Friday, 31 January 2014

The Turtleneck

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(striped turtleneck jumper - muji, biker style leather trousers - asos, studded ankle boots - new look)

I've had my eye on a turtleneck jumper for quite some time now and after spotting this in the Muji sale for a mere £10, I hurriedly handed over my debit card and introduced it to the rest of the my wardrobe.

It's a size too big but I usually make an exception for knitwear and much prefer a more relaxed fit than something that's perfectly fitted to the body. Besides, I couldn't think of anything worse than a skintight turtleneck jumper. Just think about it... and now shudder at the image. Horizontal stripes generally aren't very flattering but the inclusion of a higher neckline helps to elongate my (very short) torso. Combining this with black and white stripes immediately transforms it into a piece that declares to be described with adjectives like 'classic', 'mature' and 'elegant'. That's all good until you throw the said item on somebody that decides to recreate her best 'cheesy Asian pose' after shooting her 'serious' photos and it comes out lookin' like this...

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As the striped turtleneck has a way of promising you deep philosophical conversations over a double espresso, I decided to modernise it with my biker style faux leather trousers. They're fitting, roughens up the whole look yet still manages to stay within the lines of a classic pairing. That, and I still can't get over the fact that I feel a tiny bit like a vicar... a vicar that reads Vogue though.

Before I go, Happy Chinese New Year! Whilst I'm not a particularly traditional person, I can't help but smile at the Chinese festive music and imagine the atmosphere of this holiday when my mum excitedly recalls her memories of it in China when she was a child! Looking forward to celebrating it later this weekend - it'll be the first time in 7 years that I'll be spending it with my mum! I'm expecting a red envelope ;)

Wishing you all a year of health, happiness and good fortune!

May the Year of the Horse be the best one yet! : )

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Silk, Jack Russells and Leather

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If my wardrobe was an assortment of pick 'n' mix sweets, my final choices would be a good mixture of leather, blouses with weird patterns and a trail of gold jewellery. Not everything will complement each other or go hand in hand; there will be an explosion of textures and a chaos with prints and it'll make me happy.

Nothing will say that I'm a dog person more than a silk-like blouse with Jack Russells adorned all over it. I love a good charming print and I love that it's always a conversation starter. The overabundance of fabric is balanced out with these biker-style faux leather trousers. This is my new favourite thing to wear and prancing around London with them on makes me feel like a secret spy. I even have 'spy music' on my phone to listen to whilst I'm feelin' particularly dangerous during my travels but that's a story for another time.

The sport wedges? Oh my - I've finally found a pair of heeled footwear that can be worn for the course of a whole day with no blisters or sore feet to report afterwards. They were sent over to me by the lovely people in Shoe Zone and I honestly couldn't be happier with them. They're extremely light in weight and it's nice to not feel heavy footed when walking in them. I initially labelled Shoe Zone as a budget shop from my secondary school days and didn't give them a moment's thought as a 21-year-old but things have certainly changed! If you want to experiment with a particular shoe style but didn't want to splash out on higher end options, give these guys a try to try out the comfort and wardrobe options with them before you splurge.

That's all from me but before I go, if the words 'healthy carrot cake porridge' interests you, I posted the recipe to it over on my food blog. You can find the post here! 

Monday, 27 January 2014

Monochrome: Statement Skirt

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[black shirt - topshop, botanical floral skirt - zara, gold necklace - forever 21, grey wedges - new look]

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It's been a while since I've uploaded an outfit post so I thought I'd kickstart the week with a recent Zara purchase - the botanical floral skirt. If you're near the high street store, be prepared to take your cash, your bank card and/or piggy bank and head down to your nearest one: the sale this year is incredible. This monochrome number was reduced down from £30 to £10. Ten pound sterlings! Ay carumba. 

First outfit that popped into my mind? This.

As the skirt steps towards the more formal side of things, I dressed it down with an oversized cotton black shirt, some lace-up wedges and a messy ponytail. This is an outfit that'll take me straight from work to evening plans without having to compromise your overall look or will require you to faff around with too many last minute adjustments.

Want more work/formal occasion outfit inspirations?

I uploaded a 'How I Style: Black and White' lookbook on my channel last night - it's the first video in my two part series. The second will be one suited for a more casual affair! I've embedded the video below if you fancy a peek : )

I hope you're all having a lovely day so far!

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Monday, 20 January 2014

New Food Blog and January Clothing Haul

Happy Monday! 

 I hope you've all had an amazing weekend! I spent most of mine eating, sleeping and watching Chuck in bed. Bliss. 

 Just a quick note from me today - if you follow me on Twitter/Instagram, you may already know this but I have a new food blog! About time, right? I kept hijacking this blog with occasional frequent food posts so it seemed appropriate to start a separate one so food ramblings can continue without interfering with this! You'll find it under Shu likes Food. I know, bonus points for coming up with such an original name. *brushes off shoulders*

So far, I have a Pizza Union and Patty and Bun review up on the blog but expect a lot more clean-eating posts and healthy meal ideas etc to go up during the week. Scheduled posts during the week days will be health-based and the weekend will feature calorie-drippin' meals out with restaurant reviews and cheats. We all need treats every now and again, right? Right.  

Sneak peak of the breakfast post going up later this week:

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Can't get enough of dat egg yolk.

Whilst I'm sat here shamelessly plugging myself, I uploaded a new video on my YouTube channel last night. It's my January clothing haul featuring ASOS, Topshop, Zara and Monki etc. Quick warning, I was in an extremely chirpy and 'dapper' mood whilst filming this so I may have been a little too excitable. I've also seemed to have accumulated four new pink jumpers too... woops.


