The City Jungle…

Whenever the sun came out last year on the days when I wasn’t working, you could more than likely find me on the beach, or in the Pavilion gardens. Enjoying a picnic, the company of friends or a good book. Enjoying your picnic with folding picnic table!

It became a bit of an automatic response. Sun in the sky? Let’s head to the beach!
Now of course I’m not complaining, and obviously I will still venture to the beach this summer. Only, I want to explore more of this beautiful city too. There are so many gorgeous parks that are perfect for sunny day lazing!

Recently I have been enjoying Dyke Road park, which is a five minute walk from my home. There’s a huge field with a view of the city (and sea!) a bowls lawn, and huge overgrown flower beds, which are just amazing!
After shooting some film photos for my talented photographer friend Emma Speightin the morning, she kindly agreed to help me with some photos featuring this Warehouse Dress which I’ve been waiting to feature for a while.
I love the vibrant pink colour, and sumptuous baroque print. It’s a gorgeous pop of brightness that I don’t think I could have worn as well with my old hair! My love of being blonde/pink continues to grow!
My blonde hair also makes me feel so much more confident in going make-up free (or very minimal like these photos – a touch of foundation and a smudge of lipstick)
I think the lighter shade lifts my complexion, and stops me feeling so washed out, which is always nice!
 

Liberty Love…

For a start, let me just say that 5.30am is not a time that really exists in my world.
Gone are the days of my ‘sensible office job’ which required early awakening, and to be honest, I rarely crawl home in the wee hours anymore either.
So should you want to find me at that time, best bet is that I’m enveloped in my duvet!
However, always up for a change of pace – I quite willingly arose at the ungodly hour a fortnight ago, to venture on a commuter train to London, with one dreamy destination in mind!
I had been invited to Liberty, for a scarf styling breakfast, where over nibbles of fresh fruit, pastries and coffee we were going to be taught everything we wanted to know about their iconic silk scarves!
I woke up bleary-eyed, but a woman on a mission! Pulling together an outfit of H&M tights, an eBay paisley dress and favourite Topshop brogues, I was out of the door in about fifteen minutes flat…
And packed in my ever trusty vanity case, all essentials for a day of blogging. I have to say, it felt wonderful to have a day solely dedicated to Yours Truly!

And although she features in the photos below, now would be a great time to say that I had the pleasure of meeting Kristabel of ‘I Want You To Know’ (as well as the lovely Camilla of ‘Into The Fold’!)
Kristabel very kindly took these outfit photos for me. It was wonderfully deserted when we started to snap, then every man and his dog decided to appear! Typical eh? Thanks Kristabel!
Back to the scarves! For those of you who don’t know, I actually specialised in Print Design during my fashion degree, and have always adored the insanely beautiful prints that Liberty create.
With that in mind, I was delighted to meet this lovely chap, who designs the Liberty scarves! He has full access to the archives at the click of a button and was able to talk us through the varying prints and how he develops and tweaks them to keep them fresh each season.
The print geek in me was practically frothing at the mouth as we talked through his creative restraints with regards to Liberty’s heritage.
Now there’s a dream job!

Myself, Kristabel and Camilla with our first attempts at scarf styling…

There were several scarf ‘specialists’ on hand to talk us through the scarves, and show us varying ways of styling them.
Not only was I delighted to be playing freely with the expensive silky beauties, but I was amazed by the stylists knowledge and enthusiasm for their work.
What this wonderful lady didn’t know about scarves, seemingly wasn’t worth knowing! Drawing her inspiration from all corners of the globe, her passion was infectious!

Swoon…
A cheeky pose with my stylist! I loved this chunky braided style I’m wearing.
The beautiful Liberty ladies…
So many colours! Urgh! So much beauty!
Myself and Kristabel with the braided style – perfect for hiding festival hair or in my case…Dark roots creeping in!

I’m going to work on a scarf-styling post inspired by the wonderful creations Liberty showed us. I can’t wait to show you how simple they all are!

Thank you so much to Liberty for inviting me, and what a delight it was to meet Kristabel and Camilla (and have a cheeky lunch with Dulcie who is lucky enough to work there!)

Also please check reviews on outdoor cat shelter on my friend’s blog.

Love Yours Truly, x

Spring Time Pastels…

I’m going to hazard a guess that my latest little bout of ‘comfort dressing’ began about three or four weeks ago, when simultaneously  awful weather and very cosy new jumper both arrived in Brighton.
 
Since then I’ve mostly been in a uniform of sorts, consisting of varying cosy jumpers, skinny jeans and my favourite chelsea boots.
 
However the recent few days of glorious sunshine (Spring is finally here!) have bought me out of my dark wool cocoon, and flung me gleefully back into my favourite colours, including a very slight hair make-over too!
Baby pink! Gloriously girly and carefree, I am completely in love with my new hair! I got idea from my friend – Sarah, she’s just a mom blogger but has very special style dress. Let’s visit the latest article on her kids blog – outdoor rabbit hutch reviews
 
I dabbled with multi-coloured tresses in my last year at University, and haven’t touched a pack of Manic Panic since. But for some reason, last Friday afternoon I found myself locked away in the bathroom with copious amounts of bleach and blue shampoo, perfecting my bottle-blonde colour!
Whilst I still don’t think I’ve reached the colour I’m striving after (the search for the best semi-permanent dye is currently underway!) I love how different this new colour is!
I’ve had a couple of instances where my friends have looked right through me, as I sat waiting to meet them in coffee shops, or the cinema! They are so used to my little gingery head, and admittedly so I am! My reflection in shop windows and passing mirrors still makes me do a double-take!
 

So to debut my new tresses, I thought this pretty silky blouse from French Connection would be the perfect pastel pairing!
 
I love its boxy tailoring, and the pretty pinkish hue is ideal for Springtime…

I accessorised with a matching pastel perspex ring, a scarf ring (with the cutest little bird, that oddly fits my fingers!) and a Rimmel nail polish from the Kate Moss range called ‘Punk Rock’.
 
My leather clutch bag was from a flea market in Paris a few years ago. It’s the loveliest leather – all beaten up and soft. It cost something ridiculous like two euros, and it’s one of my favourites.

