Fashion

Bargain hunting with online discounts

I love shopping, I mean I really love shopping! In store or online I love both. I love heading to the shops a find gorgeous items to buy, that I probably don’t really need. I always find that in shops I am more inspired by the visual products and how everything matches and looks so wonderful together. Coming out of numerous shops loaded with bags full of goodies is for me, so much fun.

When I shop online it’s more because I am looking for something specific that I really want (maybe not need). It could be clothing, items for the children, a gift for someone, something for the house but online shopping for me isn’t so much about browsing like I do in the shops it’s about knowing I need an item then finding the best place to get it.

I often find that when we purchase something bigger maybe over £50 I will always look to see if I can find it cheaper online. Or I will know what I want and go to a shop to see it and then see where the best offers are to buy it. I love a bargain.

Sale shopping is another thing I love to do, my Hubby knows that just after Christmas and into the New Year numerous parcels will arrive from all of my online sale shopping…… who doesn’t love a bargain right?

Bargain hunting with online discounts

online discounts

There are now so many online stores that stock the same products and normally all with a different price, these prices are not just the odd £, it can sometime add up to £££ depending on sales, on-line discounts and special offers that are running. So finding the best price for an item means I can buy something else, or put the rest into savings for a little trip away.

As a family or even when the Hubby and I get a child free night or two, I always look for a bargain break away. It’s always fun for me to search and find somewhere lovely for a couple of nights away and even better when I find online discounts on Groupon. I have used Groupon many times for various different things, it could be a discount for one of my favourite shops like the White Company or it could be a spa day offer for me and a friend or a mini break away. Whatever you are looking for there is always a discount code waiting for you with Groupon.

If like me you love to find a bargain, where are your favourite places to find them?

 

 

*This post was made in collaboration with Groupon. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Looking for competitive swimwear? Simply Swim has it all…

For the last few years, I have been hitting them gym 3-4 times a week or not going for months. At the moment I’m in a ‘I’ve forgotten where the gym is’ phase. But the summer is coming and I am going to get myself back down to gym. While at the gym I love to swim, but I generally wear a standard black swimsuit.

I have a couple of friends who swim competitively, they head out to competitions most weekends. They have always swam but in the last few years taken it up more seriously. Mia, my friends daughter has just turned 13 and is now swimming for the county and hitting some top times in her races.

competitive swimwear

Like I said whenever I head to the pool at the gym, I am just wearing the standard black swimsuit. So I have been speaking with them about what they like to wear while competing. I never knew that there was so many things to think about. Nose clips, hats, googles, style of swimsuit to wear. Then depending on the training they are doing, hand paddles to help with muscle strengthening, a pull kick board to help with your leg strengthening and movement through the water. Then a finger paddle to help with gliding through the water. I will be honest, I never realised they think about all of these things when taking up swimming.

What’s in a competitive swimmers kit?

I asked Mia to tell be about the items within her swim bags and show me her top picks from Simply Swim. Mia heads training 4-6 times a week depending on if she is competing at the weekend. Often heading to the pool before and after school, so snacks are always found in her bag. Mia knows that she has to put in the hours in the pool to reach her goals of heading the the Olympics in a few years.

Along with the food supplies, water bottle and towel, Mia has told me she also has 3 kneeskin’s, which is an all in one swim suit that goes up from the thighs, googles, hat and nose peg.

Top competitive swimwear from Simply Swim

Mia has put together her top picks from Simply Swim.

Mia loved this ‘Arena Powerskin Carbon air full body‘ in the plum colour. The colour is fabulous so she can be seen better through the water. The length of the shorts are just what Mia looks for when choosing her swimwear. This offers compression areas without altering the comfort of the suit, perfect for competing. Mia really likes the Arena swimwear range.

Having a great pair of goggles is really important to Mia, they allow her to race though the water with ease. Mia said that the goggles have to fit perfectly over her swim cap. These pink ‘speedo virtue mirror goggles‘ caught Mia’s eyes.

