Collective Haul (Fashion, Beauty + More!)

I notice I go through stages with spending, I can go for a few months without buying anything and then I tend to buy in clusters. I do prefer to buy things together rather than going to the shops every week and I’m not actually spending more, I just get things at the same time. Last weekend I popped into town to look for a few bits (which I managed to find) and last Monday I placed my first Sephora order. I found it interesting that I ordered from the New Zealand site but the products came from Australia despite there being a physical store here in New Zealand. Not complaining though as I qualified for free shipping and the items arrived within four days of placing the order.

On with the haul!

1. Light Wash Denim Jacket

I purchased a borg style denim jacket off ASOS last year in one of my usual sizes and I’ve worn it a couple of times but it’s too oversized. The seam where the shoulder meets the arm is halfway between my shoulder and my elbow and it looks like I’m an American footballer wearing padding. I will try and sell the jacket as it’s still in good condition but over the past few months I have been looking for a replacement. I ended buying this light wash denim jacket from Pagani – it’s a store I often forget to visit but should make an effort too because the clothing is stylish, good quality and reasonably priced. I had a look online and saw a few different styles of jacket and went in store to try them on. I was torn between this and another jacket in a size up but when I held them up against each other there was barely any difference in size and this one fitted a tad nicer when I tried them on. The other jacket was more of a mid wash blue which I didn’t think flattered my hair as much. The jacket I ended up going with has a relaxed fit and I don’t have to roll the sleeves up too much; the proportions seem right for my body. This will go with anything and is a great staple to have.

2. G-String 2 Pack

Maybe this is TMI but I haven’t worn a g-string before. I bought these to wear underneath a bodysuit I purchased last year which I haven’t had the chance to wear yet because I didn’t have suitable underwear to wear with it. I went with classic black which will match the colour of the bodysuit and these also looked comfortable and not too skimpy.

3. Fiona Gibson books

I read a book from this author a short while ago and thoroughly enjoyed the story and her writing style. She has a romance, chick lit style and her books seem humerous, sweet and make for nice easy reads. Both books came to $12 which for brand new books is a steal!

4. Flower headband

I bought this for a Mexican themed quiz night I went to a few days ago. I was going for a bright, colourful scheme and paired this with glowy, bright makeup (let me know if you’d like me to recreate the look) and a black and white outfit to make the colours pop. Quiz night was a success, our team came 4th out of 26 teams and we were only six points behind the team that came 1st overall.

Onto the Sephora goodies!

5. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector – Royal Glow

I have heard Rachael (Helpless Whilst Drying) rave about this particular shade and I also have a mini of Opal so I know how beautiful BECCA’s highlighters are! I love all things British and the packaging of this product and the crown embossed into the powder are adorable nods to the royal family – the inspiration behind this highlighter. This shade is supposedly limited edition so I wanted to grab it while I had the chance.

6. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer

Since Fenty Beauty launched I have heard plenty of positivity surrounding the brand. I was tempted by the Gloss Bombs but I’m on a lipstick ban this year and didn’t want to break it. I’m halfway through my current primer and liked the sound of this one so I got it to try when my current one runs out. I purchased the 15ml size as opposed to the full 32ml size.

7. ZOEVA Rose Golden 230 Pencil Brush

Funny story behind this brush, I had planned to buy it when I ordered ZOEVA brushes from Beauty Bay at the end of April but pictures made this brush look bigger than it actually is so I purchased the 240 Luxe Petit Pencil Brush instead. When the 240 arrived it was absolutely tiny and whilst I have small eyes I was left wishing I had gone with the 230. I used the 240 on my lower lash line but because of it’s size I felt like I was poking my eyes and it wouldn’t be effective for the purpose I wanted it for; to apply shades in the outer V. I haven’t had a chance to use the 230 yet but the bristles are lovely and soft and the brush doesn’t look too big.

What was the last thing you treated yourself to?

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Let’s Talk, Bras!

Let's Talk, Bras!Hi everyone! I was inspired to write this post after a recent experience I had bra shopping. If you read my previous post, Weekend Beauty Haul, you’ll know I picked up a new bra and it was the first time I’d been bra shopping in a looong time. Bras are part of our everyday lives but for many of us it’s hard to find ones worth investing in and ones that suit and flatter our shape.

