Somebody told the stars you're not coming out tonight, until we find a place to hide

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

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(Jumper: Whistles, Dress: C/O Miss Selfridge, Boots: Topshop, Rings: JWLRY)

When I was contacted by Miss Selfridge regarding their new 'Designed By' range, I was completely entranced. Miss Selfridge are a brand I'm continuously surprised by and are definitely one of the high street shops I look to for some really lovely unique pieces, and this is probably why I fell in love with the collection. Consisting of gorgeous fabrics; leather, studs, chiffon and faux fur and designed exclusively by the in-house team, there is an indulgent element of luxe sprinkled in each of the pieces, making them completely one off and feel good to parade around in! I particularly fell in love with this dress and felt fit for galloping around the woods in a pixie-like manor! The skirt was totally magically, but equally 'toughened up' by the leather bodice. Additionally, I teamed the dress with my favourite jumper to make it a little more weather appropriate- as in my opinion there is never any item of clothing going cold for!

Below are some of my favourite pieces from the collection, I'm particularly in love with the gold foil print jacket and the fur number, certainly some perfect festive party pieces in there!

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(all can be found at Miss Selfridge)

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(p.s if my pictures are looking a little clearer and bigger you can thank the lovely Jazzy for sorting out my teeny pictures!)

(p.p.s at present the dress isn't available on the website due to popular demand BUT they are bringing out some more to be sold exclusively online from the 17th December so keep checking!)

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

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So, when Joe told me he was growing a moustache, I can't deny, my initial thoughts were that of horror. My 19 year old boyfriend could potentially be mistaken for Ron Burgundy and what could I do!? However, don't be fooled, by no means was he opting for a style change, and his new style icon was not Tom Selleck (yet...) but in fact he was, and still is (for the next day!) taking part in Movember.

Movember is a moustache growing charity, that each November focusses on men sprouting a moustache and raising money in order to raise awareness about men's health, specifically prostrate cancer, and is such a worthy cause (so much so that for just November I'm happy for my boy to sport some fancy facial furniture!)

Now, here's where you come in. I wouldn't normally write a post like this, but because I know and understand how much of a selfless and beneficial cause this is I'd really appreciate it if you could all pay a visit to Joe's Movember page HERE and perhaps spare a few pennies for this amazing cause- it would mean the world to him (he even allowed me to use this incredibly Anchor-Man-esque photo of him below!).


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Additionally, I've also listed some of my favourite 'tash buys out there at the moment so you can really get in to the spirit (even if the last day is tomorrow!). You may have seen in previous blog posts me wearing my favourite moustache necklace, so why not, it's an amazing cause plus they're fan-tashtic (hohoho...)

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(1 & 2: Punky Pins, 3-6: Tatty Devine- 50p of each purchase goes towards the charity, 7: River Island)

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Don't loose it all, in the blur of the stars

Thursday, 24 November 2011

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(Dress: C/O Dahlia, Bag: Mulberry, Shoes: New Look- eek first picture caught mid-speech!)

First things first, thank you all so much for the lovely and incredibly encouraging comments regarding my last post. It was so lovely to be able to relate to some of you and read some really kind comments- I'm super grateful. I've had a pretty busy week this week, consisting of personal statement planning, unpacking, and my first ever press day to which I was accompanied by the gorgeous Jazmine (there will be photos, and some very giggly videos to follow). Also, I'm sorry about the slightly inconsistent lighting in these pictures- I now definitely understand why so many bloggers find it so hard to take outfit pictures this time of year!

Anyway, I was recently sent this by the ever amazing Dahlia, a brand I am always excited to hear about. I received this sheer burgundy heart print dress, which I absolutely adore, and is definitely something I'd run to if I popped into their store! (Pardon the unintentional rhyme there...) I love the fact although it could easily be worn as a summer piece, with brogues and ankle socks, it goes perfectly with some opaque tights, boots and a chunky knit or coat for this nippy weather!

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p.s I already have a few names down, but I have room for a few more so if you're interested in advertising on my blog for December email me for details!

A Little Catch Up...

