Basics and books

This was completely unexpected. I went to the mall last night fully expecting to spend in Topshop, River Island and H&M but a quick persual of the aisles in those stores left me very disheartened and uninspired. Forever 21 was the last resort.

I haven't found anything of value in there for months and it was a delicious surprise to see that the store was packed out with great basics and, even better, it was organised and nicely merchandised. Yes, organisation in Forever 21!

Today I wore one of my purchases - a simple tee, whilst working from home. Now don't get me wrong. This outfit is boring and I know it but I love the quality of the occasional F21 tee. Some I have had for years and the fit of this one, all over-sized and bum covering with it's dipped hemline, makes it perfect.

Accessories were also largely Forever 21 - a really pretty necklace which features tiny rings on a long chain (it's so rare to find necklaces like this that hang at the right point so I consider this a find and a steal) and a cheap clutch that was purchased for the:

a) Nod to Stella; and
b) Because I wanted a cheapo day clutch that could come to get coffee with me or perhaps get ruined on a liquid-focussed night out. Welcome to my life, Clutch! :p




 
Tee: Forever 21 - I am thinking this is the nearest thing - Link!Trousers: Miss Selfridge (old)
Shoes: Topshop (called Gamble and they tend to always have a style like this in the summer)
Necklace: Forever 21
Little diamond necklace: Tiffany's Diamond by the Yard
Clutch: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Rayban Aviators
Watch: Rolex

Back to book talk

I haven't talked about books in a while and it seemed like a good time to tell you what I have been up to: 

* Erin Morgernstern's The Night Circus - now this was recommended by many of you and honestly, I read the description and thought "oh no - not another circus book", having read Water for Elephants earlier this year. But I downloaded and started to read it.

I felt quite unengaged in the first 15% of the book and then the story got interesting. I can honestly recommend this and I think it's a fantastic read. It builds in speed, intrigue and drama and, whilst a circus landscape feels unoriginal, the real themes are anything but.

* The Hunger Games series - I am now onto the third book in the Trilogy. It's been an interesting couple of weeks. The first book had me gripped and as a sucker for a Dystopian theme I knew I would enjoy it from Chapter 1. For whatever reason the second book took ages to read. I felt a bit thick. Finally I finished it and I admit it ramped up in pace by the end and now it's onto the final installment.

Would I recommend them? Yes, it's quite comforting to start reading the first one, love the subject, and know that there is a series of books waiting for you when you finish. It's the same feeling we all probably got when reading the True Blood series or even Twilight. For that reason alone I would probably say, "go for it"!

Other things I recommend right now?

Avicii Levels, Drake's new album, Chantecaille Just Skin, Harvey Prince Eau de Lite perfume, Dubai's "winter" temperatures, homemade food, MAC's Coppering eyeshadow, conical wands, black coffee, The Real Housewives of anywhere, San Pellegrino with oodles of lime and ice and....I think that's it for today :)

See you all soon!

51 comments:

  1. I've been after reading the hunger games for a while now I've heard such good things about them! I love those jeans :). X

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  2. Love the outfit! Is your Rolex the small or midsize? Also, is that rose gold? Sorry for the watch interrogation but I'm planning on buying one soon.

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  3. @Katie - definitely give it a go :)

    @darling d - sorry i have no idea about size but it's rose gold and steel - that much I know :)

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  4. Another great look! I love your taste in jewellery, I'm probably the only one out there who hasn't shopped at Forever21, this needs to be recitified :) what a great take on the Falabella bag x

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  5. Love the simplicity of your Tiffany necklace.

    Ha - Real Housewives!! OMG addicted, much! I'm currently on the latest season of RHOA and RHOBH. You need to watch Basketball Wives and Love and Hip Hop - insane!! LOL

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  6. Aren't conical wands amazing? I love mine too. I have to check that clutch, it looks great and not too cheap looking! I need my black coffee too, to survive every day hehe.

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  7. Forever 21 gets me every time. That jewelry section is dangerous! So cheap I just want everything!

    Nice outfit! <3


    Amelia @ UGLY DUCKLING x

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  8. i love the clutch and the necklace!

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  9. Organized and nicely merchandised in Forever 21? That sounds too good to be true haha

    Love the clutch! It actually looks pretty high quality!

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  10. Love the top, it looks very comfy :) I really enjoyed the Hunger Games series and I cannot wait for the film to come out, have you seen the trailer yet? x

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  11. love the top so basic and simple but really nice, I havent been to F21 in ages, maybe it's time for a visit :) I felt the same about the 2nd book of hunger gaames but overall I loved them. I am reading a book called Hypnotis, if you read "a girl with dragon tattoo" series you would like this one too. but if you didn't yet ..I highly recommend the dragon tattoo series really good have a lovely week Laura xoxo

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  12. I love your watch!
    I've been hearing a lot about The Hunger Games series, I think I might check it out.

    Frances x
    http://francescassandra.blogspot.com

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  13. @Parveen - ah definitely! you need to be quite dedicated and keep going back though. it's often very very crap :)

    @Vexandthecity - ooh new series: give' em to me. I love this kind of stuff! :) I think RHOBH has been sensational this season. Fingers crossed RHOA ramps it up a bit.

    @Ellysmakeupbag - aaah i love it! i have had one for years but fall in and out of love with them. i adore it :)

    @Ugly Duckling and @Patricia - thank you!

    @HwaiKeeCHan by Angie - exactly! It was shocking :) haha

    @Bridget - that's why i wanted to read the books quickly. i think this might be one series that translates well on screen :)

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  14. @Mania - i love the Dragon Tattoo series. Thanks for the recommendation - will definitely get it.

