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Celebrity Outfit Dupe #2 | Zara Larsson

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you some bits and bobs I’ve found whilst trying to recreate a look I found on the very beautiful Zara Larsson. This was taken  earlier this month, I believe, when she featured on James Corden’s Late Late Show in America. By far, this is the hardest look to recreate despite looking the simplest, so I have a few options and variations depending on which parts of the look you like or what you feel most comfortable with!

So this is the picture I found:

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So as you can see, Zara opted for a very simple monochrome look, containing the strappy heels and peg leg/cigarette trousers (I always get them confused!) which are very on trend at the moment. I personally love these trousers on her; they look formal yet still slightly relaxed and the black waistband at the top really helps to accentuate her little waist. This suits her figure so well – her stylist should be very happy with him/herself!

You will also be able to see the very prominent and original print on her top, which I found so difficult to find alternatives of, hence why I chose two! The first one is from Wear All retailing for £12, which I hadn’t heard of prior to this blog post, so let me know if it’s trustworthy if you have bought from there before! I thought some of you may like this because it still has a very bold print but has the same straight neckline, meaning it’s not too flashy, but it can boost your boobs if that’s what you desire. The second is from River Island and costs £30, but I actually prefer the pattern of this one. I personally think it’s a little bit more flirty and the slightly scooped neckline is very much on trend right now. It also has spaghetti straps, meaning they can easily be hidden, just like Zara’s! This has to be down to personal preference because I couldn’t find an exact dupe!

Again, I had a bit of a nightmare finding the exact bottoms, which surprised me actually considering how on-trend they are! The first pair are from Topshop (originally Adidas) and retail for £26. These are very much leggings as opposed to trousers, but if you want that sporty-looking stripe down the side of the leg, this may be your way forward. I’m sure this is still totally fine to wear with either of the tops, but if you would prefer something much simpler, the peg leg trousers on the right may be for you. Also from Topshop, these cost £28 and have a much more relaxed fit. The differences from the image of Zara is that it hasn’t got the white stripe and it has a big, loose-tied bow at the front, which I know isn’t everyone’s cup of tear, so just bare this in mind! Again, this is down to personal preference, but I do think both pairs of trousers match both the crop tops really well. It’s okay to be a little bit adventurous sometimes!

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Finally, the shoes! The only thing I could definitely decide on! These are from New Look and cost £25.99, though they have a few variations depending on how many straps around the toes you want. I chose the one with 3 or 4 straps on each side because it looks like a few thick straps instead of one due to being able to see the skin in between slightly. These are a pretty statement pair of heels that I think would easily be worn time and time again, either to dress up a pair of trousers like in this instance or with a cocktail dress. The gold buckle also smartens it up quiet a lot! From previous wear, I can tell you that those ankle straps are very supporting, make walking in heels a lot easier and are definitely more reassuring to know that they won’t fall off!

And that’s it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I loved writing it and finding all the items for you! Although I wouldn’t always opt for a look like this, I really do like it on her and the combination of sophistication yet relaxation with the heels and loose-fitting trousers. Who knows, maybe I can finally step out of my comfort zone?! Let me know what you think of this look and which variations you’ve gone for!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx

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Denim Shirt Lookbook | Spring 2017

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you some of my favourite outfits during Spring/Summer, featuring my much loved denim shirt. Last year, I literally lived in this from March all the way through to August, and I have a feeling I’m going to be the same this year! It’s slowly becoming a staple in my wardrobe once again, so I thought I would share with you some combinations I like to wear it with in Spring time. Just as a little disclaimer, this denim shirt was given to me by my Mum and was something she used to wear when she was younger, so I have no idea where it’s from! There’s probably loads of alternatives to this one, though, so please don’t be too disheartened.

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On slightly cooler days, I may wear leggings and a normal length T-shirt partnered with my denim jacket. I’m sure I’ve featured all these clothes on here before, but it’s always nice to see how other people like to wear them! If it’s not already noticeable, this is mainly for casual wear. Going from top to bottom, the FRIENDS t-shirt is from Primark, the ‘Living For The Weekend’ top is from H&M and the Dan and Phil top is probably from Ebay!

