Good Hair Days…

I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed, but quite purposefully my little corner of the internet has yet to succumb to adverts or banners. 
 
Now before you think I’m galloping off on my high horse, I can assure you I have no issue with advertisements on other blogs, in fact it can lead to finding great new labels and etsy shops, which is obviously great!
I just never wanted it for Yours Truly.
 
I always want my blog to have sincerity and integrity. Whilst I don’t write all the mundane details of my daily life, I’d like to think I give an honest (albeit up-beat) account of my life.
So with all of that said, when I received an email last week from a very pleasant lady offering me a pair of ghd’s in the new pastel range. Well I was pretty bloody happy.
My poor old straighteners looked forlornly up at me, seemingly aware of their imminent replacement.
 
I was going to have a set of ghd’s for the first time! And after a moment of pondering if I was ‘selling out’ I decided that if I genuinely want/like/enjoy something, I should share it. Isn’t that what this blog is all about?
And I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am with them! 
In my excitement I decided to put my new jade-green beauties to the test, and create three looks with my new pastel tresses.
And lucky for me Sam was more than willing to help capture my attempts!
 
My first look was very much inspired by this platinum legend…
I tried to recreate Marilyn’s loose, sexy curls. But with perhaps a bit more of a ‘bed-head’ element. I always prefer my hair when it’s a little messy and rough around the edges!

After spraying my hair with copious amounts of heat protection spray (and a quick blow dry to lift it) I divided my hair into sections and worked the straighteners round to form loose curls.
I then teased the curls to be a little looser with my finger tips, and sprayed the ends (from below) with hairspray.
I also sprayed my fingertips and worked a bit into the roots for extra volume.

 

My second look was inspired by another hair icon. Miss Golightly’s layered beehive has always been one of my favourite movie-hair styles.
That blunt little fringe is just so sweet and stylish!

After using the ghd’s to create a sleek, straight texture I then proceeded to lightly backcomb my hair throughout, focusing mostly at the roots. This style looks simple but very hard to make, I sat for hours on cheap accent chairs under $100 with very “high concentration”. 
 
After spraying a little hairspray on my palms, I then started to shape my beehive, fixing with kirby grips as I went along.
 
After all my hair was fixed, I pulled back a section of my fringe, to create the second ‘mini-hive’. 
This style is perfect for ladies with shorter hair like myself, as it gives you height with added volume at the front.

 

Unfortunately I didn’t have a Tiffany’s tiara lying around so instead I accessorised with 1950’s silk bridesmaid garland, worn as a necklace.

My final look wasn’t inspired by a movie starlet! It was the result of a bit of playing around…

Combing my hair forward from my crown, I used the ghd’s to create a heavy curl, before rolling the hair round on itself, securing with a few kirby grips.

After pinning the rest of my hair up in similar rolls, I attached a couple of fresh blooms, for a fantastic pop of colour!
I am completely loving having bright pastel coloured hair (after a few wobbly days where I was tempted to dye it back to brown!)
It lifts my mood, and brightens up even the most mundane outfits. It’s also re-ignited my love for colour again. 
 
Those ghd’s couldn’t have come at a better time!
 
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

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

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

You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away…

This week I was lucky enough to collaborate with my wonderful photographer friend Emma Speight again. Since she shot these photos  for me, she has had her websitecompleted and launched, so be sure to have a look! Her work is so beautiful, and entirely film based – something always worth noting in this digital age!
 
That being said, the following photos were taken on my Nikon D40 – I like to throw Emma out of her comfort zone! 
We had just been planning to snap a couple near my home in the late evening sunlight, but as we chased the retreating amber glow, we ended up further and further away…All the time there I was clutching my glass of milk! 
 


I feel I should at this point explain the milk. For a long time Emma and I have discussed collaborating on a very ‘working class’ 60’s shoot – which I’m sure we will eventually get round to!
I always seem to reference the milk bottles on a door step, cute milk moustaches, striped paper straws – you get the idea…I love the kitchness of vintage dairy! Ha!

