Saturday, 22 January 2011

Back To School

I had to wear a horrible, itchy woollen kilt when I was at school. For a few years after leaving, I couldn't even look at tartan clothing without memories of the offending garment coming back. Now, however, sufficient time has passed and I actually quite like tartan.

I found this skirt in the YMCA charity shop for £2. It's originally from Warehouse and I loved it so much I didn't even bother trying it on in the shop. It's actually a little on the short side, I haven't worn proper mini skirts for years so I did feel a little self-conscious in it...I think I'll wear it with leggings next time so that I don't feel quite so exposed. I definitely had a few more wolf whistles from builders the day I wore this so I'm not planning on wearing it on a day I want to be taken seriously.

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Skirt: Charity Shop (Warehouse)
Tshirt: M&S
Cardigan: New Look
Tights: M&S
Necklace: Freedom @ Topshop


Do you like tartan?
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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

A Few Of My Favourite Things: January 19th

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1. NOTD with Barry M's "Fabulous" Polish. This was from last year's News Of The World make-up giveaway and was the first time I'd used this. Love the bright shiney red.

2. My first attempt at leopard print nail art - the dots are Nails Inc London and the black is L'Oreal Superliner sealed with a coat of trusty Seche Vite. Inspired by Gemfatale's leopard print tutorial.

3. Lee Stafford hair growth treatment (worth a try) and my first ever day cream. I've never used moisturiser on my face before but at the ripe old age of 23 I think I need to start.

4. Garnier Eye Roll-ons, 2 for £12 in Boots. Clearly I've been in a susceptible to gimmicks frame of mind this week but I've wanted to try these for a while.

5. My 2011 diary from Paperchase.

6. Best sales bargain EVARRR. Carvela heels for £19 from John Lewis.

What are your favourite things this week? And what would you wear the purple shoes with?
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Sunday, 16 January 2011

Drink, Shop & Do! [REVIEW - Afternoon Tea]

It was my mum's yesterday and for her birthday treat, I took her for afternoon tea at Drink, Shop & Do. Drink, Shop & Do is a cute vintage-style tea room in the King's Cross area of London where you can have cocktails, coffee or tea (Drink), browse the teacups, jewellry and sweets in the shop or even buy the furniture and crockery in the cafe itself (Shop) and play retro board games (Do).

Drink Shop Do Afternoon Tea

Drink Shop Do Afternoon Tea

Drink Shop Do Afternoon Tea

Drink Shop Do Afternoon Tea

Drink Shop Do Afternoon Tea

We started with a Ruby Shoes cocktail:

Drink Shop Do Afternoon Tea

Drink Shop Do Afternoon Tea

And then had a pretty vintage cake platter filled with crustless sandwiches, lemon cake and chocolate brownies (my favourite):

Drink Shop Do Afternoon Tea

Drink Shop Do Afternoon Tea

Drink Shop Do Afternoon Tea

Followed by honeycomb ice-cream:

Drink Shop Do Afternoon Tea

And a little bag of sweeties to take home:

Drink Shop Do Afternoon Tea

My mum and I had a cocktail afternoon tea for two (I purhcased it on Groupon for £15) which was lovely. The staff were really friendly and appropriately dressed in gorgeous vintage clothing. The cafe had a very relaxed atmosphere and felt like the kind of place where you could happily spend the whole afternoon chatting and playing a game of Scrabble. The food was so yummy and made for a lovely sweet treat. I will definitely be going back and would reccommend it to anyone looking for a lunch or drinks spot with a bit of a difference.
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