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Cupcake Crazy

31 December 2009

Before we head into the New Year and before I forget about this post all together, I better tell you all about a brief trip down to London for a mini blogger meet up just before Christmas!

As Selina and I are both from Birmingham we hopped on the train together and successfully navigated our way to the Primrose Bakery in Covent Garden. There we met up with the lovely KB (who is currently in NY and about to start an internship) and we chatted for literally hours about the world of blogging. I'm sure you will all agree that usually, blog related chatter is confined to twitter and I rarely have the opportunity to talk about blogging with friends from home. It's so strange, we all decided it was like living a double life!
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In the bakery, we feasted on pretty cupcakes. Yeah, you could say that I was more than happy to be there. Bloggers AND cupcakes? A perfect combination. Brace yourselves for the cupcake photos...
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We also wandered further into Covent Garden and came across Ella's Bakehouse. Nom nom.
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We couldn't resist buying the yummy red velvet cupcake with edible glitter. I bought a mini one but ended up wishing that I had bought a full sized one like KB.
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Haha, enough of cupcakes! We wandered over to Anthropologie store on Regent Street. I hadn't visited the store since it opened and was eager to check it out. It's such a pretty store and we cooed over the statement wall, knitted props, yummy scented candles and pretty clothes.
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We also managed to meet up with one half of SOS Save our shoes in the form of the fab Fi and spent a decent amount of time down Carnaby Street browsing unaffordable goodies in Liberty!

We braved the crowds at Topshop and to my amusement (and Selina's) I spotted this necklace. A 'Brummie' is someone that is from Birmingham and usually has a thick 'Brummie' accent. It's one of the least popular accents in the UK and it's the butt of a lot of jokes over here. I live near enough Birmingham to call it home, it's a great city but....I'm quite glad I don't have the accent!
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Before I left London, I wandered into Waterstones and spotted these textbooks. I would love to read through some of these...even though my degree is not fashion related. Maybe I can work it into my dissertation in the Summer!
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I also bought some cute Japanese magazines from the the bookstore in Mitsukoshi Department store (I never knew it existed before!) and the Japan Centre . I bought an old issue of Kera which is a brilliant, lolita magazine (a little young, but still entertaining) so stay tuned for some images in the next few posts!
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I'm sorry if you're all craving cupcakes now!

Hope you all have a fantastic New Year!!! See you on the other side!

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Hungry?

29 December 2009

I say this every year but Christmas always goes by so quickly. I love seeing all my family and stuffing myself with Christmas treats! We always have a traditional Turkey dinner with my uncle and aunt on Christmas day. We usually have loads of turkey left over and my mom always makes turkey fried rice or turkey curry which gets incredibly boring. Luckily our turkey was much smaller and we may not be subjected to as much Christmas left overs!
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On Boxing day, my parents invited a whole bunch of friends and family over and we had the best hot pot on record! My dad made yummy prawn won tons and I had all my favourite hot pot ingredients including salmon, tofu skin and my dad's special satay sauce (a closely guarded secret). Hot pot as you can see, is essentially the opposite of a BBQ and is more like a fondue. Everything is cooked in a broth and then dipped into Soy/Satay/Chilli sauce. Yum yum! Hot pot seems to be tradition for almost all Chinese families during festivities (be it Christmas or New Year) along with Lobster and suckling pig...
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Is it bad that even though I have eaten so much over Christmas, that these photos are making me hungry again? Ahhh...roll on the diet.

For Christmas, I asked for some swanky new headphones and I got these Audio Chi ones which are amazing and make so much difference in comparison to earphones. The fashionable headphones aren't compromised by sound quality either, they are so awesome!
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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. Another year to go until we do it all over again!

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So Festive

22 December 2009

Oooh Christmas is but a few days away and we've been delivering presents to friends and relatives over the last few days. I do love Christmas from watching Christmas movies (Home Alone 2 is by far my favourite Xmas movie) to giving presents to family/friends that I haven't seen in the longest time. I finally finished Christmas shopping yesterday...and the shopping centre was so busy! Crazy.
We have had a bit of snow...but not nearly as much as I would have liked! This means lots and lots of layering up. It's lucky that I have such a gorgeous coat (21st bday gift from my parents) which is the warmest coat that I own! It's also still in the best condition and really will be a coat that will carry through many many more Winters to come...already 2 years running!
Coat (Vivienne Westwood)
Wearing lots of grey...I love my woolly heart tights.