So (perhaps to shut me up!) Emma encouraged me to bring a glass with me!



My (extremely short – eep!) mini dress was an eBay find. It’s incredible clingy which can be a bit bothersome, but I like the cute ditsy print and roll-neck. It definitely has that classic 60’s shape – so of course I styled it with my beloved (but increasingly rare – must try harder!) beehive!

My faux fur coat is from a clothes barn I used to frequent when I was at University – you would walk round grabbing piles of second-hand goodness, which were then priced at til-point in a very offhand manner (‘Ummm…fiver for the lot?’)

Oh how I miss it!


I’m currently loving wearing 15 denier tights – completely impractical and not exactly the best for the chilly sea-winds, but they make everything look instantly more lady-like and chic!
My cream heels are an old Topshop pair that have danced many a night away with me!
 

Desperately trying to incorporate this old Granville Road sign in to the photo! If only there had been rows of 60’s cars around too! (Modern cars just aren’t the same aesthetically!) 



Also, I believe this is the first time I ever posted only black and white photos! Which is a pity in some ways, as the image below was flooded with brilliant oranges and pink hues. 
However I love the retro feel that B&W gives sometimes, and it definitely helped these images flow a bit better!



Thank you to Emma for taking some beautiful shots for me, and for once again allowing me to edit to my hearts content! Be sure to check out her website ortumblr if you want to see more of her work!
 
More soon! I’m currently having a huge Spring clean  – which I’m sure some of you can guess, will result in another eBay sale soon! I’ll keep you posted!
 
Have a lovely weekend,
 
Love Yours Truly, x 

What Is Any Ocean But a Multitude Of Drops?

I cherish my days off immensely. The chance to enjoy breakfast and not just shovel it down your throat whilst keeping one eye on the clock, or to stretch in bed for five minutes before choosing to get up.
The pleasure of relaxing, reading, listening to music and padding around my flat in furry slippers,  slowly creating an ambling plan for the day ahead.
 
The photos below were taken on such a day. Menial tasks like the post office, laundry and cleaning the kitchen were quickly completed, leaving me free as a bird for the cold afternoon.
 
I met up with my friend Becca, and after magazine shopping (the new Lula of course!) having a tasty lunch in a side cafe, we found ourselves on the beach at low tide. 
 
Having my camera in my bag (just in case) and the light being a beautiful dusky hue, we took it as an opportunity to capture one of the most serene evenings in Brighton I have experienced.
 
 
There was a chill in the air, with the faint sounds of rush hour traffic and rolling waves combined. The lights on the pier blinked and flashed silently in the distance, and the seagulls swooped for low-tide pickings. We were the only people on this stretch of beach and it felt magic.
 
 
It’s the smallest things which make days off like this great. I have been finding huge satisfaction in little joys as of late, and have found the more you look for them, the more they make themselves apparent.
 
The kindness of strangers in a rain storm. Eating a fresh pear from a local market. Crocheting a multi-coloured blanket as a surprise for a friend, knowing every stitch is one stitch closer to the finished product. Buying bunches of daffodils for £1 and waking up to see them having bloomed overnight!
 
 
My mish-mash of an outfit (I was inspired by an older lady who comes into the tea room from time to time and the way she layers her antique pieces) consists of a dark blue floral top from Topshop, a vintage silk night dress from Beyond Retro, cream tights & socks from Atmosphere, and my favourite battered leather boots from Topshop five or so years ago.
 
I’m also wearing my new camel coat (an eBay find to replace my battered old one!) and a vintage hand-carved mother of pearl necklace that my Mum bought as a child in Jerusalem.
 
 
Also worth a mention (as I’ve been telling everyone I know about it!) Joshua and I went to see Cloud Atlas this week and I have to say…It blew me away!
 
Completely brilliant, original, compelling, exciting…ahh so many words! I ordered the book as soon as I got home and can’t wait for it to arrive!
 
I really do recommend going and giving this film a try. It’s confusing to begin with (and Tom Hanks admittedly is extremely incoherent in parts!) but as we left the cinema, we were both so exhilarated we could scarcely pull a sentence together!
 
