Thursday, 9 August 2012

Want Want Want

Want want want

Denim dress

Floral jacket

Patterned pants

Black booties
$125 -

Pointy shoes

Just a small selection of the many things on my 'wishlist' - with my current spending ban I fear they'll stay on my wishlist. Although, I do have a lot of stuff selling on eBay at the minute so maybe I should just treat myself?

What are your weekly/monthly wants?

Monday, 6 August 2012

Festival Fashion Frivolities

Festival fashion

Print dress
£49 -

Floral dress
£23 -

Military jacket
£62 -

Crochet shorts

Ted Baker studded boots

Slip on shoes
£26 -

Leather shoes
£26 -

River Island black handbag

Spike ring
£19 -

MICHAEL Michael Kors leather jewelry
£46 -

Miss Selfridge gold jewelry
£8.36 -

ASOS straw hat
£11 -

With my impending festival getting closer and the weather taking a turn for the worse this weekend I have been seriously considering my festival fashion wardrobe.

I suffer the same deliberations every year.. 7 years on and it doesn't get any easier. Trying to prep my wardrobe for rain, shine and muddy fields is a lot harder than it sounds. The uncertain British weather wreaks havoc on my festival packing and I never seem to get the balance right. Trying to stay warm while still trying to look effortlessly 'festival chic' its a chore in itself.

My absolute festival necessities are a good old pair of boots, a pair of sandals just incase we might ever see a little bit of sun, lots of layers you can add or peel off, a trusty parka for when the rain comes and not forgetting the most important wellies.

The first two outfits have been out together in the hope it will be nice and sunny this year at Leeds festival. However, if not (and lets face it, it ain't looking good) the same outfits can easily be transformed with a pair of wellies and a few extra layers, including that parka.

I love these wellies from Ted Baker. I went crazy for them last year but they were sold out everywhere. I am seriously considering buying them as last year my trusty Topshop wellies finally decided they'd have enough and split right up the back... thank god it was the last night as the mud was practically knee deep!

What are your festival fashion must haves? Do you have any top tips?

Saturday, 4 August 2012

19 days : 22 hours : 11 minutes

I will be attending Leeds festival for my 7th consecutive year in just over two weeks time.

Last year, I attended both V festival and Leeds festival within a short 3 days of each other... to say I was a wreck afterwards was an understatement!

This year, the boy & myself decided we'd give Leeds a miss and attend only V instead.....that was until the line up for Leeds was announced.

As huge fans of Miike Snow and never having had the chance to see him before (when will you tour the UK?) the fact they were playing the Sunday of Leeds festival was too much of an incentive for us.

We sold our tickets to a girl I know via good old Facebook and immediately bought tickets for Leeds festival in their place.

We will be travelling down on the Thursday evening and returning on the Monday. Although we will be travelling down on our own, there is usually at least another 15 of our friends that we join tents and spend the rest of the weekend with.

This year however, so far, I am the only female in attendance, queue lots of boring football talk that I have no idea about.

Bands I am most looking forward to seeing are:

Miike Snow, Florence and the Machine, Bombay Bicycle Club, Ben Howard , Azealia Banks , The Black Keys, Gaslight Anthem, The Cure, The Vaccines, Two Door Cinema Club, The Cribs and Niki and the Dove

I will also be paying a visit to the comedy tent to support local lad Chris Ramsay

The weather the past few years for the festival has been horrendous.. I am praying for some sun, although not convinced we'll get any so I am now on the hunt for some new wellies and to re-consider my festival fashion wardrobe.

Have you spotted any cool wellies?  Are you attending any festivals this year?

Thursday, 2 August 2012

A little bit of bling!

I came across this little beauty a couple of weeks ago and although I really liked it at £32 I felt it was a little pricey for what it was.

I've quite fancied an embellished collar for a while now and have came across a few beauties on eBay, but never got round to buying one.

If you've read my 'Topshop haul' post fromm a few weeks back you'll know by now I already own a black peplum top. It cost me considerably less than the one above, despite it looking exactly the same (minus the obvious collar)

I set about searching eBay for an embellished collar and came accross this stunning piece for a mere £6.99 with FREE postage and packaging. Bargain.



It was so much prettier than the collar that came attached to the Topshop peplum top, and with my plain peplum top top costing a mere £18, both the top and the collar separatley came in at £7.01 cheaper.

Ok, so it hasn't exactly lined my pockets with gold, but it does give me the added bonus of being able to wear the top with or without the collar, plus I can add the collar to many more outfits I own.

It did come from China, however, I ordered it on the 7th July and it came today. As I didn't require it for any particular occasion I didn't mind the delay in it's arrival.

The collar is a mixture of gunmetal grey/silver beads and diamantes. It seems pretty robust and fastens together at the front with a hidden hook and eye fastening.

I can't wait to wear it with an array of pieces from my wardrobe, I think it can add such a unique touch to a usually mundane outfit.

You can buy the collar via eBay here

I think I now have a passion for embellished collars and am probably going to spend my evening searching eBay for more.

Do you own any prety embellished collars you think I'd be interested in?

*Images courtesy of eBay

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

A day for the ladies

This Saturday my friends and I attended our annual 'ladies day' out at Newcastle Racecourse.

Niether of us are into horse racing as such but its a chance for us to glam up and have a cheeky little bet which we wouldn't normally do.

The weather stayed relativley nice, despite one or two small showers which saw us ducking for cover, but this didn't spoil the day for us and it meant we were able to enjoy the nice weather by sitting outside with our picnic all day.

Every year, we have a little kitty where we all put in an equal amount, and place our bets on the horses, (reccommended by my friend Alli's dad) This year we won £60, which we use to buy us all a few drinks each.

I wore the gorgeous 'Follie' dress by Virgos lounge, which you can find here I first saw the gorgeous Millie Mackintosh wearing it and fell in love, to my horror it was sold out when I tried to purchase it.

Imagine my delight when it came back online for pre-order, I bought it immediatley and eagerley anticipated it's arrival.

I had initially thought the dress was white, but when it arrived it is infact ivory. The top is a lovely soft chiffon material and is pleated, it is also boned, which, although quite a snug fit, is definetly flattering on the figure. The only thing I'll be changing about this, is putting a small stitch in the skirt where it crosses over. Currently it is held together by two very small press studs which tend to pop open at every given oppurtunity, the slightest gust of wind and everyone could potentially be seeing your underwear.

Here is a picture of me before I left for the day and of me and some of my friends from after the races.

I wore the dress with these French Connection Jaafar shoes and a nude clutch from Topshop.

Fascinators and hats are too fussy for me so I wore my hair in an up-do with soft curls. My hair inspiration was also the lovely Millie Mackintosh. I loved how she wore her hair in this photo below for the Bafta Awards this year.

The dress attracted numerous comments and I felt a million dollars in it.

I am attending a colleagues wedding party this Saturday and intend on wearing it there too. Virgos Lounge is definetly my new favourtite store for occasion wear and I would love to own some of their other products.

Have you bought anything from Virgos Lounge? Which are your favourite pieces from the collection?