Thursday, 31 December 2009

High street lust #30.

As much as I love finding clothing bargains, I really dislike the manic attitude of sale shoppers so thank goodness for online shopping! This week's lust isn't an outift, but a list of things I've had my eye on for a while. Sadly most were snapped up even before the sales began.

L to R: crochet neck sweater (£32) / bloomer corset shorts (£35) / bunny ears headband (£18) / lion head elastic belt (£12) / midnight blue velvet bow back tunic (£30) / petites black pegleg trousers (£25) / albert fringe lace up boot (£65) / premium tulle and lace slip (£40) / sequin and lace dress (£55) / twist lock square holdall bag (£35) / petite rose bow back tunic (£28) / knitted boy style jumper (£25) / pleat origami pencil skirt (£35, not shown)

Happy new year to you all. Wishing you all the best for 2010! Have you made any resolutions? I should try to spend less, but I don't see that happening...

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

We'll frolic and play the Eskimo way.

Cable knit jumper - Ralph Lauren
Tutu skirt - Lipsy
Socks - Pringle
Scarf - H&M
Glasses - Osiris
Faux fur coat - Shelter
Boots - Vivienne Westwood x Melissa

Last Tuesday my family and I went for a 'Christmas' dinner. It's something we do every year. This year was potentially cancelled because of the snow but by night time it had stopped snowing so much. We went to a steak place and I had some delicious lamb chops!

Again, I just bundled up warm. Sorry my cold outfits are all so similar. Think I made a wrong choice with the tutu skirt though. I love it, but it's a bit small so not a good choice for a hearty meal. It's also quite itchy. After dinner, we went to the supermarket. Considering it was 10:30pm, the place was rammed. People were acting like it was the end of the world.

Thank you to everyone for their Christmas blessings ♥ I hope everyone's Christmas weekend was as relaxing as mine.

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Ten days of perfect tunes, the colours red and blue.

Dress - HK
Zip up jacket - Oasis
Cable knit footless tights - HK
Boots - Sugarboots
Scarf - H&M
Faux fur coat - Shelter (charity shop)
Hat - Primark
Glasses - Osiris

Last week it snowed, not lots but a decent amount. In fact, it was snowing when I took these photos. My mum and I went Christmas shopping on Sunday, it was scary driving in the snow, especially with my little car! After shopping we escaped the blizzard and had some dim sum before the treacherous journey home. Later on Sunday I went to my friend's house for a delicious Christmas dinner (lamb, but with all the trimmings) and did a random secret Santa exchange. We all bought £10 gifts and had a lucky dip. I took a robot USB + Darth Tater and returned with a cool TV shaped photo frame.

My outfit that day had to be changed to fend off the cold and I pretty much just piled on the layers. The coat I got for a mere £5 two years ago. It's four sizes too big but it keeps me sooo warm. I adore the print on my boots but they are too 'sloppy' so I don't wear them often. They are fur lined though so they keep my feet toasty and I did spend weeks searching for this particular pair before I found them so I can't bear to get rid of them.

Is everyone ready for Christmas? Wrapping presents is my favourite part but this year I've been so lazy with it!

Friday, 25 December 2009

It's the most wonderful time of the year (said Andy Williams).

Drink lots of eggnog and eat lots of mince pies!
Hope you all have a lovely day!

Merry Christmas everybody ♥♥
(And seasons greetings for anyone not celebrating this holiday)

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

High street lust #29.

I am not really one for dressing up on Christmas but it's still fun to imagine. Both the barb wire tea dress (£50) and the tiered skirt dress (£60) are sweet dresses which can be smartened up for the festive day.

Accessorise with an adorable enamel bow necklace (£14) and cute enamel flower earrings (£8). Hopefully you can just laze around in logo slippers (£12) but perhaps you need to pop out to see aunt Mabel. In that case, throw on a sequin knitted beret (£15), a black lurex stripe scarf (£14) and hooded bomber jacket. Stick presents into the quilted tote bag (£40) and you'll be ready to venture out into the cold.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

She broke your throne and she cut your hair.

