NEW IN: LEOPARD AND FUR

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Okay so ‘leopard and fur’ might be a tad misleading. When I hear those two scary-sounding adjectives I think of Teresa Guidice of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. But of course I have impeccable taste and wouldn’t be seen dead in anything less than covetable… ahem.
So anyway, my jeans are from H&M, and the furry trainers are from
Topshop. I jumped on the slip-on sneaker bandwagon, finally, after deciding I have no comfortable shoes which are attractive enough to be seen out of the house with. even though I have three pairs of Converse and multiple other flats that are stylish and comfortable, but they’re not new so they don’t count okay?
Word to the wise, the jeans come up tiny so be warned that you will need to get them in a size or two bigger than you usually would be. Only a 4 year-old would get their arse into a UK 6 in those.

WEDNESDAY WISHLIST.

So with no earphones or book to entertain me on my train ride back to uni, I had to succumb (quite willingly) to the internet. Mainly the “shopping” corner of the internet. You know, that place that somehow lures you in every time you log on and whoops! suddenly you have another pair of jeans that you don’t need, three more lipsticks and a whole chunk missing from your bank account. Guilty as charged.

Whilst I did go on a spree somewhere between Stevenage and King’s Cross, I also held back and didn’t buy EVERYTHING I wanted. Here is a few things I could’ve bought to depress my bank account further.

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NEW IN: ZARA BOOTS

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Zaraaaaaa. Zara Zara Zara. Zara is…. Well. Put it this way, I went in there today with the intention of spending £0, I really did. But of course I upped my budget once I saw these. But you see it would have been an absolute crime for me not to get them; the price tag said £29.99 which I thought was a steal. I tried them on and they were the comfiest boots ever in the whole world (no really, they are) and as I wandered around the shop, mentally spending three-figures over my intended budget, I went to the till where the nice Spanish man with slicked hair said, “That’s £12.99 please”. £12.99. TWELVE NINETY NINE?

So you see, it would have been just illegal for me not to, right?

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MY MCQUEEN LEGGINGS.

So this week, this arrived in the post:

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I decided to make the most of my birthday money and the mid-season sales and bought myself some McQ leggings. I bought the Iris Mirror print leggings and they. are. fab. They really are.

There’s one teeny weeny gripe with them… They’re slightly on the bigger side, just very slightly. I can still wear them and as long as I keep my butt covered it isn’t noticeable at all. I think they’re perfect.

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This is me wearing them. I’ve paired them with my Zara shoes and a tuxedo blazer from Zara which I bought yesterday with 70% off.

Aren’t the leggings fab?!

H&M HAUL

I went to H&M on Friday for an impromptu shopping trip and of course I had to buy things! I mainly went to buy some vests to wear as pyjama tops as I had to leave mine in Majorca last week due to an overweight suitcase… More on that in a future blog post. But me being me, I couldn’t just stick to my “I’ll only buy three vests” idea.

These were the three vests I bought intended for pyjama's. Simple stretch jersey vests in pastel colours and at only £3.99 each you don't have to be too precious about washing them, although in my experience with H&M vests, they've always washed really good and lasted years.

These were the three vests I bought intended for pyjama’s. Simple stretch jersey vests in pastel colours and at only £3.99 each you don’t have to be too precious about washing them, although in my experience with H&M vests, they’ve always washed really good and lasted years.

I saw this jersey dress on a mannequin in the window and really liked it. It's clearly "influenced" by recent Givenchy collections with the panther visual, and it's a simple item that can be worn both in the summer (in fact, I'm wearing it today paired with a cream lace tiered skirt) and the winter with a leather jacket, tights and biker boots. I really liked the red tee to wear with white jeans and biker boots or to pair with a pair of beaten up shorts for the summer. Both at extremely great prices being from H&M.

I saw this jersey dress on a mannequin in the window and really liked it. It’s clearly “influenced” by recent Givenchy collections with the panther visual, and it’s a simple item that can be worn both in the summer (in fact, I’m wearing it today paired with a cream lace tiered skirt) and the winter with a leather jacket, tights and biker boots. I really liked the red tee to wear with white jeans and biker boots or to pair with a pair of beaten up shorts for the summer. Both at extremely great prices being from H&M.

 

You can't really see from this crappy iPhone shot, but the white vest is a loose fitting simple jersey tee with cut off sleeves and enlarged arm holes. I loooove these in the summer with coloured bras or bikini tops. The demin shirt on the right is a soft cotton denim, with the ability to be worn all seasons round, layered up in the winter or paired with skinny jeans or skirts in the summer.

