Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Making The Most Of Things



balfern leather jacket all saints, isabel marant dicker boots taupe, mulberry del rey bag
balfern leather jacket all saints, isabel marant dicker boots taupe, mulberry del rey bag
balfern leather jacket all saints, isabel marant dicker boots taupe, mulberry del rey bag
balfern leather jacket all saints, isabel marant dicker boots taupe, mulberry del rey bag
balfern leather jacket all saints, isabel marant dicker boots taupe, mulberry del rey bag

Jacket | All Saints
Jumper | H&M
Jeans | Zara (alternative here)
Boots | Isabel Marant
Bracelets | Oliver Bonas
Bag | Mulberry


I am living in this jacket right now and I think I'll be wearing it for many years to come! This jumper too, I love it so much I got it in navy as well because it's just so soft on the inside. One thing I want to do is wear these boots more (I feel like I say this every time I wear them) as I'm such a trainer gal but these cost too much to just keep in the box. Just needs to stop raining first...

In fact I want to 'shop my own closet' if you will because it is full, actually two wardrobes are full, so I haven't bought anything new this month, even went I went shopping yesterday - I said NO to that little voice in my head. Well so far anyway, there's still two weeks left of January to go people! Although January is a rubbish time for shopping, it's usually the last dregs of the sale or the new in summer stuff that I can't even bear to think about when it's snowing outside (what's with all the bikinis on ASOS though?) I'm so guilty of just wearing the same things over and over, this wouldn't be a bad thing if I had one of those small capsule wardrobes but I don't, it's stuffed to the brim so too much of it goes unworn. To be fair this time of year is just about trying to stay somewhat warm rather than bother about what you look like but I'll definitely be trying to give some of the lesser worn pieces some attention. Starting with these boots! 




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Monday, 16 January 2017

The Happy List #10


Hello! So it's been a bit of a quiet week I suppose but a good one nonetheless - sometimes it's nice to have a bit of downtime and it's only inevitable really when the weather is this chilly. I've been spending loads of time with family too which is always lovely because they're just mad! Here's more happy things from last week.


1. Wardrobe clearout. I've been having like a mini crisis with my wardrobe recently (I know, #firstworldproblems or what) because I have that classic thing of having a closet full of clothes but not knowing what to wear. I think I need to go back to basics and after a having a bit of a clearout I'm enjoying what I own. I also got rid of a load of pyjamas that just reminded me of ill life on the transplant list and I just didn't want them clogging up space any more. Even though I've been feeling like my own style is a bit lost recently I was super chuffed for the little shoutout on the lovely Helen's blog!

2. Visiting family. My mum and stepdad are on a cruise (see this ridiculous tweet!) and so my grandparents stayed on a little while longer after Christmas instead of heading home to Ireland. We went to see some family for the day and it's nice to catch up over cake!

3. SNOW. We were lucky where we are as it wasn't that heavy so we had all the prettiness minus the agg.


4. Hobbycraft trip. I was quite restrained but still ended up buying crap I don't need. BUT I'm getting stock ready to reopen my Etsy which I'm looking forward to, it was such a fun hobby.

5. Plans for the future. For the first time ever I think I've found something that I would love to do and I hope it all works out! So much to sort out first.

6. Fish and chips with Baby Florrie. She had been to ballet class, I mean HOW CUTE - I can't even.

7. The Fashion & Textile Museum. They had a 1920's exhibition on and I was in dreamland, I just loved it. Also loved being back in Bermondsey, it's where I grew up and I miss it immensely sometimes. But I have a whole post to come on this day out!

8. Dinner at my aunt's. We all got together to say goodbye to my grandparents, it was sad to see them go home but also nice to see them off properly with lots of food!


9. Wuthering Heights. I hate to be big fat cliche but it's one of my favourite books so I watched three versions of it yesterday. I bet it's fairly obvious which is my favourite hahaha.

10. A DIY haircut. The immuno drugs I'm now on post transplant have thinned my hair out terribly - a small price to pay but it was still driving me around the bend! So I chopped a good bit off myself and am now very tempted to go even shorter. It's just hair after all, it'll grow back!

What did you get up to last week? I have to go to Harefield at the weekend for a few days so I'll be trying my best to get my life sorted before I go!


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Sunday, 15 January 2017

A Case For 80's Style


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It's certainly not for everyone, but I for one am thrilled (or should that be frilled?) to see the return of 80's style. Maybe it's because I'm not old enough to remember it all the first time round that I'm so enamoured by all the tulle, ruffles and power shoulders or maybe it's because I'm obsessed with 80's movies (Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal too actually, have THE best wardrobes in When Harry Met Sally!)  I just don't think it deserves it's bad reputation. Unfairly (in my opinion) described as the decade that fashion forgot, there is good and bad in every era - I doubt we'll be looking back fondly on UGGs and those furry Gucci's haha.  I think there is real inspiration to be had if you look hard enough - it's a bit like TK Maxx innit? I think I may even like it more than the 60's and definitely more than the 70's (could not get on with that trend.) As expected, Topshop is leading the way and I have a wishlist as long as my arm. 

Tulle, ruffles and the power shoulder might not be what you'd expect from my usual style but I don't think you have to go all out - imagine that little jacket just paired with jeans and loafers? I love the contrast of a thick knit or industrial leather worn with soft tulle (you can find cheaper skirts all over the place, H&M is your best bet!) and swap thick tights for sheer ones or even fishnets if you're feeling brave enough. Double breasted jackets and pie crust collar shirts are always classic and of course not forgetting lots of denim. If it's all still too out there look to the boys for inspiration - bomber jackets, trainers and light wash denim all look a lot cooler than they sound. Plus the kids from Stranger Things are my fave! It's easy to incorporate a little of the 80's into your every day look (this is how I've been doing it here and here) and if you're still not convinced click after the jump for a mega load of inspiration to get you on board!
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Friday, 13 January 2017

THAT Dress Again...

topshop navy star dress, balfern leather jacket, zara suedette over the knee boots,
topshop navy star dress, balfern leather jacket, zara suedette over the knee boots,
topshop navy star dress, balfern leather jacket, zara suedette over the knee boots,
topshop navy star dress, balfern leather jacket, zara suedette over the knee boots,
topshop navy star dress, balfern leather jacket, zara suedette over the knee boots,
topshop navy star dress, balfern leather jacket, zara suedette over the knee boots,

Jacket | All Saints
Dress | Topshop
Boots | Zara (alternative here)
Necklace | Topshop (alternative here)
That line down my back is a scar just in case you were wondering lololol


I must wear this dress at least twice a week, it's just my favourite thing - the print, the back detail, the length, the cut. It's like the dress of my dreams! It's quite Realisation-esque, well I say 'quite' it's a blatant, unashamed copy, but what is one to do when one is poor? Saying that I still bought the top version too because it's so rare I actually find a print I love.

Today the plan was to go to the Fashion & Textile Museum but I'm looking out the window and thinking....nah. Need to go though because I only have until Sunday to see the exhibition I want to see! Or maybe I'll try and phone student finance, I've decided I'd like to apply for uni but it's all terribly confusing. I did a year before but had to drop out so wanna give it another go elsewhere but I'm so baffled as to how it all works if you're not applying straight from school but we shall see! I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually haha.

What's your favourite kind of print? What outfit do you wear on repeat? Did anyone else go to uni a little later? 




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