Despite being short and quite small my chest has always been on the larger side. Realistically I don’t know where I fall on the spectrum size wise, whether I’m considered small, large or in the middle but I’ve always been happy with the size I am. I’ve never felt unhappy and like I needed to change anything. I’m sure there are women out there with smaller chests who wish theirs were bigger and vice versa but I’m a happy medium. I’m curvy and it’s all part of growing up and being a woman.

The hard part is when it comes to buying bras and figuring out what size you are. You could be completely different sizes from one brand to the next and there are so many cuts and styles it’s hard to know what’s right for you. I think you just have to do your research, read up about the different styles and next time you’re out looking, grab a few options to try on. That way you know what you like and what you don’t. Personally I’ve never been measured but lots of places offer the service for free. There are also plenty of guides online to assist with where to measure and how to measure. You could even enlist your friend (or partner) to help!

One of the biggest problems I have had in the past is bra straps falling down. I don’t know whether it’s because the bras I’ve had have had wide-set straps, my shoulders aren’t broad enough or I’m just wearing the wrong size. The bra I purchased at the weekend is the first one where I haven’t had to adjust the straps 20 times a day. I did go up a cup size which might have something to do with it!

Another issue I’ve found is the selection of bras isn’t always appropriate for my age. There seem to be bras for more mature ladies and the rest are all sexy, skimpy and not appropriate for work and daytime wear. I’m a 21 year old, I don’t want plain, shapeless bras or lace cups with ribbons and diamonds on the cleavage. I want something with a bit of vibrancy, colour and classic but not boring. There are plenty of bras that are pretty but a lot of them either look flimsy or aren’t practical.

I’m still not entirely convinced I’m on the right track bra-wise but maybe one day I’ll pluck up the courage to get myself measured. Until then I’ll keep searching, fidgeting with bra straps and trying to figure out what size I am in the quest to find the perfect bra. Does it exist? I sure hope so!

Let me know if you’ve experienced any of these problems or problems of your own.

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Sleep Chic

Sleep ChicHappy Friday lovelies! Today things are going to get a little bit sexy round here and I hope you don’t mind. As women we like to feel good about ourselves and beautiful in what we wear and lingerie is one of many ways we can achieve that. Whether you’re buying to please yourself or someone else, *wink emoji* we all deserve to feel sexy and confident.

I will be honest with you and admit I was in two minds about doing this post. I struggle quite a bit with insecurity about how my body looks and how I feel about myself. I find it difficult to think anything I wear could look sexy or that anybody could find me sexy but these feelings pushed me to go ahead with the post anyway. Maybe it will inspire someone out there who feels the same.

I have selected five gorgeous sleepwear and lingerie sets Adore Me have to offer to demonstrate a few different styles to you.

PastelsSleep Chic - PastelsPastel colours suit all skin tones and are perfect if you want to inject a bit of oomph into your lingerie. Pastels allude to delicacy and femininity. The soft tones offer up a dose of demure sexiness without being in your face.

Classic

Sleep Chic - Classic
Some of us have a more traditional approach to sleepwear and like to be comfortable. On those cold winter nights there’s nothing more inviting than getting home from work and curling up in your pyjamas. A set like this is sure to keep you warm whilst looking stylish.

Girly

Sleep Chic - GirlyGirly girl, check! Lover of pink, check! The blush tones combined with the black, bows and frills make this set utterly adorable. Whilst being girly, it’s not childish and still looks sophisticated.

SimplisticSleep Chic - SimplisticIf colour is not your thing, black and white always looks classy. The lace trim adds a bit of sexiness and transforms what could be something quite plain into something seductive. The camisole cutout makes it even more stunning!

BrightSleep Chic - Bright
Do you like to make a statement? Lightweight, lacy, bright – a match made in heaven for those sizzling summer nights. I also think this style would suit petite, boy-ish frames especially; the material skims over everything and gives the illusion of curves.


I hope this post has given you some inspiration on how you can spice up your lingerie drawer and some of the styles that are out there. Which style is your favourite?
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