Posts tagged Primark

What I Wore: Stag

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Primark Skater Dress / Primark Light Knit Cape / Primark Metal Waist Belt / Unbranded Stag Necklace / Schuh Biker Boots

After my foray into brightly coloured floral last week, today’s outfit post is back to my usual ‘black on black’.

I can’t get enough of my new Primark cape at the minute.  It’s lovely and light so is perfect for every day wear during spring, and looks great with pretty much anything.

The dress is one of my wardrobe staples, and has already seen me through a couple of years of wear.  I’m not usually a fan of high necks as I find them irritating, but this one is surprisingly comfortable and flattering.  Team it with a statement necklace, like this antique gold stag head, and a waist belt, and you’re good to go.

I found the boots lurking at the back of my wardrobe last week.  I haven’t worn them for years, and they were a bit battered when I pulled them from the depths of my closet, but I think they look all the better for it.  They were originally from Schuh, but I replaced the laces with black ribbon when I first bought them.

Naomi x

What I Wore: Floral

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 Primark Light Knit Cape / Primark Floral Skater Skirt / Primark Basic T Shirt / Primark Tights / Gifted Cloudbusting Silver Necklace

It would seem that Spring is finally here, and brighter weather calls for brighter clothing!  I’ve been trying to add a few more colourful pieces to my mostly black wardrobe lately, and this skater skirt from Primark is a good start.  It’s floral and made of crepe, two things I’m not usually a fan of, but at £3 in the sale I thought I’d give it a go, and was pleasantly surprised.  It’s a lovely shape and very comfortable, and though I bought it to with the intention of wearing it to work, I can see it becoming an all round favourite this season.

The black cape was also in the Primark sale, half price at just £7.  It’s a lovely soft lightweight knit, so is perfect for keeping covered during the spring months, when it isn’t quite warm enough for bare arms.

As you may have seen in my 25th Birthday Haul post, this gorgeous necklace was gifted to me by my fiancé for my birthday.  It’s made of 925 silver and was personalised especially for me.  Cloudbusting by Kate Bush is one of my favourite songs, and holds many special memories, so I absolutely adore it.

Have you been enjoying the warmer weather this weekend?

Naomi x

What I Wore: Witchy

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Thrifted Witch Hem Dress / Primark Metal Waist Belt / Primark Long Sleeve Top/ Primark Tights / New Look Strap Ankle Boots / Four Beautiful Keys Moon Necklace

I get so bored of wearing the same ol’ stuff every day for work, and though today’s outfit is simple, it’s nice to be able to wear something that feels more my style.

I have no idea where this dress came from.  I certainly don’t remember buying it, and it has no labels in it, which makes me think it was either thrifted or gifted.  Floaty dresses are perhaps more associated with summer, but layered over a long sleeve top with a pair of thick tights and boots, this one has a wintry feel to it.  I absolutely love the witch hem and loose strings, which are made all the better by the fact that the dress is slightly oversized, so the fabric hangs and drapes nicely.  It reminds me of bat wings, and it’s also great for spinning and swishing!

I wanted the dress to be the centre of attention, so I kept the accessorising to a minimum.  I added my favourite metal waist belt to cinch the dress in and give a more flattering shape, my new New Look ankle boots, and my favourite Moon Necklace from Four Beautiful Keys.

What do you think of this look?

Naomi x

Top Ten Posts of 2014

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Hello everyone!

To welcome in 2015, I thought I would post a roundup of the most popular Bewitchery posts of 2014.  Despite the fact that I was less active on my blog, 2014 was another successful blogging year, so I’d like to thank all of my readers for their continued support.  The following ten posts were my most read of the year that were actually published in 2014, and I’m pleased to see a couple of my personal favourite posts in there!

10. Collective Haul: Thrifted, H&M, La Senza, Primark

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One of several haul/thrifty posts of 2014, this one features a lot of clothes that I bought for work, as well as a few carboot bargains.

9. CheckoutSmart App

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CheckoutSmart is still one of my most used apps, and to date I’ve got £67.63 back from it, which isn’t bad for a free app!  Definitely worth downloading.

8. Urban Outfitters Leicester Press Preview

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I had a great time checking out the new Urban Outfitters store in Leicester back in September, and I got some awesome photos.  See them at the link above.

7. Degustabox April 2014

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This was my second Degustabox and was definitely one of the best.  Visit the post for my recipe for Chocolate Ginger Tiffin!

6. Primark PS Love Lip Gloss

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Primark’s PS Love lip glosses are surprisingly good quality for only £1.50.  Perfect for Spring/Summer.

5. What I Wore: Rat Face

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Because who doesn’t love a slightly naff, oversized, animal face t-shirt?

4. What I Wore: Victorianesque

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I am so glad this What I Wore post reached the Top 10 as it is probably my favourite outfit post of 2014.  Check it out if you want to see more pics and find out where everything’s from!

