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Let's go Navy...

28 November 2008

I bought a dress a couple of weeks ago on a whim. Having not worn it, I decided to dye the dress (and the slip it came with) navy blue and also managed to shrink it. While the latter was a mistake, it turned out for the better as it is now petite sized!
Background Image: Peinture, Pierre Soulages, Oil on Canvas, 1974
All the different Combos....
1. Lace Dress (River Island-customised) Black Dress underneath (Vila)
2. Grey Dress underneath (River Island)
3.Grey Leopard T-shirt (Miss Selfridge)Denim Skirt underneath (TopShop)Black Wool Cardigan (All Saints) Belt (River Island)
4.Lace Dress worn with the slip it came with.Navy Skirt (American Apparel)
Also, feast your eyes on this if you're a Hello Kitty fan. I'm not quite as mad over it as I used to be growing up but I still love Hello Kitty and so does my little sister! This can be seen in some of the Pictures taken in her room where I have lots of Hello Kittys lurking in the background. So I am really looking forward to this MAC collection when it comes out next February! See Temptalia for more details!
A random photo of the hideously pink cake my youngest sister decorated for school. Pink icing, barbie pink decorations, glace cherries and edible pink ball bearings! yum??!

Off to visit my friend in Camden this weekend. We're planning on trips to art galleries, maybe a bit of a shop and of course a night out or two! Should be fun, hope everyone has a good weekend!

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Ideas and Toasty Toes.

26 November 2008

So it's that time of year again where Shops are now playing Christmas music, decorations around the city are up and Mince Pies are fully stocked in the Supermarkets. It always surprises me how fast it comes round each year. I can't believe that there are some people who have completed their shopping already! So far, I have bought one sisters present but also a few bits for my youngest sister. I have no idea what do get my mom let alone my dad. Why are dad's so difficult to buy for? Trouble is, they always have everything they want! What are you all going to get for your Dads?
I'm wearing...
Grey Sweater (American Apparel)
Blue Dress (HK)
Woolly Tights (TopShop)
Belt (New Look)
Stone Necklace (Market)

Lots of warm layers in this outfit because it's just sooo cold! I'm so pleased how the camera managed to capture the bright blue and red in the first photo! I really love how versatile the dress is but haven't had chance to wear it fully unbuttoned as a cardigan yet. Only time will tell! I felt like a new age Snow White or something with the contrasting red bow and blue dress. Hopefully I don't look too Disney though seeing as people already think I am much younger than I am!

Speaking of cold weather, I have been wearing my boots a lot lately, kept extra toasty with some fun socks. My absolute favourite are my pac man socks which were a gift from my sister which are from Topshop. Mmmm. Toasty.

Socks-wise the Swedish company, happy socks have some pretty bright colours and I love their new approach to socks (after all, we all wear them don't we?) I've got to say that when it is Winter time, I live in tights and fun socks so these are definitely right up my street!

I was also casually browsing Luella and I have spotted such a cute bag in the sale. It's only avaliable in the tan colour now but prefer the Navy.

Having said that I prefer the Navy, I can't help but click back and stare wistfully at the screen. I am so tempted seeing as it is payday tomorrow as the price has gone from £425 to £190. Ok that's it, I have to log off and get away from the computer. Too dangerous!

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Lilac Skies

23 November 2008

When it isn't raining, the cold winter skies are a delightful cornflower blue in the morning and lovely lilacs and oranges in the evening. After taking the photo from my bedroom window, I decided that I had to wear those hues the following day.
I'm wearing...
Piano T-Shirt (TopShop)
Dress/worn as a top (French Connection)
Skirt (TopShop)
Belt (Vintage)

Today for lunch with the rents (weekly dim sum) I wore the same skirt again (I do love it after all) though I do find Winter frustrating sometimes because it all gets covered up with the coat. Looking back, maybe I could have put my belt over the cardigans for a bit more shape...sometimes you don't really realise until you see images of yourself do you?
I'm wearing...
T-Shirt (neurotica white label)
Belt (Izzue, HK)
Cardigan (Urban Outfitters)
Purple Frill cardi (HK)
Skirt (TopShop)
Tights (Topshop)

Hat (New Look)
Coat (Urban Outifitters)
Scarf (gift)

I tend not to wear shoes in the house which might explain the lack of shoes in the photos. I assure you that I was wearing some trusty brown boots and some topshop flats respectively...or maybe I was wearing some totally hideous shoes, you'll never know!

