Sunday, 31 March 2013

PLAYING DRESS UP WITH TK MAXX
















































I've always been fascinated by TK Maxx; I love that when walking into the store you're never quite sure what treasures you're going to find. You may come away empty handed, but you might also find a bargain faux fur coat by a brand you've never heard of, or if you're lucky, you'll walk away with a pair of Converse trainers at half their usual price! They have such a vast selection of great brands all at discount prices, it's all very exciting!

Last week I was offered two pieces from their current online range to review, of course I promptly accepted, choosing this delightful sequin Peter Pan collar dress and these patent, designer loafers!

If you're able to see past my goofy face, just look at the beautiful shape of this dress! Not only do I love the sequin collar but it's excellently made with such a flattering silhouette - it's a little large on me to which means it hangs nicely rather than clinging! Also, it's a really great length, I wore it on Friday with tights, an oversized vintage cardigan and my Dr Martens, but I could also wear it out in the evening in a more dressy way!  

















































Do you shop in TK Maxx? What's your best TK Maxx bargain to date? Oh, and happy Easter everyone, I hope you've all been eating lots of yummy chocolate! My Mum bought me a cake pop maker - she's the best! xx
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Friday, 29 March 2013

THE PERFECT PAIR OF JEANS?
















































I get the impression that finding a pair of jeans that actually fit properly is a universal problem for us girls? I personally find that regular length jeans are slightly too short, but then if I buy the longer leg from say Topshop or River Island, they're too long - though this isn't much of an issue for me anymore as I'm a massive fan of the ankle grazer trend and love to show a little sock! All of my jeans now therefore, are either on the shorter side, or I roll them up, (a look largely inspired by the skinhead revival of the 70's which I love.)  

But this latest fad doesn't solve the issue of fit; jeans, shorts and trousers in general tend to be too big around my waist but then too tight around my thighs and bottom, sigh. I guess everyone has a completely different figure shape, be it pear, apple or hourglass...whatever, so it's inevitable that a pair of size 8 jeans will not actually fit everyone who's a size 8 perfectly.

I feel there are two ways to get around this issue; the first is to get yourself a good, preferably relatively inexpensive tailor, many people have recommended I do this and I will certainly look into it in the future. The second solution is to try wearing jeans that flatter your figure, there are plenty of websites that can help you work out what body shape you have and which jeans will look best on you!

I've literally been living in skinny jeans for about seven years now, that's a long time, and only recently have I stopped to question whether or not this is even the best look for me. Don't get me wrong, I love skinny jeans, they're the best, but they aren't always the most flattering, and I only like to wear them with long jumpers. J BRAND over at Trilogy have a great selection of skinny jeans.

Last week MeeMee, one of my all time favourite online boutiques, sent me these awesome high waisted, light blue jeans. I've been craving jeans like these for so long, I'm over the moon to finally own a pair! I love how 80's they are and the fit is really casual and cool - I definitely feel more comfortable in this looser, slouchier style. (Admittedly they're a little large around my waist, but if I wear them with a belt they're fine!)  

To conclude, there's no such thing as the perfect pair of jeans, though if you've personally found a pair you consider to be perfect then good for you! For now though I am going to accept the slight ill fit of all of my jeans, and will look into a tailor in the future. I'll definitely be rocking out in this looser, boyfriend style this spring though as opposed to my usual skinny selection! What's your favourite style of jean and have you found your perfect pair!?

CASHMERE JUMPER: BODEN
SCARF: TOPSHOP
DR MARTENS: EBAY 

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

NEW CUSTOM IPHONE CASE FROM CASEAPP























Those of you who follow me on Instagram may have already seen my beautiful new custom iPhone case from caseapp, but if not, then here it is, taadaa!

Not only are their products wonderfully made, my chosen design is raised, rich in colour, and the quality of the case itself is great, but their delivery time seems super speedy to - I had my case within a matter of days despite caseapp being a Swedish based company!






















I'm seriously so impressed with this site, it's a great idea for gifts, and well, who doesn't get excited about a new iPhone case? Treat yourself! (£19 for a custom made iPhone case - bargain!) What deisgn would you get/will you be getting on yours!?    
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Friday, 22 March 2013

INSTAGRAM SNAPS FROM BELGIUM

































Last week I left my beloved London behind to explore Belgium for a few days! I originally booked the tickets with my ex boyfriend which is sad, but luckily my lovely friend Louise came along to keep me company instead, thank goodness for friends at times like these!

