hope this makes your Black Friday and Cyber Weekend shopping more pleasurable, it has certainly taken me a while but I feel much more organised about the whole thing now. I've selected the discounts I feel I'm most likely to use and listed them chronologically, some are open now and some open tomorrow (I will be adding the codes for these as they open), and each lasts for a different length of time - obviously beware of things selling out, though. I've also compiled a mini wishlist above off some of my favourite items. Do let me know what you pick up, and revisit my gift guide as many items there are from Urban Outfitters and ASOS, where you can now get a discount on the gifts, and also my recent ASOS wishlist. Check my Twitter and Tumblr for  more posts about specific sale items I'm loving! 

Black Friday / Cyber weekend 2014 codes:


MY-WARDROBE - 50% OFF EVERYTHING - NO CODE
(includes brands such as Acne, Moschino Cheap & Chic, 3.1 Phillip Lim and more)
Ends Saturday 6th December

LUISAVIAROMA - 20% OFF WINTER COLLECTIONS - CODE: BFSKIM
Ends Tuesday

DOROTHY PERKINS30% OFF - CODE: GETME
Wednesday-Monday

BODEN - 30% OFF - CODE: F4V7
Thursday-Sunday

TOPSHOP - 50% OFF SELECTED LINES - NO CODE
Thursday-Monday

ALLSOLE - 30% OFF - CODE: BLOGBLACK
(includes brands such as Senso, Vivienne WestwoodDr Martens and more)
Thursday-Tuesday

ALLSOLE OUTLET - EXTRA 20% OFF - CODE: AMAZING
Thursday-Monday

MYBAG - 30% OFF - CODE: BLOGBLACK
(includes brands such as Cambridge Satchel Co, Grafea, Calvin Klein, Fjallraven, Lulu Guinness, Wildfox and more)
Thursday-Tuesday

SELFRIDGES - 10% OFF BEAUTY / 20% OFF EVERYTHING ELSE - CODE: SELF14
Thurday-Sunday

JOHN LEWIS - PRICE MATCHING ALL COMPETITORS 

LAVISH ALICE - 25% OFF - CODE: BLACKFRIDAY25
Thursday-Monday

COGGLES - 30% OFF - CODE: COGBLOG
(includes brands such as Alexander Wang, Marc By Marc Jacobs, Antipodium and more) 
9pm Thursday - Midday Monday

 ASOS - 20% OFF - CODE: CYBERWKND20
Thursday-Tuesday

ASOS (US) - 30% OFF - CODE: TGIBF
Thursday-Sunday

RIVER ISLAND - Coming 11am Friday

URBAN OUTFITTERS - UP TO 50% OFF / FREE DELIVERY - CODE: BFDELIVERY
Friday only

WHISTLES - 30% OFF - NO CODE
Friday 

MISSGUIDED - 20% OFF - CODE: CYBER20
Friday-Monday

NET-A-PORTER - 50% OFF SELECTED ITEMS - NO CODE
Friday-Saturday

BOOHOO - 30% OFF SELECTED ITEMS - NO CODE
Friday-Monday
PLUS USE CODE 'FREEDEL' FOR FREE DELIVERY ON FRIDAY

ALL SAINTS - 20% OFF - CODE: CYBER
Friday-Monday

FRENCH CONNECTION - 40% OFF - CODE: FC40BF
Friday-Monday

MOTEL ROCKS - 25% OFF - CODE: CYBER25
Friday - 9pm Tuesday

REISS - 20% OFF - NO CODE
Friday-Tuesday

OFFICE - 20% OFF - CODE: SNOW

AGENT PROVOCATEUR - coming Monday

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Jeans and a Jumper


Comfortable weekend dressing at its very best - jeans, a jumper, DMs and a biker jacket. These new pieces are some of the best quality basics I own - on the whole I far prefer splashing out on basic / go-with-everything pieces than on more statement-making things, because I know I'll get far more wear out of a cashmere jumper and quality pair of jeans than I would out of a fancy dress or something that fulfils a temporary lust for a more transient trend. Both the jeans and the jumper are from 7 For All Mankind, who I talked about in my last post (there's also a 7FAM giveaway there, if you missed it) - both are around the £200 mark, which for me and I know for many of my readers is expensive, but a quality investment is necessary sometimes and essentials like these are a good place to start if you're looking into buying higher end. I talked a little about the fit of these jeans in my last post but I can't get enough of them, plus I think they look great with my new DMs from Shoetique (still available on the website in off white on sale at £79.95, or if you're desperate for the black pair you can get them here). I'm also wearing a green faux leather biker which I just had to have when I spotted it in Zara for £29.99 - even though they only had size large left, I actually think it looks quite good oversized!

Finally, my bag is from Beara Beara and is my current fave for university. It's (obviously) a backpack so much more suitable for carting heavy things around than a handbag is, it's super durable so no need to replace it year after year, and it fits up to a 15" laptop so it is plenty roomy. Plus, Beara Beara is a family run independent business so it's win-win!

Thoughts on this comfy weekend outfit? Don't forget to enter my 7 For All Mankind giveaway to win your own pair of high end jeans!



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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

7 For All Mankind - Manchester Store Experience / Giveaway

7 For All Mankind Manchester

Earlier this year I attended the opening of New Cathedral Street's latest addition: 7 For All Mankind's Manchester store. I was super excited to be invited back to the store to choose an outfit for myself, and battled my way through the Christmas-markets-induced foot traffic to visit last weekend. 

