Confession time! I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to clothes. This clearly, is in complete conflict with the bargain loving side of me who does a rapturous jig at the sight of a sale sign. It’s a tricky juggling act. But this snobbery is not related to cost (although I really dislike Primark. #sorrynotsorry) It’s rather that I cannot abide cheap and nasty fabrics. They set my teeth on edge. In fact, if I weren’t already afflicted, I swear I’d come out in a rash! But sometimes (and ‘tis rare, I’ll grant you) sometimes you’ll find a little gem in the midst of the polyester pile.
One such little gem is this paisley print bubble hem blouse from Tesco. I had a wander through their clothes department a few days ago with my daughter, and I’ll be honest, most of them had that 'I’m just going to pop out to play Bridge now, dear' vibe about them. But this one caught my eye. It’s pretty yet provides full coverage. If your décolletage is clear, you can leave the ties open and that extra exposure of skin gives a long sleeved top a more summery feel. If your décolletage needs concealing, simply close the ties. The light colour and chiffon sleeves will still look season appropriate. And because of the little pattern on the sleeves, you can be safe in the knowledge that your skin is covered. Perfect to wear with grey, khaki, white or denim jeans/trousers/maxi skirt. This is one very versatile top for a mere €23.
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A reader also very kindly sent me the link to these punch-out peep toe shoe boots, so I had a little look to check them out. All hail the wonder of the peep-toe boot! If you’re in the market for a bargain (at this price, not leather I’m afraid) then this pair at €32.50 should do the trick. Loving the ventilation with the punch hole effect and all the while your skin is concealed. Available in both black and grey.
A little run into Dunnes Stores to pick up some blueberries (Dieting is the most boring thing in the whole world and nothing, nothing, nothing will ever convince my taste buds that fruit and berries are a suitable sweet alternative to a stonking great bar of Cadburys Dairy Milk!) and I stumbled (ok, I diverted through the clothes section) across this long edge to edge cardigan. At only €20, it is lightweight but so comfy and stylish. Ideal to throw on as the summer evenings get chillier. Great for those who work in air conditioned offices. Indeed, an interesting alternative to the usual jacket or blazer. The light grey would be ideal for anyone with scalp psoriasis and it’s also available in navy, black and chartreuse (that's yellow to you and me!)
So there you have it! My roundup of a few bargains I’ve seen in the past week. For those who live near a TK Maxx, I also spotted these little gems on my travels. The first pair are very similar to the ones I bought in the US a few weeks ago, but considerably cheaper at just €34.99. Great coverage if that is what you need.
These Calvin Klein classic snakeskin courts were only €54.99 and there seemed to be quite a few sizes available.
And finally these Michael Kors sandals – a somewhat steeper €74.99 but gorgeous!