Thursday, 24 April 2014

Monochrome Checked Dress + Urban Outfitters Satchel ♥

I'm still in love with check prints this season. In winter I was all about tartan, and now I'm into gingham.. I'm totally obsessed! This is my newest check print dress which I was sent by Karma Clothing. It's not a shape I would normally wear, but I quite like it now I've tried it. The shift dress style is actually quite flattering to my larger bottom half, and I like the length of the sleeves. Black and white is also a colour scheme I don't often try because I prefer a splash of colour, but the pattern on this keeps it busy enough in monochrome.
It also has a cute little white collar to add a bit of detail. I've worn it to work a couple of times with opaque tights and ankle boots, and it's perfect for this warm/cool weather when I'm not really sure what to wear! I also bought myself a new handbag from Urban Outfitters when I was staying on Oxford Street a few weeks back. I had a £20 giftcard that I won at Christmas so I finally got round to spending it, and this satchel really caught my eye. 

It comes in a few different colours, and I was stuck between deep green or maroon, but I picked the maroon one at the last minute in the queue! It's the front lock satchel, and it was in the sale for only £22, reduced from £38. I like it because it has lots of different compartments and a zip pocket on the outside, which I found was perfect for my tube ticket. Also the front fastening is a lock that you have to push down to open (which is a little tricky to start with) so I felt a bit more secure and protected from pickpockets etc on the busy streets of the capital.  

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Polka Dot Swimming Costume ♥

I wasn't feeling too confident about my bikini on holiday in Tenerife a few weeks ago, so I didn't want to wear my usual skimpy bikini. Also, as I was planning on visiting the waterpark, I wanted something that wasn't going to fly off and expose my lady parts going down the slides. I wanted a nice sensible all-in-one swimming costume, but not a dreary old lady one. I had an image in my head of wanting something cute and retro, with a nice pattern and something that didn't make me look so flat chested.

I was offered something to try from Swimwear365; a swim shop with an amazing range of swimwear, from the tiniest bikini sets to stylish swimming costumes, and also holiday clothing and beach essentials. I had quite a struggle trying to pick something, as it's always a bit of a worry buying swimwear online when you can't try on what's best for your figure. And there was so much choice, I almost couldn't chose between a few, they were all so pretty. But I decided in the end to go with this gorgeous navy blue polka dot swimsuit from designer Lascana.

I was super nervous trying it on when I received it, as I have a small bust and I was worried the cups might be too big and gapey, or I might not get it over my huge rear. But I needn't have worried, as it was a huge relief that it literally fitted like a glove! Phew. The adjustable straps meant I could tighten it slightly over my shoulders so the chest wasn't baggy, and the moulded underwired cups made it look like I even had boobs! A miracle, some might say. It also had a nice high back so my back fat didn't hang out (the most hated part of my whole body) and it held in my tummy nicely.

I wore my new swimsuit to the waterpark, but I'm not quite brave enough to post any actual photos of me in it (sorry). I wore it for the whole day, and it was perfectly comfortable and I didn't feel too self conscious walking about all day in it. Although maybe my day was a bit too long.. I got sunburnt! It's a gorgeous blue colour with cute retro polka dots. It's the perfect swimsuit I was dreaming of!

And to go with my lovely new swimming cossie, I also took with me my new pair of prescription sunglasses that I was sent by Faversham Optical. They're an online optician that specialise in low cost glasses and sunglasses, and I picked this pair of wayfarers (only £49!) from their Dakota range. You can choose which colour you'd like your lenses tinted, and I picked a tortoiseshell pair with grey tints. 

I love these frames, and I wore them constantly on holiday! My eyesight isn't good at all, so it was great to be able to see perfectly well and still be protected from the sunshine. The style of the frames are really similar to Ray Bans, and I like the retro tortoiseshell colouring of them. I'll be keeping these in my handbag incase the sun ever decides to rear it's head in the UK!

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Monday, 21 April 2014

My BIG Primark Summer Haul ♥

Okay so this weekend consisted of me visiting two different Primark stores and practically buying everything in the shop! Honestly I don't know what I'd do without Primark. A few of these things I will probably return cos their sizing is just plain weird sometimes. But I absolutely love the stock they have in at the moment, so here's what I bought..

This cute little cotton t-shirt dress has a colourful aztec print skirt and I thought it would be ideal to wear to work on dress down Fridays. It was only £5 too.. bargain!

I bought this adorable little beach dress as it is the same pattern as the bikini I bought for my holiday last month. It was a bargain at only £4 too, and the straps at the back are cute. This is going to be perfect for wearing on the way to the pool or beach when I go to Spain in June!

I needed a new smart dress to wear as I was supposed to have a meeting with a head of department at work, but it got cancelled so I got all dressed up for nothing. But this dress looks lovely on with a skinny belt, and was only £13.

