Post payday treats
It’s the beginning of the month, which means PAYDAY has arrived – yippee! Hey, us freelancers can pretend, can’t we? We can get on board with the spirit of payday giddiness, even if our bank accounts tell a different story. In my younger days, I’d march straight down to Topshop on payday and cut loose, but these days there are various other people in my household to also consider (goddammit!). So if you’re craving a spot of retail therapy (er, like, always), you’re in the right place – here’s our edit of the best treats, both big and small, for everyone in your life. And you, obviously – because you are special and amazing and should celebrate this by buying some ankle boots immediately. What’s more we’ve made it easy-peasy for you – all of this sexy swag is available under one roof at the Clarendon Centre in Oxford.
Gucci Bloom perfume, The Perfume Shop, (£72). This is the hottest perfume on the block right now (not literally, that’d be disgusting), featuring on many a fashion and beauty editor’s Instagram accounts. It’s a rich white floral scent with jasmine, tuberose and a little-known Indian flower called rangoon creeper.
Rose gold pavé earrings, Swarovski (£69).
Statement earrings aren’t going anywhere this season and our magpie eye swiftly locked onto these divine danglers. The triangular design has an art deco feel and they’ll easily see you through to Christmas party season.
Leopard faux-fur coat, Gap (£154.95)
Bored of your sensible old parka? This furry number will certainly jazz up your school run or dog walk. And good old Gap – shorties and giants are well catered for with petite and tall options.
Red ankle boots, Zara (£79.99).
Come to mama! There are approximately 8 million different iterations of the red ankle boot on the high street this autumn but after exhaustive research I can exclusively reveal that this is the winner. Zingy colour, sexy stud detail, stiletto heel, SOLD.
Embroidered dress, H&M (£69.99).
This frock looks a helluva lot more expensive than it is, with its intricate floral embroidery – it’s one of those pieces you could easily pass off as designer. The relaxed shape and midi length mean you can dress it down with black ankle boots and a biker jacket for daytime, or roll it out for parties with the addition of spike heels.
Zigzag lambswool jumper, French Connection (£85)
If he’s already got a million stripy tops, here’s a little twist – the navy and burgundy chevron sweater. It’s just the right side of quirky, so won’t alarm the more conservative dresser.
Cashmere-blend coat, H&M (£119.99)
People don’t tend to know about H&M’s premium pieces, with their sharp cuts and decent fabrics. This camel, cashmere/wool blend overcoat is a good example, and comes in navy too.
Tan Chelsea boot, Office (£130).
You can’t go wrong with a classic Chelsea boot in equally classic tan leather. These Hudson ones will smarten up even the scruffiest of jeans and, unlike trainers, won’t leave you with soggy feet on wintery days.
Supersoft scarf, GAP (£19.95)
This cosy neckwarmer comes in 10 different prints, with various plaid and stripe designs. Apparently it’ll help ward off winter man ‘flu too (possibly).
Contrast backpack Zara (£39.99).
Some of Zara’s menswear is a little, er, directional for most tastes (white shiny vinyl jacket, anyone?) but this sleek bag won’t scare the horses. With its contrast tan, black and ecru panels, it’s big enough to house all his tat, um, I mean important business documents.
FOR SMALL CHILDREN
Baby duffle coat, Gap (£34.95).
Oh my goodness, how cute is this? I might have to have another child so I can bundle it up in this divine coat with bear ears (Joke, Mr Muddy, stop crying!).
Chocolate monkey, Thornton’s
(£4 down from £6). A monkey for your monkey. And it will keep them quiet for 10 minutes while you raid H&M.
Check dress, Zara (£19.99).
Zara is my first port of call for childrenswear – they’ve really got it nailed. These checked dresses caught my eye – they’re on trend without being too ‘fashion’, and the colourways make them cute but not overly pretty.
Skull top, Zara (£19.99)
Is it Damien Hirst’s latest artwork or is it a T-shirt? Teenagers tend to like the macabre so this embroidered skull top is a surefire winner. I reckon it’d work for a boy or a girl… and a fortysomething woman, perhaps (*straps down bosoms*).
Rose gold headphones, Claire’s (£12)
If your teenager spends 90 percent of their waking hours with headphones rammed into their lugholes, at least make ’em cute ones. Claire’s has a good range, including these rose-gold heart-shaped ones.
Crystal nail glaze KIKO (£2.90)
KIKO Cosmetics is teenage girl heaven – think an Italian version of Sephora, with rack after rack of make up and skin care to test out. You can’t go wrong with a nail polish – this sparkly range has four shades, which can be used alone or as a top coat over another colour.
Glow watch, Tinc (£10)
This cheap’n’cheerful LED silicone wristband watch comes in four colours, and at just £10 it isn’t too much of a disaster if your scatty offspring manages to lose it.
Vans Old Skool trainers, Office (£59.99)
I used to religiously wear Vans in the early ’90s and, lo and behold, here they are again, on the feet of every teenager around. Ain’t fashion funny? These come in every colour under the sun – I especially love this unusual grey-green shade.