Penneys Autumn/Winter Birthday Haul!

I have a confession to make. I’ve been really irresponsible. It was my birthday on Wednesday, (and my party is tomorrow eeeep!) and I got some birthday money… And it is already spent. Mainly in Penneys. It was an accident, really.

With that in mind however, I love looking at haul videos on YouTube, so hopeful a haul post will be nearly as good!

I get really excited about Autumn/Winter clothes, I just prefer them so much to Summer clothes. It’s just so much easier for a curvy girl to dress in cooler weather. Also, living in Ireland, it’s Autumn/Winter for 9 months of the year, so I suppose I’ve just had more practice with dressing for cooler climes!

I mostly bought clothes, but first of all, I’ll get the random stuff out of the way.

I got sensible black tights, cause I are sensible, a backcombing brush for €1.50 which I’ve wanted for ages, and various shoe-comfiers. I’m really unkind to myself when it comes to the shoes I force myself to wear, so hopefully these will help my poor feetsies?

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Also, I got a cute pink belt with little gold hearts, €1.50.

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Another belt, black with gold chevrons, €1.50.

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Big gold rocker cross ring. The nail polish is China Glaze but not sure of the shade, sorry!

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Right, onto the clothes! Sorry about some of the poses. I was trying to get myself out of the ‘three-quarter turn, hand on the hip pose’ rut with varying degrees of success!

Firstly, cute t-shirt material bow dress, €7. Cute on off-days with leggings. If I’m feeling belly-ish I’ll wear a high-waisted skirt over it to hide my sins. Love three-quarter-length sleeves, the most flattering sleeve length.

Also, black leggings. You can never have too many, plus all mine have holes/are see-through/are all baggy at the knees.

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Red dress with crossover back and little embossed rose pattern, €15.

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Cosy Bambi crew-neck jumper, €12. Yes, I know the label is still on it. I don’t like taking the label off until I’m actually wearing the item out for the first time, otherwise it’s not special.

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Bat pattern t-shirt, €3. Can you believe that?! Sure I couldn’t leave it there. It would be lonely.

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Dodgy pose alert, thought I was being all sexy but I just wasn’t. Sensible/sexy (?? Can’t decide, but it’s warm anyway) polo-neck, €6.

Gorgeous little tartan skirt, can’t remember how much. I think this is my favourite purchase, I LOVE IT! So punk/cute/everything I want in a skirt. I love high waists cause my actual waist is small and all my nomz hang out around the bellybutton area. High waists make me look like all of me is as thin as my thinnest bit!

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Maroon velvet skater skirt. Love, love, love skater skirts, for all of the above reasons. So cute, so wearable, such a flattering shape. And I love velvet, so rich and old-fashioned.

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Loved it so much I bought it in two colours, here is the same velvet skirt in black. So goth and lush and I can’t even. Love it <3

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Monochrome chevron miniskirt, €4.50. Four fifty!! Can you believe it?! Again, I couldn’t leave it. It’s surprisingly wearable and flattering for a big-bummed girl like myself. Makes it look more J-Lo than Mr. Blobby. Comfortable too, and doesn’t roll down or anything throughout the day (I wore this today haha).

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Well, that’s it! Thank you for reading. I might be doing another (smaller!) haul soon of my birthday pressies, and also I got some new beauty products you might be interested in seeing.

Let me know what you think!

PS, all of these things were bought in Penneys Athlone, if you’re wondering whether they’re in your local store or anything.

 

OOTD: Crazy Dog Lady Secretary

 

 

My style is weird, and crazy. Some days I look like a goth queen who should be in a Norwegian black metal collective. Some days I look like a children’s television presenter. I wore this to work. Why limit yourself?

Outfit of the Day

Turquoise vest: Penneys

Cardigan: Charity shop

Sausage dog skirt: Penneys, reduced to a fiver

Shoes: Penneys

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I think I single-handedly prove that you can dress really uniquely from Penneys. I know that Penneys-haters (and, amazingly, they do exist) claim not to like it because ‘you see everyone wearing the same thing,’ but that’s just laziness.

Yes, other people will have the same item of clothing, but you’ve just got to be creative about what you pair it with.

