I hope you enjoyed the first instalment of my New Year Sales Shopping Guide. Here is the second... let me know how your bargain-hunting is going! What is your favourite purchase so far?
N) Even if I'm feeling the post-Christmas penny-pinch, I always visit Net-a-Porter (I'm as much in awe of Natalie Massenet's success as the site's covetable clothes). At this genuine sale, you'll find designers often dramatically discounted. With prices starting from £10, how can you resist? A tad more expensive, this Hervé Léger dress has 50% off...
|Hervé Léger at Net-a-Porter|
Also, under 'N', Brighton's popular Nola boutique is now online, with many reductions on brands such as A.P.C and Elizabeth Lau (mentioned in my A-Z Guide, Part A). I am also a fan of Neurotica - if you have a penchant for striking illustrations or prints, you have to check out this distinctive London label.
|Labrynth Drape Top Dress by Neurotica|
O) I have long been fond of Orla Kiely, for their bold graphic prints on luggage, shoppers and make-up bags. And recently, I've discovered that bags are only the beginning. Just as they are sophisticated but girly, smart but easy-to-wear, so are Orla Kiely's clothes, accessories and fragrances. Browse the beautiful dresses in their online sale (up to 50% off). As for permanent discount site and sister to Net-a-Porter, I highly recommend The Outnet for serious designer steals.
|Orla Kiely Tafetta Sleeveless Dress|
P) Men and women can both stay warm throughout January, with a discounted Pringle of Scotland jumper, trench or dress. If you're looking for more glamour, visit Dannii Minogue's Project D, which has up to 40% off A/W dresses. And, for a fairtrade brand with inspiring stories behind each collection, be sure to stop by Plümo. Like animal print? Try this 'Bette jacket' below.
|Bette Jacket, by Plümo|
R) Browse over 450 sale items at Reiss (jackets and trousers are excellent value), or find that vintage gem at Rokit. The selection of playsuits is great for anyone lucky enough to escape London during January! Finally, Ruche, a vintage-inspired US boutique has a lovely online sale.
S) One of my favourite fashion brands from France, Sandro's South Molton store has an extensive sale, including Chloé-esque camel dresses and beautiful knits. For beauty aficionados, Space NK's 50% off sale is a must-see. It includes the much talked-about NATURA BISSÉ creams and masks. Finally, for guaranteed reductions in beauty and fashion under one roof, head to Selfridges.
T) If you're looking for eye-catching dresses, prints or something a little different, Traffic People have reduced their already reasonably priced A/W 2010 collection, by 50%. If you can't get to their gorgeous Kingly Court store, you can buy online. Down the road in Covent Garden (or at My Wardrobe), you can find 50% off Twenty8Twelve, by Sienna and Savannah Miller.
|Firelight & Frolics BoPeep Dress, by Traffic People|
U) Sticking to the same part of town, Urban Outfitters also boasts an 'up to 50% off sale', with inspiration for every male and
|Unconditional: Signature Snood|
V) Visit Net-a-Porter once more, for 50% off the classy Vanessa Bruno, before checking out European shopping destination Farfetch, for fashion-forward brand, VPL. I love their dresses, skirts and leggings.
|VPL's Convexity Breaker Maxi Dress, from Farfetch.com|
W) For exciting up-and-coming designers, look no further than Notting Hill boutique, Wolf & Badger. Their sale includes some colourful trousers and cardis for the man in your life and fashion-forward picks for the girls. Back to the high street, Whistles is a sales shopping staple, where quality and trends collide. Finish your look with Wolford, the 'haute-couture' of hosiery (50% off).
|Wolford's Dandy Tights|
Y) You may not know Your Eyes Lie, a funky, youthful brand stocked at Topshop. With its own website, it's a fun addition to the sales circuit! Another girl-to-woman brand Yumi, has 30% off pretty dresses, knits and accessories.
Z) To finish: the 3rd and 4th French labels in my Gift Guide (no surprise there!). Zadig et Voltaire has 50% off (again at Net-a-Porter). I am eagerly awaiting their S/S 2011 collection. For more casual, lounging luxe, discover Zoe Tees, available at The Outnet (up to 70% off).
|Zoe Tees' Destroy Leggings, from The Outnet|
And that's it for the New Year Gift Guide, folks! I'd love to hear from you, as always.
Images) From each retailer's website.