Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Don't you worry about the distance.

Ruffled blouse - HK
Skirt - Miss Selfridge
Spotted tights - HK
Bow - gift
Shoes - Marks and Spencer
Red lip laquer - MAC
Nail varnish - Laura Paige
Rings - Accessorize and various

Here's a gander at a work outfit. This is actually dressier than what I normally wear but I wish I had more blouses like this so I could create more 'classical' looks. I think ruffles are so romantic and feminine. Dressing like this must make me look older (or perhaps it was the excess make up) as a woman at the post office asked me about mortgages and life insurance. People usually dismiss me as being 15 years old.

I'm glad that the snow has subsided (for now) but I'm a little sad I didn't take any outfit photos whilst there was a beautiful blanket of snow on the ground. Saying that, it's nice not having to de-ice the car every morning and shivering in work.

Is everyone geared up for Christmas? I was really excited for it until December hit and now I feel nothing. Perhaps I just need to do some more Christmas shopping... for myself!!! Maybe I'll get some cosy Ugg slippers or these amazing discounted See by Chloe platforms. Or maybe I'll treat myself to something from the new Marc by Marc Jacobs collection at Daniel Footwear.

"Women's Shoes by Marc Jacobs - too irresistible!"

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Hustlers grab your guns your shadow weighs a ton.

Dress - RCFJ
Sailor coat - Topshop
Scarf - HK
Leggings - tutuanna
Boots - Vivienne Westwood x Melissa
Leopard print scarf - HK
Fur cossack hat - Topshop
Faux Kelly handbag - SZ
Gloves - George

I almost always wear my sailor coat but I don't think I've ever posted any photos of it on here because I tend to photograph the outfit I wear underneath instead. The dress is one I bought in Hong Kong and I loved it when I bought it, but when I tried it on, my cousin said I looked very "cosplay" and it put me off. I think I like it again now. I'm just a sucker for tulle skirts.

It was bitterly cold this day. I went Christmas shopping (though mostly I shopped for myself) and I had to wait at the train station for an hour. I'm sure I almost got frostbite! Plastic Melissa shoes are NOT good for icy weather.

My hair looks really red in these photos. I wish it was actually like that. Why is my face a square?

Monday, 29 November 2010

I got Cutter spray and a healthy sense of worth.

So some of you may (or may not) have noticed that I've been a bit AWOL. I don't know why I've become so poor at blogging ever since my hiatus in summer. Anyway, the absence is also partly because I've been lucky enough to go on my third trip this year and I spent a couple of weeks over in Hong Kong with a quick trip to Cambodia squeezed in. I wasn't that excited about visiting HK since I go there every few years, but I really enjoyed it. The shopping and the food was as wonderful as it's always been. And Cambodia... there's a lot of beauty there despite its recent sad history. Angkor Wat is a sight to behold!

The Bank of China, I think?
Out of focus sushi
Typical countryside Cambodian housing
Statues on a bridge leading to the Angkor Wat complex
Angelina Jolie ran through this door as Lara Croft
Statues at the Shiva temple
Two kids, everyone likes this photo
Reflection of Angkor Wat nearing sunset
Colourful grounds of the royal palace
Cutely packaged drinks in a vending machine
Simple bowl of noodles
Someone was getting married at a restaurant we ate in in Shen Zhen
Random Chinese art
Bibimbap, I enjoy taking pictures of food
The Hong Kong skyline at night

It's always sad going back to reality after a nice holiday. You never want to leave!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Boom even brighter than the moon.

Camisole - Gap
Skirt - H&M
Tights - Topshop
Shoes - Hush Puppies
Tiara - HK
Nail varnish - Rimmel
Facepaints and fake blood - Wilkinsons

I was invited to a friend's friend's Hallowe'en party and I didn't want to go as something scary, but the point of wearing a costume for Hallowe'en is to be creepy so I went for something in the middle and went as a zombie ballerina. It's a good balance between spooky and pretty. It was easy enough to do since I could pull the costume together using things I already own and just needed to buy some face paints.