The journey there was surprisingly easy, we managed to check in and find our way to the terminal okay, and I still can't believe how quick it was. It took me less time to get to Belgium than it does to go and visit my family in Devon! The Eurostar dropped us in Brussels and we then had a 40 minute train to Antwerp where we were staying; we were rather excited by the very clean and spacious two-story train we got to ride there! (Obviously we sat upstairs).

































OUR FIRST LOOK AT BELGIUM, BRUSSELS FROM THE TRAIN


THE VIEW FROM OUR HOTEL ROOM

That first evening we went for a walk and found a cool little burger restaurant to eat in; I'm not sure what it is about burgers but I always want one when I'm on holiday or in need of a treat! We also had some delicious Liefmans Fruitesse beer, which we continued to drink throughout our trip. On our way back to the hotel we popped into a pub called The Duke of Antwerp, which after Louise saying, "I wish we had more pubs like this in England", we realised was a British themed pub, ha! It was so wonderfully tacky with iconic British photographs on the walls and a large selection of tea behind the bar... 
After stuffing our faces with complimentary breakfast the next morning, we headed out for the day, wandering down quaint cobbled streets, drinking Belgium hot chocolate and people watching. Whilst on our travels we stumbled across a charity shop where we stocked up on vintage knitwear; I bought a jumper and two cardigans for just €14! We also did a bit of commercial shopping down the main high street, where we spent quite a while playing dress up in Forever 21. Eventually we accidently managed to do a complete loop of central Antwerp and ended up back at our hotel!

That evening after a strange Mexican restaurant experience we got dressed up and went to a bar where, the drinks were super cheap, but the people were rather rude. We did get chatting to one guy though who very kindly suggested some places for us to visit the next day, marking it on our little tourist map!     

WHAT I WORE ON SATURDAY


 
Saturday was an expensive day! We went to the aquarium after breakfast, which was pretty rubbish if I'm honest, but it is what you make it right!? Then we headed over the road to the zoo which was great! It was bloody freezing though! Something that did strike us as rather odd was the clear lack of health and safety rules and regulations... it was a little run down and it would have been relatively easy to casually climb into some of the animal enclosures or fall over low barriers!     

































PRETTY, PINK FLAMINGOS AT THE ZOO


After a quick rest-stop back at the hotel we wandered back towards the city center and went looking for a supposedly "cool" street - here we found the quirkier shops and some lovely boutiques. We were also on the scout for a club I wanted to go to that evening, so we kept walking and came across some other gorgeous little cobbled backstreets with retro furniture stores, vintage clothing shops and quaint cafes along the way.  

The club night was hilarious. It fascinates me how English club culture differs in comparison to other countries, we're pretty crazy really. Expecting an alternative evening of indie music and tattooed men, we walked in to what could only be described as something from the Inbetweeners. We had a fun night though, drank lots of beer, danced our little hearts out then got lost on the way back to the hotel at early hours in the morning!  

CATHEDRAL IN BRUSSELS

Despite feeling a little tender the next day, we got an early train from Antwerp and managed to have a look around Brussels at the beautiful architecture before our Eurostar train in the afternoon. We also bought some chocolate here, yum, and matching bracelets to remind us of our trip, n'aww.







































I had a great time in Belgium, but I'm yet to find anywhere in the world that's more alive, exciting and diverse than London! I did get some outfit snaps from my trip so I will share these with you as soon as I can, have a great weekend everyone! xx

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
















































I just found these images hiding away in a forgotten folder on my Mac! My housemate photographed this outfit for me about a month ago and I totally forgot to share the photos with you, so here they are! I'm not feeling very well today, I must be run down after my trip to Belgium, (I will be bombarding you with images soon, don't you worry), so I've got a nasty cold. Currently sat in bed listening to The Postal Service and feeling sorry for myself, boo.  

















































HAT: TOPMAN
BLOUSE: NEW LOOK
JEANS: RIVER ISLAND

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Monday, 18 March 2013

NEW SPECTACLES FROM SWAG & STARE

































I was recently introduced to a new web-based eyewear company called Swag & Stare who, taking inspiration from vintage frames, offer a gorgeous selection of quirky glasses which can't be found on any old high street. Founded by three spectacle wearing friends, the Swag & Stare team have created a unique, innovative experience that enables you to order your prescription glasses online at an affordable price; check their specs out for yourself over at the Swag & Stare website!

