Wednesday, 31 August 2011

First step to a transitional wardrobe

These photos were taken a few weekends ago.  A load of us decended on a lovely pub, The Water Poet, in Shoreditch.  It rained hard all day and then the sun decided to make an appearance.  Anyway, I realised that although I live in London, I rarely take shots when i'm 'out-and-about' in London, normally because I leave my camera at home because i'm drinking and can't be trusted.  Anyway, i've digressed at usual. 

Did you have a good bank hol English readers?  I had a fab time at Notting Hill carnival, although I have to say that I did miss Norman Jay's Good Times bus, there was a noticeable gap!

Just a quick one on the outfit.  As the weather becomes more and more unpredictable as we enter autumn, it's all about adapting your wardrobe and making it transitional.  But without spending a fortune!  This is my beloved maxi that I wore on every chance I could this summer because it's so comfy.  It's not the most practical dress for autumn (any other ladies fancy going braless at 5 degrees?  Thought not) however, the colour is perfect for autumn.  So, add a quick denim shirt, and hey presto, the dress acts as a skirt, and no-one has to know about the bra keeping everything in place under the shirt! Dreamy.

The breakdown
Dress: New Look, £24.99
Shirt: H&M, £14.99
Scarf (tied to bag): Warehouse, present
Shoes: present from mum
Necklace, via Spitalfields market, £10 

And a little pic of the grumpy Bot - see what I have to put up with?

Make sure you check the blog later this week when i'll be lauching a very exciting competition!

Guest-posting: Frills n Spills

Yo, i'm guest-posting over at Frills n Spills today - why don't you take a sneak peak x

Friday, 26 August 2011

Bon weekend

Have a wonderful weekend all.  It's a bank hol in the UK so i'm off to Notting Hill carnival and i'll be back on Tuesday. Be sure to check back next week for a great post on headscarves, featuring an awesome original film from the 1940s, and a fab competition giveaway! xx

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Could you live in a caboose?

Forget living in a flat.  Maria-Webber lives full-time in this totally rad Soo Line train caboose, built in 1909.  Originally a holiday home, Maria moved in permanently following her divorce. She has spent 36 years doing it up; installing electricity, plumbing, a bathroom and some outside decking.  And furnishing it in the most delightful way - right up my strata.

The best bit about living in a caboose?  Maria says she can clean the whole thing in 15 minutes flat.  Dreamy.

Who wants to club together and buy one then?

All pictures via Tinyhouse blog

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Scene@Mexico - Tribal Cowboys

Following on from the great dancing styles of Brum&Brass and the Swiss Jerk, the guys at Scene@ are whetting our appetites once again with the Tribal Cowboys of Mexico.  The music is a blend of tropical and techno, but it's the fashion that has totally caught my attention - check out those boots!  I can't help but think they look a bit like the munchkins from the Wizard of Oz with their pointy shoes and shirts tucked in!

Happy Tuesday all xx

Monday, 22 August 2011

It's a boat life for me

My lovelies, did you have a fun weekend?

Mine was filled with boozy catch-ups with friends and messing about on the river.  Perfect really.

I picked up this dress while I was in Paris with mum, earlier this year.  It was love at first sight; distinctly 70s, with a hint of the 50s thrown in for good measure.  The material is light - perfect for warm summer days and the detailing on the back lets in just enough air to send a shiver down your spine!

Abandoned boat house - want.

The great escape

Lots of material + big gusts of wind on the river = much amusement for me and the Bot.  And a few flashes for the rest of the river crew!

The breakdown
Dress: vintage via a little shop in Monmarte, Paris, 18 euros
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins, £25
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters, £15

Happy Monday xx

Friday, 19 August 2011


Happy Friday to you, happy Friday!! (sung in the style of Stevie Wonder's Happy Birthday).

Three things:
  • I'm over the moon to announce that I won the Matalan style competition, so thank you for everyone who voted for me, bisou, bisou!
  • If you didn't get what you wanted for your A-level results, fret not.  I didn't get what I needed first time round, resulting in having to take a year out, go to college and take another subject. Because of that I had a fab year out with my best friend, met even more of my best friends at uni (the next year), got a job in a fab PR agency where i've been for 5 1/2 years, started this blog and am pretty happy with the way things turned out.  Had I got what i'd wanted in my A-levels the first time round I wouldn't have taken this path, and probably wouldn't have been as grateful for the way things turned out.  This is not the end of the world, so don't lose sight.
  • Finally, I had the funniest night last night at Bogan bingo.  Essentially, you've got two guys dressed up as Aussies running a bingo night.  But when you throw in the cheesiest music, some air guitar and prizes including bar tabs and holidays, the result is a side-splitting night out, genius. Thanks Han for the tip!

