More kid's stuff...

I spent a day off today supporting a friend on a shopping trip whilst she was searching for the elusive capsule wardrobe...and this process quite obviously ended in a purchase of my own.

And yes it was from the kid's department in Zara....like a dog with a bone I tell ya!

But as with every purchase that I make, there is a boring backstory...so here it is:

I have been looking for a summer blazer. I am/was open with regards to colour but I wanted it to feel light (therefore predominantly a cotton mix) and to also make me feel "lifted". You know what's it's like when you put something on and it immediately flatters your skintone? Yeah, I wanted that to happen. I have seen some lovely Tipex/wipe-out-coloured versions in Zara but even those on the rack are stained, proving that faux tan loving Laura (yes, I just referred to myself in the third person) needs to stay WELL AWAY.

Today, I found the compromise. I spied it from afar and immediately got very excited. Sad, isn't it?

Swiped the aged 13-14 version - thought that there was no way that it would fit - and was shocked when it did. I reckon this is equivalent to a UK size 8.

It was also just £29.99.

But the reason I bought it? The colour just worked. It's a cream/white base with baby blue/mint mini-stripes.  It's light, but not so light I will amass an account at the dry cleaners.

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PS. In rest of outfit:

Jeans: Hollister Oceanside Super Skinny - LOVE these and well-worth braving the darkness of the store to enter. PS. Does anyone else find it hilarious/ridiculous that the employees greet you in an American accent - especially when you are shopping in say, Newcastle, which is where I got these? When I later asked them a question about where the belts were? The answer was provided in pure Geordie :)
Top: H&M nude tee - £4.99 and incredible look and feel. Highly recommend!
Necklace: Accessorize (leaf/feather) and Tiffany key on 18 inch chain.
Face: Sh*tloads of Studio Fix Fluid, Max Factor Mascara, Mythology shadow and oodles of Calm Mode lip balm.... :)

One last thing...

I tried a new product today and it gave me pure Afghan Hound hair and quite honestly, I am delighted. I suffer from Flat Hair Syndrome and spend my life (sort of) mussing it up and trying to make it look fuller....this delivered in three sprays....good old Batiste, in the XXL Volume version.



I saw this in Boots and thought: "how different can it be?"

Well I would say the product is exactly the same but the pressure in the can is the bit that's XXL because this stuff comes at you at a scary speed. Spray with caution but do prepare for crazy big hair....check mine out:



The only downside is that it now feels drier than the Sahara. One for special occasions only but it definitely beats the pants off Umberto Giannini's Backcomb in a Bottle.

Hope you all had a lovely Friday!

x

40 comments:

  1. Love the blazer! I think I'll have to have a look round the Zara kids section! X

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  2. LOL at the Hollister accents! Me and mum went to the Westfield Hollister in London and mum said quite happily 'I'll just be waiting outside'. I come back out of the store to see her eyeing up the topless model guy letting everyone in. Gilly Hicks is worse for the accents, as you go in they talk all australian and tell you to check out their facebook page.. it even says it in the bottom of the bags! xx

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  3. the hollister accents make me laugh. my friend actually works for them and they're trained to adapt the american accent! they have to be like "WHATS UP GUYS!" to anyone walking in. ridiculous. the newcastle one is the worst, i avoid it at all costs! can't move for bloody plants! xx

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  4. @SummerRose0407 - definitely worth a look :)

    @soph@beautycfw - haha there is always an upside to Hollister! :) I tend to only go in there if I absolutely have to (ie, if i need new jeans). It's a crazy place.

    @KLEE - haha so true about the bloody plants. i feel sorry for the employees now. I would feel like a total t*t saying "WHAT'S UP?" :)

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  5. Love the baby blue colour!
    Ps. Great to see you blogging again :)

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  6. lol in the US they greet customers with a polite 'Hi, how are you today?' and of course with the accent but it's natural. It's funny to hear how they act in other countries. Love your blog btw Laura! xxx

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  7. @Shortiee31 - thanks so much :) I remember you from the very early days of the UK beauty community btw :) hope you're well!!

    @Catherine - its crazy really! haha thanks for the comment! x

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  8. omg you look fab in that color...it's like a bright powder blue..gorgeous! You're really making me feel summery in these recent posts, I love all of these bright colors! I need that Batiste XXL, I am completely with you re: flat hair syndrome. I have fine, flat hair too and I'm always looking for the next best thing to poof it up :)

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  9. @ellamarie84 - thank you! I love the colour: it's bright and lifting and just what I need to be honest. And you NEED, yes need the Batiste! :)

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  10. They do that in Germany too! Really strange!

    Love the blazer!

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  11. hi! Love the blazer! Fresh and elegant. Cant believe Zara's kid's section has so many nice things like this one! Never looked there. Well, Id have to be 2-3 sizes smaller anyway,but that's another story:). Some well dressed 13-14-year-olds there, I can imagine! ohh, when I was 13.. you dont want to know.. Being a FlatHairSyndrome affected myself, will look into more brands of dry shampoos after this post (have tried a couple, but none amazed me. But got inspired to keep ssearching!). This brand is sadly not available where I currently live. Thanks for all great posts, really enjoying your new blog! xxx♥, Karine.