Camisole - Gap
Jumper - Gap
Treggings - River Island
Beret - Accessorize
Bag - Cancer Research
Coat - Gap
Nail varnish - Sally Hansen
Boots - Vivienne Westwood x Melissa

On Monday I had a day off from work to go Christmas shopping. It was semi successful and I had a good catch up with a close friend in Starbucks so it was a pretty satisfactory day. Outfit wasn't too interesting, I just wanted something comfortable and easy for shopping. This will probably be the last time I wear this pink peacoat, I've had it for five years and I think it's time to let go. I also wore my new VW x Melissa boots. I adore them and they smell soooo good! Sadly, they attract dust and fingerprints far too easily for my liking. I ordered them online as the store didn't have my size. I was very wary though because I went a size up. I'm glad I did, I could even possibly go up two sizes. I don't want to have clown feet though...

I'm taking part in 3 secret Santas. I've sorted two out, got one more to do but I'm stuck for ideas! Help?

Thursday, 17 December 2009

You're dropping out my battery is low.

Dress - AX Paris
Shoe boots - Office
Coat - Miss Selfridge
Bag - Cancer Research
Headband - Miss Selfridge

My friend had her engagement party/dinner on Saturday. My friend and I were horrifically late but I don't think we missed much. The food got better with each course! I had some sort of pressed terrine as a starter, a chicken leg with chive mash main and two desserts because I'm greedy. I had a lemon and vanilla syllabub with damson (SO GOOD) and warm parkin with poached pears. The waiter was confused because he couldn't work out why there was one extra dessert.

I had a delicious mocktail called 'flying fairbrother'. If I ever get married, that's one drink that'll be served at my wedding. It fits in with my colour scheme so well! Ahh, to dream... Anyway, I last wore this dress to my graduation. I tried to dress it down a bit. My oxford shoes don't really match, but I think that's why I like them here.

People said my hair(band) was Lady Gaga-y. My inspiration was actually Blair Waldorf.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

High street lust #28.

Want to go all out this holiday season? Then splash out at Karen Millen. Although there are some gorgeous origami dresses there, what I fell in love with is the laidback but elegant vintage bead dress (£199). The colours and the patterns just drew me in.

A faux fur stole (£99) would be gorgeous with this, as would the soft frill mini bag (£89.95) paired with the soft frill peep toes (£120). Since we're doing matchy matchy, I may as well throw in the crystal drop earrings (£45), crystal bead bracelet (£65) and crystal bead ring (£50). Keep your eye on the time with a leather print watch (£90) and make your Cinderella getaway in a tweed ruffle coat (£250). Tweed is the underrated champion this season.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

All I need is the starlight starlight.

Dress - Sharei Lamar
Cardigan - H&M
Shoes - Miss Selfridge
Clutch - Gap
Coat - Miss Selfridge
Hat - Primark

I've been slacking with outfit posts lately. That was the whole point of this blog, oh well. This is what I wore for my work Christmas party on Friday. I didn't want to be too dressed up. I only put the hat on afterwards because it was so cold, but I think it looks pretty cute so I wish I'd had it on the whole time.

I had pate + toast for starters, salmon + trimmings for my main and a Belgian chocolate cheesecake to finish for my meal. Afterwards there was karaoke. They put a joke one for me and a few girls to sing. I thought it was an Abba song but it turned out to be 'Like A Virgin'. Cringe. I don't even know how the verse goes. Ugh, it was horrible!

Thursday, 10 December 2009

All I want for Christmas...

Gosh, only two weeks until Christmas! Have you all written your letters to Santa? Here's my wishlist:

Sort of L to R: rabbit mask / twist gold snake ring / lace tights (in blush, ivory and red please) / Influence by MK&A Olsen / Chloe SS07 triple strap shoes or similar pumps in a neutral colour / pretty glass cake stand / a white apartment with gorgeous furniture / ballet shoes / ivory Chanel classic flap bag with gold hardware / dresses and various other clothes / a straw boater with navy ribbon / a trip to NYC

What would you like to find underneath the Christmas tree?

