Friday, 31 January 2014


When I was home over the break I did a lot of charity shop shopping. Mostly because there is literally nothing else to do in Suffolk and also because it makes for a good break from working. Whenever I'm home the first thing that is usually said is 'Oh you have to see this great xyz that I bought from Sue Ryder/EACH/Oxfam/Cancer Research.'
 A particularly lucrative day out was a trip to Diss for the auction followed by a cheeky browse of the shops. I managed to pick up a 1940s herringbone tweed suit for The Boy which was my big find as well as a 1966 copy of the Hobbit to replace the battered family edition and a crocodile skin handbag. Dorothy had a really good run with a £6 cherry red wool coat and a silk Austen Reed dress for a steal.

Here are some of the other things we found.

 I didn't buy this dress but it was definitely a 'I want it because I like the idea of it...' It was a 1980s cotton velvet dress with a low back and a massive polka-dot bow.

 Similarly I didn't get this one either but I constantly regret it. It was tiny so I would never have worn it, but the sleeves and collar was heavily gemmed which contrasted with the skater skirt. It looked like an ice-skating dress and had a very whimsical feel about it.

 Dorothy bought this item- a tweed Parisian trouser suit. The trousers are high-waisted and slightly cropped, but the jacket has colourless sequins sewn across the material. Though it doesn't glitter it gives a slight shimmer to the fabric which is a definite twist on your standard trouser suit.

I wore this yesterday to have drinks with a friend. I teamed my navy cashmere with a pair of Zara gold jeans that I picked up a few years ago. I haven't worn them in a while, but I've missed the dull gold colour and slightly cropped shape. I teamed them with a silk-scarf turban and my trusty sheepskin.

I hope you're all having a great week. I'm just waiting for all my essays to kick in...


Monday, 6 January 2014


So a friend of mine bought it to my attention yesterday that I hadn't posted for a month. Apologies. Do I really need to justify my lack of posting? Any spare time when I wasn't enjoying family time has been spent applying for jobs or working on my FS2014 commission. Also I only bought back a very capsule wardrobe with me- two pencil skirts, jeans, a jumper and a cardigan. Baring in mind I'm home for a month and I have nothing here I'm not really sure what happened...

I think I've mentioned on here my slight obsession with White Lies... At the beginning of the holidays I got the (very) early train down to Norwich from St Andrews to go see them at UEA with my younger sister Dorothy over at the Shoe Bird. As always they were flawless. Check them out, they're wonderful. Due to my limited wardrobe I wore my leopard print pencil skirt from River Island, my White Lies t-shirt and my Docs.

This is my New Years Dress. Due to a last minute decision we decided to change plans from London to home and so cooked a three-course meal for some friends. Naturally I needed a dress. So The Boy and I headed to TK Maxx and I got an early birthday present. It's a 1950s-style dress with a nude slip beneath a sheer navy lace. It's really beautiful and should get a lot of use over the next few months.

I'm also utterly broke at the moment due to some rent complications, so I took advantage of my student loan and did a bit of charity shop shopping. I picked up a gorgeous, navy cashmere jumper for pennies. It's a mens 48" and I don't think it has been worn. I'm a little in love. I also picked up some silk cushion covers for an absolute steal. Charity shops make me happy.

These two guys have been at the back of my mind for a while. The first was seen on South Street during the local high school lunch break. He was with a bunch of his friends, all styled to look like members of One Direction. However this guy stood out. From his shaved head to loose black knit to his DMs I loved his ability to transform his school uniform into a distinctly punk look.

 I saw this guy in Peterborough Station on my way home. Similarly he had a shaved head and loose knit, however he had a blue, Celtic tattoo around his right ear and skin-tight bleached jeans. The knee-high DMs just made him look like he could have been a poster boy for the Punk Movement. Amongst all the clean-cut guys out there it is great to see that some are still sticking to a grittier personal style.

 If anyone follows my Twitter/Facebook then you would know about my current love of 'My House in Umbria.' Maggie Smith's character wanders around in kimonos and palazzo pants with batwing eye-liner and a constantly filled gin and tonic. What more could you want?

I hope you all had a great Christmas break and have had a great start to 2k14!