Leopard Print Camper Van

Monday, 29 September 2014

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(Hat: ASOS, Shirt: Urban Outfitters, Trousers: C/O Boden, Bag: Lulu Guinness, Shoes: C/O Clarks, Rings: C/O Astrid & Miyu & Urban Outfitters)

I'm pretty sure we've all had those days where looking in your wardrobe to see nothing to wear is all too frequent. Not literally of course, but just nothing to suit your mood, occasion- and usually resulting in; 'Gah! I'd wish I'd bought that two piece from Topshop when it was still in stock!' (current feels, guys). Cue the printed trouser and white shirt combination- a look which my mum nails every single day (here's to you Sarah P) and something I've never turned to as a day-to-day look. Pairing some leopard print trews with these comfy-as-cushions Clarks loafers (and trust me, I've worn some painful shoes) I was set for a day of running errands across town.

Luckily en route from a hairdressers appointment and picking up a quick bite for lunch we stumbled across the most perfect residential street, flocked with colourful VW camper vans (which you can rent for holidays too)- which was pretty cool indeed! If only I'd have been able to drive home in one too- one day, one day!

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Check out how the other Take 10 ladies styled their Clarks shoes!
Snippets of Shiny Thoughts- Pretty Much Penniless- Girl In The Lens- The Magpie Girl- Me! -
HiFashion- Hands of Style- Love Cloth- Media Marmalade - Dearest Deer


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An afternoon in Belgravia...

Sunday, 28 September 2014

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(Top: Zara, Skirt: C/O ASOS, Shoes: Charlotte Olympia, Bag: Lulu Guinness, Rings: Astrid & Miyu & Urban Outfitters)

It's funny, whenever I'm around the area of Victoria in London- it's usually for one of two things. One- for hopping on a train home in a bit of a frantic hurry and aggravating a commuter or three, or two- because I'm hopping on a fun old National Express coach to visit one of my favourite cities. However, it's very rare that I ever venture any further than that, meaning discovering Belgravia last weekend was somewhat of a treat- as if you've ever been, you'll know it's pretty fancy part of time (the gents read the big pink financial newspapers and everything)!

With patisseries, bakeries and designer shops a plenty (including an adorable dog and cat shop called Mungo & Maud)- it's very easy to spend an afternoon around here window shopping (or ahem, indulging in expensive salads, eh Kristabel), so I donned one of my favourite go to outfits- a nautical inspired sixties look (very much influenced by a certain Ms Birkin) to make the most of the last of the bare-leg and no-jacket weather- who can blame me?

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3 Ways to spend your day off...

Friday, 26 September 2014

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Days off are precious things. Being in the mood to actually get out of pyjamas and venture into the world when all you really want to be doing is catching up on Game of Thrones (yup, I'm still very behind) is a rare thing- so spending is wisely is important. Over the last few weeks I've been fortunate enough to try some more 'out of the ordinary' things (I feel a bit like Norman on GBBO describing pesto as 'exotic' here)- but trust me when I say there's charm in hitting a shopping centre and baking on your day off...

Have a shopping centre trip (trust me)...
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Although hitting up one of the biggest shopping centres in the UK doesn't initially seem like the most chilled way to spend a day, when Joe and I hit up Westfield Stratford City recently- it was one of the most calm days off I've had in ages, honestly. Maybe it was because we headed there on a weekday morning- but the fact everything was under one roof (with a COS, Topshop and Lush being under that roof) and could sit down for a favourite mocktail and pasta fuelled lunch at one of my favourite places, Jamie's- it felt like the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street!

Get baking in London...
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This is certainly an indulgent way of taking an afternoon off, but if you fancy a very special day out (this certainly is a little bit more of a splurge) then a cooking class at Peggy Porschen's Academy, is definitely a way of firming up those baking skills- and I'm sure Mary Berry would approve of the fondant fancies Kristabel and I were invited to make at the weekend! Alternatively, if the cost is a little much- than a visit to the Peggy Porschen bakery over the road is the perfect way to while away the hours whilst sampling some truly delicious cupcakes- the best way to people watch!

Have a bit of 'me' time...
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I'll be honest, it was only this year that I had my first facial, and even then having the time to indulge in a bit of chill make up free time whilst in central London, was certainly not something I could regularly fit in. Queue the Elemis Skin Lounge. Tucked away in Debenhams on Oxford Street (yup, you really wouldn't know) the Skin Lounge offers a SkinLab treatment, to prescribe the perfect facial and treatment for your skin (depending on type)- and after nearly falling asleep during my facial, I can confirm it was one of the most relaxing hours I've had in forever!

How do you like to spend your days off? I'm always after new ways to spend my free time, so answers on a postcard!

Realm & Empire

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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(Jacket: C/O Realm & Empire, Shirt: Uniqlo, Jumper: C/O Realm & Empire, Jeans: Urban Outfitters, Socks: American Apparel, Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Boots: C/O Boden)

If there's one person who doesn't feature on here probably half as much as they should, it's my patient (and amazing) photographer extraordinaire (the Bailey to my Shrimpton) boyfriend of 5 years, Joe. Having stood behind the camera more times than I care to count, and seen a hella lot of awkward poses on my part (without laughing too much, we decided- after the lovely people at Realm & Empire got in touch, to switch things up a bit- and get Joe doing his best zoolander for you all.

On top of that, I know Joe is someone who takes a keen interest in male fashion (he certainly demands a rare A.P.C trip nearly as much as me), so hopefully his take on some Autumn trends and staple transitional pieces will inspire any of my male readers out there (if there are? Hello?) or any ladies out there who care for some cool androgynous fashion. I know I'll be doing a little wardrobe raid soon ; )

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Winter Florals

Sunday, 21 September 2014

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(Hat: ASOS, Top: Topshop, Bag: C/O Aspinal, Trousers: C/O Motel, Shoes: Dorothy Perkins)

If there's one thing that I'll never tire of doing on a Sunday (you know, bar having a huge lie in)- it's heading to Columbia Road Flower Market. Although it's probably not the most relaxing way to spend a morning (if you're willing to change your alarm clock to a man bellowing 'TWO FOR A FIVAAA!' you're absolutely fine)- but it never ceases to make me smile, and when there's cheap flowers involved all the better- and hey, we have to appreciate these last days of summer, right? On top of that my mum, dad, brother and cousin had never visited before- so I took the opportunity to show them one of my favourite corners of East London, but not before indulging in the most wonderful Sunday brunch at Hoi Polloi (if granola, eggs and string quartets are your thing then head this way...)

I also made a special effort to show them Lily Vanilli- which is one of my ultimate post flower-buying rituals and made sure we stocked up on rose, coconut and apple cakes and sea salt brownies to indulge in at home with a good cup of tea- a treat day if ever there was one!
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