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Showing posts with label outfit. Show all posts

Saturday, 16 August 2014

A jolly jaunt to Portobello Road

Portobello Weekend

At about midnight on Friday night I decided that I wanted to go to a market on Saturday morning. Since it has been almost three years since I made it to one of my favourites, Portobello Road market, we decided that it was as good a time as any to visit again. I love to mooch about on the side streets to look at the beautiful houses, and squeeze into the crowded vintage shops to ogle the gorgeous dresses on sale. Dan was excited about all of the food stalls, so we hopped on the bus to see what we could find.

UK Modcloth order
Deschanel dress modcloth
Electric cinema neon sign

After battling through the crowds (oh gosh, why did I think Saturday was a good time to come to Portobello Road?! Whyyy?!) we ducked into the Electric diner which is attached to the Electric cinema. Dan and I shared the best burger I've ever eaten in my life, and some truly spectacular avocado/poached egg toast, as well as skin-on fries with garlic mayo. Oh and a peanut butter and banana milkshake that was so incredible that even avid banana-hater Dan loved it. I didn't manage to take any photos of the food because the lighting inside the restaurant was so... ambient... that any food photography would not have done the meal justice at all. Once we were full to the brim, we popped back outside to walk it off a bit in the sunshine. I do love Portobello Road and all of its mad stalls and shops. My only problem is that I ALWAYS end up with the Portobello Road song from Bedknobs and Broomsticks stuck in my head whenever I go!

colourful houses in London
ginger fringe hairstyle
kirby grip toolkit

I know my elbow looks a bit backwards in that last photo. I've got hypermobile elbows due to my Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I might write a post about that at some point in the future, if anyone's interested in hearing more about my creepy bendy tricks. More importantly though, LOOK AT MY HAIR CLIP! It has tools built into it. I'm so excited about it that I have a whole other blog post lined up all about it! So watch this space. My dress is six years old from Modcloth, and my shoes are from last year's ankle boot collection at Office. Hurrah! Anyway, we had a lovely day out, and returned home so thoroughly exhausted that we had to have a nap on the sofa with our little cat. I hope you had a wonderful weekend - what did you get up to?

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Closet Cosplay (or, return of the galaxy skirt)

I love dressing up. I'm one of those people who wishes that every party was a costume party. I've gone to parties as everything from a treasure chest to a thesaurus (I quite like dressing up as inanimate objects...) and I'll spend hours agonising over what I'm going to be. I like the escapism and meticulous creativity of dressing. I have a great deal of respect for people who spend months on cosplay projects ready for conventions, or LARPers who plan out these incredibly creative and authentic outfits for their games.

hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy cosplay Unfortunately, I am not in a position to dress in outlandish costumes every day of my life - or perhaps I just don't have the balls! - But by way of compromise, I find great pleasure in infusing my everyday outfits with elements of characters, objects, people, or themes that inspire me. So I'm not dressing AS a particular thing, but I've put my outfit together with that thing in mind. It makes me feel powerful to have a secret to my outfit that nobody knows, and I also feel like I can take on the power of whatever I'm dressing as! It's a favourable arrangement.
galaxy outfit
Top: H&M
Skirt: TopShop (last year)
Necklace: Tatty Devine

This outfit is inspired by space. I get to crack out my galaxy skirt again, I get to wear my beautiful constellation necklace, and I get to carry around the (not very well hidden) secret that I am a space princess for the day. Getting dressed is a really empowering thing for me - I can choose what I wear and how I want to present myself, and that's really comforting when there are other aspects of my life in which I have much less control.

I challenge you to dress yourself with something particular in mind. Pick a theme and then look through your clothes to find something to suit it. The other day, my friend Tilly challenged me to dress as an aeroplane (because aeroplanes are my favourite!). I dressed with the textures and materials of an aeroplane cabin interior in mind - grey textured jumper, navy blue tights, a red plastic necklace. Nobody would know I had dressed as an aeroplane by looking at me, but I knew and that was awesome!

