Friday, 25 November 2011

Happy Weekend!

I have a never-ending To Do list which has bogged me down this week. I haven't had time to draft and schedule blog posts this week. I tried to take some outfit photos yesterday but it was so windy! I'm so glad it is the weekend, I can catch up with all things blogger! I'll be spending this weekend in my slacks, slippers and duvet! Although tomorrow, I will have to make a bit of an effort because I'm going to a gig to see the love of my life! (Taylor Hanson). I have been obsessed with Hanson since mmmBop so when I heard that they were going to be touring, I had to buy tickets! I'm so excited! I don't love anyone as much as I love Hanson! 

I shall be back with some news soon! Have a lovely weekend everyone! x

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Thursday, 17 November 2011

Scalloped Collar Blouse

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Shirt Lavish Alice / Skirt Topshop / Shoes Kurt Geiger / Nails No.7 Minty Fresh 

I remember seeing a picture of Fearne Cotton in a similar blouse from Lavish Alice so when I saw this sheer blouse (pictured above) as part of their new range, I really really wanted it! The buttons are on the back so I find it difficult to fasten them myself! Admittedly, everytime I've worn this, I have worn it back to front (with the buttons at the front!)... No one has noticed yet.... or at least they're too polite to say anything!

The shoes pictured above are the ones I got from Kurt Geiger. Definitely an early Christmas present to myself! I had wanted a pair of Allegra Chelsea Platform Boots from Topshop but I'm reluctant to buy TopShop shoes because they always hurt my feet. The Kurt Geiger pair are my alternative to Allegras! They give me the height I so desperately need!

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Paprika Florals

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Dress Paprika / Jacket ASOS / Jewellery Temporary:Secretary / Belt Primark

In so much of a rush today because I am going out in a bit to return dress and exchange a pair of shoes. I treated myself to a pair of Kurt Geiger shoes (an early Christmas present to myself!) I bought the last week but last night, I got a newsletter email from Kurt Geiger with a 25% discount code. Might treat myself to another pair..........but I am suppose to be saving up. I'm hoping that they will be worth it, really want to have a pair of shoes that don't hurt my feet. 

The dress I am wearing in this outfit post is from Paprika. It's a lovely dress, I will wear it more often in the summer. But I couldn't wait until then! Good news....I have bought another one in a different size for a end of year/New Year giveaway to celebrate the festive season. I have bought garments in size 8, 10 and 12 for the giveaway. As I mentioned previously, I got given lots of vouchers via winning the Look Mag blog competition and although I have bought lots for myself and my sister, I also wanted to treat my lovely blog readers too! I felt greedy if I didn't share some of it! 


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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Pleats and Bows

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Dress Paprika / Jewellery Temporary:Secretary / Nail Colour: Rimmel

I have seen lots of cool black pleated skirts lately and I want every single one of them! I'm always buying black skirts in all sorts of styles, they go with everything! This dress is from Paprika and it is also available in cream and white. I like the girly details (pleats and a bow). I thought I'd choose black as it's probably the easiest colour to wear during winter. The dress arrived a couple of days after I ordered it (with a voucher), such quick delivery. When I first tried it on, I felt a bit "Morticia" in it. Especially when I had my hair down at the time! I tried it on again but with lighter make up and hair in ponytail. Once I start wearing dark colours, I find it difficult to wear brighter colour again! Will try stay out of that rut. It will make a nice change to wear darker colours now anyway, I keep standing out like a sore thumb with the autumn florals and bright fabric that I've been wearing recently

I have had some emails and tweets enquiring about what camera I use, what lens I use, and how I get my photos looking bright during a dark day without using flash. I use different equipment for different things (namely blog, webshop, and landscape) but I do usually take a lot of outfit photos all in one go mid week, I pick a day that is bright. I'm not sure how I go about doing a tutorial as I'm not a professional. Far from it! I know how things work but I don't know how to explain them, technical things like aperture/f.stop, depth of field, all the different lenses, shooting format, etc. At uni, we had a few photography modules but I wasn't interested at the time, I didn't think it was something that would benefit me (after all, how would I ever afford a DSLR after uni! I was getting on just fine with my little silver point and shoot) Everything I've learned with DSLR is typically either self taught - by that, I mean turning all the buttons and pressing *everything* until I get it right!

