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3.28.2014

Shopping! (All Bloomin Day)

You know when you're being bullied by your kids in to do something you really don't want to do, well that was me today. My daughter featured here, decided it was high time that we went shopping. Today. Not tomorrow. Not Sunday. Today. And it had to be Manchester. A reluctant sheep, I followed and actually it wasn't so bad, the sun was shining and it was far less busy than a weekend.

We walked from the train station (a mere 5 minute stroll) and hit Primark, her first point of call. My lucky girl has 4 holidays booked abroad over the next 5 months and was in search of beachwear. Primark did not disappoint.

Here are a few shots that I've found online. I simply adore the 1950s inspired swimwear.



Ruffles on bikini tops also seem to be the order of the day. Indeed, this one found it's way into my daughter's basket.


Sadly my days of picking up cheap swimwear are a thing of the past so I partook only as a spectator.

Check out this gorgeous print skirt and top (the top was £8 and skirt £6)


Daughter decided that the print was too distinctive to buy both top and bottom and declared 'everyone will be wearing them' so she just bought the top to wear with white shorts and jeans. I like her style.

There were also skorts similar to the Zara ones in a multitude of colours and only £10. I have to say the quality was ok, even the white (which were purchased) are fine although as with all things white, nude underwear will be required.


I wish I had seen this but I didn't. Apparently it's £25


But I did see this ivory blazer and it really is fabulous. A slightly waffle texture, collarless so takes on a tuxedo feel if you get my drift. You know those stupid fishing net baskets that Primark have and you tend to fill with absolute rubbish (and then look for somewhere surreptitiously to off load aka dump what you don't want)? Well this jacket was right at the very bottom and didn't crease at all. I think it was £18 - a complete steal. After dithering, I decided not to purchase it as it was slightly dressier than what I'm looking for. This photo really doesn't do it any justice.


I did however purchase this ivory dress which has a slight embossed pattern in the material. There isn't a photo floating around on the web so you will have to make do with my bathroom shot. It was £13. THIRTEEN pounds! And it isn't see-through.


And the back showing the gold zip


Feeling faint after being in the shop for well over an hour, we decided to have lunch early. Salvi's Mozzarella Bar is a tiny Italian deli down by Selfridges and Harvey Nics specialising in da da da daaaaaa, mozzarella! Sorry I forgot to take a photo of our mozzy starter as I was starving but I think you can get the ambience from these shots. In fact, I could have quite easily spent a small fortune on all the gorgeous delicacies.




And to eat, we had fresh tuna, tomato and cream pasta. Calorific!


It was a shopping trip dominated by my daughter's needs so we had the obligatory round of Top Shop, River Island and H&M but I did manage to whizz into Next to try on these sandals that I had seen in the directory. For some reason, the heel is a covered heel, not a wooden stack so I wanted to see if they were still as nice. Sadly they're not in the shops yet. I guess I'll just have to order them online.

Yellow Block Heel Sandals £30


Oh dear! And then it was Top Shop time. I'm not adverse to Top Shop online but being in the real thing gives me a very bad headache. Turn. The. Music. Down. And, there's a sale on at the moment so it was somewhat hectic. I did however spot a few little items that I would like to share.

I always make a bee-line for linen tops as they wash so well. This one is in charcoal blue and would look great with white jeans and skater shoes (yes I do like them).

Slouch Linen V Tee now £10


If anyone is looking for a cheapish denim dress then this could well be the one.

PU Tee Dress now £28


And I adored this bodycon dress but not for me (I don't do bodycon very well and the print is too busy for my colouring - you lose my face!!)

Lux Palm Zip Bodycon Dress now £20


Anyone in the market for a straight, printed skirt? The black band running down each side is a great slimming illusion.

Orchid Print Midi Skirt now £15


Here is what I actually bought, not that I need another dress but I have a pair of navy and emerald shoes sitting in their box at home, waiting to come out and play.

Seamed Textured Tunic Dress now £20


There were many other things purchased although not for me. It's my 12 year old's birthday next week and he can just about fit into 'mens clothes' well XS size at a push so I reckon we cleared out River Island restocking his wardrobe. But shhhhh don't tell him.

And this is me without a coat in March. Unbelievable.


I wore my navy Zara jumpsuit (shortly due to be retired as it's bobbling like mad after 6 or 7 wears), navy and black suede ankle boots from M&S, Modalu Pippa bag in Shark (I'd say pebble coloured but I'm not arguing with a shark). This appears to be the actual bag which has come back into stock yeay!

Pippa Grab Shark


Hope you all have a lovely weekend. Are we still due for good weather? Mother's Day on Sunday, I'm wondering if I can wriggle out of the Sunday morning dog walk. I'll let you know.


