Thursday, 18 October 2012

Gold Miffy

Bit of a random post, but thought this was too cute not to share!

Last week, I visited the 'Miffy museum' which isn't too far from where I live here in Holland (Miffy being a Dutch creation originally). Being 23 I'm obviously a bit old for Miffy but we took my baby sister, so that's my excuse. :) If you ever visit Holland I can definitely reccomend! It's part of a bigger, more general museum/art gallery just opposite, you can buy a combination ticket so you can visit both if you fancy. Anyway, they had this gold Miffy on display. How cute?!

Just thinking about how nice it would look in my flat... ;)

Again, bit of a random/short post - will update more this week :) it's my brother-in-law's birthday today, we're going out for dinner to celebrate so I will stuffing my face tonight! Hope you're all having a lovely day!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

The H&M silver knit

As I'm writing this, it's a bit too cold for my liking (both inside and outside my flat - why my heating never seems to work properly when I need it most I'll never know!). It's time to swap the summer dresses and shorts for cosy knits and winter coats. Which I actually don't really mind as I like wrapping up and being warm. Anyway, I don't actually own too many jumpers, but one of my favourites is this silver knit from H&M. Please excuse my undone hair.

Jumper: H&M
Necklace: H&M
Jeggings (oh how I loathe that word)/denim leggings: Topshop
Not pictured: Primark army jacket, same as a few posts back

I bought it around Christmas last year and while I can never say no to a bit of glitter and sparkle I thought it was also appropiately festive enough for the season at the time. Fast forward a year later and I can safely say I've gotten my money's worth! It's one of my most worn items. As a child I detested what I would call 'statty' (itchy) jumpers, which my mum made me wear (thanks mum!), however this jumper is far from uncomfortable in any way, it's super soft which is why I wear it so much! I really do hope H&M will bring out more jumpers like this!

Hope you're all having a good week so far :)

Friday, 12 October 2012

Ebay made me do it #2

As you can tell by the title, I may have gone a bit overboard recently whilst perusing the eBay website... oh well. I like to justify this by telling myself that these were too cheap not to pass up. I got two bracelets and something else I plan to use when I'm in a DIY sort of mood... more on that in a moment.

The first thing I got was this spiked bracelet, after seeing Victoria's eBay post. Seriously, who doesn't love her eBay posts? This girl has such an eye for lovely and affordable things, I have to practice some serious self-restraint every time she has a new post up. I have my eye on those ankle boots next... Anyway, on to the bracelet.

It is made from a mix of bronze, gold and silver coloured metal alloy. It doesn't feel very 'weighty' but I don't really mind, it was cheap and I think as a bracelet it's quite nice and spices up an otherwise plain outfit. Now, on to the real gem of all the things I got...

How pretty is this? I got this sideways cross bracelet here for a shamefully low price and best of all - free shipping! You can't really tell from the photos but it's a lovely rose gold colour. The cross is 'curved' so it sits nicely on your wrist and the chain is quite fine giving it an elegant look. They also stock these in black or silver. I would definitely recommend this if it's the sort of thing you like.

I also couldn't resist buying these...

I plan to do a bit of DIY studding with these but I'm not sure on what exactly. I have already tried studding the side of some Converse (my boyfriend was my guinea pig, I'm not sure how happy he is with them though as they now lie discarded in the corner...) and am keen to try them on some other items of clothing, maybe along the collar of a shirt. How well they will stay put, however, remains to be seen. If you have any tips for me or have experience with this I would love to hear from you! I purchased these studs here.

Happy Friday everyone!

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

The River Island dip hem skirt

Now that the weather is transitioning into autumn and winter, I'm finding that as much as I love the look of skirts and dresses with tights, I can't really get away with the shorter versions any more - unless I want to a) freeze to death or b) give someone an eyeful of my nether regions thanks to a surprise gust of wind, which obviously isn't ideal. That's why I'm loving maxi/dip hem skirts (or asymmetrical hem skirts, high-low skirts, whatever you want to call them.. so many names for one item of clothing! :P) at the moment. Pair them with tights and some nice flats or ankle boots and you can be quite cosy whilst preserving your modesty at the same time.

I got this River Island skirt about a month ago, while it was still warm in fact, but I actually prefer the look of it with tights and flats, which makes it ideal for me at the moment. River Island actually have a few of these skirts in different styles and colours, which I love, so I may repurchase soon. Of course, I paired them with my favourite Topshop flats (are you getting sick of reading about them yet? ;) )

Cropped faux leather jacket: TRF/Zara (from last year)
Black top (not clearly visible): TRF/Zara
Dip hem skirt: River Island (can be found here)
Watch: Michael Kors
Shoes: Topshop studded loafers

The one thing I love about these colder months is sitting inside and snuggling up in front of the TV with a cup of tea, which is what I plan to do now - bliss!

