Friday, 24 July 2015

My tips to shopping at Forever 21.


I love Forever 21. 

I ordered these gorgeous nude pointed ballet pumps with ankle straps the other day and I have to say these are stunning.  They look like real leather and are very comfy.  Love these shoes so much.

There are a few tips to shopping at Forever 21 in the UK,  I think they only have 3 or 4 stores in the UK and as I don't live near any of them I often buy online.

My tips to shopping at Forever 21 are:

  • Google their items to see the reviews on the US site - The UK site don't have reviews however the USA site does. If you copy and paste your items into the google search bar with the words Forever 21 before you can bring up the USA items with reviews!  Alternatively go to the USA site and search for the item...this does not always work though as sometimes the search option works and sometimes it doesn't.  I have found looking at the reviews invaluable as they do charge you for returning items (see point below) 
  • I hate paying for delivery so I have signed up to receiving their news via email and sometimes they send you discount codes.  Also now and again they do give free delivery if you order over £21.  However if you cannot wait you can save a £1.00 and have it delivered to a UPS outlet point for £2.95.
  • Always size up by half a size when buying shoes/boots!  Their footwear is always smaller sized.  I do love the fact that F21 do half sizes though.  I am a size 4 so I tend to order a 4.5 and they fit much better.  .
  • Be careful with sizing. Forever 21 is a Korean/American company and their clothing does come up smaller.  
  •   Again as their clothing is smaller sized I find their dresses can be quite short. however as I am only 5ft 3in so they are ok for me but be careful to check the length of the items if you are taller.
  • Check the material content of items especially dresses.  It it says unlined then don't bother as you know that's going to stick to you like clingfilm.
  • Make sure you really want the item before ordering or check the reviews.  You do not have to pay postage to return items however they do deduct £2.50 from your refund. 
  • Finally if you really want something and don't mind paying the postage then my advice is don't wait, just order it.  I have basically done this before where I have really wanted an item and left it a day before ordering and then its sold out!  Because they are quite cheap I find size Small tends to sell out straight away and the Medium soon after.  

Things I love at Forever 21 are:

Their knitwear is gorgeous, I honestly don't think I have ordered one item of knitwear that I have not loved.  It looks nice and feels nice plus its so cheap. 

Their jewellery is fab too, they has some pretty items and at such low prices. 

They have some fab dresses, really feminine dresses and I also love their knitted dresses.

Do you like Forever 21?  I do hope these tips have helped you when purchasing from them.


Saturday, 27 June 2015

Summer Sales Haul including Sugarhill Boutique Dress ♥♥♥

Hi everyone

I just thought I would do a post about some fabulous winter items I have bought in the summer sales. I have this thing every year where I buy winter items in summer and summer items in winter.  You can usually get some really good bargains if you buy things out of season and I always seem to get some pretty good deals.

This is a collective haul of items I have bought over the past 2 months that have been sale items.  

The first item I bought is not a winter item its definitely for summer!  In ASOS I think I just managed to login at the right time as I managed to get this gorgeous Sugarhill Boutique Flutter Dress which was £52.00 reduced to £14.00!  I could not quite believe my luck when this popped up.  Its adorable I am taking this dress on my holiday next week :) 

New Look

In New Look I bought these real tan suede boots for just £7.00.  Basically these are the most comfiest boots I have and they look so stylish I could not believe what a bargain they were.  The were originally £44.99 reduced to £25.99 but because the suede looked only ever so slightly worn on one boot I managed to pick them up for £7.00.  I think I was just in the right place at the right time as this was the only pair left and in a size 4!  I have brushed the suede and you can not even notice any difference in them! 

Again another New Look item I got this gorgeous cream fake fur jacket for only £11.00 in the New Look online sale.  It was originally £45.00 and its a truly gorgeous jacket. I am sure you will agree a great bargain for £11.00.  They still have it for sale on the ASOS website but its £28.00 on there, still quite a good deal though.

Then to Forever 21, I managed to get these long taupe suede effect boots for only £10.99.  These were originally £25.00 I think so not a massive deal but these are really lovely especially with denim jeggings.  

