Let’s talk about Neon

I remember the concept of neon being around since the early days of Skins. This was subsequently followed by a number of neon parties i.e. ‘The Secret Skins Neon Party’ or ‘Vodpop Neon’, where people would be dancing along to Calvin Harris’ ‘Acceptable in the 80s’ with neon face paint.  I am guilty of partaking in this neon fest (cringe)…As cringey as that was, neon is trending this year and I’m into it.

Out for my friend’s birthday, I wore this pink neon cropped vest top from Topshop. I was unsure what to wear it with at first. It needed something high-waisted, so I went with my striped pencil skirt from Primark. The belt is Rockit and turquoise bag Oxfam.  I had a matching pink neon lipstick on from Rimmel (620: Coral Queen). I think I’m about to stick two fingers up at someone. Charming.

Crop top, Topshop | Skirt, Primark | Bag, Oxfam | Belt, Rockit

Remember Beki from the wedding? She shows that you don’t have to buy neon clothes to wear the trend. Her neon accessories really do give the outfit a bit of a lift!

At the start of May, I felt I was in need of a summer bag. I wanted a big bag to fit loads of stuff for work and for overnight stays on the weekend. Whenever buying something new I always check the Sale section first. ASOS was my first and last stop. Having previously seen a neon Zatchel bag and liking the look of it, I wanted to get a neon bag but not spend too much money. This pink neon satchel costs £113…

Pink Fluoro Floral Satchel, Zatchel

When I saw this ‘Canvas Contrast Handle Shopper’ from ASOS I bought it instantly. The neon straps are just enough neon, with the neutral beige fabric. I have worn it a lot as it does go with nearly everything. It injects a bit of colour, and even if it’s raining outside I still feel bright and summery.

 

Sleeveless polo neck, Charity Shop | High-waisted skirt, New Look | Sling-back sandals, Melissa | Bag, ASOS

So if you do like neon, but don’t want too much, or to commit to a piece of clothing, I would go for neon accessories. I’ve seen neon jewellery in a few places, but I liked the look of Zara’s necklaces the most.

 ‘Stone necklace with neon touches’, Zara

Wedding Special

It was my friend’s wedding on Saturday. A very old friend, for whom I could not be more happy…and her now – husband!! She looked beautiful of course…one of the best looking people I know, its not difficult! However, what also makes a wedding really exciting is looking forward to see how the rest of us turn out. Everyone looked stunning to say the least. Initially I was after this Floral Pencil dress from Zara. I don’t particularly like my legs, but my silhouette isn’t too bad, so this was the perfect shape. It had an amazing print in the style of Mary Katrantzou. There was a grey tone that I preferred but they sold out of both! There’s a red version out now called Racer Back Dress at £45.99, but the fitting came out slightly different. Not sure if it’s a fault or I put on weight after my holiday…most of the dress zips were ripped across different stores though. So maybe it’s both. (Sorry I have a moody beak mouth in the pic!)

What to wear to a wedding?

I did order some dresses from ASOS but none of them were any good. I was starting to worry that I wasn’t going to find anything…maaah! I really limited myself only looking for pencil dresses. Until I went shopping in Reading last weekend. I found some peplum dresses by Miss Selfridge in House of Fraser. They are perfect for my body shape, whoopie! There were about 5 different types, there are loads more online. I went for this blue one ‘Sporty Peplum Dress’ (£45.00) as it fit the best, even though I wanted coral. But I’m glad I did as there was a lot of coral about at the wedding! I bought these sandals for a wedding 2 years ago, they are H! by Henry Holland for Debenhams. The necklace is H&M (£9.99) and the clutch bag from Dorothy Perkins (£15.00). The collar necklace is a definite must with this type of dress as it could end up looking quite plain.

Next…my lovely sister and I. Doesn’t she look BEAUTIFUL! Her dress is…(drum roll)…Primark! This dress is made out of a lovely chiffon material and suits her hourglass shape…aaaand green eyes (that I have always been jealous of). Her blazer is Miss Selfridge called ‘Apricot Shawl Collar Blazer’ and shoes are Zara. They were actually bought for the Bride’s sister’s wedding in January as the bridesmaid’s shoes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are my very old, good friends, Hannah (right) and Beki (left); beautiful leggy bitches!! These sisters have the best legs known to man. Both looking swell don’t you think? Beki is wearing a dress from Topshop and Hannah’s is River Island. Don’t you love Beki’s church appropriate jewellery?! She also had a rosary bracelet to match; a present from my sister. BLESS.

This is Leanne (on the right obv) the photographer at the wedding. Also a close friend of Beki and Hannah’s. She is my current girl crush. Beautiful on the inside as well as the outside! She is a super cool photographer and has super cool hair to match! I <3

Anyone got any weddings coming up? What will you wear?

