Funny how styles go ‘out of fashion’ but kind of still stay in fashion.
Our work Christmas dinner is a 20′s themed speakeasy type do.. but for the life of me I can’t find a flapper dress on the high street that isn’t sold out. When you look on Ebay though, there’s a plethora from last year, pre-gatsby, which are all selling at double what they cost to buy. Ridiculous. I wish I had the foresight to buy, and patience to sell clothes on eBay!
This Jigsaw dress is one that is still in stock, however it’s a little bit pricey for a one off wear…about 5 times too pricey! It is beautiful though, and has sleeves, and shiny things and..*drool*. Put the credit card away Allie.
I also spied this art deco necklace in French Connection today, which is something I definitely wouldn’t only wear once so I might splurge on that if I’m feeling spendy.
The shoes from Debenhams are also super cheap. I might just bloody buy them; they almost also look like they’d be comfortable.
Anyone else found a good dress yet? Or seen a flapper dress they love?
It’s well and truly feeling like Winter now, and it’s been a very quiet month from me. Leaving for work in the dark, coming home in the dark and still trying to ‘bring up’ this small dog that I have acquired is making taking photos one of the lower things on my priority list.
Which is a shame, because I’ve brought some cracking clothes recently. I spent the entirety of last Winter in summer dresses, tights and one cardigan; but this year I’ve gone jumper-happy and god damn, I feel warm. Hurray! This cardigan is from Boden – and I can’t wait to show you my other purchases, I literally could have (and did) spent a fortune when I ordered. It’s really warm, has cute detailing like the velvet button holes, and is grey. I’m very into grey at the moment.
One of the girls at work described this Zara necklace as ‘Insane’. I’m still not sure whether she meant in a good or crazy way, and it’s also very spiky and slightly dangerous, so acquire with caution.
Cardigan – Boden
Shirt – Urban Outfitters (old)
Skirt – Topshop
Necklace – Zara
High Tops – Converse
This outfit post actually comes courtesy of John Lewis who very kindly sent me some vouchers to acquire and style some Converse. Unfortunately, I already own the best Converse (pictured), so I’ve gone renegade and will just use these ones instead. Naughty.
I haven’t quite worked out the converse and skinny jeans combination, but I do love wearing my all-blacks with a skirt to add a very casual overtone to what could be quite a prim outfit.
I caved and finally brought Mac’s ‘Ruby Woo’, the red lipstick that apparently suits all skin tones. I’m still not sold as to whether it suits me or not, but it stayed on all day which is a miracle in itself. I usually put lipstick on, walk to work, grab a Nero, drink said coffee and that’s the 20 minutes of lipstick gone.
PS. I know it’s winter, and I’m not supposed to be wearing sunglasses, but I was going for the all-American look with the denim shirt and trying to not look so weird with my hair up. Don’t judge me.
Speaking of the dog, she’s pretty big now. I looked at some of my old pics of her recently and she was very tiny when we got her. She’s really noisy and stubborn, but still looks cute so I melt every time she frustrates the living hell out of me :)
Looking at these pictures, I’m pretty sure I look like I’m trying to do a 60′s look. Which I’m not (on purpose). I rage bought this skirt from French Connection (see pay day splurging) and styled it with this black t-shirt, black loafers and dubious bee-hive that I’ve been trying out this week.
I think the coolest thing about it is it matches my new specs!
So, this is the IT Coat this season. I actually tried on the ‘barely’ pink version of this and I look rubbish in it, but I live in hope of finding a flattering version as I am a big fan of rose pink. I decided to style it with a bit of humour as I think it edges towards looking a bit too prim and ladylike; in my opinion you either go full on masculine with chunky boots and a statement jumper, or you liven it up with more colour blocking accessories.
I was tempted to buy the ring version of this Kenzo lion necklace, but having short stubby fingers didn’t think I could carry it off. Besides, it was just around the time that Cara D unveiled her lion tat, so I figured it was pretty much a fad. I do love the geometric design though and would definitely wear this if I could afford it.
The Lulu Guinness clutch is very cute, and the Charlotte Olympia shoes are a great colour green. Teamed with black – leather and a crop jumper from Topshop, I Think you can just about get away with how zany this is!
This zip dress was a bit of a bargain from H&M – £15. It’s kind of thin but I like the shape. Worn with my Whistles biker it does edge towards looking a bit matchy but never mind!
I’ve been wearing it a lot lately to meetings and also lazing at the weekend with a big cardi (and running around doing a treasure hunt around London with work!) so it’s pretty multi-functional. I like nothing more than a dress I can wear anywhere and with anything!
