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Sunday 23 February 2014

London Fashion Week Day 3 // Pinstripes, Checks and Miu Miu

Blouse : c/o French Connection. Coat & Shoes : M&S. Trousers & Earrings : Topshop. Jacket (under coat) : H&M. 
Sunglasses : Miu Miu. Bag : Chanel.

Hello all!

Marks and Spencer, you have done it again. First, there was THAT dreamy pink coat, and now they've created this (in my opinion) pinstriped masterpiece. I decided to go for a rather mismatched suit look, by going with some Prince of Wales Check cropped trousers, a grid print jacket and my much-loved oversized pussybow blouse. The weather had also brightened up considerably, so I thought it acceptably sunny enough to get the sunglasses out. I thought it'd be  a shame not to wear something a little bright and colourful on such a beautiful day, so I went for some cobalt blue, pointed shoes also from M&S. I won't lie, they weren't the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn despite the heel being pretty 'sensible' - but I think that's to be expected with pointy shoes as feet don't tend to be naturally pointy..
 I was also super happy to catch up with some more bloggy/YouTube friends like BeccaNaomi and to meet some more lovely people! 

On another note, I've been toying with the idea of doing a few 'beauty' type posts. So, things like favourite lipsticks, skincare or everyday makeup products I use. Would you be interested in that kind of thing? If so, please let me know and I'd love it if you suggested some things you'd like to see!

Saturday 15 February 2014

London Fashion Week Day 1 // Black and Gold

Hello all and Happy London Fashion Week!

What do you think of my new 'big photo' format? As you can tell by my use of technical language, my technological knowledge is extensive. 

I suppose by now your blogger, instagram and twitter feeds are likely full of all things hashtagged #LFW, and it's only the end of day 2 (is hashtagged even a word?). This is what I wore on the first day, where I met up with several of my wonderful bloggy / YouTube friends and also made some new ones! As usual, I spent the week approaching the start of London Fashion Week panic buying almost every item of clothing on the internet - only to try it all on the night before and declare that I despised it all. I was having a mild nervous breakdown. Eventually, I turned to my pre-exsiting collection, rejecting all new purchases and put this together and I loved it. What a joyous moment of relief that was! My mother had been saying to me the entire week 'stop buying clothes Arabella, wear something you've already got!' It turns out she was right, as not one item I wore was 'new' (in the sense that I've owned everything here for about 2+ months). She then enjoyed basking in the fact that she was right.

You might be able to tell by the appearance of the umbrella, it RAINED. SO. MUCH. Imagine the windiest day ever, the most rainy day ever and then combine them. Then double it. That was Friday's weather. AWFUL. You can see from my shoes in the last photo that my feet were SOAKED and absolutely frozen beyond all belief. The only plus was the fact that some rather lovely (BLOODY FIT) men had been hired to escort people around Somerset House, holding ginormous golf umbrellas to keep them dry. At one point one of them approached me and asked if there was somewhere I needed to get to, I said no, but you can walk me around for a bit anyway... and so he obliged and we did a few laps and I just stared at him. He said he thought I was funny but I think he probably meant 'a bit mental'.

(Top & Shoes : ZARA. Earrings & Bag : Chanel. Skirt : Coast. Belt : H&M. Hair by Toni & Guy.)

Wednesday 12 February 2014

Polo Neck Knit / Frilled Hem Dogtooth Skirt / Necessary Umbrella...

Top & Coat : ZARA. Skirt : Missguided. Shoes : ASOS. Bag : Chanel. Umbrella : Accessorize.

Hello all, it's me again... sloping back, late again. 

Guess why I've been gone? I caught Glandular Fever, with the delightful side effect of jaundice! Yes, jaundice is the thing where you turn yellow. YELLOW. EVEN YOUR EYES. I went from Snow White to Marge Simpson on the skin colour chart. I even took my false eyelashes off, people. This was serious. Suffice it to say I was not looking my best, but please, hold the 'who've you been kissing?!' jokes - as you may know, Glandular Fever is often referred to as 'The Kissing Disease' - caught by the exchange of..... saliva. Oh, the shame of it. Am I now a medically certified tart? (I'm really not a tart I promise.) P.s. how wonderful is the word 'tart'? I'm not endorsing calling other women tarts, it just reminds me of when I've got a ladder in my tights and my Granny tells me I look like a slut or a tart and I laugh, of course. These words meant something very different back in ye olden days.

Now we've gotten that out of the way, lets move on shall we. After not having dressed up in my usual manner for several weeks, when I came to preen myself for my reintroduction to general society (it was  only a trip to Cafe Nero..) I found myself selecting a rather more understated outfit. For me, anyway. Let's bear in mind that I usually like to layer on the jewellery like the mad woman that Jack draws on The Titanic. Nevertheless, this lovely little drop waist, frill hem skirt has become my new favourite AND I've taken to just wearing a pair of earrings OR a big necklace rather than both at once. I know. I'm not entirely sure what's come over me, but I quite like it.