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On nicer, hotter days, I will choose to wear a crop top instead so that I’m not wearing too much material, but the denim jacket keeps me covered if there is a breeze (which there always seems to be when you live by the sea!). Again, I will wear leggings because it is still Spring in England! All of these tops are from New Look, (apart from the last one which is also from Primark) and I think the orange and grey looks most stunning against the blue of the denim jacket. How many of you were betting I would say that?!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing about clothes and fashion so please let me know if you have liked reading about it. Not very much to say but I did want to keep this mainly about the pictures and for you to use this as some inspiration. I will, of course, wear other things with my denim jacket, but these were my absolute staple outfits last year, and will continue to be so this year, I think. I can always write an updated one with Summer outfits later on in the year because I have a fair few of those as well, so just let me know on that one if you would like it.

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,

Rachel xx

Bebe Rexha | Outfit Dupe #1

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I thought I’d write something a little bit different which I’ve wanted to write for ages! Being a young person in an age where your appearance is oh-so important to some (though that is something I would heavily argue with!), it can become impossible to keep up with the newest trends without entirely breaking the bank! Hence why I have created a new little segment on this blog where I find clothing dupes for well-known celebrity outfits! I am so excited for this, probably more than I should be! Fashion is something I’ve always been passionate about so this has been the most fun research I’ve ever done! For this first blog post, I will be writing about an outfit Bebe Rexha wore on the 30th of January of this year (slight time difference but this outfit is timeless!).

As you can see, it’s very much casual wear that’s livened up with the long-line red coat and it’s unique pattern. I can assure you now, that was the most difficult thing to find a dupe for but I think I found a good match! Also, I wasn’t sure whether she was wearing a choker or had a neck tattoo, but it was very unclear anyway in order to use it to find something similar.

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So the first thing I found was on Boohoo and was the very basic white vest top. Nearly everywhere sells a white vest top because they are such a statement and can be worn at any time of year with literally anything, but this was the most affordable one I found, and I know that Boohoo’s products are very good quality for money from past experience. The one Bebe was wearing was tucked into high-waisted jeans but I thought that this cropped one was a similar length and could also be tucked into jeans just as easily. It has the same spaghetti straps, meaning you could go as daring as her and go completely bra-less! This was only £4 and you can purchase it HERE.

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Of course for the jeans I had to turn to Topshop, who are absolutely renowned for the quality of their clothing! None of the ‘Mom Jeans’ I found had the rip in the thigh, they all seemed to be on one knee, so I had to consider the length, fit and colour when comparing it to what Bebe is wearing. These are cropped and fairly loose fitting around the legs (as Mom Jeans tend to be) and the mid-blue wash fits what she is wearing perfectly. They have almost identical buttons and fastenings, and appeared high-waisted on the model. They’re rolled up at the ankles as she has done, also. Being Topshop, they’re slightly more expensive than anything else I’ll show you, but I do believe a good pair of jeans never go out of style and so they should be a bit more of an investment. These retail for £42 and you can purchase them HERE.

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Despite Bebe’s shoes appearing very wild and out-there, the metallic silver is very on trend right now and, luckily, New Look is here to fix our needs! I think they’re metallic silver in the picture of her but the reflection in front of her is also shown as black, but I’m taking it as silver! These are literally the exact same for a very small price as they have the buckle up straps, pointed toe and stiletto heel I can see in her picture. These help to liven up the look from just being a very basic daytime outfit to something a little bit more glamorous and, quite frankly, it looks like you’ve made a bit more of an effort! Mom Jeans always look good with these kind of shoes, so you cannot go wrong! These cost £22.99 and are available HERE.

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Finally, the coat. As I mentioned earlier this was very difficult to find but Boohoo answered my needs! This is just a plain, deep red, long-line coat with a very sophisticated open collar and pockets, but it is the same style as Bebe’s, even if the pattern isn’t the same. Again, as I said earlier Boohoo’s clothing do not fail you at all and are for a very reasonable price. All I will say about it is that this coat in this colour (it does come in a couple of other colours) is very limited in stock right now, so if you want one, I’d go get one quickly! This is on offer for £16 and can be bought HERE.

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I have loved everything about it, so I hope it’s been helpful to you too! Let me know what you think of the dupes I’ve picked out and whether you’ve actually bought anything from this little list! I would be over the moon if you did!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,

Rachel xx

*None of these images are my own

How To Make Your Own Cold Shoulder Outfit

Good Afternoon Munchkins!

