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Shop: Brass Pineapple

20 May

Yes people, Independent Shop of the Week makes a return… in the form of Brass Pineapple all the way up in Kendal, Cumbria after a lovely weekend spent in The Lake District.

The Urban Dictionary definition… Brass Pineapple: Given name to objects stolen from pubs in retaliation for expensive drinks.

brass pineapple

In actuality it’s a cute little shop just off the High Street, started by two designer friends who met at Carlisle University. They make unique upcycled dresses through combining different prints/fabrics/pieces:

brass pineapple dresses

Inside the shop they also have unusual accessories and homeware such as lego/domino rings and records that have been melted into bowls!

I instantly fell in love with this polka dot and paisley number, and it was a real bargain down from £20 to £10!

polka dot paisley dressI styled it with a Primark black leather and gold metal belt, black tights and Office chunky leather lace up boots. The boyfriend took  me on a cinema date and told me I looked like “Maid Marion biker style”….. boys eh?! To keep warm I added my Zara leather jacket:

car ootd (I wish this was my car!)

zara leather suede bagZara Leather and Suede Bag

office heeled bootsOffice Lace Up Boots

Is my Biker Maid Marion look a hit or a miss?! Let me know in the comments!

I’d love to blog about more Independent Shops so let me know your favourite and I’ll pop down and write a review.

LDNshopaholic xxx

Travels: South Africa

24 Mar

Yes people, I’ve been away on my jollies for the last few weeks. I had the pleasure of visiting Johannesburg, South Africa and Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Here’s a little photobomb of what I got up to in Joburg:

intercontinental sandton poolThe Lush Rooftop Pool at the Intercontinental Hotel, Sandton

casalinga weddingMy cousin’s beautiful red and white wedding at Casalinga Joburg

wedding outfitShameless selfie of What I Wore to the Wedding (taken in the Venue’s ladies room!):

Topshop White Blazer

American Apparel Coral Lace and Chiffon Dress

Gold Topshop Sandal Heels

Pearls (from a charity shop)

cub

Hanging out with a little Lion at the Lion Park.

scarface lionwhite lion

Do these two remind anyone else of Mufasa and Scar from the Lion King?!

giraffe

Also discovered how large a giraffe actually is!

My Lion Park outfit consisted of:

Neutral t-shirt: Monki

Khaki shorts: River Island

Little tan bag: Primark

Tan ballet pumps: Dune

Beige Cardigan: H&M

Ombre Tortoiseshell Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

It was a very short trip to South Africa (just the weekend – sad face) and I’d love to go back and visit Cape Town as I’ve heard it’s absolutely spectacular. My family and I jetted to Zanzibar next and you’ll be finding out all about that in my next post so stay tuned!

Have you ever been up close with big cats? I was pretty petrified! Haha.

Has anyone had any memorable trips to Africa? It’s pretty different to our very own LDN to say the least.

LDNshopaholic xxx

OOTD: Layered Up

3 Dec

So today is a layered up day… it’s got so cold in London town this is a necessity right now! I borrowed my Dad’s cashmere scarf which happens to be tartan (what a trendsetter!) and paired it with some double denim!double denimthai beaded necklacesvintage brown bootsface of the dayTartan Scarf : Dad’s!

Denim Shirt: Zara

American Flag Cross tee (worn under denim shirt): Primark

Navy Jamie Janes: Topshop

Wine Oversized Cardigan: H&M

Beaded Necklace: Bangkok Street Seller

Well worn tan boots: Lotus Hallmark

Lipstick: Crush by Sephora

Do you ever borrow your family’s clothing/accessories?! And what are you thoughts on double denim? I know it’s a bit of love/hate topic!

xxx

NOTW: Nude Sparkles

13 Nov

Here are my nails of the week, I love the juxtaposition of three coats of sensible nude with an impulsive sweep of glitter at the end!

The polishes are: Nude Beige by Models Own – this looks very different in the bottle – much more pinky! And Disco Ball by Rimmel:

And the knuckle ring is from the Etsy shop ModernMeetsWhimsy, who do some seriously cute dainty pieces. I’m also loving this Love Me Knot Ring (£12)!

What polish are you wearing this week?

LDNshopaholic xxx

Trendwatch: The Umbrella

24 Apr

Following on from my April showers OOTD, it seems only right to dedicate a post to Umbrellas!

I’ve realised my Primark dark grey brolly just doesn’t make me feel any better about the miserable weather we’re having. However, if I owned the Moschino Cheap and Chic Spots Olivia Umbrella for example… (surely a bargain at seventy five of our Great British Pounds) I’d want any excuse to whip it out!

Or for a cheaper but no less spotty alternative… I could go with the Topshop Clear Spot Frill Umbrella (£15)… what do you think?

Some other brollies I’m absolutely loving….

Fulton Double Canopy Walker Floral Umbrella (£25) – what a lovely surprise on the inside of this quite standard looking black brolly!

Fulton Vintage Butterfly Micro Slim Umbrella (was £18 now £10) – perfect for the handbag and a bargain too!

Cath Kidston Shooting Stars Tiny Umbrella (was £20 now £15) – loving the classic Kidston print

What are your thoughts on the perfect umbrella for these Spring showers? Do you like the prints or the classic black walker? I’d love to know.

