Sunday, 25 November 2012

Cosy stuff for your Uni room :)

When you move into your room at Uni (or any empty new room), whether it be halls or a house, it takes a while for it to become a home. It feels like a bit of an empty shell. But you can make it really homey by not only covering your notice boards in photos of family and friends but also furnishing it with some really cute decorative items or just stuff it full of cushions and blankets! To the left is my uni room in my second year house. The theme is loosely pink and white and I bought loads of cheap stuff to make it feel a bit more me. I'm guessing quite alot of you may prefer a monochrome black and white look or a multicoloured theme or maybe just polka dots everywhere or something!

The shops that I bought all my furnishings in weren't places like John Lewis or Next Homeware or Laura Ashley because they're way too pricey for my little student budget. Instead I went for my old favourites: Matalan, Wilkinson and Asda. In the photo to the right I got candles from Asda, a flower from Wilkinson and a "Love" photo holder from Matalan all for £11.

Cute Stuff I've Found in...


Flowers and Vase - £4.75    
3 Vases - £4
Union Jack Pillow - £8 
Love Ornament - £6
Tealight Lantern Holder- £2.50
3 Vases - £4

      Bird on a Stand Ornament- £6
3 Vases - £4
Flower in Vase - £6


                                                        Rose Curved Mirror- £12
Floral Wastepaper Bin - £4
 Printed Rose Cushion
(Buy One Get One Free on all cushions) - £6
Cage Tealight Holder - £8




Glass Clock - £6
Spot Cushion - £4
Heart Tealight Holder - £7
Cupcake Canvas 30cm x 30cm - £5

Hopefully there's a few things there that caught your eye or provided you with some inspiration to make your room really homey and fill it with things you like! I've only put a few things up here that I thought were pretty but have a good look through the sites because there's so much stuff! Don't forget your 10% Student discount at Matalan.
Love Dorothy xxx

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Bargain Alert!

H&MH&M Half Price Blazers - £15

I was in the high-street earlier and went to have a mooch in H&M to see what they have. My colleague had told me yesterday that she got a blazer in there for £15 which I thought was a great price. But sometimes with cheaper blazers the cut isn't great and it doesn't fit that well or the range of colours is pretty poor. But not in this case! There was a fantastic array of colours - black, navy, burgundy, sand, red, pink and green (from what I could see) So I went ahead and tried on the burgundy and sand. To be honest I loved both and would have had one in every colour if I could!! But in the end (as I am a creature of habit) I bought the burgundy one as I just have a weird obsession with the colour haha. I'll post a photo of me in mine soon but make sure you go and have a look because they were a great fit, a thick jersey material with a nice lining and came in so many colours. Oh and they used to be £29.99 ;) I found a few images of it online to show you but the blazer looks far more casual when worn with the right clothing. So you can dress it up and down :) The colours of the images look slightly different to the material in  real life. My burgundy one is the second blazer along but it's actually redder than it appears here.

The Blazer looks great on!

New Look - £10 off selected party dresses 
£5 off selected tops
Womens Clothing Sale

I also had a mooch in New Look and saw that a few of the dresses I've previously blogged about are now £10 off yay! There are some lovely party tops that are now £5 off as well. So go for a little look if you want!

Loads of other Sales...
Miss Selfridge have a 50% off sale at the moment as well as H&M so if you want a bargain get down to the high-street and raid those rails :)

Love Dorothy xxx

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Clutch Bags 101

Just thought I'd compile some clutch bags to suit various occasions whether it's a winter wedding, a date or a night out!

£4 - £8 Clutches

                                                                              (Left to right)



£12 - £18 Clutches

(Left to right)

My Favourites

(Top to bottom)

Hope there's something there that you like. I've included a bit of sparkle, nude tones, baroque and the classic LBC (little black clutch!) There are so many beautiful clutches that are affordable and stylish from the stores I've mentioned so have a good browse if you haven't seen anything that grabs you! Remember to grab your student discount in Matalan and New Look for 10% off  ♥

Love Dorothy xxx

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

What I spied with my little eye in Oxford Street

I took a trip to London at the weekend (to visit my boyfriend who's at Kings) and took the opportunity to have a mooch round the shops to see what was hot for the holiday season!

Of course I did get slightly distracted by the business of Oxford street and obviously by the beautiful Christmas lights that were recently put up! So I've put a few photos up of them for your enjoyment. Might encourage you to go to Oxford Street for a spot of Christmas Shopping :) I went into a couple of shops, New Look, Topshop, Zara, River Island, H&M, Miss Selfridge - Most high-street stores.

