6 favorite Urban Outfitters pieces

6 favorite Urban Outfitters pieces

Urban Outfitters is one of my favorite stores to shop at. I am not always successful in buying from them as  not everything is flattering on me, but over the years I have gathered quite a few items that I deem staples in my wardrobe. Today I am sharing with you my 6 favorites fashion items from Urban Outfitters.

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6 Urban Outfitters pieces

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Fall Fashion haul part 2: Only, Vila, Topshop, Vintage & more

Fall Fashion haul part 2: Only, Vila, Topshop, Vintage & more

As I promised last week, this week I would have up part 2 of my fall fashion haul. If you would like to see part 1 then please go here. Like last week, this part of the haul also includes try ons for all items and there is a bit of everything again here. Unlike last week there are a lot more one offs in here. Meaning there aren’t that many items from 1 brand in this. I hope you enjoy!

Just a few items I’d like to show you. More after the cut.

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London 2013 shoplog: Topshop, Primark, Illamasqua, etc.

London 2013 shoplog: Topshop, Primark, Illamasqua, etc.

If there is one thing I knew I wanted to do it was shop. The main goal of the trip was to reward myself for finishing my Master’s degree and the crappy situation at my job in the weeks leading up to it. So I was all set on thoroughly enjoying myself and just not have a care in the world. So I shopped till I dropped for one out of the three days and I got quite a few things. It’s mainly clothes and make up with some reading material and beauty bits thrown in. I will first show all the fashion bits, then the make up and beauty bits and then some random things at the end. So let’s get started (oh and don’t forget that cup of tea…).

Black brogues (Primark) & Black 1461 Dr. Marten’s

I took home not one, but two pairs of flat black shoes that will go with my dress/ black tights combo for winter. I didn’t have a sturdy pair of low black shoes that are easy to walk in and that will go with almost anything. Unfortunately the Dr. Marten’s are far from comfy at the moment, but I’ve decided to wear them whenever I can for shorter amounts of time to break them in and then hopefully before the weather becomes absolutely dreadful, they will be comfy enough to be worn for longer stretches of time.

Topshop Joni jeans in stone/ acid washed denim & Topshop Jaime jeans in stonewashed denim

I don’t wear jeans very often, but that’s mainly because I don’t find the ones I have super comfortable. Most of the jeans I have are all actual jeans: stiff, coarse and baggy. The minute I put on one ounce I can’t fit into them anymore and even though they’re still nice, I only get to wear them during the winter months because of that. I wanted a pair of jeans that was soft, stretchy and preferably high waisted but still look flattering. The problem for me with buying jeans is that in The Netherlands all pants are to long as the don’t do a 30″ inseam in my size because in general Dutch people are so tall. So hip hip hooray for the UK: I found not one but two fabulous pairs of jeans that fit all of my criteria AND have a 30″ inseam.

Green Baroque skater dress & Tartan shift dress (Topshop)

I was a bit disappointed with Topshop this time to be honest. It wasn’t until I went into the basement of their flagship store that I found these two amazing dresses. My eye immediately was drawn to the green dress and since the fabric isn’t stretchy I was afraid it wouldn’t fit me. Luckily it fits like a glove and looks amazing on. The shift dress doesn’t look like much on the hanger, but it does when it’s on. Another thing on my wishlist: a tartan dress that wasn’t too school-girly and that had a nice tartan print. Check check, double check.


Snowman knit pj bottoms & Poppy print black shirt dress (Urban Outfitters)

I am not a huge fan of Primark clothes. Shoes yes, but actual clothes, not so much, apart from their PJs. So when I saw they had a Christmas edition sleep and loungewear out I couldn’t resist. The snowmen are simply the cutest and these things are the comfiest thing ever. The poppy dress is by the brand Cooperative which is sold at Urban Outfitters. It was on sale for 15 pounds and looks really nice on. I have to hoist up the skirt a little to make it fit but other than that it’s great. It’s got a flattering neckline, a button down front, strings in the back to give it a bit more shape and a nice overall retro feel.

Black floral boxy button up top (Urban Outfitters) & Plaid men’s shirt (Primark)

In Urban Outfitters I also went for this boxy buttoned shirt. Again the neckline scoops down a bit, like with the dress and it just is very flattering on. Now I just said I’m not a big fan of Primark clothing, apart from their men’s line. I spotted this flanel button down from the corner of my eye and when I tried it on it had a nice oversized but not too bulky fit.

