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