Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Hats on parade

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I'm a bit partial to a hat these days (see here, here and here), much to the Bot's annoyance.  And as my collection slowly grows I can't help thinking there must be a better, and nicer, way to keep my hats than in a pile  in the corner of the bedroom .  A hat stand doesn't take my fancy, nor does putting them away in a box.  But creating a feature out of them on a wall seems like a sweet idea.  I can see the Bot's eyes rolling now! 

Happy Tuesday peeps x

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Top to bottom

Shirt: Urban Outfitters         Shirt: vintage via my gran      Brown top: Primark          Blouse: c/o Desire               Dress: Dorothy Perkins
Jeans: BDG                           Skirt: Primark                      Cardigan: F21                    Jeans: Gap                         Tights: Primark
Shoes: Primark                     Belt: vintage Jaeger              Skirt: Matalan                    Boots: Faith 
                                           Tights/shoes: Primark           Tights/shoes: Primark       
                                                                                       Necklace: Primark 

Good weekend?

Friday night was spent munching and gossiping with the girls, Bot returned from the States on Sat morning, we saw our first potential flat to buy, Saturday night we went east for a triple date, Sunday I finished sewing my skirt, made some bows, went for a walk, cooked a butternut squash/chicken/chorizo risotto and finally watched the Inbetweeners movie.  It's been a good weekend.


Friday, 27 January 2012


It's been one hell of a week so all i'm going to say is have a wonderful weekend, and i'll see y'all on the other side (hopefully not too soon).


The breakdown
Shirt: Primark, £10ish
Headband: H&M, £7.99
Jeans: BDG, $45
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins, £28
Bag: Kate Kanzier, present from the Bot
Belt: vintage via my gran

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Falling off the wagon

Back in my younger days I always got excited about the sales. I'd rush out, sometimes on Boxing Day, to grab myself a bargain.  But it was never really a bargain because nine times out of 10 I never ended wearing the damn things.  And so I mostly avoid the sales.

But the sales don't avoid me.  That's the problem with having online accounts with most of the high street stores; they have your e-mail address.  And so for the past month I have been diligently deleting 99% of the sale e-mails that have been pouring into my inbox.  And then I succumbed, just once mind.  I found the perfect pair of cropped black trousers.  And after throwing in a few extra items into the shopping trolley (as one does, they are ON SALE after all) I proceeded to the check-out to find the trousers were no longer available. Some sneaky bugger had trumped me. I almost bought the rest of the stuff until that little voice of reason popped up and reminded me I didn't actually need any of it.  

And so I carried on through January feeling slightly smug.  Until those e-mails appeared.  I had become used to repeatedly pushing the delete button of a morning but then one day three little words caught my eye; final sale reductions.  And I fell off the wagon.  

The breakdown
It's all from Urban Outfitters
Dress: £35
Spot blouse: £22
Rug: £15
Wallet: £5

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Matalan S/S 2012

Swooning over these delightfully budget-friendly pieces from Matalan's S/S collection. Vintage-inspired caped maxis, sharp tailored shirts, animal prints, bold clashing prints, statement necklaces, candy stripes (think Brighton beach), handy shoppers, updated palazzo pants and the festival must-have; the satchel.

Not bad, eh? 

Prices range from £6 for the satchel to £26 for the caped dress.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Four for the price of one

Hat: present                                      Shirt: c/o Matalan                           Shirt: donated by a friend!            Blazer: H&M, £29.99
Shirt: vintage via my gran                  Cardigan: F21, £14.99                     Jumper: ASOS, £45                        Top: thrifted, £4.50
Skirt: Urban Outfitters, £45               Belt: Hobbs thrifted, £5                  Jeans: Primark, £6                        Jeans: BDG, $45
Tights: unknown                                 Skirt: Primark, £9 ish                      Heels: New Look, £24.99                 Brogues: bought in Argentina
Shoes: Primark, £10                           Tights: unknown
                                                         Heels: Primark, £10

Winter means one thing - no sun.  Ok, it shines for like 2 hours a day but I leave for work in dark, I return home in the dark.  I feel like some weird nocturnal animal.  This does mean that I pretty much have no time for outfit shots, except on weekends.  And i'm certainly not going to spend my entire weekend taking outfit shots (I think it would certainly spell the end of my relationship with the Bot). So, in the interim, i'm going to be relying on the trusty iPhone for my shots.  I'll still take the normal shots when I can, but this way you can see some of my mid-week outfits.

I've spent the entire weekend coughing and expelling copious amounts of snot from my body.  I've OD'd on Lemsip, Vix, honey, lemon and ginger and watched A LOT of TV.  However, i'm hoping that i'll be on top form this evening, as i'm off to a blogger cook-off courtesy of Wines of Bordeaux, I can't wait!  Working in teams, we've all been told which meat we're cooking with, but the rest of the ingredients have been kept secret, until tonight.  So if you know any good pork recipes, send my way asap!

