Wednesday, 28 December 2011

marry the night

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motel cilla dress

motel cilla dress

cilla dress; motel via topshop / fur gillet; forever21 / glitter slippers; topshop / jewellery; same as always!
Sorry I didn't do a write up when I first posted this!

I got this dress along with a couple of coats when I saw it go in the sale at Topshop on christmas eve. I'd been searching everywhere for this dress, so bought this as a substitute to wear on NYE. I fully intended to return it when I finally found the dress I originally wanted in Dorothy Perkins (so unexpected!) but when I tried it on I just fell in love! I find that skater skirts really flatter my figure because I have such a huge bum, so I've loved that the past season has been full of them - and I only paid £16 for this dress too which is an absolute bargain!

I bought this fur thing from Forever21 when I went to spend my birthday money. I love the style of fur it is - not that 'hair' like fur, more curly...I'm struggling to describe it! Being such a pear shape I do think it shows off my bad points, but I love it all the same! I don't have loads to say today, I'm shattered from work so think I'll leave you with this beauty and get an early night!

Friday, 23 December 2011

and I've never felt so alive in the whole of my life

fluffy knitted cape; staple / cobalt blue t-shirt; forever21 / studded slippers; topshop / arrow necklace and studded bracelet; forever 21 / 'gothic' bracelet; pilgrim / citrine earrings; fashionology / rings; various
Please excuse the flash - it's too dark to get natural light.

Firstly; WOW. Thank you so much for all of the lovely comments on my last post. I'm actually a really rubbish blogger when it comes to commenting, I get a bit embarrassed about what to say (how daft!) But I've recently started to leave them when I visit a blog because, as a blogger, I know how nice it is to receive comments and a bit of recognition for the efforts we all put into a blog post. I'm hoping to keep up my commenting sprees - plus, I've found so many gorgeous bloggers with enviable wardrobes through my commenting sprees! And it may have helped me get slightly closer to my 500 follower aim for Christmas New Year!

These are a few new buys again, another piece of cobalt blue! This is a dead basic t-shirt from Forever21, but it's such good quality! It's that really gorgeous silky jersey which feels so much more expensive than it was - wish I'd bought a black and white one now! I paired it with my new necklace to add a bit more interest - another piece I can't stop wearing. I usually only wear real silver because I get so annoyed when costume jewellery tarnishes, but I had to make an exception for this beauty (and my bracelets in this post!) My favourite part of this outfit has to be my new cardigan! It's by Staple and I've wanted it for absolutely ages. When I was given my birthday money, and it had been reduced, I just knew I had to get it. I've already had 6 compliments on it and I've only worn it out twice - and once was just to get petrol! I can see this being worn to death.

I adore these earrings which are rough pieces of Citrine and, if like me you love knowing the meanings of crystals, is associated with the mind and psychic powers. I have lots of different crystal jewellery and I honestly do feel that they work - I've worn my health crystal throughout this past semester and not been ill once! And we all know how sickly I was last year...! I'm rarely seen wearing matching earrings, in my other ear I have a feather and a bird skull necklace. These were all gifts over my birthday from my best friends and flatmates. I can't stop wearing them and I'm amazed that they chose them as they are absolutely perfect for me, and I'm notoriously difficult to buy for! I also got €100 in vouchers for Fashionology for my birthday so now I'm spoilt for choice! I'm thinking of buying these, this and this, although I might wait until their new designs which will no doubt arrive in the spring!

I've babbled again haven't I? This really will be my last post until after Christmas, so I hope you all get exactly what you want and eat loads and loads like I will be! Thank you again to all of my new followers for helping me to reach my target, I really appreciate it. If you do any Christmassy posts with wish lists or what you get, post them in the comments because I'd love to see! Merry Christmas :)!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

sing me to sleep

blue blazer; forever21 / Morrissey t-shirt; my boyfriend's / velvet skirt; topshop / creepers; miss selfridge / spike necklace; asos / studded bracelet; forever21 / cuff; pilgrim / rings; eBay/fashionology/gifted