My new coat was a sale-rail find from Topshop. I couldn’t believe my luck! One left, my size, and only £20! What a steal! This is – believe it or not – the first black coat I have ever owned!
To offset the girly-ness of my blouse, I teamed it with a green ‘jungle’ print skirt I found on eBay. I didn’t imagine the two going together, but I really like their slightly mis-matched colouring.
My sunglasses are old favourites from H&M (I’m currently on the prowl for a new pair for some variety!) and my lipstick is a beautiful little treat from Tom Ford in ‘Wild Ginger’. The packaging of his make-up is so luxurious!

Larking about…I have found it increasingly awkward to pose for blog photos – I feel so aware of how cliched each pose is.
 
Fortunately with the wonderful Sam Luck on hand, to not only provide his wonderful photography skills, but also his cheeky sense of humour, this set didn’t bother me!
 
So fingers crossed I will feel like blogging again without the need for another three week break!

Happy Spring-time everyone! Sunnier days are ahead!

Love Yours Truly, x 

The World Is Quiet Here…

It’s taken a while to get these photos up, they were taken about three weeks ago at the Booth Museum, which is a Natural History museum about ten minutes walk from my home!
 
The museum was founded by Edward Booth in 1874 and is filled to the brim with his incredible collection of species – including some skeletal remains of a Dodo!
 

Sam and I went exploring one rainy afternoon in the middle of the week – so it was pretty much deserted!
Despite the nasty fluorescent lighting we decided to go ahead and photograph alongside the incredible taxidermy cases…

It’s funny to see myself wearing so much make up, as I’ve been pretty much bare-faced the last few weeks (largely down to the ferocious, wet weather – where’s the point eh?)
 
I’m wearing a vintage fur stole from Beyond Retro, that I pinned to create something which quite closely resembles a neck brace…

My slub-knit jumper and velvet shorts (a playsuit) are both from Topshop. I adore mixing textures in outfits, and these two go together so well!

Sam is so clever with his camera! These trips are great for the both of us – he gets better acquainted with the complex settings and I get some lovely blog photos to share with you all!

Yup…Definitely a neck brace!
We had a lot of fun with this one…
This cabinet blows my mind! The colours and the sheer scale of some of these birds is incredible. One of my favourites is the light green bird next to me on the right.
It’s called a ‘Kakapo’ – or Parrot Owl to you and I!

My silver mary-jane shoes were a Topshop sale purchase, they pinch my toes quite a bit so I’m still trying to break them in.

Also – seeing as it is Valentines Day tomorrow I thought I would pop another playlist as the last one was so well received! (Thank you!)
 
So whether you’re madly in love, happily single, or bitterly burning photographs of ex-lovers there’s something for everyone on this playlist!
 
 
Personally I think Valentines is a waste of money, but hey! I’m always down for an appreciation of love!
 
Love Yours Truly, x 

Grunge & Sparkle…

I’ve been having one of those busy weeks where everything is happening at the same time, and you have to just go with the flow to keep up with it all!
 
I have however found the time to do a few blog photos along the way! 
First off, I thought respond to a comment on my post below. I am like nearly everyone in England right now – wearing a winter coat! But I think we’d both get pretty bored if it featured in every blog post!
I have to admit…This January I have splurged. I have splashed out, spent and forked out, as I trawled gleefully through the seasons sale racks. 
 
Winter fashions are always so much more appealing to me. I adore wearing layers, thick cosy fabrics, and interesting textiles (woven or heavily embellished) which are generally speaking, too weighty to wear in the Summer heat.

This beautiful two-tone sequin skirt was a sale find from Topshop. 
It’s been one of the key winter pieces in their Winter collection and I was immediately taken by the beautiful design. 
However once I considered how much more I could get for £42, I  left it hanging on the rail, until it went into the sale and dropped down to a much more purse-pleasing price!  

My mustard nail polish is from Urban Outfitters (though & Other Stories have a similar colour right now) and the large ring is one that I’ve had for years – I can’t recall where it’s from!

When I have a new garment I love to wear it as soon as possible, as often as possible. So although common sense told me to save this glitzy skirt for an evening out, I dressed it down with a grungey, slightly oversized jumper and my favourite Dr Marten boots!

The only impracticality to speak of was attempting to climb up on to this 3ft ledge! My knees might as well have been glued together!
 
The trail of iridescent sequins I leave in my wake can only be a perk though right?
 
Love Yours Truly, x 

Beating January Blues!

Sitting in the audience of an open mic night this week, one of the acts informed us that he would only be playing ‘happy songs’ as it was officially ‘the most depressing day of the year’.
A couple of nights later, a couple I was serving at work told me that it was the date that most people quit their New Years resolutions.
 
Now whilst I totally get why January can be a miserable month, I have continued to have enthusiasm and optimism for this new year!
My resolutions (as shared in the post below) are all of the positive, pro-active persuasion so I don’t feel inhibited at all, I feel like taking this year by the reigns and steering it exactly where I desire!
One small target for myself was to open up a bit more about my blogging to (ahem) ‘Real World’ people! One step of that is to ask more friends to help me with outfit photos. 
The amount times I have missed a great blogging opportunity because I’ve been too shy to ask…No more!
 
These photos were taken by Louise, whom I befriended a year or so after moving to Brighton. Once I got the awkward task of asking out of the way, Louise happily obliged to take photos for me. In fact we had a lot of fun and giggles doing so!
 
I’m wearing my new Zara shirt, which after longing for when full price (I’m such a penny-pincher sometimes) I finally snapped up in the sale. 
It’s a beautiful, light silky fabric, and very reminiscent of Annie Hall to me.
My (breathe-in!) skinny jeans are from the ‘Joni’ range at Topshop. I prefer high waisted tailoring as it suits my petite frame, so these jeans are perfect!
My cardigan and brogues are old eBay finds.
And the satchel? Oh my this satchel!
On Christmas morning I yelped with delight upon realising what I had just unwrapped.
Joshua’s sister and parents had teamed together to buy me a gorgeous Cambridge Satchel Company satchel in a classic brown style.
 
Having a huge affection for anything quintessentially British, and an equally huge admiration for Julie Deane (who founded the company from her kitchen table!) and her British-made bags…Words fail me at how much I treasure this little bag!
It makes me so happy to carry it round with me as I run errands or meet friends.
This is the kind of outfit I wear on days when I’m seeking comfort over creativity. Whilst it’s not as flamboyant as some of the things I choose to wear, it feels elegant and effortless – two words I would hesitate to use to describe my style!
Also keeping me grinning (and dancing round my cheap bunk beds!) is the playlist I’ve shared below.
 
