Saturday, 13 December 2014

Christmas Tree Decorating with Family - Outfit of the Day

Happy Christmas Jumper Day!! (For yesterday). 2 weeks ago, Me and the bro took a trip up to Southport to help decorate our Aunty and Uncle's mahoosive Christmas Tree. This is a big family tradition with our cousins and all 6 of their collective children joining in. Some of my long-running readers may remember my trip last year. I thought this was the perfect occasion to show off my new Christmas jumper!

I'm wearing yet another Crimbo jumper from Beyond Retro (remember dear old Santa? I went back and found him!). They've slashed all their Christmas jumpers to half price, so if you missed out on getting one for Christmas Jumper Day, fret not as there is still time to grab one in time for Christmas Day! Yet again I've paired it with my tartan skirt from Forever 21. This skirt has seen me through the last few Winters, and it doesn't look like it'll be stopping any time soon! My vintage brown Bally boots I bought from Absolute Vintage. Finally, my coat is from Joy The Store, and seeing me through a 2nd winter. It's still available, and now with over 50% off! If you're looking for something a bit brighter, this year they've brought it out in this vibrant red!

Now back to the family festivities. I'd heard that one of my cousins was a fan of my blog. So I told her to get on her favourite outfit and I'd feature her on here. So ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Alisha!

Alisha gave me a tour of their little beach hut den at the bottom of her Nan and Grandad's garden. How cute is it?! We all know I love anything nautical (there's a reason I'm a Captain...) so I've instantly decided this will be my own little hideaway the next time I visit. The kids all helped with the decor - style seems to run in the family ;) Alisha is wearing a Select floral dress, Primark pop socks and black Vans trainers.

After the tour, we went back inside to help with the Christmas decorations.

It was a great day with all the family getting involved. My cousin Cherye even made some delicious mint chocolate fudge for the occasion!

The next day, me and my brother had 2 hours for a little walk around the Albert Docks in Liverpool before we had to catch our train back to London. Of course I visited The Beatles shop!

A big thank you to Aunty Cheryl and Uncle Tommy for letting us stay, and to all the cousins for letting us join in with this family tradition. See you all next year!!

Do you have any family Christmas traditions? I would love to hear about them. Leave a comment below :)

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Seven Dials Christmas Shopping Evening - Outfit of the Day

Earlier this week I popped along to Seven Dials in Covent Garden with fellow blogger (and new BFF!) Angelica AKA One Little Vice. This night was very special as it was Seven Dials annual Christmas Shopping Evening, where all the shops offer 20% off, plus free drinks and snacks. This seemed like the perfect occasion to wear my latest festive jumper purchase!

This funky jumper was one of my Black Friday purchases from Beyond Retro. I just love the bright colours and collar detail. I paired it with my Forever 21 tartan skirt, vintage Chelsea boots, green socks and added some sparkle with my glittery satchel from Paperchase.

I took some time in my lunch break with a work colleague to take these quick outfit photos. I walk past this pathway everyday and have been wanting to use it as a backdrop on the blog for a while. It kind of feels like the dividing line between Autumn and Winter with the trees still covered with golden leaves on one side, and the bare branches on the other.

Now, skip ahead a few hours to Seven Dials!

The first place we stopped by was The Seeker. They handed out fresh meat, cheese & bread along with glasses of wine whilst we walked around the store taking in the wonderful classic footwear designs.

Next up was a quick stop at Orla Kiely. One of my favourite designers, I could quite happily live in anything she makes. How lovely are the light bulb signs in the shop window? I love everything about this shop, even the floor boards feature the pretty Orla Keily stem print. A few days after this evening, I wore the very same jumper with a very sparkly Orla Kiely skirt for the #BloggersXmasParty.

Last but not by no means least, we visited Bolongaro Trevor, just so I could try on this festive looking skirt that I spotted in the shop window. This is definitely going on my Christmas wishlist!

Be sure to check out Angelica's even better write up of our evening over on her blog!

Seven Dials don't just hold these special shopping nights for Christmas. They do them every couple of months so be sure to sign up to hear about the next one!

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Pop-Up Vintage Fair! - Outfit Of The Day

A few weeks ago I entered a little competition over on Twitter, run by Pop-Up Vintage. To enter, all you had to do was tweet them a photo of your best vintage find to be in the running to win £50 worth of vouchers to spend at their vintage fair at Old Spitalfields Market. I decided to go with my oh-so perfect for Autumn orange checked dress, which seemed to be a good choice as I only ruddy won!!

So off I went, with my best friend Chloe that weekend to Old Spitalfields with £50 worth of vintage vouchers, to see how long I could make them last. I am no stranger to Spitalfields, so I felt right at home rummaging through the rails of vintage delights, eating yummy treats and chatting to the lovely stall holders (who gave us some great tips for setting up our own stall - it's happening people!). So what did I wear for such an occasion? Vintage of course!!

This modtastic denim skirt in monochrome dogtooth print I bought from Beyond Retro on a recent trip to Brighton. This isn't the first time I've worn it vintage shopping around East London. As it's getting colder here in London, I decided to wear it with my vintage velvet shirt (remember my best Wednesday Addams impression?) which I bought from Rokit. My Victorian style black boots I got in a charity shop many years ago. The coat is the only new thing, but it does have a very 60's feel to it. I fell in love with this coat in TKMaxx and knew I just had to have it! It's by a brand called Covent Garden, who offer a range of sweet swinging coats and jackets. They don't have a lot online but you'll be sure to find plenty instore.

This lovely young lady is Katherine, and she runs BIAC (Bird In A Cave), making the cutest co-ord sets in bright and colourful prints. She learnt the tricks of the trade from her Grandmother, who was a seamstress for Hardy Amies, a fashion designer who worked for the Royal Family! So she knows her way around a sewing machine and gave Chloe some great tips for making her own garments. Be sure to keep an eye on this one over on Facebook and Twitter. There's been talk of some sparkle to come this weekend!

Here's some more from the market, and also a sneak peek of what I spent my vouchers on.

There's Chloe playing the sexy secretary ;)

Now for what I spent my vouchers on. Out first stop was at a stall called Bambi Boo (how cute are their playing card tags?!). Their not online just yet as they're just started out and want to see how it works out at a couple of vintage fairs first. It was their £5 rail which caught our attention. I treated Chloe to a long floral shirt and bought myself a yellow and black striped sleeveless shirt. It was the front zip detail that really caught my eye. The tweedy looking shorts (£4) and tartan dress (£10) were from 2 lovely young Irish ladies, who didn't seem to be an actual business, just 2 friends who needed to clear out their wardrobe and find some new loving homes for their clothes. One of them said the tartan dress reminded her of Home & Away. I instantly understood what she meant (check out the school uniforms!). My item of the day came from The Mad Journal. This beautiful green and yellow floral midi dress in chiffon (£22) is so gorgeous and very flattering. Yellow seemed to be my colour that day! I just about had some money leftover to buy a scrumptious spinach and feta pancake.

So there you have it, my winning trip to Pop-Up Vintage's Fair in Spitalfields. They have 3 more fairs coming to London in December, all before Christmas; 7th @ Alexandra Palace, 14th @ St Stephen's Hampstead and 20th back @ Spitalfields. Me and Chloe have applied to set up our own stall for the 20th, so fingers crossed we get approved. I'll keep you all updated over on Twitter!

Are you planning on going to any of these fairs? Or maybe you know about some others you'd like to share?

Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend! :)

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