Spring and Summer ASOS Haul

A cheeky 20% student discount cropped up on ASOS last week so as always, that’s my cue to go and purchase many of the things lurking in my ‘Saved for Later’ section.

The majority of the pieces I would say are more Spring/Summer appropriate. Despite probably preferring Autumn/Winter fashion slightly more, it is nice to not have to wear a coat every day once summer hits! I have a new thing where I always check what fabrics clothing is made from when I consider purchasing. Especially for summer clothes I’m trying to avoid things like polyester and go for things made out of cotton! Cotton is a breathable fabric as it’s natural so I’m hoping to have as much cotton in my summer wardrobe as possible.

I was so happy to finally find an amazing pair of denim shorts! I’ve always loved them on other people but I’ve never felt comfortable in them myself. I don’t love my legs, I feel my thighs are pretty chunky and wobbly, so denim shorts have been tricky. However, I found an amazing pair from Noisy May’s Tall range! Because they’re from the tall range they’re a much better length in my opinion! Partly why I tend to feel uncomfortable in denim shorts is because they’re generally so short! Also, they’re not turned up at the end or anything, they’re just loosely cut off so they’re not tight against your thigh. I find this so much more flattering on me and I love them. I’m definitely planning on purchasing them in black. Purchasing shorts from the Tall range is definitely a winner for me.

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ASOS One Shoulder Top in Cotton Bandanna Print (£28)
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ASOS Jumper In Pointelle Stitch With V Neck (£25)
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Levi’s Orange Tab 70s Stripe T-Shirt (£30)
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Noisy May Tall Washed Denim Shorts (£25)
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ASOS Gingham Culotte Shorts (£22)
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ASOS PETITE Linen Culotte Trousers (£25)
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Pull&Bear Circle Detail Cross Body Bag (£18.99)
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Hollister Cold Shoulder V-Neck Jumper (£29)
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ASOS Off Shoulder Sundress in Stripe (£30)

I forgot to photograph this gorgeous stripy sundress but you can see how nice it is from the ASOS website image anyway. 100% cotton too! 😉 <3

I was so happy with everything – kind of annoyed I didn’t want to send anything back because I spent way too much but I guess I probably would’ve ended up buying these things at some point anyway so it’s good I got them with the 20% discount!

I hope you liked what I picked out! Anything catch your eye?

Love Nicole xxxx

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20% Discount ASOS and Topshop Haul

Yes, Nicole’s been reeled in by the discounts again and done some online shopping. ASOS did a 20% student discount and I had a 20% off for my birthday Topshop code about to expire. Let’s just get into it shall we. 🙂

From ASOS…

ASOS Premium Rain Mac With Borg Liner (£55)
Nocozo Tonal Stripe Jersey Top (£18)
ASOS Supersoft Long Woven Scarf With Tassels (£12 each) Pink and Dusty Mauve

The ASOS Rain Mac is amazing quality! It just feels so cool, I love this material so much and will kind of looking forward to the rain if I can chuck this on and be smug about staying dry. As for the striped t-shirt, I live in them and I liked this colour combination so I’m sure it’ll gets its wear. I realised I have hardly any scarves so I bought these two in beautiful colours and I love them – very big and snuggly.

Now what I got from Topshop…

Frill French Stripe Top (£18)
Metallic Pleated Jersey Skirt (£34)
Broderie Detailed Hybrid Top (£7 in the sale!)
Femme Liberte T-Shirt (£15)
MOTO Dark Grey Leigh Jeans (£38)

I love this metallic pleated skirt – isn’t it a gorgeous colour?! It is a bit long and ideally I wish it was available in the Petite range but I will make it work. I got an array of easy to wear t-shirts and tops just because that’s what I like to throw on most days really! And after a wardrobe clear-out I wasn’t left with that many t-shirts. I’m trying to buy clothing made from better quality materials now so I always check labels and avoid polyester as much as I can and look for cotton. I also got a dark grey pair of Leigh jeans, which used to be my favourites before they were overtaken by the Jamie style but now I think they’re my favourites again. The Jamie style just sucks my tummy in a bit too much and I hate that so I feel like Leigh jeans give my belly more room 🙂 .

