Saturday, 28 December 2013

Ted Baker and Mikey London Haul

Oh dear, oh dear.  A couple of days ago I posted a boxing day sales haul of the things that I had bought online from the comfort of my sofa.  I promised myself that I wouldn't be splashing out for a little while but when Mr WLL had to return a faulty camera to the shops the next day, I went along to keep him company and just fell into House of Fraser.  Oh, that old chestnut.

I've said countless times how much I enjoy shopping in House of Fraser and their sale time is perhaps my favourite because they have such fabulous deals but also I find that the shop is kept in good condition too.  The staff in my local HoF are great and the shop is clean and tidy, even when they're super busy so regardless of whether I'm buying sale items or full price goods, I feel more than comfortable shopping there.

Ted Baker and Mikey London Haul
So, what did I buy with my loot?  Well my browsing took me to the Ted Baker section where I clapped eyes on the most beautiful clutch bag.  It was available in blue, pink and black which were all stunning but it was the gold that really caught my eye.

Ted Baker Small Neutral Crystal Frame Glitter Clutch Bag
The Ted Baker Small Neutral Crystal Frame Glitter Clutch Bag (buy here) is the epitome of glamorous evening style and knowing my girlie glam style, its not surprising that I was instantly drawn to it.  The clutch is a box design but it is quite roomy and I can fit all of my essentials in for a night out- keys, phone, coin purse and cards, and my touch up make up products.

For a box clutch it is an ideal size and will look amazing on a night out, particularly with an all black or white outfit.  It has a gold chain strap and a gorgeous crystal bow on the top where the bag opens and closes which is the signature Ted Baker style.

While paying for the bag, I also took a look in the jewellery cases for Ted Baker and saw this gorgeous bow bracelet.  It's called the Ted Baker Pave Acrylic Bow Pearl Bracelet (link here) and the one that I bought had pearl coloured beads with one gold Ted Baker one and then a silver glitter bow in the middle.  They also had a black one and a pink one too I think.  I saw the red one on Very last month and very nearly ordered it but didn't and now I really regret it.  For someone who doesn't like the colour red, I seem to be wearing a lot of it recently!

Ted Baker Pave Acrylic Bow Pearl Bracelet
Anyway, I absolutely adore this bracelet.  It was in the sale for £19.50 reduced from £39 but I'd have bought it at full price with my Christmas money regardless as it looks so eye catching on the wrist. The packaging is great too as it comes in a pouch and a Ted Baker box.

The other items that I bought were all jewellery too and all from the brand Mikey.  I remember seeing Mikey around when I was in my early teens and I was very taken with their bling pieces as they're very sparkly and quite over the top however I thought that all of the pieces were very expensive.  Looking at the jewellery now, I'm looking at them as a 25 year old on a full time salary rather than as a teenager on pocket money so the pieces don't seem as expensive.  However since Mikey is a costume jewellery brand, I would say that the pieces are still very pricey for costume jewellery.  The pieces are very stand out though and different to any other brand I've seen out there so I am looking forward to seeing how well these pieces last.  It is a goal of mine to slowly whittle away all of my Primark cheap- easily tarnished jewellery and to build up a collection of good quality costume jewellery instead.

I chose three pairs of earrings and two bracelets and all are very glam, girlie and bling.

Mikey Crystal Small Heavy Bracelet
The first bracelet I bought was the Mikey Crystal Small Heavy Bracelet (buy here) in the gold shade.  It is also available in silver.  This feels really substantial and is amazing quality.  I can't wait to wear this on a night out with some big gold earrings- but I'd perhaps skip a necklace as I think it would look a little too much.

Mikey Chain Link Crystal Bracelet
The second bracelet that I bought was the Chain Link Crystal Bracelet.  I couldn't find the link on the House of Fraser website but this is the exact same one on the Mikey website. As soon as I saw this I knew I had to have it as I thought it was so reminiscent of the J Crew Pave Link Bracelet.  It is gold, modestly chunky with some crystal links- gorgeous!
Now onto the earrings that I bought and a couple of these might come as a bit of a surprise.
Mikey Crystal Hoop Earrings in Silver
I can't remember the last time I wore hoop earrings but when I saw these Crystal Hoop Earrings I fell in love with them and started imagining lots of outfits I could wear them with.  I actually wore the silver ones out last night with an all black outfit, my dogtooth Yours Clothing jacket and my new Furla Candy bag and they looked great.  I didn't think they looked tacky or over the top at all and the diamantes really caught the link when they poked through my hair and sparkled nicely.  I really really like these.  The silver hoops are the larger of the two that I got but they aren't overly large- they're not J Lo style bird perches.  You can find them here.

Mikey Crystal Hoop Earrings in Gold
Ever so slightly smaller than the silver hoops are the gold offering.  Both sizes of the Crystal Hoops are available in either colour but I thought I'd get the gold in the smaller size so that they're a little more subtle.  Again, these are pretty and delicate so they don't look OTT and they sparkle beautifully.  The smaller size is slightly cheaper than the larger style and can be found here.

Mikey Flower and Crystal Stud Earrings
The last pair of earrings that I bought aren't particularly suitable for the winter time, they're very much a spring earring and I cannot wait to wear them as I'm a huge fan of pastel hues and turquoise and cora shades.  These are quite large studs with different sized diamantes on them too.  I can't, for the life in me, find these online, not on the House of Fraser website or the Mikey website so I can only assume that these were summer stock.  Sorry guys!

So that's it for my shopping for now.  Hopefully that will be it for a while......... until next time ;)

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  1. Everything is so gorgeous, love the Ted Baker clutch x x

  2. Lovely photos, my favourite on is that bracelet! :))


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