Good Friday to you! Hope you are getting your bellies ready for the chocolate fest that will be Sunday!
I am super excited to feel sick. I am going to eat Malteaser bunnies, Mini Eggs and Lindt Eggs to my heart’s content. And of course the lovely bakes Natalie will be arranging!
We’re in Scotland this weekend with dad’s side of the fam…but thought I’d share some outfits with you seeing as it’s Friday.
So thought I’d round up two outfits wearing my red Superga. As you can see this is the toilet at my work…very nice. I always take these pictures really quickly before someone comes in so they don’t think I’m a FREAK! (Most people already do think that anyway…)
I’ll normally wear trainers on a Friday as it’s ‘Dress down Friday’ and just try and be as comfortable as possible! I would say red trainers are definitely a must. I really like a red converse as well…but there’s nothing wrong with just buying some pumps from Primark or H&M for the same effect.
I have had my trusty tie up shirts for five years now precisely! High waisted fashion was just starting to come about and I had fully discovered American Apparel after moving to London for Uni (when I went to Mexico in 2007 I first stepped foot in one and thought it was an overpriced H&M – oh how I was ignorant).
The first thing I ever bought was the Jersey Pocket Skirt in red. I didn’t have any cropped tops and there weren’t many interesting ones about on the high street.
I invited my mum and dad for lunch in London on a Saturday, followed by a favourite market of mine: Portobello Market. In the northern end by Ladbroke Grove tube station, I found a market stall towards the back that were selling these cropped tie up shirts in this bright tropical floral pattern.
At £7 I thought it was an absolute beaut of a bargain and no one else would have it (I still haven’t seen anyone wearing it).
A year later and I had moved to a street off the Old Kent Road (one of the cheapy brown streets on Monopoly). One day looking around Elephant and Castle market, amid all the stalls selling Millwall embellished towels and string vest tops, I came across an understated stall selling some super duper merchandise! I thought £7 was a bargain…they were selling the same style of cropped tie shirts for £1! WTF?!
There were a few patterns to choose from but I ended up buying a plain white one and a dainty floral pattern. White – as it goes with everything, and the floral pattern is very cute with a classic vintage look (as oppose to my tropical floral one I already had).
Aaaaand I bought some black floral high waisted culottes which have been a favourite item of mine (not featured here). SO GOOD! I have been meaning to go back to the market and see if that stall is still there.
I’ll probably buy some Bob Marley memorabilia while I’m there. FYI – you can also buy underwear with bum pads for a temporary bum lift.
As it’s Autumn soon I thought about getting a long sleeved one. I found this one on Glam Boutique by 18 and East; it’s adorable. The long sleeves would be perfect for those cold windy days and I love the Victorianesque soft blue print. It’s also in the SALE!
I love this one from ASOS as well, and it’s HALF PRICE! A simple block colour goes with most things and I am very very into lilac at the moment. I recently bought some lilac jeans and blazer…maybe I could wear them all together? NOT! I’m not a fan of this look ASOS have put together on the model though, I would have preferred it if they styled it with something high waisted. Do you have a cropped tie shirt? How do you wear yours?
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!
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.
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.
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…
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.
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?
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.
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.