Monday, 31 October 2011

Suede and lace

My weekend: drinks on Friday night followed by a super chilled Sat and Sunday was exactly what I needed. The Bot and I munched on Chinese take-away, took in the X Factor (ok, that was me, he faffed on the laptop), and visited our favourite new diner in Balham on Sunday for some wings and ribs.  Nice.  

I've had this ASOS lace top for ages, and it's become the perfect staple top. It goes perfectly with skirts and jeans, and unlike a lot of the lace tops around at the moment, it has a deep scoop at the back, which I love. I think there is something quite alluring about a bare back. Much nicer that flashing your cleavage. 

The breakdown
Top: ASOS (2009), £35
Vest (underneath) New Look (well old)
Belt: Urban Outfitters, £15
Skirt: Primark (super old)
Bag: c/o Primark
Tights: Dorothy Perkins, £5
Shoes: Anthropologie, £39.95 in the sale

Happy Monday folks xxx

Sample sale alert!

This Thursday and Friday i'll be heading down to the Out & About Showroom to snap up some great sample pieces from three up-and-coming Australian brands: MinkPinkEvil Twin and Staple the Label.  The names might not ring a bell, but you'll no doubt have seen them gracing the rails at Urban Outfitters.

Want in?  
The two-day sample sale will be held at the Out & About Showroom, 11 Poland Street, London and is open 10am-7.30pm both days.  Oh, and did I mention prices start at just £5?  Nice one guys.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Autumn colours

I'm always envious of the Americans doing things bigger and better.  Take Halloween. Ok, so there'll be a fair few drunken parties with ghouls, ghosts and witches taking place around London this weekend.  But unless you're at one, Halloween could easily pass you by.  And pumpkin patches.  I'd never seen one in the UK before.  Yes, I know they must be growing somewhere, but where?!  They seem to be in abundance across the pond. You may be thinking it has something to do with me living in London. Nope, I leave our fair city quite often.

This year I was determined to pick my own pumpkin. And find myself a patch to do it at. So I was more than a little excited when I found a place about 40 mins away that declared boldly on their website, 'Pick your own pumpkin.'  

Me: "Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot, we're picking pumpkins this weekend."
Bot: "F*cking great."

So imagine my disappointment when we got to the farm and realised that 'Pick your own' translated at 'Pick your own pumpkin off the floor' rather than 'get down and dirty and carefully select your chosen pumpkin and cut it free from it's roots with your bare hands (or some scissors)'.  Bummer.  Anyway, we got some nice shots, enjoy! xx

How cool is this dress from Vero Moda?  The perfect dress for picking pumpkins, look at the colours!  So autumnal and 70s and just totally rad.  And as if I didn't need any further confirmation, as we were walking to the farm to pay for our pumpkins a lovely American lady shouted out, "What a great dress!".  Loved that lady! I'm looking forward to pairing it with chunky knit jumpers, and high-waisted midi skirts.  Dreamy.

The breakdown
Dress: Vero Moda, £18 in the sale at ASOS
Belt: vintage via my gran
Tights: Matalan, £5
Bag: Peacocks, £5
Boots: I'm gonna say Faith, but I really can't remember
Coat: Topshop vintage via eBay, £12.97

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Halloween special: glittery pumpkins DIY!

When I saw these glittery pumpkins (via Martha Stewart) popping up outside the town houses and apartments of New York last year, I immediately bookmarked the idea for for Halloween 2011.

They are soooo simple to make, yet the finished looked it totes amaze.

Here's the tutorial...

...and Martha has outdone herself again this year with these adorable vampire teeth pumpkins.  That is one talented lady, ladies and gentlemen.

Happy Wednesday lovelies xx

Monday, 24 October 2011

90s nerd

Had a fabulous weekend with some much needed RnR followed by a cosy Sunday roast with friends yesterday - deeeeeeeeelightful.  

Today on the other hand has been hectic!  This morning I headed north (London style) to Golders Green to take part in a little photo shoot for Juno Says Hello, a gorgeous online boutique full of adorable vintage dresses.  I spent a good five hours playing dress up in some stunning one-off pieces - I was in heaven!  I'll be sharing some photos as soon as they're available!  

After the shoot I foolishly headed to Oxford Street for a little retail therapy.  What a mistaka to maka; it's half term, otherwise known as hell.  Still, I managed to finally spend my Anthropologie voucher from my 2010 birthday (have I mentioned how bad I am at spending vouchers?) and picked up a fab pair of heels, four beautiful vintage-esk teacups and some rad sunnies.  Then it was onto Oxford Street to finally check out Forever 21.  Wow, that place is great. And I picked up a couple of fab winter jumpers and a black leather bag with leopard print.

Right, now it's time to hit the pub for a little creative brainstorm, phew, what a day!

Tootles x

The breakdown
Shirt: vintage, £12 ish
Dress: Primark, £10
Shoes: Argentina
Brooch: vintage
Tights: Matalan, £5
Bag: Peacocks, £5
Necklace: Rock n Rose, present
Ring: Oasis

Friday, 21 October 2011

Oasis VIP blogger meet-up

L-R Daniela, Reena and I play dress up

One high street store has made a big impact on me recently.  I'll admit, until about a month ago I hadn't shopped at Oasis.  I've no idea why - maybe I felt I wasn't quite old enough yet (yeah, i know, i'm in my late twenties, I need to grow up.  But deep inside i'm still a teenager and constantly after the best bargain I can buy.)  So when I decided I wanted a biker jacket for my birthday, I started researching.  And to my surprise Oasis had THE jacket.  The one.  The one i'd dreamed about.  And so my love affair began.

On Wednesday evening the lovely gals at Oasis (Katie, Eleanor and Hannah - xx) invited some bloggers down to check out the crimbo collection and the re-vamped store on Argyll street. Cue dressing up, bubbles and cupcakes.  Delightful.  I got to catch up with the ever gorgeous Daniela of Couture of Crumpets (can we not leave it so long next time pls?), and to finally meet the lovely Reena of Fashion Daydreams in person. And we each received a cute necklace too, which i'll be styling up soon - it's a chunky black and gold number which I think would go perfectly with a nude jumper - what do you think?

So, after viewing the collection the following pieces are now sitting firmly on my Christmas wish list:

This incredible velvet sheer sleeved dress. 

This metallic leather mini skirt.
This gold dress was a huge hit with a lot of the bloggers - kindly modelled by the lovely  Mille 

This embellished collar shirt (as modelled by Reena in the top pic)

Amelia, me, and Mille (thank you @Blogger-spotter for taking the pic!)

The newly refreshed Oasis Store is now open, so why not take a peak! (And if you want to see more pics of bloggers playing dress-up, check out the Oasis Facebook page). 

Bon weekends all xx

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Blue and grey

I'm full of cold, feeling bleugh and just want to snuggle up under a duvet and watch DVDs all day.  That is all. x

The breakdown
Shirt: Forever 21 (2009)
Skirt: Primark (2010)
Tights: unknown
Shoes: Primark (2010)
Necklace: Spitalfields market