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28 July 2010

A Love Affair.

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When Stephanie at Urban Outfitters first sent me over some shots of the t.b.a AW10 collection, my pulse heightened, my throat tighten and my palms began to perspire. In short the beginnings of a panic attack over pretty dresses or to be more precise, a panic attack over how I needed to own all these dresses, the blouse and that perfect green coat.

You have to understand, my love for t.b.a is constant and unceasing. I've worn both my dresses and coat to death, yet the still look shiny and new. In fact, I wore this dress to every occasion for months without tiring of it. Definitely worth every penny.

I won't make it through the winter without these in my life, I just can't.

I love t.b.a like Cathy loved Heathcliff, there... I said it.

18 July 2010

Head Over Heels.

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Topshop. Asos. Topshop.

I have to admit, I didn't get clogs at first. I thought they were really pretty ugly and I guess I still do but I've grown to love them for it. Perhaps a little too much, if my spending habits are anything to go by.

I loath to admit that I've actually bought three pairs of shoes this week... but but but two were heavily discounted and the third were wellies (for a spot of Glamping in the Inner Hebrides) so they don't count. I just couldn't help myself, I needed them in my life, on my feet.


Clogs

I'm head over heels for the Asos clogs, they go with 75% of my wardrobe and as far as I am concerned they are the perfect Autumn shoe, with knitted grey tights or ribbed socks. I so almost bought a similar pair on more than one occasion but held back because I just knew, that because not everyone understand the beauty of the clog, they would go into the sale. My patience paid off and I bagged these for just over half their original price.

Back in March, I blogged about my 'best bargain, ever' mac but I think I've actually managed to beat it. I found these pale pink, sold out, heavily swooned over, worn in Orla Kiely's AW10 collection Saloon Shoes for only £27. Pointedly ignoring the fact that they are actually a size too small. So maybe they pinch a bit and maybe I'm a foot taller than all my friends but they are surprisingly easy to walk in and no pain no gain... right?

What are your feelings on Clogs, love them or loath them?

11 July 2010

Brownie Promise

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If I were to describe my style, the first word that comes to mind is Uniform. Not necessarily in terms of shape but more often in the colour scheme. I like to keep things simple, mostly because I'm not very brave with colour and I don't like lots of accessories. I am always drawn to Blair Waldorf-esque collared shirts with bow ties and maybe a little bit of plaid for good measure but when it comes down to it, I'm always worried about the sexual connotations surrounding this look. And I don't want to look like I've come in fancy dress.

Then I read an interview with Leith Clark (which I can not find) where she talks about choosing a brown dress because she wanted to wear a uniform that day. This, I completely understand. Some days you just need an outfit that has specific rules - prim, proper and classic.



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Molly Shoes - Kate Kanzier Smock - Topshop
Satchel - Cambridge Satchel Co at Urban Outfitters.


Having officially overcome my fear of the colour brown and with a little inspiration from the Topshop AW10 collection, I started pining after a vintage Brownie uniform. Not one like I had in the early 90's with gaudy yellow sweater and brown culottes - when I almost didn't gain my hospitality badge because my fellow Brownies and I boiled our eggs in cold water for only 3 minutes, not so hard boiled as it turned out - but a smart little 1940's brown dress and matching beret. Finding one to fit me is an unlikely event, as the oldest Brownies were about 11 years old and I'm 5'6 with a DD cup.

I need not have fears because, of course, Topshop came to my rescue. When the leaves start to turn auburn and autumn is upon us, I'll be wearing this with maroon accessories and dark grey tights.

I'm afraid I'm not sure where most of the pictures are from except from the centre shot on the top row which is from sallyjanevintage and the final one which is from Topshop Unique's AW10 collection.




P.S Thank you so for all the lovely comments on my last post, its so nice to hear your feedback and I'm so grateful that I still have readers after such a long break xx

09 July 2010

Bedroom Talk

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It's been a while but I'm finally able to get back to blogging. Since my last post I've moved house and become a fully qualified seamstress. Just short of losing my sane mind, I managed to do both in the same week. Hows that for multi tasking?

Instead of concentrating on my course work, I spent far too much time pouring over interior blogs and magazines then trawling thrift stores in search tatty old furniture but it paid off in the end. These photographs are from my bedroom, I'm still searching for a 1930's dressing table with an oval mirror and something to hang above the bed. Perhaps a Virgin Suicides style crucifix to hang pretty knickers on.

Aside from trying my hand a interior decorating, I've been languishing is bed reading The Camomile Lawn and Wuthering Heights. As well as carefully pursuing the sales. I can't quite believe that I've never read Mary Wesley before, she stole my heart and almost knocked Nancy Mitford off the top stop on my list of favourite authors... but not quite. I can't wait to start making my way through the rest of her books.

The boater hat and pink dress were two of my sale finds and perfect editions to my summer wardrobe. Is it just me or does anyone else hang up their new purchases... just to make sure?