Saturday, 30 July 2011

Birmingham, Barbour, and brassy blonde (otherwise known as ginger)

vintage dress, Cache Cache jacket, charity shop belt, M&S tights, Office brogues, Accessorize bag, Tatty Devine necklace

Hhhmmmm.... I don't know where to start this post really. So much to write. I suppose I best deal with the outfit first. This is what I wore to the Birmingham Blogger Meet Up on Saturday, organised by the lovely Claire and Fritha. I would do a whole post on it, but so many people have done much better ones and I forgot to take any photos on the day! But a few pinched photos from the lovely Florrie (who also took the above pictures) and Claire-

 This may be one of my favourite photos of myself ever.

 Luella dresses! But unfortunately as you can see, the fit was pretty awful, and they still cost £200! Also, please excuse my podgy arms, you can now see why I don't wear sleeveless things!

And in the excitement of an actual vintage shop (Cow in this case)... I did buy something but I shall include it in an outfit post in a later date, cannot be bothered to go through all the goodies I got in one post! Although if you would like to have a look at all the lovely freebies we received on the day, Florrie did a rather excellent post.

Overall, I had the most fantastic day shopping with people and meal later in the evening. Everyone there was so, so lovely and my only regret is that I didn't get to spend more time chatting to everyone! I did buy two things but to be honest, it was quite a warm day and I felt slightly awkward holding everyone up with my slow browsing habits... so I didn't get too much really! As I said, I'm sure I shall show you in posts later.

Something else that has happened as a result of the meet up is that I have booked myself on a week long intensive Fashion Marketing course in a few weeks at the London College of Fashion! As you all know, I am a little unsure at the minute as to what direction my life is taking, but when I heard from Fritha that the LCF did short courses during the summer I knew I needed to do one. Its costing me just under £600, which is obviously a crap ton of money, but I had a bit saved and if this helps me decide what I am doing, I don't really mind. £600 now to save me starting a £6000 Masters course which I find I don't actually like is well worth it in my eyes. I wanted to talk to Fritha about it when I saw her at the meet up, and she highly recommended it, so with her advice I booked it on Sunday. I am so ridiculously excited and am hoping this will help me sort out everything. If I go on the course and love it, I am willing to stay at home for a year doing a crappy job to save the money to do a Masters, but if I don't, I can go and get a job somewhere and move in with Grant, knowing that I tried the fashion and it just didn't work for me. Unfortunately the course does start on my 21st birthday, but if I didn't do it then I wouldn't be able to until December and that is just too long to wait!

Oh, and I have had a little fiddle with the blog layout... I still need to make myself a proper title header but am somewhat bereft of computing image skills! Will perhaps draw something and scan it in. Let me know what you think about it- I was just trying to make it look a little less amateurish and also change the background colour so I didn't have horrible white blocks with website photos! Also, if I could just be a pain in the arse and remind you all about the competition I am currently in... if you could spend two secs voting for me that would be fantastic. Also, 104 followers, where the bloody hell did you all come from??! Although it is terribly exciting to be into triple figures. I may perhaps do a giveaway but I'm not sure right now. Few too many other things to sort out. And as much as giveaways are great, I get kind of annoyed when they are on blogs all the time and are just being used to get followers. But I'd like to say thank you to all you lovely people, so who know.

I apologise for this post being so freakishly long, too much to tell you all.... oh yes, I suppose I should mention the outfit, right? I don't understand how I haven't shown you all this dress until now, because I would probably say it is actually my favourite one. I bought it for about £10/£15 from Mademoiselle Robot in a blog sale, probably about a year ago, and it is just divine. I love the little faux hanker chief pocket detail and it fastens just by doing two buttons up across the middle, which is so comfy. Unfortunately the wrap function does mean I have to safety pin it together to prevent any Marilyn moments (that's what the funny lump at the bottom is- also, so sorry Rebecca, I still have your safety pin!) but I don't really mind. I also wore my beloved brogues since I knew I was going to be walking a lot.

And um.... the hair. You know that blond streak I was talking about? Er, so this is it in progress. Let's just say after 4 hours of bleach and about 3 separate washes and an entire section of foils, my hairdresser thought it was best to leave it for a while. I have another appointment in a few weeks, (because my word I am not going to London looking like this) where hopefully they will be able to lighten it more. If it still looks hideously ginger I'm going to dye it purple or something. I was completely horrified at first, but am slowly getting used to it, although I must admit I do feel a little like a tiger. Or a chav home dye job gone wrong. The stupid thing is is that I don't really mind the colour itself; I just don't like it in with my black. Oh well. Hopefully sorted out soon.

Also, speaking of 21st birthday, should I ask for this divine Barbour jacket? I know it would be useful for rain, and would last me for twenty billion years, but at the same time I am worried I won't wear it that much...

Apologies for this being so hideously long. Congratulations if you made it to the end!

