Sunday, December 21, 2014

Monochrome and layers. Nothing new here.

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URBAN OUTFITTERS checked blazer and oversized scarf | ZARA boucle bag | H&M oversized grey jumper | RIVER ISLAND platform boots (similar) | WHISTLES sunglasses (similar)

Hello, hello - remember me?  Sorry for the radio silence, I've been dying a slow death from the common cold this week; I think I got too excited about Christmas and my body went into shock and subsequently started to shut down. I've also got a weird thing going on with two of my fingers where they've decided to double in size and stop bending, so typing is no easy feat.

...Forgot I was writing a blog post instead of talking to my Doctor there. This outfit is from a couple of weeks ago when I was actually in the mood for wearing something other than oversized Christmas jumpers and sorrow. Lots of layers and a monochrome palette - you really can't go wrong. Anyway, I've just made some homemade macaroni so I'm off to watch The Holiday and probably have a little cry at the old man collecting his award. Just your average Sunday really. Hope everyone's feeling all nice and festive!

Amy
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

He Wears, She Wears | Forever21

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Oh hey there! I've been meaning to get round to doing a 'He Wears, She Wears' post forEVER because, like I point out every time, they're my absolute favourite kind of post to shoot. Mainly because I feel like much less of a lemon when I've got someone to stand next to. So, back to the story, when Forever21 got in touch and asked if me and Rob would like to put together a look from their new Holiday collection it couldn't have been better timing. We were both tempted to go for a cosy look since our natural habitat tends to be under the duvet with a mug of hot chocolate in hand, but in the end decided to swerve towards party looks because, after all, 'tis the season to be jolly and partylicious (I think that's how the saying goes anyway). Rob went for his usual Cool-Boy-Mod outfit - if he could stop making me look so uncool by comparison that'd be fab - and I went for a stereotypical but shamazing sequin party dress. I paired it with some some suede ankle boots rather than heels for a change and then finished it off with the absolute bag of my dreams. A Chanel boy bag's been top of my wishlist for I don't know how long (how freakin' nice do I need to be, Santa?) so I was over the moon when I found this little inspired-by number for only £17. That's right, £17. Oh, what lark! This particular version's now sold out as far as I can see but, before you panic, there's a really similar Chanel-esque one in black now on there too.

I hope you guys liked this post as I know a lot of you have commented and said you'd like to see another 'He Wears, She Wears' feature! It won't be so long until the next one, scout's honour.

Amy


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Post put together in collaboration with Forever21

Monday, December 15, 2014

Take 10: River Island Knitwear

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RIVER ISLAND navy oversized jumper* | FOREVER21 knitted turban (similar) | ZARA bouclé bag | ALL SAINTS Balfern leather jacket | MI MONEDA silver pendant* | SENSO leopard pointed toe boots (now half price!)

This month's Take 10 involved a little bit of River Island and a lot of knitwear, both of which very much tickle my pickle. I went for an oversized jumper that can also be worn as a dress, which has been great to chuck on and keep cosy in. Being quite short (read: very short), I often find that anything with 'oversized' in the title drowns me, but this one's been amazing thanks to the fitted 3/4 sleeves which give it a little bit more structure. This particular outfit is from a couple of weeks ago when me and Rob spent a few days Christmas shopping in Glasgow and it was CRIMINALLY cold (can you arrest the weather for being indecently cold?); I swear to god my ears would have fallen off long before now if it wasn't for this Forever21 headband A.K.A the ear saviour. 

