Thursday, 28 June 2012

Next celebrates the big 3-0

Next, the high street home of the smart casual attire, is turning 30 this year. To celebrate this milestone, Next have created an interactive timeline on their Facebook account that charts the store's history.

If you're a sad fashionista like myself, you'll love the timeline - especially as it shows the development of timeless pieces such as suits, denims and wedges over the past 30 years. Who knew I could be so interested in the 80s??

Next is an iconic British high street brand and is one of the very few places that both myself and my mum can happily shop at, which is no small feat by any means! To celebrate (and say thanks) I have chosen my three favourite pieces that are currently in store for you.


Collage created on Polyvore

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

LOOKBOOK: The #GeorgeAtAsda Sale Edit

There's a 50% sale at George. I don't know if I should have opened with that line because Asda is open 24 hours and I've probably just lost a few readers. It's too good to miss though!

I live by an Asda superstore so the amount of sale items was phenom! I may have overdone it as per use but I got some great bargains.

My favourite is the classy LBD below, which would be great for work. It's long enough that I won't be branded the office slut and with a possible new job in the pipeline, image is important.

With it being black I can also restyle it every season with new accessories. Perfect!

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Anna Karenina Trailer

It looks amah-zing! Ten pounds says I'll cry.

Shopping List: The Birthday Meal

It's my Nana Josie's birthday next week and I need an outfit that can go from fancy Italian restaurant to swanky wine bar (yep at 77 Nana still likes a large glass of vino).

A dress is perfect as it will cover my post pasta belly and the cardigan will stop Josie from moaning that I turned up to her birthday meal naked.

The clutch and heels, however, add a bit of pazazz to the outfit that will be needed later on.

Let me know what you think and please suggest jewellery - I'm thinking a chunky gold bracelet? Gotta look good for Nanny!

Dress, £40, Warehouse
Cardigan, £26, Dorothy Perkins
Clutch, £12, Asos
Shoes, £85, Dune

Friday, 15 June 2012

LOOKBOOK: The Hen Party Edit

Well it seems the age at which all your friends tie the knot is 23 as I am currently packing for my second hen party of the year (second of FOUR).

Hen party number two is taking place in Liverpool and is sure to be a messy event so please don't expect a blog post until AT LEAST Monday. I'm dreading the hangover already!

Unfortunately, as this is hen party two of four and it is an expensive weekend away I couldn't afford a new outfit. I'm a pathetic fashion blogger, I know!

I am being FORCED to wear the outfit I wore to the jubilee wedding three weeks ago but, being the fashun addict that I am, I bought a new clutch to jazz up the outfit.

This neon yellow crocodile handbag from Accessorize adds a bit more colour to my outfit and gives it a small yet inexpensive twist.

Wish me (and my liver) luck!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Coulda Woulda Shoulda #June

Coulda... bought a pair of retro oversized sunglasses from Matalan this month for the bargain price of a fiver. However, unlike the majority of people I know I'm not going on a sun holiday this year so I may as well save my money!

Woulda... bankrupted myself for this Emilio Pucci silk crepe maxi skirt had I not had any sense. Unfortunately the £825.00 price tag brought me back to my senses, no matter how beautiful this purple number may be.

Shoulda... been sensible and invested for my future job. Hopefully I have a few job interviews coming up so should buy an outfit to impress. With my bank balance being so pathetic at the minute, this £16 ponte dress from George at Asda is perfect.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

LOOKBOOK: The Monsoon Edit

The shorts have gone away for another year and the coats and scarves are back with full force in this wet and windy June of ours.

British summers are consistent at least.

I've been sporting my favourite wax effect jacket and cheapo black skirt from H&M with my many winter jumpers.

This oversized lavender one is from the Topshop tall section to get make it extra baggy on me.

I added my New Look black suede pumps and Oasis tan leather bag (scarf bought separately) for a preppy twist.

I'm off to scrub the festival mud off my Hunter wellies in preparation for the monsoon weather forecasted for this week! Laters!

Sunday, 3 June 2012

LOOKBOOK: The Wedding Edit

Here are a few snapshots from the jubilee wedding I attended yesterday.

I was an evening guest so wanted something summery and fresh but with a twist.

I chose the bright flowered peplum top from River Island, with capered black trousers from Topshop and black heels from Dorothy Perkins.

The outfit was partly out of necessity as I already had the cropped trousers and heels, but a girls gotta make the most of a limited wardrobe!

I think my pauper's challenge of a wedding outfit wasn't too bad! *Pats poor self on back*

And the jubilee bride herself...

Saturday, 2 June 2012

God Save McQueen #PartTwo

As the jubilee bank holiday weekend has FINALLY arrived I thought I would write another homage to Liz - or moreover the inspiration she has had on fashion and culture this season.

Over the past few weeks I've made a note of all the Diamond Jubilee inspired items I've seen and have displayed the creme de la creme below.

I myself will be spending this bank holiday weekend attending my first wedding and pulling some double time pints - pictures to follow!

Make the most of the jubilee good people! Its not often we have an excuse to get out the bunting and be drunk on a weekday.

To the queen! *Dons plastic tiara for the next four days*

Crafted from recycled paper, this Vivienne Westwood Diamond Jubilee Brooch is not only patriotic, but environmental. And at £55 its also a steal.

Mulberry Britishness collection June 2012

In their new four piece collection, Mulberry have redesigned three of their iconic bags in celebration of all things British. The Bayswater, the Pouch and the Lily have been re-crafted in Oak Natural Leather and stamped with a gold Union Jack plaque. These classic and elegant handbags go on sale this month.

Eccentric British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood appears in my 'best of' again with her Melissa Ultragirl V11 cameo ballet pumps, £85. The iconic Westwood logo appears as a cameo on the shoe, which is fitting as the logo is made up of an orb and a sceptre - both of which were used in the coronation of the Queen.

There are tacky patriotic tee shirts aplenty in the shops at the moment, but the the sweaters and jumpers seem to be breaking this rule. This 'Trooping the Colour' sweater by Aubin and Wills, £70, has an almost retro feel to it. And let's face it, with the infamous British weather, you're gonna need a jumper this weekend!

I genuinely like these. No kidding! The MOTO Floral Union Jack Hotpants by Topshop would be perfect for your jubilee themed barbecue, but will also look great for the upcoming music festival season (they were MADE to be worn with your Hunter wellies at Glastonbury). For £34 you'll get a staple summer item that won't have to be stored away with your bunting.


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