Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year

Leading up to Christmas things on the home front got very frantic so I had no time to post anything on this blog. I had a heap of stuff to review and great gift ideas but it all fell on the way side.

This Christmas it was the turn of the in-laws to host so we made the trek Oop North with all three tots. It was the twins first time up there and also our longest car journey ever, as a family of five. We had to hire a bigger car specially for the trip and boy it really wasn't big enough for our needs (VW Touran). Two modest pieces of luggage, presents, packed lunch but no room for the double buggie, travel cots and other baby paraphernalia. The children's car seats took up so much space, we couldn't really sit three across in the middle row. So Toddler Wild Thing got to ride shot gun, me in the middle row with Curly Haired Beauty and Thing 2 in the very back. It was quite an eventful journey - us girls were car sick/winter vomiting (who knows what it was??). So we were a right sight with our matching pink buckets and bowl - heaving into it. Yes I had the foresight to squeeze these into the car and yes my kitchen does have a high quota of pink kitchen wear.....

We made good time and got to spend a lot of Christmas Eve settling in the kids in a new environment. MIL made good her promise of arranging for cots, stair gate and attempt to toddler proof her home. She briefly managed to lose one of the twins for 20 minutes; who had shut himself into the laundry room. In fact I think I spent most of  Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day asking "Where's...???/Whose... got ???". D has 3 older sisters who all have kids and this was the first Christmas we were all together. That's 8 grandchildren for my in-laws - ages range from 18 years to 20 months. We tried to get a group picture of the kids after Christmas lunch and I have to say it won't be appearing on my mantelpiece. The twins were trying to make a run for it and had to be held down by the teenagers. Curly Haired Beauty has the most surly expression ever (who would have thought she used to be a model?).

The best present she got from Father Christmas (via Toys R Us) was the Barbie Party Palace. Only took me and two teenagers forever to build the night before.  It also took a bit of shoving to get back in the car for the drive home. She has not stopped playing with it since. There is a round turntable gadget, so you can put the dolls on it and make them dance with each other. I totally failed in purchasing the silver suited Ken doll that goes with the set. But she seems really happy with the alternative; the Prince from Beauty and the Beast. Bless her, she calls him 'Pretend Ken'.

A week earlier the twins received an ace early present from their Aunt P. She bought it over from the US (and nearly had a hernia) a  Radio Flyer red wagon. I've been wanting one of these for ages and had seen them on sale at Target, I thought I would drop a quick message on facebook and see if she could bring one over for me. Its no bigger in length than a Phil and Ted buggy but way cooler and was so easy to maneuver when we had all the snow (my pram got stuck). I took it to the supermarket and loaded it up with all my shopping (minus tots of course) and it was a doddle to pull back the load home. We've already done a little outing to the park and the twins seem to love the attention and wave to everyone.

So tonight we say goodbye to 2010 and welcome in 2011. Fireworks are already going off round here and I shall be in bed by ten tonight with my earplugs in! My days dancing at Pacha's NYE party are long gone .... I look back at those photos of me fondly (false eyelashes with diamonte bits - I was so ahead for my time). Happy New Year all, wishing you all happiness, good health and wealth. Or Happy Bye if you are Curly Haired Beauty.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Oooh Matt Cuddles

I should have posted about this on Monday but other event over took *slight hangover* - at lunchtime I was invited to go over to The May Fair Hotel for a festive lunch and view some of the rooms for future events (read into that a big fat jolly for us girls). It was really nice to get out of the office and see everyone for a good catch up and to be treated to a lovely Christmas meal . They served Prosecco Brut Fantinel NV which I thought was even lovelier than champagne, followed by smoked salmon, Christmas Turkey with all the trimming and a mini-Christmas pudding covered in custard with sprinkles of freeze dried strawberries. After much merriment of pulling crackers and donning the paper hats and posing for the obligatory cheesy photos.

