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Life Is What Happens While You’re Busy Making Other Plans…

Remember how I said in my last post that I had a whole heap of blog photos on my desktop, that for one reason or another I wasn’t going to post?
Well this set were included in that pile! 
I’d been working flat out, and so when these photos were taken by Josh on my day off, all I could see was how tired I looked!

But after your encouraging, sweet comments on the post below, I decided to go for it!

I would describe this outfit as ‘lazy 60’s!’ a good nod to the decade I adore – but with very little effort!
The black high-neck jumper was a Primark find and the houndstooth skirt from Beyond Retro.

These adorable dolly shoes are amongst my favourites – originally from Office, I found a pair for a snip of the price on eBay!
The vintage cream vanity case was also found on eBay.

And to complete the look, bright orange-red lips in the form of ‘So Chaud’ by MAC. It’s quickly becoming my signature colour!

I’ve been such a busy bee lately! The weeks leading up to Christmas were mad, but so fulfilling!
I have recently had the pleasure (and it really is a pleasure!) of tutoring withThe Fashion School in Brighton.
Set up by one of my former University tutors Caroline Gration, The Fashion School helps girls (though boys are welcome, I’ve yet to teach one!) of all ages learn how to pattern cut, sew, and develop their creative talents.

Here I am with some of the girls from a 3-day Christmas Party Wear workshop we did, they made everything they’re wearing!

They were such a delight! Boundlessly enthusiastic and creative, with such cheeky little personalities!
Caroline (back left) and I had so much fun helping them turn rolls of fabric into party dresses, leggings, onesies and pinafores!

It’s been a huge learning curve for me and I’m really looking forward to continuing into the new year.

Also in December, a relative of Josh’s got married in a beautiful ceremony, giving us all a great excuse to dress up and dance the night away! 

Joshua and I also celebrated three years together this month. 
I can’t believe how time has flown by, and how we’ve managed to adore and endureeach other throughout!

As a little anniversary gift, Joshua surprised me with this beautiful Wolf & Moonnecklace – one that I have lusted after for ages! Expect to see it on the blog again very soon…

And as if that wasn’t enough – Christmas too!
I went back home, and had a lovely time with both mine and Joshua’s families. 

Below are some of my festive instagram moments – including my beautiful gift of a Cambridge Satchel Company bag, and the game of Monopoly we played on Christmas eve with friends…That I won! Whey!

I’m so excited for 2014 and all the possibilities that lie ahead! I look forward to sharing it all with you.

Happy New Year!

Love Yours Truly, x

The Party Dress Test!

Every week I have a rummage through my blog email, checking if anything worth pursuing has come through. Now whilst the offer of an ‘Uggs’ endorsement didn’t exactly appeal, an interesting challenge from a lady called Fleur certainly did.
Fleur contacted me on behalf of Voucher Codes, with the Party Dress Test! Apparently (and I can well believe this!) a survey result showed that females aged between 19 and 24 spend on average £119 on their Christmas outfit…Only for it to be shoved to the back of the wardrobe and remain unworn for the rest of the year!
So my challenge was to find a Christmas dress-based outfit from the British high street, and then style the same dress in three different ways…Here is what I came up with!
Look One
(The Party Outfit!)
I know it sounds so ridiculous, but when given the task of finding a versatile party frock, I became quite nervous! Especially after trawling through a couple of websites and finding nothing that sparked my imagination! I then stumbled across this Topshop dress and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.
Long time readers of this blog will know how much of a sucker I am for wearing my own versions of a tux (examples here and here for newer readers – the first was in 2007 shortly after my head shave!) so for the first look, I decided to mix in some tuxedo accents!
The bow tie belonged to my older brother, the killer heels, crop blazer and my beautiful embroidered clutch were all eBay purchases.

I must add at this point that the conditions in which these photos were taken, was nothing short of gale force winds! Here my dress is having a cheeky Monroe-esque moment…!

Look Two
(Valentines/Eager First Date Outfit!)
For my second look I teamed the dress with cute heart print stockings (old Urban Outfitters) metallic gold brogues (Primark) and a vintage vanity case (that started the obsession!) which belonged to my Mum in the 60s. 
The strap broke a couple of years ago (in the middle of a zebra crossing I might add…spilling my bag contents everywhere!) so I adapted a silk scarf into a make-shift handle.
I think this look is pretty versatile, but definitely could be well utilised for Valentines, or a very over-zealous first date outfit! Just imagine the poor guys face!


Look Three
(Student Life)


Unfortunately these photos are a little dark (I didn’t realise the camera was on a weird setting when I handed it to Joshua – Oops!) but hopefully you can still make out the details! 
For my last look I dressed down the frock, with chunky khaki (H&M) socks and tan straps wedges, a huge navy cardigan (recently picked up from Primark) and my favourite vintage silk scarf.

The reason I chose this dress was how easy it is to dress up or down – the neutral colour makes the perfect starting point for any outfit – as you can put any colour on top of it.

I had a lot of fun creating these looks, it certainly was a challenge to find three outfits I was completely happy with.
Hopefully this will post might inspire a resurgence in resurrecting old forgotten party dresses!

Normal blogging shall resume shortly, and I am over-joyed to inform you all that my lovely little flat FINALLY has internet! Woo-hoo! So I can definitely get back to blogging properly now!

Love Yours Truly, x

Welcome to 2012!

Well you’ll have to forgive me firstly for the slight delay in this post (the 2nd tsk tsk!) and for the fact that I’m not appearing in it!
I fell rather ill on the 24th of December and have only now just felt like I’m on the road to recovery! Bloody Viruses!
So because I’m all skinny (practically no food for a week!) gaunt and tired looking, I thought I’d spare you the outfit posts and instead show you some of the gifts I was lucky enough to receive this festive period…

Pretty colourful sketchbooks and pencils, Bergamot and Ginger bubble bath, Topshop nail polish, a fantastic little craft book, Benefit Posie Tint, a sweet floral mug and art deco style handbag notes!

