Friday, 25 January 2013

Style Crush: HAIM

All images from Google.

HAIM - Don't Save Me
Crop Top - New Look - £9.99 | Denim Skater Skirt - Topshop - £28
Mix n Match Dress - Topshop - £46
Peace Necklace - River Island - £5 | Red Sunnies - Mango - Now £8.99 | Studded Ankle Boots - River Island - Now £25

I pretty much love everything about HAIM. Not only are they stupidly talented musicians (today's Fleetwood Mac, anyone?) but they're also styled to perfection... I never imagined '70s throwback combined with LA street style could look so good. And you just know that the look they're rocking is going to be the one dominating the music festivals this summer. Better start shopping.

Are you a fan of HAIM's style?

Thursday, 24 January 2013

lovely things...


Illustrated Notebook - Ella Masters Etsy
Deer head necklace - Ebay
I just wanted to show you a couple of bits + pieces that I've bought recently. It's so nice to be surrounded by simple yet lovely things that inspire you. It's funny how little things can leave you feeling happy, things like drinking tea out of your favourite mug or finding something you thought you'd lost. Seeing this little illustrated notebook by Ella in my handbag every day is one of those little things - I find the simple 'Strength' illustration brings a smile to my face and makes me feel more optimistic.

Since receiving my secret santa present from Rebecca I seem to have grown a love for anything deer-related so when I saw this necklace whilst I was browsing Ebay, I had to buy it. I've also got a rapidly growing nature-themed wishlist which includes these pieces:

Watch - Olivia Burton - £65
Necklace - Bill Skinner -£60
Have you got any little things that inspire you?

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Primark SS13

It's that time of year again, folks: Primark have started to release their SS13 pieces and can I just be the first to say, well done Primark. I'm absolutely loving the classic designs they've gone for, nobody does high-street boucle quite like Zara but they've certainly given it a good shot. I love the subtle pastel colours and simple design of the jackets.

My favourite piece of the collection has to be the lovely blue and white china-inspired dress. It's so simple yet elegant and has a great cut. The attention to detail is beautiful as well; the blue trimming around the sleeves just completes the dress perfectly. I can't wait to buy this beauty.

As to be expected with Primark, there are a few tacky pieces in the new collection. I never want to meet the person who suggested Leopard print hot pants as a good idea. I love a good satchel but one in neon pink with studs? Not so much and I don't even know where to start on the bracelet so I won't bother.

Items I'm adding to the already substantial list of trends I'll never understand are 1. Creepers and 2. Wedged trainers. 

What do you think of Primark's S/S13 collection? Got your eye on anything?

Friday, 18 January 2013

My Mulberry

If you remember, last month I was lucky enough to win a £700 voucher for Westfield in the #MyWLDreamWardrobe competition to buy my dream handbag. Off I went to Westfield in Shepherd's Bush to go on my first designer shopping spree and here are the results: my new Mulberry Hetty Hobo bag!

It's an absolutely gorgeous bag and retails at £750. The leather is amazingly soft and it's the perfect size for all the essentials, complete with a lovely little lock! It's also really practical as well as it comes with a detachable strap as well as handles.

I have to say that my designer shopping experience with Mulberry in Shepherd's Bush wasn't quite as wonderful as I'd pictured it would be. It was honestly like that scene in 'Pretty Woman'. I went in and explained that I had voucher and what bag I was after to a snooty assistant. Then I was left waiting for at least 15 minutes whilst they were "looking out the back to see whether it's in stock". I'm pretty convinced they were actually phoning the Westfield office to confirm my story rather than actually checking for stock because they'd never, ever leave any of their other customers waiting that long. Also, after they eventually brought out the first bag I'd asked for, I actually requested to see another bag which they got more or less immediately so their stock room can't be that big.

It was a rather bittersweet experience as I do love my Hetty Hobo but I've REALLY been put off designer shopping after that frankly rude treatment from the people in Mulberry. So, even if I did have the money, I don't think I'd go spending it in Mulberry again any time soon!

Are you a big designer shopper or are you a bit intimidated by them as I was made to feel?