Originally I was going to wear my pink tulle skirt, but I'd had a big meal that day and it didn't fit. Plus the black works better anyway. I had so much fun with the make up though! I gave myself black eyes and lips and drew stitches all over my body. Then I dribbled some fake blood out of my mouth. The only problem was the white face paint wasn't that white. And it was a cold night. Still, I kept warm whilst laughing with a wicked ringmaster, two black cats, a pumpkin swordsman, a paedo tiger, Bill Compton, a double headed vampire and various other ghoulies.

I had too much fun doing these ballerina poses.

Friday, 22 October 2010

He's more Xbox and I'm more Atari.

T-shirt - Gap
Shorts - Gap
Tights - Topshop
Cardigan - Topshop
Shoe boots - Office
Hat - fancy dress shop
Pocket watch - River Island
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban

It's not often that I actually buy something from my lust lists but the aran knit cardigan drew me in, heart and soul! It looks great thrown over anything. This day started off a little chilly, hence the chunky knit, but as the day went on, it started getting hotter and off came the layers and on came the hat and sunnies. I'm on the lookout for a navy blue and a light beige chunky knit cardigan now. I can't get enough.

Halloween is coming up soon! I'm actually excited this year. I hope my costume turns out as well as I hope it will. Same with my make up. Is anyone else planning to dress up?

I've been doing Bikram yoga this past week. In the first session I nearly blacked out from the heat but my body has felt so good (and a bit sweaty) after each session.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Even more than anyone that you adore can love.

Dress - Pins + Needles
Cardigan - H&M
Boots - Deichmann
Hat - fancy dress shop
Handbag - Chanel
Ring - Accessorize

It is shameful for me to post when I still haven't caught up with comments for my last post. Please forgive me and please forgive the weird blue-ish tint in these photos which make my green dress appear teal. It's the dress which I recently posted about. I think it's charming in a sort of "country" way. I'll be very sad when winter comes upon us and my boater hat will look quite out of place.

Who has tips on how to get skinny legs? I did 10 minute exercises for five days and gave up.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

High street lust #57.

If the grey tweed faux fur collar coat (£80) is anything to go by, then I have bought my winter coat too soon! I love the hourglass shape and the ladylike styling. Most of all, I like the fur collar! This coat screams elegance.

If I could, I'd make my work wardrobe very prim and proper and I can achieve that with the help of Miss Selfridge! First, the guncheck skirt (£32) with its nipped in waist and then a sweet shirt like the cream lace victoriana blouse (£35) or the bow trim detail top (£32). Black chevron knitted tights (£8) and nude frilly ballerina pumps (£25) keep the look demure and the faux croc x body bag (£25) lends a vintage touch. Finally, pick a set of earrings from the flower studs multipack (£8), add a charm bracelet (£12) and a heart ring (£12) and off I go to clock in.

I apologise that my lust lists are most often in neutral colours, but that's the palette my heart yearns after!

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Higher over all I'm going to be the last one standing.

I have been a despicable blogger as of late! I can't even be bothered doing outfit posts anymore. Sorry! Here are a few rubbish pictures of some recent purchases. I love autumn fashion, I'm not sure why, but the clothes appeal to me so much more and I spend so much money on myself in the months running up to Christmas. Perhaps it is due to my love of cardigans, tights and coats. What is your favourite season?

This dress has no shape at all and was extremely overpriced (Urban Outfitters) but I fell hook, line and sinker for the Peter Pan collar and the navy contrast trim. I felt the emerald green would make a nice addition to my closet.

Stumbled upon this cable knit cardigan whilst hunting for something else in Zara (a Peter Pan collared floral T-shirt, if you must know). The only thing that would make this cardigan cuter is a couple of suede patches on the elbows.

I am in two minds about this fur hat! It is incredibly cute but I am a little annoyed by the white streaks in it. Also, there's a line that goes along the top where the seams meet. Perhaps I am being too fussy?

