Christmas Time...

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

•Have you all had a good Christmas?! I think together with my birthday this has definitely, in memory, been one of my merriest years and I'm still doing my best to long out the lazy days of strategic Quality Street munching in my pyjamas to the best of my ability.

I've spent the period with Chris and his family in a tiny village near Spalding in Lincolnshire this year (where his parents live) as my family have gone away for their yearly spot of winter sun to Cyprus and though I was beginning to have some regrets over missing out on sun and sea again, I've loved being all cosied up with board games, films and family time.

On Christmas Eve Chris and I took a venture to the nearest town to finish off our shopping and decided last minute after a champagne lunch that we'd watch Life of Pi at the cute independent cinema across town. Best decision ever I'd say, the film was genuinely touching and even though it has no Christmas references the sentiment of the story is very much a reminder of what this time of year is about. I cry at everything (the Google daddy daughter advert? I sobbed. X Factor auditions? Gets me every time) but I don't want to ruin the film for anyone wanting to watch it so will wrap this post up by saying that I came away reminded that it's not what's under your tree, but who's around it that matters, and all the extras and niceties that come with the day are just really a lovely bonus.

I hope you all had an amazing day and have everything you wished for! Here are a few Instagram pics from the last few days, you can follow me on @girlseeksfashion xo

My lovely friends getting in the Christmas spirit!
Secret Santa givings :)
Champagne and marshmellows, faves!
Chris and I at a wedding at the weekend x

Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree!
A huge box from Chris, when I opened it a balloon flew out and I had to open lots of boxes to reveal a small envelope which had tickets to see Ed Sheeran in Dublin and flight details inside - Soo happy!
Matching Christmas jumpers.
Bloody amazing present, someone knows me well!

My honey and me x
Snuggled watching Christmas films!
Indulging some more...
A Boxing Day drive to the seaside for fresh air and walks, perfect :)

For The Love Of Self Gifting

Thursday, 20 December 2012

•I'm not sure quite how this happened. Somewhere between chugging mulled wine, shopping for presents on auto pilot and wrapping gifts in glitter (and getting it everywhere), I've managed to go almost three weeks in December without really spending any money and buying myself much at all. I know Christmas is a time for giving and I love gifting things in general, but I suddenly feel a little bit sorry for myself and am taking an attempt at making myself feel better by pretty much going out of my way to look for things to buy.

There's obviously lots going in the next week, starting for me with a wedding this weekend, then my 25th birthday, followed by Christmas and NYE fun all in the pipeline. Now I'm not short of 'going out' clothes but I have felt recently that my day to day wardrobe is lacking a little inspiration and so I've made it my mission to look for some versatile pieces to hang in my wardrobe that will distract me from the knits and dresses with tights that I seem to be living in this winter! Here's what's on my hit list today:

Boy Scouts Sweat by Zoe Karssen @ £95
Stud Sleeve Grey Jumper @ Romwe £35
Pink Cable Knit @ £55
Cambridge Satchel @ ASOS £120
High Waisted Jamie Jeans @ Topshop £49
Chunky Heel Ankle Boots @ AX Paris £36

Happy Birthday To Me

Monday, 17 December 2012

•Over excited post alert! Some of you know (...not that I talk about it a lot) that my birthday is on Christmas Eve and I don't always get to celebrate on the day with all of my friends and family so tend to plan a get together early on in December...
Well rather amazingly for me, Chris had planned four step by step surprises over the weekend, each in a letter with a time to be opened, and I've had what can easily be described as the best birthday in the history of me.
Sorry for the picture heavy post, funnily enough I don't think I really got many except for the Saturday night when we all got together (at the Drunken Monkey in Shoreditch for Dim Sum and cocktails) but from a morning of pampering to afternoon tea in Mayfair with my two best friends, the lovely room we stayed in at the Montcalm at the Brewery and then tickets to see the Lion King in theatre, it has been totally incredible and I just had to share! Of course you follow me on Twitter @grlseeksfashion or Instagram @girlseeksfashion you will have seen some of these already, sorry again - I'm sure I'll get over how unbelievable all this was eventually and calm down!xo

