Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Fashion Haul

I've been doing quite a bit of shopping lately (new year, new wardrobe?) so I thought it was about time for a haul post. I had a shopping trip here in Belgium and also picked up some things in a recent trip to the UK, so as usual it's half in pounds and half in euros - as is my entire life tbh. Also, apologies for the average to poor quality of the photos in this post, the weather has been so gloomy lately and my phone camera just can't cope!


First of all I did a bit of shopping in The Best H&M of All Time at my local shopping centre. There I picked up a stripy top (€12.95) in these really nice red, blue and beige colours, which I'm definitely going to get a lot of wear out of because stripy tops are my absolute go-to item of clothing and even though I have at least six thousand I can never have enough of them. Also, my hair is now the exact shade of red in this top so that's cool. I also got a teal slip dress (€9.95) which I wasn't expecting to fit me that well but surprisingly it did so I thought it would be really nice for a college formal some time next term. I'm always on the lookout for cheapish formal dresses! I'm not sure whether I'm quite brave enough to embrace the tops-under-slip-dresses trend but hey, you never know. Then I picked up this black pleated skirt (€19.95), which is one trend I'm definitely happy to jump on as I think they're super classy and can look amazing for formal occasions with the right top and a pair of heels. I tried on a couple including a very jazzy silver one in the sale, but the one I got is the perfect length to look classic without swamping me. Unfortunately they didn't have an extra small so I had to get a small which will need taking in at the waist a bit. Last but not least I got these black lace-up boots (€29.95) which I'm so happy to have bought because they're exactly what I was looking for, which is a pair of practical winter boots that I can walk long distances in. When I was visiting family the other day we went for a country walk after lunch and I wore them (which is why they don't look pristine in the pic) so I can confirm they are indeed both practical and comfortable!

While I was in the UK recently I also did a spot of shopping. In Topshop I got two tops which were both in the sale at half price: first this white one (£10) with a really interesting neckline (I love it because it's almost sporty with the mesh bit of course there's something very prim and proper about it because of the ruffle) and then this faded tapestry-effect one (£12) which I think will go really well with leggings.

Next I picked up a few bits in Primark, including this really chic black and white makeup bag (£3) which is great because I've been needing a replacement. Clothes-wise I got a really simple black zipped cardigan (£3) in the sale and a khaki green long bomber jacket (£5) also in the sale. Not gonna lie, even though I'm not the biggest fan of bomber jackets I just couldn't pass it up but I do like this one because of the length and plus it seems really warm. All in all you can't go wrong for £5!


Finally I got a couple of things in New Look. First I picked up this tartan tunic dress (£10) which was in the sale; I really like this style of dress as I think it's quite flattering on me and a little bit retro, plus I like the deep teal green colour running through the pattern. Last but not least I got this black backpack (£22.99) to replace a very similar one that I bought from New Look just over a year ago but which is sadly disintegrating slightly because it's made of a pleather-effect material which has started to crack. I like that this has different-sized pockets at the front because it makes it easier to organise my bits and bobs. Hopefully this one will last a bit longer!

And that's everything I got!


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

What I Got for Christmas 2016

Although the Christmas period is well and truly over I'm one of those nosy people who love finding out what other people got for Christmas, so I thought I'd follow the trend and show you some of the presents I received this year. Rather than including every single thing I've decided to be selective and instead choose my top five presents to show you in no particular order - these aren't necessarily the 'biggest' or most expensive ones, just my favourites that I'd like to share!

History book
I really love history and learning about the past so when I saw this in a bookshop a few months ago I knew I had to add it to my Christmas wishlist! It reminds me a lot of a similar book I had when I was little but this is much more orientated at adults and teenagers in terms of the topics and writing. The cover is stunning with really beautiful gold lettering, and it has great page spreads that are really engaging and dynamic with a good balance of text and photos to keep things interesting. It's absolutely massive too and weighs at least a couple of kilos, which is the only downside because it makes it quite hard to manouevre - the past couple of times I've been reading it in bed I've ended up pinned under it! Definitely one for the coffee table I think.

ChloƩ perfume
I've been wanting this for so so long and I'm so happy to have received it! I just love the bottle, I think it's so luxurious and obviously it smells gorgeous too. But as is always the way with expensive perfumes, I'm finding myself reluctant to spritz it and wanting to save it for special occasions! 

Marina & the Diamonds Electra Heart vinyl
This is the latest addition to my little vinyl collection which so far just consists of my favourite albums in vinyl form. Electra Heart is one of my favourite albums of all time so I've wanted it on vinyl for ages and it does not disappoint! It sounds really good even on my slightly crappy Crosley cruiser (I know, I know) and it includes all the lyrics on a separate piece of paper. There are actually two records in here, and they each have 3 or 4 songs on which is slightly annoying because you have to swap them around a lot but it's all part of the charm in my opinion! 

Paperchase washbag
It might seem a bit weird to have a washbag as one of your favourite Christmas presents, but words cannot express how much I love Paperchase's Gothic Garden range in any imaginable form. It's honestly the most me range I've ever seen; I love the darkness of it and the floral elements with the gold accents, it's truly beautiful. I think it was new in this autumn so it must be reaching the end of its store lifetime which is tragic but also brilliant because hopefully it will be on sale soon! I needed a new soft washbag as the one I currently have is huge and doesn't squash down very well even if it's not full (if that makes sense?) so this is a great replacement.

DVDs: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and Hamlet
I'm including these collectively because I just can't choose between them and they kind of go together anyway. The Grand Budapest Hotel has been one of my absolute favourite movies ever since I saw it in the cinema, and it's definitely one of my top 5 films of all time. I've also seen Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me before, but it wasn't great quality so I'm excited to watch it again. I'm slowly building up my Twin Peaks collection (I also got a book on it this Christmas) in preparation for the revival this year! And last but not least, this is possibly the only DVD production of Hamlet I haven't yet seen so I just had to get it. It's the 2000 version with Ethan Hawke and Kyle MacLachlan (aka Special Agent Dale Cooper) and it's set in contemporary New York City which is so interesting. 

And those are my top 5(ish) Christmas present picks for 2016!


Sunday, 1 January 2017

Charity Shop Haul

It's been a while since my last haul post so let's kick off the New Year with an exploration of my recent purchases. Since going back to uni for the autumn term my love of charity shops has been taken to the next level as I discovered that they usually have quite a lot of books and DVDs in addition to clothes. I'm not quite sure how I'd managed to miss this up until that point but there you go. 

As I think I mentioned in a previous post, I now take the bus most days to get from my house to lectures. In actual fact I take two buses, not because it's a particularly long way but because the bus routes don't go in an ideal direction so rather than going in a sort of full L-shape I have to take a different bus for each bit of the shape (if that makes any sense?). As a result of taking four buses a day I have ended up spending quite a lot of time waiting in the bus station where there's a really good charity shop that I pop into at least once a week so I have ended up with quite a haul! Here are the bits and bobs I bought in Durham over the winter term - they were about £2 each, sometimes £3 so really good deals all round:

I also visited family in Gloucestershire between Christmas and New Year and happened to go into an Oxfam shop while out shopping where I picked up three DVDs. Everything was half price that day so these came to a grand total of £4! Which is especially amazing as the 3-disc one was only actually £1. Out of these ones I've seen Moonrise Kingdom and Notting Hill before, but none of the others:

And that's my little charity shop haul for the past few months! Here's to finding more great bargains in 2017.