Posted: June 4, 2022 8:41pm

It has taken me years to possess a wardrobe that I truly love and wear on rotation.

I still fall off the wagon now and again but I still think of all those expensive mistakes I have made, and, all the money I have wasted.

The reality is that there are simply NO SHORT CUTS and YOU have to do your own research and face your wardrobe and try on what’s in there. Something very few of us do, as it is easier just to buy more.

Social media has made us consume fashion rather than get actively involved.  I remember when I started shopping seriously, I would spend hours traipsing around the shops to find one amazing piece (thank you Elaine for being my wing woman all those years ago in Miss Selfridge!).  We tried on so many things and helped each other decide.  In the past, magazines were there to give us direction, but in most cases we had to find the pieces ourselves.

When blogging first started it was so refreshing and it helped us create more interesting outfits, however, over the years it has lost its way, and now in the main, bloggers just CHURN out ‘stuff’.  It’s hard work and some do a great job but the truth is that most of the stuff is ‘blah’.  It might suit the blogger but the reality of it suiting you is very slim.

Bright colours, pouffy dresses, the undressing / dressing reels etc.. are click bait and are great to watch but please don’t press purchase.. as most of the items featured are not  worth spending your money on.

At the moment Instagram is awash with dresses, mainly day dresses, but the truth is that I see very few women in the real world wearing them.  Most women are in jeans, shorts or their gym wear.  A lot of dresses are just too much to wear everyday and yet not formal enough to wear in the evening. Before you press purchase, ask yourself: Where will I wear it?

Go back to basics and invest in what you like to wear everyday, for me in summer it’s shorts and the odd flowing white robe, for you it could be a skirt or jeans?

Find the special one in your wardrobe that you have worn to death and find better versions.  Also buy one amazing piece rather than settling for the ‘low hanging fruit’.

In any case, if you are going to splurge then don’t follow the crowd.   In the main these items have been knocked off and no one can differentiate the real one from the Ali Express version.

Wander around the shops  for sure, but spend 90% of your time researching and 10% shopping.  We get asked the entire time for Gucci disco bags/Celine Nano’s and so on, but there are other lovely branded bags which are not so over subscribed that you should consider, such as Bally.

Also beware, the SALES are starting, the shops are doing their usual presale for existing clients but in couple of weeks so much of what is now full price will be 40% off.  I have done my research and the items I have my eye on get put on my WISHLISTS.

Also be careful of spending too much on emerging brands.  I have done exactly that in the past but unless you totally and utterly have to have it then beware, because a lot of these smaller brands tend to discount quite deeply, and the resale is not as strong as better known brands.

We all want to support our local and new brands but just be careful not to pay over the odds for something, just because it has been hyped to death on Instagram.  Judge the piece for itself, the fabric, finish and whether it SUITS YOU AND YOUR LIFESTYLE.  If you really want a VAMPIRES WIFE dress, do your research, know your size and the style that suits you and wait for the sales or the piece to hit the preloved market.

You won’t be satisfied with a duplicate either and you will have wasted your money.  If a dress is £600 new it will end up being £300-£400 in the sales and then around £175-£200 preloved.  So it really doesn’t make sense to spend £225-£250 on a lookalike dress.

Below are some of the pieces on my current WISHLIST

DIOR Medium Dior Bobby Bag
DIOR Medium Dior Bobby Bag
CELINE Maillon Triomphe Tote Bag
CELINE Maillon Triomphe Tote Bag
SAINT LAURENT Glossed-leather mules
SAINT LAURENT Glossed-leather mules
ROWEN ROSE Sablé embellished crepe midi dress
ROWEN ROSE Sablé embellished crepe midi dress
Dior Bobby glasses
Haulier tote
Lou Lou Studio shearling
Toteme blouse

January Sales are on we have added so many pieces to our edit ❤️
All ready to ship today 

I absolutely LOVE working but 2023 is about more of a balance for me❤️
Whether it is making time for exercise or a chat on the phone 📞 
Or just lighting that candle / pouring a glass of wine and kicking back. 
Same with my kids great book from @claudiawinkle and she says the best thing you can do for your teenagers is to let them SLEEP 💤
I really have stopped buying mid level brands and either wait for the sales or buy preloved.