Monday, 21 November 2011

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(View from Liverpool's Albert Dock)

I never really do update posts, but seeing as I haven't posted for about a week, I feel a little-catch up is needed! I have many a post lined up in the next week, and am hopefully going to catch up with everything!

Anyway, if you follow me on Twitter you'll know a little more as to my blogging absence in the last week, and that I'm actually back in London. I'd be pondering my interest in my university course for a while, and after several weeks deliberation realised it really wasn't for me, and that I'd much rather reapply next year doing something I'm completely passionate about, than suck it up and waste 3 years. I've been pretty disappointed by the amount of people who seem to 'look down' on the fact you've 'dropped out', when really, in my opinion, it's a pretty brave decision. However, I was absolutely astonished by the response on Twitter, and the amount of people that have made similar decisions, which was hugely reassuring, and hoped that by posting about this (although I do try to keep some things personal) it could help someone else in a similar position. I honestly have no regrets, and hope that by following something I really am driven by (even if the course is less academic) I can really flourish in something I love (cheesy, but true). I'm going to miss my flatmates, the people on my course, the amazing city and the girls at work (big shout out to Sian ;D) but I'm hoping it will all be worth it!

Anyway- enough of grown up chat! I've had a really busy last week, which has also held me back on the blogging front! This included meeting up with the gorgeous Rebecca for tea and cake and talking about our mutual love for Alex Turner, trains, making the perfect cup of tea and of course a little blogging! She is such a lovely girl with an amazing blog, so I do suggest you pay a cheeky visit! Additionally, the amount of cakes I've indulged in recently has inspired me to get back in the kitchen- so look out for some recipes in the next few days, I'm desperate to try making scones!

Last but not least, I was recently Street Style Spotting for Company Magazine in Liverpool- after taking over Alexandra. Anyway, the final gallery is now live and I would REALLY appreciate it if you could all vote for my street style spots HERE if you could- it literally takes a second (they're the pictures with my name). Thank you so much! I hope you all had a lovely and stress free week!

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P.S You still all have 20% off of In Love With Fashion til the end of December using 'WHATOLIVIADID20', you can shop here!

When the jester sang for the king and queen, in a coat he borrowed from james dean

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

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(Dress: C/O InLoveWithFashion, Belt: American Apparel, Shoes: New Look, Lolz tan line: Summer Hols!)

In terms of dresses, this isn't usually something I'd instantly go for. If you know me by now, you'll know the most outlandish print I own is a horizontal breton stripe and anything more than that (excusing the odd polka dot) is a little too daring for me. However, upon receiving this dress from the lovely ladies at LOVE (alliteration at it's finest!) I was pleasantly surprised and couldn't wait to try it on!

Apart from the fact it's from the Jess Wright Collection and Sam and Jess from TOWIE have it (I am a HUGE Towie fan, I can't even hide it) meaning it is obviously 'reem', it's made from a gorgeous sheer material meaning it's perfect for layering so if full on animal print isn't your thing than it's perfect to tuck in with shorts or cover with a cosy knit! I'm also a sucker for the cut out detail at the back, even if I am burdened with the same tan lines I had in July...

Additionally, the LOVE ladies have also given all readers of my blog 20% off of full priced items at the shop, so if you fancy picking up a gorgeous frock for Christmas or even treating a loved one this festive season (go on!), simply enter 'WHATOLIVIADID20' at checkout for your discount! Happy spending!

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5 Minutes With: Shannon Wardrop

Saturday, 12 November 2011

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With her rich and passionate vocals reminiscent of female vocalists such as Florence and The Machine or Zola Jesus, added with the organic folky charm of someone such as Laura Marling, Shannon oozes something pure and special and is certainly more than just a girl and her guitar.
Shannon has incredible skill, and not only can she sing but plays and writes all her own material-
her soulful lyrics tell captivating stories, and for her age is enviously musically mature. Surprisingly her powerful voice juxtaposes with her outstandingly modest persona, and with such striking vocals, Shannon has nothing to be humble about. I caught up with the lovely Shannon to talk musical inspiration, recording her album and what we can expect in her future...

