Revision boredom made me do it. Sort of. I do love the massive discounts that happen in the post-Christmas/New Year period. In the last half of 2014 I really didn’t spend much, so I allowed myself some treats once the sales came round. Half as a reward for being good in first semester, and half as an incentive to myself to revise over the holidays. Overall, I picked up 11 pieces from ASOS for just over £60 – which works out at around £5.60ish an item… which reminds me so much of cheap Korean shopping ahhh.
Hopefully alll of the stuff here should be popping up in a couple of projects I have planned once exams have effed off. Because they are seriously draining my energy/general will to live right now. *grumble grumble*
I also apologise for the … somewhat stark difference in photo settings. I made 2 orders, which means 2 parcels, but made the orders at different times and sent the first one to my uni address – silly me. So one set is partly photographed at my parents, the other at uni..
youth club varsity print shopper bag – £4.50 // 2pk grid check headscarves – £6 // dockland plimsolls, black petrol – £10 // no brand needed beanie – £7 // disney minnie mouse flower ears aliceband – £9
cami playsuit, black – £8.50 // 2stripe ankle socks with lace trim – £1.50 // molly t-bar flat shoes – £8 // colour block choker necklace, cream&gold – £7 // metal round sunglasses with built up high brow – £5
My favourite of favourite items are the playsuit, sunglasses, and plimsolls. I spotted the sunglasses waaaaay back when, in april, or at least a very similar pair, and I’m so happy that they came down in price during the sale.
I found it really hard to do the iridescent material justice. It’s so pretty, catching the light in the way the colours’ namesake does. I haven’t owned a pair of shoes in this style since primary school, which is a good few years ago now, so the slip-on-slip-off nature is going to take a bit of getting used to. I can see these being a go-to casual shoe when the weather thaws out a bit, though.
This bag is so cute! I was first drawn to the price and the style – tote/shopper for £4.50 yes please, tyvm, mine now – and upon closer inspection of the design, it’s adorable. The bag specs are pretty roomy – just over 42cm long and a little wider than 37cm – it can easily fit a lever arch file (one of the big ones) in, no problems, with plenty of additional space. It’s 100% cotton, so if it gets dirty, as light fabric tends to do, especially for a bag, I can stick it in the washing machine. I needed a casual bag that was not a satchel, and this fits the bill so well. Happy Fii is happy.
“Fashion Resolution no. 1 for 2015: wear things that are more out of my comfort zone.”
I don’t wear beanies. Every time my mum or dad suggested getting one when I was younger, far less chic, mind, I’d say I was fine and that I’d deal with the cold ’cause I had a hood. Granted, they were all horrible garish colours designed for parents who needed to play ‘spot my child’ more often than not, so I’ve not had the greatest history with them. Hopefully this one will change that. England doesn’t like to defrost until we’re well into the year, and since I’m more northern now than when I was a child, I’ll need all the heat conservation I can get. I also thought the ‘no brand needed’ patch was pretty cute. It’s a general knit beanie, so the bulk of it is standard.
I bought these thinking they’d be in the style of one I got in Korea that had wire fed through so you could mould it. Kinda wrong, but I needed something in the way of check patterning. The material is 95% polyester, 5% elastane and rough to the touch, the edges are finished decently. I think they’re overpriced even at a sale value of £6 (£3 each) honestly. If I don’t wear them they’ll make pretty photo backgrounds or belts so at least they’re relatively multipurpose.
This was such an impulse buy, dear oh dear. I needed something to tip over the qualifying line for free shipping and … this was it! I have an ever-growing collection of slightly ‘kooky’ headbands, but they’re fun for shoots and photobooth situations, and this one is pretty cute. If I ever want to be minnie mouse with a flower crown, now I can be.
They’re not quite as dramatically cat-eye as the april-stock sunnies, but the detail I loved most about them, and these, was the silver band running across the brow to become the arms. I constantly need new sunglasses, more so now because I want a collection I can just pick something out of when the mood strikes than because I or my sisters keep breaking them. The frames are larger than I was expecting, the ‘high brow’ definitely isn’t exaggerated!
Two pairs of flat shoes in one haul. My mum is pleased and proud after the shoes I’ve been stashing recently. I love dolly/t-bar shoes. They look so dainty with any sort of dress that isn’t a maxi length, and, even though they remind me of year 6 at school, I think I’ll always have a pair in my wardrobe. I don’t think I’ll get to wear these out at lot at the moment, what with the weather being wet and miserable, and, above all, cold. Cut outs and cold are not made for warm or dry feet.
If we’re talking about keeping feet warm then another pair of socks is something that will do the trick. Despite getting a couple of pairs of incredibly festive ones for Christmas, they’re not going to be something I’m popping on mid-July. Unless I am in very desperate times. For £1.50 these are an absolute steal, they’re thick cotton, and the stripes add that sporty feel we’re all crazy for right now, but the lace adds a cute offset that makes wearing them with booties as acceptable as your adidas.
I don’t have any necklaces like this one, or any necklaces in gold, actually. I’ve seen a couple in this style when I’ve browsed around in New Look and Topshop, and thought they were quite pretty and delicate, but just couldn’t justify the price at the time. The choker fit means it sits quite nicely on my collar bones, and the adjustable fastening is great because my neck is quite slim… in the general scale of necks. The cream accent isn’t too bold so I thought this would go well with a lot of what’s already in my wardrobe, and would be quite an easy thing to wear. A lot of the costume-type jewellery I’ve collected over the year leaves me stumped at how to wear it, most of the time – so hopefully this is different!
I adore this playsuit. So much. Soooo so much. Usually I’m not a fan, the faffing around when you need to use the loo is an effort and a half and it just puts me right off. Dress, skirt or shorts, not the fuzzy inbetween. Then I saw this and thought it looked like such a staple summer piece that it ended up in my basket and now… well now it’s in my flat? Funny that. It’s a soft jersey fabric, quite heavy too so it hangs really nicely round the legs – falling about mid-thigh on me. So for you taller gals this might be a bit bum-skimmy, but I think there’s a tall version of it too? The v-neck is reminiscent of all those vest tops on the shelves last summer, and the flipside is straight cut across your mid-to-lower back, depending on how tight you have the straps. I’m so happy with it, I can already tell I’m going to get so much wear out of it, already got a few outfit ideas lined up. For such a simple piece it’s a great sale price and really good quality. The photo here doesn’t do it justice, but it falls like one of the strappy summer dresses, only it’s a playsuit, so you have less to worry about if it’s windy!
Which is your favourite piece? If you’ve seen anything you like and it’s still available (and you have the funds) then I definitely suggest getting it – treat yourself! I’m so excited for warming weather and the end of exams. Hope your week has been good so far – and sorry for a long/picture heavy post, but I do like to give little first impressions of things when I haul them. Maybe It’d be shorter in a video next time?