Thrifty Thursday-ASOS

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Thrifty Thursday is a new feature here on the blog where I will be showcasing my best bargain buys and sharing how you can save your pennies (and pounds) whilst still having lovely things.

When I came up with the idea of Thrifty Thursday I knew the first thing I had to feature was my bargain of the century ASOS bag of dreams. Not only is it my best buy financially but it’s the perfect size for essentials and has a fantastic and surprisingly sturdy handy. Yes, yes Lucy it’s very pretty but why is it the bargain of the year nay century you ask?

Well, my friends because this beauty cost me the grand old total of, wait for it…..


What?! Yes indeed it’s all true I swear, you know I wouldn’t lie to you, well you don’t but trust me I wouldn’t.

So how did I get this glorious bargain?

A combination of ASOS vouchers (from the ASOS A list loyalty reward system-see below), a discount code as it was my birthday and being an avid sale stalker.

Being on the second tier of the ASOS A-list sounds very exclusive but actually isn’t. Do you shop at ASOS? Then go to the ‘dashboard’ in your account and register (for free) for the loyalty programme. You get points for every pound you spend (there are some exceptions) and as we all know points make prizes! Or in this case, points make vouchers which you can then use off future purchases.

Not only do you get points as part of the ASOS A-list scheme but you also get extra discount days as well as one on your birthday and who doesn’t love birthday presents?!

So the first two steps are simple and require very little of you except to occasionally shop via ASOS. The last sale stalker part just requires a little of your time and effort. Next to each item, ASOS sells is a little heart, which you can click on to save the item into your wishlist for 60 days. I use this to collate outfit ideas and to do a bit of window shopping, which I can then see if they go in the sale at a price I want to pay. It also gives you time to think if you really want it or not. Obviously, if there’s something that you desperately want then grab it while you can!

I’d saved this bag at full price knowing I had been looking for a plain red bag for a while but had no intention of paying £50 for it. So when the huge ASOS sale hit and this came down to under twenty pounds I knew exactly what to spend my vouchers and discount code on.

Oh and last tip this week? As this was under £20 the delivery wouldn’t have been free so I chucked in a couple of other things in my cart to get it over the minimum spend, free delivery and returns!


I hope you’ve enjoyed this new feature. Do you have any recent bargains you’ve bought? I’d love to hear about them.


Lucy xx





Poetry Corner- Carol Ann Duffy




It will blind you with tears like a lover.

It will make your reflection a wobbling photo of grief.

I am trying to be truthful.

Not a cute card or a kissogram.

I give you an onion.

Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips, possessive and faithful as we are, for as long as we are.

Take it.

Its platinum loops shrink to a wedding ring, if you like.

Lethal. Its scent will cling to your fingers, cling to your knife.


From New Selected Poems 1984-2004  (Picador, 2004). Originally published in Mean Time (Anvil, 1993).


I first read this at school in one of the anthologies of poems left lying around. The imagery stuck with me although I think at the grand old age of 16 I just thought it was a bit weird!

However, over time the meaning behind the poem has made more sense and whilst I still enjoy the romanticised version of love found in many of my favourite pieces of art this makes for a welcome, rather more realistic change.

If like me you are a fan of Carol Ann Duffy, you can purchase her work here

Science Saturday

Science Saturday is back, here are a few links to some exciting Science bits, enjoy!


The Thames Estuary is flourishing, can we thank Beverley’s Mum for this?*

I love looking at the Google Doodles and have learnt all sorts of weird and wonderful things from them. The recent one for Maria Reiche protector of the Nazca Lines in Peru is a perfect example.

Vaccines are amazing and here they’ve found that the BCG vaccine can actually reduce sugar levels to such an extent it can effectively reverse Type 1 Diabetes, literally life-changing stuff.


*If you got this ‘Rivers of London’ reference, let’s be friends!