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A/W Jewellery Rave!

At some point last year, I realised I owned basically no jewellery. This had to change.

Me on the London Eye wearing The Apple (Topshop)

I’ve been accessorizing with one key necklace – favourites of the past year include the Apple (Topshop), Leaf (Accessorize), Rings (Topshop) and Cuckoo Clock (available here). They’re all gold and make a simple outfit a little more noticeable. People have stopped me upon occasion and asked where they’re from (which I found very flustering!) 

With a new season, comes new trends, and unless you haven’t been to the shops/opened a magazine for the last few months, you’ll know that the two key pieces for this season are crosses and spikes.

I’m going to say it now. I don’t like the crosses and don’t think I’ll be purchasing any pieces with it on. Not that they’re horrible or anything (!) but just that…I’m not religious, and I know it doesn’t have to mean you are, but for me it’s not very appealing. 

But I will be embracing the studded/spiked trend in jewellery. I try to buy clothes that I’ll be able to wear for a long time, so probably won’t be investing in much studded clothing (if anybody knows where to get a biker jacket without studs, I’m all ears!), but will be bringing my clothes up to date with jewellery.


Set of 9 Earrings – Freedom at Topshop, £8.50


Necklace – Freedom at Topshop, £12.50


Bracelet – New Look, £6.99

These are my three most recent purchases and I’ve already worn the necklace loads! I love Topshop necklaces, however after lots of wear, the gold does start to rub off the chain leaving it half silver 😦 but it’s so pretty I can’t help myself!

What jewellery are you going to be wearing this winter?

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Exciting update: new boots and film set near me!

This is a very quick post about two things I’m excited about!

1. I finally picked up my new boots!

Pull and Bear, £29.99

I really love Pull and Bear clothes – it’s part of the same company as Zara, and their clothes are really affordable: it’s my go-to place for summer bargains usually! For a while now, I’ve been searching for a pair of boots I really love (I’m pretty picky) and these aren’t too expensive. Plus they do free delivery to the store within 5 days 🙂
They feel comfy and best of all, don’t make my feet look ridiculously long! They’re only size 5, but recently, I tried on some grey boots in River Island and they made my feet look stupidly out of proportion! Only time will tell if they’re good quality to last through the rain, but they’re seeming pretty sturdy so far.

2. There are ACTUAL REAL FAMOUS PEOPLE around the corner from my work.

The trailers of Keira Knightly, Kevin Costner and Chris Pine!!

Apologies for the bad quality photo – it involved me going up to the roof of my work and climbing up a latter to be able to see over the top (cinemas are very tall….). But yeah, they’re filming ‘Jack Ryan’ around the corner so keep closing off roads around here, and my boyfriend saw a fake NYPD van hanging about. Exciting and so tempting to casually walk by.

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This post probably seems very random to most of you, but wanted to express my happiness at how this day has been! Hope you all have a lovely weekend and any comments welcome 🙂 x

Somerset by Alice Temperly

After reading about this John Lewis exclusive collection, I just had to get down there to check it out. This dress, I have seen in every magazine article I read about the collection. It’s beautiful, amazing and way out of my price range at £160.

(Photo from John Lewis website)

It comes in animal print which I’m really NOT a fan of, black which I quite like, but this white one just captured my heart totally! Silk and lace is completely luxurious. Cannot explain how much I love this dress. I can NEVER afford this dress. Unless I win the lottery. So I may just sneak into John Lewis and try it on.

Do you love this as much as me? Or any other favourites from the Somerset collection? Let me know, I always love to read your comments 🙂 x

Top Picks: Warehouse!

I’ve been wanting to do a clothes post for a while now! Buttt I’m down to my last £10 of the month, so I’m going to revert to my old faithful of new season favourites. This time it’s Warehouse: I don’t really buy from there much as I do feel it’s aimed at ‘professional’ women. Looking back over my choices, it does actually have a really smart theme so maybe I’m already in the ‘back to uni/college/work’ mind frame after summer. I’m loving this stuff though so this is my top 5! 

Faux Leather Stitch Detail Biker Jacket – £58

Everybody who knows me is aware that I’ve wanted a leather jacket for a long time now. But I’m ridiculously picky, and I’ve always managed to find something wrong with the ones I’ve seen! This one is looking like a good contender to finally get purchased, so it’s down to the shops on payday to try this one on!

 Mini Jacquard Blazer – £70

I love blazers. For anybody looking for something a little different to wear – for school, job interviews or work – this could be it. I love wearing smart things, but don’t really have an opportunity too. But this year is where I have to start applying for grad schemes and ‘real world jobs’ (insert scared face here) so I’m looking for something smart, but that will also look stylish and stand out. Could be onto a winner here. Plus it comes with matching shorts, eep!