I hope you're all having a great day so far! : )

Thursday, 16 January 2014

OUTFIT: Winter exploded on me

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fox dress - ASOS | shearling lined fur parka - Zara | cardigan - Topman | white tights - Primark | Dr Marten Serena

It seems that winter has certainly worked its magic on me. 

It's snaked itself around my parka and cocooned me into an envelope of warmth. It coaxed me into some snow coloured tights and sent a foxy pal to run laps around my smock dress.Winter and I have never been on the best speaking terms but this year, I'm ready to reevaluate our friendship. The oversized parka is comforting; the fox print dress is charming. The white tights are a refreshing welcome from my usual choices and I'm enjoying the cosiness of my shearling-lined Dr Martens.

Pssst... I'll also let you on a little secret.

These winter pairings also makes me feel like a Christmas elf. I don't think I'm quite ready to let go of the festive season and I'm suffering from withdrawal symptoms. To solve this, I've been prancing around in white tights and secret Christmas pudding socks.

I know, I know.

Give me a week and I'll be furiously wishing for summer to arrive...
...and I have the perfect dress for it.
:)

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Foodie Weekend Round Up #8

Hello!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

 Apologies that it's taken me this long to get a post up - I hope you all had a WONDROUS Christmas and a great way of welcoming the new year in. How has January been for you so far? I thought I'd kick start the first post of 2014 in the best way that I know... with food. A fashion post will be up tomorrow though! 

Jordan visited me in London this weekend so we both went aboard the foodie train and made it a mission to try and track down some new restaurants/cheap eats in the city. You see, we've set ourselves a new resolution to find the time to try out a new place to eat (at least once a month) on our weekend outings. It's not a generic 'lose weight/be healthier' one but as I still lead a 80-90% clean eating/work out 5x a week lifestyle, it seemed to make sense to allow us to indulge on treats during the weekend as we don't see each other during the week! I enjoy healthy eating above all else but it's great to allow yourself a carby/calorie-filled treat meal at the weekends! Food is for the soul 'n' all that ;)...

 Saturday: 

 We decided to go on a 'food crawl' around London. It was great. As both our metabolisms are stupidly high, this resulted in a lot of food this weekend. Woops. Our top haunt? Soho - the area that just keeps offering.  photo image_zpsfb5ae6d5.jpg On a side (aha, middle) note, I'm experimenting with a middle parting... yes or no?! I can't decide whether I look more grown up... or whether I have a 'witchy' vibe about me with it.  photo image_zps49463650.jpg First new encounter: Flat White in Soho.

We're both on the hunt for the best coffee in London. As previous Starbucks addicts, we've since realised that the caffeinated drink is a lot better from independent coffee shops. This particular one is situated among the hustle and bustle of Berwick Street Market. It hails from Australia and New Zealand - it's also a nectar of the gods. We, of course, ordered its namesake and the flat white was a blend of the most beautiful flavours. Recommend.  photo image_zps2e2315e0.jpg We couldn't resist a train selfie.  photo image_zps1bce9115.jpg Lunch: Wholefoods in Piccadilly Circus.

I'm a mad woman in that shop. I run up to everything, gasp then run back and babble nonsense like 'KALE CRISPS IN A PACKET', 'LOOK! BROWN RICE SUSHI!', 'QUINOA CAKE', 'PUMPKIN SOUP!!!' to an uninterested Jordan. This place pleases me more than the best sale at Topshop/Zara - that in itself speaks volumes. We grabbed a quick bite to eat: spicy fishcake and spinach cake for me, spicy fishcake and BBQ tofu for Jordan (as pictured above - the tofu was meant to be teriyaki chicken but was mixed up. He's a huge meat eater but I think he liked the tofu - SUCCESS.)  photo image_zps3ea53be5.jpg  photo image_zpse41b9b73.jpg Dinner (our third new encounter): Patty and Bun, St. Christopher's Place.

Aside from being on the search for the best coffee in London, we're also exploring the cities for the best burger. This, my friends, is up there in our top 3. The meat was seasoned well and beautifully cooked(medium rare), the chunky chilli chorizo relish was delish and most importantly, the brioche bun exceeded expectations. I'm very particular about burger buns and hate the sesame soft top ones that disintegrate between your fingers so you end up awkwardly holding the patty like a bun. No bueno. ALSO. THE WINGS - THE WINGS. They stole the show. I'm dreaming about them at this very moment. I won't talk TOO much about it as I'm planning on doing a review of the restaurant soon so keep your eyes peeled for that!  photo image_zps5fccf197.jpg My new favourite jumper. I like rhymes, neon colours and cropped jumpers so this fits the bill pretty nicely. I feel like an 80s aerobics teacher in it but I ain't complainin'.

 Sunday:  photo image_zps8c0a3b9b.jpg An impromptu trip to East London to visit the Brick Lane market, food stalls at the Truman Brewery and the famous hot salt beef bagel from Beigel Bake. Again, another review is in the works but if you're in the area... GO.  photo image_zpsf361eeac.jpg  photo image_zps457fae19.jpg DAT BEEF. 

 So that's my long ol' weekend food round up! I love this 'new' tradition of ours a lot. Do you have any traditions for the weekend? If you have any recommendations of where to visit, do let me know! I have a food bucket list that's growing at an alarming speed but I'll happily add to it ;)

 Hope you're having a great week so far!
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