Now I’ve never claimed to be very cultured, or indeed ‘cool’ when it came to my taste in music. In fact I spent a large proportion of my teens and early-twenties avoiding telling people the kind of music I really liked.
 
However I think it’s safe to say this playlist features so many classics, there’s bound to be something for everyone!
Fancy a bedroom dance off anyone?
 
Love Yours Truly, x

Welcome To 2014!

I’m curious – does anybody else feel wildly optimistic about this brand new year that lays ahead of us? 
At the tail end of last year I felt like my life in Brighton was moving more in the direction I wanted, and I’ve never felt happier than now to be in my seaside city.
 
Joshua and I went running errands yesterday, and despite the ferocious winds, and scattered rain storms, we somehow managed to get some half-decent blog photos! I’m thankful my man is so patient!
 
I’ve been itching to get started on Yours Truly this year, but the bad weather and dark nights have really been a hinderance – roll on Spring!
The patchwork tunic dress I’m wearing is from the Topshop Christmas sale. I remember seeing it hanging in Oxford Circus when it was full price, and loved the graphic, potato-print style of the patchwork pattern.
 
It’s a size or so too big, but I like that this adds to the loose, clean structure of the garment. The slightly cropped sleeves are always a favourite of mine too.
 
With a dress so ‘busy’ I kept everything else really simple. This chunky perspex tassle ring is one of my old favourites from my student days.
My make up is a combination of ‘& Other Stories’ and MAC. I’m still so happy to have re-discovered yellow eyeshadow – a favourite look from my teens!
Proof of the kind of winds we were dealing with here! I’ve never had so many ‘out-takes’ from one set of photos…Nor so many grumpy looks on my wind-beaten face!

As you can see I’m still currently growing out my fringe, well actually – my hair in its entirety is being grown! A little project for 2014 if you will!

Channeling some Geisha vibes with clean white tights and black suede wedges. I love how clean cut they look paired with the dress!
So with 2014 in mind, do any of you have any New Years resolutions? I have five which are all pretty simple.
 
1. Save a bit of money (I have been more specific but I won’t bore you with the details!)
 
2. Visit London monthly (Living in Brighton can be a bit like a bubble sometimes, I need to venture out and explore more!)
 
3. Learn to cook new dishes (I love to cook and would love to try something new)
 
4. Stay in better contact with friends (I’m pretty awful at emails/texting etc!)
And finally, my last resolution is to work on a new website that started to come to fruition last Summer. The content of which I’m going to be tight lipped about right now, but I am very excited!
 
I have set myself some achievable targets to help get the ball rolling, then I’m sure it’ll be much like this blog (which by the way will still be going!) – a delight to produce!
I’m looking forward to sharing it with you, along with the labours of my other resolutions!
 
Happy New Year everyone!
 
Love Yours Truly, x

Life Is What Happens While You’re Busy Making Other Plans…

Remember how I said in my last post that I had a whole heap of blog photos on my desktop, that for one reason or another I wasn’t going to post?
Well this set were included in that pile! 
I’d been working flat out, and so when these photos were taken by Josh on my day off, all I could see was how tired I looked!

But after your encouraging, sweet comments on the post below, I decided to go for it!

I would describe this outfit as ‘lazy 60’s!’ a good nod to the decade I adore – but with very little effort!
The black high-neck jumper was a Primark find and the houndstooth skirt from Beyond Retro.

These adorable dolly shoes are amongst my favourites – originally from Office, I found a pair for a snip of the price on eBay!
The vintage cream vanity case was also found on eBay.

And to complete the look, bright orange-red lips in the form of ‘So Chaud’ by MAC. It’s quickly becoming my signature colour!

I’ve been such a busy bee lately! The weeks leading up to Christmas were mad, but so fulfilling!
I have recently had the pleasure (and it really is a pleasure!) of tutoring withThe Fashion School in Brighton.
Set up by one of my former University tutors Caroline Gration, The Fashion School helps girls (though boys are welcome, I’ve yet to teach one!) of all ages learn how to pattern cut, sew, and develop their creative talents.

Here I am with some of the girls from a 3-day Christmas Party Wear workshop we did, they made everything they’re wearing!

They were such a delight! Boundlessly enthusiastic and creative, with such cheeky little personalities!
Caroline (back left) and I had so much fun helping them turn rolls of fabric into party dresses, leggings, onesies and pinafores!

It’s been a huge learning curve for me and I’m really looking forward to continuing into the new year.

Also in December, a relative of Josh’s got married in a beautiful ceremony, giving us all a great excuse to dress up and dance the night away! 

Joshua and I also celebrated three years together this month. 
I can’t believe how time has flown by, and how we’ve managed to adore and endureeach other throughout!

As a little anniversary gift, Joshua surprised me with this beautiful Wolf & Moonnecklace – one that I have lusted after for ages! Expect to see it on the blog again very soon…

And as if that wasn’t enough – Christmas too!
I went back home, and had a lovely time with both mine and Joshua’s families. 

Below are some of my festive instagram moments – including my beautiful gift of a Cambridge Satchel Company bag, and the game of Monopoly we played on Christmas eve with friends…That I won! Whey!

I’m so excited for 2014 and all the possibilities that lie ahead! I look forward to sharing it all with you.

Happy New Year!

Love Yours Truly, x

On Learning To Let Go…

I’ll be honest with you, my recent absence from this blog has been down to my own ridiculous ideas of perfectionism. I currently have three sets of potential posts sitting on my desktop, which depict three outfits that I was perfectly happy wearing on the day the photos were taken.
 
But they all remain discarded in the no-mans-land of my laptop for varied reasons. It might be because I don’t like the lighting or quality of the photos, my failed attempts at interesting poses, or perhaps the outfit wasn’t worthy enough to exhibit on the blog?
 
So I decided to go back to basics, because I do love blogging and I don’t want to stop, especially not for such trivial reasons. I love being a small part of a huge creative community. I love my readers and I’m proud of this little corner of the internet I call my own.
 
