My Style Challenge: Katies Haul

A couple of weeks ago I set this stuck in a Country Road rut girl (a.k.a moi) a personal style challenge.

You can read about it here

It was time to look a wee bit further than the end of my CR fashion buying nose.

My task was to stop the lazy girl shopper in me, get out there and pay full price find me some new labels to wear – other than Country Road/Witchery/Trenery and Mimco.

Do you feel my pain? Nah? That’s ok I understand…stay with me though 😉

Writing my intentions down, was somehow cathartic though. It made me realise that I probably have been a tad lazy of late.

Although in my defence, winter clothes have had a lot to do with my lack of interest in looking around the shops. When the temperature drops, all I want to do in snuggle down at home, in my onesie (yes here’s the proof) on the sofa eating until I end up in a food coma.

If only winter hibernation was an option!

Yes, it gets cold on The Sunny Coast (this year has seen the temperature drop into single digits at night – with no heating at our place – brrrrrr its felt positively freezing) but the daytime temps are not cold enough to spend money on a full-on winter wardrobe.  By lunchtime when the mercury rises; those beautiful heavy knits that are perfect for cooler climates, make you  want to pass out with suffocation!

When any shop (even CR) is filled with wool  – the last thing I feel like doing is going shopping.

This changes drastically when a hint of spring is on the horizon though. I immediately feel ready to sit up and take notice and of course GO SHOPPING!

So Ms Spring, you’ve happened to arrive at the perfect time *Ahem*  because I believe I may have my mojo back.

Now, I’m nothing if not a rule breaker…

What a silly idea of mine to think I could wait another month before I strayed over the CR threshold.

Once I started with Sussans, there was no stopping me, I was on a roll…

Next, I found myself trotting off to Katies  – thanks for the suggestion, gorgeous Lisa – Queen of Thrift  (that’s Lisa IG) I totally surprised myself with what I walked out with.

My Style challenge Katies

Now girls these jeans hopped onto my radar because of one of my girl crushes Sonia from Sonia Styling – isn’t she just the cutest?

Sonia has been rocking these jeans to perfection, so I thought I’d investigate and take a closer look.

They are the Blue Denim Ripped Jean code 00087203 I paid $59.95 but I’ve just noticed they have gone into sale $19.95 you lucky ducks.

No longer showing as available online – so be quick and check out your local store.

I’m loving the versatility of the kimono and its only $39.95 – it’s doesn’t fit into my normal classic style personality but in for a penny, in for a pound –  as they say (well they do in the UK)

I brought the two together with a 30% off deal.

The tee is Shirt Tail Tee  $49.95 Country Road

Finished off with my Antonia Mule $179.00 for CR too!

Even if i do say so myself, I think I nailed my brief:

  • Must be current season
  • No mark-downs (I paid full price but was given 30% promotion at the till – the jeans were not marked down)
  • Can be Shoes or Accessories

Seriously, I had the biggest grin on my face when I walked out of the door at Katies – Happy doesn’t even come close.

And guess what? It didn’t even end there…I’ve also had a $10 voucher emailed to me.

Both Sussans and Katies have offered me choices that I didn’t expect to find…

I wonder who’s next on my radar?

Portmans maybe? as suggested by lovely Vanessa at Style and Shenanigans!

You’ll have to wait and see 😉

Are you a Katies girl? Or have you ever been pleasantly surprised to find treasures where you least expect them?

As its Wednesday – you already know the drill…Kimbalikes is the hostess with the mostest so I’m hanging out there





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  • You look FAB Bev. Those jeans are amazing on you. And for that current price I need to check out my local Katies TODAY!!!

    • Why thank you beautiful – you’re too kind!
      Yes, do pop in…have a really good look, because Katies holds hidden treasures I tell you – very cheap treasures! Mwah xx

  • shannon @howcaniwearthat

    You look amazing Bev. A perfect Sunshine Coast spring outfit. I love Katies, They are one of those stores where you can always find something that you need (or want, same thing :). Shannon x

    • Thanks so much Shannon. Really stepped out of my ‘classic’ comfort zone on this one but you’re so right it is a perfect coast outfit! Mwah xx

  • I love Katies, but must confess I usually buy only from the sales racks 🙂

    • Good on you Janet! I’m not good at shopping sale – never have been, even before I worked retail.
      So when I do bag a bargain (anywhere other than CR) I’m ecstatic! xx

  • You look GORGEOUS in those jeans! And I have that kimono, too – so we clearly have awesome taste! x

    • Clearly! It’s all thanks to you though…If you didn’t look so god damn hot in the jeans, I would never have gone in to Katies xx
      I, my wardrobe and my bank balance LOVE you xx

  • I’m such a Katies girl that I’ve teamed up to work with them! I have a little saying. Every time someone tells me they’ve discovered Katies and loved it, an angel gets their wings!

    Thanks for joining Wardrobe Wednesday x

    • Oh and check out the Biker Jeans – pale skinnies with moto detailing. Love ’em!

    • You are such a cutie – I think I’ll be handing out some more wings soon! xx
      Righto, off to check out the Biker Jeans!

  • You look fabulous. Love the Kimono and Katies are looking more fabulous, they seemed to have changed a little and i am loving a few items in store, but yet to take the plunge. V x

    • Take the plunge Vicki – I was pleasantly surprised.
      Thanks for the lovely comments gorgeous girl xx

  • You look gorgeous as per! Loving the kimono. Yes Katies have really stepped up their game and the prices are great! Those jeans look amazing on you. xx

    • You’re too kind beautiful girl xx
      I’m smitten with both the kimono and the jeans – and to bag such a bargain…Delighted xx

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    You look stunning darling girl I have those jeans aren’t they the best so comfy but I can’t find another pair anywhere:( size 8 please if anyone sees any and the kimono is gorgeous too,I’m glad you liked Katie’s Bev ,they certainly have great sales I might have bought some online bargains yesterday $65 for 4 things 2 maxi dresses and a jumpsuit and a pair of patterned pants.Great post Xx

    • Thanks gorgeous for both the lovely compliment and the Katies recommendation – I am delighted with my haul! The jeans are some of the comfiest I’ve ever brought…they will certainly be on high rotation for the next couple of weeks until the humidity kicks in here!
      Your bargains sound amazing too – 4 things for $65 – Wow!
      I’ll look forward to seeing you in them very soon Mwah xxx

  • Petra

    Those jeans are great on you Bev – well done 🙂

  • Great picks ups Bev – I love your finds and they look great on you. I also love how you’ve mixed them with clothes from another store to make the overall all look more you. Have fun at Portmans (no pressure!). x

    • Thanks lovely!
      To be honest V, I was pleasantly surprised when I walked in…it didn’t take me long before I found something to try on. A big lesson learnt for me I’d say!
      Yes, Portmans – watch out your next on my hit list 😉 xx

  • katypotaty

    I actually love this kimono on you, I think you wear it so well!

    Thrilled you’re stepping out of your CR box, and those Katies prices and promotions are why I keep popping in to check out what’s new.

    Big hugs x

    • Thanks so much sweetness xx
      For the price, these jeans are darn amazing and sooooo very comfortable. The kimono is letting me ‘dip my toe’ into un-chartered territory without causing too much of a ripple to my bank balance. Winner. xx

  • Love this look on you. I’ve been trying to find the perfect Kimono but they are all super expensive and end up being far too long on me. I might need to case this one.

    • Thanks so much Raychael – this one is perfect to start with. Cheap as chips, yet still elegant! xxx