Saturday, 31 March 2012

LOOKBOOK: Another Outfit of the Day Foil You

knitted metallic foil top: topshop
wet look leggings: topshop
alibi mid ankle boots: topshop
bag: vintage
necklace: primark


again, see what i did with the title? i'm sitting here laughing to myself, oh dear. i'm very easily amused and as an english and creative writing student, it really had to be done. these are all recent purchases from Topshop and i'm not quite sure how i've managed that as usually it's all bits from different stores mixed in. i've been in a 'boycott primark' phase recently and surprisingly, i've actually saved a lot of money from not shopping there for months! it's so easy to just keep filling up the basket with blouse after blouse after blouse after - you get the point, when it seems so cheap. the prices have sneakily gone up though and for a few £££s more, i'd rather go to Zara/Topshop for better quality items. Zara is honestly my all time favourite shop, especially this season as everything they have in at the moment is amazing and very reasonably priced! 

this foil effect knitted top i'm sporting (only time you'll read the word sport and me in the same sentence) was actually on offer from £28 to £20. it's thick enough to keep you warm during the chilly days in spring/summer, but thin enough to not make you resemble a marshmallow. i love the foil effect as it just adds that special 'something' that takes it away from being another generic, knitted top; it's also a subtle way of introducing this season's metallics trend without looking like something from outer space (unless you're going for that look).  

now, i've said this once, twice, a million times but i don't agree with leggings. i've always just worn tights with black shorts or skirts but for some bizarre reason, this pair just spoke to me. we had quite the conversation. i've been looking for some leather trousers for a while but after accepting the fact that my legs just look like tree trunks in them, i gave up. however, this, my friends, is lovely. it fits like a dream (a tiny bit too baggy for my liking though) and it feels so comfortable! i understand why everyone loves leggings so much as i never want to take them off whenever i'm wearing them. i still can't bear to wear them out as trousers as some people are so fond of doing (no bum showy and pants line showy please), so i purchased the top from the tall section to add a bit more length at the bottom. 

still in love with the alibi mid ankle boots, they just get more and more comfortable. the necklace was to add a bit more texture and colours to the outfit as the knitted, wet look leggings and leather obviously wasn't enough. the bag was actually purchased from a vintage store, paid more than i would have liked but it's beautiful and straps can be taken off to become a clutch! voila!

so there you have it!
weather is a bit blaah today but hope you're all still enjoying your day/evening!

i miss those times back in middle school when everyone just played board games whenever it was raining outside. i cannot stand being in the rain or the cold so board games indoors used to be my favourite break times! what about you guys? :)

Friday, 30 March 2012

LOOKBOOK: Hallows, How Are You?

deathly hallows tshirt: orange circle clothing
burgundy skirt: forever21
shoes: converse (office)
belt: primark
sunglasses: betsey johnson


first of all, i just read out the title out loud and it's a bit cheesy but fitting. geddit? hallows, like hello! 
ok, forget it. 

haven't updated this in a while but i have around ten posts coming up so they'll be appearing every day over the next week! the majority of them are outfit posts, and there's two/three product reviews too. i'm now on my Easter break so i want to write all of these posts ready before i go on holiday (so excited). 

this was taken around two weeks ago but i still love this outfit! the amazing deathly hallows t-shirt is from a company called Orange Circle Clothing. i've made a video on it before but it really needs a blog post dedicated to it as i'm so in love with it. the material is good quality and doesn't fade in the wash; the t-shirts cost £13.49 each which i think is reasonable considering how much it would be in the shops! for reference, i'm a size 10 and bought this in a women's large as i wanted it a bit baggy. it's the cosmic print design on a navy shirt. i thought the navy complemented the whole sky/cosmic print going on! link here! i'm going to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour next month and i know what i'll be wearing. just watched Tom Felton on Day Break showing the studio and i am unbelievably excited. EEEEEEE. 

i paired it with a burgundy bodycon skirt to add a pop of colour to the otherwise dark outfit. trying to wear a lot more colour for spring instead of my usual neutrals! sunglasses are from betsey johnson, love. they're bright pink on the sides and it's nice to have them peeking out! 

now, for a small little problem. i bought this pair of converse a few weeks ago. i'm usually a 4 but it was humungous so i got a size 3, should've gone for the 3 and a half but they didn't have it in stock and the 3 felt fine at the time! it's been killing my feet and keeps giving my little toes blisters. for those who have owned converse, is this just part of breaking it in? it's more comfortable, the longer i wear them so fingers crossed! 

off to prepare the other blog posts now! 
i hope you're all having a lovely day or evening!

