out tonight with the uni girls and have a bit of a dilemma....seems I have been a bit shopper-happy with lipsticks lately. I have accumulated the complete colour spectrum between red and pink (and every colour in-between). As you can see I'm a bit of a brand whore with everything from Benefit to Rimmel.
which one to wear?? mmm?!!
My Henry Holland tights are making their first public outing tonight and at £15 a pop I think I may cry if anyone so much as touches them.
Tights + Alcohol = disaster
I will see how it goes....
p.s. with the idea that my mum may be reading this (yes she has facebook) I know £15 was a lot to spend on tights..yes I know I'm skint
after many cheap copies have bitten the dust I thought it was a sound investment in my warmth
(plus it was bought on my Topshop card so doesn't count as real money )
Since my heating has inconveniently decided to implode I was left with no choice but to jump straight into my warmest pj's as soon as I got in.
At least I shall be sleeping in style by keeping up to date in on-trend leopard print :)
I wish I could go one step further like Robbie Williams who is sporting a fabulous fleece all-in-one (a.k.a. 'a onesie' )...however, don't think I would be wearing it in public, never-mind first class!!
Recently it was the anniversary of my nan having passed away and I have been wearing the envelope necklace (see previous post 'rocking the boat') that I received from her a lot and it's sadly come to my attention that it's starting to become wobbly :(
As you can imagine I was quite upset about this but then I stumbled across this Topshop doppleganger today in the Topshop sale for only £3!!!
Obviously It's not quite the same but at least it can give the 'real thing' a rest for a bit.
And yet another piece of my jewellery bites the dust and becomes 'special occasion' only *sigh*
A cute, lace vintage dress that I picked up at Camden market last year. After I watched the boat that rocked I got a little bit obsessed with the clothing so got really excited when I saw this 'little number' nestled amongst Camden's treasures.
I teamed it with my sister's borrowed/blagged cardigan, leggings and my high-street brogues
This necklace is an heirloom given to me by my Nan. It was my great grandmother's brother's who fought in the 1st world war. He bought it for his fiancée to keep a stamp in it so that she'd write to him while he was away. Sadly he died in action at 18 and his fiancée gave it to my great grandmother's mother....and then it eventually came to be with me. I have noticed that similar necklaces have started to appear on the high-street, but I love how my necklace has a story behind it xoxo
I went, I drank champagne, I drooled over all the clothes and I left a very happy, goody-bag owning lady!
The show kicked off with a champagne reception, with offers of free professional hand massages (courtesy of the lovely people at Jergens), make-overs by Benefit make-up artists, the opportunity to pre-order the new 'it' shoe from office and a photo booth that had...wait for it....a built in air blower!! Yes! that's right, I had my very own L'oreal hair-swishing moment and
The evening then continued with the catwalk show itself. The big players in the high-street sent down their 'must-buy' looks for A/W 2010 to a soundtrack of Katy Perry, Brandon Flowers, Lily Allen etc as the audience lusted after the garments and wished their student loans had gone in early (or was that just me?!).
My surprise favourite looks were actually from New Look....I loved the military coats and ankle boots!
Really loving the short, red military blazer below... I want it!!
After a show that seriously summed up the current season, guests were then treated to exclusive up close and personal, musical sets by Gabriella Cilmi and Xfactor contestant Diana Vickers.
Celeb spot: Una from 'The Saturdays' with moi
It was an amazing evening oozing with glamour and girly fun...not to mention a fair few celebrities that mingled incognito amongst the commoners. Such a fabulous evening!!
While out in Cardiff last night, I kept my camera stuck to my hand ready to snap at any opportunity!
In between Jäger-bombs it soon became apparent that it was the boys who caught my attention...whether it was in a good or bad way i will let you decide!?
Love the 'Alpine' knit scarf!
These guys were lovely. They have the sort of look that makes Louis Walsh excited! Very JLS/late 90's boyband. Like a male version of the Sugababes. However, I did like the lead singer's...ooops sorry... I mean the guy in the middle's rodeo neck-tie. It was a little bit jealousy-inducing.
A 5 hour train journey with serious lack of cookies and a major fear of going to the toilet in case my laptop got stolen resulted in me being quite tetchy when I arrived to say the least. However, this morning the sun was out and the Welsh skies bluer than ever....I hope to hit the town centre at some point today to check out what the Welsh have to offer style-wise.
I have had confirmation of my tickets for 'The LOOK Show' this Friday and am sooooo excited. This may seem anal but I have already worked out what I'm going to be wearing, in fairness I had such little room in my wheelie-case that I was only able to bring exactly what I'm planning on wearing in the next few days.
This resulted in a mini-catwalk show in my bedroom yesterday as I tried to ram more and more 'what if I need a...' items into my already fit-to-burst suitcase.
I decided to take a walk on the wild-side and embrace a leopard print top (hot print for A/W) H&M, Khaki shorts -H&M, lace socks and shoes- New Look.