3. Collection Gothic Glam Lipstick in ‘Revenge’

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Collection’s Gothic Glam Lipstick in ‘Revenge’ is a classic deep red, and an absolute steal at £2.99.

2. 2True 3 in 1 Concealer

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I use this concealer on a daily basis and I still swear by it.  Fantastic at only £1.99.

1. Swap & Save with Aldi – Lacura Skincare

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In January 2014, Aldi challenged me to Swap & Save my usual lotions and potions for their Lacura skincare products.  Find out my thoughts by visiting the link above.

Naomi x

January Sales Haul

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Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas.  Mine was spent at home with family, which is just how I like it.

After a few days of relaxing, and purposefully avoiding the first crazy days of the sales, I spent yesterday and today doing a bit of shopping.  Luckily the shops weren’t too busy, and though I didn’t go mad, I managed to get quite a few items that I’m really pleased with.  Here are most of them…

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Primark Biker Jacket – Was £23.00, Paid £10.00

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Primark Dressing Gown – Was £12.00, Paid £5.00

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George Penguin Fleece – Was £16.00, Paid £8.00

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Primark Black Bag – Was £6.00, Paid £3.00

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Primark Green Bag – Was £6.00, Paid £3.00

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New Look Boots – Was £27.99, Paid £14.00

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New Look Shoes – Was £11.99, Paid £4.00

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7″ – Was £139.99, Paid £79.00

I bought a few other things in the sales which aren’t pictured, including a pair of gloves for £2.00, some Christmas decorations reduced from £3.00 to £1.00, a diary for £1.99 (down from £7.00) and a Vax hoover for £45.00, reduced from about £70.00.  I also bought a couple of non-sale items too, namely a top and a case for my new tablet.

In total, I made a huge saving of around £90.00 in the sales this year, made all the better by the fact that a few items were paid for using vouchers that I got for Christmas.

What did you get in the sales?

Naomi x

What I Wore: November Red

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The last couple of months have been ridiculously busy and stressful for Charles and I, what with us both starting new jobs and moving house.  This weekend was the first in many that we had time to spend on ourselves, doing whatever we wanted, so that’s exactly what we did!  Seeing as Friday was pay day, we spent Saturday shopping, eating in our favourite bar, and in the evening we went to the annual bonfire and fireworks display at the local park.

A relaxed weekend called for a relaxed outfit, and as there is finally an autumn chill in the air, and I was spending most of the day (and evening) outside, it had to be warm too!

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New Look Leather Biker Jacket (Thrifted) / Primark Crew Neck Top / Blue Rags Red Ornate Embroidered Trousers / Dr Martens Lauren Boots / DressLink Cowl Scarf / Topshop Leather Bag (Thrifted)

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These red embroidered trousers are a new purchase of mine.  They’re by a French label called Blue Rags, but I actually got them from Everything5Pounds.  Most of my wardrobe is black, but I like to add a splash of colour here and there, and these trousers are the ideal shade for Autumn.  They’re incredibly soft and comfortable and the detail of the embroidery is stunning.  I also ordered a pair in black and I’m so glad I did as they’re a real statement piece.

My Dr Martens Lauren boots are another new purchase.  They have that buckled biker look that I adore, so they match my biker jacket, but they’re not as clumpy as a lot of my other Dr Martens.  I’ve been wearing these a lot over the last few weeks, casually with jeans, but also with my work dresses, and I think they look great.  I walk to work so it’s essential that I have a warm, comfy, waterproof, sturdy pair of boots for the winter, and these tick all the boxes.

Naomi x

What I Wore: Comfy Sunday

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Today my fiancé and I decided to go out for lunch, to one of my favourite bars (the Orange tree in Leicester – they serve a cracking veggie roast!)  Afterwards, we went for a leisurely wander around town, did a spot of shopping and checked out the new Richard III monuments near the cathedral.  A lovely casual day called for a casual outfit, so I threw on this gorgeous draped hoodie with a basic tee, and my favourite pair of jeans.  I love anything acid wash and polka dots, and these jeans combine the two, and are made of light, stretchy denim so are incredibly comfortable.  They’re a real wardrobe staple and have seen me through Spring and Summer, but will also be great for Autumn, worn with a pair of chunky boots.

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DressLink.com Draped Hoodie / H&M Polka Dot Acid Wash Jeans / Primark Basic T Shirt / Primark Metal Waist Belt / Primark Canvas Shoes / Thrifted Topshop Leather Stud Bag

I ordered this oversized draped hoodie from DressLink.com a few weeks ago.  It was originally intended to be for my mum, but unfortunately it doesn’t quite fit her right, so she let me have it.  Believe it or not, this is an XXXL, but Asian sizes are a LOT smaller than our Western sizes, so it fits me, a size 10/12, like a baggy hoodie.  There’s no way it’s a UK size 20 like the website suggests!