Until next time


Donna x



















33 comments on "Shopping! (All Bloomin Day)"
  1. Great post Donna - I love reading about long days out shopping and you've given us a great snapshot of some lovely pieces in the shops at the moment. Loving the Primark dress and the Topshop one too. Looking forward to seeing you modelling both on the blog. Have a great weekend - Happy Mother's Day! xx

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    1. Well maybe next time we will do my shops. Actually I don't mind, as we enjoy shopping together. I just wish Ash's shops didn't play music quite so loud!! Happy another's Day to you too Avril xx

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  2. The body con printed dress looks really nice - Love the pattern - very lively, And I love the band around the bottom of the green tunic dress.
    Salvis looks really nice. I'm back in M. this weekend (with Mrs Fashmr) so may hunt that out!
    :0)
    Paul

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    1. Oh lucky you. As I write this the weather is fab. Enjoy Manchester and hopefully you will be able to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine x

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  3. Lovely pics Donna and ooh what a fun day! I bet you enjoyed it really. And I like both your picks - simple and clean and hardworking.

    I've not been to Manchester for a while now - I think a trip out is in order but I don't think it's the same as it used to be. I think King St has lost a little of it's buzz as that's where I like to wander.

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    1. I always enjoy shopping with her, I like to play the grump! I totally agree Sue, King Street isn't the same. We've lost some great shops over the last few years, very sad x

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  4. Those Next sandals- Asda are doing some almost identical in cream and black at only £14, might be worth a look.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up, I'll have a look online. We don't have an Asda nearby x

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    2. Had a quick look online after posting this and couldn't spot them, they are in the latest Asda magazine.

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    3. That is so annoying isn't it. I wonder if they haven't officially released them. I've been waiting for M&S to release a dress I saw, must be getting on for 6 weeks ago. In the end I bought the Top Shop one above x

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  5. Fab cream dress.....I'm off into Bristol this week so hoping to find that lovely little number in Primark! xx

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    1. I don't go in to Primark that often but by golly they had some really good stuff. Great for stocking up on vest tops but they had so many styles and colours, I couldn't think straight so didn't buy any. Really pleased with the dress particularly as I don't need to worry about finding something to wear underneath as it's actually not see-through. Enjoy Bristol x

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  6. I've been into Primark a couple of times for about 2 minutes and then walk out as I can't stand the heat or the crowds, a bloody awful place if you ask me but some of the stuff I see on others is amazing and it's great for the young and trendy. Lunch looks amazeballs, I'd have spent all day in that place x

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    1. To be fair, it wasn't too bad when we got there but we spent do long looking at bikinis for her hols that I was frazzled. I forgot to put a picture up of an unbelievable necklace which would give Zara a run for it's money and it was £8!!! The food was delicious, wish is remembered to take a picture if the mozzy before we devoured it. Totally delicious!! x

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  7. I love the cream dress, BARGAIN, and you look like you had a great time. xx

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    1. It is nice isn't it. I have a posh do to go to and my inner-devil is delighted to be able to wear a Primark dress to it mwahahahahahahahaha x

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  8. Loving that green dress, I've eyed it up on a few occasions, can't wait to see you in it. Sounds like a fab day all round!

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    1. A tad shorter than I would have liked Trea but I'll chuck it in ebay if I don't wear it x

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  9. Its looks & sounds like a great day Donna! I can't wait to do this with my girl! Love the white dress & what a bargain it is too! 4 hols in 5 months?! Please let me know if Ash needs me to carry her bags won't you?! Happy Mothers Day Darl! You deserve a break from the early dog walk! Ax

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    1. I know. She's so lucky, a week in Greece with her friends, Soain with us at Easter, West side and Carribean with us in the summer and then Cambodia with Granny late summer.

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  10. RIGHT, I am off to Primark to get that dress!
    You look amazing!!

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    1. Shame they only had it in white, it would have been fab in a pastel too x

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  11. You look great Donna and I love that handbag! My daughter is already gearing up for this sort of shopping marathon and she's not even a teenager yet! The Top Shop comments made me laugh - I used to work there years ago and I was always sneaking into the office to turn the music up! Loving that slouchy Tshirt - think I'll pop in next week and how amazing is your Primark dress! Hope you have a nice relaxing Mothers Day! xx

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    1. You are so rock and roll Jenny. Loud music gives me headache (I am a grump). Sounds like your daughter has the shopping bug too. It's inherited you know x

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  12. What great buys. You see, I'm one of those people who just don't get on with Primark at all ... I NEVER see anything worth buying, I swear I get itchy just looking at that much nylon - and then I come home, read blogs like this and get downright annoyed that I can't ever find anything!!!! Aaargh!

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    1. Cami tops and hair bobbles (they do great hair bobbles) is the only reason I go in but she. I'm with Ash, we have to visit EVERY department x

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  13. Gorgeous cream dress, can't wait to see you wearing it on the blog!
    Abbi x

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  14. Hope I can pull it off. I seem to have knobbly knees these days so have been dropping the hemline unless I wear tights. Need a tan first lol x

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  15. Thanks for the heads up. I went and tried that green dress on but it wasn't in my size in store but I did get a similar bright orange one. Lovely quality for the sale price.

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    1. That sounds lovely. Glad I didn't see the orange one as well because I would have bought that too x

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    1. Whoops! Sorry I didn't mean to remove your comment (fat finger syndrome). You asked if I thought the green dress was true to size. I tend to fall between a 10 and 12 UK size (broad shoulders and all that) so I went for a 12 and it fitted perfectly. If you fall between sizes, I suggest sizing up, hope you like it. Donna x

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  17. Beautiful pics.

    the-renaissance-of-inner-fashion.blogspot.co.uk

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