I've finally finished uni for Christmas, so hopefully I'll have a bit more time for blogging. This term has been really difficult, especially when I've had my kitten distracting me! My flatmate and I decided to go to Birmingham as a little goodbye trip before we went home for the holidays and I finally got to go to Forever21! I spent far too much of my birthday money on a few things you'll no doubt be seeing on here soon. I know this is dead boring but I was so surprised by the customer service too! I was struggling to reach something and a really nice lady came over and helped me, and she continued to help and ask if I needed anything the whole time I was in the store - which was ages! I find that good customer service in high street shops a rarity, which is always really off putting when you want to spend your hard earned cash and there's a miserable cow being bitchy, but this girl really put so much effort into being dead lovely and I really appreciated it. I even rang up and told the manager how good she was! I swear I'm actually meant to be middle aged.

Can you believe it - I'm wearing a colour that isn't a berry tone! I love cobalt blue! It's one of those shades that I think suits every skin tone, and it fits perfectly into my predominantly black wardrobe. I find it dead difficult choosing blazers because the fit has to be just right, and I love this fitted but at the same time loosely cut style - does that even make sense?

I love this t-shirt too, it has a picture of Morrissey getting his hair cut on it - my boyfriend goes mad because I keep stealing it! I got these creepers ages ago in the Miss Selfridge sale for about £20 I think. I haven't worn them much because I thought they made my feet look dead big, but I really like them with this outfit. They're really comfy too, so maybe they'll get a few more outings in the future!

If I don't blog before Christmas, have a lovely day! We're going out for our Christmas dinner again this year which I love, we get all dressed up and don't have to worry about washing up! I hope they do Champagne sorbet like last year - it's so good! I'm getting so fat this winter, but I keep saying it's because I need the extra insulation...!

- I had aimed to get 500 blog followers by Christmas day...that isn't happening! Maybe I'll extend it to New Year just in time for my blogiversary! Though that's still ambitious!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Drinking champagne from a paper cup.

brown faux fur double breasted coat; topshop / dalmation print shoes; topshop / rings; fashionology and eBay.

These pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago but I completely forgot to post them! This is another one of my new fur coats. It went in the sale for £68, and I actually only ended up paying £18 for it because I had an exchange and also signed up for an Outfit credit card just so I could get the £20% off! I really love it. It's completely different to my black fur so I felt like I could justify it - this one has a real vintage 'car coat' feel about it! And it's brown...although that's pretty axiomatic!

I've included some extra pictures in today's post because, HOW strange are they? I love how they turned out but it was completely unintentional. When I imported them they just ended up like this, I really panicked that I'd broken something! I recently came across Dan Mountford's work with double exposures (I know these pictures aren't the same thing!) and I absolutely love them. I'm doing a photography module again next semester so I hope that I can do something inspired by him.

It was my 21st birthday yesterday! I got thoroughly spoilt and I've still got presents from my family to come! I might have to be really self indulgent and dedicate a whole post to birthday shenanigans! For those of you who don't know, I am a twin, but my beautiful sister (we're non-identical, I'm aware that comes across massively arrogant for those who don't know us!) lives in Surrey at Uni so I couldn't spend the day, as I always have, with her. I also had loads of work due in so, apart from the evening (another day, another blog...) it just felt like any other day. This weekend will be our real birthday, Rosie is coming to my house on Friday and we're spending the evening at something called Winterfest - it's effectively Keele Univeristy's winter ball but a lot messier! Then Saturday we'll be visiting family - and she's being spoilt rotten! I can't wait to see her face when she get's her presents :) Wow, I think this is possibly THE most self indulgent post (the irony) of my entire blog - which evidently, turns 1 soon!

I'm absolutely shattered now, so I'm going to watch The Shining (I'm terrified already) with my flatmates and gorge on Eton Mess! Hope everyone's uni assessments are going ok - it'll be Christmas soon!

P.S. Did I really put 'shenanigans' in my blog? Dear lord.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

we'll spin around the planets like a satellite.

lace blazer; river island (old) / floral skater skirt; topshop / black long sleeved top; my flatmate's / studded belt; primark / studded vectra slippers; topshop / nails; models own juicy joules

I’m going back to my 2,000 word essay now, boo! It’s about femininity in film and I wish the word count was 5,000, I have far too much to say! Hope you’ve all had a lovely lazy Sunday!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Just give up the ghost and let it be.

