Friday, 25 April 2014

Friday Favourites 092..

001: Bumblebee Hair Grips, £12
002: Map Print Backpack, £17.92

Feeling a bit rushed this week, there hasn't been a lot of shopping time or anything, so putting together a list of things I've bookmarked has been fairly easy - there have literally been these two!

001: I saw these bumblebee hair grips in Rebecca's post and think they are so cute. I'd love to learn to do a beehive, or at least do something a little more adventurous with my hair sometimes. I'd not really noticed Little Nell before, but now that it's on my radar, there are plenty of little cute things I can't live without.

002: My obsession with all things map-printed looks set to continue. Not content with one, but adding  two map print dresses to my "wardroom" recently has not quashed the map print thirst. I want this rucksack for adventuring and would fill it with picnics, string and lashings of ginger beer, a la Enid Blyton books.

What's on your wishlist this week?

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Eat. Sleep. Rave. Repeat.

Dress: F+F
Earrings: Oasap
"Oz" Heels: Irregular Choice

A typical daily outfit to head back to work on Tuesday. I have to admit I felt rather relaxed after a long weekend of baking, dressmaking, catching up with friends and getting the allotment more in order, as well as spending some rather rare time with the OH, who has been working away more often than not, lately. I'm not really complaining as I relish my own space, if I'm honest, so a little distance can be a good thing.

Back to work and it's shaping up to be the busiest week in a while, which is crazy as it's a short one. Guess that's just how it goes, though. I'm stressed almost all of the time recently, and struggling to remember everything. To Do Lists are my friend. This seems ludicrous as all of the extra-curricular things like Rangers and Guides don't even start back up until next week, but allotment committee stuff has been keeping me busy, with a lot of plot turnover at this time of year.

Anyone else feel as though they've taken on too much, sometimes, and yet find it impossible to say no to things?

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Daphne, don't be so cavalier..

Daphne Dress : Emily + Fin
Ring : Oasap

Bunny Tights : ASOS
Carpe Diem Heels : Irregular Choice
The third and final Emily + Fin dress I'd decided I needed to add to my wardrobe this season, when I saw them all at Pure, was this one. Meet Daphne. I think she may be my favourite yet. I particularly like the Bardot neckline and the bow detail to the shoulders, and the skirt is the perfect length and volume for my liking.

Daphne is another new design for this season and I knew I wanted this green tropical palm print. Sadly, again, none of my regular haunts were stocking it, but the helpful folks at E+F managed to send me a list of the shops who were (roll on being able to purchase directly from their site, by the way!) and I sent a few emails out asking about whether people would be able to let me know when it arrived with them. I receieved a reply almost immediately from a lovely lady from Irene's and managed to purchase over the phone, and Daphne was with me the next day, so that was wonderful!

I couldn't wait for an opportunity to wear it, which is often the case with my very favourite dresses and I decided it would be perfect teamed with my new bunny tights. Purchased from ASOS last week after seeing them on Sarah's wishlist post, I knew I needed them for Easter. I just wish they looked a little more like bunnies on my chunky legs, but I think they were too stretched.

Although I added this ring because I had to photograph it, it had broken in transit so I couldn't actually wear it, which seems to be the way with all of the jewellery I've ordered from that site - I should learn.

Instead of the obvious shoe choice, which would have been my Flopsy heels, I went with a lesser-worn pair. My Carpe Diem shark heels, as for some reason I was thinking Hawaiian prints and sharks went together and mostly because I have another outfit planned for the bunny heels, at some point.

Anyway, that was my party outfit for Sunday, which was definitely grey and tights-weather but a lovely day nonetheless. After the soiree, we went to see Spiderman at the flicks, which was rather nice. I mostly liked Emma Stone's amazing collection of coats (obsessed) but as comic book films go, it wasn't so bad, either.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

#irregularchoicechallenge Days 1-36

ICC Days 1-9
ICC Days 10-18
ICC Days 19-27
ICC Days 28-36
So, in case you hadn't heard, I've decided to take part in my very own Irregular Choice Challenge. Each day, I've been wearing a different pair from my collection of Irregular Choice challenge, and posting the photos on my Instagram page.

Since I know that not everybody has IG, I decided that I'd make a collage of the first 36 of my daily shoe collages and post a round-up over here, every now and then.

