Saturday, 28 July 2012

Nine or "Papped!"

When I first had the idea of starting a blog, I wanted it to not only be about what outfits I manage to cobble together, but also those outfits that I see when I'm out and about.  For example there's a girl at my bus stop in the morning that I have a total style crush on (I couldn't tell you what she looks like, just that she has a fabulous selection of Topshop boots). 

I constantly see clothes on other people that I absolutely LOVE and NEED to know where they bought them.  However, here's the dilemma: I can't possibly cope with a conversation at that time in the morning (e.g. to ask where her tie dye maxi skirt is from) and am also put off by the prospect of then onwards having to make stilted small talk with the same virtual stranger day after day.  But I think I have a solution.  Why not open it up to other people to tell me where it's from?  Somebody else as clothes-obsessed as me would surely know!  So I figured in that sort of situation I'll surreptitiously take a picture (that's what camera phones are for, right?) and see if anyone else knows.  

I feel like I have to make it ABSOLUTELY CLEAR here that I am a stalker of STYLE, NOT PEOPLE!  So as an example, here's a couple of dresses that I papped during the past week - they're so cute I have to know where they're from!

Bit blurry, soz.

I need to work on my papping technique...
Can anybody help me work out where these beauties are from?  The DRESSES, I mean!  :)
Monday, 23 July 2012

Eight or "Happy Papillon"

Hurrah, the sun's back!  So of course I wear black!  I bought the shirt over the weekend from H&M and the combination of the butterfly pattern and the colours caught my attention, reminding me of the Damien Hirst exhibition I recently went to at the Tate Modern.  Happily, no butterflies died for this shirt... at least I hope not.  

It has to be said that I have bought A LOT of stuff from H&M this year and feel as though I alone have been keeping them in business... on the rare occasion that I get to take my lunch break from work I like to head out for some window shopping, but I work in Angel which doesn't have that many places for me to get my fashion fix.  I therefore usually find myself traipsing into H&M, nodding my hellos to the staff and rummaging through the rails, time after time.  Admittedly H&M, their Divided section in particular, is excellent for the more vertically-challenged amongst us - their shorter skirt lengths and smaller cuts are perfect for petites.  Go forth and clothe yourselves!

Here's today's outfit in full and a scarily frozen flash of my gnashers:

Shirt: H&M (Size 10)
Leggings: Topshop Petite (Size 8)
Sandals: Office (Size 4)

Want a close up of my pretties?  Oh go on then...

Manicure-wise, I peached and purpled my nails this weekend (with Barry M Nail Paint in Peach Melba and Berry Ice Cream, respectively).  I've managed to find a rather ungainly pose in which to show them off... despite which they still look fabulous though, even if I do say so myself:

Bracelet: H&M
Watch: Urban Outfitters
Large ring: Topshop
Cameo ring: Accessorize
Friday, 20 July 2012

Seven or "Little Red Riding in the 'Hood"

I honestly don't know where the time has gone this week!  In non-chronological order I've been crazy busy at work, had a hair cut, a celebratory dinner with my lovely boyfriend, still not read beyond the first chapter of Fifty Shades of Grey (so far so dreadful), got inappropriately drunk at a work barbecue and possibly talked myself into a free trip to Vegas - score!  Well... it hasn't happened yet, so cross your fingers for me :) It seems like the only thing I haven't managed to do is update my blog, so I'm going to hit you with a flurry of photos, both before and after my haircut, of this week's ensembles.  I love them all, obvs.

First up, wolfie baby!  I feel like I have to reveal here that yes, I admit it... I'm a hoarder.  I find it almost impossible to throw ANYTHING away.  This definitely applies to my wardrobe which is vast and ever-growing, rarely diminishing.  Consequently I tend to forget about certain items then rediscover them and wear them to death all over again.  This T-shirt falls into this category - I resurrected it a few months ago as an homage to lovely boyfriend's ad featuring an asthmatic wolf...

Shirt: Primark via eBay (Size 8)
Scarf / Comfort Blanket: H&M
T-shirt: Topshop (Size 10)
Vest (just seen): H&M (Size 8)
Jeans: Topshop Petite (Size 10)
Plimsolls: Primark (Size 5)

He'll huff and he'll puff
Last weekend, when I wasn't quaffing champagne at a tea party, I took a stroll along the canal on my way to Camden Taaahn.  It was raining of course, so I took the opportunity to get a brolly shot.  There's nothing like red polka dots to brighten a dreary day, no?