    @FrancesCassandra - you definitely should! Give the first one a go!

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  15. Laura, I love your blog! I thought I'd ask you, do you recommend a vacation to Dubai? Best hotel? Any must-do's? Could you write a blog post about Dubai to help us travellers? I think it would be much appreciated!

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  16. Have you seen the bronze sequinned top that is in Forever21 at the moment? I absolutely love it, and I'm sure you will too! I should post it on my blog soon, if you want to have a look later on this week. : )

    http://www.elle-yeah.com

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  18. @Danielle - i have thought of that and definitely want to do a post on it. need to take lots of photos that make the place look good :) haha

    @Elodie - i was literally overwhelmed by the sequins. i wanted to buy the hotpants, the jackets everything. Definitely do a post on the top!

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  19. I do appreciate a good forever 21 basic, that tshirt is ideal and I really like the clutch.

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  20. Really like that clutch bag. Always love clutches but I'm worried I will lose them on nights out! Might get one like that for the day and get used to them haha

    - Allie x


    Allie UK Blog

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  21. love the shoes. love the t-shirt. love your blog.
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  22. I saw the movie previews for the hunger games, and Im super curious to read them, but to be honest Im waiting to get my hands on a nook or kindle this xmas to start buying books and magazines again!

    PS: love this relax kinda look

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  23. "Dubaï Winter's temperatures" - what a dream!
    Lovely outfit, as always, this t-shirt is a great finding :)

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  24. So glad you enjoyed The Night Circus. I'v been pushing it on everyone and anyone who brings up books near my vicinity. I love it that much. :)

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  25. I've been torn about reading the Hunger Games. On one hand I don't really read much Young Adult lit and when I did read the Twilight series it was unusual BUT there seems to be so much fuss over the Hunger Games I feel like maybe I should check it out!

    Sorcha x
    Bonfire Brunette

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  26. I have not stopped listening to Drake! My favorites besides the singles are We'll Be Fine, Doing it Wrong, and Practice. I mean he made a ballad out of a Juvenile song about 'backing that ass up' LOL I love it. It also really makes me want to get like a YMCMB crewneck sweatshirt for some reason. YOLO, right?

    Take Care, Laura ; ]
    -xx.Kasie

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  27. ahh you're posts delight me! hope you're having a great day :)

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  28. I really need to read The Hunger Games before I see the film, I love YA dystopias! If you liked that check out Divergent by Veronica Roth :)

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  29. That necklace is so cute!! I really want to read the Hunger Games ever since I saw the trailer! Do you live alone in Dubai?

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    Annie xxx

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  30. I have heard of Night Circus and I have been skeptical- also reading Water for Elephants earlier this year...I'm not sure if I'm ready for anothe Circus book either...but after reading that you recommend it, I think I may just have to pick it up :)

    I bought a very similar tee from F21 (Canada) if it is very, very soft then it might be the same one- super comfy and casual.

    ~Bronwyn
    www.chicinvancity.com

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  31. really really cute! :)

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  32. Love the outfit and love that necklace, actually the shoes too, looking for some on eBay despite having some similar ;) xx

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  33. Laura!
    Love the outfit! Can you please PLEASE tell me the price or sku number (if you still have the package)of the Forever 21 necklace? It was love at first sight and I can't seem to find it on the website!!
    If you know any of that please do let me know!
    Also I just finishes the first of the Hunger Games, excellent! Can't wait to read number two, and can't wait for the movie either.
    Check out The Shadow of the Wind. Worldwide best seller, one of my favourites. :)

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  34. Love the chain detail on the clutch. Take Care is beyond good, I've got it constantly on repeat. Looking forward to a long drive tomorrow, Drake definitely sounds best in the car!

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  35. Felt the same way about the Hunger Games. Must check out the night circus then :)

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  36. on the Forever21 website ordering both the clutch and necklace- so cute! you have such great style.

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  37. Love your dainty little Tiffany necklace!
    I haven't read the Hunger Games yet, possibly the only person left not to do so. Right now I'm on The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain -- about Hemingway and his wife. So far, loving it.

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  38. wonderful blog, honey!
    i'm def. a new follower.
    <3
    hope you'll have a look at my blog too and if you like it, you can follow me too- i'll be waiting for you!
    lovely greets and a wonderful wednesday!
    maren anita

    www.fashion-meets-art.com

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  39. aw super super cute!!

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  40. Forever 21 is so hit or miss but you really made out well! I especially love the clutch :)

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  41. nice clutch! Remids me of a very expencive one from Celine.

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  42. omg i can't believe that necklace is from forever 21! I can never find anything in that store whenever I go!

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  43. I love the simplicity of the shirt!

    I never did read True Blood or the Twilight series. In fact, the most recent Twilight move is the first one I went and saw in theaters. I am kicking myself for getting involved!

    I tend to get really involved in books and very attached to characters. Is this series going to make me cry?

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  44. I find wide scoop neck tees like this one to be ultra-feminine, ultra-flattering and ultra-comfortable. Why is that stores like Forever 21 can produce basics that will last you half a century but other garments that you can feel are falling apart even as you purchase them!? Complete mystery. Great post!

    bruisedromantics.blogspot.com

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  45. That necklace is amazing. You make it look far more expensive than it is!

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  46. I love the little details in your outfit that makes it unique from the standard ol' t-shirt and simple necklace. I'll have to take a look for that ring necklace - you're right, it's the perfect length!

    When I saw these photos I thought, you're so cute - your head is down hehe :D

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  47. are these pants still available?

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  48. i'm the last person on earth to realize your started another blog? lollipop26? wow... but yay! i'm glad!!!

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