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Dear Diary;

This weekend I decided to splash out on a new dress, courtesy of Next. Here is a quick post on what I bought, and what I got up to yesterday!

From Top to Bottom: Crop leather jacket – H&M Kids, Flower and Animal Print Dress – C/O NEXT, Black spotty tights – MISS SELFRIDGE, Rosemary bead cross necklace – EBAY & Black Boots – PEACOCKS.

This weekend I did a little bit of shopping, and after what seemed ages wondering around Next’s Ipswich store (what can I say, I’m deffo a browser), I finally decided to buy this lovely animal print/floral body con dress, which was only £24! This dress is not only perfect for the daytime, but I can also dress it up with some killer black heels for a night out too! I would have bought so many things in there, but unfortunately my bank balance says otherwise! I’m not usually into body con dresses, but this one (which was loose, I bought it in a size 12 – I’m usually an 8-10 – because I preferred it a bit baggier), is so nice and definitely made me stand out from the crowd at Look! I teamed it with my beloved H&M Kids leather jacket, which has practically been glued to my body since I bought it!

Yesterday was a very busy day, our fashion cupboard was slowly building up with more and more returns, but there is no doubt we’ll try and blitz it all today! Me, Lauren and Kat all grabbed some delicious smoothies from Crussh – I recommend the Mango Passion flavour – and enjoyed a nice lunch in the sun! The day was topped off nicely when I had managed to get an early train home – yay!

I would like to say hello to all my new twitter and blog followers! It’s hard to believe that anyone reads my blog, so thank you very much for taking the time to read/glance/follow it. I’m so grateful!

If you would like to have a browse through Next’s dress selection and make a cheeky purchase then click here.

Lyrics: Jessie J – Who You Are

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This is just a quick post about two new purchases that I made in the New Year. Enjoy!

From Top to Bottom: Leopard print boots – £35, Topshop & Black Chelsea Boots – £15, Primark

I have worn both of these boots religiously for the past week! You may have recognised the leopard print ones from my Christmas Wishlist last year! Well, I saw them in the Topshop sale a week ago, and I just HAD to have them!  As for the Primarni version, I have been craving Chelsea boots for ages, and to be on the cheaper side I decided to bag these babies when I went on a little trip to Sheffield this week. I know of plenty of bloggers who rave about and own Topshop’s allegras, but to be a little bit different (and cheap) I decided to stick with these ones for now.

What boots are you currently coveting?

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Today I went to the Vintage & Craft fair at the New Continental Pub in Preston, to sample all of the delicious vintage delights!

As those of you who read this blog know, I love going to vintage fairs – check out this post of when I went to Judy’s Vintage Fair in Leeds. So I couldn’t miss this opportunity to scour the stalls to find some lovely, tucked-away vintage items!

The New Continental was rammed with eager vintage buyers, looking for those special hidden ‘gems’ in the racks. The pub (which serves amazing food by the way – although it is a tad expensive!) was host to 15 stalls brimmed with cute cupcakes, retro homewares and handmade jewellery, to name a few.

Here is what I bought at the Vintage Fair:
As you can see, I only bought a couple of things, due to the lack of money. But I know what you’re thinking; “Sarah you already have black boots, why have you bought another pair?!” Well the ones which I bought a couple of months ago now have the soles coming off them (sob! sob!), so I bought these babies for only £12, which I think is good considering I wear my other black boots everywhere. I hope these ones will be the perfect replacement!

The owl cushion speaks for itself. It was handmade from some Union Jack fabric, which I think is awesome by the way! His new home will be on my currently messy bed.

Whilst I was at the fair, I came across some very eye-catching and unique stalls. Here are a couple of my favourite stalls of the day:

prestonv3This stall is owned by the lovely Sabina from Roxy Valetta Boutique. I loved this stall in particular, because of the wide range of bargains that were on offer. From sunglasses, to jewellery, to clothes and shoes – this stand was practically vintage heaven! I bought the black boots here, which were at an original price of £15, but Sabina gave me them for £12 – how nice of her!

prestonv2Another stall sold some amazing handmade owl cushions, paperweights and brooches, as well as other handmade jewellery and vintage cards! I bought the owl cushion for only £10 – which is quite cheap in comparison to say, Urban Outfitters, who had some owl cushions on sale ages ago for double the price! I had my eye on a domino ring, and I saw some scrumptious scrabble rings too, but in the end I decided to stick with the cushion instead!

Overall I was impressed with the fair. And to say that there were only 15 stalls, there were so many things to choose from! I just wish I had more money whilst I was there, as I probably would have bought a dozen more vintage bargains! Have you been to any vintage fairs recently? If so what bargains did you buy?

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Today I went on a cheeky little shopping trip to Leeds city centre to sample the high street stores’s delights! Here are my findings, along with some lovely vintage items I purchased at Leeds Festival last week!

After spending most nights watching The Tribe – a TV series where every adult in the world is ‘wiped out’ by a virus which leaves the children to fend for themselves – I have been fascinated by the style of the characters. Think down town street style mixed with crazy hair styles and tribal jewellery!

One of the characters in particular; Amber, has unique but simple costumes! I was especially amazed with the eccentric silver ear cuffs she wears in series one, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy this lovely ear cuff from Topshop below!

earcuffEar Cuff – Topshop

This ear cuff will team up with the outfit I bought from River Island perfectly! Metallic is a hot trend for Autumn/Winter 2011 with designers such as Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton sporting this eclectic trend down the runways of New York, London, Paris and Milan. So it comes to no surprise that I bought this silver metallic vest for £20 from one of Britain’s best high street stores!

As you can see in the outfit below, I paired this pocket vest with a black midi tube skirt – which as you can see on me looks more like a maxi than a midi! This was the beauty of this £15 purchase – oh and having short legs! This outfit is perfect for a laid back lunch or if you add these Urban Outfitters leopard print boots to the mix, makes for a perfect night out with the girls!

Vest – River Island
Skirt – River Island

Another RI purchase was this baggy MTV crop top which I tucked into these (excuse the word) sexy vintage leather shorts which I bought at Leeds Festival. As you know fetish and leather are massive trends for the Autumn/Winter season with Acne and Nina Ricci incorporating these trends into their designs, and these leather shorts are perfect for achieving the designer look for less this season. My newly purchased gold Primark ring will finish off this look effortlessly.

Vest – River Island
Shorts – Vintage
Ring – Primark

My £5 vintage black boots are featured in all of the looks here, and were bought at the famous music festival I went to last week. I instantly fell in love with these babies and they have been glued to my feet ever since i purchased them!  They also have a small heel, which makes me feel much more confident and comfortable when I’m out and about stalking the streets of Leeds.

Boots – Vintage

My final purchase was this book below which I’ve wanted for months! 50 Fashion Designers You Should Know has always been on my wishlist, but being a poor uni student meant that I have never been able to spare some cash to buy it! Luckily after receiving some money a couple of weeks ago, I went straight down to Urban Outfitters and bought this book ASAP.  I have already started reading it, and I have learnt so much about designers such as Coco Chanel and MainBocher so expect a book review on this fashion encyclopaedia when I have finished reading it!

Book- Urban Outfitters

So there you go, my purchases that I have bought today totalling a very unhealthy £75.50 plus the £20 I spent at Leeds Fest .In other news, I might try and begin to post sole outfit posts so look forward to them!