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OOTN: New Years Eve

6 Jan

Slightly belated but…. Happy New Year everyone!!

What did you do for New Years Eve? I’m always in two minds about it, as on one hand it feels like lots of pressure to have a great time (thus an anticlimax) but on the other hand it’s a great to catch up with friends and family.

This year I went to The Durell Arms in Fulham as a friend’s band were playing a gig there. It’s a pretty nice pub so check it out if you’re in the area.

They were having an End of the World themed night and I went with the concept of being an Alien taking over the planet…. and this was my OOTN:

Alien fancy dressMetallic sleeveless top: H&M

Sequin Cardigan: Topshop

Necklace: Topshop

Earrings: Warehouse

Necklace worn as headband: Market stall (had to hold it in place for the photo as it didn’t want to stay up by itself for it!)

I also wore black American Apparel disco pants and maroon doc martens but I took my photos in a rush on my way out of the house and the rest are a bit blurry.

What made this outfit was the make up… I felt kind of weird stepping on the train but as I got closer to Fulham (and people got more merry) I got more compliments from random strangers haha. I followed this tutorial: 

I’ve also announced the winner to the Beauty Box giveaway here (near the bottom of the post) so check it out if you entered!

Are you excited for 2013? I still keep typing 2012 everywhere! What would be your idea of a good end of the world outfit?

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

OOTD: Tartan and Aztec

27 Nov

So today I was in a bit of a crazy mood and decided on this print combo. It made me pretty happy!

Tartan scarf: Car boot sale (Best find ever at 30p!)

Grey Cashmere Jumper: Ebay

Aztec Leggings: Urban Outfitters

Doc Martens: Office

Black Suede and Leather Bag: Zara

Nails: Rimmel Lycra Pro in Celebrity Bash

Spike Bracelets: Topshop

Earrings: GOGO Philip

What prints do you like to wear together? Have I taken it a step too far with my print on print action?! Let me know your thoughts!

Event: Night at the Museum

31 Oct

So on Friday night I had the pleasure of attending Lates at Natural History Museum. With no idea what to expect, I took the boyfriend along to see what it was all about. Firstly, we stopped off for dinner at the amazing Crémerie Crêperie which appears to be my favourite South Kensington eatery!

Then we hit the museum which is all ceremoniously lit up (not sure whether this is for Halloween or Christmas?):

Inside the famous Diplodocus Central hall was buzzing – there’s a bar and live music throughout the event:

We had a good old browse around the birds section and saw a whole lot of fossils too! Slightly more dated and a bit creepier was the insect area…. not for the faint hearted! And of course there’s the renowned Dinosaur gallery which really is quite incredible:

These sections of the museum were fairly quiet, but their current exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year was totally sold out. I’d definitely recommend it, there are some really impressive photos taken by both professionals and joe average (I’m going to try and enter next year!). Here are just a few of my favourites:

Also in attendance was The Campsite, a pop up creative arts area outside the museum with Campervans, caravans and tents. Here you can watch a Wildlife movie in Lionel the white Campervan or tell a Natural History related story in the Archivist van. (Popping up until November 2nd!).

What I Wore (ever so casual):

Grey Woolly Jumper – H&M

Leather Jacket –  Zara

Jeans – Topshop

Tartan Scarf – Car Boot Sale

Red Bobble Hat – Primark

Maroon Converse (not hi tops!) – Office

Grey Textured Shoulder Bag – All Saints

The next Lates at the Natural History Museum (and last of the series) will be taking place on 30th November. If you are looking for an unusual place to go on a date or after work drinks with colleagues/friends, this is ideal! It’s also open throughout the week for a more traditional museum visit, and my favourite festive ice rink opens there on Friday!

Have you been to any good exhibitions lately? I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to museums and galleries, and love them nearly as much as shopping!

LDNshopaholic xxx

Event: Taste of London

23 Jun

Yesterday evening I went along to the Food Festival: Taste of London. It was my first visit so I had no idea what to expect, however it turned out to be a lot more like a proper festival, including portaloos and mud too! However, as this was all taking place in Regent’s Park rather than a farm in the South West, it was posh portaloos (with toilet paper, soap and hand towels) and carpeted pathways for the ladies in their heels.

The highlight of the evening had to be watching Michel Roux Junior demonstrating how to make croutons along with burning my tongue on some extreme Chilli Chocolate from the South Devon Chilli Farm stand.