My first letter with details of appointments for a blow dry and manicure
Afternoon tea at Hush in Mayfair
The pretty Christmas tree in the hotel lobby

My friend Gem and moi
Birthday biscuits from the Biscuiteers, yummy!
Delicious macaroons
The Montcalm at Brewery on Old Street
Winter wonderland at the hotel
Champagne in the room whilst we get ready
Gem, Jodie and I
Chris and I
Gorgeous friends Sarah and Steve
More gorgeous friends
And some more

Light Bar pre Drunken Monkey
My lovely girls, in on the surprise I believe!
Forcing people in to pictures...
Chris and I again x

Oreo shakes at Byron
Being hungover fatties
Lion King at theatre, took me forever to see it but it was brilliant!
Blowing the candles on my cupcakes :)

Soap & Glory - Kick Ass Concealer

Sunday, 9 December 2012

•It'll come as no surprise that as your average twenty something beauty and fashion obsessed girl, I'm always on the look out for new products to use that will improve any beautifying regime I may have in place. For some time now I've been loyal to base / skin make up from MAC but have also been conscious that I spend a lot of money on products that I like (and trust in) without giving much else a try, so it was with this in mind that I decided to cheat on my Pro Longwear Concealer (in NW25) for something a little less expensive.

First of all, I think it was the packaging that did it. I'm a sucker for anything that comes in an attractive box and has a catchy name so this Kick Ass Concealer by Soap & Glory pretty much had me at hello. Second of all, for £10 I really felt like I was getting a good deal as you're kinda getting three products in one compact, now who doesn't like to feel like they're getting a freebie?

The Kick Ass Concealer is 'a three piece flaw camouflage kit' which consists of an under eye brightening concealer with 'puff ease', a superwear lightscramble face concealer and concealer sealing translucent powder with 'insta fix'. Sounds pretty kick ass so far no?!

I've found the the consistency to be lovely and have genuinely marvelled on every occasion that I've used this so far! Both the under eye and general concealer are a lightweight mix of creamyness and mousse-like texture (it feels a lot like Boing by Benefit) which applies evenly over my MAC Prep + Prime Skin Primer and pretty much stays put throughout my day. I picked mine up in 'Medium' (it also comes in 'Light') and think the tones have really suited my medium skin tone. The under eye concealer (handily labelled as Step 1 on the compact) counteracts the purpley tones sleeplessness seems to bring on leaving me look bright eyed (and awake) and the face concealer (labelled Step 2) effectively covers the blemishes or pimples I suffer with every so often and since it's been so cold out that's been rather a regular thing! Step 3 is a translucent settling powder which comes with a tiny sponge and sets the whole look in place, making sure my coverage stays smudge free all day.

Overall, I think I may be guilty of turning my back on my MAC Pro Longwear but this compact is such a great product, so cute, easy to use and carry plus so handy with it's little mirror, I just don't think I can justify paying more and getting less again! Do you use any of Soap & Glory's make up products? I'd love to try more so please pop your recommendations below!xo

Wishlist Wednesday: The Christmas Edit

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

•Now that November seems to be giving way to December (and finally the Christmas period) and the year is hurtling towards it's finish line, I feel like I owe it to myself - and my overflowing online shopping baskets and lists - to do a Wishlist Wednesday post with items I'm lusting over for upcoming parties and events as well as presents for myself and maybe even for others... Maybe.

I haven't done a Wishlist Wednesday in what feels like forever and this has mainly been due to the fact that I've been terribly naughty and spent a lot of time and money snapping up everything I've set my eyes on, leaving me unusually fulfilled in the shopping department! You could probably say I'm back with a vengeance but that's never a bad thing, so here goes!xo

1. Camo Print Lantern Dress @ Topshop £75
2. Metal Corner Book Clutch @ ASOS £25
3. 'Don't Bother Me, I'm Shopping' iPad Case by Rebecca Minkoff @ Shopbop £100.35
4. Love Heart Headphones by Marc by Marc Jacobs @ £35
5. Love Ring by Mademoiselle Felee @ £28
6. 'Be Legendary' (Black Plum) Lipstick by Smashbox @ $19
7. Heart Satin Twistlock Clutch by Love Moschino @ £110
8. Embroidered Platform Heels @ Mango £114.99

The Bunny Rabbit Ring Holder

Friday, 23 November 2012

•My obsession with rings was always going to end with the purchase of all purchases, and though I had expected it'd be of 14 carat nature, I've happily settled for this amazing little ring holder instead (for the time being). Okay, it's no contender for a diamond but it's made the little jewellery section of my dressing table complete and pretty much everyone who has been in my room since I got it has raved about how much they love it.