Have a lovely Sunday,

Love Nicole xxx

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New in my Wardrobe: ASOS Haul

Another haul for you today, but this time it’s a fashion one! Again, I needed (ahem, wanted) to use my 20% birthday discount for ASOS so I added some of the many things in my ‘Saved for Later’ collection to my basket and checked out. I also had a £10 off ASOS A-List voucher which was amazing. <3 I absolutely love that ASOS do a loyalty scheme now! Finally some reward for all the money I spend with them. 😉

Here’s what I bought and didn’t end up sending back…

ASOS Sleeveless Ruffle Front Animal Jacquard Shift Dress – £55
ASOS PETITE Midi Column in Sweat Stripe – £30
ASOS PETITE Metallic Pleat Skirt – £28
Pepe Jeans Donna Striped Tee – £25 (in the sale, £35 full price)
ASOS T-Shirt with Cutabout Print and Stripe – £18
Ohh Deer Geo Marble A4ish Pad – £4.99
Limited Edition Multirow Triangle Chain Necklace – £10

I absolutely love the pink-ish leopard print dress; I have no idea when or where I’ll wear it but I just couldn’t send it back! I’m selling quite a lot of my clothes on eBay at the moment so I feel like I’m allowed a few more ‘going out’ pieces. My style has changed quite a bit in terms of night-time outfits. The stripy column dress is not the most flattering I’ll admit, but it’s so comfortable and I hope I’ll get my wear out of it once it’s warm enough for bare legs.

I got all these pieces in a size 8 or a small, apart from the pleated silver skirt. I initally got it in an 8 but I sent it back and exchanged for a 10 as I wanted it to be super comfortable as I’d ideally like to wear this in the daytime as well as night. The 8 was just a bit too tight around the waistband, it looked great, but I just like my belly having some room to breathe haha xD.

I hope you like the things I picked!

Love Nicole xxxx

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Gift Ideas for Her – £20 and under

I’ve not really been in the frame of mind for blogging with worrying about everything else in life. Blogging brings about it’s own stresses when it comes to thinking of ideas and getting frustrated with the awful Winter lighting when it comes to planning photographs. But I thought I’d ease myself back in with a little gift inspiration! I’ve mostly done all my Christmas shopping (I certainly made the most of the Black Friday weekend) but as usual it’s the men in my life causing me problems – Dads are so difficult to buy for! I’m sure he’ll just end up with chocolate and socks like every other year.

But when it comes to the women in your life – friends, sisters, mums – there’s so much fun to be had deciding upon the perfect gift! I’ve come up with a selection of affordable gifts that will hopefully give you some inspiration if you’ve still got shopping left to do. They are mostly beauty/fashion related I’ll be honest as that’s what I love myself. And things like books are amazing gifts but are very down to personal taste.

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Top Row

Ohh Deer Stone A4ish Notebook (£3.99) | Black Patent Quilted Bow Cardholder (£9.99)  | Sanctuary Spa Black Rose & Cassis Candle (£10) | Pixi Best of Bright Kit (£20)

Middle Row

Becca Moonstone Glow on the Go Collection (£20) | Sleek Solstice Highlighter palette (£9.99) | Urban Decay First Hit Travel Kit (£15) | Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Party Eyes (£20)

Bottom Row

ASOS Metallic Metal Lock Quilted Cross Body Bag (£15) | Pack of 3 Yankee Christmas Votive (£4) | Black Quilted Badge Shoulder Bag (£19.99) | Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette (£18)

I think the above would all make lovely gifts for anyone with an interest in beauty or fashion, especially if they’re into YouTube or blogging themselves! 🙂 I can’t remember who’s lovely blog I read this on, but the Sanctuary Black Rose and Cassis candle smells just like Diptyque’s Baies candle! I couldn’t believe it when I smelt it and just had to buy one for myself.

