autumn clothing haul

Hurray, we’re finally in Autumn, guess how excited that makes me! If you’ve read my Autumn post then you’ll know how much I love stocking up on clothes for the new season. Twice a year I have a wardrobe clear out to make way for any new purchases and store any clothes I won’t be wearing until the next season. I’ve been shopping in some of my favourite stores including H&M, New Look and Next, so I’ve saved up all the items to show you what I bought in my high street clothing haul.

It is hard to photograph fashion items for a clothing haul blog post, so I’ll style them up and post a few pictures on my Instagram.

autumn fashion haul

I had been wanting a dungaree dress for ages but none of the ones I tried on seemed to fit in the right places. While I was out doing my grocery shopping in Sainsburys I came across this dark blue, knee length denim dungaree dress and as soon as I tried it on it fitted perfectly. It has buttons all the way down the front, a tie waist belt and two deep pockets on the hip, I think it’ll look great styled with tights ankle boots and a roll neck jumper underneath. I also picked up this long sleeve stripped T-shirt, it’s one of those basic items I never seem to have enough of and it will look equally good worn underneath this dress.

autumn fashion haul

Admittedly it was YouTube that influenced me to buy this dress but I fell in love with it as soon as I saw someone wearing it in their vlog. Most of my dresses are either too thick or too summery to wear during the first few months of Autumn and Winter. This chiffon midi dress is from New Look and has the floral and dotty print, it has long sleeves with tie cuffs and a wrap over style neckline with lace up detail down to the waist. This will look amazing styled during the day with tights, boots, a black biker style jacket and my wide brimmed hat. I’m so excited to be able to start wearing this dress now.

New Look dress with bardot neck

Whilst shopping at New Look I also fell in love with this beautiful black floral print dress, OK, so technically it’s still a summery dress but it was in the sale and I thought it would look great with heels for an evening out or worn with boots during the day if we suddenly had a week of Autumn sunshine. As well as the floral print it has a silvery stripes going down the length of the dress, I think this makes it look even more pretty. It has a large frilly, Bardot collar which is not my normal style, you have to step out of your comfort zone once in a while! It fit’s like a dream and I am going to get so much wear out of this dress.

river island check shirt

Autumn and Winter maybe the time I love to get cosy but I don’t always want to wear a baggy T-shirt on days where I’m dressing a bit more casual. I found this red and navy check shirt from River Island and it was just what I was looking for. It’s made from the softest cotton material and it’s not too thick so I can layer it up on extra cold days. I love that it has poppers down the front of the shirt, making it easy to get on and off, this shirt will look great styled with jeans and boots or under the denim dungaree dress. I also like that it has a scooped hemline, rather than one going straight across, so it’s more flattering for my body shape.

H&M loose knit jumper

I’d popped into H&M to see what knitwear they had in store when  I came acrose this beautiful loose knit jumper in powder pink and I was at the checkout before anyone could grab it out of my hand! I wanted to replace a similar jumper I’ve got in grey from a few years back, this time with something a bit more colourful. I love the baggy style of this one, it’s the kind of jumper you can throw on with a pair of jeans, boots and a coat or a pair of leggings for a lazy day at home.

pink knitted walking socks

Every Autumn there are two things I always stock up on: socks and a new pair of slippers. I have extremely cold feet, even in a heatwave, and I’ve already got quite a lot of pairs of cute patterned pairs of socks, so this year I thought I’d go for plain pink. Both of these pairs of socks came from a company called Sock Snob, which I have only just discovered. They are actually walking socks but they are so thick and soft that they will keep my feet warm and toasty. Last year I picked up a cute pair of fluffy cat slippers, so I thought I’d invest in something a bit more grown up! These pink fluffy ones are from Sainsburys, they have a hard sole and the softest faux fur lining. I like that they completely surround my feet so they won’t slip off!