So I stripped things back a bit…
I wore one of my favourite dresses, which is beautiful in its simplicity and featured a few months ago in this same location!
Only this time, much less make up, less hair styling, and more layers due to the December chill! 
A bit more of a reality check of how I really look and dress day to day when I haven’t got the time or energy to get really creative.
 
My camel coat was an eBay find, originally from H&M. I shed the matching belt because I felt it made me look like I was wearing a dressing gown!
 
(Bursting out laughing, because despite doing this for a few years now – posing in front of a wall never gets any less embarrassing!)

 

My beautiful patterned tights were from Topshop a few months back. They remind me of the traditional flowers painted on china tea cups. 
So with all that said, I’m hoping this post will make me a little less precious about future efforts. 
I’m almost certain that nobody else would be bothered if the lighting in my photos didn’t flow seamlessly!
Thanks for sticking around and staying interested. I’ll endeavour to get a few more posts up before the end of the year!

Love Yours Truly, x

The Last of the Golden Sun…

I’ve never been on a ‘Winter Sun’ holiday before. Like most I retreat England for sunnier shores during the mediocre, overcast-skies affair we call our Summertime. 
So boarding a plane on a rainy evening in late October didn’t feel too unusual. It was only when we touched down in the balmy heat of Alicante that some adjusting was required (mostly the removal of all our winter layers!)
 
For a week, a villa in the small town of Moraira was home, about an hours drive from Alicante. 
 
It felt odd to be dressing for heat again, so I turned to old favourites, such as this vintage silk scarf which was a Glastonbury find a few years back. I often wear it as a DIY turban (see here here and here!)
The chambray shirt is from Topshop and has very quickly become a favourite in my wardrobe, for lazy days and comfort dressing. 
 
It’s incredibly soft and feels like pyjamas!
The vintage high waisted shorts were an eBay find, another summertime favourite of mine.
The frilled bikini top was lent to me by Becca. I wore this outfit to the beach one afternoon, and once there I kept my turban on alongside my matching black bikini. 
The chambray shirt was perfect as a quick cover-up!
Although obviously not visible to me whilst wearing it, I always try and tie my turban so this tiger features on the back…He’s beautiful!
Probably the palest legs in town… And thanks to factor 30 it stayed that way! I can’t really explain why but I don’t particularly like being tanned! Sun-kissed? Sure! But anything more than a light bronzing and a sprinkling of freckles on my nose…No thanks!
 
Odd aversions to having a suntan aside, I had a wonderful holiday. As usual I snapped away wherever we went, the only slight difference was that this time I was mostly using a (new to me) Pentax ME Super. A few months previously Becca had patiently shown me how to use this camera, and after getting hold of a model of my old…Voila! My venture into film photography has begun!
 
Blue skies and amazing views in Valencia (Joshua and I visited for a day to see the city and meet up with a Brighton friend who has moved there!) and Guadalest, where we trekked to see the great views from great heights…

Little man all set for the pool – Junk art in Turia Park – A Valencia moped – Rose Champagne by the pool!

New and Old in Valencia (the architecture of Santiago Calatrava vs. Valencia train station)

Playing on the beach is much more fun than sunbathing! I buried little man, and then to apologise (he loved it really I promise!) helped him build a sandcastle fort!

Flashes of colour surrounding the villa – Sticky finger inducing ice creams – A little friend who joined us for lunch!

And finally, we couldn’t resist a few outfit photos on this bridge that linked the two sides of the Turia park in Valencia.
I just wish I had been wearing a more deserving outfit for such a great location! 
My skirt is a vintage eBay find, worn with old sandals a Topshop crop top.

I hope my holiday post hasn’t been too photo-heavy for you all (believe me, I did cut it down!) Perhaps this rainy afternoon is just making me eager to share sunny day photos!
 
Back to winter dressing in the next post…
 
Love Yours Truly, x

Practically Perfect In Every Way…

There are no other words to describe this heavenly vintage coat than to quote Mary Poppins! It was gifted to me from the lovely Alec and Margaux of The Splendid Suitcase as a thank you for interviewing them on the blog last year.
 
On a bright cold day running errands in Brighton it really cheered me up to wear something that feels so elegant and well-fitted! And worn with my recent fur-stole find, which seems to be a match made in wardrobe-heaven!
 
 
I’m wearing the coat with some of my regular favourites – an eBay vanity case, Topshop boots from a couple of years ago, H&M socks and vintage night dress from Beyond Retro.
 
 
I’ve noticed this week that my current choices in wardrobe-colouring are almost identical to one of my old school uniforms! Navy, cream, mustard and royal blue all featured in my middle school uniform and PE kit…Funny how I hated wearing it at the time!
 
 
I’ve also being adapting my Heidi plaits recently, to a more relaxed twisted style, which is so easy, it literally takes two minutes to do! Perfect for when you’re in a rush or you want to quickly pin up hair that is in need of a wash!
 
 
Divide your hair into two equal parts, and brush to each side (I tie one side into a ponytail to keep it separate whilst I twist the other).
 
Pull some loose strands forward to frame your face and then holding the hair at a right angle to your head, roll the hair forwards. Then simply pin on the top of your head with kirby grips and repeat with the other side. I told you it was easy!
 
 
Also worth a mention is Joshuas amazing new bargain coat! He’s wearing it with a polo top he found online, a vintage waistcoat and trousers from Topmans Boutique collection.
 
 
An attempt for a cutesy-couple photo goes a bit wrong…Ew!
 
 
And because this coat is practically perfect in every way, perhaps that is the reason why I chose to go as Mary Poppins for Halloween!
I must admit the original plan had been ‘Scary Poppins’ but as soon as I had the get-up on, I just couldn’t bring myself to ruin it with blood and gore!
 
Worryingly all I had to purchase for my costume was some red ribbon for my bow tie… Therefore I could essentially be Mary Poppins again whenever I please!
 
 
I’ve also been instagramming my adventures the last few weeks, here are some of my favourites for anyone who doesn’t follow my twitter or instagram.
 

1. The green velvet dress worn by Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind, when she is visiting Rhett Butler in Jail. I went to the V&As Hollywood Costume exhibition with Kelly-Marie of ‘A Harem of Peacocks’…and it was AMAZING. Seriously, no words for how good! Unfortunately photography wasn’t permitted within the exhibit so this was a very sneaky little snap!

