Monday, 22 December 2014

Vegas wardrobe..

This post should probably be entitled: how I coped with a capsule wardrobe. Because I kind of did.
This is what I packed for the week, including travelling:

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11 dresses, four pairs of shoes (1x trainers, 1x sandals, 1x wedges and 1x heels), 2 cardigans, 2 jumpers, 1 jacket and a small handbag for evenings. Accessories-wise I took 1 pair of sunglasses, 2x necklaces, 2x earrings and 1 bracelet. I also took my Grafea camera bag with me, as a daytime bag / hand luggage.


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Sunglasses: F+F* // Dress: Handmade // Jumper: F+F* // Trainers: Liberty x Gola

I didn't really thing about taking photos until a little while into the trip, but hey ho. 

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Dress: Handmade // Sequin Cardigan: H+M // Tights: ASOS

I didn't really know what the weather was going to be like at this time of year and it was a bit of a mixture. I wore everything I took with me; on some days I was glad of the long-sleeved jumper, whilst on some it was a good job I'd brought sunglasses. 

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Dress: Handmade // Heels: Irregular Choice // Belt: vintage
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Dress: Handmade // Leggings: Miss Selfridge

To be fair, there is nothing I took which I didn't wear, and yet I didn't wear any outfit twice. I got a lot of wear out of my Liberty trainers, which I wore most days with lace socks. I'm amazed at how well I coped but I don't think I'll be a capsule wardrobe convert anytime soon. 

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Sunday Shoes 066: Topshop Pout..

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I've not seen these POUT heels in store before - possibly because I seem to live in the town which houses the smallest Topshop store in the world, and it's sweets section is bigger than the shoe section and we never seem to get any of the Boutique collection in.

When I spotted them on eBay recently, I hoped they'd be heading my way soon, and I was lucky enough to win the auction. I love the festive feel of the velvet. The platform is nice and sturdy as is the heel and they're nice and comfortable to walk in. I usually shy away from peep toes but I figured that they are covered mostly by the pom poms, which are made from a fairly heavy yarn. I'm pretty pleased with them and have worn them this week to "smarten up" an oversized Xmas jumper.


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Saturday, 20 December 2014

All Aboard!

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I allowed myself to pop into the Kate Spade store when I was shopping in Las Vegas. Oops. I tried on a couple of dresses and a raincoat which I fell in love with but sadly my size wasn't in stock. But I did come home with something...

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I absolutely love this train shaped All Aboard clutch bag. All the pretty gold edging and the metal to add detail to the wheels. It's got plenty of room for all of the things I'd carry around with me and I plan to use it for all of my upcoming parties. 

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Even the dust bag packaging is cute! 

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Friday Favourites 125..

Victory Ava
001: Victory Patterns Ava dress, $12.95
BY Hand Kim
002: By Hand London Kim dress, £14
With less than a week to go until Christmas, all I really want is some more time. It seems there is more and more to fit in and I'm getting behind - I've had a few days this week where everything was just taking so much longer than it should have!

But, once the big day is out of the way, I'm hoping to have a few days to myself and get some sewing done for me, rather than for other people. I've been fancying adding to my pattern library and these two dresses are the ones which are topping my wishlist at the moment.

001: This dress first caught my eye when I saw Zoe's incredible wedding dress. The pattern also reminds me of one of my favourite Orla Kiely dresses, which is definitely something I fancy recreating, so I'm definitely eager to get my hands on this and give it a go.

002: The Kim dress isn't one which struck me as very "me" when I saw it's website photos. The layered skirt is not for me. But after seeing Roisin's beautiful example with the wonderful pin tucks, I was sold.

What are you wishing for at the moment?

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Sin City..

I've been sifting through my photos from Las Vegas and there are so many, so here are a few from my first day. The weather was weird when I arrived; really misty. According to the local news stations, it grounded a lot of flights on Wednesday and Thursday, but it was clear by the weekend so there are better weather photos to come.


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On the first morning (Wed) I left my hotel and wandered over to Caesar's Palace for breakfast and a look around the Forum Shops. Everything (including the breakfast) was so indescribably huge in Las Vegas. I'd been looking at maps before I went and thinking that I'd just pop next door to see something, not realising that each casino is the size of a block. 

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That night, we crashed a party being held in the Mix Bar on the top floor of Mandalay Bay, which has a huge balcony where you could look out over the whole of The Strip....if it wasn't so foggy. This was as far as we could see, which was a shame. If we'd come later in the week I think the views would have been great!

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More to come!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Boy meets girl..

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I never really talk about relationships on here, but I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about men and it got me thinking. She was regaling me with tales of the latest creeps and weirdos she'd met via that infamous online dating site, POF. I asked her why she even used it instead of just meeting people in real life and she told me that nobody does that anymore.

I wondered if she was right when I saw this article. Hen Heaven ran an experiment to see how people use Tinder, and what 'type' of guy is likely to be the most popular.

I guess I'm an exception to the rule, as the whole concept of online dating seems a bit weird to me. Mention Tinder to me and I'll more than likely start thinking of that annoyingly catchy Ke$ha song of similar lyrics.

I like people. I like real life. I like socialising and there's nothing better than just talking to people, whether they're new or old friends or anything more. I've never understood anything else, really.

What do you think? Is society moving away from that as technology slowly takes over and our attention spans get shorter? Is dismissing someone (or not) based on their profile picture a little shallow, or is it just the future?

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Tuesday Titles 031..

Casual Vacancy
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
As usual, I'm last to the party with this one. I do seem to have an aversion to reading things which are hyped up upon release. I'm not sure why, but it sort of passed my by when it first came out. I picked my copy up in a charity shop a little while back and took it with me to America as something to read and leave there for someone else to enjoy.

Set in the little town of Pagford, the casual vacancy arises when one of the parish councillors, Barry Fairbrother, dies unexpectedly. Once he does so, a chain reaction of events starts, with many of the Pagford residents assuming that they can slip into the seat, almost unnoticed. However, it soon becomes clear that with so many people interested, a proper election is required, so election day hysteria divides the town and some of the folk who decide to stand are wrapped up in their own selfish reasons for it.

In fact, I'd say the majority of the characters were fairly unlikeable, in that they are petty and mean and think only of themselves. I suppose that makes them fairly realistic, though, as who doesn't know a few people like that? The one thing I would say is that there are a lot of characters, most of whom are introduced within a few pages in the first few chapters, and I found it a lot to take in. I had to keep looking back just to check which character was which, but by about Chapter 10 I was fine.

The book finishes with quite the unexpected twist, which I really hadn't been expecting; it's consequences shake the town's residents.

In some ways I think it's a shame Rowling didn't write this under a pseudonym, as just how do you follow something like Harry Potter? People can't help but draw comparisons, which is sort of like comparing chalk and cheese. As a stand-alone book, though, I really did enjoy it more than I expected it to.