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Monday, 31 December 2012

2012: The Best Bits

I say this every year, but 2012 really has gone so quickly, and I think I can safely say it has been one of my best years yet.

Firstly, this blog was born (see my first post here) and I am so glad I started it. I can fully indulge in my love for fashion, and I have been introduced to such a lovely and supportive blogging community that I never knew existed. I may not have thousands of followers but I love my blog and really appreciate all those who do read and follow my blog (thanks guys!).

Secondly, this was the year my travelling dream became a reality. I had graduated from university, and after working and saving like mad, the boyfriend and I upped sticks and spent four months living out of backpacks in the Americas (see my travels page). I can honestly say I had the best time of my life, and I have definitely been bitten by the travelling bug!

Returning from our travels was pretty depressing, but it wasn't long before we embarked on our next adventure - moving down to London to start our new jobs and new lives. Bit of a hectic year but I have loved every minute of it. Here's to 2013!

What have been your best bits of 2012?

Rope swinging in Brazil

Cape Town

Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Rio
Chocolate tasting in Costa Rica
Hiking in Yosemite
Coffee shop hopping in San Francisco
Exploring LA
Venice Beach

Paraty, Brazil
Family holiday in Sardinia
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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Music Television


Jumper: Topman
Skirt: ASOS
Boots: Carvela
Ring: Gift

Merry Christmas! Bit late I know but I have been too busy gorging on food and prosecco for the last few days and have been unable to waddle over to my laptop and do a post...

I hope you all had a great holiday, I spent mine back in the family home and it has been so lovely to kick back and relax (and of course there was the usual family Christmas craziness...at one point somebody turned the oven off meaning we didn't eat until 8.30 at night, but the less said about that the better!)
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Friday, 21 December 2012

Paisley




Jacket: H&M
Top: J.W. Anderson x Topshop
Skirt: ASOS
Boots: Kurt Geiger
Bag: River Island

With only four days left until Christmas, Adam and I took the day off work to do some last minute shopping. Luckily, most of it had been done and there were only a couple of odd bits to get, meaning we weren't too frantic and could enjoy our day in Covent Garden. It hasn't felt too cold in London this winter (but maybe that's just my northern roots talking) but this J.W Anderson x Topshop quilted top is just the right amount of padded to keep my body warm. After fighting our way through the crowds we went to Honest Burgers in Soho for one of the best burgers I've had in a long time (and none of the crazy queues like Meat Liquor!)

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Breaking news: I bought a cushion

As anyone who follows me on Pinterest will know, I've become sliiightly obsessed with interior design. I've always taken an interest in it, but this has definitely grown since moving into my flat in London. Only problem is, our place, like a lot in this great city, is tiny (approximately ten steps will get you from one end to the other) so there's not a lot I can do with it.

My new-found love will not be suppressed, however, so I'm taking pleasure in the small things, like this new cushion from H&M (left):



I know, I know, it's only a cushion...hardly something to write home about (in fact I feel a bit daft writing this at all, hence the name of this post!). But I just love it, and think it goes perfectly with this pink Cath Kidston cushion (which brings out my inner five year old) and the dark grey of our Ikea sofa.
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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Leopard




Jacket: Topshop
Jumper: Brandy Melville
Scarf: Hermes
Jeans: Topshop
Belt: Topshop
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins
Clutch: eBay
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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Laid-back Luxe




Jumper: Zara
Trousers: Zara
Trainers: River Island

I love getting dressed up, but sometimes there's nothing better than relaxing in a chunky knit and sweatpants. The whole sports luxe trend wasn't one I got into straight away (mainly because I didn't think I could pull it off without looking like a chav) but I fell in love with these pants when I saw them in Zara, and my wedge trainers are a very comfortable alternative to my usual footwear!
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Saturday, 8 December 2012

Cinderela B blogger competition

British jewellery brand Cinderela B have launched a Christmas blogger competition, with first prize being £100 to spend on any items on their site. Their jewellery is gorgeous, so I couldn't say no! The competition is to create your ultimate party outfit, complete with your favourite piece from Cinderela B.


