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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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?