I got my Zoola bunny on a random rummage through Sass & Belle in Covent Garden for £8 but have since seen that Urban Outfitters also have them in stock, and with a few different characters including this cute little elephant. Had I been patient enough, I probably would've put my bunny on a list for Santa as it's the perfect gift for a stocking... Am I the only one that still gets a stocking?! Never the less, the damage is done now and my bunny sits happily amongst tangles of knotted necklaces looking all neat and pretty.

Obviously, I don't wear all of this finger bling at the same time and these are just a few select faves - Mainly because I'm petrified I'll end up losing one as I seem to misplace EVERYTHING these days but also because I feel like Mr T if I wear more than 2 or 3 on each hand!xo

Ring : Mother of pearl ring - Accessorize
Middle : 1. Infinity knot mid finger ring - Etsy 2. Vintage gold ring, handed down from my great auntie
Index : 1. Silver and pave diamond ring, a gift for my 18th birthday 2. December Birthstone ring - Pandora
Thumb : Double rose gold thumb rings - Etsy

Baby It's Cold Outside

Saturday, 17 November 2012

•We're way off yet, I know. But I can't tell you all how excited I am for Christmas. I absolutely love everything about the festive season! From the first glimpse of Starbucks' red cups to the hurried purchasing of gifts, the hunt for the perfect tree to the pretty lights twinkling on street corners - I adore this time of year and all the family fun and excitement it brings.

This year, I'm off to Chris's parents lovely little house in the Lincolnshire countryside, where reindeer jumpers are dress code and everyone is drunk by 2pm. I'm yet to buy my trashy Christmas jumper (the louder the better) though I've spotted this chunky knit which will keep me going through the cold in the mean time, along with these cutsie accessories which are perfect buys for the winter as well as the Christmas period.

There are just 38 sleeps until the big day (and only 37 until my birthday), has anyone else started shopping for gifts or compiling their wishlists yet?!xo

Loose Batwing Sweater @ £28 - Now sold out in nude.
Patterned Bobble Hat @ Warehouse £18
Red Tartan Scarf by Barbour @ ASOS £25
Gold Plated Reindeer Necklace @ Max & Chloe £47
Fair Trade Knitted Christmas Socks @ £18


sun down friday night, uptown city lights

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

•Well this feels kinda nice. It's been way over a month since I last blogged, and though initially it was lovely to have a break, with a revamp of the website and a holiday in between, I have recently had itchy fingertips about getting back to blogging and it's lovely to pick up from where I left off - I hope I haven't lost my mojo!

My first post back, naturally, had to be about Dubai. I don't really fancy myself as Anthea Turner in her Wish You Were Here days (bad hair cut, and morals) so I'll leave out all the flounce and sum it up simply by saying that it was amazing.

From the moment we touched down in 35c heat I felt the electric atmosphere of Dubai sparking away at my soul. Man made down to the last grain of sand, it's hard to believe you're in the middle of the desert when you're laying pool side under a sun shadowed by enormous, futuristic buildings and malls.

What was also unbelievable (and unexpected) was the night life. I don't think I've really been anywhere like Dubai since Las Vegas during the summer of 2011 but like Vegas, Dubai sucks you in with it's style and aura and wins you over with its charm. It's quiet and loud, in your face and humble, rich and poor all at the same time and to fully explore it, you'll need to stay a while.

I have a ridiculous amount of photos, mostly of food, a lot of pretty looking drinks, some of the sunset and a few of the people I went with but you really have to see Dubai to actually believe it, I can't wait to go back!