To finish off Mia’s top picks, she went for this Speedo ‘printed long hair cap‘ to keep her long hair all neatly tucked away. The caps help to make the swimmer to reduce the drag of the water. I never knew that caps came designed for long hair or short hair. It would appear that there is a lot I didn’t know about competitive swimming.

As a teenager it is also important to her that she looks great in the pool, as well as having the best equipment to help produce the best results. Although Mia is able to wear a lot of the junior swimwear ranges, she is now beginning to go into the adult range. The wonderful thing about Simply Swim is they offer both junior and adult options in the same styles. Simply Swim cater for the whole family from babies to adults, so whatever you are looking for you will be able to find.

Do you swim competitively? What’s in you kit?

I wish Mia lots of luck in her next big race weekend. Keep it up sweetheart and we shall see you at the Olympics in a few years.

 

*This post was made in collaboration with SImply Swim. As always thoughts and opinions are my own, however Mia helped me out with this post.*

Getting beach chic this summer

It’s coming to the time of year when the shops fill with all the lovely summer clothing that you just can’t wait to get your hands on. Yet, know you can’t wear it, as it’s still cold and raining outside. We start to think about getting our bodies beach ready. To make sure we are looking at our best for those cocktails on the beach. My body has not been beach ready in one to many years now and honestly probably never will be back to its former pre-children glory. However this year on our annual holiday I am determined to find something flattering that isn’t just the black swimsuit I wear to the gym.

It’s isn’t always just about your swim wear it’s about so much more. So, I thought I would share with you my beach chic style for this summer. 

The Bikini

I really love this two piece bikini Indian Summer set, I love the slightly boho feel to it. Plus the high waisted bikini bottoms are just what I need to help with my beach confidence. As the bottoms are high waisted they will hold me in just in the right places. I love the slightly open wave at the side of them, adding that bit of chic I have been looking for.

The cover up

I think every time you head to the beach you need something to cover you up, when heading to the bar for a cocktail after a day on the beach. Or even for the a lovely evening stroll along with waters edge, when the sun has started to set and you just need that extra layer to keep the chill off. I really like this ViX sold Fuji Kaftan, its really chic, it will go with any beach wear you choose and will look fabulous accessorised with some jewellery.

The Beach accessories

No beach outfit is complete without the all important accessories. For me, choosing the accessories is just as important as finding the perfect swimwear. I have so many bags, items of jewellery, sun glasses and old beach towels, but they are just not quite right for the beach chic style I am going for this year.

I’m all about a hand bag, I have so many, but a beach bag should be big, it should be fabulous and it should be something that is just for holidays. I always carry so much in my day to day handbags, when I go to the beach it’s not much different, well may be my beloved kikki k planner might stay at home. But the phone, lipstick, a book, purse, sun lotion and goodness know what else will still come with me to the beach. So, the bigger the better, I love this Heidi Klein Grace Bay bag, it’s perfect for all my beach needs. Plus it looks amazing.

Every beach chic outfit needs a lovely pair of flip flops, now I’m not talking about those rubber cheap ones you buy. I love a great pair of flip flops, they can be worn on the beach all day, during the evening, on the plane, everywhere. Chic flip flops are a summer investment. I really like this leather pair of Melissa Odabash flip flops, they will match my beach chic style perfectly for this summer.

Sunglasses are an essential part of any summer wardrobe, I have recently taken a likely to classic aviator style. Which put them at the top of my beach bag. I really like these Seafolly Venture sunglasses, perfect for the whole summer.

I wear jewellery every day, I am rarely seen without earrings or a necklace on. So, why would that have to change for on the beach. I really like the boho vibes of long multi gold necklaces, they will sit perfectly with both the bikini and the kaftan. Finishing off the beach chic look perfectly. This Ashiana Autuma necklace is perfect for my beach style.

beach chic round beach towel

While having the perfect beach chic outfit is wonderful, you also need the perfect beach chic towel. And I have found this gorgeous Watercult Beach Roundie towel with a beautiful mandala pattern. It will just finish my fabulous beach chic outfit off.

What do you think to my beach chic look for this summer?

 

 

*This post was made in collaboration with Simply Beach. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*