Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Fashion: My Octer Holiday Story

Octer fashion app review

Right guys, I've got two brilliant news which I'd like to share with you in today's post. Firstly, one epic moment in history has happened over the weekend: I've finally booked a holiday and in four weeks time, I'll be jetting off to Tenerife for an entire week full of sunshine, sunshine and even more sunshine. BYE, BYE WORK! 

It has been such a dread, I can tell you. For weeks now, the project "holidays" has been discussed in my household with no clear results until this weekend when I couldn't bear it anymore and in a short but (financially) painful decision just booked it. What do they say in Germany? An ending with horror is better than a never-ending horror or something like that?!? Well, I'm sure you get the picture and it is now done, settled, booked, paid and the wait for the moment to escape dreary London has come. 

If you follow me on Twitter, you know how much I've been longing for a summer and time away from the office (I spent FAR too much time at work) and the dreading long commute - which you know is basically all that I'm doing. Work, commute, sleep, repeat - and that till Christmas. NON STOP. With so little time on my hands to catch up on my life, it came in very handy when Octer* reached out to me and asked me if I'd like to try out their new service - a fashion app, which are the second brilliant news I'd like to share with you. 

Octer basically is an online marketplace of the biggest UK stores, bringing together well-known and beloved brands such as Boohoo, ASOS or New Look. You can shop by department for fashion, beauty and tech gadgets and Octer will compare thousands of brands and products for you and then show the best matches based on your personal preferences. This way, you'll discover products, which you probably wouldn't have, plus it saves you tonnes of time as you don't have to crawl fashion retailers individually. Perfect for someone like me who barely has a minute to check out shops in person and this way I have the entire fashion collection from the British High Street right at my fingertips.  

I've browsed the Octer website for the past two weeks or so and the offer of products is enormous! It can feel a bit overwhelming at first, but the website is super well organised and structured. You have accurate filters which provide you with a clear overview of products. All you need to do then is to choose your desired item and that is hard because suddenly you'd like to have everything!

Once you decide on an item, you click on the picture and Octer will lead you directly to the retailers' website - easy and straightforward. Now, this is a function I wish Octer would do this internally, as you only discover the product on their website, but the actual purchase happens on the retailer's website. So you have to create an account with the retailer and then purchase the item as if you would normally do. I find this process a bit of a hassle as you have to sign up with each retailer individually and I feel it would be awesome to have one account with Octer and then purchase everything from there. Maybe they'll improve this function in the future as I think it'll be much more convenient from the consumer side.

With Octer I discovered a gorgeous neck holder plunge swimsuit and an off the shoulder top from Dorothy Perkins. I ordered the top straight away and with the swimsuit.....well....I waited too long and by the time I decided to go for it, it was ta-dah (!) sold out. Sob, sob! Sadly, the DP top turned out to be a complete flop as its sizing was far too wide/large (though I ordered a small size) and its colour was more pale blue then crisp white. Well, as my blogging friend from Love, Laughs & Lipstick would say "a proper fashion expectation vs reality moment" has just happened.

But, as I've said, Octer has a wide corpus of fashion items, so it took me less than a week, to unearth another two incredible gems for my Tenerife holiday. The first one is a red checked shirt from Bershka which is currently in the sale for £10. I've been looking for an affordable and stylish checked shirt for a while now and this one is a gorgeous addition to my wardrobe. I'll team it up with black leather leggings, a white vest and some killer eyeliner for a rock-chic look - as you can see in my Red Checked Shirt Casual Look shot at Leeds Castle.

Bershka checked shirt discovered with Octer fashion app
Bershka Checked Shirt discovered with Octer
New Look Bandeau Bikini discovered with Octer
New Look Bandeau Bikini discovered with Octer

The second item I found through Octer is this bandeau bikini, a fantastic substitute for that plunge swimsuit I've missed out on. It is from New Look and absolutely comfy. I think this will not only be worn at the beach but maybe paired up with some shorts for a casual summer look. Ahhhhh, I can't wait for Tenerife and hope the next four weeks will be going super quick.

Thank you so much for checking out today's post. Holiday-time is here, are you staying in the UK or escaping to another island (with incredible weather and a beach)? How do you discover fashion? Would Octer be an app for you? Let me know in the comments, I read an appreciate all of your feedback!

 Till next time,
xx Caz xx

*Post in collaboration with Octer.
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