The Shopping Diaries: June & July
I wrote my first instalment of the shopping diaries back in May time and it seemed to go down really well so I thought I’d share another as I’ve made a few purchases over the last couple of months. I’ve never been one to share hauls as sometimes sharing things for sharings sake can feel a little pointless for me. But, what I love about these posts is that I can explain a little more about the purchases that I’ve been making as well as a few thoughts on the item themselves just incase they're also something you're interested in.
ace & tate Easton Fizz Glasses
After having my annual eye test and my prescription changing slightly I needed to purchase some new glasses. To be honest, it was an overdue purchase anyway as my current frames were scratched from throwing them in my bag a little too often. I couldn’t find any frames that I liked at my opticians so I decided to try Ace & Tate as they’re always a brand I see highly recommend on Instagram and I knew they did clear frames beautifully. I went for the Easton style which isn’t a far cry from the usual design I have as I not only find it the most flattering but also the comfiest to wear for long periods of time. The colour is quite unique as it’s clear with a slight peach tone which I find really complimentary against my skin tone, the only downside is foundation transferring onto them. I found the service from Ace & Tate brilliant and they were delivered in 6 days which is pretty quick for prescription glasses.
american apparel fisherman knits
American Apparel went out of business a few years ago and it was a store that I absolutely loved, I had so many of their classic hoodies throughout university and one item I always coveted from them were their fisherman knits. And I know what you’re thinking, it’s summer surely you don’t need a jumper? Well, in the UK you never know when you might need a jumper and I found both of these on eBay and they were such great finds. I have a lilac which isn’t my typical colour palette but I absolutely adore it for lazy days and then I have a classic black with white speckles which is going to be such a staple in the cooler months. The joy of getting a jumper second hand is that it's already been worn in and are so soft and comfortable.
I have a real soft spot for the Whistles sweatshirts, I’ve had one for a few years which was a John Lewis sale find and it's still something I wear on a weekly basis. The only downside to these highly coveted sweatshirts is that they’re really pricey but I found this on eBay, brand new with tags for a mere £25 and I snapped it up. I absolutely love sweatshirts as they’re such a brilliant layering piece and ideal for British summer as they’re still lightweight that you don’t overheat but they take the chill off. I’m typically not into branded or statement slogan items but I can never resist these beautiful sweaters and they always wash so well.
A clothing piece that I’ve wanted to invest in for a really, really long time is a Stutterheim raincoat but they aren’t cheap and I was worried that I wouldn’t get enough wear out of it. After an insane amount of rain in May & June, I purchased a raincoat via eBay and I found myself wearing it every single day even when it wasn’t raining as it was a great lightweight jacket which pushed me to purchase the one that I really wanted (I resold the other raincoat). And already it’s become a staple in my wardrobe and I absolutely adore it, I found mine on sale for a lot less than the RRP but it was still a big investment for me but one I’m so glad I’ve made. The cut and style of these raincoats are incredibly flattering and make me feel so pulled together whilst being practical at the same which is exactly what I want from what I wear. There are so many shades to choose from but I went with the Charcoal as not only is it the most practical but it goes with absolutely everything else in my wardrobe. I’ve been wearing mine with everything from striped breton dresses to jumpers and leggings on those chilly days we've had and I love the way it looks.