Lush Rose Jam LE shower gel & Tresemmé Keratin Smooth heat protection

I hadn’t checked out Lush’ Christmas collection yet and not much grabbed my attention, apart from Rose Jam. It’s a sweet smelling and warm scent to me and I’ve been using it in my before bed time showers and it’s great at helping me go to sleep. Tresemmé is a haircare brand I’ve been wanting to try for some time and when I saw they had a new keratin line out I went with one of those products. A heat protection spray is important for me now, as I got a new haircut a few weeks ago and I have been reaching for my hair dryer, straightener and curling iron on a regular basis now.

Soap & Glory Hand Food, Body Lotion and Body Butter & Neutrogena moisturizer original and in Pink Grapefruit

A brand I had heard much about from British Youtubers is Soap & Glory and Boots had a buy 2 get one free deal on their hand and bodycare products. So I picked up a few mini’s to try it out and a full size handcreme which I have heard so many raves about it got me very curious. Neutrogena is another one of those brands I was curious about. And since I was looking for a moisturizer to help my skin during the colder months coming up, I decided to pick these up and give them a whirl.

Soap & Glory make up: blotting powder, eyeshadow primer & lipstick in Guavarama

Soap & Glory also does make up but that is far harder to find than the body and skincare products. I happened upon a display in Boots on Oxford Street and picked up these three things to try. I have swatched both the primer and lipstick below. The powder is translucent so no need to swatch it as it won’t show up on my skin.

Topshop lipsticks in Macaroon & Wicked

Whenever I watch shoplogs of Dutch beautybloggers who have been to England they have always ransacked Boots, Superdrug and Selfridges. But don’t forget Topshop! They do some great make up. I am a particular fan of their lipsticks with Rio Rio being my favorite red lipstick. At 8 pounds a pop they don’t break the bank either, are longlasting and there is a massive color range. Macaroon is a pinky coral tone and wicked purple berry color and by far not as scary on a swatch as it looks in the tube.

Illamasqua lipstick in Shard and blush in Naked Rose

Where on previous trips I hunted down a bunch of high end brands not available in The Netherlands, this time I had my sights set on Illamasqua. I had never before tried any of there products and heard great things, mainly about their blush and lipstick so I picked up one of each. I tried on both products before buying. Naked Rose is a great every day blush, completely matte and a great dusty rose color. Shard is a deep plum which looked surprisingly good on. I didn’t look dead and this can be worn as a stain or full on as well.

Swatches: Soap & Glory Guavarama, Soap & Glory eyeshadow primer, Topshop Macaroon, Topshop Wicked, Illamasqua Shard, Illamasqua Naked Rose

Barry M nail polish: Bright Red, Blood Orange, Blue Grape, Crush, Espresso, Duchess (swatches are in a slightly different order)

I of course cannot go to London without picking up nail polish. I picked up some Barry M mainly and these are my favorites. I especially love Duchess: a burgundy textured polish with gold reflects. I think the swatch (all the way on the left of the picture) is even prettier than the color in the bottle. I also love how Barry M now does Matte nail polish. I think both the burgundy and black look so classy.

Bloch dance shorts and footless tights & Primark fuzzy socks and statement necklace

Then on to some random things. I wanted to try some Block dance clothes but since the only stores they have are in London and Sydney and I had never tried on any of their stuff I decided to wait until I went to London. I bought a pair of spandex shorts and black dance tights. Primark is not only good for PJs but also for socks and accessories. I didn’t find too many interesting things, apart from these two.

Books & Magazines: Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Company & Leigh Bardugo – Shadow & Bone and Cassandra Clare – City of Bones.

Books are so much cheaper in England than here (same goes for CDs & DVDs btw) and so I always pick up a few things whenever I’m there. I also like buying magazines when I’m abroad as they usually focus on slightly different trends.

And that’s it! All I got in London. I hope you enjoyed this post and I will see you again soon.

What’s your most recent purchase?

London Shoplog #1 (books, CDs, make up, beauty & accessories)

London Shoplog #1 (books, CDs, make up, beauty & accessories)

Just to break up my travel log from my trip to London, today’s post will be showing you some of the things I bought while in London. This post will feature books, CDs, accessories, make up and some beauty products. I also bought clothes, but those will be featured in a separate post because else this thing would be massive.

Shopping bags

Whenever I travel I like to keep some of the shopping bags. Not as a keepsake, but because in most bigger cities stores will give you paper bags instead of plastic ones. They are prettier in my opinion and handier too, but the reason why I take them home is because I reuse them to recycle my waste paper. It’s easier than reusing paper boxes and you have something pretty to look at at the same time. And now you also know some of the stores that I went to.

