Over the last couple of years I’ve had a bit of a love affair with the Tu clothing range at Sainsburys. As well as having a great selection of lovely clothing, they have also had plenty of vintage inspired pieces, with lots of styles clearly influenced by the 50, 60s and 70s. I love being able to treat myself to a bargain, while picking up my groceries and every time I pop in there seems to be something new.

One person who understands my love of a good old wardrobe supermarket sweep, is my best friend Fay. We’ve been on several Sainsburys shopping sprees together, which involves lots of clothes shopping and way too much cheese! Last week she sent me a pic of this lovely dress, knowing I would love it, so at the first available opportunity I made it mine.The lovely midi length floral denim dress is so pretty and can be worn on its own or with a top underneath. For this outfit I wanted to go for a 70s vibe and popped a sheer blouse underneath, to keep my arms warm in the not so sunny early spring weather. I teamed it up with some thick black tights and of course my favourite Orla Kiely for Clarks shoes.

The sizing in Tu clothing is always spot on for me. I always go for a size 14 and find it very true to size. Most of their styles fit well on my fuller bust without stretching or gaping. I’ve always been hugely impressed with the quality. For a relatively budget friendly range, you get good quality fabrics and well finished garments which really stand the test of time. They also have lots of items which mix and match really well, I’ve already seen a few tops that would work well under this dress as well as some knitwear for colder days.

The dress is really reasonably priced at just £20 and I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of it over the next few months. It’s a really handy garment for throwing on for school runs and days out with the kids. Mostly I just love how cute and pretty it is!

The dress is available on the Tu at Sainsburys website.

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In my last outfit post, I talked about how much I’m loving the latest clothing collection from TU at Sainsburys. As well as liking the convenience of being able to pick up a few bits while doing my weekly shop, its nice being able to boost my winter wardrobe without spending a fortune. I recently picked up this casual denim dungaree dress which I can wear lots of different tops underneath.

autumn-denim-dungaree-dressAlthough I have a wardrobe full of original vintage clothes, as a busy mum I also like to stock up on new items that I can wear out and about, without the risk of damaging. I’ve recently built a small staple wardrobe of mix and match pieces that are perfect for the colder weather and my busy life.

sainsburys-denim-dungaree-dress-ootdTodays outfit was worn under a very warm coat for a lovely walk around Morden Hall Park with my best friend Fay. It was lovely to slow down for a bit and enjoy a  nice cup of tea, before taking a walk through the crunchy leaves and taking lots of pictures of our beautiful surroundings.

throwing-autumn-leavesI really like the mixture of this floral 70s style blouse with the dungaree dress and a comfy pair of flats. It all goes really well together, while still being really casual and laid back. Let me know if you like these casual everyday looks and I’ll be sure to share more of them with you.

Outfit Details:

Floral Blouse – £10 – Primark

Denim Dungaree Dress (similar) – £18 – TU at Sainsburys

Shipley Shoes – £75 – Hotter

Thank you to Fay for taking these pictures for me. For a really good read take a look at her blog.

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Do you ever find yourself in a bit of a style rut? I often do at this time of year. Sartorially the summer is definitely my favourite time of year. I find it so easy to throw on a gorgeous 50s style summer dress, some cute sandals or ballet flats and I’m good to go. The colder weather always comes as bit of a shock to me and I find myself looking at my wardrobe with a total lack on inspiration.

Then I remember the 60s and seventies, and I feel inspired again. The autumnal colours of the two decades are so easy to wear at this time of year. I hate wearing black as it totally washes me out. Todays outfit is actually a little daring for me. I rarely wear short skirts and this is a lot more leg than I usually have on show. But sometimes you’ve just got have fun and this outfit really cheered me up on a soggy cold rainy day.

sixties-inspired-ootdI picked up both the skirt and top at my local Sainsburys while doing my weekly shop, I am absolutely loving their clothing at the moment and I’ve picked up quite a few things in the last few weeks. I’ll definitely be sharing some more supermarket outfits over the coming weeks. I’ve paired them with some daring mustard tights from Primark, which make me feel a bit like an extra from the Simpsons, but I still love the colour. My shoes are my trusty Orla Kiely Abigail shoes from Clarks.

retro-sainsburys-jumperIt was fun to step out of my comfort zone a bit in this outfit and to try something a bit different. One of the best things about wearing vintage and retro style clothing is being about to jump between the decades and mix and match your look. For me always dressing in the same style all the time can get a bit boring and I enjoy the creativity of taking inspiration from different eras of fashion.

clarks-orla-kiely-abigail-shoesYou’ll probably notice me wearing these shoes with loads of outfits over the next few months. Partly because they are my very favourite shoes and they go really well with so many of my clothes. Also because I don’t own that many shoes any more. I got rid of loads and now try to invest in good quality shoes that will last me years.

Outfit details:

Top – Similar here – Tu at Sainsburys

Skirt – £18.00 – Tu at Sainsburys

Tights – Primark

Shoes – Some available on eBay – Orla Kiely at Clarks

What do you think of this slightly different look from me? Do you enjoy experimenting with influences from different periods in fashion history?

