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Latest Purchases #57 – Back to School Buys (An ASOS and Primark Haul)

Today’s haul is a nice mixture of fashion and beauty buys. I have called it my ‘Back to School Buys’ but really it was more a case of me getting myself organised before work kicks in again and I find myself with much less free time than I have been used to this holiday!

First up, my ASOS goodies. My ‘uniform’ so to speak for work tends to be a dress with tights, boots and a cardigan in the winter and leggings and sandals in the summer. Therefore, when I buy a dress, I usually try to make sure it will look good the year round with either of these combinations.

I LOVE this floral skater dress from Oasis. I like that it has three-quarter length sleeves and the darker colours with a pop of neon mean I can wear it to work or dress it up with heels for a night out.

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I also bought this floral and striped dress with a Peter Pan collar from River Island. I think it is the perfect colour for Autumn although unfortunately the sizing is huge so I am returning this for a smaller size…never a bad thing!

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Obviously now is a great time to pick up summery items for next year as the shops begin to promote their Autumn/ Winter range and this little black strapless sundress will be great for holidays worn over a bikini. At £7 it was a bargain too!

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As well as the dresses, I also picked up a few beauty items.

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Top of my list was a bottle of Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap, another product that beauty bloggers seem to rave about! These 18-in-1 formulas claim to wash everything from your hair to your sink but I wanted it as a make-up brush cleaner and when I saw there was a rose version I had to have it.

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I also decided to try a shade from the Rimmel Apocalips in Aurora. There was so much hype when these were released that I wasn’t sure it would live up to it. However, I was pleasantly surprised! Aurora is a reddish-coral shade which I wore out to dinner earlier this week. The colour pay-off is great and it applies with a great glossy finish before it dries to a creamy matte. I found it lasted well too so would be great for those times when you don’t want to be constantly reapplying your lippy. I think I will be picking up a few more shades in this range!

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I spotted two Barry M nail varnished in the sale too. Surprisingly, I don’t really have that many glitters or nail toppers and these two looked like they were packed full of glitter.

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I bought Yellow Topaz Glitter from their Jewel range, a formula packed with gold hexes and tiny holographic pieces. I also got Pink Sapphire Glitter, with pinky-purple hexes and silver bars.

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After a dentist appointment earlier in the week, I decided to pop in to Primark for a few bits to cheer myself up. I went at about 9am and it was lovely and quiet – much nicer than the usual crowds!

My main aim was to buy a few more sporty/ work-out items for Pilates and PE lessons. I tend to associate work-out gear with comfort and can sometimes end up wearing slouchy jogging bottoms and loose-fitting t-shirts which can look a little scruffy. While comfort and practicality are still my top considerations, I thought I could do with smartening up my sporting attire!

First up are these jogging bottoms. Slightly fitted so not too baggy, these have a cool leopard print design but aren’t too loud either – exactly what I had in mind!

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To pair with these, I bought a loose-fitting t-shirt. I will probably wear this with jeans too as I love the details such as the folded sleeves, slightly sheer material and distressed effect on the fabric.

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I also picked up a gorgeous white, glittery jumper to wear before it’s time to pull on the thick woolly tops. This looks great over jeans and will be ideal to layer up as it gets colder.

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Finally, a pair of cute slippers to replace my flip flops around the house.

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I was surprised at how much the Primark beauty stands have grown in recent years. They now have a whole make-up line as well as stocking various bath and beauty products from other brands. I also love looking at their false nail designs although I’m not really a fan of wearing them so it’s purely for some nail art inspiration!

I picked up a few things from this section:

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Some cute nail files with a floral and owl print

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Hair ties

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And Primark’s version of the Beauty Blender. I usually apply or blend my foundation with a brush but I have heard so many bloggers rave about these egg-shaped applicators that I thought I would give it a trial.

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Finally, I picked up some jewellery. I love the look of layering up several more delicate bracelets and these black and gold ones will look great together. There are some really pretty pieces in this set and for £2 you just can’t go wrong!

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Looking back on this post, I ended up buying more than I thought…isn’t that always the way?!

The sun is shining today so I am going to pull on my running shoes and head out before undoing my hard work with some cupcakes I plan on baking later on! x

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Latest Purchases #45 – Festive Jumper

Hello weekend! We walked up to our local pub for some Friday drinks last night and it was lovely to see it looking all cosy and festive.

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It was my school’s Christmas Bazaar today so I roped Ian in and we were in charge of the alcohol tombola. It is also our village’s mince pie and mulled wine event this afternoon so I’m feeling festive!

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Christmas jumpers seem to be EVERYWHERE this year. We had a ‘bad jumpers’ party last New Year’s Eve where we modelled our best festive jumpers but I knew I wanted to buy one this year that was kind of vintage and cool but still fun. I saw online that Primark had a huge range of jumpers, from knitted Fair Isle designs to comedy ones, so we popped in a few weeks ago and I bought a few things.

First up, the jumper…

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To me, Christmas is truly here when I have seen the Coca Cola ‘Holidays are Coming’ advert so when I saw this jumper I knew it was the one for me! It’s navy with a cosy fleecy lining and I wore it today with thick tights and a pale denim skater-style skirt.

Despite only going in for a Christmas jumper, it goes without saying that a few more items found their way into my basket!

I bought this lacy top in black a few weeks ago and love how it looks on so I was glad I found it in cream too. These tops look great with skinny jeans and can be dressed up for a night out.

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Continuing with the lace-theme, I also bought this black lace jumper. This has quite a casual sweater shape to it but the beautiful thick lace material gives it a bit of an edge.

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This top was actually reduced to £3 and I bought it purely for the leather-look sleeves.  I like combining different textures and materials in an item of clothing and I like the purple and black together.

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Despite vowing not to buy any more dresses (I came home from America with 16 new ones!), I fell in love with this William Morris-esque design. I usually favour polka dots and floral designs so this is unlike anything I already have in my wardrobe.

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This next top was a bit of a last minute buy and I’m still not too sure about it. It’s fairly standard from the front but has an interesting split/ gap along the back. Ian thinks it looks ridiculous (he’s not one to mince his words!) but I kind of like the fact it is a bit different!

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I always find it a bit cringey when trendy places on the high street sell band tshirts as I think people often buy them because they think the band is cool rather than being a real fan of their music. Well, I now look like one of those people BUT…I bloody love the Ramones (I made Ian trek with me across New York so we could visit CBGBs and I could have a fan girl moment!) so I think I’m allowed to. Feel free to roll your eyes though!

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In the home section, I got this white wicker candle holder. It is big enough to hold a chunky church candle but I have been using tea lights. In fact, I am kicking myself for only buying one as a pair would look great either side of my fireplace!

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Finally, Ian bought a few new suits recently and I saw this cute moustache pocket handkerchief which would look great with them.

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I’m report writing this weekend but plan to find some time for a good roast dinner and maybe even some homemade mince pies and a Christmas film – perfect x