Recent Purchases from ASOS and Zara

Today I’m sharing some recent purchases from Zara and ASOS. I personally think there are some amazing pieces in this haul that I am so happy with and had been stalking for a while until my size came back in stock!

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Pimkie Animal Pattern Coat £57.99

This leopard print coat that I bought from ASOS by the brand Pimkie is amazing! I absolutely love all things leopard print (here is a collation of gorgeous leopard print goodness) but I think with an item of clothing like a coat, which is a substantial bit of fabric, it’s super important that the print is just right in order to make it wearable (for me, anyway). This one nails it in my opinion; it’s a very dark brown/black based leopard print which tones down the brashness of the print and makes it something very easy to chuck on! The quality is also gorgeous and the price point is brilliant compared to many other similar leopard print coats I’ve seen on ASOS and Topshop for example. I am really loving Pimkie on ASOS, they have some beautiful pieces and are priced very affordably!

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ASOS T-Shirt In Stripe With Contrast Trim £12

Striped t-shirts are a wardrobe stable of mine and I absolutely love this one! I just love the colour combination with the white trim round the collar. I sized down in this and ordered a size 6 and it fits exactly how I would want, so if you prefer things a bit more fitted I would recommend sizing down.

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Pimkie All Over Lace Long Sleeve Top £18.99

Another beautiful piece from Pimkie, again the quality is excellent. I am envisaging wearing this similarly to the model, with a black bra underneath and with some leather effect trousers/leggings and some high heels. I think that would be an ideal outfit for an evening out for drinks or a meal this festive season.

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Mango Ribbed Side Knitted Roll Neck jumper £15.99

This jumper from Mango on ASOS was just what I was looking for! I was looking to expand my collection of roll/turtle neck jumpers for Autumn/Winter as I think they look so sophisticated yet are very easy to wear and style. They also make great layering pieces for more put together outfits. This one was a fantastic price and good quality so I’ll definitely be picking it up in black also, once it comes back into stock (hopefully it does)!

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ASOS Wide Leg Pleated Plisse Trousers with Raw Hem in Mink £25

I frickin love pleated/plisse trousers! They’re very comfortable and can be dressed up or down so easily. These ones are unfortunately too long for me, I hope ASOS do some in future exactly like this in a range of colours but in their Petite range. However, I have still decided to keep these and am going to chop about 3 inches off the bottom to make them more flattering for my legs and height. Hopefully I won’t ruin them in the process… It can’t be that difficult right?!

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Turtle Neck Sweater in Light Grey £19.99

I have kept this sweater from Zara however I just wanted to say that I do not recommend them! I cut the tag off too hastily so it was too late for me to send back when I discovered holes were already present on the sleeves and around the neck. I did buy the black version of this too which I sent back as it was far too tight around the neck! It doesn’t make sense as they are supposedly exactly the same template but this Light Grey one has a much looser and more comfortable neck than the black one did. The sleeve cuffs are also a bit strange and too tight for my liking also. I will carry on wearing this of course (it does feel nice and soft) but I don’t think it’ll take too many washes for the holes to get worse… Not very impressed. The Mango one I mentioned earlier is much nicer as well as being less expensive!

I appreciate upon writing this that a few of the items are currently out of stock, however I strongly recommend bookmarking anything you really would like to buy and checking back every day. This is what I did for the Pimkie items on ASOS. Stuff does come in and out of stock as people return things so keep your eyes open! 😉

Love Nicole xxxx

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My Boots Collection

As it’s now Autumn and Winter will be upon us in no time I thought I’d share all the boots I currently own! Boots are the Winter footwear of choice (although trainers are always a winner too) so it felt like a good time to show them, as well as being good for me to see what I already own so I know what I can add to the collection this year. 😉

Of course most of these boots are old from past years so it’s unlikely they’ll still be available but I’ll try my best to find something similar. Most of these are casual but there are a couple of pairs that I would probably reserve for dressier occasions.

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My newest pair of boots so still available from Topshop (£70)
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A well loved pair from Office last year. (Similar £42, similar £53)
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Probably my most worn pair of boots, from Office (£78) last year, which apparently they’ve brought back with a higher price tag… I would not have paid £78… They are fab though.
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These were from Topshop and the style was called ‘AMBUSH’ and they were majorly inspired by the Acne Pistol boots. Not worn these much and yet they look a bit worse for wear! (Similar £80)
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These were from Topshop and they have some similar ones available here (£39)
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These were from New Look
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These were from Office. (Very similar £95)
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These I got from TK Maxx and are from the brand London Rebel (similar £95)
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These were from H&M years ago and are moccasin style. Not worn these much!
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Old moccasin style boots from Primark, barely worn these either but they’re very comfortable (similar £39.99 or similar £49.99)
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These cuties were from Zara

So there we have it. All the boots I own. I don’t wear all of them enough tbh so I’ll try and wear them more this Winter, and if I don’t I guess I might as well get rid of some next Spring. I would like to add a new pair of flat black boots, something classy and smart but comfortable. I also really would love a leopard print pair, I’m eyeing up these from Next (£60) and might ask for them for Christmas or my birthday. 🙂

Love Nicole xxxx

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A/W 2016/2017 Trends: Military Jackets

From what I’ve seen and read so far this September, military styles are going to be big this Autumn/Winter. I am particularly taken with military style jackets and I can’t wait to find the perfect one! I love this selection I’ve found on the high street and will definitely be ordering a couple… But how to decide?! Which is your favourite? Maybe you can help me decide!

