Sunday, 25 September 2011

Feeling fresh

 Top: Topshop, Shirt: Only, Trousers: Peacocks, Necklace: Miss Selfridge

I've managed to steal my boyfriends internet for the evening! Our connection should happen sometime this week so I shouldn't be too absent after all. We had a house warming gathering last night and I'm not quite sure what I drank but I definitely wasn't entirely in control of what I was saying or doing, oh dear. Settling back into student life very nicely and looking forward to (re)freshers week. Hows everyone liking starting uni or being back? Anyone succumbed to freshers flu yet?! 

Just a terrible photo I took before our party last night and a photo booth special of my makeup which I quite liked but you can't see terribly well, god why have I even bothered with pictures! Does anyone else find dressing for house parties the most awkward thing, especially your own? I was like, do I wear shoes, do I dress down, can I wear a jacket? I didn't really like my outfit for that reason, I prefer to get more dressed up when I'm partying and I wish I'd worn my hair straight. That's the problem with taking photos of my outfits like this, makes me realise that I didn't look as good as I thought I did in the mirror, which is obviously quite distressing. Getting used to where I can take photos in my new room and as it gets darker earlier now I need to make sure I take photos in time or I'm going to get this horrible lighting! I'll figure it out. Hopefully I'll get a chance to blog within the next few days and another thankyou to everyone who has been commenting, was lovely to log into blogger and see such kind words


Saturday, 24 September 2011

High hair and high waists

So, just in case you didn't know already as I've not mentioned it quite enough times, I'm back to uni today (I have scheduled this post, first time so a bit unsure about it). Bad news is that we don't have an internet connection just yet so blogging might just be a little slow for the next week. While I'm at it, any advice on internet/tv packages? We're a house of 6 girls and I fear that we're going to be fairly useless! Bare with me though, because as I will be going out a lot pretending I'm a fresher again there will be plenty of outfits and lolz to share so I will promise to be worth the wait! 

Thought I would do another photo post today as last weeks was so popular! Just photos that I find personally inspiring, exciting or beautiful that some of you might enjoy (they're all reblogs or posts from my tumblr so you will find credits there). Might make this a weekly feature, what do people think? Or should I just do it as and when I feel like it? I don't know how I feel about weekly post kind of things as I just post what I feel like each day and share with you what I hope is something interesting. You can find my tumblr here if you're interested and if you've got a tumblr you'd like me to check out leave the link in the comments and I will drop by! Hopefully I will be able to blog on Sunday or Monday, but  if not I will be back soon


Thursday, 22 September 2011


Jacket: River Island, Scarf: Primark, Trousers: New Look, Top: New Look, Bag: Primark

Bit of an animal scarf theme occuring! I actually struggled for so long to find something to wear this kimono jacket with. I got it in the summer sale for about £20 but when I saw a woman at work try it on and then compare it to a graduation gown I just could not find an outfit that didn't make me feel ridiculous in it! I really like it with the New Look trousers and a scarf, although I maybe wish I hadn't put it with a button down top for some reason. I feel like a made a substantial effort with this outfit considering that I was only doing the school run for my sister. I do everything possible to make sure I don't get mistaken for a mum when I do stuff like that for her! I just don't seem to be out of a scarf at the minute which is kind of unlike me, think I've worn one for the last three days!

I should really, really start thinking about packing my life up for uni at some point, I'm back on Saturday. Anyone else going back this weekend? How much time do you give yourself to pack? I swear I usually start packing about a week before, I just don't know where to start this time round, I'm too excited to get back!


Wednesday, 21 September 2011


Sweater: Topshop, Jeans: Primark, Belt: New Look, Bag: Primark, Scarf: 'Louis Vuitton' (fake)

I wore this for a little shopping trip yesterday and was at an ideal temperature for this kind of in between weather at the minute. I decided it was essential that I went shopping to get my hands on these faux leather trousers as an alternative to the leggings I bought. They were only £10 more and the quality is surprisingly good (they feel sturdy) and I love how stretchy they are, makes them so much more comfortable than I expected. It is true that you need to size up, and the zip at the back is a bit of a pain (I literally had to plank on my bed to get it done up first time) but I don't care because they look amazing, completely in love. I also went and stocked up in Boots of all places with Aussie products in the 3 for 2 deal and a red lipstick and a nail varnish with the No 7 vouchers that are still going somehow. And I finally got my hands on Angels on Bare Skin from Lush and I used it this morning and love how my skin feels right now! 

