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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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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Shelf Love

I redecorated my bedroom and a few months ago, and after having new shelves put in, I became a bit obsessed with bookshelves. Yes, bookshelves. I spent hours trawling the net for inspiration, and one site that I have a lot of time for is Bookshelf Porn (as much as for the name as anything else). After a lot of messing around, here is the final product: 





I like the idea of having things other than books on shelves, and showcasing your favourite coffee-table books. What do you think? Do you share my shelf love?
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Sunday, 19 August 2012

Dusk








Top: Topman
Necklace: Gift
Leggings: Lovelysally
Wedges: Office
Ring: Topshop

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

OOTD: Belt detail





Dress: Asos
Belt: Vintage


I'm a sucker for maxi dresses and skirts, and this one's great because it has that split in the back...prevents me from walking like a penguin! And how gorgeous is this belt? It was my Grandma's yeeears ago and I love pairing it with simple black to give it the attention it demands!
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Sunday, 12 August 2012

Anna Piaggi, I Salute You

Earlier this week, the fashion world was shocked into silence at the news of one of it’s great contributors: Anna Piaggi. On 7th August 2012, the Italian fashion writer and famed style icon died at the age of 81.

A true legend, Piaggi worked for the likes of Vogue and Vanity, and counted Karl Lagerfeld, Stephen Jones, and Manolo Blahnik among some of her closest acquaintances. But work achievements aside, it is her style that firmly puts her in the fashion hall of fame in my eyes. Rocking bright blue hair and never seen without an elaborate hat (that friendship with Stephen Jones must have come in handy), this woman was originality personified. Not one for following fashion trends or being particularly ‘stylish’, Piaggi was eccentric and stood out – not something you see much of these days. Unconcerned with being dubbed
as ‘ridiculous’, she wore whatever she wanted, and most importantly, had fun with fashion.

Fashionites are labelled as serious and stuck up far too often, and although I am an avid lover of all things fashion, I think we all need to take a leaf out of Piaggi’s red Olivetti typewriter and start loosening up. After all, clothes should be a true expression of who we are, not who the designers tell us to be that season.
We all like to think that we are individual, creative and expressive, but I look at Anna Piaggi and I envy her. She was a true individual, and I don’t think I have the guts to be quite as creative and expressive as she was.

But I may just try out some blue eye shadow this week in her honour.

Anna Piaggi, I salute you.
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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

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Shirt: Zara
Trousers: Topshop
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Rings (left-right): Moroccan market, Peruvian market, Tiffany, gift

These trousers are making a second appearance on the blog because I just love them - great length and such an unusual print! Also thought I'd give you a closer look at my rings as I pretty much wear them on a daily basis so they deserve their time in the spotlight!

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Thursday, 2 August 2012

Peplum Take Two





Top: Topshop
Skirt: Zara
Boots: Kurt Geiger
Bag: River Island
Jewellery: Gifts/markets

I love this top, it's so versatile (you may have seen it in this previous post and no doubt you'll see it again!) and am obsessed with this printed pencil skirt from Zara - absolute bargain for £9.99 in the sale!
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