Just give up the ghost and let it be. Just give up the ghost and let it be.

Just give up the ghost and let it be.

Just give up the ghost and let it be.

textured faux fur coat; topshop / shirt; vintage / cross necklace; primark / vault glitter shoes; topshop / nails; avon matte red and matte blue.

I wore this some time last week, but seeing as I'm such a sporadic blogger, I never got around to posting it. My mum bought me (and my twin sister!) this coat when we went shopping recently! It's my Christmas present so don't go thinking I'm spoilt, but it felt really nice to try something on without even thinking for a second that it could be mine, and being spoilt on the spot! Finally, a winter I won't freeze through!

I got this shirt a while ago but I forgot all about it, I really love it. It's huge on me but I love the oversized, iliterallyjustthrewthison look it has. The shoes just add a little bit of sparkle a dull winter calls for! This sounds well silly I know but this outfit makes me feel like I'm a dead rich Hollywood film star - note the red lips ha! I think this will be one of my most worn combinations this winter. I rarely wear the same combination more than once but I really like this and I can definitely see me wearing this at least once a week to uni!

It's my 21st well soon, help me find a dress, please?!

P.S. Don't blame me if this makes your heart melt!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

An endless list of treasures of trimmings


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I'd apologise for not posting for so long, but I think I might just have a valid excuse. This little ball of fluffy cuteness, ladies and gentlemen, is Tinker! I picked her up almost a week ago now, and my boyfriend and I are besotted. If you follow me on twitter you are no doubt sick of hearing about my little kitten/baby - though you can't deny that you've oohed and ahhed over the pictures of her! I never thought I'd be one of those cat ladies who talk about their cat all the time, but I'm definitely turning into one! I've had cats all my life, so when I moved out I missed them like crazy. When I suggested getting a kitten to my boyfriend a few weeks ago, I was sure he'd say it was a stupid idea - and now we've got our little bundle of joy, I can't imagine how we went so long without her! It took ages to decide on a name for her, I keep calling her KitCat. We'll see how long Tinker sticks for! We gave her a bath today and it was the cutest thing I have ever seen! I'll stop now, before you all unsubscribe!

(Please feel free to post me pictures of your pets in the comments! Oh God, what have I become!)

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

to die by your side, well, the pleasure, the privilege is mine




dress (worn as top); topshop / skirt; primark / cardigan; primark / vectra studded slipper shoes; topshop / rings & necklace; gifts / lip colour; topshop lip marker in vamp

Sorry these images lack continuity in lighting etc, we messed up the settings on the camera and I am too tired to edit them properly!

HELLO! So sorry it's been forevs, I've been shattered since freshers, it absolutely ruined me. Three years doing it and I should know better - had to leave my first lecture to throw up I was so hungover, I was so embarassed. The worst bit? It was this image that induced it in my Gender in Cinema module, so horrible! Anyway, vomiting aside, I'm loving being back at uni but I completely forgot how hectic it was! So no doubt my blogging will be sporadic as ever, apologies in advance!

I love this skirt, I bought it a few days ago and then the beautiful Lily posted an outfit including hers. I love how she wore hers with a jumper over it and I will definitely be trying it soon for uni! One of my favourite things about blogging is seeing how many different ways people wear the same piece!

I'm a little bit obsessed with leather at the moment, I bought this gorgeous dress from Missguided the other day and can't wait to wear it. I think I could wear this in the day with the cardigan I've got on in these pictures, because it's so big (I double sized up! I love massive cardigans at the moment) it would dress it down a bit. I also bought a bodycon black leather dress from h&m the other day. I have no idea why because it looks like fetish wear, but then Maria tweeted me saying I could wear it with a jumper over the top, a look I've since tried and LOVE, and I'll be so cosy in the winter!

Anyway, I should be getting to bed really because I've got a 9-5 day tomorrow (who said Media was a doss course? Holla!) and then I'm giving blood later, I can't wait to give blood as I've wanted to for so long but whenever I've gone to the drop in centre there's always a huge wait. I managed to get an appointment this time and I'm going to register to donate bone marrow soon too. You never know who your close to that may need these things, and as I suffer with bad kidneys, you never really know what's around the corner so I hope this brings me a bit of good karma, cos God knows I need it!