One thing I have learnt since I began, is just how little information I seem to know about so many of the styles - particularly the earlier ones. I don't know many of their names, and since I've picked up a lot of my collection second-hand, they haven't always come with their original boxes, so it's hard to know what their code numbers were either. A lot of the folks on Instagram undertaking their own IC challenges are much more knowledgeable about the names of the styles than I am, though, so it's been useful to have their help!

As a huge fan of Irregular Choice shoes (I know that, particularly with the more "out there" styles, I can be in the minority, as a lot of people seem to hate them), it's been a lot of fun so far to do this challenge. I've already rediscovered a lot of pairs I'd forgotten I had. (Days 6, 9, 23 and 36), I've got rid of one pair which really didn't fit anymore (Day 2) and I've worn a few more recent additions for the first time (Days 19 and 16 have been some recent and very lucky eBay wins and Day 33 was a recent voucher spend).

There are a lot more pairs to come, and I'm looking forward to sharing my favourites, but what I am finding is that I have been saving some of the more often worn pairs, my fallback ones as it were, for things like work events, and I'm trying to be strategic, so that I'm not left with several pairs of cowboy boots (of which I think there are at least 4 pairs) when the summer sun gets here!

Which day is your favourite, so far? Or are you not a fan of the brand at all?

Monday, 21 April 2014

We all scream for ice cream!

Isobel Dress: Emily + Fin
Trinkletina Heels: Irregular Choice
Cardigan: Matalan
I took these photos shortly after hitting my head pretty badly, which is perhaps why I look in so much pain in them. I couldn't miss an opportunity to take photos of this dress, though. When I went to Pure, I knew that one of the things I wanted to look for was the new Emily and Fin collection, as I'd seen lookbook photos of this dress, but wanted to see it in real life, as sometimes these things don't quite look the same.

I wasn't disappointed. Well, not with the dress anyway. The dress I loved. What I wasn't too thrilled about was the fact that I had to wait eight weeks before it would be available to buy. I pre-ordered my ice lolly print Isobel dress (this print also comes in the button-front Jessica style, which Sarah has) from Aspire and when it came through the letterbox, I have to admit I'd almost forgotten about it. It was a lovely surprise and I wasted no time in wearing it. Also, if you do check Sarah's version out, she is giving away an Emily and Fin dress on that post, too!

Dressed with my most-worn basic neutral cardigan, which in my head makes just about anything office-friendly, and my recent pair of Trinkletina heels, the Isobel dress took me from the office to a little party in the evening and seemed to work OK for both. I guess I'm rather lucky with my relaxed dress code.

I'm definitely looking forward to wearing this dress in the height of summer, sans cardigan, to eat ice cream in the park!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Sunday Shoes 043: Irregular Choice Casino Wedges


The beauty of ebay listings, is that you just never know what is going to come up. I spotted this pair, a style I'd never seen before and placed a bid a couple of weeks ago without much hope of actually winning them. I did, for a fair amount less than my maximum bid, which was nice. I was pleased.


When they arrived, I was even more pleased. They look to be in near perfect condition, and I really like the detail on them. The speckled green and white finishing, the punched edging and the casino style motifs around the edge of the wedges. Not to mention the amazing playing card embroidery inside the shoes. That might well be my favourite feature.


I really like the Mary Jane style look to the front, with the cute buckles which make me think of dolly shoes. I'm desperately trying to think of the perfect outfit to wear with them for their day of the #irregularchoicechallenge, over on Instagram.

I'm not sure what they are officially called, but have unofficially named them Casino Wedges. Having looked back through the Gallery on the Irregular Choice website, the only information about the style I can come up with is that their style code is 2371 Pearl.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Don't solve the problem, when danger is bitter..

Dress: New Look
Cardigan: New Look
Can Can Court Shoes: Irregular Choice
Not feeling very inspired on Monday, I chose a pair of Irregular Choice shoes I'd not got around to yet in the course of the challenge, and then tried to find a dress which would go with them. I ended up choosing this one.

Last time I wore it, I remember thinking how short it was and how I should probably get rid soon. I didn't have any such problems with it, this time though, so now I'm not sure. I know I've changed size since I first purchased it, but I think I can get around that by tying the waist tie a little tighter, so I guess I'll hang onto it for a little while longer.

Do you let the label on a piece of clothing define whether or not you'll wear it? Or do you pay no attention to the numbers and just style things up in your own way? I'd be interested to know. Does anyone else end up giving things one last chance and then change their mind about sending them off to the charity shop?