Saturday, 10 March 2012

LOOKBOOK: Blouse, Blazer and (Topshop Alibi Mid Ankle) Boots

blouse: primark
blazer: h&m
riding pants: h&m
boots: topshop
necklace: topshop
bag: longchamp
bracelet: pranella

why hallo there!

this was pre-going out for dinner so no waddling was involved in this picture taking process! i had a chicken malaya curry with mushroom rice if anyone was interested because obviously everyone wants to know what i ate for dinner (sarcasm). was. so. full. this healthy eating is going really, really well! my spending ban is going well since my last post BUT the Revlon Lip Butters will be launched on the 19th in Boots and Superdrug so i may have to make a little exception. i've been waiting for them since they were launched in the US in November. they're on the Boots website but it either says 'sold out' or 'stock coming soon' boo. the UK will only be selling 14 of the 20 shades available in the US though. i was really looking forward to trying 'red velvet' too :(. hopefully a review will be coming soon if you guys would like it!

filmed a quick video too so if you fancy having a peek, it will be at the bottom of this post! did film it originally in a dodgy alleyway to try and get away from filming it in the town centre but alas, it didn't work. cars were driving in, old women were walking past giving me weird looks and the wind wanted to make an appearance by going WOGHGOSGOSJ WOOOOSH WOOOO - you get the idea. instead, you get an exclusive tour to Jord's kitchen and Bud <3!

there's sunshine outside so i shall leave now as my posts are usually an essay! 

outfit of the night video:

hope you're all having a lovely day 

Monday, 5 March 2012

Topshop Alibi Mid Ankle Boots


these are the amazing Topshop Alibi Mid Ankle boots, AHH. since Tuesday, i've been going a bit mad about taking care of them. this means i've been lifting my foot up to see if i've scuffed them or creased them every few seconds. ok, slight exaggeration - 10 seconds. 

they retail for £78 and the heels are 8.5cm which are 3.3 inches. i got a 15% discount on them so they came to £66.30 - pretty good for real leather boots! with all leather, they do have a tendency to crease and as they're mid-ankle boots, they do but not to a horrible extent. i need to get leather polish and obsessively clean them. a little bit of creasing seems to add a bit more character to the shoes anyway (at least that's what i'm telling myself when i see one). if you are worried about the creases, you can get something called a shoe tree/shoe horn to put in the boots when you're not wearing them to minimise the chances of them. despite the heel, they are by far the most comfortable heels i've ever worn. the platform helps to minimise the height of it and makes it a lot easier to walk in and for your feet to adjust in. for some reason it makes me feel like i'm bouncing up and down when i walk in them (not literally). i feel all light when i wear them (and tall, yay height).

they seem to go with absolutely everything in my wardrobe too. i'm enjoying just wearing this with each outfit and for it to just look better. once the weather gets warmer, i think i'll wear them with cute lace ankle socks instead of thick tights. ooh, this will be useful for those who are planning to get them: get a size up. i'm usually a 4 and i originally thought they were ok and it was just a case of wearing them in as the leather is very stiff at first. nuh-uh. tried on a 5 and it fits so much better. no cramped up toes (great image) and plenty of space! the toe box region is very narrow and considering these are primarily winter boots, thick socks/tights will be worn with them so having enough space for the feet is a must!

although i said they were comfortable, they did give me tiny blisters on my little toes the first time i walked in them - but i did walk around a lot, and walked uphill then downhill then uphill, you get the idea. my feet are weird and even new flats gives me pumps (new look ones especially, glare), after a few more outings with them, my feet are absolutely fine now :)

so that's just my 'review' of the boots so far. i'm absolutely in love with them and although the price is a bit *sudden intake of breath*, they are worth every single penny. cheap shoes are at the end of the day cheap quality and won't last as long as investing in a better quality pair! thumbs up for such a brilliant 'WELL DUR' sentence. 

you can find the boots here.

does anyone else have them or are interested in them? what type of shoes are your favourite?

hope you're all having a lovely day!

Saturday, 3 March 2012

LOOKBOOK: Crochet Dress and Topshop Alibi Boots

dress: h&m
tights: primark
boots: topshop
bracelet: pranella


just a quick outfit of the day post! got this dress from H&M on Tuesday and I am in love. i like the detailing on the sleeves and the hemline - it's very girly. i feel a bit like a hippie in it though and feel like i should have flowers in my hair and be spinning on the spot or something. summer outfit of the day, methinks. i don't think hippies play dizzy dinosaurs either. my mum treated me to the topshop alibi mid ankle boots and i cannot get over how beautiful they are! it's around a 3 and a half inch heel but because of the platform, it's so easy to walk in. a more in-depth post shall be coming up in the next two days! :)

Jord and I have decided to go on a 'cut something out for a month' phase and trying to decide what. takeaways? fizzy drinks? all of it? have definitely piled on the pounds since Christmas and with my holiday coming up, it all needs to go, go, go. i'm very healthy when i'm at uni though and mostly have boiled vegetables with steamed/oven-baked fish with only fruit to snack on. food shopping is expensive so i never buy junk! i do love healthy eating but the lure of junk food on a saturday when i'm home is also very tempting. waah.

i'm also thinking of doing another 'spending ban' for the whole of March. it'd be good to save all the extra money for holidays or any emergencies that may suddenly pop up! i haven't convinced my mind yet though as if i decide to do something, my mind likes to annoy me and protest. clothes also decide to dance around me singing 'buy me, buy meeeeeeeeee'. beauty products also march up to me and basically say, 'put me on your face'. only me?  i have just drank the last few sips of coke and this may be goodbye to it for at least a month. 

anyone been on spending bans or months of cutting junk out?

hope you're having a lovely day

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