It’s here, my Bristol haul post! I won’t lie, I’ve actually been super excited to make this post because I just love all the things that I bought, or received from my boyfriend whilst we were in Bristol.
I spent quite a bit of money whilst there, which in turn has left me poor and with quite a lot less savings, this makes me very sad. It just means I’ll need to go on a spending ban again and be super good!
So without anymore delays, I want to start my exciting post!
As you can see from the pictures above I bought a mixture of clothing, beauty pieces, and some random items. I’m not going to talk about anything in any certain order, however I am leaving my anniversary presents until last as they’re special. ^_^
I wanted to get this dress mentioned out-of-the-way as I actually didn’t buy this whilst I was in Bristol. I did however order it just before I left for Bristol and it arrived whilst I was away. I came home to it on Monday and tried it on and it’s absolutely gorgeous! It’s by AX Paris and has this gorgeous daisy print on it, as well as a white-collar and some white cuffed sleeves. I’ve seen daisy print dresses everywhere at the moment and saw this one weeks ago in Coventry in New Look, sadly though they only had a size 6, which is way too small for me so I had to leave it behind. However upon going in USC last Tuesday with my best friend I saw one similar to this and wanted to look for it again on the website to order, BUT I found this one on their website in the sale for £18.00! Complete bargain seeing as it was £25.00 and as I was after some more spring and summer dresses, I think I’m onto a winner here for the fact that I can also wear this during the autumn and winter too! I am a tad pissed off mind that this is now £12.50… Not at all pleased but whatever, nothing I can do now.
This was a random purchase whilst on the way to Bristol. We popped into Morrisons to pick up some travel snacks and drinks, as well as a few other bits and pieces for our long weekend away, which included a body lotion for myself. I didn’t want to pack anything heavy, as there was meant to be lovely weather (which there was!) and I didn’t have a light body lotion to take with me either. This is a gorgeous body lotion, it’s very light which means it will sink straight into the skin and when I bought this it was less than £2.00! Complete bargain and since Bristol I’ve been using it at home too as it’s just lovely and light to apply before I head to work or out and about.
We decided to have a day of shopping, which resulted in being done on Saturday and a little bit on Sunday and Monday, but mostly Saturday and after then I think we were pretty skint!
These were the things that I picked up on Saturday!
I’ve been after a water tumblr for quite a while now and whilst on the way home from the Lake District last month I had a look in the Starbucks in one of the motorway service stations we visited on the way home. These were priced at over £11 EACH and I couldn’t believe they were so expensive! So of course I left it and ventured to eBay and shops such as Primark, Clinton Cards, etc to see if I could find one, but everywhere I went no one had one and if they did they were crazy prices or look terrible quality for the price tag. Whilst my boyfriend and I were in Starbucks in Bristol’s city centre getting our morning refreshments I noticed that they had some of the plastic tumblrs and I asked how much they were, this cost me £8.95! Not cheap but it’s what I wanted and as you can see in the images, I’m using it! I’m currently drinking some lemon water out of this bad boy and loving it! Now I didn’t know this until now BUT you can buy these from Starbucks website for I think a pound more than what you would pay for in the store, but don’t quote me! I love this so much, going to use it loads.
As regular readers will know, I was after this perfume all last month and my Mom was lovely enough to give me some money for my holiday to which I said, “Thanks Mom, I’m going to buy a new perfume with this!” and I kept my word! As you can see I picked up this Marc Jacobs perfume, Oh Lola and I love it so much. I love the Marc Jacobs scents anyway but this is one of my favourites by him due to its light floral scent. Can I also mention how gorgeous the bottle is??? This is by far a pleasure to now have in my perfume collection and out of them all, this one definitely stands out the most. This was meant to be £36.50 but I only paid £31.50 due to wonderful 15% off code that I had to use! I was so chuffed with this purchase due to the huge saving. I only picked up a 30ml bottle, so I’m going to make sure to save it for best occasions.