Also I got this cream knit cardigan......I adore this cardi ♥ this was reduced to £10.50 and it looks so much more expensive.  It feels so lovely to wear, its really warm and snugly but also stylish.

Navy Blue Floral Tea Dress, I think this was only £4.99,  Its  a tad too big around the waist but with a belt its nice and will look lovely with thick tights and boots with a chunky cardi when its colder!  


I also got this pretty floral brush...this was not in the sale but I needed a brush and you know me and florals! 

In Dorothy Perkins I got this Pointelle Heart Jumper for only £10.80...oh my god this is so lovely.  Its actually a size 6 but its more like an 8-10. Its a pretty blush pink colour and is very stretchy. Its quite thin so you need to wear a vest top under but its just so pretty.  I love the little pointelle hearts.  They still have this online.

Well there you have it some of my sale purchases.  Have you been buying much in the sales?



Thursday, 11 June 2015

Outfit Post - Floral Skater


It was such a lovely weekend so we went out for a meal Saturday afternoon/early evening.

I thought I would just show you my outfit. This dress is from New Look I bought it about 2 years ago and it's a size 10.  Back then I was more of a 12-14 but as its stretchy I thought it looked ok.  Now 2 years on and after weightloss I am now an 8-10 and I think it looks a lot better now.  I love the fact that it's longer on me now and I look back now and wonder if maybe I was squeezing myself into dresses that were too small.  At the time I thought it would hide my lumps and bumps but when I look back it really didn't! 

I thought it would be too big for me and it is slightly baggy on the waist but I thought it was still ok to wear with a waist belt.

Dress - New Look

Bow Belt - Primark

Nude heels - Matalan

I adore the pattern on this dress it's so pretty and feminine.



Sunday, 7 June 2015

Summer collective haul ♥

Hello everyone

Its finally starting to hot up in the UK which can only be a good thing seeing as we are in June now!  My gosh where has this year gone, its gone so fast.  In 4 weeks we are jetting off to Majorca for a week and I more or less have my holiday wardrobe sorted now.

I had a good clear out a few weeks back and sold quite a lot which makes room for more :)

To be honest I have a couple of further haul posts coming up as I have some bargains I bought in the recent sales and also I made a huge Forever 21 sale order which I shall also put into another separate post.  

Anyway these items have been bought over the past 4 its more of an all round collective haul! 

Firstly to my favourite item from New Look.

I purchased this Pink Lace Peplum top which is by the label Blue Vanilla.  I love this pretty top so much and its quite longline which I prefer. I think they still have it on the website but only in white. 

I also bought trousers......shock horror yes I bought TROUSERS!  I never buy trousers, that word does not exist in my clothing dictionary haha.  I saw these Double Zip Slim Leg Bengaline Trousers online and have heard people saying how fab they were so I thought why not and they were only £14.99

I just thought they would be nice for work with a peplum top or pretty blouse top and I must say I love the fit of these as they make your legs look mega skinny.  They are very nice very stretchy material.  

I also got this pretty floral belt in Primark for £1.50, I have not bought anything much in Primark lately I definitely think its lost its sparkle!

In H&M I have purchased a few things lately......

Crochet Drop Waist dress, I don't tend to suit drop waist dresses but this one is lovely and somehow does suit me.  Its very short so I will wear it on holiday with my bikini under in the daytime and I could also wear with skintight denim jeggings as its so cute. 

This cardigan happened to be on the changing room rail and I saw it and loved it.  Its like a taupey/pink colour and its so soft and looks lovely on.  Its actually from the children's section but it fits me so well I really love it.  This was only £9.99. 

H&M White & Navy Strip Dress, this is another dress I like from H&M.  They gave me £10 off it too as I made a complaint about their website so this only cost me £10.00.  Its like that thick stretchy material.  This is acually an XS but it looks massive. Its a different dress for me as its not fitted at the waist but it looks really nice on.  It is probably too thick for really hot days but this is an all rounder I can wear in winter too with thick tights.

I wanted a hat for my holiday as I don't like the sun on my head when abroad and when I saw this I thought it looked so cute with the pink bow.  

sideways on to show the bow :) 

Have you been shopping lately?

