Huge holiday haul

Huge holiday haul

If you follow my Instagram for my blog you may have seen that I recently went on holiday to Devon. While I was away I ventured in to Exeter for a day to check out their shops – I wasn’t disappointed.

I started off in New Look, which is a shop I’ll always end up back at. I first picked up this gorgeous watch. I already have a more expensive metal watch but wanted something that wouldn’t be tapping on the desk every time I typed something at work. It was an added bonus that the watch is actually really pretty and looks a lot more expensive than it is (it was just £12)!

I also got this pretty embroidered shirt. I’m loving the whole embroidery trend at the moment and this shirt is just perfect for this time of the year and is ideal for work. It was £18, which I didn’t think was too bad at all.

I know the whole band t-shirt thing is kind of controversial and that’s why I’ve held back now for a while and not hopped on the band wagon. But to be honest, I’ve decided I just don’t care anymore and I’ll wear whatever I like. So I picked up this ripped Rolling Stones t-shirt – which I love. I also got this cropped pink jumper. It’s the perfect comfy kind of jumper to lounge around in on a mouldy Sunday and it was well worth the buy.

Lastly, I finally managed to get a light up letter ‘E’! I’ve wanted one of these for so so long but nowhere ever seems to have an E in stock. Of course I couldn’t not buy it. It looks great on my book shelf and is fab for blog and Instagram pictures. I also picked up the infamous golden pineapple that almost every blogger seems to own. Again, it looks great on my shelf and is really pretty. It just means that I can keep rings and little miscellaneous objects that often get lost all together in one pretty dish.

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I also popped in to Primark, of course. I got myself the prettiest and so un-Primark-like underwear set. I feel like Primark have seriously upped their lingerie game recently and have some beautiful sets. I really wish I’d bought more actually as they’d got some seriously pretty bralettes! They were so inexpensive too at just £8 for the bra and £6 for the pants. I also loved the fact that they’re sold separately so you can have a different size  for the top to the bottom – is anyone actually the same size top and bottom? Also, if you have slightly bigger boobs and don’t think you can wear bralettes then maybe give this one a go as it has the extra cross straps across the back for a bit more support!

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I’m an absolute sucker for a playsuit, I love them, and I couldn’t resist this one from Primark. It was only £8 and will be perfect if we actually ever get any warm weather over here (I doubt it).

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As if I don’t already have far too many fairy lights, I picked up these copper wire ones for £4 from Primark because you just can’t ever have too many fairy lights.

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I also popped in to H&M and bought this pretty phone case. I’d actually seen this online and almost got it but when I saw it in the shop I realised it was way prettier in person. The flowers are actually real and have been pressed, which I just think is the best idea to be honest. It was only £5.99 and there were various other cases that I liked there too, H&M have got a good selection.

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I also made a trip in to the Card Factory, because they sell the best candles believe it or not. I bought this lavender candle and it’s just strong enough to be able to tell what it is without being really over powering. I love lighting lavender candles before I go to bed as they help me sleep, if you find it hard to get to sleep you should definitely try it.

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Finally, – which I didn’t actually buy myself but I’m including it in my haul anyway – my friend Emily got me The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. Coincidentally, I just so happened to have bought her the exact same book and she’s already finished it and seemed to rate it. I’m only about a quarter of the way through though but so far it seems alright – I’ll update you in a later post when I’ve finished it.

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So as you can tell, my whole saving money thing is going well! I regret none of these purchases though, even if my bank account is now crying. Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for an adventure-y post tomorrow, full of pictures from my holiday!

emmachxrlotte

Five things I can’t resist buying

Five things I can’t resist buying

Over the years I’ve had obsessions with buying lots of things; from Match Attax cards and those Simpsons magnets that came in cereal boxes to Gogos Crazy Bones (omg do you remember those, though?) and scented pencils. Lately, my obsessions have become slightly less weird and pointless, and I have five key items that I just can’t resist buying when I already own loads of them. So here is my list.

Plants. I’ve got a proper thing for plants. I’ve always been a bit of a plant lover, even before it was cool to own those Ikea cacti. So obviously when it did become cool to own them, I fully embraced my phytophilia. I’ve got all sorts of plants, from your basic succulents to Easter cacti and tropical plants. I’ve also been known to buy myself flowers (I can hear you laughing), in fact I bought myself some tulips just the other day! Honestly, I could spend as much in a garden centre as I could in a book shop or make-up store. I love ’em.

Lipsticks. It’s weird, considering I probably only ever wear the same three lipsticks about 95% of the time, but I can’t seem to stop myself from buying lipsticks. As if I don’t already have enough, I actually ordered four new ones the other day – so expect a post on those very soon. I mainly buy nude colours, but I also like dark colours. I’m not particularly adventurous, you’ll never catch me buying purples or oranges. I tend to stick with the same kinds of colours – which makes it all the more ridiculous. I especially love a lipstick if the packaging is good. I’m a sucker for packaging. I’m not too fussy about brand, they don’t all have to be expensive, I’ll take what I can get.

Books. It’s probably pretty obvious from my blog already, but I’m a bit of a book worm. I love a good book. I mainly go for contemporary stuff, but I like a good old classic too. Young Adult, romance-y stuff is my go-to, but I’ll happily read a crime or thriller too. That being said, I can usually get into any genre, as long as the content is gripping. I always have to buy the physical book, even if I read it on my phone, I’ll still buy the actual book. I love everything about a book; I love a gorgeous front cover, the smell when they’re new, the satisfaction of adding a new book to my shelf. I’ve got a fair few books now, I had to get three new book shelves in January because I’d just got two stacks of books in the corner of my room that were getting far too tall. I bloody love a good book.

Candles. To be honest, I’ve got a lot better recently on the whole candle front recently. That being said, I’ve been sat here all morning really really regretting not buying the Yankee Candle I picked up and put back down in Tesco tonight – it was beautiful and reduced for Mother’s Day too. Maybe I’ll go back today and grab it. If you’d have known me this time last year, you’d have probably been wondering whether I’d lost the plot because I was buying that many candles. I used to pop to the shop in between college and I’d buy a new candle nearly every day. It got to the point where I had to stop because I just physically didn’t have enough space for any more. I’m slowly working my way through them. My favourite scent is definitely lavender – I love a good lavender candle.

Lastly, Notebooks. If I had a penny for every time I’ve bought a notebook in my life..I’d still be broke. Again, I just can’t resist. The stationery aisle in a shop is often the aisle I avoid, because I could easily spend as much time in the stationery aisle as the book aisle or the candle aisle. I’ve got drawers full of notebooks, some I haven’t even used because they’re too pretty to ruin (wow, I know). I just think you can never have too many notebooks, I’ll use them all one day I’m sure. I might be hoarding them now but when i’m fifty and I’m broke because I spent all my money on books, candles, lipsticks, plants and notebooks, at least I’ll be able to use them then.

What items can’t you resist buying? Are any of yours the same as mine? Let me know in the comments, I love hearing what you guys love! Thanks for reading, and make sure you stick around because I accidentally placed an order with Superdrug the other day, and as soon as it arrives I’ll be putting up a big make-up haul, so keep an eye out. Until then, you can find me on any of my social media links

emmachxrlotte!