23 January 2014

Sales haul part 1!

Hello you gorgeous lot! I always forget how long written haul posts take to write up, so sorry for the wait! This time of year is renowned for its sales, and boy, do I love them! The thrill of finding that perfect item at an incredible price is so great, especially if you've seen it a few months back at full price, but decided not to get it! Sometimes waiting is the best thing! So here's what I got in this year's Boxing Day and January sales:

Topshop Denim Pinafore Dress (similar)

I've been after one of these denim pinafores for a long time, so when I saw this one at £7, I had to try it on! I love the simple style with the little pocket at the front, which is surprisingly good at storing my phone in! This is a great layering piece, and even though it is a tiny weeny bit big around the waist for me, this worry disappears if I’m wearing a jumper or polo neck underneath. I wore this to a house party and styled it with a white t-shirt, cowboy boots and sharks tooth necklace. 

ASOS Skater Dress in Floral Print
This is one of my favourite pieces from my haul, as I'm really loving dark floral print this season. The floral print is one of those trends that's still around every season, and so I think it's great when it gets a bit of an upgrade. The dark background makes it feel suitable for winter, and really makes the colours of the flowers pop! I actually wore this for NYE, and did of an outfit selfie so you guys could see how I styled it. If you didn't see it, check it out below:

Vintage Teatime (Woman's Institute), Jessica Simmons
So you know how I love baking...well, I'm starting to build up my selection of recipe books, and this is the new edition to the family! It's filled with both savoury and sweet recipes, and some old favourites like Victoria Sponge, Eccles Cakes & Scotch Eggs. I recently had a girly afternoon tea party with some of my friends, so this will be perfect for next time! Tea dresses optional. 

Topshop Petite Jersey Flippy Skirt
Weirdly enough, before getting this, I didn't own a plain jersey black skirt. A staple, in my books, but I didn't have one! Leather, yes. Embellished, yes. Even a tube skirt with gold flecks. I had everything but a plain jersey one! It was particularly hard when I'd be filming as a school kid and I was asked to supply my costume...let's just say I couldn't exactly wear any of my others, if it was a real school I would probably get kicked out! So I solved this problem by snapping up this great one from Topshop for £10! Unfortunately, I don't think it's on sale anymore, but it's still not bad at £16! 

Primark Leather Cut Out Dress (similar here and here)

I went a bit crazy in Primark this time. I didn't really shop in Primark that much at the end of last year, so it was like discovering an old friend again after time apart. My mum actually picked out this dress for me, and I fell in love with it as soon as I tried it on! The leatherette bralet top half, the cut out sides, the floaty chiffon skirt...and it makes you feel a million dollars when you wear it! I'll be wearing this in the daytime with an over-sized cardie and brogues, and at night with some chunky heels and a block colour blazer as a cover up. 

Primark 90's Crop Top (the only one that I could find that was similar was this one here, but its the real McCoy, so if any of you find a cheaper one, let me know and I'll put it up)
I’ve been slowly building up my collection of these 90’s crop tops over the past 6 months, as they’re such great things to put with separates. I found this little beauty at £1 (!!!), such a steal! You can also dress it up or down as much as you want, so it’s a good job that they’re sticking around for SS14! I’ll be looking to the Proenza Schouler, DKNY & Tommy Hilfiger runways for inspiration during these colder months, with high waisted trousers and only a little flash of waist. Any more skin showing and I would probably turn into an icicle. Not a good look!

Proenza Schouler

Tommy Hilfiger 
Images from Google

I have to say, I absolutely love shopping with my mum! We have similar tastes, and she knows what will look good on me. She goes round picking up things and saying “Oh, this is right up your street!” “Try this on!” and she always turns out to be right! This is what happened when we discovered this top! I adore the little details like the laser cut detail on the bottom and the turned up sleeves. I’ll be wearing this with a tube skirt and lace ups to really showcase that laser cut print. 

As I bought quite a lot of stuff over the past month or two, I've decided to section this into two posts, as its taken me a while to type this up so a) I hate leaving my blog empty of posts and b) I literally can't wait for you guys to see it, so I'm being impatient ;) 

What did you guys buy in the sales this year?


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