Thursday, 3 November 2011

The one where I put a ring on it.

I you've read my blog before you'll know that I've started wearing rings rather regularly.  I'm also increasing my collection of big earrings.

The first ring is from Primark, it cost £2.50 which is quite pricey for Primark!  It could be described as tacky but I really like it, it's a good statement piece and the blue stone adds some colour to a plain outfit.

The owl ring is another Primark purchase.  I looked at it a while ago but didn't bother getting it but as it was cheap and it's quite cute I thought I had nothing to loose.

The eye ring is from Topshop, I've seen bloggers and vloggers with it before and thought that it was really cool.  When I shopped the Topshop sale I saw it but didn't buy it.  I got home and instantly regretted it so a few days later to find it gone, looked on the website too and it wasn't there!  There's nothing quite like the feeling of want you get when you can't have something.  It returned to the website and so when I bought a dress online I made sure I bought it this time.  Just need some more silver rings to put with it now!

The gold ring with the cream stone was also from Topshop but this time in the sale.  It was £3.75 and I really like the elaborate edge.

The snake ring was an impulse buy from Primark costing only 50p!  I quite like quirky rings and it's a nice one to play with because of the shape.

The swirly earrings cost £3.75 in the sale at Topshop, I quite like chunky earrings which arn't dangly and I think these would be appropriate for me to wear on my teaching placement.  They are a nice nude colour and would dress up a smart, plain outfit.

The last pair of earrings were £2.50 from Topshop in the sale.  They look like they are made of gold thread which makes them look less tacky than they would have done if they were plain gold in colour.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

The one where I'm branching out and copying.

I never go to Topshop.  I own very little Topshop clothing and what I do have mostly used to belong to my lovely best friend who gives me her hand-me-downs.  It is just all too tempting and expensive.  The other day, however, I went in.

I saw a friend wearing this dress at a birthday party and, after asking her where it was from, was shocked to find out that it was only £20.  The colour options were dark purple, maroon or black and I chose the purple although this photo does not show it's true shade.  It is a skater dress, tight at the top and then flares out from the bottom of the rib cage.  It is a very modest length, so much so infact that at 5'5 I would almost feel short wearing it with flats, however I shall try it and see.

My best friend (and many others) has this dress in bright blue which I think is absolutely gorgeous.  This one is a salmon pink colour but only cost £20 in the sale so I thought 'ignore the slightly horrible colour and the fact that you struggle with wearing sleeves and just treat yourself'.  I think it will look very cute with a belt on a night out or when I go out for a meal.

I saw a girl on my course wearing this today and then came across it in Topshop, reduced from £30 to £15.  I think it is so cute with the little deer and I really love that colour at the moment.  The only problem is that I'm not sure what other coloured tops it would go with apart from white and cream.  Any ideas?

Not satisfied with two new dresses from the Topshop sale, I ended up on the website.  BAD IDEA!  This dress was £20 too, it is very tight and has a black exposed zip at the back.  Not my normal style but I do like to dress up uber girly sometimes and if not, I can dress it down with some funky boots.

I also bought some jewellery in the sale but I'll leave that for a jewellery haul that I have planned.

The one where I'm too cheap to be glossy.

I knew nothing about beauty boxes until I started watching Youtube videos on beauty products.  These videos introduced me to the GlossyBox and Boudoir Prive Beauty Box which both cost over £10.  As I use very little beauty products and only wear makeup occasionally, I don't feel that it is worth my while subscribing to these boxes.  I have too much stuff that I don't use already!  I did however find out about the Latest in Beauty box which only costs £1 and you can order over text.  You pick 3 samples from 3 catagories; skin care, makeup & fragrance and hair & body. 

It only took a few days for my box to arrive which was nice.  It is obviously not as well presented as the expensive beauty boxes but that is to be expected.

The first sample that I received was a very little tube of the Crabtree & Evelyn Lily perfume with a sachet of the matching body lotion.  It is describes as smelling of Lily of the Valley but with hints of hyacinth and ylang ylang.  It is certainly fresh and floral but smells rather 'grannyish' to me!

The box included a £5 off voucher for Crabtree & Evelyn products however I very much doubt I will be using this judging by the perfume sample.