Here are a few select photos from my week:

Thursday, 11 October 2012

...Be back soon

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

•After months of ‘will it be sunny, will it not’ and ‘should I wear tights or should I not’ (all relevant, moral debates),  I think we can all finally accept that summer is a season past and autumn and winter are at each other’s throats for who will reach us first. 
I for one am freezing and subsequently have a full blown cold on the way, just what I wanted in time for the weekend and payday! I did have a list as long as my arm to shop for including some new seasonal bits for work, a few more dresses for Dubai which is only a month or so away and a party dress for my dad’s 50th birthday but instead of hitting the shops, I’m going sit in bed all weekend and order away to my heart’s content through the magic of the internet!
On top of my Wishlist this week is this lovely denim shirt dress from Topshop with pretty stud detailing, which has sold out several times online and has been a nightmare to track down in shops! No surprise there as it’s a definitely one for the cold weather when paired with thick tights (M&S, always M&S – best tights ever), a pair of tan Chelsea boots (sob sob, still looking for my perfect pair) and a chunky knit cardie or jumper thrown over the top.
I do intend on venturing out for a little bit on Saturday evening and whilst I’d love to play dress up, this is my ideal outfit for looking nice but casual!xo

Turquoise and coral gold plated ring @ £42
Faux leather phone sleeve @ Topshop £8
Studded denim shirt dress @ Topshop £55
Printed crop jumper @ River Island £25
Metallic ballet flats @ ASOS £25

Friday, 21 September 2012

•London Fashion Week was a chance, in my opinion, for the most fashion forward city in all the land to showcase some of the most talented, exciting and pioneering designers and their collections to the rest of the world – And boy did we deliver! As with my NYFW post, here are my personal highlights from the week that brought back the 90s, made Goths sexy again, proved that prints are here to stay and placed Harry Styles front row at Burberry, bloody amazing!…xo

Electrical tape, nuts and bolts and err, pretty feminine bows. Nobody does eclectic quite like Christopher Kane who was most definitely channelling Frankenstein at his SS13 show this week. Considering the boyish touches, the colour palette was mainly whites with dusky pinks and lemony yellows making an appearance on lightly embellished dresses, transparent overlays and leather biker jackets which were embossed with quilted rose prints and detailing. Mr. Kane always manages to add a little crazy to his work and I particularly love the use of sticky tape, achievable for anyone willing to ‘ruin’ an outfit… I'm speed walking to WH Smith right now.

Marios Schwab took on every look from tribal to goth to nature and bumblebees for his SS13 collection this week, and he won! Sheer blouses and pleated dresses were given a tough edge with bold chains whilst leather harnesses (this is starting to sound like Fifty Shades...) and strips of raffia were worn over skintight cycling shorts that sparkled with Swarovski crystals. An iconic honeycomb print featured on some knits as well as tulle skirts and along with several floaty dresses, helped soften the otherwise dark palette, confirming that Marios is still up there as one of the most versatile and challenging designers of our time.

The line sheet at the Henry Holland show read a little something like this: “The House of Holland girl has
developed an attitude problem. Inspirations: grunge, glamour and glory; the 90s–fashion’s forgotten decade.” There is no denying I dig this right here! I’ve seriously been fighting the urge to throw bleach over my jeans, cut my tops in half, dig out my jelly shoes and dip dye everything I find! HoH delivered a genuinely true accolade to my fave decade past (to be fair the only one I actually remember) and I love that everything was as bold, brassy, clashing and mismatched as I knew it to be! If it wasn’t amazing enough, the soundtrack included the incredibly cool “Groove Is In the Heart”by Dee-Lite – Stop. It!

