Sunday, 2 October 2011

colour block

I've been back at uni for a couple of weeks now and everything seems to be going really well so far, although it has been really busy so I haven't had chance to post anywhere near as much as I would have liked obviously!  Anyway those of us in the UK will know that we've had a bit of a mini heatwave these past few days, although it absolutely chucked it down today unfortunately, but this outfit was from Wednesday when the heat first really kicked in. I decided seen as though the weather was so nice that I'd actually give the concept of colour blocking a decent attempt, seen as though I've wanted to try it properly all summer but just never quite had the confidence to think I could really pull it off. I'm glad I tried it though, because I actually really like the result! I paired it with nude accessories to tone the colours down a bit, I got the bag from ASOS a few weeks ago as it had gone on sale and I really fancied a new, proper leather bag for going back to uni, and the loafers I got from River Island as I have been distinctly lacking in a nice pair of flat shoes, which aren't boots, for way too long so I had to get them! I hadn't intentionally got the shoes to match the bag as I'm really not a fan of the whole "matchy-matchy" look but I think breaking it up with bold colour like this works pretty well and doesn't make the matching too obvious. What do you guys think?





Top: H&M; skirt: H&M; belt: ASOS; bag: ASOS; shoes: River Island

Friday, 2 September 2011

history

I can't believe its been over 4 months since I last posted. I want to apologise to you all for having gone MIA here for so long and also say a great big thank you to how many of you have stuck around and kept following. You really have no idea how much it means to me, so thank you so much.

To put the past 4 months or so in a nutshell, in April my mental health took a turn for the worse and I had to withdraw from uni. Not only that but one of my rabbits was diagnosed with cancer in June and then died only two weeks later. To say it was a horrible, horrible time would be a huge understatement. However, after taking the time to get better and reassess things I decided that I wanted to go back to uni and resit 1st year again, so I could have a fresh start. I'm gonna really, really miss my friends who are moving on to 2nd year but I'm looking forward to going back with a lot more confidence and a more positive outlook. I'll still be living in my flat and I plan on living there for as long as I can and I also plan on paying a lot more attention to this 'ere blog! 


So, anyway, I thought I'd share with you a few sets of photos I'd actually managed to take over summer, so this post is gonna be a bit of a bumper edition! First off is some pictures from July when me, my mum and my dad traveled a bit around Northumberland and visited a gorgeous little village called Corbridge. The weather that day was amazing and we had a really posh Sunday dinner in a local pub and then went for a walk along the river which you can kind of just see in the first picture. We also went on a bit of an expedition to find Hadrian's Wall and after driving a long way we managed to find a section of it we could stop by and have a look round, in the second picture you can see me stood on one of the turret sections of what would have been a fort I think. Always nice to have a bit of 2000 year old wall to stand on for outfit pictures isn't it?

































Top: Metallica; skirt: Primark; bag: ASOS; sandals: Office; belt: ASOS; sunglasses: 17 @ Boots

The second set of pictures was again from sometime in July when me and my mum just went for a walk in one of my favourite places, Golden Acre Park in Leeds. As you can probably see I have been favouring the maxi length recently as over the past few months I've ended up putting on weight and I've just felt more comfortable wearing longer skirts and dresses. 







Blazer: Vero Moda; vest: H&M; skirt: Topshop; belt: ASOS; bag: ASOS; boots: Urban Outfitters

My last set of photos are from when my mum, dad and I spent the weekend in Bath. We visited the Roman baths (there's a bit of an unintentional Roman theme going on here) for what must be the third or fourth time because my mum loves it there. I love it as well, it just has this really amazing atmosphere that's really hard to explain. It was quite a warm day so I went for a slightly shorter (and longer!) skirt by the brand Love that I got from Topshop and a black bustier top from H&M. The bustier was originally covered in embellishment but my mum and I spent one day a few months ago painstakingly removing them all, as I'm really not into sparkles. Now that its just a plain bustier top I literally wear it all the time, so expect to see it a lot more in future! 







Skirt: Love @ Topshop; top: H&M; belt: ASOS; bag: Accessorize; sandals: Office; cross ring: ASOS

Just on one final note I wanted to thank you all so so much again for sticking by this little blog while I've been away, knowing that there are people here who are still interested in what I get up to has been a real motivation towards getting my self back on track, so I am really grateful for that. 

Anyway hope you all have a great weekend!



