Thursday, December 17, 2009

What a howl

I <3 Houndstooth. LOVE IT. And apparently so do all the highstreet shops...isn't that convenient?

Topshop, £39, £40, £41

Schuh, £59.99

Dorothy Perkins, £8 (for those rainy days)

*sigh* I do love houndstooth...

Seasons Greetings!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Talking about a chain reaction

So you may have noticed that chain print is temporarily finding itself on all the cutest tops, skirts and dresses out there. Personally, it's got my vote

Now for an uber-quick post on all the best chain pieces out there with 'Asos' taking gold (woot woot give it up for asos people!) =

Asos, £35

Asos, £40

Asos, £40

Asos, £45

Asos, £32

Topshop, £25

Miss Selfridge, £15

New look, £14

That's all folks, SMOOCHES!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

All I want for Christmas...

Sorry to all those Christmas haters out there looking at this with actual real live tears in their eyes...I know that Christmas is a bit of a hot topic at the moment but if you don't like it there isn't much you can do but emmigrate or join in with the festive fun :) Do you ever play ' If I had a million euro/dollars/pounds/yen'? Let's play that now. I'll go first!

If I had million euro I would immediately buy the following outfit to wear Christmas shopping:

Snappy 80's coat, £50 Miss Selfridge

Ostrich feather skirt (!!), £85 Topshop

Lace tee, £25 Topshop

Two-tone tights (like the girl in the new 'Fame' film wore when she was dancing and I was proper confused because I couldn't figure out why she was wearing tights for some shots and none for others...then I discovered that she was wearing these two tone beauties), £8 Miss Selfridge

Too-cute-for-words heels, £70 Topshop

Cameo brooch, Miss Selfridge £10

Studded purse, £18

It's kind of ironic that I have to go shopping for my Christmas shopping outfit (or is it coincidental? I can never tell the difference). So THATS what I'd do with a million euro straight off and I'd still have lots of change leftover...I'd love to know what you'd so don't hesitate to tell me!


Kisses kisses kisses

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

...You make my heart sing...

I'm extremely embarrassed because this will be my first post in a week and a bit...heres my LAME excuse; I was very very busy. Yeah that sucked. Though I would love to thank all you lovely pretty people who commented and followed lately...hi5s all round! So I was looking around at other blogs and the fabulous Beth of NiftyThrifty (methinks you can find her in my followers list?) said something along the lines of the American Urban Outfitters being better than the European. So I put on my detective costume and went to investigate ... Beth is so right! I much much prefer the stuff on the North American website and they have plentiful pieces in VELVET and GOLD. How did they know my weaknesses?!

The best bit is they have lots of clothing inspired by 'Where the Wild Things Are' which is a movie that I am extra phsyched to see because the boy Max in it has a monster suit (*jealous*) and the hairy guys look like the Gruffalo. These are the nicest:

< Well its pretty basic but it gets my message across. My message being THIS MOVIE LOOKS EPIC. $28

< This one might require a little "No it's not just a triangular pattern it's supposed to be FUR". Max eat your heart out. Also $28 but you could probably achieve the same effect with a big white cotton tee and a magic marker.

< Woot woot it's the gruffalo guy! And if you look at it from a distance with squinty eyes it looks like theyre having a big hairy rave! I love at $14.99

They also have extended awesomeness with 'Where the wild things are' figurines (ahem), soundtrack, story books, slippers, cushions and um shadow puppets. Wahey! Thank you Beth!

I'll be in touch :)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

That's not my name

Look what I just found in Topshop! New in! Tehe I feel like I've just eaten a couple of Wham bars and a two litre bottle of Spar brand cola ... this is what happiness feels like!

It's a NAME jumper! Phwoargh! Designed by Emma Cook - £50 (pullover) and £70 (cardigan). Now if you're the forgetful sort *cough me cough* this kind of thing will be extremely handy for remembering names of people you were introduced to but didn't really pay attention to the important stuff they were saying like um their name. I think I prefer the red one because I'm more of a cardigan person and red is christmassy :)

I'm going on a shopping BONANZA (isn't that a fabulous word I should use it more often) next weekend cause lately I have been saving and saving which means I have been going around giving everyone on Grafton street with fresh Awear bags the evil eye because I think I have shopping withdrawals and I am at that stage where I growl at everything in my wardrobe because I have worn it a million and one-more-for-good-luck times. I can't wait!