Top: Dorothy Perkins, £18 ish
Cardigan: Peacocks, £10 ish in the sale
Skirt: vintage Miss Selfrdige via eBay, £9
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins, £25
Bag: Peacocks, £5
Belt: Urban Outfitters, £15
Bracelet: given to me by mum

Bon weekends all, we're set to have some sunshine this weekend in London so make the most of it! xx

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

A/W 2011 trend: tan and navy

Clockwise from top left:
Headband: H&M, £4.99 / Navy pleat skirt: Oasis, £50 / Tan shirt: Dorothy Perkins, £15 (reduced from £26)
Navy trousers: Zara, £29.99 / Cardigan: H&M, £24.99 / Loafers: Topshop, £52 / Dress: New Look, £32.99

Absolutely loving this colour combination for A/W 2011.  In fact i've already bought the cardigan and headband from H&M along with a gorgeous navy blazer.  Roll on autumn.

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Monday, 15 August 2011

Like a burnt orange

Helloooooo co-ordination, so nice to meet you.  Very rarely am I this co-ordinated, but when the lovely girls at Primark offered to send me these matching shoes and clutch I couldn't resist.  When they arrived at my office the girls cood, and rightly so.  The gorgeous suede with the ever-so autumnal colour combination of burgundy and burnt orange - these bad boys are going to be firm favourites in my wardrobe this autumn.  And seeing as we're having such a shocking summer, I can wear them now, yay! Oh, and did I mention the clutch is a budget-busting £5 and the shoes a cool £18.  I know, it would be rude not to, right?

I wore this outfit for my dinner date with the Bot - we had the most incredible food at Maze, one of Gordon Ramsey's restaurants. We ate the most delicious pork belly, duck, fish and more on the tasting menu.  I really loved the vibe of the restaurant; not at all stuffy and the waiters were lovely.  I'd bought a couple of vouchers via Travelzoo (they have some fab holiday bargains, but sometimes have restaurant deals) while the Bot was in hospital in April so it was great to finally use them and treat ourselves.

Can I also just say how much i'm loving the midi length skirts that are everywhere at the mo.  It's such a flattering look, especially if you're a classic pear-shape like me; showing off the waist while ever-so-kindly gliding over the hips, allowing the eye to focus on the ankle.  And don't think this is just a look for those tall kids.  I'm 5"3, so trust me; it works on us little folk too.

The breakdown
Top: Primark, £12 ish
Skirt: New Look, £24.99 (belt included)
Shoes: c/o Primark, £18
Clutch: c/o Primark, £5
Ring: House of Harlow (prize)
Earrings: present

Oh, and if you're wondering about the hair, check out the super-cool Casey of Elegant Musings and her ace tutorial.  This lady oozes vintage glamour, thank you Casey!

Happy Monday folks xx

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Scene@ - say what?

Scene@ is part of the Swatch MTV Playground initiative that will open our eyes to some incredible vibrant scenes and cultures around the world, through photography, written reports and short video documentaries.

First stop,  The Swiss Jerkers.  An eclectic mix of hip hop, breakdancing and street dance.  Those kids are wearing some boxfresh trainers, oh yeah, i'm well cool.

Our second stop takes us to Birmingham and the so called Brum and Bass, incorporating grime and dubstep, and of course the de rigour baseball cap.

So what are your thoughts? Do you know any up-and-coming music scenes that should be featured on @scene? If so, get involved!


Friday, 12 August 2011

It smells distinctly autumnal outside

Black tights.  In August?  I know, it seems incredibly wrong to me too.  But right now the mornings are so damn autumnal i'm sucked into believing summer has well and truly passed, if it ever was really here. My suspicions are confirmed at lunch, when the heavens open.  But then in a cruel twist of fate the afternoon sun arrives and brings with it a hint of summer.  And it's then I wish I could throw on a pretty summer frock.  But then I remember i'm at work, unable to soak up the rays at the park. Life can be cruel, can't it?

The breakdown
Skirt: Urban Outfitters, £35
Top: George @ Asda, £5
Tights: Primark, £1.50
Shoes: a little shop in Argentina
Bracelet: a present from the Bot
Boat: priceless, it was daddy's

Have you got any fun plans for the weekend?  As so rarely happens, I have none, how refreshing.  Although I did see a vintage fair going on Balham on Sunday, and we all know how much I love vintage...

Bon weekends all xxx