I love this time of year. Cosy nights in front of the fire. Festive holiday lights are being put up everywhere. Bella and Bear are getting super excited about their elf arriving (I'm enthusiastic about the sudden improvement in behaviour his arrival heralds). The promise of silly amounts of food to eat is tantalizing and on top of that… GIFTS!!! In short Christmas is just around the corner and it's wonderful.
You won't find a 'Bah Humbug' on Bella & Bear. This Sunday I will be hauling the Christmas boxes down from the attic and decking my halls, but before then there is a little something called Black Friday to enjoy. Now, this is a relatively recent introduction to the UK which has it's origins in the USA. Traditionally Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving celebrations and is basically a massive retail blowout. Retailers are keen to kickstart the holiday season shopping so they slash prices to entice you, the paying customer (and therefore Holy Grail of personages in retail terms) into their establishments for the sole purpose of parting you with your hard earned. So far so material and I'm sure a few people will be thinking noooooo-way, uh-uh, I am NOT going to wait in line overnight only to be trampled, prodded and pushed all for 30% off and if that is you well I have only two words for you… Cyber Monday.
These are the deals and steals that I have my eye on over this most exciting weekend.
Coast are offering 40% off glamorous heel and 30% off accessories. I love the deep blue hue of these heels and the gold accents are perfect for the holiday season but it's the gold laser cut Isadora shoe candy that is making my eyes pop. Yes they are impractical for cold winter weather but they'll go with everything and I think they'll look ha-amazing with white skinnies come spring. Oh and they're currently reduced to only £65!!
Miss Selfridge have slashed a huge 50% off everything from Black Friday until Cyber Monday AND there's free shipping on any order over £50. This beaded lace pencil dress ticks all the boxes for me. It's incredibly elegant with long lace sleeves and the hemline sits below the knee. Pop a cardigan on for work and belt it around the waist, then for after work parties ditch the cardi add a pair of classic black courts (to stop the look becoming cutesy) and accessorize with a black clutch. This season's run away piece, the pink oversized coat, will finish off your look.
Every girl needs a little sparkle in her life and if you'd like to add a little to your arm party this season may I suggest heading over to Folli Follie this weekend to take advantage of their 20% off offer. Just enter the code Grazia20 at the checkout.
There are thousands of deals to be had, so if you haven't started your Christmas shopping yet it's a great time to start and pick up a bargain for yourself or a special someone at the same time. I've included some links below to some other offers that may be helpful in your search.
Black Friday Sale: 20% off at Reiss.com from November 28th - December 2nd (the Roana jumpsuit is awesome)
Kurt Geiger / 25% off for Family&Friends (enter F&FKG25 at check out)
Free shipping with Melissa & Doug (use code FREESHIP999! at check out)