Milk, Bread, JOY, Bananas, Bagels

Updated: Oct 6, 2018


fabulous dress, dress, sainsbury, coral, blue, personal shopping, personal styling, budget buys
Shelley Kelly

A lot of my clients are mums. When we sort through their existing wardrobes some of the most prevalent brands are Tu, Florence & Fred and George. Escaping for an hour to do the weekly shop is often the only time busy mums get to look at clothes and think about themselves.


Sainsbury dress, personal shopping, budget buy, dress of joy
Am I really a little teapot??

Let me talk to you about the virtues of this dress and my thinking around it:

  • Summer dresses was on the list of wardrobe gaps I keep on my phone and refer to any time I go shopping myself. I only buy my gaps!

  • This dress was £22 - I am definitely going to get a £ a wear from this

  • The length of the dress was wrong for me - it sat below my knee in a pencil skirt fashion. This is fine if I want to wear heels a lot, but I don't. So I took it to the tailor in town, and spent £15 on having the hem shortened and blind stitched. So now the dress if £37, but I am still confident that I will wear the dress at least 37 times over the next couple of summers as its now a perfect fit on me.

  • I have accessories in both of the colours - navy and coral - so I know I will have things to wear with it without spending any more money


Now let me talk to you about the shoes. Bought in 2014, along with another pair in a nude/ mushroomy colour, these shoes cost me £55.20 (I dug out the receipt last night to check - anyone else have a receipt drawer??). I remember thinking that this was quite a lot for a pink pair of shoes, but boy have I had my £ a wear - I have worn these hundreds of times - christening, wedding, pub, work - and when I look down all I see is Joy. So be bold, buy the fabulous shoes - make them good quality and they will last you for years.


So I think I'll be looking a bit more at what the supermarkets are offering in the clothing ranges. The same Smarter Shopping rules apply:


  • Just because its reduced doesn't mean its a bargain!

  • Do you love it madly or need it badly?

  • Does it work with the rest of your wardrobe?

Oh I could go on, but I'll get back to prancing around like a little bundle of joy in my favourite walled garden!


I can help you feel this much joy with your clothes. Follow me on Facebook for more fun with fashion.


Contact me for a chat on 07843 006335 or message me through my contact page - go on, you deserve it!

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