Thursday, 29 December 2011

•With the need to diet in order to fit in to pretty much everything I own right now that doesn't have an elasticated waist (chav chic is back and I swear to God I've grown another bum this month), I was grateful to receive at least one gift I could wear everyday without the worry of it being too snug... My new lovely, shiny, pretty Michael Kors Chonograph bracelet watch.

I'd wanted a watch for quite some time so was silly excited to unwrap this on my Birthday and have to thank my amazing girly friends for taking on my subtle hints and choosing the most perfect timepiece for me ;) I'd have posted about it sooner but it needed at least 4 links taking out and now that I've got it back from the jewellers, I never plan on taking it off! Usually I live in my digital Casio or my dainty antique gold watch but this is the first day time piece I will have owned so I can't wait to get lots of wear out of it!xoxo

•Hey everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and have fattened up nicely! Now that I'm done unwrapping gifts, watching festive films with the family, eating turkey/chocolate for breakfast/lunch/dinner and drinking copious amounts, I'm back on the radar and ready to share in on what Santa brought me!

I think I may have hinted aplenty this year, as I got lots of things that I was after and then some :) Firstly, my addiction and obsession with nail polish has definitely been outed!!! I got 6 bottles this year, a record if I do say so myself! Must say my favourite of all was NARS 'Space Odyssey' from their Holiday 2011 Collection which looked gorgeous and glossy on for 4 days straight however it took about 15 minutes to get it off which seriously frustrated me! I've found this with all metallic polishes including the Topshop polish in 'Phenomena' that I posted about previously, so what do they put in the stuff that makes it so impossible to remove?!

I've now painted on a lovely shade of plum by OPI called 'We'll Always Have Paris' from my lovely boyfriend which you can see below! I'm forever going to be a fan of OPI for their chip resistant and hard wearing polishes in classic and seasonal colours and also praise their ProWide Brush which makes application a piece of pie. What do you all think of the colour?! Plum is so versatile and timeless, I'm planning on wearing it on NYE even though I'm totally clueless on outfit choice at the mo - Oww well, at least I can rely on something!xoxo

Friday, 23 December 2011

•I woke up this morning to a bundle of emails re Christmas sales and knew it would be a productive day of online shopping at work due to it being somewhat dead (understatement) in the office. If like I, you're sat at your desk wondering why the hell you didn't book this day off as annual leave, you must check out my fave retailer site for winter sales: Urban Outfitters. Unlike lots of other retailers, I've always been a little more excited when UO have a sale because it's not just their junk or last season's unwanted pieces that they slash the prices on. It's the gooooooood stuff.

I made this dark pink Le Mont St. Michel velvet skirt and the See by Chloe jumper dress mine mine mine this morning, and had they not been in the sale I would have (actually probably wouldn't have) paid £384 for them. So as usual, having nabbed two bargains for just £160 from the Boutique section of the site, I feel oh so smug and happy with my purchases :)

Velvet mini @ Urban Outfitters £60 was £150
Gathered arm jumper dress @ Urban Outfitters £100 was £234

This is my last post before Christmas as tomorrow is my birthday and I plan to be drunky drunk drunk all day. Thank you all for reading and I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and get all you wished for and more!xoxo

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

•It's the final Wishlist Wednesday before Christmas and just in case God Santa is looking down at me thinking I've been a very good girl this year, I've put together a no expense spared wishlist only somebody as giving as the man himself could deliver. Ladies, I give you the Louis Vuitton SS12 backpack... Hell I'm not even sure it's in production or for sale and for how much but I just know I love it. With it's heritage meets modern look, mixed monochrome tone leathers and fine detailing, I predict that it will hands down be one of next season's must have items. I'm really trying not to care that impracticality comes in to play due to size by the way (I live my life out of my v large handbag) - Just give it to me now!!!

In case you all wondered, I'm still obsessed with anything metallic. Love love this silk and leather Gucci dress, the kind of purchase I'd spend a month's wage on but regret ever after due to only being able to afford Pot Noodles for tea. Time to question my life for sure.