Necklace: Cinderela B
Dungarees: Topshop Boutique
Lipstick: Laura Mercier
Clutch: River Island
Boots: Kurt Geiger

I love the glitz and glamour around this festive season but after a few Christmas parties I tend to get a bit sick of sequins, which is why I chose these velvet dungarees from Topshop. They're unexpected, and the velvet adds that bit of luxe. Teamed with this stunning vintage necklace from Cinderela B and bright red lipstick, and it makes my perfect Christmas party outfit.
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Thursday, 6 December 2012

Winter Wonderland



Coat: Zara
Jumper: Brandy Melville
Skirt: Zara
Boots: Kurt Geiger
Bag: River Island

We spent this evening at Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland. Definitely feeling the chill in London at the moment (as you can tell by my red nose!) so we pretty much dodged the various stalls and rides and headed straight for the beers and bratwurst in the heated indoors...perfect way to spend a Thursday evening and get in the Christmas spirit!
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Sunday, 2 December 2012

Camden Town


Leather jacket: Topshop
Scarf: Parisian stall
Jumper: Whistles
Jeans: Topshop
Bag: Topshop
Boots: Kurt Geiger

Camden Lock: perfect place to blow away a hangover on a Sunday afternoon!

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Saturday, 1 December 2012

Dear Father Christmas...

It's the first of December which officially means the countdown to Christmas has begun (is it me or has it come round reeeally quickly this year - or am I just getting old?!)

The shops are packed full of Christmas goodies, but as much as I love shopping, trekking around the shops at this time of year can be a bit of a nightmare. That's why somewhere like House of Fraser is my go-to for Christmas shopping - great brands and everything you need under one roof.

Since it's 2012 and we've gone all techy, I thought I'd leave my wishlist for Father Christmas on here (I hear he's a big fan of the blogging scene)



All items at House of Fraser

What's on your Christmas wishlist?
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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Daytime Sparkle


Coat: Zara
Jumper: Uniqlo
Skirt: ASOS
Boots: Kurt Geiger
Sunglasses: ASOS
Bag: Ebay


Sundays in November mean only one thing: wandering around the many parks that London has to offer and warming your cockles in the pub afterwards. That's exactly what we did last Sunday around Highgate and a bit of winter sun made it all the more perfect.

Who says you can't wear sequins in the daytime?
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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

US Presidential elections: I'm pro-choice

We're at that time again when the entire world seems to stop and wait with baited breath for the announcement of the US presidential elections. It's quite scary really, how the outcome of a vote in one country can affect the rest of the globe.

By no means am I an expert on American politics (or British politics...or any politics for that matter) but in my opinion Obama has done a great job and I really hope that he gets voted in again. I get the impression that a lot of our cousins across the pond blame Obama for not being the miracle worker that they all thought he was going to be. Guysss, he's human, and he has had to spend a lot of his time cleaning up all the mess that George Bush created. We've made one step forward; let's not take two back.

So today, I'm urging my sisters in the States to do the right thing. Even if it is just for this fab little video.


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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Black and Grey



Dress: Topshop
Bag: River Island
Rings: Topshop
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Friday, 2 November 2012

Autumn Days




Jacket: H&M
Dress: Topshop
Trainers: River Island
Bag: Peru

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Sunday, 28 October 2012

28.10.12


If you read my previous post, you'll know that I was moaning about the difficulty of finding a flat in London. So good news readers, we've found one! We're moving in a couple of weeks and I cannot wait to move in and properly settle into our new London life.

It also means that my weekends are no longer taken up trawling through Rightmove and looking round rubbish flats at extortionate prices. I took full advantage of that this weekend, and hot-footed it to the Saatchi gallery to see Chanel's Little Black Jacket exhibition before it ends next Sunday. It didn't disappoint, and neither did my cheeky little shopping trip afterwards. I bought this great top from Whistles for the bargain price of £35 in the sale, and jumper at the newly-opened Brandy Melville on King's Road.

Adam and I also enjoyed a great meal at Le Mercury on Upper Street (great value, great food - definitely recommended!) before a night out in Shoreditch. Safe to say today was a day of recovery, but at least we celebrated our flat finding in style!
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Monday, 8 October 2012

Missing in Action










Shirt: Zara
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Trainers: River Island
Leather jacket: Topshop


I've been neglecting the blog recently and I've really been missing it...just shows how attached I've become! You may have read this in an earlier post but I've recently moved down to London to join the real world and get a proper grown up job. It's a bit of a big move and every spare hour is taken up trying to find a flat (which is proving to be a niiightmare - property in London is expensive and goes really quickly!) 

