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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

What a birthday!

17 Jan

So as I mentioned it was my birthday last weekend! I made a real event of it and began with a trip to the Cremerie Creperie in South Kensington along with the boyfriend. It was full of French people, which we thought was a great sign. I had the tuna and sweetcorn crepe. It. was. YUMMY!

Then we headed over to the Victoria and Albert Museum to check out the Postmodernism exhibition which I’ve been wanting to visit since it opened back in September.

Grey Angora Sweater Dress – Topshop

Black Lace Dress (under sweater) – Motel

Brown Coat – Topshop

Teal Faux Fur Snood – Topshop

Grey Leather Bag – All Saints

Black tights and knee high socks – Primark

Black Ankle Boots – Office

I enjoyed the exhibition and found it really interesting, however I wasn’t sure what to feel when I left it. Just quite overwhelmed, it definitely left a lasting impression though! My favourite part was the postmodern tea sets which I found quite fascinating!

We stopped to watch a bit of ice skating at the Natural History Museum, which was a rather beautiful sight! The boyfriend took me skating here for my birthday last year after dark and I’d definitely recommend it.

Then we headed to The Wolseley for afternoon tea (P.O.S.H.) and it was rather scrumptious. We got a selection of  sandwiches, cakes and scones which we actually couldn’t finish! The Wolseley blend was amazing and up there along with my favourite tea in the whole world (Twinings Assam if you must know!).

Later we met with a few friends for dinner and I was given two amazing cakes from The Hummingbird Bakery, red velvet and their standard cupcake. These were literally the best cakes I’ve EVER eaten (and I’ve eaten quite a lot in my time!). I also got given 7 new varnishes, which will no doubt be featuring in upcoming NOTW posts!

My aunt got me the perfect birthday card:

I had a lovely day and felt rather spoiled at the end of it, I feel so lucky to have such amazing friends and family!

A big thanks to everyone who entered my MAC birthday giveaway, the winner will be announced on Thursday.

LDNshopaholic xxx

p.s. you might have learned from this post that I love tea and cake A LOT!

Tights Tights Tights!

25 Oct

After being away in the sun for nearly two months now I’ve actually managed to get myself a bit of a tan which is rather exciting! I can usually get away with wearing the ‘Natural Tan’ tights from Marks and Spencer… but on my return, these looked a little pasty on my tanned legs!

So with this predicament in mind, I decided to find my perfect pair of skin coloured tights, particularly as Winter looms.After looking in several shops, I decided I’d have to go online and headed to Tights, Tights, Tights.

They actually have a separate tab for Darker Skin Tones and there’s a really good selection. However, it is difficult to tell which shade is going to suit you on the website so I just went all out (as I do!) and bought 6 different pairs using the free postage when you spend £20 option.

Top Row (L-R) Pretty Polly Naturals 8 Dernier in Slightly Sunkissed (£5), Pendeza Tone 10 15 Dernier (£5.49), Pretty Polly Simply Sheer in Sherry (£8 for 2 Pairs)

Bottom Row (L-R) All Gipsy Sheer Smooth Knit (£1.30) in Mink, Amber and Seigle.

As you can see I got quite an extensive range, and I’m glad I did as four out of six were right for me at various points during my tan and the Amber is just the right colour to give me nicely tanned legs all year round 😉

The Pretty Polly’s are much nicer and have the secret slimmer panels in them but I really liked the Gipsy ones for the price and the variety of shades. I’d generally choose the Pretty Polly’s for a night out and Gipsy for day wear (you don’t feel guilty for getting a ladder in them!).

The delivery time from Tights, Tights, Tights was excellent (first class postage) and I’ll definitely be using them again. They’ve just introduced an open toe pair of Pretty Polly‘s in a variety of shades which I’ll be trying out next!

Where do you buy your tights?

LDNshopaholic xxx