Monday, 30 April 2012

Creativity at its best...

Just one more thing. When ads are good they are GOOD! And an ad for TV advertising?! Genius!


Casual Mondays

So my day started a little something like this...

Mondays are never pleasant. Let's not kid ourselves. Even if you woke up, did and hundred push-ups and jogged in place before starting your day, things always slowly start to go south once you realise that you have a whole working week to get through before fry ups and sleep ins.

I didn't expect much from today especially after not being able to sleep until about 2:30 in the morning. Don't worry though. I used this unwelcomed instance of insomnia to do my nails and read some blogs. I then finally fell asleep to the soothing speech of Stephen Fry a la QI (I love this man!).

Once I pulled myself out of bed, after some time thinking about what to wear today a.k.a. snoozing and seeing that it was actually sunny out, I decided that I was going to be comfortable but I was still going to bring it. I think I delivered on this brief. What do you say?

So to be comfortable, I wore my tights, oversized white tee, and fave cardigan (thanks Ruby!). I brought it with my giant fish necklace, sparkly ring, animal print loafers, and my new fabulous jacket. This cashmere/wool blend DAKS Signature vintage jacket. It is so super soft that I cannot stop stroking it. It was sold to me this weekend at Spitalfields Market by the lovely Sarah of Freshthreads. Her online shop is currently under construction, but do check out her blog by clicking here because she is awesome!

Jacket: DAKS Signature via Freshthreads; Tee: Warehouse; Cardigan: H&M; Tights and shoes: River Island; 
Bag: Miss Selfridge; Necklace: Mango; Ring: Primark; Nails: Topshop In The Red

I honestly think that wearing the right outfit can make an otherwise normal /dreaded/rainy day seem much brighter. Today my fish necklace and my new delicious jacket did that for me.

Tell me about your mood lifting outfits. I shall leave you now as I have a lot of reading to catch up on.

I totally splurged this month, but they all look so good!

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Summer staples

Each season I, like many of you ladies, buy some key pieces to update my wardrobe with that season's goodies. On my list are usually a couple of things that have recently become on trend and maybe one or two which it might have taken a bit too long to strike my fancy.

Last autumn I just had to get a lovely burnt orange midi a-line high-waisted skirt. I wore it over and over again all through the cold months. I found the shape so flattering and flirty and I love channelling the 70s by pairing it with knee high boots. The dirndl skirt is now said to be a summer staple so I might have to get one in a bright colour and maybe another one in a pretty pattern. Stay tuned! My burnt orange beauty will be in my wardrobe waiting to be adorned again this autumn.

At the moment, there are 5 things that I am looking to get my hands on for the summer: wooden soles, maxi dresses, a Dooney & Bourke bag,  gold jewellery, and a backpack.

Here are a couple of my favourite versions of each item on my wish list:

*Beautiful eyelashes are Paper Eyelashes - Peacock from Paperself

1. Bang on the Trend Black and White Vertical Striped Bandeau Maxi Dress
2. Religion Maxi Dress Fence in Taupe
3. Clover Canyon Printed crepe dress
4. Cheap Monday Maxi Dress Melinda
5. Melissa Odabash Aurora Bandeau Jersey Maxi Dress

Dooney & Bourke Happy Bag

*Lovely decorative luggage from Home Decorators Collection 

1. Pendleton Patterned Backpack
2. Dorothy Perkins Tan Smart Pocket Backpack
3. Dooney & Bourke Backpack
4. Rocket Dog Drawstring Backpack
5. Herschel Supply Co. 'Survey' Backpack 
6. Longchamp Leather Backpack
7. H! By Henry Holland Natural Small Straw Backpack

*All  items were sources through and collages created on  Polyvore

What goodies are you planning to introduce your wardrobe to this season?

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The essentials

I picked up this bouquet on my little food shop after work along with other essentials such as salami and Grazia magazine (The salami has now all been eaten. Yum!)

Shirt: GAP; Skirt and belt: TRF at Zara; Necklace: Oasis

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Monday, 23 April 2012

New York state of mind

For me, it has been one of those days where you wish you could spend the whole of it in bed under the nice warm duvet. I blame it on all of this rain. I am all up for April Showers, but there better be some May flowers next week!

So, instead of sharing a picture of my outfit today, which lets be honest, is at this moment consists of comfortable sweats, I would like to share one of my fave places in NYC: Alice's Tea Cup.

Themed after the Alice in Wonderland tea party, this gem currently has 3 locations surrounding Central Park and fabulously called Chapter I, II and III.

Here I am 2 years ago hanging out in Chapter II on East 64th Street, a couple of streets away from Bloomingdales. My friends and I spent an Alice in Wonderland inspired day and wound up here after unfortunately not being able to get into the Tim Burton exhibition at MoMA, but seeing the film the evening before and visiting the sculpture in Central Park that afternoon. It was a lovely day even though it rained too. How very appropriate :)

They have a big menu containing something for every meal and mood including pumpkin pancakes, Alice's florentine, and Lapsand souchong smoked chicken breast. My favourite is their scones. The last time I was there I got 2 scones and a pot of tea. I chose one savoury and one sweet to kind of represent the main meal and the dessert. Delicious! Their tea list if so comprehensive that it makes it really hard to choose.