The Doctor Brand Blemish Relief Kit was the samples I was most keen to receive.  If you've read my blog before you'll know that I have big time problem skin!  You are instructed to use the cleanser (wash it off), the rub in the blemish treatment gel and finish off by rubbing in the lotion.  All three products stung which is something I rarely experience having the opposite of sensitive skin.  Robust skin?  Something like that!  This made it fairly unbearable to use the products however in the name of testing I persevered.  Another strange thing about these products was the fact that you had to rub 2 products into your skin without washing them off.  I know those of you who are used to using moisturisers and primers and then makeup will be used to this, I found it rather strange.  Obviously I only had one sample of each of the products and so I have no idea about the long term effects of these products.  I can say, however, that my skin looked rubbish after using this, massively shiny!

The last sample was the Lumenesse Age-Defying Colour Care High Volume Shampoo & Conditioner which retails for a whopping £18 for a 350ml bottle.  Both products were nicely textured and smelt nice.  Nice though, not any more than that.  The conditioner wasn't particularly conditioning although it is designed for coloured hair which I thought was quite strange.  My main problem with these samples was nothing to do with the actual products, it was more to do with the sample size.  I have very fine hair which is shoulder length but the amount of shampoo and conditioner which was provided in the sample wasn't enough for my whole head!

I would get this beauty box again as it is so cheap however only if there was a particular product available that I am really interested in.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

The one where I love New Look. New Look, New Look, New Look.

The moment I get an email from a store to say that they've got a sale on I am in trouble.  If you've read my blog then you'll know I love to buy from New Look, it's better than Primark and has some cheaper versions of the sort of clothes that you can get in more expensive store like Topshop.  Of course I went onto the New Look website to browse the sale just to see if there was anything on there that I might have been interested in.  Sadly (for my bank balance) I fell in love.

Thick heel, covered foot, comfy looking, bit quirky, I present to you the £19.99 New Look 'suede' heeled boots that, lets be honest, I'm sure everyone now has.  They were reduced by £10 and seemed like the perfect boot to me.  I think they are kind of ugly off, but on my feet they look awesome!  I'm just looking for some lacy ankle socks to buy to go with them.  I must say that I have now worn these twice, once to go to a house party and then again to go out for a meal and I am having comfort issues!  I had such high hopes but these caused blisters on my ankles (my fault for not wearing tights) and sore spots on the bottom of my feet, nevertheless I suspect they will get easier in time.

I have a lovely pussybow blouse already but it has sleeves and I freaking hate sleeves!  Although this blouse is a rather strange colour (orangey pinky and undescribable) I do like it.  It is a bit big and because of the length of the back, I don't feel that it is appropriate to be worn not tucked in.  It was only £6 and I have already worn it (with, of course, a vest underneath!)

I have a lovely navy fitted blazer from H & M but when I saw this for £12 I just had to go for it.  Sadly they only had a size 14 so it is well too big for me, being already quite oversized.  I am hoping to wear it with shorts or a mini skirt and heels as a sort of coat.  The colour is gorgeous too.

I am only just gaining the abilty to wear jumbers, they are not designed for people who get hot easily!  It is now getting quite cold though and this one is nice and loose.  I didn't realise until it arrived in the post that it has sparkly threads running through it.  Usually I would have run a mile at that but I just love the shape so much.  I has massive bat wing arms and then is cropped so it looks really cute with just a simple vest top.  It was only £10 too!

I've seen people on blogs wearing these skirts that are longer at the back and shorter at the front.  I only ever really wear shorts skirt because long ones make me look really stumpy even though I'm 5'5 which isn't that short.  After some consideration I decided to just go for it with this skirt.  It does look a little bit strange worn as a skirt but pulled up to around my ribs and worn with a black vest I think it makes a cute dress.  Any suggestions of how to wear it as a skirt?

Thursday, 13 October 2011

The one where I've resorted to the best.

Since I started my blog I've been trying out a few cleansers/face washes.  First there was the Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser which had a lovely texture and didn't dry my skin out but definitely didn't help to get rid of or prevent blemishes.  I then tried the Superdrug face wash designed to clear up skin (Superdrug Tea Tree and Peppermint Facial Wash) which seemed to be helping my skin but by the end of the tube my skin was so dry it was clearly not the right one for me.

After these failures and a long while of snooping around blogs and vlogs, the only thing that I have seen repeatedly recommended is the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser.  I cringe at the price but if it works, and keeps my skin clear and not dry, I'll be happy.

