Tuesday, 25 February 2014

You sound like you're from.... East London?

This weekend myself and Chloe (A.K.A the midget/dinosaur) decided to have a wander through Shoreditch, including a visit to the infamous Bricklane. Its well known for its street art and fashion, so it was a definite must see for me!

Being in-between seasons, my goal for Spring/Summer this year is to invest in more colour for my wardobe, as you may have noticed I am a self confessed lover of anything and everything black. I did try my best on Saturday to add a little colour into my OOTD, and since it was not only quite sunny, but warm.. I got the chance to wear my sunglasses for the first time this year! I really like this outfit because it definitely is more summery than anything I've been wearing recently, which is a nice change after what feels like an age wearing numerous layers of jumpers.

Trousers : Missguided | Kimono : Missguided | Boots : River Island | Jacket : Topshop | Bag : Zara
Sunglasses : Camden Market | Necklace : Topshop

Bricklane has a really good vibe to it. The street art was like something you see in magazines, and it definitely adds to the character of the area. That coupled with some amazing vintage shops, and I was sold. The day was then topped off by a visit to the Drunken Monkey for some cheap but amazing Dim Sum. Night brought round another visit to Shoreditch, to a club called Cargo - which we naturally loved due to the RnB room playing some cheesy classics.... Rap battling with Londoners was probably the highlight of the night for me.

 On Sunday, again like the week before, the hangover giggles were in full swing and we decided to finally visit The Breakfast Club in Hoxton. I have no words for how much it made me feel human again after another cheap bottle of sainsbury's 'finest' wine... we queued for about half an hour, but it was definitely worth it. I had an All American breakfast and an 'Elvis Shake' (Peanutbutter, banana, vanilla ice cream - the lot). If anyones ever in London, this is a must.

I'm really enjoying having my weekends free, which I've not been used to in the past. Plus there's no better place to spend them than a place where there is literally so much to do! I'm not homesick in the slighest, but I do wish I could relocate all of my friends to down here, because I know how much they'd all love it! Next weekend though two of my favourite people from home are coming down for a visit, which I'm extremely excited about... as well as hopefully a visit to Chelsea! (Francis Boulle/Andy Jordan - Watch out)

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Popping my fashion week cherry....

Like i said in my last post, time down here in London for me is flying. It slightly scares me that I only have roughly another month left until I have to leave, plus it felt like just yesterday that I was dreaming about going to fashion week, and now its all over. I had the amazing opportunity to access a fast track buyers pass, which was given to me by the company I'm interning for. I had one show to visit with work, and the rest of it was up to me to explore. So on Saturday morning I braved the wind and rain and ventured to Someset House to see what and who I could find.

I loved my OOTD on Saturday, it was simple but played up with accessories such as my favourite hat, which I unfortunately lost infront of everyone at Someset House due to the bloody wind (cringe), As well as a chunky necklace and my favourite heeled boots.

The top and skirt are both absolute steals from Forever 21, and I also got my boots from the River Island sale, making the outfit probably one of the cheapest going about on the day.

From the minute I arrived off the bus, everyone in and around Someset House looked amazing, and I genuinely spent the majority of my time there just staring at them all and thinking about how much I envied all of their effortless style.

I then happened to hear some familiar Scottish accents from the distance, which turned out to be some of my favourite bloggers/instagrammers etc: Sherri Scott, also known as: http://foreveryoursbetty.com and http://www.beewaits.com/. I did feel like a bit of a tool just appearing and introducing myself but they couldn't of been lovelier.

I then spent the rest of the day roaming around into all of the different parts of the grounds and seeing who I could spot, as well as getting papped by a few fellow bloggers and internet peeps, which was all new and a tad scary. This included spotting quite a few models as well as Myleen Klass. I enjoyed the networking side and meeting new people, and also got to go and view the showrooms, which were full to the brim with new and exiciting designers which I'll definitely be keeping an eye on.