These polishes were an absolute bargain that I snapped them up with both hands as soon as I eyed them up in TK Maxx. £9.99… What a bargain!!! I’d been lusting after these polishes for ages and had contemplated picking them up for a while in my local Sally Beauty for a while but am I glad I didn’t now. I noticed a lady clutching onto these in TK Maxx and eyed up the beauty section closer to try and see if there was another box left and clearly, there was! I love TK Maxx for their bargains and no one beats them when it comes to nail polishes. The shades left to right are, Miss Piggy’s Big Number, I Love Applause, Kermit Me To Speak and Chillin’ Like a Villain. I wore Kermit Me To Speak on all my nails apart from my left ring finger which I painted with Miss Piggy’s Big Number and these were put on as soon as we got back from the hotel from shopping! I can’t wait to try the other two shades this weekend coming, I’m rather excited!
If you aren’t aware of what the Bean Boozled beans by Jelly Beans are all about, then where have you been hiding? Under a rock!? These are joke beans that are going around the internet, especially YouTube like wild-fire. Basically there are two beans that look the same but one will be a lovely flavour, whilst the other is vile and due to them all looking alike, you won’t know which flavour of the two you’ll get. There are some weird and disgusting flavours in here and I originally bought 2 packets of these from Hawkins Bazaar but my boyfriend and I tried a packet out on Monday when we got back home from Bristol and whilst it was vile to try most of the flavours, it was also fun to try… But it’s safe to say I wouldn’t do it again! These were only £3, so if you’d like to give the Bean Boozled challenge a go, I say go for it! My boyfriend and I recorded us trying these, whether or not it will ever appear on my blog, I don’t know… But if it does I’ll soon link it here. 😉
Although we didn’t mean to go shopping on Sunday, we did pop to one or two shops whilst we were out, but Sunday was mostly a day of relaxation as it was the day we celebrated our anniversary and wanted to just go to Bristol Aquarium, have some couple time and then we went out for a meal in the evening. BUT I will be talking about what we did in Bristol, where we went and why we’ll be going back in a separate post!
Before we headed to the Bristol Aquarium we popped into a shop called Colab that caught our eyes on the Friday when we cut through the town to walk down to the harbor and we fell in love with the clothing they sold in there. They sold nothing but independent art prints, t-shirts, records, prints and many more which is something my boyfriend and I love! We had looked in there on the Friday but wanted to wait to buy anything and with that we popped back in on Sunday to possibly buy something. We both picked up t-shirt, my boyfriend picked up a white one with some samurai’s on it and I picked up this cute fox t-shirt by Boodle. As regular readers will know, I LOVE foxes and it’s somewhat unhealthy! I don’t think I own any t-shirts with foxes on so when I spotted this I fell in love. It’s a gorgeous dark green t-shirt with a wood scene on it with some foxes camping all sat around a fire and with a little teepee by them. I was so glad this was available for women or I may have cried! They had another fox t-shirt that I liked the look of but they only had that available for men, as well as in an amazing sweater form which I wanted but I didn’t want to pick it up at the time. This t-shirt was only £18.00 and I wore it on Monday when my boyfriend and I made our way home from Bristol and it was so comfortable! I can see me living in this t-shirt.
On the Sunday for our anniversary treat out we went to Bristol Aquarium as we love animals so we’re suckers for things like that. The aquarium was lovely, but I’ll talk more about that in another post! Whilst we were there I decided to pick up a quirky bracelet, which is this gorgeous leather bracelet with a cute little sea-horse on it. It was just over £2.00 which I thought was a decent price. As well as that I picked up a photo holder, which as you can see I’ve used to hold some pictures of me and my boyfriend. There were loads of photo booths there that you’re meant to use to get some passport photographs taken at, but they also enabled you to take some quirky pictures, which is what we deiced to do. We took 4 coloured pictures inside Cabot Circus shopping centre and some little black and white ones, as well as colour photographs in Colab. These cost £2 each, which were worth EVERY penny as I’ve always wanted to take some pictures like this before. I really love the 3 pictures I have on my little clown fish picture holder and it’s sitting by my bed so that when I wake up in the morning and go to bed at night this is the first and last thing I see.
These were a VERY random purchase and one I made whilst wandering around some of the shops in Bristol. I’m not 100% sure which Body Shop it was but it stood out like a sore thumb due to the fact it had the old Body Shop logo from the 90’s, if not older and the store inside looked exactly the same too! The girl in the store told me that it was the oldest Body Shop store in the UK and that it was sadly due a refurbishment soon due to parts of the shop falling apart. I picked up a 3 for 2 on the Hand Cleanse Gels but gave my boyfriend one, which was Strawberry. I picked up Satsuma and Coconut, the Coconut scent is currently in my hand bag and I can’t tell you how much I love it right now! It smells so fresh and clean which makes it perfect for summer. These don’t cost a lot each, I think less than £2.00 from memory.