Take care



Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Charity Shop Floral Haul

Hiya everyone

Recently I started a new job and I am really enjoying it,  I think I have finally found a job I like!

I work on a busy high street so not in a city centre location like I used to and I must admit I thought I would miss working in town where I can pop into Primark or H&M every now and again,  however now I have the joy of working very close to at least 8 brilliant charity shops!   Many of my lunchtimes are now spent browsing the charity shops and I have managed to find some great items.  

I thought I would just show you my items I have bought over the past 2 months...and its mainly floral! 

Firstly the first item I found was this creamy/peachy floral dress from Glamorous with cut out sides.

Miso at Republic Black Floral Sun dress, this was £4.50 its really lovely in fact one of my favourite dresses.

Floozie at Debenhams playsuit - I used the stock photo as I had taken the photos of all my items except this one!  This was slightly more expensive at £6.00 but I can imagine it originally cost over £20.00 and its like new.

Primark cream floral shirred top, very boho and these sort of tops are coming back in this summer. This was £2.49

H&M summer top, this was in the sale rail for 99p.  I really love it as its ideal to wear with my shorts on holiday 

Primark tunic top, again another cheap top was only £2.50 but I love the way this looks on me. 

I love a good rummage in the charity shops :)



Saturday, 30 May 2015

I ♥ ASOS - My new summer sandals

Hiya everyone

Once again I am so sorry for the lack of posts, I have so many posts lined up and anyone that loves reading my hauls will be happy as I have bought loads over the past 4-6 weeks.  I got some great bargains in the recent sales and also have quite a few charity shop bargains and other hauls! eek.
Lookout for these coming up plus I have a new Nica Handbag.. I love Nica bags :) 

Anyhow I firstly wanted to show you my new sandals courtesy of Asos....I absolutely love these and lately I am loving ASOS too. I am thinking of signing up for ASOS premier and wondered whether its worth the £9.95 a year, it certainly sounds like its worth it anyway?  Maybe anyone who has used this can tell me what they think!

I purchased these  'Jemrock sandals' in Nude , they also have them in a pale blue and a orangey/coral colour.  As a girl who loves my neutrals and pastels these are ideal for me.  I love nude sandals and shoes.

They are like a faux suede material with gorgeous little gem stones on.

Have a lovely weekend and I will be catching up on all your blogs this weekend :) 


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Two Fake Tan Reviews: L'Oreal Sublime Dark Tanning Gel & Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer


Sorry I did promise to do a couple of fake tan reviews a while back and I apologise for taking so long with this.

L'Oreal Sublime Dark Tanning Gel 

Firstly this retails at £12.99 in Boots. I used to love L'Oreal Sublime tan I used it all the time, it was fabulous! However they then decided to change the formula and I found it was not as good so stopped using this.  I mean why do they change things when they are good, like the saying goes 'if it ain't broke don't fix it'! 

Anyway I was seduced by the fact that this said 'dark' on the bottle and was expecting it to be really good.  As someone who is always tanned all year round I was expecting this to be dark...very dark...unfortunately its not! 

Its extremely sticky, it looks like syrup and when you apply it you really need to rub it in till you feel you have rubbed it in enough and then rub some more!  It takes ages to dry, I put it on about 8pm at night and I woke up around 1am and it still felt stickyl!  It smells very strong, so strong it put me off a lot! 

Maybe I expecting too much but as it was called 'dark' I was thinking I would wake up looking like I had been abroad for 2 weeks....I was a tad disappointed as it was not that dark.  A few days later I applied it again and I literally slathered loads on and this time I was a lot darker but it was also a bit patchy especially on my feet and hands.  Maybe I needed to apply it better! I do always put moisturiser on my feet, knees, elbows and hands as tan always seems to settle in those places but even with that it was patchy.

Overall I would not buy it again I think it was a waste of money and its not exactly a really cheap tan. 

Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer

This retails at £11.49 however it was on offer in Boots and I think I paid around £7.00 for it.  

This is like a dark brown thick consistency with like shimmery bits in.  I felt this was easier to apply as it was not sticky and as it has colour you could sort of see where you had put it.  It does not promise to be dark and in all fairness it wasn't, however at least I did not feel sticky all night.