I hope you're all well and you enjoyed your freshers and are settling into uni well! I found that a lot of people left me formspring messages about starting uni and if you want me to help you with anything like, how to get your messy/loud flatmate to sort it out, feel free to contact me there and I'll do my best to help!

Friday, 23 September 2011

gypsies, tramps and thieves.

cardigan; topshop / studded flats; topshop / baggy black vest; h&m / snake print skirt; mutinous daze / jewellery; various

Charlene O'Rourke from Strutt is one of my favourite blogs. I've been reading it for about two years now and she's one of those bloggers whose wardrobe you just need and adore. She has such an amazing refined style, and this mixed with her talent for making beautiful items of clothing results in perfect pieces that will fit into everyones wardrobe easily. I bought this snake print skirt from her around a week ago and received it the next day! I put it on straight away and I just loved it. It's the perfect shape and I love the sheer material. I've worn a black bodycon skirt under it here, and I can't wait to team it with my lace trimmed cycle shorts.

I've since bought a dalmatian print skirt from Charlene's Etsy page and unfortunately for you, it has now sold out! However, she has a lovely polka dot version and a sheer one too which I think would look gorgeous layered over burgundy. They're priced at a well-worth-it £20 and are really good quality and so well made. I know these skirts will be a staple in my wardrobe for a few years yet! I can't wait for her to add new stock to the page - although Mr Lloyds TSB would prefer it if she didn't!

I'm moving into my new flat today so I'll have to leave it there, I hope you have a lovely day and I'll blog as soon as freshers week is over!

Saturday, 17 September 2011

I'm a little bit shy, a bit strange and a little bit manic.

Religion 'Thelma' jacket / leopard print top; h&m / skirt; topshop / vectra shoes; topshop / jewellery; various.

Firstly, HOW pleased am I that the new Blink 182 album leaked?! Hi 13 year old fan girl inside me going crazy for Travis. And Mark. And Tom. Could never choose! 

I bought this Religion jacket off ASOS last week and I fell in love with the arms of it. I love fitted arms on jackets, and this one has shoulder pads too which I feel balance out my pear shape - we'll ignore the fact my boyfriend said that it looks like a bin bag!

I don't have loads to say today as all I've been doing really is working. I'm so envious of everyone who got to be in London for Fashion Week but I've been enjoying looking at all the shows - it makes me sad though because I will never be able to afford such beautiful things! I'm also obsessing over the new Topshop Unique pieces, although the main pieces I wanted (not that I could afford them!) have sold out now such as the stunning dalmatian print shirt. I've got dalmatian print crazy recently with my shoes here, and I've bought these dalmatian print shoes and a dalmatian print skirt made by Charlene. 

I can never remember what I've said on my blog, so I'm sorry if I'm repeating. Over summer I've had a huge reading list as I was changing my course at Keele University from Media with Film Studies to English with Film Studies. This was a huge move for me because I've always loved media, all aspects, and always wanted to work in the media. I also never studied English at A-Level and have (or had, now, I hope!) a bare minimum knowledge in the subject. However, after working this summer I found that I had a bit of a flair for visual merchandising and making displays. I have always admired shop windows, staring at the outfits put together in stores but never really knowing who did it and certainly not realising that people actually did that as a career! So, long story short, I've cancelled the English switch and I'm sticking with Media and Film because after looking online that course seems more suitable. I'd love to start over and study an advertising course but I've already quit uni once so can't afford to restart for a third time! I'm on the hunt for some work experience now and hopefully I'll get to where I want to. In the mean time, any advice would be amazing! 

Sorry to ramble! I hope you're all enjoying the weekend and if you're one of the lucky few going into their first year at uni - you're going to have the best year ever! I wish I was going into my first year again! Good luck!

