Sunday, 18 November 2012

Primark haul

So as the title suggests, I picked up some things from Primark last week. I really should have got the jist of 'Primarking' by now and try to get there early on a day when it won't be as busy, but I never seem to learn, cue getting red-faced and sweaty whilst getting elbowed by fellow shoppers and having items practically ripped out of your hands when eyeing them up. Please tell me I'm not alone in this? :P

Anyway, I still love a bit of Primark whenever I manage to go! I especially love stocking up on their novelty socks - which I, oddly, didn't get any of when I went. The things I did get, though, Í'm very pleased with.

Here's what I bought.
 I don't really own too many jumpers at the moment, although they are very much a necessity - I'm starting to feel the cold. :( I love this one as the colour and print are fun and it's quite a light knit which makes it perfect for layering over a shirt; it also means it won't be too 'bulky' when you wear it under a coat.
This button-up shirt is probably my favourite out of all the things I got - it's a beautiful deep raspberry colour (which seems to be everywhere at the moment) and I love the contrast of the gold studs on the collar. I can see myself wearing this tucked into a high-waisted flowy skirt, once I manage to get my hands on the perfect one - watch this space :)

The last thing I bought is this fur-trimmed swing coat - as you can tell by my previous post I am partial to a bit of faux fur on my coats! It's a deep navy colour and has leather detailing on the shoulders (also faux of course). I was perusing the Topshop website a few days ago and by chance stumbled upon the exact same coat here. So if you like the Topshop coat, definitely check out Primark for a cheaper version - I paid 31 euros for mine, which is roughly 25 pounds. I'm not sure how closely the Primark collections here follow the ones in the UK, but hopefully it should still be available.
That's all for now. :) Hope you're all having a great Sunday evening.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Bow wellies

How's that for an unimaginative title? Sorry about that...

One of my good friends kindly offered to take some pictures with her snazzy camera (aka a DSLR) and the difference in quality is amazing. It certainly puts my trusty old Sony Cybershot to shame... The sun was just going under when these were taken and I think the effect it gives is beautiful - the backdrop (recognise it from an earlier post?) looks like it could be straight out of a painting! Reminds me of the fact I really need to save up for a new camera... maybe I could put it on my Christmas wishlist? :)

On to the outfit!

I love these boots so much! Wellingtons are, in my opinion, perfect for this time of year as you can keep warm (just pair with toasty socks) and slosh through puddles - without fear of getting them dirty. Nice wellies of course, not bog standard famer style! These are by Mel and I purchased them on the New Look website; they don't stock this exact style any more, but they do have one that is pretty much the same, except with a different bow (find those here).

Jacket with faux fur collar: TRF/Zara (last year)
Dress (not really visible here): Pony Power dress (one of my favourites!) by Sugarhill Boutique
Bag: Steve Madden

Have a great Saturday night everyone!

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Latest purchases | bits and bobs

Hello there - Long time no post! Can you believe it's November already? It feels like just yesterday we were ringing in the new year... However, that could just be me getting old(ish).

I've been a bit MIA in the last few weeks, but I'd been 'suffering' from a lack of inspiration (ie; hadn't bought or worn anything of much interest), plus I had a lot of assignments etc to hand in at uni.. I wanted to post this weekend but then I had some internet problems, which meant no internet until yesterday. Don't you hate that? I always feel like I'm 'missing out' on the internet because I can't keep up with my favourite websites and blogs. Haha. Anyway, on to my latest buys. Just to warn you, nothing really exciting as of late.

The first thing I came across was this cute mug from Paperchase. I LOVE Paperchase, and I would quite happily buy all their stationery/goodies if my bank account allowed it, believe me! I love their cute litte notebooks, cards, pens.. all of it. Pure cuteness. They also have a lot of Christmas things in already, gorgeous little sparkly baubles (I WANT) and I almost bought an ever-so-kitsch glittery pink reindeer ornament, but I withheld. ;) For now.

Gingerbread men and animals with Christmas hats? Adorbs.
The next item is something you'll probably have seen on a lot of other blogs. When I saw they sold them in a toy shop just around the corner from me, I got excited but figured they would be quite pricey because of the exchange rate. I decided to have a look because it was nearly a friend's birthday and I thought it was definitely something she'd like. When I discovered they were pretty much cheap as chips (€9,95), I figured why not? I thought I would buy one for myself as well, but they only had one left.. in the box. So I bought that one for my friend's birthday present and they let me buy the shop dummy with a discount. Bonus!

I'm planning to stock up on these for Christmas - I have several younger siblings this would be perfect for, as well as other family members (and friends - one loved this so much she asked me to pick one up for her!). If you're interested, I've seen them in various webshops on the internet, and even on Amazon (link here). They definitely make a lovely gift, even it's just for yourself ;)

Just a short post, I have some more planned for the next few days though so stay tuned! :)

Hope you all had a fun Halloween, I'd love to hear what you did to celebrate?