Basically, in brief: For the blog, we both shoot with Nikon D90 or D40 and generally use a 50mm lens for overcloud. This is because you can set a lower f/stop and this will let more light in to the lens - which gives you brighter images. Our preference is to shoot in RAW format, which allows you do adjust the exposure, white balance and brightness with more versatility. For instance, on a gloomy day (overcloud), if you shoot in RAW, you can correct the white balance and exposure afterwards. Pop over to Gem's blog because she is a professional photographer, she knows what she is talking about (unlike me!) and this tutorial that Gem posted is really useful. 
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Monday, 7 November 2011

Leopard Print Satchel

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I have just got back home and the first thing I did was take the photos for this post. I had promised Miss Selfridge and Look Magazine that I would blog about this as soon as I got back from my annual leave. Miss Selfridge very generously sent me this well detailed bag as one of my prizes. It is a Limited Edition real leather satchel with faux leopard fur. It's currently in store and retails at £65.00. I'm really pleased that Miss Selfridge chose this one for me because I've been wanting a new bag and this prize came at the perfect time. The bag I use for casual outings has broken, the buckle broke, so this new Miss Selfridge bag is the perfect replacement. I can't usually afford real leather goods! So I am pleased as punch with this! 

I've almost finished in the Prize series. I will resume to my regular blogging ways after this fortnight. So sorry to keep this so short, I'll be working through the night to get up to date with orders. My family are currently on the flight back to England, I am excited to see what they have bought and what pressies I get! I asked for snacks, really funky flavoured snacks. The weirder, the better! Talking of which, are you all following Winnie's blog? She has the best food and travel posts, and she's also a fan of weird snacks

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Sunday, 6 November 2011

Cat Dress

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Cat Dress H&M / Rings from Temporary:Secretary / Nail Colour: Boots 17, Sea Breeze

I think everyone knows by now that I am a cat lady! Loud and proud! I know a lot of you are fellow cat fans too! However, my real life friends will burst my bubble and tell you how scared I am of animals but I do like cats! When I saw this dress with a repeated cat print, I picked it up in my size and went to pay for it as quick as possible. I wanted to own this dress! It's about £15.00 from H&M and I bought it last month so I'm unsure whether it will still be in stock. Snap it up if they still have it, we can all wear it and start a cat club............!!! 

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Friday, 4 November 2011

Wrap-Over Tulip Dress

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Dress inlovewithfashion / Necklace Jon Richards / Ring T:S / Nails: Rimmel

It is almost the end of my annual leave, two weeks holiday passes by so quickly, doesn't it! All I've done this week is pig out on junk food! Really haven't wanted to do anything - so good! Maybe next time I will treat myself to a proper holiday, go somewhere abroad.

I wore this outfit (pictured above) when we went out last weekend. The dress is from inlovewithfashion.com, the hem is interesting, it's tulip shaped! The lovely black and gold crystal necklace which was a gift from the lovely team at Jon Richard Jewellery. I don't have anything like this in my jewellery box so this was a good choice, I really like it! To see the rest of Jon Richard range, their website is http://www.jonrichard.com/. Their designs are also stocked in Debenhams. I've layered it up with another necklace that I bought from a small shop in Portugal.

Last weekend, we headed the bar and ordered cocktails; mine was a frozen margarita. I took a few sips and I bit in to something that was really crunchy. The cocktail was blended with lots of chipped ice with sugar around the glass so I thought it might either be ice, sugar or even rock salt! I thought I was being super paranoid, but then I had another sip and got a mouthful of tiny pieces of glass!!!! I spat out about 5 pieces and it made me feel really funny for the rest of the night. I won't mention the restaurant we went to as they obviously didn't mean to feed me ice! And I did get about £10 off the bill. Looking back, though, now that I've had time to think about it, it could've been worse and £10 off wouldn't have been enough! We should have gone somewhere else after that, but we didn't make a fuss about it. I don't like being an awkward customer (although I had every right to kick off....I just stayed quiet and let my sister sort it out for me! I'm useless!) Luckily, I didn't swallow any glass, I just crunched it with my teeth and some got stuck in my gums :( But it could've been much worse, at least it wasn't sharp or cut my mouth! Always looking on the bright side....!
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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Star Print Scarf

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Dress Warehouse / Scarf NEXT / Leather Jacket ASOS

Have been wearing this scarf since I got it. It is from NEXT and it's got the trendy star print that we're seeing a lot of on the high street recently. It is the same one I'm wearing here (the giant biscuit was well trippy!) I have so many scarves, you can never have too many of them when you live in good ol' Britain. I sometimes wear two if it's really cold, I do look stupid but I don't care!! So, the clocks went back at the weekend and the days get darker and colder! The countdown to Christmas has started and we're bracing ourselves for the return of the snow! A good time to buy new scarves, gloves and wooly hats! 

Another occasion I always look forward to is Bonfire Night. I'm not sure what the plans are this year, but where I live, there is usually a firework display at the castle. I live in one of those old towns that has a castle and a river! I should appreciate it more, I hardly ever go. I remember the castle's firework display being quite good but I haven't been in years and I'm not home this weekend, such a shame! 

Just going to keep this post nice and short, I do tend to ramble! Happy November, everyone! x
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