Tuesday, 19 August 2014

HOW TO SURVIVE AT UNI: PART 2: YOUR WARDROBE

Shopping is by far one of my favourite activities. I would even go far as to say it's my favourite sport. However shopping on a student budget can sometimes be tricky and if you're not careful you may be in a situation where you have a wardrobe full of beautiful clothes, but a cupboard full of Asda smart price baked beans.

So here are my tips on how to still look good and dress well at uni... without starving yourself for a pair of shoes.

Casual- Top and Shorts: Topshop

  • Student Loan: DO NOT SPEND YOUR STUDENT LOAN IN YOUR FIRST WEEK. I've seen so many people blow their student loans on silly things, only to be moaning the following week that they have no money to do anything. Part of university is growing up, so exercise some responsibility and don't spend the money you'll be needing for essentials on handbags and bottles of Moët.
  • UNiDAYS: the UNiDAYS  site will provide you with a student discount when shopping online with some of your fave brands. Saving a little 10 or 20% here and there will make all the difference. The more money you save, the more money you have for jagerbombs when you go out.
  • NUS Card: An NUS card will also help you get a student discount where possible. I don't have one, but I've heard they're good.


Day time- Top and Shorts: Topshop

  • Shop around: If you want something in particular, take the time to browse websites and look for cheaper alternatives. As most shops follow similar trends, the likelihood is that one top you like has about 5 different variations, so just pick the one that suits your budget
  • Be smart: If there's a white jersey t-shirt by Alexander Wang going for £100 and the exact same t-shirt in Primark, make the right decision. No one will be able to tell the difference. You could probably still tell people that it's Alexander Wang.


Going out- Top: Topshop | Skirt: Missguided

  • Keep it simple: Buy items of clothing which are simple and won't go out of style. If you're latching onto every trend that hits Topshop on a weekly basis, you'll only be buying a new wardrobe each season to keep up. Stick to being simple and stylish.
  • Get what you're paying for: Don't bother with clothes which aren't good quality. You can feel when you pick up certain materials whether they're worth the price tag.
  • Do I really need this? When I'm out shopping I always have a moment where I think "do I really need this?" If I can't think of at least 2 or 3 different ways to wear the item in my hand, then I put it down. There is nothing more upsetting than the pile of clothes that have only been worn once which create a pile in the deep dark depths of your wardrobe. In the pictures in this blog post I've shown at least 3 ways of wearing my Topshop crop top for 3 different occasions.
  • Don't deprive yourself: finally, never ever ever ever ever deprive yourself from having something that you want. Moderation is key when dealing with a student budget, but don't be too strict. Shopping and dressing up is meant to be fun.  If you feel like you're going to walk out of that shop and think about the skirt you want for days on end,  then buy that skirt! After all, nothing haunts us more than the things we don't buy. 



Sunday, 17 August 2014

TRIANGL GIRL






Aussie brand Triangl Swimwear  have been taking over Instagram pages, blogs and beaches worldwide for a while now, so when I was asked to feature one of their iconic bikinis on my page how could I refuse? It's every girl's dream come true to own one of these beautiful little bikinis!

I thought I'd do a  review of my bikini for anyone who is planning on going on holiday this Summer, or is simply lusting over one of these bikinis like I was!

Style
The bikini I'm wearing here is called "Tilly Sunburst" and from what I've seen online, it's one of the most popular of the variety of styles available. I chose this particularly because I absolutely love the mesh detail in the top and I thought bright orange bottoms would be perfect with a tan.

Sizing
If you're not familiar with Triangl Swimwear, you may be interested to discover that unlike most other bikinis, these are made from neoprene- the material found in wetsuits. Although this makes the bikini a snug fit, it also means that you have to get your size exactly right as it's not as stretchy as your generic two piece. 
I purchased a size S top and XS bottoms and I'm a UK size 6. If you're not sure what size you'll need, not to fear! Triangl understand just how difficult online shopping can be and offer an extremely helpful 24/7 live chat service which will help you choose the right size for you.






Cut
It's safe to say I absolutely love the cut of the Tilly Sunburst bikini. The top provides just enough support whilst remaining modest and the bottoms are cut slightly lower in the front which really flatters and elongates your stomach. If there's one thing to be said about Triangl, it's that these guys know women's bodies. Their large variety of styles cater to everyone. Whether you have an athletic body or if you want to flaunt your curves, Triangl will have a bikini for you.


 Bikini: Triangl Swimwear | Sunglasses: ASOS


Delivery
I know that one of the largest queries about buying from Triangl is about their delivery times. Most people buying swimwear are on a countdown until their holiday and Triangl ensures that your bikini will arrive within 3-10 working days. Personally, my package arrived in London 3 days after I received an email telling me that my bikini was on the way.

Maintenance
I've only worn my bikini once, but you can feel that the material is very durable. Triangl are also kind enough to pop a little note in your free neoprene bag (that's right, they also give you a cute beach bag!) which provides details for how to wash and look after your bikini so you can get the most use out of it.




My experience with Triangl has been nothing less than amazing, I'm so grateful to have been chosen by the Triangl girls to wear one of their bikinis! The team at Triangl are as helpful as can be and ensure that you get the perfect bikini that suits you.

If you haven't already, you need to get your hands on these and if you already have, one just simply isn't enough. I can feel myself becoming a Triangl swimwear addict.

I love my bikini and I love being a Triangl girl!





If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me: plrichchick@yahoo.com 
or comment below!

Monday, 11 August 2014

HALF-UP HALF-DOWN





 Top: Topshop | Skirt: H&M | Shoes: Zara | Arm cuffs: Stradivarious



I've been meaning to do a blog post on this palm print crop top since I bought it in Oxford Street a few months ago. I absolutely love the print and the cut of it. I usually wear it with leather shorts however as it's summer and far too hot for that in Cyprus, so I just opted for a simple black bodycon skirt. 

Opting for a dark lip and a half-up half-down hairstyle with this outfit can also give it a bit of a 90's twist. Perfect for festivals, going out or even (if you add some denim shorts) for a casual day out, this is definitely my favourite crop top right now.