Jewellery

Coloured bracelet: Monsoon Accessorize, €16. I seriously love this bracelet so much. It’s about three times the price I would normally pay for an accessory but I wanted it really bad and it goes with everything. I saw my aunt wearing it and it looked so classy and lovely, I had to go out and get it.

Gold bracelet:  €6, River Island

Nail polish: MAC Cool Reserve. Seriously love this grurple (grey/purple) polish. I had to get this from America on eBay and I think it’s discontinued and I loooooove it. I love colours where you can’t tell what colour it is!

Sparrow Necklace

Necklace: Penneys

Sausage Dog Pencil Skirt

 

Close-up of the doggy pattern. It’s a bit wrinkled because I had been wearing it all day by the time I got the chance to take pics, but I think it’s so cute and different! :)

 

 

OOTD: My ‘About Me’ Picture

So this is the picture I’m using as my …profile picture? Display picture? I don’t know. The main picture on my blog that puts a face to all the ramblings.

I actually wore it to work and it’s comfortable, and I think it’s flattering because skater skirts are very forgiving – sitting on the narrowest part, the waist, and then flaring out past the wobbly bits, if that’s what you want to do.

Also, I never realised my widow’s peak was so sharp.
Outfit of the Day

Top: Penneys

Belt: Came on another dress, from a charity shop

Skater skirt: Penneys

Shoes: From some shoe shop I can’t remember the name of

Necklaces

Necklaces: Both from Penneys

Outfit of the Day: Rocking up to Work

This is my OOTD that I wore to work today. I’m lucky in that my office is totally casual, you can go in wearing a bin bag if you like, so nobody bats an eye at my rocker clothes.

Outfit of the Day

Top/jumper dress (although not really long enough to earn the title of jumper dress, it’s too long to be a top): £14, charity shop in the North, but originally Next

Wet look/leather leggings (I call them leather, normal people call them wet look): On sale for €15, Vero Moda

Necklace with Deer and Flowers Pendant

Deer necklace: Was a present, but I know it’s from Penneys.

I love this, it gets so many comments and compliments. I’m not sure if the deer is dead though, but maybe that just makes it cooler.

Leopard Print Creepers

Leopard print creepers: €15, just a little shoe shop. I fucking love these though, I wanted a pair for about a year and I was watching these ones for ages but at €45 I just couldn’t afford them. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found them reduced to only €15! I think they look badass and they rock-up any outfit. I can’t stop wearing them!

So that’s my OOTD, let me know what you think!

 

Cocoa Brown Night and Day Tan Review

I thought I’d review the Cocoa Brown Day & Night Tan for you, at last! I know I was pretty late to this particular party, but that’s just me! I wanted to wear some tan for the Summer but my budget was pretty bad, and I reckoned that no matter how bad this stuff was, it couldn’t be that bad for €8 in Penneys.

Beauty bloggers have been going mad about the Cocoa Brown tan. The idea of the Day & Night tan is that you apply the tan when you’re going out and a dark colour develops straight away. You go out, dance the night away or whatever you’re into, and when you shower in the morning you wash off the guide colour to reveal a more natural daytime tan.

Overall, I’m very happy with my purchase, although Cocoa Brown tan did have some drawbacks. First of all, the colour is not that dark at all. The ‘night’ colour is more of what I would consider a daytime colour, and when you shower, it pretty much washes off altogether.

However, the colour is natural-looking, and seems to be green-based because it doesn’t look at all orange. It’s a mousse formula which smells gorgeous (everyone’s talking about the smell!) and blends easily. Just be careful, because a little goes a long way. It also dries quite quickly so you have to work fast.

Another drawback I noticed is that it sticks in dry patches a little bit, but until now I have only ever used Fake Bake and Fake Bake is much worse for it. In fact, I think it compares really well with Fake Bake, and I found them to be the exact same. When you consider that Fake Bake is about €40, you realise that you’re getting serious bang for your buck with Cocoa Brown.

I know I’ve run it down a bit, but I just wanted to give the full picture. Overall, I’m very happy with the product. I’d give it 3 out of 5 stars. It smells good, it’s cheap and cheerful, natural looking, and compares well with a product five times its price. Where could you go wrong?