Are we friends on Twitter?  If so you can follow my antics tonight and find out who wins! And you can also follow #bloggercookoff .


Friday, 20 January 2012

Boxing Day walkabout

These photos were taken on our Boxing Day stroll.  We walked all the way from my mum's house along to the park in town, following the river.  It's funny, I lived in St. Albans for about 18 years, yet had never done this walk before.  Do you find that?  When you live somewhere you don't take advantage of all it has to offer.  It's only when you leave, and then return as a visitor that you actually do those things.  


I scored this vintage 80s jumper on eBay just before Christmas for 99p, result!  I like to think of it as my golfing jumper, on account of the pattern, but I love the two little pockets at the front, perfect for keeping my little hands warm on brisk walks.  And the fur headband was a present from the Bot.  He calls me "Caggs" whenever I wear it...not entirely sure i'm a fan of Caggs on account of her being a complete prick-tease.  But she does wear nice clothes, occasionally

Source: Google images

Crimbo pressie from the sis

The breakdown
Duffle coat: Vero Moda, £65
Jumper: vintage via eBay, 99p
Jeans: BDG, $45
Bracelet: present from my sister
Wellies: Hunter via mum
Socks: ASOS (v. old)

Have fab weekends all, do you have any fun plans?  I'm off to a film workshop tomorrow, can't wait to learn how to write a script, frame shots and edit. Watch this space Speilberg! xx

Thursday, 19 January 2012

World's coolest flight attendant

This dude has to be the coolest flight attendant around.  I'd certainly pay more attention if he was on my flight!

Happy Thursday y'all.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Shake it like a polariod picture

Towards the end of last year I had the pleasure of spending a whole day playing dress-up in the latest collection of gorgeous vintage gowns from the delightful luxury vintage boutique, Juno Says Hello

Alongside Rebecca Rose, founder of Juno Says Hello, model Rebecca Thacker, photographers Dani Riot and Sonny Malhotra, and our fab assistant come blogger Elodie we had a great day re-enacting Studio54 and i'm now in the process of saving up my pennys so I can afford this beautiful 1950s prom dress.


Monday, 16 January 2012

Round my hometown

The London Eye

Sometimes it's easy to take for granted the things that are right on your doorstep.  I've lived in and around London for most of my life, but I can't remember the last time I really took a look at the wonderful sights it has to offer.  So when the Bot offered to show an American friend the sights, I jumped at the chance.

Enjoy my city, it's pretty damn fine. xx

Big Ben
Message in a bottle, Trafalgar Square

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Meet Frank.  He lives in St. James's Park.
Trying to grab a glimpse of Queeny, Buckingham Palace

Westminster Abbey.  Yup, where Kate and Wills tied the knot last summer.

The Mall

St. James's Park

St James's Park and Buckingham Palace

Big nuts

Big Ben

Protecting the Queen

And look who I found in my garden on Saturday morning.  Foxy Loxy!

Friday, 13 January 2012

I take my hat off to you, sir

I scored this hat at the Salvation Army in Wandsworth for £5, bargain!  I've got a really small head (my girls call me Pea-Head) so finding a hat (other than in the children's section) is always a struggle so I was really pleased when I stumbled upon this beauty. And the neck-tie is just a bit of old ribbon I had lying around the house.  I liked the western feel it gives, coupled with the hat.  Yeeeeeeha!

The breakdown
Cardigan: H&M, £19.99 (I think!)
Shirt: c/o Matalan
Ribbon (tied at neck): leftover from an old project
Hat: Salvation Army, £5
Jeans: BDG, $45
Ballet pumps: Primark, £10

Have a fab weekend all xx

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Flab-busting soup

Then enjoy!

I think we're all feeling the squeeze to our waistlines post-Christmas, so this is a fab little soup crammed full of vegetables to help you shed those pounds.  And better still, the more of this soup you eat, the more calories you'll burn!  

So how does it work?  Well, all the vegetables used in this soup are considered negative-calorie foods.  In other words more calories are burned digesting the vegetables than are in the vegetables themselves. Genius.  One batch of soup makes about 5 large bowls, so I tend to make up a batch on a Sunday and have it for either lunch or dinner during the week.

You can play around with the ingredients where i've given options e.g. an onion or a leek, and you don't have to use the spices if you don't like, but they do give it a nice bit of flavour.

If you have any questions, leave me a comment and i'll get back to you as soon as I can!

Enjoy! xx

* recipe adapted from the Fat-burner foods diet book*