 
I’ve also been going to a few more gigs lately, and as always have enjoyed the bohemian sounds of Time for T. If you want to get a taster of what the full band is like, here is a video of Tiago and Juan playing in the snow last month. They also have a soundcloud if you enjoy that. Suffice to say, these guys are amongst my favourite musicians!
 
 
I think it would be fair to say it’s the small insignificancies that define us. I recall at my late Nannas funeral during the eulogies that many people mentioned things about her that she probably wouldn’t have used to describe herself.
Like the fact she learnt to ride a motorbike in her 50’s (and popped a wheelie!) or the ingredients of her fruity curry, or her cheeky giggle followed by a snort!
 
What makes your days off perfect for you? I get a taster from following other bloggers on instagram, but it’s always lovely to share the little things that make us feel most like us.
 


I hope you’re all enjoying your week. Northern hemisphere readers can take heart that Spring is on it’s way!

More very soon – I have some interesting bits to show you all!

Love Yours Truly, x

Ps. HUGE thank you to Becca for capturing such beautiful photos in the cold!

London Calling…

Much as I adore Brighton, it can sometimes feel like you’re living in a bubble down here! There is a completely different pace of life and whilst the rest of the country were being driven bonkers by the snow…We had a few flakes scarcely worth remarking on at all.
So with that in mind, a recent trip to London with an old friend was exactly what I was after!
 
Dressed completely impractically, considering the chill in the air – I was utterly determined to feel like Spring was on its way!
My beautiful coat is a vintage piece from Beyond Retro –  it reminds me so much of Jane Banks from Mary Poppins  it is now lovingly referred to as my ‘Jane Coat’.
 
 
I wore one of my favourite white shift dresses (the very same which I seem to have worn on my last two birthdays!) with a H&M basic mustard cardigan and a vintage red felt hat from Absolute Vintage on Brick Lane.
 
 
The more practical side of blogging…Emptying your pockets into your handbag! 
 
 
My vintage vanity case handbag was an eBay bargain, and my gorgeous red mary-janes were originally from Office, but I picked my pair up on eBay (seeing a pattern here anyone?)
Also worth a note is the ruddy great ladder I managed to gain within five minutes of leaving the house…Doh!
 
 
I met my friend Richard (more on him in a sec!) and our first port of call was the National Portrait Gallery. We went to see an exhibition of photos and memorabilia of Marilyn Monroe (it was an enjoyable, albeit very small exhibition) however unfortunately it did not allow photography, which always annoys me. 
 
I did however get this cheeky snap of some busts in one of the sculpture halls – before being reprimanded and sheepishly putting my lens cap back on…Oops!
 
 
We then left the gallery, eager to be outside on one of the first sunny days of the year! We walked down the road a little bit and found ourselves here….Trafalgar Square!
 
 
It was here that we posed for a ‘tourists in our own country’ type photo! 
 
 
Now as I mentioned previously, Richard is an old friend – we’ve been close for ten years this year in fact! And it was only when I got home and was editing the photo above, I remembered…Nearly ten years earlier we had posed for photos in the very same place!
Whilst pretty embarrassing to look back on, I am so glad to have had Richard in my life all this time!
 
 
The fountains in Trafalgar and very blue sky!
 
 
Big Ben hazily in the background…
 
 
We then set off (so much walking was done on this day!) for a stroll around St. James Park and a hunt for the pelicans which famously reside there!
 
 
The waterfowl of St. James Park… Upon getting there and not instantly seeing scores of pelicans, this reassured Richard that I wasn’t in fact making it up!
 
 
So we decided to walk all the way around the lake, on a hunt for pelicans! We saw heaps of pigeons, squirrels, ducks and geese of many exotic varieties! Including this little chap…
 
 
But no pelicans! Until…Wait…is that….I think it’s…. IT’S A PELICAN RICHAAAAAAARD! (The poor guy…It’s a wonder he still goes out in public with me!)
 
