Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas Eve

Just a quick little post on Christmas Eve, with my Christmas jumper and Christmas hat. My mum told me she wanted us all to have a Christmas jumper on Christmas day and I was so gutted because I'd seen such a good/bad/ugly one in a charity shop in Wood Green, just a week before, that I really regret not buying. I got this one with a cat on from one of those cheapo clothes shops where everything is £5 or £10. It reminds me of the kind of thing that Angela from The Office would wear.

I made my hat in literally 5 minutes. I just cut out 2 holly leaf shapes in felt glue gunned them to a hairband and then glue gunned on two red pompoms. It really was so easy!

Apologies for the awful pictures, my camera charger is broke so I'm using my iphone camera. I trying to decide if it's worth upgrading to DSLR camera or not...

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Wooly jumper frilly skirt

I got this jumper ages ago from a charity shop, it looks like it would be super cosy, but actually the wind whips right through it. I need to wear my heat tech underneath it to not freeze! I'm also quite worried about wearing it when it rains, I can imagine it would be so heavy if it was wet. It would smell I bet too. I don't mind wearing long sleeves and a collar underneath since it's so itchy.

The skirt is from topshop, I have 4 of these skirts in different colours. I wear them all the time, sometimes all at once, sometimes as petticoats. I also end up lending them to people, i recon the cost per wear must be pennies.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

In my dreams...

Here's a wishlist of things I'd love to have, but really are a bit beyond relms of possibility. 

1. Miu Miu Embellished Jumper - I love this pretty jumper so much.
2. Markus Luptfer Sparkly Letter Brooch - I love anything with my name or initial on. And anything sparkly.
3. Miu Miu Embelsihed pocket skirt
4. Charlotte Olympia Christmas Pudding Shoes and 5. Charlotte Olympia Christmas Pudding Bag - I love these shoes so much! It's very fortunate/unfortunate for my bank balance that they are £500+ otherwise I'd definitely buy them despite only being able to wear them for one month of the year.
6. Stella McCartney Knickers
7. Lulu Guiness Souviner Shop Handbag
8. Sous Vide Water Oven - I'm pretty convinced that if I had one of these, I'd be as good at cooking as Heston.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Vintage christmas book

I found this book in the window of a charity shop in Basingstoke. It was only £1.50 too. (Does anyone else feel bad when they get a real bargain from a charity shop? I always think 'Oh you could have gotten so much more for that' or is that just me?)

It was published in 1947 and is in pretty good condition considering. It doesn't have any colour plates, but lots of illustrations. They are simple, which I like, all in just blue, black and red. It's a very pretty book and I'm pleased with it.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Granny's Wardrobe

I am particularly pleased with this outfit because both the dress and jacket are taken from other peoples wardrobe. I don't know why I especially enjoy that but there you go.

I got the dress from my sister when she cleared out her wardrobe before she went away to uni. It's the sort of thing I like, but I'd never buy because it's quite plain. I think it suits me though and fits quite well. I may have to trace off the pattern to make myself another one.

The jacket I took from my granny, which set her off trying to give me another bunch of crap I don't want (She is always giving me things and I'm like 'what do I want this for?') but I liked this. I think it's quite in keeping with the baroque trend which I like.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Things I Found and Liked

Pimkie Color Forecast

Pimkie Color Forecast from Color Forecast on Vimeo.

This cool website comes from European fashion brand Pimkie (which isn't in the UK yet, but I remember going to Spain and looking forward to shopping in Bershka when I was younger.) It uses cameras on the streets of Europe's fashion capitals hooked up to computers to work out what colours are being worn right now. This video explains it alot better than I do.

Pimkie Color Forecast - Technical video from Color Forecast on Vimeo.

I really like the idea of this, and although I don't think it actually has any practical application  it is interesting to see the idea actually work. It's a step forward towards something bigger and better. I also love the song on the first video.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Things for a Homemade Xmas

One of the most important things I think about homemade presents is the presentations. It shows you really care and put thought into your gift. I've chosen some of my favourite items for homemade gifts.

1. Cake pops are super easy to make but look really impressive. This box from Lakeland really adds a professional touch.
2. Brown paper gift tags - You can get these quite cheaply in places like wilkos.
3. Pretty Ribbons add a nice touch to everything. These are from John Lewis.
4. & 5. These cute gift boxes are perfect putting little sweets and other pretty little gifts in.
6. You can stick these lovely stickers on everything to Christmas it up a bit. I use plain cellophane bags from waitrose for my sweets and seal them with a Christmas sticker. These are from John Lewis too.
7. Didn't spend summer hoarding jars? Don't worry you can buy them cheaply in Tiger.
8. These paper bag are amazing for putting sweets in too! They're from Ikea.
9. Put together a nice hamper of bits and bobs in a lovely box. I'm putting together beauty bits for a make-up mad friend, lovely american chocolates for another friend and homemade chutney, sweets and candles for family. These are from Tiger.

There's also some really good ideas on a rosie outlook.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Bows and Stars

I went to the V&A to go see Hollywood Costumes, on Friday, with my mum, auntie and cousin, since my sister had been raving about it. We didn't think we'd get in since all the advance booking tickets were sold out, however on the day we could get tickets. This exhibition is well worth the £14 (unlike the ballgowns one), although it was bloody rammed. You basically walked around in one big queue. It was also like this when my sister went. I didn't get any photos because it's quite dark in there, also there are people telling you off for taking photos. I won't say what/whose costumes are in there, because I think thats part of the fun. I will say that there were some really iconic costumes, some really surprising costumes and some really nice costumes. In someways I was almost surprised that they had managed to get hold of these items, although after Harry Potter Studio Tour I shouldn't be. It was also the most technologically advanced exhibition I've ever been to with fancy screens, projections and shadows where nothing is there (look on the bird cage on 'The Birds' bit)

We also saw the Light from the Middle East photographic exhibition, which was an odd exhibition in someways as the only thing connecting the photos was the middle east. My favourites were a series of photos of Egyptian (I think) workers from South Sheilds in the 70s. I liked the way they all wore a smart jacket, but some had a big wooly jumper underneath because it's so cold. I also liked a series of photos of women where they traditionally have objects that show their aspirations, but because the were westernized they had cool sunglasses and pepsi. I didn't take any photos, because I think it's weird to take photos of photos. I really recommend both exhibitions.

Since I don't have any pictures from the exhibitions and I managed to get some picture of my outfit, I'll share those instead.

I tied a length of ribbon around my neck ala this blouse, I think it looks quite cute.

 Jumper; TK Maxx Tee; Charity Shop Skirt; Homemade Shoes; New Look

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