2. Brighton sea on a stormy afternoon!

3. I recently watched this film, ‘The Beginners’ and really enjoyed it – far more than I anticipated I would!

4. A new glitter-fest nail polish by Models One!

5. Joshua and his recent delivery from a local farm…(I’m definitely going to steal this idea)

6. A Brighton busker who must have gone to extraordinary efforts to get his instrument where it was!

7. Beautiful ceramic jewellery from a boutique on Bond Street, Brighton.

8. A recent eBay find, I love this little Brownie doll!

9. One of the most inspiring fashion books ever…..!

I have a few exciting projects to show you within the coming weeks, and a couple of lovely new finds too!
Thanks for being patient with my sporadic posts – we still haven’t got internet at our flat (boo!)

Hope you’re all very well,

Love Yours Truly, x 

On Happiness…

It is often mused in literature and cinema, that to achieve happiness in life, you must take notice of the little things that surround you. That somewhere within the seemingly never-ending mundane routines that we endure, we can discover fleeting glimmers of joy. I whole-heartedly embrace this ideology, though admittedly it can be difficult to maintain on a daily basis.

However I like to think of myself as a glass-half-full kind of girl, and living in this beautiful city on the English coast certainly makes it easy to discover magic in the monotony. A few weeks ago marked my first year anniversary of living in Brighton, though what with my comings-and-goings over the last three years it certainly feels like longer!

I am still completely in love with this place. I adore seeing the sea (almost) every day, and discovering how many varied and beautiful blue and green hues the waves can turn. I love the people, the sense of community, the food (markets, cafes, restaurants…I have a serious love affair with grub!) and the fact that there is nearly always something to see, or hear or experience.

Which leads me very nicely into an afternoon walk Joshua and I took a week or so ago…

We decided to make the most of the clear, bright weather and head to a nearby park called ‘The Level’, somewhere we used to frequent (see here and here) prior to Josh moving away from the area. 
In the last year the park has undergone a huge renovation, funded by a National Lottery grant.
 
I wore a new vintage skirt from Beyond Retro, with jersey basics from H&M, vintage Dior stockings, and a turban headband, necklace and shoes all from Topshop ages ago. 
Though completely enamoured with the fabric of this skirt, it did prove to be a bit of a tricky one in terms of building an outfit around it! I felt somewhere between 1920’s flapper and a genie in the end!
And of course, I had to bring along one of my notoriously impractical vanity cases! I found this little blue one in Lewes last year, it certainly brightens up a cloudy day!
 
Now whilst I had heard amazing things about the results of the renovation of the park, I had yet to see it for myself, and was eager to discover how they’d transformed a pretty dated, derelict space into somewhere that was better for the whole community.
 
Please believe me when I say, I was completely blown away. 
It’s beautiful. And it certainly fits the bill with regards to the whole community!
There is a new huge skatepark (how often are teenagers/youths overlooked in projects like this?) which we stood and watched people using for ten minutes or so. It’s a well thought out space, with (from what I can gather in my limited knowledge of such things!) practically every kind of concrete structure you could possible want as a skater!
 
An eco-cafe with solar panels and a grass roof opens next month, and the kids playground is just amazing! The space is natural, with so many plants and trees amongst the play areas, creating little walk ways for small people to explore.
 
And then there are the bridges…
We were lucky enough to have a bit of a chat to the project manager, who informed us (between us gushing at how great we thought the park now looked!) that the two bridges that stand central in the park are actually listed.
 
Therefore as part of the conditions of maintaining the grant, they had to stay, and the vine walk-way that originally stood around them had to be re-built.
 
Whilst the model boat lake may be gone, it’s nice to have a nod to yesteryear within all the newness.
We were then about to head off for some lunch, when we were stopped and photographed by a lovely lady called Ingrid.
I didn’t think too much of it afterwards, until…
She not only sent the photo, but this amazing illustration she did of us too! Ingrid (Allan) is studying at Brighton University, and snapped us as part of her latest project.
I’m so thrilled she did!

So, in what started as a walk to ‘just get out of the house’ turned out to be a beautiful afternoon. Not only did it cement my adoration for the city I’ve chosen to call home for the last year, but helped me to remember that wonderful Roald Dahl quote.
 
‘And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it’
 
Love Yours Truly, x 

Too Much Too Young…

Growing up in a small town where the local entertainment includes a chair museum, it was no accident that I grew to love going to local gigs and appreciating live music. 
 
In my late teens I frequented the one music venue almost every weekend, watching bands perform anything from metal, punk and ska, and what could sometimes only be described as an ear-ache inducing din!
 
I met some of my closest friends at these gigs, and to this day, watching live music is one of my favourite ways to socialise.
And ever so occasionally my love for local bands seeps into my sartorial choices. This amazing T-shirt is from the merch stand of Los Hermanos McKenzie, an Argentinian band who recently played alongside two of my Brighton favourites Time for T and Normanton Street (I definitely recommend a listen to those two!)
I loved the print so much I even settled for T-shirt that was two sizes too big (they had sold out of everything else!) 
Fortunately it’s not really noticeable when it’s nipped in with this great houndstooth skirt I recently found in Beyond Retro. 
 
The fabric and fit of this skirt are amazing, I really don’t think you could get anything of this quality on the high street, and certainly not for the same (bargain) price!
My pastel ballerina cardigan was a flea market find in Berlin a few years ago. Considering how light it is, it’s surprisingly warm! I love the slouchy-softness of it.
And for perhaps the first time in three or so years, my Dr Marten brogue boots are back on the blog! They’re now battered and even a little bit broken, but nothing comes to close to how comfortable they are!
 
My vanity case was an eBay find (though be warned, they’re frightfully impractical!)
And for those of you who don’t follow a little update from my instagram!
I recently found this Jungle Book tin in a little shop in Hackney. My friend was running late, which was never going to bode well for my purse!
 
Fortunately I’ve had a massive wardrobe clear-out to make some savings for a few trips I have in mind (I’ll be listing the items on eBay soon!) not that you can tell from this picture!
I also frolicked in my tuxedo a favour to my  hairdresser in a competition he entered, and picked up a few new vintage books for my colourful collection!
I’ve picked up the new issue of Lula (it’s gorgeous! Go grab a copy!) and spent an evening with my friend Freya on the seafront, both attempting to learn to skateboard…Progress was slow but at least there was some at all!
 