Today I will be showing you how to easily create a cold shoulder outfit yet still look sophisticated, classy and, of course, gorgeous! This is a much cheaper and cost effective way to stay on trend and it has worked for me many a time! Better yet, it’s still comfortable and no one suspects a thing! It’s probably so simple you already know this trick, but I thought I would share it with you anyway.

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All I do is get my bardot sleeved top (you can get plain ones cheaply from near enough any high street shop – I would always opt for a plain one because it makes the next step easier and means it will work with a variety of other clothing options!) and just buy a bra in the same colour. I own a black bardot top and a grey one with black lace trimming (in the pictures above and below) which is something that goes with everything and is really accessible, as are the bras of the same colour. Then, all I do is wear the bra and the top over it, pulling the bardot sleeves down to the mid-section of the top of the arm.

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Because I’ve got quite big boobs, this helps to support them much better than a normal strapless bra (if you know of one which actually works, please let me know!) but the straps aren’t too thick so it’s obvious I’m wearing my bra. I’m not even joking you when I say I used this for my Granddad’s and Granny’s funeral, though I had longer hair then so it wasn’t overly obvious! It also gives the impression of a cold shoulder top/outfit without having to buy a new top/dress every time. This could be worn with a skirt or tucked into jeans or near enough in any outfit – the possibilities are endless! You would have to be buying new bras to match the top/dress colour, but I think that’s okay because everyone needs a new bra once in a while! They’re also available in a whole selection of colours in places like Primark or New Look for under £10, so it’s very affordable.

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I know it was a very quick one, but I needed to share this with you and I really didn’t know what else to say! If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments below because I’m sure there’s something I’ve missed! Let me know what you think of this trick or whether you’ve tried it for yourself!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Tuesday,

Rachel xx

Pre-Birthday Haul; Superdrug and Primark

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you a few bits that I purchased just over a week ago now as a little pre-birthday treat with some money I received early. If I’d known how much I would get from friends and family this year (I was so lucky and I’m so grateful for that!), I probably wouldn’t have gone shopping but I still picked up some bits I needed and thought I’d just share them with you! This isn’t anything too exciting, but I thought I would still chat you through the little pieces I bought.

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As per usual, I couldn’t resist the Primark that was there and had to go in there first! I was on a specific hunt for some lounge pants (random, I know!) and I definitely found what I wanted! The first pair I picked up was this Harry Potter legging-style lounge pant that was completely compulsory of me to get! This is a simple grey with the burgundy/deep red Harry Potter typography up the leg and on the waistband. The only thing I’d say if you were to get these for yourself is to size up because they do wear really small; I’m not sure why but just bare that in mind! I particularly like the waistband on this which is slightly elasticated and they just go with so many tops, meaning I can so easily chuck it on after school when I just want to chill. They’re also slightly fitted around the ankle meaning there is very little chance of me falling over! These were only £6, which you can’t really go wrong with! By the way, sorry that I lost the picture of the waistband, you’ll have to go by my previous description to know what I’m on about!

The next thing I bought in Primark was another pair of legging-style lounge pants, but instead with some New York lettering on it. Going to New York is one of the top things on my bucket list so I had to get them just to represent that! Again, these are plain grey with ‘New York’ written on the slightly elasticated waistband and ‘Brooklyn’ up the left leg, same as the Harry Potter ones. These were £5 – I don’t know why there was a £1 difference, but it’s still such a reasonable price that I can’t contend with! These may also need to be sized up, but they’re not as bad as the Harry Potter ones. I haven’t worn these properly yet, but I think they may be my favourite because of the comfort factor. I don’t think the writing on either of these will come off in the wash either because they don’t look like they’re stickers or anything like that.

The next couple of things I bought in Primark were a few pairs of socks. I love socks; I have no idea why, but they just really float my boat! Anyway, I’m also loving frilly socks at the moment and these warmer/darker colours so I thought I would buy a couple of pairs in burgundy and khaki. These were £2 each, which is so affordable considering there are two pairs in a pack, which will keep me going for a while! I just really like them for dressing up an outfit or chucking them on to wear with my Vans so the frilly bit is showing – they’re so effortlessly stylish and I just can’t get enough of them! These aren’t ankle socks, though, they can be pulled a little bit up the calf so they may not be ideal for some. I don’t mind, I just love the colour of them! They also had a few more colours available from what I saw.