Long sleeved tee (Heattech by Uniqlo), Crop top, skirt and tights (Topshop) Scarf (Gift), Boots (Red or Dead)
I really want an AA circle scarf but a little put off by the fact that they are literally cuts of raw material that are very very overpriced. I should go down to the fabric store and buy myself some cotton and make the same thing for a fraction of the price. For now, I make do with my lime pashmina (which I can't leave the house without), tied in a knot and doubled over.
My youngest sister Becky posing for the camera. It's great having younger siblings because she still gets so excited about snow and presents under the tree. She's only recently stopped believing in Santa which is sad but we've all got to stop believing at some point! I remember when I used to leave mince pies, a glass of milk and a carrot for Santa and his Reindeers. Haha!
It's so cold and even better than layering up outdoors, it's so much better being indoors with a hot mug of tea and a warm fire. A gas fire may not be quite the same as a roaring fireplace but it's just as good!

I've also had my hair cut and had my fringe cut a little thicker! For those who have fringes (or bangs!) I'm sure you guys understand what I mean about fringe issues. Yuck I hate it when my fringe separates. It's so much better now!

So this will be my last post before Christmas! I have a couple of crazy days revising for January Exams but also preparing for Christmas festivities! I usually travel to my cousins house and we have Chinese hot pot on Christmas eve, traditional Christmas dinner on Christmas day and then go to my Grandmothers on the evening for a traditional Chinese feast...with another potential hot pot meal on Boxing day! I will probably be too fat to fit into my clothes by next week!

Happy Holidays everyone!

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Major Cringe-factor.

19 December 2009

OK guys, if you're interested here is a link to a very cringe-worthy video I did for New Look's Style wars in Paris Last week, which also features Selina, Typhaine and Punky B. I'm really quite thankful that it was last week and that I am not part of this Eurostar madness! I wasn't too sure whether to include the video because It's a bit weird and is a first for this blog because it means you guys can finally put a voice to a face. The low camera angle also freaks me out. Haha. Cringe cringe cringe!

The filming itself was crazy, we had to re-shoot many elements of the style wars (lots of running away and then back again) and we literally only had 5 mins to dash off and grab our things. Due to time restraints, the outfit I ended up wearing was the first outfit I tried on. Usually, I am so picky with clothes so it's a strange situation to be in. Having to choose an outfit in 5 mins is completely unnatural and not wholly representative of what we would have chosen in our own shopping time. Would I have really put together an outfit like this? I'm not so sure, but it was a lot of fun to film...embarrassing too with all the Parisian shoppers lurking behind the camera and wondering who we were. Makes me nervous just thinking about it again!


Typhaine did an awesome job and I am so glad I was competing against her! The French are definitely very chic! I personally love French style and cringe a little when I say that the British have the edge over the French, but we both had to say it for a bit of added competition for the cameras! It was funny being involved in the British/French style wars because I would never have said that my style was typically British, seeing as all I do these days is pour over DropSnap or flick through my Japanese magazines...So I'm interested to find out...

What is typical British style to you guys?

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Fun times...

16 December 2009

Before I broke up for Christmas holidays at uni, I went to a Christmas Winter Ball with some friends. It was organised by the 'Far East' society on campus and while I was pretty sceptical in the past about such societies, I've actually found myself making some pretty awesome friends there this year. Plus, having more friends to go and share Dim Sum, Hot Pot and laugh about the latest TVB or cheesy Asian Drama is always good in my books.
I'm wearing... Dress/Top (Topshop) Slip (Random) Shrug (Hong Kong)
We had an awesome time which included a three course meal, raffle prizes, disco and all culminated in a spontaneous jamming session at the end of the night with the band. It was so much fun and I am already looking forward to the Summer ball!
Alsoooo this is rather exciting!!! I was over the moon when I clicked my emails and found out that I had won the Aussie Competition I entered a few weeks ago. I've never won anything before!

I won the fashion category but there were other winners in other categories too with pretty awesome prizes too.

So what did I win? Two tickets to London Fashion Week in Feb courtesy of both Aussie and Canon! I have no idea what this entails but it sounds awesome and I'm looking forward to finding out exactly what this entails. To say that I am excited is a bit of an understatement! Seriously. Wow. No excuses not to go this time round!

