Friday, 26 July 2013

Savvy Sale Shopping 101!

There's nothing better than a good sale! There's a certain excitement in getting new clothes for a cut price, but often the sales are full of past season styles and trends. It's real important for me when I'm sale surfing that I buy stuff which is going to last me, I'm only a poor student after all! I (try to...) follow a bit of a rule system when milling through the sales so here's my guide to savvy sale shopping!

1) Shop Online

I am a firm believer than online shopping is the future. Not only is the range of clothing much bigger, (which is never a bad thing!), but you have time to review your choices. I have a real bad habit of picking up anything and everything I like whilst traipsing round the shops without putting in any consideration as to what it'll match, if the style or cut is right, or even if the colour suits me. I have to admit I turn into a bit of a monster, gobbling up all the lovely, lovely threads! By the time I get them all home I realise that I probably didn't need half the stuff I've bought and of course, I'm far too lazy to take it back so it just winds up sat the back of my wardrobe or being given to a friend.
I prefer online shopping much more. The only downside for me is that I can’t try things on before I buy, (obviously…), but lots off stores offer free returns so that isn't too much of an issue. I have a habit of buying two of the same thing in different sizes if I'm not sure how it’ll fit and just returning one. I know your probably thinking, “Surely that’s more effort than nipping back to the shops to return them?” If only…
I live outside of Manchester atm in Salford, (although I may be moving to the City Centre in September, eeeeek!), which is about a 20 minute drive from town. It’s pretty impossible to park once you get there without it costing you a small fortune, plus I HATE driving in Manchester! I come from a small seaside town and I've not quite gotten used to the volume of traffic yet, or all the one way streets. I can get lost trying to drive home from uni! There is however, a post office a 2 minute walk from me.

2) Forward thinking

A really good tip for sale shopping is to browse with next season’s trends in mind. That way you can be sure that what you’re buying is actually going to get some wear out of it. For example this season’s leather and monochrome trends are here to stay through to A/W13 so your safe to fill your bag. 
One tip is to think colour. You probably won’t get much use out of pastel shades and loud floral prints but jewel tones are big next season so consider floral prints in blues, purples and reds. I recently bought this body from Topshop which will look brilliant with a leather skirt and chunky boots come autumn! It’s important to have an idea about what you’re still gonna be wearing when the sun goes in because you don’t want to end up with a wardrobe full of summer styles come autumn, then spend all winter hoping and wishing you’ll get to wear them again come spring! 
Another good tip is to try and buy things you want for next season early. This way you’re more likely to get a good deal whilst what you’re shopping for is unpopular. I'm currently on the hunt for a new fur coat. EBay is a really great stop for stocking up on out of season garments and if you buy now before everyone else wants it too you’re bound to get an awesome bargain!

3) Check the list... then check it twice

Even though I don’t frequent the shops that often I still like to stay true to my shopping style. I tend to go through each page adding everything I like to my bag then revise my choices when I'm done. I like to think about colour, style, what I’d wear it with, similar pieces I already have, whether it will suit me and whether it will carry through to next season before I buy. I find this often stops those impulse buys, which would normally happen on a shopping excursion and means I end up with items I'm genuinely really pleased with.

Here's a cheeky tip for you too; If the website your shopping on offers free postage over say, £40, but the items in your basket don’t add up to £40 make it add up! Most places offer free returns so even if you don’t want the extra piece you've added to your basket, you can just send it back! May as well save yourself a few pennies and take advantage of the kind offer! 

Hope this has helped you guys! Let me know if I'm missing a trick, what are your top shopping tips? 

Ria <3

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Every girl is a princess... didn't your Daddy tell you that?

Shirt: Reworked/DIY denim tee from Asda! // Skirt: Made by me // Crop Jumper: // Swan chain: Accessorise // Other Gold Chain: Vintage (from nana's jewellery box!) // Lace cut out Brogues: Primark // Disney Princess Rucksack // Afflecks Palace, Manchester.

I love this look! I haven't really had much of a chance to wear this jumper yet with it having been so warm all summer so I jumped at a chance this morning when I saw the clouds roll over! The colour is just perfect too, I'm loving pink atm, it's so girly and cute. The pastel scheme of this outfit made me feel dead innocent and childish. I didn't want to spoil that by overdoing my hair so it got chucked up in a messy bun! I think summer must bring out the kid in me...

My skirt I made myself following this really simple tutorial. Circle skirts are so big this season and they're probably the simplest thing ever to make, you honestly can't go wrong!
The shirt had long sleeves once upon a time but then the sun started shining and off they came! I also added studs around the collar.

My bag was bought at Afflecks Palace from a cute Chinese guy who literally took £10 from my hand and told me I owed him £3! He had a deal on bags, two for £25, so I was trying to haggle one for £12.50!
So worth it! It's so perfect and roomy, probably my favourite accessory. I get some funny looks carrying round a Disney Princess bag sometimes but I don't care. I love it!

Check out my look on

Ria <3

First post!

Wow, writing my first ever blog post seems like such a daunting task! But deep breathe, here goes...
I've been thinking about starting a fashion blog for a while now. My shopping addiction is way past what some people would call ‘normal’, though I personally think it’s brilliant. I've been posting my daily looks on a site called lookbook for a little while now.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s an amazing site! It’s so easy to use, full of inspiring photographs from people all around the world and I’d recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat! Only thing is it’s quite limited to what you can post. Although it’s amazing for getting your style out there, (anyone who isn't already a member, I would strongly recommend you sign up), it doesn't really facilitate for the long winded ramblings I intend to share with you all… lucky you! 
So voilĂ ! The Ladybug Chronicles was born!

I suppose I should say a little something about my style... 
I love vintage pieces and I love a good bargain. I can't see the logic in spending a million on something that will be out of style in a few months when you can find amazing pieces nowadays on the high street dead cheap. Suppose I'm just a tight wad! I also get bored of clothes really easily, I’ll wear most things a handful of times then they’ll never see the light of day again.
I'll admit my eBay addiction is getting slightly out of hand, but it’s like taking Bruce Bogtrotter to Willy Wonker's factory, I just can't control myself! It’s such an amazing treasure trove of vintage, designer and high street, where you can pick up some awesome bargains. All you got to do is dig around a bit!

I also bought a sewing machine recently and I won't lie, I'm getting quite impressive with what I can knock up! 
I love making clothing for myself because there is no limit to what I can create, well… I like to think so. I do get slightly ambitious sometimes and wind up with some oddly fitting mess of fabric in the back of my wardrobe, but if I don't give it a go I'll never get there! I like the idea that if I make myself something, nobody else will ever own the same, it’s completely unique to me. Another advantage is that, (generally), the finished piece will fit really well as it’s been made to my measurements. No saggy bums or short arms here! I intend to share my projects with you guys too so watch this space! 

And me? 
I'm an English and Creative Writing student living in Manchester, UK. I'm terrified of butterflies and I love the rain. On my twelfth birthday I cried for HOURS because I didn't receive my Hogwarts letter. My Mum thinks I'm crazy, she’s probably right...

Ria <3