With my Crowns (the local currency 2 crowns: £1) I purchased Courgette Flowers from Opera Tavern, Massaman Curry from Suda Thai and Oxcheek and Mash from The Hind’s Head. I also had the most delicious chocolate ice cream ever from Purbeck Ice Cream.

Michel Roux Junior and Chef Chris from Le Gavroche

Thai Junk Food

Pretty Meringues

A bit of drizzle… and a rainbow

And not to forget my OOTD:

Leather Jacket: Zara (Summer 2012)

Speckled Grey Jumper: Urban Outfitters (Summer 2012)

Peach trousers: Zara (Summer 2012)

Watercolour Effect Scarf: Topshop (Summer 2011)

Muddy Black and White Bow Shoes: Dune (Summer 2010)

Leather and Suede Handbag: Zara (Summer 2012)

Other highlights included: a yummy strawberry and clotted cream scone from West Country Cream Teas, beer tasting with Innis and Gunn Brewing Company, getting merry on Rekordelig Wild Berries, munching on Boxerchips and frequent visits to the Lindt stand for unlimited amounts of chocolate. Wow did I eat a lot!

Taste of London is on tonight (5.30pm-9.30pm) and tomorrow (12pm-5pm) and tickets are available to buy on the door at £28 per person, you can also purchase tickets on their website here. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re a foodie like me!

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

Bonjour Paris

23 Feb


So here are some VERY belated photos from my trip to Paris the week before Christmas (better late than never right?!). We stayed very near the department store Galeries Lafayette, where they had a huge Christmas tree hanging in their beautiful domed ceiling for the Festive season. In their gift section, I discovered the biggest jar of Nutella…. I really wanted it but I decided there wasn’t enough room in my suitcase (sad times)! Outside there was a street pianist, with a proper piano! The music was beautiful and really set the scene.

We did all the sights, Notre Dame Cathedral, The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre… and the pastry shops and the vintage shops! Thanks for the recommendations you sent me on Twitter, I was blown away by the vintage Chanel and Hermés at Didier Ludot:

Paris Outfit of the Day:

Coat: Miss Selfridge

Jeans: Leigh from Topshop

Bag: Mulberry Bayswater

Scarf: H&M

Gloves: Mulberry

Tiger Print Studded Cardigan: Topshop

 I was generally being quite controlled with shopping during my trip, but it all went a bit pear-shaped on entry to Sephora… details in the haul video below!

We watched Amelié whilst we were there, but didn’t get a chance to visit Montmatre (where the film is set) so I’d love to go back when it’s a bit warmer to visit.

Have you had the chance to visit la belle Paris? What are your favourite Paris haunts/shops?

LDNshopaholic xxx

p.s. if you enjoyed this post you will most probably love this post by Becky from Life Style Flash about her recent trip to Paris 🙂

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

18 and East – Style it Your Way

14 Nov

It’s taken me a while but I’ve finally got on the maxi bandwagon… it’s all down to the lovely 18 and East who asked me to style up an item from their A/W collection (which I was lucky enough to preview back in August) and I chose their Belted Star Print Maxi and they even featured me on their blog!

I styled up the dress with Topshop lace up heeled boots and a River Island studded belt. The dress has a definite presence so doesn’t need much accessorizing. I also enjoyed wearing it more casually with my Office Victoriana flat black leather boots, H&M chunky tights, H&M oversized slouchy cardigan and a Primark leather and gold chain belt.

I love how versatile yet unique this dress is, additionally it’s timeless rather than trendy.

A huge thank you to 18 and East for the beautiful dress and for featuring me on their blog,

LDNshopaholic xxx

You Spin Me Right Round…

27 Oct

An outfit of the day featuring my favourite skirt of the moment… a bargain £25 from H&M:

I can’t help but twirl when I’ve got this skirt on… I just love the way it moves:

Cream Layered Midi Skirt: H&M

Cashmere Mix Top: ASOS Luxe

Belt: Primark

Allegra Chelsea Boots: Topshop

Crystal Cross Necklace: Bla Bla Bla Shop

(L-R) Embellished White and Brass Ring – Primark

Gold Stacking Rings – H&M

Gold Metal Feather Ring – Topshop

Gold Stacking Rings – H&M

Black Cocktail Ring – Primark