Tag Archive: Primark

Mar 09 2013

My Style: A Pop Of Colour & A Gorgeous Cambridge Garden

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I have lived in the Cambridge area for just over five years now and for years I have driven past the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens on my way into town and wondered what was behind the magnificent gates, so when my Mum came to stay we decided to do something a little quieter, a bit more relaxed than our tourist day trip to London and take in the scenery of the heritage gardens.

Boasting more than 40 acres – this is one hell of a garden – filled with gorgeous flowers, huge trees, a water lily inspired fountain and a rock garden to envy – as well as one of the most gorgeous collection of cactuses – the only plant I can seem to keep alive!!!

Well as it was a garden I decided to add a pop of colour to my casual look – well it would be rude not to in such a beautiful place wouldn’t it!!! You will have seen this Primark knit before, I am obsessed with the Barbie pink colour as well as the blue fleck that runs through it, which never seems to come in pictures, but that is why I decided to team it with my blue spotty dog scarf I picked up from New Look.

My favourite aspect of this look though has to be all the gorgeous arm candy. I am working my new black and gold flowerball bracelet from Folli Follie, a fairly new brand to me but since I went for afternoon tea at their store last year I have been obsessed with all their pretty jewellery.

I also wore my new bracelets that I bought at Urban Outfitters for the first time – two gold initial bracelets with ‘D’ and ‘P’ in love hearts highlighting mine and my boyfriends first names – I wanted to do ‘DWS’ for my name but they were all out of ‘W’ so I thought a soppy declaration of love would be more fitting!!!

Also at Urban Outfitters my Mum bought me this super cute Gemini friendship bracelet – I love the colours and the charm and it can basically be worn with anything and it was less than £10 – my sort of bracelet.

My final piece of arm candy is the exquiste and delicate evil eye friendship bracelet from Astley Clarke, which has become my new jewellery brand to lust over – I am obsessed with their ring stacks. This is my first and only piece from the brand, but it sure wont be the last!!!

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As well as striking a pose it was nice to have a wander around this magnificent garden, especially the Winter Garden, filled with burnt oranges, deep reds and gorgeous snow drops. My other favourite spot had to be the lake, seeing the reflections of the trees flickering across the water was so relaxing, and I wanted all the brightly coloured flowers from inside the greenhouse – especially this powderpuff flower.

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My Style: Neon pink jumper, Primark // Top with double collar, Primark // Dark grey skinny jeans, Uniqlo // Kimmi black studded Biker Boots (c/o Tribeca Shoes) // Evil eye friendship bracelet, Astley Clarke // Gemini bracelet and the ‘D’ and ‘P’ initial gold bracelets, all Urban Outfitters // Black and rose gold flowerball bracelet and a match and dazzle ring, both from Folli Follie // Blue scarf, New Look // Parka, Barbour // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o Specsavers) // WAH Nails manicure //

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**Pics snapped by my Mum and me and belong to Fashionista Barbie**

Feb 15 2013

My Style: Day One At London Fashion Week

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Today has been a busy day, tons of shows, catching up with friends some of which I only seem to see twice a year, being pampered at The Apartment run by friend Abi – the lovely girlies at Rimmel did my make-up, and for the first time in about eight seasons I actually got street style snapped – not once but twice, seriously small pleasures really do make me smile.

This fashion week I have decided to work some of the trends/looks I love most right now, first up is boyfriend jeans, granted I would have loved to wear a strappy heel with them but the cold made me go for my comfortable, wear in any weather Topshop ankle boots. I must have tried on about 20 pairs of boyfriend style jeans on the high street, and 19 of them look awful, but then I tried these ‘Sexy Boyfriend’ style at Gap and I fell in love with them.

