Be True to Your School

Look; you wait six months for an outfit post, and then two come along at once! Not that I suppose for one minute you were waiting for more photos of me looking awkward, but there you have it. It’s time for another outfit post, because as I mentioned in my last one, I have another outfit that I love. Well, a top that I love really. It’s true love too; I bought this top a week ago in Primark, and given the opportunity, I’d have worn it every day since. But that’s dirty, and probably unnecessary, so I have to be a grown up about it, and only wear it sparingly. Like once or twice a week.

Harry Potter T-Shirt

Primark Harry Potter T-Shirt

Primark T-Shirt

Stripy Pumps Primark

Hogwarts T-Shirt ~ Primark ~ £6
Jeans ~ Primark (old)
Bag ~ Primark ~ £6
Shoes ~ Primark ~ £4
Animalistic Pink Giraffe Glasses ~ c/o SpecsPost ~ £15.99

How incredibly awesome is this t-shirt? Seriously, I am completely and utterly in love with it. It’s not just that it’s a Hogwarts t-shirt, though obviously that’s the crux of it, because I am and will always be a Harry Potter devotee. But look at the shape of it. It’s perfection, to me. I loved it when I saw it in the shop, because of the Hogwarts crest, but I felt like the 16, which is the size I would normally buy, looked massive. But they didn’t have a smaller size, so I got it and thought that I’d take it back if it wasn’t right. It’s so right. It’s so so so wonderful, I love the way I look in it. I want to wear it forever. I also bought the shoes and the bag on the same shopping trip, and I love them too. Especially the bag.

Specspost Pink Giraffe Glasses

I’m also wearing my new (ish) Specspost glasses. They were very kind to provide me with a pair of their glasses from their Animalistic range to review, and I have been wearing them for a while without having posted a review! I’m not generally one for animal print, but I loved that these were a giraffe print, and the subtle pinkness of them. I think they are super cool, and while they might be ever so slightly large for my face, I don’t care. I love the Specspost Animalistic range, so much so that I’m considering a pair of sunglasses, possibly these Orange Tiger ones.

Three down, seven to go on number seven of 32 Before 32 – do ten outfit posts.

Patterned Trousers are my Jam

It’s been so long since I did an outfit post! It was actually November, and the plan was to do at least one a month so that I could complete my 32 Before 32 goal of doing ten before my birthday. That sort of went by the wayside when I decided I wanted to take my blog off in a different direction. But I wanted to resurrect them slightly for two reasons. Firstly, my 32 Before 32 list is not going well, so it would be nice to try and get another one crossed off. And secondly, I have had a bit more money to spend lately, so I’ve bought a few new bits of clothing, and I have loved two recent outfits so much that I wanted to share them. So there’s this one today, and another one coming shortly!

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Trousers ~ Peacocks
Top ~ Topshop (old)
Denim Jacket ~ Very old!
Sandals ~ Clarks

I’m having a major love affair with patterned trousers at the moment. I had one pair, also from Peacocks, from a few years ago, but they have seen better days, so I’ve been on the lookout for a few more pairs this year. I managed to pick up a pair in a charity shop a few weeks ago, and then I came across these on the sale rail in Peacocks. They were reduced to £9, but they only had one size smaller than my usual size, so I tried them on. I never, ever try anything on in shops, so it should give you some indication of how much I wanted these! They were a perfect fit, so they were mine! And when I went to the till, they were reduced even further, to £7. What a bargain.

Usually I apologise for face in outfit photos, but I’m not going to this time. I don’t think I look particularly awkward for once. And I actively like the second photo!

Two down, eight to go on number seven of 32 Before 32 – do ten outfit posts.

Maybe One Day ~ Victoria Beckham

When I wrote the first post in my Maybe One Day series, I didn’t intend to leave it so long before writing the second one! But here, we are three months later and I’ve only just got around to it.

Today I’m lusting over Victoria Beckham creations. I have long been totally in love with Victoria Beckham, I loved her when she was a Spice Girl, I loved her as a solo artist (even though she was terrible), but I love her even more now, because I think she’s worked really hard to establish herself as a talented designer. I know she has an advantage because she has a famous name, but I don’t think dozens of celebrities would wear her dresses if they didn’t like her work.

The reason I love her dresses is that they are simple, streamlined and use block colour in a way that really appeals to me. They manage to be feminine and sexy without being really obvious.

 

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This photo of Emilia Clarke is when I realised that I totally loved Victoria Beckham’s designs. I just adore the colour, and I think the simplicity of it really works.

