Have you heard it? Winter Sales are here! In Italy they have started last Thursday, on January 5th, in France they will start next week, on Wednesday 10th, whereas in the UK they are to finish mid-January.
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Given my stats showed that you loved my Christmas wishlist, I thought to reiterate with the 10 bargained must-haves to indulge in during these Winter Sales. Caution: make sure to keep your wallet at a good distance to avoid any drama – I’ve warned you!
1. THE EXTRA SAVER
French know very well what La Redoute is: a leading marketplace in Europe selling affordable ready-to-wear and home decor. But before the internet even existed, they had invented dematerialized shopping (no physical shop) with catalogs and order forms – and trust me, I was a big big fan. I remember doing collages with the models I would have cut inside to recreate the “perfect family”. Later on, when I could actually order stuff, I was waiting for the postman like crazy. Oh well, nothing has changed!
🛍 Good news, with the code 7557, you can get a further 50% on already discounted articles. The offer is valid until 08/01.
2. THE USEFUL
Hi January, nice to meet you and your friends “snow” and “freezing temperatures”! Raise your hand if like me you urgently need to stock up on warm socks, thick tights, and thermic underwear. In Italy, Calzedonia and Intimissimi are just the best for that.
🛍 During Sales, you can get up to 50% off on a selection of items.
3. THE ‘RIGHT ON TIME’
New year, new diary. I love the Moleskine ones because they are not too big (13×21 cm) or heavy but still have enough space to write and most of all, they are simple and elegant. This year, I am choosing the raspberry weekly agenda for a pop of color in the office.
🛍 Up to 30% on selected notebooks, diaries, and accessories.
4. THE DARLING
It is not a secret anymore: I love Clarins. For Christmas, I received the Double Serum (on sale now!), which I am a huge fan of. It came with the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil that I didn’t know but let me tell you this is B-O-M-B (review coming soon). Apart from that, I use their masks and face creams like there was no tomorrow.
🛍 Ta-dam! Until 31/01, that’s 20% off on a wide selection of Clarins goodies. And with the discount codes FACE18 and BODY18, you’ll get your face beauty or body routine free with a minimum of 45€ of purchase.
5. THE ‘TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE’
Ok, let’s find one person who doesn’t love Topshop. I don’t know any! When I was living in London, I was spending hours in the Oxford Street’s store for fashion inspiration. But let’s be honest, their clothes are not always so affordable.
🛍 Oh, wait! Their Sales will make you save up to 70% off selected lines. Right, from that moment on, I am no longer accountable for my actions…
I am really into this yellow open-back dress for my friend’s wedding in May, I totally see it fitting with her natural wedding. I better hurry though as there’s only one size left. For the season, I might also get a red knitted beanie to brighten up my grey coat.
6. THE IRRESISTIBLE
When I enter a Yves Rocher store, I want to buy all their products. Does it also happen to you? I don’t know if it is the cute packaging, the smell, the tiny prices or all at the same time, but it is truly hard to resist.
🛍 Until 31/01, you’ll have 8€ off if you spend 55€ or more; and 5€ off if you spend 40€ or more. It is getting hard to say no…
7. THE ‘NOW OR NEVER’
To start 2018 properly (and be in shape for my wedding, kind of), I have started running again. I already set my goals for the new year and I feel like a new pair of leggings would motivate me even more.
🛍 Up to 70% off on a huge selection of articles, but only until January 14th. Hurry!
All eyes on the Nike Power Legend leggings that are classy and functional. With my colorful shoes and top, I need to keep a low profile for trousers. And with a name like this, I can only succeed in reaching my goals, right?
8. THE THINKING AHEAD
Now that Christmas is over, we are all checking the calendar for the next holidays. The most patient of us will wait until Easter but others might want to plan a city break before that. Are you more a Paris, Berlin, or Barcelona person?
🛍 Hotels.com heard you: 50% off on bookings made until 31/01, for stays between January 1st and February 26th. Mini-holidays, here we come!
9. THE CULTURED
I am a bookworm so I love a good book sale. If I had to recommend my favorite readings:
- The Girl on the Train: the book is way better than the movie and I highly recommend this psychological thriller to my Londoner friends who will enjoy finding some of the places familiar.
- Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: a feminist bedtime storybook we all wish we had growing up. These are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing.
- Bacio Feroce: Roberto Saviano’s (author of Gomorra) latest work is a reflection on the new generation of “Camorristi”, that is to say, poor Napoletean kids desperate for power who want to break the mafia rules (based on ancestral notions of honor and respect) to keep up with the modern world. But what can you expect from kids with guns and a huge amount of cash in their pockets? Scary, violent and fascinating.
🛍 These 3 books and much more are discounted at 15% on Mondadori until 31/01.
10. THE PRACTICAL
As we live in Milan where a parking slot is a rare and expensive commodity, we often use DriveNow, BMW’s car-sharing app*. With your phone, you can find the closest car around you, unlock it and drive it. After using the car, you can park it – for free! – everywhere, even in the city center. You get the perks of driving luxury cars like Serie 1, the electric i3 and MINI Cabrio, without worrying about insurance, revision, and all!
🛍 Register with the code NQSFCFE473RP to pay your subscription 4,99€ (instead of 29€) and get 15 free minutes.
*only available in the following cities: London, Milan, Lisbon, Vienna, Brussels, Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Helsinki.