Friday, 27 June 2014

Dressed in black, from head to toe

Hat - H&M | Playsuit - H&M | Crop Top - Primark | Boots - Primark via Depop

Just a quick post today as I'm literally running around like a headless chicken trying to sort out and try and remember the last bits and bobs for my holiday to Spain tomorrow! Although, at the same time, I'm having this urge to blog as all these brainwaves keep washing over me (not the right time, brain!). I did have ideas to draft and schedule a few posts whilst I'm away but I never got the time so that means my blog will be completely isolated for 17 days (argh!). Not to worry though, laying in the sun without a care in the world will give me time to plan posts for when I'm back. I was thinking of creating a kind of holiday outfit diary/portfolio whilst I'm away. Every night, I'll take a quick shot (or my brother and his photography skills will, may I say) of what I'm wearing before we head out and then put them all into one post once I'm home and the holiday blues are over (or maybe not as that will most likely take a while!). If that sounds like something you'd like to see, do let me know! If not, I'll just completely scrap the idea. 

Anyway, moving on to the outfit details. I don't know what it is about hats, but I seem to have become strangely attached to them recently. Especially this black bowler, it's become my latest staple piece. It can be worn with almost anything and is a saviour for my bad hair days! I do prefer to colour coordinate it with another black item of clothing, or shoes, or accessories as you can see I've done here (because let's face it, you can never go wrong with black). This H&M cami playsuit is perfect for wearing alone or layering up, which makes it ideal for when the weather can't decide what it's doing and as for the boots, I don't think I really need an explanation. There's just no getting away from wearing boots all year round, right?

Despite how excited I am about getting away from the same old rubbish, I'm going to be lost without the internet for such a long amount of time. It's kind of just become the norm for our generation to become so dependent on technology so you feel all stressy and paranoid when you're not able to check up on anything and fear you're missing out. I'll miss blogging for a while but it's not as though I'm saying goodbye forever so I'll try not to withdraw that much ;). Hope you all enjoy your couple of weeks whatever you have planned (even if you're just at home, school or working) and I shall catch up with you very soon!

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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Just another Primark haul


It's that time of year again where I share with you my love for Primark and their ever changing stock. Last time I posted a Primark haul it seemed to have gone down well, so I hope you enjoy reading this one just as much. Primark hauls are my favourite kind of haul, I'm always intrigued into finding out what everyone has managed to pick up so I can make a list of what I will look out for the next time I pay a visit. To be fair, I am in Primark a hell of a lot. The shop is lethally dangerous, you go in for a pair of tights and come out with a bag full, every damn time. It's not until I reach the till that I realise how naughty I've been, not keeping track of what I've thrown into my basket as I plod around with my hands full, but I always manage to convince myself the items I've purchased will last me a long time and come in handy for all occasions, so that leaves me feeling less guilt stricken. 

Everything I've listed here haven't all been bought at once (I think my card would definitely be emptied of cash if it was). Over the Spring/Summer period, I've been gradually adding to my Primark collection (or should I say horde) and the majority of things have been saved for my holiday. As I discovered how amazing my new local Primark was (Trinity Leeds) when it opened a few months ago, it's increased my obsession rapidly (oopsie). But since prioritising the Trinity Primark, my shopping habits have been less of a nightmare experience and more of an enjoyable one. It's not overly stuffy, heaving and hot, you aren't walking on each other's heads, and trudging through the items shoved on the floor. Everything is so much more organised, tidy and in order and it definitely looks more like a posh Debenhams than a Primark. It's classier, more modern and not to mention, it's huge! I'm finally able to find (and most likely buy) the most hyped up Primark products that are 99.9% of the time broadcast by the bloggers in the bigger cities and for once, I aren't left miffed by the lack of said item in the smaller stores we have. I don't know how long that will last but I'm making the most of it in present time (that's just another one of my excuses for being a sorry shopaholic!)

As you'll most likely see when you scroll down the page, I've gone shoe and handbag crazy. I think on the stylish and sophisticated level, Primark have really upped their game this year (and upped their prices too but it still doesn't stop me from spending). There's some gorgeous pieces, some that unfortunately don't always suit me, but ones which look much more expensive than they were and are pretty much identical to clothes and shoes you'd find in Zara, Topshop, and even the online shops like ASOS and Motel etc. As well as what I've listed here, the usual essentials were also grabbed; bobbles, clips, face cloths, underwear, and even some homeware stuff (which will be featured on a separate haul post later on next month). That's the great thing about Primark, you can rely on them to collect your basics but along the way find clothing suitable for an all year wardrobe, whilst keeping an eye out for the best bargains too!