Kiss kiss kiss

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My precious...

I ADORE GOLD. It is my favourite colour. Yeah it's out there, yeah it's occasionally tacky, but I love it. The only problem with it is that it is so easy to wander off from your cosy spot in the 'lovely tasteful and exquisite gold shizzle' into the well-disguised 'tasteless gold tat' spot. I guess some of my gold ensembles are hit and miss, but because I'm only fifteen, I can blame it on my youthful ignorance or whatever. Though I would never, ever wear a full gold suit.

Man, Elvis looks so cool. Okay, maybe I would wear that...

So if you detest gold with every fibre of your very being LOOK AWAY NOW because I have gathered all my favourite gold stuff on this very post;

< Ahem some people may say that this Monsoon dress is borderline tacky but those people are krr-azy 'cause I love the statementy qualities of it. It is guaranteed to do two things - to turn heads at parties and to blind motorists. If you can pull off this dress (that means no streaky fake tan and dodgy hair extensions) I salute you. Can't you totally imagine a sunkissed goddess sitting on a cloud with a big stick ordering this online for £225?

< This is much more my kind of dress - I can imagine strolling into all the 2009 Christmas parties in it. The only flaw is that while I wear it, it will be the only thing I will be able to talk about..."The weather? That reminds me of the dress I am know it was €45 in Awear. Oh, I already told you that? Twice?"

< Warehouse. Ninety seven Euro. So cute! However it is rather short so I'd have to do some leg-toning exercises for my thighs to be in peak condition before zipping it up...

< Oooh I want this skirt so bad. Maybe it's just the model wearing it, but it looks so flattering. When one day I work in an office, this will totally be my 'casual friday' outfit. £36 in American Apparel.

< It's decided - tomorrow afternoon I am getting on the bus to town and begging the salewoman in American Apparel for a job. They stock so much of my favourite colour! Isn't this top so freaking awesome?! £44...I MUST HAVE IT.

So that concludes my (little) gold online search...if you hate 'em or if you think there's something even more fabulous out there let me know...if not I'll presume you love each and every piece as much as I do :)


Monday, November 9, 2009

Sleigh bells ring...

I absolutely 100% ADORE Christmas. I am most definitely one of those annoying people who get all hyperactive when Argos plays their Christmas ad in September and I totally get a tingly feeling in my tummy when I see men with beards that look like Santa (don't worry at fifteen I have figured out that he is fictional). So this year I have an aim. Not my usual aims like the one I made last year to learn the entire thriller dance routine, no an extra special aim. To get a Christmas jumper! Here's an example of the kind I would like:

I AM INSANELY JEALOUS OF COLIN FIRTH RIGHT NOW. Thing is, it’s really really difficult to find the perfect Christmas jumper complete with bobbly reindeer and snow flakes. Either I take up knitting or I burgle Colin Firth's place I suppose.

Merry November to all!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I officially love velvet.

Ok so it's been a day since my last post and just to clarify, I do have a little bit of a life, but I'm sure that other bloggers will agree that once you start posting it's really really difficult to stop. Kind of like a meth addiction I guess? So my new object of affection is...wait for it...velvet! I was watching an episode of Friends (the once where Rachel and Monica's heater breaks and they're having a New years party...crazy stuff!) and Joey dated a lady that wore this amazing blue velvet wraparound dress with an elaborate silver brooch that looked the absolute shizzle. Of course she was about a size six with flaming red hair but they’re just minor technicalities.

A few shops this season have plenty of velvet goodies to offer while others are, for want of a better word, pretty crap. Topshop is in the lead today (where did it all go wrong Miss Selfridge?!) and I would actually contemplate getting leaving school and taking up full time work to afford some of the stuff...

< Doesn't this make you feel all happy and giddy inside? It's fairly simple but it is such a flattering shape and to be honest a lot more wearable then most of the leotards I usually get excited about. However not much of a bargain at £60 in Topshop. Should I? Shouldn't I? Just imagine teaming it with this Egyptian style necklace I saw for €5 in Penneys... it's decided. I totally should.