We gathered ourselves for a tour of the premises.,,, and who do we run into in the lobby....Matt Cardle or Matt Cuddles to my fellow tweeters from X-Factor. He was having a chin wag with Simon Webbe (ex-Blue singer) and as we were ushered into the lift I had to really crane my head to get a good old stare (for research purposes/not in a stalker way!) Ah it made my day to see him after spending most weekends watching X-Factor. He was wearing a green parka coat (it was a bitterly cold day) but no hat. Paps were outside, all waiting for him (one of my colleagues cadged a light for her fag from one) and there were a smattering of dolled up young girls hanging about (WAGS/dancers?) with too many hair extensions and despite the weather peep toe high heeled boots; although they were lined in shearling....French pedicure on show EEEEEwwwwgggghhhhh - sorry my pet hate is long toe nails.

We got a grand tour of the cinema room, several suites including the ones used for the filming of The Secret Diary of a Call Girl. Got to hear how lovely Matt Damon is who always stays here when in London with his family and dines with the staff. The worse guest was believe it or not was Louis Walsh!  As we were shown around before entering each room there was a lot of ringing the door bell before, to make sure no guests had checked in. On one occasion on such a tour - a very surprised event manager was greeted by a naked footballer. He was not embarrassed but she was - didn't help he was happy to stand naked and not cover himself up. She exited swiftly, closing the door  and her two clients were quite amused by it.

NB This was not a sponsored post

Friday, 17 December 2010

Birthday girl

I've been foiled by the weather, snow has arrived in my part of the world and all those little bits of Christmas internet shopping I had planned are unravelling fast! I was so much organised earlier this month for Curly Haired Beauties 4th birthday party. I had the Hello Kitty themed party-wear delivered by Party Pieces; not yet got the Royal Warrent - ran by Kate Middleton's parents but as good as....

We even had a Hello Kitty Pinata, and the children threw themselves enthusiastically at it to get at all the sweets inside. I didn't plan much party games, as the girls took themselves off to play with the new toys. Leaving the twins to play with the wrapping paper and one lone 5 year old boy cousin. I ended up playing musical statues with him and gave him a prize for being so good. Moon Dough - which he informed me 'never dries out' - ah bless the kids TV adverts that have been on non-stop at this time of year.

I got a personalised cake topper to decorate my home made egg-free chocolate cake and felt pretty good that we had made it as nut free and egg free as possible. Toddler Wild Thing had his egg allergy confirmed a few days before the party plus he is also allergic to nuts! But weirdly Thing 2 is no longer allergic to eggs so at least it makes things slightly easier on the cooking front. Although we have to slowly introduce him to cooked eggs and that means baking him a batch of cupcakes and  feeding him one a day, quarter by quarter until he can consume 3 in a day without any ill effects and then move onto other types of cooked eggs. Mmmmm sounds straight forward but with Toddler Wild Thing being the human hoover, it going to be pretty hard to try and separate him from his lucky cake eating brother.

Happy Birthday darling I don't know where the time has gone. When I look back and remember the 3 day labour, your actual birth was a relief and full of joy. We were truly blessed when you arrived, your lungs working at full capacity and I got to meet you for the first time when you were plopped into my arms. Its a moment I will always treasure as it was the only time I was able to hold a new born. I shed a tear for the loss of not being able to experience that with your twin brothers. Helen the Doula was my kind wonder, who selected your little outfit and put on your knitted woolly hat. Your dad gave you your first bottle while I dozed off (48 hours no sleep).

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Thursday/Friday Sample Sales

I simply must learn to walk in heels over 3 inches - its a life skill that I have to gain, like learning to swimming. ...*fail on that count* hangs head in shame.
But that's because I hate getting my face wet. 
Walking in high heels can be an every day option and with these beauties it would be an Event! 

