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Beating January Blues!

Sitting in the audience of an open mic night this week, one of the acts informed us that he would only be playing ‘happy songs’ as it was officially ‘the most depressing day of the year’.
A couple of nights later, a couple I was serving at work told me that it was the date that most people quit their New Years resolutions.
Now whilst I totally get why January can be a miserable month, I have continued to have enthusiasm and optimism for this new year!
My resolutions (as shared in the post below) are all of the positive, pro-active persuasion so I don’t feel inhibited at all, I feel like taking this year by the reigns and steering it exactly where I desire!
One small target for myself was to open up a bit more about my blogging to (ahem) ‘Real World’ people! One step of that is to ask more friends to help me with outfit photos. 
The amount times I have missed a great blogging opportunity because I’ve been too shy to ask…No more!
These photos were taken by Louise, whom I befriended a year or so after moving to Brighton. Once I got the awkward task of asking out of the way, Louise happily obliged to take photos for me. In fact we had a lot of fun and giggles doing so!
I’m wearing my new Zara shirt, which after longing for when full price (I’m such a penny-pincher sometimes) I finally snapped up in the sale. 
It’s a beautiful, light silky fabric, and very reminiscent of Annie Hall to me.
My (breathe-in!) skinny jeans are from the ‘Joni’ range at Topshop. I prefer high waisted tailoring as it suits my petite frame, so these jeans are perfect!
My cardigan and brogues are old eBay finds.
And the satchel? Oh my this satchel!
On Christmas morning I yelped with delight upon realising what I had just unwrapped.
Joshua’s sister and parents had teamed together to buy me a gorgeous Cambridge Satchel Company satchel in a classic brown style.
Having a huge affection for anything quintessentially British, and an equally huge admiration for Julie Deane (who founded the company from her kitchen table!) and her British-made bags…Words fail me at how much I treasure this little bag!
It makes me so happy to carry it round with me as I run errands or meet friends.
This is the kind of outfit I wear on days when I’m seeking comfort over creativity. Whilst it’s not as flamboyant as some of the things I choose to wear, it feels elegant and effortless – two words I would hesitate to use to describe my style!
Also keeping me grinning (and dancing round my bedroom!) is the playlist I’ve shared below.
Now I’ve never claimed to be very cultured, or indeed ‘cool’ when it came to my taste in music. In fact I spent a large proportion of my teens and early-twenties avoiding telling people the kind of music I really liked.
However I think it’s safe to say this playlist features so many classics, there’s bound to be something for everyone!
Fancy a bedroom dance off anyone?
Love Yours Truly, x

Too Much Too Young…

Growing up in a small town where the local entertainment includes a chair museum, it was no accident that I grew to love going to local gigs and appreciating live music. 
In my late teens I frequented the one music venue almost every weekend, watching bands perform anything from metal, punk and ska, and what could sometimes only be described as an ear-ache inducing din!
I met some of my closest friends at these gigs, and to this day, watching live music is one of my favourite ways to socialise.
And ever so occasionally my love for local bands seeps into my sartorial choices. This amazing T-shirt is from the merch stand of Los Hermanos McKenzie, an Argentinian band who recently played alongside two of my Brighton favourites Time for T and Normanton Street (I definitely recommend a listen to those two!)
I loved the print so much I even settled for T-shirt that was two sizes too big (they had sold out of everything else!) 
Fortunately it’s not really noticeable when it’s nipped in with this great houndstooth skirt I recently found in Beyond Retro. 
The fabric and fit of this skirt are amazing, I really don’t think you could get anything of this quality on the high street, and certainly not for the same (bargain) price!
My pastel ballerina cardigan was a flea market find in Berlin a few years ago. Considering how light it is, it’s surprisingly warm! I love the slouchy-softness of it.
And for perhaps the first time in three or so years, my Dr Marten brogue boots are back on the blog! They’re now battered and even a little bit broken, but nothing comes to close to how comfortable they are!
My vanity case was an eBay find (though be warned, they’re frightfully impractical!)
And for those of you who don’t follow a little update from my instagram!
I recently found this Jungle Book tin in a little shop in Hackney. My friend was running late, which was never going to bode well for my purse!
Fortunately I’ve had a massive wardrobe clear-out to make some savings for a few trips I have in mind (I’ll be listing the items on eBay soon!) not that you can tell from this picture!
I also frolicked in my tuxedo a favour to my  hairdresser in a competition he entered, and picked up a few new vintage books for my colourful collection!
I’ve picked up the new issue of Lula (it’s gorgeous! Go grab a copy!) and spent an evening with my friend Freya on the seafront, both attempting to learn to skateboard…Progress was slow but at least there was some at all!
My vintage kimono obsession was satisfied in Topshop Oxford Circus by these multi-coloured silk beauties, and I treated myself to a beautiful new perfume!
Also worth a mention is the lovely evening I recently had with Dulcie of Human Seaand Becca at the Orla Kiely book launch in Covent Garden. Those bright green cocktails were a cucumber and gin concoction which tasted amazing!
I fell completely in love with this Orla Kiely wallpaper! Well….It is mustard after all!