Silver Holographic Clutch Bag - £8.00

Colour Block Pastel Clutch Bag - £4.00

Pink Satchel Bag (how beautiful is this?!) - £8.00 | Mini Shoulder Bag - £6.00

Neon Aztec Sandals - £4.00 | Polka Dot Bow Sandals - £4.00 | Monochrome Aztec Sandals - £4.00 | Black Slipper Shoes - £6.00 | Nude T-Bar Shoes (the uttermost dreamy Primark buy) - £8.00 | White Sandals -  £8.00

Black Chunky Sandals - £16.00

Pearl Hair Accessory - £1.50 | Pack of Earrings - £1.50 | Bracelet - £2.50 | Rings - £2.00

Pack of Bracelets - £2.00 | Necklace - £3.00

Hat - £4.00 | Cotton Floral Bag - £1.50 | Hanging Toiletries Holder - £4.00

Floral Makeup Bag - £4.00

3 Piece Toiletry Set - £5.00

Bikini (another one of my favourite buys): Top - £8.00 | Bottoms - £4.00 

Floral Pyjama Shorts - £4.00 | Lace Pyjama Top - £2.50

Gingham Nightie - £5 (I think)

White V Neck Pocketed Dress - £13.00 | Mint Green Chiffon Dress - £7.00

Floral Halterneck Playsuit - £13.00 | Gingham 3/4 Leggings - £5.00

Gingham Skort - £10.00 | Patterned Skort - £10.00

Lemon Skort - £10.00 | Pink Skort - £10.00

Peach PU Skirt - £10.00 | Mint Green PU Skirt - £10.00

Monochrome Floral Cami - £4.00 | Blue Tropical Cami - £4.00

Pastel Blue Vest - £4.00 | Nude Vest - £4.00

Crochet Sleeveless Cardi - £10.00

Gingham Shorts (you can tell I've been loving the gingham trend) - £4.00

Have you shopped in Primark lately and come across anything super eye catching? As much as I love the lovely, light summer colours displayed here, now a sneak peak of Primark's Autumn/Winter collection has been released, I can't wait for the colder months to arrive (well I tell a lie, I'll be complaining when I'm freezing 24/7) but oh my gosh, that pink coat; I'm in love! All round applause to Primark for constantly stepping up a notch and surprising me with their high class, elegant looking clothing!

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Summer Blogger Challenge: Getting Fit For Summer


We're now on to week 4 of the #summerbloggerchallenge and the topic is 'fit for summer'. This is something I often struggle with because A) I love my food. B) I don't have the fitness levels to stick to a daily exercise regime and, C) I'm the kind of person who feels the pressure of the social media resulting in putting myself down even when I'm achieving. With this in mind, I aren't the best person to give advice about the whole concept of the word 'fitness' and the word can have so many different meanings depending on what you plan on getting out of it and what your objective is to aim for. However, I think once summer hits and all the dazzling bikinis are displayed in the shops, the holidays abroad are booked, the beach bods are sprung into action, and it becomes too warm to cover yourself up, everyone can benefit from creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself; to not only feel more comfortable and confident, but to also boost your energy levels, your general well-being, to reduce the risk of illness, provide new experiences, and even contribute towards better skin, stronger nails and sleeker hair (which is something we'd all love to have I'm sure!).

Before I start talking about what I do to try my best to stay in shape, I'd like to point out that when you change your lifestyle choices, it has to be for YOU, nobody else. Always go by what you believe matters and what goals you wish to reach. If you love what you see in the mirror, stay as you are and remain happy. If you're unhappy and it's starting to cause problems within your self esteem, then go ahead and begin to think about what you desire. Either way, you're sure to feel the positive effects in the long run and will continue to strive.


DIET
I never realised how important your diet was until I started researching the ins and outs of successful fitness. There is no point working extremely hard exercise wise, and then coming home to a big, greasy takeaway or a bar of chocolate and some biscuits as that's all the hard work wasted. Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet is key. Obviously, I (and many others) would be lying if I claimed I never treat myself once in a while because I do, and that's perfectly okay. What's important is that you can enjoy the odd cake knowing you deserve to have one day off. 

