Summer is almost upon us! Half the year almost gone already, and the sun is finally beginning to shine – even if only once a week or so. I usually have an awful lot of restraint when it comes to clothes shopping. I would love to spend all my money on a ridiculous amount of clothing to fill my non-existent walk-in wardrobe, to wear to non-existent events. Thankfully I have a little more sense than that, however it hasn’t stopped me from purchasing a few items here and there. And so, here is my spring clothing haul!
Quiz – £34.99
New Look – £22.99
New Look – £22.99
New Look – £9.99
New Look – £22.99
New Look – £14.99
Roman Originals – £35
Roman Originals – £35
I’ve been desperate to find a jumpsuit that actually suits me, and I finally found one! I usually end up looking like I’m wearing pajamas, which is fairly unfortunate. I need a tapered leg, and I love a bardot neckline, so this New Look one is perfect. The Quiz prom dress was one of those things that I new I had to have as soon as I set eyes on it; pretty, mid-length, and floaty. And the New Look maxi dress is something very different for me; I’m not used to a low neckline or long length, but I loved it! Sometimes you have to try something a little different.
I’m a sucker for pinafores and floral dresses, as you may have noticed by now. Unfortunately this means I have less basic pieces than I’d like; plain tops, cardigans, trousers etc. My eye just isn’t drawn to them in the same way, so I end up ignoring them completely, then coming to put an outfit together and finding I don’t have what I need. Perhaps in my next haul, I’ll have a few more simple pieces to go under those pinafores, or with my favourite midi skirts. Have you had a spring clothing haul of your own?
This weekend my boyfriend and I took a little shopping trip to Exeter. It’s not a big city, but it’s quite beautiful, and has pretty much everything you need in one place. There’s a good range of high street stores, from high end to lower prices, including Zara, H&M, Superdry, Oasis, Topshop, Hollister, and Miss Selfridge. There’s also so many restaurants, including our favourite Nandos (one of only two in the whole of Devon), so we made a nice day of it. Here’s a little haul of what I got!
I usually get my basic’s in Primark because it’s cheap, and they have pretty much every basic top or t-shirt you could wish for. I ended up picking up a couple of extras. I got the shoes and top I wanted, but I also found a burgundy pleated midi skirt (how could I say no?!), and they had so many pretty fairy lights, I had a hard time restraining myself. I ended up getting a basic set of fairy lights, and then a pretty set of rose-gold ball lights. I have a mild obsession with fairy lights and various other pretty home stuff.
I had some vouchers to spend, so next stop was H&M. Sometimes I really love H&M, and other times I go in there and can’t find a single thing that I like. Luckily this time, I found quite a few things! Our local H&M is sort of divided, with the downstairs being the more sophisticated ‘grown-up’ stuff, and upstairs being a more teen/young adult section (one that I always immediately headed to when I was a teenager). These days I go for both sections, but downstairs there was really nothing for me. My only other problem with H&M is that their sizing is a bit ridiculous, I seem to be one to two sizes bigger there than in any other store.
New Look is probably one of my favourite stores, it’s rare I go in there without finding something I want. On this occasion I was hunting for the midi skirt I spoke about it a previous post (read it here), which I couldn’t find in my local store (pretty devastating stuff!). However, I did pick up a pair of black court shoes that I’ve also been searching for. I had a fairly frustrating experience on this shopping trip, as I seemed unable to find a size 4 pair in any shop that had court shoes. So in New Look I tried on a pair of size 3’s, and much to my surprise, they pretty much fitted me! I also tried a different pair of shoes in size 4, and they kept slipping off at the heels, so while the size 3’s are a tiny bit tight, they won’t fall off causing me to break my ankle. Here’s to my ever-shrinking feet!
I’m a fairly new convert to Miss Selfridge. I don’t know why I didn’t used to shop in there, because now I want everything they have! It’s so pretty! There was a stunning dress that I wanted, and a crop top and skirt co-ord, which were both sadly out of my price range. I’ll wait for a sale. Talking of which, I found a stunning midi skirt in their current sale, black with a pink and gold floral pattern, it was £22 down from £49, but they had an extra 20% off so it was even less. My kind of deal!
So there is my little haul. I wish shopping trips could occur more often, sadly money is always an object!
Have a lovely day x
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So I’m a little late on my February favourites, but I’m silly and forgetful, and it’s only two days late, right?! February was a busy month for me, with a few trips, Valentines Day, my sisters birthday, and my boyfriend and I’s anniversary, there was a lot going on. This year is flying by, how is it March already? It really is true, time only seems to speed up as you get older.
This month I’ve been loving a jumper I got from New Look at the end of last month. It’s described as tan, but to me it’s a dark mustard colour, and I love it. It’s such a great colour for the wintery weather we’ve been having, and goes with my plethora of burgundy and denim clothing. Also it’s oversized and comfy. I do recommend for only £7.99.