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

High street lust #27.

If, like me, you are heading straight from your workplace to your Christmas do then you may want to prepare beforehand. Perhaps you will take your work dress and super accessorise it or you may want to change into a fabulous new frock. The rome origami dress (£65) is a great choice for the former due to its intriguing neckline and for the latter I adore the sequin flapper dress (£150)... I've always wanted one!

With the flapper dress, you shouldn't go too crazy with accessories; get some nice sandals, black nail polish and maybe a hair fascinator. The ridge disc stud earrings (£10) will look good with either outfit. Tights should be non-existant, sheer or shadowed (£10). For the black dress, I envisage a stack of elastic and stone bangles (£14) along with lots and lots of rings. Try the facet stone cocktail ring (£14), metal button ring (£10) and mini flower stack rings (£10). Of course you'll also need a clutch (£40), mighty heeled platforms (£65) and a ruffle funnel trench (£100) to keep you chic and warm.

PS I love love this blush flower ring (£14). Maybe I'll add it to my Christmas list.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

We're not gonna sit in silence, we're not gonna live with fear.

Poloneck - Gap
Shorts - Gap
Hat - Primark
Coat - Topshop
Boots - Deichmann Shoes
Pearls - Topshop
Crown necklace - Topshop
Horse necklace - China 'Chloe'
Pocket watch - River Island

Today I went to find some high-waisted work trousers but they don't seem to exist anywhere. Also considered buying some little heels for work but I don't know if M&S shoes would be as comfortable as my Hush Puppies (ha!). My outfit today was all black but sadly different 'shades'. I tried to make it interesting by wearing a bunch of necklaces. The jewellery made it very annoying to try clothes on!

This week I've eaten well; got lots of mince pies, went out for a royal Thai meal on Tuesday and had Chinese hot pot on Wednesday. Work has been tough because people have gone on holiday. I need to do their jobs as well as mine and it's hard to remember everything.

Sorry I've been SO BAD getting back with comments. I'll reply to everything on Tuesday since I should be doing 'homework' tonight and tomorrow. I can't wait to go to sleep.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Does she look good on the dancefloor?

I'll be the first to admit that I really don't get the fascination with Alexa Chung! It's odd because she does stripes, nauticals and geek-chic really well and those are three things which I adore. Then again, I don't really get inspired by 'celebrities'. The thing I like most about her is that she has designer items but still buys a lot from Topshop. Anyway, here are a few recent cute outfits that I found on TFS. Do you like miss Chung? Which outfit is your favourite?

Threw in that last one for the look on Taylor Momsen's face! I do like the Mulberry 'Alexa'...

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

High street lust #26.

The festive season is upon us and for many of us, that means Christmas parties! Have you started looking for your dress yet? I have! Due to its prices, Monsoon isn't a place where I regularly shop but they do have a gorgeous collection of glitzy dresses. In particular, the gold galileo tunic (£135) caught my eye. I just LOVE the cut of it; the flowy sleeves and the cinched waist accentuate the figure perfectly.

I don't think you should over accessorise a dress like this. In fact, I even think wearing flats such as the studded bow leather black ballerina pumps (£30) are a better choice over some killer heels. Slick your hair back and add a metallic feather spray on disc with veil fascinator (£24) or noir chuny tear drop chain earrings (£8) for some pizazz up top. The aladdins lamp embellished hard case clutch (£40) has enough detail to be interesting but not overpowering. For drama, add some eclectic christmas bangles (£8) and a pair of stitched leather driving gloves (£20). Finish off with a dark plum lipstick and modern statement gem ring (£14).

PS The Paris bon voyage tripe brooch set (£10) would make an adorable Christmas gift!