Friday, 29 August 2014

east meets west

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Clothes shopping is never simply just a 'like, drag to shopping basket and pay' scenario. More often than not, I have a tendency to conjure up elaborate situations in my mind in which the potential piece in question, plays the leading role. There's jazzy music playing in the background, day to evening possibilities and a dance with my existing accessories and complementary tops/bottoms/outerwear. Everything comes leaping out of the wardrobe and if it's still two-stepping away by the end of it, it stays. This is exactly what happened with this Oriental floral shirt.

I remember clapping my eyes on it in H&M and thinking 'oh my, that would be the perfect thing to wear to eat copious amounts of dim sum/sushi/noodles in' - I know, I have my priorities in order. I dreamed of sitting cross-legged behind towers of steaming bamboo baskets and bowls of piping hot bowls with a pair of chopsticks in hand, and a pair in my hair (because chopstick constructed buns are a must).

 Shortly after that, I handed over my debit card and the rest is history (it came home with me).

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[shirt - H&M, crochet lace shorts - eBay, Lita lookalikes - eBay, felt fedora - ASOS]

From growing up by the south coast to becoming a full-time Londoner, I had to incorporate a touch of British influence into this ensemble somehow. Layers of lace and delicate crochet have always reminded me of the Victorians. During the years of primary and middle school, we'd dress up as characters from the era, twirl around the playground in our doily dresses and pen down our thoughts in our best cursive handwriting. Whilst the length of these crochet shorts are a touch higher than a below-the-knee cut, I couldn't resist pairing features from both the Far East and the West together - opposites attract.

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Now, is it strange to have dim sum with a side order of Earl Grey?

No, I didn't think so either. I'll stick to the prints.

Have a great weekend, everybody! :)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

shawl cardigan - botanical florals - oversized sunglasses

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A few years ago, my staple shades were variations of black and white. My wardrobe was a shrine to monochrome until I introduced a little summin' summin' to spice things up. Get your minds out of the gutter, people! A bright floral blazer joined the party. The print was obnoxious, busy, loud and everything that I had previously shunned so naturally, I loved it.

Little did I know that purchasing the £10 rejected outerwear from Topshop's sales rack started a full-blown affair with bright displays of colour and florals altogether. Case and point, this particular ensemble.

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Do you recognise the red dress? It certainly did the rounds around the blogosphere last summer. Whilst it's a primarily fitted, the slight skater-esque flare made it perfect twirlin' material on a summer's day yet appropriate with a pair of black opaques and platform heels in the evening. I was drawn to the graphics aspect of the piece with the stamps of monochrome botanical florals. I deem it a timeless addition to the wardrobe for many seasons to come (as I say for 90% of everything else that I own).

As for the cape like cardigan, my wish to look like a Hogwarts student/superhero hybrid had come true the moment I clapped my eyes on the AA boucle shawl cardigan. I fell in love. Since then, I can be found running around the city with my accompanying wings pretending that I'm the next Batman/Dumbledore/Victor Krum. 

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Moving swiftly on, did you spot the leopard print oversized sunglasses? Firmoo whisked over this pair of sunnies in time for the British heatwave and it's been living in my bag (and resides over half of my face when they're on) ever since. My mother even 'officially' announced that she'll be stealing them from me and proceeded to pluck them off my face and promptly sitting it on hers. I chose a non-prescription tinted pair but there are options for a prescription pair as well as choosing various shades and intensity of the tinted lenses. It's a $20-$50 addition should you require them to be photochromic or polarised. 

The customer service was great, shipping was fast and the whole experience was nothing short of wonderful. It arrived in a sturdy glasses case adorned with a charming map print, an extra black fabric bag, a cleaning cloth and a nifty screwdriver keyring for a quick fix should the screws loosen when you're on-the-go. 

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If you're interested in trying out a pair of glasses from Firmoo, they're currently running a 'free glasses' promotion for new customers. With the code 'FREEFIRMOO', you can choose between a selection of frames along with a complimentary case, cleaning cloth and accessories of your own. You'll just have to pay for the lenses and shipping! You can find out more details about it here.

I don't make any commission off the sales nor am I being compensated for this post, I was genuinely impressed with the product and level of service that I received so didn't hesitate to share it with you all on the blog incase anyone else was interested too! : )

And with that, I shall be off! The fruit bowl is calling me.

My mother brought home a case of 24 giant peaches yesterday. She bought them for a grand total of £3.99 from Chinatown (a mistake in their printing resulted in our household turning to an adaption of Shu and the Giant Peach(es)). 

She unknowingly bought a big carton of peach juice earlier too. 

Sending you all lots of love, I hope you're having a great day so far! :)

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Tropicool

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Sunday: Tropicool seems to have been titled appropriately for today's post! In London, our long stretch of summer has been loudly interrupted with sweeps of clouded downpours, an unannounced chorus of thunder and sudden spells of strong turbulence.

After bidding farewell to Jordan (and looking through the weekend's camera roll with a sigh and realisation that I will forever fail at goodbyes), I sloped upstairs, plonked onto my bed and decided that we were well overdue for a catch up.

