Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Hold onto your wallets

Thursday 24th March
Matthew Williamson Sample sale
9am - 6pm
26 South Molton Lane 
London W1

Friday 25th March
4 day clearance sale - please don't let the website crash like the last sale :-( 

Thursday 31st March and Friday 1st April
Magaret Howell Sample Sale
9am - 6pm
The Music Room
26 South Molton Lane
London W1

But what I'm really excited about is the UK launch of Apple's iPad2 starting price £399 for the WiFi only, 16GB which works out cheaper than the original version.....there are grown men weeping into their iPad's who queued round the block to get the 1st Generation tablet device last year. Hee hee heh I wouldn't say no if I was given one for Mother's Day; a gift for being a wonder mum (hint hint Sunday 3rd April).

PS There is a lot of sadness and tragedy in the world, I have friends and colleagues in Japan, a lot of family in the China. Human shields are being used in Libya. But this blog is not the right platform to share my anxieties. If you wish to make a donation please click onto the Red Cross  website. Thanks twosp xxx

Friday, 18 March 2011

Factory sale - I scored a goody

A belated post from yesterday's Rupert Sanderson Shoe Sale

I did something very bad  I was late for work and blamed the trains/tube/etc. Plausible excuse for those of you who follow me on Twitter   #southeasterntrainfail so I rolled in at 12.30pm all hot and bothered and quickly got my head down with work...but I had really been shhhhh, don't tell and thank god no one knows about my blog at the Rupert Sanderson Shoe Sale. I arrived at the venue 10.10am and was greeted by the most enormous queue outside the Music Rooms. I have never seen so many shoe hungry women in one place! Speaking to one person who was 12 foot away from the entrance - she said she had been waiting there since 8.30am (it opened at 8am). My heart sank - they were only letting in a 6 people in at a time and the women already inside were taking a lllllloooooooooooooong time to make their purchases.

I did a rough calculation of how long it would realistically take to get inside and decided to stick it out and joined the back of the queue. I quickly struck some up conversations with fellow shoeholics and gathered info to establish their shoe sizes , potential conflicts over shoes and see if we could 'Psyche' out the women in front to leave and make the queue shorter...tactics included starting rumors there was fresh shoe stock in the white van behind us and go get em ladies...

After an hour of waiting and my feet freezing I was slowly getting closer to the entrance. We had stopped several women leaving (loaded with bags full of shoes) to ask what sizes was left, prices just to check and see if it was worth persevering with the wait. Larger sizes 39's were going down, the £40 shoes were low in stock and my little group of 5 all muttered and wondered should they stay or go. I joked about who needed toes, lets chop them off to make the shoe fit. Ha - they were weak and I am strong... 30 minutes later I finally got in only to be greeted by another queue to check in coats and bags before being able to descend onto the shoes.

I headed for the 38's and kicked off my Ferragamo two tone pumps and tried on few, too big, moved onto the 37.5's again a wee too big, foot slipping and then onto 37's. Now Rupert's shoes are cut a lot bigger than I had expected so I was glad I had the opportunity to try on everything for a good fit. Now I try not to have a specific item in mind but I really did want a pair of glossy patent heels in nude. All the patent shoes were not in my size but I did manage to snag the most elegant nappa leather slingback skinny heels for £80.   Then I joined another long queue to pay. I could have bought a few more pairs like all the other women around me but I refrained, I only needed/wanted one pair - I was being very good to my wallet. Purchase made - I ran back to the office, dumped my contraband with the receptionist and raced to my desk. Good job done. Do I feel guilty, a little (lots of sympathy for my 'horrendous journey') but I have beautiful new shoes.

PS sat here tonight crying on the sofa watching Red Nose Day and the news about Japan; the bravery of the workers trying to save the nuclear plant from total meltdown knowing the risks to their own lives to save their country, to save the world. I have made donations left, right and centre but still feel pretty helpless.

Monday, 14 March 2011

OMG more shoes on sale

This week is improving, sunshine, tick, haircut booked for tomorrow, tick and on Thursday RUPERT SANDERSON SAMPLE SALE......last one I couldn't make due to the lousy weather but by hook or by crook I am going to go to this one.

