THE HANDBAG THAT EVERYBODY NEEDS IN THEIR LIFE.

After getting a new job (yay!), being totally stressed out at how much uni work I have to do, as well as keeping on top of things on my blog (which has been a bit lax lately – sorry about that) I decided to make one of those “treat myself” purchases, a new handbag. Now it’s nothing spectacularly expensive, but unnecessary enough for me to feel a bit naughty walking out of the store. It is, of course, from Zara.

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I’d seen this bag in Zara for a good few weeks now, tried it on, put it back. Tried it on, looked in the mirror, changed the length of the chain, put it back etc etc. for the past few weeks now and after a long weekend of working, I decided to to pick it up, try it on, look in the mirror and BUY IT.

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Justifiable-for-purchase features include: Durable, classic and damn beautiful ridging and quilting on the fabric (it isn’t leather, however it really feels like it, such great quality), a sturdy clasp, two interior pockets for the 14 MAC lipsticks that I’m likely to ‘need’ in there, and a double-length chain that you can have long as a cross-body bag, or short as a shoulder bag. I actually prefer it as a shoulder bag with the double chain, I think it tends to work better on me like that as the longer chain reaches almost down to my knee. #shortgirlproblems

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Let’s face it, I don’t think that I’ll ever be able to afford a Chanel, so this is my next best thing. It’s not a complete carbon copy, and well within its own rights in design, however it does have that classic shape, size and stature of a high-class (and high price tag) designer handbag. And at only £39.99 I think it’s a bit of a steal.

AUTUMNAL WANT LIST

TRANSITIONALWISHLIST

Autumn is fast approaching, even though I’d desperately holding onto jackets-not-coats and bare legs-not-tights for dear life. Here is a selection of my favourite transitional pieces from the new arrivals for Autumn/Winter 2015.

1 // ASOS | 2 // Zara | 3 // Topshop | 4 // Self Portrait | 5 // Wood Wood | 6 // AllSaints | 7 // H&M | 8 // Warehouse | 9 // Topshop | 10 // Adidas

VOGUE SCRAPBOOK

Uni has been absolutely mind-bogglingly crazy these past few weeks and the next few weeks look just as insane. One of my assignments was to create a shopping page in the style of Vogue Scrapbook. I decided to go for the theme of a “dark fairytale” as seen on the catwalks of Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana for Autumn/Winter 2014.

We were then assigned to produce an accompanying photoshoot with the shopping piece and the result is below… I will do another blog post with the full range of photos included, but for now it’s just the one I submitted with my work.

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DARK enchantment
Ethereal illusions captivate the heart, mind and soul of those willing to be cast under its spell…

Once upon a time in a far away land where denim is all but forbidden, exists a wonderland of all charming dimensions where child’s play is not limited to those in infancy. Dolce and Gabbana led this season’s enchanted offering with Little Red Riding Hood capes all the better to be seen in, along with splendidly embellished creations evoking only the most magical notions. Forest greens, deep-hued ruby reds, blood-curdling blacks and a trickle of gold were all seen on the autumn/winter 14 catwalks by way of Valentino, Erdem and Alice & Olivia who all captivated the enigmatic motif of the classic dark fairytale.

Nature-themed garments decorated with appliquéd butterflies, birds and roses at Valentino nod to Cinderella getting ready for her grand ball, whilst over at Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton provides the darker edge to the fairytale matter with lurid evocations of past lands of make-believe. Fierce feathers provide the evasive charm to an otherworldly selection of garments of a luxurious couture-like quality. Gold accents are presented in all manner of accessories from filigree clutch bags adorned with jewels and chains; to gem-encrusted twinkly shoes by Dsquared² that will no doubt get Prince Charming’s heart racing as you skip off into the sunset. Pair your twinkly toes with equally twinkly fingernails with this season’s offering of ravishing nail lacquers from Dior.

The look comes into its own this winter with the release of Disney’s latest blockbuster Into the Woods starring the glorious Meryl Streep. Seemingly innocent, stemming from a Disney film, the undercurrents of style are of a feral innocence; this look is not for the faint-hearted. Snow White need not apply.

Follow the heart of your inner dark princess this winter party season and you’ll be in for a treat. From head-to-toe ethereal empress, to sparkly eyelids and a smattering of jewels with your LBD, however you don it you will no doubt be alluring; And with a tap of a wand you shall go to the ball, for you are the fairest of them all.

 

P.S. This was my first time using photoshop so please don’t judge me too harshly. I do enough of that to myself!