Monday, 25 July 2011

Ray-Ban Wayfarers... *drool*

I have wanted a pair of Ray-ban Wayfarers for as long as I can remember (OK, in my sunglasses wearing history). Despite the fact I am one of those people who looks after their sunglasses diligently, and so could justify spending that much on a pair, I have never exactly had the spare £120 lurking around to get myself some. I just adore the retro vibe they have to them, and they are such a versatile item, working with edgier more modern looks or working equally well with girly 50s style dresses. This pair are particularly lovely due to their lighter brown and blue colouring, with turquoise trim; a nice detail that makes them just that little bit extra special.

Imagine my excitement then when Style-Passport got in touch with me offering me the chance to win a selected accessory off their site! I had a nosey and my eyes instantly landed on these. My entry shall be going up on their blog in a few days and I would be so grateful if you could vote for me. This is the first time I have ever been contacted by a company, and I wasn't entirely sure how to approach it; however, when I found out the work would be a competition, with no outward 'freebies', I felt fine in taking part. If you wouldn't mind taking the time to pop over to their blog to vote for me, that would be great; but feel no obligation whatsoever, as I don't want this blog to become some kind of place for me to nag you in order for me to get freebies. 

But saying that, I would be very grateful if you could vote for me!

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Wow, An actual trend-led outfit, with some actual current high street items.

Topshop blouse, H&M waistcoat, Boden jeans, charity shop shoes (I think they were originally Matalan), River Island bag, MAC Rebel lipstick

Colour blocking trend win methinks.

Also, please excuse my camel toe. I am rather fat at the moment, but the less about that the better really.

I would apologise for not blogging but I'm not sure there's any point now. You all know my life is quite boring at the minute and to be honest I'm just mooching around the house doing ironing with unstraightened hair and no make up. Not exactly sartorial elegance.

Although to be fair, actually quite a lot has happened in the last few weeks. Mainly being that I went up to visit my boyfriend and I finally got to see the Cult of Beauty exhibition at the V&A. Which in turn meant I got to see some more Rossettis in reality, which was very exciting. There was this section where they had a little mock up of his room, and there was a chair in there that had belonged to Hunt, Millais and Rossetti, and I actually got a little emotional. I know that sounds silly. I suppose it was a little like my getting slightly overwhelmed in Sante Croce in Florence at Michelangelo's tomb after having seen the David earlier in the day, which, I must say now, I think is still probably the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I did an entire art project on it for A Level because I adore it that much.

Er, so after that art tangent... Oh, and I also graduated on Tuesday, which was a very weird experience. I was in Aberystwyth for less than 24 hours, and had a dreadful nights sleep due to a very stuffy hotel room, and the whole thing really was just a bit awful. I was just so sad and seeing people didn't really help. Add incredibly annoying hats and magic pants for several hours and you have a rather miserable Hattie.

Right, I'll actually talk about my outfit now, seeing as that's what you all come here for. I bought this blouse from Topshop on sale a few weeks ago, and I love it. For some reason I have this real hankering for yellow at the minute, but I suppose its not really a problem since its meant to be very popular in autumn as well. I dug out the yellow shoes I got last summer for some extra mustard. I also thought I should probably wear these jeans that I also bought last summer, since I haven't really up to this point for worrying that they made me look podgy. But I'm pretty podgy at the minute anyway really, so oh well. Thankfully the blouse is loose and is hiding my muffin top! Added to the colour blocking with my new River Island bag and faithful purple H&M waistcoat.

I'm going to end this post here because my contact lens just had a massive spaz out and I don't think looking at the computer screen any longer is probably a good idea. I best go and let this weird red eye go to sleep.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Green with.... gutted.

bag- River Island

So, yesterday was a pretty shit day. I was rejected from the job I really wanted, after getting down to the final 3. Since I didn't actually tell you what it was for, due to trying not to jinx it (fat load of good that did me) it was actually a full time paid shop assistant job in a local charity shop, for who I had volunteered in another shop last summer. I haven't had the feedback yet, so don't know why I didn't get it, but I am just so gutted. I wouldn't mind if it was a job that I perhaps didn't have enough qualifications or experience for, but I seemed perfect for this. They wanted someone with ideas who wanted to help move the shop forward, and I thought I was just the sort of person they were wanting. I'm not sure why I didn't get it, but I am hoping it is not something stupid with me, but just that one of the other candidates was amazing.

The one good thing that came out of yesterday was that my River Island parcel finally arrived. I wanted this bag after seeing it in Grazia about a month ago, but was trying to find it in a shop so I could see how big it was, because the website description is just shockingly bare. But I tried about 3 different stores and none of them stocked it, so in the end I just ordered online. Its taken an age to arrive (just under a week- I have no patience with parcels!) but since it arrived yesterday along with the bad news, I'm not as excited about it as I should be. I do like it, but it is a little on the small side- the difficulty is that it is not definitely too small, but would challenge my bag-hoarding habit somewhat! I think it would do me good to have such a small bag, so I think I will keep it, but I'd like to know your thoughts. It did cost £30 which is a lot for a small non leather bag.

Let me know what you think. I'll try and stop being a whingy miserable cow soon, I promise.