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Event: 20% off Carnaby Street

21 Nov

Yes people it’s the return of the Carnaby 20% off shopping party!!! 

As you may remember I went a bit mental at this last year and pretty much bought the entirety of MAC. There’s LOADS going on this year and these are the stand out best bits for me!

Dr Martens are opening their flagship store with a live band, drinks and complimentary customisation – I’ll be wearing my Docs on the night!!

Youtube’s new fashion channel FASHTAG will launch their new Ganton Street studio on the night and invite shoppers to drop by for the chance to feature in their shows – for anyone who has never featured in a YouTube vid, this is your time to tick it off the bucket list

Head to the Book Exchange in Kingly Court to hear AW12 trend talks from Grazia magazines editor-at-large Angela Buttolph – books, Grazia, trends, what’s not to love.

Vote for your favourite runway look at Cheap Monday to win a complete A/W 12 outfit – PRIZES!

My favourite shop of the moment: Monki, will be giving away free Monki bags, magazines and temporary tattoos.

Our shopping night Style Spotters will be out on the hunt for the coolest Carnaby customers to appear in an Instagram shoot with a free Illamasqua rock chic makeover and Carnaby styling session – Did someone say Illamasqua rock chic makeover??? PICK ME!

And if you have a man with a moustache: In the Newburgh Quarter, Movember pop up barber shop will have a live DJ, comic performances and a Barbershop Quartet. 

To read more on the event, click here.

To register for the discount, click here or in person at 46 Carnaby Street.

Are you planning to attend the event? Give me a tweet on @LDNshopaholic if so, I’d love to meet some of you there.

Carnaby love,

LDNshopaholic xxx

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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

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!

Trendwatch: The Midi Pleated Skirt

12 Apr

It was waaaay back in September that the midi pleated skirt appeared on the catwalks of London, Paris, New York and Milan. My particular favourites were at Chloé, Richard Nicoll and Yohji Yamamoto (L-R).

Ever since I’ve wanted to blog about this structured yet flowing S/S ’11 wardrobe staple, but the weather just wasn’t quite right. With the sun shining and temperatures soaring over the last few days, we’ve all felt that much more confident getting our legs out. But if you, like me, aren’t a fan of the sudden jump from jeans and leggings to mini-skirts and hotpants, then the midi is just for you! It’s a transitional piece that covers up enough whilst being ever so Spring/Summer.

On the high street the IT skirt is Whistles’s Carrie. I even stumbled upon a Carrie-skirt-wearing-Whistles-staff-member at The Golden Ticket Event at Westfield.

I love the taupe… but it also comes in a beautiful neon pink colour. Completely out of stock it can now be found selling on Ebay for about £150! Due to the incredible demand, Whistles are re-stocking the pink as well as adding lemon yellow and highlighter blue versions *sigh*.

At £110 and incredibly hard to track down in my size… I bought the ASOS Premium Pleated Midi Skirt instead (£40). It comes in a beautiful rust (probably more sensible for longevity), but I went for the pale blue for a more Summer-y feel.

The catwalk photos above show how versatile this skirt can be: dress it down with a slogan t-shirt and sturdy boots, wear it to work with a basic polo neck and flats or with a sheer top and heels for dinner/cocktails. But when tweeting for Trendwatch Tuesday ideas… a lot of people said they weren’t sure how to wear the midi, so I put together these two looks for us non-models:

For daytime I teamed my skirt with ASOS’s Strap Detail Body, Topshop Scarf (S/S ’10), Tan Ballet Pumps (Dune S/S ’10) and Topshop’s nod to Mulberry’s Alexa bag (S/S ’10). I kept accessories to a minimum, just wearing my Gold Casio Mini Digital Watch.

For a night time look I went for a classic cardigan and pearls look (one of my favourites!). I teamed the beautiful pale blue midi with a black vest, cropped Illustrated People Lover cardigan (£10 reduced from £40 in the Topshop sale last weekend!), three-strand vintage pearl necklace (£3 from a charity shop) and faux pearl bracelets (made from pearl beads and elastic bought from Hobbycraft). Pulling the look together is my beautiful Mulberry Bayswater in Black Soft Spongy Leather (still can’t believe that it’s mine!) and Office T-Bar Wedges (Circa 2006).

I felt so lady-like in a longer length skirt, and the high waist is incredibly flattering. I can’t wait to see how the pleated midi skirt fares through Autumn-Winter too, and look forward to styling it with thick knit tights, a chunky cardigan and a skinny belt! If there’s one KEY piece for Spring/Summer ’11 this is it! So get down to Whistles… or start browsing vintage stores for the perfect midi pleated skirt. I can promise that you won’t regret getting on this bandwagon!