I’m off on holiday in a week (goodbye rainy England!) but have one more post ready to pop up before I go, so more very soon!
Love Yours Truly, x

Back To Blogging…Again!

Well…Long time no see eh? After a month or so away from blogging, I realised I’d had a little break about the same time last year.
It was much for the same reasons to be honest. It’s nice to step away from madly trying to document everything, to enjoy the Summer, company of friends and seeing new places.
That being said, I still found myself carrying my camera around, even if I wasn’t always snapping outfit photos! Doh!
A few weeks back, I went to London to visit my friend Richard to go view The British Music Experience at the O2.

I based my outfit on a pair of textured black skinny trousers (unfortunately the amazing black-on-black pattern doesn’t photograph very well!) teamed with a beautiful velvet smock dress from Monsoon, that I found for a snip on eBay.
My cardigan is H&M, the coffee pot necklace was my Nanna’s and the scarf worn on my head was a thrifty find from Berlin.

I had a bit of an epiphany lately when it comes to my sartorial choices. I felt that I had been playing it safe when it came to colour in my outfits.
I recalled how adventurous I was in my late teens, wearing blindingly-bright theatre paint on my eyes, and lusting after anything multi-coloured or visually interesting.
Whilst those foundations have remained, I have felt a little uninspired lately (perhaps another reason for the break!)
So although still relatively subtle, this outfit felt like a step in the right direction – I even reunited my eyelids with yellow (in shadow not theatre paint this time!)
As for the exhibition…It was awesome! Richard and I have long bonded over a shared passion for music, and this amazing exhibition had us dancing and singing all the way round!
And despite being told off for taking a photo, I couldn’t resist slyly snapping a few more for you to see!
There are six different rooms which each contain a different decade, and all the music, paraphernalia and social history, to give you a full idea of how British music evolved and developed.
The Beatles obviously got a little mention…

1960’s frocks that were worn by Dusty Springfield and Petula Clark…
Glam rock! As a huge fan of T-Rex and Mr Bowie, I loved this room!

And of course, a healthy dose of the Rolling Stones, including this daring catsuit by Ossie Clark, worn by Mick Jagger (phwoar!)

The information that the exhibition provides is so interesting! Learning about how America and Britain competed to get ‘the latest sound’ and how political and social events influenced what we listened to was great to found out about!
Plus with so many soundbites, videos and headphones dotted around – we were literally in musical heaven!
After all that excitement, an iced tea was deemed essential!
And although I haven’t been blogging, I have kept up with sharing on instagram, including some recent purchases, like this retro fabric duck (a surprise car boot find!) a beautiful woven kimono jacket from the Zara sale, a new bedside lamp fromMade and a whole heap of beautifully coloured cosmetics from & Other Stories!
I also holidayed in Berlin with Joshua (a post to come soon!) visited Arundel Castle with some friends, had a giggle and a catch up with my younger sister, and celebrated Ava Lily turning two! 
And news just in (well about a week ago now!) I had my hair chopped off even shorter!
I’ll give you all a proper look soon, but suffice to say I am thrilled with it – the hairdresser did an amazing job!
So there we have it! I’ll be posting regularly from now on, and have quite a lot of backlogged adventures to share with you too!
Thanks for sticking around!
Love Yours Truly, x

What Is Any Ocean But a Multitude Of Drops?

