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TopShop shoppitdy shop!

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TopShop shoppitdy shop!

So yesterday I shopped (or should I say hauled?!) big time. What can I say? I had some good news and I have not shopped so much lately so when I finally got out there, I couldn’t really control myself!

TopShop!

When I was a student, I was the TopShop girl. Head to toe. I spent far too much in there.

Evantually with the store card paid off, I realised I should probably cut my TopShop spending down and somehow I actually more or less cut it out completely. I had moved away from student towns and cities with big TopShops. Consequently my local TopShop seemed pretty poor in comparison. Occasionally I will buy an item in there but not like I used to and the card, that has gone!

However a new, bigger TopShop has opened where I was haulling yesterday and when I went in for a little peek, well to be honest, I was quite impressed.

First because they are winking at me, let’s go to the bling.

A beautiful light gold leaf cuff. Now bling may be quite a new obsession but I’ve always been a fan of bracelets, bangles, cuffs and such wrist-like ornaments. So this is going to be one well-loved addition to my collection. I think that it will be especially nice in the autumn, add a little class as the leaves start to fall and the nights get darker.

Carrying on with my green fingers theme. I also got this long flowery ring. You will all remember my Tanya Burr big gold dancing ring (http://essjay23x.blogspot.com/2010/06/my-dancing-ring.html). Well I wanted big in the opposite way this time and when I saw it, I knew that this was what I had been looking for.

This ring may not be the showiest in the world but it is delicate, pretty and comfortable. My dancing ring can get a bit heavy for my poor fingers sometimes.

Oh and the TopShop ring was only £1 when I got to the till. Happy, happy, happy . . !

I’m very impressed with my TopShop jewellery. In fact, I picked up many more items before cutting it down to these two. Now I want to go to an even bigger TopShop and see the Gogo Jewellery that Holly http://www.ymbeautyblog.com/2010/07/gaga-for-gogo.html  has gone Gaga about.

I also got this lovely leather purse. I thought that it was about time that I got myself a proper purse. I’ve never really being one for purses with lots of pockets and card holders before. My last few purses were just little coin-like ones and I would just ram whatever I could in there. They were also all black. Time to change it up and get a little colour. There were lots of colours to choose from and I nearly picked a classic brown but the little girl in me picked up the pale mint colour. It is really cute. Hopefully now, I will finally be able to find my slightly larger purse in my massive bag without emptying everything out at the tillpoint!

I also got one of these boyfriend type blazer things and a cream tunic dress. I spotted the dress and remembered seeing it in a post from Laura (http://www.lollipop26writes.com/2010/07/little-outfit-of-day-type-thing.html). She suggests combining the very girly dress with a more masculine blazer to balance the look. I want to learn to think like that! At the moment, when I am trying to put an outfit together, all I normally do is throw a couple of things I don’t hate on and hope for the best. However, Laura’s explanation made sense. Balance sounds good so on spotting the dress, I decided to experiment a little.

Now I was only going to try the combination on but it really did look good and much better then a lot of the other things I’d picked out myself to try so yes, I have invested!

If you get a chance, try this dress on. Honestly it made me feel so light and there is something about the way it falls. I just want to skip around and I think it is just about long enough to twirl around and around in!

As for the blazer. . ! Well to be honest, these boyfriend blazers have never appealed to me. They look great on everybody else but on a hanger, they just look so masculine and mundane. And since I know that I can barely pull anything off from outside my comfort zone, I have never even tried one on (or even wanted to). However, it worked with the dress (I think it helped that it was from the Petite session. I had a quick look at some in the normal section and the arms looked way too long) and now I’m inspired to see what else I can pair it with. Rumour is, these blazers are quite versatile if you’re daring enough.

Funnily enough one of my favourite tops which I’m sure I’ve shown you on this blog before, is a TopShop one from about three years ago. It, too, is cream and conceals the tummy area well. This top is like an old friend but it is a chore to iron. Yep, it looks great creased but only in the right places. I do cherish this top though and it has had a lot of wear. I hope that I can say the same about my more recent TopShop purchases in three years.

So do you like TopShop? Brought anything interesting lately? Are you in to a certain look at the moment? How do you work the Boyfriend blazer?

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July 30, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Weekend Plans

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Weekend Plans

And here is a couple more suggestions for this weekend.

1/ Pick up the InStyle March 2010 issue

 

There is a Best Beauty Buys magazine with it.

