Sunday, 17 November 2013

Zara, Manchester

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A few months ago, Fikki and I strolled down to Manchester city centre with the sole purpose of going to Zara but when we arrived it was all boarded up - a new concept store would be taking its place. So we waited and waited through the summer and finally the store opened up last week. We were invited down to check it out with the other Manchester Fashion Week ladies. The Store runs over 4 floors and has a wider range akin to the stores in London. Although there seemed to be less of the Zara basics, the A/W 13 coats they have are all way too gorgeous, especially the tartan beauty above. If you are in and around Manchester, Zara is once again open!

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Friday, 15 November 2013

Checkmate!


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Dress/Zara; Shoes/Primark; Bag/Thrifted

Hey peeps! Its been a while. After 6 long years I have made it to my final year of medical school and so far its been a whirlwind which has meant my presence on the blogosphere has been lacking.

So thought I should end a dry spell with a post on this awesome dress which I bought in the last Zara sale. Its from their S/S13 collection and because its monochrome it transcends into this season quite well. It's actually a shift dress but I chose to wear it with a belt and my trusty Primark monochrome sandals.

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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Wagamama Autumn Winter Menu


A few weeks ago, Fikki and I were invited to taste the new Autunm Winter menu for Wagamama in the Printworks in Manchester. As we have recently found our love for restaurant sampling and reviewing, we decided we would definitely attend. Also invited were other lifestyle and food bloggers to sample what they have in store for customers soon. We were greeted with wine and took our seats to begin our sampling journey.


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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Friday, 11 October 2013

French Connection Sketch to Store + Win a £100 Giftcard

(Lola) - While we were on our impromptu break away from blogging, French Connection invited us to their sketch to store event which was running in all their stores around the country. All guests invited were given the challenge to style themselves using the new collection. The first thing that caught our eye was the Belle Boucle Wool Coat which Fikki is wearing. The deep orange colour looks so striking and Fikki decided to build a look around the coat pairing it with the Misty Fern Trousers. Although it took me hours to find anything I wanted to style, I fell in love with the Paint Checked Richie Dress.


They are now holding a contest for all readers - bringing the style challenge to everyone. All you have to do is post your outfits (does not have to be French Connection) on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #fcbloggerstyle. The group of bloggers hosting this contest will then vote for their favourites. The three highest will then go on to receive £100 worth of vouchers. 


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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Swimwear 365 Guest Post



Last month, Fikki and I were asked to take part in a short guest post for the Swimwear 365 website. The post was all about what we would take in our suitcase if we were ever to travel to Rio. The beautiful city is still at the top of our list of places we would love to go to and we will make it there! We decided to go for a very print heavy look but alternatively the swimsuit was way too gorgeous to leave out. 

Check out the full post which is now live on the Swimwear 365 website. Thank you to the S365 team for letting us share our top picks!



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Monday, 30 September 2013

Ankara Trousers

Top/Thrifted; Jewellery/Primark; Shoes/Primark

Can you believe these trousers originally belonged to the boy?!? 

Last time he was in Nigeria, he asked his tailor to sew him a couple of trousers from some Ankara (African fabric) he had. Unfortunately for him, something got lost in translation and the tailor ended up making both trousers three-quarter length. 

So there was little else he could do but give them to his 5ft3 girlfriend (ME!). A combination of the boy's slim frame and the elasticated waistband meant that both trousers actually fit quite well. After a bit of DIY to the hemline, they were ready to wear. 

I wore this pair to my cousin's 18th birthday party a week ago. I absolutely adore the print of this one and think I might just be able to get away with wearing them to hospital as long as I stick to a black top and lose the chunky necklace.

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Tartan

Parka/Get The Label*; Skirt/Charity Shop; Top/H&M; Boots/So You Shoes

I have been awol from the blog for awhile now due some unfortunate incidents in my life and general exam hibernation . But now I'm back refreshed, officially finished law school and starting in my new job next week. The fact that law school is over also means that I can hopefully blog more. I'm planning to do a work series post so you can see what I wear to work and I don't just showcase my weekend looks.  The work wear series would really be helpful in trying to redefine my wardrobe to fit in with work.

