Thursday, 30 December 2010

gold dust

So here's what I wore on Christmas Day. I had a bit of an issue with this dress when I opened it on Christmas morning as I had a good look at it to admire the construction and the lovely flimsy layers of fabrics when I discovered that one of the sleeves had not been sewn into the armhole seam! It was only the outer lace layer on the right sleeve which had been missed but for £95 for a designer collaboration garment, I was incredibly disappointed! I would expect something of a pretty decent quality at that price or at least an efficient quality check as it left the factory!? However because I just loved the dress so much and I knew it had sold out online (pesky Topshop putting it on sale for £50 only days after my parents..sorry, SANTA, got it for me!) I got out my needle and thread and did my best to sew it on without taking the actual dress apart. I imagine I could have done a better job of it with more time/patience but I wanted to get on with the rest of the day and, most importantly have my dinner, so a speedy repair would have to do!

Anyway I wore the dress with my new faux fur tippet from Topshop which was also a Christmas present from "Santa". I think the grey colour of the fur goes perfectly with the dusky pink of the dress and I accessorised with my new rings and my new biker boots. I got these boots a week or so ago and I am obsessed with them. I've been looking for the right pair of biker boots for months now and after trawling practically every site/shop I could think of I finally decided on these from Debenhams by their Mantaray brand. I guess they're not the most interesting of boots but they were exactly what I was looking for in style, shape and detail and for £40 for real leather I can't complain about the price either! The fact that they're super comfy and actually very appropriate for the weather at the moment is also an added bonus!

Dress - Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop
Tippet - Topshop

Rings (from left to right); ASOS, Topshop, ASOS, Topshop, gift from aunty.
Nail polish: Nails Inc. X Cadbury's Dairy Milk in Cocoa Bliss

Boots - Mantaray at Debenhams

Overall I was pretty pleased with my Christmas outfit this year, and the fact my dress shed glitter around the house making me some kind of oversized, giant Christmas fairy was actually kind of a cute addition, although it was annoying for my dad who had to hoover it all up in the end!

Wednesday, 29 December 2010


Here are some of the presents I received this Christmas; two Topshop rings from my sister, Zombieland DVD from my brother, jewellery box from my aunty and uncle, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Extreme perfume, Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop dress plus a grey faux fur tippet from Topshop that can be seen ever so slightly in a few of the photos (both of which I wore on Christmas Day, outfit photos to come).

Plus I also got chocolate, a coffee giftset ready for my new flat, a super cute Bunnies 2011 calendar, vintage patterns from my aunty and a fashion-related book from my other aunty and uncle.

So I had a really lovely Christmas, and I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who commented and wished me a Happy Christmas! I hope yours were all lovely as well! Christmas dinner was amazing and after both second and third helpings, along with probably a little too much of my new favourite tipple (raspberry vodka and lemonade), I then proceeded to fall asleep on the sofa while the brother watched one of his numerous Top Gear/car related DVDs which I think we all immediately regretted buying him as soon as he opened them. I have to say I was very pleased with the present I got for him though, it was only small, but it was a book called "Pets with Tourettes" and he literally wet himself laughing every time he turned a page, which was nice. For those of you with an incredibly crude and juvenile sense of humour I found it here to give you an idea of it.

I was also very pleased with the present I got for my sister which was this scarf/hood thingy featuring cute fluffy pom poms from ASOS. She has been a poorly little thing these past few weeks and my whole family are convinced its because she has a penchant for wearing as little clothes as possible (not in a slutty way, just in a teenaged "I can't be bothered to get dressed properly" way), so we all ended up getting her lovely knitted woolly things to help keep her warm!

We finished our night by watching whatever was on TV, which included something about the Greatest Christmas TV Ads, Family Guy and the newish Starsky and Hutch film. Random, but thats how Christmas is supposed to be, right!!?

Friday, 24 December 2010


I get really excited about Christmas, I basically behave like an overgrown child. I literally can't wait to sit round the Christmas tree with all my family first thing in the morning opening presents and then consume my entire body weight in food and drink. That's definitely my idea of a good time.