 
Now whilst I was happy to have seen one, I was a bit disappointed about how far away it was.
But in further proof of ‘You never know what’s coming for you’ a couple of minutes later…This happened!
 
here
 
Now that was unexpected! And let me tell you…Pelicans are BIG!
With our bird-watching sensibilities satisfied, we then decided to head towards Buckingham Palace which is located at the tail end of St. James Park.
 
 
It was a lovely place to be in the last few hours of sunlight, and had it not been absolutely rammed with tourists and half-term holidaying families, we probably would have stuck around a bit longer. 
 
 
Instead we had a quick chortle at this unfortunate statues expense and then hot-footed it to Covent Garden.
 
 
Where we had delicious macaroons from Ladurée, a bit of a mooch around the covered market and watched street performers entertaining the evening crowds.
 
 
We then headed out separate ways, Richard was off to an Arsenal football match, and I was going to see a Time for T gig in Balham.
 
All that walking certainly made for a knackering day, but it was so lovely to see an old friend for a catch up, and to see so many lovely (free!) parts of London I haven’t taken the time to see as much as I should.
 
Apologies for the photo-heavy post! I couldn’t narrow it down!
 
More soon,
 
Love Yours Truly, x

Buckets of Rain…

Life is good right now. Despite the awfully dreary January weather, and the completely disheartening fact that everything I crochet lately seems to be going horribly wrong (clearly having an off week – argh!) 
I feel like life in Brighton is reaching a stage of normality, and whilst I’m not going to be so presumptuous as to state that I’ve ‘settled in’ completely right now, I’m certainly heading in the right direction!

These photos were taken on a recent bright afternoon when I met Joshua in one of his free lessons. We went for a stroll around some public gardens near where we live and played with some pigeons!

 
I’m completely in love with this polka blouse I found on eBay (originally Topshop) it’s a lovely soft fabric, and goes with almost everything! 
On this occasion I wore it with my vintage high waisted wool trousers from Beyond Retro, a basic H&M cardigan, and the sneakers I bought for Portugal last year.
 
 
I wore my hair in a rather sizeable topknot – something I rarely do, but I really enjoyed it! It felt like a nod to Diane Keaton’s ‘Annie Hall’ when worn this fairly masculine outfit.
 
I feel I should also mention that my gold Wonder Woman-esque belt is something I’ve held on to for years! It was a freebie with Elle Girl magazine! I remember being so sad when that wonderful magazine went out of publication.
 
 
I thought I’d also take a chance to feature my ‘Jane Banks’ (Mary Poppins) coat again…Oh man I love this thing! I kept thinking how Poiret-like it looked with the loose fitting trousers!
 
 
And if you were curious about my little bag… Just look at it in all its glory! A real bargain charity shop find, this little beauty set me back the grand sum of  £1.50! I remember seeing an identical one years ago and for some reason not picking it up, and then really regretting it. So imagine my joy at getting a second chance!
 
 
As we walked along Hove high street en route to a tasty burger joint, I snapped the beautiful Spring (not quite here yet but still!) flowers…
 
 
And the colourful fruit and veg… I love it when markets and shops pile up their produce like this!
 
 
And despite taking a good thirty or so photos of us playing with the pigeons, I thought I’d keep it simple with this Hitchcock tribute! SO many pigeons!!!
 
 
Oh – and despite everyone else who I have showed this photo to thinking it was creepy, I’m completely besotted with this dolls head candle holder! It’s so unusual! I don’t think Joshua would be too happy if I bought one though!
I have another post all lined up for later in the week, it’s a bit of a wordy one but it’s something I feel I want to share and discuss with you all…So expect that soon!
 
Enjoy your weekends! 
 
Love Yours Truly, x

We Sailed Away On A Winters Day…

I’ve had this post up my sleeve for about a week now, and have been really excited to share it with you, as it felt like something new and different when it was being created, and that is exactly what I wanted for the blog this year!
 
