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Monday, 28 July 2014

An Afternoon at Upton House / Lavish Alice Oxblood Co-ord



All Items Linked Below - Top: c/o Lavish Alice. Skirt: c/o Lavish Alice. Sunglasses: Prada. Shoes: Kurt Geiger.

Hello All!

How are we today? Well I hope!

So, the other day I paid a visit to the the home of Lord and Lady Bearsted, otherwise known as Stately Home, Upton House. It's no longer their home, clearly... if it was, they probably wouldn't have let me in. Luckily for the public, the marvellous sandstone creation was eventually handed on to The National Trust for the likes of us to enjoy, and I'm very glad they did. How else am I going to pretend I'm in Downton Abbey?

I spent the afternoon wondering around the 1930s-style house, roaming the gardens whilst admiring the impressive cedar trees, and pretending not to be out of breath after walking up and down the terrace a few times (there are a lot of steps..ok?) We also ate a considerable amount of cake, which is in my opinion a necessity when visiting a National Trust Property. I think it might even be the law. The garden is incredible when in bloom, but the house itself is a treasure trove of art, vintage furniture, silverware and porcelain, carpets and a multitude of interesting objects  it's like stepping back in time!

Regarding my outfit for the occasion, I saw the visit as a perfectly timed chance to wear and photograph this charming co-ord from Lavish Alice. I'm very impressed with it - it's well cut and fits flatteringly, which is exceedingly important when one plans to, what's a nice way to phrase this... scoff lots of cake. Not only does the skirt move beautifully, but the co-ord kept me perfectly cool all day and in my humble opinion, looking rather stylish too (I try!). In fact, one of the curators of the house even told me I was 'looking elegant', fancy being told that in the house of an actual lord and lady. I'll take that. I could be a happy lady, I'm sure. Lady Arabella. Seems legit...

(Oh, and I'll admit - despite being an avid heel wearer, I admit I changed into flat shoes after the photographs. Thin, pointy heels and lawn do not mix...)

And here's what I'm wearing!


Monday, 21 July 2014

Popping to Paris - Duck Egg Midi Skirt by The Eiffel Tower


Click to item; Skirt: c/o Coast. Top: Topshop. Shoes: Kurt Geiger. Bag: Zara. Sunglasses: c/o Sunglasses Shop. Earrings: Chanel.

Hello all!

Quite the change of scenery - no classic London street or back garden for me this evening. 
Last week I hopped on the Eurostar and headed off to Paris for a few days of devouring lots (and lots) of pastries, crepes & carbs, making the stereotypical visit to Laduree and a bit a lot of prancing about, speaking french badly. 

Before I left for Paris, the ever-lovely ladies at Coast had this skirt sped over to me by special delivery in time for my trip (thank you again, Chloe!) and honestly, what can I say? What do I need to say? Just look at it. Gaze upon it. Just, BEHOLD. You'll be able to see that this was a very wet day - the photos were a struggle but I couldn't not take the opportunity!

You may already be aware of the attachment I have to Coast's 'Rita' skirts, after I wore the black and gold version to the last London Fashion Week (click here to see that post if you'd like) - they've released it in a few different colours and I'll tell you now with a slight tinge of shame, that I now own them all. YES. Shun me. Sometimes I wonder if I own too many midi skirts, but then I laugh and realise that's impossible. I think of them as my version of jeans, in the sense that I wear them frequently and they just go with everything. (Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against jeans, they just look horrendous on me.)

Back to the skirt - I appreciate that this is an undeniably more 'formal' piece, but if you're like me and simply don't care about the odd look (how does that man staring quizzically know I'm not going to a ball.. hmmm?) I'd be totally happy, and quite honestly feel like a princess wearing this in the daytime. Life is short, so wear whatever makes you happy (or what the young ragamuffins these days say, 'YOLO'). Although that said, I've already planned how I'm going to style this for the evening; with a little ruffled black bralet to make it a little bit more.. flesh exposing? There's probably a nicer way to say that. Sexy? Evening-appropriate? You get my drift.
& here's what I'm wearing! (or similar...)

Friday, 18 July 2014

Peplum Jacket with Lace Detail / Prada Baroque Sunglasses / High Waisted Skort


 Click through to item; Jacket c/o Darccy. Top c/o Missguided. Skort; Miss Selfridge. Sunglasses: Prada. Shoes: Nine West.

Hello all! 

The wanderer returns. If you didn't know, I've been in Paris since Sunday and returned a couple of days ago - so, just a flying visit! 

Let us first address the most obvious thing, for all you UK dwellers at least - THIS WEATHER. What is happening?! Last night the UK was entertained by the most spectacular electrical storm and today appears to be the hottest day of the year so far! This is why you might be surprised to see that I'm wearing a jacket. Truly, I boiled. However, I really wanted to share this piece with you in 'live' time if you will - not just hang it up in my wardrobe and retrieve it when the cooler months return, by which time it may no longer be available if any of you are tempted to get your mitts on it. What sense would that make?