I cherish my days off immensely. The chance to enjoy breakfast and not just shovel it down your throat whilst keeping one eye on the clock, or to stretch in bed for five minutes before choosing to get up.
The pleasure of relaxing, reading, listening to music and padding around my flat in furry slippers,  slowly creating an ambling plan for the day ahead.
The photos below were taken on such a day. Menial tasks like the post office, laundry and cleaning the kitchen were quickly completed, leaving me free as a bird for the cold afternoon.
I met up with my friend Becca, and after magazine shopping (the new Lula of course!) having a tasty lunch in a side cafe, we found ourselves on the beach at low tide. 
Having my camera in my bag (just in case) and the light being a beautiful dusky hue, we took it as an opportunity to capture one of the most serene evenings in Brighton I have experienced.
There was a chill in the air, with the faint sounds of rush hour traffic and rolling waves combined. The lights on the pier blinked and flashed silently in the distance, and the seagulls swooped for low-tide pickings. We were the only people on this stretch of beach and it felt magic.
It’s the smallest things which make days off like this great. I have been finding huge satisfaction in little joys as of late, and have found the more you look for them, the more they make themselves apparent.
The kindness of strangers in a rain storm. Eating a fresh pear from a local market. Crocheting a multi-coloured blanket as a surprise for a friend, knowing every stitch is one stitch closer to the finished product. Buying bunches of daffodils for £1 and waking up to see them having bloomed overnight!
My mish-mash of an outfit (I was inspired by an older lady who comes into the tea room from time to time and the way she layers her antique pieces) consists of a dark blue floral top from Topshop, a vintage silk night dress from Beyond Retro, cream tights & socks from Atmosphere, and my favourite battered leather boots from Topshop five or so years ago.
I’m also wearing my new camel coat (an eBay find to replace my battered old one!) and a vintage hand-carved mother of pearl necklace that my Mum bought as a child in Jerusalem.
Also worth a mention (as I’ve been telling everyone I know about it!) Joshua and I went to see Cloud Atlas this week and I have to say…It blew me away!
Completely brilliant, original, compelling, exciting…ahh so many words! I ordered the book as soon as I got home and can’t wait for it to arrive!
I really do recommend going and giving this film a try. It’s confusing to begin with (and Tom Hanks admittedly is extremely incoherent in parts!) but as we left the cinema, we were both so exhilarated we could scarcely pull a sentence together!
I’ve also been going to a few more gigs lately, and as always have enjoyed the bohemian sounds of Time for T. If you want to get a taster of what the full band is like, here is a video of Tiago and Juan playing in the snow last month. They also have a soundcloud if you enjoy that. Suffice to say, these guys are amongst my favourite musicians!
I think it would be fair to say it’s the small insignificancies that define us. I recall at my late Nannas funeral during the eulogies that many people mentioned things about her that she probably wouldn’t have used to describe herself.
Like the fact she learnt to ride a motorbike in her 50’s (and popped a wheelie!) or the ingredients of her fruity curry, or her cheeky giggle followed by a snort!
What makes your days off perfect for you? I get a taster from following other bloggers on instagram, but it’s always lovely to share the little things that make us feel most like us.

I hope you’re all enjoying your week. Northern hemisphere readers can take heart that Spring is on it’s way!

More very soon – I have some interesting bits to show you all!

Love Yours Truly, x

Ps. HUGE thank you to Becca for capturing such beautiful photos in the cold!

