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Cosy up in knitwear

23 Aug

Brrrr. There’s a definite chill in the air today, very unexpected considering this is August! After rummaging through my summer wardrobe for something remotely warm to wear, I settled on layering up for warmth instead. Thankfully, The Outnet were prepared and have just had a huge influx of cute and cosy knitwear pieces this week, and I’m not just talking jumpers and cardigans. There are some lovely cropped jumpers which I loved last winter, pretty pale pinks, sequin details, patterns and structured shapes to give your winter wardrobe a quirky-yet-cosy edge. My personal favourite is the lovely bottle green cape by Halston Heritage and the beautiful Cacharel cardi coat. 

Surface to Air knitted tank – was £90, now £45. 
Carven cropped wool sweater – was £165, now £57.75
Tory Burch divine cashmere sweater – was £290, now £116
Halston Heritage asymmetric cape – was £410, now £164
By Malene Birger sequin trim wool cardigan – was £181, now £63.35 
3.1 Phillip Lim belted cardigan – was £190, now £66.50
Cacharel wool-blend cardi coat – was £485, now £145.50
RM by Roland Mouret Gali wool dress – was £1,250, now £437.50

Bag yourself a bargain at The Outnet

8 Feb

If you follow me on Twitter, you will know that I’ve been very, very bad today. Wicked in fact. It all started when I innocently logged onto The Outnet and saw that they had a HUGE bag sale on today. Whilst innocently (again) browsing the site, somehow the beautiful Alexander Wang Angela found it’s way into my shopping basket and I accidentally clicked check out. I’m not quite sure how it happened but that Outnet place is a little dangerous. If you want to laugh in the face of danger, there are still loads and loads of gorgeous bags available. Here are my top picks from the sale: 

The Outnet £1 Sale Shambles

17 Apr

Yesterday marked the first birthday of Net-a-Porter’s little sister, The Outnet. The designer discount site has been immensely popular since it’s launch, mostly due to it’s regular flash sales. I’ll put my hand up to admit that Outnet stalking had turned into one of my favourite pastimes, I know many of you were the same. There was something strangely hypnotic about watching the price of a Marc Jacobs bag tumble before your eyes. 

To celebrate their first birthday, The Outnet went all out with a £1 designer sale. The sale to end all sales. This was all very heavily marketed and as the big date, April 16th, drew closer, the hype just grew and grew. But as I logged on to Twitter, I knew something was wrong. Everyone was complaining about not being able to log in, the site crashing and not being able to check out. This happened a couple of months ago during their pop-up sale. But seeing as you had to RSVP to have access to the £1 sale, I had assumed that they would have looked at their server capacity in relation to the expected demand. 

It’s been an absolute PR nightmare for them, with many a disgruntled fashionista turning to Twitter and Facebook to vent their frustrations. I have to say, I feel that the fallout was handled very badly, my eyes popped out of my head when I read them tweet ‘It was always going to be a bit of a lottery’! I also think ity was very bad practise to be talking about the number of orders when so many people were frustrated and disappointed by the sales shambles. The best analogy I read was this:’It’s like being invited to be VIP party, being pickedup by a chauffeaur and being punched in the face upon arrival’. Here’s a little representation of the type of feedback across Facebook and Twitter:

It was very reminiscent of the American Apparel crazy sale madness, see below video. To be honest, these two events have left a very sour taste in my mouth. I feel that companies are far too busy creating hype and noise about their sales to worry about how to manage them logistically, whether that’s extra security in real life or working out server loads online. What do you think of The Outnet madness? Did  you manage to get anything? Did you get caught up in the American Apparel riot?!