Garden gnomes upon a fairytale garden setting, nothing expresses Mulberry's quintessentially English ethos better! I loved the attention to detail this year with tiny, unique flowers decorated around the branches of the iconic Mulberry tree and a cutesy gecko print which was present on many a piece of the collection, including on the classic handbags. There was a sexy, slouchy, natural feel to the pieces which gave a nod to the effortless style of the 60s, all whilst showing off the innovative, inspiring yet classic fashion Mulberry are so well known for. Creative Director Emma Hill is an amazing story teller (giant ice creams on Brighton Pier for SS12 and ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ for AW12) and as random as this may sound, I'd quite like to have her read me a bed time story, this is all.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

•Well, it's official. Giving in to tights and my coat this morning definitely means that autumn is here! I can't say I'm too happy about it seeing as there was a serious lack of sunshine this summer but autumn is one of my fave times of the year and I love clearing out my wardrobes ready for months of warm clothes, cosyness and layering. There are a few items I'd like to add to my autumn/winter wardrobe (as ever) which are currently missing and I do think they will do a good job in giving the jumpers et al that I already have a much needed seasonal update, so here goes...

The first on my Wishlist is this high waisted leather biker skirt from All Saints which is completely wearable with everything from sheer blouses over printed bralets to plaid shirts and Angora sweaters. There is one downside, and as ever with All Saints, it's definitely the price. £175 for a skirt I'll crack out from weekend to weekend doesn't seem just and though it is likely I'll bite the bullet eventually, for now I'm going to keep my options open and look for PU copy.

Second up, I'm really liking this bright yellow cropped jumper from Espirit and don't have anything remotely similar in my wardrobe which is attracting me to it even more! It's perfect for layering over vests and skinny jeans and definitely a match for the All Saints skirt if and when I end up feeling particularly brave.

I tend to look to more neutral tones when picking make up around this time of year and though it's a colour I've never tried before, I'm a really big fan of this earthy brown/deep red shade of lipstick from Dolce & Gabbana which is also on the list this week. Though I usually feel nervous playing around with shades and styles that I'm not used to, I'd love to try this lipstick along with feline eyeliner flicks!

Last on the list are these stackable rings from H&M - I love the rose gold ring A LOT though for £2.99 I predict they'll last a week at most without turning my fingers green?! What's on your lust lists this week?xo

Dolce & Gabbana lipstick in Ultra @ £25
Leather skirt @ All Saints £175
Yellow crop jumper @ Espirit £65
Stacking rings @ H&M £2.99

Monday, 17 September 2012

WAH. On Saturday, I had the pleasure and privilege of attending Jeffrey Michael’s debut show for London Fashion Week as a guest of, who rather excitingly had some of their gorgeous heels featured throughout the show.
Taking place in the grand ballroom of Goldsmith’s Hall in St Paul’s, the setting alone was amazing, with crystal chandeliers and high ceilings vibrating to the super cool sound of Kanye West and charged with the kind of buzzy, electric atmosphere you’d expect from LFW.

The line sheet read a little something like this:

“This collection, titled ‘From the Water’, features an inspired 19 look collection referencing the initial inspiration of a woman emerging from the waves and sea foam on the midnight beach. The pieces there reflect materiality abstracted and collected from the sandy beaches of England, and showcase a signature Jeffrey Michael triangle print through some of the key pieces.
The woman of this collection is a savvy fashionista, who is glamorous and very flirty. The women who have inspired the collection include Daphne Guinness, Marilyn Monroe and Katherine Middleton. Their grace, poise and consciousness of fashion and its layered changeable nature are reflected in the match between serious couture garments and fun, flirty separate pieced skirts, leggings and wearable denim couture pieces.”

My standalone favourite items of the day were the ocean blue origami triangles which were laser cut on to corset tops, the box pleated skirts in firey shades of red and the big and bold fuchsia pink wedges by koopoi which the models walked in so elegantly. JM also showcased his debut sunglasses range along with his collection which were primarily in the classic bug eye style and very Jacky O.

I didn’t expect for the show to be over in such a flash (Fashion Week virgin over here) but I was completely overwhelmed by the day and left feeling like I needed to blag/break my way in to another show before the week was over! What a surreal experience and a bit of a dream come true though! A big massive huge cheesy grin and thanks to koopoi for my invite, I think I’ll be eternally grateful! Phew, too much excitement for a Monday, need to sit down.

Here are some pics I took on the day and also a link to where you can view professional photos from the collection, enjoy!

Jeremy Michael SS13, production by My Beautiful Fashion

Gorgeous Models!
... & Some More!

