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Recent Purchases

Boden have now given me more money in free gift vouchers than I spent on my first order! I got a yellow terrycloth dress with the latest one. Pockets!

I haven’t been buying too many things lately as I’m back saving for Japan, but Boden sent me another £10 gift voucher so I got this super-cute yellow spotty dress (now sold out, but there are still stripey versions). It’s made of terrycloth and is supposedly for the beach, but I am totally wearing it all year round over a t-shirt pinafore-style, like in those Japanese sewing books. I especially love the pockets, which will make it the perfect craft fair outfit.


I was put off buying from Boden for ages because their stuff is quite pricey and they don’t have any real stores to try stuff on, but I had to have the yellow and grey striped breton top, which is my current favourite thing to wear. Boden have since sent me three £10 gift vouchers for no particular reason so I’ve been able to pick up the other two colours too! It’s definitely worth making that first purchase.

Bought a little pot from Anthropologie last time I was in Edinburgh. Surprisingly only £4!

Continuing a theme, I picked up this adorable little yellow stripey ceramic pots at Anthropologie and was amazed to discover it was only £4. They’re supposedly spice jars, but they’re far too big for that purpose and thus much more useful, though I haven’t decided what to do with mine yet.

Bought a few patterned things yesterday.

I love Primark’s sleepwear department and picked up all these cute patterned things for peanuts recently. Cat pyjamas! The other two are vests and are really too good for sleeping in.


And finally, panda socks, on sale! Thank you M&S.


Hello! I’m Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I create illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii. This is my business and personal blog where I write about my creative doings, inspirations, travels, Japan trips and daily life. Read more »

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