Being a dickhead’s cool

 

 

Whenever I wear a neck hanky/blazer, I think I look a bit French. I do admire French style.  The coral woolen top, tapered deep blue trousers and necklace are all Topshop. That collar necklace is so good at dressing things up.  My black and white stitch jacket is Zara but I bought it in a charity shop (surprise surprise). I didn’t wear these sandals to match my outfit, but because of the RAIN!! These red peep-toe, plastic (therefore waterproof) sandals are Melissa. Being half Brazilian, I have always had a pair of these weird but wonderful shoes. They even smell like strawberry laces. Perfect for our British Summer; I was glad to not be squelching around the office. My neck hanky is Florence and Fred i.e. Tesco.

I’m wearing my glasses. PRESCRIPTION GLASSES!!! I got them about 3 years ago to replace my pink metal rimmed Versace ones that I had since school. I thought these were an upgrade, a step into the adult glasses world. Not to mention they were ‘in fashion’ in the glasses world. I need them for watching TV, driving, when I used to sit in lectures and waiting at the bus stop. I wear them when I’m walking around town as I always think I can see someone I know and start squinting at them…then quickly look away when I realise it’s a total stranger that now thinks I’m a weirdo.

But when I wear them, I normally get asked, ‘Are they real?’ It’s fair enough because I don’t wear them a lot. After all, they were quite expensive and I’m scared of losing them. But I know if the ‘Geek Chic’ craze hadn’t happened I wouldn’t get asked so many times! I now can’t help but wonder if people think I’m a dickhead, I have had someone at work say – ‘Oh, I thought they were a fashion statement.’ No, not a fashion statement, just a fashionable accessory that help me see! I can’t help but sing the lyrics to ‘Being a dickhead’s cool’ in my head everytime I wear them…

 

 

My glasses are from Jono Hennessy. They’re in a nice dark green colour which isn’t too harsh on my face.

 

 

I really want to get some like Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel) in New Girl. GIVE ME SOME MORE NEW GIRL!!!

 

 

The sun’s out and so are my legs

Finally the sun has decided to come out and tease us for a bit. Thought I’d take the opportunity and wear my new pleated skirt I bought from a charity shop in Windsor; £3.50. I love a bit of St. Michael (old school Marks and Spencers)! As someone at work said, it’s on trend, which is an added bonus. The fact that it’s high waisted with the floral print makes it perfect for summer. Having said that, the colours are handy for winter as well, providing me with yet another work appropriate skirt suited for all seasons. Yessss! The waist is elasticated which isn’t so sightly but that’s what a thick waist belt is for. Mine is a brown leather plaited one from a carboot sale in the Isle of Wight for £1! Breaking the bank here aren’t I?! My vest top is from Gap and my short black jacket is from Primark. My sandals are Topshop .

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are so many options for pleated skirts on the high street at the moment but there’s one that catches both of my eyes – the Petite Printed Skirt from Topshop. The pastel print is so yum, I can imagine it looking swell with a white tie-up shirt or any sort of plain cotton top as the skirt is the main character which doesn’t need upstaging. I just f-ing love pastels.

 

Petite Print Pleated Skirt, £32

 

Other plain coloured pleated skirts would probably be a better investment as you can mix them up a bit more and they will carry through to the winter. Pleated skirts are such a good buy as they automatically look smart, especially if it’s in chiffon. So they can be dressed up or down accordingly. I love how Taylor Swift’s outfit is simple yet effective. The bright red lips make it pop. I love a red lip I do.

 

Image sourced from http://taylorswift.com/

 

 

Shellac

Today I got Shellac done on my nails again.  I never used to bother with my nails but now I have a bit of spending money it’s definitely worth it! I would usually cut my nails reeeeaaally short…not even file them down.  I know – they did end up looking like a dainty boys hands as they are so large.  I can’t bear to see dirt collect in long nails!  Groossss. One of my pet hates.

Shellac on the other hand, is so great. It cost me £15 in a nail bar in Slough (yes that is where I work, it is the bumhole of Berkshire but I love how cheap it is!!)  It lasted for 2 weeks including the week I was on holiday.  After the 2 weeks there was just a lot of growth – nails always grow really quick in the sun don’t they?  The lady in the jewelers I went into after getting them done even complimented on them.  They are super glossy.  I wasn’t even going to get them done again but then I thought… I’ve got a wedding to attend on Saturday, and if I just get a normal polish they’ll be chipped by the end of the week.

 

Rings from left to right: Set of 4 from Primark, I found the index one, set of 4 from River Island, Topshop

 

I did attempt to remove the Shellac at home. After a bit of searching online, the instructions I found were LOOONG. The salon didn’t charge me extra to remove it (other places do), which was nice of them. And I don’t think they should. They should just tell you how to do it after you get them done. All you need to do is put your fingers in a bowl of hot nail varnish remover. SIMPLES!

