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It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the Fran household and I’ll agree that my blog has suffered somewhat while I’ve been preoccupied but we’re back, so to celebrate this joyous occasion I have decided to do a review on an online shop called “Pret a Portobello”.

Now, most of you will be familiar with the London market scene, but if you aren’t..I’ll do a bit of explaining first. London has a very eclectic and interesting market scene that has earned it’s place as one of the most recognized market cities in the world. One of these markets is Portobello.At Portobello you can buy almost anything.. from a vintage pearl necklace to an edgy new handbag, it really is a pretty funky place to pick up a one off item.

This is where “Pret a Portobello” comes in, It’s basically the mother of all online shops containing various stalls and brands that can be found on the market strip, but it’s an online shopping experience with a difference. To keep the theme alive, Pret a portobello has introduced a “haggle” button. So if you want to experience the world of market street haggling but don’t fancy travelling all the way up to London to do it, have a go on here!

Screen shot 2013-07-17 at 13.27.33Haggling in it’s most simplest term involves using your cheek and bargaining skills to get an item down to a more acceptable price, this is an important skill because traders enjoying conning people and are damn good at it too! I can’t tell you the number of times I have walked away thinking I owned that sale only to find that I had been conned out of a tenner. With that being said if you can master the art of haggling it will save you a few pounds.

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1. Brown leather satchel, £50.
2. Black fedora hat, £30.
3. Aztec print satchel, £45.
4. Vintage print jumper, £20.
5. Colourful box clutches, £21.

While there isn’t a huge variety of clothing on this website, their accessories are good quality items on the cheap. These box clutches are a perfect twist on the usual clutch trend and come in a wide range of colours, I have my eye on the yellow and mint coloured ones in particular. They stock both new and vintage clothing and despite the current heatwave (urgh!) this vintage jumper is a bargain for £20. Fedoras and trilby hats are still a staple item in anyone’s wardrobes and while my giant head doesn’t  fit in the ” one size fits all” category, I might add this black fedora to my hat collection as they come in a variety of sizes, Hallelujah!

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6. Pleated maxi dress, £65.
7. Deco sweater, £20.
8. Leather detail tee, £15.
9. Florescent necklace, £20.
10. Print joggers, £28.
11. Mac coat inserts, £1.
12. Mac coat in see through, £49.

Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m not one to wear dresses however I am loving the maxi dress trend at the moment and I have been searching for one that isn’t black to add to my collection. I like this one in particular because it oozes elegance and I haven’t seen many like in the high street shops. These aztec joggers are stunning and can be worn in a variety of ways. They also tick the boxes for the aztec and florescent trends. Whilst I’m aware that festival season is coming to a close, I had to share this see through mac with you all, not only is it right on trend at the moment but it’s pocket images can be changed, so if you were wondering what those inserts were for, there you go! I love these inserts because they add a touch of humour to the coat as well as being incredibly trendy and different.

So what do you guys think? Is the haggle feature a good idea or unneeded effort?

Peace out xo

 

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