Umbrella: Primark
Shirt: H&M (Size 8)
Vest: H&M (Size 8)
Skirt: Forever 21 (Size XS)
Converse: bought in Osaka, Japan (Size 4.5)
Satchel: H&M

The skirt was an impulse buy last summer and has proved to be wonderfully versatile... the floral print is just really cute, I love the colour combo.  Forever 21 doesn't do a Petite section, but their skirts and dresses are often on the short side, perfect for moi.  Here's the print:

Last up, the outfit I happened to be wearing when I drank a fair amount of beer, wine and spirits... at a work do.  I'm blessed (or should that be cursed?) with pretty much instant and total memory loss no matter how much I drink, so even if I did completely embarrass myself (which actually I really don't think I did), heck I just don't remember what happened.  In my favour I was looking supercute in my pony-print Peter Pan collar tunic/dress thing.  I was also debuting my freshly trimmed hair, admittedly a bit windswept here whilst posing earlier in the day:

Cardigan: H&M (Size XS)
Dress / Tunic Thing: Primark (Size 8)
Boots: Topshop (Size 3)

My Little Ponies

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Six or "These Shoes Aren't Made For Walking"

This week a loverly American friend celebrated her birthday and wanted to mark the occasion with the most British of parties: high tea!  My idea of celebrating (or defying, as I get older) my birthday is drinking my bodyweight in booze before throwing myself around a nightclub, so I was intrigued (and yes, slightly flummoxed) at the notion of marking a birthday with such a civilised Sunday afternoon treat.  The dress code was tea dresses and fascinators.  Admittedly I'm not a fascinator fan so I decided to add my own twist and went for backcombing and a bow instead.

I love everything about the dress I wore - purple is my favourite colour and the Topshop petite cut means that all the proportions are right for my short-arse-ness.  I got it last winter and it's great because it can be dressed up or down so here's me dressed up for once! I went for a slightly retro look with seam-back stockings (no pic, gah), sexy heels and my favourite Ruby Woo lipstick from MAC.

Bow Headband: Accessorize
Dress: Topshop Petite (Size 8)
Tights: Miss Selfridge (Size S)
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins via eBay (Size 4)

My feet friggin' hurt!  Despite my diminutive stature I don't often wear heels but when I do I like them to be HIGH.  However, I don't handle pain at all well and have spent this evening bitching about my sore soles and throbbing toes.  I'm so not cut out for regularly looking like a lady thanks to having the pain threshold of a bloke.  Note: if ever I have to face childbirth I want to make it clear right now - I would like to delegate, please!
Thursday, 12 July 2012

Five or "Taking the Plunge"

Here's the thing about me: I develop obsessions where clothes are concerned and this dress has been one of them for years.  It has the cutest red buttons all down the back and I'm a sucker for that sort of detail.  Literally for about three or four years I've spotted various strangers wandering about in this dress, but never near enough for me to go and ask where it was from.  I always thought it was a spotty pattern, then saw someone wearing it on the tube early this year and realised it's actually little red anchors all over it.  So I trawled eBay for months and eventually found one in my size and bought it for the princely sum of just £3.  Yay me!    

Dress: New Look (size 8)
Belt: H&M (size XS)
Boots: Topshop (size 3)
Hair / Left Arm: windswept / badly fake-tanned respectively (eeshk)

Wearing this dress is also a nod to the relentless biblical rain - I need an anchor to avoid being swept away!  On eBay this dress is always described as 'indie/emo/pin-up'... I like the pin-up label the best and as such always try to make the effort to accessorise this dress with bright red nail polish.  This one's 'Cherry' from Maybelline, it's perfectly deliciously vampish.  Here's a close-up of the wonderfully kitsch anchors and nails:  

