Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Summer clothing haul - Primark and Pretty Little Thing

I thought I was ready for summer… until I looked in my wardrobe and let out a big “oh s**t” the other week when I realised that I didn’t own any sandals. I noticed that my favourite summer dress was tied together at the shoulder to secure a strap that had ripped… a year ago, perhaps? To top it off, I tried on my reliable denim skirt of 2018 to witness that it now resembles a potato sack.

Somehow, I managed to get through the majority of last year with little spend in the fashion retail department. I rotated the same few outfits every weekend in order to fund four adventures abroad, and although the trips were worth it, I was wearing my favourite summer dress with the makeshift shoulder repair on three of the four occasions.

I decided that it was about time that I revamped my decaying summer wardrobe, and what better way to mark the occasion than with a blog post, right?

Knotted tie-up nude sandals | £14
OK… I had mentally purchased these bad boys before I had even made my way into Primark after seeing them in a haul video. They are at the top end of the Primark price bracket at a whopping £14 (say what?), but there was no question about my decision to buy them.

Jute bow mules | £6
It pains me to say that I have completely missed out on the sliders trend (I don’t know where I’ve been either), but these mules are a great compromise at only half the price of a Nandos.

Black infinity belt | £4
I was being a real sheep about this one because everyone seems to be wearing this style of belt and I wanted nothing more than to hop on the bandwagon. A quick scan of the belt stand in Primark took me by pleasant surprise when I found this baby at the bargain price of £4 - life made.

Vintage rolled up mom jeans | £13
Mom jeans are the only fit in the denim department that suit my silly legs, so it was an honour to spot that Primark had relaunched the mom jeans in a variety of styles. In the winter, I couldn’t find the mom fit anywhere on the High Street and I became extremely concerned that I would never be able to wear jeans again - what a relief for their return, eh?

Yellow satin plain knot headband | £2.50
Primark - thank you for introducing a wrap-around headband that does not wrap around my entire head. I can now wear this yellow beauty and not have to untangle knots of hair at the nape of my neck from wearing the real deal.

Mustard oversized check shirt dress | £20 (with 20 per cent off)
It’s me all over and I will probably wear it everywhere.

Black Luna tie-dye oversized t-shirt dress | £14.40 (with 20 per cent off)
An oversized t-shirt dress with an astronomical design containing a sun and stars? Duh… I’m thinking of wearing this dress to one of my upcoming festivals.

Rust lens gold frame round retro sunglasses | £8 (with 20 per cent off)
I have been searching high and low for an affordable pair of sunglasses in this particular shape and style for a little while, so there was no denying my happiness when I came across this pair for under a tenner.

Gold metallic bum bag | £8 (with 20 per cent off)
My old bum bag is getting tired from years of festival abuse, but this gold replacement is e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.

Gold multi coin and ring pendant necklace | £4 (sale)
…because I needed a new chain of *bling bling*.

Grey Washington Olympia slogan oversized sweater | £15 (sale)
I’ve been tempted to buy a grey sweater all year, so with festival season coming up, I thought the time was right to make the small investment to protect me from the evening chills.

Red side tape check culottes | £17 (sale)
These culottes were too close to tartan for me to reject.

Caprice black faux suede lace up sandals - £20 (with 20 per cent off)
A summer twist on the classic chunky platform boots will make my life easy as f**k this summer.

P.S. I haven't provided hyperlinks to the items because the links will become out of date over time and my OCD won't allow it to happen. Drop me a message if you need help to find a specific item mentioned in this haul!


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

First post

Hello, I’m Lucie… welcome to my shiny new blog!

Coat: Zara, Dress: Primark, Bag: Calvin Klein

Starting a blog has been on my to-do list for the last few years, but lo and behold, I’m a nightmare at biting the bullet and doing stuff, so other than a half-hearted attempt a couple of years ago, it has remained a ‘good idea’ on my list of long-term goals (right next to getting my dissertation professionally bound as I simply can’t find the time… *cough*). Anyway, I woke up one morning a couple of weeks ago with a burning desire to write, and as cheesy as that sounds, it’s how I knew the time was right to get cracking.

There is no particular theme to my blog because I am super changeable. One week I’m reading back-to-back chick lit in bed with my pyjamas on (Jane Costello was my latest binge) and the next, I have a calendar of social events that I can’t manage - I can never seem to find the balance, you know? I have decided that I will save the consistency for the posting schedule by uploading a new blog post every week. I want to incorporate a mixture of tips, reviews and random blabber into my posts about pretty much anything that’s fun and/or girly…

To help you get to know me better, here are ten facts about me:

1. Star is my favourite name and shape
Yep, that’s the deal behind the blog name! I’m not sure if it’s a direct correlation, but I’m also a big fan of gold and the words ‘twinkle’ and ‘sparkle’.
2. My personality has been described as ‘turbulent’
I’m literally all over the place.
3. I’m a Slimming World member
…and I love it! I’m out of control without a plan and I have a tendency to eat my feelings. Plus, the plan has given me much more confidence in the kitchen and instilled good principles into my daily routine.
4. I love cats
Just OMG.
5. I feel comfortable in my own skin when I’m wearing fake tan
If you know, you know.
6. I work in communications
It’s cool - the job is varied which suits my changeable personality.
7. I get ‘wine drunk’ on occasion and it tends to be humiliating
I did this one on Saturday night.
8. I’m a Pisces
…just in case you wanted to check that our horoscopes are compatible before reading my content further.
9. I can eat a box of Guylian in under 10 minutes
It’s my favourite and everyone knows it.
10. I have a degree in journalism
I graduated in 2015 which feels like forever ago now, but going to university was the best decision I ever made.

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading my first post - it means the world! I am super excited to have set the wheels in motion and look forward to getting settled into my new blogging routine. Feel free to pop back next week with a mug of tea and a box of Guylian. I’m also on Instagram and Twitter if it makes things easier, and I'm always happy to chat:

Speak soon,