Putting a little ban on spending until next week hopefully so that I can waste it all on going out and being ridiculous before uni starts again! I'm so excited. Just to quickly mention the scarf, my boyfriends mum gave it to me and it's like a really good fake Louis Vuitton. If anyone is interested I can ask her about where she got it from, she's compared it to a real one and apparently the real one was just softer. I'm in love with it, it's so warm and cosy without feeling too heavy like a proper wool scarf. What are peoples thoughts on fakes like this? Of course I would love to have the real deal but when it's just not possible I feel like I don't mind a bit of fake especially when it's as subtle as a scarf (would we call this scarf subtle?! haha). Oh and can you believe how awful the lighting is in these? I mean, I'm no photography whizz but I know these don't look great for being taken at 12 in the afternoon!


Monday, 19 September 2011

S/S 2012 Collections Pt 2: London Calling


Oh London Fashion Week, I do love you. Kind of effortlessly glam and cool and always oh so edgy with the perfect touch of twee thrown in, all the things that define British fashion to me. Makes me so proud that we are so unique, innovative and fresh but still appreciate and utilse the classic and basic elements of fashion that work just as well. I knew I would love the Mulberry show and expected to enjoy Viv, as always, but I was surprised how much Matthew Williamson shone for me, and Antonio Beradi too for that matter. I know we're only four days in, but I'm exhausted from work this evening and the best thing I thought I could do with my time was to catch up on LFW and god I had a hard job choosing my top 5! Enjoying all the striking details and embellishments, muted colours with strong accents and feminine fabrics combined with masculine or oversized shapes. So happy to be enjoying fashion again. Again, I won't review the shows in a critical way because there are far, far better reviews to be read, but I would love to hear what you think. Who are your favourites so far? Did anyone see any shows you think I should be aware of? I've officially finished my summer jobs now and lazy student life can resume, excited to be able to use my free time for blogging this time round!


Sunday, 18 September 2011

What I bought

Top photo: All Primark. Middle photo: Leggings and flats, Topshop. Top, H&M. Bottom photo: All Tiger.

Oh dear, I may have bought quite a lot today, but in all honesty I didn't spend any more than I intended and I came away with wayyy more. It was an efficient little trip, about 2/3 hours in total  and I am totally over the moon with what I got. I wasn't able to make my Lush purchase as it was being refurbished but I will save that for another time as I also want to go on the hunt for a good red or pink lipstick, a chunky knit jumper and maybe a felt fedora.  Primark was pretty good today, loads of lovely scarves and bags. The jeans are great by the way, almost identical to my last pair of Topshop Jamie's and a ridiculous £9?!! Will let you know how well they keep their shape though. I wanted to buy a jumper from there also, but I left it behind on the basis that it was black and I'd rather a colour or a grey, so the hunt continues. The little top from H&M was only a tenner and I am so in love with it, another shop with lots of beautiful items in stock today. The Topshop flats I have wanted for ages so I slipped them on out of curiosity and my feet felt so at home that I had to have them. The leather look leggings are causing me the biggest dilemma, I dont know whether or not to swap them for the trousers, any advice? They are brill though but I'll have to swap them anyway because they are a little scuffed in one part. My little haul from a shop called Tiger is making me so happy! Look at all those sketchbooks, and they were only £2/3, anyone that studies an arts subject will understand the woes of expensive sketchbooks! Big fan of the heart shaped buckets I got to put jewellery etc in, excited to have all these little bits in my uni room now! 

I'm getting an early night tonight, work just rang and have decided as a leaving present for tomorrow I can work 8.30-6. Fab. Has anyone else been shopping and picked up some good bits this weekend? Do share any wonderful bargains or beautiful things if you have! Oh and hello and thankyou to all of my new followers and all of you lovelies leaving such brilliant comments, you make my day with it all, seriously! 


