Monday, 30 December 2013

2013 Outfit Round Up: Kimberley

The year is almost at a close and it's been a good one. 2013 was the year this wee blog was started and it's been so much fun. I know it's encouraged me to be more adventurous with fashion and I've enjoyed setting little challenges and working as part of a team. There are lots of ideas to be tried in 2014 but before that begins here's a little round up of some outfit highlights from the past year. To mix it up a bit I've decided to pick my top 6 favourites from Kimberley's back catalog and she'll do the same for me later in the week. 

This first lot feature a lot of black and white, no doubt influenced by my own love of monochrome, but it really is a combination that works on Kim. The first of these looks is, unsurprisingly, from our monochrome challenge. Vertical stripes create a super flattering shape and I love how the tailored items are mixed with a casual tee. Plus those boots, I want them so bad! The second outfit is so very glam! Worn for her hen do, I know Kim felt awesome in it and this confidence definitely shows. The third, smart floral look, is simple but striking and showed that plain black trousers don't have to be dull.


This second lot show a bit more colour but it seems obvious that I prefer winter dressing to summer outfits, since I've only picked one image from the warmer months. The first is a casual outfit Kimberley wore for some shopping. I like that it's simple but still fun, with the bright green bag and hot air balloon print blouse. The second outfit is fun all over. I love the light blue mixed with pink jeans and polkdots are always a good time. The final outfit is a bit more serious but I still love it and it's granny influences. That coat just looks so cosy.

I wonder what Kim will make of my picks. Which are your favourites?
Have you done a outfit round up? Please share, we love 'em!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Our Top Picks: Christmas Jumpers


Last year, Christmas jumpers were novel. This year they are a must! Here are some of my favourites on offer (if you're quick):

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1.Polka Dot Pudding Jumper | New Look
 
This jumper is one of those rare beasts that is both novel and quite wearable. It's on trend in a pale duck egg blue and is slightly fluffy. The adorable pom poms tip it over to make it my number one choice! Unfortunately when I went to purchase it (in my usual last minute dash) for my work's Christmas Jumper Day there was only a huge one left :(



2. Crackerberry Pop Jumper | French Connection
 
I'm not even 100% sure what this is when I look at it (a berry popping out of a cracker, what?) but I know it's somehow genius. And it's on sale!


3. Black Lurex Holly Jumper Dress | River Island
 
Technically a Christmas Dress, this piece comes in two versions. I prefer this lurex version as it is a bit more grow up, but there is a slightly more fun 'bobble' version with 3D pom pom berries.


4. Rampant Sporting Ski Jumper | John Lewis
 
I like that this jumper has so much going on. It's not in the Christmas colour palette so you can extend your ridiculous jumper- wearing into January. It is quite a masculine jumper but is in fact for ladies, so you can still get a good fit.

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Monday, 16 December 2013

What Helen Wore: Xmas Shopping

    
Christmas Jumper | Ebay
Shirt | Monki
Skirt | H&M
Socks | Topshop
Boots | H&M

My Sunday was spent at a couple of craft fairs picking up some final bits and pieces for Xmas. To make sure I was in the right frame of mind for such a task I dressed appropriately. Now I know every blogger and their Mothers seems to have this Home Alone 2 themed jumper but can you blame us?! It's so fun and it makes everyone smile. I had so many compliments throughout the day and it acts as a super conversation starter.

It's also perfect for my monochrome phase that I am still enjoying. I teamed it with my Monki Come Close shirt and some white socks peeking out the top of my faithful (and filthy) black boots. I added a tiny bit of colour in the form of some red lipstick and festive nails. Oh and my hair of course. I added a bit of Tangerine Dream from Bleach London for extra orangeness. I'm rather pleased with the result since I don't have bleached or even light blonde hair as it recommends. I'll definitely use it again to give a boost between colouring.





Friday, 13 December 2013

Festive Nails

You may have seen how much I enjoyed experimenting with Halloween Nails. Well, Christmas just gives me a whole new holiday to get creative with. I have already been trying out a few different designs, both on myself and on any willing volunteers I can find. Here are a few of my designs so far.


Pinterest is an excellent place to get nail art inspiration. I can get lost on there for hours looking at all the different designs. I'm still trying to decide on a look for the 25th but I'm excited to practice a selection of different looks in the run up. Here are some that I would love to try.

Gingerbread nails | Playful Polishes 
Christmas Lights | Chalkboard Nails 
Xmas Tree | The Holy Grail of Nail 
Xmas Tree Pattern | @donebydes on Instagram 

But just in case my last minute Christmas preparations get the better of me and I don't have time for Xmas eve nail art, I am prepared. I have my eye on some easy and time saving alternatives in the form of these awesome nail decals and festive falsies. Very little drying time required, so I won't risk smudging as I rush to wrap my gifts.
 
