Side Street Style

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22/01/2015

How To Do Luxury For Less

Street Style
By mixing High Street and thrifty finds you can create a luxury inspired outfit


Everyone needs to treat themselves to something a little bit luxurious every now and then, but it needn’t always cost a bomb. There are clever ways to bring opulence closer to earth at a more reasonable price. Here are a few of our favourite hacks to help live out your extravagant side without breaking the bank!


Thrifted jewellery
I love finding vintage and thrifted jewellery at a fraction of the price


Interior Lover - Big Spender

I don't know about you but we love Eames chairs, which started with the stylish Eames Lounge chair and Ottoman which ranges into the thousands and is produced by The Herman Miller Furniture company

For the Savvy Shopper

Luckily you can get a lot of high quality inspired pieces that capture the same sense of style without the huge price tag. Places like John Lewis or Vertigo Interiors are a good place to start which looking for a price point product.


Eames chairs
Eame style chairs work in any interior



Wine Tasting: For Big Bucks

Napa Valley, California, has a beautiful vista of vineyards and is simple to get to on your private jet. Without the jet it will cost you around £500 and take about 16 hours from London airports. Once safely landed you can luxuriate in the warm Californian air by hopping on a balloon tour with Platypus followed by some delicious wines of the region for £325.

For the Savvy Saver

If you’d rather keep your feet firmly planted on the ground then you could take a trip over to a boutique wine shop and take a taste tour through the wines of South Africa, Italy or Spain. London’s Humble Grape is selling tickets for such tastings at £45. English based wine shops are a bit easier to get to than Napa and if you want to take a bottle home it will travel a lot easier without baggage control.



Humble grape wine




Personalised Plates: For Big Bucks

Having a personalised registration plate is part and parcel of owning a high end car but can come with a hefty price tag. Own a Ferrari? Love Formula One? The F1 plate sold at £440,000 in 2008 if you’re interested in going down a similar route.

For the Savvy Saver

You may prefer to keep a more low key look when cruising in your Corsa. For the subtler (and budget-constrained) folks looking for a plate that amuses them, personal registration specialist Click4Reg say “you can get a personalised plate with your initials in for as little as £200”. . You never know, it may turn out as a big investment if a boy band with the same initials as your plate become megastars!

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Picked this Fred Perry dress in the sale & Paul Costello bag at TKMaxx for a high end budget friendly look

Fashion Forward: For Big Bucks


It would be lovely to attend Paris Fashion Week and sit on the FROW in order to buy our Spring/Summer wardrobes. It’s more likely for most though that we may invest in one statement item from the big names like Chanel, for example one of their super fun shearling tote bags that will cost you just £4,985.

For the Savvy Saver

Go vintage, darlings. It may not be as cheap as it once was, with the overwhelming vintage trend that has swept our nation, but if you’re willing to rummage you can find a classic Chanel bag for half the price of a brand spanking new one. If you can’t stand the physical rummaging of vintage shops try your luck online at places like ASOS Marketplace.




train travel
Buy using a family card and booking in advance has meant we can treat ourselves to some First Class travel

Travelling in Style: For Big Bucks

If you have an unlimited budget when it comes to travel, things like booking in Advance, using hotel comparison sites or looking for deals are probably not something you need to think about and can just go straight to a luxury holiday provider for your trip, but to be honest we love finding deals for our family adventures.

For the Savvy Saver

If you are travelling as a family self catering is usually the best option and sites like Airbnb have some amazing and super stylish properties for less than that of a hotel. If you do want the luxury of a nice hotel using hotel comparison sites like Trivago are always useful to find the best deal as there can be huge differences in rates from providers. You can also look at cash-back sites before booking as you may even get some money back on your reservations. When it comes to transport always book in advance for the best rates and see if they offer any travel cards such a Two Together from National Rail which offers 33% off for a couple travelling together.

Luxury hotel
We have managed to find some great rates on high end hotels by comparing prices.

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5 comments:

  1. Great tips and I love that outfit you put together, you look amazing!

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    1. Thanks so much Kat that means a lot :)

      Laura x

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  2. Good tips! I'm also a big fan of Eames. Love a bit of mid century interiors style. eBay is my friend when it comes to this!

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    1. Oh yes I totally love eBay - great for finding some chic bargains

      Laura x

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  3. Style is everything these days and being able to afford stylish number plates is something you can consider by visiting www.premier-plates.co.uk

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