Again I applied this about 8pm at night and woke the next morning imagining the two weeks in the sun tan, but yet again I was left disappointed..maybe I expected too much but to be honest it hardly gave me any colour!

I felt this was a waste of money plus again it was a bit patchy.

I would not purchase this again but I will say it was slightly better than the L'Oreal one.

So far the best tan I have ever used is Sienna X so from now on I am sticking to that one.  I tend to love my Sienna X spray tans too.  I recently purchased an item from the Sienna X range which I shall be doing a review on soon.  Also I still love my Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs,  personally for me this is a foolproof!  



Friday, 8 May 2015

Outfit Post - Bank Holiday Monday

Hiya everyone

Well bank holiday weekend was mainly spent relaxing and chilling out.  The weather was not that great anyway so I decided to have a good clear out and a really good spring clean.  I find when you work full time sometimes it nice to just kick back and relax all weekend :)

On bank holiday Monday the weather was a bit sunnier and we decided to go out for lunch, this was my outfit.
I felt it was not warm enough for bare legs just yet so I decided to put my new Primark Broderie Anglais dress with my jeggings and a blazer and I quite liked the look.

Nude Blazer = Primark
White Dress - Primark
Indigo Jeggings - New Look Petite
Nude Peep toe sandals - Primark
Nude Bow Belt - Primark

My weightloss is going really well and now I am losing around a 1lb a week.  To be honest I have reached my target weight but I would like to lose just a tad more. :) 

Take care


Sunday, 3 May 2015

Cardiff Summer Holiday purchases ♥ mainly H&M!


A couple of Saturdays back Mike and I went to Cardiff for the day...its not too far from us and I really love shopping in Cardiff, its so massive and everything is quite close together.  

I did end up buying quite a bit so here is my haul mainly from H&M.  I think H&M always have great summer clothing.


White lace Playsuit,  I have always wanted some white crochet shorts for my holiday but when I saw this in H&M I had to have it.  It was only £14.99 and it looks so nice on.  My husband really loves this on me too :) 

Ditsy Floral Cut-out Dress, again another pretty dress I love the colours together and it fits really nice too.  This was only £12.99 which I thought was a bargain for something that looks so nice.

Floral Denim Shorts, I love these and they were only £7.99.  I really wanted some shorts for my holiday and these are just perfect.  They are like cream denim with the floral design.  They also had them in plain colours like peach, black etc!

Pink Frill sleeve top, awww this is so adorable and girly.  This was £6.99 and although its slightly cropped it will be fine for my holiday or I will wear a longline vest under.  They had this in Cream and Mint too but you know me I love my pink! 

The colour looks a tad washed out here but its actually a really pretty peachy/pink.

♥New Look♥

Not very impressed with New Look lately however I did purchase this peach lace back cardigan


The Primark in Cardiff is lovely...its massive and had loads but unfortunately not many items I really loved!
However I found a few nice items.

I got this Broderie Anglais ( I ♥ Broderie Anglais) dress this was £5.00, its just a dress for the beach really.

Coral butterfly PJ Bottoms and Coral Lace Shoulder top, love these so much they are super comfy and I love the legging PJ's as I am short they seem to be better for me.  They are like a biscuit colour with coral butterflies on.  

I was searching for a top to wear with them and found this which is actually a 6-8 (the same as the bottoms) it looks bigger though!  However when I got home I realised this looks so nice its actuallly too nice to wear  to bed so I may keep this to wear with shorts on holiday or jeans! I have got a vest top I can wear with the bottoms. 

Rose print flip flops, every time we go abroad I always head to Primark for cheap flip flops as they are ideal for wearing on the beach as the sand is usually so hot it burns your feet!  These were only £1.50.

and finally this inflatable bath pillow....I have literally wanted one of these for ages and this was only £1.50.  I love the pretty print too...its very me! 

To be honest I really don't need anymore summer clothes as I have so much already, however knowing me I will probably end up seeing other things I want over the coming weeks!

What do you think of my haul?  Are you jetting off anywhere nice soon?

Take care and have a lovely bank holiday weekend :)

Lisa Jane