Black Friday Rundown

I’ve been absent (again) from the blogosphere for a bit but I am making up for it today with a rundown of the best Black Friday Fashion deals out there… I’ll be updating the list as the week goes on so remember to keep checking back.

You all know by now how much I like a bargain… but I find Black Friday is best when experienced online, away from the madness of the high street so here are my top tips:

Adidas – Up to 50% off in the sale + an extra 20% off on Black Friday + Free Delivery
Amalli Talli – Various discounts until 9pm. Use code ‘BLKFRIDAY’ for 15% off sale items.

And Other Stories – 50% off selected items

Anthropologie – 20% off with code ‘GIFT’

ASOS – 20% off everything with code ‘GOGOGO’

Avenue32 – 30% off selected items

Banana Republic – 50% off 5 regular priced items site-wide

Boden – 30% off and Free Delivey with code F6P8

Boohoo – up to 70% off + Free Delivery

Chicwish – An extra 25% off with code BLK25

Chinti & Parker – discounts on selected knitwear

Coach – 30% off selected styles with code ‘THANKS2016’ / 20% off wih ‘BLACK20’

Debenhams – Up to 50% off

Dorothy Perkins – Up to 50% off

Dune – Up to 30% off selected bags and shoes

Finery – Offering 30% off everything from Thursday 24th – Monday 28th November

French Connection – Up to 50% Off

GAP – Deals running from Friday 25th – Monday 28th November (details TBC)

Hbe Jewellery – 20% off with code ‘BlackFriday’

Hobbs – 20% off everything

Hollister Co. – 50% off selected styles + Free Delivery

House of Fraser – Up to 50% off

Jaeger – A range of discounts

J.Crew – 40% off with the code ‘HOLIDAY’ (thanks to thelondoner.me for the tip!)

Karen Millen – 25% off everything from Wednesday

Kate Spade – 20% off with code SKYLINE

La Redoute – 40% off absolutely everything
Long Tall Sally – 15% off everything + free delivery (UK, Thursday – Monday)

Matalan – up to half price sale

Matthew Williamson – Up to 50% off + gift with purchase with code ‘LONDONER’ (thanks again to thelondoner.me for the tip!)

New Look – up to 50% off all ranges (including Tall) in the Black Friday warm up

Net-A-Porter – sale items up to 50% off

Nike – Up to 40% off plus an extra 30% off Sale items with the code ‘XMAS16’ + Free delivery

Oliver Bonas – Up to 30% off selected lines

Prism – 70% off EVERYTHING (Friday only)

River Island – 50% off selected lines

Roland Mouret (a favourite of the lovely Duchess of Cambridge) – 20% off selected pieces

Selfridges – 20% off with code ‘SELFCCE’

Style.com – 20% off selected designers

TallGirls.co.uk – awaiting details
Tall Order Clothing – 40% off

Temperley London – 25% off with code ‘BLACKFRIDAY’

Topshop – up to 50% off everything from Thursday 24th – Monday 28th November

Urban Outfitters – Buy One get One 50% Off on all apparel with code ‘CYBER40’

Very.co.uk – variety of deals (not just clothing) – a different one launched each day at 8am this week

Whistles  – 25% off selected lines for a limited time

Young British Designers – 30% off everything

Something for the Weekend: Harewood House Food Festival

Yesterday, Cali and I ventured to Harewood House to sample the delights of their food festival.

Cali had such a great time and we’ve both decided we’d like to move in – she has expensive taste! (Having Cali is somewhat like I imagine having a child would be – she’s into everything and very sociable. I’ve started walking her on a harness so I don’t lose her!)

I’m not going to waffle on with this post because Cali and I are heading out for our next big adventure today and we can’t wait to make the most of the bank holiday sunshine!

Details of the food festival here. It runs today and tomorrow. Entry is £10 (seems a little steep but you do get access to the gardens and grounds included in that.)

Dress: Tallgirls.co.uk (bought from their pop-up shop and seemingly not available online)
Shoes: Primark
Sunglasses: F&F

Introducing Cali

As some of you may have noticed, my blog posts have been few and far between over the past few months. I’ve hinted about the reasons for this once or twice on Instagram, but I thought it was about time I shared the whole story. Brace yourselves for extreme cuteness.

