Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Unlikely Style Icons: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Dress | borrowed from Helen's sister
Shirt | Primark
Shoes | Office
Belt | Dorothy Perkins
Collar Clips | Kitsch Kitty

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Each month I look forward to the Unlikely Style Icons feature in Company magazine and it has inspired us to have a go at our own. They choose something you wouldn't immediately associate with fashion trends and use it as inspiration for a look. It's not intended to be a costume, just a theme for a look. Normally Company use this as a wishlist, but we decided to put together a whole look each.

Helen chose this childhood favourite 1980's TV show, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (or for us delicate Brits, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles).
Helen chose a turtle (look out for her post on Friday), so I had the job of tackling the telelvision reporter, April O'Neil. As a child, I always wondered why a news woman wore hideous yellow utility overalls but as an adult, I realise that the skin tight jump suit is a lot sexier than I remember!

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Steering away from this, I decided on tackling the block yellow colour and turning into a girlier (and more me) dress. I paired it with a blouse to keep the collar shape and make the look modern.
The white boots weren't a problem at all- I'm always looking for an excuse to get my favourite Office shoes out. The glitter teeth collar clips are just the little touch of me in this look. They are the fabulous Kitsch Kitty ones from my Spring wish list.

To get a real TMNT feel, we shot this week's photographs at the derelict Cockenzie power station in East Lothian. It's next to the sea and very windy but it was a lot of fun. Unfortunately it was coal- powered, not nuclear, so we didn't gain any super powers ourselves but we did get a craving for pizza afterwards so that pretty much makes us ninja turtles, right?

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This was a really fun project so we are thinking about rolling it out again. I've already chosen my unlikely Style Icons so look out for the posts soon.
Do you have any unlikely style icons?
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Monday, 28 April 2014

April Round Up


Buying: I bought this rather fabulous planet necklace from Sugar & Vice. Unfortunately it wasn't for myself. I bought it as a birthday gift for my sister and it's safe to say she was delighted with it. I think I will definitely be borrowing it form her whenever I get the chance. Luckily I have my own piece of Sugar & Vice that will be popping up in an outfit post later this week.

Doing: It's been a rather fun filled month but I particularly enjoyed the eater weekend. Not only did I get 4 days off from work but the weather was rather fantastic. It's amazing how much a bit of sunshine and warmth can lift my mood. The Sunday was spent in the park having a family picnic with egg rolling, rounders and plenty of chocolate. I did some fried egg nail art for the occasion and decorated my eggs with tissue paper and glitter.

Watching: I just finished watching the second series of American Horror Story. I love anything horror so this show is pretty much perfect form me. I love the stylised look and the fact that the story and characters change from season to season, which certainly keeps it interesting. For me, Sister Jude's rendition of The Name Game was a particular highlight of this series.

Reading: Speaking of horror, I recently downloaded A Taste of Tomorrow which is a collection of Dystopian stories from a number of different authors, including Hugh Howey, David Wright and Chris Ward. It seems to feature snippets from books and parts of series so it's already got me downloading more from the individual authors. A great introduction to the genre and it will definitely keep me in reading material for some time to come.

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Doing: This month has been a busy one, and as our posts have shown we have spent a lot of time in the Grassmarket area. Following Helen's visit, I returned with some friends for the Old Town Street Food Festival on Easter Sunday. It was held in the courtyard at The Three Sisters and had quite a few pop-up vendors grilling different delights. I had the Philly Cheese Steak sandwich. The food was pretty good but I haven't been to The Three Sisters since I was a student and it really hasn't changed...

Watching: At the start of the month I spent a lot of time with my family, including my nearly- two year old niece. I watched some truly terrible Nick Jr programmes on repeat, but I also caught some Disney films, including Tangled. It was pretty good. Humour in kids films has really moved on. I'm not really interested in watching new Disney films but if I catch one I always end up watching it until the end. It's some kind of hypnotism, I'm sure!

Buying: Brooches brooches everywhere. I guess it's because the season is changing and I'm swapping jackets a lot. I showed off one in my outfit post here, but I have yet to wear this adorable acrylic bicycle from Rockcakes.

Reading: Oh Comely magazine. Helen has been reading this magazine for a while so I've flicked through it at her's but not read it fully. Normally I buy magazines when I want to shop but can't afford to, to get my fashion fix and I thought this would be a nice change from my Company and Glamour subscriptions. It's so dreamy.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Styled by Kimberley: Pretty Pastels

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Jacket | New Look
Top | Primark
Jeans | Topshop
Shoes | Primark
Necklace | R U Boutique
Diamond Ring | Made by Helen (along with my actual diamond wedding set)

Spring is here and I am celebrating by swapping out monochrome for a pastel explosion.
Although I am excited for colour, I am finding it very difficult to swap out my black blazer for a white one. This has been a good kick start though. As Helen mentioned on Wednesday, we were invited by Style Fruits to join her Pastel Me Pretty Spring Style competition. There are a lot of great outfits to get you inspired for sorbet shades. You can vote for your favourite here.

