Wednesday, 22 September 2010

And now for something completely different....

Today I tried to do something. It was an epic, EPIC failure.

After looking at Cheap Thrills, and Sea of Shoes, and Isabel's post about her high heeled Dr Martens, I decided I wanted to wear something dramatic. And layered. And with my heeled Dr Martens. And incorporating knee socks.
And I wanted some more interesting photos than the ones taken from that most obliging bookshelf (I'm not slagging you off bookshelf, I love you really. You allowed me to stop showing the toilet in my posts.)

This is what happened.

H&M dress, belt, and bangles, Next cardigan thingy, M&S tights and socks, Dr Martens boots, Topshop ring

Or, as my dad described it- Tinkerbell's Satan sister.

I was going to go on about how I need to break out of a rut of looking too safe and really want to look a little more edgy, and be a little more like my 15 year old self in not giving a shit...

Turns out it was all the bad bits of my 15 year style that came out today.

And as much as I'm trying to adjust to the socks, I CANNOT get over the unflattering-ness. However much I love them. I'm going to keep trying, but I may soon have to let that style dream die the quick dignified death it's been craving.

As for the more interesting photos???

My thought process earlier....

'I can't take them in the main house, I look far too edgy/gothic/crazy emo Tinkerbell (I didn't know that at that point)... I know, I'll take them..... IN THE SHED.'

Which, despite having lots of available spaces to balance cameras on, proved to be a nightmare. Cue lots of photos like this-

It also really smelt like cat wee.

I think no more needs to be said of this awful experience. Hopefully some giggles may have been produced at least.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Alice at Anthony

vintage dress, Boden shirt, H&M cardigan, Hispanitas shoes, Dorothy Perkins watch, ring from Clothes Show in Birmingham

As you may be able to tell from the sunshine and bare legs in these photos, I have been meaning to do this post for quite some time. I promise this shall be the last Alice In Wonderland related post for a while, unless something else demands my attention!

So, a few months back, I visited Anthony, the National Trust property where they filmed some parts of Alice In Wonderland. The house is only about 45 minutes from my house, and I know quite a few people who were extras in the film. Damn university pulling me away from Plymouth!

I knew that the National Trust had arranged some extra fancy bits around the place but I didn't know exactly what to expect. I was running around the gardens like an excited schoolchild trying to find all the installations. I particularly loved the giant mushrooms. They also had this amazing 'Rabbit Hole' slide- if there were no kids around I would have sneaked a slide!

The house itself wasn't that exciting really to be honest in comparison to all the cool stuff in the gardens, although this teacup was too awesome. They'd also preserved Alice's room that they used in the film. The slates they'd put out for kids to write on as well made me smile (but that's because I'm a little on the ridiculously broody side, but let's not indulge that any further).

I wanted to wear an Alice inspired outfit but didn't want to look really sad and fan girly, so went for this more subtle (I think!) ensemble. Not really much to say about it... that makes a change!

I'll leave you to look at the coolness that is Anthony.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Yes, I am a magpie.

It's silly early in the morning. I am sat on the sofa still in my pyjamas since the shower is refusing to give me hot water and I can hence not go into work. ARGH. You know I mentioned how I was going to post all my work outfits? Well then I realised that was a stupid idea, because you've seen all the outfits already. So, instead, here is a ton of new jewellery I've bought recently. And apologies for the flash. Damn Macro needing flash to be in proper focus.

birdcage earrings and lips ring- Topshop
Babyliss feather hairclip
red flower ring and clock earrings- Accessorize (earrings a present-thanks Ann!)
shell earrings from local jewellers (another birthday present)
flower earrings and bangles- charity shops

Monday, 13 September 2010


first outfit- H&M dress, M&S tights, Office shoes

second outfit- Yumi dress, Monsoon cardigan, Clarks shoes

third outfit- H&M dress, M&S tights, Office shoes, Pilgrim necklace, vintage handbag (and my lovely friend Linzie :D )


I should write something but obviously the urge to talk about these outfits wasn't that great because I haven't got around to doing it. However, few points-

- I flipping LOVE the star dress- it's a great big comfy jumper.
- Also, I was kind of drunk when first and third pictures were both taken- apologies for my sweaty face and crazy hair.
- Third outfit was my attempt at dressing sexy when I went out for my birthday.

And that's a random shot of amazing macadamia nut and caramel cheesecake I made the other day. NOM NOM NOM.

