Friday, 28 February 2014

Triangular

Happy, happy Friday you guys!  It's an extra happy Friday for me as I have the day off and will be doing lunch with my Mum, it's her birthday this weekend, as well as a bit of shopping and some sewing.  Perfect day!  I need to make dress number 10 this weekend as it will be a month since my lesson with Roisin and 10 is a nice round number!! It's taken me a while to get round to sharing this outfit with you guys, I adore black and gold together but have been wearing more colour than normal recently so this dress hasn't had as much love as it deserves since I bought it before Christmas.  It's in the sale now and also comes in navy if you fancy snapping it up.  The fit is lovely and I love the gold foil triangle print.  The fabric doesn't go static on me either which is a big bonus!!

I bought these beautiful Clarks shoes in the sale but haven't worn them that much as I am never sure what they go with.  I love leopard print but hate brown and seem to fail whenever I try to clash them with other prints, any styling tips would be gratefully received!  They are no longer on the Clarks website but you can still buy a black studded version which I am also eying up.





Dress: Yumi
Cardigan: Primark
Shoes: Clarks

Have a lovely weekend :)

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Wednesday Wants

I never seem to be able to get away from spots and stripes, when browsing for this weeks wishlist I picked three items out and didn't even realise I had been sucked in by them again!  I may shy away from most florals but stick a spot or stripe on a dress and chances are I will love it!

This little asos number is another one of those dresses that unbuttons at the waist giving you a skirt and top combo to mix up.  Versatile!  I love the reverse polka dots and the length, get in my basket you beauty!

Dress: asos

I'm not sure why I was drawn to this dress, if it was the bold colours or the stripes or even the combination of the two.  I love how eye catching it is and think the print is pretty unusual.

Dress: Topshop

Finally a little ladylike dress, perfect for afternoon tea!  I haven't worn mint for a while and am thinking it's a colour I need to reintroduce into my wardrobe.  Green looks fab with my hair colour, not sure why I don't wear more of it.


What have you got your eye on?

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Lets Talk Shopping

Once upon a time I couldn't wait for the weekend to come round.  I would head into town with a bestie in tow, or alone if I was on a serious shopping mission, and arrive home with bags and bags of goodies.  Not quite on the scale of Blair Waldorf and certainly not the same shops but you get the picture.  Somewhere along the line the internet has replaced my weekly shopping trips and I for one am glad.  Since the advent of broadband internet shopping has come on leaps and bounds.  I no longer have to live for the weekend to get my shopping buzz,  I can get it 24/7 from the comfort of my own home.  No more dirty, crowded changing rooms.  No more queueing because the store decided they only needed to open two checkouts on a Saturday.  No more achey feet from traipsing around many stores only to go back to the first one and buy the first dress you tried on ;)  I can spend my weekends doing lunch or a leisurely coffee or two and actually catching up with my nearest and dearest.  All whilst wearing the stuff I bought online that week which was delivered the very next day for less than the price of a car park ticket.

Most online stores offer free returns so if the item arrives looking nothing as expected you haven't lost out.  You can try it on in flattering light and see if it works with those shoes you bought it to go with.  Stores such as asos do most of the hard work for you, their catwalk feature lets you see how the fabric moves and how it fits the model which will give you some idea as to how it will look on you.  If even the model doesn't look that great, don't bother!   There are also lots of online only stores now such as asos, half of my wardrobe has been bought from them and whilst I used to wish they had some actual stores I am now glad they don't.

I do still pop to the shops, but if there is something specific I want most stores now allow you to check the stock online before you go.  This is so, so useful.  If you are a store and you don't offer this option yet please, please consider it.  There is nothing worse than wanting an item and not being able to find it in store.  I do like being able to wander around a store and touch different fabrics as I go but this just isn't a fun experience at the weekend.

The one thing I do miss is the element of surprise.  I no longer visit most high street stores hoping to find an undiscovered gem.  I check the new arrivals most days so usually know their stock before it has even hit the stores.  Guess that's a small price to pay.  Are you an online convert like me or do you still prefer the thrill of shopping instore and stumbling across that must have item?

