Shameful Shade of Pink

Shameful Shade of Pink

Gutted after finding out a pizza place we wanted to try out was closed, the boyf and I sauntered up Berwick Street towards Oxford Street, wanting to seek solace in Beard Papa’s instead…

We walk past one of those non-descript, supremely cheesy/cheap clothing stores that litters the crap end of Oxford Street…

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Me: Ok, is it me or is that pink dress in the window looking really nice….

Boyf: I’m thirsty, I need a drink….

Me: Seriously… those different layers of ruffles… that shade of pink… dear lord… I think I’m rather liking it…

Boyf: Ok, but if we’re gonna go in there, it has to be a fast and sharp operation…

Me: Ok…we’re going in, we’re going in, oh dear lord, there’s a guy fixing computers and mobile phones there…

Boyf: Don’t lose sight of the target!  Pink dress, pay, get out and then thirst quenching…

Me: Ok, ok ok *spots pink dress immediately*.  Ah…it comes in blue as well…

Boyf: Blue looks cheap.  Pink is better.

Me: Ok, ok, ok… oh my god, it’s ¬£7!  That’s disgusting…

Boyf: The till is up there…

Me: *Wide eyed* The jewellery is ¬£1 a piece or 7 pieces for ¬£6… wow, this is very very mint (Susie Bubble language for ‘It’s so bad, it’s cool…’)

Boyf: Pay!

Me: Wow… I haven’t paid for a dress with cash in a while…

Boyf: Let’s get out through the back door. 

*We leave through the suspicous looking side door at the back*

Boyf: I think I could smell ‘cheap’ back there…

Me: I feel really really dirty… let’s go to Beard Papa’s and stuff ourselves with cream puffs just to go completely mental…

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(Yes, I am REALLY rinsing the new Pierre Hardy x Louise Goldin ankle boots…) 

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  1. anna.FrOst

    2008-05-31 at 7:32 PM

    oh, how cool is that!?
    lovely dress!!

  2. flatbrokefab Ashleigh

    2008-05-31 at 7:35 PM

    I actually adore this dress…i’m shocked about where you found it, but seriously its really cute! what a bargain! bravo!
    Ashleigh
    http://www.flatbrokefabulous.blogspot.com

  3. The Stylish Wanderer

    2008-05-31 at 7:37 PM

    Hmmm great price

  4. Suzi

    2008-05-31 at 7:59 PM

    Wow! I never pay attention down the crappy end of Oxford Street. It’s perdy!

  5. Danny Daily

    2008-05-31 at 8:12 PM

    Just for the record, I have a hideous looking YSL piece hanging in my closet that shows price doesn’t equate to amazingness.
    Love,
    Danny
    http://dannydaily.typepad.com

  6. cosmocat

    2008-05-31 at 8:15 PM

    so funny! and a great find. i hate that part of oxford st but have to walk down it to get home..

  7. WendyB

    2008-05-31 at 8:21 PM

    Love it!

  8. Jen

    2008-05-31 at 8:23 PM

    Wait, 7 pounds? Seriously? It looks so fab on you.

  9. Fabulously Broke

    2008-05-31 at 8:24 PM

    *LAUGHING*!!!
    I think it looks great on you 🙂 And at 7 pounds it’s a STEAL
    I’m linking this. I laughed so hard…

  10. Style Slicker

    2008-05-31 at 8:40 PM

    OMG Susie, the pink dress looks amazing!!! blue dress huh? what kind of blue?
    K

  11. Amandine

    2008-05-31 at 8:51 PM

    Hi! I am an avid reader of your blog. That dress is really cute, I have one like it in black. Please check out my budding blog!

  12. DJM

    2008-05-31 at 9:10 PM

    If it looks good who cares about it being in a “supremely cheesy/cheap” shop. I always say it’s not what you wear but how you wear it. This is a beautiful dress. And for ¬£7 – even better!

  13. lady coveted

    2008-05-31 at 9:15 PM

    this is such a delightful story… and you have such a delightful pink dress.
    mmmm beard papas

  14. yulanda

    2008-05-31 at 9:18 PM

    Your new dress is gorgeous!

  15. floraposte

    2008-05-31 at 9:25 PM

    What a bargain! It owes you nothing!! Such a funny post; did your boyf have that put-upon expression common to most males dragged out clothes shopping on a Saturday?

  16. pretty face

    2008-05-31 at 9:36 PM

    I’m always so jealous when people recount conversations like that.. Roald Dahl, the Fug Girls (although I know for sure theirs are made up…)
    Anyway, that wasa little off-topic. But did you really say all that? Because it was very funny! Oh, and I love your dress! My friends occasionally want to go in that sort of shop (such a generalisation: cheap end of Oxford Street) and I’m always way too horrified.
    One more thing – Beard Papas. Yum.