But I did manage to sneak a spare half an hour to do these pictures and get a bit of a blogging fix. Loving the military trend at the moment although not sure if I'll go for the full on camo!

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Monday, 17 September 2012

Giveaway

Good evening readers!

I recently reached 200 GFC followers (and have since exceeded this) and I just can't believe it. I started this blog at the start of 2012, and never thought that anyone outside my family (well, no one inside my family for that matter) would read it, never mind follow and post such lovely comments!

So to show my appreciation I have decided to host a giveaway...although I have no idea what to actually include in the prize. I know a lot of giveaways normally include beauty products but as this blog doesn't really focus on beauty, I don't really want to do that.

Is there anything that you would like to see included? What do you like to get out of a giveaway? I'm thinking maybe a sort of  'goodie bag' with some of my favourite things...any thoughts? Much appreciated!
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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Perfect Chocolate Brownies



I love baking, and think there's nothing better than a home-cooked meal or fresh cakes straight out of the oven. I made brownies for the first time in ages yesterday and don't know why I don't more often...they're easy to make and taste so much better than shop-bought ones! They're going down a treat in my house so I thought I'd share the recipe with you lovely lot.

Ingredients

175g margarine
350g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
3 eggs
100g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
75g cocoa powder

Method
  • Grease and line a baking tin, and set the oven to Gas mark 4/180 C/350 F
  • Melt the margarine in a pan over a low heat, then pour into a large mixing bowl. Add the sugar and vanilla essence
  • Beat the eggs in a cup or small bowl, then slowly add to the rest of the mixture, mixing them in well
  • Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Mix well
  • Pour the mixture into the tin, smoothing it with a knife or back of a spoon
  • Bake for 40 minutes. To check that they're done, stick a fork in and it should come out clean
  • Leave them to cool for about 10 minutes then lift the paper (along with brownies) out of the tin, and cut into squares
  • Enjoy with a cup of tea!
Let me know if you try the recipe and if you want more food posts on the blog!
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Monday, 10 September 2012

Through the Letterbox


I love getting things through the post (except bills!) and today my new Asos sunnies came through...



I just think they're so cute and fun, I can't wait to wear these bad boys out.

Another thing that has recently come through the (virtual) letterbox is a job offer! I will be moving down to London next weekend to start my new job as an Editorial Assistant and I can't wait. I graduated last year and decided to take a bit of a gap yah (see the Travels page) before embarking on 'real life', and when I got back in June I never anticipated just how hard it was going to be to get a job. You always hear about how bad the job market is in the UK and how there are record numbers of people in unemployment, but you don't really know what that means until you are one of those numbers.

I've got a good degree from a good university, done my share of unpaid work experience - surely I'd be racking up the interviews and job offers? But no, I was brought down to reality and pretty much spent my summer trawling job sites, only to find...nothing, day after day. But I persevered. Sitting around all day watching Real Housewives may sound like fun but in reality it's boring, and I didn't want to be a statistic any longer (and hey, my wardrobe isn't going to stock itself).

I feel really lucky to have landed myself a job and certainly won't be taking it for granted. For those of you still looking, keep at it and try not to get disheartened (easier said than done). There may not be loads of jobs out there but you'll get one eventually!
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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Collar Me Up








Top: Wasteland
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Boots: Kurt Geiger

I am obsessed with metal collars at the moment, I just love how they can transform a seemingly plain shirt. I bought this top whilst in LA a couple of months ago and whenever I wear it I always get asked where it's from...I haven't seen it being sold over here but I just checked Wasteland's website and they're still selling it on there, and ship to the UK!

P.S The lipstick I'm wearing is Sweet Kiss by Bourjois
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Saturday, 1 September 2012

Drape










Dress: Love
Necklace: Vintage
Shoes: Kurt Geiger 
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Saturday, 25 August 2012

Review: Prairie Charms




There's nothing quite like getting a package through the door, and on Saturday morning this one landed on my doormat.

The lovely Stephanie from Prairie Charms contacted me over whether I would like to feature one of their bracelets, and after having a look at some on their website, I jumped at the chance. They're cute, unique and inexpensive. Oh, and 10% of the proceedings go to Great Ormond Street Hospital's 'Kiss it Better' campaign. Well if it's going to charity it would be rude not to...

I chose the 'Willow' bracelet. I love monochrome, and it looks more expensive than it is - perfect for day or night!





Please excuse my boyish hands!
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