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The sleeves of my mustard cardigan are messily hoisted up my arms and I'm sitting in my Marvel shorts listening to my sisters' replay past episodes of Breaking Bad. This is what Sundays are about, right?

I'd much rather be spinning around in the outfit above though. The classic Hawaiian shirt has branched itself out in shorts form... with pompoms attached. They were kindly sent to me by Missguided and I've been wearing them a lot since they arrived at my doorstep.

Jordan was very amused by the border of tiny white orbs and keeps thinking they're miniature marshmallows. I'll leave you to decide on what to think of that.

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[Hawaiian pom pom shorts - Missguided* | Vest - Zara | Wedges - Sister's | Sunglasses - Urban Outfitters]

Whilst they're a front runner for the beach, I wanted them to be a candidate for day-to-day wear too. This Zara vest is a recent sales purchase and it's been my daily uniform since. It dresses up casual bottoms (like these shorts) and looks dapper paired with a smart blazer, skinny jeans and barely there sandals. We're going to be very good friends.

Well, the last remaining chapters of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows are now calling me. The spine cover recently pulled itself away from the rest of the book and some pages have decided to detach themselves too. They don't deal with excessive rereading very well.

How will you be spending the rest of your day?

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Monday, 21 July 2014

10,000 Subscribers & Giveaway!

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Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a great weekend!

On Friday evening, my YouTube channel reached... 10,000 SUBCRIBERS! It still feels very, very, very strange to be typing that out and it still hasn't quite sunk in. Trying to imagine that amount of people who have also watched me prance and ramble on the internet is rather scary too ;)

Without turning this into too much of a gushy, cheesy ramble - I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you whether you're a frequent viewer, reader or somebody who has just popped by. I can't say enough how much I appreciate your support, lovely comments and messages. Every single one puts a huuuge smile on my face! 

On a personal note, things have been tough recently. Putting on a brave and happy front had become increasingly hard which is why I took a bit of a time out from everything online and only posted when I've felt a little bit more upbeat. I always find myself flicking through the comments/emails to cheer myself up and they're always a mood and confidence booster! I really am so grateful for all of you : )

I might go into more detail about it in the future but for now, let's keep it as happy as I can as I'm positively SQUEALING to be able to share this amazing news with you all! Being able to upload these little videos and blogposts on Shulikesclothes is an absolute pleasure and the feedback received for the content is really, what keeps me going. : )

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^ ^ ^ The amazing custom made subscriber trophies that Jordan and his dad designed and made for me! It makes me feel like an important movie star which is probably why I'm treating this as an Oscar awards moment! Thank you, Jord and Paul! : )

As a small token of my appreciation to all of you, I thought I'd arrange a small little giveaway over on my YouTube channel. It was so exciting to go out and shop for these little bits - I really hope whoever wins these little packages will have a little smile on their face when they receive it! 

I've labelled them as either the:

Pink Bag #1:
- a Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick in Pink Pong
- Barry M Hi Shine Nail Paint in Mango
- A H&M dainty triangular charm necklace

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Orange Bag #2:

- a Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick in Hot Pepper
- Barry M Hi Shine Nail Paint in Blueberry
- A H&M dainty triangular charm necklace

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Yellow Bag #3:

- a Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipstick in Peach Club
- Barry M Hi Shine Nail Paint in Almond
- A H&M dainty triangular charm necklace

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Note: As it's my first ever giveaway, I'm testing the waters with the whole process and postage etc so this will be a UK only giveaway. I'm sorry to my international viewers! I'd love to arrange an international giveaway in the near future for you all! : )

There will be three winners and entering really couldn't be simpler!

Giveaway Rules:

- UK only 
- You must be at least 18 years old. If not, please have your parent/guardian's permission to enter!
- You must be a subscriber to my channel
- Give the video a thumbs up
- ...And in the comments box section, please put your name/nickname/initial (if you're not comfortable in sharing your first name!), your preference of either bag #1, #2 or #3, a fun fact about yourself and your favourite joke/pun : )

That's it! : )

The giveaway will start from today and end on the 1st August 2014 at 12:00PM (GMT).

I will announce the giveaway winners via Twitter and will also pop it on an annotation at the start of the video on the day! 

I can't wait to put a name to some of your faces, get to know you all better and to have a little laugh at the jokes/puns! : )

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

90s Kids' Wardrobe Revisited

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Afternoon!

I found these snaps whilst scrolling through my iPhoto albums. They were taken on Jordan's birthday in March and they must've forgotten to hop on the train to board on this blog.

Dungarees and jumpsuits shaped every '90s kids' wardrobe but that's not to say that they can't make a comeback as an adult either. To look less like a toddler that had been dressed by my mushroom haircut lovin' mother, I put on a slick of red lipstick, slipped on my cowboy heels and a big ol' floppy hat before we jumped in the Mini to Brighton.

We went to Foodilic in town for lunch. It's a buffet of... healthy food. It was crazy good and I'm still dreaming of the spinach, walnut and pesto salad that I'd happily eat bowls of. There's a detailed review over on my food blog

Just look at that mountain of roasted butternut squash...