This is an item I'm considering returning, but it was only £3 in the sale. It's a midi length skirt in a gorgeous forest green colour, and it's got a slit up the back. But it's just too long for me, and also it's extremely high waisted which looks a bit odd.

 I love this dress, but unfortunately I picked up a size too big so it's too loose fitting. I love the bright pink colour, which I never usually wear, and it's got a sweet floral pattern. It's a smock style dress so it is nice and loose, but still too big for me. Hopefully I will find it again in my size, it was only £8!

I picked up this coat as it was reduced to only £10 but I think I might return it as the colour is a bit boring really. I've been wanting a lightweight mac or raincoat for a while, and the shape of this is perfect and I love the skirted bottom, but it's just not a nice enough colour for me.. it's too serious!

More of their much loved £1 panties, they're my absolute favourite undies! Although their sizing is so weird.. sometimes I get 10-12 and they're fine, sometimes 14-16 is okay, or sometimes 14-16 is tiny?! So odd, but they have tonnes of patterns and I like to collect them all.

I also couldn't resist this sweet floral cotton bra set, which was only £4.

Cute bag alert.. this adorable canvas shopper with cupcake print was only £1.50! It has a different pattern on each side, both so cute! I use these bags all the time for shopping etc and I was looking for a new one.

This cute floral and polka dot print hand towel was only £3 and I got it because it's a really similar pattern to my Laura Ashley towels.

I also picked up the matching laundry basket, also £3, as there's a little space for it at the end of my bed and it matches my bedroom nicely. 

These two cute pairs of pumps were only £5 each and are so comfy! I've worn mine a few times already and I love them, I might have to get another colour! They have a lovely cut out detail and peep toe, and I picked navy and tan but they also had coral and cream.

Everyone needs flip flops in summer! The white and blue striped pair were only £1 and the black glittery ones £1.50.

 I never normally wear trainers or that kind of thing but I thought these white faux Toms would look cute with skirts in the summer, and they were only £3.

I love the look of these strappy sandals and I've seen some other bloggers with them too, but I'm going to have to return these as they just don't fit comfortably. They keep falling off my foot?! Really weird, but maybe I have odd shaped feet. These were £8 and were also in white. 

Again, I adore these cut out patterned sandals but they don't fit properly, I can't even get my foot in these ones?! I'm gutted as they're so cute and were only £4, I might try another pair as maybe the pair I got were made wrongly.

 And finally, these gorgeous platform sandals were only £10! They're black faux suede and they have a medium height heel so I can hopefully wear them comfortably on nights out. I love these!

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Floral Smock Dress & Easter with Family ♥

The weather is a little bit grim today, but yesterday it was nice and sunny! I spent the day with my family; walking to the new tea shop in our village for a slice of cake, then helping Mum decorate her Easter Figolli biscuits (I've uploaded a few photos below), and then went for a little bike ride with Dad on the new village cycle path. I had a nice chunky piece of carrot cake with pink lemonade at the tea shop, so I thought I better burn it off whilst the weather is nice on my bicycle!

I wore this new ditsy dress that I was sent from Madam Rage during the day, and I love the smock style and shape of it. I think this is the first OOTD photos I've taken outdoors in nice weather this year! I really like this dress and I think I will be getting loads of use out of it, it's just such a simple thing to throw on. The smock style of it means it's loosely fitted and comfortable to wear, and it's perfect for hiding a 'too-many-Easter-eggs-and-hot-cross-buns' belly. It's a fairly decent length too, as it doesn't show too much leg, but you could also wear it with leggings.

I wore the dress with my new tan cut out pumps with a peep toe, which I think were only £6 from Primark. I love wearing these kind of shoe in the UK in summer, as it's not really quite warm enough for sandals, but ballet pumps are too wintery! I also wore a tan belt with cut out detail, which I think I got from Primark last year. And finally, to finish off the outfit, I also used my matching tan cut out bag which I bought from Aspire Style last year for £20. I really do like this outfit so I think I will be wearing it a fair bit this summer! I also put my hair in a little plait to add to my faux-boho style!

Today for Easter Sunday me and Dad thought we'd check out the carboot sale for the first time this year, but unfortunately it was almost completely empty, with only about 7 sellers there! Not sure why it was such a disaster, but I hope it picks up again soon! I've been clearing out our attic trying to sort out things to sell once the weather gets a bit nicer. I only got one Easter egg this year (from my boss at work) but it's probably for the best!


  Dress: Madam Rage | Belt: Primark (old) | Bag: Aspire Style | Shoes: Primark

Also, check out the Figolli me and Mum made! They're really big and super delicious almond biscuits, and we give them out as gifts to our friends and family, as is Maltese tradition. They are typically shaped as butterflies, ducks, fish, mermaids and rabbits, and decorated with mini eggs to symbolise fertility and life. You can find the recipe here.

 Happy Easter!

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