The heat cometh

So it’s true, the sunshine IS here, I found this straw bag in Primark, I have had my eye to purchase one similar. Other retailers are selling it at such a higher price, it made sense to get it once I saw it, at a bargain price of £8 and the fact it’s scorching in London for a few days it’s getting an outing.

Silly purchases

Arrgh does anyone else have the odd silly purchase and kick themselves or is it just me?
I bought these Mango platform sandals a size up, there is a method to this madness, I tried the size 5 in the shop and it looked amazing, but I thought they were a little tight. I went home and looked at them online because I couldn’t stop thinking about them. I decided to get the 6  – what could go wrong? they have a buckle so I can tighten them up. They arrived, hurray they fit well and look fantastic, I walk around my flat in them for a bit – I am happy. I am winning!

So a few days have passed and I have decided today is the day and I will venture out in them. I walk for about 10 mins and DISASTER! my toes keep popping under the top strap meaning my toe is sticking out underneath and it bloody hurts. Hit me with a feather –  I have to wear these all day. I get home, they are scuffed from a days walking which means I CAN’T RETURN THEM LOOKING LIKE THIS! they go back in the box, I don’t think I have worn them out again – BUGGER THAT. So ladies and Gentlemen there is exhibit A for a perfect example of a silly purchase.

They are currently on the Vinted App for sale – sad face.

Spring cleaning

I’ve started my spring cleaning for my wardrobe, this means selling items I don’t wear on eBay and use the money in my Paypal account to buy new things for Spring/Summer. I also started tidying up my jewellery and realised I hardly wear any Jewellery in the cold months. I’ve missed them and can’t wait for the weather to warm up. Roll on spring …

Any room for the kitchen sink?

Has anyone tried taking a small bag out? I attempt to and then realise I need this, this and this. A book for the tube, headphones to listen to a podcast at work, hand cream, lip balm, phone, purse, tissues, the list is endless. I feel like if I carry all my items in a backpack my back hurts, switch to a shoulder bag, my shoulder hurts, I see a pattern emerging here. What’s the solution, I can’t part with essential items, can I ?

Big bag, small bag, you will find that something is always missing you should have, could have taken so I’ll try to ditch the heavy items for now because nobody likes lugging things on a daily basis.

Mulberry in the Bush

When you find an absolute gem in a charity shop in Shepherd’s Bush. This might be my ultimate find. A vintage mulberry bag for £19.99 – unbelievable. I asked the lady why it was so cheap, she stated the zip was torn and needs repairing which will cost me a few bob.

Apart from that it’s in great condition and will contact Mulberry to get it fixed. In the mean time, I might put my blog name to good use and rootle around more often.

Say no to cake

When you have a lightbulb moment and you realise you have been doing things completely wrong for years.

So, who else when the weather turns cold, starts eating all the stodgy food you can possibly have? Lasagne, pasta, pies, tarts, cakes, shepherds pie, creamy risotto.

I can hear my mother in my ear – “ it’s cold, don’t miss any meals, and eat something hearty”.

I have been doing this for years, I eat everything and anything, don’t miss a meal, and end up putting on a few pounds exactly when spring comes round and guess what? I feel frumpy in my dresses, I go as far as not wearing my flimsy t shirts because I get so self conscience about the wobbly bits – Gosh what was I thinking? if anything I should eat what I want in the summer and cover up with layers in the winter, that makes more sense. I know what you are thinking – is this girl thick or what?!

This revelation came to me in December, in fact I think the best thing to do is to eat right all year round and have the odd stodgy meal if I feel like it. In the meantime – by jove she has got it! I do all the cooking at home which means it’s incredibly easy for me to adjust, don’t buy rubbish and I won’t eat rubbish. The occasional cheat meal is acceptable but I’ll be seeing if my spring/summer wardrobe will feel looser with anticipated happiness.

Markle Sparkle

Now this is exciting, as well as a royal wedding to look forward to, we have inherited Meghan Markle, a 36 year old, LA girl who has already got us smitten.

She seems to have a very versatile look, she can pull off the classic jeans and white shirt, a frock o clock for all those Royal events, the suit, the biker chick, the sexy all black. It won’t be long until we see her as a style icon and eagerly await to find what her wedding dress will look like.

Now I have to be honest, I have never heard of her or seen the series Suits she has been acting on for 7 years, but I can only see it as a positive, it means I had no opinion of her.

From the interview with her and Prince Harry on the BBC last night following the announcement of their engagement. She came across wonderfully and we can’t wait to get to know her better. Prince Harry we already adore so they are a match made…

Roll on Spring 2018…

What’s in my make- up bag

So I took the plunge and did my first vlog, my god it was so hard, hats off to the people who do this on a regular basis. It can take absolute ages editing if you are so particular about every detail. I sat there for hours cutting and adding then deleting things but I have to say I’m pretty excited about doing some more.

The most important thing is coming up with ideas for content but I’m enjoying it and I hope you do too. I started with the contents of my make up bag and I have to admit it’s quite minimal, hence the reason for a 7 min video. I am most certainly more of a skin care girl so you can hold your breath for make up tutorials haha.

Here is the link to my infamous first one;

What’s in my make up bag

Enjoy!

Glossier popped up good

Drop everything, I am in love!

Glossier opened it’s pretty pink life with a pop up store in London. Originally from New York, the beauty brand launched in the U.K. recently and popped itself in London from 15-22nd November, that’s right the last day is tomorrow, so if you can get yourself down there, it’s worth the visit.

You have an opportunity to try the products before you buy. The pop up store is situated on 2 floors with plenty of space and mirrors to test products and ask advice. The lovely glossier girls were wearing pale pink boiler suits and they looked so glamorous I wanted one for myself. The lady helping me with my purchases was a New Yorker and stated ‘ it was work attire and it was not allowed to be kept’ that’s an awful shame as if they put that up for sale I’d get it.

After walking around and trying and testing the products I bought the phase 1 gift set £35 which was featured on my wish list post, and a moon mask £18 . I rarely get excited, but I was giddy to see, and feel the products. Fingers crossed they decide to open a permanent store because let’s face it I might keep them in profit.

The pop up is at 32 Portland place, London W1B 1NA until tomorrow (22nd November)

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.