matalan autumn pyjamas, next long sleeve autumn pyjamas

I don’t think I’ve done a clothing haul where I haven’t featured at least one pair of pyjamas! I’m sure I didn’t need any, but a new pair of cosy pjs every autumn is the law, isn’t it? The darker woodland print pyjamas and the pink coffee print pyjamas are both from Matalan. Both pyjama sets have short sleeve tops and elasticated waist bottom with ribbed ankle cuffs, I got them in the next size up as I don’t like to feel too restricted in bed but these pyjamas are so comfortable. Then I treated myself to the most adorable pair that I’ve ever owned! The neutral woodland print pyjamas are from Next and they are made of the softest material that feels almost like a flannelette texture. The top has long sleeves and the bottoms have elasticated waist with the cutest little bow detail. I am going to be so warm and snug wrapped up in these on a cold night. Is it acceptable to wear pjs out during the day?

I hope you enjoyed my clothing haul? if you’d like to find out what makeup I’ll be wearing this Autumn then head over to my recent post. Have you bought any new items this season?

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For most of my life I’ve never been a morning person, I’ve always wanted to be the kind of person who jumped straight out of bed, full of the joys of Spring and could take on any challenges that came my way. However, I love my bed way too much and I’ve lost count how many times my alarm clock has almost gone flying across the room in temper! I’ve found I’m at my most productive once the clock strikes midnight, but there are just somethings you cannot do in the wee small hours. During the day I’d end up snapping at people for no other reason than I was just too flippin tired, so I only had myself to blame! Something had to change.

It didn’t happen over night and it took a lot of will power on my part, but eventually I got used to being an early riser, plus I felt a lot happier and healthier. Yes, there are still days when I fancy a lie in or a lazy morning with breakfast in bed, but it feels more of a treat because I’m not doing it all the time.

So if you’re like I was and are up at 3 AM writing your life story or watching just one more episode of your favourite TV show and want to change from a night owl to a morning person, carry on reading as I have a few tips that may help you.

Move The Alarm Clock

By forcing myself to actually get out of bed to turn off the alarm I was less likely to want to crawl back under the covers where it’s warm and cosy. I’m not suggesting putting your clock in another room, but as far away from the bed as possible. Once you’re awake don’t get back into bed, taking away the snooze option is the first step to becoming a morning person.

Hydrate

Going a whole night’s sleep without fluid can lead to fatigue. All those cute beakers that were gathering dust, well I put one to good use and have a drink of water as soon as I wake up. Water is great for making your skin look healthy and getting your metabolism going. If you really can’t face water then try a herbal tea instead of your usual 3 cups of coffee, don’t get me wrong, I’ll still have a mid morning coffee but I found by cutting down on the amount I had I felt a lot less sluggish and much more productive throughout the day.

Start The Night Before

Obviously you don’t need me to tell you to go to bed earlier, I knew it’s what I had to do but never listened to my own advice. I would be at the point of exhaustion where I’d almost fall apart at any stressful situation through the day. I had to be so tough on myself but it paid off in the end. I got myself into a proper bedtime routine with no social media (yes, that’s right, no last minute checking on who’s doing what!)

I now have a bath or shower, do my skincare and then read my book for a while before finally turning out the light. I made my bedroom into a relaxing environment and started using a sleep spray on my pillow which smells of lavender and camomile. All these changes made me want to get into bed, rather than feeling like I had to, because I enjoy my bedtime routine.

Plan Ahead

You know that feeling and you’ve woken up late, you’re in a rush and getting yourself all stressed out because you can’t find your keys or that black top you want to wear? Well I’ve been there too and it wasn’t a pretty sight! I started planning things the night before, what outfit I wanted to wear, preparing my breakfast and sorting out my handbag. I’ll sometimes write my To-Do list so I’m not going to bed worrying about tasks I need to get done the following day. Planning ahead gave me extra time in the morning to enjoy my breakfast, a refreshing shower and leave the house looking half way presentable. I have my most used makeup products organised on my dressing table, so they are easy to grab hold of in the morning, not having to hunt down my favourite mascara or lipstick saved me so much time and a lot less stress.

