Friday, 28 March 2014

Shopping | Bringing In The Sunshine

Going on holiday is always an exciting time, however I personally always find holiday shopping that little bit more exciting, probably cause I just get to walk around the store, find items and try and create an outfit especially for the beach and the warm weather.

Now because I don't go abroad a hell of a lot, in fact this is my first holiday abroad since I was 9 months old, I try to make sure that everything I buy holiday wise I'm able to wear at home too. I'm also really bored of the cold and wet weather in England at the moment, so I'm also trying to force a bit of sunshine into my life.
I posted this picture on my Instragram of all my purchases, so I thought it would be only fair that of course I did a blog post on everything I bought. I bought everything from Matalan and Primark, the majority from Primark as you will see.

I'm not bragging about my size or any prices, however I'm not home so I haven't had a chance to take the tags off and wash everything yet, so let's try and ignore that.

Matalan
Colour Block Mini Bikini Briefs, £4
   Obviously when you go on holiday you instantly start thinking of swim wear whether you're going in the pool or just going to be wearing it under what you're wearing. I kind of feel that it will be my bikini top which is on show a lot more than my full bikini, so I was just looking for a pair of black bikini bottoms for when I'm in the pool, cause that way it doesn't matter what colour bikini top I have on. I don't like the idea of tie side bikini bottoms, I have this irrational fear of them not being tied tight enough and someone undoing them and then me losing my bottoms, however I then found these bottoms which are pull up however have the detail on the side to look as though they have been tied.

Shapewear Black Fold Over Bikini Briefs, £4
   I didn't intentionally buy these for the shapewear element, I just thought it would be a good idea to have a spare pair of bikini bottoms, and they only had one pair of the above in my size. Although I do like the fold over detail and think it adds a cute twist.

Primark
Floral Wired Headband, £1.50
   I'm not sure if everyone wears these as much as they used to however I still really like them and find them really pretty. I thought I would be able to wear this to help hold my hair off my face in the sun and it will look cute with a few summer dresses.

Nude Sandals, £4
   I was looking for some more sandals for this summer as I loved the sandals that I got from Primark last year so I knew they would be comfortable. These are quite similar to what I bought last year with the diamante detail along the front, but I thought that the nude colour would be a little bit more flattering, I'd be able to wear them with more and these have a back in so I won't end up having people kicking the back of my feet.

Stone Flats, £5
   I then found these little ballerina shoes, I thought these would be nice for those days where I still don't want my feet covered too much but I don't quite want to wear my sandals. These would probably be a lot more flattering at night with a dress.

White Stretch Cami Vest, £2
   I then picked up this little cami vest just to go under some other tops. I usually pick up the vest tops from Primark, however I thought the cami style and the little sleeves would be better whilst I'm abroad in the sunshine.

Black Stretch Cami Vest, £2
   I also pick up a cami vest in black for the same reasons but for different tops.

Black Stretch Vest, £2.50
   This is the style of vest I usually pick up from Primark, with the wider straps. Like the cami vests I buy these to go under other tops.

Basic Fold Bleached Shorts Bleach, £5
   I then found some shorts because of course you need shorts whilst you're in the sunshine. I prefer lighter denim, I just think it is more flattering on my skin tone and I prefer it if I ever do tan.

Basic Distressed Bleached Shorts £5
   I then picked up some more shorts, also in a light denim, however these have more of a distressed edge. I just think a distressed edge can add a different look to a style.

Mint Lace Cami Vest, £4
   This top was the top that originally caught my eye as soon as I walked in, however it was one of the last things I actually picked up. I love layering tops on each other and I think this top will look perfect over the white cami vest I picked up, and even the black when it's colder, and if I'm wearing a bikini under it will look fine. I picked up the mint colour because it's a colour that compliments my skin tone nicely and I think if I actually manage to get a tan it will still look nice.

Coral Lace Cami Vest, £4
   I also picked the top up in a coral colour because it's my favourite colour for spring and summer and this top just screams holiday at me. This will also look perfect over both the white and black cami and with a bikini underneath.