Even though I already have four or five winter coats, I couldn't resist this rust coloured coat with navy detailing! It's also incredibly hard to photograph so you may never see the whole garment. Topshop sucks me into buying at least one coat per year.

Last of all, a pair of boots from We Who See. I have been on the hunt for a pair of girly-ish lace-up knee boots for years and sadly the search continues. I adore these so VERY much but they fit me funny so I have since returned them.

Have you bought anything new that you love?

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

High street lust #56.

So the Mulberry 'Alexa' has made satchel bags very trendy. I'm still devastated I turned down the limited 'summer tweed' version I saw. Until Mulberry releases another colour I'm in love with, I may settle for River Island's grey suede mock croc satchel bag (£69.99). Not that I need another handbag...

The black velvet drape shorts (£26.99) give off a Henry VIII feel, n'est-ce pas? With that in mind I tried to create a modern-Tudor look and the cream embellished zip front cardigan (£59.99) with all its intricacies looks fit for a lady. Hair should be a messy bouffant with a tiara, but a black feather alice headband (£12.99) with sweet pink flower fabric stud earrings (£6.99) peeking out will do. For the contemporary touches, add a pair of sexy mock suspender tights (£7.99) and some black strappy cage wedge sandals (£49.99). Add a fierce black lioness gold look ring (£12.99) and a black and gold encrusted ring (£12.99) and off with your head.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

She's not bleeding on the ballroom floor.

Thank you very much to Joan of Dreamy Princess who very kindly gave me the following award. Check out her blog, she's adorable!
I'm only going to tag three people (rather than the ordered five) to receive this award. These are blogs which I have only recently discovered and enjoy reading:

- Jamie-Lee of page sixxx
- Olivia of Goldielocks and Cupid
- Emma of Circus Box

And here's the meme to go along with the award:

1. Who or what is your inspiration?
I am inspired by everything around me! Right now I'm really loving textured things; faux fur, cableknit and ribbed tights. Must be the mori girl coming out of me. At the moment I'm also lusting after Matsumoto Ena's and Ogihara Momoko's "mode" style.

2. What is your makeup brand?
I use a bit of everything. But it always has to be a NARS blush.

3. What is your favorite makeup brand?
Paul & Joe beaute. Their packaging slays me.

4. Would you rather go out with no makeup on with done hair, or undone hair and finished makeup?
Is the hair done by me or a professional? And it depends where I'm going! I'll opt for the done hair and no makeup. I feel I can still look decent if my hair is done.

5. Name 5 things that are in your bag.
Purse, mobile phone, pen, rain hat and cosmetics case. I hate lugging around a heavy handbag but I loathe to be without my essentials.

6. Name something every makeup enthusiast should have?
A good foundation.

7. When you were young, what did you want to be when you grow up?
A librarian. Then a graphics designer. Also a pet store owner.

8. What is your favorite clothes shop?
At the moment it's Miss Selfridge.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

High street lust #55.

One Sunday night I visited to search for something when I came upon the knitted aran cardigan (£48). Despite its pricetag it was love at first sight. I was all over its chunky cable knit beige-ness. On Monday I returned to the website to buy my beloved but it had practically sold out. I eventually went instore to buy one and came out with one three sizes too big (small sizes all sold out!). I like it that much. Kinda hoping they'll do a second run.

Topshop haven't been wowing me too much this year but their autumn collection is fantastique! Slip on a Peter Pan collar tunic (£28) and tuck it into a pair of leopard printed skinny jeans (£45). Top off with fur cossack hat (£20) and lip glaze in Moondust (£6). I think it all goes together, don't you? Some fur lined moccassins (£28) keep your toes comfy whilst the bear ring (£10) and square stone ring (£12.50) are just cool. Also digging the small leather pattern bag (£35) and that's my autumnal uniform. I really really hope other highstreet stores catch onto this chunky cardigan thing.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Meet me in the hallway, bite your lip when I say.