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The last thing I bought in Primark was this little pack of brush/beauty blender cleanser wipe things. These really intrigued me and the box just contains 6 wipes which are supposed to clean your makeup tools so I will let you know how I get on with them. I was going to pick up a couple of boxes because they were on sale for £1 and there were loads there, but I didn’t want to spend my money on something that didn’t work. I’m just so lazy when it comes to cleaning my brushes, so if these work they could help me out so much! Again, super affordable and, potentially, very much time-saving and easy to use. I will write another blog post once I’ve attempted to use them!

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Next I went into Superdrug and, once more, I was on a mission! For my last Drama exam I am applying makeup onto the actors in my designated group, so I needed to buy a face primer whilst I’m testing out my ideas and for the final performance in April. I had done my research beforehand and discovered the MUA Pro Base Smooth Set & Prime Primer, which I decided I was to get. This is a very lightweight product that only cost £5, which I don’t mind spending for my Drama portfolio. I’ve tried it on myself once, but I will do so again just so I can see the full effect of it, and I will be writing a review of it for you once I’ve used it a few times on the actor’s as well. I just find myself in quite a difficult situation of ‘I want to try the product out and see if it’s any good’ as well as ‘I want to keep it looking nice and new for the actor’s’, so it’s tricky, but it’s got a balmy-ish texture, so it’s not too noticeable if I’ve used a bit.

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The next thing I got in Superdrug was something else I’ve needed for a while and that is brow gel to set my eyebrows in place once I’ve filled them in. The one I was previously using I bought like 2/3 years ago, so I thought I was in definite need of an upgrade! As I was at the MUA counter I thought I would try out their Lash and Brow Clear Mascara because, for me, it’s not something that needs to be top quality in my makeup routine (unlike my foundation or eyeliner, for example) but I can’t complete my makeup routine without one! This was only £2 as well, so if it isn’t too great it isn’t money down the drain or a complete waste. Anyway, I will let you know how I get on with it!

The final thing I bought wasn’t something I needed, as such, but I’ve wanted one for such a long time and I’m so happy to finally have one in my collection! It’s the Tanya Burr Eye Shadow Palette in Fairytale. I picked this one up because I thought I would use these colours most in comparison to the little selection they had on offer, and it was one I was going to end up buying anyway. It contains 4 stunning neutral shades with the most gorgeous names – I just couldn’t resist it. I’ve received a lot of makeup recently so I really didn’t need this, but I wanted to test it out and I had the money on me, so thought ‘why not?’! This was only £6 so, again, it’s not money down the drain if it isn’t that great but I will let you know how I get along with it. I’ve tried her lip glosses before, though, and have been very impressed, so I do have high hopes for her palette! I’m literally so excited to try all this new stuff out!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing hauls, so let me know what you liked from this mini one here. Also, don’t forget to let me know what you’ve bought recently or what trends you have been loving!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx

My Cartilage Piercing

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I would like to chat to you about my cartilage piercing, which I literally had done earlier today (Saturday). This is something I’ve wanted for over a year now and I kept putting it off because of the pain so I thought I would just explain my experience to you guys to relax you or just reassure you of what will actually happen. Rest assured, I absolutely love it and it was much more of a positive experience than negative.

Before I got it done I was so so nervous. I haven’t had a great experience with my original lobe piercings because it really hurt and I ended up getting loads of infections over the years and finding out I’m allergic to this, that and the other. I do feel this has educated me well enough to safely keep this one in, though. I was also really scared of the pain because the cartilage, in theory, is going to be much thicker than your lobes because it’s the thing that hold’s your ears structure, at the end of the day. My friend who’d already had his done was also very much enjoying scaring me at the process of having it done, and even in school last week was telling me it would ache so bad because I have ‘particularly vein-y ears’. Don’t ask! The stubbornness in me, though, kind of made me want to do it some more because he’d said that. I also advise you to do your research about different places in your area you can have it done; basically, don’t go to the first place you find. If done wrong, the cartilage can shatter, hit a nerve and paralyse you, so it’s worth doing your research beforehand! This was something else my friend really enjoyed scaring me about!

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Please ignore my tangles of hair! This was when it was first done, hence the redness.

