birthday week: the big day

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Happy Birthday to me! I'm about to go out shopping with the bestie and then we'll hopefully get some delicious dinner after all our hard work. Here's me with the ever-embarassing birthday badge, and also with some beautiful flowers that my mummy and daddy got for me yesterday.

As for the lead-up to the birthday, I went out last night so that I could be out and about when I turned 21. I had such a wonderful night and, thankfully, I'm not paying for it today. It must be my birthday...

white one-shoulder dress: M&Co (of all places?! in the sale too!)
black strappy heels: Shoe Zone
flower necklace: Forever 21/gift
stone ring: Boots
balloon: courtesy of the family

And then I get home in the early hours of the morning to find this:

It's been a pretty terrific birthday so far.

birthday week: starts off with a bang

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Now I'm not one to think my birthday is the most important event ever and I've certainly never experienced a 'birthday week' - it just so happens that I have lots going on this week. I've just got back from a few days in Exeter with my bestie to visit my sister for starters.

We had a wonderful time acting like fools in Dawlish on the beach where we also had fun on the slots, ate a marvellous fry-up, bought some charity shop goods and sheltered ourselves from the rain while everyone else back in Essex was sweltering. Bloody typical. Although it wasn't documented - very unlike me I must say! - we also enjoyed a wonderful barbeque on Sunday evening where, thankfully, it was hot hot hot. Michael Jackson and boxing on the Nintendo Wii followed, which I now blame for my aching limbs. Last night, some beautiful Thai food was consumed, as were some drinks in my sister's local pub where we heartily enjoyed the exciting atmosphere.

I hope you've enjoyed a few of my favourite snaps from our mini getaway...

high desires

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Imagine you were given a beautiful wad of money with the sole purpose of providing you with some desirable signature pieces... what would you choose? For me, it's always been the perfect leather jacket and more recently some Dr Martens, a statement cross necklace and a variety of band tees.

Clearly there's a rock 'n' roll theme going on here, which is probably something you've never associated me with. I'm actually really into that look. I guess it's sort of aspirational but I intend to incorporate this rock 'n' roll theme into my wardrobe more and more, and the above images leave me with plenty of inspiration.

It's my birthday next week... anyone fancy setting me off in the right direction with that perfect leather jacket? And what desired clothing item would you buy given the chance?

would they drop the bomb on us while we made love on the beach?

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

pale pink tie-up blouse: New Look
polka dot blue culottes: Dorothy Perkins
black granny sandals: Urban Outfitters, New York
carousel necklace: Accessorize
flip flop anklet: off an old fragrance bottle
ring: Urban Outfitters, New York

Tie-up blouse, polka dot shorts... I'm feeling a little bit fifties today and I quite like it. The sun was beaming when I woke up so decided on a sweet summery outfit for the day while I run some errands - typically, it's just started raining. Come on June weather, sort yourself out.

I'm off out soon to get some much-needed essentials for tonight's escapades. I think I lost my eyeliner on Saturday night and, well, what could be worse ay? I've been using Colorsport 24 Hour Black Eyeliner for a while now but am ever-so-tempted to try out the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner because it looks awesome and is currently on offer. Oh, such tough decisions!

tennis talons

Monday, 20 June 2011

Foxglove by No7

Racing Green by Barry M

Wimbledon has begun, so I've decided to sport the colours as it's been 125 years going. I love tennis just a little bit and intend to enjoy it thoroughly!

As for an update on me, I had an amazing night out on Saturday with some fab friends and definitely paid for it the next day. I'm even sporting some cuts there for you to see - proof of a good night I like to think. I've also, thankfully, got lots to look forward to: a night out on Wednesday, a road trip to Devon for a few days with my bestie, and my birthday celebrations next week.

An outfit post is long overdue but looking like I've come straight from Star Trek (thanks Boots, you sure know how to make a nice uniform!) is not something people want to see. I do hope to post one tomorrow...

film recommendation #5

Thursday, 16 June 2011

"How can you trust your feelings when they can just disappear like that?"

I knew I'd love Blue Valentine from the off.

With Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling as the two central characters and producers, you just can't go wrong. Along with the most beautiful script and soundtrack (produced by Grizzly Bear), the film is poetically and visually effing brilliant.

It focuses on a working-class married couple going through the trial that is life. Switching back and forth from their past to their present, the difference in their happiness is heartbreaking. One moment you'll be smiling along with them as they discover each other, and the next you'll be crying with them as they struggle to laugh anymore.

That's why I wanted to watch this film - its purpose, which I read about so long ago now, was to be starkingly honest about real love. It's not perfect. It never will be. Hell, sometimes it just doesn't work out.

And I have to say - though some may find this unimportant - that the credits are the best I've seen in my life. Ever. I couldn't find a video of them to show you, so I'll guess you'll just have to see for yourselves...

top of the world

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

oriental print crop shirt: £30
white photo pop print vest: £22
black PU tee: £32
khaki paisley bead vest: £45

The last few times I've had a mooch around Miss Selfridge I've noticed their impeccably lovely tees and tops. The above selection represents what I'm currently loving: oriental-inspired pieces, slogan/print tops, plain but lovable tees (hello fake leather sleeveless wonder!) and beautifully embellished numbers.

Not one to normally splurge on a top, I am actually considering buying something from Miss Selfridge come pay day. Is it just me or are they really upping their game?

and they say, she's in the class A Team

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

A combination of wonderful things: my garden, beautiful sunshine, my favourite pair of sandals, and my new gel nails that my lovely Charlee did for me yesterday.

I've spent the day with my friend Kirby lazing in her garden, wandering around the village and enjoying some bakery goods and a drink at our local riverside pub. With a delicious burger now safely in my stomach, we intend to meet up again later to run it all off...

