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The City Jungle…

Whenever the sun came out last year on the days when I wasn’t working, you could more than likely find me on the beach, or in the Pavilion gardens. Enjoying a picnic, the company of friends or a good book.

It became a bit of an automatic response. Sun in the sky? Let’s head to the beach!
Now of course I’m not complaining, and obviously I will still venture to the beach this summer. Only, I want to explore more of this beautiful city too. There are so many gorgeous parks that are perfect for sunny day lazing!

Recently I have been enjoying Dyke Road park, which is a five minute walk from my home. There’s a huge field with a view of the city (and sea!) a bowls lawn, and huge overgrown flower beds, which are just amazing!
After shooting some film photos for my talented photographer friend Emma Speightin the morning, she kindly agreed to help me with some photos featuring thisWarehouse Dress which I’ve been waiting to feature for a while.
I love the vibrant pink colour, and sumptuous baroque print. It’s a gorgeous pop of brightness that I don’t think I could have worn as well with my old hair! My love of being blonde/pink continues to grow!
My blonde hair also makes me feel so much more confident in going make-up free (or very minimal like these photos – a touch of foundation and a smudge of lipstick)
I think the lighter shade lifts my complexion, and stops me feeling so washed out, which is always nice!
To enhance the luscious deep pink of the dress I teamed it with a pair of Office red suede platforms I bought on eBay last year. They’re such a great retro design, surprisingly comfortable, and easy enough to walk in!
Emma suggested some photos in front of this sun-dappled door, which I love. During these shots we were terrorised by a very eager dog, and two young boys who were singing this song…I have to admit, their version was much cuter.

We definitely tried to create some photos that were a bit more ‘editorial’ than my usual content. The jungle-esque surroundings certainly helped make it easier!

I look forward to sharing the film photos that Emma and I did too – in the mean time, check out her website. It’s beautiful!

Also worth a mention is that I had a little wardrobe spring clean – items are all listed HERE and end on Sunday the 11th of May. Everything is listed for 99p so you can definitely grab a bargain! Overseas bidders welcome too!

Love Yours Truly, x

Good Hair Days…

I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed, but quite purposefully my little corner of the internet has yet to succumb to adverts or banners. 
 
Now before you think I’m galloping off on my high horse, I can assure you I have no issue with advertisements on other blogs, in fact it can lead to finding great new labels and etsy shops, which is obviously great!
I just never wanted it for Yours Truly.
 
I always want my blog to have sincerity and integrity. Whilst I don’t write all the mundane details of my daily life, I’d like to think I give an honest (albeit up-beat) account of my life.
So with all of that said, when I received an email last week from a very pleasant lady offering me a pair of ghd’s in the new pastel range. Well I was pretty bloody happy.
My poor old straighteners looked forlornly up at me, seemingly aware of their imminent replacement.
 
I was going to have a set of ghd’s for the first time! And after a moment of pondering if I was ‘selling out’ I decided that if I genuinely want/like/enjoy something, I should share it. Isn’t that what this blog is all about?
And I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am with them! 
In my excitement I decided to put my new jade-green beauties to the test, and create three looks with my new pastel tresses.
And lucky for me Sam was more than willing to help capture my attempts!
 
My first look was very much inspired by this platinum legend…
I tried to recreate Marilyn’s loose, sexy curls. But with perhaps a bit more of a ‘bed-head’ element. I always prefer my hair when it’s a little messy and rough around the edges!

After spraying my hair with copious amounts of heat protection spray (and a quick blow dry to lift it) I divided my hair into sections and worked the straighteners round to form loose curls.
I then teased the curls to be a little looser with my finger tips, and sprayed the ends (from below) with hairspray.
I also sprayed my fingertips and worked a bit into the roots for extra volume.

 

My second look was inspired by another hair icon. Miss Golightly’s layered beehive has always been one of my favourite movie-hair styles.
That blunt little fringe is just so sweet and stylish!

After using the ghd’s to create a sleek, straight texture I then proceeded to lightly backcomb my hair throughout, focusing mostly at the roots.
 
After spraying a little hairspray on my palms, I then started to shape my beehive, fixing with kirby grips as I went along.
 
After all my hair was fixed, I pulled back a section of my fringe, to create the second ‘mini-hive’.
This style is perfect for ladies with shorter hair like myself, as it gives you height with added volume at the front.

 

Unfortunately I didn’t have a Tiffany’s tiara lying around so instead I accessorised with 1950’s silk bridesmaid garland, worn as a necklace.

My final look wasn’t inspired by a movie starlet! It was the result of a bit of playing around…

Combing my hair forward from my crown, I used the ghd’s to create a heavy curl, before rolling the hair round on itself, securing with a few kirby grips.

After pinning the rest of my hair up in similar rolls, I attached a couple of fresh blooms, for a fantastic pop of colour!
I am completely loving having bright pastel coloured hair (after a few wobbly days where I was tempted to dye it back to brown!)
It lifts my mood, and brightens up even the most mundane outfits. It’s also re-ignited my love for colour again. 
 
Those ghd’s couldn’t have come at a better time!
 