I cannot wait to go back there the next time I am in NY, put on some fairy wings and have some more of their gorgeous tea!

Friday, 20 April 2012

Magical day

Happy Friday everyone! Aren't you glad the weekend is here? I am! I'm looking forward to sleeping late, eating scrambled eggs for breakfast, creating some new outfits for Olive, and catching up on my stories. But then again that's the kind of stuff I look forward to doing every weekend :)

Yesterday I told you about the MINKPINK, Evil Twin, and Staple the Label Sample Sale, but I didn't have a chance to get the piccies to show you what I bought. Here they are:

I came away with these 3 beauties: a leopard print blazer from MINKPINK for £25 and the tank top and shorts from Staple the Label for £5 each. Bargain!

Did you make this sale? Are there any coming up that you are really looking forward to?

I already wore the tank top today when we went to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour of The Making of Harry Potter.

Jacket: Mango; Top: Staple the Label; Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters; 
Shoes: River Island; Bag: Miss Selfridge; Scarf: from NY

I had such a great time. The exhibition is amazing! The amount of detail and imagination that had gone into creating the phenomenon that is the Harry Potter  films is so inspiring. Every detail was carefully thought through and intricately developed, from the grand sets to the gorgeous costumes to the books on the shelves. I took over 150 photos. Here are some of them to give you an idea of what I saw today.

A truly magical day! Have any of you been? If so, what did you think? If not and you'd like to see it for yourself, here is the link where you can book your tickets.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Sample sale and tea

Today Ruby and I met up after work to go to the MINKPINK, Evil Twin and Staple the Label Sample Sale at the Out and About Showroom. We really enjoyed discovering what these great labels have to offer.

Some things to know about the labels and the sale:

  • All three labels are Australian
  • They are currently selling at ASOS and Urban Outfitters
  • When: Thursday and Friday 19th-20th April 2012, 10am-7pm 
  • Where: Second Floor, 11 Poland Street, Soho, London W1F 8QA
  • Cash only
I walked away with 3 lovely items (2 from Staple the Label and 1 from MINKPINK). I will share pictures of them tomorrow.

After that, we went for tea at Yumchaa in Soho. This is the first time that I've been there and I totally loved it and can't wait to go back! The atmosphere is so friendly and comfy and the teas are gorgeous. I want to go back soon to try more flavours. Check out Ruby's blog when she'll post from the other side of the table.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Rainy day optimism

Today I decided to wear something very inappropriate for a rainy day: a flowery dress and oatmeal coloured tights. I guess I didn't want to give in to April showers.

Dress: Top Shop (similar); Cardigan: Zara (similar); Belt: Mango; Tights: Urban Outfitters

These visual aids remind me that it is Spring and that the beautiful weather will return. I bought these lovely necklaces, bracelet and ring from Primark a week or 2 ago. I wore the necklace on the left here and got a lot of compliments on it. 

Looking at these pictures now, not only do I crave sunshine but also some Haribo.

Monday, 16 April 2012

The magpie returns

Yesterday I did a little after work window shopping session (cue self control mode) and I stumbled upon this beauty in JOY.

I was immediately drawn because it sparkled (See: You can call me magpie). I had to tear myself away. It is gorgeous! Its texture almost makes it look like the pattern has been painted on a canvas.

It would be the perfect outfit for an afternoon tea or a picnic in a secret garden.

Forgotten gems: The Scarf

It's that dangerous and sad time of the month... I'm talking about Not Quite Payday. You know what I mean. That last week to week and a half when you suddenly get very creative with what's in your kitchen cupboard and become a social hibernator. 

It's not that I am not good at managing my money, but I can admit that when payday comes around I might get a bit too excited especially after spending the Not Quite Payday period reading blogs and salivating. I'm also trying to be good and not spend all of the money put aside to go back home to NY for a much needed visit.

One of the reasons that I started this blog was that I wanted to rekindle my relationship with my wardrobe. I love buying new stuff, but I also wanted to love the stuff that had been hanging out lonely in my closet for a while now: all of the great pieces that I just got too lazy to wear. I wanted to take the old and the new and make it into something that would feel like I just went on a shopping spree just by rediscovering something that's been forgotten. These are my forgotten gems.

I found this scarf that I bought a year or two ago in Accessorize and realised how "right now" it actually is. The neon pink and yellow mixed in with a bit of a tribal feel are very hot right now and helped me add a splash of colour to my gray jacket and the gray day. 

Scarf: Accessorize; Jacket: All Saints; Tunic: GAP

Have any of you found some forgotten gems in your wardrobe lately?

Sunday, 15 April 2012

I heart blazers

Yesterday was a day of long walks, going to charity shops, having a fry up at 6pm, warming up with a hot chocolate, and Beyoncé music marathons. I love girlie time and weekends!

I also love blazers. Oversized, shrunken, smart, or casual; They all have a place in my wardrobe.

Blazer: Forever 21; T-shirt; from NY; Dress: gift; Shoes: River Island; 
Bag: Zara; Necklace: Primark; Bracelet: Oliver Bonas