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Cute button badges at our wedding!

wedding button pins
We really wanted our wedding guests to have lots of little keepsakes and favours to take home from our wedding, and I loved the idea of button badges. When we were planning our wedding, people kept asking us if we were going to have our cat at the wedding, but we didn't think it would be very fun for our fluffy son, so we opted for badges of the cat!
>bearded wedding guest
There's my excellent stepdad, rocking the (step)father-of-the-bride boutonniere and cat-badge combo. He's just wearing one, but some of our guests collected all three of the different types!
blue bridal dress
Look, see! Bridesmaid Tilly (who takes lovely photographs by the way!) has the full set. She's even been known to wear them on her blazer since the wedding. Just to confuse you, I'm not actually wearing my wedding dress in that photo. I had a couple of costume changes...
I ordered these badges from weebadgers who were amazingly quick and professional, and whom I'd very much recommend. I'll definitely be going back to them next time I need badges. Because, let's face it. I'M GOING TO BE MAKING MORE BADGES.

All photos in this post were taken by the incredible Liz Wan

Friday, 20 September 2013

Summer to Autumn: What I Wore...

So it's finally autumn... the season craved by internet-dwellers everywhere, who whimsically imagine themselves frolicking in piles of crisp russet leaves, or snuggled up by a fire with their mittened hands curled around a mug of something hearty and satisfying... Unfortunately, Autumn in London isn't that haven of crispy orange joy we've been drip-fed by American TV shows - It's much greyer, wetter and grumpier!
Perhaps this is why I went for a super colourful outfit the other day?! Don't get me wrong, I LURVE earth tones and muted autumnal palettes, but sometimes I just have to deck myself out in all the colours, you know?
colorful fall fashion
Oh, and this is the perfect time to introduce you to my new shoes! Shoes, this is the internet. Internet, these are my shoes. I spent a long time looking for the perfect pair of shoes for autumn, and I think I came pretty close with these. They're not great in puddles, and they do make my second from last toe pop out of joint every now and then, but apart from that, they are excellent. Lots of ankle support, nice laces, and they look good with pretty much every outfit. I bloody love 'em.
 photo perfectautumnboots_zpsfa4f77f5.jpg
Stay tuned to see what other outfits I wear them with! Spoiler alert: It'll be most outfits. See how my fashion choices become more and more dominated by scarves and knitted berets... Marvel at the majesty of my shiny cold nose. Autumn is well and truly on the way! Oh, and look; there ARE some crispy leaves in that picture! Plus, I did a LOT of baking today, and that's totes Autumn.

Jumper: H&M
Dress: H&M
Tights: Topshop
Boots: Office
Woah, my outfit is SUPER "High-Street" today...

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

How to dress on windy days!

how to dress on windy days

If you haven't noticed, it's been INCREDIBLY WINDY recently! "Nice girls shouldn't wear skirts when it's windy" I remember being told by a teacher when I was little, "in case the lads caught a glimpse of knicker!" No, I wasn't brought up in the Victorian Era. Anyway, I say SOD THAT! I dress myself almost entirely in dresses and skirts, no matter what the weather, and if people see my knickers, that's their problem!

wool and silk layers

That being said, I do have some tips for dressing appropriately on windy days. Comfort and happiness are my priorities when dressing for any occasion, and windy days are no exception. So without further ado, here are my top five tips regarding dressing yourself on a windy day.

1. Wear lots of underwear layers. On windy days, I always wear a thermal vest. If you have thermal longjohns or pants, those are a good idea too.
2. Long skirts or tight skirts are best when it's blustery. I know, I said before that it doesn't matter if people see your knickers, but it's still nice to have that secure feeling that your skirt is going to stay where you put it! 
3. Cover up your whole body! Wear long sleeves, wear tights, and if you're going out for a while, make sure to cover your head and neck. We can lose a lot of heat through these areas, so I always wear a long woolen scarf and a hat when I leave the house (although I'm not in these pictures!) Also, make sure to seal up any areas where drafts can get in! That's why I'm wearing a belt over my jumper in these pictures - wind gets everywhere!!!
4. Layers also work on your legs - Sometimes I wear tights, long socks, AND legwarmers. You can get really creative with patterns and colours when you wear lots of layers!
5. If you have long hair and don't want to be picking it out of your mouth all day, I'd advise you to wear it in a nice, simple up-do or plaits when it's windy. By the time I'd finished taking my outfit photos, I could barely pull a brush through my hair!

girly dr marten boots

I like to pair soft, 'feminine' fabrics and textures with my big ugly Dr Marten boots. I know, I didn't INVENT this combination, but I love how it's functional AND attractive. I like chocolate and vegemite together too, so maybe I can't be trusted.

messy red hair

I am a magpie. It's like I have to add something sparkly to EVERY outfit or something... It's almost as though I am unable to wear a completely muted colour palette, because I have to add antique costume jewellery or something. Almost. Maybe. Anyway, I hope this helped you decide what to wear next time it's windy!