My rear ;)  And yes, the dress is ripped - a hazard of eShopping

My endless fascination with clothes can occasionally take me on weird and wonderful journeys... one such happened on Tuesday (when I wore this dress).  I was on my way home from work, sitting on the top deck of the W3 when I spotted a guy waiting at the bus stop ahead.  He was wearing a Nagano T-shirt... nothing unusual about that you might think, however I actually used to live in Nagano, Japan (the prefecture, not the city) so this caught my attention.  He also looked a bit familiar... but that might have been a figment of my imagination.  So I stared at at him and his T-shirt as my bus neared his stop and the following events happened:

The bus pulled up and he got down on one knee just as a girl stepped off the bus, I lip-read him saying to her "will you marry me?" then he slid the ring onto her finger... I'm assuming she accepted as the bus pulled off and inexplicably I didn't rubberneck to see what happened next.  I had inadvertently witnessed a marriage proposal!  At a bus stop!  The whole sequence took place over the course of about ten seconds and afterwards I dazedly had to question if that *did* just happen and had I *actually* just visually gatecrashed a really intimate moment?  I even felt a bit guilty at my voyeuristic role in the whole thing... but FFS, he DID just choose to propose in public!

As I got off the bus and walked home I ruminated over what I had just accidentally observed.  Initially I thought "what a knob!" and that it was a really badly-judged and ill-thought-out time and place for such a life-changing question.  Shouldn't it be more of a spectacle?  Flowers and hearts and shit?  However the more I think about it the more romantic it is to me that he turned what would usually be such a mundane point of the day for his (now) fiance into something so memorable.  It just goes to show that absolutely any random moment can be an opportunity.  Good on you, Mr Nagano T-shirt guy!  I wish you and your fiance every happiness :)
Sunday, 8 July 2012

Four or "Under my Umberella-ella-ella"

There's no getting round the British obsession with talking about the weather.  True to form it is indeed one of my favourite subjects and I have a bordering-on-abnormal fascination with weather reports and often check hour by hour forecasts to know WHEN exactly I'll be needing my umbrella and if so, which one I should take to coordinate with that day's outfit.  This week really hasn't disappointed at all in precipitation-based conversational diatribes *shakes fist at sky*.  Consequently I just haven't been arsed to take many pictures of my outfits, mainly because A) my hair becomes a huge frizzy red halo at the slightest drop of moisture in the air; B) rain-associated shoe problems; and C) the deluge not relenting for long enough for me to coax a camera-wielding friend outside to take a picture of my ensemble.

HOWEVER, last weekend I headed up to Manchester to watch the Stone Roses loooong-awaited reunion gig at Heaton Park.  Hmmn... Manchester and a festival... it's like I was purposely hunting down wet weather and yes indeed the rain did reign.  BUT, the gig was AWESOME!  Music is another of my obsessions and there's nothing like dancing in a field to a fantastic band to make my soul shine, even when the sun does not.  Sigh.  It also helped that I dressed weather-appropriate, if not exactly at my most stylish... here's my poncho pic, accessorised with a pint of cider (not my first, hence the expression).  P.S.  I've never yet managed to find a 'petite' poncho and they do tend to drown me, no matter how small the size:

Poncho: Primark (size XS)
Hoodie: Topshop (size 8)
Wellies: Miss Selfridge (size 5)
Headband: New Look

I've actually worn some great outfits this week and MUST TRY HARDER to capture them digitally.  The only one I have managed to is what I'm wearing right now and actually it involves one of my favourite shirts that I wear to death and usually snatch it off the drying rack to don without wasting any time in ironing the poor thing.  Sorry about the creases, but I just couldn't wait.  (I'm also wearing it underneath all the layers in the pic above, but promise it's been washed in the meantime).

Shirt: Topshop (size 8)
Vest: H&M (size 8)
Leggings: Topshop Petite (size 8)
Fake Cons: Primark (size 4)

Well don't I have a lot to say today.  I'm now going to bang on about the two purchases I made this week that feature in the above pic.  Firstly my supercute necklace... loving the silver/antique gold combo and who WOULDN''T want to monkey around in this?  (Sorry).

Necklace: Topshop

Next up, fake Cons.  I wouldn't normally touch such a thing with a proverbial, however I found these in Primark and they were ONLY SIX QUID so I just couldn't help myself.  I even picked up a pink pair too, I was so overwhelmed at how Cons-vincing they are.  And cheap cheap cheap :)


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