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I’ve always been a fan of buying clothes in supermarkets, usually when I realise I need something urgently but all the other shops are closed and supermarkets are the only places still open. I’ve never really found much to tempt me in Sainsburys however. In the past there’s never really been anything that suits my style and I’ve only ever found bits for the girls.

That all changed when I popped in a couple of weeks ago and within 5 minutes had added about 20 things to my mental wishlist. You see, Sainsburys have gone vintage! The vast majority of their Spring / Summer collection is inspired by the 1950s and I love it! Now if I was rolling in money at the moment I would have left with everything – at least 5 dresses, 3 cute blouses and a selection of lovely skirts and capri pants. However as I’m on a budget I left with two dresses.

I thought I’d show you them and let you know what I thought after wearing each of them for a day.

First up is my favourite. I have a bit of a thing for gingham, especially red gingham. Despite already having an original vintage Horrockses dress which is quite similar I knew this would be a great summer purchase that I would get a lot of wear out of without worrying about trashing it.

Sainsburys Gingham Shirt Dress

The best thing about the dress is that it has a full circle skirt which is unusual in high street buys which means if I want to really vintage it up, I can pop a petticoat underneath. The dress is made in lovely light cotton and the skirt is lined. the quality is amazing for a dress that cost just £20. Yes £20!!! Such a bargain.

Sainsburys Red Gingham 1950s Dress

I love the cute faux pocket detail and pretty white buttons and as it fastens with a side zip it fits absolutely beautifully. This could be dressed up or down and on this occasion I wore the dress with a red cardigan from Collectif and a pair of red ballet pumps for an everyday look. If I was doing something a bit more special than school runs and housework I’d wear it with a petticoat and some red bakelite jewellery.

Sainsburys Red Gingham Dress with Petticoat

 Worn here with a full petticoat.

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The other dress I picked up wasn’t the one I was planning to get, I’d had my eye on a white floral shirt dress but I loved the print on this one so much that I just had to have it. This is slightly less vintage looking as the skirt isn’t quite as full and it reminds me of the cut of some of my Cath Kidston dresses. Again this is perfect for wearing as an everyday dress in the summer or dressed up for an event.

Sainsburys Plum Vintage Style Dress

This one was also £20 and is a lovely printed cotton with a lined skirt and pretty covered buttons at the back. I love the pretty trim, which definitely makes the dress look a little more expensive than it was.

Sainsburys Plum Dress Front

All the vintage style dresses on offer are priced between £18 and £22 so they are really affordable and perfect for someone who wanted to add some modern dresses to their vintage collection or if you want to get something with a vintage retro look on a budget.

I took some snaps of some of the other things I liked on my phone, as I really want to go back for more. I know I don’t need any more dresses, but I’m sure I’ll find some excuse to justify the extra purchases!

Sainsburys dresses

Annoyingly none of the dresses seem to be on the Sainsburys website, so if you want to get your hands on them you’ll have to get them in store. I did take a look on the PR Shots website and found some images of some of the dresses that will be coming in, as well as a gorgeous gingham swimsuit that is totally vintage appropriate.

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So get on down to Sainsburys and add some pretty dresses to your trollies!


The other night I popped to Sainsburys to restock my bathroom supplies. They have some really nice products and there are always lot’s of special offers and multi-buys. I got pretty lucky as nearly everything I got was reduced. I thought I’d share my buys with you here as I haven’t done a bath or beauty post for ages. (all the prices show the normal price and the price I paid at my local Sainsburys)

I have bought all of these products from Rosebud and Blossom before, I love the scent and the packaging which looks great in my bath room. I used my last empty glass bubble bath bottle as a little vase. I also like that they are made in England by a small British business. These were all on offer for £1 each! I got…

A Bowlful of Blossom Bath Cream – £2.99 – £1.00

A Bowlful of Blossom Body Wash – £2.99 -£1.00

A Bowlful of Blossom Hand and Body Lotion – £2.99 – £1.00

I love the cute retro styling on the dirty works range, and the products are great too. Most of the range is currently 50% off at the moment so now’s a good time to give them a try. I got…

Coconut Caress Body Scrub – £3.99 – £1.99

Buff Your Stuff Body Scrub – £3.99 – £1.99

Coconut Caress Body Wash – £2.99 – £1.49

All of a Lather Body Wash – £2.99 – £1.49

Bling it on Shimmer Lotion – £4.99 – £2,49

I have never tried this shampoo and conditioner before, but I’d like to try more products that contain fewer harmful chemicals. And the scent was lovely so I’ll let you know how I get on with these. I also picked a up a new Denman bristle brush which is great for smoothing out curly vintage styles.

Happy Hair Days Smoothing Shampoo – £3.99 – £2.00

Happy Hair Days Smoothing Conditioner – £3.99 – £2.00

Denman Brush – (I can’t remember the exact price but it was around £5.50)

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?