Cutwork Peplum Top – £40

I know I had a peplum top in my last fashion favourites video, but I think this one may trump it! I like how versatile this one could be, and also how the cut out section at the top is made of lace (I’ve seen a lot made out of a faux leather material that I don’t think I’d really like to feel on a top). The product description says it has a low V back and zip, but there isn’t a back view to see. It’s turning out to be an expensive payday list so far…

Jacquard Panel Frill Hem Dress – £48

This is probably the only thing in my favourites I love but have absolutely no occasion to wear it, so it wouldn’t be worth buying for me personally. The grey detail down the sides is really slimming, and I do think it would add curves, or flatter an already curvy figure. The only thing I’m not sure on is the frill at the bottom. If I had an office job however, I probably would be snapping this up.

Metal Trim Day Bag – £86.

I always seem to end these posts with a beautiful bag I cannot afford. This is gorgeous. I want this on my arm. I think I’d probably use the long strap if it was relatively short (if that makes any sense to you). I like bags that have zip pockets on the front, so you don’t have to root around alllll your stuff to find a lip balm. Need this in my life, maybe one for the birthday wishlist!

Hope you enjoyed this relatively work/smart like post! Do you have any favourites from Warehouse you’d like to share!? Or if anybody has seen a similar bag for less than this, I would LOVE to know. See you next time! x

My ASOS Favourites!

I’ve decided that I really should make the most of my ASOS Premier – I’ve only ordered like twice since I’ve got it! But I’ve had a bit of a look recently, and I’m really happy with a lot of the stuff I’ve found! Bearing in mind I like things that suit me and are classic enough to wear anytime, here are some of the things I love most from ASOS! I’ve got all the photos from the ASOS website, so source credit to them for this.

A Wear Skater Skirt, £20.00

Starting simple, this skirt is a steal at £20! I think it could really be dressed up nicely – as shown in the picture with heels – or worn in the day with tights and a simple top. I’d be buying this in an instant if I had a job that required me to dress smartly (i.e not a uniform) – I’m holding off a little until then but I love this style skirt. It’s versatility is what’s brilliant about this: it could be worn high-waisted with a cute white shirt (ohh, the more I think about it, the more I really want it!), or on the hips so it’s a little longer. Definitely going to snap this up before the summer is out.

ASOS VITA Flatform Ankle Boots, £55.00

I’ve been dying for some new ankle boots for a while, but summer meant that there hasn’t really been that many options (or need to wear them at all!). I also need to invest in some more heels I am actually comfortable wearing  – rather than just gazing at how pretty they are, then giving up on actually attempting to walk in them. These seem like a perfect compromise. They’re versatile, I really like the fact they lace up – it gives them quite a casual feel – and hopefully easy enough to walk in that I could wear them up to uni in the winter. The only issue for me is that they’re quite expensive to buy without being able to try them out first. Although I suppose that’s what my free returns are for!

Little Mistress Embellished Empire Halter Dress, £55.00

Words cannot describe how much I am in love with this dress. Ohhh my god, the colours are just gorgeous (especially while I still have a hint of holiday tan). The halter neck is tied with a lovely silky bow at the back. I love how it shows off a bit of back (probably one of my favourite parts of myself). The white section seems like it would support your boobs well and the jewel detail sets the whole thing off. I think if I could miraculously spare the money to spend on this, I would go for it. Despite probably getting nowhere near as much wear out of it as anything else. It’s just beautiful. Can’t even express anything other than my love for this. The link is here in case you actually want a bit of useful information about it.

Vila Exclusive Oversized Slouchy Knit Jumper, £20.00

Wow. I’ve literally only realised as I put in the caption here that this jumper is £20! Excuse me while I go buy it…no joke. I’m definitely picking it up right after this is published. It reminds me of something you’d find in Topshop for about twice the price! This also comes in a dark grey colour which is pretty nice, but I am obsessed with dark reds/burgundy at the moment (see my Miss Selfridge blog!) so I’m definitely doing for this one. Seems like the perfect winter wear with jeans (plus the flatform ankle boots I’m thinking). I’m not sure if this will flatter me particularly (small waist, DD and biggggg hips) but for £20, this is perfect for lazy days in and lounging around when its cold. As I’ve written this, it’s sold out in a size XS (8) so I’m rushing to claim the small before it goes too! Seems I’m not the only one with an eye for a bargain.

