It’s my birthday and I’ll spend if I want to

Well, it’s not quite my birthday, since that was Nov 25. However, I am a freshly minted 27 year old and I also got my paycheque on my birthday, so naturally I treated myself.

Mostly to leggings.

Soooo many leggings.

Everything is from yoursclothing.co.uk, some things were included in the Black Friday sales, some were full price (I had a voucher for £10 off orders over £40 [full priced items tho] – GVOUCHER1040 might still work!).

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Black Longline Top – £19 – I LOVE THIS TOP! It is super, super comfortable, I love the length, and sheer panels (that aren’t displaying my back) are such my jam. This is fantastic and I really recommend it!

 

 

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Aztec Knitted Wrap – £19.60 (may go back up to £28) – I don’t really like stuff that’s called ‘Aztec’ (because cultural appropriaton and also WHAT DOES IT MEAN IT’S GEOMETRIC PATTERNS) – but I saw this cardigan in the Yours store near me and really wanted it, but it was too expensive at the time. I actually wanted the khaki colourway, but it was sold out in my size so I grabbed this stone coloured one, and I really enjoy it. I feel pretty freaking fancy in it and it’s a great length to go with leggings and tunics (my preferred outfit choice!).

 

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Black super-soft cardigan – £16 – This is actually called a ‘boyfriend’ cardigan, but that’s such a pet peeve – WHOSE BOYFRIEND?? I don’t have a boyfriend. I don’t have a girlfriend. I am determinedly single. There is nothing masculine about the cut of this cardigan. alskdjfla;ksdfj

Love the cardigan though. Comfy and soft.

 

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Black Scuba Jeggings – £19 – Not much to say about these, but they’re nice! Thick, simple, go with everything.

 

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Black Elastane Leggings – £10 or 2 for £16 – Since the Asos leggings stopped coming in the long length, I’ve been looking for some longer length black leggings so I thought I’d try these. They’re thicker than I expected, and are a hint too tight, but I like them well enough. I think they’ll be good for winter!

 

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Silver Foil Print Leggings – £15 – These are really comfortable! And not too bright of a silver – so to me they’re more wearable than the super duper shiny types. Plus, y’all know me and metallic shit.

 

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Gold Foil Leggings – £13.20 (may go back up to £22) – Oh gosh these are so pretty! And comfortable! And gold! Damn right I love them!

 

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Iridescent Reptile Print Leggings – £13.20 (may go back up to £22) – I mean, you can tell by the name why I had to have these. Iridescent. Reptile. Also comfortable. They’re a lot more blue irl, which shows up better on the video on the website.

 

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Pink & Black Animal Print Pyjama– £12 – my mum got me these! THEY ARE THE MOST COMFORTABLE AND I LOVE THEM. I spend a great deal of my time in pyjama pants, so I’m super glad to have these! In fact they may be my favourite out of my entire birthday haul. You can’t underestimate how much I love comfort.

So that’s it! Got a ton of shit, love it all, worked my birthday (in retail, as black friday sales began, yaaaaay), glad to crawl into my super incredibly soft pyjama pants at the end.

 

Hope you’re all well! Did you grab anything nice in the sales?

 

Life: It plods along

Oh gosh, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? I had meant to post a Nine Worlds review (I had fun on my panels, loved talking to people and making new or stronger friendships, feel increasingly like actual con-going fandom is not really a reflection of me or my interests but I can’t resist the people in it), I’d meant to post a few clothes hauls, I’d meant to talk about the films I’ve seen.

But I haven’t done any of those things, and frankly it’s ridiculous to procrastinate from my own blog! I’m pretty sure not a one of you really cares what I post up here, or whether anyone is overly fussed if there’s another post here or not. And frankly, that’s pretty freeing!

I guess here’s an update on my hair colour (even though I’m gonna change it next week, not sure what to!)

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So anyway, I feel like I’m coming into a period of change – my seasonal job at the National Trust is over for another year, and I had an absolutely fantastic time! It was a job which mainly involved being an welcoming and friendly person for 15 hours a week, which, if anyone has met me, is so obviously my jam! It’s also been a great confidence builder and has really improved my social interaction skills.

