Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Being a tourist

My last two weeks were spent visiting friends and family in the US. It was awesome! 

I lived in NY for most of my life and make it a point to visit at least once a year. You can compare it to recharging my batteries. I always know when it's time to go home. It is usually when I start having flashbacks of places I used to walk or hang out or even foods I love and can't get here (hi mom!). 

I didn't spend the entire time in NY though. I broke it up by visiting my lovely cousin, her hubby and their absolute cutie of a son in Minnesota. She and I spent the days walking around the shops, eating yummy food, and watching chick flicks. I had an amazing time!
I then returned back to NY and spent it with my boy who came for the second week. Some highlights included having diner breakfasts, catch ups over sushi, enjoying the view from a roof deck, snuggling with doggies, eating a slice of pizza as big as my head followed by ice cream on the boardwalk, and taking long walks everywhere. I've just noticed that every other thing that I loved doing involved food. What can I say? I love food :)

My ode to the visit could go on and on. As a blogger, in the back of my mind there is often a thought that I could/should be documenting the interesting things around me. Even though I cannot categorise myself as a tourist, I still love seeing the city through the eyes of one. It's even better when you come across something new yourself. This something for me was the High Line.

Raised above the streets of NYC on a discontinued freight rail line is the beautiful park known as the High Line. It spans 19 streets from Gansevoort to 30th street between 10th and 11th Avenue. 

We took the lift up at the 23rd street entrance, walked uptown, and then went all the way back down again. These are some of the things we saw on our stroll.

You can still see the original tracks in some areas through the beautiful green foliage.

We could not help but admire the various works of art.

Deciding to have a little rest on the way, we stopped to enjoy very tasty gelato from L'Arte del Gelato and people watched.

Just one of the many great views from the High Line while facing east. On the other side and just over the West Side Highway is the Hudson River. Here I am on the phone with bestie Marina (gallerygirls.blogspot.com) before she rode over on her bicycle.

For more information about the High Line, check out their site thehighline.org. It is defintely a place you must visit in NYC!

Great times were had all around and I cannot wait to go back and see everyone again!

P.S. I was told that my Brooklyn accent was very thick yesterday haha. Love it!

Friday, 11 May 2012

Martinis, Music, Sushi, and Shoes: The fabulous Nelly.com UK launch

On Wednesday very long queue of fabulously dressed, beautiful people assembled outside Aqua London. Passers by stared wondering what everyone was so anxiously awaiting. This is how our night started and it just got better and better.

This week Nelly.com had an amazing party to celebrate their UK launch. As a contest winner I recieved 2 tickets and took my lovely friend Tanya as my +1.

The first thing we did was take our beautiful rose and coffee bean adorned cocktails onto the rooftop terrace and took in the view of Regents Street. The sun was setting soon and the rain had stopped then so we chatted, giggled and ate delicious sushi brought around to us as we enjoyed the late afternoon air.

With our second drinks in hand, we made our way back inside to admire the gorgeous shoes and clothing positioned around the main room. After being given a card giving us the chance to obtain a free pair of Nelly shoes, we walked around hard pressed to just pick 3 that we really wanted as they are all gorgeous. At the end of the day I opted for the ones that I could manage to walk around in while trying not to get sucked in by sparkly things (I usually do. I'm serious! I'm sort of a magpie). I chose Spike in black and Romario in black and teal. Any of these would find a happy home alongside my much loved shoes.

I think Push PR did an amazing job building the hype around and delivering on the amazing night! My Twitter feed was overtaken by other event goers gushing about the wonderful time they had and rightfully so. Welcome to the UK Nelly.com! I am so happy I was there for your grand entrance!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Oh Nelly.com!

In case you haven't heard of the online shopping wonderland that is Nelly.com, it is Scandinavia's largest online store. They sell over 800 well known brands along with their own lovely one.

I am so excited to get the chance to attend Nelly.com's UK launch party tonight! In honour of this special occasion, I wanted to share some of the fab things that are on my wishlist from the site.

1. Serious Sally By Rut M.FL. Brunel Stripe Dress
2. Swedish Hasbeens Braided Sky High
3. Friis & Company Minnie Big Clutch
4. JFR Cape Necklace
5. NOWHERE Riley Knit Jacket

I hope to come back with a good report on the night's festivities! Stay tuned...

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Outfit: market hopping and people watching

Created on Polyvore

1. Madewell Perfect Ex-Boyfriend Shirt
2. All Saints Reeves Boyfriend Jeans
3. BDG Triple Pocket Backpack
4. RICCARDO FORCONI Black Leather Belt
5. NARS Mascate Pure Matte Lipstick
6. Vintage Citizen Roman Numerals Ladies’ Leather Band Watch
7. Stella & Dot Clover Single Wrap Leather Bracelet
8. Jack Wills Otterbury Blazer
9. Zara Peep Toe With Zip

You might have noticed that some of these items are the ones I have in my summer staples post. I have added some new ones to my must-have list that would make up my idea of  the perfect outfit for a Saturday afternoon of going to markets and watching people walk by from the window of a cafe.

Lately, I've fallen back in love with the look of boyfriend jeans. We've been apart too long! I've been too attached to my skinny jeans and have managed to put these comfy denim friends to the back of the wardrobe.

