Tuesday, 31 December 2013

So Long, 2013!

That's it, another one bites the dust! This year has absolutely sped by and has most definitely had its highs and lows for me.. in truth I'll be glad to see the back of 2013 and look forward to all that 2014 has to offer.

I would like to say a great big sloppy thank you to everyone who has read my blog over the past year and has taken the time to comment, tweet, email.. it never fails to surprise me that anyone does! Blogging has proven itself to be an addiction that I just can't shake and I'll be back in the new year with a new look and more musings.

I thought I'd do my final post of the year as a montage of images using my most favourite app that has sprung up over the last few days: Flipagram! I know there's loads of these knocking around at the moment, but if 2013 was the year of the selfie (thanks to Instagram), then it seems like a fitting way to conclude.


Thursday, 26 December 2013

How to Treat Dry, White Nails

I pretty much always have my finger nails painted, but on the rare occasion I don't, they are in good condition and I'm OK with showing them off in their natural state. Not so my toe nails. They have spent literally years covered up in different polishes to the end result that the top halves have become alarmingly white in colour, dry and generally look a bit yuck. My solution was always to cover them up with more polish, in a dark shade so the white didn't show through. A never ending cycle!

Hello, permanently painted toes
Wednesday, 25 December 2013

So This Is Christmas

And what have you done?
Another year over..
And a new one just begun.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Outfit details here

Monday, 23 December 2013

Manicure Monday: All That Glitters

I love a glitter nail polish, I do. Maybe it's my inner 5-year old, but I just can't resist the addition of a sparkly top coat to an otherwise understated manicure. Having applied a wintry pale blue polish yesterday, I couldn't decide which glitter to add on top, so tried out these five:

Saturday, 21 December 2013

My Christmas Party Dress

This year's work Christmas party took place in a casino in Leicester Square.. naturally there was a Bond theme, which I chose to ignore. I'm not comfortable going all-out glam so instead I took the opportunity to wear my new favourite 'going out' dress - this shoulderless beauty from Motel Rocks. I felt fabulous! I can see me wearing this to death over the Christmas party season and maybe even on New Year's Eve too, this dress will just keep on giving!

There was a surreal addition to the night, in the shape of real life Bond characters (actors!) Jaws and Odd Job, wandering about with a pretty convincing Santa (i.e. sporting a genuine beard). Sadly I didn't have the presence of mind to take any photos (too many free flowing drinks, oops) so you'll just have to take my word for it.

P.S. Excuse the windswept fringe and random creases in the dress in these photos: I promise you I was a lot better groomed on the day of the party. I'd curled my hair and everything!

My Outfit:
Savannah Open Shoulder Dress: Motel Rocks (similar here and here)
Boots: New Look | Necklace: H&M (old) | Rings: Primark / Topshop (all old)
Bracelets: Urban Outfitters (old) / Black Tied / Claire's (old)

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Tartan Leggings

Is it just me who associates tartan with Christmas? Maybe it's the abundance of yummy shortbread knocking about in Scottish-themed wrapping at this time of year, but I've always grouped the two together. With this in mind, you could say that I attempted a festive look here *cue tenuous link*. Ahem.. so today I'm wearing my most favourite recent legwear purchase: these wonderful tartan leggings. I have so much love for them: they're incredibly comfy, the perfect length (petite - huzzah!) and have consequently become my weekend wear of choice. Yes I'm actually wearing them RIGHT NOW, just like this:

I made a Christmas card out of myself!

My Outfit:

Sunday, 1 December 2013

French Connection & Great Plains SS14 Preview

'Tis the season to be checking out next year's fashion.. by which I mean attending different brands' spring summer 2014 press days and having a good old nose through the rails to see what we can expect when the weather eventually turns (hopefully) warmer. I recently attended the Great Plains and French Connection collection preview to do just that. I thoughtfully took some pictures so I could show you guys too - all in the spirit of giving!

First up, Great Plains which is a boutique brand in the French Connection group. Admittedly this is not a brand that has previously been on my radar, so I was curious to see their pieces. The colour palette was predominantly blues and greens with some cute as a button prints thrown in for good measure. The shapes are pretty classic, with a few 50s and 60s touches, to me the whole collection made me think of vintage French Riviera - très classy and sophisticated.

