Saturday, 12 July 2008

Suspended animation

Hi people.
I'm afraid I won't be posting anything on here for a while. My personal life has just gone totally into freefall and fashion is no longer a high priority. I will be back, because you guys make me feel connected to the outside world, and because writing here stops my brain from turning to gloop. See you all later,

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Just me again

One day there will be things on here other than pictures of me, promise! At the moment I am madly busy and have just about got time to put clothes on, but not to make any helpful observations or to formulate coherent thoughts about anything.

Shrug Bay, top H&M, skirt Ebay, sandals New Look, necklace Topshop.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008


Yesterday, this dress had little puff sleeves. They were cute but so tight that I couldn't raise my arms above 45 degrees! No good for typing, driving, or much at all. So I unpicked the seams and took them off, thus creating a much more wearable dress, yay!

Dress, tights, and shoes New Look, long-sleeved top H&M, pendant Topshop, bracelets no idea.

The tights are 120 denier and have a fantastic slimming and firming effect on the legs. They're a lot like the tradional pink ballet tights I used to wear to classes years ago, except without the tendency to cut off the circulation when you sat down!

Monday, 7 July 2008

Nothing witty springs to mind right now

Skirt, top, cardigan H&M, shoes New Look, necklace Topshop probably.

Tag, you're it

5 things found in my bag
1. Very old denim purse that I will replace when I find one with the combination of pockets that I like
2. Pink phone
3. Keys with kitsch cat+Eiffel Tower keyring (present from boyfriend)
4. Shopping lists (I have turned into my mother!)
5. Passport, because despite being many years over the age requirment to buy alcohol, I still get ID'ed

5 things found in my wallet
1. Not a lot of money
2. Old train tickets
3. Proof of posting slips for Ebay sales
4. Donor card
5. AA breakdown card (for car, not alcohol problem! Very important as car is basically rust with wheels.)

5 favourite things in my room
1. My computer
2. My clothes
3. My pink Mathmos ball light
4. Books
5. 'Furious Cat' print (though actually that is now on the wall downstairs)
And actual cat who has just wandered in

5 things I want to do right now
1. Now that the shower is working again, dye my hair
2. Eat breakfast
3. Scratch the insect bite on my knee (aaaaargh, must resist!)
4. Read Elle
5. Inherit millions from the will of a mysterious stranger

5 things I'm currently into
1. Blogging (well duh!)
2. Shopping
3. Scrapbooking (I am a very sad person)
4. Animal Crossing - Wild World (as above!)
5. Baking

5 impressions of Annah who tagged me
1. She is very creative
2. She has lovely hair
3. She's so young, oh to be 18 again :-(
4. She takes/creates beautiful dreamy photographs
5. She finds nice dresses and looks great in them

I tag Andrea (a cat of impossible colour), Tavi (Style Rookie), and Amber (History books).

Saturday, 5 July 2008

I may have been looking at stills from The Edge of Love

Dress and locket Topshop, cardigan Primark, boots Dorothy Perkins, bag H&M. ION, my hair has gone insane and really needs cutting :-(

Friday, 4 July 2008

Shopping...the results

This is what I got in the Topshop sale:

Floral tea dress from one of those random Topshop concessions (£22). I actual didn't get this originally, I couldn't justify another flowery dress, but I was still thinking about it this morning, so I went back and bought it. How sad am I :-)
The Kate Moss t'shirt I liked
when it first appeared but thought was overpriced at £25 (now £15).
And skinny flare jeans in black proper denim look (as opposed to solid black), because you just can't turn down decent jeans at £15.

I also got this gold baubley thing because I have been looking for some long gold things to hang round my neck (I blame Alexa), and gothy necklace for winter which I love because it has little skull beads. I might change the cross though as I always feel a bit odd about wearing the symbols of a religion that is not mine. And I got two new shades of nail polish, but not from Topshop, and now have turquoise toenails, yay!

Thursday, 3 July 2008


Topshop sale starts today in stores and sort of online (they've been putting things up gradually but the final category, dresses, is available today)! What I bought will be in the next post.

