What I got for my birthday: Age 23

I’ll start by saying that of course this post isn’t me boasting though I think considering the popularity of these posts on Youtube and on blogs the attitude towards them has changed. Honestly, the reason I love doing these posts is because I like having them as a log of my birthdays each year. I have a memory like a sieve so it’s nice for me to be able to look back and see what I got and did. Either way, I hope you enjoy this post and don’t think that I’m bragging!

This year I was 23 and ridiculously I wasn’t looking forward to it. I have a complex that the older I got the more I have not achieved enough for my age. I forgot sometimes what I’ve actually done and I should be proud. Also, I should not be paranoid about ageing – my chubby cheeks effectively make that impossible (at least for now!).

First of all thank you to everyone who sent me cards and well wishes, Rosie and her family, my nan and Grandad, Karen (to mention a few) – you all know who you are. Thank you to everyone who gave me birthday money as well, which went towards my Lazy Oaf sample sale expenditure. A few people also got me presents as well on the list I just mentioned including shampoo + conditioner and bath stuff – I’ve not had a chance to try any of this yet so haven’t included it below but it all looks amazing and thank you!

Also, my colleagues at work were lovely and got me gifts, which they didn’t need to do, as well as surprised me with a cake (which, was embarrassing because despite the way I look sometimes I don’t like attention, ha, ha).

From my boyfriend…

A camera!!!

Anyone who knows me is aware that a camera is something that I’ve wanted a long time for taking photographs when I’m travelling, for this blog (!) and because I wanted to start my own YouTube channel. I had suspected this might be what Martin was getting me but he tried to throw me off the scent several times by telling me I hadn’t guessed what he had got me yet. When I opened his present on my birthday my reaction was to yell at him for spending so much but he said he’d been saving up for a while and eventually I conceded to not forcing him to send it back.

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For anyone wondering the camera I got is a Canon 1300D (I also got a cute camera bag to go with it!) and it’s a DLSR so it can take photographs and also shoot video. I’ve already used it to film a YouTube video (check out my last blog post) and take lots of shameless outfit pictures such as this one:

From my boyfriend’s family…

A tripod

Since Martin was in charge of coordinating what I wanted for my birthday he asked his family to get me a tripod to go alongside my new camera for YouTube videos. This came in an absolutely unnecessarily big box so I was very confused when this first arrived but as soon as I knew my first present was a camera I knew what this was.

I’ve only used it a few times but I’d definitely recommend this tripod to beginners as it’s really easy to use and doesn’t have complicated mechanisms (if you’ve used a tripod before you should be fine with this one!)

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From my granddad….

Harry Potter charm bracelet 

This is actually super cute and beautiful. My mum told me my Grandad bought this at a craft fair and I’m not surprised as you can tell that a lot of care and attention went into this bracelet by someone who is truly a Harry Potter fan. I probably am not going to be able to show each individual charm and sorry that I don’t know exactly who made this but it will go great with my Ravenclaw Danielle Nicole bag.

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Owl ornament 

This is a fun addition to my many ornaments that litter our flat. I might try to vary the decor for the seasons so I think this will look great for autumn when I plan to go for a bit more of a muted palette than you are used to from me!

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From my mother…

Miley Cyrus glitter converse

When I saw the Miley Cyrus x Converse collaboration I got very excited and then very overwhelmed trying to decide which shoe was favourite. Eventually, I settled on this low top silver glitter pair as I thought they’d go with more of my wardrobe and I needed a pair of everyday comfortable converse. Since my mum was ordering these for my birthday I went safe with sizing and went for a size 5 (UK) but I think these are a tad too big and I should have ordered the half size. They’re not uncomfortably big however and if you were going to make me into a shoe it would definitely be this one. Still, it’s a miracle they’ve lasted this long without me making them a lot more dirty.