It cost £13.75 for an 100ml pump starter kit (which included 2 muslin cloths).  Delivery cost £3 which bumped up the price even more but it only took a few days for it to arrive and it came packaged in a lovely way.  The parcel had a fragile sticker on it and then when I opened it there was lots of goodies inside.  The actual cleanser and cloths were in a pale green, pencil case style case and I was also sent a 50ml Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic, some samples of the Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint in 3 different shades and a booklet of the Liz Earle products.  There was also a letter welcoming me as a buyer, they definitely give you lots of love for your money!

I got all of this yesterday and started using the cleanser immediately.  This morning when I woke up my skin actually looked good, now I don't know whether this is because of the cleanser or just because today is a good day but we shall see.  I am going to try out the Sheer Skin Tint when I next wear makeup which I suspect will be tonight when I go out.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

The one where it's getting cold, even for me.

I am one of those strange people who get really hot really quickly so I often struggle with wearing wintery clothes even when it is cold. In England it has gone from a shock heatwave to cold, cold weather so I have actually been able to wear a jumper! This one is new and was £10 in the New Look sale. I ordered it online because I love the loose armed but cropped shape but when I received it I was slightly upset to find it has silver threads running through the knit. It is also a dark green rather than a black but after a day of wearing it, I love it!  As you might notice, I've had a mop chop recently.  The hairdresser thought my ombre was dye that had grown out (!) and said that my hair was in such bad condition I needed to have a good few inches off.  I'm not too keen on it but I'm just waiting for it to grow.

Earrings - Primark
Jumper - New Look
Black vest - New Look
Shorts - Primark

The one where I'm minty fresh faced.

I would be disappointed to hear if any of my girl friends were unaware of the brand Soap and Glory.  The packaging is so eyecatching, pink, yellow and silver with bold writing, puns and photos of pin-up girls.  It is all more expensive than I would usually spend on body and face products but it is by no means expensive.  I have quite a lot of Soap and Glory products from receiving them as presents, expecially in Christmas gifts but this one I bought myself.

It is the Soap and Glory 'scrub your nose in it' face scrub which can be used as either a scrub or a mask and is designed to reduce blemishes and shrink pores.  If you don't like the smell of mint then don't even think about buying this.  It smells a bit like toothpaste which I completely love.  It comes out as a green paste with exfoliating particles and I usually smooth it onto my face and then leave it for a good few minutes to let it act as a mask.  I definitely feel like my pores are much tighter after I've used this and would definitely recomend it and most other Soap and Glory products!

Sunday, 25 September 2011

The one where I can't resist the spending.

I went into town to get my hair cut today and ended up (as usual) diverting to New Look and Primark.  It is not that I don't like other shops, it's just like I like to have lots of clothes rather than less but more expensive ones.  New Look had a 20% student discount event on too.

I have studs and earrings that dangle but I've realised that I have a defecit of large studs.  These ones came from New Look and cost only £2.99.  The colour is a dark coral and the gold rim is very subtle so they look very tasteful.

These ones are a bit more loud and tacky but then again they do come from the mighty Primark.  They only cost £2 and are a lovely colour.

I've already mentioned this one in previous blog posts but didn't include it in a haul.  It is the primark stag ring to go with the necklace that I already own.  I bought a small which fits perfectly on my ring finger (on the right hand of course).  It was £2 and is a gorgeous statement piece.  It is only the impractical elements of it that let it down.  I managed to stab my hand with it on one occasion and have had a few problems with, for example, dragging clothes off their hangers when trying to put stuff in my wardrobe!

These two rings came in a set from Primark, again for £2.  I think they are really cute and of course this way I can wear the same ring but pick whether I want to wear gold or silver.

It took several sightings of this ring to decide to actually buy it.  I managed to pick a size that fits right on both fingers which I think is pretty crucial when it comes to rings.  After wearing it for an evening I love it.  Although the diamantes are a bit tacky, the 'antique' nature of the gold reduces that.  It was £2.

I know I've talked about how I used to live in vests but those were tank top style vests.  The ones that I've been buying recently are the shoestring style which can be worn under other tops.  The first, second and fifth are from Primark and the others are from New Look.  They all cost around the £2 or £3 mark.

I spotted this top on the way to the till in Primark.  It only cost £4 and although I had to get a size 16 (which I am certainly not) because they didn't have many sizes left, I love it.  It is a very sheer, peach coloured lace top which is perfect to wear over a vest top.  It is possibly one of the girliest  items of clothing I own but what makes you feel more feminine than lace?

