So THE BAG... I haven't got one particular one in mind, all I know at the moment is that I'd like it to be large, slouchy but not too much so, grey/black, pure leather and maybe studded or with a decent amount of hardware to look good, don't mind if the hardware's gold but would prefer silver. I've been browsing (in other words, desperately searching any time I'm near a TK MAXX) but haven't seen the perfect one yet. I had originally thought of getting a designer one, saving until my birthday in March and blowing an extortionate amount on a fantastic bag, but then I realised, unless I actually have one particular bag in mind, that'd be just stupid. So I'll save, then go into TK MAXX and blow whatever I have on a fab, discounted bag, that'll be a fraction of the full cost, and still be good quality. I've seen some great Patrick Cox ones in there, for example.
|TK MAXX summer 2011|
I was in there today, in the Carrickmines branch, and had great fun buying a bag for a Christmas gift, so at least I'm exercising my shopping muscles, and still saving for myself. I've bought a few Christmas presents already, and some stocking fillers. I used to leave it all to the last minute, but in the last few years since having children, I can't physically hit the shops for a frenzied last minute dash, so have to be more organised. Two years ago I bought all my presents online, I was so smug having them arrive to the door every few days. Even last year I was really stuck for a present idea for Barry, and 5 days before Christmas I ordered him an ipod touch, which arrived, with personalised free engraving (from the Apple site), with two days to spare. Score! No such lavish budget this year though...
|winter sun holidays? much more economical to heat your garden.|
Another time-saving tip while I'm at it, it's only a small one, but one I'd like to share:
When airing clothes on radiators around the house, I've started hanging them in the rooms where they'll be put away, saves a bit of running around. For example, Charlie's clothes get aired on his radiator, towels in the bathroom. Maybe everyone does this, but it only occurred to me the other day.