Tuesday, 25 January 2011

tonal

An outfit made up almost entirely of Topshop coming up, I swear the Topshop sales (and ASOS for that matter) are the bane of my life. Although sales are pretty much where I get the majority of my wardrobe, which although still costly, I like to think it is considerably better than coughing up full price for things as soon as they come out. Both the coat and jumper are recent Topshop sale purchases and they are literally perfect for each other, albeit a little too warm for the slightly improving weather, but I can get over that for now. As you can see this coat is the one I mentioned in my previous post, my parents took me to the Metro Centre when they came to visit at the weekend and there it was sat on the rail in my size, calling out to me. Also in the trend of "things I've mentioned I wanted in previous posts and have now somehow managed to acquire" I also got the skinny boyfriend belt from ASOS as you can probably see, which I mentioned here. Like I said, Topshop and ASOS are the bane of my life.


Coat: Topshop
Jumper: Topshop
Skirt: Topshop
Belt: ASOS
Necklace: c/o devore le beau monstre

P.S. I've tried to lay out my photos a bit differently, hopefully it's worked! *EDIT* Yay, it worked!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

transition

I got these leather shorts quite a few weeks ago now, when I was still back at home in Yorkshire, from the vintage section in Urban Outfitters in Leeds. It was possibly one of the best moments of my life when I wandered over to the sale/vintage area and they had literally like a dozen pair of leather shorts all for £21.99. Thankfully I managed to find a pair that actually fit my annoying much larger-than-average hips/bum/thighs plus with my student discount on top of the sale price they were a serious bargain. Yay for me! Anyway, although I have worn them LOADS, I hadn't managed to get photos yet, but yesterday I finally had a bit of time when I wasn't rushing back and to around Newcastle, or feeling much too tired and sweaty after doing said rushing to actually get some photos where I don't look completely crap.

I paired the shorts with some neutral layers as a nod towards spring which will hopefully turn up sooner rather than later. I love winter and winter fashion but I am looking forward to when it's a bit milder in terms of temperature so I don't have to worry about massive coats and scarves all the time. I've been wearing a ridiculous amount of black recently and I feel like I need to get out of it so I don't look like I'm constantly in mourning or something, but I've just been drawn to it all winter and I can't seem to shake it off! I was hoping that the addition of this coat to my wardrobe would help inject a bit of colour during this transitional period but it sold out while I dithered about worrying whether I could actually really afford it or not, even if it was in the sale. However, now I shall never know... unless I manage to hunt it down instore somewhere!

Rings: ASOS & Topshop

Nail polish: Cherry Pie by Models Own

Shorts: Vintage via UO
Shirt: H&M
Jumper: H&M
Coat: Whistles
Boots: Debenhams

P.S. Have you noticed my cool oh-so-subtle lens flare in these pics. Does that make me like a proper fashion blogger now?? Even if it was purely by accident?? You should check out this post here for how you're SUPPOSED to use lense flare!

P.P.S. I'm almost at 150 followers! Love you guys! There may be a giveaway in the works soon, just need to work out what I could actually give away....

Thursday, 13 January 2011

pieces of me you've never seen

I've been meaning to post this for quite a few days now, but just hadn't got round to it. Maybe it's been because of my daily routine of uni for an hour or so in the morning, then home to my flat to watch back-to-back Come Dine With Me (the Australian version though! still entertaining but not the same without Dave Lamb!) followed by a bit of Jezza Kyle and then Friends and/or Scrubs as well. Such an exciting life I have!

Anyway as I had mentioned in a previous post, here are some pics of my now fully inhabited flat. I absolutely love it, I never imagined that I'd be able to live somewhere that is so perfect for me while I'm still in only my first year of university. I basically have the most incredible parents ever, who have put so much into helping me and supporting me in any way they can, and I am so grateful to them for everything they do for me. Sorry for getting all soppy on you guys but it's late and I'm feeling emotional! I'll also extend my thanks to all of you who follow, read and comment here on my blog, you are all genuinely amazing and have given me so much more confidence to just be myself, which is really what I set out to achieve with all this. So thank you all so much! 

Anyway, hope you like having a bit of a nosy around my new flat. Let me know what you think!

Oh so humorous coaster my mum and I picked up from Joy. Hahaha.


My mannequin. She's called Diana.

The ubiquitous mirror shot:
Cardigan - Urban Outfitters
 Tee - Metallica
Skirt - Topshop
Mirror - Argos!

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

the old and the new

I really need to get better at posting outfits on the day I actually wore them, I suppose that should probably be one of my new year's resolutions. Or at least a blog resolution anyway. So far my resolutions for this year are not to be late all the time, lose some weight and have more confidence in myself. I could list off many others but we all know how most resolutions are made to be broken, so I won't bore you with them all.

Anyway this outfit was from New Years Day, like I said I really need to improve on posting outfit photos nearer to the day I actually wore them! I'd just got this dress from the Warehouse website, which was originally £85, for the tiny sum of £20! It was part of a graduate designer collection by a girl called Daisy Craver in association with the British Fashion Council Colleges Council which I'd had my eye on for a while now, but at £85, it was a no-go. But then obviously when it went in the sale for £25 and I could use my 20% student discount PLUS get free next day delivery, I snapped it right up! I paired it with a really ancient cardigan from Dorothy Perkins as it was the only piece slouchy enough to look right with all the draping and then finished it off with one of my mums old belts that only fits because I had to make another hole in it right at the end. There comes in my resolution to lose a bit of weight! Or maybe just buy a new boyfriend belt!

 Dress - Warehouse
Cardigan - Dorothy Perkins
Belt - Vintage (mum's)
Boots - Debenhams
Bag - ASOS
Rings - ASOS & Topshop

I reckon this dress would look ultimately better with a really long, chunky, waterfall-style, drapey cardigan layered over the top and a knotted black boyfriend belt to cinch in the waist. And maybe some kind of chain body harness as well. Sadly I don't have any of these exact items in my wardrobe as of yet, so this combination will just have to do for now!

Also, I apologise for looking so moody in these pictures. I suppose there was just something about this ensemble which asked for some form of "cool nonchalance" or something like that!? Or maybe it was just that I wasn't in a very smiley mood at the time!

P.S. Just realised I hadn't really wished you all a Happy New Year on the blog yet. So Happy New Year to you all!  I hope you all had a really great time and are looking forward to a brand new year! I know I am!