Nicholas Kirkwood
Up to 80 per cent off shoes.
Thurs., noon-7 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Swarovski Crystallized Lounge, 24 Great Marlborough St., 1st flr., W1F 7HU. Map It

Clothing, bags and accessories starting at £10
Thurs.-to 12 Dec. Thurs. & Fri., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Dray Walk Gallery, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Ln., E1 6QL. Admission is £1. Map It

Peter Jensen
 Up to 70 per cent off ready-to-wear and accesories.
 Fri.to 12 Dec. Fri., 6-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m.
 Look East Studios (buzzer 1), 18-24 Shacklewell Ln., E8 2EZ. 

Courtesy of Daily Candy

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Tuesday/Wednesday Sample Sales

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My In Box is pinging with lots of exciting sample sales this week - its like buses, none for ages and then three arrives at once! 

 Lainey Showroom Sale
 Felix Rey accessories, Ebony & Ivory scarves, ZM925 jewellery and more from £15.
Tues., 6-9 p.m.
The Brompton Club, 92b Old Brompton Rd., SW7 5LR (020 7568 5906). Map It

 Elle Macpherson Intimates and Stella McCartney
Discounted lingerie, loungewear and sleepwear.
Tues. & Wed., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Bendon, Axtell House, 23-24 Warwick St., 3rd flr., W1B 5NQ. Map It

Lingerie Sale 
DamarisBeautiful BottomsSexy Panties and Naughty Knickers and more from £5. 
Wed. & Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Gr., W11 2QA. 

Monday, 6 December 2010

Alice in Wonderland

I really can't believe my luck - the snow hindered my bargain hunting last week and I did not make one single sample sale that I posted about. Bo hoo my Edna Mode/Issey Miyake fantasy will have to be put on hold for now. BUT tomorrow we have Alice Temperly - Yay! Now I just have to work out how to sneak off to get to it ...I still need something to wear to the office Christmas party next week at a top Central London venue. Well I say need but its more 'I want', yes I could wear something I already own but sometimes a girl just has to treat herself to something new once in a while....
Info courtesy of Fashion Confidential.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Snow joke

I have been snow bound and stayed at home today. Its amazing how quickly the public transport infrastructure fell apart at the first sign of snow.

They seem to cope fine in Norway but here its a different tale. So I tried to do some work from home but not really sure how successful I was with Toddler Wild Thing and Thing 2 clutching at my ankles. To top it off there were some amazing Sample Sales happening in town today which I missed :-(

But hopefully tomorrow the trains will run again ......oh s*** weather forecast predicts more snow on its way.
Oh well if anyone out there is able to head into London the following sales are on - information courtesy of Daily Candy.

What: Day Birger et Mikkelsen
Why: Up to 70 per cent off clothing and accessories from current and previous seasons.
When: Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: The Toll House, Delamere Terrace, W2 6ND (020 7432 8088). Map It

What: Atelier Swarovski 
Why: Jewellery and accessories including collaborations with Karl Lagerfeld, Holly Fulton and Marios Schwab.
When: Fri., 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 21 Sackville St., 2nd flr., W1S 3DN (020 7255 8409). Map It

What: Issey Miyake
Why: Up to 70 per cent off ready-to-wear and accessories.
When: Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: The Music Room, 26 S. Molton Ln., W1K 5LF. Map It
Be still my beating heart - I have to go to this sale on Friday even if I need to shovel tonnes of snow to get to it - I could snap up everything I need to make me the coolest fifty year old (OK that's in 11 years time - but I like to plan ahead my look) 

What: Sam Ubhi
Why: Up to 80 per cent off costume jewellery and vintage-inspired bags and belts.
When: Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 12 Glenburnie Rd., SW17 7PJ (020 8767 5533). Map It
Swing by here to pick up something special for your loved ones - Christmas is 24 sleeps away! 

What: William Tempest
Why: Ready-to-wear clothing from £30.
When: Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Tomorrow Ltd., 188 St. John St., EC1V 4JY. Map It
What's not to love about this designer who makes amazing statement dresses.