Books: David Nichols – One Day, Don De Lillo – Cosmopolis, Paul Auster – The New York Trilogy, Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games (complete series), Christopher Winn – I Never Knew That About London

One thing I MUST do whenever I’m in London is buy books. They are cheaper than at home and the selection to choose from is vast. In most Dutch bookstores only a small section of the store is devoted to English language books (unless you go to Amsterdam or The Hague). In London it’s all in English (well duh!) and Waterstone’s and HMV stock everything you could possibly want to read. I like going to HMV for books as they are usually 5 pounds each or because you can get some good deals. I especially like the HMV on Picadilly Circus for book shopping and the largest Waterstone’s of London is right near it too.

CDs: Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost, Hurts – Happiness, The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar, The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient, James Vincent McMorrow – Early in the Morning (2 Disc edition)

Another thing I must buy when in London is music. This trip has been the first one where I only bought 5 CDs. Other times I bought at least 3 times more and a bunch of second hand ones too as London has some great second hand record stores (try Soho!). This time I bought a few CDs which I already knew because I downloaded them before and loved it (I download stuff to sift the good from the bad) and I bought a few that I haven’t heard yet, but which I have heard people rave about. I finally got my hands on James Vincent McMorrow’s album so I’m thrilled about that. It was sold out every time I tried buying it from my local record store.

Beauty stuff: Batiste Dry Shampoo, Aussie Frizz Conditioner (x2), Lush Flying Fox shower gel

I went to Superdrug on Monday and besides some make up (see below), I also bought some beauty products. I wanted to try Batiste dry shampoo as it’s supposedly the best one out there and I’ve just started using dry shampoo so I’m trying to find which one I like best. I’m also running out of conditioner and I have heard people rave about Aussie hair products so I thought I’d give those a shot. Aussie is also available in NL, but this was a 2 for 6 pound deal, which I think is less than the cost of one product in The Netherlands. Another thing that was cheaper was Lush. Flying Fox is my fave shower gel by them and I had run out so when I found out it was cheaper by 2 – 3 euros after conversion I decided to take it home.

Collection 2000 cream shadow in Platinum Bling, Sleekglitter liner in Steel, Collection 2000 glitter liner in Le Freak, Collection 2000 Extreme 24 hour felt tip liner in Teal.

The reason why I went to Superdrug is because they sell a bunch of make up brands that are not available in The Netherlands and even products from brands we do have that aren’t available here. I wanted to try some Collection 2000 products as it used to be a brand I bought when I was 12 and it was still available. I heard their liners are good and there was a buy 2 get 1 free deal so I threw in a cream eyeshadow just to give it a try. I already own a purple glitter liner by Sleek and love it so I decided to get this dark gray one to try.

Urban Outfitters W.I.P. nail polish in Mustard, Topshop lipstick in Confession, Barry M Dazzledust in no. 90 (Pearly Mauve), MAC Lip Erase in Dim

Some other make up products I bought come from other random places. Not the Barry M Dazzledust, that came from Superdrug too, but I also found some make up at Topshop. I didn’t even know Topshop sells make up, but they do and OMG can you say amazing? The minute I saw that bright coral lipstick (it’s coral but it looks orange on my screen) I knew it was going to be mine. I also found the perfect creamy mustard colored nail polish at Urban Outfitters. I have never seen a color like that anywhere before. The only high end make up product I bought is by MAC. I have been wanting a Lip Erase for months now, but since it’s only sold in the Pro Store and I haven’t been to Amsterdam for about as long, I hadn’t been able to get my hands on it.

Topshop cream blusher in Neon Rose, Famous by Sue Moxley single shimmer eyeshadowin shade no. 7 and smokey eye shadow palette in Cafe Culture

One brand that I was curious to buy more from was Famous by Sue Moxley. I bought a baked bronzer from that brand last year and loved it, so I wanted to see what else they had. The shimmery turquoise/ sea green color immediately popped out at me and has some great pigmentation. The palette is also gorgeously pigmented and comes with a great taupe, dark brown and a shade that in the picture looks gray, but which is actually a duochrome eyeshadow that reminds me of MAC’s Club eyeshadow. The blusher by Topshop is a cream blush which is very creamy in the pan, but once applied looks a bit powdery. Again a bright coral color, just like the lipstick above: coral is THE make up color this spring season.