I’m pretty sure but I haven’t investigated yet that if you’re not a fan of the M.C. for Miley on the laces you can take that off. I would love to get the pink ‘Get Out of My Way’ lace locks from Just Peachy to put on here and if I save up enough to make another order (because I know it will be a big one, ha, ha) I’ll definitely post it here.

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From my friend, Callie…

Birthday cake

Every year Callie makes a birthday cake for everyone she knows on their birthday. I insisted that she didn’t have to this year but she is stubborn as a mule so in the end I just let her get on with it. I don’t have a picture because honestly I just forgot to take one but it was a super pretty pink Victoria sponge style cake that essentially was pure sugar! She also got me some Lindt chocolate as well which may or not have fallen victim to my stomach already but was special because she remembered that my favourite is the little blue extra creamy one.

Sugarpill Cosmetics x Little Twin Stars eyeshadow palette 

I’ve wanted this for quite a while simply because it is so adorable. However, I could never bring myself to buy it because my heart told me to get the set even though I wouldn’t wear the lipsticks but wanted the makeup bag and box whereas my head told me I just needed the eyeshadow palette. Luckily, Callie listened to my head and got me the eyeshadow palette, which I love. Honestly, it’s quite small for what I bet Callie paid for it but after trying it out a bit there is quite a bit of product in there. I think this is more for people who really love Sanrio or the particular shades in the palette though. For me, it was worth it for the pink glitter shade in there on its own because it is literally my perfect pink glitter eyeshadow (I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do when I used it all).

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Primark 101 Dalmatians bag 

I’ve styled this on my Instagram already but on reflection I think my face in the image ruins it ha, ha because I don’t think having a grumpy face is really me so am considering deleting the post (but I don’t like doing that so am conflicted). This is such a cute bag and I love that it’s huge as I didn’t really have a bag like that where I can chuck all my stuff in. It will also be a great addition to any Disney trip, as I feel 90% of my wardrobe is me thinking about how it would look at Disney!

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There’s my little birthday haul – thank you again to all my family and friends! While twenty free has not been treating me amazingly so far; I think the rest of this year will definitely pick up!

April (April is the Cruellest Month)

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90s Witch Fashion Haul

I feel like this could also be titled ‘I got paid and spent money on clothes’ but since I noticed that a lot of my purchases could make outfits that I’d define as ’90s Witch fashion’ (and by this I mean as depicted in TV shows, i.e. Willow in Buffy, The Craft, etc.); I thought it would be nice to collect those purchases together and do a little bit of a show and tell.

I also want to try out a little something different this time so am going to show my purchases through outfits. I lack the skill and patience for cute flat lay posts so am going to showcase my outfits instead through what I will dub ‘hanger lay’ (which will never be a thing).

Outfit 1: Forever pretending its Autumn 

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Brown Beret: Primark

Jumper: New Look (in the sale- couldn’t find link)

Dress: Asos

Boots: Topshop (old)- would look amazing with some vegan Dr Martens

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Outfit 2: Trying my hardest to be ‘Tumblr’ 

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The cardigan is not laying exactly right in this photograph, which annoys me, but not enough to muster the effort to take the photograph again.

Beret: Topshop

Top: Little Viking Vintage

Dress: Asos

Cardigan: H and M

Necklace: A gift I’ve had a while, you can find an official one here

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Outfit 3: 90s film witches need a bit more pink 

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Jacket: Topshop (from the Christmas sales)

Dress: H and M (couldn’t find exact online)

Boots: Primark

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So there it is a short and sweet post where I try something a bit new! If I manage to have the time and or can muster the effort I’ll try to post some pictures of me wearing some of these outfits on my Instagram (so be sure to follow me there, wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

Ethics and sustainability of the clothes featured:

This section is not to shame anyone (including myself) but just because I think its good to remind ourselves where our things come from. Although I try in little ways to be more ‘ethical’ and sustainable; I am very far from perfect in this regard so please don’t feel guilty from this section.

The top from Little Viking Vintage is vintage, which is therefore very environmentally friendly!

