Hurrah for new Vogue

So I finally purchased the new British vogue under newly appointed Editor in Chief Edward Enninful. I am extremely excited to see what this brings for the publication. I have to admit it has become a little stale and I stopped my subscription a while ago, but the spark might be back with new eyes, new ideas, and a new look.

All the best to Edward and his crew, long live British Vogue.

The December issue is out now for £3.99

Wish List

I thought I would do a little list of items I have my eye on, but holding back the reins to buy it because the struggle is real, and you just have to stop spending like a crazy person. This is in no particular order of preference, because let’s face it, I want it all.

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Gucci Leather Trimmed canvas waist belt – £270

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Bobbie Brown Intensive Skin Serum foundation – £45

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Glossier Phase 1 Set – $40

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And Other Stories blouse – £69

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Sandro  – Mary Janes £239

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Sezane –  Farrow Bag £185

Go French

Go French – I am obsessed with my beret, you have to carefully consider what you wear with it, otherwise you feel incredibly silly.

I found a long sleeved stripy top with squiggly red writing and of course had to buy it, what a sucker for a stripy top. This was £20 from Topshop and perfect for layering. Oui oui mon cherie.

Sunglasses; Victoria Beckham , Shoes; Blondie Vintage at Spitalfields, Nail Varnish; Chanel, Bag; Tamara Fogle Bags, Beret & Stripy top; Topshop.

Collab, no fab

The highly anticipated collaboration between Erdem and H&M landed on Thursday 2nd. Look back to the night before the launch when I didn’t get a chance to go to a preview to purchase 2 pieces I have had my eye on for ages but no bother I’ll go online first thing only to realise the launch starts at 9 am which is an absolute let down. I underestimated the popularity of this collaboration and had to find out the hard way.

I work part time and Thursdays is a working day, first I have to drop off my son to my mum and then catch a bus to work, in my head it’s all sorted I’ll jump online around half 9 when I’m on the bus and I should get my bag and white frilly shirt. I drop my son off and started searching online at the bus stop only to find it’s sold out – oh my gosh, I was devastated, I honestly thought it wouldn’t be sold out that quick but it was, I managed to get the bag shown in the picture here but not the shirt. By the time I got to work for 10, everything was almost gone. In hindsight I would have gone online before I got on the tube, and purchased the items.

I noticed people were selling items on e-bay literally by 10am or even earlier, double or even triple the original price but you can’t stop people doing this. I stopped off at Westfield on the way home just by chance if it was there but it wasn’t so I’ll have to get an alternative. Ah I’m over it (not)

Sample sales

London is a city where you will find a sample sale on somewhere. I am a shopper that despises the sales unless it is online, the idea of queuing, shoving or mess is something I can’t comprehend. Shops like TK Maxx for example is my idea of hell, I’m not a fan of organised chaos, I like structure and calm.

I went to a Bella Freud sample sale a few weeks ago, people make an effort to go to these things, timing is everything, I went at 10 ish, thinking strategically that people who needed to be at work were at work and lunch wasn’t for a while. I queued a short while to get in, paid £3 ( for charity ) and headed in. The room at the hotel was minuscule, tops and jumpers were in a mountain heap on tables and other items were hanging up but there was no way you could get to them. My anxiety levels hit the roof at this point I brushed past a line of people standing and asked how long they were queuing to pay, a lady said an hour, an hour to pay? A flight to Paris is about an hour and 15, need I say more. I was in and out within 5 mins. Why not get a larger room? More staff at the tills, something to sort out this madness. I came away disappointed and worse, empty handed.

On Thursday I went to a Victoria Beckham sample sale in Shoreditch, it was run by company called curate, maybe Bella should give them a ring. The venue was huge, all items were on hangers, trousers and jeans folded, shoes and bags, along with sunglasses were placed on tables, the price list was above each section so no need to ask questions, you check a code and it gave you the price. The tills were at the back near the exit, it was organised, and well managed, I was very impressed. I managed to pick these 70’s style sunglasses, I like the fact they are not pitch black lenses, you can still see my eyes.

That is the contrast of sample sales I wanted to share with you, you never know what it’s like until you get there and I guess you expect chaos as it’s a sale but I think brands should make an effort to at least provide space. Those two are enough for me for a while.

Skin Care goals

Once upon a time I was one of those people who tried a product once, thought it was ok and used it for a thousand years – the end.

Well, after watching a whole load of You Tube videos and over the years developing more and more of an interest in skin care, I have come to realise that you should try everything and anything until it’s the best thing ever and ditch anything mediocre. We don’t want to be basic, this is our skin after all.

