BECOMING A SMART SHOPPER

Hey there, my dear readers. I know I've been a little absent on my blog lately. I have been trying to decide in what direction I want to take my blog and how I can make it more interesting. But I don't want to talk about that now, today I want to tell you and hopefully help you to become a clever shopper. 

 Before we start I really want to show you my beautiful new purchase. I really wanted a classic, black pair of designer heels for a while now and decided to try a few department stores. Just to let you know those tend to do bigger discounts on designer items than the designer boutiques themselves. I managed to score these Valentino beauties for about 60% off. They only had one pair, in my size, undamaged. I obviously had to go for it, there was no 'maybes'.
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They look even more amazing on my feet and I cannot wait to show you. But for now, let's find out how to become a smart shopper.

How many times have you bought something when it's on sale only to realise in 6 months that you have never worn that item? This used to happen to me way too often, because sale periods in London can drive you crazy when items are up to 70% off. I must say Zara is one of the most dangerous places. Even if you leave with a few items costing £9.99 or £19.99, it adds up to a big sum, and you get home to find that you didn't really need 2 of the 7 items you got. You kind of regret it deep down, but you don't want to admit it to yourself so you stack it away with the hopes of wearing it one day and you never do.
So, after so many years of shopping and doing big mistakes here are my top tips on how to be clever when shopping.

THINK

When you find an item, if your first thought is not I WANT THIS RIGHT NOW, THIS IS PERFECT FOR ME then don't buy it. If you are thinking 'Yeah, it's not bad, maybe I would wear it in the summer' then you need to put that item back and walk away. The first thought is everything. Even now I have days when I say to myself, I know I trust myself but I really like it, maybe I will wear it. And I always disappoint myself. Even one little maybe is a big NO.

24 HOUR RULE

If you are really not sure about the item and the 'thinking' rule didn't help, you still can't really walk away but you're not a 100% sure then the 24 hour rule is for you. Once you thought that you're not sure, the best thing to do is to leave it and leave the store. If you get home and can't stop thinking about that item, go and buy it the next day. It's a bit more safe if the item is not on sale. But trust me, this has been tested and it works really well. 9 times out of 10 I will leave the store and never think about the item again. If the item is on sale however, I tell myself this : if I really wanted it, I would buy it right now, if I want it tomorrow I will come back, if it's gone I won't be sad, that means it wasn't meant to be and I won't be sad. 

DIFFERENT IS NOT ALWAYS GOOD

Sometimes I will find an item that doesn't match my style at all. But I will think to myself OMG THIS PINK SHINY PAIR OF SHOES IS SO COOL.  I know it's not my style, I know I will only wear it once or never but I buy it anyway because it's so damn cool and different. But guess what, different is not always a good idea. Just because you bought something different or unique doesn't mean you will actually wear it. Wait till the time comes when you put the pink pair of shoes on but change into your favourite black pair right before leaving the house. Then, you will try to sell that item somewhere online a year later, but guess what? It's not on trend anymore and you will lose money. Unless you really know yourself and know you will wear the item or have a special occasion, my recommendation would be to stop yourself.

SALE

Sales are the biggest ways to make you spend your money. I'm not gonna say they're not great. I got so many amazing items on sale that I wear all the time. But too many times we get attracted to something just because it's on sale. How many times have you checked the price of something quite cute and thought 'Oh, that's a good price, hmmm'. That's when you need to remember the 24 hour rule and to think before you buy. 

I must say, I do still get home sometimes to find that I didn't really need that grey blouse which I will probably never wear, but to be honest I have saved myself so many times with these few simple tricks. The best one is definitely to leave it, and come back the next day or whenever to get it if you really want it. I really hope I was able to help you and please please let me know if you try using these tips and they help you or don't help you at all. Maybe you have any other tips? 


PARIS POSTCARDS

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LET'S TALK ABOUT TIME

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Cannot believe that 2016 is nearly over. My mother always told me "When you get to my age the years will fly by at a crazy speed and it will get worse as you get older". I thought that cannot be possible but every year passes and I believe my mother more and more. How is time running by so fast? I am scared I will wake up one day and be 56. Well that will happen but it's scares me haha!

Keeping on top and managing time is my priority next year. I'm always running late for everything and it truly sucks but I am sure some of you will know the struggle. I promised to myself I will wear a watch everyday from now on so I can check the time easily everyday. There was a time I wore watches everyday but throughout this year I couldn't  stand it being on my wrist anymore. Time to get back to wearing it again. It doesn't just tell the time, it also adds a little extra to your outfit.

Everyone knows, there's no watch like a Daniel Wellington watch. It's classy, it's simple and it tells the time. That's all you need. I have had many DW watches in the past few years but this has to be my absolute favourite due to the fact that the face of the watch is black. Black on black is still a trend and it looks insane with any outfit for sure. Daniel Wellington also released a cuff recently that comes in rose gold or silver. I did take a silver hardware watch but I decided to go for the rose gold cuff because I don't mind mixing my jewellery. I definitely think a watch is a great gift this season and a cuff is a great little side bonus for that special someone. 

