So, this week...I've seen Office's buyers picks, Uniqlo's new spring collection (lots and LOTS of pastels!) and both River Island and New Look have been playing the denim game with offers and styles galore. However, here's my pick of this weeks best collections...
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i. Neon dip hem skirt- Topshop- Sale £7.00- similar here
ii. "H" initial necklace- Primark- £1.50
iii. Side split nautical maxi skirt- Primark- £12.00
iii. Petite purple flecked roll sleeve dress- Topshop- £18.00- similar here
iiii. Blue crinkle style maxi skirt- Primark- £8.00
i. ELF hoard: Powder brush- £3.75/ Studio mineral powder brush- £3.75/ Fan brush £1.50/ Eyeshadow brush £1.50/ Nail polish in "Nude" £1.00/ Studio eyebrow kit in "Dark" £3.75- ELF website
ii. ELF nail polishes £1.00 each "Dark navy" "Nude" "Smokin' hot" "Matte finisher" "Metal madness" -ELF website
iii. Botanics Super Balm- £3.99- Boots / Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment- £7.99- Boots/ Origins super spot serum- £9.00- Outlet store/ Ponds Hydronourishing Cream- £4.49- Superdrug
iiii. MAC eyeshadow in "Short Shorts" (Frost)- £7.00- outlet store/ ELF eyelid primer in "Sheer"- £1.50- ELF website
i. Taking too many photo's of my kitten whilst enjoying my home comforts!
ii. Indulging in many a Krispy Kreme after sneaking home from University to see my parents for a weekend.
iii. Books I'm currently reading for the English side of my degree: Trumpet, Oroonoko, The Restoration Comedies, Roxana, Gullivers Travels, Empire Writing. If you're interested in true life reads then check out Trumpet for a great fictional account based on the life of Billy Tipton (a male Jazz musician who was discovered to be a woman at death). If you're in for some bawdy comedy however, the restoration comedies are hilarious- who knew 17th century ladies and gents were doing so much bed- hopping?!
iiii. The ELF nude nail colour that I got ALOT of compliments on this month.
Although hit and miss, when the ELF nail polishes are true to form they are great for me as they don't budge even when I'm at work and spraying perfume continously; other brands including Chanel and Dior rub off at the first spray due to the condensed alcohol in the fragrances.
v. Alongside the stack from Uni, I'm loving reading Peter Pan by J. M Barrie.
Peter Pan is my favourite Disney film, and reading the real story is like rediscovering my Childhood imagination. I know Cath Kidston does a copy of this story also, so if you're looking for any gift ideas for Valentines I completely recommend this book!
vi. As part of my ploy to put on weight I've stocked up on the ever so nutritious complan; it not only tastes amazing when added to hot milk but it has loads of vitamins and minerals in so I'm going to be one healthy lady.
I must admit I wasn't exactly taken with the dress until I saw the price tag and then my sales head took over and now it's in my closet! I think it'll go great with my leather jacket for a harsh florals look- which is reminiscent of the H&M Spring look book.
Although the quality isn't great- it's that awful stretchy material so I fear the colours may fade after a few washes- for £4 from £24.99 I can't really moan!
One of the big trends of Spring, as seen in the Hot List, is neon but no matter how fashionable it is I always seem to steer clear due to the intense fear of looking washed out and ill. However, when I saw this jumper in New Look I thought "What the hell- I'll try it on" and surprisingly it looked great. I think it's because the white pigments ensure it's not too bright- not sickly bright.
The winning factor for me though was the back detail (which you can't see, sorry!) it has super cute white buttons falling vertically, and I feel like this adds a touch of uniqueness which distinguishes it from the cheaper designs available from Primark (for example).
Finally, I've seen jogger pants/ jersey pants/ harem pants (whatever you want to call them!) in Warehouse, Topshop, Oasis and Next over the past couple of weeks so I thought I'd give them a try as they look really comfortable.
As a petite girl I rarely find bottoms that fit so these were a nice surprise, they didn't swamp me and because of the elasticated waist they give me more of a shape too. Definite win, although I feel £26 may be a bit steep- I justified them by promising myself that they'll be my statement bottoms throughout spring/ summer! (blatent lie)
Have you treated yourself to anything nice recently?
Working in Fragrance definitely has a few perks, one of which I am eager to share with you all- the dupes.
The myths that celebrity perfumes are a complete waste of time, and that cheaper options always equal to nothing on your skin, are exactly that- myths.
To ensure the quality of a perfume buy it from a good store- simple. To ensure the fragrance is long lasting and smells beautiful on the skin, try it on and walk away.
(EDP in theory lasts longer than EDT but again it is a matter of personal matching)
In this series I'll advise you on cheaper options for some top end favourites as this is the question I'm always being asked.
Although I've worked in fragrance for years and completed many an exam on the topic (yawn!) it still is a matter of opinion, so if you are interested in any of the below recommendations remember to try before you buy just to be sure! Let me know what your thoughts are on this series and if it's helped any of you save some hard-earned pennies!