Holiday Haul plus Summer Undies and Shoes

My names Laura and I’m a shopaholic.  You’ll come to see just that over the next few weeks as I post my hauls on here as I’ve been doing A LOT of shopping lately in preparation for my summer holiday and while on holiday as well.  Today I wanted to share with you some of the things I picked up to wear this spring and summer and while away.  There’s a few pairs of shoes and some underwear from Primark, La Senza, Boux Avenue and UGG (via Very).

First up, I headed to Primark to see what they had that was summertime appropriate.  I generally find that their shoes and accessories always hit the spot with me when it comes to the summer as they are super girlie and colourful.

Flower Hair Bun Bands

For my holiday, I knew I’d be going out a lot during the day and night for the first part of my trip so I decided that wearing my hair in a bun would be best as it is quick and easy to create but it looks super chic and put together.  To make them a little more summery, I bought these flower hair bun bands to pop over the top of my bun.  I ended up wearing these LOADS on holiday and I’m so pleased I got them.

I also wanted to buy some bikini tops in Primark to wear with shorts while relaxing on the balcony on my holiday.  I also sometimes like to wear bikini tops rather than bras while I’m away as I don’t need too much support and they’re more comfortable, especially if you’ve been tanning your back all day.

Coral bikini top

I bought this coral bikini top because I loved how sweet and girlie it is.  The top has light padding and is white and coral stripes with a ruffle and coral bow at the front.  It is a halter neck which is my preferred style of bikini top.  Coral is one of my favourite colours so its great to be able to wear clothing in this shade too.

I also bought a mint green and white striped bikini top in a similar style but with coral straps and a cute nautical button in the centre (its on the right of the picture above that I posted on my Instagram– follow me for lots of mini hauls and quick outfit posts) and then I found a triangle bikini top in white with a gold chain detail, which is a very Kim Kardashian bikini style I think!

White bikini with gold chain

The summer before last, I bought a couple of pairs of wedges from Primark and they were the most comfortable heels I had owned until they started to fall apart last year as I’d worn them so much.  They’ve never had them back in stock since but I did find these platform wedges which I fell in love with.

Black suede effect wedges
Nude Suede Effect Wedges

These wedges are the most comfortable heels I have EVER worn.  That’s probably because they’re almost flatforms as there isn’t much of a heel to them at all.  They were available in nude, black, red and blue and I bought the nude and black pair as I thought they’d go with so many of my outfits this summer.  Now that I know how comfortable they are I seriously wish I’d bought two of each colour as I know these will never be off my feet for events and nights out.  They were around £10 which is an absolute bargain.

Next, I went to La Senza to buy some underwear.  I know some people think its strange to post hauls featuring undies they’ve bought but we all wear them so I thought I’d show you some of the pieces I’ve picked up recently in La Senza.  I’ll just put this out there- I don’t wear knickers, hipsters, girl boxers or anything of the sort as they just roll down on me as my bottom is small in comparison to my stomach.  TMI? Anyway they just don’t stay up (does this happen to any other women?!) so I tend to opt for thongs and g strings as I find they’re much more comfortable.

Here’s what I bought:

La Senza, along with Boux Avenue, is my go to place to buy underwear from as they’re really good quality, come in lots of different styles and designs and they’re affordable too.  La Senza often have a deal on where you can get five pieces for £25 which is great as they’re usually £10 each and 7 for £20 on some of their more plain pieces.  I bought all of these pieces specifically with my holiday in mind as they’re bright and colourful- perfect for the summer.

Speaking of Boux Avenue, I also bought a bra in there.  Very simple, there isn’t much to it but it is their Microfibre Moulded Strapless Bra in white.  I’ve bought quite a few of these over the years and they’re a staple in my wardrobe as they’re very comfortable to wear and hold me in place very well.  I also picked up a pack of the 2 Hook Bra Extenders for use with other bras.  They come in nude, black and white in each pack.  You can read about how I use these here.

I was also on the look out for some comfortable shoes to wear on the plane when travelling on my holiday.  While I was browsing on Very for some holiday clothes for my partner, I came across the UGG Chivon Nubuck Shoes.  They had them in red and chestnut, the latter of which I opted for thinking that they would go with lots of different colours that I wear during the summer- tan goes with EVERYTHING!  I wore these to travel to the airport hotel in and on the plane to America and they were ridiculously comfortable.  I wore them with denim look leggings, a black peplum top, a chunky knit but light weight pink blush cardigan and my coral Longchamp bag and they looked great.

UGG Chivon Nubuck Shoes

They have such comfortable soles that enable them to be worn all day long without hurting your feet.  They’re easy to slip on and off and they have a little bit of sheep skin where the heel is to prevent them from rubbing which I think is a lovely touch.  What I like the most about them is that they kept my feet cool and they didn’t rub or make my feet sweat which is the last thing I would want on a long flight.  A little word of warning though with these- SIZE UP.  I know that UGGs usually come up big but these don’t.  I usually wear a 7 and I have quite narrow to normal width feet and these were tiny.  I ordered the UK 7.5 and had to send them back for the 8.5.  Yes the leather does stretch as it relaxes but not by that much- I couldn’t even get my feet into them!  That aside, I would absolutely recommend them.  They were pricey at £65 which is much more than I would usually spend on shoes but they’re completely worth it.  I’m even thinking about getting the red ones, I love them that much!

That’s it for my haul today, just wanted to show you all whats out there to give you some inspiration when you’re out shopping this spring.  There’s plenty more where this little lot came from so check back soon for more hauls from WhatLauraLoves!

Which was your favourite piece from my haul today?  How do you feel about bloggers posting underwear hauls?


  1. Madaline
    May 30, 2014 / 10:13 am

    I love that coral top! It's SO precious!!! I got a good laugh that the stores name is "La Senza" (without – under things I'm guessing!) and the undies look perfect for a honeymoon!

    • WhatLauraLoves
      May 30, 2014 / 4:16 pm

      Ooh is that what it means, I never knew that lol. Thanks for reading xxx

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