You might have noticed that I've had a haircut in between outfits...I am glad that the fringe is back but they grow so fast! I will definitely try to keep myself away from any scissors as I always do a terrible job of trimming. Good job my hairdresser promised he would do it for free!

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Saatchi and Topshop.

10 November 2008

Wow, it's been a mad week. After a fun week involving dancing to the most amazing cheesy 90s music (cue Hanson's Mmmbop and a bit of old school Britney), friends visiting and dropping off various presents, it culminated in a trip to London where I had a great time meeting a Uni friend. We met up and went to the new Saatchi gallery. It's well worth a visit the next time you happen to be in Chelsea or perusing the luxury brands on the Kings Road (if only!)

It was surprising as the exhibition had very serious undertones (Saatchi's newest acquisitions are Chinese artists and most are making statements about the history of their country and current problems) though there was still room for an installation of a donkey humping the skeleton of what appeared to be a skyscraper. The latter are the types of art that Saatchi is well known for collecting...he was after all the main patron for Hirst, Emin and other sensationalised artists in the 1990s. I did love Xiaogang's family portraits which question the identity of the chinese culture of collectivisim, something that I think is still very apparent in China but it directly refers to the cultural revolution period. All the portraits had a generic quality, a doll like stillness and a passiveness that to me, seem to reflect the artists thoughts on communist China. I should probably put my art history degree to some use and write up more on my visit to the Saatchi but that can be for another day!

Zhang Xiaogang, A Big Family, 1995, Oil on Canvas
http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/

After, we hopped back on the tube and stopped off at Topshop which I very much put it akin to a black hole. You go in and it's almost impossible to escape as I am sure you are all aware it is pretty much like a department store where you can buy anything from make up to sandwiches.


Outfit 1
T-Shirt (Neurotica White Label)
Skirt (Urban Outfitters)
Tights (Topshop)

Outfit 2
Dress (TFNC)
Belt (Vintage)
Blue Leggings (TopShop)

Outfit 3
Belt (Urban Outfitters)
skirt (TopShop)
Cardigan (TopShop)

I bought both the T-shirt and dress from Topshop concession floor. Everytime I go to London I rarely buy Topshop clothes but opt for things I can't get in Birmingham. I adore the print on the t-shirt and love the grey drape on the dress. The detail on the top half is all an intricate woollen pattern. I will have to get a close up one of these days because it's so pretty. I bought the lavender skirt today in Birmingham's Topshop. It's acid wash which I guess is hard to see in the photo. It's such a throwback to the 80's which I adore! The Urban outfitters skirt is also new and armed with a giftcard, it wasn't a hard decision to buy it! It's harder still when you're with someone who will encourage you to buy everything...bad bad bad!

I think I have enough clothes to last me for a while and after my next payday I hope to go down to London again, stay with my friend in Camden for the weekend, party and just make the most of it!

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And so the frivolities begin....

04 November 2008

Card courtesy of my 11yr old sister (isn't she sweet?)
Today is my day of birth and I've hit the mighty 22. I also share my birthday with my Mom. She likes to remind me on occasion that she had to spend her birthday in a hospital and that she was only reminded of her birthday when the nurse brought her a cup of tea. Surely I was like the best birthday present everrrr?? Haha. I bought her some pink and white roses and some other things to remind her it's not all that bad having me around! So far I've eaten lots of birthday cake (yummy chocolate gateau), had a huge birthday lunch with my parents at the Handmade Burger Company and played with my brand spanking new ipod touch. It's great accessing blogs on the go!
Tonight I am off for pre drinks with a friend from Uni then off to meet more friends for a birthday meal....which will lead to partying it up at 90's themed night and dancing away to cheesy pop classics (hopefully some classic Spice Girls) till the wee hours of the morning.
My Party Outfit...
Necklace (TopShop), shrug (HK), Top (Therapy-House of Fraser), Skirt (TopShop) Tights (TopShop), Oxfords (Topshop)

It's going to be a great week as I plan to meet more friends this Friday for more partying! The week draws to a close on Sunday where I will be spending the day visiting a friend in Camden town and visiting the new Saatchi gallery in Chelsea. I can't wait!
 

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