< It's scarlet. It's velvet. It's a leotard. This is like Christmas '09 and my sixteenth birthday ALL ROLLED INTO ONE! At £28 in Topshop I am tempted to take up ballet just so I can do pirouettes on stage in this awesome little leotard. I love.

< I feel so naughty 'cause this is my THIRD Topshop choice but I think it can be agreed that this jacket deserved a mention. It's a kind of slashed velvet but unfortunately the picture makes it look like it’s made of cut up bin bags. £150 so if you are in line to a really big inheritance or are the heir to the Belgian throne, go wild with this jacket.

< Who knew such a treasure lay in the WebPages of! A 'Beyond the Valley' piece (who have also done some crazy ass knits) that has stolen my heart and wrapped it up in it gold and velvet goodness. £95 is pretty steep, but those lions are FIERCE.

< This dress is just so darn pretty. I'm a sucker for heart shaped necklines so for me this dress can do no wrong. And at £45.00 for something I can imagine myself pulling on for every second Christmas social gathering, so it's not bad eh?

< I can totally imagine Michelle Obama wearing this's so classy and elegant and VIP. I'd imagine if I was wearing it my chances of getting into wine tastings and art auctions would be tripled. It's £60 in Monsoon and I got to say that it looks worth every penny.

< The decision is all yours here with this Carin Wester dresses. Personally I like the yellow one best because Big Bird was always my favourite Sesame street character. I just adore the details on the arms but am slightly deterred by the fact that they’re £415 in Urban Outfitters which is money that I think I will leave in my college fund. However, I shed a tear for what could have been.

< Ok, this is really mean of me. Whoever is reading this is probably tearing their hair out in fury over my overly enthusiastic love for Topshop clothing. I'm sorry, and I hope your hair grows back. I couldn't help myself though; cause its dusty pink velvet. I repeat, DUSTY PINK VELVET. That is explanation enough. (£28)

No doubt I will get over velvet soon enough, but for now I recommend you wear it head to toe, bring it into every conversation you have and make a minature non-creepy shrine to the wonder that is velvet at the back of your wardrobe.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Let's give it up for Levi

Everyone I know has denim in their wardrobe. From my 87 year old great aunt to Mr. Obama, they have at least once in their lives pulled on a pair of blue jeans. Lately I have had a lovely warm corner in my heart for all things denim and luckily, so have all the high street shops. I did a little online tour and sourced all my favourite denim bits and bobs about.

< First up is this AWESOME little body leotard from Miss Selfridge (which is a shop that has really come through for me this season). At £35 (about €50?) it is edging towards expensive but I mean if only to bring a smile to your face every time you pull it out of your drawer it would be worth it. The Miss Selfridge website pairs it with a fugly pair of black trousers but I personally would team it with a red cape and call myself wonder woman...

< Another Miss Selfridge item (it's becoming an obsession) but not one of my favourites. I'm sure I'm not the only one that feels that leopard print has been overdone lately but I'll make one tiny exception for this dress it has a quirky neckline and I think underneath all my leopard print distaste I have a secret love for it. On sale for £20 - reduced from £40 - so whaddaya think?

< These are a Topshop find which I love because of their high-waistedness. Also the studs are so chic...I really must so an entire post on things with those super cute ball studs. At £35 pounds I think they're worth it but unless you’re prepared to wear tights with them I suggest you emigrate to somewhere like Spain.

< If I went to an American high school and I did gym, this would so be my gym bag. Its £26 in American Apparel, which is a shop I love, despite its crazy ass prices and the fact that the majority of the clothes there are made of Lycra. Finger's crossed Penneys will copy this design...

< As much as I love denim leotards and gym bags, you can't beat a pair of blue jeans. I usually buy a really good pair, wear them until they are threadbare with ragged ends and permanent MiWadi stains and then turn them into shorts. DIY style right there! These jeans are €60.00 in Warehouse and tick most of the boxes for me which is really good fortune 'cause I am way picky over what jeans I wear, resulting in hours of trying-on sessions in River island's changing rooms.

