Sunday, 11 August 2013

Post-Birthday Shopping Haul

My self control has hit something of a low point recently, resulting in what little money I had left running from my purse really rather quickly. At present I am perched in front of a mediocre rom-com sipping my thousandth cup of tea today, so naturally the only thing to do is show you all my latest purchases.

Roughly a month ago, I spotted a blue and white tile print blouse in Primark. Being a stingy student, I threw it back in disgust once I realised that it would cost me A WHOLE TEN POUNDS, despite that being a fabulous bargain in any other shop (why is that?) As you can probably guess, I have regretted it ever since. I was googling said item and came across blogger Alex Ure of who had bought the top, and these lovely embroidered shorts! 

So I jumped on the first bus I could and headed down to my local Primarni. Unfortunately they weren't still stocking the original blouse, but they did have this Greek looking number in the same style. Not caring that the smallest one they had was four sizes too big for me, I snatched that and the shorts in one fell swoop. £15 later, I had two new pieces for my summer wardrobe. Here is a snap of the detail on the shorts.

I also purchased Benefit's High Brow, having been recommended Eye Bright. Though the assistant told me that High Brow would be more suited to my colouring (dark hair and eyes, olivey skin) I can't help but feel quite disappointed with this product. Applying it to the inner corners of my eyes, it doesn't give the eye-popping effect of Eye Bright, and instead gives the same look as a much cheaper eye pencil I bought from Boots. For £15, I wouldn't recommend this product at all, as there are far less expensive alternatives. It seems that I am still yet to learn not be fooled by pretty packaging! 

Disclaimer: I am by no means Benefit-bashing, I recently strayed away from the magic that is They're Real mascara and have never felt such make up regret. 

Now for my most exciting purchase: my iPad Mini. I am typing away on it now and I seriously love it. Last year's student house deposit money could not have been spent any better. To those contemplating whether to get one, or which size to get, I would highly recommend the Mini. I was in fact planning to buy an original size iPad second hand, but eBay fear struck and I bought the smaller version from the online Apple store (top service Apple, well done). Having spent the last few days on it pretty incessantly, I can vouch for its size and weight; it is incredibly comfortable to hold for long periods of time. I also bought a fantastic case set from eBay for a mere £7, instead of Apple's £35. Here is a picture of my iPad showing my blog. Meta. 

I also won £10 on a bet this weekend and subsequently invested in a jumper I've been ogling on tumblr for years. So excited for this to arrive.

And finally, the season 1 boxset of Gossip Girl, because

Blouse, Primark, £10
Shorts, Primark, £5
High Brow, Benefit, £15
iPad Mini, Apple, £269
Pink iPad case, eBay, £7
The Great Gatsby jumper, eBay, £10

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Saturday, 10 August 2013

Birthday Shenanigans

Upon reaching my twenties, I have decided to take yet another look at my never ending to-do list. I may not be fluent in French or have read every book on The BBC's best list yet, but with this post in mind I am hoping to master blogging. I really have no excuse now that I have a shiny new iPad mini to write from, but more of that on my next post.

At 10.17, on August 5th, I hit the big 2-0. Really, I was quite pleased. I've always liked the idea of being in my twenties, and now I am. Huzzah. 

To celebrate, I spent my birthday partaking in one my favourite past times - eating.

The night before my birthday, I spent time with my Dad's side of the family, consuming a lovely roast dinner followed by every fashion obsessed girl's dream; Vogue cake.

My little cousin is a dream in the kitchen and baked this beautiful Victoria sponge, adorned with the logos of Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana. She knows me so well!

On my actual birthday I was cooked a lovely Paris-inspired breakfast by my Mummy, before heading to possibly the cutest eatery in the whole of Bournemouth, Dot Teas. 10 girls, lots of sandwiches and even more cake made for a beautiful birthday lunch! Unfortunately I didn't manage to get a photo of us all, or of my birthday outfit, but I wore a bright blue dress from Primark, a cream tweed jacket from Zara, tan t-bar shoes from Topshop, a cream chain strap bag from Italian boutique Carpisa, and a mixture of jewellery from Pandora and Thai street markets.

The last part of the day was spent relaxing in front of a film with friends before my boyfriend arrived bearing amazing gifts. Here are a few pictures of my spoils.

Here we have a pair of 'Barely There' heels, a floral Zara skirt, a Chanel Levres Scintillantes lipgloss in Volupte (165), coconut macaroons, and a selection of Soap & Glory products, including The Fab Pore. I have used this twice and it really is fab. I also received Dr Spot (for those last few teenage breakouts), and finally a top up of my supply of Bright Here Bright Now. This last product is one that I will swear by until the end of time. It claims to give 'beautifully luminous skin'. It does. It is so fantastic for hydrating your skin and just giving it the lift you need to wake you up. Go and buy it, now.

Here are all of my incredible goodies from my boyfriend and his family, including lifetime supplies of Kinder chocolate and Aussie hair products, Yankee Candles, No7 makeup, a beautiful journal, Zara Taylor earrings (my favourite jeweller, if you don't know who she is, check out, a princess box for all of my goodies, a cake with my face on, and finally the mother of all gifts...

Harry Potter Studio Tour tickets!

I am a raging Harry Potter fan so this is pretty much the best thing anyone could ever buy me.

My birthday ended with a Wagamamas takeaway and a night in with my mum and boyfriend, which after 24 hours of eating and socialising, was absolutely perfect. Thank you to everyone who made my birthday so lovely!

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