The £2 Primark Sequin Dress

Yep, you read that right – I bought a dress for £2. Now do you see why my love for Primark is so strong?

I even wore it to a party for a member of the boyf’s family and it actually looked nice (note there is no photographic evidence as an iPhone still defeats Momma Keeling when it comes to camera duty).

The £2 Primark Sequin Dress 1

This very pretty, very simple cream and rose gold dress was just £2 and I really liked it.

I say ‘liked’ because unfortunately the sequins rubbed my poor underarms from the moment I put it on, leaving a sore and angry red rash, which took a couple of days and the application of Sudacrem before it shifted.

But hey, it was £2 people…

– love Stef x

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Fashion: Statement necklace love

I love statement necklaces. Because I don’t particularly have any fashion sense, statement necklaces help me to make what I wear seem a bit more… fashion-y.

You all know that I’m near enough Primark’s number one fan, and it’s because of their jewellery more than their clothes and shoes (although I do adore them too). I’ve even started to branch out to other shops, but only when there’s a sale.

I do, however, still look to the mannequins for outfit and accessory styling (don’t judge) or more often than not, I wait until Carla comes to visit me and she basically throws dresses, bags, shoes and the accompanying bling at me.

Anyway, now I’ve divulged my secret shopping behaviour and lack of fashion sense, let’s just look at the pretty ‘gypsy gold’ that turns me into a human magpie shall we…

1. BHS

Statement Necklace 1 - BHS

2. Primark

Statement Necklace 2 - Primark

3. Primark

Statement Necklace 3 - Primark

4. Primark

Statement Necklace 4 - Primark

5. H&M

Statement Necklace 5 - H&M

– love Stef x

The River Island Wedding Guest Dress

River Island Wedding Guest 1 FINAL

Wedding season is upon us and at the beginning of this month, I had the great pleasure in attending one of my closest and oldest friend’s beautiful wedding.

My only problem came in the form of outfit choice. The only other wedding I’d ever attended day to night was my best friend’s wedding last September, but I was a bridesmaid, so I didn’t have to think about what to wear.

Enter River Island. I ordered this dress over Christmas as it was in the sale, (although technically, the boyf. did actually pick it, not me).

River Island Wedding Guest 2 FINAL

Turns out he has cracking female fashion sense and thanks to having my wisdom tooth out and being unable to eat for two weeks prior to the wedding, I was able to squeeze perfectly into this rather fitted and rather small for a size 10 dress.

RI Wedding Guest 3 FINAL

RI Wedding Guest 4 FINAL

Paired with some navy Primark heels and a F&F bag, I thought the overall outfit wasn’t too shabby to celebrate a perfect day in.

River Island Wedding Guest 6 FINAL

River Island Wedding Guest 5 FINAL

Sam, the gorgeous bride looked absolutely stunning, my girls all looked beautiful and even the boyf. scrubbed up well. It’s also safe to say that I’ll be calling on his fashion expertise in future…

– love Stef x

Primark Haul: May 2015

We all love Primark, that’s a fact. But not everyone’s lucky enough to have one on their doorstep, and since Primark don’t have a website where you can purchase everything in store (get on that guys!) I thought it only fair I share with you lovely readers exactly what you can find if you head on down today.

PRIMARK HAUL 2015

I went in looking for some new sandals, and came out with everything else instead! So first up, nails. We have had many a Mani Monday here, and it is no secret I am huge fan of the fake nails:

primark haul nails fake nails varnish quick dry

Working in an office, I can’t go too loud and lairy with my nail art, I love the french nails the most. The white ones have a pearlescent shimmer to them which I thought was a bit different, and the flowers are just pretty for spring time:

I also picked up another of the 60-Seconds Quick Dry nail polish in a pretty blue shade. You will know when I first blogged about these varnishes here I was very impressed with the coverage as well as the price, it’s just a shame there are only 5 or 6 shades in the collection and not a sprinkle of glitter in sight!

I also decided to give one of their normal varnishes a go – so far so good!

primark nail varnish

Next up was the fast drying nail spray – I have never used a spray like this before so I am looking forward to giving it a go. I also decided to give their face products a go, I usually like to stick to Boots for items like this, but since I have recently run out of my favourite face peeling mass from No7, I thought I would see if I could find a bargainous alternative:

It smells delicious (am I the only one that loves the smell of Tea Tree Oil?!) and is a HUGE bottle for the price, I’ll let you know how I get on with this too.