Speaking of, I don't think this look is my favourite. This is the first time I've worn this quilted t shirt. I've seen them everywhere but I don't really think it works on a boobilicious curvy lady like myself. The pink jeans I purchased last summer and only wore them a couple of times (including my awesome polkadot look). Bright trousers are like a beacon for my thighs. I also find Topshop jeans a little.. how do I put it... *roomy* in the zip area... I don't need a bulge there thanks, Toppers! Think I might not wear these again.

I've kept the look clean with the fitted white crop jacket and styled it with my super cute leather bib from R U Boutique, as seen on my Spring Wishlist back in March. I love it!

On yet another windy windy day my cutesy 90's side ponytail was swishing around all over the place. It was fun... for about ten minutes. Now it's making me contemplate cutting my hair short again. My wedding's out the way, so I don't need it long any more. I've been looking at old photos of my old hairstyles, mostly long bobs. Or the 'pob', but before VB claimed it as her look. Or perhaps I'll get my fringe cut again. A big chunky pony fringe? Or a sweeping side one? I've had too many hairstyles and it leaves me with too many decisions!

In the meantime, it's back to hair swishing for me, while I still can!

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Styled by Helen: Pretty Pastels

Shirt | Monki
Blazer | Primark
Dress worn as a skirt | Borrowed from my sister
Shoes | Clarks
Necklace | Karen Mabon

Pastels are pretty much perfect for spring. They're light and dainty and instantly make me think of ice cream. I don't own a lot of these more subtle hues, I'm usually drawn to bold colours or a strong black and white contrast, but I am definitely looking to increase my pastel quota this spring with some pretty ice cream shades.

We were emailed by the folks over at Style Fruits and invited to enter their Pastel Me Pretty Spring Styling competition. I do love a challenge so I hunted out anything vaguely pastel from my wardrobe, as well as begging, borrowing and eventuality stealing this dress from my sister, to create this little outfit. As you can see it's a mint choc chip, strawberry and lemon sorbet sundae mix. Not the best combination for eating but I think it works pretty well when worn.

If you like my ensemble it would be super lovely if you gave me a wee vote and I may just win some much needed pastel sweetness for my wardrobe.

Will you be rocking some pastels this spring? 

Monday, 21 April 2014

Easter Nails

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Here is my latest 'cracking' attempt at nail art. Har har.

I love the colours of these Easter inspired nails. And now that I finally have a nail art pen (Models Own in white) I wanted to do a traditional painted egg pattern.
I ended up leaving the base bare so that they look like little cracked eggs. So adorable!)

To re-create this look just follow these simple steps:
1.) Prep your nails and use a base coat. I always use Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat
2.) Paint 3/4 of the nail in your chosen colours. I used two thin coats of Barry M pastel polishes for nice even layers.
4.) Using a nail art pen, zig zag for cracked shell and repeat half way up.
5.) Dot in between to finish the pattern.
6.) Finish with a clear topcoat.
7.) Be adorable!

I'd love to see any of your efforts. I don't want to take mine off!

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Friday, 18 April 2014

Edinburgh Style

We have been spending all week raving about the Grassmarket area of Edinburgh. It's really no surprise when it is so full great places to shop, eat and drink. Greater Grassmarket are celebrating their fine selection of boutiques with a series of Pop Up Fashion Shoots happening throughout this month. While we were in the area we headed along to have a look. 

Located in the Grassmarket Community Project, the organisers had put together a fine selection of accessories from stores including Black Box, Hannah Zakari, Red Door Gallery, Lady JoJo's, Armstrong's Vintage and Fabhatrix. We oohed and ahhed and had fun trying on different pieces. Once we were fully accessorised and, after a few sips of wine, we stepped in front of the camera.

We are so used to having each other as our photographer, so it was a bit weird having a stranger direct and snap us. Though, after a weekend of taking our own outdoor outfit shots, it was very nice to be inside in the warmth with all the professional lights and backdrop. If only we had space for our own photography studio!

Helen accessorised with a scarf and statement necklace from Red Door Gallery and sunglasses from Armstrongs. Kim added an amazing bib necklace from Black Box and clutch bag from Armstrongs.

We are looking forward to seeing the resulting images. If you fancy your own photo shoot they will be popping up again on 19th April. Get yourself along.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

What Helen Wore: for Grassmarket Adventures

Blazer | Borrowed from Kimberley
Cardigan | Primark
Tshirt | River Island
Skirt | Charity Shop
Shoes | H&M
Necklace | Tatty Devine
Ring | Made by me

I hadn't been through to Edinburgh for a while so it was great to take a trip to the capital and catch up with my Wardrobe Conversations other half. It was also a good chance to visit one of my favourite areas - the Grassmarket. It is choc-a-bloc with cute wee shops and great places to eat and drink. As Kim mentioned, we spent rather a lot of time in the adorable Mary's Milk Bar and also spent a fair bit of our afternoon perusing the shops. I managed to pick up a few birthday presents from the fabulous Black Box and Hannah Zakari and also treated myself to a copy of Betty Magazine from Analogue Books.

