Saturday, 27 April 2013

Today I Bought #49

jumpers: both zara
animal print cami: topshop
mint green crop top: american apparel
knitted crop tops: both american apparel
mesh panel skirt: topshop
neon lime skirt: american apparel
lime kaftan: primark
floral bikini: primark
white bikini: river island
clutch bags: both zara
handbags: both zara
necklace: topshop
rings: ebay
bracelets: h&m
stacking rings: h&m
earrings: both h&m
perfume: balenciaga 'florabotanica'
fake tan: sienna x 'instant bronzing gel' and 'dark glowing gradual tan'

I'm afraid it's another 'Today I Bought' post yet again! I haven't really dressed up much as I've been at home relaxing so I haven't done many outfit posts for the time being. It's actually really nice to just shove on a pair of jeans with a jumper and not think too much about styling. I plan to have a much busier week next week so hopefully I will get round to posting some soon.

I am ashamed to admit that I did actually purchase all of these items in one day (eek!). I had a major shopping trip to the Bullring yesterday and ended up buying a lot more than I should have. I'm going out this weekend so I was desperately on the hunt for a new outfit or four! I ended up buying a couple of pencil skirts and crop tops which I can switch around to see which combination I like the best. My favourite is the beige knitted American Apparel crop top with the neon lime skirt. I love the two colours paired together, the beige really brings out the brightness of the neon. I also really like the ribbed texture of the skirt and it helps to suck you in more! I plan to wear this outfit with a large statement necklace, my nude Kurt Geiger 'Games' wedges and a pink lip.

I'm off to Marbella this Summer once again and possibly during May Bank Holiday so the bikini shopping has begun. I had some stuff to return to Primark and ended up exchanging them for this bright lime kaftan and floral bikini. I'm not sure if I will really wear the kaftan but I'm a big fan of this colour at the moment and thought it would look nice with a tan. The floral bikini is really lovely and fits perfectly, the gathering on the top reminds me a lot of the bikinis in H&M at the moment. I bit the bullet and also bought my first ever white bikini, fingers crossed it doesn't go see-through! I love the rose gold zip detailing and the textured fabric is a really nice touch.

I'm a huge fan of Zara handbags so picked up an excessive amount whilst shopping in there yesterday. I chose these two envelope style clutches for nights out, purely because they are simplistic and will go with pretty much everything. I also picked up this kind of boxy/ bowling shoulder bag which I've seen in there before in different colour ways but loved this brown, white and black version. I'll use this as a simple day bag during the Summer months as it's fairly small and easy to carry around. The envelope style shoulder bag is a pretty similar colour way but features a neon lime zip which really caught my eye. This is a much flatter satchel shape so gives a more casual look for during the day. 

The last bits and bobs are some cheap pieces of jewellery I picked up whilst mooching around H&M, a couple of YSL Arty ring lookalikes which I found on Ebay and my favourite perfume/ fake tan. I love the H&M stacking rings and actually bought them in a few different sizes so I can wear them on different fingers. I was after a real YSL Arty ring but didn't fancy dishing out £180 so found these cheaper alternatives via ebay. They are obviously not as good as the real thing but they will do for now!


  1. Florabotanica is the most gorgeous perfume ever!
    I smelt it in the Airport on the way back from Australia on New Year and it's been love ever since. I need some new bags too so you've given me lots of ideas! it seems like zara have some beauties in!
    Hope you're well?
    Laura xx

  2. Ah those clutch bags need to get in my life!

  3. love all of these but those zara bags are absolutely stunning! xx

  4. Love pretty much everything you brought!! all of the tops are gorgeous!
    xx Ayesha

  5. Ahh I want it all! :)
    Love the AA crop tops and all the jewellery!
    Could you link me the actaul link for the eBay rings at all?
    My twitter is @floraldanielle :)

  6. Love the bags! :) xx

  7. Love these posts!
    Such great buys
    Loving that first neon jumper
    Along with the two skirts
    And that floral bikini is gorgeous!!!!
    And your clutch bags want it all
    S xx

  8. Love these what u boughtposts however I think it would be better to listbwhere the items are from directly belowneach image rather than all at the bottom as it's kinda annoying having to keep scrolling backmup to see which item is from where!

  9. I literally love everything you feature on your blog, see my blog and you'll realise! You have such great taste Lydia.


  10. I love all of the items you've bought - a shopping trip with no regrets! I love Zara, so for me the handbags really stand out and I will be off to town tomorrow to see them for myself! I have only set up my blog in the last few days, yours has really inspired me so thank you!

    Emily x

  11. I want everything here, it's all so pretty. Especially the crops, midi skirts and zara knits! Jealous!

  12. I love all the neons! x