Jumper: French second-hand shop.
Necklace: Antique - My grandmother's.
Belt: Topshop.
Skirt: Urban Outfitters.
Tights: H&M
Leg warmers: Second Hand (originally Sweaty Betty)
Shoes: Dr Marten boots.
     

Monday, 28 January 2013

Winter in Brittany

I love the "country lifestyle".

Right now, I live in central London, but when I was growing up in Brighton I always had unlimited access to both the beach and the countryside. I also spent my summers in rural France, exploring everything on my own. I always relish going to stay with my Dad, so here's a little taster of what I got up to on my very relaxing trip to stay with him, this winter.

winter beach walk
winter sunset

festive table setting

winter prawn stew

analogue camera and woolen legs

twilight trees

magic lake brittany
It was the perfect way to convalesce after my operation. I'm on my way back to health, and looking forward to a productive, healthy, and happy new year. This year, I'm getting married, and lots of other exciting things are going to happen too! Keep your eyes peeled, friends!

Monday, 11 June 2012

Belated Eurovision Post!

Owing to the fact that my Teacher Training dissertation is due in on Friday, I've been holed up for what feels like a million years! I've had these photos all ready to go for ages, but I haven't been able to sit down and write a post.
That said, I probably shouldn't be writing this now, but I've left this long enough, and I really need to stop making excuses - feel free to slap me virtually on the (virtual) wrists, if that's what floats your boat!
On to the show! For those of you who do not know what Eurovision is, it is a song competition that's been held every year since 1956. The countries allowed to compete are primarily European countries as you might expect, although there are a few non-European countries allowed to compete. Whilst some countries seem to take this competition really seriously, a great many of the acts could very easily be described as 'comedy' songs. On the whole, the spirit of Eurovision is about cheesy, fun, outlandish, 'Eurotastic' songs. Here are some of my favourites from the last few years:



I could spend this entire post linking you to a plethora of youtube clips of various Eurovision songs, writing about how much I love them, and lamenting the fact that Eurovision is over for another year (In case you didn't notice, I love Eurovision a LOT), but I think that I ought to move on to show you my outfit.

In honour of my favourite Eurovision entry of all time, I came up with my closest approximation to the outfit worn by Lena Meyer-Landrut for Eurovision 2010. Oh okay, I'll link you to ONE MORE video. Fine... if I must...
(This doesn't show the entire song, but you get the gist, I'm sure!) Lena is an absolute beaut' and we were all obsessed with her at university for quite some time after this particular Eurovision... So here is my take on Lena's "LBD" look:
I look pretty damn moody in this picture, don't I? In actuality, I was probably just trying to focus my eyes without my glasses on! My LBD isn't as sexy as Lena's, what with it being from the H&M basics range, and being essentially a long black T-Shirt, but when it was new, it was quite fitted!
And there's ma sexeh face! If you remember, I have recently purchased some lovely new makeup, and this was simply another photo of me trying said makeup on, for our Eurovision PARTY! Dan and I invited our lovely friends Emma and Other Dan over for Euro-themed food and fun. Designing a Eurocentric menu was pretty difficult, as so much of the cuisine of mainland Europe is very integrated into our every-day meals, and so it was hard work finding stuff that felt like party-food and felt Eurotastic! Eventually, it ended up being a mish-mash (Sorry, Antipasto of various European/Middle Eastern foods, accompanied by Mojitos - I know, they aren't ACTUALLY Spanish, but Shhh!!!). We divided Europe into categories of 'Mediterranean', Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and 'Middle East' (a nod to Azerbaijan, the host country for this year!). The highlight was probably the baked Camembert we ate in honour of France... the low point for me might have been the very oily stuffed Aubergine from a tin...
I created 'score cards' (Yes I know, I'm a big geek) and then I forced everyone to fill them in. This one is Dan's. I think that the gaps were when he was making mojitos for the rest of us! The categories were 'Artist Aesthetic' (a combination of 'Are they physically attractive?' and 'Has an effort been made with their costume?'), 'Background Aesthetic' (use of setpieces, pyrotechnics, light shows, props, etc.), 'Music' (speaks for itself really - did we like the song?), 'Lyrics' (points were awarded for gems such as Moldova's classic "You do not know how looks the trumpet"), 'Eurotasticism' (my own creation that simply asks you, "Is this fun, cheesy, over the top, and quintessentially 'Eurovision'?") and the final category was just an overall "What did you think?" sort of affair. I love making scorecards... SUCH FUN!