Hi Shannon, for those who don’t know you tell us a little about yourself…
Hello! I'm an 18 year old singer/ songwriter/guitarist from Maidenhead (just down the road from reading for those of you who have ever been to the festival!). I have just finished my A-Levels in Music, Art and English Literature and I'm now focusing entirely on my career as a musician. You can find me on Facebook by just typing in Shannon Wardrop Musician!

When and why did you first start playing music, what first inspired you?
Well I've grown up listening to the likes of The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Small Faces, Hendrix and many others alike. So to me, playing music almost became a second nature. I first developed a real interest in guitars when I was 12 and from that age began to have lessons every week from then on. As for the singing side of things, I started performing in a band when I was thirteen and decided to cover Teenage Kicks by The Undertones - At this point we didn't have a singer, so I started singing the verse quietly to myself to which the rest of the band responded to! And i guess things have just developed from there! I have never really thought of myself as a 'singer' however - The first gig my band and I played, I was so scared of people hearing me sing that I mimed and pretended that the microphone wasn't working, hahaha!


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How would you describe your sound in 3 words?
You. Can. Decide.

What artists would you say inspire your sound most?
You're going to regret asking me this question, I could easily babble on for hours haha! Steve Marriott from The Small Faces is such an idol of mine and quite arguably one of the best white male singer/songwriters of all time! For me, artists from the 60's in general have inspired me most with the passion and stories they portray in their songs through such delivery in their vocals, lyrics and guitar work. Although my sound doesn't depict that of bands in the 60's, they are the bands and people that have inspired me most in my own work!

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What has been the highlight of your career in music so far?
To be honest with you, I think that the highlight has been all of the wonderful and positive feedback and support that I have had from people after playing gigs and doing little recordings - It makes it all seem worthwhile! I suppose a huge achievement would also be to do with the people that I am working with at Kensal Town Studios in Ladbroke Grove at the moment. They are such an amazing team of professionals who have worked with pretty much everyone and anyone in the music industry so I am very lucky to have been given the chance to work closely with them!

What’s can we expect next for Shannon?
Well as long as you 'like' me on facebook and follow me on twitter, you can expect to see me play bigger and better gigs, receive free downloads and videos on a regular basis, and even get a sneaky preview of the album that I'm starting to record in February 2012!

To listen to Shannon, you can visit her Youtube here, Soundcloud here or pay a visit to her Facebook page here (and definitely pop to see her if you get the chance, you won't regret it!)

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You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

Thursday, 10 November 2011

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(Jacket: Vintage & borrowed from Gem, Top: Topshop, Scarf: Vintage, Jeans: Topshop, Shoes: New Look, Bag: Mulberry)

Hello! I hope you've all been having a lovely week. I've been pretty busy, so sorry for the tiny delay in posting! Yesterday my main gal pal Gemma came up to visit for her 6-day Liverpool mini break, and we spent the evening uber-fan girling over Arctic Monkeys at the Echo Arena- who were a-mazing as per, definitely my fave band ever ever, Alex Turner is simply incredible.

Anyway, before I go off in a wave of crazy Alex Turner related nonsense, can you believe how Autumnal it's suddenly become? There's been a real bite in the air, and as you can see from above the leaves made a welcome backdrop for some pretty festive snaps! My outfit was pretty plain and simple, but perfect for the mid-season weather and I can guarantee you'll be seeing plenty more of this scarf, it's all I seem to wear with EVERYTHING from October-March, so I'll make a concise effort to spice it up a bit with other neck accessories.


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I spent this afternoon in a gorgeous cafe/deli in Liverpool called The Quarter. From the looks of the menu it does the most lovely sounding Italian food (I've heard good things!) but could only manage a pot of tea and two (!) of their amazing warm raisin scones with cream and jam- perfect! It's fair to say I left feeling very satisfied! What have you all been up to this week?

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A Girl Can Dream: Festive Fancies

Monday, 7 November 2011

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(1: Office, 2: Joy, 3: Dorothy Perkins, 4: Warehouse, 5: H&M, 6: Boutique by Jaeger, 7: Urban Outfitters, 8: French Connection)

With the festive season rapidly approaching and Christmas party invitations on the brain, I began thinking about some absolute gems I definitely would not mind sporting in the upcoming months. There's the age old 'Christmas day outfit' (something glamorous with EXTRA comfort for post dinner T.V time), Work Party outfits (something chic but not TOO OTT), pieces for the ultra cold weather- and without looking TOO far ahead New Years outfits.

