Roll on pay day




It’s not pay day til Monday but that didn’t stop me going to Topshop this afternoon for a preview. I didn’t see the dress I wanted so saved £40 but saw lots of nick nacks which pleased me greatly. My pay day strategy involves appeasing myself with a small token gift or two. Perhaps a notebook, a keyring or a pair of socks (or all three). I get the same buzz as I would if I bought a Miu Miu bag, but I spend less money. I spotted the Iris Apfel book, Rare Bird Of Fashion (but it will be cheaper on Amazon), a Freedom plastic elastic rainbow-coloured bracelet for £4, and some adorable polka dot knickers next door at Miss Selfridge. What’s your pay day strategy?



Micro trends



Some autumn/winter micro trends I’ve spied already: Printed denim at People’s Market (why did no-one think of it before?), sweatshirt dresses and cardigan-dresses at Benetton, Boxfresh, Lee and Fornarina (the new sweater-dress) and necklace dresses (er …dresses with necklaces attached) at French Connection and Religion. My money’s on the sweatshirt dresses…



You can look but you can’t buy







Oasis had its autumn/winter show last week and very nice it was too. Great styling, adorable models and the loveliest hair and make-up. So what were the highlights of the show? Full cropped trousers, sack dresses, a tweedy slouch-shouldered 3/4 length coat, an asymmetric cape. So far, so directional. What we’ll actually see in the stores? Silky print dresses, tailored wide leg trousers, sequin sloppy tees and shifts, jewel coloured cocktail dresses.



At last



Oh joy! Liberty has extended its shopping hours. Monday-Friday it’s open til 8pm except Thursday when it’s open til 9pm. (Yes, you heard right.) Saturday it’s open til 7pm. Sunday til 6pm. My top five best ever Liberty buys:
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel leopard print sweater
Nudie Slim Kim jeans
Superfine leather S & M gloves
Herve Chapelier black canvas tote
Fornasetti lips stool

And you can’t beat a lovely afternoon tea in the Art Bar.