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leopard studs

Leopard Shirt - £6.55 | eBay | Zara 
Studded Shirt - £13.76 | eBay | Zara

Over the past couple of weeks I've been ridiculous and spent an actual fortune on eBay, I can't help myself though because there are so many bargains to be found! I came across these two shirts, but couldn't decide if I should risk buying them as they were from China and I am impatient when waiting for parcels to be delivered. I went ahead anyway and to my surprise they arrived within 10 days!

I was nervous to buy these shirts because they are listed as one size, and I am quite small so I didn't want them to drown me, luckily they both fit nicely, a little oversized but thats okay :) They are both dupes of very popular Zara shirts, the leopard one even has a Zara label attached to it! Overall  I am amazed with the quality of these two shirts, especially for the price of them! The price of the studded shirt has increased slightly since I bought it, but the original one from Zara cost almost £60 before the sale. I can't wait to take some photos of me wearing them. 

Have you ever bought anything from overseas on eBay, if so did you have a good experience? Do you like buying dupes of popular items or would you prefer to buy the real thing?

L x

whats in my bag

I've seen quite a lot of people do these kind of posts and I always like them because I'm a nosey person! Sorry the second image is so shadowy, the lighting was being naughty so I gave up in the end and this was the best I had.

First image: Glasses, iPad 2 & Apple headphones, Hello Kitty compact mirror.
Second image (L-R): Vaseline hand & nail cream, Pink comb, Soap & Glory hand maid sanitizer gel, Barry m lipstick, 17 lipstick, MAC viva glam lipstick, Technic nail varnish in Carnival, MAC haute & naughty mascara, Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, L'oreal superliner liquid eyeliner, purse from River Island (years ago), Vaseline lip balm, rose bead bracelet from one of my best friends.

I didn't include a picture of my makeup bag because it's a complete mess, it was easier just to show a few of my nice makeup items. I also couldn't get a decent picture of my bag, but I'm currently using the Alexander Wang dupe, black with gold studs on the bottom, which was from eBay. I always have my Moleskine diary and pencil case too, but they featured in a post a few days ago so I thought it was pointless. I also have a lot of junk in my bag that wasn't photo worthy!!

L x

question time!

Considering I'm fairly new to calling myself a blogger I thought I should do a questionnaire I got tagged in by my friend Abi, so that if anyone is actually interested (probably nobody but still!) they can get to know me a little :)

What is your current fashion obsession? - My disco pants! 
What is your current makeup obsession? - I love Rimmel's Wake Me Up foundation at the mo
What are you wearing today? - Today I wore a black chiffon shirt dress from h&m, black tights & a burgundy chunky knit jumper.
Hair? - I straightened it today, I also need to dye it soon!
Do you nap a lot? - I basically slept the whole of my first year of university, I love sleep, oops.
Why is today special? - Today isn't really special to be honest, I actually attended one of Doms relatives funeral :(
What would you like to learn to do? I've so much I'd like to learn! I want to relearn German, I also want to learn how to program apps for iPhones (summer project with a friend!) and I'd love to go to Yoga classes haha
What's for dinner today? - I had a paella style dish, it included Chorizo, Prawns & Veg.
What are you listening to right now? - The puppy being naughty!!
What is your favorite weather? - I do love summer, although it is my absolute FAVE when it snows!
What's the last thing you bought? -Some studded slipper shoes
What are your essentials when traveling? - The obvious: toothbrush, toothpaste, makeup wipes, makeup bag, clean clothes, snacks, phone charger, purse, oyster card if I'm in London! Other essentials of mine are a book or magazine to read and the iPad.
What's your style?- I have no idea how to describe it! I'll be doing some outfit posts soon, so maybe someone could describe my style for me...
What is your most challenging goal right now? - Probably having to learn two programming languages over summer and ensuring I pass a resit. Generally though my most challenging goal is what I'd like to do with my life!
If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be? Ah this is so difficult for me! I'd love a penthouse flat in London, but then I'd also like a big old house in the countryside up North! PLUS I'd love to live in America one day, even if it's just for a few months!
Favorite vacation spot? - My dad owns a villa in Turkey, which is where I've had the best holidays so far :)
Name the things you cannot live without? - Dom (my boyfriend <3, soppyyy)
How was your childhood? Pretty goood
What would you like to have in your hands right now? A lifetime guarentee of happiness & healthiness for all of my family & friends, aw arn't I cute!?
What would you like to get rid of? My student loan would be good!
What are you most excited for? I have a few exciting projects over summer, some of which are a secret!
If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go? Tokyo
Which countries have you visited? Austria, Majorca, Ireland, France, Germany, Finland, Lanzarote, Holland, Turkey.