Now as most of you know (or would have figured out by now) Joshua predominately takes my outfit photos on this blog. He would be the first to tell you he’s not a photographer, and yet time after time he willingly takes my SLR and captures beautiful images for me to edit to my hearts content and then share with you all!
I’m incredibly grateful for Joshuas patience and support when it comes to this blog, he doesn’t always ‘get it’ but he is always willing to help – long story short, I know I’m a lucky gal!
 
Now that being said, when the chance of ‘working’ with my friend Emma Speight a ridiculously talented photographer sprung up, I simply couldn’t refuse!
So on a cold winters day, with the icy wind and cloudy grey skies (when was the last time I saw a peep of blue?) we headed down to the Brighton beach front, and captured the following…
 
 
Emma works almost exclusively as a film photographer (you know – the real kind, with talent and an understanding of shutter speeds and aperture!) so using my Nikon, she felt a little out of depth!
However as a result of her playing around with settings, many happy accidents were produced. For a start…this gorgeous Wes-Anderson-esque golden glow! 
 
It was also amazing to have a female photographer with an eye for ‘that wayward strand of hair’ or the smudge of liquid eyeliner….Joy!
 
 
And the outfit? Well this little number was something I treated myself to from Topshop! I spied it during some unsuccessful sale shopping, and after much of a hoo-hah about which size fitted best (I chose the looser fit so that I could layer it up with blouses and striped t-shirts!) I finally got it!
 
It’s unusual for me to buy something full price from the high street, (I normally wait for it appear on eBay) however I was not willing to chance it with this pinafore! It’s made from a lovely thick boucle fabric, and to me, is a wonderful combination of 1930’s school girls, ‘Madeline’ and 60’s beatniks.
 
 
I layered up the dress with my 1970’s cotton shirt from The Splendid Suitcase, H&M deep mustard tights (the love affair with this colour continues!) white Topshop brogues I found on eBay and a vintage red felt hat from one of the thrift shops in Brighton.
 
Emma chose the following setting…I know I’m repeating myself, but I love the Wes Anderson vibes! As a huge fan of his work, and as someone who was completely enamoured stylistically with ‘Moonrise Kingdom’…I can but try to re-capture some of his magic!
 
 
Taking close ups on a cold, windy day is hard! Your eyes stream and your make up runs! Though it has to be said, Emma suffered worse than I did – the trooper!
 
 
And finally, one more tribute to Wes…What post of this nature would be complete without a nod to Steve Zissou and his signature pose?
 
 
I hope you’ve enjoyed these pictures, I had fun creating them!
I want to thank Emma sincerely for all of her help and for being so relaxed about allowing me to edit them myself (something in my limited experience that is quite rare with photographers!) 
 
I really recommend you have a look at her tumblr – she hasn’t put much online yet, but I know that she has some big projects in the pipeline (and fingers crossed we can collaborate again sometime!) which would be well worth checking out.
 
More next week, and let me know if there’s anything you fancy seeing – I’m still toying with the best way of creating a cosmetics post!
 
Love Yours Truly, x  

Chin Up, Head Down…

Like most people, I love the ‘freshness’ that a new year brings. The opportunity for a clean slate, new beginnings and adventures.
I already have a lot planned for this year, and some real hopes for where I might be able to take it. Holidays and little trips are starting to be considered, and I must start knuckling down with regard to my creative endeavours (more on that another time!)
 
Best thing of all though? I started my year in Brighton! After moving here late in the Summer of last year, it feels amazing to look where 2012 took me…Some of it certainly wasn’t planned! I love this seaside city, and the energy and creativity that breeds within it.
 
With that in mind, here is one resolution for you – I’m going to work even harder on Yours Truly, x this year and try my best to make every post better!
 
So let us begin!
 


These photos were taken on a grey afternoon near Brighton train station. There are quite few murals left over from the recent Whale Fest in Brighton, and this is one of them. Isn’t it lovely?

This hairstyle was a first for me. After creating my little beehive bump, I was at a bit of a loss with what to do with the remaining hair. Perhaps it was a Pattie Boyd influence, but the 60’s style pigtails felt great!
I haven’t worn pigtails in years…Who knows, maybe it’ll be my favourite style of 2013?!

