New Year may be some months off, but if you’re anything like us, September offers a chance for a mini reset. Call it a legacy from our school days when this month traditionally meant getting a brand new pencil case, fun stationery and back-to-school essentials.
If you’re heading back to the office after over a year of WFH, it might be time to spruce up your office wardrobe. Luckily, end of summer sales are still in full flow, so there’s plenty of bargains to be found in fashion, accessories and more.
It may officially be autumn, but hopes are still high for an Indian summer. Forecasters are predicting a final warm hurrah - which means warm alfresco evenings in the garden are still on the cards. Invest in cut-price garden furniture to use now and keep for next spring.
Here’s our roundup of the top buys and splash-out spends for September.
Help heal with Aussie haircare
It's hard to remember headlines before Covid, but pre-pandemic, the news was filled with the devastation of the Australian wildfires that raged throughout early 2020. Now native haircare brand Aussie is leading the charge to help heal the land: its teamed up with Superdrug to donate £1 to WWF for every Aussie SOS Supercharged Repair or Moisture Vegan Hair Mask (£9.99) until Oct 5, with donations going directly to Australian bushfire recovery efforts. A beautiful way to hydrate parched roots, in every way.
Swoon-worthy furniture discounts
Home is where the heart is, but if yours looks like it could do with a spot of interiors defibrillation, Swoon has come to the rescue with its Autumn sale. The furniture brand is knocking up to 40 per cent off more than 200 of its designs, from sofas to storage and bestsellers such as the Fresco Desk and Cartizze Bar Cart. You'd better be quick though, the sale ends at 6pm, October 4.
La Perla makes every woman an ICON
See fancy pants in a whole new way with La Perla's latest campaign, ICONS WEARING ICONS, which features the brand's bestsellers on normal women, turning them into icons. Showcasing timeless charisma and confident elegance, the pieces can be worn in a multitude of ways, making the everyday extraordinary.
KOIBIRD Hosts a Party
Party season is on the approach, and if you're finding yourself staring at a lacklustre wardrobe, Koibird is ready to add some shine to your gladrags. The west London boutique's latest concept for the season is all about celebration and shindigs; labels include cult partywear brands such as AREA, Rodarte, Mach & Mach, Rowen Rose, Rosie Assoulin and there are some gorgeous emerging brands too: think Ami Amalia, Ksenia Schnaider and Completedworks. It's time to go all out.
E.ON x Scamp & Dude’s pollution busting cape helps clean air
E.ON has partnered with award-winning fashion brand Scamp & Dude to launch a bespoke ‘E.ON x Scamp & Dude Air Heroes capes’ that helps destroy dirty air as children walk to school, helpful when concerns about London's air pollution is at an all-time high. The brightly coloured capes use a technical fabric which can absorb and breakdown harmful particles in the air, helping to vanquish air pollution caused by cars and create cleaner air as the children walk to school.
The Restory x Manolo Blahnik put heels back in business
In the spirit of the three modern Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) restoration service The Restory has teamed up with Manolo Blahnik to offer aftercare at scale to all customers worldwide. Services include everything from re-soling or re-heeling to dyeing, giving you a whole new shoerobe at a snip of the cost.
Sézane ‘Pink Wednesday’s’ supporting breast cancer awareness charities
French fashion label Sézane is launching ‘Pink Wednesday’s’, a long term partnership with the Pink Ribbon Foundation to raise money for those affected by breast cancer. On the first Wednesday of every month, Sézane will drop an all-new pink item, available exclusively online, with all proceeds from sales going directly to the charity.
Right now it’s the Ema blouse (pictured), a prairie-inspired style finished with pink embroidered floral detail, available from sizes 6 - 18.
FLOWERBX teams up with The Lady Garden to support women
Online flower shop FLOWERBX hs teamed up with The Lady Garden Foundation to donate £5 from the sale of every bunch of red and pink roses purchased for the first fortnight of the month, until September 12. The proceeds will help support the gynaecological health of women everywhere - and you get a bouquet of beautiful blooms too! What's not to love? Prices from £55.