Military jackets wishlist round up high street affordable

Top Row

Mango £99.99 | Mango £89.99 | Mango £119 | New Look £39.99

Middle Row

Oasis £45 | Zara £59.99 | Marks & Spencer £99 | Zara £89.99

Bottom Row

Zara £119 | Zara £69.99River Island £65 | Free People £168

Aren’t they amazing?! I can’t wait to get onboard with this trend. I love how structured and smart it looks. Let me know your favourite!

Love Nicole xxxx

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Big Shopping Haul: Zara, Primark, Topshop, NYX Cosmetics etc

Hooray I have finished my Bachelors degree! My last exam was Tuesday so on Wednesday I celebrated in true Nicole style and went on a shopping spree. No alcohol or late nights for me, my idea of celebrating is a day of shopping followed by a day chilling and ordering a Pizza Hut. Which is what I did 🙂

Today I managed to photograph everything to share with you!

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Lets start with what I picked up in Zara!

 

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Stripe Printed Skorts £19.99
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Light Camel Drawstring Trousers £25.99

I didn’t expect to come out of Zara with two bottom half clothing pieces but that is exactly what happened! I am so into the stretchy waist everythang at the moment (as was apparent in my recent ASOS haul) so these two pieces are amazing for that. The striped piece is really cool in that it looks like a midi skirt but is actually basically a pair of culottes! It feels so flowy and lovely on.

Let’s go for Primark next…

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Striped Top £8
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V Neck Tees £4 each
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Bunny Travel Pillow £5 | Copper Tealights £2.50 | Paisley Candle £2

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I wasn’t planning on buying any clothing really in Primark as it really isn’t the most durable and I’ve been much more picky about the feeling of material lately. However, the V Neck Tees felt so lovely and soft and they’re something I get a lot of wear out of. The main test will be to see how they wash as I’m worried they may go all misshapen… But it’ll be good to find out for future! And the stripe top was just another simple piece that felt nice  enough quality and I like the style. Then I just picked up some quirky pieces that Primark are brilliant for!

I next went into Boots in hopeful anticipation that a NYX stand may have arrived in the Bournemouth central store and lo and behold there it was! I may have gone a bit crazier than I would have liked but seeing everything in the flesh was just SO exciting. However, as a little pointer if you’re a student, if you can find what you want from NYX on the ASOS site that is probably the best place to get it as you can get the 10% discount on it 🙂

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NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Ash Brown £7

NYX HD Concealer Wand in Fair £5.50

NYX Mechanical Lip Pencil in Nude £5.50

NYX Slide On Lip Pencil in Sugar Glass £5.50

NYX Lip Suede Cream Lipstick in ‘Tea and Cookies’ and ‘Soft Spoken’ £6.50 each

NYX Matte Lipstick in Natural £6.50

I will do a separate post with the swatches of all of these products soon and share any thoughts I might already have on them 🙂

Onto Topshop…

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Double Strap V-Neck Cami £16
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Crochet Lace Sundress £26

I am loving blue at the moment! Look at those shades, just absolutely stunning; I couldn’t resist. And the design and style of both pieces is just beautiful too. Both such amazing finds imo.

And lastly, another print I am loving at the moment in the form of a beach bag that I hope to use on my upcoming holiday… From none other than Paperchase of all places!

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Let’s Squawk Beach Bag £20

Isn’t it cute? I ummed and ahhed over whether to buy it but I thought I’d regret it if I didn’t.

Back soon.

Love Nicole xxxx

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Collective Haul: Zara, Primark, ASOS

I’ve once again accumulated a few newly purchased clothing and footwear bits and pieces so I thought I would share them!

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Studded Black Flats – ASOS £28

Assorted Animal Trainer Socks – Primark £1.50

Assorted Bear Trainer Socks – Primark £2.50

Black Strap Ballet Flats – Primark £10

Long-sleeved Pink Velvet Crop Top – Zara £29.99

Organic Cotton Plain White & White and Blue Striped Tshirts – Zara £5.99 each

More Hugs Grey Pocket Tshirt – Zara £12.99

Water Repellent Trench Coat – Zara £49.99

Black Asymmetric Layed Long-sleeved Tshirt – Zara £17.99

I adore all these purchases and can’t really pick a favourite! The pink velvet top was an absolute must, fell in love when I saw it and just couldn’t leave the store without it; likewise with the ‘More Hugs’ tee, how cute is that?! The coat is great as I needed a waterproof one but obviously wanted one that looked good and stylish, this one fits that bill nicely. Time will tell as to how comfortable the shoes turn out to be… I’m very whingey when it comes to uncomfortable shoes so we’ll see how that goes; I’ve not worn either of them out yet!

Christmas is getting so close now!

Best wishes,

Nicole

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