Sasha Wilkins American Express campaign St Pancras Station 3

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I find this time of year quite strange – when I was a fashion editor I would already have pulled together my outfits for the new season by the end of January so that I could wear them to the collections in February and in March, but presently the idea of thinking about spring clothes over Christmas ready for purchase in January seems…odd.

Now I’m much more likely to live in the moment – instead of a new outfit for the shows, I bought a huge navy blue puffer coat in the Whistles sale because I was so fed up with having cold knees thanks to the snow and bitter cold we had to start off the new year. In no way could that be seen as a new season piece (although I think it counts as an investment).

That being said I do start to twitch somewhere around the middle of February as my style antennae start to wave and the desire for some fresh new pieces to work into my current closet becomes apparent. I’ve made a list of the things I would like, that will look great with what I already own, from the perfect spring coat (below) to a party dress for all those work events I have to attend.

For all my purchases I’ve always used credit cards that give me rewards, which I then pay off monthly from my current account; to me, it’s not rocket science. I’ve been looking at the American Express Nectar Card which combines the American Express card and the Nectar loyalty card to give at least 4 Nectar points per £1 spent. So that’s 2 on the Amex card and 2 on the Nectar card, and even more when shopping online through [1].

I do like the idea of being rewarded for both refreshing my wardrobe and for my everyday spending… the range of online Nectar partners encompasses all my usual haunts – from TK Maxx to ASOS, Gap to Boden, La Redoute to Karen Millen, Oliver Bonas to Jigsaw, Topshop to J Crew, Whistles to Uniqlo, along with department stores including Selfridges and Harrods, and online retailers like Net-a-Porter and The Outnet.

And there’s a 20,000 Nectar bonus points welcome offer worth £100 to spend with Nectar partners when you spend £2,000 in the first three months of Cardmembership [2]. The annual card fee of £25 is waived in the first year.

Where can the points be redeemed? Happily my purchases can be rewarded at some of the places I use frequently, from Argos (I LOVE Argos) and Caffé Nero on the high street, to travel partners like Expedia and Eurostar. You can even use them on Ebay. Points can now also be turned into eGift Cards and redeemed from iTunes, Arcadia stores, Debenhams and Currys PC World. (Further information can be found here:

Sasha Wilkins wearing Oliver Bonas silver bag & Jigsaw coat necklace for American Express Nectar campaign

SO – that welcome offer of 20 000 Nectar bonus points, gained with a £2,000 spend over the first three months, would get you to Paris, because 19,800 Nectar points could buy a standard return ticket to Paris on the Eurostar. You could even pick up a coffee en route at the Caffé Nero inside St Pancras International for 350 Nectar points.

Sasha Wilkins American Express campaign St Pancras Station 4

At the Eurostar Terminal at St Pancras wearing some of my new season picks
Jigsaw Bell Sleeve coat £199.  Oliver Bonas Astand Dress £59.50
Oliver Bonas Alicia Crossbody bag £72. J Crew Betty Sunglasses £128

Sasha Wilkins wearing Moslima Oliver Bonas necklace for American Express Nectar campaign
Oliver Bonas Moslima Bead & Ribbon Tie Necklace £32.
Oliver Bonas Astand Dress £59.50

Oh and of course, if I spent that first £2,000 on the card updating my wardrobe with Nectar retail partners, I would also earn a minimum of 8,000 points (in addition to the 20,000 Nectar bonus points welcome offer). I could put the points towards a return flight to Amsterdam on Expedia or buy some beautiful plates on Ebay from the Coalport Cairo china I collect, or just opt for a month of takeaway coffees on the way to work…

Full information on the Card can be found here:


Representative 28.2% APR variable

Important Information:

Applicants must be UK residents, aged 18 or over. Approval is subject to status, and terms and conditions apply.

[1 ] The rate at which Nectar points are earned will vary according to where you spend.  See or, for more information on purchases made via visit

[2 ] The welcome offer is subject to change, can be withdrawn at any time and are not available if you currently hold or have held the Nectar Credit Card in the past six months.

Amia Coalition Loyalty UK Ltd, registered in England and Wales (company number 04236999) is an introducer appointed representative of American Express Services Europe Limited. The Nectar Credit Card is offered by American Express Services Europe Limited registered office: Belgrave House, 76 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9AX, United Kingdom. It is registered in England and Wales with Company Number 1833139 and authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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