Thursday, 15 September 2011

Fairisle knits and platform heels

Wahhh all I want to do is post some kind of fabulous outfit for you lovely lot and tell you all about some amazing and interesting things I'm doing. Unfortunately I spend my days in jeans that are far too long for me and a rather lovely River Island sales advisor tee complete with STAFF on my back. And the days events are equally as dull as the outfit. It is my last day on Monday though and then I am getting stuck into my Autumn Wardrobe in a big way (and hopefully I'll finally get into my 'summer' project too!!). I actually wouldn't mind a bit of a temperature drop in time for that so I can finally wear my H&M cape and ankle boots and be properly snuggled in, mmmm! Just some cheeky pictures I've been posting and reblogging on tumblr recently that make me smile and/or feel incredibly jealous/in can find my tumblr here.


Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Wednesday Wishful

Slippers: Topshop - I need a second pair of good quality flats really, to save me from getting through about 5 pairs from Primark and getting wet feet when it rains. Been wanting some slippers all summer and dalmation print is just too good to be true
Jeans: Both Topshop - Really desperate for a pair of proper high-waisted jeans (without the corset bit, y'know?) but also in love with the acid wash on these skinnies!
Skirt: H&M- I do need a black skirt like this as I don't own any (how?) and it will go with everything and make dressing that little bit easier. Being leather (faux) just makes it better
Jacket: Topshop - Desperate for some polka dots at the minute and this colour is amazing, not to mention the cut of it. I think jackets are my favourite thing, can never have enough.
Playsuit: River Island - A really easy piece to wear and I love sleeves!
Jumper: H&M - I just need something like this in my wardrobe. I picture myself throwing it on over patterned dresses and dresses that are a bit cold for winter.

I really like doing my seasonal shopping according to a list at the minute. I did it for the summer and I've done it so far for my A/W wardrobe and it works so well for me. I keep a list of all the things I will need or really really want in my Iphone notes and then delete when that thing is bought, don't know why I told you that as if it as some kind of intelligent process. Although I do pick up the odd piece that I haven't listed, I find it means I don't buy anything that I don't need and won't wear and it also means I buy far better quality. It also means that I love my wardrobe so much more than I did this time last year so I know I'll definitely continue shopping this way for a long time. I ticked off everything from my initial list (boots, flats, trousers, jumpers, and a good dress) but with uni approaching, I know there are a few essentials (and some naughty non-essentials) that I should purchase while I have the money and before I am a poor, poor student again! I doubt I will be able to afford everything on here, and equally there will be other more pressing essentials to spend my money on, but it's nice to dream isn't it!?

Does anyone else shop from a list? Isn't it so satisfying to tick things off it, lists are the key to happiness! Anyone got any super tips I should be aware of for managing my money as a student, because as yet I haven't quite got to grips with the concept of saving!


Tuesday, 13 September 2011

swing batter batter

Jumper: Topshop, Vest: New Look, Necklace: Miss Selfridge, Leggings: River Island, Boots: Topshop

This jumper reminds me of some kind of sporting top, not sure what, a combination of the shoulder patches and the oversized shape I think is a nice masculine touch. My boyfriend kindly bought this for me and I love it, it's so bloody easy to wear but I think it's really interesting and a bit unique. It's also the perfect item for this transitional weather period where it's not quite appropriate for coats. I didn't really do anything today and I'm going to the gym in a bit, hence why this outfit is pretty boring, but I thought it would be nice to share my new favourite thing with you! I'm sure I've mentioned it a million times already, but it's payday on Friday and I'm shopping on Sunday so I hope I'll have some lovely new things to show you finally! I already know I want to pay a visit to Lush as I'm desperate to try out 'Angels on Bare Skin' after reading about it on Dainty Dresses, I'll let you know what I think! I'm also planning to buy some things for uni to make my room nice and cosy and I want to have a good rummage in Primark to see if I can find some bargains and maybe a new little satchel for when my studies commence. Is anybody else a bit of a stationary geek? I'll need a new notebook, file, pens and maybe a pencil case this year too, haha it's just something I will never grow out of I don't think! What's everybody getting up to this week? I'm working for most of it, boooo, so there won't be much in the way of exciting outfits I'm afraid.

Also, was just wondering if anyone might have any quick fix tips on how I can whiten my nails? They've stained yellow so badly from a summer of bright colours and no base coats but I'm not allowed nail polish  for my job on Saturday and the thought of customers seeing my yellow nails as I pass them their drinks is just too much to handle!