 
The peter pan dress with an eBay purchase over Christmas – I love the deep rusty colour. And it’s such a thick fabric that it feels very retro…Despite being a reproduction! 
 
I let the dress do the talking, keeping it simple with a plain navy H&M cardigan, vintage Dior stockings and old Topshop white brogues.
 
 
Having your photos taken near work men was never going to be much fun! 
 
 
I hope you all had a great NYE – for those of you who follow me on instagram, you’ll know I tried my best to bring it in style (Oh Cointreau! You are a tasty devil!)
 
Apologies for the short post, I have a few more bits to show and tell, but alas they’re not quite ready yet!
 
In the mean time, enjoy your weekend and I’ll be back soon!
 
Happy New Year!
 
Love Yours Truly, x

2012 Leftovers & Blog Favourites…

Hello!
 
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! I spent mine with Joshua and his family, and it was a pleasant mix of madness and tranquility.
You’ll have to forgive me for not blogging sooner – Joshuas parents internet signal is incredibly weak and I couldn’t get my laptop to connect try as I might! However now I’m home, I’m hoping this bumper odds and ends post will compensate!
 
On a quick trip to the shops prior to Christmas (for last minute gifts and wrapping paper!) I wore this H&M dress for the first time.
It is decidedly a summer frock (I picked it up in the Summer sale) and common sense would have told me to wait, but I couldn’t resist the pretty floral print!
 
 
In an attempt to make the dress look a bit more ‘wintery’ I’m wearing it with my favourite mustard cardigan (more on that later) scallop lace tights, and Marks and Spencer grey suede brogues I found on eBay.
 
The locket was late Nannas and has featured on this blog many times! It containspicture of my grandparents shortly after their engagement.
 
 
Caught mid leap!
 


So! This mustard cardigan! From the basic range in H&M it isn’t particularly innovative, but I have recently felt that it improves anything I wear!
 
In some unused photos for the blog taken a couple of weeks back I teamed it with a vintage tea dress, flea market vanity case and my favourite Topshop mary jane shoes.
 
 
An outfit I liked so much I wore it nearly the same (this time with ankle boots and thick grey tights!) shortly afterwards…Probably in an attempt to get some blog photos I was a bit happier with!
 
 
Worth a mention is that the photos taken on the beach were taken by my dear friend Sam (seen below looking after my stole!)
He is moving to Brighton in the new year, and seems a lot more clued up on photography than I am…So here’s hoping I might learn something from him!
 
 
My beautiful shoes….Sigh!
 
 
These candid photos were taken by Sam as he was trying to show me how to use a setting on my camera I didn’t know existed! I feel I reacted as anyone would when they had a camera suddenly pointed at them!
 
 
Now whilst I haven’t created a highlights of the year video like last year I thought I would share some of my favourite bloggers of the year, also 2012 bought a first for me, as I met bloggers…REAL LIFE bloggers! In the REAL WORLD! Ha!
 
With an Indian Princess Party, a messy night out in London and a couple of museum visits, it was so lovely to meet the people behind the posts!
 
 
Kelly Marie of ‘A Harem of Peacocks’ 
 
– This girl is so fabulously stylish right down to the smallest details! A very talented prop-designer and stylist(she has recently departed from Beyond Retro, and some of her work has featured in Love magazine) there is something so elegant about the way she pulls her outfits together. Wearing true-vintage with none of the bravado, she has a incredibly infectious laugh and is the sweetest person you’re likely to meet. Long story short? I’m so glad I did! Read her wonderful blog HERE.
 
Dulcie of ‘Human Sea’ 
 
– It is so easy to gush about someone like Dulcie! She’s brains and beauty! Reading her gorgeous blog often leaves me reaching for a dictionary (it’s always good to extend ones vocabulary!) and her wardrobe leaves me searching eBay for lookalike garments! And despite being in the middle of a huge house-move with her boyfriend this summer, Dulcie still found time to send me a gorgeous cape from hervintage shop…Which will feature on the blog next year!
Have a flick through Dulcies beautiful blog HERE.
 
