Monday, 24 September 2012

A Bit Of Sparkle

Went back to LFWend today to use the second lot of tickets I won. I went back primarily for the HH t shirt I wanted but ended up spending it on a little birthday present for my boyfriend. I always seriously debate buying clothes in my head and end up regretting it. That's how I passed up on getting the Jeffrey Campbell tardy's. oh well.

Recently picked this up from my local charity shop for £2. Its so so comfy and will definitely become a staple in my wardrobe this autumn as it brightens up any look. I went for a really dressed down look with this, plus its got so cold. Autumn is definitely here!

I seem to be in there everyday checking from something new and they probably know me by now. Plus, I think at least 30% of my wardrobe is from there. Every time I come back, my sister says why didn't you get anything for me? She doesn't have the patience to root around in there. Well I see shopping in these places as a very personal experience. I go to find what will suit me specifically plus if I find the most amazing item, there is no way I'm giving it up! In this situation, I'm like a magpie. yup.

Sweater/Charity Shop; Jeans/New Look; Creepers/UO for Underground


Saturday, 22 September 2012

Win a pair of Louboutins

E-tail webstores are brilliant, from the great competitions they run to blogger interactions on twitter every thursday. They are holding another competition to win classic Louboutins. To enter, go on Facebook and follow the instructions to enter via rafflecopter. Good luck!


London Fashion Weekend

So like I said in the last post, I entered a competition to win VIP tickets to London Fashion Weekend on the opening night on thursday and won. This is the first thing I have won in my life. My luck is actually not that bad! Went down with my sister since it was just too much of a journey for Fikki to make. The event is a fashion and designer shopping experience where the public have the chance to buy from some of their favourite labels at discounted prices. It reminded me of going to an exhibition, only you get to buy whatever you liked. Apart from the shopping experience, there are also catwalk shows and various talks for the public to attend.

Dress/River Island; Jacket/Levi's (Charity Shop); Boots/So You Shoes

Monday, 17 September 2012

Today's Outfit

My friend Laura from Chambray and Curls is in London today. So excited cause I havent seen her since the end of June. So off to stroll around the Southbank, have lunch and probably a copious amount of green tea.

London Fashion Week is in full swing and hope everyone who is there is enjoying it. I've been kept updated with the various shows online through the Guardian's fashion page when I had the time to. So far KTZ (floral lace designs) and Mary Katrantzou (money and postage stamp print galore) have stood out for me.

Also, somehow I won two different competitions giving away tickets for London Fashion Weekend. Thank you, Vodafone VIP and Triumph International.


Wednesday, 12 September 2012

New In My Wardrobe #1

In the spirit of welcoming in the new season, I have started to get some new additions to my wardrobe. Surprisingly,I am tired of the heat and I can't wait to get back to layering up. The first place I did a search for clothes is my local charity shop, which is ingeniously called 'charity shop'. I usually go there first because I always seem to find so much and at a very very affordable price. It always ends up saving me plenty of money because everything in the store is under £5.

Really loving this dark shade of green this season. Its so striking and although a shade darker than the coats I've seen on the military trend coats, its in keeping with the simple tailored look.
I got this blazer in the charity shop for £2.50 and its Marks & Spencer. I love the different proportions on the coat with the massive shoulders and sinched in waist when buttoned up. Its quite thick so will be doubling as a coat and I can't wait to wear it all the time this autumn.

Leather is making quite a statement this season and i'm loving it. It was trendy last year and although I was initially not a huge fan, Fikki and I got a-line skirts from H&M. It can be done tastefully to create a gorgeous tailored silhouette and im wholeheartedly embracing it. For this trend, a skirt is as far as I can go and I snapped up this real leather skirt in the charity shop for £3! For me, I think it is best teamed with a soft white shirt or loose knit on the top.

For this, I was looking backwards to that one pair of shoes I had missed out on last year. I really wanted the Topshop Allegra but I never got round to actually buying it. So a few weeks ago, my lovely aunty got me these from So You Shoes. These are so comfy, even wore them around FNO and no pain. I've seen quite a few variations and similar styles like these nasty gal boots on blogger Carmen with amazing detailing and the Topshop Alexy.


Sunday, 9 September 2012

Dinner time in a Cut-Out Dress

Remember the mint green blazer? Well, this black cut-out dress was the second item that Glamorous sent me in August and I wore it to a friend's birthday dinner on Thursday.

As the weather becomes slightly less cheery, I always find myself leaning towards more neutral colours for clothes: black,whites, greys but maintaining an air of fun with bright make-up and accessories.

Since thursday happened to be one of those cooler September days, I was drawn to wearing this dress. I love the cut-out detailing at the neckline and in the back. This time round, as it was a late evening affair, I chose to wear the dress with some of the top buttons undone. The dress is available in black and jade green 

The bag is from Urban Outfitters and was the other half of my BOGOF

Next time I wear it, which will probably in the thick of autumn/winter, I will most likely choose to wear the buttons all the way to the top (the sensible thing to do in cold weather) with a pair of collar tips and a nice woolly cardigan to keep warm.

Dress/Glamorous*; Clutch/Urban Outfitters; Rings/Topshop

So for dinner, we went to a vegetarian restaurant, a first for many of us which included myself. I wouldn't say that I am a big meat-eater but I do like to gnaw at a bone once in a while...However I was excited to give a meatless-meal a try. 

Greens is a homely, little restaurant in Didsbury, Manchester that serves yummy veggie dishes. The menu is seasonal which adds to charm of the place. I had a lovely spinach, pistachio and feta filo pie with cinnamon tomato sauce and honey, which sounded so interesting on the menu that I had to give it a try (I forgot to instagram it...current food porn shortage!).

The pie had such an interesting mix of flavours that I would love to one day recreate. Aside from the incompetence of one of the waiters, she was adamant we underpaid yet lacked simple maths skills, it was a lovely experience and I would probably visit again but in a smaller group to avoid such mishaps.


Thursday, 6 September 2012

Forest Green

A closer look at what I wore last night to the my celebrity fashion event.
While sifting through the last dregs of the Zara sale, I was actually quite surprised to find some great stuff. Amongst the stuff I got, I spotted this dress in sale for £10. The colour is in keeping with this season's and is a very simple look.

Boots/So You Shoes; Rings/Turkey, H&M and Primark


Wednesday, 5 September 2012

My Celebrity Fashion Event

Fikki and I were invited to the my celebrity fashion event celebrating the relaunch of their website: in conjunction with Macy's and Blommingdales. Unfortunately, Fikki could not attend so I took my sister along with me for company in her place. The event was held at Bacchus pub and kitchen in Shoreditch. This is the first event I have been to so since coming back to London I didn't know what to expect but everyone was friendly and chatty so we soon felt comfortable. It was so hot so no pictures of me at the event, my face melted. 

my sister!

Trying out some BeauBronz which looked great on my sister's skin and gave her a nice glow. 

WishWantWear had a selection of their clothes on display. Rather than selling, they hire dresses to their customers for any event. Quite a niche service as there are some events where it would be more cost effective if one could get a dress just for the night. On the night, they gave away a 6 month free designer dress hire and a 3 month hire for a runner up. Rare London were also giving away £200 worth of clothes from their website which my sister won! ... and hopefully will share with me. Already have my eye on a few things on their website. 

Motel also had a selection of their AW12 collection on display. I absolutely love the collection from the floral print to the Gothic all done in their signature styles. The Gothic Placement Print Jeans stood out for me and I definitely will be getting that with the £10 Motel voucher we got in our goody bags.

Overall, a great night meeting loads of great people and seeing loads of familiar bloggers. 

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