Monday, 12 September 2011

S/S 2012 Collections Pt 1 : I heart NY





All images from

It's that time of year again, and while I'm so ready to put on my winter coat and boots, it's time for us to see what we'll be wearing next Spring/Summer! I thought blogging would be the best way to organise my fashion week thoughts this season as even though I am a fashion student, sometimes I just don't do my research. I find that studying fashion has sometimes taken away a bit of my passion and enthusiasm meaning I no longer get the same pleasure from reading fashion magazines or websites because it has just become about being stressed all the time. I've had some horrific lecturers, think 100 designs overnight and some pretty offensive language before the first term was up. Reading peoples blogs and now having my own has reignited the excitement though, which is wonderful!

First up, New York. I know there are still three days left but I am already overwhelmed with how amazing I've found it all. I love New York and the fashions that come out of NYC are ones that I can relate to my own life in a wearable but unique way. A lot of the designers are all about the cut and the fabric, with subtle and delicate decoration or print. That is how my ideal clothes are designed, with cut, fit and drape as the priority. I could have included almost everything, it's all been so inspiring and exciting in different ways. I won't review the collections because many people do that better than me. Just enjoy the images (I hope) and tell me what you think! Who have your favourites been and who are you looking forward to? I just can't wait for LFW, I feel so patriotic to British fashion, I envy all of those attending and being part of it, are any of you going? I'm hoping to be in London around the 18th to catch some of the excitement! 

Oh god, whittling this all down was so tough but this post could have literally been never-ending! This is such a small amount of the beauties there are to be seen. Floaty fabrics, feminine details, subdued colours (bar Peter Som) and quirky headwear all round next year!


Sunday, 11 September 2011

Wishful Sunday

Hungry, Hungry!, Leopard print nails, Run that nearly killed me,Going out, Massive Urban Outfitters changing rooms in bath, New Jumper

I actually quite enjoyed work today, it was quiet but I kept myself busy and it flew by. Uni is getting closer and while I'm excited, I know I have so much to do before I go back and also have a summer project I should be doing/have done but it's so unmotivational. And it's not marked so I keep telling myself that I can put it off! Anybody else been given summer work? Does anyone actually do it or put huge amounts of effort into it? I was quite lazy last year, hope to up my game a bit for 2nd year! Just a bit of a summary of my week in photos today,  it was quite a good one, I ate well at least and spent quality time with loved ones which is always worthwhile. What did you all get up to? 

Thank you still to all of you that are commenting and following and even viewing! I'm absolutely loving blogging and reading what everyone has to say, you are all so lovely :) Anything people would like to see more of, or anything different people would like to see me post about? Would love to hear your suggestions and feedback. On a final note, I have to say I have found the 10th anniversary of 9/11 such a poignant day. I remember the tragedy so clearly, it was just so awful and such an awful display of the worst of human nature. It's great to see so much effort put into commemorating those that died and I'm proud to see everyone come together to remember and pay respect and show that most of us are caring and compassionate people!


Saturday, 10 September 2011

Alright Darling?

Dress: Darling, Belt: Primark, Necklace: Miss Selfridge, Shoes: Office

This has been maybe my second Saturday off this summer and I've done...nothing exciting at all. I woke up early but forced myself back to sleep (harder than you'd think), I enjoyed the fact my mum had just been food shopping and looked round a few shops with my sister. I think I've only got 5 more days at River Island and then it will be back to uni and I'm so excited! 

This is what I wore last night, it is a better shot of the Darling dress that I was generously given a week or so ago and that I was desperate to wear. Darling isn't a normal brand for me but I have been given a couple of really lovely dresses from them and I love the chance to wear something a little bit different to what is in the normal high street shops. It's marketed as 'a gorgeous brand with a vintage twist' and I'd say that the website doesn't really do justice to the clothes, but the Autumn/Winter lookbook is actually quite gorgeous. My Office shoes were a bit of a splurge at the time but I love them more every time I wear them, really comfortable as well! We went out for dinner and received the worst customer service I have ever known. Harry's Bar in Donnington is one to avoid, incredibly rude and unprofessional, to say I was shocked is a massive understatement!

What has everyone else been up to this weekend? Do you have any recommendations for some smaller brands that offer something a little different to the high street? So many reality shows on tonight, need to stop myself getting sucked in, haa.