Anyway I had these outfit photos from last Sunday that I wanted to show you all. We went to my grandma's for her 80th birthday and consumed lots of yummy food and I played with my cousins. I wore my Primark velvet dress which I layered with a sheer floral shirt I got from New Look a month or so ago. Its the perfect oversized shape and the sheer floral print is so gorgeous and for £19.99 it was a bargain too! You can't see it too well in these photos but hopefully I'll get some better shots of it soon as I've been wearing it practically every other day! As you can see I'm also wearing the necklace I won from devore le beau monstre which has now replaced the ASOS necklace I wore everyday as my favourite necklace!

 Dress - Primark
Shirt - New Look
Jacket - River Island
Belt - Urban Outfitters
Boots - Debenhams
Necklace - c/o devore le beau monstre

Just to add to the Christmas spirit I thought I'd show you some photos of our Christmas tree. For a few years now I have decorated the tree and taken it on as my "thing" mainly because I'm such a control freak when it comes to stuff like this, that just I shout at anyone who tries to help. So it's always been left to me, but I really enjoy it anyway and I love it when it looks nice!

I thought I'd throw in a couple of pics of some pressies as well and the tag on my present from my sister. I actually already know what she's got me (two rings from Topshop!) as me and my mum picked it out when we were doing our last bit of Christmas shopping on Tuesday. She's been poorly so she hasn't been able to go out and get me anything so I ended up picking it out for her haha! It meant we could also get student discount on it as well so it was a win/win situation really!

Anyway I hope you all have a really, really lovely Christmas and I'll be back in the next few days with updates on what I got and what I wore. So until then Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

brick by brick

Hi guys! I'm finally back from my considerably extended blog hiatus and there's loads for me to catch you all up on.

First of all I finally managed to get outfit photos the other day, these are from when I went up to Newcastle on Friday last week to make another visit to my new flat and sort a few things out. I'm really sorry it's taken me this long to post again, as I said previously I have been so preoccupied with finding somewhere new to live and sorting all of that out that I haven't been able to put as much effort into my blog. Also every time I planned on taking outfit photos my camera would be out of battery or I'd just forgotten it altogether, so that's been a pretty big fail on my part.

Anyway I'm also finally getting round to showing you all the Topshop maxi skirt I've been raving about in a number of my previous posts, so here it is! It has literally been my go-to item for weeks now and this combination I'm wearing here has to be one of my favourite ways to wear it so far. I've paired it with my big cream cable-knit jumper tucked in and my Primark shearling-trim denim jacket, along with a leopard print belt I got a few weeks ago from Dorothy Perkins for like £4 or something measly like that! I'm sorry that the pictures aren't great but it was dark when I took these (well my dad took them actually, hence the slightly bemused expression in a few of them and the "experimental angle" in the middle picture) so the lighting was a bit crap and I had to resort to using the flash.

But having said that you're also getting a bit of a sneak peek of my new flat in Newcastle! As you can see it has this pretty cool feature wall in the living room/kitchen which I am hoping will lend itself very well to outfit photos in the near future! I would show you other pics of the rest of the flat but to be honest its looking very, very bare at the moment and I'd rather show it off when its a bit more cosy and homely once I've moved in properly in January.

Jumper - Second hand (mum's)
Skirt - Topshop
Belt - Dorothy Perkins
Jacket - Primark
Boots - Debenhams

Saturday, 27 November 2010


Nail Polish - Nails Inc X Cadburys Dairy Milk Bliss in Cocoa Bliss
Ring - ASOS

I finally got round to painting my nails again, I have been neglecting them for weeks and it's actually felt kind of bad looking down at my nails and not seeing them coated in some colour or another. I thought I'd try out one of the nail varnishes I won that I mentioned about here. I went for the chocolate brown colour and although I was at first unsure about whether I would like this colour, I actually really love it. In the light it's sort of a combination between brown, black and grey and although its kind of metallic its also kind of matte as well, which I really like. Also it applies SO much better than my other cheaper nail varnishes! But considering it should have originally been like £11 (?) that's kind of a given.

Also I finally invested in a few rings! I bought this cross ring from ASOS a week or two ago and I love it, as well as this one which I'm also wearing now that I haven't got a picture of. I would have liked to have got the double finger cross ring but it had sold out :( I have always had trouble with rings as most don't seem to fit my super-duper chubby fingers but I'm going to do my best to find some that fit me because I really love wearing them!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

winter inspiration

What I love right now: anything leather, sheer maxi's, draping and layering, leopard print, fur, chunky knitwear and copious amounts of black.