Jump to day four, as day three I was far too hungover to venture out anyhwere, I got to visit the Mother of Pearl show with the girls from work. It was all rather exciting as it was my first ever proper show, and I was in for a treat. As the models decended one by one, I fell in love with the collection wholeheartadly. The look below on the right was one of my personal favourites and the embelished skirt was even more beautiful in real life.

As for my outfit, I was to wear black, which I never complain about. So i went for a simple black Zara dress from last season, again purchased in the sale... for £17.99 (Yes, I know). With my black topshop brouges, my Asos gold watch and my favourite Zara Coat.  I spotted some bloggers and familar faces at the presentation, and it was all very cool. Again I was slightly jealous of the numerious Celine, Givinchey and Prada bags being worn with pride by many of the guests - one day.

I absolutely loved the fashion week buzz around during LFW as it attracted so many stylish and interesting people to the city. It was definitely an exciting time to live in London and hopefully i'll be able to make it down again for next season as it definitely has me hooked. The girls at work are now getting ready to leave for Paris on Wednesday, and its unreal how jealous I am, but staying in London means that I get a week off to rest and hopefully start this dreaded Uni report, as thrilling as that will be...........

This weekend the girls and I are heading out again on Saturday night as well as doing some more exploring of different parts of the city, which will hopefully involve a visit to the highly rated Breakfast Club and maybe even Krispy Kreme....

My next post will probably be a short review of my favourite pieces from LFW, so have a look out for that over the weekend!

Monday, 10 February 2014


So I've been in my new temporary home for just under two weeks now and so far I'm absolutely loving it. Its been the busiest but best two weeks that I've ever had and its going so so fast. Our accommodation is pretty basic with possibly the worst shower in the world and a slight smell of dead rodent, but its liveable. Plus there's nothing better than living with some of your favourite people which results in never ending banter and limitless amounts of clothes to share. My first weekend in London consisted of some sightseeing and then of course, a night out. Armed with a £4 bottle of wine each containing the highest alcohol percentage my flatmates and I could find, we ventured out into Shoreditch. It was possibly one of the funniest nights out I've had in a while, involving making best friends with a taximan, falling through doors and sliding up and down the accommodation hallways.. plus Ailish found her watch the next morning..... in the fridge......

Work has been fun and sometimes challenging, but my manager and the girls I'm working with are lovely which makes it all a lot less scary. It is so amazing to finally be a part of the industry, even just as an intern. During my first week I got to sit in during meetings with buyers as well as doing a lot of admin work and merchandising. However, just as I started to get used to my morning commute, BAM... tube strikes. This meant having to leave the flat at 6.45am to make it to work for 9am, and not getting home til 10 at night because of the traffic/shitty buses/overcrowding. This would be a struggle for the best of us but for me it was extremely painful, as if you know me at all, you'll know how much I HATE getting up early BUT I SURVIVED and I arrived on time everyday, YEY. Strikes are scheduled again for this Wednesday/Thursday and the dread is beginning to set in.... but at least now I won't be so clueless with directions as I'm starting to get to grips with the City. Despite the tube disasters, the week ended on a high when I was told my by manager that I'm getting a full pass to FASHION WEEK, which means not only am I going with work, but I also get to go at the weekend to hopefully spot some bloggers and find some famous people, which makes all the early mornings and hours lost on the bus totally worth it!
The weekend kicked of with a trip to Covent Garden after work with the gals which involved a ShakeShack, a cocktail to celebrate surviving our first working week and a wander through Leicester Square. On Saturday we then went to Portobello road market which I loved and after getting lost on the tube we finally went round to a friends for some drinks. On Sunday we braved the hangover and went into my favourite part of London for a wander, Camden. I love it because everyone looks so cool and the majority of my favourite bands have played there at some point in their career... I definitely could see myself living there in the future.

After my first near enough two weeks, I don't know how It can get any better and I will definitely be gutted to leave after the nine weeks is over, but hopefully next time I come down it will be for much longer if not indefinitely... fingers crossed!

Watch out later on this week for a 'What I wore to work this week' post and then the next one will no doubt be a post containing A LOT of fangirling over Fashion Week... You've been warned.