Depending on your targets, your diet should vary. For example, if you're aiming for muscle building, you need a good mix of protein but cutting down the carbs (yet eating enough for your energy), and eliminating the sugars and the fats for losing weight all round is essential. For me, my goal was to zap the puppy fat, slim down and tone up a little. For this to happen, the first thing I needed to do was change my diet. 

For around a year now, I have completely turned the tables diet-wise, and over this time, with the push of a little exercise, I have dropped from a size 12/14 to an 8/10. I'm a sucker for a sweet treat, and any sort of high carb foods such as bread, pasta, pizza, rice and potatoes but this didn't mean I had to cut these out completely. Making small changes to start with such as swapping the food for a similar, healthier option is what I found to be the most helpful. Now, I only eat wholemeal bread, the odd wholewheat pasta meal and brown rice, and jacket potatoes and sweet potatoes. If you're impressive at cooking (which I aren't) you could even create your own healthy option like a wholemeal pizza with full tomatoes and a smidgen of low fat cheese. You can even do this when your cravings are in full swing; Nakd Bars, Eat Natural Bars, raisins, Metcalfe's Skinny Topcorn and Special K Biscuit Moments (I know they're still quite naughty) are what snacks I seem to have to resolve the sweet tooth.


Healthy food doesn't have to be bland, I've learnt in time how you can add other good foods to an already good food to spice it up. My favourites being fruit layered on wholesome cereals with 1% fat milk, a small amount of Light Dairylea spread into a celery stick, avocado on seeded crackers, diced chicken cooked on a fat busting grilling machine mixed with an all green salad, and blended vegetables made into homemade soup. Eating natural, or 'clean eating' is the route I've taken ever since I started dieting. Cutting out the bad foods and the artificial ingredients is what I focused on the most. A diet containing plenty of fruit, veg, salads, and the 'good' fats such as nuts, and fish is bound to give you nothing but positive results. Remember, you do need a balanced range of foods for your body to function properly. You need some carbs, some dairy and some fats and sugars but it's how you develop a healthier alternate of which contains these things that matters.


It is not only food you have to concentrate on, however, the liquids you pour into your body are just as major. Any kind of fizzy pop is a no no (yes, even Diet Coke!) don't be fooled by the 'no calories' advertisement, they're packed with artificial sweeteners which in turn doesn't contribute towards weight loss in the slightest. For those tea and coffee drinkers (I'm not one, so I don't need to worry about that) it's wise to either just have these in moderation or once again, swap to a more healthier version for e.g. green tea! I love my hot chocolates on a night time and I won't ever give them up, but I refuse to have a 120 calories Cadbury's when there is the option of Options! (that's a mouthful). Only 40 calories, available in a range of flavours and extremely tasty. Pure, fresh juices (orange, apple, cranberry etc) are another healthier option whilst keeping the tangy taste. However, water is a life changer for me. Drinking around 6 large glasses of water a day is the best decision I've ever made (even if I do constantly need a wee). Either alone or topped with ice and a lemon, it's all I have from day to day and I am 100% certain that alone has lead to the point I am now. Water washes the bad toxins out of your body (which is why you can even rely on it to feel less guilty about a binge), it keeps you nourished, hydrated and raises metabolism. Plus, from the tap it's completely free (apart from the water bill) so there's no excuses! Another step I'm on the verge of taking is making my own smoothies, made from pure fruit, blended with water and crowned with any other ingredient you can think of. My ultimate smoothie consists of banana, apple, strawberries, and spinach for that extra kick (although I'm now out of spinach which is why the above picture is less green!). Natural smoothies seem to fill me up, taking away that urge to pig out through the day.

I am a strong believer that steadily improving your diet and partaking in exercise works and is the safer, better, more flourishing way to gradually lose weight and keep that weight off long term. Each to their own preference of course, but I would never go near these fad diets such as Juice Plus, and these harsh fasting diets. Starving your body and/or living off juices filled with tons of stuff you don't need is not the way to go. Achieving takes time and you just have to be patient. It's guaranteed you and everyone around you will notice the difference, you will feel yourself losing the cravings for calorie filled treats and will get used to eating well, thus thriving on prolonging your new healthy lifestyle.