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Monday, 24 February 2014

Scarlett Fever

I am going to start this post by saying how fed up I am of all this damn wind!  Enough already.  It's hard enough getting outfit photos when you are awkward in front of the camera let alone when you have to spend half the time pulling your skirt down from your ears.  Wind, I am so over you.

Right now I have got that off my chest on to this little gem, the Scarlett from Emily & Fin.  I have decided this dress is named after Scarlett Johansson - I have no idea if this is actually true as I made that up but it should be!  It creates the perfect figure à la Miss Johansson - a glimpse of cleavage, a nicely nipped in waist, before skimming over the hips to give the illusion of a hour glass.  Scarlett is new for this season but she has wasted no time in joining my favourites list.  I adore the tropical version (top right) out in April.

The graphic print is so eye catching and like nothing I already own.  It's got a good mix of colours so I will probably team it with a yellow cardi when the weather warms up.  For now I have pulled out the red from the buttons and teamed it with a red cardi and my favourite red shoes.  I wasn't sure if the tights would work but think they do, not that you can see them in great detail in the photos.





Dress: Emily & Fin*
Cardigan: asos
Tights: asos
Shoes: Clarks

You can view some of the upcoming SS14 collection here, some styles have already sold out including the tropical Scarlett which means you will be able to pick them up from one of the stockists listed here.

Don't forget you can use code million10 to get 10% off at Aspire Style.

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Sew Sunday #3

Giraffe love!  I bought this fabric before Christmas intending to have a dress made for me but that all changed when I decided to get a sewing machine for my birthday and you already know the rest.  It combines several of my favourite things, giraffes, hearts, yellow and grey!  That's grey the colour not Gray my husband ;)  I have been drawn to grey based fabrics, I had forgotten how much I love to wear the colour.  It's not just for decorating the house.

I had a few difficulties with the fabric, it feels softer than the other cottons I have worked with so far and I ended up with gaping around the neckline even though the measurements are exactly as the raccoons dress.  I have now fixed this by strengthening the neckline so it hangs better and taking in the shoulders at the neckline but it still isn't perfect.  I know it's crazy, if it was shop bought I would be perfectly happy with the fit but as I have made it myself it needs to be perfect so it is annoying me.  If you have any tips or suggestions for me I would really appreciate them!





Dress: Made by me using Giraffe Love fabric from Michael Miller
Pattern: Emery by Christine Haynes 
Shoes: Clarks


I am excited to be taking part in a sew along in honour of my lovely friend, Roisin.  Full details can be found here, I am looking forward to seeing all the Dolly Clackett inspired dresses.  I have sorted my fabric already and in true Roisin style the dress also has a name, eeep!

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Friday, 21 February 2014

Gingham Glory

Another Friday post with me exclaiming how happy I am that the weekend is finally here!  This week has felt twice as long as it should have been and I am so tired.  BUT I have made two dresses so far this week bringing my total to 7, every cloud and all that.  What have you got planned for the weekend?  We have yet to make firm plans other than it will involve as much sleeping as possible!

I am getting excited for all the gingham this summer and whilst it may still be too wintery to get my pastels on I thought it was about time I went mono and whipped out this black and white 50's tie front shirt.  I have teamed it with this fab black skirt from French Connection.  It is a lovely weight and hangs really well, another wardrobe staple check box filled.  It also comes in an amazing yellow colour which was unfortunately out of stock when I got the black one, think I am going to need that one too - the yellow obsession continues.

I need to decide what to do with my hair, do I continue growing it or do I have it cut a bit shorter?  My hair is too straight to hold any curl and whilst I have a lot of hair it is really fine so the longer it gets the flatter it gets.  Oh how I dream of having big hair!  I am liking it more than I thought I would, last time I grew it (years ago!) I hated it and went for a super short crop in rebellion.






Top: Topshop
Shoes: Clarks

Gingham has a real 50's feel to me so the 50's style tie front shirt is the perfect match! 