 
The Bright Young Twins, Harriet and Aimee  
 
– These two are closer than kin! Wearing exquisite vintage with the capability of making it look like it was ‘just something they threw on’ I always enjoy reading their charming, chatty posts, filled with heavenly clothes and funny anecdotes.
I hope to see them both again in the new year!
Follow the Bright Young Twins adventures HERE.
 
 
Amber Jane of ‘Theatre of Fashion’
 
A friend of Kelly-Marie, I met this stylish lady a couple of times as we visited some of this years great exhibitions.
Her passion for fashion, history and art are truly insatiable! Incredibly clued up, impeccably dressed and ever so nice..What’s not to love?
Read (and learn from!) Ambers blog HERE
 
 
Nicole of ‘Fashion Forestry’
 
Nicole is also someone who obsesses over all things creative. Never have I met someone who has the ability to see the beauty in the mundane so regularly! Her home is packed to the rafters full of her incredible vintage finds, including clothes rails in the hallway!
With a sensational sense of colour and clashing, I really recommend you take a peek at Nicoles blog HERE.
 
 
And although I may not have met them, I still thoroughly enjoyed sharing the adventures and thrifty finds of the bloggers below!
 
(neat as a pin, this girl is stunning, as is her blogs photography!) 
 
(I adore her 70’s influences – she looks like she stepped right out of woodstock!)
 
Ashley Ording of ‘Fancy Fine’ 
(there is nothing this girl wears that I don’t want!)
and Ruth of ‘Ruby Armoire’ 
(I’m quite a new reader but I’m loving going through her previous posts! She also has very beautiful blog designed by Enfold Theme – a professional designer.)
 
 
(Informed and imaginative… I think we all have days when we wish we were Rosalind…What a babe!)
 
(I became an avid reader at the tail end of this year. Like a modern day Annie Hall I can’t get enough of this lady’s style!)
 
(Her daily outfit-photos on instagram make my lunch breaks!)
 
and Kathryn of ‘Kitsune-Kun’
(You’d be forgiven for not recognising her! Gone are the long brunette locks for a short peroxide crop…Which I absolutely adore!)
 
 
I hope there were a couple of blogs in that lot that you hadn’t heard of, or perhaps which you agree with!
If you’re a UK based blogger and you think there’s a reasonable chance of us being able to meet, do get in touch…I’d love to!
 
And finally thank you all for your kind words, your encouragements and suggestions, and for sharing 2012 with me! I had a lot of fun documenting my adventures through the blog and have so many exciting ideas for 2013!
 
 
I’ll see you soon!
Love Yours Truly, x

Good Day Sunshine…

Good evening!
 
Just a short and sweet post for a change (my posts have been getting more and more photo heavy lately, it feels odd to do such a short one!)
 
This week, unable to keep up with the yo-yo summertime we’ve had this year, I snapped up this mega-comfy cable knit jumper from H&Ms basic range. 
 
I know it’s a very simplistic piece, but the versatility and slight nod to the 60’s made me love it, and three quarter length sleeves to boot! Perfect!
 


I’m wearing it over a vintage nightdress, with some of my regular accessories (THAT vanity case again!) including my late Grandads insignia ring worn as a necklace charm…(Please ignore that fading bruise on my leg…I’m such a clumsy creature!)


I relished the opportunity to wear my hair down on my day off! I’ve been wearing it in creative, vintage inspired styles every day I’ve worked at the tea rooms, so it was a welcome break to just let it hang loose!
I’m currently growing my hair, though I’m not sure how long I’ll let it go…I’m already having pangs for cute crops and sharp bobs!

 
The photo above was an attempt of a homage to the fabulous lady below. I have a huge infatuation for the 60’s ‘It-Girls’ (anyone who follows my tumblr would know this!) and Jane Birkin and her style are endlessly inspiring! 
 
