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…

The Shiny Things

Hello again! I got back from holiday last Sunday…and what an amazing 3 weeks it was in Guatemala and Belize. Yes, a holiday post is due…just need to sort out all the photos (there are only over 1000, no biggie). So after being back from holiday and being back in the shops (just lusting as I have no money and am banned from my mum from buying anything new) I have noticed I have been attracted to the shiny things. When I was snorkelling in Belize we had barracudas following Henry and I because we were wearing shiny metallic watches (my little Casio)…I’m like a little barracuda, everything shiny I want! So I’ve made a list of all the metallic things I’ve seen that I like. Hope you like too!

 

 

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ASOS / £28 (Mine was a gift but I know you get cheaper ones elsewhere)

 

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zara broguesZara / £49.99

 All I have to say is Zara. Oh how I love thee. You are such a tease with your fit metallic brogues. These brogues will complete me. I must have them.

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Fedora Love

One thing me and Nat have been fussing about recently are fedora hats. As you may know Nat is in Brazil at the moment for São João music festival , and before she went she was looking for one to take to Brazil with her. Then it got me thinking, I really want one too! I’ve never been a hat person as I thought I looked like a try hard…this was more at the time that bowler hats came in. But there’s something quite sweet and understated about fedora hats. The style is very flattering and adds that extra layer to a very simple and classic outfit. Can’t go over doing it with accessories if you get a hat involved. Sometimes a simple and understated outfit is best and more effective! You can wear them in any season and it will look swell especially if you’re going to a festival this summer – they look nice, will hide your greasy, knotty hair and shade you from England’s blistering sun rays. Here are some street style examples that I think are bang tidy:

 

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Pretty In Pastels

pastel outfit collage This weather isn’t really anything to go by, but a way to warm me up is by putting a dream summer outfit together. If the weather isn’t great there’s no reason to not bring a bit of summer yourself with what you wear. So here I have arranged a pastel paradise :) My favourite item has to be the Whistles sandals. They look like they’d be really comfortable with the platforms, and they’re not too high which I’m sure you’ll agree is an added bonus. What’s your favourite item?

 

1. Sienna Pinafore Dungaree Culottes | Boohoo.com | £15

2. House of Holland Colour Block Shirt | ASOS | £60

3. Metal Arm Cats Eye Sunglasses | Topsop | £16

4. Hyper-Brite Orangeade Lipstick | Models Own | £6

5. Gold Linked Leaf Bracelet | ASOS | £10

6. Two Tone Spike Hoops | Miss Selfridge | £8.50

7. Kimakaze Ankle Strap Platform | Whistles | £165

8. Mint Backpack | Chicwish | £28 (from USA)

9. ‘Underwhere’ Nail Varnish | Essie | £7.99

Red Superga

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.

 

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American Apparel Turtle Neck

 

 

 

It’s the weekend! Yeaya!

 

American Apparel has to be one of my favourite shops. The prices aren’t pretty but I love the simplicity, staple items and the cool prints they produce.

 

I rarely buy from them full price unless it’s an emergency…so I just browse their website, read their email updates and create a wishlist for myself and wait for them to give out discount codes. This happens every once and a while, so I would sign up to their emails if you haven’t already done so. Carnaby Street and Seven Dials have a shopping discount evening every season for the whole area so I would definitely sign up for their email updates as well!

 

I saw this turtle neck and loved the print instantly. Very vibrant and eye catching, and matched with my Ruby Woo MAC lipstick for more impact! It comes up quite small and can only really be worn with high waisted bottoms. My bodycon skirt is from Topshop and I love it being below the knee length.

 

I’m just wearing some gold hoop earrings as you don’t need much else with the top being so busy.

 

Turtle Neck – American Apparel

Skirt – Topshop

Boots – Topshop

Granny cardigan – Portobello Road Market

 

 

What are you up to this Friday? Have a good’un!

I’m wearing a below the knee skirt. Yes.