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Gold Miffy

Bit of a random post, but thought this was too cute not to share!

Last week, I visited the 'Miffy museum' which isn't too far from where I live here in Holland (Miffy being a Dutch creation originally). Being 23 I'm obviously a bit old for Miffy but we took my baby sister, so that's my excuse. :) If you ever visit Holland I can definitely reccomend! It's part of a bigger, more general museum/art gallery just opposite, you can buy a combination ticket so you can visit both if you fancy. Anyway, they had this gold Miffy on display. How cute?!

Just thinking about how nice it would look in my flat... ;)

Again, bit of a random/short post - will update more this week :) it's my brother-in-law's birthday today, we're going out for dinner to celebrate so I will stuffing my face tonight! Hope you're all having a lovely day!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

The H&M silver knit

As I'm writing this, it's a bit too cold for my liking (both inside and outside my flat - why my heating never seems to work properly when I need it most I'll never know!). It's time to swap the summer dresses and shorts for cosy knits and winter coats. Which I actually don't really mind as I like wrapping up and being warm. Anyway, I don't actually own too many jumpers, but one of my favourites is this silver knit from H&M. Please excuse my undone hair.

Jumper: H&M
Necklace: H&M
Jeggings (oh how I loathe that word)/denim leggings: Topshop
Not pictured: Primark army jacket, same as a few posts back

I bought it around Christmas last year and while I can never say no to a bit of glitter and sparkle I thought it was also appropiately festive enough for the season at the time. Fast forward a year later and I can safely say I've gotten my money's worth! It's one of my most worn items. As a child I detested what I would call 'statty' (itchy) jumpers, which my mum made me wear (thanks mum!), however this jumper is far from uncomfortable in any way, it's super soft which is why I wear it so much! I really do hope H&M will bring out more jumpers like this!

Hope you're all having a good week so far :)

Friday, 12 October 2012

Ebay made me do it #2

As you can tell by the title, I may have gone a bit overboard recently whilst perusing the eBay website... oh well. I like to justify this by telling myself that these were too cheap not to pass up. I got two bracelets and something else I plan to use when I'm in a DIY sort of mood... more on that in a moment.

The first thing I got was this spiked bracelet, after seeing Victoria's eBay post. Seriously, who doesn't love her eBay posts? This girl has such an eye for lovely and affordable things, I have to practice some serious self-restraint every time she has a new post up. I have my eye on those ankle boots next... Anyway, on to the bracelet.

It is made from a mix of bronze, gold and silver coloured metal alloy. It doesn't feel very 'weighty' but I don't really mind, it was cheap and I think as a bracelet it's quite nice and spices up an otherwise plain outfit. Now, on to the real gem of all the things I got...

How pretty is this? I got this sideways cross bracelet here for a shamefully low price and best of all - free shipping! You can't really tell from the photos but it's a lovely rose gold colour. The cross is 'curved' so it sits nicely on your wrist and the chain is quite fine giving it an elegant look. They also stock these in black or silver. I would definitely recommend this if it's the sort of thing you like.

I also couldn't resist buying these...

I plan to do a bit of DIY studding with these but I'm not sure on what exactly. I have already tried studding the side of some Converse (my boyfriend was my guinea pig, I'm not sure how happy he is with them though as they now lie discarded in the corner...) and am keen to try them on some other items of clothing, maybe along the collar of a shirt. How well they will stay put, however, remains to be seen. If you have any tips for me or have experience with this I would love to hear from you! I purchased these studs here.

Happy Friday everyone!

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

The River Island dip hem skirt

Now that the weather is transitioning into autumn and winter, I'm finding that as much as I love the look of skirts and dresses with tights, I can't really get away with the shorter versions any more - unless I want to a) freeze to death or b) give someone an eyeful of my nether regions thanks to a surprise gust of wind, which obviously isn't ideal. That's why I'm loving maxi/dip hem skirts (or asymmetrical hem skirts, high-low skirts, whatever you want to call them.. so many names for one item of clothing! :P) at the moment. Pair them with tights and some nice flats or ankle boots and you can be quite cosy whilst preserving your modesty at the same time.

I got this River Island skirt about a month ago, while it was still warm in fact, but I actually prefer the look of it with tights and flats, which makes it ideal for me at the moment. River Island actually have a few of these skirts in different styles and colours, which I love, so I may repurchase soon. Of course, I paired them with my favourite Topshop flats (are you getting sick of reading about them yet? ;) )

Cropped faux leather jacket: TRF/Zara (from last year)
Black top (not clearly visible): TRF/Zara
Dip hem skirt: River Island (can be found here)
Watch: Michael Kors
Shoes: Topshop studded loafers

The one thing I love about these colder months is sitting inside and snuggling up in front of the TV with a cup of tea, which is what I plan to do now - bliss!

What do you think about this style of skirt for autumn?