Monday 22 September 2014

Autumnal Haul: Primark, New Look & Long Tall Sally


Today's post is an autumnal haul - now the weather's changing, we have to stock up on more transitional or cosy items. The good thing about living in a country where the seasons change is that we get more opportunities to shop! :D
   In this haul, I will show you what I have bought, and how I would wear it.
When I was on holiday in Devon during the summer, we went to Exeter for the day, where there was a Primark, and of course I HAD to go in!
   To start off, one of the things I bought was a beautiful pair of pinstripe white-green denim dungarees with bronze-coloured buckles and buttons, which I'm pretty sure was only £12.
   The white tshirt I also bought from Primark, and a black version that has a small pocket.
    When I saw them on the rack, I fell in love with them immediately! They are very versatile too - perfect for summer with a short sleeved top and converse (which I wore the dungarees with in the next photo), and for when the weather gets colder, add a longer top and tights.

The next thing I bought from Primark was an oversized graphic minion tshirt, perfect for lazy days. And I really love despicable me...

I love it; it's very comfy and slouchy and super super soft.

   As I went back to school earlier this month, I needed some more bits and bobs for school, like a pencil case and a new bag.
 I am using one of Primark's makeup bags as my pencil case because they're very large, so they can fit in lots of stationery. I also got some more frilly socks - you can never have too many pairs!
I actually got two bags from Primark, a blue one that is in a different photograph further down, and this dark purple and black one. This is because the blue bag was my favourite, but if I have a day when I have a ton of heavy books, i will use the other as its larger. There is also a detachable tablet case inside the bag.

The blue bag from Primark is in the photo below.

Next, I bought things from New Look Tall, because I am 5"11 and a half.
 I got a really nice pair of monochrome houndstooth leggings that are super stretchy, long and comfy. I have worn them so much already! My current favourite outfit includes the leggings, the black top from Primark, a black jacket and my new Chelsea booties. I love my boots so much and I know I will get tons of wear out of them.
Next from Newlook Tall, I bought some soft burgundy leggings, which I have paired with my Chelsea boots (newlook), denim shirt (newlook a couple of years ago) and grey snood (also newlook)  - can you tell I like Newlook?
I have more navy jeans than lighter ones, so I purchased some light skinny ones too...
I am wearing them with the black Primark top, my boots and a snood from River Island.

Last but not least, I got my hands on a pair of harem pant style trousers in a green and black tile print, which I really, really like.
 I am wearing them with some red canvas shoes from shoe zone and a black tshirt from h&m which is several years old...
 ...and I also added some bangles from River Island which gives the outfit quite an ethnic feel.

The last place I got clothes from was Long Tall Sally.
   I really love the colour grey at the moment, so I purchased some grey marl leggings. They are very thick and good quality, and will keep me warm in the colder months.
I am wearing them with an oversized top and and a thick navy jumper. I like layering clothes, and autumn is the best time to do that!

To end this haul, I bought some jogging bottoms (also grey marl) from Long Tall Sally. They have lots of length in the legs which is great, and the waist is easily adjustable as it is a drawstring tie. I am wearing them with blue canvas shoes from shoe zone.

So that is everything I have purchased over the last couple of months. I really like everything I have got, and I hope you have enjoyed reading and looking at this post, as it took so long to put together.

Watch this page, more posts will be coming soon :)

Rosie x


Wednesday 3 September 2014

Book Worm Wednesday: August Books


To begin this post, I have another fact for you all, and that is that I love to read, and I read a lot.
   I love getting book recommendations from other people, and so I thought that I would start something called 'Book Worm Wednesday' on my blog, something I will do on the first Wednesday of every month. In these posts, I will recommend any great books that I loved reading in the previous month. As I said in my previous post, I am 14, so most of the books I will be writing about will be aimed at teenagers, or young adults, but not all of them. Hopefully all you book worms out there will enjoy reading these posts, and give you ideas of some good books to read. I think this is a fun idea, hopefully you do too. Enjoy...

Teardrop by Lauren Kate

'Teardrop' was the second book I finished in the month of August, and I can't recommend it enough! The series - written for a teenage audience - is Lauren Kate's second series after the Fallen series, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but I love 'Teardrop' even more.

The cover of the book is a stunning, captivating swirl of blues and purples, featuring a girl wearing a dress that is in fact a water droplet. In the background, I can see a city skyline and a bridge; which I think is where the beginning of the novel takes place, whereas the scene on the bottom of the book are quite the opposite to the urban skyline - watery images blur together, creating mystery and fascination, making the entire cover a magical and clever piece of art.
'Teardrop' is about a traumatized girl named Eureka, who lost her mother after a large tidal wave surged onto the road, sweeping the car away. Eureka doesn't understand how she didn't drown too, but maybe secretive, striking Ander can supply some of the answers to her questions...
   With the help of some of her mother's precious belongings, Eureka learns so much more about her past and future than she ever did before, and that she is in terrible, terrible danger.
    'Teardrop' is a story of love and loss, sacrifice, myth, and discovering who you truly are. I loved it so much, and can't wait to read the next book in the series. Read it now!

The 100 by Kass Morgan

Another book I read during my summer was 'The 100', which I loved so much I read the 323 pages in two hours, heart racing, eyes racing, never looking up. 

The cover has a cool science-fiction feel to it, but what I especially like is the boldness and simplicity of it, whilst giving away little snippets of what is inside the book. I see stars and galaxies, bright lights, futuristic machines, romance, a determined face, a wandering boy. I think the cover is very eye-catching and reflects the story very well.

'The 100' - again, a book for young adults - is of a dystopian genre. Hundreds of years into the future, the people of planet Earth are living in a colony of three spaceships after a nuclear war has happened. Instead of being executed on their 18th birthdays, 100 juvenile criminals are sent to Earth as guinea pigs - will they be able to build up the Earth again, or have they all been sent to their deaths? Whilst most citizens carry on with their lives in ignorance, those in charge who do know about the 100 wait patiently to see an outcome. 
   The story is viewed and told through the eyes of four people: Clarke, Wells, Bellamy and Glass. Clarke is one of the 100 in the transport pod, and is shocked to find that Wells - the chancellor's son - will be joining her. Bellamy fights his way to Earth in order to protect his sister, whilst Glass escapes for the boy she loves, putting her life in danger.
   Together, the 100 must do everything in their power to stay alive, but with missing medicines, little food, and hierarchy in the camp growing stronger by the minute, surviving becomes a struggle...

'The 100' has become one of my favourite books, and I strongly urge you to pick it up now!

Three more to finish off...

'Teardrop' and 'The 100' were my top two favourite books from August, but there are a couple of others that I feel deserve a mention, and they are 'My sister lives on the mantelpiece' by Annabel Pitcher - sad yet heart-warming and funny, and definitely worth the read. Another was 'This is what happy looks like' by Jennifer E Smith - the perfect upbeat, romantic, enjoyable summer read. I was hooked. And last but not least, 'Runaway' by Marie Louise Jensen - I love to read historical fiction with elements of romance and mystery, and that also have a strong female lead, and this book was just that. I loved it!

So I hope you have enjoyed reading my first instalment of Book-Worm Wednesday, and that this has maybe given you some ideas of good books to read - I would definitely recommend all five! The next Book-Worm Wednesday will be posted on Wednesday 1st October, reflecting on September's good reads. 

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Rosie x

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