What: Handwritten by Tanya Sarne
Why: Clothing from £15.
When: Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 1- 3 Middle Row, W10 5AT (020 8962 9600). Map It
Former Ghost designer, I 'heart' her designs

What: Playful Promises
Why: Up to 75 per cent off lingerie by designers including Ayten Gasson, Ell & Cee and Kiss Me Deadly.
When: Fri., Sat. & Mon., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: 136 Bethnal Green Rd., E2 6DG (020 3222 0615). Map It

Sunday, 28 November 2010

December Sample Sale

This place is a little tricky to find, but its worth it for French casual elegant pieces; stretchy tee's and separates. The almost hidden tiny doorway could be one of those with handwritten 'Wanted Busty Model' signs you see peppered in Soho....at the top of the stairs is a tiny show room with insanely chic staff ringing up sales of the sample pieces at great prices. In the summer sale, on THE ONLY hot day we had; the screened off changing area had the windows wide open - so the work men across the road got a strip show for free....why did I chose to wear a thong that day? It was either flash my boobs or bare my bum cheeks....  

Monday, 22 November 2010

Meow another Sample Sale

Arrogant Cat Sample Sale this week. Last one I went to had some amazing bargains and I bought some great knitwear that was much admired by my teenage niece. So this time I'm going to see if I can find something for her as a Christmas present - yes folks only 32 sleeps to Christmas Day!

Over the weekend I had a slightly stressful time trying to track down a Ken Doll from Barbie A Fashion Fairy Tale which Curly Haired Beauty has asked for Christmas. I thought it would be a simple request to fulfill but it has sold out in Argos (already, how so?). Amazon has it for sale for £35 and on Ebay £25. For a piece of plastic in a shiny silver suit, which normally retails for £9.99, the price just sticks in my throat. But MiL is going to buy the lead Barbie, my sister is going to buy the best friend Marie Alicea. We planned to buy the Princess Party Palace that goes with the whole set, for her birthday which is coming up soon. Now Curly Haired Beauty is not a super brat who gets what she wants - all the Barbie's she owns (except one) are hand me downs from her cousin - with matted dreadlocked hair and some have slightly tatty dresses and mismatched shoes. All well loved by their previous owner and CHB seems very happy to have inherited them.

To be honest I can't stand them (I was more of a Sindy girl growing up) but she loves to role play with the dolls; hosting parties, hospital visits, going to school - I love these little re-enactments of her life. I know she will be slightly disappointed if we were not able to get the full set and she will know the difference if I give her Ken Fashionista (does wearing a hat make you a fashionable doll??), he just won't be smart enough to accompany Barbie to the ball!

So if anyone out there reads this and knows of where I can get a Ken doll for a reasonable price please email me. Cheers twosp

Sunday, 21 November 2010

The Winner is...CSN Giveaway

With the help of my charming assistant the Curly Haired Beauty - we put all the names into my hat to select a winner for the CSN giveaway.
This trilby was an impulse buy from Accessorize last week, when the weather was so cold my ears felt frozen. Everytime I've worn it I've been getting lots of great compliments. So its true what they say, if you want to get ahead, get a hat! The bonus with this tifter is I haven't suffered much helmet hair and despite the label inside saying; do not wear in the rain, its bounced right back after a light drizzle.
Samantha Cameron wore this Noel Stewart fedora during Remembrance Sunday. I'm not sure why it caused so much discussions in the papers, maybe they expected the Prime Ministers wife to go for something more feminine? I think she wears it very well.

If budget permitted I would love this navy fedora by La Cerise Sur Le Chapeau - note to self stop spending the Christmas fund ( I will do a post about my recent spending in the sample sales). I actually had to look up to see what the difference was between a Trilby and a Fedora. So thank you wikipedia for clarifying. 