What's a girl to wear to her first London Fashion Week show?!

I decided on studded Koopoi pumps, peach shorts by Topshop, an owl print Zara blouse and my trustee leather jacket by Asos. My sunglasses are H&M and I'm carrying the Mulberry Alexa.
Zinzi from Koopoi, love the FSAugusta diffusion necklace!

Accesories and yet more love for these Koopi killer heels!

Friday, 14 September 2012

New York Fashion Week, in fact, any kinda fashion week (especially London) is my absolute favourite time of the year. There’s always such an excited buzz on blogs and in magazines and it’s quite hard to keep up with who’s wearing what, who’s front row and who slapped who – FYI, this time it was a PR girl who was on the receiving end of an editor’s rage over the seating arrangements at Zac Posen and was told ‘Don’t fuck with the French’. SO, not wanting to miss anything I usually scrapbook a few of my favourite shows as bit of a hobby. Yes I still scrapbook, yes I am 24, what of it?
This time around I thought I’d throw my notes and images from the shows/collections I’ve loved the most at you all to see what you think and will probably do the same for LFW next week too. I hope you enjoy reading!xo

Victoria Beckham’s SS13 collection delivered everything from clean lines, pointy collars and stiff skirts to silk shirts and trousers with a slouch. A real mix of her strong signature style was present, along with added flirt in the shape of lingerie detailing. I love that all of VB’s collections so far have stayed true to the essence of luxury and quality with twists and turns on glamour, versatility and simplicity every season, raising a perfectly manicured skinny middle finger to anyone who ever doubted her worth and longevity in fashion. OK, fan girl moment finished.

Sports Luxe. Two words I’ve never been too sure about, probably as the image they conjure up resembles that of a girl in jogging bottoms and heels, which is never going to work. What is working however is Proenza Schouler’s collection, featuring boxy shoulders, oversized everything, studs, neon and leather. Hmm, doesn’t sound too much like Spring/Summer does it? Well, taking mix and match to a whole new level, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez also steered away from the grunge and showed off feminine chiffon dresses with digital prints in array of colours and flattering cuts for the faint hearted amongst us. You could officially say that I’m won over!

Old school glamour, vintage and romance spring to mind when flicking through images of Zac Posen’s collection. I love the softness of his designs, each dress prettier and more detailed than the next, some more elaborate and dramatic than others. For most of the time the skirts stayed below the knees, the shoulders were covered in capped sleeves and the necklines were sweetheart. The rest of the time, tight bodices made the models look like they were fit to burst and Coco Rocha made an appearance as Belle from Beauty and the Beast… Maybe.

I am practically in love with Phillip Lim’s 3.1 collection for SS13 and want to hug my 9 year old self and tell her that she wasn’t a loser after all for her love of patchwork patterns, knotting shirts around her waist and baggy dungarees.  The consensus at the show was a lot more street than some of the cocktail dresses and tailoring Lim is so well known for but the grungey, young and deconstructed feel he achieved was also a breath of fresh air. Not to be mistaken for a one trend pony, Lim also introduced plenty of floral prints and denim for his more traditional fans. Anyway, who currs,  I’m off to make peace with my childhood.

All images from

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

•Rihanna's new hair has been a topic of discussion on quite a few blogs and vlogs this past week after her performance at the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony, with most girls contemplating whether her boyish pixie crop would suit them or not and just how long it would take to grow it out should it be done on impulse/when drunk/if persuaded (this may just be me?!). Personally I know it would be a no go due to the rather sad fact that sticky out ears run in my family and even putting my hair up in to a pony tail or bun is a trauma at times, boooo!
No love lost there though, because even if I can't achieve the hair, I can definitely achieve the look with her chic 'Celine' tee that I happened to spy on Etsy for just £12 today (of course it's a copy, the real thing would be far more expensive) and had to add to my Wishlist Wednesday.
I think Rihanna does 'dressed down' very well and I love how she's paired her tee with boyfriend jeans, chunky jewellery and a pair of flats, keeping the foundations of her outfit simple but still making a statement.
All this look needs to go from day to night is the addition of a sharp black tux jacket, stand out heels (with a point to elongate the feet where the rolled up/cuffed jeans cut off) and a bright clutch for a little pop of colour et voila, day to night in an instant!xo