The store itself is very pleasant - clean looking with a subtle California vibe (which is where the brand originates), and very easy to shop with super friendly and helpful staff, and some nice cacti too (an essential element of any shopping experience if you ask me). The main attraction is the denim: I was immediately attracted to the 'Relaxed Skinny' as modelled by current face of the brand Miranda Kerr, but there were so many great pairs to choose from! After much deliberation I actually opted for the Josefinaa skinny boyfriend style not all that dissimilar from the Relaxed Skinny, in a medium blue wash with some subtle distressed detail. They're relaxed and a little scruffy looking without gaping at the knee like a lot of other casual denim at the moment, and they've fast become my favourite pair of jeans - I will still stand by a black skinny jean forever, but I think these are a little more grown up (and flattering) than the 'mom' jeans that I've loved for the past few years. At £200 they're definitely an investment, but 7FAM is undoubtedly a luxury brand and the high quality will, I think, last as long as 4 pairs of £50 jeans. Fit-wise I'd recommend sizing down, particularly if you're between sizes! If you're really looking to splash out beyond denim, 7 does some amazing leather pieces including beautiful biker jackets and leather trousers too. 

For the top half of my outfit I chose the comfiest dark grey cashmere jumper, but I was spoilt for choice with beautiful white and off white blouses which looked amazing with the Josefina jeans. You'll be seeing my full 7 For All Mankind outfit on the blog later this week!

7 For All Mankind Manchester

Now for the best part - 7 has kindly given you the opportunity to win a pair of jeans of your choice! These can be men's or women's, so good news for everyone. You must be following me on Bloglovin and you must leave a comment on this post telling me which is your favourite pair of 7FAM jeans - you can browse the selection on the website here. Fill out the form below to enter - good luck!

This giveaway is open to EU residents only.


7 For All Mankind Manchester
7 For All Mankind Manchester
7 For All Mankind Manchester
7 For All Mankind Manchester

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Christmas Gift Guide - something for everyone

christmas gift ideas

Ah, Christmas time. Everything looks marginally prettier than usual, I get a little time off to relax and hang out with my family, and it's a real pain in the butt to go into town and do any shopping because it's so freaking busy. Online Christmas shopping is really the only way to go! If you celebrate Christmas and need some gift inspo, I've put together this gift guide (the first of a few) which includes gifts for absolute everyone and anyone - friends or family, regardless of age or gender, at a variety of price points. 

From this selection, I think my favourite thing (apart from the Grumpy Cat plush, of course) is the scratch map (a coated map poster which you can scratch off over the countries you have visited) - I really want one for myself! You can also get a deluxe version for £5 extra, and I think it would be the perfect present paired with something else travel related (like this, this or this, or a plane ticket / city break IOU if you're feeling especially generous) for whichever friend or family member has the biggest case of wanderlust.

Records (pictured here are Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence) are one of my favourite presents to give - they're always a fail safe with my boyfriend, but any record collector (or music fan who hasn't quite started their collection but wants to) would appreciate their favourite band on 12". Try to buy from independent record stores or labels if you can, or Urban Outfitters has a nice selection if you're stuck. 

I hope this is helpful, check out all the links to the above in the list below, and let me know what other categories of gift guides you'd like to see over the next couple of weeks!


Thursday, 20 November 2014

New Year's Eve - party outfit idea

new years eve outfit
Bag - Parcel and Journey* | Shoes - Primark*

Is it too early to plan your Christmas and New Year's Eve party looks? Evidently not! Admittedly when I was asked to choose and style a NYE party outfit for ASOS Fashion Finder I was a little alarmed (and filled with terror and despair at the thought of yet another year passing by, and the fact that this NYE post is preceding any Christmas posts), but then I cheered up and got excited about all the glitter. A little superficial perhaps, but glitter > being sad! You can check out my feature on ASOS Fashion Finder here.

For my NYE outfit, I wanted a bit of sparkle without going for the more predictable sequins. This tinsel skirt is more subtle and super cute! If you did want more of a full on look there's a matching top so you can wear the fabric as a co-ord, instead I went for a really beautiful and simple nude silky cami which I think looks way more expensive than the £20 it costs. The more indulgent and glamorous part of my outfit comes in the form of this fabulous and super soft cream faux fur coat. Not exactly club wear, but as many New Year parties involve periods of time standing outside watching fireworks, some party appropriate outerwear is essential for me. 

Accessories-wise, I didn't wear any jewellery (although a few simple silver pendants would be nice) but did wear the sweetest glittery shoes from Primark, and very striking and edgy statement envelope clutch from Parcel & Journey. My lipstick is Limecrime's Velvetine in 'Wicked', just FYI! Thoughts? Have you planned your NYE outfit yet, and does this help? I also have a Pinterest board for Christmas party dresses, if you're in need of some more inspo!


new years eve outfit
new years eve outfit
new years eve outfit
new years eve outfit

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Burgundy and Black

60s burgundy dress

Another early sunset, another set of dark and not-that-great photos - sigh. I think you get the general idea, though! I went super 60s again with this outfit - it is really getting to the point where I could well be going to a themed fancy dress party, but I think I'm ok with that. With my favourite ASOS thigh high boots (still awaiting a restock, but there's a similar pair here), I wore a new burgundy shift dress from Glamorous which is super cute (and needs ironing, sorry about that) and long-serving black American Apparel roll neck top. I'm also wearing my go-to coat at the moment, which you'll have seen if you follow me on Instagram - a faux shearling number which is very similar to one I saw in Zara recently, and only £23! Finally, the only accessory I'm wearing is a beautiful Daniel Wellington watch with a brown leather strap and silver hardware - I love this combo and how it works with the large, clean white face of the watch. You can get 15% off Daniel Wellington with my code 'hannahlouisef' too! Thoughts?


60s burgundy dress
60s burgundy dress
daniel wellington watch

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