You can use my code GABRIELE for 15% site wide but make sure you order by 21st December to receive your gift in time.


This post is in collaboration with Daniel Wellington but all opinions are my own.

LOVE FOR GREEN

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YOUTUBE AND VLOGMAS

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Hey Guys,

I realised I didn't let you know that I am doing vlogmas this year. I know, I am crazy! Today I finally uploaded my clothing haul video which I think you will like. Please don't forget to subscribe to my channel. I am having so much fun shooting these videos for you guys, if you enjoy them I will carry one vlogging often after Christmas is over. Let me know! :)


PARIS WEEK

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But anyway, have you guys been watching my vlogmas videos? I am uploading every day until Christmas! Yup, thats insane, I know! 

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DAY WITH LENOVO

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Last week I got to go back to my favourite school years and had a day filled with art. I used to love art, took extra classes and everything I really did in school, college and university years was to do with art. Myself and a few others bloggers got to enjoy an exciting day with Lenovo and Motorola, creating art and visual content on their new devices.
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The Lenovo Yoga Book surprised me the most, at how many things it can actually do. It a 2-in-1 tablet, meaning it can do much more than you could on a basic laptop. My favourite feature was obviously the create pad, which lets you take notes or create sketches using either a digital stylus or stylus with a real ink nib and these are then automatically digitised on the screen. I have never seen anything like it, and was amazed!IMG_1441 IMG_1421 IMG_1422
We then took off to the Royal Academy of Arts to see the 'Abstract Expressionism' exhibition to gain some inspiration for our work later on in the day. I got to use the Moto Z phone and Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod. Moto has a range of powerful Mods, which simply snap onto Moto phones using integrated magnets to transform them into a movie projector, speaker system or point-and-shoot camera. I have never seen a phone like that before and was so eager to use it. Had so much fun playing around with it, the zoom on the Hasselblad True Zoom is incredible. 
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In the late afternoon we finally arrived to the studio where we had canvases, paint and everything else you would ever need to create the best piece of art. We started off by creating our art pieces on the Lenovo Yoga Book and then recreated them on the real canvas. I decided to go for pastel shades, which is really weird as I mostly wear black and grey and don't really own many pink things. But that's how I was feeling that day I guess.

IMG_1436 So here is my finished art piece. It was such a fun day and it was really nice to do art again, we live such busy lives these days, especially in London, I honestly don't have time for art anymore. Thank you Lenovo and Motorola for such a cool day! Let me know what you think of my art work below!

This post is in collaboration with Lenovo & Motorola but all opinions are my own.
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WHERE TO SHOP ON BLACK FRIDAY

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So Black Friday week is here and I've spent many days wondering where I will shop this weekend. There are so many amazing deals happening already and it's not even Black Friday yet. Many online stores are offering discounts ahead Friday when many things might be sold out and sites may crash. I have made a list of all the best websites to check out during this week, with dates, discount codes and links to all of them. Do let me know if you go for anything! I am definitely ordering Moroccan oil tonight and also hoping that Stuart Weitzman and Monica Vinader surprise me with a discount code email on Friday. A girl can dream right?
UPDATE: 30% off Monica Vinader if you sign up!
Enjoy this crazy shopping week!

WHERE TO SHOP:

FASHION

Brand Attic - 30% off everything 23NOV. Code BF30
50% off everything NOV25
Abercrombie& Fitch - 50% off selected styles NOV25
Missguided - 30% off party wear, 35% student discount
Asos - Up to 70% off Summer Wear 
 20% off everything NOV24-29. Code GOGOGO
New Look - Up to 50% off 
IvyRevel - up to 70% off black items . NOV23
PrettyLittleThing - 24% off everything NOV 23. Code CYBER24
Topshop - Up to 70% off sale
Shein - 40% off when spending over 55$. Code VC40
La Redoute - 40% off everything. Code BLACKFRIDAY
Public Desire - 30% off everything NOV 25-27. Code CYBER30
Ann Taylor - 50% off everything NOV 24-27
&OtherStories - 50% off selected items NOV25-27
All Saints - 30% off everything. Code CYBER
Banana Republic - 50% off NOV 24-26
French Connection - 40% off everything NOV21-29. Code F40BLF
Hollister - 50% off selected styles NOV25
Boohoo - Up to 50% off

BEAUTY

LookFantastic - 18% off everything. Code RUSH
33% off Kerastase 23NOV
The Body Shop - 40% off, free delivery. Code 19805
Feel Unique - 50% off selected items every day



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BEST FOOD IN LONDON

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FAUX SATURDAY

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Use my code  GABRIELEGZ20 for 20% off your order on IVYREVEL.

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