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

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Bangle  // Alexander McQueen
Watch // Burton
Bangle // River Island
Bracelet // Cartier

It recently occurred to me that 80% of my wardrobe is in fact grey. Grey is my go-to colour. Grey is my black. I love anything in grey, it’s so versatile for summer and winter, goes with every other colour on the Pantone spectrum and looks fab on every item of clothing , accessories and shoes. I realised as I thumbed through my clothes and accessories that the only item I do not have in grey is a watch. Until now.

I much prefer big men’s watches to dainty women’s watches as with a lot of the accessories I wear. I found this grey watch from Burton, which isn’t even a shop I that I would nelly browse in, but my local Burton is part of a concession store with all Arcadia brands (Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins etc.) and I found myself wandering over to the accessories.

It’s fair to say that my life feels a whole lot more complete with the final touch of grey in my wardrobe bringing the grand total to fifty shades, although not that type of Grey.

WISHING ON A SUNDAY…

I feel like a whole big chunk of my life is made up of wishlists. Wishlists for clothing. Wishlists for travel. Wishlists for food. Wishlists for pretty much every aspect of life that I am yet to have. Avenue 32 asked me to create a wishlist of items I love the most on their website, so I thought that on this fine Sunday, I would bring you said list.

My student loan will be a no-show once I’ve got my hands on that Jerome Dreyfuss bag. SJP is apparently a fan and that’s enough for me. And let’s face it, there’s no need to convince me to buy anything from J Brand.

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NECKLACE // EDDIE BORGO
SHIRT // VIVETTA
DRESS // EUDON CHOI
LEGGINGS // J BRAND
BAG // JEROME DREYFUSS
SLIP-ONS // JOSHUA SANDERS

So basically, Avenue 32 is where I’ve spent the past hour wishing, however some of these items are just a bit too nice not to make that wish into a reality, right? And I pinned that Eudon Choi dress a while back (Pinterest being my main source for wishing) and now I’ve found it Avenue 32…..

On a side note, I’ve been following Ascia of The Hybrids blog for over a year now and back in February she posted this  on the blog, an outfit featuring the Joshua Sanders slip-ons, and don’t they look divine?! Ascia calls them her mermaid shoes and I couldn’t think of a better name.

Well I know where my next pay check will be heading.

NEW IN: ZARA SHOES

 

 

My Zara obsession continues…. I didn’t intend on buying anything when I went into Zara last week; but as we all know, Zara and temptation go hand in hand. I saw these shoes and fell in love. The slightly stacked heel is a comfortable height and i love the mirrored ankle strap. I have a problem with ankle straps as I’m only 5’1 so they tend to make my legs look too short or chunky but the mirrored strap on these completely hides that. And the best part? They were only £19.99. Can you believe that?!

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SHOWING LOVE FOR CAMBRIDGE

With such uncharacteristically gorgeous weather here in the UK over the past few days, (although as I write this I can see some angry clouds looming) I decided to go for a walk around my hometown, Cambridge, and take some photos. Whenever I’m in Cambridge I mainly head straight to Zara-H&M-Costa-Topshop-AllSaints-Boots-MAC and then probably head home (after one more peep in Zara, just one more) but this time I decided to actually stop and look around me.
I see these buildings all the time and yet I don’t actually see them. Cambridge is, in actual fact, a really beautiful place and I thought I would share some photos here.

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MY SPRING/SUMMER WISHLIST

Summer is here (although the grey clouds and low temperatures here in England suggest otherwise) which means it’s time to revamp our Winter wardrobes – If you live in most other countries you would’ve done this months ago, but this is the land where Spring and Autumn do not exist; the months simply seem to have no definition. Below are my top picks for Spring and Summer – I am absolutely loving the new collection from & Other Stories, I want every single piece!

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NEW IN: LEOPARD AND FUR

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Okay so ‘leopard and fur’ might be a tad misleading. When I hear those two scary-sounding adjectives I think of Teresa Guidice of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. But of course I have impeccable taste and wouldn’t be seen dead in anything less than covetable… ahem.
So anyway, my jeans are from H&M, and the furry trainers are from
Topshop. I jumped on the slip-on sneaker bandwagon, finally, after deciding I have no comfortable shoes which are attractive enough to be seen out of the house with. even though I have three pairs of Converse and multiple other flats that are stylish and comfortable, but they’re not new so they don’t count okay?
Word to the wise, the jeans come up tiny so be warned that you will need to get them in a size or two bigger than you usually would be. Only a 4 year-old would get their arse into a UK 6 in those.