My vintage kimono obsession was satisfied in Topshop Oxford Circus by these multi-coloured silk beauties, and I treated myself to a beautiful new perfume!
Also worth a mention is the lovely evening I recently had with Dulcie of Human Seaand Becca at the Orla Kiely book launch in Covent Garden. Those bright green cocktails were a cucumber and gin concoction which tasted amazing!
I fell completely in love with this Orla Kiely wallpaper! Well….It is mustard after all!

 

I’m off on holiday in a week (goodbye rainy England!) but have one more post ready to pop up before I go, so more very soon!
 
Love Yours Truly, x

Newness & Blueness…

Autumn is slowly creeping in, and it is without doubt my favourite season. The light layering required for those blustery afternoons steeped in golden sunshine suits my idea of dressing perfectly.
 
My personal style has recently been under-going a bit of an overhaul. As mentioned in the previous post, I felt like I was ‘playing it safe’ (read – being creatively lazy!) for too long!
 
To begin with my hair has been transformed completely with the help of Rudi Rizzo at Sanrizz. I’m completely besotted with it! Even if I am getting used to having bright auburn hair again!
 
Luckily the colour teams perfectly with my new kimono jacket, a find from the summer sale at Zara.
I love the ikat pattern, the woven texture, and as for the sleeves…frankly there are no words for how much I love the structure of this lil beauty!
The sleeves are sewn shorter on the inside seam, creating an unusual curved shape.
I love how traditional it appears, yet is truly a modern piece.
Okay enough gushing about my latest guilty purchase! 
I wore the jacket with a vintage navy wool skirt from Beyond Retro, a pale grey top, and an old cream woven belt I found in a charity shop a few years back.
 
It was interesting to dress with such a different silhouette – I rarely play around with anything oversized or structured. A taste of things to come perhaps?
A close up of my mega-blunt new hair cut… I have to admit, having a shaved nape again is awesome..I love how it feels!
Also worth a mention is my handy rucksack that I found in an independent bicycle shop in Brighton.  

Since the day of purchase (it took a lot to convince myself to part with the money on another bag!) it has been happily accompanying me on my daily adventures…and has made life so much easier! Big bags are amazing!

If you were tempted to purchase your own ‘bottomless-backpack’ (tres Mary Poppins!) you can find my style and many more on the Baggu website.

And before you thought that I had done an outfit post without a splash of mustard (it is a recurring theme!) here are my favourite H&M socks, and faithful white brogues matching the double yellows…

 

Thanks to Becca Field for willingly taking photos for me (despite the fact it was a rotten day and she didn’t feel well!)
 
I’ll be back soon, I have a whole clear-out to put up on eBay and share with you all!
 
Love Yours Truly, x

Back To Blogging…Again!

Well…Long time no see eh? After a month or so away from blogging, I realised I’d had a little break about the same time last year.
It was much for the same reasons to be honest. It’s nice to step away from madly trying to document everything, to enjoy the Summer, company of friends and seeing new places.
 
That being said, I still found myself carrying my camera around, even if I wasn’t always snapping outfit photos! Doh!
 
A few weeks back, I went to London to visit my friend Richard to go view The British Music Experience at the O2.

I based my outfit on a pair of textured black skinny trousers (unfortunately the amazing black-on-black pattern doesn’t photograph very well!) teamed with a beautiful velvet smock dress from Monsoon, that I found for a snip on eBay.
My cardigan is H&M, the coffee pot necklace was my Nanna’s and the scarf worn on my head was a thrifty find from Berlin.

 
I had a bit of an epiphany lately when it comes to my sartorial choices. I felt that I had been playing it safe when it came to colour in my outfits.
 
I recalled how adventurous I was in my late teens, wearing blindingly-bright theatre paint on my eyes, and lusting after anything multi-coloured or visually interesting.
 
Whilst those foundations have remained, I have felt a little uninspired lately (perhaps another reason for the break!)
So although still relatively subtle, this outfit felt like a step in the right direction – I even reunited my eyelids with yellow (in shadow not theatre paint this time!)
 
As for the exhibition…It was awesome! Richard and I have long bonded over a shared passion for music, and this amazing exhibition had us dancing and singing all the way round!
And despite being told off for taking a photo, I couldn’t resist slyly snapping a few more for you to see!
 
There are six different rooms which each contain a different decade, and all the music, paraphernalia and social history, to give you a full idea of how British music evolved and developed.
 
The Beatles obviously got a little mention…

1960’s frocks that were worn by Dusty Springfield and Petula Clark…
Glam rock! As a huge fan of T-Rex and Mr Bowie, I loved this room!

And of course, a healthy dose of the Rolling Stones, including this daring catsuit by Ossie Clark, worn by Mick Jagger (phwoar!)

The information that the exhibition provides is so interesting! Learning about how America and Britain competed to get ‘the latest sound’ and how political and social events influenced what we listened to was great to found out about!
 
Plus with so many soundbites, videos and headphones dotted around – we were literally in musical heaven!
After all that excitement, an iced tea was deemed essential!
 
And although I haven’t been blogging, I have kept up with sharing on instagram, including some recent purchases, like this retro fabric duck (a surprise car boot find!) a beautiful woven kimono jacket from the Zara sale, a new bedside lamp fromMade and a whole heap of beautifully coloured cosmetics from & Other Stories!
I also holidayed in Berlin with Joshua (a post to come soon!) visited Arundel Castle with some friends, had a giggle and a catch up with my younger sister, and celebrated Ava Lily turning two! 
And news just in (well about a week ago now!) I had my hair chopped off even shorter!
I’ll give you all a proper look soon, but suffice to say I am thrilled with it – the hairdresser did an amazing job!
So there we have it! I’ll be posting regularly from now on, and have quite a lot of backlogged adventures to share with you too!
PS: At this time, I use the new theme, the Enfold WordPress Theme, for new style, new blog. Please give me your review about this theme.
 
Thanks for sticking around!
 
Love Yours Truly, x

Never Say Never…

There are some items of clothing that I don’t suppose I’ll ever adopt into my every day wardrobe. Tracksuits, logo-emblazoned garments and velour, whilst perfectly fine for others, don’t seem to sit right with me. The crop top had been designated to the same list.
I’d firmly left the skimpy garment in the archives of my past style efforts.
Shows what I know eh?
 