Jeans & top New Look, Bag H&M (I love this bag because it looks so 70's), sandals Topshop, earrings possibly Topshop but have had them for aaaaages so no idea really.

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Topshop do Prada

ION, I remember a blogger talking about Topshop doing their version of the Prada fairy bag. I can't remember who it was but on the off-chance that they read this, or that someone else who reads this knows who it was, it is now available on the website:

Topshop painted suede bag £45.

Styled by a north easterly wind as usual

It's possible I was in a silly mood when I got dressed this morning!

Long sleeve top and skirt H&M, vest and necklace Topshop, belt and sandals (which don't really go but the lawn was muddy so I needed shoes) New Look, tights Celeste Stein.

Oh I hate decisions

My list of blogs I read everyday is getting out of control. It's even longer than the blogroll on here because there are also newish blogs that I'm waiting to make sure they keep going before I add them, and non-fashion blogs, and friend's journal-type blogs. It's got to the stage where I can only do half the list each day and have to make sure I start at the top one day and the bottom the next or I would never get to Thrills and Frills at all. So I'm going to have to prune the list, maybe to things to read everyday and things to try and catch up on at the weekend. The blogroll list on here will stay as it is, but may have to be renamed "daily reads if only I had the time"!

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

For one day only...summer!

The sun is out today so I took the opportunity to leap into this dress as it is probably my favourite and last summer was so awful that I only got to wear it once.

Dress and sandals Topshop, vest New Look.

Sunday, 29 June 2008


Sorry for the lack of posts, I have an icky cold and have been devoting myself to sleeping and taking vitamins rather than fashion. I can however give you a mental picture: I am currently wearing a woolly cardigan, one of my boyfriend's t'shirts, and leggings *hangs head in shame*. I hasten to assure you that I would not leave the house in this outfit, it was just the closest thing to pyjamas!

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Glastonbury weekend? That explains the rain then!

Jacket Topshop, T'shirt Realitee at Topshop, jeans New Look, shoes F&F at Tesco.

Music to something or other by

I've been tagged by Annah of Fashion, art and mess to do that 7 songs you're into thingy. This is going to make everyone think that I am a) old and b) weird but here goes:

"That's not my name" The Ting Tings
Great song that oddly sounds better coming out of a radio or the lousy speakers in my car than it does on the fancy amp and speakers in the livingroom.

"Let me think about it" Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand
I don't generally do dance-type music but I do play it when I'm exercising or attempting to psyche myself into doing housework. This one is guarranteed to make me bounce around.

"Pour some sugar on me" Def Leppard
Probably my all time favourite song. I've been a fan since the 80's. I love rock music, but only if I can still hear the words and they don't have up-their-own-bottoms 5 minute guitar solos (yes Van Halen, I am looking at you!).

"Mistress Mabel" The Fratellis
New song from the Fratellis that is being played a lot on the radio. I like their music because it is upbeat and retro sounding.

"Time Warp" Rocky Horror Show cast
Love this film. Go watch it! Then find a singalong/stage show and go in costume!

"Psychosis safari" Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster
I don't even know how to describe this one. High intensity rock maybe? Anyway, mad band with strange songs.

"The Carny" Nick Cave
Another weird one. This is a very creepy atmospheric song. I wouldn't say I liked it as such but it is oddly very compelling.

I tag:
A cat of impossible colour &
Cheapskate chic because everyone else I would have picked has already been tagged.

Monday, 23 June 2008

Good grief

And this is why I need to sell things on ebay!

That tiny 6 inch wide section on the left is for my other half's clothes. Poor boy :-)

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Shameless advertising

I have a few ebay auctions running, including:

I believe Agathe of Style Bytes included the same net skirt in some of her outfits but obviously I can't check :-(

Also some really random things that we do not need hanging round the house any more. Check here if you're interested.

Friday, 20 June 2008

I look unnaturally angelic in today's picture!

Jeans New Look, top H&M, shrug thingy Bay Trading, sandals and pendant Topshop.

Ooh, something good I noticed the other day that I thought I'd share; many of the bangles in H&M's Divided jewellery range come in two sizes. I am very happy about this as I have silly little hands and wrists and so solid bangles tend to fall off when I wear them.