Sleek Blush by 3 blusher palette in Pumpkin

When browsing the Sleek stand my eye was immediately drawn to these blush palettes. They had 5 or 6 different ones, but the one above looked like least of any of the blushers I already own. It comes with a corally pink shade, a bright pink and a bright orange. They all look very similar to the regular Sleek blushes, yet they have different names. From left to right you can see: Lantern, Squash, P Pie. Pigmentation and quality is comparable to regular Sleek blushes which is really good.

Accessories: Forever 21 white flower earrings, Forever 21 silver three finger ring, Primark bangles, Urban Outfitters triangle earrings and Forever 21 goldearrings with spokes

I was hoping to find some great accessories at Primark and Forever 21. Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed at what was on offer. I only found some earrings and a ring at Forever 21 and Primark was especially dreadful. I only found these bangles worth taking with me. The rest was all so campy looking or not what I wanted to find. My favorites in this picture would have to be the earrings from Urban Outfitters. UO has some of the best edgy clothing and accessories and can be quite pricey, but I thought these earrings would definitely be worth their 8 pound price tag.

Topshop matte dark coral wayfarer style sunglasses, short tarnished gold coiled necklace from Spital Fields market and a necklace by Monki which I received free with purchase

The very first day in London I found this great necklace. I was hoping to find some cool short necklaces. I only found this one, but I think it’s incredibly cool. It’s simple yet the coils give it that bit of spunk that I like. I really don’t need another pair of sunnies, but I just couldn’t resist this colorful pair from Topshop. The frame is matte which is why I like it and it’s a very dark coral color. Again, great for spring and summer this year.

Seafoam green scarf from Urban Outfitters

As I said before Urban Outfitters do some great edgy stuff and I just loved this scarf the minute I saw it. It’s incredibly soft and I think the lose structure and tassles give is a bit of extra fun. Seafoam green is my favorite color this spring and I can already think of a few outfits to wear this with.

That completes part 1 of my London shoplog. There is more to come in a few days’ time. That’s when I’ll show you which clothes and shoes I bought. But before that I will also tell you about what I did on my final day in the UK capital and home to the 2012 Olympic Games and remember that I would hold a giveaway contest to celebrate my 500th post as well. So that’s what’s to come in the next couple of days. For now, I’m just going to enjoy the rest of my vacation and take some well-deserved rest.

Shoplog Dublin: Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, Penneys, Top Shop, New Look, etc.

Shoplog Dublin: Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, Penneys, Top Shop, New Look, etc.

If you’ve been following this blog, then you know that this girl can’t go traveling without doing some serious shopping. So that’s exactly what I did. I already mentioned in my travellog that I went shopping the day before we left and I got some other trinkets along the way. As promised, there are a few more things with polkadots! I got some clothes, accessories, books, CDs, shoes (of course) and some make up. I didn’t buy that much make up and nothing too interesting so that isn’t pictured.

high waisted denim shorts (Top Shop)

I had been looking for high waisted denim short for some time, but none of them fit me right. This one does and it was on sale too!

cream polkadot dress (Top Shop)

I love the retro 50’s style of this dress. The collar is the cutest!.

baggy dark grey polka dot shirt (Forever 21)

Yup, Dublin has a Forever 21. They had tons of similar tops with different colors and prints, but I liked this one best.

denim button down (Forever 21)

Same as with the high waisted shorts. Wanted one for ages, couldn’t find one that fit right. This one does and it wasn’t that expensive.

black & white polka dot jumpsuit/ romper (Urban Outfitters)

Possibly my favorite buy from the entire trip! I took it into the dressing room thinking it was a dress. I only noticed the shorts in them when I tried it on. Fits like a glove and isn’t uber short like most rompers.

Book, CDs & DVD (HMV, random book stores)

Books: Folk & Fairytales of Ireland compiled by W.B. Yeats, Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin, Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen.

CDs: Hugh Laurie – Let Them Talk, Lady Gaga – Born This Way (Deluxe Edition), Britney Spears – Femme Fatale (16 track edition), Pete & the Pirates – One Thousand Pictures

DVD: 500 Days of Summer (best movie ever!)

thick ice hat (random hat shop at St. Stephen’s Green mall)

panty hoses (Penneys – Irish version of Primark)

small tan satchel (Penneys

from right to left:

silver cuff bracelet (Forever 21)

shamrock necklace (souvenir shop)

triangle earrings (Urban Outfitters)

necklace with two leaves (Forever 21)

necklace with tassles (Forever 21)

from left to right:

black & red ballerina flats (Penneys)

dark grey keds (Penneys)

moccasin/ loafer style tan heels (New Look)

My favorite buy is definitely the romper from Urban Outfitters. What is your favorite thing in the lot?