Topshop, H and M and Primark are known for being ‘fast fashion’ brands that range in affordability but are all what are considered ‘high street’ brands. They then tend to be problematic generally in terms of ethics, with all facing accusations of ‘sweat shop labour’. Personally, the items I buy from here I keep and mend for many years (with the exceptions of jeans- as they just wear down very quickly on the thighs for me) so I try my best to keep the ‘fast fashion’ element out of the things I buy.

Asos’s private label is generally considered to be ‘middle ground‘ in terms of ethics and sustainability. They do however have a section on their website labelled ‘Eco Brands’ which shines the light on environmentally friendly brands.

Wool: The beret and cardigan are likely to be a wool blend. The ethics of wool can be supsect but it is possible to buy more ethical wool- you can read more on this here. If this is something you feel passionately about your best bet is to check to see if you can find the credentials for where the wool in your clothes has come from (buying vintage wool is also a good bet)- something I need to get better at, though I’ll be honest sometimes this can make shopping a bit of an expensive minefield (and I don’t think there is anything wrong with admitting that).

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Primark Haul (London): June 2017

Martin (my boyfriend) and I went out for a spontaneous day trip to London the other week and I picked up a few bits from the Primark in Oxford Street so thought I’d do a little mini haul of what I got because some of it is super cute if I do say so myself.

As always, I’m going to attach some links about the ethics and sustainability of Primark. I found this page that had all the pros and cons of shopping at Primark in terms of sustainability and ethics useful, especially as they had links for all the information they provided. Personally, I think because of the amount of attacks that Primark has faced, they actually have become more aware and careful with their practices.

I personally go for Primark not only because they are cheap but because they have a lot of good Disney and Harry Potter merchandise that I love, which is why I wanted to visit the Oxford Street Primark.

Either way as I’ve mentioned before I include this information not to guilt trip anyone (as I’d be guilt tripping myself too) but just so everyone stays aware and has the information available if they need it. Also, I personally am trying to pay more attention to what I buy and where it comes from (especially in regards to makeup).

Anyway, onto the haul. As I’ve mentioned all of what I purchased was from the Oxford Street Primark though I am sure a lot if not most of what I purchased is available in other Primark’s across the country.

Ravenclaw T-shirt

Price: £6.00

So recently I’ve been going through a little bit of internal crisis with what Hogwarts house I am in. Before now, I’ve always identified as Ravenclaw and have a well loved Hogwarts scarf to prove it.

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However, I recently took the Pottermore quiz again to see if maybe that had changed. And I got Ravenclaw. Since this was in the middle of a pretty heavy deadline period for me I thought that might have triggered it. But low and behold I did the quiz again and once again received Ravenclaw. So slowly and surely I’ve started identifying as a Ravenclaw more and more. I think I will always be stuck between a Gryffindor and a Ravenclaw, as it literally depends how brave I’m feeling on the day. Also, Hermione Granger is my spirit animal so that probably explains why I’m torn between the two.

Either way I have to admit that the Ravenclaw colours are beautiful and out of all the colour schemes probably suit me the most so I least I have that as a plus.

Internal self crisis aside the top itself from Primark is so comfy and soft. I also think the designs they did for each house looked amazing, and they have a slight faded effect, which added so much to the design in my opinion. Basically, if you’re into Harry Potter and want to show your allegiance I think these tops are a great option for doing so without full on dressing up like you’re going to Hogwarts (not that there is anything wrong with that).

I also think it’d be interesting to see what the Illvermorny house t-shirts would like look like (do they sell them in the US?), as according to the google there are Primark stores in the US, which is something I didn’t know (I thought Primark was a Europe/ UK phenonemon). I’ve not really seen a lot of merchandise for the Illvermorny houses but then again I live in the UK but I’d be interested in seeing more. I need to do the quiz for my Illvermorny house actually on my Pottermore, as well all the other quizzes since I’ve only done the Hogwarts House quiz (maybe I’ll do a blog post with all my results if anyone is interested).

