Making friends happy with clothes – thanks to Whistles, Gap and Boden

My “day off” today started with an hour long session with the personal trainer I have been seeing over the summer and finished with an 8.5 mile run. Somehow I seem to have inadvertently ended up training for a half marathon. I don’t quite know how it happened, and how you can “inadvertently” train for a half marathon is beyond me – but anyway there it is.

In between those activities, I nipped into town for an hour. As I arrived in the car park, lots of car alarms were going off. It was as if there was some huge announcement that the Lita leather jacket had come back into stock in Whistles but sadly that was not the case. I think that the car alarm situation could have been caused by the loud music from the car in front. It was ridiculous. Didn’t the young man inside realise that I wanted to listen to Woman’s Hour for goodness sake?

I had a great time in town, picking up pieces that friends and clients were after and then dropping them off. I think I’m slightly odd as I get a real high from finding the “unfindable”!

Before any of that happened though the Boden Patsy heels were delivered for a friend of mine. They have a great heel height and as she last bought something similar when she was pregnant with her son who is now 8, she is delighted.

I picked up the Whistles terrazzo scarf for a friend who was at work. The 25% Grazia discount voucher came in very handy, reducing it from £45 to £33. The colours are actually much prettier in real life. It has a very pale pink and an icy blue in it.

Now there’s a whole story behind getting hold of the Whistles Lita leather biker jacket in grey. In a nutshell it goes like this: A friend of mine was after one but it was sold out online and in store. Liking a challenge, I offered to try and track one down for her. Whistles customer services (who were brilliant) advised that it was out of stock but that 7 units (not quite sure what that means) were due to go on the website at some point.

After dinner this evening I checked the Whistles site and there it was. I quickly stuck it in my basket and after a flurry of phone calls and texts to said friend, during which she gave me the online Grazia discount code (my voucher with the details on it was long gone…..) it was mine. Or hers. Or mine until she has run the half marathon and then she’s allowed to have it. However up until that time I will no doubt try it on and pretend it’s mine, just as our eldest does with my shoes when I’m out and I come home and find them in random places around the house. 

These GAP skinny mini camo trousers which are sold out on line but which were in the sale in our local store, are on their way to Newcastle to a friend up there who couldn’t get hold of a pair locally.

These GAP true straight pants will be dropped off tomorrow to a client who lives locally. They didn’t have her size when we shopped yesterday but did so today. They are an absolute favourite of mine at the moment. They are amazing for anyone who is after a pair of smart trousers, which can also be worn at the weekend. They are machine washable, made of 95% cotton and 5% elastane, come in black, navy and grey, cost £34.95 and whilst slim fitting aren’t skinny, which means they are more up to date than a boot cut trouser but they aren’t too skinny for work. The rise is good too. Have I raved enough? One pair of trousers won’t suit every shape but these are definitely worth a look and just as good as the Reiss Paris trousers which are considerably more expensive.

So all in all a good day. I like making people happy by finding them things that they like. Did I pick up anything for myself on my trip? Yes, I fear I may have done so. But more about those pieces another day…


  1. Sue
    September 26, 2013 / 10:49 pm

    Love this post. Because it reminds me of me and when I'm on the trail to find the unfindable. There is always a will. And a smile at the end.

  2. Amanda
    September 27, 2013 / 7:46 am

    I am in awe of those shoes! How amazing are they? Love this whole post actually xx

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.