Of course for each winner there is a community winner and seeing as the lovely Kira sent me her photo, she also gets a prize! A lovely gift pack full of Aussie goodies will be flying over to Brazil in January.
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On another note, I am off for some much needed sleep as I'm going to London in the morning with Selina to gorge on cupcakes and meet some more lovely bloggers. It's so great to be able to meet the blogging community in real life!

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Oooh la la. Paris for a day!

11 December 2009

Oooh it's been a long week without any posts but here is a nice juicy, picture heavy one to make up for it!

Unfortunately I was unable to make the London press event for SS10 for New Look but, even better, I was very VERY lucky to be invited by New Look to the press day in Paris along with Selina from Flying Saucer Even though we are both from Birmingham, it was awesome to finally meet her in London, hop onto the Eurostar and browse the wonderful collection from New Look.

So, 2 hours after leaving Kings Cross, St Pancras we were in the heart of Paris! It was very surreal walking out into a bustling Paris, hearing the babble of French and amazing architecture.We hopped into a cab...and went on on our way to the Press event in the beautiful Parisian district, the Marais. It's a lovely part of Paris and a place where I hold fond memories from my last trip to Paris with my History of Art buddies.
...and so we arrived and this was the lovely sight before us!
I've always thought that when brands display their clothes this way at press events, it gives you a different perspective, and is definitely a world away from the bustling crowds at your local store.
There were embellishments galore...
And...I'm sure you all recognise Selina! She is super lovely and I am a little bit in love with her gorgeous coat. It was great hearing about her Swedish experience in person too and discussing how we seemed to be the only two bloggers who were Birmingham based. It was strange because after reading someones blog for so long, It felt like we were old friends!
One of the collections I really adored was called Cowboy Crinoline and consisted of lovely Spring denim, blues, delicate lace and Broderie Anglaise. I was lusting after this lace vest...which I NEED in my life! These vests have been a regular feature in the only magazine I buy nowadays, Japanese Vivi magazine. I am definitely going to be snapping this up when it hits stores. It's so pretty and a great layering piece for sure. Of course with Spring/Summer come the obligatory shades of pastel...
I could not help but LOVE this collection which was aptly named Cupcake. Hello Obsession. Cakey colours, stripes, polka dots, a little bit of Luella influence (forget that, a LOT of Luella influence) in the heart shaped cut out details. Yum.
There was a little bit of tough thrown into the mix too...but it was vastly outweighed by the girly chic. One thing was for sure, studs will still be a popular hit on the highstreet. I love the combination of tough and girly so this is definitely a plus in my books.Girls who love their shoes and accessories would have found heaven in one of the rooms upstairs. If I had a walk in wardrobe for shoes and accessories...it would look like this!
This ring reminds me of a ring my mother gave to me when I was younger. Her one was Silver but it is sadly lost now and I must make a mental note to only ever give away jewellery to future kids (scary scary) when they are old enough to truely appreciate them!
We also got a sneak peak at the kids/teen range too. This is great because being petite, I can still fit into some kid's clothes/shoes which means it's cheaper too!
A big bow made of lace...clearly this is a winner!
I wish I dressed this cool when I was 13.
Gingham, pinks and white made me crave for sunnier climes instead what do I get today? A blanket of fog all over Birmingham.
After having a lot of fun at the press event, Selina and I had lunch with the French New Look team and some awesome French/Belgium bloggers! I met Geraldine of Punky B, Kenza, Klodia, Marie from Be Snob and the lovely Typhaine from Cookies. I love Typhaine's photography, very beautiful and she is so sweet too. Apparently there's talk of them coming over to London at some point so I hope to meet them all again one day! I now have a much bigger reading list than before. This reminds me, I MUST clear Google reader and start over soon...
To finish off we stopped by Les Halles to check out the French New Look flagship. I'm not really sure of the history behind the brand name but surely it relates back to Dior's infamous 'New Look' collection which debuted in Paris in 1947?
Outside the shopping centre which housed New Look, were some lovely architecture and the stunning Saint-Eustache church. I instantly forgot all my art history and cooed at the 'heart shaped' windows. Sometimes pretty is enough...no need to talk about Gothic architecture.
So to end the post, I had a brilliant time. A huge thank you to the lovely team for whisking us away to Paris, especially Brooke and Cat!

Update>>> A friend told me that my page wasn't loading up properly (thanks Carly!) and I spent the last half hour deciphering the alien language that is html. I have no idea what I did but all seems to be working now! Phew!
 

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