Sunday, 3 April 2011

coral



Nail polish: 17 Lasting Fix Nail Polish in Pink Grapefruit; Ring: Diva at Miss Selfridge

No photo diary this Sunday, instead I thought I'd show you my current nail colour and a new ring. It was my 19th birthday on Friday so I've spent most of my spare time either attempting to do uni work or planning my birthday, hence the pretty short post! Birthday night highlights included quite a lot of rose wine, wearing my Meadham Kirchoff for Topshop dress and shedding glitter EVERYWHERE, photos of myself which I was reluctant to share even on my private facebook let alone on here, plus a bit of a general drunken fail on a bouncy castle! Make of that what you will!

Anyway the nail polish I'm wearing was actually a freebie I got during freshers week in one of the numerous bags of crap they give you which I just hadn't got round to using until now. I'm kind of wary of buying brands like 17 purely because the quality couldn't possibly be as good as the more expensive brands, but I was really pleasantly surprised! I love the bright colour and it applied really well and dried quickly, and considering they're only £2.99 instead of the £5-£10 of the likes of Models Own and Nails Inc I think I may just be converted!

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

paris photo diary




 


1: the Seine; 2: random lovely building; 3-4: ornate gate at the Palais de Justice; 5: more buildings; 6: the Seine again; 7-9: one of the bridges along the Seine had all these padlocks along it marked with peoples names; 10: le Grand Palais; 11-12: Gucci and Elie Saab store at the other end of the Champs-Elysees; 13: couple of guys spotted on the Champs-Elysees, I love his worn leather trench; 14-16: more Champs Elysees; 17: some street dancers near the Arc de Triomph; 18: sneaky street style shot, love the fur detail on her coat; 19-20: the Arc de Triomph; 21-23: the Givenchy store on Avenue George V, now desperate for a Givenchy bag; 22: the house of YSL; 23-24: Parisian vintage shopping; 25: vintage aviator jacket for 120 euros, serious WANT; 26-27: more vintage shopping; 28: me (obvz); 29-30: Pompidou Centre; 31: rooftop cafe in the Pompidou Centre; 32: went vintage shopping in Paris, instead bought a top from American Apparel; 33-35: the Eiffel Tower at night; 36: me and some of the girls on my course on our last night in Paris!

Serious overload of pictures here, I apologise for any difficulties in loading them all! We spent more time in Paris than in London so that obviously meant more opportunities for tourist-y photography. As you can see, I have more proper street style photos of guys than I do of women, it just felt a lot less scary approaching men to ask for their photo than asking women really! There were so many girls I would have loved to have photographed though, but it was just really daunting to go up and ask them so I just ended up taking sneaky ones instead like some crazy, stalker person.

Also as you can see we visited the house of Yves Saint Laurent, purely by accident mind, as we went inside thinking it was a store to find two very scary French women just sat behind desks in an empty reception area.  We asked if it was a store, they just said "non" and looked at the door. That told us! The Givenchy store next door was completely amazing though, I am now totally craving one of their beautiful black leather bags, much more so than any Alexander Wang or Mulberry bag, although I would also put up with a Proenza Schouler PS1, kthnx. We also went in the Balenciaga store on the same street which was really amazing as well.

The vintage shopping in Paris was prety impressive, the bargain bins with pieces for 1-3 euros were an experience to say the least! However I didn't really spot anything I just had to have, besides the aviator jacket, even though it isn't really "on-trend" anymore anyway, so I decided not to invest in anything. No, instead I just spent my money in American Apparel on an overpriced top, which albeit lovely, probably wasn't the best way to spend my money really. But at the time my reasoning was that it would be better value for money to buy it in France than in the UK because of the exchange rate, and it was a lovely coral-pink colour and my wardrobe has been seriously lacking in colour of late so I caved. Oh well!

We also went to the Pompidou centre which was another interesting experience. We started by going all the way up to the rooftop cafe for a drink and basically spent the entire time we had to look around the gallery there instead because the service was SO SLOW! Literally it took an hour to get a couple of cups of tea and a coffee because we were being served by these waiters who were basically male models, and as much as they were lovely to look at, they weren't exactly efficient. So instead of getting to see the art we just got a cuppa and left which was a shame as I would have loved to have been into at least a few of the galleries!

Aside from the odd slip-up though, I had a really amazing time in Paris, it is definitely an impressive city that everyone should visit at least once in their life, and hopefully I can go back again and visit even more of the sites that I didn't get the chance to see!