 It takes a bit more time but it is worth it ❤️
We have lots of styling  on our instagram stories to help you decide 
10% off your first order ( exceptions apply) 
We have so many pairs of Jimmy Choo from these gorgeous sandals ( £70 ) to lots of shoes and boots. 
Happy to answer any sizing questions you have 
This Balenciaga dress is one of my first preloved buys is over 8 years old and I still wear it.

As evening wear is worn so seldom it is much better to buy it preowned.

We have a huge edit from #Gucci to #roksanda all so well priced and ready to ship. 

We have individual videos and measurements on line to help you choose ❤️
Often cheaper than renting and you can go up the brand ladder and afford top brands as evening wear does not hold its value. 
Pricing ! So important to realise that when you come to resell items it is a BUYERS market.

It is irrelevant what we paid it is only worth what someone is willing to lay out. 

Most of us are selling pieces we bought in the wrong size / don’t suit us or fit or just bored . 
My own personal view is once I have decided to sell it I want it GONE
I try to learn but getting something back is better than having it blocking up 🆙 your wardrobe. Or donate it if you can afford to. Lots of our clients help us support @royaltrinityhospice or the #salvationarmy 

Stop ✋ scrolling 
Get these #paristexasboots just gone LIVE 6 uk as new £245 
Bottega Veneta- truly resilient to wear and tear 

So many other brands stretch and wear so badly but in my experience Bottega bags don’t .
This is a real FIND - now £459 as new a real investment given that the new piece’s retail at over £2k 
Fashion fundamentals! check out our edit ❤️
We are going to start bringing you smaller edits which we are linking to a catalog to make shopping less overwhelming 
We love how @vintagesplendor styles her #chanelearrings 
We have two of the finest pairs £275 
Videos on line and authenticity guaranteed 
Our offices are based on the #kingsroad and it means I can keep an eye on all the prices to ensure you get the best Deals! 

I am a die hard #bargainshopper and @relovedagain we price to sell. 

Reality is an item is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it, it us irrelevant what we paid. 
Have learned this the hard way myself 
It’s an Icon the #gannijulliard 
Cost over £300 yours for £139
These jumpers are handmade and take 3 days to knit in Italy 🇮🇹 
Ready to ship 
With commission rates from 20% 
Why bother with the hassle of selling your items yourself. 
Many of our clients earn thousands a month ❤️
We are actively looking for stock 
We have run out of jumpers / blazers and have a huge WaitList of buyers looking for bags / belts and sunglasses in particular. 
Dm us or text Sarah on 
We pick up in London and send prepaid bags or arrange a courier if outside. 
All our terms and conditions are on our stories 
This Chanel is one of my all time favourites we ever stocked
Thank you @aislinncoffeystyleeditor and @theglossmag for this lovely feature. 
@theglossmag is the only magazine i purchase and I look forward to its arrival every month! 
Definitely an interesting topic ( what NOT to sell ?) going to do a live later this afternoon on this, dm me any questions and include these .
One of the only influencers I truly ADORE ❤️and actually buy the pieces she recommends that work on me. 

@monikh has a gorgeous contemporary yet feminine sense of style and definitely one to watch ! 
@monikh always looks comfortable and you know she doesn’t just put on an outfit for a photo. 
Not to mention the fact that she brings something new and doesn’t just follow the usual instagram trends.
I have learned from her about the subtle use of colour to add softness and compliment any outfit. 
We have put together a preloved edit from our store @relovedagain 
Buy now wear later ! 
We have taken on so many Spring pieces as I know lots of you are buying ahead for events you may have coming up.

It is the smart thing to stick up ⬆️ now as trends have not changed we have all those top brands such as Loveshackfancy / WiggyKit  and Loewe 
All ready to ship tomorrow 
instapreloved #shopmyclothes #trendsforless #savvyshopper #shopperstop #prelovedpretties #luxeforless #consignmentfinds #buynothingnew
Yep ! Still huge for 2023 ❤️ knee high boots and these are the best pair we have ever had on our shop 
New with the box bought for over £700 yours for £350 size 6 uk 
These are a FOREVER boot
We have launched 2023 with a combination of great transitional quality pieces such as this cashmere hat new Joseph £50 
All our items are priced to CLEAR ❤️
Midweek #outfitinspiration 
We have some fabulous bargains 
Blazer J.Crew £49 
Boots Balenciaga £50 
Jeans £40 diesel 
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