Three key styles, two different price points. 

I felt like it was time to do another round of Spend Vs Save (in my head, that post title is enunciated in a kind of game show host voice). Anyway, I hope you like these kind of posts as much as I enjoy compiling them – I do love to find a bargain, as you know. However, I’m not averse to the idea of investing a little more in something you truly love either. So, without further ado, let’s get on with the show!

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Cashmere Close to my Heart sweater, £380, Bella Freud / Love Heart Jumper, £78, People Tree

Golden Lock leather bag, £89, &Other Stories  / Faux leather twist lock bag, £25, M&S

Silver ballerina, £400, Miu Miu / Silver ballet flats, £28, River Island

A Bella Freud 1970 sweater seems to be on nearly every blogger’s wish list (though I struggle with it, as I was born in 1975 so it would feel slightly misleading – I may be missing the point though.) However, if you’re going to shell out for a Bella top, I’d rather combine it with a bit of slogan action and kill two trends with one stone. I’ve always loved the Je ‘taime Jane / Gainsbourg is God sweater with its spidery font, and this new Close to my Heart version seems quite appropriate for Valentine’s Day. Alternatively the People Tree sweater has a sweet and simple message and gets extra points for being Fairtrade and 100% organic cotton. (NB: it’s actually navy but my picture editing has messed around with it a bit!).

A little boxy black bag with a gold metallic clasp lock and a chain handle. It’s probably not the most sought after handbag style this season, but I love it and I can’t help being seduced by a number of same-but-different versions on the high street. The &Other Stories bag is still fairly affordable and unlike the M&S bag, is real leather. I imagine the hardware is better quality too (but who knows eh?).

And finally, it’s those punky ballerinas from Miu Miu, which came out a while back but are continuing to inspire several dupes on the high street. The gingham ribbon taps into this season’s trend nicely. However if you preferred the simplicity of the original salmon pink version, M&S has got a worthy substitution for that too (at two different price points). Try this cheap as chips option for £19.50 or this Autograph one for £45.


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