I am also searching for the perfect tweed jacket for next autumn. I really want summer already and can definitely wait for next autumn, but this is the perfect time to find a great one in a charity shop or a market. I think this search started when I first laid eyes on this one on Pinterest. If anyone knows who it is by, please let me know! The Jack Wills one is also perfect. I love the shape of it and the colour is beautiful!

Last but not least, the bright lip. I rarely buy lipstick, but when I do, it tends to be of the nude variety. I tend to focus more on the eyes with liquid eyeliner and mascara as my constant companions. Within the past few weeks, I've been setting the eyeliner aside in favour of bright pink and coral lipsticks. This matte red one may well be my next purchase.

What's your ideal outfit for a weekend day out?

Monday, 7 May 2012

This week in pictures: May

A building all covered in clothes for the Shwopping initiative; Market lunch in Brick Lane; 
When the sun came out to say hello; Bright nails; Favourite comfy jacket; M&Ms in all the colours of the rainbow at M&Ms World (London); Lunch at Bodean's; A flat white at Flat White;
Awesome window art at Gosh Comics; Pop galore in the window of Cyber Candy; My favourite tea; Grabbing a coffee at Caffettino after the Battersea Boot; Lovely new shoes from Primark

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Dressing up for comfort

Lately I have been all about comfort. Forget trying to squeeze myself into skinny jeans. I have been enjoying soft, light, and stretchy fabrics. Saying that I don't want to have to sacrifice style for comfort. I have found that the trick to nailing the style/comfort scale is to wear light stretchy materials, bright colours and/or patterns, and a bright lippy. I call it dressing up for comfort.

Yesterday I wore a jersey dress, belt, tights, and flats to spend the day out in town and go to the cinema (The Avengers rocked!). I haven't felt this comfy since my casual Monday!

Dress: Chelsea Girl, River Island; Bag: Edina Ronay via TK Maxx; Shoes: Primark

How do you ladies dress up for comfort?

Friday, 4 May 2012

What's a girl to do without a walk in wardrobe?

So I have been going back and forth about this today and am still stuck in the middle. Is it better to clear out your wardrobe of clothes you haven't worn in ages to make room for new stuff or even just to be able to see what you already have? Alternatively, should you keep stuff in case you rediscover it later through you liking it again, it coming back into fashion (which, lets face it, it will!), or you fitting into it again?

Living in a small London flat with the fella doesn't leave much wardrobe space. This is what our bedroom looks like with me spending every morning rushing around, cursing and throwing clothes all over the place professing, "I have nothing to wear!!!!" Clearly I do as there is a lot of it on the floor. And by the way, I do not look as happy as this young lady when this happens.

Now, if I had a nice walk-in wardrobe this would not be an issue.  Remember Carrie from Sex and the City when she marries Big and she doesn't want an engagement ring but a huge walk in wardrobe and she gets one and it's beautiful with a special rail just for her shoes? Amazing! But this is not my reality. I don't even have that much clothes! I'd probably just turn it into a room where I watch chick flicks and keep a mini fridge full of ice cream. I do appreciate it in films though.

So my inner conflict goes something like this: Isn't it better that you just own pieces that you are really fond of  not hoarding for the sake of keeping things that you think you will wear again some day? But I like going through my wardrobe and finding things I haven't worn for ages and realising how great they are. It feels like you've gone shopping without spending any money. With space restrictions and evolving style, what  is a girl to do?

Do any of you ladies have this dilemma?

P.S. While looking for images of wardrobes on Pinterest, I found this great picture. I love it!!!

*Both images found on Pinterest

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Summer is...

...bright pink lipstick and ginger beer.

Topshop lipstick in Brighton Rock

It's all about a bag

Dress and tank top: Miss Selfridge; Cardigan and boots: Pull and Bear; Tights: River Island
Belt: TRF, Zara; Necklace: Primark; Bracelet: Oliver Bonas; Bag: Vintage Dooney & Bourke

Yesterday I recieved my new baby. This beauty! A 1980s Dooney & Bourke bag purchased at Beyond Retro. I was so excited that I almost ripped open the pakcaging with my teeth!

Although this is a very popular brand in the US, I have realised that it is not commonly known of in the rest if the world. This has become evident due to some of the blank faces that I came across while proudly displaying my purchase at work. What started off as a company producing belts and suspenders in 1975, has grown into a full on accessories, modelled by many famous young actresses such as Mischa Barton and Emma Roberts. Check out their US site here.

I have wanting a D&B bag for ages and although I am loving their new Happy Bags which come in a collection of juicy candy colours, I am drawn to their classic equestrian design. I believe that this bag is Post 1983 as the logo features the duck synonymous with the brand following that year and currently today. I am really amazed at the quality of it as although the handle and trim are a bit worn (completely understandable for a 20+ year old bag), the inside is impeccable, the zipper works great, and the leather is in great shape. Whether this is a testament to D&B or to the person who loved this bag before me, I cannot say (I think both), but I do think my next D&B vintage beauty will confirm this query :). Stay tuned!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Inspiration: Rachel Weisz and AnOther Magazine

Below are some of my favourite images of Rachel Weisz in AnOther Magazine Fall/Winter 2011. They are stills from a short film by Craig McDean, creative direction by David James, and styling by Olivier Rizzo. The film premiered exclusively on AnOther Magazine's website. Absolutely gorgeous!