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?

Friday, 18 April 2014

Friday Favourites 091..

001: Disaster Designs Book Clutch Bag, £34.99
Monsoon Melanie Dress
002: Melanie Dress, Monsoon, £99

I'm not sure why I even call this a wishlist post, lately. Recently I've been such a spoilt brat that it's been more of a weekly "what I've been ordering this week" post. Still, it's things I like, I guess, which is the main thing.

001: I've been really pleased to be able to add to my quirky bag collection lately, with things like this popcorn bag, this clock clutch and the camera and apple shaped handbags. This book shaped clutch is such a cute design (although there were also two other colour options when I saw it in the store at the weekend) and would be large enough for all of the essentials.

002: This Monsoon dress caught my eye whilst I was actually looking for another one in store on Sunday. I love the mix of colours and the pretty floral print. They come up with a winning design every year in the run up to my birthday, without fail. It certainly makes my mum's life easier when it comes to choosing a present.

What has caught your eye this week? Are you planning some retail therapy over the Easter weekend?

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Lightbulb moment..

Shoes: Irregular Choice // Cardigan: River Island
Organza Prom Dress: Matalan

Can anybody guess where I had these photos taken? Sarah was very patient with me as she took me through the official Amilliondresses poses, but I'm definitely no natural! I wish I didn't hate having my photo taken so much; it would certainly make taking blog photos a little easier.

Something I certainly don't hate is this organza prom dress from Matalan. I know I'll sound like a broken record but I really am a fan of Matalan and this season they have some lovely items in. I've been trying to avoid the homeware section when I've visited as I really am trying not to buy any more homeware until I have a new house to "wear" it all, but from the glimpses I've caught of their recent lookbook, I know there are some good things there at the moment as well!


Anyway, back to the dress. I must admit I had my doubts about the fabric when I first picked it up, as I was worried it would be too tight and clingy for my liking, as I worry about my body shape and size a lot at the moment. That said, I don't think it was as bad as I'd expected when I tried it on and I rather liked the swishiness of the skirt. The organza section is something I've seen quite a lot in stores lately, since that ubiquitous blue Topshop skirt, and I have to admit, I'm surprised at how much I like it.

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I wore it with this cardigan and pair of shoes for a day out in Leamington with Sarah, Rosie and Katy. We breakfasted at Bill's, then wandered around the shops and took some photos whilst exploring the park. We even climbed a tree.

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As always seems to be the case when I visit Sarah, I came home with a bag full of new (to me) dresses and having eaten oh so much. Giant cookie = Best. Thing. Ever. 

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Harsh Leopard..

Heart Print Top: Oasap*
Leather skirt: Vintage store
"Harsh Leopard" Shoe Boots: Irregular Choice
A typical work day outfit for me. Since starting the #irregularchoicechallenge I've been thinking more about which shoes I want to wear that week and what outfits would go with them, and kind of building them around the shoes, rather than the other way around. This skirt is a fab basic and I was drawn to it in a vintage shop in Leeds purely because of the zip detail to the front, which I really like.

It might not be the most groundbreaking outfit but when this top arrived through my letterbox I immediately thought of this skirt. I decided to tuck it in as it's that loose, sort of mid-length style, which just looked a bit strange and frumpy over the waistband of the skirt, to me.I really like the colours in the print, though, as I think it will lend itself to all kinds of outfits.

I think this is the last time I wore these boots.They were a lot more comfortable this time, which is always good. I have been finding quite a level of inconsistency between some of the same styles, but in different colourways, as I've been working my way through this challenge. I wore some rose print wedges at the weekend, which really weren't comfortable on the toes, and yet when I wore the poodle print wedges to the Sewing for Pleasure show, I found them really comfortable. Totally weird.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

If I learned to play the violin, And I traded my old guitar in..

Violin Print Dress: Oasap*
Boots: Faith
Clutch Bag: Jules B
I rather like the print on this dress, despite the fact that I don't have a musical bone in my body. Thankfully it was a little longer than the last dress I ordered from Oasap; I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived.

I didn't actually wear these boots during the day, but had a site meeting to go out to in the evening so I changed footwear for that, as the track from the car park I was going to is always quite muddy and I didn't want to get my IC flats from earlier in the day dirty.

I was pleased to have a chance to take this cute beaded clutch bag with me, as well. A Christmas present from my best friend, it's big enough for the bare essentials, which to me are my phone, keys and some cash for the car park. I'd love to use clutch bags more often, I just find that I'm a bit hopeless at travelling light. I had to buy a new purse recently because my previous one (aside from the fact it was falling apart) was just too big for just about any of my small handbags.

I've been making more and more dresses lately, which is exciting, and I've definitely more than covered my new year's goal, but I'm thinking that I'm going to save wearing most of them for the moment. I've signed up to take part in Me Made May, which is all about wearing items from your handmade wardrobe, so I'm rather looking forward to putting some outfits together for them! Is anyone else taking part?

Monday, 14 April 2014

Review: Storm by Brigid Kemmerer..

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I'm honoured to start off the blog tour for the newly released Storm by Brigid Kemmerer.

Last weekend I sat down with a cup of coffee and a snack to read it and I was really quite impressed. I managed it in one sitting, which rather surprised me. Reading the description, a teen girl torn between two boys who have "extraordinary" powers had me a little worried to begin with; all sounds a little Twilight, no?

Thankfully, Becca is nothing like that drippy Twilight kid. Despite things which have happened to her, which are alluded to in the first few chapters of the book and become clearer later on (she is quite used to defending herself against the bullying taunts of other high school students), she is a strong and likeable character and seems to be someone who will try to do the right thing in any situation.

Becca starts off by saving Chris, one of the Merrick brothers, from being beaten up by some bullies and in doing so, soon becomes embroiled in their family. Four brothers, all with a different gift with strong links to the elements. Chris can control water, his twin brothers Nick and Gabriel wind and fire, whilst older brother Michael is the glue who holds their family together, acting as their father figure and legal guardian since their parents died.

I found the whole book fast-paced and easy to read. Intrigue by the bucket-load had me reading on to find out why the school bullies were after Becca, how the Merrick brothers came to have the powers they do and what the new kid at school, Hunter, has to do with them. The love triangle between Hunter, Becca and Chris had me genuinely confused for a while, as I wasn't sure which of the boys I wanted her to choose.

The pace picks up even more on prom night, with certain factors revealing themselves which made me sure I knew what the twist was going to be, but it turned out I was wrong. This is the first book in a series and it's certainly ended at a point which makes me want to read on.

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