For my summer project I have chosen the word 'Exotic'. It instantly flooded my mind with ideas and imagery when I read it (and simply because I like the fact it has an 'X' in it).
Taking inspiration from the colours and costumes I saw at Notting Hill carnival and combining it with textures and the vibrant costumes and staging i recently saw at the West End production of 'The Lion King', I have produced a styled image which I believe sums up my chosen word.
It took hours to create...what a creative way to spend a Monday morning
The sun was blazing and in my ibuprofen-aided state I practically leapt out of bed as if I'd had actual beauty sleep (not 3 hours of drunken shut-eye after a rumbustious house-mate gathering). After being challenged by my all-male ensemble of house mates that I would NOT in fact be able to get ready in time for a much anticipated/needed breakfast, I decided on this little floral number and ribbon edged socks combo. Toughened up with military ankle-boots
After breakfast we headed down to the pier and came across an outdoor market with people selling their various trinkets and trades of choice. The lovely lady below was just calling
out for me to take a photo of her...
Loved her cute little display....its was like I was taking a little peek into her home
I was left a very formal sounding answering machine message 2 days ago from a 'LOOK magazine employee saying that I had won two tickets to 'The LOOK show'.
After its hugely successful debut last season, featuring supermodel Erin O’Connor, the trend-setting LOOK Show returns (and after ringing up to check it wasn't some sort of hoax...) I shall be there to enjoy, marvel and report on it....wooo!
The fashion showcase of the latest collections from the high street’s most iconic brands takes place on Friday 17th September during London Fashion week!!
End of August Bank holiday I headed to 'The Big Smoke' for the weekend. Swapping local beer festivals for Caribbean cuisine and street-side
The Notting Hill carnival is the largest festival celebration of it's kind in Europe. 20 miles of West London streets came alive with the most vibrant smells and sounds that i have ever encountered in the UK. With over 1 million carnival revellers the atmosphere blew me away.
Rooftop parties on every corner
and Caribbean street music and pavement disco-techs filled the overflowing streets.
Favourite spot of the day...khaki satchel worn by a carnival reveller on the tube
Just purchased these beauties from Topshop!! After 'touching them up' for the fourth time in the last two weeks I thought it was about time to think about saying "goodbye" to my summer tribal flats and "hello" to these triple trend ticking booties.
style= wedge-heeled ankle boots with military style strappings
made of luxe fabric (minimalist trend)
YES!! that's not one, not two, BUT three trends in one to get me through the beginning of autumn....I plan on living in them!
(that is until I cave in once the winter freeze kicks in and buy some heeled, shearling lined hiking boots)
but here's to being faithful to the camel-toes until then
This Autumn/Winter we are all set to channel our inner 'Top Gun' with leather sheepskin lined aviator jackets(as seen below at Burberry)
The Aviator jacket is a massive A/W style statement that's been seen across the board from Burberry to Giles...even gracing the gossip girl shoulders of Blake Lively.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looks amazing wearing it (as usual), I however am not blessed with model-like proportions so will be avoiding the over-sized and 'boxy' looking bombers by getting in on the trend with either a trusty leather biker jacket edged with shearling (like the street style 'Maverick' below)
or in my dreams these sheepskin lined Mui Mui platform boots....
The Aviator flying jacket is destined to be a style-hunter's wardrobe essential for A/W 2010
So wrap yourself in leather and luxe shearling with a superabundance of straps and buckle detailing for a safe landing that will take you straight through to Winter xoxo
Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to be in Spain and attend the Benicassim festival 2010.
Benicassim festival (a.k.a FIB) is an amazing week-long camping experience. With art displays short film exhibitions, dance performances and not forgetting the four-day music festival (line up including Kasabian, the Prodigy, Mumford and sons and rising star Ellie Goulding plus many more)that ends an amazing week of culture, fashion and perfect spanish weather.
Sun-drenched days spent on the sands, beach front dance displays and short film exhibitions at night. With the music starting at 6pm and carrying on until 6am (to avoid the spanish 35 degree heat!). A perfect opportunity to get 'snap-happy' and trend-spot.
As the four-day music festival began the fashionistas were out in force. The outfits ranged from practical, cool and as small as possible to high-fashion leather.
Not forgetting an appearance from H&M in a pop-up store...mixing fashion with an important message 'FASHION AGAINST AIDS'.
Below- effortless, laid-back cool and LOVE the necklace (want!)
Mini-celeb-spot 1= Lauren McAvoy- Britain's next top model winner (cycle 3). Her make-up was 'perfection' which is amazing considering the sweltering spanish heat.
Min-celeb-spot 2= Ellie Goulding at Valencia Airport on return journey. I may have told her I loved her a little too enthusiastically...
The week was truly amazing...so as i left my tent behind in tatters, a leopard-print condom in my hand-luggage(courtesy of H&M), embellished gladiators hanging by a thread onto my dirty feet and amazing memories to last me the rest of the summer I know I will definitely return next year to the oh-so-fashionable 'sunshine festival'! xoxo