Sorry I haven't posted for so long. I've been at my boyfriend's since last Tuesday for his birthday and am now in Reading for my work experience in Westminster. Have a few other random posts to do and then shall be doing a little mini series of my work outfits. Am going now. I have to go to bed in an hour what with the joys of a 2 hour commute *yawn*

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Wiggle walk

Dorothy Perkins tee shirt, M&S Autograph skirt, Topshop tights, Jasper Conran at Debenhams shoes, pearls a birthday present

What with my recent purchase of MAC Ruby Woo lipstick and my attempts to wear it every day, I've been wanting to dress a little more retro the last week or so. I'm also currently growing my hair and it's the longest it's been since I was about 15. I've been attempting to style it in some way or another and massively failing; but thanks to Kel I recently discovered the wondrous roly poly, which I can use to style my hair in up dos whilst it's at this really awkward in-between length. Coupled with my discovery of Aubrey London YouTube tutorials, yesterday I attempted putting my hair up. It worked pretty well other than that the roly poly was too long for my head, and covering up the ends was pretty fiddly and quite messy, hence that lump by my ear. I'm also going to do some work experience in the House of Commons the week after next for my local MP, and so my mum and I were attempting to buy me some clothes that were vaguely suitable for the work place. Above skirt was a purchase made with this in mind. I thought I'd try and wear it yesterday when I went out with my parents for dinner. I really enjoyed dressing like this yesterday; in fact I'm considering having full on fifties days as a regular thing. Comfortable it was not, but I felt pretty damn confident and I'm sure I can't be mistaken for 16 in this outfit! Anyway, let me know what you think- is retro Hattie a good look?

Friday, 3 September 2010

I am not 17.

Dorothy Perkins dress, Cache Cache jacket, Dr Martens boots, Pilgrim earrings

I had seen this dress about a month ago, but decided that £45 just wasn't a price I was willing to pay for it. However, when I found the last one on the sale rail which happened to be my size I took it for a try on. I wasn't entirely sure about it because it isn't quite as well fitting across the bust and waist as I'd like it to be. But, I thought if I made sure I had on a fairly 'phwoar' bra it would probably be alright! I have felt a little self conscious today; you probably can't see in these photos but I did have a fair bit of boob out. But then again, my entire body was covered, so I think it was ok! I've gone up to a D cup because I've put on quite a lot of weight the last year or so, and I think I should probably make more use of them really. As my friend Maddy used to say, boobs to distract from the belly! I've also been trying recently to dress a little more grown up, after an incident on holiday where yet another person thought my sister was older than me (this might be because she dresses like a middle aged woman and as you know, I dress more like a 6 year old). I turned 20 last week, and whilst I know I'll be grateful for it later, right now getting mistaken for 16 or 17 is kind of embarrassing. Hence buying a long dress in an attempt to feel somewhat elegant. I can't decide what kind of dress this is; I think it's a bit 40s because of the chiffon, but also a bit 70s what with the length, and then I've kind of styled it a bit 90's... I don't know. Oh and I'm sorry, I know I keep wearing these boots and saying I'll do a post on them. I promise to take a picture next time I wear them.

PS. I thought you might appreciate seeing 'blooper' photos of me being battered in the wind! These pictures were taken at Greenway, the National Trust property which was the holiday home of Agatha Christie. My mum and I went on a little trip today, and it was damn fantastic. Not to sound really geeky or anything, but I bloody LOVE National Trust properties; I think the romantic in me likes prancing around and pretending I'm in a novel. You should all go and immerse yourselves in the rugs and wooden staircases and old paintings. I'm going to stop talking now before I sound a billion years old.

PPS. Oh yes, and you are right, IS THAT LIPSTICK AGAIN?? HELL YEA!!!!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

A post in which I talk too much about my youth and now feel OLD.

(all images google)

This is a slightly random post, prompted by something that came up on my MSN Today window about Fearne Cotton. I have always loved Fearne, ever since she first appeared on the Disney Club, and so thought I would put out a little bit of Fearne love to show her that there are some people who appreciate her. Ok, so that sounds really creepy now, but I think you all know what I mean... the blog could do with something that isn't me prancing around in front of a camera.

Anyhoo, I have always had something of a soft spot for Miss Cotton. I think she must have first appeared on TV when I was around 8, presenting Diggit. I can't remember whether her clothes were particularly impressing me at that point (it was a long time ago!) but I know I started lusting after her wardrobe when she presented Smile. I remember that at the time she was in a fairly punky phase- one outfit sticks in my mind (I remember because I drew it) which I think was a tee shirt with a stripey tee shirt underneath, and jeans and converses. And quite a few bangles up her arm. My love of her clothes hasn't diminished with time; I still really admire her use of bright colour and print. I also love the way that she never looks too 'done'. I'm still striving to achieve that Alexa-Fearne-Aggy nonchalant-ness. I think it may be a hopeless quest. I'm far too flappy to be nonchalant.

Moving on... I also really like how she often incorporates a masculine/feminine contrast in her outfits, whether it's in the form of shoes or another piece of clothing. She also always has really good shoes and bags! I am particularly jealous of those purple suede lace ups.

This isn't going to be a very articulate post, trying to write about someone else like this feels kind of weird. And to be honest, I'm writing this post as a distraction from tidying my room.

But, basic point... Fearne, there are some people who love you. Can I please be your friend?