 Fairisle Decals | DIY Nails
Christmas Jumper | Elegant Touch

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Styled by Kimberley: Night Out

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Dress | Urban Outfitters
Shoes | Star by Julian Macdonald
Bag | Accessorize

I'll be honest. This is my least favourite of all our outfit posts. I'm not really a going- out- on- the- town dressing up kind of girl. I'm a ridiculously- overdressed- for- a- casual- daytime- event girl.
Maybe its because I equate this style with "sexy" and I'm kind of, well, dorky. Also, I love fashion but am not that big on beauty so doing my hair and make up are not my bag. However, here I am, dressed up for a night of cocktails and dancing. I do miss my student days of getting ready with the girls so it was fun to get ready- in between my signature Kim's Marzipini cocktails.

The light of this room is not doing the fluffy fuzzy skirt of this dress any justice. It is actually so big and fun in real life. This texture is a nice change from sparkles and sequins and very evening appropriate. I've kept things simple with a bit of beading on m bag and shoes so keep it elegant.
This would be a great New Year's Eve party look if I weren't already going to the Great Gatsby party at Cargo in Edinburgh this Hogmanay:)
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Monday, 9 December 2013

Styled by Helen: Night Out


Dress | TK Maxx
Necklace | H&M
Bag | TK Maxx
Shoes | Dorothy Perkins

Tis the season to get dressed up and hit the town. Yep it's Christmas party time again. I have my work Christmas meal this very Friday but since we have an ugly Xmas jumper theme I have a different outfit planned for that. This outfit is pretty much exactly what I wore for a family wedding in October but I think it works just as well for the festive season. I love the mix of gold and red plus the addition of some odd dashes of glitter make it very Xmas appropriate. Also I am so in love with my knuckle duster bag I am looking for as many excuses to rock it as I possibly can. The only things this outfit is missing to make it completely appropriate for the time of year is a pair of tights and a faux fur jacket. You know, the essentials to make sure I don't freeze to death in the winter weather.


Friday, 6 December 2013

Xmas Wishlists

December is well underway and we are getting mega excited for Christmas! We love decorating our trees and picking presents for everyone. Of course another fun part is putting together our own wishlists to send to Mr Claus. Here is what we are lusting after this year.

Helen

1. Like a Bull in a China Shop Scarf | Karen Mabon
It wouldn't be my wishlist if it didn't have something on it by Karen Mabon. She continues to create illustrated items that catch my heart. A girl can never have to many scarves, right?!

2. Popcorn Bag | Choies
Ok this is a rather obvious Charlotte Olympia imitation. I don't normally go for designer rip offs but I am never going to be able to afford the original and, god damn it, I want a popcorn bag! I'm a bad person, I know.

3. Pizza Pennant | Stay at Home Club
I love the Stay at Home aesthetic and ethos, nights on the sofa rule! This little pennant sums up their whole look for me and would fit nicely into my cosy abode.

4. Eyes Drop Earrings | Jennifer Loiselle
I wouldn't normally ask for earrings. I don't have my ears pierced after all. But, luckily, these beauties are also available as clip on. Pat Butcher glam all the way!

5. Flies Fabric Watch | Wholesome Bling
My watch is looking a bit tatty these days and is pretty much crying out to be replaced by this lovely time piece.

6. Drippings Ring | Jung ee eun on Boticca
Shiny, gold and slightly creepy. That's the way I like my jewellery.

Kimberley

1. Leather and Fur Evening Bag | Zara
I first ran my hands over this beaut in store a few weeks ago and I am dying to have it for myself. Apart from the fact it reminds me of a sporran (bonus?), the texture is subtle enough to pair with any evening outfit.

2. Prayer Heels | ASOS
I have been looking for a pair of wear- with- everything heels (to go with the Zara bag) but I really struggle to buy anything black. Or plain. I love pattern! I do however really like pointed toes at the moment and the Perspex heel is another subtle way to have something a bit different without it taking all the attention.

3. Custard Cream Cushion | Nikki McWilliams
I love Nikki McWilliams biscuit themed goodies. I already own a Tunnocks Tea Cake cushion but I’m starting to feel it might be getting a bit lonely (with the ELEVEN other cushions adorning my two sofas) because it needs a biscuity pal. So, if you see my husband, please mention this cushion cruelty so that I  the  tea cake can have a new cushiony friend. Or four.

4. Alchemists Vision Ring | BloodyMary Metal
There is a lot of geometry of Bloody Mary Metal’s designs, which I really like. A lot of them are quite rock’n’roll (unlike me) but others are more delicate and you can really see the craftsmanship in them. I had a hard time deciding because I want them all!