What do you think about this style of skirt for autumn?

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Ebay made me do it | gold studded loafers

So I have had a slight obsession with studs recently. I know they're everywhere at the moment (and I mean everywhere.. the shops are full of them) and I definitely think you can overdo it at some point. However, I do like a bit of studded action mixed in with my accessories, and I love them on shoes - I professed my love for these Topshop studded loafers in this post.

Recently I had been on the hunt for a pair of studded shoes/loafers in a nice nude colour. I think Topshop originally did the same canvas pair in a nude/salmon colour but they aren't on the website anymore. So I decided to go on Ebay - oh good old Ebay, my 'frenemy'! (I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that - many a time I've gotten completely carried away: "Ooh, it's so cheap! Go on then.") I didn't have to look for long and found these gems. The fact that they are made of a suede-like material really spoke to me and I feel gives a more 'luxurious' feel to them.

They really are lovely:

My only gripes with these are the fact that the studs don't feel very 'sturdy'. I don't think they'll fall off anytime soon but they do appear to sit quite loosely. The other thing is that the sizing is a bit iffy - these feel a bit tight (I ordered a size 5, and am usually either a 5 or 6), however I think if I were to order a size up they would be too big. But I'm sure that's more to do with my own weirdly sized feet and not the shoes. :) All in all, I would definitely reccomend these if they're something you're after!

I was about to link them here but I've just seen that they're sold out. :( Sorry about that! However you can find the seller here, as maybe they will restock them again soon - they do other really cute shoes as well, their ballet flats specifically!

Hope you're all having a lovely Sunday! :) I'm off to get some uni work done, a necessary evil I'm afraid!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

New: Steve Madden bag

I am a big fan of Steve Madden, as a brand they are on the ball when it comes to trends yet very much affordable. In my opinion, their shoes are amazing - I remember seeing this gorgeous pair of ridiculously high glittery heels in their shop window that were perfect for New Years'. Sadly not a very practical purchase so I didn't buy them, but they do really nice shoes in general, as well as accessories and bags.

Me and my boyfriend recently celebrated our anniversary together (1,5 years, so not quite as big a milestone as 1 or 2 but any reason to celebrate eh :) ) and as a belated gift he gave me this lovely Steve Madden bag. I've been on the lookout for a nice, simple black bag for some time and this definitely fits the bill! It's the perfect 'in-between' size - not too big, not too small, yet there is lots of room to fit all your essentials in. This will be perfect for everyday use and for uni.

I'd love to know if you own anything by Steve Madden, shoes, bags, accessories..? :)

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Good old Primark

One of the things I was most happy to have picked up on my latest visit to the UK was this Primark jacket which I'm sure you will all recognize. Zara came out with theirs several months ago and it sold out faster than I could get my hands on it, but was also priced slightly higher than I was willing to pay for what it actually is. Imagine my joy when I spotted an exact copy in Primark, for less than half the price. I bought this back in July but since it was still quite warm temperature wise I haven't really had the chance to wear it until now. As soon as the weather started to cool down I couldn't have whipped this out faster! Underneath the jacket I decided to wear another Primark buy, this lightweight grey dress. I really like this kind of 'old-fashioned' print.

FYI, the bubble tea in my hand was not an intentional prop.

Army jacket: Primark
Dress: Primark... on a roll here! (no longer available I think... bought last year)
Silver belt: River Island (taken from a maxi skirt)
Bag (not shown): Steve Madden... post on this coming soon :)
Watch: Michael Kors
Shoes: my beloved studded Topshop flats. I wear them so much I plan on buying another pair.

I would have taken more photos, but about 2 seconds after this was taken it started raining heavily. Oh well! I'm happy to have done my first OOTD :)

Monday, 1 October 2012

OOTD fail, lemon tarts & whoopies

Today I finished early from uni so me and my boyfriend spent the day together. I was planning to put my camera to good use for an OOTD but today the weather has failed me by just generally being rubbish (ie, pouring) - stringy hair and wet clothes are unfortunately not blog-worthy material...

We decided to shelter from the rain at one of our favourite places, Cupcakechic, which is a lovely little cupcake shop/bakery (they sell other yummy things as well). Normally I would gorge on one of the fabulous cupcakes they have, but today I decided to be 'adventurous' and try what I'm told is a whoopie (which many of you had probably already heard of/tried, but it was the first time for me!). Of course I am now suffering the aftermath (major sugar rush). 

Whoopie with strawberry cream and jam filling and an equally yummy lemon tart :)
This was pretty much the highlight of my day, sad I know...

Fingers crossed the weather will have picked up tomorrow so I'll have better luck on the photo taking front! Hopefully the start of this week wasn't too bad for you all! :)