Now for the important part. Drum roll please - the winner of the CSN Stores Giveaway competition is Kate at Make Do Style. Congratulations to you and a big thank you to everyone who entered, for following, re-tweeting etc. Kate I will pass on your email to Eileen at CSN Stores who will send in turn, email you the voucher code. Spend it wisely! xxx 

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Tea and Toast

This time last year I was blogging about Toast and funny how some things have not changed. All three tots are still coughing their guts out . Yet Winter hasn't officially started yet so I have another 3 months of illness ahead of me. I love my life but I love the lifestyle more in the Toast Christmas Catalogue. What I wouldn't give to be the cool blonde wrapped in a sumptuous velvet gown. Although last Christmas I was swanning around in a tiara, only because Curly Haired Beauty crowned me Queen with her plastic princess headband.

Here are my favorite picks from the catalogue

Bell Bangles clusters of miniature bells in silver, gold and bronze
Hand painted baubles made from paper mache. 

Tapestry Gown in brushed cotton flannel

NB: Don't forget my CSN Giveaway  finishes on Sunday so if you want to win £30 voucher to spend on any of their on-line stores please leave a comment, become a follower and/or re-tweet on Twitter .

Friday, 19 November 2010

Toddler Wild Thing and Thing 2

I really must try and unsubscribe from Boots Mother and Baby club, another email pinged to say my baby is 16 months old today. Well that's the twins corrected age, or 15 1/2 for Thing 2 (lower birth weight) but their actual age is 18 months. That's a huge milestone for any baby/toddler where they are expected to be able to do certain things and behave in a certain way. Well not my two....When Curly Haired Beauty was 16 months old, I started her potty training, she could drink from an open cup and was very opinionated about what she wanted to wear and how to have her hair styled (one bunchie or two). She could also talk a lot and to be honest has not stopped talking!

I have now stopped referring to my 'What to expect from a toddler' book and no longer feel so stressed out about how they are developing - they are how they are. We had another trip to A&E on Tuesday evening for Thing 2's croup and a long wait to see a doctor, he got treated with steroids to reduce the inflammation in his throat and we got home by 1am. I may sound blase but we're getting used to these monthly emergency trips to hospital. And from what I am hearing boys are generally more accident prone than girls; so I've got a life time ahead of me of broken bones/ noses, things stuffed up noses or ears..... Why is it after you meet the man, marry him , bear his children and then find out MUCH later what a terror he was as a kid?

Here they are in their lovely sleepy state, nice and quiet just how mummy likes them.  Shhhh don't tell them I have spent the Christmas funds on myself and now own some lovely things - well I did need to update my wardrobe :-) There have simply been too many fantastic sample sales this month.

 Toddler Wild Thing is a flirt and will happily blow kisses with both hands to get an Ahh cute reaction from women. His favorite game is to wave and say bye bye, toddle off and come back again. When it starts to get dark and I go to turn on the side lamps - he likes to helpfully point out the next one to switch on. If I miss one out then he gets very agitated and wants it on now.

Thing 2 hates the hoover, he cries whenever I bring it into the room. His brother loves it and will try and help me use it. But Thing 2 has to be moved into the play pen so he feels safe from its noise. Thing 2 loves books he can't get enough of reading and flicking through pages. He was in his element when the Argos catalogue was produced and spent nearly 25 minutes playing with it. Toddler Wild Thing just tried to eat the pages.

NB: Don't forget my CSN Giveaway  finishes on Sunday so if you want to win £30 voucher to spend on any of their on-line stores please leave a comment, become a follower and/or re-tweet on Twitter .

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Giveaway with CSN, just in time for Christmas gifting

CSN Stores have asked me to host another readers giveaway - £30 voucher to spend at their on-line stores. So you can use it towards some furniture like a chest of drawers , chic lighting or get something from their excellent kitchen range. Here are a few ideas that would make great Christmas presents for family and friends *but really you should spend it on yourself*

One of these will make an super gift for a budding domestic goddess

I would think most people would find this more handy than a breadmaker (bung all the ingredients into the pot before you go to work and when you come home, be greeted by the lovely aroma of stew.
I quite like the idea of this twinkling light as part of the Crimbo decoration 

To win the vouchers please leave a comment, become a follower and re-tweet on Twitter my giveaway. It couldn't be simpler. Curly Haired Beauty will be drawing out the winners name from a hat on Sunday 21st November.  