And finally: Hello lovely, suedey, snakey Sam Edelman peep toe ankle boots on sale for £154 at Seriously, even somebody unmagical can afford these right now. I think I've gifted myself enough this month so over to you... Someone, anyone!?xo

Sam Edelman Black Sahar Boots @ £154
Louis Vuitton Backpack - Santa shouldn't mind how much
Gucci Two Tone Dress @ £1,260 (ouch)

Sunday, 18 December 2011

•It goes without saying I'm a lover of a pretty clutch and my collection seems to be ever growing, so while gossipping over my hair extensions consultation about discovering new brands with a lovely extension specialist named Asya recently she introduced me to Jocasi - A brand founded in 2003 which artfully produces ethically sourced leather and snakeskin luxury bags from Indonesia at fair prices, and can be found stocked in boutiques such as The Dressing Room (and previously Topshop, Selfridges and Harrods).

Since my introduction I've been hooked to say the least and having been back and forth on the site ummmming and arrrring I made my first purchase yesterday in the shape of the Drama Python Clutch below (if it's anything like Asya's purchase I'm soo excited to examine the perfect stitching, chunky zip detailing and stroke the super soft material!). Luckily for me (and you) the lovely people at Jocasi have decided to share some Christmas love and have created the exclusive code: GSFASHION for a cheeky discount and free delivery for orders placed before 20th December. This will be the perfect present should you be stuck on ideas for others but alternatively (and far more importantly), it will make the perfect addition to your wardrobe ;) xoxo
Drama Python Clutch in Black £125 @ Jocasi
Whilst I'm on the subject of hair extensions I have to point you towards Hair Extensions by Asya. I've wanted long locks since my mum had my own long hair chopped off when I was 9 (childhood trauma much?!) but I've never quite built up the courage until now. Asya has over 10 years experience and made me feel both comfortable and confident with my decision to finally go for a change! Book in for a consultation now by contacting xoxo

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

•Crazy as this may seem, my Wishlist Wednesday revolves entirely around the summer this week. Either I'm in denial over sub zero temperatures or I've lost my freaking mind. Probably a little of both. I signed in to to seek out some last minute gift inspiration (for Christmas ironically) and couldn't help having a look through the 'Cruise' SS mag feature - BIG FAT MISTAKE - I'm pretty much verging on suicidal over the fact that I'm months away from even being able to think about anything from bikinis to sandals, pub gardens to ice cream, big sunglasses to Hawaiian Tropic and everything in between.

I do love this time of year, but I love summer way more. So I'm packing a little virtual suitcase in my mind already and filling it with everything I'm wishing on for next summer, starting right here with the Mara Hoffman printed bikini. I love everything about it; the stand out style, the bright mesmeric colours and print, the feminine cut and the cute lace up sides. Silly expensive at £210 but beautiful all the same, I hope the high street throws up something similar when the season eventually changes!xoxo

Red Valentino sandals @
Mara Hoffman Bikini @ £210
Anya Hindmarch Printed Canvas Shopper @ £165

Sunday, 11 December 2011

•Since fashion on a whole seems to get braver and bolder season upon season (hello, obsession with lingerie as outerwear!) it's no surprise that mock suspender tights have been growing in popularity over the last year or so. The first pair I remember setting my heart on were by House of Holland for Pretty Polly and I vaguely remember searching the depth and breadth of Oxford St to locate a pair (eventually found in stockist River Island) to wear under leather shorts and a blue plaid shirt to a party.

The aim of the game is to add a little edge, glamour and flirt to an outfit that a pair of opaques just aren't capable of, and whilst they give the illusion that you've braved stockings and suspenders you're very much in the comfort of tights. I have a few pairs of patterned tights though my HOH mock suspenders are still in favour, especially considering the fact that they're still going strong after so much wear! Here are a selection of my current faves from the high street (minus Wolford which is definitely not a high street price, but all the same, they are gorgeous!) xoxo

1. Jonathan Aston Tuxedo Bow Tights @ House of Fraser £14
2. HOH Pearly Suspender Tights @ Pretty Polly £25
3. Wolford Brilliant Lace Up Tights @ £120
4. Pamela Mann Over The Knee Stripe Tights @ £9