This purchase was sort of a continuation of my search for autumn colours.  The dark green is a colour I grew up with, my parents favourite colour, the colour of the carpets at home and all that kind of thing.  I never used to like it but now I really do.  I said that my new Primark bag satisfied my thirst for a new bag but it seemed it didn't.  It was £13 which I really didn't need to spend on a bag but I know I'll use it.

I used to stick to wearing black ballet pumps because that's what I used to wear to school and it's what I have to wear to work.  These £8 pumps from New Look come in several different colours so I snapped up the gorgeous purple colour and some brown ones.  Got my eye on the cream ones too!

Saturday, 24 September 2011

The one where I'm as tough as old boots.

This is my new top with my favourite high waisted shorts.  I hardly ever dress up in the day time, the casual look is far more me.  I hoped the tshirt would be more baggy but on closer inspection it is designed to be fitted and infact is almost long enough to be worn as a dress, not that I would ever do this.  How do you like my slightly orange (in this photo) ombred hair?

Tshirt - Primark
High waisted shorts - New Look

Saturday, 17 September 2011

The one where jewellery is dangerous.

This is a look I tried out with my new shorts and forest green vest top.  I just love the autumn colours!  I accessorized with my stag's head necklace and ring although ended up cutting my hand on the ring after my friend threw a ball at my and one of the antlers stabbed me!

Stag necklace - Primark
Stag ring - Primark
Vest top - Primark
High waisted shorts - New Look

Friday, 16 September 2011

The one where I've shopped the autumn colours.

I used to be a girl of many colours.  Always bright colours, regardless of the season.  It has changed recently though, I like deeper colours and more subtle shades and the colours that are in the shops this autumn/winter are gorgeous.

I got these high waisted shorts from New Look (of course).  They fit perfectly!  Some people say that high waisted shorts are uncomfortable but (although I'm slim) I love to feel pulled in at the waist.

 I bought these a couple of weeks after the first.  I just love the rust shade and the corduroy material, they are so soft!  I'm not sure about what tops to wear with these though.  What colours go with rust?  Both pairs of shorts were around £20 but I also got a student discount.  I plan to wear shorts through the winter with tights because I get too hot in jeans and find them too uncomfortable.

I hate wearing tshirts, I really struggle with things that cover my shoulder and the top of my arms.  It is very strange I know but it's just how I work.  I want to start wearing baggy tshirts with my new shorts though because I think they look good pulled in.  This is just a brown tshirt with boots on it, from Primark for about £3.  I might cut the sleeves off depending on how it looks on.

I get very hot very easily so I often just wear vest tops and then put a layer or two on top.  This mustard coloured top from New Look was about £12 and I think it will look cute over a vest top or on (slightly risque) nights out, simply paired with shorts.

I never wear scarves but I love the silky material and autumn colours of this scarf from New Look.  There were lots of different colours and patterns, this one has horse riding accessories on it which make up the pattern.  It cost £8 which I was reluctant to pay but I liked it so much I thought I'd treat myself.  Any suggestions for how to wear it would be welcome though!

This £7 Primark bag satisfied my desire for a new bag.  I used to be really 'matchy matchy' about my accessories and if I wore brown boots I had to have a brown bag and vice versa.  I now have brown and black shoes so this bag calms my matching urges!  It is just big enough to hold a notebook or book too so is perfect to take to a lecture.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

The one where my obsession with high waists continues.

I wanted some more high waisted shorts and I loved these ones in rust corduroy.  Not sure what colours to pair them with though, I find colours very difficult!  Anything goes with dark blue but it'ss boring to live in denim forever.

Lace fringed top - New Look
Shorts - New Look

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

The one about self improvement.

I've told you about my continuing hair and skin problems.  Greasy hair, oily spotty face, it is, sadly, as simple as that.  Now that I'm back in my university town of Cheltenham, I have access to Superdrug and after pouring over blogs and vlogs could have easily spent ridiculous amounts on products that people have recommended.  I did restrict myself though!  Here's what I bought.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in medium and brunette
Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL volume
TRESemme Restructuring Deep Conditioning Treatment Masque
Scandalous Big and Beautiful Voluminising Shampoo
Scandalous Big and Beautiful Voluminising Conditioner
Tea Tree and Peppermint Facial Wash
Tea Tree and Peppermint Exfoliating Cream Wash

I've already gushed about dry shampoos and on discovering that the Batiste ones were 'better than half price' I decided to stock up a little.  They didn't have any of the 'dark and deep brown' variety that I am currently using so I decided to try the 'medium and brunette' and, ever on the hunt for volume, the one designed to give your hair volume.  They usually cost £3.99 but I got them for £1.95 each instead, bargain!