How has everybody else's sunny day been? I wish I could do it all over again tomorrow but unfortunately, I have work for the rest of the week.

how'd the leopard get his spots?

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Mini Skirt by 17
Block Orange by Barry M
Black Exaggerate Eyeliner by Rimmel

ring by Urban Outfitters (from a set of three)

I know I'm not a whizz but felt like sprucing up my nails a bit while listening to this disgusting weather we're having. I am a little bored...

I used Gem Fatale's tried-and-tested method and I'd say I'm getting better every time. Has anyone tried any other fancy nail art techniques? Besides a normal dose of colour, my only other nail adventure has been polka dots and I want to shoot for the stars next time!

sunday catch-up #3

Graduate Fashion Week: On Tuesday I went to Graduate Fashion Week; a somewhat dull affair that read more like a college fair for children who were years off even applying, rather than the hyped-up event we were expecting. We handed out our graduate magazine Segue (and one of my pieces made it on the display wall - huzzah!), got three lots of free ice-cream which was heavenly, and watched the international catwalks which were, again, somewhat dull.

Wagamama: All was made up for with a delicious lunch though. I started off with some duck gyozi, followed by a yummy bowl of cha han - I was with Robyn and Jessica and we definitely out-stayed our welcome by chatting a little too much.

A little birdy told me: The next day, a friendly robin stopped by to say hello.

I like my beats fast and my bass down low: I went to the pub with my bestie Charlee that night where we met up with some of her old school friends. With a bit too much wine in the system, we heartedly agreed to accompany them on a proper night out. Feeling a little awkward with pub-appropriate attire, rather than club-appropriate attire, we actually ended up having one of the best nights ever.

The rest of the week has consisted of job interviews, work, eighties' films, popcorn and the Aegon Tennis Championship: did I ever mention that tennis is the only sport I truly love? Come on, Murray!

pretty in pink

Friday, 10 June 2011

I've been showing the eighties some love this week by re-watching Pretty in Pink. The film never fails to put a big fat smile on my face, and the costumes that Molly Ringwald wears - and Jon Cryer's wardrobe for that matter - are just bloody fantastic. I was a wee bit inspired so decided to make up an Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald's character) outfit:

black bowler hat: ASOS £20
floral silk scarf: Accessorize £12
terracotta zip back twist hem blouse: Topshop £38
gold knot dangly earrings: Miss Selfridge £12.50
cream chiffon ballet skirt: Miss Selfridge £28
creme lipcolour in daze: Topshop £7.50
black and white stripe blazer: Topshop £60
black buckle strap ankle boots: Topshop £68
flower corsage brooch: Accessorize £9

I love that, if I wanted to, I could buy these items and look just like her. Oh and for good measure, let's watch one of the best scenes:

What a sweetheart poor Duckie is. I've also watched The Breakfast Club this week and may also fit in some St Elmo's Fire and Sixteen Candles. I love movies from the eighties with a passion but maybe, just maybe, I have a major crush on Molly Ringwald too?!

what, no yellow wall?!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

nude tassel crop top: Primark
high-waisted denim shorts: New Look
feather necklace: Boots
brown plait belt: New Look
tan and black low-heeled sandals: Next

That's right: an outdoor photograph. What do we think? My brother kindly took this - no awkward questions asked - the other day for a particular River Island/Grazia competition that, very sadly, I did not progress in. I might be more than a little gutted.

Anyway, I love how blonde my hair looks here. I've decided to dye it an overall blonder shade before my birthday and graduation because my hair colour definitely needs sorting. I haven't been more blonde than brown since I was a wee lass! Not looking forward to actually spending money on my hair but it seems that my trusty brands of Clairol Nice 'n' Easy and Loreal Casting Creme Gloss are just not going to cut it this time.

Is anyone else giving their hair a re-vamp just in time for summer?

[EDIT: I've just looked at my last outfit post here. Is my hair magical or something?]Link

film recommendation #4

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Little Ashes is a haunting tale of a coming-of-age Salvador Dali, Luis Buñuel and Federico García Lorca. Set in the beautiful backdrop of Madrid and with equally beautiful costumes, the film is a must-see for those reasons alone. Filled with love, torment, hatred and sadness; this biographical story leaves you with that sense of unease that very few manage to do.

I don't claim to be an independent film connoisseur. I watched The Hangover 2 last night and loved it and, let's face it, The Little Mermaid is just too incredible for words. Some of my favourite films have been lesser known ones though, or a BBC production, or a film released straight to DVD... and these films are worth watching. While Little Ashes has received criticism for accents, accuracy, casting and the screenplay, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I may be easily pleased (and also may have watched this film purely for Robert Pattinson: don't judge) but no matter, I'm certainly watching it again some day.

on this perfect day

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

stripey dress: Topshop
black chelsea boots: Aha Shake Heartbreaker Vintage
bracelets: Topshop and unknown
stone ring: Boots

So the gnat bites have pretty much gone, as you can see, but instead today I give you red knees courtesy of a quick yoga session this morning - nothing but professionalism going on here. I just love the freedom of bare legs though, and today is definitely a day that requires it. Hello beautiful sunshine! Hence the need for such an easy go-to dress actually. This Topshop number is super flattering and I actually really enjoy the high neckline. With my current favourite shoes, I think the outfit's a winner.

The Hangover 2 and a delicious meal at an unchosen place await me tonight with my bestie - I'll probably just add a pair of tights and my denim jacket and I'll be good to go. Got any plans for this fine day, anybody?

NB. Just noticed that my left arm looks particularly odd in that last image - I swear I haven't broken it.