Anyway, I'm off to enjoy a hot chocolate whilst I finish off my Christmas shopping (check out my Christmas gift guides here and here if you missed them), so I'll leave you to have a browse of how the other girls styled their pieces:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

My Whirlwind Tour of Brighton

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Don't worry, I've not gone mad - these photos were taken last month when I was down in Brighton visiting my brother i.e. when the weather was being much kinder to us than it is now. Brighton's somewhere I've always wanted to visit, so it's good having him down there because now I've got myself a valid excuse to venture down whenever it tickles my fancy (and play the role of annoying sister accordingly). He took me on a whirlwind tour; from the lanes and markets, to the pier, to the massive Beyond Retro, to a million and one amazing food stops in between (if you're down that way please make sure and fit in a trip to The Creperie, where you can get pretty much any topping you could ever think of, savoury or sweet, on your crepe). Unfortunately this was also the day I chose to break in my new Dune pumps. Not. Smart. They're really nice to wear now that I've broken them in, but if you're planning to buy them yourself then make sure and just wear them around the house first with socks until they get acquainted with your feet.

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All I can say is good luck to your waistline if you plan on visiting Brighton
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Nutella, crushed nut, caramel and whipped cream crepe at The Creperie. Oh. My. God.
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So much colour everywhere, it's amazing - kind of like a kid's cartoon come to life.
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Getting way to excited at finding Rob's name on a street sign. Ahem.
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Thriftshopping with Macklemore (this caption only becomes funnier when you learn that my brother's name is Mac)

Amy

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Edinburgh with Mallzee | Photo Diary

If you follow me on aaany form of social media then you'll know that the lovely Mallzee recently took me, Kate, Kavita and Emma away to Edinburgh for a big fat blogger sleepover and a weekend of fun. Just in case you've never come across them before, Mallzee's a pretty snazzy app (marketed as 'Tinder for fashion - what more could you want?) where you can shop from over 100 brands in the one place as well as saving items for later to get alerts when they go in sale. I've already put together a video over on my YouTube about what we got up to, but I thought it'd be nice to put together a photo diary too so that the photos don't go to waste. Speaking of which - big thanks to the hugely talented Susie for letting me use some of her shamazing snaps in the post too!
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The most incredible view across Edinburgh from our balcony. If you're wondering why I look so tense and awkward in the first photo it's because there was no railings at that partiular bit and, knowing my luck, I was expecting a seagull or equally large bird to swoop down and knock me off the edge.

OLD TOWN CHAMBERS APARTMENTS

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H&M polka dot shirt (similar) | River Island fluffy clutch

We stayed in the Old Town Chambers penthouse suite, which really was just beautiful. The beds were like big marshmallows, the decor was spot on and it was filled to the brim with every kind of gadget imaginable (it took us about ten minutes to find out where you put a DVD in). There were also a few very welcome additions in the form of food, food, food and more food and a rail of beautiful River Island clothing from Mallzee, who shall henceforth be known as the fairy godmothers. It's probably also worth mentioning (just in case any of you are thinking of staying there) that the apartments are situated right on the Royal Mile and are only a five minute walk from both Princes Street and from the Grassmarket. Winner winner, chicken dinner.

COCKTAILS AT TIGERLILY

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H&M bodycon dress | River Island fluffy clutch (as above)

After a few drinks and a catch-up at the apartment we headed over to Tigerlily for a cocktail masterclass, which is a really lovely venue for drinks - the fairy lights around the entrance in particular get a thumbs up from me. We worked our way through the drinks menu above (which got progressively stronger as it went down) and then came to the sobering realisation that it was half past seven and we were all very, very drunk. Time for some food, then..

DINNER WITH CHEF GIOVANNI
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We headed back to our apartment, where Cheff Giovanni from Amodo Mio had prepared an amazing three-course meal for us - I'm still having dreams about that Nutella mouse and hazelnut combo now.

AFTERNOON TEA AT ETEAKET

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The next morning we headed for a much needed detox in the form of a delicious smoothie from Hula juice bar (not pictured but well worth a visit if you're in Edinburgh) followed by a truly scrumptious afternoon tea - and my first flowering tea - at Eteaket.

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SENSO leopard boots | H&M fedora (similar)

Playing guess who with Kavita
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A soppy little collage of random snaps from across the two days, finishing with a photo of us all squeezed in a bath in our onesies. Of course.

Once again, big thank you to Mallzee (I mean, Fairy Godmothers) for showing us such an amazing time! Although my waistline may never recover..

Amy