Love Nicole xxx

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My High Heels Collection

Since my teenage years I have always really loved the look of high heels, however since then my tastes have changed dramatically and while I still love heels, I will no longer buy ones that are horrendously painful just because they look amazing They have to be reasonably comfortable and where possible I will buy ‘wide fit’ to save my little toes from the horrendous blisters they are prone to. Having this mindset also helps me save money, as well as keeping my feet happy (not that I get the chance to wear heels often)! Any shoes that make my feet cry are currently being put on or have been sold on eBay – bye-bye, you will hurt me no more! (Edit: some of these shoes have now been sold too after a further clear out).

I thought I would share my remaining collection with you today and link the ones that are still currently available. 🙂 I hope you enjoy having a nosey into my shoe-drobe. If you like this post you might also like to take a look at My Boots Collection!

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Which is your favourite from my collection? Thank you so much for reading. <3

Love Nicole xxxx

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My Boots Collection

As it’s now Autumn and Winter will be upon us in no time I thought I’d share all the boots I currently own! Boots are the Winter footwear of choice (although trainers are always a winner too) so it felt like a good time to show them, as well as being good for me to see what I already own so I know what I can add to the collection this year. 😉

Of course most of these boots are old from past years so it’s unlikely they’ll still be available but I’ll try my best to find something similar. Most of these are casual but there are a couple of pairs that I would probably reserve for dressier occasions.

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So there we have it. All the boots I own. I don’t wear all of them enough tbh so I’ll try and wear them more this Winter, and if I don’t I guess I might as well get rid of some next Spring. I would like to add a new pair of flat black boots, something classy and smart but comfortable. I also really would love a leopard print pair, I’m eyeing up these from Next (£60) and might ask for them for Christmas or my birthday. 🙂

Love Nicole xxxx

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My Personal & Blog Instagram – Follow Me on Both (if you want)

Just a quick post today to say I think it’d be great if you were to follow me on Instagram 🙂 I have my blog Instagram linked up on this website however I do not have any signpost for my personal Instagram which you might also want to follow. On that one I post day to day things I’ve seen or am doing that is not beauty/fashion related so does not fit on my ‘blog’ Instagram. I have two so as not to spam people I know in real life who follow me with pictures of makeup and clothes hahah, which many of them would probably not be interested in. Not that I post 5 times a day or anything, I’d just rather separate my blog ‘hobby’ from more general things. I love being able to just post whatever on my personal one and it not feel out of place! 🙂 It’d basically just give you more idea of who I am and what I’m doing.

Personal account – @nikkibayz

Blog account – @nicolelauraxo

Also, if you’re a cat lover, you might enjoy the account me and my sister set up featuring my cat, Princess, and her cat, Milly. That one is @MillyandPrincess.

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Thank you if you do follow all, or any, of my accounts and please feel free to leave your Instagram handle below in the comments and I will take a look 😀

Love Nicole xxxxx

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My Signature Jewellery

I don’t know about you but I’m pretty low key when it comes to jewellery. I love it, but I don’t change it up very much or buy jewellery very often. I like having quality, reliable pieces that I can wear whatever the outfit, whatever the occasion. Just like you might have a signature scent, I have signature jewellery. If I’m wearing something other than my silver Tiffany pendant then you know some serious outfit planning has happened because usually another necklace doesn’t even come into consideration. I received it from my grandparents for my 18th birthday.

The other piece lives on my wrist permanently and I received it for my 21st birthday from my parents. 🙂 I don’t know if a watch technically counts as ‘jewellery’ but for the sake of this post, it does. It is from Olivia Burton and I still love it so much. It never clashes with anything and it’s just so pretty and classy. I would love to build up a watch collection as I literally wear this one every day, but that could get expensive and this one does perfectly anyway. If I’m not wearing it for some reason there will be countless times I lift my arm and glance at my wrist only to realise doh, it’s not there. Yes, I am a definite ‘watch person’ now.

