Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Naked Torso Girl

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LAVISH ALICE lace-up dress | H&M stripe top | SARENZA burgundy ankle boots | ASOS leather and suede mix bag

I talked a little bit about my love for lace up shoes in my last post, and it would seem this love has sneaked into my wardrobe too. A soon as I spotted this dress on the Lavish Alice website I thought 'YES - you, my friend, have great pinafore potential'. It's absolutely beautiful on its own, but I didn't want to force the world to look upon my naked torso in broad daylight - plus it's still bloody freezing - so I popped this stripy top underneath for, what some may call, a glorified school uniform look. 

As you may have guessed, that's me back from Iceland which was hands down one of the best experiences of my life; if I didn't have Lilo waiting for me at home then I think I'd have taken up residence in a dormant volcano and stayed there forever. I've filled an entire memory card with photos so I'm going to split my trip into three or four blog posts, including where to eat/stay, things to do as well as a general photo diary, so keep your eyes peeled for those in the next couple of weeks!


Monday, March 23, 2015

A night at the Cinderella Premiere

Last week me and Rob were lucky enough to be invited down to the Cinderella Premiere in London (in cinemas March 27th!) which was – in a word – incredible. No, magical. Incredimagical. 

First up we were taken on a quick tour of  the Cinderella exhibition, where you can get up close and personal with all the costumes and props from the film, including the ACTUAL glass slipper. It’s made by Swarovski and, as you can see from the photos, is sparklier than the sparkliest thing you can imagine. It’s quite transfixing actually, I could have stood and looked at it all night. Another highlight of the exhibition is the pumpkin carriage, all lit up inside with beautiful little fairy lights, which you walk through and come out on the other side of to be faced with the famous golden carriage which takes Cinderella to the ball. The costumes are a joy to see in real life, they’re so intricately detailed and everything a fairy-tale deserves. The exhibition is now open to the public and I really would recommend squeezing in a visit if you can, especially if you have children (because then you can blame it on them if you accidentally let out an excited squeal). 
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We were then taken along the ‘red’ carpet – which was actually blue, very fitting – and into the venue itself to be seated. There was then a brief, and very funny, introduction from the director and then a Frozen short (also very funny, courtesy of Olaf) before the film began. I’ve been desperate to see the film ever since I heard it was being made and it truly didn’t disappoint. Disney just have a way of making you feel like you’re 10 years old again, with that excited feeling in your belly that anything is possible. I did, however, well up at the scene with the Fairy Godmother (played amazingly by Helena Bonham Carter) which my 10 year old self would not have been proud of. I read somewhere that Lily James was doubtful that she could fill Cinderella’s (glass) shoes, but she was absolutely perfect in the part and slipped seamlessly into the role of Princess. The stand out performance for me, however, was Cate Blanchett, who completely blew me away with her performance as Evil Stepmother. Honestly, you’ll know what I mean when you watch it… all bow down to Queen Cate. Even though we all know the storyline, I won’t say too much more so that you can go and enjoy it for yourself, but I really, truly couldn't recommend it more – it’s happy, it’s sad, it’s funny (look out for Rob Brydon’s cameo) and, above of, it’s utterly magical.


Cinderella hits cinemas this Friday (27th March) and, in the meantime, the 'Design a Dress' competition is still running over on the Cinderella Tumblr hub, so you've still got time to enter that if you fancy!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

SS15 footwear wishlist

Normally clothes are my thang, but recently I've noticed that all I've been adding to my mental wishlist is shoes, shoes and more shoes. In terms of dressing, I much prefer Winter as I very much enjoy layering and building outfits (must be the Scot in me) but, when it comes to shoes, Summer is where it's AT. As you can see, the kind of shoes I'm coveting this SS15 are platforms - all the benefits of heels but with added comfort - lace-up shoes and of course, the trusty ankle boot. I bought these bargain £22 New Look flats last week and can confirm that they are in fact amazing in real life. I did find that they came up a tiny bit small though, so if you're in between sizes or if your feet are of the wide-footed variety then I'd size up. And, as you may have noticed from my last post, I also added a second pair of lace up shoes to my wardrobe in the form of these Office badboys. Surprisingly comfortable may I add!

As always, if you see any shoes you like then just click on the image to be taken straight to them!


Friday, March 20, 2015

A Cinderella Inspired outfit

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H&M blue linen dress | OFFICE lace-up heels (also in blue and nude) | FLORIAN LONDON leather bag

I wouldn't say I was a particularly girly girl growing up, but one thing I did put a lot (and I mean a lot) of time and effort into was choosing my favourite Disney Princess - Meg from Hercules - closely followed by whose dress I liked best. I loved the fit of Cinderella's, the colour-changing aspect of Sleeping Beauty's, the cheeky off-shoulder that Belle's dress had and the all-round sassiness of Jasmine's outfit. In the end I was so conflicted that I decided that I'd simply have to either make some sort of Frankenstein-like creation made up of little segments of each dress, or squeeze in four costume changes in one night. Fast forward 15 years and the same topic of conversation still excites me (there's just something about Princess dresses that never gets old), so when Disney challenged me to create a Cinderella inspired blog post my heart was set aflutter. After seeing the trailer and falling love with the dress worn by Lily James in the film - how beautiful does her little waist look? - I knew I had to find myself as close a doppleganger as possible. I found this blue number hiding in the sale rales in H&M and knew immediately it'd make the perfect modern day Disney Princess dress with its nipped in waist and full skirt. All I need now are some glass slippers, and potentially some blister plasters, and I'm good to go!
If you follow me over on Twitter or Instagram then you'll probably know that me and Rob were at the Cinderella Premiere last night (the 10 year old in me is still crying) so stay tuned for a full blog post about that on Monday! The film's out in cinemas on the 27th March but, for now, make sure and check out the Cinderella Tumblr Hub as it's filled to the brim with exciting Cinderella related content - plus there's a chance to make all those childhood princess-dress dreams come true with their amazing design your own dress competition!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Made by Sarenza SS15

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SARENZA burgundy leather ankle boots | MANGO leopard jacket (similar and similar) | TOPSHOP polo neck and jeans | ASOS leather bag

Well hey there! As you know, I was down in Glasgow at the weekend visiting my amigo Karen (who took these photos for me and almost lost three fingers to frostbite in the process - thanks again you little trouper) so we stopped to take these on our way to Byres Road. If you can see a hint of sadness in my eyes it's because we walked past Kevin Bridges about ten minutes previous to this and despite how much I love him - or maybe because of how much I love him - I couldn't think of a single witty thing to say to him. I tried to push (literally push) Karen into saying something about the bus stop joke but instead we just stood there looking gormless and a bit weird. And now I'm filled with eternal regret.

Anyway, I should probably talk about the actual important bit shouldn't I, A.K.A the boots of my dreams. I've admired Sarenza and their quirky collections for a long time but have never quite gotten round to making an order and now I really wish I had sooner. This was the first time I'd worn these boots and we were out walking all day - risky, I know - and I hadn't a single trace of sore feet when I got in and took them off at night. Which, as you may know, is an absolute rarity for me. As well as being incredibly comfy they're also pretty bad-ass to look at too. These boots are from their new SS15 collection - check it out if you haven't already, it's shoe heaven PLUS there's some beautiful lace-up flats in there - but they also stock lots of other brands, 535 to be precise, so there's something for everyone in there!

Shop my top Sarenza picks (just click on the image to be taken straight to them!):


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