I've never really been concerned about deep conditioning my hair because it's never really dry, however I recently ombred it and so I thought I should probably start taking care of the ends.  I chose the 'TRESemme Restructuring Deep Conditioning Treatment Masque' because it is a whacking great pot of 500ml and sounded good!

I have seen the 'Scandalous Big and Beautiful Voluminising Shampoo and Conditioner' being recommended for volume and although I was originally going to try the Fat Hair range, the Scandalous ones were on a £2 off offer.  The shampoo and conditioner cost me £2.99 each which I thought was pretty good value considering they are supposed to be quite good.

I think my experiment with the Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser from Superdrug has to be judged as a failure.  I've had more breakouts than I did over the summer where I was working all hours, eating badly and not using any products on my face.  I love the creamy texture but the results just wern't good.  I thought I'd try the Superdrug washes for problem skin instead to see if they did any better.  One is just a gel while the other one is more creamy, with exfoliating bits in it so here's hoping one will do the trick!

I might do some reviews on these products if anyone wants to read them, or if they actually have an affect on my hair and skin!

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

The one with my first outfit.

My favourite thing about looking at other people's blogs is looking at their outfit photos.  When I was younger I did the whole 'taking photos of myself for Bebo' thing.  Yes Bebo!  Remember that?  I'm not even that old but those days seem like the dark ages.  Anyway when I started my blog I was too camera shy to start taking photo's of myself but now I have decided to bite the bullet and start, afterall it's about the clothes and not me!

Vest - Primark
Top - New Look
Shorts - New Look
Hairband - New Look

I bought all of these items of clothing within the last couple of weeks so they should still be in the shops.  I had been looking for some high-waisted shorts for some time and these ones fit me perfectly so I just had to get them.  A you can see, I've developed a bit of a love affair with New Look.  It's clothes are better quality than Primark's and far more reasonably priced than the likes of Topshop, they also have a great jewellery range.

I had just taken my hair down from a messy bun here which is why it appears to have volume, success!  I'm going to spare you from seeing my face though.

Monday, 5 September 2011

The one with my new saviour.

If you've read my blog before you might have picked up on the fact that I have just moved house and currently have no hot water.  It is definitely not ideal but I've also started going to the gym since I've moved so at least I get hot showers there.  With all this showering I've become concerned about my hair.  I usually wash my hair everyday because it gets greasy very easily but I have heard that washing your hair more often can make it more greasy.  The conclusion of this very rambling introduction is that dry shampoo has become my favourite products of the moment.  I use it to stop my hair from looking greasy and am going to try to limit myself to washing my hair every other day.

This is the dry shampoo I use.  It is the Batiste Dry Shampoo in 'dark & deep brown'.  I have used one of the minature scented ones before when I went to the 2000 Trees Festival and a beer festival over the summer but because I have brown hair I found that even when rubbed in the white powder changed my hair colour a little. 

The positives of this dry shampoo is that because the powder is dark, it doesn't make your hair grey.  I also found that the original colour required a more complicated application whereas with this one you simply spray it on, rub it a little and your hair stops looking greasy but without looking powdery.

On the downside it doesn't smell anywhere near as nice as the scented ones, maybe Bastiste should make scented, coloured dry shampoos!  And of course a coloured one for red heads as they seem to have forgotten that proportion of the population.

This dry shampoo was around £4 which may not sound expensive to most of you but is actually far more than the normal shampoo that I buy.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

The one where I'm getting into jewellery.

One of the things I really love when reading other people's blogs is looking at their jewellery.  It has taken a while but I am finally starting to develop my own taste for jewellery and actually start wearing it!  I have already posted about a few new pieces I bought but since I've been in my new house I've been shopping a few more times and here is what I bought.

On my first trip to Primarni I bought this stag necklace.  I've seen it (and the matching earrings and ring) on several blogs and vlogs and thought that I couldn't pull off such a large pendant, however I thought it was cute (and it reminded me of the genuine stag's antlers that we have on the wall at home, no joke) so I bought it.  It was only £2 and I've already worn it several times so I am very pleased with that one!