This is a mixture of Lush buys from both Saturday and Monday. We popped into the Lush in Bristol’s town centre where the staff were lovely and helpful, as well as chatty about all the products! I bought my boyfriend a couple of things as he hasn’t yet tried Lush and I wanted him to. I bought him Pink Fun and Creamy Candy Bubble Bar. He tried both of them out in the hotel room both Saturday and Sunday night and he loved them! As well as that I bought myself May Day Bath Bomb and The Comforter Bubble Bar. May Day Bath Bomb was a limited edition bath bomb from May for badgers and is a gorgeous citrus smelling bath bomb and reminds me of Whoosh Shower Gel. I picked up another two of these in Cribbs Causeway shopping centre on the Monday after trying out some of the May Day Bath Bomb on Sunday night. They only cost £2.95 each and all the money goes towards a good cause, SO if your local Lush shop stocks these, pick some up! As I mentioned I also picked up The Comforter Bubble Bar which surprisingly enough I hadn’t tried before although I have done for years! It reminds me of Ribena, which I love and when I popped this in a bath for my boyfriend and I to share on Saturday night, we both fell in love with it! These aren’t cheap however at £4.50 each but so so worth it!
SO basically that is everything I bought whilst I was in Bristol. Now onto what my anniversary presents were from my boyfriend.
My boyfriend really did spoil me for our first anniversary together and I do feel bad about it but at the same time it’s nice to be spoilt, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like it to be fair. I love what he bought for me and I know I’m going to wear the things he bought me fondly in the future.
This was the first present he bought for me and the most expensive one at that! It is a Dr Martens tartan dress. We popped into the Dr Martens shop just for a glance at what they had nice in store and we spotted this dress and I mentioned how I rather liked it but after looking at the price tag I kind of left it. My boyfriend noticed how much I liked it and encouraged me to try it on. The Dr Martens store in Bristol doesn’t have a changed room so I had to pop this over the top of my clothes, which was okay. I tried this on, fell in love but said I would see as I wasn’t 100% sure, however later on that day we popped back in, I tried it on one more time and my boyfriend bought it for me. Would you like to know the price of it? Well tough, I’m not going to say. It wasn’t cheap though and is a very cherished gift and one I know I will wear all year round, especially with my Dr Martens boots! I did get some lovely pictures of me wearing this on the Sunday for our anniversary which will be on my blog in the near future!
This was a random purchase and one my boyfriend and I agreed that we would both get whilst in Bristol. We’ve been excited for TomoDachi Life for quite some time now and we both knew we would want to get it! It only came out on the Friday and we picked it up the next day. This is an amazing game and if you like games like Sims and Animal Crossing then you will LOVE this! This was nice of my boyfriend to pick up for me as when I noticed the price tag I was in two minds of whether to pick it up or not, so he offered to get it for me and since buying these all we’ve done is play this game!
My final present from my boyfriend and one I’ll love forever is my Pandora Mouse In The Cup charm. He had wanted to get me this charm for quite a while, but for my birthday opted for my Waving Cat charm instead, which I love too. As the store in Cabot Circus didn’t stock this charm we had to ask for it to be put on hold at Cribbs Causeway which they certainly did for us for two days and we picked it up on the Monday on the way home from Bristol. This charm is absolutely gorgeous and has a lot of detail into it. It’s a cute little mouse sat inside a tea-cup which has a heart by it which says, “Be Mine” which is so cute, soppy and romantic, perfect for an anniversary present. I love this charm so damn much and so far I’ve only been able to wear it on my bracelet for one day, so I can’t wait to wear this more to show it off!
So after a very long and photo heavy post, I have come to end of this post. I loved everything I bought and especially loved the presents my boyfriend bought for me.
I don’t think I will be buying anything for quite some time now as I’m not only skint but I don’t think I need anything else for a while now!
Look forward to some more posts about Bristol over the next week as well as plenty of other posts.
Until next time, take care all and I hope your week is going well, the weekend will be upon us soon!