*SPOILER ALERT*

Sweden won Eurovision 2012, and I think the song was super Eurotastic, and a well-deserved win. The UK came second from bottom, which was a disappointment, but there you go. Can't win everything I suppose! It was a great night, and I can't wait for next year's Eurovision!

Here's the winning entry:


Stay tuned for cat-updates, folks!

Monday, 30 April 2012

Work Wear

Ironically, the day I make a post about what I wear to work, I've been too ill to go in. I used the time at home quite well though, writing a job application, and completing some work for university. So here's an outfit I wore to work last week. I actually changed my tights when I got home, as I wouldn't wear white tights to work, but thought they would look pretty good with this outfit.
I work with teenagers, and when I wore this dress, I got my first ever compliment from a pupil in year ten. I never quite know how to handle compliments, especially from the students, so when this particular student remarked, "Miss, I like your dress you know!" I looked sheepish and went, "Thanks... I like it too...!" I should get a qualification in awkwardness!

This dress is just short enough that I should be aware of myself as I pick things up and lean over stuff, so I probably wouldn't wear it on a day when I had to work with the younger kids, who are much more hands-on! However, I am happy with it as a mostly work-appropriate outfit. It's hard to choose outfits to wear to work, when you are aware of how hypercritical the students can be. I went in without makeup last week, and my hair was a bit bedraggled from the rain, and was met with the delightful comment, "Miss, you look well rough. Are you okay?" which I am sure was meant with concern, but still!

Here are my work-appropriate shoes, complete with water-splatters.  I love them, and they go well with the white tights, but I am still getting used to wearing 'high heels' on a daily basis. They aren't high by fashion-blogger standards, but they are definitely high by mine!

Arty arty, I'm so arty. But here it is. As we were taking these photos in our tiny, overgrown garden, I noticed that some little white flowers had managed to grow. So what did I do, tyrannical beast that I am? I plucked them out of the ground for my photo opportunity. What a monster!

Grey Dress: Top Shop
Blue Chiffon Blouse: River Island (I think).
Tights: H&M
Shoes: Office
Altogether a Very High Street Outfit!


Sunday, 29 April 2012

Kitten Joy!!!

This weekend has been a weekend of kittens, and kitten-related items. My friend Nicole has a million billion (ten) cats at the moment, because one of her 5 existing cats, has had kittens! Because ten cats is a lot of cats, her family is looking for homes for the kittens, and as we've been thinking of getting a cat for a very long time now, we thought that now was a good time to start our family!

Despite the country being declared 'Officially In Drought', it's been raining all week, and apparently it is going to rain next week too. The only positive thing about this torrential downpour is that I get to use my gorgeous umbrella. I call it my Brolly-wood, because the combination of vibrant turquoise, with the rich pink pom-pom edging gives it a very opulent Indian feeling to me, and I can't resist a good pun!

This outfit is quite similar to one I wore a little while back, but I do love those woolen shorts, and I think you'll be seeing a lot more of that tweed jacket this spring!


  

I don't look very excited in this photo, but inside I am bursting with the anticipation of kittens, and the joy at having hair that is exactly the right amount of curly! I wish my hair would be like this without me having to spend an hour curling it. The curls had pretty much fallen out by the time we got to Nicole's house!