Top - HK
Cardigan - Marks and Spencer
Skirt - Topshop
Socks - Primark
Shoes - Topshop
Hat - fancy dress shop
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban
Wing ring - ASOS
Silver ring - granny
Handbag - Mulberry

Why is it that the outfits I like most never photograph well? There is a lot of detail on the top and skirt but I couldn't capture them very well. I also took these photos in a new location and had a LOT of people staring at me so I kind of rushed it. Anyway, I didn't want to let summer pass without wearing my favourite floral skirt. It has buttons and a pleated bow on the back, but I wear it forwards because I worry about creasing the bow when I sit down.

Recently I've had LASIK laser eye surgery. Now I can see clearly without lenses! Still going through the healing process and that means no make up for a couple of weeks. How will I survive? It also hurts a bit when I stare at a computer screen too long so comments may be delayed (but how is that any different to usual?).

Haven't worn these cream shoes for a while, think I'll donate them. I used to wear them everyday for uni.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

I've been inclined to believe it never would.

Dress - Warehouse
Belt - Gap Kids
Shoes - Miss Selfridge
Ring - ASOS

For an engagement party, I was originally going to wear a knit striped dress, which was quite casual. Then I heard my friend was wearing an LBD so I quickly whipped this lace dress on instead. It was an interesting, sometimes awkward, night of G&Ts.

My mum and brother were with me when I bought the above dress. They asked me why I was buying a dress that looks like all my other dresses. I can't help it, I'm a sucker for lace and neutrals. I liked the cuffed sleeves on this. Definitely a warm weather dress, the arms are very breezy.

I really liked my hair and make up from this night but the pictures of it didn't turn out too well. Maybe it only looked good in my imagination.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

It seems like peace is the only thing I'll never know.

Dress - YOU
Jacket - Topshop
Socks - Primark
Shoes - New Look
Bag - Cancer Research
Ring - ASOS

Two Saturdays ago I attended a girl's 21st birthday meal. We had a lovely tapas meal and some tasty cocktails (apple Mojito!). After that I raced to the train station so I could attend a 27th birthday celebration in the same night. So much traveling for my poor feet. I used to wear these white heels all the time but now they pinch at the front. My feet have grown? How sad.

It looks like I'm doing the socks + shoes trend thing, but really it's only because I cannot wear shoes without socks. At first I put the socks at a cute ankle length but I decided my legs were too stumpy for that and pulled them up so they were knee-high. Do you prefer up or down?

My blogspot pet hate: when it asks you for a word verification after you've clicked 'post comment'. Why can't it just be on the same page?

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

High street lust #54.

I am still LOVING Miss Selfridge so much. Each week they add new lines that I covet so badly. My heart immediately soared when my eyes laid upon the cream Peter Pan smock dress (£45). Of course the collar lured me in but I adore its simple vintage aesthetic.

Wear with some seductive black heart back seam tights (£8), a pair of black lace shoe boots (£40) and a velvet stud clutch bag (£22) for a stopover at a bar after a long day at work. Bling up with some black feather earrings (£9), a black bow and heart ring stack (£4) and black filigree band ring (£8). A cream trilby hat (£15) or a black turban tones the look down. Alternatively, a black lace bow headband (£6) keeps with the feminine theme. Paint your fingernails black for a gothic touch.

PS I think I'm only going to do a high street lust every fortnight now rather than weekly because:
a) it's not good for my bank account (or yours) to keep making these lists
b) more websites are using models to display their clothes and that makes it hard to manipulate the images, so I only have a few stores I can work with and I can't rotate them as much as I used to.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

I had wrists like steel and I felt complete.