What I love about this look, other than the fact I was extremely comfortable, has to be the pop of colour from my Primark jumper, which worked perfectly with the gorgeous white broderie trim shirt from the Glamour for Very collection, and the super cute Angelica London necklace that I picked up at Task PR’s LFW gifting suite last week. I also really adore my new Mickey Mouse ‘Mmwwaah – seriously how cute is that.My style LFW day1 close up My Style: Day One At London Fashion Week %tag

My Style: Sexy Boyfriend Jeans, Gap // Neon pink jumper, Primark // Leather contrast sleeve jacket, Dorothy Perkins // Rose necklace, Angelica London (c/o Task PR) // Broderie Trim Shirt, Glamour for Very (c/o Very) // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o Specsavers) // Mickey Mouse watch // Infinite bow bracelet, Tiffany’s // Ankle boots, Topshop // black ‘The Trader’ bag, Osprey London // Make-up all Rimmel products (c/o The Apartment) //My style LFW day1 necklace My Style: Day One At London Fashion Week %tag My style LFW day1 watch My Style: Day One At London Fashion Week %tag My style LFW day1 boyfriend My Style: Day One At London Fashion Week %tag**Thanks to Alex for the piccies**

Jan 25 2013

Primark – Spring/Summer 2013

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I hold my hands up I am a fan of Primark, I love the bargain prices, I love that it is the perfect place to try out a trend, I love that because it is so cheap and so quick to bring out fashion-forward pieces that means you can experiment with your wardrobe, and I love that it is a great place to pick out a statement necklace.

I know for some the stores with the mess, the crowds and ridiculously long queues can be a little off-putting, I find the same with bargain stores such as TK Maxx, but when you have found the perfect store, the best time to go, and figured out your perfect Primark size I find it a pleasure to shop in. I generally stick with Cambridge, London stores are hectic and tourist traps, and I love the calm of a Sunday morning.

Previous seasons have seen Primark putting their spin on the current catwalk trends, and that still exists for spring/summer 2013 but I felt that the design team had been let loose a little bit more this season and brought their own ideas to the table, especially when it came to their festival collections as apparently the team all went to Coachella for research – can’t be bad hey.

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It feels so long ago tht I went to the press day, but key pieces still stick in my mind, the leather and denim jacket, the bone china printed dresses, the statement necklaces, and the gorgeous heels. There were also a lot of sporty influences with slouchy jumpers and slogan tees – I love the Dork one, very Saved By The Bell.

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Spy anything that you love from the Primark spring/summer collection?

Jan 21 2013

My Style: A Winter Coat Deserves A Snowy Background

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As you will know, from my numerous tweets and Instagram snaps, the snow finally fell on my village this weekend and I certainly made the most of it. So on Saturday, before the major snow fell yesterday, I decided to give my new Dorothy Perkins coat that I bought in the sale a test run – basically I just wanted an excuse to wrap up warm and wear my new coat.

I have been after a smarter winter coat for a while, and I really wanted one with contrasting sleeves but not all black like the ones I have seen in Zara, New Look and Topshop, and I had considered the parka versions seen in River Island and Warehouse but I just didn’t seem to ever find one in my size, so when I spotted this beauty in the sale at DP it was like fate!!!

As well as keeping the chill away, I love the shape of this coat, kind of a slouchy long-line biker-style coat, which is still smart and basically will go with anything in my wardrobe. What I also love is that it fits perfectly in the arms, I have tried on a lot of these contrasting sleeve coats and the faux-leather sleeve is either too tight or too baggy, this one is just right and not bad for £40.

As we hadn’t had that much snow on Saturday I decided to pair my new coat with my fairly new 5th Avenue by Halle Berry knee-high boots, yes designed by Halle Berry the actress as seen at the Golden Globes in Atelier Versace!!! 5th Avenue is a German brand part of the Deichmann footwear group and the Halle Berry line has something for everyone, so when the brand asked me to pick a pair I just loved these simple knee highs. I chose them because not only are they the perfect height, just under 9cm, they have a block heel, which means they are comfortable to wear all day, and they are less than £60 – serious bargain.

Finishing up my look is my super warm Vero Moda knitted jumper dress, which I have had for years, and I added a pop of colour with this neon statement necklace from Dorothy Perkins. Oh and I nearly forgot, I even gave my HTC One X a makeover as my Hello Kitty cover I ordered off eBay arrived – isn’t it cute!!!

What have you been wearing in the snow?