  17. MHBass

    2008-05-31 at 9:41 PM

    embrace the cheap! i should be so ashamed of where half my clothes from, but it’s too much effort to care… 🙂 you look hot in the pink dress!!

  18. saray

    2008-05-31 at 9:55 PM

    WOW!
    great buy!! that dress is stuning!

  19. selina

    2008-05-31 at 10:10 PM

    designer shoes with cheapie dress, true style!

  20. Everybody Says Don't

    2008-05-31 at 10:14 PM

    It looks great on you! Fab dress. Congrats!

  21. The Clothes Horse

    2008-05-31 at 10:21 PM

    You wear it well. I personally adore cheap clothes, but those overwhelmingly bright and crowded stores do make me a bit nauseous…

  22. Noel

    2008-05-31 at 10:54 PM

    I go to Beard Papa’s every Friday night! Must cut down…
    And wow, what a great find.

  23. anna

    2008-06-01 at 1:50 AM

    what a find! and i love the way you write.

  24. Indian Rose Fashionista

    2008-06-01 at 1:52 AM

    OMG i love it! I don’t usually go for bright pink things, but that is absolutely gorgeous…style-wise and price-wise!
    Im sure ive seen something similar somewhere, but i can’t think where(?)
    Awwww i want one too!

  25. cassiopeia37

    2008-06-01 at 2:01 AM

    Gorgeous – how is the material though? If it doesn’t feel like it’s from ‘that end of oxford street’ then all the better! Yay to no-fashion-snobbery! ;-D Xxxc

  26. Rhiannon

    2008-06-01 at 2:34 AM

    Great outfit! I have a pink dress to wear to a wedding tomorrow and I think I might steal your idea and wear it with black tights and tall, tall shoes.

  27. Steph

    2008-06-01 at 3:04 AM

    That’s just a fabulous colour of pink. i love it!

  28. raq

    2008-06-01 at 3:53 AM

    yay for those unexpected finds! that hot pink is gorgeous!

  29. Stephie

    2008-06-01 at 4:22 AM

    What a pretty dress – great bargain!

  30. emily

    2008-06-01 at 5:00 AM

    that dres is soo cool. i can never turn away from ruffles. reminds me of that preen mock assymet dress..kind of. do you mind going back to pick one up for me and i’ll pay you back? i live in california. maybe susie??

  31. emily

    2008-06-01 at 5:05 AM

    that dres is soo cool. i can never turn away from ruffles. reminds me of that preen mock assymet dress..kind of. do you mind going back to pick one up for me and i’ll pay you back? i live in california. maybe susie??

  32. a dreamer

    2008-06-01 at 5:53 AM

    now thats why we love cheap shops! i love that dress, the rufflyness is amazing.
    oh why dont you bring out your pink miu miu’s? i have a slight obsession with those.
    the louise goldin shoes are beautiful though.

  33. tanya

    2008-06-01 at 6:35 AM

    dammit susie i hate you! you find the hottest (and cheapest) dresses in the worst places. urgh! why arent there places like that in Sydney?

  34. Stella

    2008-06-01 at 7:28 AM

    Oh man…I love it. I’ve always wanted to wear something of the like, but I’m decidedly much bigger than you so I don’t know how it would turn out.
    By the way, your boyf/you convo sounds almost like a direct transcript of most of the shopping conversations that I have with my boyf…mine is definitely not a shopper.

  35. Toodles

    2008-06-01 at 7:38 AM

    Wow the dress is cute..and cheap can be chic too!
    Just in case anyone is looking for Erin Fetherston
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=160246393300&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT&ih=006

  36. Amy

    2008-06-01 at 8:34 AM

    what’s wrong with ‘cheap’?…
    hmmm.
    nice dress though.

  37. susie_bubble

    2008-06-01 at 9:30 AM

    Thanks guys…. yup, that was indeed a direct transcript…. the boyf wasn’t objecting to shopping though but it was the shopping in the cheapie place that he didn’t like….he’s not into bargain hunting like I am which is why he got all hot and bothered at the DSM market sale too because it was so manic….
    Emily: Drop me an email and maybe we can arrange something!
    Cass: The fabric is pretty decent… though I wished the ruffles went all the way round the back as the back is just plain pink satin…always the way with cheap dresses, you never get a decent back…
    It’s not a snobbery thing against ‘cheap’ but more the shopping location…. these shops are properly seedy. And I’ve actually signed petitions against more of these kind of shops populating Oxford/Regent Street… I’d honestly rather see these heritage-rich streets return to their former glory and be decent places for tourists to visit… which is why I’ve made it a point not to go in before so it was a bit of a shopping first for me…
    Nothing wrong with cheap of course wherever it comes from…!

