Thats the price?

I must admit, that when it comes to clothes, and fashion, and the cost of it, I fall into the practical Yorkshire woman type role, of saying “How Much?” in clothes shops, when I look at the prices. This fact is probably not helped that in recent times, the vast majority of my purchases have either been in charity shops, or budget shops like Primark, Ethel Austin, or when in the US, Old Navy, and Target, rather than the more luxury brands, or to put it more correctly, the more normally priced clothing shops!

Yes, unfortunately it got the better of me in LA last October, when I saw a shop selling vintage style (or genuine vintage) clothing, but then I looked at the price tickets! No, some of them were probably fair, but compared to what I used to, and also, because I was trying not to run up costs, I passed on them.

This amusing fact has again came to light, because I won £30 worth of shopping vouchers, for stores in the Arcadia Group, and I started looking at stuff online, and in the shops (There is a unit selling clothing for a number of these companies very close to my new workplace), and going “How much?” when I see the prices, even if I’m not really paying it!

I saw a dress, for example, that by these sort of stores, is probably reasonably priced at £15, but given what I’m used to paying for things, I was shocked at the price. I know, its what you’re used to, and everything, so no, didnt get it yet. I also saw a top that looked like a modern styling of what a flapper would happily have worn, but it was £12, and I did the same thing. Yes, in the end, I regretted doing that, said ‘what the hell’, and went back to get it on Friday, and they were sold out! I know, my fault, but…I can at least say that I wanted to check I could wear it to work (spaghetti type straps, not allowed in a number of workplaces), but I could, but still I didnt rush to buy it, so yes, my fault, in a sense!

I know, silly thing to do, especially when they dont actually cost me anything, but thats the way I’ve lived, I guess? Ah well, I still have the vouchers, they dont expire for a long time yet, so…

But fine, me, and clothing prices, always going to be a fun issue, I guess?

The video mentions the price of something, but its not clothing lol. Mind, I’m equally as awful at love, so…

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I have the dress!

No, not the perfect flapper style dress I saw in TK Maxx in Manchester, that was just a bit too pricey for a one off event, at £99, but it was wonderful, in black and silver. And alright, in theory it might well have been a size too small anyway. But maybe not, judging by my eventual purchase, but there was still the price issue, so… The same store also had a lovely 20’s style dress in teal, but the price tag had disappeared, so no questions asked. It was my size at least, but all the same…

What I had seen in River Island, was a gold dress that could well have been from the same era. No, all 3 were modern dresses, thats for sure, but the style fitted in. Do they have it in my size (UK 14), no, they dont. They have it in 12, they have it in 16, but not in a 14. Then I spot it, a size 12, half price, because a few strands of the waistband were twisted. Now suddenly, at £22.50, that becomes more tempting. But me, in a 12, you have to be joking! But all the same, I take it off to a fitting room and try it on, and though it might be a little bit of a tight fit, I can get in it, in comfort, yay! Thats when I notice the bottom section is very transparent, and I can see my knickers! And if they can be seen, so would my knees, and surgically, they’re not a pretty sight! Problem solved, a pair of gold leggings from elsewhere, and lo and behold, a flapper will go to the works Christmas dinner, whether it counts as fancy dress or just standard posh! Well as ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ would say, I now have the painted nails on my toes to match, but bobbing my hair might be another challenge. I’m sure I dont have the hair for a Brooksie fringe sadly, but the rest of the look, hmm… A cloche hat has been suggested, but I can hardly wear that while eating dinner, can I? Might look out for one, all the same 😉

Or if anyone has one I can borrow for a night?

Oh, and guilty, for purely personal reasons, I found a half price dress in Primark yesterday, which I couldnt resist. Why, its in silver, darlings, and quite heavy too. Robot type look, oh perish the thought lol! Also found a clutch handbag to match, got that too. No, I wont be wearing the dress on its own, it doesnt come down as far as my knees! But with a pair of already owned (and under used) silver leggings… Sadly no sleeves, so not the perfect robot look, but for £10… Tried it on this morning, and it does cling. Like any good robot suit I guess, you can get into it easily, but getting out again…lol!

And lastly, the Aqua Massager, an amazing experience, and it really does seem to work. Sadly the headphones provided only seem to play music, not brainwashing subliminals, but you cant have everything! 😉

The video, in tribute to the colour of dress I bought

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntG50eXbBtc

Silver Lady

My thanks actually go to Dave here at home, who indirectly suggested the title of this blog.

Its funny, it used to be a case that when I went shopping, I kept an eye open for silver items of clothing, no prizes for working out why! Alright, as I proved today, I still do. But, and heres the interesting point, my first instinct wasnt robot, though that thought did come to mind, it was that it would work as a 20’s flapper type top/short skirt (just about knee length I guess). So alright, I could have gone for the similar one in black, but hey, old habits die hard lol!

The good news with this, as opposed to the last 20’s style item I bought, its machine washable, yay! I also bought a new handbag, or more strictly a shoulder bag in green. Hasnt got an outside pocket (generally a must with me, for train pass etc), but otherwise, perfect. Got a little blue purse/card holder thing, to help with finding it in the bag though. How much for all 3, just £11! Top/skirt was massively reduced, the others less so, but still cheaper than they should have been. I know, the recession isnt good for everyone, but give me the chance of an appealing bargain, and… 🙂

Its funny, you think you’ve got a week off, you should be able to get things done. Indirectly, yes, I have, but in terms of reading and writing, no chance! Both Monday and yesterday had appointments to keep which took up most of the day, and alright, today I just wanted to get out! Was a good shopping expedition, even if the bus travel wasnt. Arriva buses, take a bow, but only of shame! Tomorrow, I will get some reading done, I will, I must!

The video, yes, not hard to work out, a song from the late seventies, by the title of…oh, you’ve worked it out, why tell you. The shock, its a live one, and unlike so many ‘celebrity’ singers, David Soul clearly could sing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTu_zBkAZhA&feature=related