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If I don’t wear either of these things now I almost feel semi-naked! Like I said, I’m forever looking at my wrist for the watch and I also grab the pendant around my neck and run it along the chain. It’s like a comfort thing, something to do with my hands. So I feel very lost without them!

I don’t wear rings and I’ve never had my ears pierced so I guess I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to jewellery! I would like a nice bracelet though, they’re more up my alley. I did have one that I wore all the time like these two but it broke. :'(

Do you have ‘signature jewellery’?

Love Nicole xxxx

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Comfiest Shoes Ever: Nike Juvenate

Trainers have not traditionally been the most ‘fashionable’ of shoes however over the past year or so trainers have become rather on trend. This can surely only be a good thing for everyone, those who love trainers can rejoice in them being ‘in’ and everyone can go about their lives in a delightful degree of comfort. However, not all trainers I’ve ever worn have been comfortable. Many still give you the same blisters and wear-in time as other types of shoe meaning this major perceived ‘pro’ of trainers is redundant. These Nike bad boys however, are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. I struggled and still do struggle to stop myself wearing them every time I leave the house. They might look pretty good for trainers but they still don’t go with everything so I do have to stop myself.

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I only found out about them because my sister had a pair she got last year. She wore them all the time so one day when I just saw them lying around I decided to try one on and immediately I wanted my own pair! I wasn’t always sure about the style and look of them at first, however, they had grown on me and once I’d felt the squishy sole and stretchy upper I was sold.

They are a sock style trainer that you just pull and slip on. Basically, the laces don’t really serve a purpose other than for show but they can help keep the shoe more secure if you tie them tightly. The upper is a flexible mesh which is amazing for someone like me who always gets blisters on their little toes. As it’s so stretchy there’s nothing to make my foot cramped enough to develop blisters. It is breathable which also helps prevent blisters and keeps your feet cool. The sole is so squishy and cushioned it’s like walking on foam, or even a cloud if I may be dramatic. They are also really lightweight which feels so nice, it really makes you realise how heavy a lot of shoes are so it is freeing to wear something so light!

Due to the mesh upper they are not waterproof at all, so this is something to be aware of. They are not something you can throw on on a rainy day! I just wear them for casual day to day outings and walks so I don’t know if they would be a good gym or running shoe – I don’t go to the gym or run. xD I did climb a Welsh mountain in them though and they were great!

From what I saw when I was researching which ones to buy, Juvenates come in quite a few colours and designs. I went for grey as it’s super versatile and less stark than black or white. I bought mine at Zalando with a substantial discount. The RRP for these trainers seems to be £72, however, if you’re savvy and shop around you’re bound to be able to get a saving on that.

That concludes this more unusual post, a ‘shoe review’ if you will. But I just had to share these as I think everyone should experience this comfort! They may not be to everyone’s taste aesthetically, but I challenge anyone to say they’re not very comfortable!

Love Nicole xxxx

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An Evening Walk OOTD: Cami Dress and Jumper

If you read my previous post (which was an ASOS Haul), you’ll have seen two of these pieces. I couldn’t wait to style this cami dress over the top of the grey ribbed jumper. I’m a bit of a noob with layering but when I saw this dress I could just imagine layering it over a number of tops and rocking the Granny chic look. I personally think it works pretty well despite not being the most flattering shape, one thing you get with a loose fit is comfort which I am all for! Choosing shoes that worked with the look was a bit tricky but I settled on some brown, soft, dainty River Island brogues which I think really work! This outfit would also look amazing with the style of loafers that are seriously in fashion at the moment, unfortunately I haven’t managed to get my hands on the Topshop ones I like as they’re out of stock in my size and have been for ages. 🙁

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Grey jumper – ASOS £18

Midi Cami Dress – ASOS (ON SALE £21)

Faux Leather Jacket – old, from Miss Selfridge (similar £49)

Brown Brogues – old, from River Island (similar £40)

Love Nicole xxxx

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