I'm now a proud wearer of their Sonoma design, I love the style and they're so light and comfortable! What do you think of my new frames?
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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

HELP RAISE MONEY FOR COMIC RELIEF WITH SAINSBURY'S AND LULU GUINNESS

























In support of this year's Red Nose Day, internationally renowned British designer Lulu Guinness has teamed up with Sainsbury's to raise money for Comic Relief in style! Embracing the spirit of the fundraising event, Lulu took inspiration from her existing collection and, combining it with the iconic red nose itself, created three fun and stylish limited edition shopper bags, which can be bought in Sainsbury's stores nationwide. At just £5, purchasing one of these handy little shoppers is a great way to show your support and help an excellent cause, so be sure to pick one up when you next pop in to do your weekly shop!

If you can't make it down to your local Sainsbury's but would still like to find out more about the charity then head over to the Comic Relief website!

Here I'm sporting my Red Nose Day bag whilst wearing a casual weekend ensemble around Oxford Circus area. This look was actually street style snapped so fingers crossed I will be able to share those images with you soon to! I was very flattered! One more thing, I'm visiting Antwerp at the end of this week with my lovely friend Louise, I'm super excited and can't wait to share lots of (hopefully) inspiring photographs with you! 












































THE CURE TEE, £40, BEATNIK EMPORIUM
VINTAGE TOP COAT, £8, CHARITY SHOP
TARTAN JEANS, RIVER ISLAND
TAN BROGUES, £40, OFFICE
RED NOSE DAY BAG, £5, LULU GUINNESS FOR SAINSBURYS    
 
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Sunday, 10 March 2013

NEW COS DRESS & A FRINGE CHOP
















































I bought this dress a couple of weeks ago after falling in love with it whilst "window shopping" in Westfield. It reaches my knees making it perfect for a day in the office, and although the jersey material suggests a more casual and comfy look, the cute white collar adds a little something special; it's very Alexa Chung to!

Here I'm wearing my new COS dress with black tights and smart black brogues, but it can easily be dressed up for the evening with a pair of heels or alternatively dressed down with a pair of trainers! (Here's a sixties pose for you).   

I gave my fringe a trim last week, it was in my eyes and I was having to sweep it to the side, SHOCK HORROR. I think it looks okay.... despite my poor scissoring skills. I hope you like it to! 











































TOPSHOP GLITTER BROGUES 
EARRINGS FROM CHARMING MAGPIES

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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

TIM WALKER: STORY TELLER






















Over the years I've built up quite a hefty collection of beautiful fashion and photography books. My aim is to one day live in a gorgeous, bright and spacious open plan London flat with wooden floorboards and modern furniture, here I will display said books for all to see! Each time I purchase a new one maybe I could have it out on the coffee table, (which I'd like to make out of piled up fashion magazines with a sheet of perspex on top), *dreams*.

This beautiful book, which follows on from the recent exhibition held at Somerset house, showcases a collection of Tim Walker's most dazzling, innovative images. What makes his work so incredible is that through the use of impressive props, set design and a unique eye for photography, he brings fairytales to life, no artificial enhancement needed. I wish fairytales were real like in his images; sorry to sound cliche but looking at his photographs reminds me that life is wonderful! They're beautiful, intriguing, Gothic and magical.... here are some of my favourite pages from the book....(sorry, I got a little carried away!)    
  































































































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Sunday, 3 March 2013

FRIENDS, MINDF%$£S & HEART-BREAK.

























On Thursday I had some friends from Plymouth visiting; we spent the morning in Camden where we went to 'The Diner' and ate far too much food, I had a blue cheese burger. We then headed into central for a wander, I wanted to take them to see the Rain Room but when we got to the Barbican center there was a four hour queue so we went to the Bruce Nauman exhibiton, Mindfuck, instead.

On entering the Hauser & Wirth gallery, which is hidden away down Savile Row, we were first faced with a huge neon, flashing sign, (as shown above). It was definitely my favourite piece from the exhibition, although the green room was super cool to, but I now really want a giant neon sign to cover a wall in my living room - maybe one day!  

I liked the interactivity of this piece, you basically squeeze into an enclosed space, a makeshift room I guess, which has green fluorescent lighting. At first everything looks green, but as your eyes adjust it starts to change and it's, well, a bit of a mindfuck really. 

















































My boyfriend and I actually broke up last week, so seeing old friends and eating lots of yummy food was exactly what I needed. It's really, really sad, but we just weren't compatible and there's only so much work you can put into something without seeing any results, right?
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