Clowning Around…

Ever have one of those days when your hair just will not co-operate? No matter how much you tease it, cajole it, plead with it…It remains stubbornly flat, and in this case, refuses to beehive!
After a good ten minutes of trying to whip up the 60’s style, I pinned my hair down to give my aching, backcombing hands a rest! It was then (with a bit of tweaking) I chanced upon this hairstyle, and despite having more than a hint of Princess Leia – I quite like it!
With a nod to Lily Elsie, and other iconic stars of that age this style was a modern take on a very vintage style! If you would like a tutorial let me know – but I’m sure you could figure this out for yourselves! It’s so simple!
These photos were taken on the steps of Joshuas old house, on the last weekend he was there. The whole time I have known Josh he’s been a ‘Number 9-er’ so it’s going to be so odd visiting him in his new flat!
This beautiful 1970’s blouse I’m wearing was an eBay find, and reminded me of Pierrot and clown ruffles – it’s so much fun to wear!
My lipstick (which I received a lot of questions about!) is a mixture of Topshops ‘Rio Rio’ (which is a lovely matt-textured, pillar-box red) and MACs ‘Morange’ (a very bright orangey red). The combination of the two makes quite a colourful pout!
My cornflower blue nail polish is by a brand called ‘Me Me Me’ which I found whilst working at the Vitality Show earlier this year.
The teeny hotpants are old Topshop ones, and the boots were from Office originally, but I nabbed my pair for a mere £5 on eBay! Score!
This little outfit was worn to a street party in Brighton, where Time for T (they are practically documented on this blog lately!) where playing on a makeshift stage.
I love this (albeit over-exposed) shot of Joshua and I on the day! Because one of us is always taking the photos it’s rare to get one of us together!
Tiago and his band Time for T performing – I love these guys!
Joshua is wearing a vintage blazer from Beyond Retro, vintage tie from an Italian flea market (from our holiday last year) and a topman waistcoat and shirt.
He’s so stylish!
And finally, because I’m so excited by this – I have to share with you my latest gadget!
I recently took the plunge and got myself an iPhone 4 – and much as it pains me to be one of ‘those people’ who gushes about technology – this baby has changed my life!
With all the travel I have to do for work (Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow last week!) there are so many apps which make my life infinitely easier!
And I got an adorable Fifi Lapin (everyones favourite fashionista bunny!) cover from Iconemesis to boot! It makes texting such a pleasure!
And of course, where would be the point in having an iPhone if I didn’t join Instagram?!
Below are a couple of my snaps from the last few weeks, if you would like to follow the link is here – though I have to admit I’m not too sure how all this works!
I promise not to leave it so long until my next post!
Besides, I can’t wait to show you all what I got up to for my recent 26th birthday (arggghhh how on earth am I 26?!)
Hope the constant rain isn’t getting you down!
Love Yours Truly, x

Time For T…

Sunday was one of those peculiar days where you wake up a bit fuzzy-headed, the weather can’t make up its mind what it wants to do, and Monday morning is looming like a grand piano over your head…Fortunately the events of the day were sufficient enough to turn the whole situation around for me!
So I thought I’d share it all with you!
Still loving my 60’s beatnik babes as inspiration, I donned my faithful vintage bowler hat, with a basic H&M cardigan, and black fringed mini dress. 

My socks even have fringing too! A cheeky H&M find! I love that the dress and socks both have such movement to them – it certainly makes dancing a lot of fun! I’m also really happy that the weather has now become that little bit warmer so that bare legs are an option again! Yay!

And here’s the whole ensemble, in one of the only photos where I don’t look like I’m about to be blown away (pesky wind!)

For the start of the day (after watching a few episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’ in bed – is anyone else obsessed?!) we had another peruse around the antique shops of Lewes, as most of them had been closed when we went the first time round.
Look at this amazing selection of goodies!

The rooms are a delight to walk through, it’s just such a pity that in general, I found it all to be quite over priced. Boo!

The Virgin Mary just hanging out with a stuffed boar…as you do…

I loved this little corner of one particular shop, there were ships in glass bottles leading all the way up the nearby staircase too…

I have always had a soft spot for these kitchen units, and now I keep seeing them everywhere! 

We then headed home for a really exciting evening! 

Our dear friend Tiago (the lovely chap we stayed with in Portugal) had his first EP launch, with his solo-project-turned-band ‘Time For T’

The EP is called ‘Dream Bug’ (artwork by Kim Crime) and hasn’t left my ears for a good three days or so!

