30 December 2015

happy new year!

I fully intended to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, but the festivities and last minute shopping totally got in the way, so I hope everyone had a wonderful time and I wish you a very happy 2016! I am truly grateful for everyone that read and enjoys the blog and for the all lovely comments I've received throughout 2015.

I've enjoyed a little break from blogging over the holidays but I thought it was time I got back in the saddle and I wanted to share a new purchase! I didn't mean to....honest! I blame my mum the #enabler that she is. As I went out of the door to take her sales shopping on Tuesday the husband asked me what I was after......nothing I said, not looking for me today. Those famous last words came back to bite me on the bum! There I was in House of Fraser minding my own business when this little beauty jumped out at me! I was hooked immediately as it bears a striking resemblance to the Stella McCartney Fallabella that I have been coveting for years!

It also comes in beige

Instore, they also had a larger grey tote with chain handles that was reduced to £39 which was gorgeous. All of these bags are faux or *vegan* leather as Stella prefers to call it ;0)

They also had some other really fantastic dupes......thought this one had a Chloe-esqe vibe about it! They also had this in tan in House of Fraser.

Is it me or does this one have a whiff of Mulberry about it?

This one definitely reminds me of a certain Celine bag.

This one looks familiar but the designer it's paying homage to eludes me!

Hallhuber is a new brand to me, I bought my mum a sweater from this department for Christmas and is how I came to stumble across the bags. I shall be casting my eye over what they have to offer a bit more regularly as they had some lovely clothing too! Have you ever come across this make? What do you think of the bags....a few cheeky copies or what?! 

I have been a bit sporadic on getting pictures of my outfits over the past week or so.....but these are the best of the lot!

Muubaa leather jacket, past season similar here
Donna Ida sweater, fab homage to it here
H&M maxi dress, similar here
Converse here
H&M snood, here
Lulu Guinness bag, past season via eBay

Zara coatigan, current in the sale here!
Gap v-neck Merino sweater, past season similar here
H&M pleather leggings, past season similar here
Converse here
Longchamp tote, here
Primark leather gloves

Zara tux jacket, current here
Alexander Wang t-shirt. past season similar here
H&M pleather leggings, past season similar here
Topshop Bardot boots, current here
Pull & Bear clutch bag, here

Urban Outfitters BDG parka, current here
Zara jeans, past season similar here
Hunter wellies, here
H&M beanie, here
Topshop bag via eBay, similar here

Zara coat, current in the sale here
Zara top, past season 
Gap original fit jeans, past season
Nike Blazers, here
Pull & Bear belt, current

Boden Off Duty sweater, past season similar here
Topshop Jamie jeans, here
Topshop boots via eBay, similar here
Hallhuber bag, current here

I've given the sales scouting a bit of a rest. I do have a few virtual baskets on the go but I am still playing chicken with them at the moment as I am still pondering and hoping for further discounts. I thought I would share my Instagram #2015bestnine outfits here......this kind of helps me to realise what are my favourite things as they have made up my best outfits according to those of you that follow me on there. I'll be back soon with a review of my favourite Autumn purchases as I think that will be another good exercise in swerving any potential sales disasters!

Until next time!



  1. Wishing you a brilliant 2016, I've loved following/reading throughout the year, thanks for all the inspiration.
    Sue xx

    1. Wishing you a fabulous 2016 too Sue! Thank you for the amazing compliment, that makes it all the more worthwhile! xx

  2. Those handbags are lovely what a great find! I am tempted by the zara camel cost as am still on the hunt for a camel coat that doesn't look like I've pinched it off Del Boy! Are they generous in size? My favourite pic from those you feature is the one on the top row where you are wearing a khaki jacket - love that! Need to find me something similar have you seen anything? I have really enjoyed reading your blog, thanks for all the inspiration. Xx

    1. The bags are brilliant don't you think! It would be rude not to snap up that Zara coat now it's down to £29.99, such a bargain for a coat that will take you well into Spring Alex!

      The camo jacket in that middle pic is another Zara purchase, though it is a few years old now. I know Urban Outfitters normally have a good selection of camo, I would also try ASOS or fingers crossed that Zara do something similar for S/S16.

      Thank you so much for the fab comment, it is always lovely to hear when readers enjoy the blog! Happy 2016 yo you! :0) xx

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  4. Wow, that bag is a stunner Michelle! I have steered clear of the sales so far, but once the kids are back to school I'm planning a leisurely day out as I have Christmas money burning a hole in my pocket! It's always nice to find an unexpected bargain, and you did really well there! Happy new year, looking forward to seeing you again in 2016! xx

    1. Thanks Becky....all my other bags have fallen by the wayside since I got it! Hope you find a fab bargain in the sales. I've had my fill of the sales instore now but might still have the odd peruse online once there are some further reduction! ;0) xx

  5. Happy new year Michelle! Sorry it's late I'm just catching up on my reading.Love the first bag you featured. I'm a sucker for a nice bag. Saying that I'd not say no to any of them! Xx

    1. Happy New Year to you too Tracey! The bag is ace....I think I've used it everyday since I got it....it helps that it has some fab compartments inside which makes me feel super-organised.....I'm no longer reaching into a black hole! xx

  6. So I'm a Hallhuber convert too! Found them completely by chance the other week in House of Fraser and loved almost everything in the collection. Can't wait to get into the sale this week now the kids are back at school. Loving your new bag Michelle - very Stella indeed xx

    1. It's a great make isn't Avril....some really lovely pieces! I shall be keeping my eye on this brand in the new year! The bag has been such a brilliant buy! xx