 Back to the casual - say hello to my gradual transition into autumn. Once again everyone is wearing tartan so I pulled out this skirt I bought for a £1 from my local charity to pair with my new coat from Get The Label for a day of shopping.The infamous checked print is once again on the high street this season in all shapes and sizes. The parka made for a nice contract with the oversized look and manish silhouette. Plus, it's unbelievably warm and cosy. Exactly what I need this autumn.

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Saturday, 31 August 2013

McArthurGlen Designer Outlets - Ashford

The huge bags make it look like I bought a lot more than I actually did :-/

Left: Shirt from Abercrombie and Fitch (kid section). RRP £42, I paid £14.99
Right: Shirt from Ralph Lauren. RRP £80, I paid £34.99


Left: Shirt from Ralph Lauren. RRP £70, I paid £24.99
Right: Dress from French Connection. RRP £72, I paid £14

If you don't mind buying thick jumpers at the height of summer and short shorts in the dead of winter, outlet shopping might be for you. To be honest at such good prices, they are for everybody. 

Being back home from uni for the summer and for the first time having a car with me, I spent quite a bit of my time shopping. Although my bank account whimpers my wardrobe is thrilled with its new additions. First stop on my summer spree was the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Ashford. 

Outlets by the McArthurGlen group can be found all over the UK and Europe. Whilst they offer Prada, Versace and Missoni outlets elsewhere in Europe (*wishes home was in Italy), here in the UK the brands on offer are a bit more modest, think Ted Baker, Kurt Geiger, Jaeger etc. Please note that even in the UK, the brand selection at the outlets differ. The best one in my opinion seems to be the one in Cheshire Oaks because some of the brands includes Burberry, Mulberry and Joseph. Luckily its not too far from Manchester! 

Since the last time I went to the one in Ashford, about 3/4 years ago, the outlet has massively improved. The addition of a Jaeger and Reiss outlet store made it even more necessary for me to pop down. But the most impressive thing about this outlet is that it holds Abercrombie & Fitch's first European outlet store! It may be a bit basic inside but it has the classic A&F smell.

Unfortunately, my trip to the outlet was a quick stop so I only went to those three stores, French Connection and Ralph Lauren with the latter two having a lot to offer. Here is a quick summary: Jaeger was still out of my budget, everything I liked in Reiss was not in my size and A&F had a average selection of women's shirts (I was on a shirt hunt). I wanted about £500 worth of stuff in Ralph Lauren but could afford a lot less and French Connection had an amazing selection of dresses on sale (crazy reductions eg from £140 to £30, if only I was on a dress hunt). 

The main purpose of making the drive to the outlet was to maybe one day finally wear a shirt to hospital because I just feel like people are more likely to trust a doctor in a smart shirt. So I picked up three and couldn't resist the French Connection Dress. The shirt from A&F is actually from the kid section! 

I made an overall saving of over £175.

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Blue at Sea

Dress/French Connection; Sandals/Primark

I love this dress from French Connection! It is one of those things that doesn't look great on the hanger but transforms into awesomeness once tried on. Due to my body shape (God failed to give me more curves), I tend to prefer clothes that flow rather than cling and this dress does just that. 

 The best thing about this dress was the price. It was originally £72 but I got it at the French Connection outlet store at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlets in Ashford for just £14. Bargain! Will do doing a quick post about my summer haul soon.

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Monday, 19 August 2013

Last one from the Côte d'Azur

Top/Zara; Shorts/eBay; Jewellery/Primark

This is my final post on my trip to the South of France. These shorts were all over the blogosphere this summer. As much as I loved them, I wasn't keen on buying them at the Zara price so bought them on ebay for just £5. I wore them with a Zara cami that I bought the day before I flew out. 



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