Pauric By Pauric Sweeney Atlantic Duffle Bag, £440

The most upsetting thing about this final post is that I know I’m never going to own this bag. I can imagine now how soft it would be and how much I’d adore it. But a months pay will never be spent on this *sob*. I don’t even have the guts to take it out of my student loan. But ASOS – this is perfection. I pray for a sale. A mega mega sale. But I hope you all love looking at it as much as I did – asos.com.

I hope you all enjoyed this post! I’d love to hear your take on the items, or the things that you loved from the website! I’ll be back with some make up posts soon – today I received my Benefit set (that gal, sunbeam and porefessional) as well as an Illamasqua eyeshadow – again from ASOS. So expect some beauty reviews soon!

Top Picks: Miss Selfridge!

Anybody that comes shopping with me knows that I love Miss Selfridge (I’ve seen that word so many times today it’s starting to look ‘wrong’). I’ve been having a cheeky shop recently – there are two stores near me, plus an ‘Outfit’ which has loads of Arcadia brands including Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Oasis and Miss Selfridge. Lots of new items have really been standing out for me recently so I thought I’d put my favourites up here for you guys! I’m not too fond of the accessories section at the moment – there seems to be a lot of crosses, which aren’t really my thing. My style isn’t very out there, I prefer to stick to more classic items, not trends I know will be gone in a flash (I could never cope with printed leggings – sorry!). The link to the website is www.missselfridge.com and all the items are currently on the ‘New In’ section.

Berry Scallop Waist Shorts, £32.00

I actually love these shorts so much, I went out just to buy them for a night out (I’m actually wearing them on my display picture I think!) This deep red-ish colour is my favourite colour to wear – I have naturally really dark hair, tan easily but can go quite pale in the winter. I got these in a size 8 so I could wear them high-waisted to show off the scalloped top. I didn’t really like the belt that they came with originally (it’s darker red in a print that reminds me of snake skin) but after trying several alternatives, I concluded they did look much better with it on. Yeah, I’m totally in love with these and can see myself wearing them all the time – I have a lot of cream tops so this will be perfect with them for the winter. They’re really lightweight and comfortable, perfect for day and night – can you tell I’m obsessed?

Nude Lace Peplum Top, £32.00

I tried on a peplum dress a few months ago and loved it. But I figured tops would be more versatile so I didn’t buy it. However, every top I’ve tried on I haven’t really felt as excited about as the dress. However, I saw this in Miss Selfridge recently and it’s different to anything I’ve seen so far! The nude detail over the black lining really makes it stand out for me (the back is just plain black, only the frill has the nude overlay). I haven’t actually tried this on yet, for fear that it’s going to disappoint me like the other tops I’ve tried, so it may just be one for my wish list. On the picture I’ve posted here, the detail isn’t looking too clear so here is the website link – click here.

Shona Nude Heat Seal Court – £48.00

I love these shoes. But as much as I love heels, I try them on and then decide I will more than likely break my neck walking along the cobbled streets of Liverpool nightlife. I have lost count of the amount of shoes from Miss Selfridge that I have lusted over (particularly this pair of amazing wedges…*sighs*) and then not bought because I know I’m too much of a wimp to brave the pain, or the thought of getting a drink spilled on. These shoes, I may have to make an exception for. 5.5 heel, a nude that looks timeless, and the heat seal gem detail on the platform, and covering the heel. They also stock them in a lighter nude colour with smaller diamante details – spoiled for choice! Need I say more?

Brocade 2 in 1 Dress, £55.00

This dress is a little more expensive than I would like, being an online exclusive. I have been trying to steer clear of buying dresses recently as I seem to wear it once for a night out, then cast it to the back of my wardrobe. However, I love the lace front of this and can just imagine it would be really simple to wear without needing to accessorize (I love my long necklaces). The fact I wouldn’t be able to try it on means I’ll probably try to recreate it with a similar style top – I’ve seen quite a few in Warehouse. But then, maybe I won’t be able to resist.

Stone Frill Front Mac, £65.00

I have coveted a stone coloured mac for years – one of my best mates Lauren had one that was gorgeous – and they are wearable from autumn to spring (or summer too, if you live in the UK). Again, the price tag puts me off, but I need to get into the mindset that coats are worn every day. They are so worth it. The frill collar makes it stand out for me as something a bit unusual, and the flared bottom makes it dressier to be worn when going out for a meal too. If I see this in store, I might just have to bite the bullet and go for it. Miss Selfridge are great for coats as I found out last winter, and I have no doubts that this will last me years. They also have it in Navy, or the Petites range.

I’m going to log off now before my head loses all sanity and I spend my wages before I’ve even been paid. I hope you enjoy looking at these clothes as much as I have, I can’t wait for more A/W stuff to come out now I’ve had a peek at what’s to come!