Sunday, 30 October 2011

Halloween!

I love Halloween. I'm not too fussed on celebrating other "holidays" but Halloween is something that I always like to make a bit of effort for. I don't have any Halloween parties to attend this year but I've still been getting into the Halloween spirit...

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I picked up this toffee apple for only 29p in Waitrose. I couldn't resist popping it into my basket, especially as I've never had one before! (I had an aversion to all things fruit-related when I was younger and probably wouldn't have been allowed something with such a high sugar content regardless)

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After a three-day search, I finally found my pumpkin. Thank you, Waitrose. Living in central London there are some things that are surprisingly impossible to get hold of and I was on the verge of giving up when I spotted this one.

I set to work carving it.

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As the pumpkin is quite small and also because I was scared of making too much mess or accidentally cutting my finger off I kept it simple by just carving triangles into the pumpkin.

Instead of a tealight, I found a Powderpuff Girls candle that fits perfectly inside.

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Do you still carve a pumpkin?
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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Pencil Me In

Pencil skirts are a staple of office wear and this season they're all over the high street too. I was hesitant at first about tapping into the pencil skirt trend. I'm not the tallest girl and tend not to wear anything below knee length. Topshop has some lovely pencil skirts in at the moment but some of them aren't exactly "office appropriate" and yet the style probably isn't one that I'd wear at the weekend. A mismatch between what's "on-trend" and how people actually dress, maybe?

Anyway, last weekend I was at my parent's sorting out my wardrobe when I found this pencil skirt. I bought this to wear on work experience about four years ago and it's languished in the back of my wardrobe ever since. It was only £9.99 from New Look but I didn't want to get rid of it in case it "came in useful one day"...

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I teamed it with a polka dot top from M&S and a belt from a Dorothy Perkins dress.

Despite having to take dainty ladylike steps all day due to the cut of the skirt, I actually really enjoyed wearing this and think I'm going to treat myself to another pencil skirt - maybe now is the time to stock up on them seeing as they're everywhere at the moment!

I have a 20% off voucher for New Look which expires soon so I'm thinking of treating myself to this skirt. I also have a pumpkin to carve at some point today and an Aussie event this evening...I'm very grateful for the clocks going back tomorrow morning, an extra hour of weekend!

Do you like the pencil skirt trend?

What are your weekend plans?
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Monday, 24 October 2011

Running, Muchkins, L'Occitane and a Flea Market...

...are what my last few days have consisted of. Obviously I've eaten and slept too but that's not quite as interesting and for once I don't have any food pictures to share.

My Saturday mornings started bright and early with the Shock Absorber 10k in Richmond Park. I met the lovely Hannah for the run, we started running around the same time and have shared our training highs and lows on Twitter over the past few months so it was great to do a race together. Richmond Park was so beautiful and the race was really fun (aside from kilometres 8 to 10 which were really tough). I was thrilled to finish in 1:04, 7 minutes faster than the Boutique Run! There were sadly no medals at the end but I did get this tshirt:

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Last week I visited L'Occitane for a skincare consultation in their Covent Garden store. The consultation took place downstairs out of the view of customers and the sales assistant was really lovely. She tried out a few of their products on me and gave me a mini facial which was a great way to try the products. I left with a list of the products suitable for my sensitive skin a little goodie bag of samples. There was no pressure to buy any of the products there and then which I really appreciated as skincare is so personal and it really helps to try a product a few times before you part with money for it.

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I couldn't resist these "munchkins" in Tesco. I love all things Halloween so these are currently decoration but I'm going to attempt to cook them at some point. I've never cooked pumpkin before and I don't have an oven but I'm going to try putting them in the microwave and hoping for the best:

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Yesterday I headed to the American Apparel Flea Market on Brick Lane. I have to admit that I went more out of curiousity after hearing about what happened last year but it was a surprisingly tidy and calm affair. I only queued for five minutes to get in and the stock was really neatly laid out on rails and divided by colour. I ended up making a few unnecessary purchases:

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Lace tshirt: £12, Satin tshirt: £6, Cycle shorts: £6, Bloomers: £3

Finally, I headed to Sunday Up Market for a browse and couldn't resist purchasing this little fellow:

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Necklace: £15, Daniela Sigurd

My gel nails are still going strong after 4 weeks!

What did you do this weekend?
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Thursday, 20 October 2011

Is It Payday Yet?

Yet another work outfits post. I promise I do have other things I want to blog about but I haven't had the time to photograph the things I want to show you...I hate that it's dark when I leave for and return from work.

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Dress: Joy

This dress is so fun to wear while still being work appropriate. Exposed zips and a nipped in waist are my favourite dress details. It's almost a shame that Joy has so many lovely dresses in a similar style to this. I think you can probably guess where my next paycheque is going...

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Dress: Gap, Belt: Primark, Necklace: Oliver Bonas

This dress is really simple so it's a great one for accessorizing. I don't usually wear many accessories as I find them a bit over-crowding but this dress is so simple that it really needs some accessories to liven it up a bit. I buy a £1 tan belt everytime I go to Primark - they're so versatile and the tassels on this one are a nice touch.

Are you an accessory fan?
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Monday, 17 October 2011

Lady Of The Manor

Last week I briefly left my London life behind to become the Lady of the Manor for an evening.

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Hipflasks are an essential accessory in the country, dahling!