IKEA x Zandra Rhodes: new homewares collab
We’ve always got our eyes peeled for new homewares to add to our pad, and this month gives us extra reason to brave IKEA’s showrooms. The Swedish furniture brand has teamed up with British style icon Dame Zandra Rhodes on a fittingly fabulous limited edition range that capitalises on maximalist style. There are 26 pieces in the KARISMATISK collection, full of prints and dopamine-pumping colours. We’re here for it all.
Good American launches denim that always fits (no, seriously)
Shopping for denim, especially jeans, can be a nightmare - until now. Good American, founded by Khloe Kardashian, has launched Always Fits Denim, which adapts to your body's changes using power stretch tech to guarantee a glove-like fit every time. Feels like leggings, looks like denim, no unbuttoning necessary. Available to sizes 4XL. Bonus: if you've never shopped at GA before, you can get 15 per cent off your first order.
Chill with Diet Coke x SMEG - and you could win a fridge!
As we hurtle back into our busy lives, it’s never been more important to make time for yourself. That’s why we’re celebrating the return of the Diet Coke break, made all the better for Coke’s collab with appliance brand SMEG. The duo are offering thirsty drinkers a chance to win a limited edition Diet Coke x SMEG FAB10 fridge (pictured) throughout September and October, with thousands of other prizes in the mix too.
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is scan the QR code on a promotional pack from Sept 6 - Oct 10.
Hello Fresh x WW partner on fuss-free calorie-controlled meals
Hello Fresh has teamed up with WW (formerly Weight Watchers) to create a menu of healthy recipes at under 600cals, making weightloss a no-brainer. Six meals will be released every week over six weeks and will feature WW SmartPoints alongside the calories so you'll always know how to organise your meal plan. What’s more, WW members will receive 60 per cent off their first HelloFresh box and a further 35 per cent weekly discount for three weeks thereafter.
Bulldog Skincare Launches Innovative Recycling Scheme
The men’s skincare expert has launched a brand-new recycling scheme in partnership with First Mile. It will allow all UK Bulldog consumers to send their used razor blades and white tubes back to be recycled into new tubes or recycled to energy. Simplifying the recycling process, this will allow customers to feel confident that their spent items won’t end up choking the land or seas or shipped abroad to be littered elsewhere.
Go on one last camping trip with Fine Bedding Company’s 3-in-1 sleeping bag
If you’ve got one last camping trip on the cards, sleep in style thanks to the Fine Bedding Company’s 3-in-1 deluxe sleeping bag. The extra-large sleeping bag is part of the brand’s innovative Night Owl range of coverless duvets offering the cosiness of a proper duvet with the practicality of a campsite sleeping bag. The two-way zip means it can be used as two singles or one huge sleeper, depending on your needs. You’ll be helping the environment too: the filling is made from recycled PET bottles for superior airflow. With an Indian Summer now here, it’s time for one final hurrah out under the stars.
Oh, honey honey - M&S launches artisan honey
M&S is doing its bit to save the bees by launching a selection of small-batch honeys from individual apiaries next week, each with a different colour and flavour based on the unique local flora. These varieties are the result of M&S’s campaign to introduce over 30 million British honeybees to its Select Farms, while also equally protecting and supporting local pollinators. A delicious way to do your bit.
LadureÌe x Olympia Le-Tan fashion-forward macarons
Fashion week is this month, and what better way to celebrate the return of getting dressed properly than with LadureÌe’s exclusive collab with fashionista favourite brand Olympia Le-Tan? The confectionary brand is presenting it’s legendary macarons in a gorgeous presentation box resembling the brand’s signature book-clutch, worn by A-listers like Reese Witherspoon and Natalie Portman. There are two designs to splash out on, each with limited edition citrus and rose flavoured sweets Once the contents have been devoured, the boxes can enjoy a second life as a jewellery, gift or memory box. Now that’s our kind of recycling.