Back in October I brought home a tiny little bundle of joy. And I named her Cali.

I knew owning a puppy would be difficult, especially for someone who is in their mid-twenties and has a full time job. So before I committed to the idea I did a lot of research and made a lot of plans. Most of these went out of the window on the first night…

It was a week before I could get more than a couple of hours sleep at a time, toilet training was a nightmare and there are teeth marks on pretty much everything I own. But I wouldn’t trade her for the world.

By far her best feature is her enthusiasm for life. It doesn’t matter what kind of day it’s been – she always acts like I’ve made hers just by showing up. She is completely in love with the world. She loves to make friends and most people love her back (which is just as well because she’s no manners and a bad habit of getting mud on people’s clothes.)

I plan to write more about her in time but for now here are a few snapshots from her first few weeks in her new home.

Introducing Indi

Last weekend we had another uncommonly good burst of sunshine, so I decided to put my previous troubles with self-shooting behind me and photograph a post on my new ASOS Tall shorts. Unfortunately Indi had other ideas.

I’ve introduced my dogs once before on the blog but Indi is not the sort of girl who likes to be outshone – so after my last post she took matters into her own paws.

You would never know it but Indi is actually a senior citizen. The problem is, in her head she’s still 10 months old, rather than 10 years. We called her Indi after Indiana Jones, and she likes to live up to her name. 

Top: F&F (similar here)
Shorts: ASOS Tall (exact ones here)
Shoes: Primark
Sunglasses: Accessorize

Positive Vibes

1. I just booked tickets for what looks like the most fun art exhibit ever.

2. Read Richard Branson’s Top 10 Quotes on Dreams for some instant get-up-and-go

3. Getting giddy at the thought of a pizza box that turns into a movie projector

4. This is a beautiful combination of fashion illustration and photography

5. I’m already addicted to this song – and it’s not even released in the UK yet!

Positive Vibes

1. Be inspired by this wonderful and moving article on a woman’s weight.

2. This Game of Thrones musical-mockumentary for Red Nose Day is hilarious.

3. Apparently there are 4 simple steps that will unlock the secret to happiness…

4. … but if I were you I’d just watch this video of adorable puppies going for a swim.

5. Finally, if you live in the UK, and grew up in the nineties, you must be just as excited as I am to hear about The Crystal Maze making a comeback.

Positive Vibes

1. Some brilliant British humour from Piff The Magic Dragon.

2. Listen to Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Biscuits’ for an instant pick-me-up.

3. Do your bit for the environment and help reduce over-fishing by using this app when you go shopping.

4. Be inspired by the courageous tale of Arthur the stray dog.

5. If you’re a cat-owner, this is the next item of clothing you need to buy.

Positive Vibes

1. Have a giggle at the so-funny-and-so-true tall memes over on Tall Swag.

2. If you’re spending time in London this summer, check out these amazing pub gardens.

3. Feed your Instagram addiction by ordering prints of your favourite snaps using this app.

4. Be inspired by these 15 Ted Talks and let me know if any do change your life! (Number 8 got to me – “Sitting is the new Smoking”)

5. Take a hike. I can recommend Hardcastle Crags if you’re in the North of England.

Positive Vibes

1) First things first, I am buying this t-shirt.

2) I’m visiting Vienna right now but I’ve already started planning my next adventure and I’m sure this guide to booking cheap flights will come in very handy.

3) Crossing my fingers that we have a great summer and I get to experience one of these alfresco restaurants in my favourite city.

4) Being inspired by The Tall Mama to help the Wrap with Love cause.

5) The fact that Ben and Jerry’s now have Cheesecake Brownie Ice Cream.

Positive Vibes

When I was starting out in TV I worked as a runner on The X-Factor, but I always secretly wanted to work on it’s sister show: Britain’s Got Talent. The X-Factor is great fun but it’s not a patch on BGT.

So for this week’s ‘Positive Vibes’ post I’ve decided to showcase all of the golden buzzer acts from this series ahead of the live shows. The happiness these guys experience when the gold buzzer goes off is infectious. I challenge you not to smile!

My favourite has to be Amanda’s show choir from week 3 – which gets your vote?