Finally I headed to the home department. As you may or may not know, I am moving into my first house this week with my boyfriend (eek!!) so the perfect way to avoid packing is to shop. I feel that since I will be officially living with a boy, I should have a certain amount of pretty pink girly things. My plan is if I bring them in slowly he may not notice…IMG_5934

And I was SO good in only getting two pretty pink candles:

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I tend to keep the holders once the candle has burnt down and re-use them for tealights. I also grabbed some fairy lights in a rose gold/copper ball. Like most girls, I love fairy lights but I have a genuine fear of over heating and causing a fire, but these beauties are battery operated so it’s a win-win! I think these goodies will be right at home in my dressing room!

My last little treat comes in the form of teeny tiny hair clips. I have a lot of hair, but I hate to tie it up. So I will use these to clip the bits of my face on days I really don’t have time to wash/straighten my hair:IMG_5932

And that’s it! This little lot came in under £20 and is all readily available in Primark stores now!

If you have a bargainous haul to share leave a link in the comments – we love a good nosey!

– love Carla x

 

 

 

The 60p, 60 second manicure (really!)

It’s been a while since I produced a Mani Monday, but this one I just had to share! For under £1 this fast drying, super pretty, gel-looking bottle of wonderfulness just had to be shared.

I am not normally one for the fast-drying formulas, I always find I am disappointed when they don’t actually *dry* in 60 seconds, but this one I put to the test.

I even set a timer:

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I applied a layer of the loveliness and waited for the time to be up, and voila! It wasn’t just a bit dry, it was properly-you-can-touch-it-and-not-leave-a-fingerprint dry. *swoon*

“Where can I purchase this amazing formula” I hear you cry, well, it is from one of my favourites actually – you guessed it – PRIMARK!

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It took three layers (and 3 minutes – woop!) to get the finished look, and for 60p I ain’t complaining.

The colour stayed vibrant and didn’t even chip over the weekend – which I spent packing boxes. It leaves a lovely gel-looking finish ad glides on – no gloopy mess!

I may just have to return to Primark for the other shades, I just didn’t think I’d be this in love!

Can you recommend any other fast drying formulas?

– love Carla x

 

Things I’m Loving #3

Things I'm Loving 3

1. Breaking Bad – I’m never one to watch a TV series when it actually airs and I’ve had to coerce myself into watching this (don’t judge me). But, I’m now into series two and I have to say I’m loving it – I have no idea what happens throughout its entirety but I’m intrigued – no spoilers please!

2. Ciate Fit for a Queen – this nail varnish has made me fall in love with painting my toes all over again. It came with my Mini Mani Month advent calendar and I adore it. It’s exceptionally metallic and two coats does the job easily – sparkly silver nails are mine.

3. Fifty Shades of Grey OST – last week I ventured to the cinema with the girls to watch the eagerly anticipated film. In a screen full of women, I endured the two-hour romp fest and came out feeling a little uninterested in the whole shebang. But what I did enjoy was the pretty amazing soundtrack which accompanies the movie, especially Beyonce’s Crazy in Love.

4. Primark’s Instagram – I’m very  much a Primark princess, but it pains me that the retailer still doesn’t have a website where I can buy, well, everything. Instead I have to make do with pouring over its Instagram account, which is brilliant. The outfit collections, interior mock-ups and jewellery posts make me drool – just let me buy online, please!

5. Urban Decay Oz The Great & Powerful Palettes – these were released a couple of years ago and I received them for my birthday. Coming in two varieties Glinda and Theodora, the palettes are my absolute favourite Urban Decay items. Granted I don’t morph into Michelle Williams or Mila Kunis, but a girl can dream.

6. Flares – I heart flares. Always have done and always will do. I’ve owned several pairs over the years and I’m extremely happy that they are actually now in fashion. My current pair are from Next and they scream 70s, which makes me very happy. They also require platform heels, which is another reason to love them.

7. The Devil’s Rejects – horror films are my movie go-to, and I stumbled upon Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses by chance. It wasn’t the best film I’d ever sat through, but what it does do is introduce you to a family of sadistic killers who go on to star in the sequel, The Devil’s Rejects. Normally sequels are terrible but this is so much better than the first. It leaves you kind of feeling for the murderous sods, plus the soundtrack is amazing and you’ll definitely end up with a girl crush on Sheri Moon Zombie.

– love Stef x

The Primark Biker Jumper Dress

The Primark Biker Jumper Dress

I mentioned in my lipstick post how Topshop’s Infrared had helped me to become obsessed with orange, and this Primark jumper dress is VERY ORANGE!

It’s my current, favourite item of clothing and the above outfit is one that I keep wearing – it’s perfect for Autumn/Winter as it’s just cosy enough and the biker sleeves make it a little edgy over girly.

Oh and the bling I’m wearing with it isn’t borrowed from Mr T, honest…

Jumper dress – Primark

Necklace – Primark

Leggings – New Look

Riding Boots – Dorothy Perkins

Lipstick – Topshop Infrared

– love Stef x