You can’t really see from this crappy iPhone shot, but the white vest is a loose fitting simple jersey tee with cut off sleeves and enlarged arm holes. I loooove these in the summer with coloured bras or bikini tops. The demin shirt on the right is a soft cotton denim, with the ability to be worn all seasons round, layered up in the winter or paired with skinny jeans or skirts in the summer.

NOTES FROM FLORENCE.

I’m not going to sit here and pretend I know what I’m talking about when it comes to perfumes, because I don’t. What I DO know though, is that I like what I like and I have a very distinctive taste in perfume. A perfume doesn’t really grow on me, I either like it straight off or I hate it for life. My favourite, favourite, favourite ever fragrance EVER is Serpentine by Roberto Cavalli, but I’ve run out of it right now and can’t bring myself to cough up for more of it, being a high end expensive brand. 

I never really used to turn to the high street for perfume because, rather snobbishly, I used to think that the only people that bought high street “shop’s own brand” perfumes were 13 year old girls saturating themselves in the gym changing rooms at school with the sickly sweet smell of cheap perfume. But I am here to admit that I was wrong and that I’ve since found a few high street perfumes that I love. The only difference about high street perfumes vs High end perfumes is that they really don’t last as long; but then at a fraction of the cost you wouldn’t really expect anything incredible in terms of quality would you?

A perfume I bought this week was Florence by Next. Here is how Next describe the fragrance:

A warm floriental with lily and red rose on a sensuous base of amber, sandalwood and white musk.

 

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It’s a very fresh smell, clean and light, perfect for a summer’s day. It is an eau de parfum so should last longer on the skin, I’m not sure how much I would vouch for that but I’m not too bothered, the 50ml bottle is small enough for me to carry round in my handbag to freshen up with. Costing only £8 for the 50ml and £15 for the 100ml, this fragrance is an amazing price for the expensive-smelling product, I would definitely re-purchase this! Although in the four-fragrance collection consisting of “London”, “Milan”, “New York” and of course “Florence” the one I’d like to try next is London, the other two seemed a bit heavy for me.

Overall, I like this perfume, it’s easy to wear for day or night, is not too heavy so that it gives you a headache after a while like some EDP’s do and it’s fresh, light and clean.

 

THE BODY SHOP HAUL.

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A couple of weeks ago The Body Shop were doing a deal on their website for £30 off a £60 spend and, as someone that easily falls for this marketing nonsense, I talked my mum into buying some products with me to soften the blow (a tiny bit). Now, first off, I wouldn’t have even gone on The Body Shop website if it hadn’t have been for EssieButton on YouTube who recently posted a video of her Body Shop haul, but she’s always just so honest and true with her reviewing that I decided to browse… Totally without the intention of spending, but hey-ho, they had an offer!

I have oily-combination skin that is prone to acne on my chin and neck which I absolutely HATE with a passion. I have tried tons and tons and TONS of producs to try and help but nothing seems to work. I bought the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser, I’ve used it a few times, both morning and night, and it leaves my skin feeling refreshed and smooth, the only downside to it is that I personally HATE the smell of tea tree, my mum loves it and says that for her it’s the cleanest smell out there, but I can’t stand it! But it won’t stop me using the product as I feel like my skin has had a complete refresh.

Along with that I bought the Tea Tree Face Mask which I have to be honest, I didn’t really notice much difference in my skin after using it. It felt like it had been “deep cleaned” but I don’t know whether it had actually helped my skin in any way. It has to be said though that I have only used this once so I’m probably not giving it a fair review…

However, I have used the Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask and I noticed a huuuuge difference in my skin after using it. As you put the mask on and let it dry you can (kind of grossly) see all the pores and impurities literally lifting through the mask! I left it on for about 10-15 minutes and when I washed it off, my skin felt so beautifully smooth and my pores were visibly reduced, I would go as far to say that I don’t even know if I’ve ever seen my skin look as good as it did when I removed this face mask. I love this product!

The Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator is another product from the seaweed range that I would definitely re-purchase, it smells divine (like all of the seaweed products by The Body Shop, they all just smell so fresh and clean) and it’s an exfoliator that’s not too rough that it leaves your skin raw after washing it off, but it definitely gets rid of the stuff you want it to get rid of. It leaves my skin feeling super-soft and I love it!