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  12. @annemiek - omg: they do it in Germany as well? I suppose it could be seen as "on brand" and everything but don't you just find it funny? :)

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  13. @EZbeautynews - yay your comment made it :) Not everything in the kids section is appropriate for me: babydoll dresses are just creepy haha but this is a good'un. Batiste is pretty easy to try online although shipping might be tricky...definitely worth looking into! x

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  14. The blazer fits you really nicely. Love the t shirt too, I wouldn't have guessed it was from H&M.

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  15. I need to try out that xxl thing by Batiste. It seems to have worked on your hair. And I don't mind crazy hair really :)

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  16. Oh Laura, I'm so happy you're back!! I could honestly read your posts for hours and I now need to get to a Zara a-sap!!

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  17. I really want to try the spray.. as backcomb in a bottle is my staple x
    p.s sooo glad your blogging again :)

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  18. I love that blazer on you!
    What nailpolish are you wearing here? Looks like something I need :) xx

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  19. @Becky - the tees are fantastic quality. so soft and wearable. they look nice on their own with jeans.

    @Get Gawjus! - then this is the product that you need :) haha

    @Georgina - haha thanks :) and yes zara is looking great lately. i saw some of their autumn/winter stuff today too and wow! lots of good things to come!

    @The Lip Goss - love your username :) haha and do try the spray. It's only about £2!

    @Monica - thanks :) it's Butter London's No More Waitey Katey. Gotta love the name!

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  20. i have a white one that i haven't worn in some time, you have inspired me :) the thing is here is etiher boiling hot or freezing so i don't really get a chance to wear it lol but i shall try xx

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  21. I can't believe that came from the kids department! It looks amazing! I'm so jealous of other countries' Zaras. Here in the US, it's a little disappointing :(

    I totally agree with Monica: Waitey Katey looks like a purchase in my near future!

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  22. Love the color of the blazer. Stunning as always. :)

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  23. Laura, I am seriously loving the big hair. I am also a sufferer of flat hair syndrome. The batiste I have leaves nasty white residue, which is even less delightful than flat hair syndrome. :(

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  24. I've been using the Batise XXL spray too - be careful though, it's easy to go overboard and end up with hair as big but as stiff as Dolly Parton's barnet!

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  25. You have just been tagged! Would love to see you do this tag. ♥

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  26. I love the blazer and you look gorgeous! <3 I'm so glad I found your blog, I love it so much :)

    http://thedollhousediary.blogspot.com/

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  27. Finding out about your new blog made me just a little bit too happy :)

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  28. Hi, it's been so long! Loved and missed your blogs. I'm kicking myself for not finding your new one sooner. It sounds belated to say this now but welcome back :) x

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  29. I need that version of Batiste...I have every other version. But this one is a must. Havent seen it in shops here yet. fingers crossed asap

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  30. Loving the new blog! Lucky for me, Zara has just opened shop in Melbourne, as I am developing serious lemmings from your recent posts :) x

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  31. LOVE that you are blogging again! Sat down and read the whole thing and now I already have tons of shopping I want to do. Brilliant blazer! I love the color!
    BTW, is that an engagement ring on your finger? If so, congrats. I'd die to see what you're going to wear!

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  32. Thats so strange! Not that I thought about it often, but I always classified you in my head as someone with quite natural volume and texture to their hair. Haha shows how much i know- love the look though! :)

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  33. The blazer is so cute! I definitely have the same problem with light fabrics - makeup EVERYWHERE! I used to love shopping in the kid's department, they have the best clothes sometimes, but I'll need a few more salads before I can start again, hah.

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  34. That blazer is gorgeous on you! I find it bizarre that its from the kids department though, i cant imagine young kids wearing blazers.. :s haha maybe it's just me? Ooh and I love that you're blogging again :) x

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  35. You look great in that blazer! That mint color is so refreshing! Sad that the ZARA in Croatia doesn't have all the things they sell in the UK.

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  36. I got the same Batiste shampoo (i need to admit, that i like them a lot - compare price to quality). Saw mine in boots as well, and wow, what a difference! :)

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  37. Oooh I'm so up for trying the dry shampoo as backcomb in a bottle was rubbish!

    Amy x
    http://thevirtualstylist.blogspot.com/

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  38. i like backcomb in a bottle but it doesn't quite give enough oommph... i will give the batiste a go, thanks :D

    www.missmathful.blogspot.com

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  39. I have always thought about looking in the kids section at Zara, I do it sometimes at H&M, but after this post I really have to check it out.

    My hair is as flat as it gets, but I can buy Batiste here, so I will have to live with it :)

    I'm new in the blogging world, so if you have the time could you please check out my blog and tell me what you think? That would mean a lot to me :)

    XO Astrid

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