Tips on how to remove Shellac:

You will need:

  • A large and small bowl (small bowl that will fit both hands)
  • A nail file
  • A nail buffer
  • Nail varnish remover
  • Boiling water
  • Nail strengthener (optional)
  • Something sharp to scrape it off your nails

Instructions:

1. Boil the kettle. While it’s boiling fill the small bowl with some nail varnish remover (NVR).
2. Once the water has boiled, pour some into the large bowl. Then put the small bowl of NVR in the large bowl of hot water. Leave it until the NVR heats up.
3. Feel the NVR and when it is warm enough (without burning you), take the small bowl and put the ends of your fingers in it making sure you get all your nails in.
4. Leave your nails there for 10 minutes.
5. After the 10 minutes take your fingers out. The Shellac should have started to disintegrate. Start peeling them off with something sharp.
6. With the Shellac that might still be left, get the file and file it away from the surface of your nails. Then go over them with the buffer.
7. Finish with a coat of nail strengthener if you have any as Shellac does weaken the nails. But doesn’t matter if you don’t.

 

What I wore:

 

Here as you can see I’m still going for the ‘comb-over’ look with my hair. I’m wearing my high-waisted, tight, chino-esque trousers from American Apparel. They’re actually called ‘Four-Way Stretch High-Waist Side Zipper Pant’ (bit of a mouthful), mine are in Medium Grey. They feel a bit tight around the crotch area sitting down at work all day :-/ But I do love these trousers because they go with pretty much everything and have a really nice fit. You can wear them smart or casual, whatever the weather, summer or winter. They did dry really quickly after being in the rain, so that’s good!

I thought I might as well wear my jumper tops this week. It’s perfect weather for them. This one is from an Oxfam in Scotland  it cost £2.50! OBV I washed it when I bought it – however I do admit on the odd occasion I have worn unwashed charity clothes :-/ does that make me a mingaa?! Yes. Goooood. Anyway it’s so nice and soft, when I saw it I thought – little hint of pastels, I <3 pastels AND it happens to be trending for the summer. Win win. My waterproof jacket is Regatta but I bought it in a charity shop in Camberwell. It was a desperate, last minute buy before my trip to Brehat in Brittany last year. I was lucky to find this jacket as I really like the colour. My neon canvas bag is from ASOS.

My belt is H&M. I’ve punched extra holes in to make it fit my waist as well.  Everyone should own a leather hole puncher. My shoes are Keds but I actually got them in TK Maxx last month for £12. They are real cute don’t you think? My denim oversized shirt is from Primark that I bought in the sale last year. I actually copied my friend Hannah on this one. It is a staple must. Perfect for the summer or winter. It’s great for creating a layered look. I actually wore it to hide my hips as they are feeling quite large since my all inclusive binge on holiday. Or it makes a nice change from the usual cardi. I love Caggie’s look from Made in Chelsea. She wears the oversized denim shirt really well, looking effortless and laid back. But very sexy and chic at the same time!

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Changing Rooms

I apologise for the cringing mess this blog might turn out to be. I guess it’s a good time to start as I have just moved rooms and had a massive clearout of the old guff I was hoarding in my wardrobe. My sister recently moved out so I’ve moved up to what was her room in the attic, which also used to be my room before going to Uni. Since I moved back from London last year I was sleeping in my old old room which only has space for a double bed and a chest of drawers. I luckily had a ‘walk in wardrobe’ in another spare room to fit all my clothes. This is what it looked like ‘before’ – also see if you can spot the dog in the visual noise… 

 

 

And ‘after’…this is my new wardrobe that my sister left. I like how I can see everything at the same time, make outfits up in my head quicker! I can see what pile is low – what I need to buy more of…I’ve organised work appropriate clothes on the left rail and party/weekend clothes on the right. I am lucky that I can wear just about anything to work; I do like to dress smart and use up the clothes that I’m not so keen on. I hate wasting clothes.

 

 

Now that my sister has gone :( this is my way of showing her what I’m wearing each day. I used to give her ideas and tips on how to wear the clothes she was neglecting or unsure how to style. It will also be a nice way to share this with others that also feel like they want some styling ideas.  The blog is mainly to show how I shop, where I shop (giving away some gems begrudgingly), my attitude towards style and how I create outfits. Hopefully I can inspire anyone that’s interested – you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look good. I am a charity shop whore.

So this is what I wore to work today. I’m wearing my hair with a massive side parting because my forehead has got really spotty recently and this is my way of covering it up! I’m not wearing any makeup to let my skin breathe a bit…my hair is naturally very curly but the recent weather has not been kind to it and made it very frizzy and limp – all in all BAD time of month looks wise for me! The bun (I like to think) is a sophisticated way of hiding my pube head – yes I did have this nickname growing up.

I recently got back from Turkey so I want to show off my brown legs! This skirt is from New Look in electric blue, £6 in the sale! – I notice H&M are also pushing this colour forward for summer…

 

 

If you’re thinking of buying something new for your summer wardrobe it’s definitely worth buying something in this colour as you can wear it this season and carry it on to the winter (depending on what it is obviously)…I’ll definitely be wearing this skirt with tights. My long sleeved crop top and white loafers are from Topshop. The necklace was my sister’s (MINE NOW! haha) and my watch is an old Seiko of my dad’s that is also now MINE.

Thanks daddeee. Does anyone else wear their dad’s old clothes/accessories?

I think I took this a step too far when I was 10…