T-shirt - Gap
Cardigan - H&M
Skirt - Miss Selfridge
Tights - Dorothy Perkins
Shoes - Vivienne Westwood x Melissa
Ring - Accessorize
Hat - fancy dress shop

This post has been tagged "work" but it's a semi-lie. I wore it all for work apart from the hat. I'd worn my Hush Puppies to work, but an ASOS package was waiting for me when I arrived. I was so excited to receive my new shoes I wore them straight away. My work wardrobe is a bit more 'classic' than my regular wardrobe but I think it's still 'my style' as I usually incorporate my favourite elements of nautical, bows and ruffles.

Really, I just wanted to show you my new shoes! I'm glad I took the plunge and bought them.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Those ephemeral fireworks I watched with you.

Long cardigan - H&M
Bow brooch - Topshop
Tights - Topshop
Shoes - River Island
Hat - fancy dress shop
Knuckle ring - Accessorize

This is an outfit I wore last week to run some errands. It's the return of my cardigan-as-a-dress, whoo. The only problem is the deep V-neck so I had to pin the top together with a brooch. I would have cinched the cardigan with a belt as well, but it looked too busy with the bow, buttons and pockets. A girl in Vivienne Westwood complimented my boater, but I don't know if she was just trying to get me to buy something.

I didn't like these heart tights much before (I would have preferred a more scattered heart pattern) but they actually make my legs look so long and slender! I forgive them. Also displaying my newest jewellery acquisition. It's a two-finger knuckle ring with "love" across the front. I originally wore it 'upright' as in the bottom photo, but my brother said I should wear it 'upside down' so when I do DAPS, it would be the right way around. What do you think?

Do you ever go into a store intending to return something you've bought and end up buying something else (more expensive) instead?

Sunday, 15 August 2010

You've been around all night and that's a little long.

Dress - Miss Selfridge
Zip up jacket - brother's (H&M?)
Cable knit tights - Topshop
Shoes - River Island

It looks like I put a bowl on my head and then dyed my hair orange. I really need to re-colour my hair, it looks awful! So I think this is the most colourful outfit I've ever posted? The dress is one of the few things I kept after a big Miss Selfridge shipment. The duck egg blue, the cute spots, the pleated hem and the coral/white Peter Pan collar sucked me in. I guess it helped it was the only item I'd actually seen in real life before I made my order.

Who would've thought that I would wear cable knit tights in August? I popped the yellow shoes on because they were in a pile by the door that I had planned to donate but they seem to be finding their way into quite a few of my outfits. Perhaps it is not yet time to let them go.

I'm sad that Miss Selfridge have put their pirces up a bit.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

I'm now becoming my own self-fulfilled prophecy.

Top - HK
Jacket - Topshop
Treggings - Topshop
Shoes - Aldo
Forehead protector - AX05
Nail varnish - Laura Paige
Circle lenses - FreshKon

This is an outfit from a few weeks ago. It was during the time I suddenly got into Naruto Shippuden (nerd post alert!). I dug out my Konoha protector and wore it out like a total n00b. It kept my neck warm. I guess this outfit was slightly ninja influenced. The treggings tucked into my shoes is something I do anyway but it made me feel more like a shinobi that day. Hmmm, it's been so long since I did an outfit post that I don't know what to say!

PS I'm totally disappointed with Sasuke. Loving Itachi though. And Inoue Kazuhiko has the best voice ever.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

High street lust #53.

Recently my friend told me how she had a big shopping spree after being good for several months. When I thought about it, I hadn't bought much recently either and suddenly I found myself window shopping online for hours. Miss Selfridge has had most of my love, especially the star print one shoulder dress (£39). The print is cute, the style is on trend and the duck egg blue is delightful!

Sadly, when I tried it on, the dress did not suit me at all. But still, I shall dream! I adored the nude seam platforms (£40) as well but they just crushed my toes. The English summer has completely disappeared so some winter white tights (£6) and a micro frill umbrella (£10) would come in handy. A loose up hairstyle pulled back with the cream mesh flower headband (£7) would display the gold chandelier leaf earrings (£6) perfectly. Finish off with the rose bow pearl ring stack (£6), the diamond lock clutch (£15) and a spritz of rose perfume and that's your girly ensemble done.