Tops like this are absolutely perfect for this time of year.  It was sunny today, so too warm for a coat, but there was a hint of Autumnal coolness in the air, so it kept me nice and cosy, and the hood is great for when you want an extra bit of warmth.  I also really love the length and draped style of the hoodie as it gives it a slightly witchy edge, and though it looks good baggy, I adore the more tailored shape of it when worn with a waist belt over the top.

What pieces will be seeing you through the Summer to Autumn transition?

Naomi x

Collective Haul: Thrifted, H&M, La Senza, Primark

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As my regular readers will know, a few weeks ago I was offered a new job, which I start on 8th September.  Such good news was a great excuse for me to go shopping, especially as I don’t really have many work-suitable clothes, so over the last week I’ve been buying quite a few new bits.  I haven’t done a haul post in a while, so I thought now would be a good time to do one, featuring purchases from a local carboot sale, as well as the stuff I bought yesterday whilst shopping with my mum, from H&M, La Senza, and Primark.  Most of what I bought is for my new job, but I’d actually wear most of it out of work too, and I also have a few non-work items.  So without further ado, here is my latest collective haul!

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Thrifted Papaya Polka Dot Peplum Top £1 / H&M Black Super Stretch Straight Leg Trousers £7.99 / Primark Black Suedette Flat Shoes £6

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Primark Long Black Lace Shirt £10 / Primark Black Skinny Jeans £7 each (I bought two pairs, one of which I plan on customising) / Shoes as before

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Primark Polka Dot Cardigan £8

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Primark Stripe Long Sleeve Top £4

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Thrifted Zara Flying Squirrel T Shirt 50p

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La Senza Knickers £1 each

Total Spend: £54.49

I also recently placed an order on DressLink.com, but I am going to do a separate post about those purchases (possibly a YouTube video) as I want to share more details about my experience of the site.

What do you think of my new haul items?

Naomi x

What I Wore: Stormy

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One of my favourite things about summer is the storms.  The rain that cools the air down, the thunder, the lightning – it’s all so exciting!  This weekend has been particularly unpredictable, with amazing storms one minute, and bright, hot sun the next, which though nice, makes it difficult to know what to wear.

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New Look Multi Strap Skater Dress / Everything5Pounds Waterfall Jacket / Alexander McQueen Cateye Sunglasses / Primark Tights / New Look Stud Pumps / Topshop Leather Stud Bag (Thrifted) / Accessories Boutique Heavy Spike Bracelet

The key for me has been light layers that can be added/removed accordingly.  A dress makes a great base for this kind of look, as it’s cool enough for the sun, but can be made rain and wind proof with a jacket and tights.  I went for this New Look Multi Strap Skater Dress that I bought in the last ASOS sale, and added a pair of basic sheer black tights from Primark to avoid flashing my undies in the wind, and a lovely waterfall jacket from Everything5Pounds.  I absolutely love this jacket as it’s really comfortable, and is perfect for warm weather as a cover as the fabric is so lightweight.

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To accessorise, I wore my Alexander McQueen Cateye Sunglasses, that are an absolute essential when the sun is shining, and I also gave my New Look stud pumps a first outing.  Of course my trusty thrifted Topshop leather bag was a necessity too, and I added a heavy spike bracelet from Accessories Boutique to bring the stud theme of the outfit together.

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What have you been styling during this stormy summer weekend?

Naomi x

Primark PS Love Lip Gloss

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Last weekend I bought this PS Love lip gloss from Primark, to replace the day-to-day gloss that I was using previously.  At £1.50 I wasn’t expecting much, and was even slightly dubious about buying it as I thought it would be sticky like a lot of cheap glosses tend to be, but it’s actually a really lovely gloss.

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The gloss comes in a squeezy tube, with a square applicator brush attached.  To apply, you just squeeze the tube gently and a small amount of gloss oozes into the brush, which can then be applied to the lips.  I actually prefer this method of application to the typical sponge wand, as the gloss seems to go on more evenly in a thinner layer.

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The consistency of the gloss is also really nice.  Rather than being sticky it’s light and moisturising, so doesn’t feel uncomfortable and drying on the lips.  I’d even go as far to say I like it more than Illamasqua’s lip glosses in terms of consistency, as theirs tend to be quite gloopy!  It also lasts a fair while compared to a lot of glosses I own, and stays put without fading for a good few hours before reapplication is needed.

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There are a few different shades of this gloss available, including a red and a pale pink, but I settled for this purple toned fuchsia pink as I think it best suits my skin tone.  I wasn’t expecting amazing pigmentation considering the price, but I was proven wrong.  The colour is really pretty and perfect for spring, and it’s actually quite highly pigmented, so gives fairly bold coverage rather than sheer.  It also tints the lips slightly, so even when it wears off, there is still a subtle hint of colour left behind.

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Overall, the quality of this Primark lip gloss is impressively high, and at £1.50 it’s worth stocking up on.

Have you ever tried any Primark make up?  What did you think of it?

Naomi x

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