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After spending four months out of a suitcase, I had a fresh sartorial itch that needed scratching. The trouble? No matter how much money I was going to spend on new threads, I would have to fork out a decent amount in excess baggage fees to bring them home.

I ended up buying my entire Summer wardrobe for under £100. And the way I managed to do so is so obvious it might actually hurt…

I bought gift cards. While most of us shop what they can afford, we often forget to shop where we have gift cards – Brits alone waste over £1 billion every year on unused or lost gift vouchers – or can’t find what we want in the stores we have them for. Zeek allows users to both buy and sell unwanted gift cards – sometimes up to 70% off their store value.

By simply buying some savvy people’s unwanted gift cards, my 10-piece shopping spree – combined with the sites’ own Summer sales – cost me under £100 in Zeek vouchers.

It’s a no-brainer.

What I Wore:
Satin pleat and lace mix minidress with cut out sleeves from ASOS (through Zeek)
Nude ballet flats with a bow (similar here)

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I love short dresses, I love high heels, and I hate them together. At a skyscraping five feet tall, I am able to get away with the combination without looking like a head atop two legs but always feel most comfortable with a more demure thigh to floor measurement.

Thankfully, though y’all know I am usually found in Chelsea boots, these handcrafted kicks from San Antonio Shoemakers (or SAS) have been the answer to all my boot-bored necessities. They are beautifully made, flex with the foot, have a cushioned insole, ‘no bite’ back, and even come in a hue that happens to be the perfect “nude” for my skin tone.

Unquestionably, that’s as good as it gets.

What I Wore:
The Chloe in Champagne from San Antonio Shoemakers
‘Lana’ cat-eye sunglasses from Tom Ford
High neck leopard print
High neck snake print dress (old, similar here)

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parks and rec
Because there’s very little better than traipsing around town and indulging in a cheese-heavy picnic with your best friend.

What I Wore:
Rose gold signature name necklace & rose gold Hamsa Hand/Hand of Fatima necklace (both of which are on crazy sale right now – don’t miss out!)
Striped romper from BCBG (similar here)
Black strappy heels (similar here)
Sun hat (similar here)

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frosty boy
I’m beginning to lose my mind, guys. After living out of a suitcase for two months, I would almost rather burn my five packed outfits than think about wearing them again. At the same time –
with more than enough clothes in storage back in London – I really don’t need to be spending lots of money contributing to transatlantic closet, either.

Luckily, a friend raved about the surprising quality of 599 Fashion (where everything is under $10!!) and helped save my sartorial sanity. As far as the eye can see, the pieces look far more expensive than they are and my $50 haul (which you’ll see much more of) has survived multiple outings and washes, to date.

(If you want to get in on the fast fashion fun, the code AR414 will also save you 20%!)

What I Wore:
Lace off the shoulder dress with bell sleeves
Open-toe black heels (out of stock but genuinely phenomenal for under $10!)
Round keyhole sunglasses

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The whole ‘less is more’ Kardashian aesthetic has never really appealed to me sartorially. Then I spent a month in 90 degree heat and realised it doesn’t necessarily have to do with showing skin. A girl (or Kardashian) has gotta try not to die of heat stroke.

This tank dress, in all its well-made simplicity, was a saviour of Sale find from their store – Dash – and a perfect “dressing up without passing out’ LBD.

What I Wore:
Bodycon open back black tank dress from Dash (similar here)
Black platform heels (similar here)
Tom Ford Lana sunglasses

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