The Music Room  South Molton Lane London W1 from 8am to 8pm. Sources mentioned shoes marked down 70% and possible starting prices from £40....oh dear pay day not here yet but I know my bank will be very understanding. In fact I may forgo the weekly Ocado shop and live on baked beans to fund these babies if I see them.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Marching through

Oh lovelies here are some more wonderful sales to cheer you up with. Its truly felt like Spring this week, I've really needed sunnies to wear in the bright sunshine.
and I quite fancy these by Alexandra Wang, meow.....

  • 10 March.ashx.jpgBRORA CLEARANCE SALE

    With up to 60% off previous seasons collections it’s worth being super organised and stocking up on woollies. Stock for men, women and children.
    10 March (10am to 8pm), 11 March (10am to 7pm) and 12 March (10am to 4pm). Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London SW3 5UR.
  • Sample Sale Diary March


    Gorgeous dresses and accessories at up to 70% off.
    17 March (8am to 7pm) and 18 March (9am to 7pm). 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, W11 2QA.
  • Sample Sale Diary March


    Small scale sample sale at the Hussein Chalayan showroom with Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer samples.
    19 to 26 March (10am to 8pm); Block H, Zetland House, 109-123 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4LD.
  • Sample Sale Diary March


    FC members are invited to an exclusive private sample sale with up to 70% off THIS SEASON and NEXT SEASON’S collections from Valentino, See by Chloe, Current Elliott, Tara Jarmon, Rock & Republic, Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Manoush and many more.
    This is where the FC Team stock up for the year ahead!
    24 March (10am to 7pm) and 25 March (10am to 5pm); M&L Harris, 10 - 11 Greenland Place, London, NW1 0AP.
  • Sample Sale Diary March


    Cult status bags and accessories. Prices start at £65.
    30 March (9am to 7pm); 1 Ensor Mews, SW7 3BT.
  • Sample Sale Diary March


    Celebrate the best of British with Margaret Howell’s lust-worthy take on masculine separates. Men, women and homewear collections at up to 60% off.
    31 March and 1 April (9am to 6pm); The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, W1K 5LF.
    info courtesy of Fashion Confidential 

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Spring Sample Sales

Its bitterly cold out but the thought of all these lovely sales are keeping me warm....so if you have an eye for a bargain go check them out. 

What: Flash Sale
Why: Up to 70 per cent off A/W 2010 samples from designers including Vivienne Westwood, McQ, Love Moschino, Marc by Marc Jacobs and more.
When: 2-6 Mar. Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 65-67 Monmouth St., WC2H 4DG (            020 7920 7272      ). Map It
What: Boutique Sale
Why: Clothing and accessories from designers including House of Holland, Sea NY, Alice + Olivia and more from £5.
When: 3-5 Mar. Thurs., 2-9 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Mercer St. Studios, 16 Mercer St., WC2H 9QE. Map It
What: On the QT
Why: Up to 80 per cent off designers including Belstaff, Thomas Pink, D&G and more.
When: 3-6 Mar. Thurs.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: Dray Walk Gallery, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Ln., E1 6QL. Map It
What: Semon Cashmere
Why: Mongolian cashmere clothing and accessories for women from £40.
When: 9 Mar. Wed., 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 5 Bywell Pl., 53 Wells St., W1T 3DN (            01908 233640      ). Map It
What: Sara Berman
Why: Up to 75 per cent off ready-to-wear, handbags and accessories.
When: 9-11 Mar. Wed. & Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: James Cameron House, 12 Castlehaven Rd., studio 3, NW1 8QW (            020 7482 6599      ). Map It
What: Rupert Sanderson
Why: Shoes from £40.
When: 17 Mar. Thurs., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: The Music Room, 26 S. Molton Ln., W1K 5LF. Map It
What: Temperley
Why: Discounted ready-to-wear and accessories.
When: 17 & 18 Mar. Thurs., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Gr., W11 2QA (            020 7229 4179      ). Map It
What: Meli Melo
Why: Handbags and accessories from £65.
When: 30 Mar. Wed., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 1 Ensor Mews, SW7 3BT (            020 7835 1363      ). Map It
What: Cleo B
Why: Up to 80 per cent off shoes.
When: 31 Mar.-2 Apr. Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 147 Ebury St., SW1W 9QN (            020 7824 8666      ). Map It

Courtesy of Daily Candy