February 2013 archive

February Flashback..

Good Evening Londonistas,

As of tomorrow, we are already three months into 2013. How depressing. When I was younger, time just couldn’t pass by quick enough.. As soon as one birthday would pass I would start marking off days on my calendar, impatiently waiting for the next.. whereas now, I find myself wanting to freeze time and enjoy every moment of every day just that little bit longer. However, before I veer off into a rant which will only indicate how close I am to suffering from a quarter life crises, lets move onto something a little more uplifting..

February has been an absolutely amazing month mostly because of my time spent at The Apartment. While it was hard work and at times, intense, after recuperating and reflecting I really do appreciate what an amazing and rewarding opportunity it was. Mostly, because I was there to witness the hard work and passionate venture of my good friend, Abimarvel, come to fruition and also because I was fortunate enough to meet some amazing people including Van, Toni, Ngoni and work for another season alongside the beautiful Chimmy. I also got to be surrounded by some amazing brands while I was there including Windows, Debenhams, Claires, Velsvoir, Next & John Frieda.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I thought I’d let my instagram images from the month do the rest of the talking..

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I guess another great thing about February was that I FINALLY got this blog up and running.. It’s still early days but thank you to everyone for all the encouragement and support, I really appreciate it!

Now, enough of this soppyness. Thanks for reading folks!

Until the next post!

xox

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A Winter Wonder..

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Every Autumn, I set out on a mission to find myself the PERFECT Black Coat for Winter.. Well, over the last five years, I have repeatedly failed this seemingly simple task. Why, you ask? Could it be because a lot of High Street stores don’t seem to cater elegant black coats for my shape and size? No, it’s not that. Is it because good coats in small sizes sell out faster than a Jimmy Choo for H&M/Target/Asda collection? Not entirely. Is it because I have the attention span of a gold fish and am distracted by anything shiny? Yes, that’s exactly it..

Unfortunately, every time I set out to buy a sensible coat I end up coming home with something completely impractical and physically incapable of keeping me even remotely warm.. and every time I tell myself “Next year, I will be smart and buy something sensible..”. This year, I was determined to find what I have been after for a very,very long time. So Autumn came along and I set out onto Windsor high street, nipping in and out of every retailer until I walked into Zara and there it was in front me; The PERFECT black coat. It was the perfect length, a lush material, beautifully tailored and within my budget. Did I buy it? Did I heck! I bought the Beige Quilted Trench Coat that was hung next to it!

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Quilted Trench Coat, Zara – £119 (Now £29.99!), Animal Print Scarf, GAP– £19.95, Black Skinny Jeans, Old Navy – £12.86, Black Lleather Shopper, BullFrogs – £26.99, Faux Fur Hat, Winter Markets – £25, Tan Leather Gloves, Winter Markets –  £6.99, Black Racer back Vest, H&M –  £4.99, Brown Slouchy Boots, TK MAXX –  £19.99 (OLD)

 Does it keep me warm? Not really.. but I still absolutely love it. The detailing in the shoulders and the buttons along with the feel and look of the material made it look a lot more expensive than the 120 quid I paid for it. It was a no brainer, my black coat would have to wait till next year!

Since it’s purchase I actually didn’t get to wear it that much since it just wasn’t practical and I didn’t really fancy freezing to death but the other day I decided to bust it out on a trip round town. I tend to wear a lot of black and jazz up my outfits with various accessories. I teamed my black skinnies with a plain back vest and cardigan and then added on the hat which has a hint of brown in the white fur, which went well with the gloves and boots! My new neon green and brown scarf from GAP was the perfect accessory to add on a splash of colour!

Apart from milling around the Tate and getting a bit of retail therapy done, I also stepped into Wagamama’s to continue my journey of trying to find something tastier on their menu than the heavenly Chicken Katsu Curry. I had a a chilli beef ramen noodle dish and we ordered the katsu curry as well because it wouldn’t make sense to not have it on the table. While the beef was tender and the broth was flavoursum.. the Katsu Curry kicked it’s ass like you wouldn’t believe. I still have a fair few dishes to get through on the menu though.. so who knows.. maybe next time.

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So, I guess I will leave it there for today. Thanks for reading Londonistas!

Until the next post!

xox

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Requiem for a Dream..

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Just a simple OOTD post today Londonistas, since it was either that or posting photos from the cross dressing party.. and I have no real reason to want to scar any of you for the rest of your lives, so I thought it best not to.

I thought I’d do a post focusing on how to make over the knee boots (OTKB’s) look classy as opposed to looking like you’re ready to walk a street corner. A few of my friends have mentioned to me that they are hesitant to buy OTKB’s since they’re not sure how to wear them on a day to day basis. With boots of that length, I think it really comes down to the details. If you’re going to get them in leather then aim to get ones that are slightly slouchy in their fit as apposed to extremely fitted ones. Go for a rounded or square toe instead of a pointed toe so that you don’t end up looking like you’re auditioning for a role as the Wicked Witch of the West. Oh and for the love of Batman don’t ever buy patent leather boots unless you are Julia Roberts’ body double in Pretty Woman.

These particular boots I found in none other than a Topshop outlet store for a mere £25. I absolutely adore them.. the fit, the size of the heel, the material and above all how comfortable they are. I often get complimented on how good they look and no one believes me when I tell them how much I bought them for!

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OTKB’s, Topshop Outlet – £25, Shirt, Massimo Dutti– £54.95 Jeans, Topshop Outlet – £10, Jersey Blazer, Target – £19.77, Quilted Flap Bag, Chanel – £2,170, Printed Scarf, c/o Jahanaara

A big thank you to Matt Brajlih for taking these photos!

I teamed my boots up with a white shirt, a black jersey blazer and a beautiful printed scarf (worn as a bow) from UAE luxury brand Jahaanara. I added a splash of colour by wearing denim and obviously had to carry the Chanel to finish it off. ;)

So, did I manage to win you over? Classy or Trashy?

Thanks for reading!

Until the next post Londonistas!

xox

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A Royal Viewing..

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Who doesn’t love to dress up? I don’t really need a reason but the Oscars come in handy if you feel the urge to don a gown. As a self confessed movie buff, I LOVE the Academy Awards.. the combination of Fashion and Film is enough to have me sitting up at ungodly hours of the night dressed up to the nines (Just me? Ohhh K then..).

Anyway, on the weekend, I visited a few Charity shops in order to find something to wear to a Cross dressing poker party (Still.. don’t ask) and came across an absolute gem perfect for my Oscar night party of 1.

While on a hunt with my housemates for various goods to transform the girls into men and the guys into trannilicious women I spotted a glimmer of royal blue.. and it was love at first sight. In front of me were a dozen brand new Asos gowns, with tags, at blasphemous prices. How much did this beauty cost me, I hear you ask? *Drum roll please* A staggering… wait for it… £10! Yup.. a bank breaking 10 pounds. I’ve never had an issue with Charity shops.. since half of East London is dressed in “Vintage Clothing” which is actually still second hand goods, just at ridiculous prices.. but the fact that I found this brand new, with tags, unworn for a mere tenner made me a very happy bunny.
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I teamed the dress up with Gold Gladiator platforms I bought at a Topshop Outlet a year back and a Gold cuff I bought at Accessorize 3 or 4 years back. Since the backless dress, with it’s padded shoulders, makes enough of a statement, I didn’t feel the need to wear a lot of jewelry but IF I wore earrings I probably would have added those on to finish the look off.

Anyway, did you guys watch the Oscars? If so, did you dress up.. or am I completely on my own here? Haha.

Thanks for reading Londonistas!

Until the next post!

xox

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