So I am a mere 4 days off the BIG RETURN TO WORK, and I’m quite frankly pretty nervous. I’m nervous that I’ve missed out on so much that it will take me a while to catch up, I’m nervous that the birth of my baby has destroyed some of my brain cells irreparably but I am terrified about what to wear!!
Can you remember when how exciting it was a couple of days before returning to school after the big summer holidays? Cast your mind back. Yes, I know it is a VERY long time ago, but I remember my excitement of picking a new school bag and pencil case from John Menzies. Sharpening all my new pencils, and choosing a new school skirt (that was either so long I couldn’t see my feet, or so short my pants were almost on display!!). Anyway, it was always an exciting time. But, the good thing was, I could mostly always still fit into clothes I had from the previous term (I just chose not to wear them!).
I wish I felt that excitement now!! The thing is, the majority of my clothes (and shoes for that matter) don’t fit me any more (well not right at the moment). Before I stopped for maternity leave mid January I was rocking (well I thought I was) bodycon skirts, wrap over tops and trainers (my feet were REALLY swollen). I loved being pregnant. I spent a blissful 9 months relishing the fact that I no longer had to suck my tummy in when I got up to walk to the printer, or to make a cup of tea. I didn’t mind if my tummy looked big in an outfit, in fact the bigger the better! My bump was massive but gorgeous, firm round and I loved it!
Photo above was taken 3 weeks before Wee C made her arrival
Now, 4 and a half months after have a C Section, I’m sporting a squishy bump. A mothers apron?! Lumpy bits that I REALLY don’t want to show off. It’s also lumps that don’t fit into my standard sized trousers. My hipster trousers cut me right where my C Section op was, so even if I could fit into them, they would be too bloody sore to wear them anyway.
So, I have found myself browsing A LOT on eBay. Well actually, when I say browsing, I really mean….clicking, bidding, winning and buying A LOT on ebay, Etsy, ASOS, New Look etc I have to replace my full wardrobe (workwear, casual wear, underwear …the whole shebang!) so I’ve been trying to buy sensibly, so I’m not spending too much on clothes that I really hope I wont be wearing for too long!
My (new) postie has told me that I’m keeping him and the Hermes, ParcelForce, DPD delivery drivers in constant full time work. We are on first name terms, I know how many grandchildren he has (3), I know where he went on holiday last year (Wemyss Bay, incase you’re interested) and I know he’s going to miss me when I go back to work!
The thing is, I’m a VERY good Ebuyer. I share the wealth, I not only buy wisely, but I sell wisely too,
I thought I would share my online shopping tips with you, this stuff is gold!
Pinterest Shopping Lists
- Use Pinterest to create shopping wish lists. When you are browsing online – Zara, M&S, Next, ASOS, Etsy etc if you like something Pin it to a dedicated Pinterest board and only buy when you are really sure you want/need it. This way, you have a digital record and url for everything you like, so it’s then easy to return to buy whenever you’re ready.
- This method also works VERY well for gift buying. I have a Pinterest list for gifts I would like people to buy me! And at Christmas or Birthday’s this list can be viewed by my nearest and dearest, that way they can buy me a gift I REALLY want!
- If you don’t already use Etsy, start using it now!
- Etsy is a marketplace that brings together small creative business from around the world, into the homes of buyers (like me) who are interested in unique items with a personal story.
- You can buy items on Etsy that you can’t find on the high street or in a shopping centre. Maybe it’s because I like to be different, but I really don’t like to wear clothes, jewellery etc that someone else is wearing. So I avoid the high street. I like to look unique, and now I also like Wee C to look unique too. Etsy is perfect if you want to have your own identity.
- You can find everything from home décor items, bespoke jewellery and clothes to doggie accessories – I bought pretty much most of my wedding outfit on Etsy. You can use it to ‘favourite things’ but if you have done my step one, you can save things on Etsy into your Pinterest shopping list! Perfect! There are currently more than 1.6 million active sellers and over 23 million active buyers worldwide.
- There are MANY local (to you) sellers on Etsy, so if you want to be sure of the provenance of your products or simply support local artisans, designers etc – Etsy is your place to go.
- I am sure you all know about Ebay, but do you use it? Basically you could trawl eBay for days and days looking at ‘Work Dresses’ ‘Quilt Set’ etc I would recommend that you narrow your search. I know that I like particular brands and I know how they fit, so I search in Ladieswear, Dresses (or tops, trousers etc) and then filter by brand – Whistles, Reiss, Jigsaw, All Saints…. By size, by colour etc So that when I search, the results are items that I will like the look of, that will fit me and will be in my price range.
- I also use (now this is the sneaky bit) a ‘Snipe app’ on my phone. Auction sniping is a way to win auctions without having to sit by your lap top to win. I would recommend entering a maximum bid on a specific item (e.g. what is the MOST that you would want to pay for the item) and the bid will be automatically place in the final seconds of the auction. You might not always win, but at least you won’t pay over the odds for something because you got caught up in a list minute bidding war! This is particularly good if you’re on a budget. Just type ‘eBay sniper’ into google and a few options will pop up.
- EBay is particularly good for clothes for me! And I’ve bought quite a few things for Wee C…again, if you know the brand or label it makes your search much easier. Its not all second hand things on eBay, there is brand new items on there too – so its often a great chance to grab some bargains.
Sign up to the mailing list of your favourite brands e.g. Reiss, Asos, Kurt Geiger and they will email you whenever there are sales on. A great way to save money on the things you want to buy.
By the time Monday comes, I will hopefully have enough new (tummy concealing) outfits (and shoes, bags etc) to warrant my first day back excitement. There is enough pressure with my first day back, comfortable flattering clothes is something I can ensure I’m nailing from the outset!
First day back photo will be shared.
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