Leading up to Tiago and his band (of which Joshua is the bassist) stepping up, there were plenty of acts to whet our appetites for the musical feast coming our way! I thought I’d share them all with you, as I love it when people recommend new music to me!
This is our friend Joe, who is also a singer in Joshuas other band (he does like to keep busy that one!)
Joe has a wonderful sound – which is often compared to James Taylor. If you would like to listen to his music, you can do so HERE. My personal favourite is ‘Seagull Song’
Ben Kitching (who also does spoken word) then performed for us, unfortunately I can’t find a link for Bens music, but if I do I’ll pop it up! For now though you can admire his red trousers!
Then came Mark Morgan, a lovely fellow – who although I’m acquainted with – I’d never had the pleasure to hear him play before. I really enjoyed it! You can listen to Mark HERE
And lastly, as Time For T were waiting in the wings, The Peppermint Beat Bandplayed a very energetic set for us. Some of you may recognise the chap on the right as Alec from The Splendid Suitcase.
And now…Time for T! 
I know I seem incredibly biased, what with my boyfriend and friends all being members of this band, but I really truly love the music!
They are a talented six piece who perform jangly, energetic, cleverly worded songs with a bohemian easiness and enigmatic charm.
If you would like to listen or purchase Tiagos new EP you can do so HERE.
On a more personal note, I’m also quite happy with how the photos I took of the performers turned out. I hate gig lighting and so does my camera (a bad workman blames his tools eh?) 
And for those of you who may fancy it, you can get a taste of Time For T, with this music video for a track off the EP ‘Been Waiting’ (warning…extremely catchy!)

Thanks for letting me share this with you all. I’m very fond of these boys and their music, so it felt right to show to you all too!

More soon, including the Vintage Nation photos!

Love Yours Truly, x

Where The Wild Things Are…

Beastly British weather has driven me inside for the most part this weekend, giving me an opportunity to not only clear up, clear out and get some bits ready for eBay (I’ll pop a link up once I’ve listed them!) but to also edit another Portugal post.
It’s so lovely to look at these sun-soaked photos and remember fondly the beautiful house in Barao De Sao Joao we were lucky enough to call home for our ten days in Portugal.
I thought it was about time I shared with you where we  stayed, as it was truly magical! Falling asleep to sounds of frogs croaking, birds calling, owls hooting and geckos scurrying…I miss it already!
Here I am in Tiagos garden amidst the Eucalyptus…
The outfit is nothing too spectacular as we had been having a lazy day! The jumper is H&M (so cosy) the clogs and dress are both Topshop, probably bought off eBay, though I forget. And my trusty rust-coloured scarf is from a Brighton flea market.
I love being able to wear these clogs when the weather allows. They are surprisingly comfortable, and let’s face it, any height-boost I can get, no matter how slight is no bad thing!
And here is the main house! Joshua and I actually slept/stayed in a sweet little caravan at the bottom of the land, so it was like having our own private quarters! 
The small lake should also get a mention. One morning whilst drinking a cup of tea in the sunshine, I saw not only fish, but a turtle! Unfortunately I got so excited in trying to show Josh I scared it off…Oops!
Anouk is one of Tiagos dogs. She howls like a wolf and harmonises with Tiago when he howls at her!
Wild flowers and cactus…
Everywhere you looked there were beautiful little signs of Springtime…
Josh went exploring with my camera one morning and found this colourful chap…
And a toad hidden away!
Meanwhile I was obsessed with taking photos of the wild Iris’s that grew around our caravan (seriously I must have about thirty photos of them!)
And the beautiful pink Gerberas… 
Ok this is cheating slightly, as it was actually in Barao not Tiagos land, but I couldn’t resist including it!
Joshua and Tiago caught in one of the many occasions where they were either song writing, singing or making a fantastic racket!
My laundry drying on the last day (with a view of the maaaaassive hill which lay opposite our caravan..quite the humbling view to wake up to!)
And because I think he is rather fantastic, here is a little video of Tiago singing in this very garden! If you like what you hear you can check out more of his music HERE under the pseudonym ‘Time for T’
The funny thing for me watching this video is that Tiago was obsessed with this song during our trip, singing it practically everyday. So for him to forget the words the ONE time we record it – typical eh? 😀




And last but by no means least, as some of you may be aware I have started another blog giveaway to celebrate Yours Trulys third birthday!
After the popularity of my last giveaway I have got my hands on another ‘Diaster Designs’ make up bag to give you ladies another chance to win it!
And because this is a BIRTHDAY giveaway, the bag will come containing…
– Soap & Glory Body Butter
– A 17 eye shadow in ‘Gold Emerald’ (my favourite)
– MeMeMe nail file and polish in ‘Playful’
– Bomb Cosmetics bath bomb (Fresh Berry Bath Blaster)and 10% voucher.
– Benefit Bad Girl eyeliner
-Burts Bees moisturiser
– Romwe ‘Curl’ Sunglasses! (based on the Prada pair!)
To stand a chance of winning simply leave a ‘Happy Birthday’ comment on this, or any of my Portugal posts!
I have a few more coming up so you have plenty of time to think of a fun message!
Good luck and thank you for being such wonderful readers..Truly!
Love Yours Truly, x 

Music! Music! Music!