I knew these shoes were something when I saw them in Grazia right in the middle of summer. I snapped them up from Amazon, but have only recently started to wear them. They are so bloody good quality it’s amazing! You’d definitely never know they were Clarks. I’ve been lusting after a pair of gold-tipped Monks from Russell & Bromley recently, but when they are £195 I just can’t justify it when these babies were around £60.
New hair style (ish). I’ve started trying to do a mini beehive type thing (bit late I know!) and I am surprised at the comments I got!
What do you think? I really want to sort my hair cut out but I have no idea what to do with it. Fringe, no fringe? Long, short?
Help a lady out.
A lot of bloggers do weekly posts; round ups of their instagrams full of flat whites, cute animals and party invitations, or wish lists of clothes put together on Polyvore (I just tried this here: Prim Punk)
I was thinking what kind of thing I could do, then realised that I kind of already do. The first weekend of every month there is a set of pictures I take which is all the stuff I have just wasted my wages on.
This month I’ve actually been fairly sensible and still have some money in my bank account (for now). I went to Selfridges and resisted buying the Diane Von Furstenberg 440 mini bag, mainly because I wasn’t overly impressed with the quality at the price. Once you go Mulberry you never go back? I also think I tried on every cocoon coat on the high street and came to the conclusion that they just don’t work for curvy ladies, I looked like I wearing either a dressing gown or my ass was double the size that it really is. Shame, as they are so warm.
So, I settled on the French Connection number. I’ve been after a (faux) fur coat for a few years now and thought this baby was not only expensive looking, but was a really flattering colour and shape.
I also picked up this great skirt. The cut, finish and print is all very me. It was also 20% off with Stylist, so I couldn’t really say no, could I?!
Beauty wise, I grabbed some some Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum this month. I’ve heard such good things about this product, and at 28 I am beginning to worry that years of drinking alcohol, not drinking water, smoking and general badness will have done horrendous things to my skin come age 30. I’ve only used it twice (mainly because I am so rubbish at taking my make up off before bed!) but I will definitely report back once it’s had time to do it’s thing.
Because of this over-expenditure (and the spots the Clinique moisturiser I have been using has given me) I’ve also decided to try out Simple’s new ‘Kind to Skin+’ range. I used to use Simple back in the day, but stopped because I found it a bit harsh on my skin; especially the wipes that I had come to rely on. Then, recently I found out about the new sensitive skin range and am currently using the Illuminating radiance cream, and not only have my spots subsided, but I actually feel like it acts as a better primer for my foundation. I’ve also got the eye wipes so hopefully this will help ensure I take off my eyeliner before bed!
Overall, highly recommended.
What have you been spending your pennies on this month?
This is pretty much what I’ve been wearing this weekend. I used to wear a kilt at school so it does feel a bit school uniform to me, but it’s nice having a thick, easy to wear skirt which is a bit more edgy. Teamed with my easy-to-wear Topshop Tshirt and leather jacket, it’s comfortable and stylish.
I’ve wanted some man boots for a while, but I’m still working on finding some that don’t make me look like an actual man. I guess it’s one of the downsides of having curvy legs; a lot of the straight above-ankle ones just don’t work. These Zara ones however look promising, and I’m all about the cut-outs this season so I might check them out.
Trench Coat (old) – H&M
Teal Camisole – £8, F&F at Tesco
Black Skinny Jeans – £20, F&F at Tesco
Boxy Satchel – £12.50, F&F at Tesco
Western Ankle Boots – £25, F&F at Tesco
When I was a child, my mother used to buy me clothes from Tescos. And in the 90′s, this was not the done thing. My primary school’s Lindsay Lohan doppelganger used to make fun of for my wardrobe, even when I caught her wearing a jumper herself which was from Tesco.
How the times have changed. Now, their flagship brand, F&F is gaining plaudits for their Winter collection which is not only bordering on the insane side of cheap, but is also packed full of punk style. After being featured in Vogue (let’s be honest though, this looks like advertorial!) and amongst the fashion journos, when I was given the chance to participate in a £75 denim style challenge I was delighted.
I decided to make a day work look – something smart casual that was suitable for the office and for running between client meetings with. I even managed to get some super cute lip shine!
Cherry Jam Lip Shine – Tesco
So, wow. £75 goes a long way at Tesco. I recently bought some black skinny jeans from Warehouse, but now I wish I didn’t bother as the material of these is thicker, more forgiving and for £20 they’re amazing. I’m definitely going back to Tesco for my jean needs.