At Nicole's we met the adorable kittens and their mummy, but eventually chose this beautiful ginger kitten! We will bring him home in a month, and I am so excited, as is the Dan. We have been discussing names, but haven't come up with anything that's stuck yet. I suppose we've still got a month, but I am so eager to give him a name! He's more adorable than anything, isn't he!? I can't wait to watch him grow up into a big cat and become a feature of our family!!

Tweed Jacket: Zara
Umbrella: A present from my Mum
Shorts: Topshop
Tartan Shirt: Topshop
Scarf: Made by my Mum
Bag: A market in Newtown, Sydney.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

CAKE POPS: Cake on a stick!

Having seen tutorials for 'Cakepops' on blogs such as A Beautiful Mess I decided to make my own version. Dan had never heard of such a delight, and was so excited that he began to plan them meticulously for days. We would have pink ones and brown ones, and sprinkles, and crushed almonds, and they would be marvellous.

In the end, we didn't get around to doing the ones with crushed almonds, but have a look at what we did manage! Dark chocolate with star sprinkles, and pink chocolate with 'freckles'.


We used a Betty Crocker chocolate cake mixture, and the chocolate icing to go with it. You bake the cake according to the packet instructions, and then once it has cooled, you mash it up with a load of icing until it is a thick brown paste. Then you shape it into little round balls, and leave them in the freezer for half an hour to set. Whilst they are setting, you melt up a load of chocolate, and add some food colouring if you fancy it. The rest is fairly self explanatory, and involves a lot of dipping, spooning, and sticking sticks into things! We had to use cut up barbecue skewers because we couldn't find any better sticks. I would recommend ebay or a craft shop if you want proper sticks!
They need to be put into the fridge to set nice and hard - they are much nicer cold than warm, unlike proper cake!


Cakepop boobs. That one wasn't meant to look as erotic as it undoubtedly ended up...

Outfit-wise, the weather has been so weird recently that getting dressed has been pretty strange. I want to start with the summery outfits, like everyone else in the blogosphere, but I still feel quite wintery inside, which isn't helped by the utterly indecisive weather! One minute, it's thundering, the next, the sun is burningly shiny! In the end, I settled for this black shift-dress with a lace collar and cuffs. It is a bit see-through so I am wearing a plain black t-shirt dress underneath. I paired it with grey tights for some contrast, and cracked out my beautiful old Dr Marten Mary Janes for the occasion!

Oh, and we made a video of us making the cakepops, so have a look at that, by clicking HERE

Dress: YesStyle.com
Underdress: H&M
Grey Tights: H&M
Dr Marten Mary Janes: Office (I think).

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Rather Dapper.

Why hello there...

A couple of days ago, I put together an outfit entirely comprised of clothes that are at least four years old. Unfortunately, it was rather cold so I had to put on my jacket, but then that looks pretty old too, so I don't think the effect was ruined too much.

I've been really enjoying wearing clothes that I wouldn't be able to wear to work, during the school holidays. I don't really own many 'smart' work outfits, and being a mere trainee, I can't afford to buy beautiful new clothes at the moment, but I do try... Anyway, during the holidays, I relish wearing clothes that are work-inappropriate.
I wore this outfit to check out the new Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford and to purchase some bits and bobs we needed for out home (mundane stuff such as those clips to close food bags... oh my Rock 'n' Roll life...).


I am lucky that Dan will take pictures of me in our garden, and indeed that we have a garden in which we can take pictures! Our next weekend-project is to clear out the weeds and get rid of the broken garden furniture that came with the flat, so that we can spruce the garden up for summer. I would love to be able to eat dinner in the garden, and have people over for barbeques. It is time that I got out of my antisocial rut!
This was the view from our back door. I had to snap this one quickly, before we shut the door and came back inside. We live in a densely populated area and so the garden is kind of cosy, and those clouds just looked so incredibly fluffy!

I hope you are having a lovely spring, and enjoying your weekend!

Tweed Blazer: Zara
My Little Pony T-Shirt: Urban Outfitters c.2007 
Watch Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Red Waistcoat: 'Hand-me-down' from my friend Eleanor. Originally H&M.
Tweed Shorts: Topshop c.2007
Green Tights: H&M c.2008
Dr. Martens