The Sainsbury's Challenge
It undoubtedly goes without saying that I'm a big fan of designer fashion, but buying designer items is something that I consider a once-in-a-while treat, rather than a daily luxury. Most of my actual clothes come from Mint Velvet the high street and fairly frequently from Sainsbury’s TU range.
Sainsbury's is my local supermarket and TU is my favourite of all the supermarket established clothing brands. I have blogged about several of the pieces that I've picked up whilst doing the weekly shop, it’s all too tempting just to have a quick look whenever I'm there - my husband now gets concerned whenever I offer to nip out for a pint of milk! It was as a result of this little shopping habit that I happened across the Sainsbury's Facebook page a couple of weeks back. It had popped up in my feed asking for people to submit photos of themselves wearing items from the TU range to win £50 to spend at Sainsbury's. I jumped at the chance and quickly dug out my outfit photos and choose my favourites to upload. A week or so later I was delighted to receive an email to tell me that they had chosen my photo to be featured on their TU Styles Stars gallery and that a £50 voucher would be in the post shortly.
Shortly after my voucher arrived it occurred to me that it’s been a while since I did a challenge post and I saw a brilliant opportunity to challenge myself to get an outfit from the TU range for £50. I spent about an hour browsing the collection at my local Sainsbury's last Tuesday evening – the sales assistants began to look quite concerned when I made my forth trip to the changing rooms... Very conveniently they happened to be running a 25% off TU clothing and accessories promotion, which helped me to get the most out of my £50 budget. The first item that caught my attention was the geometric printed trousers, I tried them on, instantly loved them and decided to shape the rest of my outfit around them. The top was a complete bargain, already £7 in the sale, it came out at £5.25 with the 25% off! The colour of the cardigan is what drew me to that, a wonderful shade of perky pink that lifts the outfit without detracting attention from the trousers. The last item I chose were the turquoise wedges, I spent quite a bit of time browsing the footwear section and it wasn't until the last minute that I settled on this pair. I'm delighted I did as they look great with the trousers and complement the pink cardigan perfectly.
My spending tally looked like this:
Trousers - £22, £16.50 less 25%
Top - £7, £5.25 less 25%
Cardigan - £18, £13.50 less 25%
Wedges - £20, £15 less 25%
Altogether I spent £50.25. Slightly over by £0.25, but I'm not going to complain too much about that!