I have always bought things here and there and stuck with them for years without thinking if I needed a change or branch out. I ran out of a few items and realised I really don’t have much at all, so went on a spending mission a few weeks back and I’m racking up the numbers in my bathroom cabinet slowly and surely. I will test as many as I can, if it is absolutely awesome it will be in the Fashion Rootle forever list, but if it’s a bit meh! It will be ditched.

I will review the items and save it for another post.

Happy cleansing.

Check Mate

I am in love with my new coat from Mango, not only is it affordable at £69.99 but it feels gorgeous. I am wearing a medium that fits quite big which is good so I can wear chunky knits with ease.

I noticed instantly that the coat updated my wardrobe considerably. I can still wear summer items teamed with the coat, like today with my plain white tee from Topshop.

Autumn you are alright.

Only 5 minutes…

In the occasion where I only have 5 minutes to get ready, I always go for comfort and 99.5% of the time I’m not happy with what I have chosen to wear. This picture is a perfect example, I have my slouchy Uniqglo shirt, my brogues from Asos, and my skinny jeggings from Gap.

I would likely wear this to get a pint of milk, not to go to work in. I love dressing up for things rather than dressing down. The idea of saving your best clothes for special occasions is nonsense. You look good, you feel good. I think I need to be a bit more organised in the morning and leave the comfort look for the milk run.

Long hair, don’t care

Actually I do care, I get it coloured once a year because sitting in the chair for 5 hours, yes 5 whole long hours puts me off. I love the results but it takes me a year to get over the trauma of being glued to a seat for that long.

I leave it to grow and grow and one day you decide enough is enough it is time to tame the mane. I may go out of my comfort zone this time and try something new. Maybe a two tone look, leaving the top black and having blond ends.

The sun is still shining in London Town

I recently bought a camera, the Sony cyber shot. My iPhone camera has let me down and as with everyone in the world it’s the most used and valued. I am devastated and it’s rather annoying as everything has become a photo or video opportunity, I’m not entirely sure what we used to do before the camera was on our phones, but I couldn’t take it anymore so thought a camera would be much cheaper than purchasing the iPhone 8.

The picture above is me trying the 10 second timer on the camera, I’m pleasantly surprised seen as I was alone and managed to take this, the lighting could be better but for a first attempt it’s not a bad effort.

My dress is from urban outfitters and so are the fake spectacles.

The Sony cyber shot was £89.99 from argos

H&M x Erdem Collaboration

 

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How exciting, the announcement for the latest collaboration with H&M is Erdem which is due to hit our high street on 2, November 2017.

Erdem with his elegant fairy tale style of  lace, frills, florals, sequins and silks, it is no wonder we can’t wait for a month to come round so we can grab some affordable pieces. Prices range from £19.99 – £199.99. A full range for Women and Men, including shoes, bags and accessories.

Erdem Moralioglu was born in Canada to a Turkish father and English mother, he studied in Canada and moved to London in 2000 to study further at the Royal College of Art. He has achieved numerous awards and has high profile clients such as Alexa Chung, Cate Blanchett, Emma Watson and Meghan Merkel wore a £1,200 floral dress to a wedding she attended with Prince Harry.

Erdem stated;

“I am so happy to collaborate with H&M, and to explore my work on a whole new scale including a menswear collection which I have never done before. It’s also such a thrill to work with Baz Luhrmann, one of the most important storytellers of our time,”

Below is a teaser film on what to expect, directed by Baz Luhrmann who was excited to capture a story to reveal the unique collection.

Roll on 2nd November…I have my eye on 2 pieces at least.

Getting fit, finally…

You notice some people are active and some people are not, I’m afraid I’m the latter. Recently I’ve been thinking how I can improve on this so took the plunge and got myself a membership, finally no excuses. Let’s face it they will take my money whether I go or not, so if that’s not motivation to go, not sure what is.

I’m 6 weeks in and I’m enjoying it, you start to see results and it spurs you on even more. There are a lot of chumps at the gym, one guy literally hovered behind me until I finished on a machine, asking me if he could get on there. Last time I checked I wasn’t wearing an invisible cloak.

I was sceptical of the Ivy Park range from Topshop but this sports bra top has passed the test, durable and comfortable, yet supporting. Might go head to toe in it.

The real test is walking to the gym in the dark and cold, no pain, no gain they say.

Candy girl, you are my world…

I love my baby pink and red accessories. I recently bought the gorgeous Lulu Guinness cardholder and umbrella to fit nicely in my bag. The gorgeous Pom Pom earrings are from Zara which adds a little punch to an all black outfit. The book; The Curated Closet, I’m currently reading on and off but if you need help in organising your wardrobe and tips on finding your style and sensible purchasing it’s really good. Nail polish; the red one is by Chanel and the pink one from cheeky. I have the Clarins eye reviver to perk the eyes, and the H&M hand cream in a lush pink tube.