I sit at work most days with headphones on. I endure the bumpy bus journey commute with my headphones on. There is always music playing in my kitchen and my bedroom will nine times out of ten have some form of noise playing. Long story short? I’m a bit obsessed with music!
Now despite not being especially musically gifted, it hasn’t hindered my love for attempting to learn to play instruments.
I have dabbled in guitar for nearly ten years, writing self-pitying love songs and crude rip-offs of others work, learning all the cheesy classics I could get my little fingers on…All for my own satisfaction in the sanctuary of my bedroom.
And now I have a new little obsession…I bet uke can guess what it is?

That’s right! I’m learning to play the ‘jumping flea’ as it’s so wonderfully translated! This particular little flea belongs to Josh’s housemate Raphael (check out his music HERE) who very kindly lets me sit playing the same 10 chords in different synchronisations until my fingers become used to them!


The dress I’m wearing was an eBay find, and I love how simple it is. These photos were taken on a lazy Sunday, so for once, no bells and whistles! Just a chic little dress with my brogue boots. Comfort is the way forward sometimes!

So far I have excelled myself (note the sarcasm) in learning a handful of songs, including such classics as…
‘Sesame Street’ (ahem)
‘You Always Hurt The One You Love’ – The Mills Brothers (featured in ‘Blue Valentine’ by a uke-playing Ryan Gosling…Swoon)
‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ by the Beach Boys (one of my favourite songs)
‘You and I’ by Ingrid Michaelson (Who the hell can reach those high notes?!)
and a handful of Soko Songs.
THIS is my next mission!

Do any of you play Ukulele? Any tips? Any easy songs you can suggest whilst I’m still learning the ropes?
And whilst we’re on music, I might as well introduce you to one of my favourite bands who I was lucky enough to see in my hometown last week.
I’ve followed Dry the River for what seems like ages (having lived with one of the members whilst I was at University) and love how their music is growing (as is their fan base!)and evolving. It’s tender, beautiful, emotive and brave…I regularly found myself holding my breath when I was watching them, which was a bit odd!


If you want to listen to them, have a click HERE (wow this post is just link-o-rama!) let me know what you think!

More later in the week, I’m going on a mini break to Brighton from Wednesday night (VERY excited about that!) to see Josh and source some vintage fabrics…But more on that another time!
Love Yours Truly, x
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Cocktail Hour…

This weekend we had a London date, as it had been a while since we had ventured to the big smoke together. Now call me a wimp but I don’t like being rained on (which is unfortunate considering my geographical positioning!) and when Joshua and I set foot in Liverpool Street on Saturday, the heavens opened on us!
Using a newspaper and a magazine as makeshift umbrellas we hopped around massive puddles on Brick Lane (one so monstrous that Josh gallantly carried me over it!) …Trying to see the funny side!
However it did make any outfit photos completely impossible, so here is what I wore (photographed in dry Brighton the next day!)

This beautiful vintage 1950’s cocktail dress was from Beyond Retro, and is just so gorgeous! The pink is warm, and a bit indescribable…Is it flamingo? Coral? Fuchsia?

Regardless – I love it! There is also a delicate floral pattern woven in silver thread on the whole dress, a bit of subtle razzle-dazzle!

I wore it with these quirky little (literal) chandelier earrings I’ve had for ages..I’m so glad that Italian surgeon stitched my ear up well enough that I’m able to wear earrings still!
I wore my gold dancing shoes and new duck-egg blue tights from Topshop which unintentionally…

Matched our cheeky lunchtime cocktails perfectly! What are the chances?!

That cocktail was so bloody tasty I wouldn’t have minded another four…or five…Ahem.
More later in the week!
Love Yours Truly, x
Ps. Sorry for the lack of ‘out and about’ photos on this post but the weather made it truly impossible!