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Launching People

Samsung has joined forces with some of the UK's hottest talent to give people with a passion for food, film, music and photography the opportunity of a lifetime. Sky 1 HD has also announced the commissioning of Launching People as part of Samsung's project.  So what is it all about?  Launching People is an exciting new mentor programme that seeks to find undiscovered British and Irish talents.  The chosen candidates will work with one of four amazing mentors to collaborate on a unique project.  




They have called in the heavy weights to act as mentors.  For the foodies the amazing Gizzi Erskine is taking the helm.  Oh how I wish I was a budding chef though I would be more interested in talking pretty dresses and gazing at her perfect up do.  The photographers will be in very safe hands with none other than Rankin, world famous portrait and fashion photographer.  Wowzers.  Again I wish I actually knew how to use my camera!  Lots of you are amazing at both of these skills, please apply!  I wanna see you on my (Samsung, ha!) television screen.  Award winning actor and producer Idris Elba heads up the film category with singer songwriter Paloma Faith overseeing the musicians.  The whole process will be captured in the television series which will air in the Spring.

 

The mentors, together with Samsung, will be looking for extraordinary potential and original ideas, if you fit the bill and you're interested in applying then pitch your project at www.launchingpeople.co.uk from now until Thursday 6th March and one lucky person in each category will work one-on-one with their mentor to help launch their project.   For more information  and to check out the competition be sure to visit Launching People, there are some amazing entries! You can also vote for your favourites, the winner of the peoples choice for each category win Samsung technology and expert tuition to the value of £2000.  If you enter let me know, I would love to support you and help drum up votes via twitter.  What are you waiting for?!

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*Post in collaboration with brand* 

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Exclusive Aspire Style Discount Code

Eeekk!! So today is the day the first of the new Emily and Fin SS14 collection lands at Aspire and boy am I excited to finally get my hands on some of my favourites.  As always Abigail and Lucy are the highlights for me.  The red polka dot Abigail is an instant classic and is bound to become a wardrobe staple, I wear my navy polka dot Abigail all the time.  I love the triangle print on the orange Abigail too though I will need to try it on to see how it works with my hair!


This season sees the introduction of the longer length Lucy, it is midi length on me and the standard length Lucy comes to above the knee.  I'm not one for florals but love the colour combination of this poppy print, it's a little bit of summer!  Bikes are everywhere this season and I adore this retro bike print, well played Emily & Fin.

Floral Lucy   |   Long Lucy   |   Bike Lucy

To celebrate Aspire have kindly given me a 10% discount code to share with you, enter code million10 at the checkout and be sure to let me know which ones you've gone for!  The code is valid til 20th March and you can see the full collection here.

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Wednesday Wants

Last year I really, really wanted a yellow dress.  I hunted high and low to no avail and in the end made do with this yellow striped beauty.  I'm not sure if it has been sparked by the brief appearance of blue skies, I am craving yellow again!  I have already bought this amazing yellow dress from Boden which I can't wait to wear and have bought some yellow large check gingham fabric to make the dress in my head (influenced by this photo!)

The huge flowers on this asos dress make it feel even more summery.  I love the square neckline and think this would be amazing for a wedding or any fancy summery occasion.

 Dress: asos

I really don't get the ugly cut outs on this River Island dress but it is a fab colour and design and it is knee length.  I would get a bit of lace or something similar and sew up those stupid holes.  Enough with the cut outs already!

 Dress: River Island

I love how simple this Ted Baker dress is, beautifully cut it lets the colour do the talking.  And boy is yellow calling my name right now!

Dress: Ted Baker

Are you going mad for yellow like me?

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Monday, 17 February 2014

It's Raining

I do find it quite funny that I am drawn to umbrella prints when I actually never use the damn things!  They always turn inside out or poke people in the eye if I am in charge of them.  I much prefer to put on a hat or pull up a hood to keep my hair dry.  I had my eye on this Great Plains skirt for some time hoping it would go into the sale as they have fab sales.  It did and I picked it up for a whole £13.50!!  Can't argue with that.  I have my eye on two dresses from their new in section too, how gorgeous is this dress and this dress.  The checked dress just has to make it to my wardrobe.