Okay, let's move on.

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Meet Jordan's Austin Mini from 1986.

She's older than either of us but she's a million times cooler.

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| Playsuit - ASOS (no longer available - similar ones here and here) - Boots - H&M - Top - Primark - Fedora Hat - ASOS |

Snapping it back to present day, I'm sporting a bardot crop top and high-waisted denim jeans. I'm really rootin' for my childhood wardrobe to come back, huh? Outfit post for that to come soon (and not in four months time).

Shu, stop trying to make a 90s comeback happen...

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Beach Strolls and Tortilla's Steak Burritos

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This weekend, Jordan and I went for a leisurely stroll along the beach. 

We pulled on our walking shoes, slung on our rucksacks and took a break from being stuck indoors. The reason for our seaside adventure? I'm starting to feel a bit better and am able to walk for more than 15 minutes so we're making up for lost time. For this particular mission, there's a burrito-sized treasure pot at the end of the rainbow.

Jordan was responsible for the directions, he's a human SAT NAV and alas, I'm not.

Case and point, confused specimen A.

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"This way!" Jordan exclaimed with a jolly jaunt.

Let's go! 

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- Super Duper Crop Jumper - Monki | Tile Print Jeans - Topshop | Dainty Converse - ASOS | Brown Rucksack - New Look -


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The lovely people from Tortilla invited us over for a bite to eat and a Californian burrito was exactly what we needed for a refuel. As I'm currently back home, the Brighton branch greeted us with welcoming wafts that made our stomachs flip and somersault. 

Shall we take a look inside?

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As homage to its Mexican inspiration, rows of Corona bottles settled themselves along the ceiling. Brightly coloured chairs were parked under the wooden tables and quirky pieces of artwork dotted themselves on the spray-painted walls.

After a brief look around, our rumblin' tums dragged us over to the counter and we proceeded to build our winning burritos.

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For the filling, there's a choice of chicken, steak/shredded beef (for 50p extra), pork and vegetarian. I opted for the barbacoa steak (seared beef braised in mellow adobo and then shredded) whilst Jordan chose the carnitas (pork, slow-cooked for hours until fall-apart tender)

Once assembled, it's time to stuff it.

The second station consisted of either Mexican (tomato-infused) or coriander rice. It was followed up swiftly with the choice of peppers and onions, pinto or black beans. The final stop was for optional extras of lettuce, guacamole, grated Monterey Jack Cheese, sour cream and an assortment of salsas depending on spice intolerance.

Coriander rice and a generous helping of black beans with a sprinkle of cheese (with no sour cream please) and their spiciest salsa graced my tortilla wrap whilst Jordan swapped the legumes with roasted peppers and onions.

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Aside from burritos, Tortilla also sells tacos, skinny burritos (for those who want to ditch the wrap) and nachos on the side. For those who fancy a tipple, frozen margaritas and Mexican beers are on offer along with the standard soft drinks.

After it was rolled into a tin foil blanket, it was time for the taste test.

Specimen A surveying the wrap.

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My first bite was met with a comforting blend of flavours and the burrito cushioned together a medley of textures. The black beans and shredded beef work together perfectly whilst the coriander rice added a subtle tang. However, I couldn't taste the habanero salsa roja at all but was swiftly met with two towering bottles of hot saaaawwwwce to give it a spicy kick.

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Yeah, I like to drown my food in chilli sauce.

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That sneaky smirk says it all.

The sauce sat at the top and lazily drizzled its way through the rest of wrap. Luckily, there were no soggy bottoms here, folks. Fears of a soaked unravelling burrito is the reason why I previously disliked it in the first place but it wasn't the case with this one, thumbs up!

On to Jordan:

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He was pleased with his choice!

The peppers and onions gave the burrito a distinct sour tang - you can spot the jalapeƱo nestled in amongst the pork and cheese. The flavours were on the other side of the scale when compared to mine so if you're after more of a summery zest to your burrito, opt for the roast peppers. If you want a warm blend of complementary flavours then go for the black beans!

All in all, I'd recommend Tortilla. For a chain, it's pretty good and it's worth a lunchtime visit. A medium burrito is £5 whereas a large is £6. The medium was around half the size of Jordan's, which is fine as I prefer smaller portions but for £1 extra, it'd be a good idea to upgrade it unless you have a salad or some nachos on the side! You can have a sneak peek of their menu online here.

We walked off our lunch by returning back to the seaside and spotted these big slabs of rocks. Jordan poked and nudged for me to climb it. I gingerly tip toed across the pebbles and looked up at the big ol' boulders. Short stumps for legs meant that it took me a while to clamber up onto the rocks but several lightyears later, I reached the summit.

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A victorious defeat.

 I gazed out at sea spotting the coastal stretch between Brighton pier and Dover. It's a pretty remarkable view on a clear day!There were a few brief seconds that I pretended I was the king of the world (just don't look down at only being a few metres from the ground).

How did you spend your weekend?

Psssst... how do you feel about the lifestyle posts? I thought it'd be fun to include a little backstory to outfits but let me know what you think! : )