Tuesday, 30 March 2010

High street lust #43.

Hoodies aren't really my thing. Neither are graphic prints. However, I do think the nude bird motif sweat top (£22) is really cute! The print is just so whimsical and it's in my second favourite colour.

You could wear this top with leggings, but for something different, wear it over a pair of dark indigo denim shorts (£20) and some black small diamond tights (£5) tucked into black buckle ankle boots (£25, was £35). I didn't know Mischa Barton had a range at DP and the only bag I like is the black chain bag (£85) which really works with this outfit. It's elegant but casual at the same time. The black rose studs (£5 for 3 pairs) are simple so they don't detach from the beautiful corsage stretch bracelet (£10) and the cute bow stack ring (£9). I actually prefer the plainer band!

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Life and death at 30,000 feet.

Camisole - Gap
Knitted dress - New Look
Shoes - Candish
Handbag - Louis Vuitton

This is an outfit I wore for work on Monday. I'd been wanting a breton stripe dress for a while, so when I found this in New Look for £12, I bought it straight away. It's slightly see-through and a bit short but nothing too scandalous.

Oh, and here is also the debut of my new hair colour. It's called 'praline' (ie. brown) but I still have a reddish tint. I think I like it. I hope you've all had a good weekend! The weather here is delightful, for once.

Why is the Nokia N900 sold out? I've been lusting over it for months! Might get the Palm Pre Plus then... what phone do you have?

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Every mile will be worth my while.

Camisole - HK
Dress - New Look
Boots - Vivienne Westwood x Melissa
Handbag - Louis Vuitton
Cardigan - Marks and Spencer
Glasses - Osiris

Although I really liked what I wore last Saturday, I just couldn't get a good photo. This dress is another one of my recent purchases. It's probably the second favourite floral print in my closet. I just wish the cut of the dress was more demure! It's very summery but the black tights and booties toned it down perfectly for the rainy weather.

My Saturday was so hectic! I had to sort out my tax disc and my friend's wedding cake, then I had afternoon tea plans with uni friends and then late Italian lunch with old friend and at night I saw my uni friends again for dinner and Disney. My car did a lot of mileage that day. I hope petrol prices go down soon.

I also did some first aid training last Wednesday. It was surprisingly fun. I only hope I can remember it all in an emergency!

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

High street lust #42.

How gorgeous is this one shoulder feather dress (£150) from Oasis? Shame it's so expensive, but I think it'll be worth it! The nude fabric, the silhouette and that beautiful feathered bottom is surely worth the extra pennies.

I'm not one for braving the cold for parties. There is always a place to put your coat! Therefore, I'd definitely wear a blazer, like the rome clean button jacket (£70), when venturing out into the night. Also, I'd don some cute heart tights (£10) to keep those pins warm. Keep accessories to a minimum; a zip snake detail purse (£18) doubled as a clutch coupled with a simple trapped chain bangle (£12) and spring hoop earrings (£8) are all you need. A necklace would be too much! As for footwear, go for plain black heeled pumps or add a little detail such as the zip and lace ballerinas (£40). A pair of ava sunglasses (£16) will shroud you in mystery, but don't be a sausage and wear them at night. Noone looks cool wearing shades at night.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

All your anticipation pulls you down.

T-shirt - Gap
Dress - New Look
Tights - Topshop
Shoes - Topshop
Cardigan - Marks and Spencer
Handbag - Topshop

Last Saturday I went to Crufts, the biggest dog show in the world. The atmosphere wasn't as exciting this time, perhaps that's because I went on a Sunday last year. I don't know if my outfit was that appropriate, but it's not like I was rolling around with all the hounds (my favourite group, btw). I don't think the cardigan worked. Same with the tights. But I suppose trial and error is the key to style. You can't really see the lace on the dress (I need to learn how to work with lighting) but I think it's divine!

Bedlington Terriers, Chinese Cresteds, Beagles, Salukis and Poodles are still my top five doggy breeds.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Music and mythology, Einstein and astrology.

Dress - You
Tights - Dorothy Perkins
Shoes - not Uniqlo
Bag - Cancer Research
Watch - Citizen
Coat - Topshop

Last Friday I was due to have drinks with a long lost friend but due to modern technology, that didn't quite work out. I still managed to grab dinner at Hard Rock Cafe with some friends from university and that was really fun! Had a (slightly burnt) SOS guacamole burger with delicious fries. Finished it off with a sweet key lime pie in a tumbler. I actually wanted the apple cobbler but I didn't want to look greedy!

My dress for the night was a design by 'You' that I bought from New Look. I like its slightly retro look. I had trouble finding shoes to match so I wore one of my pairs of work shoes with little heels.

Whilst I can't wait to dye my hair darker again, I'll really miss this blonde-ginger colour.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

High street lust #41.

I never thought Republic was a place I'd shop at, but after discovering Miso, I keep going back for more! Next on my to-buy list is the vintage floral top (£12.99), which I hope is long enough to be a dress. The print stole my heart!