A couple of days later I returned to Primark, looking for the stag earrings, maybe also the ring and some shorts that I didn't have enough money for the first time.  As is the case with Primark there were absolutely none left.  After two days!  I hate how this happens.  But anyway after much searching for the stag jewellery I found some other pieces to buy instead.  I don't usually wear long necklaces but I love this antique gold birdcage pendant and it was only £2.50.

 I have seen envelope pendant necklaces before but couldn't bring myself to spend much on one.  I pondered over this one while in the shop because it is bright 'gold' and quite cheap looking but it's also cute so I thought I could splash a whole £2 on it.

Again I have seen these earrings on blogs and vlogs, I know I have just said that I've developed my own taste in jewellery but blogs and vlogs are just a way to see what's in the shops and what I do and don't like.  I really like the antique gold detailing at the top and although I don't often wear dangling earrings I think these would look good if I wore my hair loose.  They were £2.

I've been on the lookout for some cameo jewellery and although I am not keen on the tacky diamante's around the edge of these earrings, for £1 you can't really complain.

The next shop I visited was New Look and to my delight I found some stag earrings!  They are a brighter gold than the necklace but I wouldn't wear them together anyway so I am very happy.  They were only £2.99 and I got a student discount too.

I've been admiring other people's rings for ages but have never really worn them myself.  My excuse has always been that I don't know what size my fingers are and I hate that feeling when you have to force a ring over your knuckle and then it is loose when it's actually on your finger.  Anyway I have decided that I am over this and here is the first of my collection.  I thought that the butterfly, leaf and 'pearl' detailing is really pretty, as is the pale pink colour of the stone.  It is big but not too big.  After leaving the shop I started to wonder whether it actually is pretty or tacky, let me know any thoughts.  I am planning on keeping it though as it was only £2.99.

So that's it, a nice selection of jewellery to boost my collection and start me off on accessorizing my outfits properly!

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

The one with the skin care challenge.

I read this blog post from Steff about her miracle acne cure and was inspired to try out the product she recommended product.  Because of my job I know lots about skin care products and I have tried many (only cheap ones though because I can't bring myself to spend much on beauty products).  I came to the conclusion that nothing I tried was working, I have oily skin and have suffered from acne since I became a teenager.  My sister suggested the old 'soap and water' thing so I tried that for a while and I think I noticed an improvement although as soon as I started working again and the stress started, I suffered from more breakouts. 

Today is my third day using the Superdrug Hot Cloth Cleanser.  This is what it looks like on the shelf.

It is a quite large tube of cleanser with a muslin cloth.  It feels lovely and creamy when you rub it into your face and then the muslin cloth gently exfoliates your face as you wipe it off.  After a day or two of using this I did come out with some new spots which I was not pleased about however I have just moved into a new house so that might be from stress rather than because of the product.  I am going to persevere with it as today (on the third day) my skin is looking a little better than it did yesterday.  The other problem I am having is that we are having a few problems with the hot water at our new house so unfortunately I am having to use it as more of a cold cloth cleanser!

Can anyone recommend any products to help my skin?  I am nearly 20 and completely sick of spots!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

The one where I am ready to party.

Had a cheeky purchase of a new dress in the Asos sale.  It was only £15!

As you can see it is blue, has a sweetheart neckline but also straps, is ruched at the top and then comes out at the waist to skim out over the hips.  I was a little disappointed when it arrived (obviously I ordered it online) because the colours is much darker than the photo on the website and infact darker than these photos too!  The sweetheart neckline is also higher than I would have expected and sadly it is a little too big around the waist.  However the best detailing is the back.

As you can hopefully tell from this photo, the back has a bow detail (to conveniently cover ones bra) and then an opening to show a nice bit of skin.  It makes the dress a little more interesting and I think it looks lovely!

I am planning on wearing this dress to celebrate my best friend's birthday in a few days and then either on nights out with lovely large heels or maybe with a cardi and tights in the day. 

I did also buy some shorts from the Asos sale although they are way too big for me.  They were size 12s but in the petite section.  I have been size 12 on top and 10 on the bottom for a good while but I thought I had (sadly) got a bit more chunky recently so I went for this size.  I don't know whether it is because Asos sizes are large or whatever but this sort of reassured me that I do have a little bit of body dismorphia and that actually I'm not fat.  Am I?!