Thursday, 27 June 2013

The Everyday Look

Skirt/Motel; Top/Thrifted; 'Lana' Bag/Paul's Boutique*

After a lovely two weeks off, I'm back finishing off Law School, work and being busy busy busy. Once again, I am completely snowed under with work after doing absolutely nothing and taking time off work. I don't know why I do this to myself! For a day of lectures and running around, I kept it quite simple with this midi skirt from Motel. I absolutely love the effect and the illusion of curves that is created with the lines although it is quite hard to walk quickly in it.

Just like Fikki, I got a bag from Paul's Boutique to test out their new branding and image. Honestly, I was not a fan growing up, it was not me. But, recently they decided to introduce a classic luxe and fashion forward style into their image without loosing their original branding. It's a brilliant strategy, it allows the brand to grow up with their fans and create pretty statement bags that showcases fashion awareness. I decided that I wanted to choose something that was not a shopper/bucket bag but one that I can use for law school and work everyday. The bag I ended up choosing is this bowling bag style bag which fits all my notes and iPad perfectly. Although I wish the straps were longer, it's perfect for my needs, has a slight playful edge, I'm pretty much attached to it now and make a nice alternative to my zara shopper. Its also now its on sale now for £39.


Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Wireless Festival | What I'm Wearing

Festival season is here again! In two and a half weeks, Fikki and I are going to be at Wireless Festival in London with friends listening to the sounds of Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean and others, so excited! Although we absolutely love camping at festivals (Reading, the muddiness that was Creamfields), we frequent quite a bit of day festivals and it sometimes is nice to know that you can turn up for the day and go back to your nice and warm bed after it all. Fikki has already been to Parklife Festival in Manchester while I had exams so has already got into the swing of it all. Which reminds me, I'm so Jealous of everyone on their way Glastonbury right now - I am definitely going next year. 

For festivals, it's all about being comfy because let's face it all I want to do is dance dance dance. I usually wear denim cut offs and a nice top (with or without tights) which is the extent of it. I was given this gorgeous crotchet top by Get The Label and thought it would be perfect to wear for any festival or on holiday. The converses, I have had since 2006 during my emo phase and they have since been my trusty pair of trainers for every festival (when it's not raining), concert and warehouse party I go to. I'm surprised it has not fallen apart yet!

Cut offs/Urban Outfitters; Top/Get The Label*; Trainers/Converse; Bag/Vintage 

Anyone going to any festivals this summer?


Thursday, 20 June 2013

White & Sheer

Jeans/Primark; Top/Glamorous; Flatforms/H&M

I'm in love with my new flatforms from H&M, I was so close to returning them on the basis that it was a frivolous purchase but they look amazing with anything and I've never owned white shoes so these are a good introduction. Although, I'm quite scared of wearing them anywhere because I don't want to ruin them. I paired it with my new favourite beaded top from Glamorous via Get The Label. It's so so pretty and I love the delicate detailing on them. 


Monday, 17 June 2013

Blue Flowers at Night

Dress/Glamorous*; Necklace/Primark(old)

I can't believe its only been a year since I started dating my boyfriend because it feels like I have known him all my life. Normally when girls say this sort of drivel, my reaction is to scoff (I'm normally not a huge romantic)...but look at me now.

I wore this dress to our anniversary dinner at Room Restaurant in Manchester. Its from Glamorous and I remember seeing one of the little mix girls wearing it. This is the first time the boy has ever taken my blog photos. Considering we were both sloshed on wine at this point, he did a pretty good job.

 I haven't had a proper break from med school since the Christmas holidays. After literally feeling like I was going to die a month or so ago, around exam time, I knew I was due a break but would have to wait patiently for term to end in mid July.

Luckily, the boy is heading down to the south of France with his brother in a couple days and I have begged to be their third wheel. So I am escaping a life of microscopes and cells (mundane research related work) for a long weekend to just chill. Fingers crossed the weather is good as I plan on lounging by the pool and doing nothing else.


Thursday, 13 June 2013

New In My Wardrobe #3

H&M £15

Primark £5

Glamorous £24

I would like to welcome myself back to the land of the living, finished with exams on Tuesday and I was just been relaxing as much as possible before I begin the second half of my classes in two weeks. 

I went shopping with a friend to stock up for my summer holiday and clear my head. The H&M shoes were reduced from £25 in the sale and I didn't even try them on. They are perfect for my holiday! The Primark dress will make a nice cover up over my bikinis on the beach or for sightseeing during the day. The Glamorous disco pants were not a holiday purchase but much more of a 'hey Lola we would finally like to welcome you to the world of disco pants' purchase. The trend never really bothered me but Republic were having a closing down sale and when I tried them on, they looked amazing. These are probably the best AA dupes I have seen. 


Saturday, 8 June 2013

Pop Art Dress

Dress/Pop Art via Get The Label; Shirt/Thrifted; Shoes/Primark 

 Being stuck inside while everyone else enjoys the sun is depressing, but there is a silver lining. I finish on Tuesday and I have two weeks to just relax and do nothing. Fingers crossed the weather remains good after Tuesday. I decided to actually look nice for my exam yesterday (how sad) and wear something other than jeans and some crappy top. I got this dress from Get The Label - it's a brand called Pop Art - Loved the mutli coloured swirls, there is something so pyscadelic about it and I snapped it up for only £11.99. I toned it down with my favourite cover up shirt and off to my four hour exam I went. Excuse the massive bags under my eyes!


Monday, 3 June 2013


Bag/Paul's Boutique*; Shirt/Ebay; Shorts/Zara; Sunglasses/Primark


Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's...bag?!?
It's pretty hard not to when it is bright orange and staring right at you, whilst you learn about some obscure childhood genetic disease. A fellow medical student had one at the start of spring this year and all I could think about was how great it would look if a similar one was mine for spring/summer.

So when we got an email from Paul's Boutique about their new image, I was instantly drawn to the Stella bag on the website. The brand are revamping their image to offer more sophisticated and "grown-up" styles so as to appeal to the more fashion aware consumer whilst still offering a few designs for die-hard old-school PB fans. Going through the new items, I have to say they have achieved just that. The new bags look more chic and luxe with many made of real leather or suede and with less obvious branding! 

This Stella shopper was an In Style magazine Editor's pick...further highlighting the success of the rebrand!

I chose the Stella leather shopper in orange (see above for most obvious reason) because its perfect for this season - giant tote in neon orange with pink contrast detailing = very S/S13. Aside from the colour , the size is great for carrying around my essentials and then some. If bright orange is not your thing, they have this bag in other colours. The raw cut on the inside, which you either love or hate, I feel adds to the aesthetic of the bag. The only downside is the long strap which I would have preferred to be in leather. Luckily it is detachable and the handheld straps are large enough to put over the shoulder. The signature PB key-chain matches the brands new direction so I will definitely be leaving it attached. 

Looking at all the other bags there is a lot on offer from satchels to clutches to totes all in a range of colours and diverse styles. Even though I already had an idea of what I wanted I found it very hard to choose just one. 

Head over to the Paul's Boutique website if you haven't already and I can bet you'll find more than one thing you need want. 

ps I apologise in advance if I go pixlr mad in upcoming posts but it's so fun!
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