EXERCISE
For some (yep, I'm one of them) that word is scary. Even just thinking about the amount of strict exercise you need to become involved in to tick off every inch of the imperfections you see makes me tired. There's days when I'm feeling super motivated, and then days where I'm severely sluggish and shrug off the thought of moving from the sofa. I think mainly, that's down to my physical ability and how I vary from day to day. If, like me, you are unable to partake in intense exercise due to health problems and the lack of strength you have, then gentle exercise is the way forward. When I feel up to it, I will pedal for 30-40 minutes on the exercise bike, taking a break in between if I need it. Then I will cool off, do around a 5 minute quick workout of jogging on the spot, stretching and step ups. That will be me finished until I go to bed. Before bed and in the morning I will try and do a quick session of twists, squats, lunges, calf raises, sit ups/crunches and a leg stretch laid on my hip. I aim to do about 20 sets each as anymore than that kills me, but saying that I do it when I feel like it and don't set myself up for disappointment which I think is the best way and the correct attitude to have so you're not left feeling drained (well, exercise is draining but I like to feel more pumped than the collapsed on the floor feeling). Plus, exercise is time consuming so you have to do it only when you won't leave yourself short of crucial time.

Being at a gym, you have more choice and high standard equipment that will be more useful but you don't get much privacy and do not have your own space. I, personally, prefer being in my own comforts as I'm an overly paranoid person and would be worried people were judging me/watching me and I can't work out under pressure (lord, it's hard enough as it is!). However, there are people; especially those who are more dependent on working out, who are increasingly agile with powerful abilities, and are extremely focused with their regime, who prefer being a member of a gym which is completely fine too. There are so many varied exercises that you can do both at home and in the gym. This, once again, all depends on your goal and the core areas you want to target. If you're muscle building, then add weights, concentrating on a specific place (like me with my hips, bums and thighs), then put more of your attention to working on burning fat in that area. I'm not an expert so I'm not going to go into lecturing depth, I just know it's necessary to find the correct exercise suited to you. Building muscle is all about training, losing weight is all about the cardio side of things; you can always move on to different stages as you progress.

Along with the diet, there are also supplements you can take alongside to compliment your growth. Make sure these are safe, appropriate and will not put you in any danger. As tempting as it may be when the influence of an over obsessed society is eating away at your brain with these images of what they (both men and women) think is the 'perfect' body, it's not ideal. Diet pills, growth hormones, steroids; I just don't believe in them as it's not only cheating and doing it the easy way, you have no idea what harm it could be causing; even if you have no signs or symptoms. Also, a little extra tip - it's best to actually be present when purchasing these products as I never trust the internet businesses. Protein bars and shakes are your best option, I've seen for myself how they contribute towards evolution. Plus, it's an excuse for having something chocolate flavoured I suppose!

It is important not to over do it when you're exercising. I read somewhere that if you're feeling excessive pain whilst working out, it's a sign for you to stop. Aching and having sore muscles is completely normal but over exhausting yourself isn't going to be nice. You mustn't forget that warming up beforehand is significant. Warming up prepares your body for exercise; it increases your blood flow, the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your muscles, reduces the chances and risks of injury to joints, mentally motivates you and improves your coordination. All of which I'm sure you're aware you need during exercise!

Overall, I think generally keeping active will keep you at a healthy, stable weight and fitness level but if you wish to increase, you need to go that extra mile. Although eating more wholesome foods can be quite pricey, exercising doesn't always have to cost money. Walking instead of taking the car or bus, or even taking a run around your local park will all be beneficial to you as an individual, now and in the future!

TIPS
- Keep count of your calories. Apps like MyFitnessPal are brilliant. It really helps having the calculated amount of calories you should intake in front of you so you can always check, but don't feel too hard on yourself if you go over. It doesn't matter, it's the type of food you're eating that matters!

- NEVER skip breakfast, your body only stores more fat that way and you will be running on no fuel. An appropriate breakfast would be filled with as many nutritious foods possible such as fat free yoghurt, granola, a bowl of fruit, wholemeal toast, and so on. The more you eat in the morning, the longer you'll feel full, meaning you won't be as tempted to snack! Even though that isn't always manageable on a busy morning, you must remember to grab something to eat.

- Avoid/cut down on alcohol. In moderation, it's fine, but if you're dieting, drinking every other day and at weekends, and wandering why nothing is happening; remember a glass of wine is equivalent to a chocolate eclair and a pint of beer is equivalent to a slice of pizza! If you can't give it up completely, there's always a lower calorie option too which will improve your healthiness slightly (but not a lot!).

- Drink as much water as possible! Whenever you're feeling thirsty, make yourself a glass of water. When you're feeling hungry late at night, this may be due to slight dehydration, so get that glass of water and it should solve the problem. It's amazing what water can do!

