Friday, 30 September 2011

Queen Kong.

M&S faux fur coat from Oxfam, H&M tee shirt, M&S skirt and tights, Russell and Bromley loafers, Pilgrim ring

Please excuse my dishevelled state. Whilst I was really excited about taking outfit photos today and yesterday, the heat has completely baffled me. For those outside the UK, we've had a really unexpected heatwave which has thrown my lovely autumn outfit plans into disarray. So instead I just went for a very easy tee shirt and stretchy denim skirt combo.

But anyway, that wasn't what I wanted to show you. Look at my fur coat! I've been looking for one for ages but I wanted one in leopard print. However, its really hard to wear one of them without looking like Pat Butcher. Its fine if you're Alexa Chung but when you're a bit short and chunky its not a great look! Especially since so many of the ones on the high street have big 70s style collars. Anyway, I saw this one in Oxfam earlier and thought it looked really big for a child's one, so risked the embarrassment of trying it on and it not fitting. It turned out to fit. Its an age 11-12. What on earth??!! I mean clearly, I'm only 5"3 so its not like the sleeves would be too short, and my shoulders aren't that broad. Its obviously more snug across my chest and tummy than it would be on my 11 year old self but it does the job nicely! I might change the buttons for something a bit smarter but overall I am very pleased with it. Not bad for £5! I'm still not entirely sure how it looks on me- I feel a little bit like a gorilla but I know they make everyone's head look too small for their body! Might need to make sure my hair is a bit bouffant to balance it out!

This ring is one I also bought today thanks to my friend Chloe giving me a voucher for my favourite local shop for my 21st. I have been wanting to buy this ring for ages but it was on the pricey side, but as soon as I got the voucher I knew I wanted to buy it! I really love the marcasite finish which makes it look quite Victorian. I also like how it looks very much like a feather but also the shape reminds me of lungs. Which I know sounds odd but I like that it looks elegant but also a little gothic. It should also be good for work because its flat against my finger so it won't catch on anything.

I've also bought some other really lovely things recently but with this damn weather I can't show them to you right now! I wore a lovely new dress to the cinema last night to see Jane Eyre but forgot to put my memory card in my camera and it was too dark by the time I got home. Apologies. I only have one more week of my contract left though so hopefully I can fit in some outfits after that for you. I better not ramble on any more since I have a 7 hour shift tomorrow *yawns* Anyone else found a charity shop bargain recently?

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Mustard and Tangerine.

jumper dress- M&S Limited Collection, Russell and Bromley loafers, earrings from Oxfam, No7 Stay Perfect Tangerine Touch lipstick

So, I finally have a half decent outfit to show you in some half decent photos! I must admit, whilst I basically lounged around the house doing nothing yesterday, it was so nice to be able to do it in my own clothes and make a bit of an effort. You may also notice I have lost some of my hair! I had it cut a few days ago since the growing out wasn’t working very well. I had one horrible short top layer left which was doing my head in and to be honest, whilst the hair was quite long on the bottom, I had nothing really resembling a proper hairstyle. I decided that the sacrifice of a few inches off the bottom was worth it for a decent hairstyle whilst continuing to grow it out. I want to get it all the same length anyway even if it is longer, so this is just how I want it in a shorter version. There is still a bit of the top layer left on the blonde side due to the side parting, but the back and the other side are now all the same length. I am so much happier with it now. I had also forgotten how much my hair loves being in a bob; whilst I had to straighten the blonde side due to the condition of the bleached hair, the other side had no styling done to it other than some very shabby blow-drying. I think my entire childhood of bob has trained my hair somewhat!

Anyway, I’ll stop wittering on about that now. I’ve been waiting to wear this jumper dress for ages now but needed to wait for it to be a little bit chillier. This outfit perfectly sums up how I want my winter wardrobe to look; I am really happy with the 60s vibe with the matching lipstick and earrings. I think I may actually end up wearing these loafers all winter as well! Which would indicate a good investment purchase I suppose. They are so ridiculously comfy. 

