If you haven't already guessed then at least it should not come as a surprise that shopping while on holidays is something that I always make time for. I have spent the last 14 years of my life, trying to put together the perfect wardrobe, and along the way, I have picked up a few tricks to getting as much bang for my buck as possible. Some of these tricks include:
1 - Knowing few ladies who happen to be the same size as I am for both clothes and shoes. We swap new clothes/shoes/accessories regularly every time we cull our wardrobes. It's like going shopping in someone else's wardrobe mall.
2 - I seldom buy anything full price, least of all here in Australia. Most of the time I wait for things to go on sale for 50% off, preferably 70%.
3 - I wait for discount codes online or if I do end up paying full price, then I usually wait until I go overseas, where recommended retail prices are cheaper and I can claim tax back.
4 - The convenience of being able to dispose of my old clothes via Evil Bay and rounding up more spending money in the process.
How about you? What tips/tricks do you use when you shop?
I got these 2 pairs of shoes, with trick #1 above. A while back I missed out on these Casadei shoes heavily discounted on The Outnet. I posted about my disappointment on my instagram and about a week later I got a message from A, one of my swap buddies asking me if I was interested in getting these in exchange for a couple of Miu Miu pumps of mine she had been coveting. It was a win win situation for everyone. I love love love these, and A can't get enough of her new shoes.
I got this pair of Hermes twillies and this white Hermes enamel bracelet at their Lisbon boutique. I knew I would have to pay full price for these, no matter what, so I decided to buy them in Europe because they are cheaper over there compared to Australia retail prices, and I also got to claim an extra 15% back on VAT.
Because I like to mix high end with el cheapo, I also dropped by Zara and got these pants and shoes. They were significantly cheaper compared to what Zara charges us here in Australia!
At Galeries Lafayette I dropped by Balenciaga and went a bit nuts with the these. They had them in the small sizes, which I can never find in Australia.
And because turquoise is my favourite colour, I decided that this clutch had my name written all over it.
I was also on the market for a pink messenger bag, so this one also needed to come home with me.
The other shop I dropped by at Galeries Laffayete was Prada. I wanted to get these little messenger bags in both beige and black, unfortunately they had sold out of the beige one.
I bought these in Spain discounted by between 30% and 50%. Each cost about €9 each and are so comfortable that I pretty much lived in these while on holidays.
I found these nude Pigalle 100 Louboutins in Harvey Nichols in Leeds. I have been looking for these for years and couldn't believe they actually had these in a size 34.
The final discounts at Net a Porter were also too hard to resist. These were the only items on my wishlist that were still available in my size when they did the final round of discounts.
These Pierre Hardy shoes were discounted by about 75%. They're very comfortable kitten heels.
And these Valentino rockstud flats were discounted by 60%. I love the little hints of fluoro yellow, not too crazy, but just enough to make them noticeable.
I actually also found their 100mm high heel cousin, in fluoro pink in Harvey Nichols in Leeds, I got them for almost 70% off with the VAT discount.
And I leave you with 2 more gratuitous photos of my rockstud wheel. I would love to get myself the orange/nude rockstud heels. But that would just be greedy of me.
Hope you're all doing well.