- Set goals appropriate to you. You know what's right and wrong and what works best for you. Don't be afraid to try new challenges and push yourself that little bit more too, you'll most likely be grateful of doing it afterwards!

- Take before and after pictures. A picture of you in a bikini/underwear before you begin making these drastic changes, and a picture to follow when you are satisfied with the results you see. Put the two together and you will be astounded by what you see. You never notice when looking at yourself, but as soon as a picture is compared, you realise just how crazy different you look and how what you are doing is actually working. Here's mine (you'll just have to excuse the non-matching underwear!)

- Make it fun! By that I mean don't take it too serious and don't make it a chore. There's no point in beating yourself down over something that's supposed to make you feel cheerier and less conscious. Take it at a steady pace, indulge in the food you eat and pick out all the salutary parts instead of the boring parts, make up your own activities based on what you enjoy, and blast that music out as you're working out to motivate you more!

- Keep note of what inspires you. Whether this be a quote, a picture, a book, or even a determined spark inside you that suddenly comes alive and says 'I WILL do this, I CAN do this'. Fixating on the positive opportunities and thoughts will guide you through your journey.

I hope this is of some help to anyone out there whose bucket list option, or even all season goal, is to become more fit. I've enjoyed writing about my opinion on what a healthy lifestyle should contain but I'd love to hear yours! I'm still not where I want to be but I've come a long way since the start. You have to remember it's not always a smooth ride, there'll be ups and downs, but it will be worth it in the end!
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Sunday, 22 June 2014

My 21st birthday: the gifts and the buys


Following on from my previous blog post about my birthday, I promised a post dedicated to the gifts I was bought and the things I decided to spend my birthday cash on. As per, I was bombarded with lots of lovely presents that represent me to a T. Every year, I'm completely spoilt by my family and my closest friends (I don't have many but those I do have are worth much more than people who don't care whether they're in your life or not). There's never anything I dislike (but even if there was I wouldn't even dream of saying it as I've been brought up to appreciate every little thing) as there's so much kindness and thoughtfulness that everyone goes into when buying for me. I think most people now know I love everything vintage, beauty, fashion, and homely so when receiving gifts, these are what I almost always find under the prettily wrapped paper and that does me just fine!

WHAT I WAS BOUGHT:

This beautiful cup in a candle tea set was from my brother's girlfriend and even though I've not known her that long, she certainly must have known my tastes as I adore this. It's so delicately made and the candle smells gorgeous. It's that kind of fine china that looks too precious to even touch but it'll make the perfect ornament for my shelf... when I finally get my hand on some shelves that is.


These mixture of goodies were from my cousin and his partner (as a girl, his partner obviously did the buying as men are often clueless!). She said she thought the top gifts would come in handy for a nice relaxing bath; two bath fizzers, bubble bath and a strong scented candle, and they certainly will. The photo frame was a little extra and was open for me to choose which picture I'd like. I've not got round to choosing a proper one yet so I just printed out my favourite picture of me and my mum sat embracing the sunshine in Trafalgar Square. The frame is simple but adorable. I love how 3D like the small details look and the champagne glasses at the bottom just complete the design.


These lovely treasures are from my friend, Charlotte. Once again, she knows me well and has chosen appropriately. More candles, but I'm not complaining. Yankee Candles are always my preference and Vanilla Cupcake is delightful, it makes me want to find a vanilla cupcake with the exact same taste (but my will power to stick to my diet thankfully disagrees). This drinking flask with the cutest bird and floral design insulates both hot and cold drinks, so that will be handy to grab whenever I need it.


Surprisingly, the makeup items I received were from my 16 year old brother. Well, not actually from him as my mum got them, but still. The MUA highlighter and Topshop blush in Flush have been on my wishlist for a while now and as a bonus, they're not too expensive so are affordable as a small gift. I've heard nothing but positive things about the highlighter and since using it, I completely agree; it gives such a healthy, subtle glow to the face. I haven't used the blush yet (mainly because it looks too appealing to touch and I'm saving it for my holiday) but I'll be sure to let you know when I have.


