River Island Haul

One of the things I wanted to achieve this year was my dress sense looking “expensive”. And by “expensive”, I mean effortlessly chic, clean, pristine, good quality – but most probably from high street stores…

One of the stores I have absolutely fallen in love with this season is River Island. I used to shop in there when I was younger, before I went to uni and could actually afford their clothing (it was never the cheapest). Whilst I was at uni I kinda fell out of love with River Island, maybe because all the clothes were too smart for my drunken antics?

Well, this year I have walked into River Island many times and just wanted to grab ONE OF EVERYTHING! It’s absolutely amazing in there at the moment! Although I’ve labelled this as a haul, I have to admit I have only purchased a few bits and bobs from here. However, what I have done is listed my favourite items from in store at the moment, hitch might give you some inspiration for your weekend/payday shopping.

Animal Prints

Ive been struggling recently with wearing jeans because I just don’t think they’re dressy enough for going out in, and I never have any nice tops to suit the “jeans and a nice top” dress code. So, when I went in store I stumbled across a lightly coloured snake print pair of jeans with cutaway ankles and I thought, these would work as a good alternative to normal jeans for said dress code.

The Cream Molly Snake Print Jeggings are perfect for winter and spring alike, matching nicely with jumpers and T-shirt’s, being able to dress them up and down with trainers, heels or boots.

My only reservation with these jeans are the price. I stopped buying Topshop jeans because of how expensive they were and the quality being quite poor, so I wasn’t too happy with paying £45 for a pair of jeans again. However, the quality of the jeans do seem really good, and the denim is nice and thick!


Flares are a trend that I thought I’d never take part in. Early last year they seemed to make a resurgence and I really didn’t see them taking off. Since coming back into fashion I’ve seen more and more brands use flares for smart outfits rather than casual and this is what attracted me to trying some on.

These Navy Button Wide Leg Trousers (also available in black) are perfect for work and the weekend alike. I tend to wear a cream roll neck with them as I feel like a shirt or baggy top might not compliment my figure, given that the trousers already flare out at the bottom. On my commute I pair them with my Carvela trainers, and switch to loafers when I get to work.


I fell in love with the Blue Geo Print Belted Blazer instantly when I saw it in the shop window. It was a little overbearing seeing it matched with the same patterned trousers (and shirt…), but I HAD to try it on when I saw it. I paired it with some leather look jeans, and no top underneath. Risky, right? WRONG!

It looked so nice with bare skin underneath it, and because it’s a tie up blazer you can pretty much cover up anything that needs to be. If you’re hesitant to wear nothing underneath it, why not try a lace body or lace trimmed cami top?

Priced at £60 I decided not to purchase this blazer, purely because I literally go nowhere fancy enough to wear it! I also feel like being such a bold item it would be one of those that you don’t want to wear twice, because once you’ve worn it and uploaded a pic to the gram, everyone else will remember it.


I am loving midi-skirts at the moment. They can be dressed up with heels or dressed down with trainers, so they work perfectly for the day to night essence of working in London.

I didn’t see the Khaki Bias Cut Midi Skirt originally, it was my friend who picked this one up. She tried it on with a logo print white top and it just looked dreamy. The way it fits is flattering to the figure, hugging the waist and staying close enough but far away enough from the legs to allow for room and to look free flowing. As if it wasn’t enough, it also comes in brown, black, blue, navy and snake print!


At my local store the shoes are towards the back of the shop near the fitting rooms, so as I approached with a few items I was shocked by the amount of shoes on offer that I really wanted! I’ve never been a massive fan of River Island shoes, but wow, their trainers at the moment are incredible.

I love white sneakers with bold designs, inspired by the Gucci white leather trainers, and I recently bought myself some Carvela by Kurt Geiger ones which I am completely running into the ground on the commute.

My trainers of choice would be the White Lace Up Side Stripe Trainers, White Studded Leopard Print Trainers and the Black Knitted Elastic Runner Shoes. They look like they’re great quality and really reasonably priced (around £30 each). I just want to know when they’ll be releasing some similar to the Alexander McQueens!

So, that’s my top 5 items in River Island at the moment! Want to share your recent purchases with me? You can find me @adventuresbylil on Instagram, where I post all blog related content!



My Favourite Bar in Derby

As you are new to Derby and have probably only seen the recommended places to go for drinks such as Walkabout, Lola Lo’s and Revolution, I thought I would share with you my favourite bar which can easily be missed when walking down Friar Gate…

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