The above items are from a selection of my favourite high street shops, and include a mix of luxe lace tops (a la Alexa Chung for Madewell), superwoman sequin shorts, the most gorgeous red midi dress I think I have ever laid my eyes on, an awesome top hat shirt (pantomime chic anyone?) and some amazing boots and creeper style loafers! I tried to keep to a relatively festive friendly budget, so if any of you lucky people manage to nab any of these I'd love to see how you style them!

I'm also thinking of doing some Christmas gift guides if anyone's interested? I love trawling the net for bargains and especially coming across cute Etsy shops, so if anyone was interested I may do some as unfortunately (or not?) I've pretty much organised my present buying for this year, but do love a good gift so let me know! (Especially who you'd like me to look for parents, family, boyfriends, girlfriends, best friends, cats, dogs haha!)

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I put some new shoes on, and suddenly everything is right

Sunday, 6 November 2011

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(Jacket & Cardigan: C/O Missguided.co.uk, Top: French Connection, Jeans: Topshop, Hat: Primark (yes, it's back this year!), Bag: Mulberry, Shoes: C/O ASOS)

Following the launch of their #ASOSSavvySunday project (currently ongoing on the ASOS website- register here and have a root around- there are some real gems to be found as well as some hidden treasures for a measly £1!), ASOS contacted me to get in touch with their discussion on life changing shoes!

Now, as you all may now I am a HUGE shoe fan, and really feel they can make or break an outfit, and equally, like bags, dresses, jeans or what have you- you can never have too many. Even since being in year 6, when Clarks Bootleg shoes (preferably with a flashing/interesting chunky heel) were my favourite thing, I like to think I have always been relatively savvy with my footwear. However, more recently than late I have been becoming more infatuated with heels. Maybe it's because my style is 'growing up', or more realistically I have realised with my height a little 'lift' is pretty necessary. Either way, I love them- and no, they're not always uncomfortable!

It was only two years ago that I bought my fist proper pair of heels on my 16th birthday. A nude strappy pair from Aldo- which made me feel amazing. They went with my birthday dress perfectly and since then I pretty much realised how much they can transform an outfit. Saying that, it was only recently for the Cosmo Awards that I bought my first PROPER proper heels, no straps no fuss, just black velvet court style heels, and although they were pretty painful towards the end of the night (ask anyone who saw me limping post party!) they are beautiful.

Saying that, I have several pairs of wedges and 'flatforms' that I wear on a day to day basis, all of which arguably put a spring in my step, and make walking across the zebra crossing all the more 'Carrie Bradshaw'. Okay so they're not all Manolo Blanhik's, but even with the gorgeous pair of tan heeled hiking boots (which are SO comfy FYI) that I received in aid of the project they really can pull an outfit together and make that gloomy Monday a little bit brighter!

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(The project is going on for the next 4 weeks so make sure you keeping checking every Sunday from 5pm for some unmissable treats, and also check out today's sale solely focussed on shoes (did you see the pun in there)!)

I know a girl from a lonely street, cold as ice cream but still as sweet

Friday, 4 November 2011

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(Playsuit: C/O MotelRocks, Shoes: Henry Holland @ Debenhams, Ring: Whistles)

After eyeing it up on the website for goodness knows how long and lusting over it for what seems like a lifetime, I was recently sent the gorgeous Winnie playsuit by MotelRocks, and I think I'm a little bit in love with it.

It's such a lovely fabric, perfect as a 'day to night' transitional piece and with the weather gradually cooling down, it makes for some perfect laying material (and we all know I love a good layer!). What you can't see from these pictures is the stunning cut out back detail, which really adds an element of 'luxe' to the playsuit, making it all the more appropriate for lots of glamorous nights out!

I'm really in love with a lot of Motel's new Autumn Winter pieces so many gorgeous dresses and some stunning prints (and some very sleek colour block pieces!), so I definitely recommend you take a look I'm particularly in love with this, this and this!

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