Primark, River Island & Zara Haul

I thought I’d pop into town as I needed a couple of last minute bits for my holiday… I was thrilled to find so much I liked – normally when I go shopping I struggle to find something, but yesterday I was very pleased with my purchases!

I  had some things to take back to Primark, so it felt like I was shopping for free which was even better! I got….

A black beach cover-up with gold beads £8

A halter neck feather print dress which I got for chucking on for lunch by the beach – this was marked up as £5 but rung through at £3 – bargain!

A blue pleated dress – they had it in a lovely burnt orange colour too, but not in my size. It’s 100% polyester and is rather shiny but it’s a really nice shape and looks better on. It was £13.

A pinky coraly, baggy top with two buttons on the front, £8

…which I plan on wearing with these patterned shorts which were £9.

I thought this was a boob tube, but it came up on the till as a textured skirt! I doubt I’ll ever wear it as a skirt, but thought it would look nice with white jeans or my black high waisted jeans. I adore this blue. It was £4.

Not for holiday, but I got a loose sheer cream top with mother of pearl buttons £10

 I’ve seen these on other blogs and loved them – you get a pack of 2 friendship bracelets for £1.50. I got 3 sets to stack on my wrist.

And lastly, I got this cream quilted heart shaped coin purse, marked down from £2 to £1. It’s really cute, perfect for fitting in my clutch and lined in leopard print – cute!

In River Island I got….

This vest, which I really don’t know how to put into words how to describe it! The lighter parts of the top you can see below are soft to the touch – really nice textures going on. The back is completely see through.

And these wet look leggings which were £20. I really liked them because they have a cracked, textured, mottled effect on them which is different to most leather look or wet look leggings. I wish I could take this outfit away with me as I love it, but think it’ll be too hot!

I saw a girl trying on these sandals – they are not the kind of thing I’d normally go for but they looked amazing on her – I tried them on but didn’t buy them but have been thinking about them all day! I have a sneaky feeling I might try to pop to River Island tomorrow to get them – shhh!

And last but not least, I got this white vest in Zara, which was £9.99. I already have it in black and bright blue and just love how it fits, it’s really flattering – and has a zip down the back which I like as it just makes it a bit different

And that’s it! Now to start the packing, meep!

High Street Haul

I know I said I wasn’t going to be buying much and wouldn’t be doing these clothes hauls often… but I had one of those days where I went out and saw loads that I wanted, which is a very rare thing…. I’m glad I did it last week as since then I’ve had a car crash which I’m now £550 down for and really can’t afford to be shopping like this! I’ve used the site pics rather than my own because I’ve already worn a lot of these things and some are in the wash, creased etc.

Firstly was Topshop…

I got these pumps, they really look like ballet shoes but have a firmer soul – they are so so so comfortable I cannot begin to tell you!

I also picked up the Meteoric eyeshadow duo. I’m yet to use it but when I do I shall be sure to add swatch pics!

After seeing AWOL nail varnish on Stina of Chic Beauty Blog I just had to have it, swatch pics to come soon too.

Next was H&M….

This ring comes in a few colours but this turquoise one just jumped out at me. The golden colour of the ring compliments it nicely and although it was only £3.99 I personally think that when it’s worn it looks a lot more than that!

I got some bog standard leggings as mine have a little hole in them, currently in the sale for £3.49 – bargainous!

I was in desperate need of some new black skinnies. I really love their Super Squin jeans so had set out to get some of them in black, but seeing as it’s the ‘wrong’ season for black skinnies all I could get were high waisted black Squins, which are actually really nice, not too high in the waist, and it can’t be seen at all once you have a top over them. They are really flattering and really skinny but not available on the website – I think it’s just the luck of the draw of the store.

I got this swimsuit about a month ago but may as well include it. I have two children so not the flattest of stomachs. It is, I am not afraid to admit, my problem area. I’m going to Ibiza in the summer with some super-skinny friends and the thought of bearing all has been frightening me, but once I tried this on I felt lovely – it’s not designed as shapewear but I feel like it holds me in, the colour is flattering and the detail draws the attention away from the stomach area!

Another month-ago purchase was this dress, also bought with the holiday in mind – it’s easy to get on and off, loving the nautical theme. It also comes in a clashing pink and red colourway but it didn’t look so nice on.

In River Island….

I got this coral cardigan, a lovely chunky knit in a beautiful summery colour for covering up in the chilly English summer!

In Zara….
I got these peach jeans. I love peachy colours with white when the weather’s nice, and these are a lovely fit with gold hardware. All we need now is the nice weather!
I also got these skinny navy trousers (the model is wearing them rolled up but they are actually standard length). I love the whole chino look, but due to the aforementioned stomach area, can’t rock them. This is the closest I can get. They are super skinny, and have gold hardwear. They are in chino-type material and make a nice change from denim jeans.

I got two of the same vest because they are so flattering – one in black and one in cobalt blue (much brighter than in this pic). It’s loose over the stomach without looking like you’re pregnant. There is a gold zip at the back which makes it something a bit different from a standard jersey vest. I like it so much I’m tempted to go and get it in some of the other colours!

Lastly, I went to Oasis….

And I got this corsage detail top, (I got it in black but it’s not shown online) – I find it really hard to find going-out style tops and this was a definite winner for wearing with the black skinnies I got in H&M.

I’d happened to take a pic in the changing room to ask my friend her opinion, excuse the face!

I’m all shopped out now, I only went out to get some Spanx! Primark only for me until after my holiday!