< I thought I'd finish it up with another sneaky Miss Selfridge choice (obsession!!) but this one is quite casual and optimises an 80's flashback. It would be really cute with a bodycon dress beneath but I have to you against wearing it with a pair of jeans in the exact same wash - you wouldn't believe how many do it. Blech.

*the curtain comes down*

Toodles <3

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Whoa eurodisney flashback...

When I was about five I went to Euro Disney and one of the things I can remember was taking this boat ride through one attraction. It was basically countless rubber dolls dressed like natives of the countries of the world all sang 'it's a small small world' incessantly while I sat there in horror. I am still reeling after seeing the Irish ones in leprechaun costumes doing a jig while smoking pipes.

< This Peter Jensen mini skirt totally reminds me of that ride. It's kind of cool in a quirky way but at £157 (!!) in Urban Outfitters I can't exactly see myself rummaging down the side of the sofa for spare change to buy it. However I think it must be said that little Eskimo on the front is totally sweet!

Friday, October 30, 2009

A little black lace and you're set for tonight

Happy Halloween people! I used to adore this time of year - I remember once my friend Sally and I did this countdown till Halloween. I can remember writing in my diary something along the lines of "omigosh omigosh 41 days to go". That was one of the best Halloweens ever because my friend dressed up as a table (randomest costume ever) composed entirely of cardboard. It also had to be the one year that it rained. In the end, she had to run inside in the middle of Trick or Treating and frantically find some sort of a costume, which resulted in her looking like Zorro in cat form. EPIC.
So this evening I was up in my room trying to find something to wear tomorrow cause me and my bestie have decided to screw age restrictions and go trick or treating ... I mean its free food! In the end I found this gorgeous (if I say so myself) Black silk and lace dress from a designer called Sugarbeb√© that I purchased in TK maxx around this time last year for only €24. It’s got a rounded neckline and a big silk bow, and a layered lace skirt. Am thinking of calling it a witch costume?
Well after finding the dress it got me thinking along the lines of black lace. Personally I am not into the whole gothic swathed in black leather and lace with a pale face combo so many have going on but I am willing to make an exception on Halloween. What are really in right now are those black lace leotards, just like the one Cheryl Cole wears in her new video - which is annoyingly catchy btw.

So I made it my aim to find some budgetish leotard for those of you lucky enough to have a Cheryl Cole flat stomach...

< This is from Kate Moss's collection at Topshop and to be honest I’m not too big on the strappiness of it and at £30 (€45ish) for a bit of lace I'm less than impressed. Another problem I'm sure I'm not the first to encounter the lesser known fact that Topshop's Kate Moss collection seems to be designed with ELVES in mind cause us normal sized people who occasionally like to indulge in a jammy donut are left panicking in the changed room over burst seams...

< I actually really like this leotard though it’s a tad too lingerie-y if you get me. I do appreciate the velvet bodice that hides yer bra. £25 (€35ish) which is better value than Kate Moss's. Me likey.

< Again, Topshop (sorry) but my favourite of the three. While it isn't technically BLACK lace (try plum) I like the long sleeves and makes me feel all Christmassy inside :). Priced the same as previous leotard.

* Topshop also has some gorgeous little velvet or studded leotards for those of you not so into the whole lace thing

< Next is an a|wear find and while it isn't technically a leotard it should be easier to use the bathroom while wearing it so there’s a plus side for you (sorry for un-romanticising fashion). €30 so it's up to you to look into your piggy bank and decide how bad you want it.

< Another non-leotard. Now I'm starting to blush. Its just that this one's pretty cheap at €19 and when tucked into your skinnies has the same effect as any ol' Topshop leotard. So THERE. It's from Oasis who have one or two other black lace tops but this ones the nicest.

< Marks and Sparks - only £10 (€15ish) and comes in pink, light blue, purple, cream and some other unditiguishable colour. TOP TIP: Don't make like this lady and actually wear something under it.

< Anyone else's breathing becoming irregular? Any one else IN LOVE right now?! Omigosh find of the century ... I <3 this leotard. Miss Selfridge, £18 (€30ish), officially MINE.

So I'm reaching into my bag of fairy dust and wishing you all the most wonderful Halloween experinces tonight. As for me, I'm off to stand outside Miss Selfridge and wait till it opens.