How to have a luxury lifestyle on a budget

Luxury lifestyle on a budget

It’s no secret that I have rather expensive taste. Unfortunately, as many people before me have noticed, studying for a postgrad degree is not conducive to maintaining the shopping addiction.
The good news is that with a little patience and time, it is actually possible to shop as before without the massive price tags. The trade off is that you probably won’t have quite as much choice and might not find exactly what you’re looking for, but I guess that’s an even better way to save money, right?
So here are my online shopping secrets, don’t tell everyone…
www.allbeauty.com
This is an absolute treasure trove of cosmetics, beauty products, perfume, hair styling potions, skin care…the lot. There’s a massive range of brands and price points, from Rimmel to La Prarie and everything in between, this is a great place to find your favourite products at up to 84% off and discover new ones. I am now OBSESSED with Dr. Brandt (especially pores no more and the flexitone bb creme). Even better, the P+P is free on orders over £15 and my orders have all arrived within two days. I may have a mild addiction to this website. The stock does change, as do the prices, so the general rule is if you see something you love at an amazing price, buy it. If you get something and fall in love, buy another one quickly!! Confession time. Whilst fact checking (a very important part of blogging) I may or may not have distracted myself for 20 minutes ‘present shopping’. Do not click if you have something pressing to do.

www.shoeaholics.com
Kurt Geiger designs beautiful, wonderful shoes. Well known fact. What isn’t quite as well known is Shoeaholics – a discount shoe website operated by aforementioned KG babe with savings of up to 75%. The trade off is that many pieces are ex display, so may not be absolutely pristine, but it will say and depending on the price, it may still be worth it if you can arm yourself with a few cleaning products. (I just did it again. This blog post is costing me a fortune. Navy suede, Kurt Geigers as you asked). There is also a pesky £5 delivery charge, but I guess that’s what I’d spend in petrol and parking…right?

www.TKMaxx.com
I don’t know why they didn’t branch into eCommerce sooner. As a shop, TKMaxx is stressful, frustrating and permanently grubby. Online, however it is akin to Aladdin’s cave, rammed full with ever changing pieces. You will need patience to peruse the categories, but it is undoubtedy worth it as the online stock always seems to be a lot better than what they get in some of the stores, and when it arrives it is in perfect condition complete with dustbag/ cases (where appropriate), as I assume pieces come straight from a warehouse, bypassing mucky paws on the shop floor. It’s free postage over 50 quid too…just sayin’. If you come across a label you don’t recognise, shopping on their website means you can google to gauge prices, quality etc.

www.wahanda.com
If you have any hairdresser/beautician loyalty, this is probably not the site for you. Great for finding new salons, and sometimes super nice salons, for a fraction of the normal price, Wahanda is a discounted directory of beauty shops. You can get up to about 70% off sometimes, plus Wahanda is always emailing out discount codes. A word of caution – always check out their website, look at photos and if you can find reviews, read them. Most shops will offer a returning discount to encourage you to return.

www.secretsales.com
If you haven’t already heard of this, get on it! Each day new brand sales go live with incredible discounts. There is also an outlet but you’ll need a fair stroke of luck to find what you like in your size. Just sign up and check the site every few days (it has a calendar so you can see what sales are coming up) and set an alarm so you don’t forget. It’s essentially a sample sale hub without the risk of bruised ribs and hour long queues.

So there you are – a guide to living and shopping well at a fraction of the price! What are your favourite places to visit for a guaranteed bargain? Let me know!

Charlotte xx

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly away.

One of the things I’m most excited for this winter is the prospect of wearing capes. Deep down I don’t think I’ve ever grown up since the days of running around my garden with a piece of fabric fastened to the back of my neck, pretending I was a witch. Or a superhero. And let’s not forget Harry Potter chic. This season’s capes are a little less gaudy, not as Halloween witchy and altogether far more socially acceptable, nay, encouraged.

Aren’t they pretty?

Check cape, Next, £65, Fringed Poncho,  East, £69, Camel Cape, M&S £110, Fur trimmed cape, Accessorize, £35, Tartan cape, Newlook, £19.99
Check cape, Next, £65, Fringed Poncho, East, £69, Camel Cape, M&S £110, Fur trimmed cape, Accessorize, £35, Tartan cape, Newlook, £19.99