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Mulberry November Sample Sale

Be still my beating heart, Mulberry have a Sample Sale on, at this rate the children will have no Christmas presents but their mummy will have a brand new handbag to cart their gear in :-) 

Dare I go? It would be rude to turn down the invitation and well I do have to see if there is an Alexa or two on discount or is that a bit greedy of me....? ..

Maybe I should go for the clutch version instead to hold all my essentials for work

DATE 16TH and 17TH November, 2010
10am - 7pm

Mulberry, 1st Floor, 41-42 New Bond Street, 
London, W1S 2RY 

Accepts cash, credit and debit cards.
No refunds or exchanges.
There is an admission charge of £2 
that goes to The Burned Chilldren's Club, registered charity 1062024.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Its for Charideeeeeeeeeeee

With so many recent samples sales I have been using up my Christmas fund fast but one sale coming up is worth splashing the cash out for a very worthy cause. So be bold and brave head to W1 to check out the Christmas lights, get ahead with your gift buying and drop along here.....think of the children darling! 
This November Kids Company has teamed up with Harpers Bazaar & fashion’s hottest names to bring you an exclusive designer sale.

Event details:
Gladrags & Handbags Designer Fashion Sale – 12-14 November 2010
The Music Room, South Molton Lane, London W1K 5AB
Nearest tube: Bond Street
Opening times:
Friday 12 November 9am-6pm
Saturday 13 November 10am-5pm
Sunday 14 November 11am-4pm
Admission: £2 on the door
All the items on sale have been donated by designers, who include Stella McCartney, Mulberry, Issey Miyake, Dries Van Noten, Vivienne Westwood, Georgio Armani & Tom Ford.

With all proceeds going towards a magical Christmas for over 2,000 vulnerable inner-city children, shopping has never been so guilt free.
Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh says:
‘We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the fashion community and hope that shoppers will flock in droves to bag a bargain at the sale. By buying once you give twice and each purchase will help restore joy and dignity to a child. Without our support at Christmas many children would be forced to survive the holiday period alone, often due to their parents’ drink, drugs or mental health issues.We step in to produce a Christmas Day party on a mammoth scale with lunch, games and entertainment, as well as presents for every child. We also produce food hampers to ensure no-one goes hungry over the Christmas period.’

Monday, 8 November 2010

Foot stomping

This sale is in the wrong part of town for me - there's no way I could hike over to NW1 in my lunch break and be back again within the hour. Which is a shame as I would have loved to have gone. So if anyone is in the vicinity, go check it and let me know what I missed. Bah bloody tubes/weather etc :-(

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Beep Beep - Review for ELC

The other day I received two massive parcels - at first I thought I must have gotten carried away with my last Net-a-Porter order but when I opened it, I discovered the lovely people from Early Learning Centre had sent me A Whizz around Garage and the Emergency Service Centre for the twins to try out and and review.

Toddler Wild Thing (former Thing 1) and Thing 2 loved it ....the noise, the lights; the cars were the perfect size to push along and gave them much amusements as they road tested them (did you see what I did there, me clever). There was a few tears as they both fought to hold the same car (there were 6 in all). It was easy to assemble (by me) and although one part has been pulled off - the P sign. The new toys have been coping very well with near constant play. ELC even supplied batteries , AA, which was most thoughtful of them. I tried to upload a video of them playing but YouTube took forever so I gave up. Toddler Wild Thing does a really sweet siren impression - so cute! Thing 2 is stuffing all the cars into the lift.