Love Yours Truly, x

Spring Time Pastels…

I’m going to hazard a guess that my latest little bout of ‘comfort dressing’ began about three or four weeks ago, when simultaneously  awful weather and very cosy new jumper both arrived in Brighton.
 
Since then I’ve mostly been in a uniform of sorts, consisting of varying cosy jumpers, skinny jeans and my favourite chelsea boots.
 
However the recent few days of glorious sunshine (Spring is finally here!) have bought me out of my dark wool cocoon, and flung me gleefully back into my favourite colours, including a very slight hair make-over too!
Baby pink! Gloriously girly and carefree, I am completely in love with my new hair!
 
I dabbled with multi-coloured tresses in my last year at University, and haven’t touched a pack of Manic Panic since. But for some reason, last Friday afternoon I found myself locked away in the bathroom with copious amounts of bleach and blue shampoo, perfecting my bottle-blonde colour!
Whilst I still don’t think I’ve reached the colour I’m striving after (the search for the best semi-permanent dye is currently underway!) I love how different this new colour is!
I’ve had a couple of instances where my friends have looked right through me, as I sat waiting to meet them in coffee shops, or the cinema! They are so used to my little gingery head, and admittedly so I am! My reflection in shop windows and passing mirrors still makes me do a double-take!
 

So to debut my new tresses, I thought this pretty silky blouse from French Connection would be the perfect pastel pairing!
 
I love its boxy tailoring, and the pretty pinkish hue is ideal for Springtime…

I accessorised with a matching pastel perspex ring, a scarf ring (with the cutest little bird, that oddly fits my fingers!) and a Rimmel nail polish from the Kate Moss range called ‘Punk Rock’.
 
My leather clutch bag was from a flea market in Paris a few years ago. It’s the loveliest leather – all beaten up and soft. It cost something ridiculous like two euros, and it’s one of my favourites.

My new coat was a sale-rail find from Topshop. I couldn’t believe my luck! One left, my size, and only £20! What a steal! This is – believe it or not – the first black coat I have ever owned!
To offset the girly-ness of my blouse, I teamed it with a green ‘jungle’ print skirt I found on eBay. I didn’t imagine the two going together, but I really like their slightly mis-matched colouring.
My sunglasses are old favourites from H&M (I’m currently on the prowl for a new pair for some variety!) and my lipstick is a beautiful little treat from Tom Ford in ‘Wild Ginger’. The packaging of his make-up is so luxurious!

Larking about…I have found it increasingly awkward to pose for blog photos – I feel so aware of how cliched each pose is.
 
Fortunately with the wonderful Sam Luck on hand, to not only provide his wonderful photography skills, but also his cheeky sense of humour, this set didn’t bother me!
 
So fingers crossed I will feel like blogging again without the need for another three week break!

Happy Spring-time everyone! Sunnier days are ahead!

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

The Fairest of The Seasons…

Hello lovelies!
 
I just got home from my 6th shift at my new job…and I am enjoying it so much! It’s a new role in Beauty Marketing and Customer Services which is just so interesting! I’m sorry to seem a little vague at the moment, but I’ll be revealing a lot more in weeks to come! Promise!
 
For now though…I have some pretty new things to show you all!
 


The wonderful people across the pond at Romwe sent me this gorgeous Sailor dress which I adored as soon as I unwrapped it!
 
It’s a little bit 60’s, a little bit japanese school girl (admittedly not a look I normally explore!) a tad Victorian, and…well frankly I could gush about it all day! Suffice to say, I’ve been wearing it a lot!


The adorable little vanity case I’m using as a handbag was from ‘Snoopers Paradise’ a flea market in Brighton. It was love at first sight! What can I say?
My socks and brogues are both from Topshop.


And before you all think I’m bonkers frolicking around in November without a coat!
I wore my Zara kids camel coat, with a H&M faux fur stole…Toasty!


These photos were taken near the Brighton Pavillion (we hopped the fence to avoid the tourists…Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone!! ) How blue is that sky for November? Seriously, I don’t know what to make of the weather this year!
 

Later, after having filled ourselves to bursting point with tasty spanish tapas we trotted off in the late afternoon sun to the bus stop…How glamorous eh?


I had attempted double Victory Rolls…Though they ended up a little messy! Oh well!


I didn’t know what to do with the remainder of my hair at the back, so I just rolled it around a long kirby grip and then secured it with smaller ones…It seemed to work, though it’s so hard to keep things neat when you can’t see the back of your own head! What a pain eh?!


Yes… I really love my new vanity case so much that I’m taken adoring photos of it at the bus stop!! Dribble dribble…


We then RAN from the bus stop to Josh’s house so I could get home in time to bid on a dress I fancied on eBay (got in with 40 seconds remaining…And I won! Whoo! Ultimate eBay adrenaline rush!)
 
Before I joined Josh at his band practice that evening (as I would unfortunately be missing out on the Sunday gig)
 
I sat on the leather sofa with my can of warming beer, feeling like a complete groupie…But luckily he’s completely worth it 😉


And then once I finally got home.. A tasty little snack! Beetroot and feta mini skewers, with an avocado, bacon and feta sandwich! Nyom!


Hope your weekend was as happy as mine!
 
Love Yours Truly, x
 
Ps. My title comes from this Nico song. I’m a bit obsessed with her right now!