Thursday, 19 June 2008

The necessity of shoes?

Today I gave up battling the wind and went back to the conservatory:

Top H&M, vest Topshop, skirt some market stall in Harlow about 10 years ago, boots New Look.

If you look really closely, you can see the 'real leather' tag on one of the boots! I mention this only because it links to a post on Painfully Hip where Amber expressed her dislike of Wardrobe Remix pictures where the remixer is not wearing shoes. I suggested that if your outfit is only intended to be worn around your house, you might not include shoes in the ensemble and that doesn't mean it's not a valid, fully thought-out outfit. So the question is, should you add shoes, bags, jackets etc. to an outfit that you're not going out in, just for the pictures?

I add shoes if I'm taking the photos outside, for obvious reasons, but I also do it for indoor pictures if I think the outfit is improved by them. I don't add a bag if I'm not actually going to carry one, or a jacket/coat, unless I'm taking outdoor pictures and it's cold. Conversely, if I've put on extra, less than stunning, clothes for warmth, I take them off for the photo. So my outfits are the actual ones I wear, but the best possible version, rather than the absolute truth. And one day I might actually make my mind up about those boots and take the tags off!

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Today's outfit pictured in another howling gale!

Dress and top H&M, jeans and sandals New Look, necklace Miss Selfridge.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Photobucket has been hacked by Turkish people and all my picture links have stopped working properly :-( Hopefully normal service will be resumed shortly.

Edit: Yay, working again!

Do I dare...

...go out in public like this?

Skirt H&M, jacket and vest Tesco (oh dear), boots New Look, flower Topshop.

Edit: Hee hee, I did it! I went to the post office and the supermarket. People stared. But tough, I am fabulous...well a little bit maybe?

Monday, 16 June 2008

Do I give a fig?

When I got up this morning it was warm and summery. But now it has returned to the usual cool, breezy, and showery, boo :-( The whole stereotype of English people talking about the weather all the time is so true! But in our defense, we do have a LOT of weather, often all in the same day.
Anyway, here is my outfit as I originally intended and how it ended up being when I had to go out:

Top Miss Selfridge, jeans and black shoes New Look, jacket TKMaxx, sandals Pierre Hardy for Gap. The pattern is apparently a fig.

ION, my first in-real-life friend has been told about this blog and so is about to find out how deeply shallow I really am :-) Hi Katy!

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Style inspiration

This week's style inspiration is Alexa Chung. Many of my choices are people who's look I admire, but don't necessarily aspire to, or that I have no hope of looking like in a million years! Alexa however is a true inspiration who gives me ideas for new things I want and new ways to wear things I already have.

And today's outfit, which unsurprisingly has turned out rather Alexa-ish:

Dress H&M, bag Primark, Shoes New Look, pendant Topshop.

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Oh dear I've been shopping again

The boyfriend is away so the compulsive shopper will play :-) Plus he owes me a present and shopping with other people's money is always fun! My haul was the usual selection of things I'm not sure about and thinking of returning. I'm sure it would be easier if I had someone to go shopping with, I might be able to make decisions before bringing things home if I had another opinion. Excuse the dark pictures, I didn't want to run up and downstairs for every outfit change so had to take pictures upstairs where the light is not so good.

First of all is a pair of shoes I am definitely keeping. I've wanted a light-coloured pair of cute shoes since I saw a girl wearing cream shoes with black tights. I already have these in tan, and then found this beige/cream pair in the New Look sale for £10, result!

Next are a couple of belts from Primark. The first is black and quite easy to wear as it is only a little wider than a regular waist belt:

The second is brown and very wide. I'm not sure if it works on me, but it cost £3 so isn't worth returning even if I never wear it (the second picture is my Sienna Miller impression!):

Now we get to the tricky stuff. This little skirt is very cute, but...I already have it in a different floral print, I will only wear it with tights (issues with the way my upper legs look sans tights), and I'm concerned by the time tights time comes back again in Autumn, it will be totally out of style:

And finally, another bandwagon I have leapt upon. This is the H&M kids skirt that about 8 million other bloggers have. Again it is fun, but will I wear it? It's quite short, and again tights are required (though that bothers me less as I think it will work ok in Autumn), and ultimately, am I too old to get away with it?