  38. citona

    2008-06-01 at 9:41 AM

    That dress is sooo cool!!!!
    http://www.citona.blogspot.com

  39. stella-mayfair

    2008-06-01 at 11:02 AM

    susie, you look GREAT! btw, i like your headpiece, though i can’t figure out what ist is… :-))

  40. missmilki

    2008-06-01 at 11:09 AM

    He he! Fab dress! Similar thing happened with my friend the other day…a hunt for a nice cocktail dress, a certain cheapie shop we’d never go in, nice dress in the window ‚Ǩ40 and 20min later she emerges triumphant with a fab royal blue ruffle halterneck dress…ok it wasn’t quiet the bargain you got and it’ll probably fall apart after 2 wears but sometimes you make some happy discoveries when you step outside your comfort zone! Oh and the ruffles on her dress don’t go the whole way around either…seems to be a thing with cheap clothes.

  41. missmilki

    2008-06-01 at 11:09 AM

    He he! Fab dress! Similar thing happened with my friend the other day…a hunt for a nice cocktail dress, a certain cheapie shop we’d never go in, nice dress in the window ‚Ǩ40 and 20min later she emerges triumphant with a fab royal blue ruffle halterneck dress…ok it wasn’t quiet the bargain you got and it’ll probably fall apart after 2 wears but sometimes you make some happy discoveries when you step outside your comfort zone! Oh and the ruffles on her dress don’t go the whole way around either…seems to be a thing with cheap clothes.

  42. kirsty lee

    2008-06-01 at 11:18 AM

    oh my. which shop was this!?? i actually saw a quite amazing ruffled dress (similar to a peter jensen topshop creation) in one of the oxford street crapholes. i always walked past late at night though when it was closed, and it was gone when i eventually found the time to go in…
    congrats on the dress. it looks amazing.

  43. Natty

    2008-06-01 at 11:54 AM

    Weird! Wierd! Weird! I was on Oxford Street Friday eve and bought a black ruffled dress (without the ruffles at the back either!) from one of those cheap shops up by Shelley’s shoes! I wonder how many other people who dont normally give those shops a second look has succummed to the cheap ruffles???

  44. dlynne

    2008-06-01 at 4:29 PM

    i effing love the dress!! but then again im partial to anything pink… 😀

  45. enc

    2008-06-01 at 5:09 PM

    I’d say you got about seven quid worth of pink joy. Lovely!

  46. Drusilla

    2008-06-01 at 5:26 PM

    Pinkness! Love! And you look fab!~

  47. Zhori

    2008-06-01 at 5:45 PM

    Well talk about snobs!

  48. Camille

    2008-06-01 at 7:01 PM

    have u any foto of ur boyf?

  49. winnie

    2008-06-01 at 10:53 PM

    I love it, I can’t believe it was only ¬£7! Thats unheard of!

  50. Lady Smaggle

    2008-06-02 at 12:48 AM

    Tis gorgeous! Well done… go back and get it blue as well…

  51. Lady Smaggle

    2008-06-02 at 1:01 AM

    Tis gorgeous! Well done… go back and get it blue as well…

  52. Jessica

    2008-06-02 at 4:45 AM
  53. lovefashion

    2008-06-02 at 6:05 PM

    This dress is really cute!! I found a similar style by Rachel Mara but its black and white polka-dot at http://www.shopgoldyn.com.

  54. Aenbe

    2008-06-03 at 9:25 PM

    Your story reeks of snobbery.Why think that the price of an item or the name of a shop that you got it from are important,if the thing is nice?I just don’t get it.

  55. Elle

    2008-06-03 at 9:38 PM

    omg yes I go past that shop when I go to Cass Art and I saw that dress but was too ashamed to go in lmao.

  56. la femme

    2008-06-04 at 1:46 AM

    LOL.
    It does look quite good. Those heels make me feel faint (in a good way).

  57. Miss V

    2008-06-06 at 6:00 PM

    I love it!

  58. Maria

    2008-06-08 at 10:47 AM

    wow.. thats a bargain.

  59. mads

    2008-06-14 at 12:42 PM

    so i found this amazing hot pink silky dress with roses round the top at one of those dodgy $10 shops (which is 4 pounds or something ridiculous). im really tempted to wear it to my prom and spend the rest of the money on extreme shoes but i swear people will know…SOMEHOW!

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