Miss Selfridge has a gorgeous array of christmas and party frocks. I've actually been looking for a dress for a wedding and found the perfect one but for me it was a little too pricey. Anyway the store was full of gorgeous fabrics and sparkly dresses and clutch bags!! It was like glitter heaven. Here's the window display so that you can see the kind of colours that are in this winter.

There were a lot of neutral nudes, silvers, golds and peaches. For the lovers of bright colours there were some reds and royal blues but the colours shown in the window seem to be the most in stock. If you don't like sequins there are plenty of floaty chiffon and peplum dresses.

So I've decided to show you a few frocks ;) for the season to be jolly. Christmas time = parties full of fun and sparkle so why not have a dress to match!

Nude & Shimmer

Miss Selfridge


(Left to Right)

Dress 1 - Sequin Lace Peplum Dress -        £49
Dress 2 - Silver Embellished Vest Dress -   £75
Dress 3 - Embellished Babydoll Dress -      £47
Dress 4 - Petites Lacy Tutu Dress -            £45 
(This one has a gorgeous low back!)

For me these dresses would be for a one off party as their fairly expensive so buy on my student budget. They are absolutely gorgeous though and the money is purely due to the amount of work that goes into embellishing the pieces in beads and sequins. 

Sequins & Sparkle

New Look - Remember your student discount for an extra 10% off! 

(Left to right)

Dress 1 - Navy Sequin Sleeveless Skater Dresss -                     £29
Dress 2 - Gold Sequin Skater Dress -                                   £34.99
Dress 3 - Parisian White and gold Sequin 2 in 1 Dress -        £29.99
Dress 4 - Gold 3/4 Length Sleeve Bodycon Dress -              £39.99 

This is a photo of me on my 20th Birthday wearing the Parisian White and gold Sequin 2 in 1 Dress from New Look. It was lovely and fit really well but occasionally the sequins felt a bit rough on my skin. I wore it with a pair of ... stone kind of nude kind of beige shoes (haha) and a gold clutch that I borrowed from my friend! Was a great night and the sparkles made me feel all birthday-ish :) Hopefully if you get a sparkly dress it will put you in the Christmas Spirit!

      Love Dorothy xxx

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

I LOVE Baroque!

Ok so maybe you're thinking..."what on earth is baroque?!". Well when it comes to fashion 'baroque' refers to swirling patterns reminiscent of 17th century Italian fabrics. Recently I've spotted loads of gorgeous baroque patterns on various items of clothing so I thought I'd share with you how gorgeous they are!!

New Look

For the figure-hugging lovers, these two bodycon dresses with foil detail are perfect to embrace the baroque look. The detail being in the middle also give the body a streamlined look (yippee!!)

They both come in at £24.99 ($40) but remember ladies (if you're a student) grab your student 10% discount making them a fairly affordable £22.50 ($35)

For the skater dress lovers these two pieces are elegant and sophisticated but still embrace the intricate baroque patterns. I have tried on the shell pink dress and found that it was slightly too long for a night out but perfect for a wedding or other event.

They both come in at £24.99 ($40) but remember ladies (if you're a student) grab your student 10% discount making them a fairly affordable £22.50 (£35) the same as the body con dresses.

For those with a bit of cash to splash these two eye catching dresses are a little more expensive but have a definite wow factor! I know that the loyal topshoppers will love them. The monochrome dress on the right also includes another key season trend - the peplum. Combine both this and a baroque print and you're sure to be on to a winner! The great thing about peplum dresses is that they're so flattering on all body shapes as they give you a lovely little waist and emphasize any natural curves.

The black and gold dress to the left is £62 ($99) but is completely covered in sequins. All that hard work is worth the money as it looks gorgeous! The monochrome dress to the right is £42 ($67) but again there is a 10% discount for students bringing the prices down to £55.80 ($89) and £37.80 ($60.50).

It's not only dresses that have been 'baroqued'. Asos offers loads of items printed with the beautiful pattern! Even for men ;) I found some hot-pants, a pair of leggings and a pair of jeans. All would look amazing with just a simple top as the bottoms are enough to make a statement! With some chunky ankle boots or platform heels you can turn them from day into night.  

The gold and black jeans are £40 ($64), the monochrome leggings are £23 ($37) and the hot pants are £30 ($48). Again grab your student 10% discount with your NUS card making them all a bit more affordable.

If I find anything else on baroque fashion you will be the first to know!!

Love Dorothy xxx

P.S. Will post a photo of me in a baroque print dress when I buy one soon! <3

Here's the photo as promised :) I wore this baroque peplum dress when I went to a wedding yesterday!