Credit : ElleUK

Credit: ElleUK

Credit: Dee Larsen


Credit: Frou Frouu

Also just thought I'd let you guys know that you may not hear from me on here all that much for the next week or two, I'm going to do my best to post but it probably won't be all that frequently. Basically, as I had sort of briefly mentioned in my last post, I have been having some trouble with where I live at university and I think I'm going to be moving out. So I'm currently still at home at the moment trying to find a new place to live that I can move into within the next couple of weeks, so I'm going to be pretty busy trying to sort that out.

P.S. The saga of my giveaway luck continues as I won a vintage cross necklace at devore le beau monstre! Can't wait until I recieve it so I can show it you all!

Friday, 19 November 2010

blood roses

Sorry for having gone a bit AWOL this week, I've actually been ill so I've spent the week at home and just haven't been in the mood to post. I've neglected my twitter as well, but expect a lot more pointless ramblings on there from me from now on, if you wish to follow!

Anyway being at home has really helped me to sort my priorities out and, although I sometimes don't really think the whole "student" lifestyle is the best thing for me at times (as in the drunken, filthy, Lord of the Flies sort of existence that seems to be what sudents have turned into these days) I know what I want to do and what I want to achieve and that's all that matters in the end. Did any of you feel like this about your student days, or still experience it now, or is it just me???

Onto lighter things anyway, this outfit was actually from last weekend, as you can see from the poppy marking Remembrance Day. I'm wearing a Topshop dress that I picked up in the mid-season sale a few weeks ago for £20. I was never sure if I liked this dress when I'd seen it at full price but I spotted it in the sale, tried it on and I had to have it. It's a lovely shape and colour and goes so perfectly with my fur coat as well! As you can also see I've picked up a new necklace as well to wear with my usual cross one. It's a skull one from Topshop which I got when I went shopping with my mum last weekend in White Rose Shopping Centre in Leeds. I'd basically been looking for one of those maxi skirts and had no luck there so I cheered myself up by buying the necklace.

Dress -Topshop
Coat - Vintage
Necklaces - Topshop & ASOS

However, I did finally find the skirt I was looking for at Topshop in the Metro Centre in Newcastle and it is now mine! It was the "Posh" one (on the bottom right of the collage in this post) and I am so happy with it! I ended up getting it for only £10.50 as I used the £30 gift card I won from the Style of a Fashionista giveaway (thank you so much again!) and I got an extra 10% off with my good old student discount too! It's completely gorgeous and exactly what I was looking for so expect to see it in outfit posts soon!

So until then, I hope you all have a great weekend!

Sunday, 7 November 2010


I came back up to Newcastle today, just thought I'd show you a few bits and pieces that I've been up to. First off I've been learning to knit and below is the start of a purl sample, so far it seems to be going quite well. Secondly I managed to get to Topshop in Eldon Square today, I scoured the shop for one of the skirts I posted about previously but I had no luck. Apparently they haven't had any maxi skirts in for months? I seriously doubt this. Anyway I'm not giving up that easy and I will keep checking the one in Newcastle as well as the shops in Leeds when I next go home. I decided to buy the lipstick to cheer myself up, it's actually a bit darker than it is in the photo as I had to resort to using flash, but anyway, I really love it!

Also, I won another giveaway today! This was one by via Twitter and I won a set of Limited Edition Cadbury's Dairy Milk x Nail's Inc. nail polishes! It seems I'm a lucky girl at the moment, maybe I should buy a lottery ticket this week too...

P.S. Thank you so much to Laura at Romance Is Boring for featuring me on her blog!

Friday, 5 November 2010

remember, remember

..It's the 5th of November! What are you all (well those of you in the UK anyway) doing for Bonfire Night? I'm back home in Yorkshire at the moment so I'm hopefully going to have a lovely weekend with the family as we're visiting my grandma tomorrow for some Bonfire Night celebrations with fireworks and yummy food, not sure if I'm doing anything in particular tonight though!

Anyway on a completely different note, some of you may be aware that I won the amazing giveaway at Style Of A Fashionista for a £30 Topshop voucher a couple of weeks ago. I was ridiculously happy and excited to say the least and that excitement probably increased two-fold when I recieved it at the beginning of this week and I now get to decide what I'm going to buy with it!