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

•Now that it's gotten to December, I can't help but turn my Wishlist Wednesdays in to lists for what I'm lusting over before Christmas. There's no doubt that I have no room for clothes in my life at the moment however accessories and shoes, I welcome at all times! To be honest despite the fact I've asked for masses, the 2 things I'd like the most are a nice pair of pyjamas and some heated curlers. Rock and roll?!
Here's a few more things I'm pushing on my family/boyfriend/friends, just in case they don't know what I like ;)
'Jolly' boots by Rachel Bilson @ ShoeMint $79.99
Red Messenger bag @ forever21 $28
Metallic panel tee @ River Island £25
Sabrina Dehoff Swarovski Bracelet @£170

Love these boots designed by Rachel Bilson for ShoeMint, they remind me of Charlotte Olympia and are timeless in both style and print. I've also been attempting to find a pair I like by Cheryl Cole for since their launch this week but I'm failing miserably, does anybody else think they verge on looking a little cheap!? Hmm...x

Sunday, 4 December 2011

•If there's anything I can honestly say I hoard, it's nail polish. I have A LOT. From the higher quality brands like OPI and Essie to the Barry M's and the Rimmel's (Coralicious Dry in 60 Secs = all time fave); unless a polish happens to be drying out or verging on empty I never ever get rid... Until this weekend!

I have just had a mammoth clear out (possibly the biggest in years) and I filled 2 bin bags of clothes to give to charity as well as a bag of old polishes and make up bits to throw. As with everything, it's always nice to have a replacement when it's time to be out with the old, so I popped in to Topshop today and this deep metallic khaki called 'Phenomena' was sat looking pretty on the make-up counter as if it was waiting for me!

Unlike the other metallics I've seen its very rich in colour and the tones verge between gold and green which I love. Also, the quality is amazing! I was so impressed that it just about needed 2 coats and if I were rushing, which I always annoyingly seem to be when I paint my nails, I could've gotten away with just one coat. The polish has dried really nicely (within a few minutes too) and has a lovely shine despite no top coat so for £6 I'm one happy girly.

There are lots of lovely shades out right now, and being such a fan of metallic polishes I'll more than likely head to Topshop to fill my lust for them as I now know just how high quality they are! Here are 5 of my favourite polishes at the moment:

Rainbow Connection by OPI
Eyes Of Steel by Topshop
Aruba Blue by Essie
Gatwick Matte by Nails Inc
Scoundrel by Butter London

Thursday, 1 December 2011

•Yesterday was payday and a little like clock work, I happened to order everything on ASOS that I had set my heart on within literally minutes of my wages reaching my bank account. I was so excited to see the courier arrive this morning I think I eeeped in his face but I'm really happy with all my bits! I didn't order any of the items with outfits in mind to be honest and I've kinda worked through my wardrobe and styled things a little aimlessly but I'm really happy to have got some versatile pieces to wear through the winter.

First off - No alterations to the colour of this oversized jumper have been made at all. It really is that bright pink! It's lovely and snug and I wore a black shirt underneath with the collars peeping out. I'm spending Sunday with the boy shopping and lunching so I think I'll wear it out with some patent black loafers.

Secondly, I really love this leather pocket dress by River Island and had seen my best friend wear it before so I have her to thank for it :) I wore it with some heart print tights which I've had forever (can't recall where I got them from), a blue tartan print shirt from Topshop underneath and my loyal black boots. I have quite a small waist but a round bum (ha massive understatement) so the only thing I dislike about this is that it's roomy up top and needless to say fitted around my bum (definitely no bending over)!

Thirdly, I ordered this metallic tee from RI (on my Wednesday Wishlist this week) and woven thread skirt from Mango but never expected to wear them together (a little too much sparkle and shine maybe) however they just seem to work! The skirt is literally a masterpiece with silver/bronze/gold threads and pieces of wool sewn upon each other; it was featured in Stylist Magazine this week and it has sold out already on ASOS and Mango! I've decided to wear this outfit to my work Christmas party at Maddox on Regent St next week, probs blend in with the decorations and lights?!

Last but not least, I had to have both of these clutches. The turquoise envelope also came in pink and a few other colours and it feels gorgeous as does the horse studded clutch. They both actually look and feel a lot more expensive than they were, perhaps I'll pass them off for couture?! Overall I'm pleased with my splurge and can't wait to get in to everything! I just seriously hope nobody was expecting Christmas presents this year :P xoxo

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