On writing this post, I was trying to remember the last time I wore one of the navel-baring tops.
Kodak-coloured memories of family holidays sprung to mind to begin with – born in the late 80’s, I wore (like most young girls of that era!) a multitude of two piece sets, with little crop tops and matching floaty shorts!
Then of course, came the early teen years of indecently low-slung baggy denim jeans, worn with band t-shirts customised and cut to within an inch of their life! 
All a little too revealing, and more than a little embarrassing to look back on (don’t get me started on those red parachute pants that I ADORED!)
 
So with all that in mind, you can imagine my surprise that on one stickingly-hot afternoon I borrowed the featured top from my flat mate Becca…And loved it!
Partly due to these amazing trousers I’m sure! A recent find from Beyond Retro, they fit like a dream (once I’d taken them up!)and despite the nipped in waist, were incredibly cool to wear in the humid weather.
I also borrowed the seagull print scarf from Becca – very jealous of this one!
Throw in the vintage mustard scallop jacket, tan wedge heels and my trusty H&M sunglasses, and it looks…Well a bit Miami Vice to be honest!
But it felt good…Really good! The right combination of Masculine vs. Feminine that I love to play around with in my wardrobe.

And accessorised with a recent H&M feather ring (slightly inhibiting, but isn’t it pretty!)and a beautiful deep blue nail polish called ‘Rock Star’ from the Kate Moss for Rimmel collection.
I suppose it’s good to push your own sartorial boundaries – even on items you didn’t think you’d like (I’ve made peace with the crop top – so long as my stomach isn’t on full display!)
 
If you want to keep up to speed with what I’m up to on a more daily basis, then follow my instagram.
This week I’ve shown new thrifty finds (including an amazing rocking chair found on the street!) sunny days out and tasty treats from Brighton hot-spots!
More soon, including more beautiful photography from Sam Luck (who is credited for these photos!)
 
Also – I finally got round to becoming a dot-com! Do let me know if you have any problems loading the blog, this html nonsense confuses me no end!
 
Love Yours Truly,x

Beach Days…

Brighton has become Barbados. Ok, perhaps not quite, but we certainly are experiencing one hell of a heatwave!
So like most of this seaside towns residents – when the sun hit, we descended to the beach!
Picnics, books and sun-screen in tow, we have happily wasted many an afternoon recently, some of which feature below! (Let’s take a folding picnic table bench to enjoy the picnic with friends and family!)
 
I finally got round to wearing a vintage Jamaican print shirt which I bought a couple of years ago, with the intention of using it as a beach cover up – however I thought it worked so well with my favourite summer shorts it made sense to wear it all day!
Not only do I completely adore the print (who couldn’t!) but it’s also very light and billowy – perfect for catching the odd fleeting breeze!
The shorts were an eBay find which I have worn every summer since I got them. High waisted and no bottom on show? Perfect!
My little straw cloche was from a vintage market in Henley – it’s perfect for keeping the sun off my face!
We also did the greatest of British challenges – and braved the icy waters of the English Channel! I am certain that no matter how hot it gets…This water never warms up to anything more than ‘heart-attack-inducing-freezing!’
 
The first few minutes are always horrible, but once you get used to it, and have taken the dreaded ‘plunge’ (immersing yourself up to your neck very quickly!) you soon find yourself swimming around as happy as a clam!
Becca and I having a wade to cool off…
However any notions of looking even remotely glamorous (in my new topshop bikini!)were quickly diminished when…
The wave struck! Ladies and gentlemen, my reaction to cold water… 
Perfect beach snacking…
And drying off before the onset of pneumonia strikes!
I’ve also been documenting my beach days on my instagram account. From emulating scenes from Titanic on a beach mat, crabbing in Rottingdean and the maddening dilemma of choosing the right bathing suit, it’s been fun to capture this Summer and share it!
So there we have it! If you want to find me, you know where to head!
 
Also I’m having a little eBay sale which ends in a couple of days, the two dresses featured below are both available! So click on the link and go have a look!
 
 
And finally, thank you to everyone who entered the Betty Magazine giveaway in my previous post – I loved reading your stories!
 
The winner is Kailey!
 
Please email me with your postal address and your copy of Betty magazine will be winging its way to you shortly!
 
More soon,
 
Love Yours Truly, x

Betty Magazine…

Some of you may remember a while back I did a post featuring my favourite magazines. Entitled ‘One of My Little Pleasures’ I showcased some of my favourite publications and reasons why I adored each. It was a fun piece to write and great to share with you all – never did I expect anything to come of it!
 
So imagine my raised eyebrows and excitement as an invite from the editor of Betty Magazine (one of the magazines I’d featured) was found in my blog inbox, asking me to attend the Betty magazine Summer issue launch…Umm..Yes please!
 
After much deliberation (and discarded clothes covering my bedroom floor!) I picked my outfit, which is surely the hardest part of any important occasion!
The floral corset top is originally from Topshop (I found mine on eBay)I teamed it with a vintage high-waisted cream skirt, in the hopes of looking fresh, and not too twee!
May we also take a moment to mention these absolutely gorgeous wedge heels? Originally from Office (again, another eBay find!) the bright tomato red is eye-popping! And as unbelievable as it might sound, they are incredibly comfortable! Always a bonus!
Now where would be the fun in such an event if I didn’t have someone to share it with? 
So I asked the beautiful London-dwelling Dulcie of Human Sea if she would like to come with me, and thankfully she did!
Dulcie is ever the lady, wearing a vintage peter pan collar blouse, with LK Bennett shoes and cardigan, a vintage poodle brooch and her enviable Orla Kiely rivera silk skirt. I just adore that print!
Seemingly quite co-ordinated! I promise it wasn’t planned!
My vintage vanity case rubs shoulders with Dulcies Orla Kiely ‘Mabel’ bag…Match made in heaven right?
With our outfit photos completed we headed to the venue of the launch, ‘The Apartment’ in the incredible Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch. I mean seriously look how wonderful this place is…It was hard not to be distracted!
The chair in the corner picture is an accent chair I just bought, you can read reviews about it at the article – cheap accent chairs under 100 & 200.
Now for the record, I don’t often waltz off to magazine launches or such events so as we entered, nerves certainly arrived! Fortunately adorable Betty cupcakes had been provided as well as delicious cocktails served in jam-jars with pastel paper straws…So we got stuck in!
The photos below were taken by the events photographer Katie Heath – she captured my vanity case (which by the way weighed a ton that night!) with the new issue on top it!
There was also a showing of the new Betty launch film, entitled ‘There’s Treasure Everywhere’ which you can view here. I really recommend you to have a look – it’s a wonderful concept, filled with beautiful clothes and filmed at a scenic location in Whitstable!
After a wonderful evening talking to many interesting people we returned home, armed with the new issue of Betty to enjoy!
(The middle issue)
It does not disappoint! Page after page of pure loveliness! Including recipes, editorials and inspiring articles…
Including this incredible editorial which I can’t stop drooling over!



