Tuesday, 31 July 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Primark A/W 2012

It's time for another wonderful edition of my new feature: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

Today's post features Primark's new Autumn/Winter 12 collection. Except my title doesn't quite work because I LOVE IT ALL. So, for today, I'm renaming this feature the good, the DAMN good and the not-quite-as-good-but-still-pretty-good. Catchy.

Let's start with the good:

Navy Blouse - £12 // Floral Blouse - £12 // Floral Lace Up Heels - £20
Riding Jacket - Price not stated // Burgundy Jacket - Price not stated // Bowling Bag - £9

I'm a sucker for a pretty blouse so I'm glad to see some lovely ones in Primark's A/W '12 Collection. Especially the first one; the collar features some great detailing and I love the cut out shoulders. 
The colour of the burgundy jacket is SO warm and perfect for winter. In fact, I love everything about that jacket so that's definitely a must-buy. Also, a special mention for the bright floral Jeffrey Campbell style heels they're pretty amazing.

Mustard Jacket - £26 // Yellow Peplum Top - £8 // Studded Ankle Boots - £20
Studded Flats - £12 // Studded Black Bag - Price not stated // Sheer Maxi Dress - £15

These are my favourite pieces in the A/W 12 range. I think it's probably because they all look like something that I'd buy in Zara for double the price! The mustard jacket just reeks of Chanel and I'd love to team that with some of the studded accessories to create a classy yet edgy look. For me, those studded black ankle boots are definitely the highlight of the whole collection. 

Blue Patterned Trousers - £14 // Pleated Mustard Skirt - £16 // Ombre Blouse -£12

It's great to see such bright colours being used by Primark. Although I probably couldn't see myself wearing these, they'd definitely look great on the right people. The clashing pattern and ombre colours of the last blouse are pretty brilliant!

What do you think of Primark's new pieces? Are there any stand-out items for you?

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Competition Win: Irregular Choice 'Love Bites' Shoes


If you're reading this blog you probably already know about ASOS Fashion Finder but, on the off chance that you don't, it's basically a clever tool on ASOS where you can create great outfits and they run a few competitions. Last year I entered the Twilight Saga competition, in which you had to create an outfit inspired by the Twilight Saga. I entered a couple of times: 

Well I didn't win first prize but I was a runner up! I received an email telling me that I'd won some exclusive Irregular Choice shoes that were designed especially for the release of Twilight: Breaking Dawn. I was warned that it would be a while before I'd receive them as they were in the process of being designed and would not be on sale to the public. All I had to go by was this sketch of what they might look like:

Fast forward 8 months and take a look at what I received in the post today!!

Congratulatory letter from Entertainment One.

AMAZING Irregular Choice Box! I'm going to have to find a special spot for it in my room. Maybe I'll put my extensive nail polish collection in it...

Such pretty wrapping! <3

In all their glory. They're absolutely INSANE but I love them - the colour is beautiful!

Complete with a mini wolf to represent Jacob and there's also a little crystal heart (somewhere in the foliage) to represent Edward - So cute!

I LOVE the soles of the shoes! Irregular Choice do some of the most amazing soles in the biz.
The only issue I have is that they're so high and I mean SOOOOO high. But it's fine... I'll learn to walk in them. If I break both my ankles in the process I'll have a pair of crutches to help me keep my balance SO IT'S ALL GOOD.

Higher than a G6.
I'm not saying that this last picture is me sliding down the stairs on my butt because I was too scared to walk down. No, I'm classier than that... ahem.
What do you think of my win?

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The good, the bad and the ugly: River Island A/W12

Hello all,


Despite the fact that we haven't seen a glimpse of summer yet and our pretty summer dresses are firmly at the back of the closet begging to be worn, the world still keeps turning in the fashion industry. Some companies, River Island for example, are getting all geared up for the release of their A/W 12 collections. 
Urgh. Winter. What a depressing thought.

So, as and when each brand release press images of their upcoming collections, I'll be reviewing them in my new feature 'The good, the bad and the ugly'. Good title, right? Yeah it is.
There's no time like the present to get started so here's a little look what River Island have come up with in their latest collection:
There's SO MUCH, that I love in the collection but these are a few of my favourites. I especially love the gorgeous colours in the skirt and the top. I've always thought that the winter collections in general need more colour (Why is it winter has all the dull clothes? Surely we need a little colour in the winter to brighten up the dull days?) and the colouring and patterns in these pieces are so rich, vibrant and warm. There should be more like this, in my opinion!
 I loved the majority of the collection but this is one of the few pieces I'm not so keen on. I'm not a fan of metallics in general and this just reminds me of the wrapping of a galaxy chocolate bar. 
Mmmmm... Galaxy.
Paisley should be left on home decor, as far as I'm concerned. I'd only wear that pyjama top if I were planning on dressing up as a character from Brideshead Revisited or as Ebenezer Scrooge. Which I'm not, incidentally.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE WHOLE COLLECTION on the 'Look' website (and you should, it's bloody amazing)

What are you favourite pieces?