I actually hadn't left London at all and was in fact at the Farlows on Pall Mall for their first ever bloggers event. Farlows isn't a brand that I would usually associate with the blogging crowd but the evening was really fun and informative - who knew that countryfolk like to take their brand new jackets for a little roll in the hay prior to wearing them or that tweed is protected by an Act of Parliament?

The clothes were a little pricey but the quality and cut of them were amazing. I totally fell in love with the coat I tried on and unlike most of the highstreet coats I've bought over the years I know that I would love and wear it for years to come. Is it too early for a hint, Santa?

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Coat: Dubarry @ Farlows, skirt: Dubarry @ Farlows, Jumper: Joules @ Farlows, Handbag: Dubarry @ Farlows, Shoes: Dune (my own)

Farlows are running a contest on their Facebook page for the best country outfit with the winner getting the chance to dress one of the shop windows. I think the hipflask-as-accessory choice might have killed my chances of winning the competition but I thoroughly enjoyed being Lady of the Manor for the evening. I felt rather sad getting changed back into my own clothes at the end of the event and disappearing into the London crowds rather than being in the middle of the country side and heading back to the manor to spend the evening in front of a roaring open fire...

Do you like country chic or are you a city girl at heart?
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Thursday, 13 October 2011

"I'd rather be working for a paycheck than waiting to win the lottery"

More work outfits today. I'm quite enjoying doing these posts - starting work has given me a whole new wardrobe to show off! I'm definitely of the belief that work attire does not have to involve sacrificing your personal style for frumpy suits and banning all colours other than black and grey from your wardrobe.

Today's first dress is probably one of the best bargains I've ever found - originally £165 from Whistles, I picked up this dress last winter for only £20 as two of the poppers were missing. The dress was totally fine apart from the missing poppers so a few pounds and my mother's sewing skills later it could have gone back on the rail for £165:

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Dress: Whistles

I love the print of this dress and the structured style makes it work appropriate. I wore this before the weather suddenly turned autumnal and it'll definitely be making a re-appearance next spring!

My second dress is more of a typical "work dress":

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Dress: Oasis

I love how this is really smart and simple but the red and cream detailing makes it a bit different. I'm a big fan of red accessories at the moment so I'm on the lookout for a pair of dark red heels to wear this with.

What's your best ever bargain?
I always check the damaged stock rails in more expensive stores. Some garments are probably beyond repair but buttons, poppers and zips are really inexpensive and easy to fix and you could end up something that would normally be a little out of your price range.
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Sunday, 9 October 2011

Goodbye, Summer

After spending all of yesterday feeling more than a little bit cold in bare legs and sandals, I have finally accepted that summer is over. It's time to spend a ridiculous amount of money on tights, pack away the sandals and try to master layering without ending up resembling the Michellin man. I am not a fan of cold weather but I need to embrace cold weather dressing properly this year and equip myself with a decent winter wardrobe - as this entails a big shopping trip, I can't complain too much about our British "summer" drawing to a close.

Here are some pictures from the last couple of weeks that hopefully capture a little bit of sunshine:

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Banana muffins made by my dad, shrimp salad in Wahaca, St Katherine's dock, view from the Millennium Bridge on an early morning run, over-doing the frozen yogurt in Nandos, an Alfresco lunch in Tibits.

Are you mourning the darker evenings and colder days? Or looking forward to cosy nights in and colder weather?
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Thursday, 6 October 2011

Curls Curls Curls

I've mentioned before how I'm not very adventurous with my hair and it's pretty obvious from my outfit photos that most days my hair looks exactly the same. My biggest hair issue is that I absolutely cannot stand hair on my face so a lot of styles are out of the question if the front of my hair can't be kirby gripped back. My hair is naturally quite straight, usually I just blowdry it upside down for five minutes and I'm done.

I recently had some Amazon vouchers and as I prefer to get books from the library or charity shops I decided to try a spiral wand. This one only costs £17.50 so it's a bargain even without a voucher.

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I thought that this would be tricky to use but it's actually not at all. It took me about 10 minutes to create messy curls. I don't like my hair to look too "done" so my slightly haphazard technique doesn't really bother me. I created the curls by holding the wand upside down over the side of hair that I was curling and using my free hand to wrap pieces of hair around the tongs for around 10 seconds. After letting the curls cool I gently backcombed them and finished with a bit of hairspray before finding my trusty kirby grips and clipping back the front sections on each side:

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As I tried out my curlers on a lazy Sunday, my outfit was pretty casual:

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Dress: Oasis, Belt: Primark, Sandals: Matalan (in the goodie bag from Susie's Leaving Do!)

Are you a fan of curling wands? Any tips would be much appreciated!
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Monday, 3 October 2011

Green & Black(s)

I have a couple more work outfits to share today. I'm definitely going to make a sort of "what I wore to work" series out of these as now I wear work-appropriate clothing five days a week so most of the new clothes I'll be buying this season will be for work as I already have a lot of casual clothes and won't be needing anymore now that I can only wear them at weekends!

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Dress: Oasis

This dress was an impulse sale buy - it was only £16 and I love the colour so I couldn't not buy it! I wasn't initially going to wear it to work but it's actually perfect for a day in the office. It's long enough to be work appropriate and really comfortable to wear. I love wearing colour to work as there's far too much grey and black in offices!

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Dress: New Look via Sia's giveaway

I was thrilled when I won this dress but didn't get a chance to wear it until this week. It's perfect for work as it's smart but still girly with the bow detail on the front. Not that you can see it in these pictures but it has a gorgeous coral-coloured lining which is a nice touch.

What would be your perfect work outfit?
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