So, any views?

Friday, 13 June 2008

Oh look, winter again

Well we had 3 days of summer, but now we're back to winter again. Today's outfit picture was taken in a brief gap between rain showers. You do however get to see a different bit of my garden though, thanks to the tripod I got for my birthday.

Dress Primark via Ebay, jumper and shoes H&M.

Is it me, or does my head look a bit big in that picture? I hope it's just the angle I had the camera at and I do not in fact have an enormous head and have never previously noticed!

Thursday, 12 June 2008

I got the Pierre Hardy for Gap 3 strap sandals :-) It would seem they have not been as popular as anticipated since they are now on sale for £35 (£20 off!!!). They are surprisingly easy to walk in given how high they are, I guess because the platform is really deep so your foot is only at the angle it would be with a 2-2.5 inch heel. I love how blocky and weird they look!

Dress very old Richards, shortened by me, cardigan and tights Dorothy Perkins, bag M&S, sandals Gap.

Monday, 9 June 2008

I'm back!

All week I have been running around doing fun things like cleaning and gardening, which do not lend themselves to sartorial elegance. Then I spent the weekend in a field wearing wellies and with a hairstyle created by dust, grass, and the effects of standing behind 20 hovercraft (do not even ask), of which I will not allow there to be any photographic evidence. Thus the total lack of posts. But soon, there will be outfits, yay! In the meantime, here are my fabulous sandals:

These are £15 from Topshop. They also come in tan (which I may get as well just because they will go with everything), shiny red, fushia pink, silver, and bronze, but I liked green best. I wanted galdiator type sandals because many bloggers have been looking fabulous in them lately, but didn't want to look exactly like every sheep on the street, thus the choice of green, which judging by the number left in the shop, have not been universally admired! So either I have fabulous taste, unappreciated by the masses, or yet again I am the weirdo!

Tuesday, 3 June 2008


I was very excited to discover that Fashion Robot is back! She now posts on Chictopia as thefashbot. I have missed her random poses :-)

Happy Birthday to me!

It was my birthday on Saturday. So obviously I went shopping :-) Having done the favourite catwalk look challenge, I found I was thinking about Autumn looks, and we haven't even had summer yet! Anyway, this is what I got:

Navy blouse from Topshop, with old jeans from New Look and shoes from Debenhams.

Dress from Miss Selfridge, £20 in the sale, yay!

Saturday, 31 May 2008


Last week tavi tagged me to pick my 3 'perfect life' catwalk looks. It has taken a while because although I keep an eye on what's happening in the designer world, I don't monitor obsessively or follow any particular designers as I know that such things are so far from my life that it can only lead to an appearance of the green-eyed monster! Also, once you start to look, there's so much of it.

Here are the rules:
1. Choose runway pictures from ANY season you like and choose 3 outfits for Day, Evening & Party.
2. Briefly explain why and state the name of the designer & which season the outfit is from.
3. Tag 3 other bloggers once you are done and let them know by posting a comment on their blog.

So first of all, I'm going to cheat! I'm going to pick several looks for each and then maybe nominate a favourite, and secondly I'm going to limit myself to recent seasons, because otherwise I'll be there for years!


These are Chloe AW 2008, Luella AW 2008, Chloe AW 2008, Topshop SS 2008, H&M AW 2008. Typical me, I prefer the H&M one over the designer ones!


These are DKNY AW 2008, Luella AW 2008, Chloe AW 2008. I am loving the combination of navy and black for next season. I can't pick a favourite because I am torn between something close to my regular style (the first one) and what I'm thinking about for the future.


These are DKNY AW 2008, Chloe SS 2007, DKNY AW 2008. I love cute little mini-dresses, despite rapidly approaching the age when I can no longer pull them off. I think the red one is my favourite because of the colour and the lovely shape.

I tag:
The Clothes Horse
Camille (Childhood Flames)
Annah (fashion art and mess)