The other product from the seaweed range that I purchased was the Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream and while I really feel like it puts life back into my skin after it has been cleansed, scrubbed and exfoliated, I don’t think it does much on the mattifying front. Perhaps that is just due to my considerably oily skin type, but I didn’t notice a difference in the amount of time my skin stayed oil-free for. I would however consider buying the Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15 because this does seem to have the added bonus of SPF coverage.

The last product I bought was the Shea Lip Butter and I really love this! Although my face is extremely oily, my lips have always been on the other end of the spectrum at super dry. Everyday I will use a balm or butter on my lips underneath my lipstick to keep them hydrated and to avoid (as much as I can) that awful dry, cracked effect that your lipstick clings to leaving it patchy and weird-looking. I also find that some lip balms make your lips even more dry. This lip butter however really works! I can wear it by itself or underneath a lipstick or gloss. The only thing is that it doesn’t have an SPF in it which makes me a little crazy, I hope they reconsider this because involving an SPF in this “situation” would give this product full marks!

 

Overall, I have been extremely impressed with my purchases from The Body Shop, I haven’t really been as impressed with the Tea Tree Face Mask as I would’ve liked, but I will continue to use it as my opinion may change! However I will definitely head back and buy more from the seaweed range as I can’t seem to say enough good things about it!

I hope this hasn’t been too much of a long-winded and overly-boring blog post, I just wanted to say everything that I wanted to say about these products in one place!

SURPRISING NEW LOOK.

It has to be said, I’ve never really been a fan of New Look. In the small town where I live, the only “good” shop is a teeny tiny New Look and because of that, when I was at school everyone used to wear the same thing. Now I’ve never been one to conform (I cut all my hair off, and I mean ALL of it when I was 9 or 10) and so New Look just never appealed to me. However lo and behold, the tables have turned. I don’t know who is in charge of designing the jewellery at New look at the moment but they’re doing a damn good job of it!

I was browsing Pinterest one day last week, as usual, and I came across this photo:

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I thought to myself “Wow! That necklace is to DIE FOR!” Thinking it was going to probably be about a gazillion pounds I repinned it as I do with every other dreamable item I see on there and didn’t think about it any more (for fear of subequently becoming severely depressed at how poor I am). It wasn’t until that evening when I sat down with my mum and showed her it that she said “I saw that in New Look!”. Not believing her, she made me go on the website and look for it and guess what? It was bloody there! And only £20!!! As I scrolled down the pages and pages of jewellery, there was surprisingly, very few (if any) that I DISliked!

So here is my selection of favourites of ethnic/tribal style pieces from New Look’s current season, as you’ll see they’re such affordable yet effective pieces! I’ll DEFINITELY be adding some to my already mountainous collection!

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Go to New Look to see their full collection!

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COVETING…

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This Vivienne Westwood necklace is probably the answer to everyone’s problems. It’s the answer to world hunger, all recessions and the peacemaker in war-torn countries. Okay well maybe not, but it does solve a lot of my problems. Well at least I think it does. Does it? I don’t know. Look, ALL I KNOW IS THAT THIS NECKLACE IS AMAZING AND I CAN’T HAVE IT BECAUSE IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE AND I WANT TO CRY. Moment over, enjoy this piece of beauty in all it’s emerald glory.

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Necklace: £125 Vivienne Westwood S/S2013 collection.

Also available are matching earrings and a bangle, for more info on the ‘Emerald Frames’ collection click here.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG HAUL

Spring is finally here in the UK (sort of) so what more excuse do I need to go shopping (on a budget…)?

I’m supposed to be saving my money for university in September, but me being me, I couldn’t stop myself. Although I did refrain from spending close to £70 on a bikini in All Saints and bought on for £4 in Primark instead. How good am I?

Firstly I hit up Primark where I bought these nude studded sandals (£6) and the pale pink printed bikini…
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Also in Primark, I bought a bold print midi dress (£10) seen here with some orange leather ballet flats from Topshop (£16) and a zebra print kaftan from H&M (£14.99).
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Continuing my search for relatively inexpensive Spring buys, I headed to New look where I found this black and white midi dress, perfect for summer or winter.
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And last but certainly not least, I bought this GORGEOUS waistcoat from the limited The New Icons collection by H&M. They only had one left in stock and it was in my size so I think it was just meant to be… It fits like a glove, the intricate beadwork is so detailed it could easily be Balmain. But with a price tag of just £34.99 this is enough to tip me over the sartorial edge. i just had to have it.
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