Well hello there. Yes yes, this is me in a rather prim and proper below the knee pencil skirt. Suit you sir. I am wearing ALL RED..POW! My feet are dipped in black.

 

 

 

 LOLA AND I, MY DOGGY, I LOVE HER <3

 

 

My shirt, skirt, tweed blazer and jewellery are all from CHARITY SHOPS. Cheap and cheerful children.

My boots are from TOPSHOP and my dog is from YORKSHIRE.

 

 

This is the Queen. I won’t be Queen one day but I can still dress like one.

Bye for now xx( . )( . )xx

Personal Style Post: Tie-die

 

Well looky here. It seems that everything I am wearing (except for the fake Michael Kors watch) is Topshop! I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this already, but I do work next to a Topshop Outlet…so you can’t blame me. This combo also looks tres smart with a black blazer. When’s winter arriving? I want to get my winter kit on!

Goodge Street

I’m a massive charity shop addict. So I thought I’d write a post about charity shops in London. Obviously London is so big, I’m not going to talk about every single one I’ve been to. I’ve chosen Goodge Street because I feel like it’s the most accessible to everyone. It is right in the centre of the West End, parallel to Oxford Street, so if you’re there and feel like taking a detour…take a trip down to Goodge Street and see what you can find! There’s an Oxfam and a YMCA, and one or two more other charities along the way (rhyme not intended).

 

 Oxfam, 52 Goodge Street

 

 YMCA, 22 Goodge Street

 

Oxfams in London always have unworn stock from Urban Outfitters. I’m guessing it’s old stock that they have donated, which Oxfam then sell at a knocked down price. I was lucky to find some really nice dresses from Oxfam on Goodge Street, both from Urban Outfitters. There’s a nice bit of floral going on…and some nice neck embellishments. These retro looking dresses look great with a nice pair of brogues/loafers or some ankle boots. I will definitely get my new cream clogs involved. The collar on the black dress does remind me of some old curtains we had in the 90s, but I like that! Reminds me of my childhood :)

 

 Dress, Urban Outfitters via Oxfam | Loafers, Topshop

 

 Dress, Urban Outfitters via Oxfam | Espadrille Wedges, Office

 

Collar made out of 90s curtains | Lipstick, Models Own in Plum; £5

 

And it doesn’t end there…YMCA has also been good to me. I bought this retro berry dress/top for a fiver! I wear it more often in the winter because of the colour – acts as a staple every year. It has to be worn with a waist belt as it is very baggy. So if you are in a charity shop and find something big that you like, never forget the power of a waist belt.

 

 Dress, YMCA | Belt, Charity Shop | Vintage Ankle Boots, Ebay

 

 Close up on dress detailing | Lipstick, Models Own in Red Wine; £5

 

I usually wear it with black leggings (for the slim fit) and black high heel ankle boots to give it more of a contrasting structure – big on the top, the illusion of slim long legs on the bottom. The cardigan…I think some people will either love or hate!

 

It goes really well with the dress: THANKS YMCA! It’s very fun to shop at the Y.M.C.AAA. (Sorry I couldn’t resist: cringey me!) I love how big the sleeves are, and the detailing is very Christmassy (I’m getting excited thinking about Xmas already!) It was £4 and I’m sure if you found this in a vintage shop the price would be quadrupled. It’s always worth checking in charity shops first! And you are also giving to great causes – guilt free shopping! Aha!

 

 Christmas Cardigan!

 

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If that wasn’t enough to wet your appetite…I’ll tell you what else is good on Goodge Street – cheap pizza. It’s called Italian Coffee Company, also known as ICCos. As a student in this area, of course it was a massive part of my life. The pizzas are freshly made, pretty large in size and have a thin crispy base. Pepperoni is one of my faves – £4.50! “Get in ma beeeelly!!!” (Fat Bastard) With all those calories and pounds spent on shopping, you can afford one of these delicious pizzas. The coffee’s not bad either.

 

 Picture taken from LondonTheInside…EAT

 


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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