Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Outfit of the day, it's been a while, eh?

Why hello my lovelies, doesn't it seem like an age since I did an outfit post?  And before you adjust the controls on your screen that is indeed a tan I have.  Yes, I do look a little orange but that's what carrot oil does to you!

I bought this shirt ages ago when Groupon were doing there voucher for ASOS (was it £12 for £26 of ASOS clothes, my brain fails me) but as soon as I saw this shirt I knew it had to be mine.  Floral, 50s, and tied at the front, perfection!  I do feel a litte 1980s waitress in this outfit for some reason, but i'm going with it.

I can't remember if I mentioned it or not but I had my hair coloured a few weeks back by the wonderful folks at Andrew Barton.  My hairdresser tells me i've now got ombre hair...which to you and me means it's lighter at the ends.  You can see it when it's down but you really notice the difference when I put it up, as above. It's the perfect compromise for me, you see I used to be blonde but in order to give my hair, and my purse strings, a rest I returned to my normal colour a year or so back.  But now i've got a hint of the blondness back, perfecto!

And if you want to re-create this look check out this tutorial over at A Cup Of Jo - she has a friend who always does amazing tutorials, like the one I re-created here.


The breakdown
Shirt: ASOS, £40 i think
Skirt: Urban Outfitters, £45 (last year)
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins, £25
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitter, £15
Rings: Both from Rome

Big love from Croatia! xxx

psssst! have you checked out my updated 'about me' page yet?

Monday, 27 June 2011

Day trip: Sunbury Antiques Market

A few weeks ago at the very start of my six week sabbatical from work I went to Sunbury Antiques Market with my friend Lucy.  We've been meaning to go for years but as the market only takes place on two Tuesdays a month we've never got round to it, until now!

Sunbury Antiques Market is essentially a trade market (hence the weekday) but it is full to the brim of amazing finds. In fact a lot of the shops in London (Harrods, Selfridges) go to this market, buy cheap and whack the price up big time.  You can get 1970s coffee tables for £25, in fact you could furnish your entire house here for a steal. But you have to get there early.  We arrived at 6.30 after the obligatory McDonalds breakfast and by 7am had already made some great purchases.  It's a great sense of achievement getting up so early, and when it's to buy some amazing pieces it's no problem.  When it's work, that's a whole different ball game!

I ended up buying a lace top (£25), a matching pair of 1970s lamps (£90) and a crate (£5).

We fell in love with these 70s perspex chair, only £85 for the pair.  If I had the room in my flat i'd have bought these in a second, but at the back of my mind I could head the Bot, like the Devil on my shoulder, shouting WTF, we don't have any room!

Luce checking out the furniture

This beautiful 1960s side unit caught our eyes straight away, and when we saw the price-tag of £75 we were gobsmacked!  And after a bit of negotiation, Luce got the dealer down to £50. £50!! I know, we couldn't believe it either, you'd pay at least £200 in London for this.

My new crate before...

My new crate after...and home to my new herbs which i've been growing from seeds for a couple of months.  Unfortunately the basil seems to have died of but the Parsley and Rosemary are blooming!
The lace top - I tried to knock the lady down to £20 but she wouldn't budge, grrrrr.  But she did tell me she sells at the vintage fairs in London and normally charges £45, which I don't doubt!

The daddy lamp

...and the baby lamp
And in other news i've snuck off with the Bot for a little break. I'm sure you're thinking WTF, she's only just come back from Turkey! I know i'm incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to go on these holidays.  And before you think i'm a total bum, let me explain...first of all I work for a wonderful company who, after 5 years service, offer a paid one month sabbatical, which is how i've been able to take so much time off!  And secondly I've been saving up for a long time in order to pay for my trips. 

When you read this we'll be in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  I've never been to Croatia so i'm super excited to check it out, and to top up my tan of course, ha ha!!

I'm back in town on Friday but i've got a few posts planned for this week, so enjoy.

Big love all xxx

p.s. are we friends on Twitter yet?

Friday, 24 June 2011

Oh Paris, I will always love thee

Yesterday Rome, today Paris!

After three days in Rome mum and I traveled to Paris to catch up with a friend of my dad's - i've been promising to visit for two years so the visit was well overdue!  The thing I love about Paris is that it doesn't seem to change, yet every time I visit I see a whole new city.  Like Rome i've been to Paris a few times, which means I don't have to spend my time rushing to see all the tourist attractions, I can just wonder round and take the city in.  There are always some places I have to go - Montmarte with its views over the city and bustling square - but for the rest of my time i'm quite happy for the city to take me on a journey of its own.

Padlocks on the Ponts de Arts bridge. Couples traditionally attach a padlock, with their names inscribed, to the side of the bridge, and throw the key into the Seine to symolise their everlasting love.  How sweet.

My friend, Cecilia's, tres chic Parisian apartment where she spoilt us with champagne and nibbles!

Mum and Cecilia

Cecilia's gorgeous cat, Louis

The Montparnasse Tower - the venue for our dinner
View from our table - the Eiffel Tower was sparkling with a thousand lights and looked incredible.

Mmmm lobster broth


You can't go to Paris and not have a croissant

I love how these men would pop in for breakfast (coffee and croissant, naturally) and casually read their paper, before setting of on their day.


There is so much interesting graffiti in Paris, I loved this woman's hair and profile

Fruits de Mer - everytime

I loved this lady with her musical  trolley, blasting out Edith Piaf, Milord

There seems to be a trend for stick-on graffiti in Paris

At the top on Montmarte, my favourite part of Paris

You can't go to Paris and resist the temptation of the patisserie!

I LOVE creme caramels

Another city, another flea market!

The most incredible shop, full of vintage designer dress etc. including Louis Vitton, Chanel.  The shop is so cool it doesn't even have a name, but it's well worth a visit if you can (it's in the north of the city in the Les Puces de Saint-Ouen market)

Banana and nutella crepe, standard

We stumbled across this band playing in the Jardin du Luxembourg and were treated to a free little concert.  Love unexpected stuff like this!  

Have wonderful weekends one and all - according to the BBC it's going to be a scorcher in London, so enjoy! xx