Saturday, 22 November 2014

Today the world was just an address..

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Clutch Bag: New Look
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Dress; Primark
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Crocodile Bracelet: Topshop
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Heels: Irregular Choice
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Coat: Marks and Spencer
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These photos aren't great but I'd not worn this dress before and rather like it. In fact, I'd recently considered parting with it as I've had it about a year without wearing it, but then having a few minutes to get ready to meet some friends, I rediscovered it and figured it would do. And I was told I looked nice, so maybe it stays..

I grabbed my current favourite coat and a couple of simple accessories as I headed out the door and spent a lovely evening full of laughter with a group of new friends, who are all pretty rad and have worked wonders to make me feel better the past couple of weeks. I figure that it's all very well not doing emotional attachment but that surrounding yourself with people who make you smile is pretty good as well. <3

Friday, 21 November 2014

Friday Favourites 122..

Dalmatian Necklace
001: Dalmatian Necklace: Karen Mabon, £28
Isobel Floral
002: Isobel Dress, Emily + Fin, £76
I've got a party to go to in a couple of weeks and in true Char fashion, will obviously need a new outfit for it. I'm thinking this one.

001: Karen Mabon is a new one on me; I only recently discovered the site but love the designs of their scarves (I would so love the Vages print one for my upcoming trip but I just can't justify it!) and their quirky jewellery is fantastic. I love the dalmatians, but am also tempted by these ostriches and the swimmer. Sort of want them all.

002: It's been a while since I last welcomed an Emily + Fin dress to my wardrobe. I'm not sure why, as they're still coming out with some absolute gems. More excitingly, they also now sell them directly from their website, which greatly excites me. The Isobel is my favourite E+F style and I love this purple floral print, so it's definitely the next dress I'll be ordering!

What's on your wishlist this week?

Thursday, 20 November 2014

I can't tell you all my secrets..



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Dress: ASOS
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Glasses: London Retro*
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Heels: Kurt Geiger
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Sequin Collar: H+M
I needed something a little more work-y than my regular day to day outfits, to deliver a training course. OK, so not exactly corporate wear, but it's a step in that direction. I'm never quite sure that I'm the right shape for pencil dresses and don't often feel confident in them, so this is a definite step outside of the box in more ways than one.

I'd wanted to wear red shoes with the navy, but could only find these pink ones when I looked - must get more organised! - so I went with that and dug out this cute sequin collar necklace.

In other news, my Twin Peaks obsession rages on. It's possible I bought a pair of shoes the other day which Audrey would approve of. I'm not sure what I'll do when I finish the season!

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Cooper: Audrey, you're a high school girl. I'm an agent of the FBI. 
Audrey Horne: So, do you want me to leave or what? 
Special Agent Dale Cooper: What I want and what I need are two different things, Audrey. 

Annoyingly, he talks such sense!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

You be the captain and I'll be no-one..and you can carry me away if you want to.

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Coat: Louche
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Brooch: Anna Wiscombe via Urban Folk  // Necklace: Primark
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Handbag: Irregular Choice (gift)
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Dress: Handmade (Simplicity 2444) // Cardigan: H+M
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Shoes: New Look
Another crazy week, another hastily thrown-together outfit. I wanted to debut this pretty Irregular Choice satchel bag, which I received as a surprise gift from a lovely friend who wanted to put a smile on my face. (Thanks love, it worked!)

I love the fact that there are pandas hidden in the tiny floral print. I've made a dress in a different colourway of this fabric and have a pair of shoes in a different colourway again.

I combined it with some old favourites (the shoes and cardigan) and one of the dresses I made for the One Week, One Pattern challenge. I was pretty glad to rediscover this coat when I went to rescue my things from the ex's house the other day. I've missed it!

When this goes live I'll be delivering a training session, which will be annoying as I've got such a sore throat at the moment. I hope it passes by the time I go to Vegas!!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

I am an acrobat swinging trapezes through circles of flame..

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Coat: River Island // Tutu Skirt: La Redoute*
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Rose Print Top: Oasis* // Sequin Beret: Topshop
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Leopard Tights: Primark
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Boots: Office
Saturday was one of those weird days where I had too much to think about to be able to focus on actually doing any of the useful things I was supposed to be getting done. I had to be in town for coffee at 10am so threw this outfit together last minute and made it with about a minute to spare.

I'd not really thought of what to wear this skirt or top with, but since they turned up at the same time, it meant that in my head they were inexplicably linked by fate. I wore them together and kind of like the result. I rediscovered this jacket as well, which I love for the bow detail at the neckline.

I felt a bit princessy swishing about in my tutu skirt. It's the kind of thing I used to wear daily when I was in college. Just another reason why Saturday was a bit of a weird day - just like going back in time ten years.

Monday, 17 November 2014

It must have been a snowshoe rabbit..

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Coat: Marks and Spencer
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Shoes: Irregular Choice // Glasses: London Retro* // Bag: Dorothy Perkins (gift)
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Shirt: Primark // Jumper: George@Asda
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Checked Skirt: George@Asda* {similar here}
A big part of me is thinking how the fuck can it be Monday again already?! and yet there another part of my brain which is thinking that last Monday seems like a very long time ago indeed as this past week has been a little crazy. I've got a LOT of things going on this week, so at the moment my life seems to be one big To Do list. Starting to stress out about the prospect of a week away as well, I don't know that I can afford to spend a week away from work and all the things I need to do.

I picked this coat up a couple of months ago now, when M+S had some of their 20% off vouchers, and then put it away until the weather turned a bit colder and kind of forgot about it, so this was it's first wear. I really like it though and can see it being a new favourite for the winter months.

This skirt was another thing I've had hanging about for a while waiting to be worn. I chose it from George a little while back as I was really drawn to the muted check pattern, but it's a little shorter than the skirts I'd usually go for, so bare legs and heels were out. Kind of like the dressed down office look, though.

The weekend was a funny one, with a concert on Friday night which turned out to be better than expected. A strange day on Saturday, had to go and do that end of relationship collecting of my stuff, which was fine - I did it whilst he was out and left my key - followed by a totally random evening out with some new friends. I felt a little out of my depth with all the bike chat, but was able to geek out about Twin Peaks to my heart's content. Here's to some more crazy times - there have to be plenty more 60th birthday parties to crash!

How was your weekend? I think I might be getting a cold, which I totally don't have time for.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Sunday Shoes 063..

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A little shoe porn post for a Sunday morning. I picked up these Faith CLATLY heels from eBay for all of £2.10 this week and was super pleased with them when they arrived.

 I know that red and leopard print are generally erring on the side of tacky when worn together, but hey ho. I think they just about fall on the right side of tacky..what do you think?