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My Style: Dorothy Perkins coat, bought in the sale; Vero Moda jumper dress; Primark leggings; 5th Avenue by Halle Berry knee high boots (c/o); Dorothy Perkins necklace (c/o); Tesco gloves (c/o); and a Hello Kitty HTC One X cover, via eBay.hello kitty htc cover My Style: A Winter Coat Deserves A Snowy Background %tag snow garden My Style: A Winter Coat Deserves A Snowy Background %tag Tia snow 2 My Style: A Winter Coat Deserves A Snowy Background %tag

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Jan 20 2013

Snow, Snow, Snow: My Winter Wonderland

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I love snow, I love wrapping up warm, and I love a winter wonderland postcard scene, so when the snow finally fell on my village today I couldn’t resist getting my new Superdry bobble hat on and heading out for a very chilly, but fun winter walk.

Is there anything more perfect than walking in the snow??? I love the crunch underfoot, the sliding and hoping I don’t fall over, and call me crazy but I also love the chill against my face. Granted I can see that the snow can be disruptive and makes commuting a pain – but come on it is so pretty!!!

So, what did you do in the snow today?

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Jun 15 2012

AW12: Primark’s Homage To Pringle Of Scotland

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Yesterday, I popped by Primark’s autumn/winter 2012 press day at The Gallery underneath Wolf & Badger’s new store on Dover Street, and was blown away by the gorgeous jumpers, cute dresses, and the abundance of embellished collars, yes they aren’t going anywhere for a while.

The highlight, and the first thing that I spotted as I walked in was a near replica of one of my favourite wearable looks from London Fashion Week, do you remember how much I gushed about the pink v-neck jumper at the Pringle of Scotland? Well, Primark have answered my prays and delivered me an amazing designer copy, that will only set me back £12, yep that’s right just over a tenner for this beauty. We have a few months to wait, it doesn’t drop in store until September, but don’t worry you won’t miss out I have already added it into my Filofax!!!

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The rest of the AW12 collection has influences from Miu Miu, House of Holland, Markus Lupfer, Gucci, and Marios Schwab to name but a few, as you would expect a lot of variety: elegant cigarette trousers, chic boucle jackets, sheer shirts, ski knits, gorgeous statement necklaces, peplum tops, and lots of embellished collars.

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What are you thoughts on Primark’s autumn/winter 2012 collection?

[Pics: All images Fashionista Barbie except top image - Primark/Pringle of Scotland]

May 16 2012

My Style: Working My New Nike Kicks From Schuh

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At the weekend it seems Cambridge was one of the few places to actually resemble summer, it was sunny, very sunny in fact, and actually warm, I even burnt a little, which was unexpected. I had friends staying for the weekend so we took in the sights of Cambridge, which meant a lot of walking, so I decided that I had to work my new Nike Delta high tops that I bought from Schuh.

This weekend was their first outing, I bought them about three weeks ago, but I had been worried that I wasn’t cool enough to pull them off, but once I had them on my feet I didn’t care they as they are so comfortable. I know everyone is about wedge trainers, which I love, but I just love that the classic high top shape.

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I paired my beauties with their coral swoosh and laces with the casual vibe of my favourite navy cotton shirt dress from H&M, which for £7.99 is one of my go-to dresses at the weekend as it is so comfortable, not too tight, not too baggy, it’s perfect. I paired it with my rose belt that I bought months ago in the Dorothy Perkins sale, I love the pale blue against the navy and black and I love that it pops nicely against the pink.

I have a little scarf obsession lately, New Look seems to have a lot of cool designs and this zebra print is one of my favourites at the moment, I love the pale pink colour as it generally means I can get it to work with anything, while it still has the quirky vibe of the zebras.

Finishing off my look are my trusty CK shades, I love these beauties, plus my rather large, very bright Ice-Watch, and the tiniest bag I own my cross-body bag that I bought from Debenhams last year, it basically fits my Blackberry, purse and car keys and that’s it!!!

So what do you think – do you like my kicks?

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My Style: Nike Delta high tops, £60 from Schuh; H&M dress; Primark cardigan and leggings; F*** Me I’m Famous Ice-Watch (c/o); Bag from Debenhams; CK sunglasses; and New Look zebra-print scarf.

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