Honestly, this jacket is truly beautiful! When Darccy asked me if I'd like to choose a few pieces and do a post for them, I didn't hesitate. I feel like this jacket fits with the aesthetic of my style perfectly! The design is SO intricate, which is why I've included so many detail shots, which I'll let you judge for yourself. When I styled this outfit, I wanted to demonstrate how versatile I think this piece is. I mean, I appreciate I may be considered a bit more 'brave' in my clothing choices than the average, but personally I'd feel completely comfortable wearing this entire outfit to work, during the day and even at night - without changing a thing! (Apart from obviously I'd take the sunglasses off at night. I'm not P. Diddy & if anyone can pull off sunglasses at night it's not me.)

So, do you have any plans for the summer? Are you making the most of this heat? Please, let me know!

& here's what I'm wearing, or similar!



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Thursday, 10 July 2014

A Special Kind of Co-Ord; The Launch of TWOOSIE


Click through to item; Skirt & Bow c/o Twoosie. Top c/o Missguided. Shoes: Kurt Geiger.

You can now purchase my TWOOSIE for just £28, here!

Hello all!

Who doesn't love a co-ord? Over the last few years they've massively increased in popularity and can be found in pretty much every shop. The only downside of co-ords becoming so popular is the fact that you probably know a few people who own the same one, and that can be a little awkward. 
So, when Shope from London's Closet offered to hand make a co-ord, or 'Twoosie' of my own design, how could I say no? I loved the idea! To start with, I decided on a soft pink, silky material and after some thought I envisaged a kind of midi-length, flowy skirt. I usually go for quite structured items, so I wanted to take the opportunity to try something a little more 'relaxed'. I had something ladylike and feminine in mind, something that would fit with my aesthetic but also be a bit different for me. As for the other co-ordinating piece, I wanted something a bit more unique than a matching top - hence the clip in hair bow! 

So - here it is! My own, personal Twoosie and I absolutely love it! It's exactly what I envisaged and it fits like it was made for me. Probably because it was. 

If you'd like a Twoosie of your own, or you just want to have a nosey - take a peek at the Twoosie website!

and here's what I'm wearing! (or similar..)

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Red Organza Hem Dress - John Mayer Live at The O2! (Insert girlish squeal here.)

  Click through to item; Dress: ASOS. Shoes; Zara - similar here. 


Hello all!

How are you? What have you been upto? I'm in a talkative mood and no one ever replies to these kind of questions in blog posts. I'm being deadly serious - let me know! (That sounds much more threatening than I meant it to...)

Now, music, concerts or 'gigs' as the cool kids call them aren't really things I've ever mentioned on here before. I tend to stick to things I know. Don't get me wrong, I love music, but I wouldn't say I have particularly 'good' or 'individual' taste. I'm raising this because I'd had my eye on this red, organza dress for a few weeks but held myself back because I had nowhere in particular to wear it and no real need of it. However, when the John Mayer concert came along I knew the time had come. I always dress up for John. We're on a first name basis now. In the sense that I know his but he doesn't know mine. 

My friends in real life know that I have a borderline-peculiar love for John Mayer and have done since I was about 12. I've seen him live 5 times and I've also stalked him just a bit. Just casually, you know. Casual stalking. The kind you probably can't get arrested for. He came to speak at The Oxford Union a while ago, which is a kind of 'club' in Oxford where notable people come to talk and there's a chance I hysterically chased followed him to his private room, waited outside like a lunatic and got his autograph. It may have happened. I also may be mildly ashamed but also proud. We'll move on now. 

Essentially, I decided it would be the perfect time to pounce on this dress, and if I may say so myself I felt quite lovely in it. I was definitely the most dressed up person there, but you know me, I often am and it doesn't bother me in the slightest. (Also, I had to make the effort for John. What if he had somehow seen me in the crowd, decided he must have me as he wife and we eloped right then and there? It was crucial for me to look good in case the moment arose. A girl can dream..)

Here's What I'm Wearing...

Friday, 27 June 2014

Graphic Paint Print Midi / Ruffle Bralet / Bouquet of Peonies (which are a completely appropriate accessory...)





Hello all and Happy Friday!

Another midi skirt. I know, I know. I'm sorry. As if I needed another one. Do you ever see visions of yourself wearing an item somewhere and think 'I must make this vision a reality!' or even 'when I have this skirt my wardrobe will be complete.' Well, I tell myself all kinds of stories to justify a purchase I probably shouldn't make. I often try and talk myself out of it but in this case I was unsuccessful ...Oops!  Although, to be fair I have been a Lizzie McGuire style outfit repeater and worn this numerous times as I adore it beyond words. Although it's quite a statement print, I also think it's timeless and not obviously from anywhere in particular - in the sense that you don't look at it and think 'that's obviously from Topshop/Zara' which is nice for a change. 

I wore this for a perfect Sunday outing with my friend Bianca. First we headed to Columbia Road Market to peruse the flowers, and we both picked up a couple of bunches of peonies (so stereotypical blogger/so original) Then we made our way to the rather well known hipster haunt The Breakfast Club for brunch. Here is where I should be a good and professional blogger, by presenting you with copious photographs of pancakes laden with fresh fruit from several different angles. However, when the obligatory instagram photo had been taken I couldn't quite stop myself from devouring them like a wild animal, all before I'd had the chance to take out my camera. Oops again. Must try harder next time.

P.S. You might notice I've added a rather snazzy new 'Shop The Post' feature below, which I really hope you'll enjoy! I think it makes things a lot easier if you feel compelled to search for an item I've featured.