Curly Haired Beauty adopted the garage and lined up all her Happy Land people and pretended the garage was a playground with her people sliding down the slide. Very versatile and perfect for any toddler boys or girls if you want a nice showy gift, as it comes in a large box. A great Christmas present idea. Yes I mentioned Christmas! Its now permissible: Bonfire Night has been, Halloween long gone and the shops are stuffed full of Crimbo gear.

This was a sponsored post for Early Learning Centre. Thank you folks for sending me such lovely toys for the tots. I will get round to reviewing Cobblestone Farm Play set once I have gotten round to building it for Curly Haired Beauty.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

they just keep coming

More Sales and a really excellent one at that! Reiss and Warehouse have a sample sale starting today and finishes on Saturday in London. I went to the one in the Summer, which was heaving and the knock down prices justified the hot, airless atmosphere and the argy bargyness of  it all. I have my elbows sharpened ladies.... you have been warned.

The Music Room
26 South Molton Lane
London W1K 5AB
Nearest Tube - Bond Street

Saturday, 30 October 2010

More tempting sales for November

Courtesy of Daily Candy
The timing couldn't be more wonderful - if you need to look for a party outfit for the Christmas and New Year festivities - or just need to re-fresh your wardrobe and inject a bit of Omph then the following fashion sales are happening in London town.

november 2010 sample sales london!
Wrapped up for you.
What: Paul Frank
Why: Clothing, accessories and sleepwear for men, women and children from £8.
When: 1-5 Nov. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 19 Catherine Pl., 2nd flr., SW1E 6DX (020 7931 9274). Map It

What: Chiltern Street Studio
Why: Up to 80 per cent off brands such as Paige Denim, Bloch, Michael Stars, Local, Old Molly and more.
When: 3 & 4 Nov. Wed., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 78a Chiltern St., W1U 5AB (020 7486 4800). Map It

What: Aimé
Why: Up to 70 per cent off French labels, including A.P.C., Isabel Marant, Repetto and Antik Batik.
When: 3-5 Nov. Wed., 5-8 p.m.; Thurs., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
When: 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Gr., W11 2QA. Map It

What: Pringle of Scotland
Why: Up to 80 per cent off ready-to-wear and accessories from current and past seasons.
When: 3-5 Nov. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: The Courtyard, 255a Pavilion Rd., SW1X 0BP. Map It

What: Reiss
Why: Clothing and accessories for men and women from £10.
When: 3-6 Nov. Wed.-Fri., 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: The Music Room, 26 S. Molton Ln., W1K 5AB. Map It

What: Les Néréides
Why: Up to 80 per cent off costume jewellery from past seasons.
When: 3-7 Nov. Daily, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: 73-75 Monmouth St., WC2H 9DG (020 7836 7940). Map It

What: Finsk and Charlott Vasberg
Why: Up to 70 per cent off shoes and handbags.
When: 4-6 Nov. Wed. & Thurs., 4-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Universal House, 251 Tottenham Court Rd., W1T 7AB (07894 904315). Map It

What: The London Accessory Sale and Secret Sample Sale
Why: Up to 80 per cent off designer clothing and accessories, including Miu Miu and YSL shoes and Jimmy Choo bags.
When: 4-7 Nov. Thurs., noon-9 p.m.; Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: T2, The Old Truman Brewery, 85 Brick Ln., E1 6QL (07900 432661). Map It

What: Ally CapellinoTracey Neuls and Jo Gordon
Why: Knitwear, shoes, bags and accessories for men, women and children from £5.
When: 10 Nov. Wed., noon-7 p.m.
Where: Ally Capellino studio, 5 Calvert Ave., E2 7JP (020 7613 3073). Map It

What: Goat
Why: Knits, coats, trousers, dresses and jackets from £40.
When: 11 & 12 Nov. Thurs., noon-5 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 76 Gloucester Pl., basement flat, W1U 6HJ (020 7487 3401). Map It

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