The majority of the other rails were taken up with French Connection's offerings so I had a nice long browse through those too. There were some gorgeous pieces which should start hitting the stores around February 2014. There was womenswear, menswear, accessories AND homeware - they've got it all covered! There were loads to look at but here are just a few choice items (i.e. which I would happily buy tomorrow)...

What do you think of this peek into fashion's crystal ball? Are you as excited about springtime shopping as I am??

Thanks to the lovely Monica from Spreaditfast for inviting me!

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Motel Rocks Tartan Dress

Each season I tend to develop an obsession with one thing or another from the fashion world. Over the summer it was smock dresses, whilst this autumn/winter it is most definitely tartan. I can't get enough of it! So combine a smock dress and a tartan print and I'm swooning all the way to Christmas. CHECK it out! (guffaw...)

So far this Motel Rocks dress is the third plaid piece residing in my wardrobe, in addition to a tartan scarf and a T-shirt. I'm now turning my quest towards leggings and have my eye on this petite pair from Topshop. Roll on payday!

I should probably also mention how I've recently embarked on an unprecedented boots buying bonanza in Topshop. They're killing me with their beautiful booty! Here I'm wearing the first of three (gulp) pairs that I've managed to acquire in as many days, but it should be immediately obvious why I just had to have them. Just look at them!

Are you obsessed with tartan (and boots) as much as I am? Should I check myself into retail rehab? Do I need an intervention?

My Outfit:
Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Warehouse SS14 Press Day

Recently I attended the Warehouse Spring Summer 2014 Press Day in Shoreditch, having received an invitation from the absolutely lovely Melissa from Spreaditfast.com. I eagerly raced over there during my lunch break, keen to get a sneak peek of what trends to expect to see in the shops early next year. Let me just say, genuinely... WOW! I'll let the pictures do the talking so you can see for yourself. Hurry up, spring/summer! - I need all these clothes!

First up, a collaboration with Philli Wood. This had a sports luxe feel, consisting of lightweight fabrics in bright pinks, oranges and monochrome in prints reminiscent of cable knit. 

Round the corner was an absolutely beautiful pastels range which I've dubbed Lady Penelope's Wardrobe: I fell in love with these lace sorbet separates with a vintage/50s influence. There were some stunning co-ords which made me daydream of wearing my hair in a beehive whilst driving round in a matching Nissan Figaro (as you do). Perfect ladylike chic.

Next up, leather and denim casuals which are right up my street. My personal favourite was an awesome black biker jacket - I can't wait for spring to be able to buy it! There were also cami tops and separates in the most perfect monotone prints. I WANT ALL OF IT IMMEDIATELY!

Lastly there was the neon collection - simple retro shapes in loud bright neons... admittedly a colour palette which is difficult to suit to my skintone. However, there was an oh-so-cool shift dress in a floral print on black which for me is the perfect way to incorporate neons into my wardrobe. Pretty please can I have it?

I nearly forgot.. there were accessories too! Check out these beauties:

Thanks again to Melissa from Spreaditfast.com for inviting me!

If you can't wait for next year's offerings, check out Warehouse's current range of black dresses, perfect for the Christmas party season. So pretty. I die.

What do you think of this peek into the fashion future? Do you like the look of Warehouse's SS14 collection?

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Black Sequin Jumper

It's almost impossible to avoid sequins at this time of year, so here I am giving a cursory nod to the upcoming festive season. I'm pleasantly surprised at how well the combination of sequins and leather have turned out - what do you reckon??

Believe it or not, this glorious glitter ball of a jumper is from Bonmarché, which I have to admit is not a shop I have stepped foot in. Ever. They contacted me to say they're trying to appeal to younger customers by bringing on board some different designers and asked me to take a look at their new additions. I have to admit the majority is not really to my taste, however there were a few jumpers that caught my eye so I decided to go for this very one. I actually love it! So it just goes to show.. sometimes it's worth looking outside of your clothing comfort zone because you just might find something cool.

My Outfit:


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