Don’t Give Up

It’s like any changes in life, becoming a morning person will be so hard for your body to adjust at first, but If it’s something you really want to do keep at it. Do whatever it takes to make you enjoy being up earlier in the day, open the curtains to let in natural day light or blast out your favourite tunes as you’re getting ready. You’ll be so pleased when you walk in work or Uni with a smile on your face instead of looking tired and giving everyone an evil stare until you’ve fuelled yourself with enough caffeine to get you past lunchtime!

Are you a night owl or a morning person? Do you have any tips on feeling your best first thing in the morning?

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We’re round to another monthly favourites post again and this month I have been trying a number of new products, luckily most of them I’ve really loved using. May was also a great month for me as I had my cousin come to stay for a long weekend, we had a fantastic time and generally enjoyed each other’s company. As much as I love her I almost feel the need to put my makeup and wardrobe under lock and key so she doesn’t help herself to my stuff without asking!

As we suddenly had a mini heatwave in the UK I wanted a body spray that would freshen me up during the day and still smell divine, not a heavy perfume. Superdrug have introduced their Layering Lab range with 6 options to choose from. You can spray two of the scents at once to create your own unique smell or just wear one on it’s own. After smelling all of them I decided to opt for Fresh which has a delicious fruity, citrus smell and it’s such a bargain at only £2.99 that I will probably purchase one of the other scents too. I’ve been wearing it almost every day and carrying in my bag for when I need to freshen up.

After being wrapped up in thick woollies for so many months, I wanted to give my body some pampering. I always suffer from dry skin on my elbows, knees and ankles but this Scrub Love Detoxifying Activated Charcoal Body Scrub from scrublove.com has really help sort those areas out.  It smells so different to what I’m used to with body scrubs, but it made my skin feel so soft and hydrated. I love that it’s 100% natural ingredients, this one contains Avocado and Aloe Vera, which are both great for dry, sensitive skin.

Who doesn’t love a good face mask as part of there weekly skincare routine. I’ve had a few break outs around my nose, chin and across my forehead, I put it down to getting hot and sweaty during the warmer weather. While I was on the Lush store stocking up on bath bombs I came across this Cupcake Mask, I think it was the name that caught my eye rather than the actual product at first because it’s actually meant for oily skin. However after trying it for a few times, I couldn’t help fall in love with it. I’ve only been applying it to areas on my skin that have had problems and it’s pretty much sorted them out. Plus it smells amazing, I had to try not to eat it!

If you’re like me and suffer from dry flaky lips occasionaly then you need to try Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub. You simply apply with your finger and gently rub it in and it leaves your lips feeling wonderfully soft and it’s completely removed any dead skin, I then just apply my favourite lip balm. It smells incredible and leaves your lips with a gorgeous sweet taste afterwards. I’ve been wearing a lot of liquid lipsticks lately and some of them can really dry out my lips, but this gorgeous scrub has made my lips feel so smooth and ready to apply whatever lip colour I’ve chosen that day.

There were some days I’ve not wanted to wear much makeup but still wanted to have a natural, summer glow. I’ve loved using these No7 Perfectly Bronzed Bronzing Pearls to give my face a nice healthy, holiday look. I use a medium sized makeup brush, swirl it over the pearls and apply to areas of my face where I want it to look as though I’ve been out in the sun. It is highly pigmented so you only need to apply a small amount if you’re pale like me. I can see I’ll be using these a lot over the coming months.

There had to be a liquid lipstick in here somewhere, didn’t there? I’ve not used many GOSH products before but after discovering I had some points on my Superdrug card I thought I’d treat myself to these gorgeous items. The Liquid Matte Me Lips is a stunning pink in shade Berry Me (no 006) and feels so lovely to wear, it’s not drying and stays on pretty much all day, The eyeshadow  is beautiful, this one is in Back To Nature (001) which has four gorgeous earthy toned shadows and is perfect for an every day look, I absolutely loved wearing all four shades.

Honestly, I cannot resist Jemma’s shop on Etsy that I have so many of her prints all over my office wall. These two stunning  copper quotes help keep me motivated every time I’ve a day when I feel I can’t achieve what I’ve set out to do, I’ve had a lot of moments like that this past month, maybe it’s the change in the weather! Anyway, I would loved to have featured all of the things I’ve had from Jemma in this month’s favourite but we’d be here all day. I can’t recommend her enough for prints, notebooks, cute trinkets and stationery. You really should have a look for yourself.

