My Black Friday List

I have a definitive list of items I want to buy on Friday. I’ve already made a couple of purchases from H&M as they have had some codes available since the weekend – but here is my list so far. I’ll of course publish a list of codes on Friday for you all!

So with H&M they have various deals each day this week but there is also a 20% off code with free shipping – 2806.

I can’t wait to try these imitation leather trousers – especially the navy pair.

H&M imitation leather trousers H&M imitation black leather pants

There is definitely a theme here. These coated leggings in khaki are great and such a fabulous color. They are also available in black.

H&M khaki coated treggings

Moving on to COS – I am absolutely smitten with these drop crotch trousers. I am praying that they drop below the $125 price.

COS drop crotch trousers

Another pair of drop crotch trousers – and to be fair it’s been a while since I’ve bought any harem trousers though my love for them runs deep. These sequin trousers could easily be worn year round with a t-shirt and denim jacket.

Zara sequin drop crotch trousers

It’s been a while since I had a good trawl through ASOS and the other evening I was stopped in my tracks by this skirt. It’s beautiful, though I’m not sure how it will work on my thick waist. I’m willing to give it a go though if only because it’s camo!

ASOS camo pleat skirt

These Pull & Bear velvet trousers are also in my cart waiting for Friday. Just perfect paired with sneakers and a graphic t-shirt.

Pull & Bear velvet trousers

Finally a little indulgence – definitely an investment. There are very few sizes left around the internet but Selfridges have the best price at the moment – here’s hoping they have Black Friday deals too. The Stella McCartney Elyse in rose gold. European brands are SO much cheaper in the UK stores than here in the US – compare $670 with $1,100!

Stella McCartney Elyse

So what’s on your list? High street brands? A designer splurge? Remember to check back later in the week once I have access to all the appropriate codes!

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Sweater – H&M (similar here) // Jeans – Zara (old similar here) // Boots – TopShop (similar here) // Bag – Balenciaga

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Dress – AllSaints (old) // Boots – Newbury Boots (on sale here) // Jeans – Dorothy Perkins // Jacket – J.Crew // Bag – Balenciaga

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Boots – Chloé Susanna // Jeans – Dorothy Perkins // Sweater – AllSaints // Bag – Proenza Schouler

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Boots – Chloé Susanna // Jeans – Dorothy Perkins // Jumper – AllSaints // Jacket – Uniqlo (currently reduced) // Bag – Stella McCartney

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Trousers – J.Crew (similar here) // Sneakers – Nike Air Max // Blouse – H&M // Scarf – Boden (old similar here) // Jacket – Zara (old)

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Jeans – J.Crew // Shoes – Zara (old) // Top – Everlane // Jacket – H&M (old similar here) // Bag – Proenza Schouler

 

My current favorite store

I haven’t shopped at Zara for months, I dip in and out of Mango, and I’ve been cruising H&M more and more. That’s when I remembered that H&M also has sister brands – & Other Stories and COS. I’m thrilled that we now have a COS in Buckhead here in Atlanta – I’ve yet to visit but will report back soon. On their ‘About’ page this is how COS describe themselves:

COS is a fashion brand for women and men who want modern, functional, considered design.

Offering reinvented classics and wardrobe essentials, we create pieces that are made to last beyond the season. Traditional methods and new techniques merge to form timeless, understated collections.

Since launching in 2007, we have opened stores worldwide in carefully considered locations, applying an architectural design concept that preserves buildings’ original features whilst creating a modern, welcoming space.

For now let’s focus on my new favorite online store – & Other Stories. Online as it currently only has two NYC stores in the US. Please come to Atlanta soon! Here is how they describe themselves:

& Other Stories is a fashion brand offering women a wide range of shoes, bags, accessories, beauty and ready-to-wear to create their personal style, or story. Our creative ateliers in Paris and Stockholm design diversified fashion collections with great attention to detail and quality at an affordable price.

Today, a woman with a love for fashion creates her own style.

She wears things that feel right to her and reflect her personality. & Other Stories is about bringing everything she can wear into one place, focusing on the whole look. We believe shoes, bags, jewellery, lingerie and beauty are key for styling and just as important as clothing.

Our collections are built around inspiring fashion stories. All our lines are diverse, ranging from masculine tailoring to feminine chic and designed to provide endless styling choices.

Their collection really is diverse. I also love how their site is designed with a ‘Ready-to-wear’ section – it really elevates the brand.

I’ve just made an order and I’ll let you know what’s on it’s way shortly. First I want to share some of my favorite items and help some of you who are new to & Other Stories get familiar with it. I am still navigating my way through it. The price points are great for the style and aesthetic of the clothes, more than H&M, but you’re getting better quality and a more classic piece for your closet. If you are in the US be warned – stock sells out FAST! New stock also shows up slower than in the UK. Looking between the US and the UK sites there are far more sizes still available in the UK.

This dress is beautiful – very D&G – and it also comes in white. So feminine and pretty but could easily be toughened up with a denim or leather jacket.

black lace dresslace midi dress

I’m in love with the shape of this shirt dress. It’s so flattering, wonderfully cool for summer and really easy to wear dressed up or down. I particularly love the herbarium print in white. It’s just $55 too! If you sign up as a new site user you will receive a FRIENDS code for 10% off your first order.

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This dress is the herbarium print too – so fun and funky. Beautifully abstract. The asymmetrical hem here is perfect. I love this for a spring or summer wedding then it can easily be worn as a day dress.

herbarium dress

I’m in love with the styling here. I’d like to look like this every day please. This layering shirt dress is such a basic but looks so cool over leather pants or jeans.

shirt dress

Here’s the dress I’ve ordered – I’m afraid it’s sold out on the US site but there may be returns. It’s the print I love and the shape is perfect for my shape – I get to show my legs and hide my tummy! It’s just £45 in the UK, and $65 in the US – I LOVE the fact they don’t just double the numbers for the US as many European stores do.

herbarium dress 1

Now to my other & Other Stories obsession – their shoes. SO cool, great unique designs and great prices.

These are in my order –

I just love the color of the beige mule and the shape of the toe. At $135 they are even cheaper than the Everlane version. They are also available in black in the UK.

biege mule black mule

I’ve had the ATP Atelier version of these sandals in and out of my basket on NAP forever! Now I have these on their way for half the price!

black sandal snakeprint sandal

These espadrilles haven’t arrived online in the US yet – watch out for them – they will fly out of stock. I am particularly enamored by the blush pair available here in the UK. The black and white are a great Chanel tribute.

blush espadrille espadrille

Finally these are so cool – a mule skate shoe or a skate shoe mule? Perfect for slipping on for vacation travel.

slip on sneaker

Do let me know if you have shopped with & Other Stories for a while – I’d love to know your thoughts, equally if you are new to the brand – what do you think?!

 

COS online in the USA!

A quick note to let all you in the US know that COS has finally reached our shores.  COS is the sibling of H&M and & Other Stories.  Having said that their style is very different.  Lots of minimal, fluid, very unique cuts.  I adore their dresses.  The good news too is that I think they fit true to size unlike some other stores which are titchy!

How gorgeous is this skirt too?

COS skirt

To celebrate the launch of their online store all first time orders will receive 25% off using code HELLOAMERICA – enjoy!!

 

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