Collective Haul #2....

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I can't believe it's been a whole month since I last blogged!*slaps wrist* I really want to get back into blogging now I'm on my summer break and have a lot more free time on my hands. Over the last month I've bought quite a few bits and bobs so thought a Collective Haul would be the perfect post to get me back into things.

First up is Primark...
Whilst on a trip to Primark I picked up this Aztec print dress for £13. It's a lovely thin material which makes it perfect for summer and these beautiful hot days we keep having. It's also a nice length as it isn't too short; however, I do feel that on anyone shorter than me (I'm 5ft8/9) it may be a little bit too long. 
I also picked up these shorts for £10; I absolutely love the material and think they will look gorgeous with black sandals and a plain black tee. They are again, like the above dress, a lovely thin material ideal for hot summer days/nights. 
I've been wanting a pair of patterned trousers for so long now, I've literally tried hundreds of pairs on but they either don't suit me or they're too short but when I saw these in Primark I could hear them calling my name. Initially I thought what's the point in even trying them on because they will be again either too short or just look plain stupid on me; however, I'm so pleased that I did try them as they are perfect. Instead of making my legs look like tree stumps they actually make them look thinner and are also the perfect length! What's even better is these only cost me £12 so what's not to love?!

Next up is ASOS...
I've never really been a girl who wears dresses however this summer I knew I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and wear more of them. I first bought this dress in the navy option and fell in love with it so decided to order this beautiful yellow one. It is a gorgeous jersey material so it's comfortable to wear and it is a lot LOT brighter in person which is great for the summer months. I've had so many compliments from people at both sixth form (including my teachers but thankfully they're all under the age of 30!) and from people whilst out shopping. I paid £25 for this which I think is very reasonable and if you would like to pick it up I'm sure I've seen it still on their website. 
I also bought this gorgeous black and white stripe dress in the ASOS sale; I think I got this for £28 instead of £40 which is a fantastic bargain. Believe me, the above picture really doesn't do the dress justice! When on, the dress is lovely and fitted around the bust/waist area and flows out into lovely girly pleats which are so flattering. One thing I don't really like about the dress is the material as it creases like crazy however, the dress was too beautiful to send back.

Over the last month, I have also picked up various bits and pieces from other stores...
I bought this gorgeous blouse from Dorothy Perkins for £25. I absolutely love bold prints and peter pan collars so was immediately attracted to this. I think it will look fab with a pair of black skinny jeans and a pair of heels or flat sandals for a daytime look. I also love the buttons going up the back. 
My mam actually bought me this jacket from Dorothy Perkins last month and I absolutely love it. It looks great with my black trousers and vans for a more casual look or dressed up with my black jeans and heels. I think it was about £35 and I personally think it looks more Zara than DPs.
I picked up a black tee and a white tee from New Look for £4.99 each to wear with my patterned shorts, skirts and trousers; these from New Look are great as they aren't too thick for summer but aren't too thin. I also bought them in two sizes bigger than what I usually wear so I could tuck them in and bag them over. I also bought this plain white tee from Warehouse to wear with my new trousers featured above as I like the fact its longer at the back; this was £12. 
As well as clothes, I've also picked up these two necklaces. Firstly, I bought this rusty gold statement necklace from Primark for £4 and I love it as it will go with so many outfits. The next one is a necklace I purchased from Ebay for about £1.99; as some of you may be able to tell, it is a great dupe for the House of Harlow one many celebrities have been spotted wearing (I will be doing an entire post about this very soon!)
My mam also bought me this handbag from M&S. I've been wanting a small black handbag for ages but couldn't find one that I liked so I was so happy when my mam brought this home. It was in the sale for £13 instead of £19.50. 
Lastly, I went into Boots for a "lipstick" and came out with all of these goodies. I first headed to the make up sections to get the Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in the shade 101 as mine is almost empty and I love it but when I saw Rimmel were doing 'Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price' I couldn't resist so picked up another. I then headed to Soap and Glory to purchase a body scrub and again these were doing '3 for 2' so thought I might as well pick up another scrub as I go through these so quickly and a body butter which I also absolutely adore. I also picked up 2 packs of shavers as these were also half price. Finally, I went to see if John Frieda were doing any offers as I like to stock up on their conditioner and lo and behold they also were doing '3 for 2'! All in all, I spent £40 which is quite a lot of money but I saved £20 so it was definitely worth it!

WOW that was a long post! Like I say, I hope to get back into blogging over the next few weeks and hope you're all having a lovely summer and taking full advantage of this beautiful weather we're currently having. 
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