A lot can happen in a year: Bargain Buys Aug 18

From starting a blog to graduating university a lot really can happen in the space of 12 months.
This year has been a lot of ups and downs and I am so grateful to have such a strong support system around me. Blogging has become a passion of mine and has put me in the perfect mindset to drive forward in full force towards my career. After discovering this Ban.do planner online I couldn’t stop thinking about how amazing it would be to have this little beauty in my life. The Paperchase concession stand in Fenwick Newcastle was where I found this brand of L.A lifestyle and organisers once again.

“Powered by friendship, the good old days and all things fun” is this sunshine based brand’s moto, and a pretty good one if you ask me. From August ’18 to September ’19, the 13 month planner is ideal for instant organisation. Three pages of stickers, a handy back-page pocket and some inspiring words hitting the pages this ‘Going Places’ planner has changed my life already. I would highly recommend to all you bloggers and uber-organised people like me. For £20 or £18 (hello student discount) it is well worth the investment.

With going back to uni for my masters next month I am in need of some updated household items. With a store opening up so close to me last year, Oliver Bonas has been visited regularly. From cute little leather card holders to fresh candles, OB has you covered. This Oliver Bonas mug was no exception, with it catching my eye as I walked into the store. Its vibrant orange colour and engraved classic OB print was a perfect addition to my uni mug collection. A bargain to say the least when this gorgeous coffee drinking apparatus was in the sale for…£3.50!! An absolute steal this was from the original price of £12.

Students alike will know the early morning trips to the library or to lectures at 9am all too well. Coffee is something which we really couldn’t live without and being millennials, we are all about the bamboo reusable coffee cups. Another excellently priced item I bagged myself this week was this water carrier. Gentleman’s Hardware is a brand created around the modern day gent. Not being a gent, surprisingly enough didn’t stop me buying this vintage water bottle. TK Maxx had this stunning stainless steal bottle priced at £7.99 which is approx. half the price I have seen it for online. I was delighted to read reviews of others putting their coffee in this bottle in the morning and by lunch time swapping their caffeine fuel for H20.

Beauty bloggers you have inspired me for this next one. Shopping for my usual powder over at the Revlon stand (Colourstay Pressed Powder, for those wondering) in my local drugstore I took full advantage of their offer of 3 for 2. I purchased my powder along with a lipstick for my mum and thought I would try the new Ultra HD Gel Colour lipstick that I have seen coming up on my feed a lot by beauty bloggers. Liking the look and sound of this hydrating lip-locker I chose the shade 710 HD Desert. It’s silky application strokes your lips giving you a ‘popping’ colour. As we begin to enter the autumnal months and say goodbye to summer, a little bit of colour is in order to show off those fading tans for a little while longer.

24 Comments Add yours

  1. helloaycan says:

    Congratulations on graduating, and starting your masters next month! I LOVE Ban.do so much. If I could afford it, I’d own every single thing they sell. If you like fun quirky brands, check out Typo. I love their stuff too. Again, I love Oliver Bonas, I think buying decor is my new favourite hobby. Though, my next hobby will probably be finding places to put all the new decor.

    Great post, and can’t wait to see what you post next.

    Aycan // http://www.littlewhitesocks.com

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    1. Thank you so much!! I know I love it now too, I’ve not really heard about it until I saw this planner but their website looks lovely. Thanks for recommending Typo will have a look at their things! I love planning home décor and buying little ornaments to go on my shelves.


  2. betterthangoodenough123 says:

    Yes, so much can happen in a year, there is no arguing with that, for sure. It sounds like you have accomplished so much. Congratulations on beginning your master’s program; I hope it is a wonderful experience and look forward to reading all about it!

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    1. Aw this is such a lovely comment, thank you Joan. I am so excited to start! I may even do a post about my first week


  3. roxie5f1 says:

    Oliver Bonas have some adorable home accessories! I’ve bought quite a few products from them for my little girl’s bedroom. H&M Home and ASOS have fab household departments too.

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    1. Ohh thanks for letting me know I will check out their sites right now x


  4. ellieslondon says:

    Ohhhh! That Paperchase concession stand in Fenwick was where u spent so many hours of my breaks at college! Love! 😍 X

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    1. Its a bit addictive isn’t it!? I love cute and pretty stationary shopping


  5. The planner looks awesome and super affordable! Loving itt x

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    1. It is amazing, such a good investment already x


  6. foundationsandfairytales says:

    I love the look of everything you’ve picked up especially the water bottle & the Revlon products, I really want to try their liquid lipsticks!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

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    1. It is a gorgeous lipstick! so smooth and silky and it looks great on too!

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  7. justnatonya says:

    O you found some goodies! I’m getting back into being more organized and a new planner is necessary for me to stay on track with posting 3x/wk. Thanks for sharing, gonna check it out right now.

    O btw, congrats on you going back for your masters, huge accomplishment 💕

    Natonya | http://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

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    1. Ah yes I love this! Honestly the planner has become my life, it is so easy to organise everything. Would totally recommend Ban.do. Thank you so much!!

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  8. Melis Living says:

    Really enjoyed this, got me wanting to get out and spend some money when I get back to the toon! Love the water bottle, I’m also at uni doing my doctorate so would come in handy for long days in the library 🙂

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    1. Yes that is 100% why I bought mine haha ooh very smart then. All blog posts like this make me want to shop, if only money wasn’t concerned


  9. BethRebecca says:

    I LOVE Oliver Bonas! Their stuff is always so nice, I could literally buy the whole shop if I could afford it!

    Beth x | https://bethrebecca.com/

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    1. It is so lovely isn’t it! Some things are so expensive but others I find I am surprised at how low the price is. You need to check all the prices to get the bargains


  10. abbiejadewanders says:

    Ooh great post! Love the water bottle, I have been looking for one like that. Thankyou for sharing 🙂 x


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    1. Thanks! Have a look at TK Maxx they do great deals on water bottles, if not maybe try amazon x


  11. Sophie Rayne says:

    That planner looks great and I love that mug from Oliver Bonas – love a browse in there!
    Sophie x

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    1. Yeah same especially when there is a sale on


  12. Beka says:

    I’m heading back to uni soon, and I cannot WAIT to head into Paperchase and pick up some new stationery. I’m obsessed 😂 I still haven’t worked up the courage to buy anything from Oliver Bonas, but that deal you managed to get was so amazing!! I might have to pop in next time my store has a sale on ☺️

    Beka | http://www.bekadaisies.com

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    1. Me too! Stationary shopping is the best. Yes you must Oliver Bonas is super cute and gorgeous things

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