Thursday, 8 September 2011


Sweater: Topshop, Dress (worn as maxi skirt): H&M, Belt and Bag: Primark

Quickly showing you what I wore to Bath today. Had better luck taking photos, under no illusions that they are perfect but I think they are reasonable enough to show! There's a brilliant new shopping complex in Bath where I bought a jumper from Topshop which I will show you asap. Also, lots of lovely autumn bits starting to come through, some gorgeous stuff in Urban Outfitters and it's pay day next friday uhoh! I just love Bath for a change of scenery, lots of gorgeous independent stores and hidden vintage gems, a good place to explore. Just been for dinner at Prezzo and had the yummiest risotto but I am so full, blurghhh. Out again tomorrow night so may not get the chance to post until Saturday, promise it'll be something good though! Thankyou again to everyone commenting, I love reading every comment you leave so don't be shy! I'm going to watch Jersey Shore and 
Celebrity Juice whilst I try to digest all this food and avoid dessert


Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Dress: Darling, Belt: Primark?, Necklace: Miss Selfridge

I'm really struggling with outfit photos for a number of reasons. I can't seem to find an appropriate place, I don't have a tripod yet, there's always people in and out of my family home and actually, I still haven't quite got to grips with my camera. I'm hoping that when I get to uni and purchase a tripod that a few of these troubles will fall into place and that one of my housemates will be able to point me in the right direction with my camera, we are arts students after all?! So to make do tonight, after a couple of hours of failed attempts, photobooth stepped in to give you a couple of images to grimace at this evening. Even the colour on that was looking odd, so I've gone for an ultimate fail in black and white. Tomorrow I'm going to Bath and I'm hoping my boyfriend might step up and take at least a half decent photo of me, but we will see! 

Anyone got any good advice for outfit photos? What would you say are the most important things to get right and to focus on? I will persevere though, and ultimately I'm sure I'll find a way that will suit me, bare with the noob until then. I do apologise for such a half hearted post tonight, I'm trying to keep up with posting every day while I get into the habit of it. It is time consuming, but it's worth it to see it pay off. Is it good that I post daily or would it be better for me to leave out some of the less interesting and lesser quality posts?


Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Who's That Girl

Hello my lovelys! I'm tired today, bad weather and delivery day at work means that I'm already looking forward to bed time. Thought I'd stick to a post that doesn't require my tired brain to work that hard. I've rounded up some images of some hot ladies with gorgeous style that we can all be jealous of. Fearne Cotton is probably my ultimate icon, such a lovely person and great wit too. She accessorises so cleverly and wears things I would question on other people, and wears them with sickening ease. I like that she dresses appropriately and accessibly and she really lets her own personality shine through. I even had my long hair cut into a blunt bob a few months ago after being inspired by her, mostly I love it but sometimes I do miss the ease and the glamour of long hair. Rachel Bilson and Ashley Olsen have always been two of my go to galz for some inspiration in dressing up or dressing down, serious girl crushes. 

Who are your style favourites and why? Trying to decide what to do on my day off tomorrow, any ideas? Tomorrow is looking a little empty and I really want to make the most of these last few weeks  of 'summer' before 2nd year starts. I promised myself I'd make this a short one today but I clearly can't help myself. Sorry if you're sick of reading my rambling!


Monday, 5 September 2011

wishful wishlist

Boots:Office, Jacket:Topshop, Tshirt:Topshop Boutique, Bag:Moschino, Jeans:Current/Elliott

Bag:Zara, Shoes:Topshop, Bracelet:Vivienne Westwood, Dress:Topshop Boutique

Today hasn't been exciting or glamorous and I'm struggling to want to do much more than curl up in front of celebrity big brother. I know, I'm disgusted that I let myself get hooked again as well but has anyone else been completely won over? I looked after my 3 nephews this morning from 8.30 and then went on a run this evening with my mums two pugs and my sister, but after one of the animals made a bid for freedom the run wasn't all that successful. I've been following the couch to 5k running plan, and as a self confessed 'non-runner' since about 4 weeks ago, I can safely say that it works so would urge you to try it if you fancy some exercise! 

Just a bit of eye candy for today, I'm working tomorrow so I'll see what I can fit in but I'm hoping to attempt a proper outfit post on Wednesday or Thursday when I have the day off! As you can probably gather, the first selection is what I would have for a new daytime outfit in an ideal world and the second is what I would wear by night if uni wasn't fast approaching and if I didn't need to save most of my pennies for food shopping and bills, boooo.