Ahh, shoes and clothes; my ultimate love. I'm getting to that age now where I can't have any surprises in the fashion area as I need to check whether they suit me before I go ahead and give people the all clear to buy it. Luckily, I have a mum who has exactly the same taste as me, so she never hesitates when it comes to going shopping and browsing for ideal presents. Usually I do give her a push in the right direction, which I did for these when she asked me what I'd like for my birthday. I've been after a pair of silver holographic sandals for ages now. As I mentioned before, I have a new found love in chunky heels and have been grabbing as many as I can for my holiday to Spain on Saturday (eeek!). These are gorgeous, and comfortable, so I'll be fine styling these up on my jollys. This beautiful kimono from New Look was a lucky buy, I'd had my eye on it for a while and kept checking the stock but suddenly, the sizes seemed to have disappeared. I panicked thinking I'd lost out on this gem but then a size 8 appeared so we whipped it up as fast as possible. I can pull off an 8 with a kimono as it's soft and flowy and fortunately, it fits just right. I can't wait to wear this both at home in the summer and abroad, it's one of those items you can throw over a basic outfit to add that extra colour and pattern.


Known as the most common gift for a 21st birthday, my Auntie and Uncle gave me £21 which I thought was nice and traditional of them. However, there was an extra something from my little cousin. Wrapped up especially for me was this all glam wine glass with a handful of chocolates and a scented heart which will be a great addition to my collection of hanging accessories in my room.

P.S. The teddy in the first picture was also a gift from my wonderful friend, Ross. I'm always a sucker for a snuggly Me to You bear. 

WHAT I BOUGHT:

FINALLY, I got my hands on a Naked Palette. As I've recently traveled to the world of eyeshadows, I knew exactly what I wanted to get with the £50 my Grandma gives me every birthday. The only problem was, I wasn't sure which Naked Palette to go for. Debating over the 4 prized palettes in the Oxford Street Debenhams for around 20 minutes, I decided to go for the first one. My first thoughts were: Naked Basics would suit me perfectly for every day use but for when I want that extra glamour and choice, I won't have anything to go to. Naked 2 was a very near joint first choice but I thought I would get more use out of the colours in 1. Naked 3 is the most recent hyped up product but as lovely as it looked, it was mostly pinky shades and they don't do me any justice. So I went for the first and am loving it so far, I can't wait to experiment more with mixing the colours when I have a reason to (i.e. my holiday next week!). The Origins Super Spot Remover was purchased just a few days ago with my remaining birthday money. It has been on my 'I must purchase these supposed life changing skincare products once I have enough money' list for so long now but I was quite surprised at the size of the bottle when I walked over to the Origins counter in Boots. I very nearly turned away and moved on as I didn't fancy paying £14 for a tiny thing like that but I changed my mind last minute and honestly, I'm glad I did. I reckon a little will go a long way for this so it should (hopefully) last me a decent amount of time. My forehead is having a seriously angry breakout at the moment and I can't seem to shift these pesky spots that are all grouped into one place so I started using this straight away. I only apply a small quantity to the surrounded area but it brings them right down so they're barely noticeable. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that regular use of this will be helpful in erasing them completely!


As I celebrated my birthday in the UK's biggest city, the prediction I'd spend most of my money as soon as I stepped foot onto the streets was spot on. Bershka was the first shop we entered, a shop I've never had the pleasure of being in before. For basics, it is amazing. I'd been wanting a pair of white trousers/leggings for a while and didn't feel as though I wanted to splurge on a pair of Zara or Topshop trousers. Thankfully I discovered these (and a fair few others) in the entrance. After fumbling to the changing rooms with my hands full and standing there for a good ten minutes, taking my time to decide, I went with these beauties. I loved the cropped fit and the gold zips up the top gave that more elegant look. At £19.99, these were a bargain. I just wish I wasn't so blooming clumsy as I wore them once and dirtied them right away. They're now freshly clean ready for the next use!


The difference in lighting in my room is ridiculous, so I apologise for the appalling quality. However, these last three items were my final buys. The black laced halter neck top from H&M (purchased when I got back home and received another card with a generous £10 in!) and the white cami and flowered skirt from Forever 21 on Oxford Street. I don't even think I can express my love for that three floored shop, I was wandering around picking most items up but resisted against my urge (which was a great breakthrough for me). I ended up just going for these summer items; a basic but pretty cami and a floral patterned skirt trimmed with my only weakness... lace! I now think it's about time Yorkshire opened their very first Forever 21 store, it'd certainly be ideal.

So that's that; I'm so happy with both what I bought and received. Now it's just the trouble of finding a place for the stuff in my already overly cramped room!
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