Please forgive the grimace on my face in the above photographs, but with badly swollen and severely sprained ankle, any types of heels, even these amazing western boots, was not going to be fun!
I can’t wait for my ankle to get better so I can wear these beauties; again they are bang on trend with the metal tips at the heel and toe, and also have a manageable heel for walking around in.
They’re definitely my favourite thing I’ve bought recently for less than £30!
Finally, the bag. This is a great colour for Autumn and a shoulder bag which has room to house my huge purse was definitely on my shopping list.
Overall, what do you think? I definitely suggest checking the Tesco site out; there’s some really cool long biker jackets, and the dresses & tartan skirts are a must for Winter.
Burgers: the eating out craze currently sweeping through the urban outfitters generation. But not just any burgers; *real* burgers. I’m talking wagyu beef wannabes with brands burnt into brioche buns. Pick your choice of gourmet toppings, add a side of super skinny fries and seat yourself with your bespectacled friends and chat about your beard growth.
London has been overtaken with a plethora of restaurants specialising in these meaty beauties; Opera, Hache and numerous Byrons are just some that we’ve sampled. Until now, in Brighton we have been well served by Troll’s Pantry, Grubbs and now Burger Brothers. But last night came the ‘game changer’: the opening of the MEATLiquor Brighton in a very bold position on London Road.
For those of you not familiar with London Road, it’s a shit hole of crusties, pound shops, low end super markets, charity shops and greasy spoons. It’s not somewhere you want to be at night, and it certainly isn’t a destination of culinary choice. But, I guess the rent was cheap, the atmosphere edgy and the location equidistant between tourist hell and student heaven. Thus is born MEATLiquor Brighton. A couple of months in the making, this dark, dingy, abbatoir-esque interior with pounding music and neon lighting certainly looks the part.
Seated at our aluminium topped table complete with condiments and kitchen roll, the menu looked like you might expect; no nonsense, straight to the point: burgers, sides & cocktails. No diet coke here, sir. We ordered a selection of everything (including the ‘no more than 2 per person’ cocktails) and quickly received both drinks and sides.
Yes. That’s a lot of sides. Chilli Cheese Fries, Hippie (a mustardy sauce with a kick) Fries, Normal Fries, and yeah, onion rings complete with an entire bloody onion in each. Definitely good value for money so far, and definitely way, way too much food before our burgers had even arrived.
We also tried some of the specially selected Brighton ‘Fish’ dishes (because everyone who lives or visits Brighton loves fish) – some cajun shrimp & some coconut shrimp. Very nice. All very, very bad for you.
Unfortunately, when our burgers arrived they looked so good we ate them without taking photos. So I guess you’ll just have to go and try them out. The boys decided it was a contender, if not, the best burger in town; but most had had 3 cocktails by then and were buying into the great atmosphere. I had a Chilli dog, which although looking and tasting like a heart attack, had some extremely good flavour and was a nice change from a cheese n bacon burger.
The overall rating? Would risk heart attack again. I’m sure in 6 months it’s going to be full of tourists or 16 year olds dressed like Madonna from the 80′s, but if it still serves the same food, then that’s OK by me.
Back to black tights it is, then…
Ok I’m secretly quite pleased that the weather has taken a turn for the worse as I have loads of new Autumnal clothes that I want an excuse to wear.
This camouflage pleated skirt from H&M is a bargain at £19.99 and it covers two AW13 trends in one go: Camouflage and leopard (well, it kind of looks like leopard print!). I did have it on with a black t shirt but decided to go CRAZY and wear this khaki one. I found out later that it was pretty see-through but nevermind, I was in London so no one could laugh at me.
I searched high and low in M&S for the rose pink coat that everyone’s after as I thought it would look pretty good with the khaki. Obviously, Westfield was sold out (that is one large mall, ladies) so I came home empty handed, but I still have my dusky pink Zara bib necklace & Oasis bag to go with this outfit.
Oh yeah, new glasses. At a highly reduced price due to a bit of Googling, haggling and price matching. You like? I definitely think it’s a good colour for me.
Khaki Tshirt – Oasis (old)
Camouflage Skirt – H&M
Bib Necklace – Zara (out of stock)
Boots – Office (old)
Bag – Oasis (old)
Glasses - Specs Brighton
So that’s that. I stopped myself maxing my credit card on Boden today, but I imagine that it won’t last for long so see you soon for some more Autumn purchases!
Ps. I most definitely need a hair cut. Fringe or no fringe??