As you may have seen in this previous post I was raving about how much I wanted a sheer maxi skirt and Topshop have just brought in a black pleated sheer maxi skirt that seems perfect! They've also got a softer version without the knife pleats which I like as well so I'm  hoping to get to my nearest shop ASAP and see if I can find at least one of these skirts to buy with my voucher! However I do also have some back up ideas in case A) they look poo on me or B) I can't find them instore anywhere so I thought I'd do a little bit of an ideas post for you all to see! Obviously I will only be able to buy 1 or 2 items with my lovely voucher but there are so many other pieces I want as well I just couldn't narrow it down! Please do leave comments/advice on what you think I should get, I'm feeling very indecisive at the moment!

All items from Topshop. Sheer pleated maxi skirt (furthest left) £45 and "Posh" Maxi skirt (furthest right) also £45.

Also just thought I'd remind everyone to please follow me on Twitter if you aren't already! I can at times be humourous and/or insightful so please do follow!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

army dreamers

I've so far not had the best week, what little time management skills I have have really gone out the window these past few days, which has left me feeling a bit stressed and worried if I'm honest! However I'm going home tomorrow for the weekend which should hopefully give me a chance to recharge my batteries or whatever it is I need to do so I can come back to uni and get myself back on track!

Anyway I had these photos from when I went out on Sunday. This was when my family were still here so my sister kindly took pictures of me, she seems to be developing a real eye for it! Considering that it was Halloween I honoured the day by going a bit gothic, so I wore this burgundy velvet dress I got from Primark a few weeks ago which I then paired with my army jacket and a snuggly ASOS snood along with all my usual black and gold accessories. I really like this dress, it's actually a lovely shape and fit, my only problem with it is that the long sleeves really chafe on the insides of my elbows and leave me with a sore red patch there whenever I wear it. I suppose it's just down to the lining of the velvet not being particularly soft and I suppose it's to be expected from somewhere like Primark, still if it didn't do that I'd probably wear it so much more as I love the shape and colour!

Dress - Primark
Jacket - Urban Outfitters
Belt - Urban Outfitters
Necklace - ASOS
Snood - ASOS
Boots - Schuh

As we were out on Sunday we also went out for a bit of lunch at Marks & Spencers (well actually we ate out pretty much all weekend apart from when I cooked for me and my sister on Saturday night but anyway that's beside the point!) In Newcastle they have a proper restaurant set up rather than the usual cafe I'm used to back in Yorkshire and they have seriously lovely food! I had a lasagne, but they've got all sorts of other gorgeous things as well as their amazing melt-in-the-middle chocolate puddings that they serve with ice cream AND cream! I didn't get a picture of it but you can imagine how yummy it is!

They also have Coke in glass bottles, which is probably the only time I actually really enjoy Coke. Why is it that it tastes so much better out of a glass bottle anyway?

Sunday, 31 October 2010

fade to black

Again, I'm so sorry for being a crap blogger at the moment. I feel like I should also apologise for apologising so much as it seems to be something I've done now at the start of every post, but still, I am very sorry! I was meant to post this outfit on Friday but just didn't get round to it and then my family came up to Newcastle for a couple of days so I've been busy shopping, spending time with my sister and eating a bit too much! As they were staying for the weekend I thought it would be fun for my sister to stay in my room while my parents stayed at a hotel nearby, so she could experience a bit of the student lifestyle, even though she's quite a few years off it yet, and also just have a bit of a laugh and eat lots of junk food without mum and dad telling us off haha! As it turned out we weren't very good at the whole pigging out thing as I'd cooked us some enchiladas on Saturday night that we had with some other Tex Mex based snacks but we were so full we had to throw a lot of it away! I absolutely hate wasting food so it was possibly the hardest thing ever to have to throw away what I'd so lovingly made!

Anyway, as I said this outfit was from Friday, it's not the most interesting thing I've worn but I had to rush out to uni on at 9am to finish off a sample I'd been doing in our Garment Construction module and I didn't have much time to come up with anything more creative. So I just threw on my black maxi skirt with my favourite faded old Metallica tee and my shearling trim denim jacket. I also had straight hair because I basically couldn't be bothered to curl it!

Tee - Metallica
Skirt - Matalan
Jacket - Primark
Belt - Urban Outfitters
Necklace - ASOS

P.S. Am I the only one who isn't all that bothered about Halloween?? Still, happy halloween to those of you who are!