5 fashion investments you can’t afford to miss

Written by Emma. Posted in Uncategorized

‘Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.’ It was believed that Marilyn Monroe made this statement, but although no one can be sure it still rings true to this day and supports the idea that investing in fashion really does boost your confidence and profit when you do decide to sell your investment.

So what fashion investments should you be making and which are the ones you can’t afford to miss out on?

  1. A good watch

Watches aren’t just great for time keeping, they can look pretty great too and work as a major fashion investment to store away in your jewellery box and only bring out on special occasions. Or you could buy in to the idea that you should treat yourself everyday and wear your favourite clothes.

Investing in a smart designer watch is one fashion investment you should definitely make and let’s be honest, it needs to be a designer purchase. However if you’re not sure you can afford a high-end timepiece, take a look at ticwatches.co.uk, where you’ll find some stunning designer watches for very affordable prices.

  1. Fur

There’s a long-standing argument when it comes to investing in a fur coat, over whether the material should be real or not. Of course, there are very few out there now who condone the unnecessary slaughter of animals for fashion, when such incredible replica fur can now be created using synthetic material, but if you must have the real thing for your fashion investment then opting for a vintage fur is the better way to go because you are not killing any living animals and vintage clothing in general is greener.

Something to think about, though, is that on average a fur coat created today uses 55 minks and 100 chinchillas and 50 million animals are brutally killed every year for their fur around the world. By buying new fur you are contributing to this.

  1. Chanel bag

Of all the designer brands out there Chanel is considered one of the most investment worthy and a quilted black Chanel bag, featuring the instantly recognisable logo, is a fashion investment worth making and spending money on.

A classic medium flap Chanel bag, purchased four years ago, would have cost £1,600 and if sold today would go for around £2,700, a 63% increase and nice amount of profit in your pocket. This is the perfect example of why Chanel is one of the main brands to hold its value, along with Hermès, Cartier, Goyard and Alaïa, whereas Versace, Marc Jacobs and Eltro lose their value quickly and have surprisingly low re sale prices.

  1. Louboutins

Worn by all the celebrities Louboutins are a true fashion icon and investment in any woman’s wardrobe. With the instantly recognisable red sole, many wear their Louboutins out to make a statement with their outfit, although many say that they’re not shoes that can be worn all day. If you’re looking for a comfortable pair of investment designer shoes, then opt for some Manolo Blahniks.

  1. Vintage and antique jewellery

If you’re looking for a piece of jewellery to make an investment in, avoid the high street. Vintage and antique pieces will only increase in value over time, especially if you look for jewellery created by Cartier, Van Cleef or Arpels and anything in the Art Deco style, created from 1920 to 1935.

However, don’t expect to see a return on your fashion investment any time. Like a fine wine, jewellery will only get better over time and a good piece can be handed down through the family throughout the generations. Make sure you always insure your most valuable pieces.



Disclosure:  This is a collaborative post.

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More London shopping and discussions on pocket money

Written by Emma. Posted in family, Uncategorized

Last week I headed to London to meet up and have dinner with the lovely team behind voucher codes we were having a round table discussion on pocket money and family spending before having a dinner. Our venue was the gorgeous ‘The Arch’ in Marble Arch which was fine dining. I travelled up on the train and was thrilled that travelodge had recently offered me a room for the night if I was going to be needing a base in the run up to Christmas.

My base then became the Travelodge in Covent garden which is the perfect location for central London, I was able to walk the short distance from the tube station with my phone for  directions.  I quickly checked in and headed to my room to freshen up before heading to Oxford Street to shop!

The view from my room was amazing and the room was huge.  I was lucky enough to have one of the new beds and the room was just perfect as a base for my busy 24 hours!

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I headed out into central London and enjoyed some shopping.  I *may* have treated myself but I did also get Lee a posh Christmas Pudding from Selfridges!  I thought I should seeing as I was eating out at a lovely hotel whilst he was at home!  On my travels I found a few of the Paddington bears that are currently on display around London.  It was my intention but once I had found the first one I did hunt out a few more!

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Once at the event venue I was welcomed with some fine wine and so the evening progressed.  I was able to spend time with both bloggers I already knew like Kate, Suzanne and Vicky plus meeting new friends like Katrina.  During the first part of the evening we discussed how we give our children pocket money, we discussed whether they did chores for their money and also what they used the money for.  I really liked that Suzanne has taught her children to give a percentage away to charity.  This is something I hope to introduce as I believe it gives a firm foundation for future charitable giving.

We shared how much we each give and it seems that my children are given roughly the same as other children their age.  Interestingly like Dyl, Kate’s son of the same age is not that bothered with pocket money yet.  i can easily not give Dyl money for a few weeks as he doesn’t really spend any yet.  Chloe is very different and frequently reminds me when I *owe* her, her allowance!  It seems there is a gender and age difference in needing pocket money.

Then it was time for some amazing food and more wine.  I spent hours chatting and enjoying everyone’s company before being one of the last to leave!

I would like to say thanks to Vouchercodes for dinner and the useful discussion and also to Travelodge for my room.


Disclosure:  I was paid my travelling expenses and recieved a goodybag for the event but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Style tips from Gemma Sheppard and how to care for your clothes.