Skills which I put into use at the the i’s fifth birthday party! (for those not in the know, the i is the digest version of the Independant newspaper. It has a great puzzles and crossword page!) Mum had scored us tickets, so we dutifully went down to that London (with a stop at Whitby for the Sunday of the goth weekend!), dressed in our glad rags and drank some free wine. I chatted to complete strangers, including the Independent and Evening Standard’s economic commentator. It was a lovely evening, in a lovely setting.

Currently I’m waiting to start a new temp job – my local Marks & Sparks and trying to use the time in an academically sensible way. I’m only partially succeeding, but I have submitted my first assignment for my latest and last OU Module – Literature From Shakespeare to Austen. I don’t know how good this assignment is, but my fingers are crossed that overall I’ll be able to scrounge up a 2:1 for this course, as it’ll mean I gain a 2:1 overall for the degree, which will be an asset for the latest decision I’ve come to…

For a long time I’ve felt as though my future has been drifting aimlessly and that I’ve had very little control of where I may end up. I just haven’t felt equipped to come to any kind of decision about any career to go for or education to attain… But recently that’s changed! I’ve decided that I’m going to go on to get an MA (if my marks allow me), preferably in Early Modern English Literature. I’d like to be a teacher, eventually.

And if all that falls through and I’m unable to get the marks I want, then I guess it’s another year of seasonal National Trust work as I figure out some new path. I do feel more comfortable though – the careers I want are either educational or within the heritage industry, and now that I know that, I can work towards those goals. I don’t feel so lost anymore, which, after nearly 27 years, is pretty great!

And before I go, one moment of blatant consumerism. After seeing these beautiful chocolate knee-boots on Naomi of Diamonds ‘n’ Pearls, I had to get a pair for myself! But brown is a rare sight in my wardrobe, so I grabbed some black ones!

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Sole Diva Cowboy Boots –  £55, Simply Be.

Now, to me, these are expensive boots, although I will grant that they are eminently reasonable for what they are. I got the 9EEE Extra Curvy Plus fit and they fit me alright – my calves are about 5-10mm too large, but they will go on (the ankles are a hint baggy and the boots are not quite as high as they might otherwise be), however I knew that might be a problem when I purchased them as the size guide is pretty accurate. Still, I’m very happy with them! They look good on, the heel isn’t too high for me (I’m not a heel wearer!) and I can’t wait for an opportunity to wear them! As a bit of a statement purchase, I have to say I’m pleased!

How is everyone else?

Asos Haul(s)

So I figured since I keep buying stuff from Asos (including a premier membership [cos free next day delivery for a year? at £9.95? yes please!]), it was time to post up a little haul of things I’ve bought! These are going right back to last October, so er, some things may not be available still, but I shall link what I can 🙂

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Asos Curve Leather Skater Skirt – it was in green, but unfortunately they only have blue left on the site. It was £25, down from £85, which I think’s a bargain!

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Anchor and Chains Bracelet – £8 – I do like this bracelet, but the clasp is a pain to get on and it kept catching on things and the chains pulled off, meaning I had to keep reattaching the chains. It’s a bit frustrating, because I love the size of the charm, but everything else is irritating, haha.

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Asos Curve Batwing Top – £15 – This top is so comfortable, which is great, since I bought it for work. It’s a gentle batwing shape, so there’s no swooping about like Batman in it, but it allows for very easy movement. I think the gentle draping and wider bottom band is pretty flattering, too.

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And just to prove I don’t solely buy from Asos – Simply Be Cowl Neck Cable Tunic – £18. Also bought for work! Alas, it’s actually too warm, but it looks nice anyway. I love cowl necks like this – they’re very warm and flattering, but surprisingly I can’t stand other types of high-neck.

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New Look Inspire Lace Top – £13 – I bought this because I grabbed the black version whilst in my local New Look (and when they still had the Inspire section in stores), and it’s such a comfortable, pretty top that I needed it in purple too! This cut is one I think is very flattering to many shapes and figures, and it’s a great weight of jersey for spring/summer (…and autumn/winter too, if you like cardigans).

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Alice And You Cargo Trousers – £32 (!!!!) – Bought these for work! First time buying actual trousers in about 18 months, and I’m happy to say that these ones work much better for me than that last pair! They fit me fairly well, although the waistband isn’t as high as I’d like and they do slip down a lot. I think I’ll add some more elastic to the waistband, and that should sort that! Normally I’d be pissed that something that cost this much doesn’t fit well, but since I gave up trousers years ago for that very reason, I’m not surprised! They’re otherwise very comfortable.

