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OMG! It’s Mid Season Sale time yet again, the newest trends and how to wear them are fully ingrained in our minds and the guilt felt from spending full price on “autumnal essentials” has faded.

Just when we thought we couldn’t spend anymore, mid season kicks in. What I love most are the second chances. What you didn’t want to pay full price for at the start of the season just might still be available, but at a much friendlier cost. Here are my top picks from the latest Mid Season Sales to buy now and wear for the season ahead, get it soon though before someone else does!

WINTER PASTELS
Dust off that pink coat from last winter because sugary shades are back this season and sweeter than ever.

Winter Pastels

Clockwise from top left: Urban Outfitters PU Scrunchie £2 (Was £4)Warehouse Leather Pelmet Skirt £40 (Was £60)Tatty Devine Fried Egg Necklace £18.90 (Was £21)H&M Sweatshirt Top £15 (Was £25), Kurt Geiger Gabby Heeled Boots £79 (Was £120)Kimchi Blue Dylan Shirt Dress £40 (Was £65)H&M Clutch Bag £15 (Was £25)

STATEMENT SWEATS
Say what!? Get the gift of the gab with these conversation starters.

Statement Sweatshirts

Clockwise from top leftH&M Printed Sweatshirt £15 (Was £20)House of Holland Letters Sweatshirt £80 (Was £165), H&M Beaded Sweatshirt £30 (Was £40)

PRINT CLASH
Why match it when you can clash it? This season, go graphic or go home!

Graphic Prints

Clockwise from top left: Mink Pink Lost In Space Jumper £35 (Was £70), Vans Era Snakeskin Trainers £53 (Was £75)Miss Selfridge Scribble Print Jeans £18 (Was £36)New Look Stripe Phone Case £2 (Was £5), Oasis Pink Ponyskin Watch £18 (Was £25)

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January can be disheartening – we’re back at work, we’ve blown all our money, we’re still carrying a hangover from all the parties (maybe) – but there’s something about the prospect of a new year that triggers the desire to start anew and forget the past. And with that, I swear by these get-organised-and-get-going accessories to setting 2014 off on the right foot.

Get An Organiser (Better yet, make it a Filofax)

FiloFax

I’ve carried a Filofax for many years and my A5 Sienna travels with me every day round London-town storing many-a post it notes, rogue receipts and important business cards. I find writing things down makes me remember them better so here’s to another year with it by my side.  If I can make a suggestion when choosing a Filofax, it’s to get a real leather one, it will age like that great leather jacket you love in your wardrobe and really, you only ever need to buy this once.

Left to Right: A5 The Original Organiser Filofax £80, A5 Alice Temperley For Filofax “The Affair”, A5 Osterley Organiser Was £190 Now £95

Back It Up

USB

I don’t have much luck with hard drives, I’ve lost data twice now, not necessarily by not backing up, but by relying on just one device to hold all my precious editorial work and photos over the years. Because of this, I have many USB sticks and memory drives scattered round my desk at home and at work, plus one that I particularly carry round with me (my beloved Swarovksi crystal lock USB). For me, I always opt for the more blingtastic USB keys, I simply love a gadget in disguise.

Left to Right: 8GB Bendy Robot USB £11.25, 8GB Gold Bullion USB £5.50, Kate Spade Bow Tie USB $50

Clutch This

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clutches

Begin the new year with a clean slate and get yourself a flat pouch clutch. Making a statement on its own accord by simply being simple yet utterly desirable, if you want to get fancy, you can get yours monogrammed which Anya Hindmarch happily offers as a service on their bespoke range, go texturised or carry a print. Also doubling as a stylish travel wallet (most will easily store those cumbersome and wide airline tickets in their crisp state), it’s the ultimate piece for organised everyday style.

Left to Right: Whistles Shiny Croc Clutch £60, Givenchy Coated Canvas Pouch £220, Anya Hindmarch Joss Zip Top Pouch £350

Take Note

NotebooksMake a resolution to sketch, write, jot, and draw more this year. These books should get your creative juices flowing as it’s simply stylish from the start!

Left to Right: Nancy and Betty Typewriter Notebook £3.50, Urban Outfitters F***ing Beautiful Notebook £6, Ooh Deer A4 Artemis Notebook £12

Coggles Website

I don’t do casual. I’m not one to dip and dabble in just-this-one-time dalliances. Retailers probably peg me as the hardest to convert as I’m too loyal, too difficult to be won over.

Hello, my name is Jennie and I’m in a long-term relationship with the brands I love.

Take for instance, the alternative lifestyle mecca that is Urban Outfitters. A regular since I was 14, I can’t even put an amount against all the pay checks I’ve received that have gone into this company. No more are the plastic drawstring shopper bags, the bohemian-printed smock dresses (thank god!), and in came slouchy slogan tees, textured dresses, jersey, velvet, tie-dye and pieces adorned with diamantes-in-the-rough and gotta-have-it appeal. But I digress, this is about my other unexplained long-term relationship with the York-born retailer, Coggles.

I can’t remember how I found Coggles, but I’ve always had an affinity for the brand. I think their website is beautiful and they have a discerning eye for selecting designers and their products.

Last year, I was so excited to attend Drapers’ 30 Under 30 Academy Day. Mark Bage, CEO and Creative Director at the time was on the panel discussing, How To Make A Brand Cool?

Well, Mark, your brand is cool. And so is your beard.

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It was devastating to hear that the company went into administration a few months ago, but alas they were rescued and I can continue my courtship. And so should you!

Love is unexplainable, but I’ll try to explain it with the top reasons you should shop and love this brand too…

1/ The owner – Founder Victoria Bage named the company after the woman her partner cheated with as a reminder of the mistake he made! I mean, who does that?!

2/ The website – Full screen visuals, minimalist navigation and cute-as-a-button fonts. It’s the neatest website around.

3/ The edit – A finer than fine selection of unique, modern, cool designer brands such as Wildfox, Marc by Marc Jacobs, A.P.C., We Are Handsome, Zoe Karrsen…

4/ The Sunday Supplement – Forgoing hard sells, they send out a little slice of serenity to your inbox every weekend featuring anything from recipes, art, books and movies.