Celine tee @ Etsy £12
Boyfriend jeans @ River Island £45
'Mail me to Miami' clutch @ £22
Metal feather necklace @ £11
Leather pointed pumps @ Zara £49.99

Thursday, 6 September 2012

•It was some time ago now that I read about the OPI South Beach Collection and distinctly remember 'OPI on Collins Ave' jumping out at me form the pages of the glossy magazine. By coincidence, I popped in to a salon in town last weekend and whilst picking my colour for my mani/pedi I spotted the bright tangerine tango shade on the shelf and decided to give it a go.
The South Beach Collection had a spring/summer 2009 debut and features shades "that capture the colour, fashion, and the trend-setting excitement from the world's most stylish celeb playground" - perfect for moi I thought!
Five days in and I'm still chip free, with no fade on the vibrancy or gloss that OPI is so well known for what so ever. I'm currently ordering it online as we speak (link) so that I can keep this bold and beautiful, orange / meets coral / meets red / meets pink shade on my fingers and toes for just that little bit longer! Or at least until the sun hides away again and I reach for my autumnal collection of polishes!xo

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Seems my Wishlist Wednesday this week knows no limit or budget and I’ve been away with the fairies, wistfully planning my outfit for Vogue’s Fashion Night Out party tomorrow night at Mahiki. If I’m being real, my ensemble will no doubt be high street head to toe with a few luxury accessories thrown in, though what I’d really like are these gorgeous print shorts from Thakoon and Dalmatian calf hair ankle boots from Jeffrey Campbell!
There are a few things in my wardrobe that I’ve bought recently and not had an opportunity to wear though it seems to be roasting out and they’re more for the autumn so in fear of being a serial outfit repeater I think I may have to have a sneaky shop at lunch time to see if I can find a last minute outfit.
For one night only the stores on Bond St and Sloane St will throw open their doors after dark tomorrow for beauty treatments, cocktails, music, fashion shows and freebies and I’m so excited to be attending with some of my closest friends, before shooting off for yet more cocktails at Mahiki. The pressure is on to find a nicer than average outfit and I haven’t left myself too much time at all so please fire away any suggestions you may have in the comments box below and HELP xo

Moschino Cheap & Chic tee @ £245
Cat clutch bag @ ASOS £18
Thakoon paisley print shorts @ £305
Loza boots by Jeffrey Campbell @ £140

Monday, 3 September 2012

•A little while ago I blogged about being new to Pinterest and my obsession with the site that allows you to create moodboards and go wild with your imagination. Since then, I've been using it for everything from ideas on how to decorate, tips on hair and make up, fashion and fitness inspiration and more. As a similar feat. to the 'week in pictures' posts that I do with Istagram every now and again, I thought I'd do an entry dedicated to Pinterest and show you all what I've been pinning this week... Do you use Pinterest, if so, what do you use it most for?xo

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Feeling fresh from a holiday, I feel as though I should be slowly packing up my summer wardrobe and shifting it in to storage boxes in prep for the autumn/winter but instead, I find myself focused on yet more summery pieces to suit the sunshine. It may have something to do with my lovely boy booking a week in Dubai whilst I was in Cyprus (big smile on my face right now) and so before I know it, it’ll be time to rejig all my clothes and I see no point in packing things away to only unpack them again.

The last of the bits I’m hoping to nab before summer completely disappears from the shops is this leopard print bandeau bikini from Topshop… I saw lots of girls wearing this in Ibiza this year, and the fact it’s sold out in quite a few sizes online says it’s popular too but I just love the bold print and think it’ll be the kind of investment buy that sticks around for a good few years. The bottoms, I’m not so sure about. Small prints accentuate EVERYTHING. And tie sides are a bit of a pet hate so I’m likely to swap these for a simple black pair – A little annoying for me as who wants to pay £32 for just a bikini top but I like it enough to justify it to myself, and so I am!