And because I had two copies thrust into my arms at the launch, I have decided to give one copy away to a lucky reader!

If you would like to win the new issue of Betty magazine then all you have to do is ‘Like’ Betty on facebook and leave a comment below telling me a Summertime adventure!
I love reading your stories!

I’ll be announcing the winner on my next post!
Good Luck!

Also, enjoy your picnic with a folding picnic table, see the best ones at here – www.kidfriendlyhome.com/best-foldable-folding-picnic-table/
Love Yours Truly, x

The Breaking of a Wave Cannot Explain the Whole Sea…

One of the best decisions I think I’ve ever made was to throw caution to the wind, pack up and move to live on the south coast of England. 
Whilst Brighton is a bustling city full of energy, creativity and activities which seem never-ending (there is always something to do!)there are also moments of quiet revery to be found in the surrounding South Downs.
 
For a recent visit to the white cliffs of Seven Sisters, I wore a vintage skirt, which I always refer to as my ‘Brighton Skirt’. Not only was it found in one of the vintage markets here, but it has a print of seagulls and a floral garden, that reminds me vividly of the Pavilion Gardens in late summer. I love the muted colours and soft, aged fabric.
 
I wore it with a simple white crew T-shirt, battered leather sandals and my great-grandmothers charms which featured in a recent post.
 
The weather was bleak and foggy, with a relentless wind which made our ears ache. However it is in this kind of weather that my favourite version of the sea appears. 
 
Working on the coastline of Brighton, I have come to know the sea in new ways. And whilst the glistening shimmer of tranquil water is undoubtedly beautiful, my favourite days are when the blue-ish green gives way to a churning, ferocious grey and white, with the waves hurling themselves at the shore ending in explosions of foam.
 
And besides, gale force winds aren’t that bad…
 
Especially when one has a particular fondness for throwing Kate Bush-esque moves and becoming thoroughly ‘Wurthery’!
When I was a child our family holidays were all within the confines of the south of England, a favourite destination being the New Forest. We had free reign of lakes, forests and never ending pastures, dotted with bushes and heathery flowers. After long days of exploring, playing and watching the wild ponies, we would fall asleep in the back of the car on the journey home.
I think it is because of these holidays and day trips as a child that I have such a huge affection for the British countryside, and a scornful regard for budget holidays. 
 
Horribly snobbish sounding I know, but I’m just so thankful that my parents let us experience the freedom and beauty of the The Forest over a beach club on a sun-soaked island somewhere. 
It is with this in mind as an adult, that I love exploring and being outside. I had lately been missing the ‘green-ness’ of home, so this trip to Seven Sisters was perfectly timed for me!
We walked for a good couple of hours, stumbling across plenty of sights along the way…Including a GREEN phone booth!
The murky fog hangs low over the Seven Sister cliffs…
 
And then, in true Brighton style (where you tend to bump into someone you know, everywhere you go!) We happened upon Oliver, who is Josh’s bandmate in Time for T
Perhaps we weren’t quite so lost in the wilderness after all…
 
And lastly, a portrait against the white, flint-flecked cliffs. I’m wearing a new lipstick I got this week by MAC. It’s called ‘So Chaud’ and is the most fantastic matt orangey-red! Completely in love with this colour!
 
I hope you enjoyed a taste of the beauty of the South Downs, I hope to return again soon – preferably when it’s a bit warmer!
 
More soon, including a recent adventure with Dulcie of Human Sea.
 
Love Yours Truly, x

Junkyard Blues…

You never quite know where blogging will take you. Perhaps that is one of the things I love most about  creating for Yours Truly, x. However it is also one of the most frustrating! Trying to find original, interesting and suitable backgrounds for posed outfit photos can sometimes be quite a tricky task.
 
Despite having done this for four or five years now, I still don’t appreciate being photographed in busy areas, with all those ‘Why is she getting photographed in front of that manky wall’ looks! I get really self conscious and it shows in the photos.
 
Since finding the blue wall featured in the post below (which I happened upon on a walk home one day!) I just want to photograph everything in front of it! It’s ideal! A quiet street with a huge mass of gorgeous colour! But I’m guessing that would get pretty monotonous for you all to see again and again!
 
So this week, to keep things from looking identical from post to post, I opted for a bright white background…But was disappointed with the results.
 
 
So Becca and I went for a wander in the hope of finding something a bit more original. 
When we chanced upon a tiny retro furniture shop that was having a bit of a spruce, moving stock around outside of opening hours. The owner told us to explore, and whilst doing so we chanced upon this junkyard! Perfect we thought!
 
 
It’s always lovely when the location of a photo creates a completely different feel for the outfit! I loved editing these photos – the cyans and bright green colours are so lovely!
 
 
As for my outfit, I am finally wearing my J.W. Anderson skirt from the collection he did for Topshop last season. It has hung in my wardrobe for months, and whilst I loved it – I could never quite figure out how to wear it. 
For these photos I teamed it with Becca’s vintage black velvet top, scalloped ankle socks from Topshop, and my new Primark wedges that I just can’t stop wearing!
 
 
I love the ornate, colourful print! And the fact the skirt is quilted was one of the major selling points for me – it’s so original!
 
 
Trying not to knock anything over in a junkyard…Quite the impossible task!
 
 
Surrounded by unwanted items! Also – how cool are the 70’s style stencilled flowers on the shed wall? I love them!
 


I have to get ready for work now, but I have a whole heap of photos waiting to show you in the next post! I’m excited as it’s something a bit different from what I normally share!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Love Yours Truly, x