Also, I apologise for my hand on my neck pose; it appears to be one of my only good ones! I wanted to include the head shots so you could see my hair a little better and my earrings. I must go now since I have a lot to do before going into work this evening; you won't hear from me until next week sometime since I am going to my boyfriends this weekend. Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Saturday, 17 September 2011


I am writing this now since I am finally in some kind of positive action mode. With being back at home at the minute and living the graduate dream of working in the M&S Food Hall, I haven't exactly been feeling fantastic lately. In fact, I am probably the most stressed/anxious I have ever been in my entire life. I keep yoyo-ing between slightly depressed and absolutely miserable. I am trying to stay positive but it is proving extremely difficult. All through my teenage years, I had this overwhelming urge to get the hell out of my tiny village and go and do something exciting with my life- university felt like me finally doing this, but obviously, now its over and I feel like I'm right back where I started. But I know that I just need to try and focus on things to keep me going and then I'll get through everything a lot better. Blogging is one of the good things in my life that actually helps me feel creative and productive, so I am going to try and keep posting regularly even if my uniform means there will be less outfit posts. I have been meaning to take the blog in a slightly different direction for a while now and in a way I am almost pleased that this will provide the impetus to do it. I don't know exactly what its going to turn out like but please bear with me. I hope you all like how it develops.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Um.... sorry.

Er.... so I've been gone for nearly a month. Soz. Basically, Marks and Spencer took over my life. I've been wroking pretty much 6 days out of 7, until 8 in the evening and then due to my crappy rural transport I do not get home until 10. My fortnightly weekend off has been spent visiting my boyfriend so hasn't involved the most exciting outfits. However, a few exciting purchases have been made so I thought I should show them to you.

Ooh, firstly, a little update on my work prospects (lol- or complete lack of!) I went on my Fashion Marketing course, and, whilst I loved it, I just don't think doing a Masters would be the right thing to do. Whilst I learnt a lot, (and not to sound at all rude or arrogant) but I just feel the general gist of things was fairly obvious. I think I could gain enough experience and knowledge from an internship as I could from spending over £10,000 on a Masters. I have found a particularly promising Oxfam one that would start early next year, so, my plan for the moment is (fingers crossed M&S extend my temporary contract until Christmas) I will continue to work there for a few more months to save up the money and then I will hopefully do this internship next year. Which will then hopefully secure me a fabulous fashion job!

Although, saying that, I am appalling bad at saving money. Since I have about an hour to waste every morning between arriving into Plymouth and work starting, I do keep shopping. Several items in the photos below are new purchases, although two of them are somewhat special!

H&M cardi, M&S tee shirt and skirt, Russell and Bromley loafers, pearl earrings a gift, Gok Wan at Specsavers glasses

As you all know I have developed somewhat of a leopard print obsession and this cardi helped fill a void, although I must admit it isn't the nicest of prints. But, for £15 I couldn't really complain. The denim skirt is a lovely stretchy pull on one that is hideously comfy, and I am always up for more of those! I have worn my black stretchy Urban Outfitters one to death so knew this would be a good buy.

My general plan of dressing this autumn is some kind of retro 50s/60s type thing, with a good dose of librarian and heritage thrown in. An integral part of this plan was to get myself some cat eye glasses. I have wanted some for an absolute age but they are actually quite difficult to get hold of on the high street, especially in deepest darkest Devon! As soon as I saw that Gok Wan had done a range for Specsavers that included a cat eye pair I knew I had to have them. They took a while to get hold of due to rubbish deliveries but I am pleased as punch with them now I have them. I've never had glasses which I've been happy wearing (I think its something to do with feeling about 15 and therefore not terribly attractive) but I like these because of the vintage-ness of them. Anything to make me feel more like Joan Holloway is always good!

And, drum roll.... my birthday purchase, a pair of Russell and Bromley patent loafers! I decided that I wouldn't wear the Barbour jacket enough to justify the purchase, and whilst I really do love the Alexa, I just couldn't spend all the money my lovely great aunt had given me on a handbag. It would have just felt like a really frivolous way of spending the money when right now I really need it for driving lessons. My need to drive is much more urgent than my desire for an Alexa! Maybe one day when I've saved up the money myself. Anyway, so I asked my parents for some Russell and Bromley loafers instead, since I have wanted some for ages but have just never really had enough cash to buy them. I am really hard on shoes and these seem like they will last for a long time and be really comfy. Although I am sad I have to wear a damn uniform and can't wear these for so long! I could wear them to work but they would get dreadfully scuffed since I have to get on the floor all the time to do stock tidying and other such thrilling jobs. The ones I am wearing currently are peeling away from the soles horribly after only a month.

I am going to stop talking now since this is ridiculously long already. Also, apologies for the crappiness of the photos- I have not yet adjusted to it getting dark so much earlier! I will endeavour to take some better ones next week. I filmed a make up favourites video last week but my Internet connection failed whilst it uploaded for like 5 hours so I will have to try that again soon. I'm sorry its been so long and I am such a bad blogger. This working malarky (especially the uniform!) is stealing my fashion mojo somewhat! I'll try and make more of an effort from now on.