5. Jessie Dress | Rowan Joy
Rowan Joy’s designs are so beautiful (any brides- to- be should check out her bridal gowns). In some ways it is a shame she uses such quality materials because I am allergic to wool! So, alas, this beaut will never be mine :(

6. Cardigan Club | Robbie Porter
This print feels like it was made for me. Ever the dork. I heart it!

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Styled by Helen: Casual


Hat | Primark
Scarf | Vintage
Jumper | H&M
Dress | H&M
Boots | H&M
Brooch | Vintage
Ring | Eclectic Shock

Chilly, dark days call out for comfortable and cosy outfits. Here's one of mine, featuring lots of knitwear and layers. Most of which appear to be from H&M. I do like their selection of affordable treats and the fact that their knitwear comes in a variety of colours so I can pick one to suit. This jumper is slightly more green in real life and is one of the very few green items I own. I thought it would be nice to add a bit more of a selection to my wardrobe and have found that this shade does fit in rather well.

The mega ring was a gift from Kimberley for being her Maid of Honour. You may remember I featured a similar one in our post about Funk Fair earlier this year. I love the purple colour and the fact that it is pretty much the same size as my finger. A statement piece indeed!

   

Monday, 2 December 2013

Styled by Kimberley: Casual


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Jacket | Topshop
Blouse | Zara
Jeggings | H&M
Boots | Office
Rings | Topshop (see also here)
Tiger Bracelet | gift and I can't remember where it is  from!

I have around eight winter coats but not any casual ones to wear, so in October I finally bit the bullet and bought the Topshop one everyone seems to have. It is the only jacket I own that has a hood and I have had a lot of use out of it since I bought it.

I also wanted some kind of plaid shirt but with my curves (read: boobs) and stick arms I had a hard time finding anything that fit. I love the look of this Zara shirt but the material feels surprisingly cheap for them. Also, I had to sew part of it to keep it from gaping at the front but that was to be expected. Still, it looks cute so it's worth it.

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My favourite piece here is the tiger bracelet, although I can't remember where it's from :(
Helen bought me it because it reminded her of a top I had when I was 15. I wore it all the time.
 It was one of those terrible ugly animal t shirts. The ones that you see around a lot now, so you can appreciate how they are so-ugly-they-are-kinda-genius. Yeah, well in 2001 most people did not get this. I was just too ahead of the times.

God, that thing was ugly.

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Friday, 29 November 2013

November Round Up

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Watching: I finally finally finished the French drama series The Returned. I've had it saved on Sky+ since forever ago and watched it in a creepy zombie binge week whilst ill. I couldn't watch it after dark though- unlike Helen, I'm a total horror wimp.

Doing: I went to see Pixies play at one of my favourite venues- Barrowlands in Glasgow. The sound isn't the best there but the atmosphere of the old ballroom is always fun- even if I was sober and flagging from a virus.

Reading: this month I have been an excellent pen pal- writing thank you cards to all my wedding guests and catching up with friends with lots of lovingly crafted emails. I'm quite hilarious in letters  (even if I do say so myself). I really enjoy receiving mail whether of the snail or e- variety. It cheers up any grey November day!
 
Buying: I told myself I was going to buy Christmas gifts early this year... but instead I bought myself November gifts. I deserve it. My favourite is the Hello DODO bag that was on my wishlist way back in June.

Helen


Doing: I have been a busy bee creating a mini Christmas collection for Jolly Good. Most of my spare time has been spent sewing and printing fabric. The really difficult thing has been finding time to take photos of what I've made, November is a dark month, but I managed in the end and my wares are now for sale in my Etsy shop.

Watching: I have been spending my evenings re-watching Peep Show on Netflix. I do enjoy being able to watch series after series at my own convenience. At the moment I've been focused on comedies and have already watched Green Wing, Fresh Meat, Black Books and Red Dwarf over the past few months.

Buying: At the start of the month I treated myself to a new dress from the Coco Fennell x Karen Mabon collection. I love both designers so there was no way I could resist buying something from their collaboration. I went for the Pill Popper dress and I love it. The fit is great and the collar is just so much fun.

Reading: This month I read Sleep with the Lights On by Maggie Shayne. I picked it mostly because it was only 99p in the Kindle store but I actually quite enjoyed it. It was paced well and kept me suitably gripped all the way through. Might even be tempted to read the next one when it comes out in December. 

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Styled by Kimberley: Autumn

I find that autumn is the best time for dressing like a granny.

Not yet into the serious knitwear and boots of winter, to me the season means furs and dresses layered over wool tights that pool around my ankles à la Nora Betty. I have many coats but I love the mannish shape of this one against my prim little handbag and heels.

It's a shame you can't really see my cute little polkadot tea dress from Closet but it was a bit chilly for showing it off.

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Jacket | H! by Henry Holland
Dress | Closet
Tights | Primark
Shoes | charity shop
Bag | Topshop
Hat | Topshop
Ring | Dorothy Perkins

For these darker nights I find myself drawn to black and wearing a deeper lip and nail colour. I've been playing around with half moons too.  At the moment I am keeping my hair loose and natural but one day I will perfect a vintage wave and wear it outside my house!

It's also out of necessity that I wear a hat during this season. And a fuzzy leopard print beret is my number one choice. So good I bought it twice.

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Now this granny is ready for any autumnal occasion!

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