 

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I wouldn’t want to be mistaken for being a fan of Beyoncé, but I wanted to include this photo of her wearing a VB creation, because most of the celebrities that wear her have a particular body type. Like Victoria herself, they are very slim with little in the way of curves. I hate the term ‘curvy’ when it is used to describe women, because it is invariably used incorrectly in my opinion, but Beyoncé certainly has a pair of hips, and I think that this dress looks great on her. I really just wanted to prove that you don’t have to have a body like Eva Longoria or Cheryl Cole to look good in a VB dress (for further evidence see Oprah Winfrey).

As with the Naeem Khan post, the whole point of writing this is to dream that maybe one day I could buy and wear one of these lovely dresses. Here are a few that caught my eye.

1 ~ Icon A-Line Mini Dress
2 ~ Long Sleeve Laser Cut Frame Dress

1 ~ Sleeveless Fils Coupe
2 ~ Icon Polo Fitted Dress

Glamourween ~ F&F Halloween Challenge

I’ve never really been one for celebrating Halloween as such, even though I enjoy fancy dress as much as the next person. I didn’t even really celebrate it when I was living in the States, even though is a proper event there. But when I was offered the chance to take part in F&F’s Glamourween competition, I was instantly on board! Fifteen bloggers were asked to create an urban witch look using F&F clothes and accessories.

I spent quite a long time trying to work out exactly what I wanted to do, browsing for hours through the website looking at all the beautiful clothes, and in the end I decided that I wanted to try and emulate a 90s look, reminiscent of the girls from The Craft.

So this was my inspiration, though I am not entirely sure that I totally pulled it off! It was hard, but I am quite pleased with what I achieved in the end, and I would be quite happy to wear this to a Halloween party (as long as strict costumes weren’t compulsory!).

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F&F Vest with Chain Necklace ~ £7
F&F Limited Edition Textured Skater Skirt ~ £14
F&F Contrast Strap Hidden Platform Shoeboots ~ £19.50

I also bought some over the knee socks to really try and complete the 90s witch look, but when I tried them on it turned out that they don’t really suit a plus-sized thirty year old! So I gave them a miss and added in some tights that I bought a little while ago.

As ever, I feel I should issue the usual disclaimers about my awkward outfit poses; I struggle so much with them even though I had a fabulous photographer in the form of my friend Rob. He was channelling Nigel Barker from ANMT, of which Rob is a fan, and he did really well, and eventually I did start to relax a little! All credit therefore goes to Rob for the photos, which are fabulous, even if the model is only so-so!

I was also sent a lovely little package with some makeup bits and pieces to help complete my urban witch look; I used the Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick to create the best version of a smoky eye I can manage, and the Barry M Raspberry nail varnish to finish off the look. I have never had too much luck with false eyelashes, so I gave them a miss this time! (By the by, the sweets didn’t last long!)

One lucky blogger who takes part in the Glamorween competition is going to win £200 of F&F vouchers, and after spending so long browsing through their range the other day, I have to hope it’s me so I can buy some of the lovely things I’m coveting!

* I was provided with a voucher to purchase the items used to create my Glamourween look

Maybe One Day ~ Naeem Khan

I don’t know an awful lot about fashion. I don’t really buy clothes all that often, and when I do, they are usually from charity shops, so it’s always a case of finding something that I love and can afford, rather than something that is in fashion or on trend.

But I do love looking at photos of ladies in pretty dresses, and I do wish that I had enough money to buy myself one of those lovely dresses (and that I had somewhere to wear it!).

So I have decided to start a new series called Maybe One Day, in which I share with you some of my favourite items that I will probably never be able to afford. Today I’m featuring the dresses of my favourite designer, Naeem Khan.

 

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These are a few red carpet dresses that really made me realise how much I love Khan’s dresses. My absolute favourite is the monochrome one that Nina Dobrev wore to the Oscar parties in March 2013. It helps that she has a perfect face, but seriously, that’s a fabulous dress.

And because this is fantasy land, where I can afford expensive dresses, fit into them, and have somewhere to wear them, here are some of my favourites to buy right now.

 

1 ~ Beaded Strapless Gown
2 ~ Appliquéd Cocktail Dress

 

1 ~ Beaded Bodice Ruffle-Skirt Ball Gown
2 ~ Low Back Beaded Cocktail Dress

Finally, there were a few particularly gorgeous dresses at Khan’s New York Fashion Week show that I wanted to share.

 

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That wedding dress makes me swoon. I think the only way I’d ever get my hands on it is if I was marrying Naeem Khan himself, but a girl can dream.