I haven’t had time to read it all yet but already have a couple of items to add to my wishlist as well as a few little tips to make more of myself. For example, they quote make-up artist Alex Box who says ‘When wearing a strong lip colour, powder the outside edge of your lips to lock in the colour and prevent bleeding’. I can’t wait to get lost in this one this weekend (when I’m not partying, of course!) There is also an offer for 20% off at ASOS until the end of February.

2/ Keep an eye on my blogroll in the sidebar this weekend. I have already added a link to Jessica Rose and Milly (Pearls and Poodles) and I hope to add some more over the weekend. I’m really in to blog surfing at the moment. I’m also hoping to do a post this week where you can all introduce yourselves and your blog in the comments ‘cos as I’ve said before it is hard to get your blog known out there and I’m sure that some of you are hiding some real gems.

3/ I have enjoyed so many posts this week and I think, I am going to start highlighting them on my blog. This one by Gemma is all about Style Inspiration ( http://gemsmaquillage.squarespace.com/blog/2010/2/1/my-style-inspiration.html ). She actually has a file crammed with piccies of style and icons who inspire her and in this post, she shares it with us. I have to create one of these files. I hope that I have time to this weekend. It will be so useful for my fashion challenge. If any of you have a style file or create one after sneaking a peek at Gemma’s then please leave us a link to it here. I’d love to see what you like and what inspires you all!

4/ Take a look at my Competition post and the lovely treats on offer for the winner and then starting doing what you need to, to enter. I can’t believe that the closing date is almost only a week away.

5/ And finally, don’t forget to party with Creative Moments http://www.your-creativemoments.co.uk/blog

Happy weekends, yay!

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Link Love!

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 Link Love!

Hi guys!

It was my birthday yesterday and I got lots of lovely things. Many of which I will be sharing with you over the next few posts.I love birthdays and have been very lucky so I’m in the mood to share the love again. I hope you don’t mind but here are some of my favourites.

Here are some of my favourite You Tube beauty-related videos.

 – Carolyn Bax ‘Cheryl Cole On Tour Make Up Look’

 http://www.youtube.com/user/carolynbax#p/u/4/hcJIDPFTezc

 – The Make Up Diaries ‘Danni Minogue at Simon Cowells Birthday Look’

 http://www.youtube.com/user/oonaghoo1#p/u/12/mrmlF9iD_UI

 – The Make Up Adikt ‘Showcase of some of her looks’

 http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MakeupAdiktMUA&annotation_id=annotation_517850&feature=iv

 – Piki Woo ‘A Purple New Years Eve Look’

 http://www.youtube.com/user/pixiwoo#p/u/12/rxEUUI0mY3g

 -SWalker Make Up ‘The Classic Smoky Eye’

 http://www.youtube.com/user/SWalkerMakeup#p/u/31/QCQBad28G3g

 -The Style Diet Face Shapes ‘How to accessorize’

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheStyleDiet#p/u/49/3DD9o6Djrvo

Here are some of my favourite beauty related blog posts

 – ‘The Make Up Artist Series’ from Amy, Dazzledust25

 http://www.makeupandbeauty.ie/category/make-up-artist-series/

 – Lollipop26 ‘Products I am loving right now, blog edition’

 http://www.lollipop26writes.com/2009/12/products-i-am-loving-right-now-blog.html

 – Bubblegarm ‘Bright Lips slightly Megan Fox Inspired’

 http://bubblegarm.blogspot.com/2009/12/bright-lips-slightly-megan-fox-inspired.html

 – Bubbledreams Imogen from FoxyLocks ‘Hair Treatment-Coconut Oil’

 http://imogenfoxylocks.blogspot.com/2010/01/hair-treatment-coconut-oil.html

 – Natayla from FilthyGorgeous Make up ‘Warm Sunset’

 http://filthygorgeousmakeup.blogspot.com/2009/11/warm-sunset.html

 – Oxford Jamine ‘Five products that I don’t want to live without’

 http://oxfordjasmine.blogspot.com/2009/12/5-products-i-dont-want-to-live-without.html

 I hope if you have five minutes, you will find something new in here for you. I like these items for different reasons. Some use products or looks I like, some hide really handy tips in their commentary. Some are inspiring and some are simply entertaining.

 Let me know what you think and I’d love to know some of your favourite links. I’m a bit of a geek and spend hours watching/reading all these channels and posts so more links are always welcome. It gives me a great buzz when I discover someone whose work I know that I’m going to follow. Feel free also to link your blog/channel in the comments here, I know how hard it is to let people know that you are there.

 Happy beauty surfing and don’t forget to make time to look at my Competition post if you haven’t already done so!

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