I teamed my cute skirt with a fluffy cropped jumper (which is also now in the sale, link below) and my favourite Clarks heels.  I wear the black version of these all the time so it is extra exciting for me when something is the exact colour match, it is the most perfect shade of blue.  I am super excited for the AW Orla Kiely for Clarks shoes I saw all over instagram at the weekend.  T bar Mary Janes are my absolute favourites and these ones are just perfect.





Skirt: Great Plains
Jumper: Topshop
Shoes: Clarks

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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Sew Sunday #2

So dress number two.  All went well with this one even though I forgot to switch to the zip foot when putting in the zipper, ooops.  I am not sure why the bodice is a bit wrinkled in the photos, it doesn't look like that in real life.  I spied this fabric on Plush Addict when looking for something Valentines-esque.  Hearts are not just for Valentines mind, I will defo be rocking this beauty all year round.  It's wider than the raccoon print so the skirt is beautifully full.  I am in love.

The dress is another Emery by Christine Haynes.  I cut a size 8 and added 1/2 inch to the bodice side seams.  I cut the shoulder seams on an angle which stops any gaping around the neck and sew with a 6/8 seam allowance.  The sleeves are a size bigger than the bodice, I like the gathered look so gather around the shoulder seam when attaching which helps give me definition at the shoulders.  I don't use the pattern for the skirt, I use the width of the fabric to make a fuller skirt.  I haven't tried adding either the bow or the collar from the pattern yet but when I find the perfect fabric I am going to give it a go!  I really have found my perfect dress, so much so I have just finished making number 5... will it be bad if I only ever make this dress?!







 Dress: Made by Me
Pattern: Emery by Christine Haynes 
Tights: asos




How amazing are the back of these tights?!
I wore this dress during the day on Valentines and paired it with some amazing heart tights complete with little red hearts on the heel, adorable.  The other great thing about making my own dresses is I choose the length.  I have always steered clear of sheer tights as they do my thighs no favours but now my dresses come to the knee I am going to rock the socks off them!  Let me know if you see any fab prints.  I didn't actually wear my ladydragons to work but decided they were perfect for this outfit.  I am looking forward to wearing them more once the weather warms up.

I bought Roisin some amazing dress labels as a little pressie to thank her for giving me this amazing skill.  We had a conversation about what we would put on the labels if we ordered some... I tongue in cheek said 'handmade with love' which was met with snorts of laughter.  F*cking handmade was suggested which perfectly suits our Roisin.  After seeing them I had to order some for myself, can't wait to share what I went for with you all!  They are from wovenlabelsuk.com and were really reasonable.


The fabric I am lusting after this week is by Camelot Cottons and called Theodore & Izzy Tulips in grey.  I love the colour combination and this is one floral I can get excited about!  If you have a fabric board on Pinterest let me know, I love seeing what others like.

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Friday, 14 February 2014

I Love You Abigail!

Happy Valentines you guys!  Hope you are all being spoiled today even if you're doing the spoiling yourself.  I don't need an excuse for hearts but I couldn't let V day pass without being covered in them.  No idea what has happened to these photos, the colour has gone all wonky and no matter how many times I upload them it keeps happening :(  Booooo.

I have declared my love for Abigail on more occasions than is probably healthy but I just can't help it! It's not often I find an off the peg dress that fits me like a glove and is oh so flattering.  It's so totally perfect and makes me feel amazing, what more could you ask from a dress, hey?  I love this cutesy heart version, the colour combination is just lush.  Be mine Abigail!




Cardigan: Primark 

Gray and I are having a chilled evening tonight, he has man flu so we are going to have some yummy comfort food, a bit of fizz and watch a film whilst snuggled up on the sofa.  My kinda night.  What ever you are doing, have a good one.

I LOVE YOU ABIGAIL


We loved coming together as the brit pack to host the asos giveaway so much we thought we would start linking posts on the same theme.  First up is Valentines, the lovely ladies below all have a treat of a post for you so click away and say hi...

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