I've always wanted a knit vest and the crotchet neck jersey (£16.99) is perfect! Match it with some Soul Cal deluxe stripe hotpants (£24.99) and a cable beanie (£7.99) and you have a cute "it's spring but it's still cold" look. Alternatively, the studded shoulder cardigan (£29.99) will keep you warm too whilst looking cute. Miso's jewellery is also gorgeous. I especially love the epoxy flower ring (£7.99) and the swallow and love necklace (£6.99). Its dangling charms are so delightful.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

In my ear he whispered and shed a tear.

Dress - Miso
Cardigan - Urban Outfitters
Shoes - Office
Boater - Topshop
Handbag - faux Gucci
Tights - Asda???

Oh, it feels good being able to take photos outdoors again. Last Sunday was a surprisingly sunny day so my friend and I had an impromptu chase for tortoise food and clover plants. We saw adorable rabbits, chinchillas and chameleons and not so nice crickets, mealworms and tarantulas. We finished the day with 99 Flakes topped with lots of raspberry sauce.

I think there were a few too many patterns in my outfit; I wish I had plain brown tights. The plaited hair and boater are because I was having a bad hair day, but somehow it added to the outfit? It's been so long since I wore these loafers. I was rooting through the cupboard to find some other shoes, but I happened upon these. I felt bad because I'd forgotten I even had them and they were a birthday gift. I guess that means I have too many pairs of shoes. Does this happen to anyone else?

Although I love autumn/winter fashion the most, I can't wait for the warm weather!

Thursday, 11 March 2010

A panorama is spreading through my body.

Crotchet dress - Yuki
Cardigan - Uniqlo
Tights - Dorothy Perkins
Boots - Minnetonka
Boater - Topshop
Faux fur stole - Marui Curren
Glasses - Osiris

Last Friday, my friend and I planned to have a movie night. I bought peach melba cheesecake and Jazzles and she cooked lasagne and provided Maom Joy Mix. In the end, we only watched Thelma and Louise and then some trash on TV (Embarrassing Bodies, Snog / Marry / Avoid and Hotter Than My Daughter).

My outfit choice was born out of a desire for comfort. I love this ugly cardigan I got from my Tokyo trip (1990 yen). Sadly, the belt loop got hooked on a door handle and ripped off as I walked away but that's okay, I didn't like the belt too much anyway. The straw boater is something I bought with a gift voucher two of my colleagues from my old workplace got for me. It ended up being £8, rather than £20, woohoo. All I need now is a floppy capeline hat and I'm all set for summer.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

High street lust #40.

The other day I was hanging out in Accessorize whislt waiting for my friend when I spied the beauty that is the allepo maxi dress (£180). Unfortunately it's far too long and far too expensive for me, but I can still admire the beautiful jewelled collar and the gorgeous draping fabric.

If you can't wait until summer to wear this dress, get the lindsay lurex gold bolero (£36) to tide you over until the sun comes out. For glamorous beach beauty, wear with cleo gladiator sandals (£40), elaborate chain and disc chandelier earrings (£14) and a pretty oyster pearl flower ring (£8). To give this outfit a true summer feel, add a splash of colour with an oversized purple orchid flower clip (£6) and a jangle of maldives mix bangles (£20). Accessorize never fails to disappoint with their bags. My favourite is the flamingo print weekend bag (£37). I love prints like this!

Sunday, 7 March 2010

You'd do it all again and I'm not lying.

Dress - Dahlia
Shoes - Miss Selfridge
Bag - Cancer Research
Hair tie - Claire's Accessories

All of my partying ensembles have a simple formula: dress, tights, heels (usually black peep toes) and chain strap bag. Last Saturday was no exception. It was my boss' leaving do. I wore my new sailor-esque dress for the meal and the mini bar crawl afterwards. I wore my bow hairtie as a 'bracelet'. It's a cute accessory and very handy if you decide to tie your hair up later in the night.

We ate at a delicious all-you-can eat Brazilian place. They came round each table with freshly cooked meats (beef skirt, pork ribs, chili chicken, beef rump, chicken hearts etc) and sliced off bits for you. Their mashed potatoes were amazing too! My throat hurt for a few days after shouting in all the bars. Why do they have to play music so loud?

I love wearing my faux fur coats out, they keep me so warm! But I do get very upset when people spill their drinks on it.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

High street lust #39.

Despite nautical and nude being big trends this season (and also two of my all time favourite looks), I'm not really feeling the high street this week and I think you can tell. Saying that, I did pop into Select on my lunch break yesterday and I really want these weird sandal slash boot (£14) things. This isn't the best picture. But can I really wear them by the pool side and whilst walking along sandy cobbled streets when sightseeing? Multi function is key for holiday clothes! You can only pack so much into a suitcase.

A cute spring look would involve these ankle cuff sandals paired with bleached jeans (£22) with rolled up cuffs, a frill ruffle vest (£12) and a lurex ladder scarf (£8). Alternatively, wear them with a cropped ditsy print corset (£14), a taupe ghost hitch up skirt (£16) and a wonderfully textured loopey cardigan (£25). Both of these looks costs less than £60, so you might as well treat yourself to a dome stud duffle bag (£12) to carry you loot around.

PS Sorry that I'm taking even longer than usual to reply to comments. Work has been tough lately!