L x

one day

After a busy morning, doing important things at the bank and posting a couple of parcels I've decided to have an afternoon of cups of tea, getting organised and reading One Day. I started reading this book almost a year ago, but university got in the way and I completely forgot about it! I did find it quite hard to read originally, as I'm not a fan of books that jump between different time periods as I can lose track. I am enjoying it now and once I've finished it I'm hoping to borrow the film of my friend Abi :)

I'm trying to cut down on the amount of tea and coffee I drink each day, as I'm a huge caffeine addict and always have been, oops. I tried green tea the other week, and surprisingly I liked it! I never thought I'd like it as I'm ridiculously fussy when it comes to trying new things, although I have become a lot better and I am more willing now. I do love my little Tinkerbell mug that Dom bought me at Easter, I also want to invest in some Cath Kidston ones eventually!

I would be lost without my little Moleskine pocket diary! I got this from my mum at Christmas and have been using it religiously ever since to organise my life. It's only the small version, but I prefer that as I have so much stuff to carry around in my bag anyway. I love using the little stickers that they include! Do you use a diary to keep yourself organised? My pencil case is from Sass & Belle in Covent Garden, that shop is literally heaven! They sell the most beautiful items, I will be purchasing a few things from there for my new room in London when I move back down for my second year of University!

L x

recent buys!

Recently I have been going a crazy and spending a fortune, I wanted to update my wardrobe a little as I feel like I always wear the same old outfits! I've also bought quite a lot of new products to try out, so some of these feature in this post too! Above are a few of my purchases, sorry I've used photographs from the internet rather than my own images, my camera is currently charging so I'm hoping to feature a few of these things in outfit posts/full reviews!

Topshop petite dark wash denim shirt - I finally found the perfect denim shirt! I can't even remember how long I've been searching for a shirt like this, so when I saw it in Manchester yesterday I ran over and grabbed it. I think everyone needs a denim shirt in their wardrobe, they're a great staple item and can be worn in so many different ways. This cost £32, but I got student discount.

Topshop basic crop tee - I LOVE these! I'm so glad I got hold of one, even though it's been raining and quite chilly in England recently I'm hoping it warms up so I can wear it with my other recent purchase DISCO PANTS! I bought those when American Apparel emailed their subscribers a 30% discount code. I feel like my life is complete now they are in my life (saddo)! (£8)

Soap & Glory flake away body scrub - I've heard good things about this exfoliating scrub so I thought I'd give it a whirl! I did only buy it in the travel size just in case I didn't like it, plus I adore mini products, but I absolutely love this stuff. The smell is amazing, and it's not rough on my skin either which is great. My skin feels lovely after using this. I will definitely be repurchasing the full size! (£2.50)

Essie mint candy apple nail polish - Okay so I really did jump on the bandwagon with this product, but I couldn't resist the colour sorry! I think it applies quite nicely, and if you use a topcoat it will last ages. I recently painted my nails with this colour as a base and then did leopard print accent nails, see my instagram (loulabeth) for a picture! (7.99)

Spike earrings - I found these via Victorias blog vipxo, as she does an eBay post each week, which I love to read! The earrings arrived super quick, considering they were from Hong Kong and they are a good size, not too big or too small! also, they are ridiculously cheap which is another bonus! (£1.39)

Hope you're all having a lovely sunday afternoon, I'm about to go and tuck into a roast dinner, mm!

L x