What I shopped from RiverIsland in London

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You guys! I’ve just returned from the most amazing four days in LONDON! I was there, spending some time with the peeps from RIVER ISLAND and also enjoyed a little shopping spree in between!

I’ll be posting loads of blogs on my trip, including a behind the scenes look at the RIVER ISLAND HQ, their gorgeous Christmas Collection as well as some snaps from around London.

But for today, I wanted to share the amazing items I shopped in store at RIVER ISLAND.

First up, let me just say that I am obsessed with this brand! Their clothes are amazing! Great quality, great style and they have some really different, eye catching and totally fabulous pieces.

I couldn’t resist their eye catching and unique prints, and I could really kick myself for not trying on a pair of jeans. I blame the 27 degree heatwave in London! Not the ideal weather to be trying on jeans! But, I am told that RI caters for all jean junkies with a variety of styles, cuts, shapes and washes.

When I was let loose in the new Marble Arch River Island, I felt like a kid in a candy store! Clothes, accessories, shoes, bags everywhere! It was pure heaven! They were having a sale, so the store was really busy, but I still managed to snap up some gorgeous goodies.

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Of course, I wanted it all! But, I more than that, I wanted stand out pieces that I’d wear. I was especially drawn to their prints. You will understand the awesomeness of them when you see them. All their prints (apart from things like celebs and buildings etc) are all designed in house and I got to watch RI’s graphic designer work her magic.

Anyhoo, here’s a little peek into what I shopped…

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I’ll start with this cute little summer jacket, which you’ve probably seen on my Instagram already.

I first saw it on The Glam And Glitter’s blog! I am obsessed with her style, and when she posted  a look wearing this little number with a plain white tee and ripped jeans – I just had to have it!

So, on my first day in London, jet lagged an all, I dragged myself to the River Island store on Oxford Street and hunted for it.

There it was! Even more beautiful in person, and on sale!  Yeee-haa!

It’s probably the most amazing item of clothing I have right now. The colour is a pinky salmon shade and it’s made from a lightweight sheer fabric, and it’s encrusted with beads, studs and mirrored disks.

Now, I’m not that into OTT bling, but this little number makes such a statement, you could wear it with anything, really!

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Then, from my Marble Arch shopping spree, the first thing I picked up was this floral shirt.

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Amazing! With a capital “A” and an emphasised ZING!

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The fabric is soft and flowy, and it has these cute side sleeve buttons so you can roll it up.

But, I’ll admit, it was the print that grabbed me. This was odd for me, since I don’t think I own anything with floral print.

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This cute white metallic colour block sleeveless blouse was a real lucky find!

I was searching for a simple white, sheer shirt and pulled this guy out of the sale rack, only to realise what a gem I had found!

Love that it’s white, but not boring.

How cute are the black side panels and bronzed shoulders?

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Adding more flower power to my closet, I picked up this powder turquoise shirt with a bold black floral print…

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I love it! I love the bold graphics and especially how it feels!

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Now, I realise I went a little nuts with shirts, but my closet was seriously lacking some cute shirts, and all of these I just couldn’t resist, nor can I wait to wear them – all! Come on summer!

I wouldn’t be much of a fashion blogger without a dress or two…

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So I nabbed this cute, green tribal swing dress!

Can you guess why? Of course, it was the print! Amazing! Plus it fits really well and makes the perfect, casual summer dress – all it needs is a brown belt to cinch it in.

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And last in the clothing department, this little number…

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Love, love, love the little embroidered eyelet detail in the front, the middle and on the bottom of the dress.

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I also scooped up this cute cross-body bag.

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I love the texture, the gold hardware, the buckles, the chains, everything!

It’s really comfy to wear and holds quite a lot of stuff! I used it on my last few days in London and it was the perfect cross body!

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I hope you’re all super excited about RIVER ISLAND! You’ll be even more amped to know that this lust worthy brand will be hitting our shores this month, opening the doors to its first SA flagship store in the Mall of Rosebank this Friday!

YAY!

The items I scooped last week were from the latest SS14 range. I believe that we’ll have some of these items in the Jozi store when it opens. To add to that, we’ll also get a first bite of some of the lightweight European AW14 range, so we can stay on trend with the rest of the world!

I got a peek at the AW14 range and it’s beautiful! As much I am longing for winter to finish up here in SA, the new AW14 collection makes me excited about the cold!

Remember to stay tuned for more posts on River Island. Follow me on Facebook, Instagram (@stylescoop) and Twitter and also be sure to follow River Island SA on Insagram (@riverislandsa) and on Twitter

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