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Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Fast post!

Term's done and Uni's finished, which means i'm free for two months now to do absolutely nothing. well not really, i've got to do some chemistry revision and stay up to date with all my biology so i'm in good shape for med school when i start this september.

But I've got time till then, and who says I can't enjoy myself after all the hard work of final year exams and final year lab projects and papers and stuff?
well that's what i'm doing!
and summer is all about lazing around and enjoying the good weather. and good weather means spending time outdoors. or at least not cooped up in your room doing nothing on facebook or just stalking random celebrities on twitter.
and with my folks that's never an opportunity.
my mother dragged me and my little sister to a shoe shop she's been raving about since the start of this month. and the place is actually a haven for women crazy about shoes but not too keen on emptying their bank accounts for decent footwear.

and it is there that i bought 3 new pairs of shoes all in one morning. yes three! that's a lot for me. i hardly ever splurge on shoes like that but my mum was paying so i was buying and buying and buying.

the first was the cutest ever pair of sandals in denim blue with beadwork in turquoise, brown and gold. perfect for summer at 19.90 euros. the second was an insane pair of strappy plateau heels (pictured) in black for 24.50 euros. The camel pair was absolutely gorgeous but unfortunately they'd run out of my size (7) and even the black pair was the last one to fit my giant feet. The third pair was a light brown pair of boat shoes at 13 euros.

so a total of approx. 58 euros spent on three pairs of shoes. which is amazing!! but that isnt the shocking bit. after we headed back to the car park with our goods, we realised we'd spent 2 hours shoe shopping. in one shop. 40 mins per pair of shoes.

i am a girl after all.
much love

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Quick run through!

Ok i realise i haven't posted in ages which was not the point of this and its already july. so i'm just uploading a collage of all the outfits i've managed to take pics of over the past 3 weeks.
our uni's summer ball was on the 19th of june so i had to break my rule and get an outfit for that. after trekking through oxford st, westfield mall and up and down high street kensington i found it! the dress i was gonna wear to the ball. it was a little blue summery thing and i thought it wouldnt be formal enough until it struck me that combining it with a black knee-long blazer and a wide waist high belt might just pimp it up enough. teamed with black heels i was glad i'd gotten the dress. and it was from natura, this little spanish shop on high street ken, that does eco-friendly clothes and accessories (think boho and hippie jewellery and dresses). They had a 50% discount of most of their clothing and other items (summer sandals,jewellery, etc) so it was definitely a great buy and made me feel like i was doing something good despite endorsing my need to purchase yet again.
[blue mini-dress - natura, blazer - H&M, belt - Next accessories, heels - some shoe shop in Vienna]

so yeah enjoy
blog soon!

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Day 2: Derby Day!

Woosh! I'm just back from spending an entire day at the Derby at the Epsom Downs Racecourse. It was amazing! So many people and things to see, the horses looked gorgeous and everything just seemed so much better due to the blazing heat.
Trekking down to the racecourse was a mission though. Thank goodness I wore this yellow baby doll dress from Zara (teamed with a belt from Primark - £2!). I left the cardigan at home though. And I did regret wearing the tights with it, but my legs aren't in any state that can be publicised to the general public.

It was ridiculously hot though! The sun was just bearing down on us and although we'd made sure we'd taken enough water to go around 7 people, just walking there was one of the hardest things I've done in a while. But was it worth it!
The downs was packed full with people, I mean tents and busloads of people. There were barbeques everywhere, a fun fair with at least 20 rides, little stalls where vendors were peddling their ware (blankets, sweets, clothese, shoes, etc). We kept walking into people pushing cadillac-themed baby prams yet we didnt find the stall that sold them. It was a massive party on the downs.
Further out, towards the racecourse were tents of people just relaxing in the sun, drinking, Pimmsing and grilling food.
The races were amazing to watch, people placing bets weren't disappointed and the horses looked great. Beautiful thoroughbreds with long legs and speedy gaits. Perfect!
So we had a great day at the Derby and on the way home we bought to tubs of ice cream which we devoured while sitting in the garden and playing cards.

All in all it was a brilliant day, I really enjoyed getting away from London and being with family. The weather was amazing and I hope it stays this way for a while
Got to run! hope your day was awesome

Friday, 4 June 2010

Day 1: 19 C and rising!

This project has set off to a bad start. In addition to using my entire wardrobe I thought I'd also start exercising more than the 3-4 sessions I've become accustomed to since starting my final year at uni. You know, get back into shape like in my pre-uni days when I'd exercise 7 - 8 times a week. So I set my alarm for six a.m. to get up and go for a run. That didn't happen. 6 a.m. came and went. I was still in bed by 8. So I've decided let's gym it at lunchtime and get back into a healthy lifestyle. Moving on!

Alright so I have a wardrobe full of clothes and I make the typical first timer error: pick out a neutral outfit that you know works for you. So it's a pair of fading black Mustang skinny jeans, a turquoise tank top and a blue soft cotton top (both H&M). To finish it off jewellery and blue-white stripey wedges. And shades. (All H&M)
I shop at H&M too much.

The mustang jeans are probably my favourite jeans in my wardrobe at the moment, however they're quite torn and the colour is fading due to multiple washes (I always forget to turn jeans inside out when doing laundry). The wedges are cute and quaint, and one of the few items my little sister and I both own (we stopped dressing identically at the age of 5).

Right, that's enough for a first post! Have a great day!

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Let's get started!

Well this is exciting. Blogging for the first time and quite liking the idea of talking about myself. Alright let's get down to it!

Project Title: Use that wardrobe
Aim: utilise/combine/match/pair contents of an existing wardrobe to generate outfits for an entire month prior to donating a part of it to charity.

So today was laundry day. After a very long time. The clothes were piling up and I was running out of things to wear. On top of that, all of my rowing kit that had, at some point over the course of the last three weeks, been soaked in Thames water was rotting in this pile of clothes.

Ah, I can imagine getting a lot of criticism from those who have more respect for their clothes, but you see I'm a student, I don't necessarily have the time to separate and wash nor do I care enough half of the time. I know, I know.

So as you can imagine, doing my laundry is an exciting event in my social calendar and I cannot describe the feeling that dry, clean laundry evokes in me. I get so ahead of myself, I lay it out on my bed so that my linen ends up smelling of fabric softener and is toasty warm when I slip between the sheets. And a wardrobe full of clean, freshly washed clothes gets me so excited, I'd take pictures of it if only it wouldn't garner strange looks.
As I was folding all my warm laundry I had a brilliant idea (partly brought on by the guilt for my tendency of spending too much money on food and clothes). Why not utilise the contents of my wardrobe to create outfits I can wear for an entire month? Surely, this would teach me to value money and my clothes more, in addition to promoting creativity, originality and flexibility. Recently, I read an article in a fashion magazine about a fashion editor who wore the same dress for a number of days, teaming it with the right accessories and items and she seriously worked it well! Unfortunately, I don't have her expertise in the fashion area nor do I have the figure to pull off t-shirts teamed with tights only. But this isn't really about becoming famously fashionable.

So to sum up what I'm attempting to do: I'm going to create wearable outfits from the clothes I have (hopefully posting pictures of each outfit), mixing and matching everything I own, and accessoring with the jewellery I have but never use.
Here goes!