NEW SHOES HAUL

Good evening beautiful souls,

The other week I received an exciting delivery in the post from Office. I had decided that I was in real need of new shoes for work and as much as I’d tried to reason with myself that I already had plenty, I just couldn’t help myself. I wanted a pair of plain black comfy shoes that would go with almost any outfit and as I didn’t own a pair of plain black comfy shoes it totally justified buying new shoes right?! At least that’s what I told myself as I kept adding shoes to my basket. Then a couple of day later I was browsing the charity shops and found two more perfect pairs of shoes, well one pair of beautiful boots and also a pair of platform sandals! Four pairs of new shoes in a week, I felt naughty haha but was in shoe heaven! In case you can’t tell – I am a shoe addict! I admit it! I really have to work hard to restrain myself from buying shoes and the other week, as you can see, I totally failed. Anyway, I’ve been excited to show you what beauts I picked up, so let’s go:

The first pair are these beautiful black with rose gold New Balance trainers. I’ve wanted a new pair of New Balance trainers for a while now as they are so comfy. I own a pair of orange ones already which I’d bought in an attempt to bring a bit more colour to my wardrobe, but I always end up struggling to match them to an outfit and so I decided I needed a black pair that would go with almost anything. When I stumbled across these black and rose gold trainers in the sale I couldn’t believe my luck and added them to my basket straight away!! I’ve worn them to work a couple of times now and I am very pleased! They are a little on the narrow side (damn my wide feet) making them tight to get into at first and they only have very short laces (barely enough to tie a single knot, let alone a double one); however they feel great on and give my feet good support unlike any flat soled trainer – these are a keeper!

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Next I thought I’d try out a cheaper pair of shoes. I did have a pair of beautiful suede vans in my basket, but opted for these van styled office own brand shoes instead because I mean I had to be at least a little sensible and not splash out too much right?! Another reason I don’t like spending too much on shoes is that I tend to wear my shoes down quite quickly; I have a heavy step and because I am on my feet at work all day my shoes get dirty and sweaty rather fast. Anyway, I’ve worn these to work a couple of times now too and they are also quite comfy, although I must admit that I don’t find the material very breathable which for work ain’t the best.

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Now onto my charity shop bargains! The first pair I found were these beautiful delicate olive green boots (the photo doesn’t do the colour justice sorry!) for only £4.99 I think! I immediately fell in love with them! I think they’ll be the perfect autumn shoe and I can’t wait to style them up with some of my dresses and cosy knits! Hurry up already autumn!

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Last but not least are these fab black platform sandals that I got for £3.99! I love platform sandals – I can’t walk in heels to save my life and my feet kill after like 2 seconds, so platform sandals/heels are my saving grace, giving me that nice bit of extra height and at the same time keeping my feet happy! I took these with me to the Vegan Camp Out festival as I had a skirt I wanted to wear which was too long without heels and my feet were comfy all day! However I am sooo gutted to say that on the last night the straps on one shoe just kinda snapped! So so annoyed as I wanted them for the Lindisfarne festival too and now I’m not sure what shoes to take aha! I don’t know if it’s worth looking into getting them fixed, but it might be as I love them so much aha. We’ll see I guess.

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Well there you have my recent shoe haul. Four more shoes added to my already extensive shoe collection!! Maybe I should do a shoe haul of all the shoes I currently own some time?! Would you be interested in seeing my extensive collection?! Also what’s your favourite comfy shoe/trainer?! Any recommendations for the future? Well lovelies, hope you had a great bank holiday and aren’t feeling too sad to be back at work!

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FUNKY SOAP HAUL

Hey there beautiful souls,

After weeks of steeling my housemates Bodyshop ginger shampoo I finally remembered to restock on my shampoo bars from The Funky Soap Shop.

I love these shampoo bars because they’re 100% natural, vegan and I’m supporting an independent small business. They also last pretty long and can be used as bodywash as well, so they’re perfect for traveling!!

I don’t have any favourites and just tent to buy different ones each time. Here’s what I got this time round:

Now as I’ve mentioned in a previous post these work really well for my hair now that it’s short, but when it was long I didn’t get on well with the shampoo bars at all. However as they’re quite cheap and can be used for bodysoap too, I highly recommend you give this company a go and see what you think!

Love Carina xo

DAY TRIPPING TO YORK

Good evening beautiful souls,

Yesterday I spent a lovely day in York with one of my best friends from uni. I hadn’t seen Chloe since autumn last year and so it was lovely to catch up again.

I hopped on the train at around 9.55 and arrived in York at 10.40 ish. We started our day with our umbrellas pitched against the pouring rain and fighting a battle with the wind as they kept blowing inside out. Because it was so miserable we decided to do a spot of shopping and went into Primark where I tried some nice pieces on but didn’t buy as sadly non looked good on, but I did come out with some basics that needed stocking up, more socks and simple tank tops and the like.

After having a browse around Topshop and a couple of other stores we sat down in Pret for a bite of lunch and I enjoyed a yummy avocado, olive and sun-dried tomato baguette.

The rain had finally stopped by the time we finished lunch and so we did a bit more window shopping discovering some really beautiful stores (I love a good window display) including a fragrance shop where I had to really resist spending my money. We also crossed paths with a cute tea shop where I bought a loose leaf gingerbread rooibush tea which I am excited to try as it smells amazing.

We then visited the three Harry Potter shops that can now be found in the Shambles and although I didn’t buy anything it made me want to go to the Harry Potter studios even more!

As it started getting colder we went for a pint and a nice long chat before walking along the wall a bit and then going for a cocktail. I tried an Amaretto in da ghetto aha which was super tasty!

Towards the end of the day we treated ourselves to dinner at the Botanist which was really tasty. I had olives for starters and then a delicious aubergine stake with giant Moroccan couscous for mains. I was happy with the Vegan options available, a good selection and lots I wanted try; I shall have to go back another time.

At around 7.30pm we sadly has to say goodbye and I made my way to the station to catch my train home.

It was such a nice day despite the rain. I love York, it’s such a beautiful place and it’s always nice to catch up with friends you don’t see often.

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BEAUTY HAUL

Good evening beautiful souls,

Firstly Happy Easter!!! I hope you’ve had a fabulous day!! I’ve been busy at work but am now going to a friend’s for dinner and a couple of episodes of Vikings!!

Anyway back to my post, I have recently purchased some new beauty bits & bobs and thought I would share what I got with you:

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Firstly I made a stop in the Body Shop to buy some more moisture foundation with an spf of 15. They didn’t have my usual shade in stock, but the shade darker was on sale so I just went for it hoping it wasn’t too dark and that with sunnier days to come my skin would start tanning a little a day match the foundation well. I’ve yet to try a full face if it.

I also spotted this cute Metal Lip Liquid in the Body Shop and thought I’d give it a whirl. I love it! The application is a bit gloopy but it has a beautiful rosy shimmer!

Next I also bought the light Collection powder (which I stupidly dropped just before taking the photo and of course it smashed) because I’d ran out. I usually always wear powder just to set my foundation a little.

The Rimmel London mascara I actually picked up in Poundland, it’s a dark green which I loved the idea off, but actually it’s so dark it just looks black really which is a shame, I had hoped for a bit more of a green.

Last but not least I got these cute soft pink fake nails in Savers for whenever I next have a night out (probably not any time soon aha) or a lovely day out somewhere. Sadly I can’t wear fake nails or nail varnish to work as I work with food, so I only get to have pretty nails on special occasions.

Well that’s my mini haul done. Have any of you lovelies tried any of these products? I’d love to know.

Also I hope you are having a wonderful Easter weekend!

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