Sunday, 11 September 2011

For now we are young, let us lay in the sun

aviator; topshop / shirt; vintage / skirt; vintage / shoes; ravel / necklace and rings; gifts/eBay

Can't believe it's been nearly two weeks since my last post! I've been so busy. I've been all over the country visiting friends, spending far too much money and drinking too much strawberry schnapps and sailor jerrys! Had such an amazing time in St Albans, Bude and Cardiff with my amazing friends. I'm really going to miss them when they all go back - and four of my best mates are in Canada/America! So jealous obviously.

I bought this skirt from SpanktVintage on the ASOS Marketplace. I love suede and this a-line shape is something which I think flatters my pear shape. Add to that the fact it's scalloped and there was no way I couldn't click 'add to cart'! I bought another couple of shirts from them too which you'll no doubt see on here shortly. I hadn't realised but the gorgeous El Chetcuti models for Spankt, she was the main reason I bought the items as they looked so good on her! She's just made the (right!) move from Tumblr to Blogger so make sure you take a look at her posts featuring outfits and her photography and styling! 

This shirt is another vintage piece which is absolutely stunning quality. It's a beautiful sheer material and I wish I'd photographed the bottom of it because it has the most gorgeous detail. It's got a french label on it and I don't know what it is but as soon as I spy that french label in something I'm eyeing up I immediately think; 'amazing quality and timeless' and have to buy it. Just look at the sleeves! I'm a little bit besotted. 

Finally, I love my new shoes! I found them in the ASOS outlet (my ASOS shipping subscription gets such a battering!) for £25 instead of £55 and I really love the dalmatian print on them! I'd love to find a dalmatian print item of clothing, either a skirt or a shirt I think, ready for autumn/winter. Another print I adore is 'whale shark' skin. It just looks like nothing I've seen before! Although I can't see that being an easily accessible print anytime soon..! 

When I said finally, I was wrong. I could do with some help! I'm trying to find some cheap-ish sheer black shirts in an oversized fit with a collar. I also was normal sleeves, not batwing. I'm willing to pay around £20 but I need two or three for some DIYs I want to do. If you know anywhere that I can find these please let me know! :) Thank you! Hope you've enjoyed your weekend - HOW much hype was there about the 'hurricane' hitting England? I think the most damage it caused was this to my hair!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

I'm more and more replaced by my friends each night.

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flag print shorts; lookbook store / vest top; h&m / brogues; primark / bag; my sisters / cuff; pamela love @ topshop / cellulite; my very own. yum!

I've edited these images in about 5 seconds each, they're really over-exposed because it was so sunny, sorry!

These shorts have been done and done, as has any sort of flag print, but I absolutely love them. I have a pair from Topshop but always find that their shorts are just too short - I hate when you can see the tops of thighs touching, but apart from when I was ill and dropped to six and a half (!) stone, my thighs have been getting very much 'cosier' since I entered puberty. So Topshop shorts are just a huge resounding NO. However, these beauts are a really good fit. They have that extra inch which just makes them, in my opinion, so much more flattering. I wish I'd done a comparison post now so that you could see how much more flattering these are. I also got another new pair of shorts with a Union Jack print on them which you'll no doubt see soon!

I've wanted some well fitting shorts for ages now, then all of a sudden two pairs came in a week! Typical. I have a really big bum which sticks out quite a lot so often shorts (and jeans, if I wore them) gape at the back. Anyone else have this and know how to make shorts fit better?

I decided to team this with an H&M vest top which is actually really long, so I tied it in a knot at the side - showed off my shorts a bit more too! These brogue-ey things are about 3 months old so I'm not sure if you'd still find them in store, but I picked them up for £3 instead of £15! They're so comfortable and everyone knows I'm a sucker for suede! This is also my new cuff which I am actually in (Pamela) Love with. I got it for £36 in the sale instead of £120! I think £36 is still a lot but it's really sturdy (old person word, no?) and I know it will last me for ages. Maybe I'm justifying myself a bit much...!

I'm moving into my flat tonight! Scary stuff! I'm then going away to see two of my best friends for a week - I'm going to St Albans for a couple of nights then to Bude in Cornwall. If any of you are about, give me an email - I have a few hours to spare and it'd be lovely to meet you! I'd better get ready for work - hope you all have a lovely day!

P.S. So excited I'm close to 400 followers, may have to do another giveaway! :)