But despite these points, I really wanted it done and Saturday morning I woke up and just decided I wanted to do it. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve wanted it done for ages and I asked my Mum to put some money aside she would’ve otherwise spent on other birthday presents for if/when I got the nerve to get it done. I was very much set on having it done on Saturday and I’m a really ‘now or never’ kind of person, so when the place I initially wanted to get it done told us their piercer-person wasn’t in, I started to get a little bit nervous. I then headed to my local Claires and decided to get it done there.

My friend had got his done there, but told me that using a gun as opposed to the needle could cause the paralysation so the lovely woman who did it and my Mum had to really convince me and I went for it! The lady drew 4 dots on my cartilage so I had some choice and it was done so quickly! Better yet, I hardly felt it! I got a 3mm aquamarine stud which goes really well with my everyday orange studs (I’m not going to get into that now!). I wasn’t in there for much more than 10 minutes I’d say, which is pretty good for a Saturday morning. I was so chuffed though and only really felt it once it was in and it became really hot when the blood rushed to it, like normal piercings do. I genuinely think it hurt less than my lobes, which I really wasn’t prepared for! I think because I was preparing myself for the worst, it seemed easier once it was done.

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This is my ear on the Wednesday (yesterday) morning. It’s healing really well, so much so that I can now sleep on it with very little pain, though it can become red in the morning, as you can tell!

It’s still really sore to the touch and I can feel it’s heat against my head even now, but I am so in love with it! It’s one of those things where I seriously wish I’d done it earlier. I’ve been given all the aftercare stuff for the next 8 weeks so I should be able to change earrings in April-ish time and be all prepared for prom! One of my biggest fears was getting away with it for school but I’m hardly in PE because that’s when I have my counselling sessions and that’s the only time I have my hair up. Also, I have my first exam in May – I’m sure they want me more than I want them by this point!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love updating you on little life bits, so if you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments below. If you have your cartilage pierced, let me know what it was like for you or if you want yours done, please let me convince you! I cannot rate it highly enough, I absolutely adore it! For more information on Claires Ear Piercing specifically, you can click HERE.

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx

Boxing Day Sales Haul: New Look, Boohoo, Dorothy Perkins

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will finally be sharing with you all the things I bought during the Boxing Day Sales. I don’t know about you, but I genuinely enjoy and look forward to the sales after Christmas; it is something I get myself out of bed for and we actually do it as a family, so it’s a nice little trip for us! This year I was very lucky and received some money and vouchers which I spent as soon as the sales came out! Anyway, I will try to remember prices but there are some that there is no way I will ever know!

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The first place I went to was New Look. I think I’ve already thrown my receipt away but everything I bought came to £25 in total, as that was the voucher I had. The first thing I bought from there was this gorgeous khaki green choker neck top. I’ve already worn this for New Year’s Eve and it definitely caught people’s attention! Despite being long-sleeved, it is much more of a top as oppose to a jumper because it’s quite thin, but for a night out it does look stunning! It has a ribbed-like effect and a very low V-cut, which I personally like to show off my assets a little bit! I thought the choker would annoy me a bit because I’ve never worn one before but I think it’s one of those things you’ve just got to get used to.

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The next thing I bought I’ve also already worn but it was the item I was most excited for! It’s this chestnut bardot top which is made out of a silk-like material, making it really shiny and quite easy to wipe things off of (which I need being the clumsy oaf I am!). I personally love the bardot style and this is something I could wear for everyday or dress up for the evening. It’s really lightweight and floaty, meaning it doesn’t matter what size I am or how much I’ve eaten, it will still fit and look really flattering. I also received a fair few compliments when I wore this out too, which always boosts the self-esteem slightly!

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The penultimate thing I bought from New Look was this grey cross-cut style top with mid-length sleeves. It’s not ribbed like the first one but is the same kind of weight and thickness, so it’s not warm enough to be worn on it’s own at this time of year but it is still stunning, dressed up or down. I actually really like this style (though you can’t really see it, I’m sorry!) as I find it quite flattering but still very simple. It might make odd tan lines in the summer but I think it is more suited to these colder months! This and the khaki top are quite tight-fitted but if I was to tuck them into a skirt or high-rise jeans, I don’t mind too much!

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The final item from New Look was another top (there’s a theme here!) which is, again, grey but with a black, lacy bardot detailing at the shoulders. This is a bit big for me and is much more of a jumper than a top but I do think this will mean I wear it much more for daytime. This is quite long, but I’m sure it can look amazing tucked into jeans and I’ve already planned to wear it slightly dressed up. This has a grey marl effect and is super soft but the lace just adds a little bit of style to it which dresses it up slightly. I really liked this and I’m sure it will be a timeless piece!