Another fave from Topshop is this bright pink lipstick called ‘Legend’. I haven’t had a pink this bold since MAC ‘Girl About Town’ so I’m hoping for £10 it’ll be a similar match. Aside from the lovely colour I’m a fan of the cutesy packing design by Louise Gray and am currently finding myself tempted by the make-up bags and brushes she’s also designed in shades of yummy candy.

The faux leather peplum from Oasis and H&M ankle-grazers are far more suited for the weeks ahead, especially as I have a few exciting things coming up including Usher’s gig at the Camden Roundhouse this weekend and Vogue’s Fashion Night Out at Mahiki next week. I’ve seen so many variations of the peplum now and I’m yet to become sick of the feminine flair and silhouette. I especially love this top as an edge to the floral/mirror print on the trousers, and think they would be well teamed with a  box clutch, killer heels and this Giles & Brother leather/oxidized-brass necklace. A statement piece if I’ve ever seen one!xo

Lips in Legend by Louise Gray @ Topshop £10
Faux Leather Peplum Top @ Oasis £42
Necklace by Giles & Brother @ £225
Print Trousers @ H&M £29.99
Leopard Bandeau Bikini @ Topshop £32

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

I’m a big fan of these transitional times of the year when season’s slowly start to change and you start to look at your wardrobe as though anything goes. Granted, we haven’t had much of a summer at all, but now that the sun is shining and it’s warm even when it rains, I’m really enjoying throwing cosy knits over skirts and bare legs!
I’ve not done a Wishlist Wednesday post for a few weeks now so my wants and needs have been piling high and I’ve seen some gorgeous pieces, the first of which follows on from what I was just saying about transitional dressing (not to be confused with transgender, pah).

Girls, I give you the ultimate in cosy knits: the soft, slouchy cable knit jumper in yummy powder puff pink from Monki. Throw it over denim cut offs and tees, ankle grazing trousers with a blouse peeping out at the collar/cuffs or floaty tea dresses, it’ll be a best friend to practically everything you own! Personally, I’d like to pair it with a tailored skirt a lot like this minty boucle one from Topshop, bare legs, lacey socks and a pair of tan ankle boots. A perfect weekend outfit, come rain or shine!

I’ve also been verging on the edge of disco pant temptation the past few weeks, though I really don’t want to pay £70 for a pair from Urban Outfitters as I think it’s a trend that’ll probably die a lot sooner than I get my money’s worth – So I was a little excited to see River Island had a copycat style which comes in lots of bright colours such as this electric blue pair for £30, a real alternative to the regularly worn skinny jeans in my wardrobe and effortlessly cool teamed with a bold pattern or print like the shell top blouse with hearts from Topshop.

Now, the thing I’m most excited to have seen whilst obsessively surfing the net this week is the revamped version of the plaited shopper from Zara. Covered in studs and looking ever so stunning in black, I’m convinced the fact that the original was sold out in most stores for months was for one reason only: Clearly I was destined to have this one instead! It’s a little expensive at £129, and I don’t think I’m ready to stop using my Mulberry just yet but I really don’t want to miss out again so I’ve decided, it will just have to be.

Heart Print Shell Top @ Topshop £34
Plaitted Shopper w/Studs @ Zara £129
Bee Pendant Necklace @ Hobbs £29
High Shine Tube Pants @ River Island £30
Oversized Jumper @ Monki 40EUR
Tailored Boucle Skirt @ Topshop £38

P.S. This little bee pendant necklace is my fave accessory of the week, I saw a girl on holiday wearing a similar one and have managed to stalk it down to Hobbs for £29, not bad for the cute vintage feel and quirky design!xo

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

•Hi my lovelies! I'm finally managing to catch up on the blogosphere since my return from Ibiza last week and if any of you have seen my Twitter, that'll be because I returned with a fractured foot and have quite simply been drowning my sorrows with Ben & Jerry's whilst watching mindless tele for a week straight with my feet up! Aside from the boredom and depression I've also been feeling pretty uninspired and haven't wanted to write half hearted posts, so I'm now back on track(ish) I thought I'd bring you all a week in pictures from my holiday before tomorrow's usual Wishlist Wednesday feature! See you all tomorrow ;) xo

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