Last, but not least, this has been my favourite outfit during May. This short sleeved, knee length floral dress from Dorothy Perkins has been perfect for the gorgeous weather. It’s fitted around the top half and flares out at the waist and made of soft jersey material. I’ve worn the dress with a pair of sandals and this wonderful pinky, nude and black tote bag I got on a recent trip to Primark. The bag has two grab handles with a longer strap and inside there is one larger compartment with two zipped sections. This bag goes with so many other outfits too. On chillier days I’ve loved wearing my faithful denim jacket from GAP. It’s last years but I still get a lot of wear out of it and it just looked lovely with this dress as well as so many other items in my wardrobe this season.

What things have you been loving this month?

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It was one of those days where I had to travel miles for something that wasn’t great fun at all, so to make the journey a little more exciting I decided to pay a visit to Primark (as you do!) I know spending money isn’t the answer to cheering yourself up, but a girl needs some retail therapy once in a while and to be fair to myself, it has been at least six months since I’ve done a full on haul. Well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!

Primark have so many fabulous new arrivals and I keep seeing pictures of beautiful items on their social media every day. The minute I went through the door I felt my money slip right out of my bank account. I really didn’t need any more clothes but there was one top that just had to be hanging in my wardrobe. I picked up a bunch of other stuff and if you’re like me, I love seeing what people have bought in a haul post or video.

 

If you already know me then you’ll know I am a huge Disney Fan, especially Beauty and The Beast. People kept telling me to go to Primark to have a look at their Disney range and it’s such a tease that there isn’t one in my home town. I picked up this absolute bargain, a Beauty and The Beast T-shirt for £6! They also had it in grey but not in my size or else I’d have grabbed that one too. Perfect for Spring and Summer to wear with my jeans.

I saw these cute My Little Pony Unicorn pyjamas on someone’s Instagram, so I had to hunt them down in store. I was jumping for joy when I saw them hanging on the rack, anything Unicorn related gets me super excited. The bottoms were £8 and the top was £6 and these little beauties were coming home with me!

Yes, more Disney, yay! I know I really don’t need any more pyjamas, but come on, what girl doesn’t want to lounge around in cute nightwear whenever they get the chance? Well I certainly do. So I picked up this cute Little Mermaid night dress for £5, perfect now the weather’s getting warmer.

I can be forgiven buying this gorgeous tote bag because most of the ones I own are in black, black, purple and more black. I wanted a bag that I could pair up with my summer outfits and this one seemed the perfect choice as I seem to have a lot of blush and pink in my wardrobe at the moment. At only £9, it’s a right old bargain!

What on earth possessed me to buy a scarf when we’re going into summer. I suppose the forever changing weather in the UK has something to do with it. This scarf is a pretty soft satin style with a beautiful floral design, so it’s light enough to pair with my blazers and T-shirts and brighten up an otherwise boring outfit. It was hanging on the sale rack and at only £2 it didn’t break the bank.

These are honestly the prettiest sunglasses I have ever seen, I already own similar pairs but these ones have mirrored lenses (not easy to photograph!) I did get a few funny looks as I got a tiny bit over excited when I saw these sunglasses. I just needed them in my life. £3 well spent.

How adorable is this beaker, yes it even has a unicorn especially for me. I have a travel coffee mug for taking my own coffee out with me and it’s been so useful, as well as saving me money. With this cute beaker I’ll be able to take juice out with me if it’s a hot day or to remind me to drink enough water when I’m at home. I could quite honestly have come home with every design Primark had on the stand, but then I’d be broke for the rest of the year. No, I was sensible and only spent £3 on this dome shaped mug with a straw.

I don’t really need to say anything about this wall hanging plaque, I’m guessing by now you’ll know how much I love it. It’s sooo cute, it’s a Unicorn, it’s pink and it’s mine! I should probably mention that it was only £1.50.

