Top Picks #48

  1. Embroidery Hoop, £24 – Stitching Business @ Etsy

I really like the design of this embroidery hoop. I wish they had a few more options with different designs and colours of houses though.

2.  Sandals, £29 – Accessorize*

I really like the star cut out detail on these sandals. They look like they’d be perfect for a city break paired with skinny jeans and a laid back tee.

3. Sundress, £40 – Joanie

And they’ve done it again. Joanie have brought out another sundress I am in love with. So much love for this one.

4. Notebook, £27.50 – Paperchase

I know it’s awhile until I need another bullet journal but when that time does come, this one is definitely a contender. It has grid pages which I think will make doing layouts a whole lot simpler. It’s leather too, which gives it a luxury feel.

5. Swimsuit, £28 – Joanie

Joanie has a swimwear range! I don’t really see the straps being particularly supportive on this particular suit but I love the print.

6. Brooch, £60 – Tatty Devine

This brooch is awesome! So cute. Apparently it has a view finder that you can really look through – how cool is that?

7. Dress, $584.99 – Modcloth*

I’m not usually one for strapless dresses but the print on this one is way too eye-catching to ignore. It makes me want to go somewhere sunny and hot like Cuba. I didn’t realise it was by Anna Sui straight away but after I did, I wasn’t surprised that I picked it. I used to idolize Anna Sui as a teenager. She made me want to be a fashion designer.

8. Earrings, £22 – From My Bear Hands @Etsy

These earrings are so sparkly and lovely! I can’t wait until my ears are healed and I can start wearing other earrings.

9. Shoes, £35 – Dorothy Perkins*

I’m in love with these shoes. It’s a shame I don’t wear heals though. I wish they did them in a flat sandal design. They do have them in a flat mule design but I don’t really like mules. For a klutz like me they’re recipe for disaster!

10. Dress, £34 – Minimum Mouse

This print is awesome! Unfortunately it’s out of stock at the moment but here’s hoping it comes back soon.

 

What are your top picks this week? 

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Top Picks #47

  1. Light, £32 – Urban Outfitters*

I really want this cloud light for my office. It would be perfect in there! I’d put it on the wall above my computer.

2. Top, £12 – Dorothy Perkins*

I love the colour and the detail on the bottom of this top. It’s so fun and summery.

3. Brooch, £7.77 – Whistleburg @Etsy

How cute is this brooch? I love dinosaurs and I love sugar skulls so this combination is awesome!

4. Cushion, £32 – Nikki McWilliams

The hunt is on for purple cushions for the living room! Topher is a fan of party rings so this one would be the perfect addition. It’s been hard trying to find fun ones so far. Any other suggestions?

5. Dress, £75 – Emily and Fin

This print is everything! I love Emily and Fin dresses. How great is it that they do the same print in so many styles? There have been so many times that I’ve loved a print but the dress style itself just isn’t to my taste. Not here!

6. Candle, £1.50 – Primark

Primark has so much funky stuff in their homeware department at the mo! This cactus candle is top of my list. The perfect plant that I can’t kill…just melt slowly over time.

7. Pen, £3.50 – Paperchase

Because everyone needs a flamingo pen right? It could make friends with my two llama pens. I’m such a child. #sorrynotsorry

8. Cami, £24 – Topshop*

It’s so nice to see some colour in the shops again. This cami is perfect for summer and would be so versatile in my wardrobe. Not sure I’d be willing to play £24 for it though…

9. Bag, £27 – Accessorize*

Omg cat backback! I love the detail on this.

10. Swimsuit, $89.99 – Modcloth*

You know I can’t resist a polka dot print! This swimming costume is the perfect shape. Need and want!

What’s on your wish list this week?

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Primark Haul – Totally Addicted to Stripes

As promised, here’s a look at my Primark haul as well as a couple of other purchases from New Look and H&M.

I’m properly thinking ahead now to my honeymoon and what I’ll be needing on the trip. After all, by the time it comes around in September, all the summery stuff would have disappeared from the high street.

While I was taking these photos in my office, Luna acted as my “assistant” so please excuse her need to sniff everything in a few of the shots! How can I say no to this face? Such a curious one!

Primark Haul - Luna

Primark

So beginning with my stripes addiction head on, I had to laugh at myself when I picked up not one, not two but five stopped tops. I think I might have a problem! I definitely won’t be wearing all of these on the honeymoon but I was also thinking about my capsule wardrobe for when I get to my target weight. These will go with quite a few things already in my wardrobe and also with the pinafore I bought below.

Looks like I found my new uniform! Plus they were only £3 each so it was an easy decision. They’re all short sleeve apart from the red one which is long sleeves so that one is more for autumn/winter.

Primark Haul - striped shirt addiction

Primark Haul - striped shirts

Now moving on to something a little less stripy, I immediately fell in love with this lightweight watermelon print shirt. The fabric is really soft and they also had it in an anchor print which I would have bought if they had had it in my size (boo!). This would be perfect for San Francisco which I have heard can get a bit on the chilly side.

Primark Haul - watermelon shirt

Primark Haul - watermelon print

Yes I do realise I picked up yet another stripy top (the checkout girl must have thought I was mad!) but isn’t it pretty? It was refreshing to see a top like this that wasn’t elasticated at the bottom. Thank you Primark! And I love the detail on the sleeves – I like that I can choose to either wear as is or push them down my shoulders to wear in a bardot style.

Primark Haul - peasant top

Primark Haul - peasant top detail

I finally settled on a day bag for the honeymoon. After going on and on about getting a small rucksack, I completely changed my mind and went for a small cross body style instead. Mainly for the reason that I feel I’ll be less likely to be pick pocketed this way. Such a worrier! Better safe than sorry though.