I also started using a new liquid eyeliner. I do not get on with liquid eyeliner, I just can’t get the hang of making smooth clean lines, not wiggly uneven marks that look like a 5-year-old did it. However, I’ve been using the Eyeko London Fat Liquid Eyeliner, and it’s making things a whole lot easier! It’s essentially like a marker pen, and I love it! Granted I’m still not great at getting the flick right, but a Q-tip works wonders for fixing that.
I’ve been wearing a pair of boots I bought a couple years ago a lot. They’re black with a cute daisy print on them, and look so good with tights and floaty dresses. I’m pretty sure they came from the teen section at New Look, but my feet are quite small (and actually getting smaller – I’ve gone from a 5 to a 4, and am now verging on 3.5?!), which is actually something of a bonus, because kids shoes are a lot cheaper!
I’ve also discovered the magic of leave-in conditioner this month! I wish I’d picked some up years ago, I always thought it would make my hair appear greasy (probably due to a bad experience in my teens), but it’s like magic! I’ve been using Aussie’s Luscious Long Miracle Recharge Lightweight Conditioning Spray, and I’m in love. It makes my hair feel amazing, it smooths down the crazy frizz that is my ends, and it actually helps keep the curl in my hair. And it’s definitely not greasy!
My boyfriend got me my first ever Mac lipstick for Christmas. Yep, first ever! Obviously the only choice for colour was Ruby Woo! And it is beautiful. Also the smell reminds me of Cadburys mini eggs, which I love, and it’s super matte. My only complaint is if you try to reapply during the day, it get’s all chalky and clumpy and I hate that! I end up taking it off and reapplying which isn’t ideal. Still pretty though.
Also my boyfriend and I have a new-found obsession with cinnamon buns. I don’t know what made us start eating them, but now we can’t stop. Ross usually just eats them on the way home from the supermarket, but I wait till we get home and put them in the microwave for a few seconds. The icing melts and goes all gooey, which obviously improves the whole thing.
So there concludes my February favourites. Here’s to March!
One of my all time favourite style items is the midi skirt. Classic and feminine, you can dress them up or dress them down, heels or flats, crop tops or jumpers. Plus it’s a great length for me (I don’t like my knees – is that weird?), so it’s always a staple item for me. I love the midi skirt, and I’m always looking for new ones to add to my wardrobe. So here’s a little collection of the midi skirts currently in stores (basically my own wishlist!).
Zara – £39.99 (Get it here). Beautiful floral print, wide pleats, perfect with a cream crop-top and pink strappy court shoes.
Boohoo – £25 (Get it here). I adore tulle skirts, they make me feel like a ballerina fairy (I promise I’m not a 5 year-old). This one also comes in pink and baby blue, and has a faint check pattern.
ASOS – £30 (Get it here). Floaty pleated skirts are beautiful, and this one comes in several colours.
New Look – £24.99 (Get it here). More floaty pleated skirts! This one comes in shell pink and a gorgeous light grey. Perfect for spring!
Zara – £12.99 (Get it here). This basic skirt is a flattering fit, and made of comfortable material. At £12.99 how could you go wrong? It also comes in baby pink and black.
Boohoo – £18 (Get it here). Boohoo has a tonne of pretty floral midi skirts, so if this one isn’t exactly to your taste, you may find another on their site.
Topshop – £39 (Get it here). Another stunning tulle midi skirt, this one a little more traditional, in a lovely baby pink.
New Look – £26.99 (Get it here). This is one of my favourites, combining floaty pleats with floral patterns for a stunning finish.
So there we have it, a round up of my current favourite midi skirts. What are your style favourites?
I don’t have much experience with outlets. Perhaps I’ve never realised their full potential, the cheap prices of perfectly good items from seasons past, but on my travels this week I discovered the wonder of Clark’s Village in Somerset. Clark’s Village is a whole shopping ‘village’ full of discounted brands. I was initially sceptical, as I had had a quick read of their store list online and wasn’t particularly impressed. However, once I got there I realised how wrong I was. There was only a few brand names that I actually recognised, and I wasn’t overly interested in those. But after wandering around a little, I found some stunning boutiques that I’d never heard of, and fell in love!
The first I almost walked right past, but I spotted a gorgeous navy trench coat in the window, and dragged my boyfriend inside. And my goodness, was I glad I did! Sugarhill Boutique was full of dresses, jumpers and blouses that were just exactly my style. Floaty dresses, adorable blouses with peter pan collars, and cute prints everywhere. There was so much I wanted, but I’m on a fairly strict budget, so I settled for this gorgeous cardigan.
