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Latest Purchases #84 – Summer Sales

It’s almost the summer holidays! This is a funny time of year as I try to cram the last few things into the end of term (prom tomorrow!) and start to get ready for our American adventure, plus a weekend in London with friends on the cards…busy but good busy!

I have been picking up a few bits and bobs in various sales over the past few weeks and thought I would bundle all of the items together into a blog post.

First up, Forever 21. We don’t have one of these in Bath but we popped into a store in the Trafford Centre and I came out with one of the least summery offerings available; a pair of chunky boots!

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Despite not really needing them at the moment, I couldn’t leave these gold-plated beauties on the shelf. I love the colour (not brown or black like my other boots), the gold hardware and the straps across the front. They also have cut-out side panels which I really like and means I can start wearing them as soon as summer is on its way out as they aren’t solely winter boots.

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Whilst I was in Forever 21, I also picked up a basic black cardigan, these pretty gold and white earrings and this cute polka dot makeup bag which I will probably take with me to America.

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I needed a few boring bits from Primark recently but I defy anyone to pop in there and not pick up something new! I spotted this dark grey tshirt with an embellished neckline and bought it a few sizes bigger than my normal size as I wanted a looser fit.

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Next an ebay impulse purchase after I decided I wanted something embroidered in my wardrobe! I found this navy dress and really like the coral pink of the flowers. This is a loose, flowing smock-style dress which looks good with bare legs or over leggings.

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I also bought this shirt from H&M on a whim but have worn it loads already. I like the print and I also really like the fact that the hem is slightly longer at the back.

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ASOS did their usual thing of tempting me with some sale emails so I caved in and bought a few items; a pair of black, slim-leg trousers for work, some funky patterned trousers and a white top from Mango that I meant to photograph but is still sitting on my ironing pile!

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A duo next from TKMaxx and Superdrug which work perfectly together. I had wanted a new powder brush for a while so thought ‘why not try out a new powder too?’ This ecotools brush is my first from the brand but is soooooo soft! It’s quite chunky so maybe not great for travelling but it is lovely to use and is perfect for applying powder or bronzer evenly across the face. The Bourgois Healthy Balance Powder is a blogger’s favourite and I can see why.

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Finally, I popped into Accesorize and picked up some earrings. Both the orange and lime green pairs remind me of something you could pick up in a Mexican market and feel very summery.

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However, my favourite purchase was this gorgeous ear cuff which just about fits my tiny ears!

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Right, I’m off to binge on the new series of Veep! x

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Latest Purchases #74 – Phone Cases

I actually wrote the title ‘Funky phone Cases’ for this post then remembered it’s not 1999 and nobody uses the word ‘funky’ anymore!

Anyway, after living with an iPhone that had a cracked screen and didn’t lock, I finally forced myself to upgrade to the iPhone6. It’s a lovely phone but has a beautifully smooth cover which I could see slipping out of my hand in no time and resulting in another cracked phone screen!

The solution is obviously pretty phone cases and I bought two from ebay for a couple of quid each.

The first to arrive celebrates my love of anchors and chevrons.

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Next, a slightly more summery and tropical option in the form of this gorgeous watermelon case.

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Both look great and set my mind at ease that my new phone may at least last until the end of my contract!

Latest Purchases #72 – Nail Dotters

Hello and Happy Saturday! I had the longest lie-in today which I very much needed after trying to adjust to getting up early again for work. I was fine for the first three days but Thursday and Friday were a real struggle!

Ian is running the Bath Half tomorrow so we are busy carb-loading today…I am being a good wife and supporting him wholeheartedly with this (ha!)

He is running for Cancer Research UK and it just so happens that it was a year ago this week that my Mum finished her final round of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with breast cancer the previous August. We all know someone who has been affected by cancer and I am so proud of Ian for doing this. If you wanted to donate then here is the link

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Right, onto today’s post and I wanted to share one of my nail art tools. These nail dotters were a couple of quid on ebay (you really don’t need to invest in a brand) and are so handy.

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I received a pack of five and as you can see, each end has a small silver ball of various sizes to allow you to vary your nail dots.

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They are so simple to use as dotters and here are a couple of looks I have done with these tools:

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They have also proved to be really handy when placing sequins or nail decals on my nails too when tweezers are just a bit too fiddly!

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If you want to try your hand at some really simple nail art then a pack of these dotters will give you lovely polka-dot nails for very little effort.