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Asos Curve Skater Dress with Sweetheart Neck – £22 – another purchase for work! This dress is so incredibly comfortable! It’s just the right length on me (hits my knees, I’m ~5′ 7″) and both the neckline and the swing in the skirt are super flattering, IMO. Very pleased with this! Definitely worth actually paying full price, lmao (although it’s only £2 above my ‘no-things-above-£20-unless-it’s-spectacular-or-necessary’ rule).

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Asos Curve V-Neck Long-Sleeve Top in Baby Rib – £14 – surprise surprise, another top bought for work! I don’t actually wear it very often though, I think the baby-rib and the fact it doesn’t sit well on my shoulders means it’s not quite formal enough (not that I need to be super formal, but I don’t want to look too casual!). If it didn’t constantly rise up, I think it would be fine for work, but as it is, it’s just not quite right. It is SUPER comfortable though! I’ve used it as a pyjama top a couple of times because it’s so soft.

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Seche Vite Fast-Drying Top Coat – £11 – I really love painting my nails, normally about twice a week (it’s something to do while watching hockey!), so quick-drying top coats are a must! I had been using INM Out The Door, but I had about 1/4 of a bottle left and it’s gotten too thick to use so I bought Sally Hansen’s Diamond Flash, which is really good. It takes a little longer to dry than Out The Door, but I think the shine is better! I was going to dive straight into Seche Vite, but that seems pointless until I’ve used up Diamond Flash, so right now it’s just an (expensive) back-up. I’ve heard so many good things about it that I can’t wait to slap it on my nails!

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Asos Icon Brand Anchor Bracelet – £10 – This is what I bought to replace the other anchor bracelet I bought, and it’s certainly much easier to wear and catches a lot less! However, I had thought the charm would be bigger, IRL it’s quite small. I think I’ll attach the silver anchor charm to this bracelet, which should look good!

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New Look Inspire Midi-Cardigan – £14 – I bought this mostly for work, but also because in New Look I’d bought another midi-cardigan which was woolen, and I really like the length and effect of it. I’m really pleased with this! It’s light-weight but it’s perfect for working indoors, I like the swish it adds to outfits, and I like varying hemlines, so this certainly does that as most of my skirts are mid-thigh. It’s a shame it’s not available anymore, because I really like it!

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Club L Scuba Dress in Floral Print with Lace Sleeves – £18 – Oh. My. Gosh. This dress is fantastic! I absolutely adore it! The print is bolder than I normally go for, but I think it’s just lovely, and the lace sleeves complement this dress so well. It’s definitely on the short side, so I wear it with leggings (…as I do literally everything else, lol!), but I’m so happy with it! I bought it as a little gift to myself for finishing a difficult essay and I just love it. It’s still available on the site in sizes UK16-UK28, and it’s only £18! Delightful!

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Asos Curve Poppy Kimono with Fringing – £27 – This was pretty expensive, I must admit… So it’s a good thing I love it! I’d been eyeing this kimono for a couple of months, but it’s always seemed too expensive. I recently started work again (my contracts are seasonal, so my last one ran out just before Christmas) and got my first pay-cheque through, and decided to treat myself. It came today and I just can’t get enough of it! The colours, length and fringing are just gorgeous! It’s still too chilly to wear it, but come summer I shall be swanning around in this, looking fabulous and floaty. Asos also had a dress in this fabric, which I was tempted by as well – but unfortunately it’s not in my size anymore, and I’m not convinced I’d suit the shape, it’s still pretty though!

Is anyone else slightly uncomfortable with cover-ups and sheer cardigans being called kimonos? I mean, a kimono is a distinct piece of clothing, which these things are… not. They have kimono sleeves, I guess, but that’s it. I’m not sure it’s as bad as slapping anything with a geometric pattern ‘Aztec/Ethnic/G*psy’, but it’s still pretty gross, right?

Well anyway, there we have it! All the things I’ve bought since October! Most of these were actually sale items, so if you’re like me and don’t want to spend too much on things, don’t forget about the Asos Outlet section on their website – they frequently have things up there which don’t show up on the regular pages. It’s where I buy most things, unless it’s something I feel I need for work.

What have you been buying lately? Grabbed any bargains?