I also had heaps to watch whilst feeling poorly in bed, including the Fred Astaire (I’d never seen ‘You Were Never Lovelier’ and I adored it!) and Judy Garland box sets, as well as Mad Men series one! (Josh and I are going to watch them all through together!)
I also received a Cath Kidston scrapbook, and another cute mug (A stitch in time!) which not only came in its own little tin box, but was accompanied with vintage buttons! Josh’s parents are very sweet like that!
I’m looking forward to using these coral art deco types buttons…
And Christmas wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t receive more books to weigh down my poor buckling shelves! I received a book on Linda McCartneys photography (Hendrix, the Beatles, Janis…they’re all in here!) a book on the style of French ladies (so many good photos in this one!) and a cheerful little cookbook which accompanied a BBC series I followed earlier in the year with Josh’s Mum!

My younger sister kindly bought me my favourite perfume! I have been wearing this scent for about two years now and definitely feel like it’s ‘mine’ (silly as that sounds!)
And this year I get to indulge in a moisturising cream too! Lovely!

And what did my man get me? Pretty dresses? Chocolates? Nope!
He bought me an incredible 1970’s vinyl player! It’s a beaut! I can’t wait to hook it all up and be able to dance to my favourite records again! (RIP old record player!)

And because they made me smile here are two from Christmas day…
We think Taylor liked his ‘Hungry Birds’ hat from Uncle Josh!

Before the madness ensued!

Lastly (and you’ll have to forgive me for the shabby quality of this!I’m not well!) I thought I’d compile some of my favourite blogging moments of 2011!
I’ve had such a wonderful year, and sharing it with you via this blog has been so much fun. It’s something I found myself getting more and more into as the year progressed and some of the opportunities that Yours Truly has given me have been incredible! I’m very honoured that you swing by time after time to see that…yes…I’ve bought ANOTHER vintage dress!!
I can’t wait to get completely healthy and start blogging into the new year! I look forward to hearing from you, reading your comments and queries and seeing where the year takes us!
Wishing you all a very Happy 2012, with kindest regards and warm wishes!
Love Yours Truly, x
Ps. The Splendid Suitcase winner will shortly be chosen by Alec & Margaux!

Merry Christmas Love Yours Truly, x

Merry Christmas everyone!
I hope you all got your Christmas shopping done and dusted with minimal stress!
I have a pretty new dress to show you all!

This adorable 60’s mini dress is just so cute! Another cheeky eBay bargain, I love the puff sleeves and pussy bow necktie…Not to mention that full skirt!

I will spending this Christmas with Josh, his parents, sister, her husband and children! What a busy, noisy day it promises to be!
And to add a little challenge guess who’s caught the winter flu bug ON CHRISTMAS EVE?!! no fair 🙁

I’m really trying to be chirpy despite not feeling 100%! After all, it’s mine and Josh’s first Christmas together! (he went away on holiday last year..Boo!)
And I’m so excited about the gifts I have bought for everyone!
To get into the festive mood this afternoon I painted my nails gold and glittery, then made gingerbread cookies with Josh’s three year old nephew! (Flour went everywhere!)

Oh and another cheeky eBay find…These cute T-bars were originally from Topshop, but at the time were nowhere to be found in my size. Well, let it be known my determination for cute shoes knows no limit!
I hunted and searched until I finally found a pair!

This week before I left work I went around taking photos of the Christmas wreaths in Henley…Aren’t they great? Henley is such a quaint little town!

I love the bottom left, it’s so over the top!

I also spied this brilliant looking book shop in my travels…That bike is amazing!

Wherever you are, I hope you have a very happy Christmas, surrounded by the people you love, I’ll be posting again after the madness has settled down!
Love Yours Truly, x 

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

Hello lovelies!
How is your Christmas shopping going? Bit of a military operation isn’t it?!
This weekend I went to Winchester with my family to visit the Christmas market which is near the Cathedral.
I wore this little dress from H&M, which I’ve had my eye on for a few weeks now! I love the sleeve length, if that’s not too odd to say!

I wore the dress with a beautiful crochet collar sent to me by Annah, who has a shop etsy (which you can visit here) I love it gives the dress a little bit of personality!
My brogue chelsea boots are a bargain from eBay (originally Office)

How gorgeous is this Christmassy door?

My younger sister, wearing New Look jeans, a vintage shirt and scarf and a cute navy bowler she picked up from one of the vintage stalls that morning.

The market was split into two halves, the first being vintage and craft and the second was more Christmas themed, with homemade decorations and crafts. Chloe and I loved snooping at the vintage stalls (naturally!)

Candy floss… I resisted the sugary-teeth-rotting-gorgeousness!

Chloe chomping down a Christmas pasty!

Winchester was a lovely city, with such gorgeous old buildings and quirky features like this tea pot…

And this swashbuckling boot!

Christmassy balloons anyone?
(so many of these were smacked in my face during the day by children running past!)

The Cathedral looking rather majestic in the cold wintery afternoon sunshine…

My parents loved these reindeer! They’re very impressive, I wouldn’t know where to start in making one!

Personally I had a bit of thing for these penguins! I love how grumpy they look!

It was utterly freezing and very busy, but there so much to explore and eat and buy that we all had a wonderful afternoon!
I also enjoyed the opportunity to work on learning the manual settings on my camera.. I think I’m getting there!
More soon, don’t forget to enter the Splendid Suitcase competition if you haven’t already!
Love Yours Truly, x