I love compartments so this does the job nicely! And it’s big enough to fit my purse but not big enough to be feeling like I’m lugging the world around with me. We will be doing a lot of walking after all.

Primark Haul - bag

Primark Haul - bag detail

So next on the agenda that I was missing out of my current summer wardrobe was footwear. I prefer sandals as I can walk miles and miles in them. This black pair below I actually got after I bought some tan ones in New Look further down but I had to get these as they were practically the same but for almost half the cost. So now I have a pair of black sandals and also a pair of tan. Covering all bases!

Primark Haul - sandals

New Look

As I mentioned above, I got these tan sandals first. They fit in perfectly with the rest of my summer wardrobe and go with practically everything. Plus, they seem super comfy so far.

Primark Haul - New Look Sandals

I have sunglasses again! These were as close as I could find to my old pair that broke last summer and it’s great to have them back.

Primark Haul - New Look sunglasses

H&M

You may or may not remember this dungaree dress* from a certain top picks post I did a while back. I just haven’t been able to get it out of my head since then. It’s the perfect piece for my capsule wardrobe. It’s plain so it can be paired with anything and I could wear it all year round. Short sleeve tops and leggings in the summer, tights and long sleeve shirts in the winter. Cost per wear would be amazing!

Primark Haul - H&M dress

At the time of putting it on my wish list, I didn’t realise it was part of H&M’s Conscious range. It’s great to know that a piece I plan on wearing a lot is environmentally friendly.

Primark Haul - H&M dress closeup

Just a word of warning though, sizing in this dress runs small! After dithering for awhile on whether to get a 10 (my final dress size when I finish) or a 12 (what I am now), I’m so glad I went with a 12. When it arrived in the post, I tried it on and was surprised to find that I could only just get it on! It fits but I wouldn’t dare eat in it. No food babies allowed here. So it’s a relief to know that by the time I lose another stone it will fit better.

Primark Haul - H&M concious range

So that’s my haul. All sorted now I think!

Have you bought anything nice recently?

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Top Picks #46

  1. Dress, £55 – Yumi*

I love this print and the shape of the dress. It looks perfect for a summer holiday somewhere sunny in Europe. Italy, Portugal, somewhere like that.

2. Bag, £55 – Vendula London

Embarrassingly when I stumbled across this bag, I let out a little squeak! I love anything with hot air balloons so this is absolutely perfect. Shame about the price though. I don’t see myself spending that much on a small bag.

3. Sandals, £10 – ASOS*

Since it’s April, you know what time it is; sandal season on the high street. I realised I’d better do my honeymoon wardrobe shopping soon. Because by the time I start thinking about it in August there will probably be winter coats in stock and not a pair of sandals in sight! These are a bargain and because they’re jelly sandals, I’m hoping they will be comfortable.

4. Bag, £18 – Topshop*

I love this bag! It’s so sweet.

5. Earrings, £6 – Accessorize

Now that I’ve got my ears pierced again I’m counting down the weeks until they’re healed and I can wear whatever I want in them. I love the simple design of these.

6. Plate, £22.50 – Jim Bob Art @ Etsy

I already own a plate from this shop and I love it. And after spotting this one I need it in my life. It’s perfectly me. I love pancakes and I’m a Hufflepuff so the badger is a perfect fit. Need!

7. Blouse, £25 – Joanie

Another great print! I haven’t bought many blouses since leaving office life but I’d definitely be tempted with this one. It would look great with skinny jeans!

8. Ear cuff set, £5.99 – New Look

I’ve been wanting to try out ear cuffs for awhile now and this one fits the bill.

9. Sunglasses, £8 – ASOS*

Since my favourite sunglasses broke, I’ve been on the hunt for a replacement. These ASOS set are perfect!

10. Sundress, £55 – Sugarhill Boutique

The length of this dress is perfect! And the print is so summery. Looks like I’m gravitating towards sundresses at the moment. Now if only the weather would match what’s in the shops!

What’s on your lust list this week?

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Top Picks #45

  1. Dress, £60 – Oasis*

I love everything about this dress. It’s simple but the jacquard material makes it interesting. The colour and cut are gorgeous too! Definitely something you can wear again and again by changing up your accessories.

  1. Book, £11.89 – Amazon*

I’ve heard good things about this book. It would be ideal for when I eventually create my capsule wardrobe.

  1. Sundress, £40 – Joanie

Hello sundress of dreams! Gorgeous colour, fabric and it has pockets! Another I spotted on Instagram and fell for. This also comes in navy.

  1. Earrings, £10 – Beadish Delight @ Etsy

I just can’t wait to have pierced ears again. These pretties just scream spring to me. And they would be a great way of introducing some long missing colour in my wardrobe.

  1. Throw, £15.99 – Dunelm

We’ve had the throws in our house for a number of years now (all of them samples from my previous job) and they’re getting pretty worn so when we decorate the living room, it would be nice to have some throws that match.

  1. Pin, £7.50 – Anita Ivancenko @ Etsy

I love the detail on this pin! Would totally wear it all year round.

  1. Bag, £18 – ASOS*

More cat lady things! I’m still after a black cross body bag so this may be a contender. Plus, look at it’s little face!

  1. Pj bottoms, £26 – Cath Kidston

I think I originally saw these on Instagram and I immediately fell in love. My only problem with them is that they don’t have a matching top. They have a pj t-shirt that is for mixing and matching but I love my Bridget Jones style pjs. It’s so annoying as I would totally get these otherwise. They even have pockets dammit!

  1. Earring Set, £12 – ASOS*

More celestial stuff! All the celestial stuff!

10. Shoes, $114.99 – Modcloth

Aren’t these shoes a dream? Completely ignoring the price of course! These would be awesome for summer. I love a novelty accessory I do.

What’s on your wishlist this week?

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