Sugarhill Boutique Burgundy Cat Cardigan – £15
This stunning cardi was £15 down from £54! Plus, I got it as part of a deal because my mum wanted a jumper that was also £15, which meant we got both for £25 – £12.50 each! And it’s so soft and comfy. I always see people wearing printed cardigans, and I’ve never found one I wanted! At least, not one that’s in my price range. So I was so happy to pick this one up, burgundy with cute little cream cat prints on it (I actually thought they were owls at first…) at such a bargain price! Sugarhill Boutique is definitely going to be one that I check out more from now on. I could have bought half the store! I also had my eye on a floaty short-sleeve midi dress (navy with tiny white polka-dots), an cream blouse with a pastel coloured owl print, and a pale turquoise top with a peter pan collar and a swan silhouette print. I wanted it all.
The other store I wandered into was Yumi, which had some gorgeous dresses, however what I actually picked up was an absolutely stunning dress from Mela Loves London.
Mela Loves London White/Navy Rose Print Skater Dress – £18
This is exactly the kind of dress that I dream about finding. Floaty chiffon skirt pulled in at the waist, fitted bodice with a boat neck, and that blue rose print! It’s like a dream come true! I got this for only £18, down from £27. Not such a big saving as the cardigan, but so so worth it. I love the vintage inspired style of it, the colours are beautiful, and the fit is so flattering. Again, I will be checking out both Yumi and Mela Loves London more in the future.
I almost snagged a gorgeous pair of shoes in the M&S outlet, but they didn’t have my size, and for £9 I was pretty upset! They were black suede-effect pointed court shoes, with cut outs on the side, the kind of shoes that go with anything, and exactly the kind of shoes I’ve been searching for! And of course I popped into the Lindt store (how could I resist?!) and got some Lindors, and chili chocolate. My boyfriend also picked up a pair of £40 sweatpants for £4 (seriously!) in Saltrock.
I’ll be on the look out for outlets in my area, as this one was a 2-hour drive away, but I will definitely be returning to Clark’s Village again. We were there for a few hours, and only managed to look in about half the shops! There’s so much to choose from, and some lovely restaurants too. You can find almost anything you could need, home-ware, clothing, underwear, sports gear, chocolate, kitchen-ware and more! The savings you can make are unbelievable, so I’ll keep you posted if I find any other outlets or discount stores that come close!
Have you got an outlet store in your area? Or have you been to Clark’s Village?
One of my favourite trends at the moment is the pinafore dress. It’s cute and versatile, and it reminds me of being a little girl again. There’s so many different styles out there that there’s definitely something for everyone. However, I understand most people these days are on some kind of budget. I get it, I was a student for 3 years in London, I know how to be on a budget. It’s all about shopping around, finding something you’ll wear again and again in different ways, something that you really love, because if you’re going to spend money, it’s got to be worth it!
So I’ve done a the research for you, and found 7 pinafore dresses for £20 or less! All you have to do is decide which one you want.
Boohoo Alexa Cross Back Black Pinafore – £12
Boohoo’s dress is a simple black with spaghetti straps and an A-line skirt, which could be worn with almost anything. For only £12 you can’t go wrong! Boohoo also often has special offers on its delivery. It has a wide range of similar dresses in other colours too. Find it here.
New Look – £19.99
New Look always has an impressive range of clothing, and they’re pinny selection is no different! This blue check dress would look amazing with a black or grey high-neck top and tights. You can find it here for £19.99
Misguided – £20
Misguided has one of my personal favourites, a denim button-down midi pinafore dress. I adore midi length skirts and dresses, they make me feel sophisticated. This beautiful dress is very versatile, but I would pair it with a floral shirt or cream high neck top and ankle boots. Get it here for £20.
Forever 21 – £15
Forever 21 is one of my favourite new discoveries. Until recently I had no idea that they had a UK site! This dress comes in two colours; medium denim and light denim, with an open back and A-line skirt. Again it’s very versatile but I would pair it with a crop top or fine-knit jumper. At £15, it’s quite a bargain. Find it here.
ASOS – £15
ASOS is an online treasure-trove of fashion. It always has amazing sales and great prices, and a seemingly unending range. This skater style pinafore comes in a bright burgundy, and is only £15. Wear with a cream top and chunky boots. Find it here.
New Look – £14.99.
Another New Look one for you now. This simple pinny comes in two colours; camel (pictured here) and chestnut, and costs £14.99. Wear with a pale grey top. Get it here.
Boohoo – £20
And finally, what is probably my favourite of the lot, the Boohoo Carrie Cord Pinafore. This beautiful dress is very similar to ones found in Topshop, but for a fraction of the price at £20. A deep burgundy button-down with pockets and chunky straps, it also comes in black and grey. Wear with a cream floral blouse and loafers. Get it here.
So there you have it, a small selection of affordable pinafores that I personally love for £20 or less!
If you find any other bargains, let me know! Have a lovely day x
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