Sunday, 15 July 2012


...EVER! Okay, maybe not ever but at least until I'm making some sort of stable income.

This has come about as a result of me having too many clothes and no longer having enough money to fund my clothes buying addiction. This is the current state of my attic AKA my second wardrobe:

And this is just the start of it. There's another one of those racks filled to the brim...
So, for the next few months I won't be buying clothes apart from bargains that I find in charity shops or trading. I'll also be trying to sell all that stuff at boot sales and on Ebay, so I'll let you know how that goes.

A few years ago, before I started university and experienced the many joys of a student loan, I joined the website Big WardrobeIt's a website where people from all over the world upload the clothes that they no longer wear and if you see something you like, you can ask them to swap! 

Basically, it's a great way of getting new clothes for free if you're strapped for cash. I used to use it a lot and made some brilliant swaps but stopped when I started university. I've now come crawling back, like a more fashionable, female version of the prodigal son. So, if anyone fancies joining me over on Big Wardrobe here's some of the stuff I'll be trading:

 And here's a few other bits I'll also be trading or selling:

I was looking to trade that last dress but I'm thinking I might keep it and use it as wall decor instead. LOOK HOW PRETTY:

That's better than any stinking picture.
If you fancy joining me on Big Wardrobe, my username is Zafrina (don't ask). This stuff is mainly either size 12 or 14 but there are a couple of 10s in there too.

Hopefully this will work and stop my overwhelming desire to buy new clothes for a while.

Hope to see you on Big Wardrobe! I'll inform you if I get any great swaps!

Much love,

Thursday, 12 July 2012

£100 ASOS Blogger Challenge

Hello all!

I am officially a graduate and have been for about 3 days now. Thus, I am older, wiser and generally a better person than I was 72 hours ago... and now begins the mega job search! I'm anticipating that it's going to take a while for me to get a job because I'm going down the 'intern' route. I'm not looking forward to working unpaid for months and potentially years but hey, that's life... and I do have my little, casual theatre job to tide me over, I'll also be working as a programme seller at the Olympics so hopefully I won't be too strapped for cash! Nonetheless, I'm doing my best not to buy anything at the moment as I've become far too used to blowing my student loan in Zara and Topshop. Gone are those days. Boohoo.

Instead of buying things I'm going to try and win them instead! So here's my entry into Discount Coder's £100 Blogger Challenge. It's pretty self explanatory really; create your dream outfit from ASOS on a budget of £100. Here's my entry:

Floral Dress - £40Bag - £35Nail Polish - £5
Sunglasses - SALE £3.50 (Were £12)
Flatforms - SALE £15 (Were £50)
I'm absolutely lurrrrrrrrve this outfit and I can't believe that it was all for under £100! Those shoes are a steal.
I'm on a bit of a 'Mad Men' high at the moment, and I'm oh so in love with Betty Draper. This outfit is inspired by her incredible style:

When  I grow up I want to be Betty Draper.

Any one else entering the ASOS Blogger Challenge?
Leave me your link if you do, I'd love to see what you come up with!

Lots of love,

Sunday, 8 July 2012

NOTD: Graduation theme!

Evenin' all!

Tomorrow is a big ol' day in the life of me, for tomorrow is the day that I graduate from University. And from that day I am no longer classified as a student but instead an unemployed graduate - WAHOO! Not.

Anyway, as with all universities, we have our signature colours for our mortar boards and do you know what mine are? It's that terrifically sexy colour combination of lime green and silvery grey. Great. 

Despite my massive collection of nail polish, I don't have lime green so I had to go out and buy one. So tomorrow, for the first (and probably last) time in my life, my nails will be lime green, silver and graduation themed. Here we are:

Good colours right? Like snot mixed with steel. In case you can't make it out, that's a mortar board and a scroll. On the little finger is a bow tie and some buttons because I didn't really know what else to put on it, to be quite honest.

In other news, here's a round up of other things I've been up to this week:

  • Feeling very sorry for myself as I've had a cold.
  • Collecting my pass and uniform for the Olympics - that was exciting! (Not actually being sarcastic this time - can't wait!)
  • Writing an article on swapping stuff for Save the Student. Here it is, in case you're interested: http://www.savethestudent.org/save-money/top-five-swapping-websites.html
  • Looking to see what jobs/internships are around in editorial... I haven't started applying yet but I'm already sick of it. I also attempted to blackmail Grace Dent into giving me an internship via the medium of Twitter. Didn't work.

    Next time you hear from me I shall be Helen Wilkinson BA Hons.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Easy Ombre Nail Art Tutorial

I'm a bit of a nail art fiend at the moment and my favourite look is the ombre style. I love how all the colours merge into one and create something really special, so I decided to do a pictorial for you so you could try to create something similar if you want to. It's quite messy and takes a little time but it's actually really simple! 
Here's how to do it:

It's really as simple as that! 
 I've added another, larger glitter top coat by Barry M to make it slightly more interesting.
Here's the finished product:

Lots of Love,