Written by Emma. Posted in Uncategorized

Who knew that your washing powder really matters – certainly not me and it seems that I have been doing my washing wrong all this time!  I occasionally get little holes in my tops near the hem and I thought it was due to the zip on my jeans catching.  However I have now learnt that this is probably actually caused by my detergent.  How do I know this?

Yesterday I popped along to the Miele experience center in Abingdon for a ‘Love your clothes’ event. They even invited me to bring my washing and gave me the advice I need on how to wash my lovely cream coat!  Once there we chatted about the science behind detergent and especially how we have all been sold into the idea that fragrance matters.  I will put my hands up and say that my powder / liquid or capsules are usually whatever is on offer in the supermarket that week.  Not anymore though!  I do separate my clothes into darks and lights but I use the same product for both which is the first thing I do wrong! They do work differently on different fabrics and colours.

We then looked at some of the different machines and especially the design, Miele have a honeycombed drum and also an extra water jet that really gets your clothes clean.  We talked about overfilling the machines – another thing I am guilty of.  Also we looked at whether we are getting our clothes clean if we use quick washes and low temperatures.  It seems that we may not be.  We shared how our own machines sometimes smell fausty and the reason again is often down to the detergent.  This then makes us buy more product to cover the smell.  It seems that going back to basics is better for our clothes and machines (not even considering the benefits to our often sensitive skin).

After the science bit it was time for a coffee and chat with Gemma Sheppard who is the head X Factor stylist, I wanted all the gossip on this as I have really enjoyed the shows this year and Chloe and I were lucky enough to be at the X Factor Final .  Gemma is so passionate about  style (obviously) and really got me thinking.  She has a way of making you feel really good about yourself and she is not interested in weight and size but shape instead.  I said that my clothes issue is that now I am not wearing workwear I have lost my way a little.  Gemma gets this as she is a busy mum of three herself and realises that time and money is not always easily available.

sheppardstyle Gemma’s top style tips.

1. Silk scarves.  Gemma showed us how a silk scarf can transform your look really quickly and cheaply.  She suggests silk is best as it is not bulky.  Scarves are brilliant for giving structure to an outfit and lifting the colours in what you are wearing.  Her tip was also to stock up in the sales.  Lee if your reading and still haven’t finished shopping for my presents I have just found some silk scarves reduced at House of Fraser!

2. Lipstick or lipgloss.  i don’t wear lipstick unless I am going out out as I never know what colour to go for.  We discussed colours and how to pick out your natural colour.

3. Lines. It is all about the lines, show off the bits that look good.  If you are not happy with your tummy go for skinny jeans and long floaty tops.  Again Gemma is real here and suggested Primark is a great place for these long shirts.  Team them with skinny jeans or leggings as they will make you look longer.  Add some volume to your hair and there you will have created those lines.

The event was great and I really want to thank the team at Meile and Gemma for the opportunity to really think about my clothes, both how I care for them and how I wear them.  It was really informative and gave me food for thought.








Disclosure:  The words are all my own I was given a lovely goodybag for attending the event but not asked to write anything specifically. All content is my own.

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X Factor, hotel rooms and mother daughter time.

Written by Emma. Posted in Uncategorized

Every so often I like to spend some time with Chloe doing something fab.  Last year we had a few days in Spain and I treasure this time with her whilst she still wants to hang out with her mum! Last weekend we were lucky enough to have been given a pair of tickets to the Saturday night final of the X Factor.  A lovely comper had won them and she passed them over to me as she couldn’t go.  Going to the X Factor has been on my list for a few years.  My biggest decision was deciding between taking my best friend or Chloe!  I decided Chloe wouldn’t forgive me for choosing her godmother so I took Chloe!

We travelled up on the Saturday morning and settled into our hotel room.  We then headed over to the 02 Arena to collect our tickets.  We had a bit of an adventure on the bus as unbeknown to me you can only pay for one ticket per bank card.  The bus driver was a bit of a pratt and threatened me with an £80 fine.

After collecting tickets Chloe and I went for food and spent a few hours waiting about.  Once in the arena we were stunned by our seats, we had an amazing view and were sat just behind the VIP’s

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The show was amazing, if you watched on TV you know just how much fun was had in the arena.  Listening live was electric and the acts were all amazing.  Listening to the duets was great and my favourite was hearing Ed Sheeran live was beautiful.  We had all been given torches and the arena lit up in a lovely blue glow.  Watching it on TV afterwards it was amazing to see.

We were both firmly supporting Fleur and I was disappointed that she didn’t win overall.   We then taxied back to our hotel (we didn’t want to risk the bus fiasco again) drank hot chocolate in bed and sat up chatting.

The following morning we headed down to breakfast, just as we were slurping our coffee two of the finalists already voted off came in.  Me being me and having a celeb spotting teen went over for a selfie style picture.  Both Chloe and Stephanie were lovely and happy to pose for a photo with my  Chloe.  We chatted for a few minutes about the show before their car arrived to take them to the arena for rehearsals for the final show.




We headed home shortly afterwards.  The weekend was fun and yet again I loved the company of my daughter.  Taking time out to spend with just one of them every so often is lovely.  Dylan had some time with just Lee as they went to snooker and had nanny and grandad on Erin duty.  You can apply for tickets for free via applause store and I will certainly be trying my luck next year too!

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