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I then went onto Boohoo where a bit more money was spent! The first thing I bought (because I did need them, honestly!) was this pair of ribbed black leggings. You can’t really see the ribbed effect in the picture but they are just your average full-length leggings. These cost £6 and weren’t actually in the sale because I genuinely did need a new pair of leggings! I also bought the top in this picture which has a chequered red/black/white print. I thought it was just a nice little top I could wear for summer either with jeans/leggings or tucked into a skirt as it’s basically a cropped cami! It also includes a little bit of black (i.e. comfort zone) but introduces some colour, which I’ve been told I need! This is quite floaty and just hangs from the boobs but it is things like this that I live in during the summer! And for only £2, I couldn’t turn it down!

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I then went ahead and purchased this gorgeous burgundy jumper. I don’t know if you can see it in the picture but it has slits in the sleeves, which is kind of a ‘cold shoulder’ effect, as the website told me! I really do like this and it is a thick-knitted material which I really like day-to-day though, again, I could quite easily dress it up (there’s another theme here!). I actually wore this to a college interview the other day because I do think it makes me look like a young sophisticated woman, when in actual fact the highlight of my life is getting a Chinese takeaway! It does have some black, woven inserts which, of course, I love and yeah, another staple piece that I think I will be getting my wear out of! This was only £8 and is quite short-cut, so is perfect for tiny little Rach!

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The final two things I bought from Boohoo were playsuits that I literally want to die in, they are so beautiful! The first one is this black and grey chequered piece which would be perfect for January/February when you don’t know what to wear, but you know you want it to be nice! This is long-sleeved but still quite thin and finishes about mid-thigh on me. This is a bit out of my comfort zone before I’ve fully toned up again, but I think with my black vans and a pair of tights, it could look amazing for a meal out without looking too dressy. Like the very first top from New Look, this has a very low V-cut neckline and a slight off-the-shoulder type effect, though that might just be because I’m too small for it, and has a wrap-over thing which I think is very flattering should you want to present the assets in a much more sophisticated way than ‘here’s my tit’! It’s a super soft but stretchy material and, once I start toning up again, I’m super excited to get myself in this for an evening out! This was only £6.

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The other playsuit I bought is much more suited to festivals and Spring/Summer, which I am hoping on doing this year (festivals that is, I think Spring/Summer goes without saying!). This is a rusty, peach-y toned playsuit with some black lace detailing at the neckline. This is a bit more difficult to get into because of the cold shoulder effect, but once it’s on it does look stunning! It has spaghetti straps at the shoulders and then much baggier sleeves going down to around the elbow which then cinch in. This is, again, mid-thigh but if I was to wear this for the warmer weather, I don’t mind that too much. I think this would be a bit too heavy for a holiday abroad (though for the evening it may be better) or August when it’s really hot but early Summer, I can see myself living in this. It is much less booby than the other playsuit, but it still allows a little cleavage to be shown. This cinches in at the waist much more noticeably, so I will need to lose a little bit more weight in order to feel 100% comfortable in it, but I am just so excited to wear this out! This retailed for £6, as well.

I then decided with some left over money that I wanted to buy myself a new bag specifically for when I start college in September. I figured now would be the best time as the sales are on and I actually have money so better earlier than later! Something that surprised me was I found this bag in Dorothy Perkins, literally the last place I looked! This is a really simple bag with a suede-effect flap over the rest of the bag which is magnetically shut. It doesn’t have a zip but it just means I would have to keep my phone in my pocket, which I do now so doesn’t bother me too much. It is, of course, black, so will go with everything and I love the difference of the materials used as it makes it look a little bit more alive! It has a long shoulder strap so I can just grab it and go, and is big enough to fit A4 files and papers in. It has a little bit of gold detailing at the magnet and where the straps join the bag, which, again, makes it seem a little bit more alive and less flat or 2D! This was in the sale for only £17 and they had another one but with a brown/fawn coloured suede flap instead of black, but I thought black would be much more practical!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing hauls and I’m so happy I’ve finally been able to write one after what feels like forever! Let me know what you bought in these Boxing Day Sales if anything or what you thought of things I purchased for myself!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,

Rachel xx