New Purchases Show & Tell – July 2017

New Purchases Show & Tell July 2017

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I started this series!  My New Purchases Show & Tell July 2017 officially marks the series’ first anniversary and yes, I have decided to celebrate.  (By hosting a giveaway competition no less – keep reading to find out how you can enter!)

This month I had my boyfriends 30th birthday (yes the big 3-0!).  After much planning (and sneaking around), his parents and I managed to create a 30th birthday photo book!  It was such a great present to make and I couldn’t wait to see the look on his face when I finally gave it to him.

Other than that, I’ve been making the usual I-probably-shouldn’t-be-spending-money-on-this purchases…  So let’s delve in!

New Purchases Show & Tell July 2017

Truprint Photo Book – 26 seconds in
Okay so I’ve already gushed about this, but I’m honestly quite pleased on how it turned out.  I think this makes a great gift idea for those big birthdays, or even other occasions in fact.  Using Truprint was easy as there’s pre-arranged layouts you can drop your photos into.  You can add text, illustrations and filters too and it is so much quicker than making a homemade scrapbook!

ASOS Flery Leather Flat Sandals – 1:19 minutes in
Is it just me who’s been putting off wearing sandals?  I just felt my feet looked weird flat and I’d never give up my comfy trainers.  However, when the weather really heated up a month of so ago, even my trainers were too hot to wear.  I caved in and you know what, sandals are so much cooler (I know, shock) and I guess my exposed feet don’t look that weird when they’re flat?

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TopShop Bag -1:57 minutes in
How classy is this bag?  I picked this up in the TopShop sale in store, I can’t find it on the website.  I find I wear these over the shoulder bags the most and this one is a great size for my essentials; namely my purse (it’s a massive one), phone and keys!

H&M Short Shorts – 2:26 minutes in
I tend to show off the cute dresses, going out outfits and fashionable clothes I buy in my New Purchases Show & Tell series.  But lo and behold – a casual just-for-round-the-house item has finally made it in!  If I’m not planning to see another human being ALL DAY then this is something I tend wear with a t-shirt.  Ahh, so comfy.

H&M Spotted Dress – 2:43 minutes in
H&M have really hooked me back in recently, in a big way.  As I’ve said previously on this series, I felt for a long time I just wasn’t inspired by any of their clothes.  But now things have changed and they’re going back up in my standards!  I think this dress is just so cute, and it was only £14.99.  (!)

Truprint Photobook review

ASOS PETITE Mini Tea Dress – 2:58 minutes in
I feel like if you don’t snatch something up on ASOS lately then you’re chance is gone!  ASOS must be doing seriously well atm… Anyway, I’m probably not short of your typical floral dress, but I bought one just in case and I feel like I could wear this to work too.

ASOS PETITE Denim Shirt – 3:16 minutes in
I have been on the hunt for a denim shirt for what feels like an age.  I’ve tried plenty on, but just felt like I got a bit fussy with them.  I didn’t want any embellishments, frays or crazy embroidery… and ASOS once again delivered. (The next day too!)

GIVEAWAY & Next Month…

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Right, onto the GOOD stuff!  As I’ve been dutifully filming and blogging my series for a year now, I want to mark the anniversary with a celebratory giveaway!  I’m giving away a £30 Spotify voucher (which I know doesn’t sound like much, but that’s 3 months of Spotify Premium people!)

To enter: please comment on my New Purchases Show & Tell July 2017 video here – and that’s it! If you’re not sure what to comment I have asked for which item you’ve enjoyed the most watching in this WHOLE series.  Or you could recommend me something you think I might like?

Plus, I’ll give you an extra chance of winner if you’re a reader of my blog – comment here too for an extra entry!   The winner will be announced in my next New Purchases Show & Tell video and over on my Facebook page.  (Link below if you haven’t done so yet!)

As we’re already well into “next month”, I have a pretty good idea on what is coming up – WEDDING GUEST DRESSES!  And spray tans…

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3 Petite Dresses Perfect for Christmas Parties

Take a quick look at your diary, have you got any Friday’s free in December before Christmas?

I know I haven’t, in fact my diary is already full of work Christmas parties, or old people I used to work with Christmas drinks and other ‘because it’s nearly Christmas’ excuses to get together with.

Tis the season and all that.  Despite watching my bank balance take a fatal nosedive at this time of the year, what I do love is the dresses.  When else can you get away with gold sequins or glitter adorned dresses that would make even the 90’s jealous?

And for that reason, here are some my the best Christmas dresses I’ve seen out at the moment.  (I may or may not buy them all):

1. John Zack Petite Lace Bodice Chiffon Skater Dress

John Zack Petite Lace Bodice Chiffon Skater Dress


Nothing gleams of Christmas quite like this type of red.  When scrolling through my ASOS app this dress shone out brighter than a star on top of a Christmas tree.  Perfect for corporate office Christmas balls, with a lopsided gold Christmas cracker crown after a few wines into the evening.  See more over on ASOS here.