This is what I wore for our Grassmarket adventures. I recently nabbed this skirt from a local charity shop. I'm not to sure about the length, as I'm a bit of a short arse, but I couldn't resist the colour.  I know by my age I should have shopping for my shape down to a fine art but I am so easily swayed by other factors. I mean a skirt that matches your hair, who can resist that?


Monday, 14 April 2014

What Kimberley Wore: to Mary's Milk Bar

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Blouse | Primark
Jumper | Warehouse
Jacket | Warehouse
Trousers | Topshop
Shoes | borrowed from my sister
Bag | Bailley & Quinn
Necklace | Forever 21
Brooch | Marie Rose Creations

Just when we thought Spring had arrived, Saturday was miserable, over cast and wiiiiiiindy. I wrapped up in sensible monochrome layers.

I have been meaning to visit Mary's Milk Bar for weeks so, as Helen was visiting, it was at the top of my list of things to do. Our weekends together are mostly scheduled around eating.
It is the most adorable little retro gelato and chocolate bar. We stopped by for some gelato. As always, I couldn't make up my mind what I wanted. This time I didn't have to copy Helen's choice though, as the ladies had great recommendations, let me sample and were so patient. In return I accidentally knocked over everything in the place. Klutz. There were loads of delicious flavours but I decided on a scoop of dark chocolate and one of salted caramel.
The gelato was so good that we stayed on for an orange and cinnamon hot chocolate. Oh my god, it was good. When we heard the knickerbocker glory being described we had to run out the door for fear our will power would have wilted and we'd need to be rolled out.

We bumped into fellow Milk Bar addict and blogger, Dayna from Rebellious Rouge, before we had a good root around all the shops in the Grassmarket. I picked up this adorable little lady from Marie Rose Creations at Red Door Gallery to add interest to my current favourite coat.

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I had dyed my hair with Bleach London Awkward Peach but I forgot to set the timer, guessed the timing, and it didn't really turn out. It did warm my hair colour but not really as I'd wanted. Ah well, win some lose some. Probably for the best when my outfit was so hypnotizing!

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Easter Wishlist

Helen's Picks

1.) Blue Pierrot Dress | Coco Fennell
April means the on set of spring and as a result I start thinking about pretty dresses for warmer climes. The new Coco Fennell collection is full of items that fit this bill perfectly. I love the colour of this one and ruffle collar is super cute.

2.) Head in the Sand Necklace | Karen Mabon
It's no secret that I adore the creations of Karen Mabon and the latest items to hit her online store are no exception. This necklace is definitely my favourite of the new pieces and it's kind of easter appropriate, what with the sparkly egg and all. At least that will be my excuse when I treat myself to it.

3.) Liberace Bunny Ears | Rock N Roll Bride for Crown and Glory
Bunny ears sometimes give me nightmares as I think back to my Saturday job when they were mandatory attire at this time of year. Now, if they were beautiful glittery ones like these I wouldn't have minded at all.

4.) Speckled Eggs Nail Polish | Models Own
Mini egg style polishes have been around for a while now but when I saw Models Own had come out with their own collection I knew they would be the ones for me. I love their quality, lasting polishes at a pocket friendly prices. I've already treated myself to the Dove Pink and Swan Lilac but I am after the whole set so each have my nails can be a different shade.

5.) Rainy Day Throw | Donna Wilson
To me Easter means family picnics where eggs are rolled, sandwiches are eaten and small children are hit on the head with baseballs. Since we're up in Scotland the weather can be a bit hit or miss on Easter Sunday so this Donna Wilson throw would be the perfect way to keep cosy if there's a bit of a chill or it would make a comfortable place to lay if the sun does make an appearance.

1.) NASTY Drop Dead Ring | Rock n Rose
Rather than politely rolling boiled eggs down a hillside, my family turned the tradition into a yearly battle. We huddled in a circle and hurled our brightly painted eggs into the centre, smashing each other's. Last one unbroken won. 'Soft throws' were illegal. Our eggs were therefore painted with a mixture of sweet patterns and insults to match our war cries.
The sweetness of this ring's twee spring blooms against the harsh insult reminds me of my Valentine's card

2.) Pink Gingham Skirt | Matalan
It's the most wearable picnic blanket in history! This is on my definite pile. The colour, the shape, the print, the panel. No wonder it's made its way into many magazines and blogger wishlists already. And it's cheap!

3.)  Spring Nail Decals | Sparkly Nails
I have done Easter egg nail designs early and over-egged it already (geddit?)- see here.
I like these soft, muted pastel blooms as a fresh change.

4.) Floral Print Crop Top | The White Pepper
 I am really liking the longer length of this season's crop tops. So much more wearable for the six pack-less. I know I know, since I still haven't bought co-ords, they continue to plague my dreams. And boy, is this dreamy. Want want want this lovely pink top.

5.) Seagull Necklace | Cheap Frills
Growing up next to the sea meant that every family picnic would include sea gulls, so I have included this quirkly little guy.

Finally, there should also be a picture of number 6. My weight in chocolate. Yes, please!