Believe it or not, I did actually pick up a few things that are going to be useful. I have long hair and own a cat who is forever malting, so this Lint roller with refill (£1.50) is going to be my best friend for picking up stray hairs from my clothes or bedding. I never seem to have enough coat hangers, so I picked up this pack of 5 coloured aluminium ones for £2.50. I’m forever getting through Sticky Notes (reduced to £1.00) to write myself little reminders and I love to make hand written letters to penpals look pretty with stickers and Washi Tape (£1.50).

One thing I didn’t need was this PS…Pro Blending Brush. I’d seen a lot of people saying how good it was  and it was just as lovely as the more expensive ones. So I decided to pick one up and give it a try. I haven’t put it to the test yet as I need to experiment on a day when I’m not leaving the house, just in case I don’t get on with it. Hmm, we shall see!

Have you been to Primark lately? What items did you buy? Or do you have another favourite high street store you love to shop in?

 

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My feet are the one area of my body that I seem to neglect the most. After months of wearing thick tights and boots I wanted my feet to be in better condition for wearing my new  sandals* from Vionic. They were definitely in need of little pampering. With Summer just around the corner I thought I’d share my tips on how to get your feet ready for the warmer months with my At Home Pedicure.

Foot Scrub

I’ll start off by using Bare Foot Peppermint and Plum Foot Scrub to help get rid of  any dry flaky skin, which I’m sure you wouldn’t want on show in your summer sandals. This one smells divine!

Foot Soak

I’ve been using a foot pack from Beautifully Scrumptious, they fit over your feet like a pair of socks. They are enriched with Tea Tree, Peppermint and Vitamin E to help dry, rough skin and cracked heels. It looks a bit strange at first sitting there for 20 minutes with a foot pack on, but believe me it feels amazing.

Moisturise

I use a deep moisturiser, like Bare Foot Lavender and Mint Foot Cream, to give intense hydration for extremely dry legs and feet, it is enriched with Tea Tree Oil to help soothe tired, aching feet, whilst the smell of Lavender will help your whole body feel relaxed.

File and Polish

I can’t stand wearing open toe sandals without having my nails painted, so the final step for getting my feet Summer ready is to give my nails a quick file to give them a nice shape and paint them in my favourite nail polish, at the moment I’m wearing a peach shade called Bohemian Gypsy by Itsy Nails, followed by a top coat to make my nail colour last a little longer. I’ve also been putting on a cuticle oil just before I go to bed.

 

Having wide feet I’ve always had trouble finding summer sandals that not only fit and feel comfortable, but that look stylish with any outfit. These faux leather, black strappy sandals* from Vionic are good quality sandals and fit my feet perfectly, they are so comfortable it actually feels like I’m wearing slippers. These summer sandals look feminine enough to be worn with my summer dresses or casual jeans.

 

Years of wearing high heels and ill fitting shoes haven’t done my feet any good at all, it wasn’t until I had my feet properly measured last year that I discovered I was a size smaller than the shoes I had been wearing, just because I had wide feet. I searched around for a pair of wide fitting summer sandals but most of them were unflattering, so you can imagine my delight when I tried on these sandals* from Vionic for the very first time. I instantly fell in love with them.

They have been designed with the help of a Podiatrist. the foot bed is shaped so it will hold your foot nicely in place so they wont slip about. It also helps prevent pains in your feet, knees and back The straps have a velcro fastening meaning I was able to fit them to just the right size around my ankle without any pinching. These sandals are lightweight so they won’t tire your legs out but still give your feet the support they need. They are the kind of footwear you need if you’re going to be on your feet all day, great for long walks in the woods or along the beach.

I’ve already worn my sandals so many times, they looked beautiful with a knee length floral dress and my denim jacket when I popped into town on a shopping trip with the girls, I had quite a few compliments from my friends asking me where they were from. They are so adorable that I’ve worn them with a long maxi dress when I went to my neighbours garden party and still looked pretty when I styled them with my jeans and a stripy t-shirt for a Sunday afternoon stroll.

They look fabulous with any summer outfit, so I know what sandals I’ll be wearing on my day trip to Brighton in a few months time!

What are your go to shoes during the summer months?

Items marked with a * have been gifted for a PR review

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