2.  ASOS PETITE Embellished Floral Flutter Sleeve Skater Mini

ASOS PETITE Embellished Floral Flutter Sleeve Skater Mini

 

Navy isn’t praised enough around this time of year, especially when combined with gold beads and sequins.  What makes this dress especially wishlist worthy (at the very least) is the goregous 70s inspired winged sleeves.  Something to make you feel as cool as Stevie Nicks.  See more over on ASOS here.

3.  Boohoo Petite Isobel Crushed Velvet Wrap Bodycon Dress

Missguided Petite Isobel Crushed Velvet Wrap Bodycon Dress at boohoo.com

 

Okay this dress choice might have thrown you, but can you really see crushed velvet looking as good in summer?  Nope me neither.  The fact that both the material and this on-trend colour is bound to fade out soon should get you wanting to wear it before something like camo comes back.  (Oh wait, camo is already back urgh.)  See more over at Boohoo.com here.

Next week: the most banging petite Christmas jumpers?

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New Purchases Show & Tell – October 2016

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Catch up & watch

It’s that time of the month again – you know, the time when I look back at what I’ve been buying (or wasting) my money on?

Well I’ve been buying a lot this month, so much in fact I’ve had to cut a few items out so I don’t bore you all with a massive blog post/video.

Watch my video below to reveal October’s New Purchases Show & Tell!

Missguided PETITE Ribbed 90s neck mini dress – 16 seconds in
I know, I know.  This is quite a risqué party dress for the shortness alone (even bought from the petite section too)!  Despite this and the fact the material was slightly transparent, I was still pretty happy with it for £15.  Although perhaps next time I should shop in the normal section if petite is too small on me?

Missguided £5 off first order over £25 click here.

ASOS PETITE Maxi Dress with 90s neck – 59 seconds in
Another bargain dress and nearly the exact opposite to the previous dress (it’s full length and a great opaque material)!  I whipped it up in the ASOS sale and I will definitely be having a go at a full length dresses again in the future.

Oasis Embroidered collar knit – 1:36 minutes in
Yes I’ve been back at Oasis again…  I’m a sucker for their shirt collar and knit tops at the moment!  As you might be able to tell, this dark burgundy red is one of my favourite colours too and along with the decorated collar, I couldn’t resist.

Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder – 2:18 minutes in
I treated myself with some saved up Birchbox points this month and went for this as I know it’s so highly reviewed.  I never fussed round much with setting powders before as I didn’t see that much of a difference.  (Or the difference I did see was a cakey one!)  I’m pleased with this though as I can see it covers up flaws and smooths out skin, all quite light and naturally!  Very nice.

Barry M Illuminating Strobing cream – 3:04 minutes in
Yes I could have ordered it online, but for some reason I become addicted to the hunt every time I popped into Boots.  Yet every time I did, it was sold out.  Well it’s popular for a reason because so far I think it’s perfectly subtle and incredibly pretty.

Smashbox Studio Best Sellers (gift set) – 3:45 minutes in
What a bloody bargain!  I was looking to test out more Smashbox products and all the best sellers are here in one box for half the price.  I’m really looking forward to trying these out, let me know if you’d like to see a first impressions video!

Pretty Iconic by Sali Hughes – 4:48 minutes in
You may have already seen my The Delights at Stylist Live blog post, but if not how lucky am I to pick up Pretty Iconic a week before it’s release and have Sali sign it for me herself?  I’ve reserved a special place in my bookshelf for this one.

Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored by John Lydon – 5:19 minutes in
I’m a big fan of music biographies, but musician’s autobiographies are even better!  I originally bought this to match up the whole punk story with Vivienne Westwood’s memoir that I read earlier this year.  I soon found however that I really enjoyed John’s voice and his tales of life throughout.  Better than expected!

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith – 6:00 minutes in
I’ve literally not been able to put this down.  A thriller set within a factually based Soviet Union Russia – what more could you ask for?  Well okay, not everyone’s cup of tea for a novel but certainly mine.  I can honestly say such a good read.  I’ve already given it 5 stars.

LALALAB Lalabox – 6:25 minutes in
You may remember me getting this offer in Birchbox UK Unboxing September 2016 and I couldn’t not take it up!  I love the polaroid format and although they’re digital prints I still reckon it’s a great idea.

My LALALAB referral code: PGY6G9WB

I’ve bought a lot this month and I still think I’ve missed some things out!  Let me know what you think on what I’ve been buying this month, have you bought any of these products recently?

If you do have any recommendations based on what I’ve been buying, please, don’t be a stranger and share them below!

I have not been asked, sponsored or paid to review any of these products.  I just like to shop!

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