My Shorts Are Bigger Than Yours

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IMAG1175  H&M Crochet Camisole | Vintage Knee Length Shorts | Topshop Gladiator Sandals

 

Summer is apparently on its last legs so I decided to choose the items in my wardrobe that will soon be going into storage. I bought this H&M crochet style camisole top at the start of the season and it is such a handy staple! The length means that I can wear it to work with high waisted bottoms as my midriff isn’t hanging out, and the detailing of the crochet layer is great for smartening up an outfit.

 

Don’t you just love these red knee-length shorts?! They used to belong to my mum’s friend who is half my size…I’m intrigued as they must have been trousers on her! Can’t believe this time last year it was already snowing??!! My friend was reminiscing about last year’s fashion week saying how she was queuing up in the snow to get in… that’s why I love Engerrrland! Fingers crossed for an Indian Summer…

Swedish clogs hej hej!

Hej hej (hello)! I was over the moon when I heard H&M were collaborating with Swedish Hasbeens last year. These Swedish clogs are based on models from the 70s with a modern twist, giving them a cute retro look. I was suuuper happy about this because a pair of Swedish Hasbeens will set you back around £100 give or take. I appreciate they are handmade and environmentally friendly – but it’s not friendly to my bank balance!

This collaboration happened during my finals and I was back at home revising. To my dismay I wasn’t able to go to the flagship stores in London and get my hands on a cheap pair. I was gutted. But my great procrastination skills paid off, and I was able to find a couple in England, Lotta and Jonny, that sell similar Swedish clogs for half the price tag compared to Swedish Hasbeens. Whoopie!

They are called Lotta from Stockholm. Just like Swedish Hasbeens, the clogs are handmade with natural wood and soft leather, still ethical and environmentally friendly (refer to this blog post). I went for a red peep toe plait pair The Braids and wore them to death last summer, and doing the same this summer.

They are ruddy brilliant!! I really can’t tell you how much I adore these. I may seem a little over enthusiastic, but these tick every box. The heel is perfect height, they are comfortable, they go with just about everything, they’re pretty unique, and they look adorable. The 70s feel to them complements a lot of my charity shop and retro clothes. From my experience in buying these clogs, if you have quite large long feet (very attractive) like me, you’ll want to go for the peep toe styles as it doesn’t show off too much toe (I have big fat toes too). I bought ‘Highwood Open’ in my correct size as the ones I have are actually a size smaller and my toes were hanging out all over the shop!

  Dress, Topshop

 Dress, H&M

 Silk vest top, Charity Shop | Palazzo Pants, Primark

The great thing about Lotta from Stockholm is that they always have a Sale section which they call ‘Sale, Seconds, Sell-off’. Items that quote:

“It is a mixture of genuine reductions where we need to reduce our stock levels,  clearance stocks bought in especially for the purpose of getting you something a bit cheaper and of course we also offer pairs of seconds that don’t quite meet our high standards as firsts”

I bought both of my pairs from the sale and I haven’t seen any problem with quality. I have literally just bought a pair, ‘Natural Peep Toe’ for £38.00. Standard delivery is FREE!! Shmazing. I have had some lovely comments so far…an excuse to buy some more? Yes, soon.

 T-Shirt, Primark | Belt, H&M | Culottes, Charity Shop

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?

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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