Friday, 28 May 2010

Hello loves,

sorry I've been missing recently, I've been having some internet trouble but hoepfully should be back more regularly by the middle of next week. I miss blogging but it has been nice break as I have had no internet so I've been doing other things to fill my time which has been nice. At first I had major withdrawals.

Hope you're all well & I will hopefully see you soon x

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Outfit Diary One, Two, Three and Four

These will normally be one outfit to a post but I have four just now so thought I might aswell get all four out of the way in one post.
Outfit Diary One.
First of all, I got my haircut at the weekend. This is the before picture with a very attractive face and then you can see from my outfit pictures what it looks like now.

Today was the first day I styled it myself so it isn't perfect but i'm just not used to working with short hair.

I really love it though and am really happy I got it done.
Not doing too much today really and not wearing anything to exciting.
I am wearing a black H&M Tshirt with a blue patterned Topshop skirt. Some M&S tights, a primark bag. Some studded pumps from Tesco and a gold necklace from Topshop about three years ago.

Outfit Diary Two.
I feel a bit like a really bad 90s dad today ha not sure why...

anyways, I'm not really doing much today hence why I am wearing jeans. Personally, jeans are hell for me! I am not a massive fan - I don't think they flatter me and are all that comfortable but I still wear them every now and again.

So I have on my jeans with a white tshirt loosely tuck in at the front and this navy admiral, I think that is how it was described online, cropped blazer which I bought about two years ago in the Oasis sale but had never worn (still had the labels on & everything!) It was a steal, to say the least. Meant to be £70 got it for £20!

I added a pink necklace to feel less plain and my little grey plimsoles that are done and need to be replaced ASAP!
The jacket and bag are Oasis - both sale purchases, tshirt is H&M, jeans are New Look. Shoes are Fred Perry and the necklace is vintage from my Granny.

Outfit Diary Three.
So today I felt like getting a bit dressed up, don't know why - just did!

Again pre-make up photos which I always seem to look grumpy, moody & a total bitch in ... I'm not honest!

What I wore ...
Republic dress tucked into an H&M black fitted skirt with some good old M&S tights and my shoe boots.

I wore three inter-linked gold bangles from Topshop and a necklace that orginally had three chains but I took one off from Topshop about four years ago.

I added a black blazer ... I have misplaced my normal 'day' blazer so I wore my Gap dinner jacket with a black wave scarf and used a big white bag from the Oasis sale three years ago now.
That is an amazing sale, always find a handbag or jacket for a bargain price!

Outfit Diary Four.
Today was a black day...

I kept it pretty simple and all in black, I love wearing all black I know some people hate it but black is one of my favourite colours!

I wore a Topshop vest top with a topshop longer 3/4 length sleeved top which is actually meant to button up the back but I turned it around with some New Look leggings and my little Wallis shoe boots. I had some gold sparkly bangles on & my 'Emma' necklace. Oh and a black waist belt from H&M that has gold leaves as the clasp.

A few of my favourite books

I saw this on Alice's blog ... go check out her blog it is so nice & she has some fabulous favourite books so being as in love with books and reading as I am, I decided to copy her post and do one myself.

So I have picked seven style advice, tip books rather than novels. I may do some of my favourite novels we shall see.

First of we have 'What would Audrey do?' by Pamela Keogh.

I love Audrey Hepburn, she was totally gorgeous and elegant so I bought this from Amazon early last year, I think and finger through it often.

It is basically about Audrey and her style and grace. It includes some beautiful pictures and illustrations as well as interviews with Audrey.

"Charm the beast. Audrey was so successful with the press because she was always, most notably, herself."

Next are 'No Body's perfect' by Kimery Kirberger and
'Elegance' By Kathleen Tessaro.

'No Body's Perfect' was given to me by my mum when I was about fifteen/sixteen and struggling with self-image a little. It has real girls stories, one is titled 'Army Tank vs The Ethiopian' and has loads of tips on self confidence and body image.

It really hit home to me that not everyone is the same. Some people are as skinny as a lamp post and others aren't but it doesn't make you a bad person because of the way you look!

'Elegance' I will admit is a novel! A novel of love & romance.

However, each chapter starts with some style advice.

J starts with Jewellery ...

"Jewellery is the only element of an ensemble whose sole purpose is elegance, and elegance in jewellery is a highly individual matter."It is a good book, I loved it - the story, the tips - and would consider buying another Tessaro novel in the near future.

The next two are 'How to walk in High Heels' by Camilla Morton and
'Two Lipsticks and a Lover' by Helena Frith Powell.

'How to walk in High Heels' tells you how to much pretty much anything! How to play poker, how to achieve perfection. How to put songs on your iPod - which I used when I bought my first iPod as I couldn't work it out for the life of me so it has been used and found to be useful in everyday life!

'Two Lipsticks and a Lover' is about a British women's experience moving to France and french women's effortless style, class and grace. I love this book due to my unconditional love for French women's style & ability to pull of any outfit elegantly.

"You should always follow fashion a bit,' says Inès de la Fressange, who was born in 1957, ' but don't forget your own style."

The final two are sort of coffee table books. On the left is Bobbi Brown Beauty which my mum bought me also for my fourteenth Birthday possibly. It tells you all about make-up and how to apply it.

I found it useful as it taught me about the technique behind applying make-up.

" 'Imperfect' beauty; Taking a flaw and making it your most striking feature."

The books contains lots of gorgeous pictures ranging from Madonna to Marilyn Monroe.

Lastly is the book on the right of the photo.

It is Debretts Etiquette for girls by Fleur Britten.

I got this for Christmas a few years ago and love reading this for tips on presentation, romance, events and style.

It discusses basis manners which are forgotten about sometimes and is just a nice book to flick through - I wouldn't say something to sit down and read from cover to cover all at once!

"Basis Principles.
The unfortunate truth is that society judges first on surface."

So that is some of my favourite books ... I would love to hear some of your favourites as I am always looking for new books to flick through.

I already have my eye on "Audrey Hepburn treasures" and "Sex and the City kiss and tell/the movie" from Alice's post. x