LDNshopaholic xxx

OOTD – April Showers

19 Apr


 

White Blouse: Primark

Red Jumper: H&M

Kristen High Waisted Jeans – Topshop

Fur Detail Jacket: Motel

Tillie Bag: Mulberry

Brown Riding Style Boots: Lotus Hallmark

Nails: Rimmel Lycra Pro in 391 Celebrity Bash

What a strange week of weather we’ve had with our April Showers. You look out of the window and it’s a beautiful, bright, sunny morning, thirty minutes later you step outside and pouring with rain! The solution? Stick on a nice big coat, a pair of puddle protecting boots and always carry an umbrella!

What’s your rainy day item of choice?

LDNshopaholic xxx

Trendwatch: Statement Necklaces

13 Mar

Has anyone else noticed the sudden appearance of the everyday statement necklace? This piece can be worn with a t-shirt and jeans or a jumper and dress and get your right on trend. It’s a look that is understated yet different.

I jumped in the deep end with this statement piece from ASOS which I just LOVE…. I like teaming this necklace with a soft feminine top and giving it an edge but it also looks great with a plain black tee and jeans.

ASOS Multi Arrow Spike Necklace at ASOS (£25)

Other favourites include:

ASOS Cupchain and Cord Statement Necklace (£15)

Monki Roxanne Necklace (10 euros)

Monki Siri Necklace (15 euros)

What do you make of this trend? Have your purchased a statement necklace yet? If so what’s your favourite thing to team it with?

LDNshopaholic xxx

p.s. if you’d like to know more about Monki, check out my recent post on their new store on Carnaby Street

Monki in LDN!

9 Mar

Yes it’s true! Monki has arrived on Carnaby Street, right next to sister brand Cheap Monday. I paid a visit on it’s opening day and was not let down one bit! The brand is definitely unique, and in store it felt very different to any current retailers in the UK. Originally from Sweden, Monki describe their stores as “walk-in closets filled with treasures! To step into one of them is to step into a part of the Monki World: the strange Forgotten Forest, the bio-hazardous City of Oil and Steel or the magical Sea of Scallops.”

A tad peculiar perhaps? But it seems to make them all the more lovable along with their Monki Monsters (as featured with me below!).

They do some great timeless pieces, I came across several knits which I could see becoming staples in my wardrobe:

Peace Knit (30 euros)

Tropez Cardigan (40 euros)

As well as having some seriously quirky accessories:

Watermelon Bag (20 euros)

Jane Hat (20 euros)

Check out their awesome descriptions which to me sell the product more than the picture: “Don’t be a plain Jane–if you want to stand out, just do it, wear it, be it. Jane brightens the day with a cocky little wink to everything from 80’s new wave to Mary Poppins charm. Soft felt, comes in two sizes. Colour: yummylicious red”

To clarify, online the prices are in Euros, but in the store they are in good old English pounds.

I’ll be featuring some more Monki pieces next week with the return of my Trendwatch Tuesday post so keep check back for more from this exciting brand!

Have you been to Monki yet? Or purchased anything from them before?

LDNshopaholic xxx

Chilling in my Docs

5 Feb

Red Bobble Hat: Primark

Check Scarf: TK Maxx

Grey Mixed Knit Jumper: H&M

Navy Leigh Jeans: Topshop

Parka: H&M

BIG Leather Bag: All Saints

Socks: Primark

Gloves: Mulberry

Boots: Doc Martens from Office

Nails: It’s Time to Rock by Sephora

So here’s a look from Friday before it snowed, it was still freezing cold so I had piled on the layers for a very casual day at work. I’m still breaking in my Doc Martens, which I do love so much. They are incredibly comfy and supportive at the same time! Wearing them with big snuggly socks makes me happy.

I didn’t realize quite how coordinated I was until I got to work and noticed all the red and maroon but think it somehow worked. I’m seriously obsessed with my new(ish) bag from All Saints, which is so huge I can store everything I could every need in it. I’m a big bag lady and proud!

To everyone who’s had some, I hope you enjoyed the snow. I kind of wish I’d done a snowy OOTD but it was just too cold and I had a massive duvet day instead!

LDNshopaholic xxx

Birthday Giveaway!

9 Jan

Hi everyone!!

So some of you might know it was my birthday yesterday! I had a lovely weekend and will be blogging about my birthday related activities over the next few days…

In the meanwhile, I felt like this would be a fabulous time to do a giveaway for all my followers to say thank you for supporting me with my blog so far… having had a ridiculously HUGE MAC shopping spree which I documented in the following haul video:

… I have two fabulous MAC products to giveaway to one lucky winner:

They are MAC Whirls and Twirls Lipstick from the Glitter and Ice collection (which has been SOLD OUT in the UK for AGES!) and MAC Lipglass in Entice.

To enter you can (one entry per thing!):

  • Subscribe to my blog (little button on the right)
  • Follow me on Twitter
  • Retweet my Tweet about the giveaway
  • Like my Facebook page
  • Subscribe to my YouTube Channel
  • Leave me a comment telling me what your favourite MAC product is and why.

Also leave me a comment to say which you’ve done, so I can keep track!

The competition will end at Midnight on Monday 16 January 2012 and the winner will be picked at random.

Good luck everyone!

LDNshopaholic xxx

P.S. This is not a sponsored giveaway – I have purchased these products with my hard-earned CASH 😉