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The shirt is currently in the wash so I couldn’t get a photograph of it just lying flat but I found a Ebay listing of the shirt if you want a better look though I wouldn’t recommend buying it there as it’s more expensive on the listing than in store.

Princess Peach Make Up Bag 

Price: £5.00

I’ve been on the hunt for some bigger makeup/ toiletry bags, as since I’ve started to get into makeup a lot more, my collection is getting bigger. I also didn’t have anything that was particularly big in the first place so always struggled a little when going anywhere as I tend to like to pack everything I own!

This Princess Peach bag has plenty of room, a zip pocket on the inside, which I’m very fond of as a feature of bags (I usually like to put sanitary towels in there, before that was to keep them hidden, now I just think it’s a good idea to put them in any zip pouch you have to make sure you always have one available). I also love that the little zipper has a mini Princess Peach on it.

Princess Peach Makeup Bag Front(Front of the bag) 

Princess Peach Makeup Back(Back of the bag) 

Zip Pocket(Zip pocket) 

Mini Princess Peach(Mini Princess Peach on the zip) 

Rugrats Angelica Large Make Up Holder 

Price: £6.00

I also picked up an even larger makeup/ toiletries bag because I really love the inside, which allows you to separate what you have. I thought this would be particularly good for travelling as you could have makeup one side and then toiletries the other side. The fact that this is Rugrats themed is just an added bonus.

Rugrats Makeup Case(Front) 

Rugrats Back of the Case(Back) 

Rugrats Inside the Case(Inside- as you can see you seal it with velcro) 

Imitation Vans Shoes

Price: £8.00

So I’ve managed to wear through a lot of my shoes recently so was in desperate need of some new shoes. When I saw these in Primark and noticed that they were only £8, I was like why not? Generally, I don’t like to buy imitations of things, as I feel bad when a company has gone to a lot of effort in creating their own unique design but I don’t have the money for the real thing. Also, when I bought them I was not that big a fan of the design to warrant spending a lot of money on them. However, since buying them I have become more and more fond of them and find myself wearing them everywhere. Definitely my favourite purchase of my shop!

If you are interested in buying the original version of this design you can buy them here. On the original version the line on the side goes up on the middle, which does not appear on the Primark design (it just remains one smooth curve).

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Disney Mickey Mouse ‘Oh Boy!’ Necklace 

Price: £2.00

Anyone who knows me knows that I am more than a little Disney mad so couldn’t help but fall in love with this Mickey Mouse themed necklace. I’m personally a fan of more delicate jewellery (with silver being my preference) so this was exactly my style and I loved the little Mickey Mouse ears detail. It would also look perfect with a Minnie Mouse Disneybound I am planning (for those who don’t know a Disneybound is an outfit inspired by a Disney character rather than a direct cosplay of that character).

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Marie T-shirt 

Price: £6.00

I actually bought two Marie t-shirts  but I’m only able to show you one of them because the other one is in the wash, and is more of a bedtime oversized t-shirt anyway. However, if you’re interested this is that t-shirt and it was £5.00 in store.

The other t-shirt I got has a cute little Marie pocking up above the pocket and on the pocket there is her famous quote, ‘Because I’m a Lady! That’s Why.’ I’m not the world biggest fan of the quote but I love anything Marie. I also bought this t-shirt as I’m trying to get as much Marie stuff as possible in order to build up loads of options for my Marie Disneybound (for a trip I’m planning). This particular top I think would look so adorable with some pink dungaree shorts.

I’ve took a picture of it with my Disney x Lazy Oaf Marie jacket so you also get a feel of what the two would look like together if I decide to just go full on Marie with my Disneybound.

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Marie Disneybound(Apologises for the towel in the background of this photograph- I promise once my Disneybound is complete I’ll get some nice, better photographs!)

So that’s my small Primark haul! Let me know if you enjoy this type of post and I will do more in the future though I do have some more exciting haul content (though not Primark) coming soon!

 

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