The cute camera I’m holding was a charity shop find in Lewes. It’s a bit tricky to get the knack of, and I’m expecting everything I’ve shot on it to be either blurry, under/over exposed, or out of focus! Still it’s enjoyable to play on a new camera!
 
 
Joshua and I shared our day off on Thursday and went for a wander around one of the nearby parks with incredible flowerbeds…Look at the size of those thistles! They were about six feet tall!
 
 

Beautiful roses which smelt so pretty in the sunshine…


Explosions of colour! From what I gathered, every flower bed had been designed to a different colour scheme…


We then sat and watched some elderly gentlemen playing bowls, it looked so relaxing! Unfortunately I think Josh and I would get too competitive if we played! 


We then went to visit a museum, but it was shut! Boo!
However we’re returning for a visit on Monday so I won’t give too much away!

This week has just flown by for me – I’m busy as a bee at the tea rooms and filling all of my free time with creative pursuits…Brighton is being very kind to me so far (thank goodness!)
 
Thank you so much to all of your sweet comments on the last post, it feels so great to have your support (finding your feet in a big city is a little intimidating to say the least!)


Hope you all have a lovely weekend, 

Love Yours Truly, x

Fields of Gold…

I seem to be really struggling to keep my blogging regular lately! So apologies once again for the lack of action on here, hopefully this huge post will make up for it!
 
To celebrate our friend Joes birthday at the weekend we went for a country ramble towards Devils Dyke for a sunset picnic. It was just so beautiful everywhere you looked! Enjoy your picnic with folding picnic table, see the list of best ones at www.kidfriendlyhome.com/folding-picnic-table/
 
 
I’m wearing a very wrinkled H&M blouse (oops..living out of suitcases!) with my favourite ‘granny’ shorts which I found for a steal on eBay. 
 
I like the fact that they are very high waisted and don’t show off any of my derrière. Is it just me or is there far too much bottom cleavage on show this week?
 
 
The 70’s tan leather bag was from eBay, and my cute little candy-stripe bow tie is a hair clip from Topshop! 
I felt like I was perhaps emulating a C.W. Stoneking for this look!
 
 
This beautiful vintage hat I’m wearing was a cheeky little find on Sunday morning, as Margaux (of The Splendid Suitcase) and I ambled around Snoopers Paradise in Brighton, after enjoying a tasty vegetarian breakfast in the lanes (sorted my hangover out a treat!)
 
It’s an Austrian hat, and was originally a bright bottle green, but has faded over time to its current shade. I love the braiding and trims, plus it was an absolute steal at only £4!
 
 
The boys set off to try and find the perfect spot for our picnic…
 
 
A lovely chap who gave us directions cycling home…
 
 
After helping me with my outfit photos I had to get this snap of Josh – he had his afro trimmed down recently but let’s face it, it’s still much pouffier than most peoples hair! Nearly enough to block out the sun!
 
 
The birthday boy and his gorgeous girlfriend Emma…
 
 
I think it was whilst taking this photo that I accidentally leaned on to some stinging nettles…Bloody hell they earn their name!
 
 
Emma is a wonderful photographer who shoots nearly exclusively on film, and has a lovely documentary style to her work. If you’d like to see some you can have a look here (though I know she’s in the process of updating it!) 
 
 
Beautiful poppies at dusk…
 
 
The classic group shot using the self-timer…
 
 
And the best out of about five attempts for a jumping photo! We called it a day after Joshua accidentally booted Joe in the face!
 
 
Isn’t it beautiful? What a perfect sunset!
 
 
 
I have lots more to share with you, and I’m going to make a real effort to get on here again sooner next time!
 
Love Yours Truly, x 

Clowning Around…

Ever have one of those days when your hair just will not co-operate? No matter how much you tease it, cajole it, plead with it…It remains stubbornly flat, and in this case, refuses to beehive!
 
After a good ten minutes of trying to whip up the 60’s style, I pinned my hair down to give my aching, backcombing hands a rest! It was then (with a bit of tweaking) I chanced upon this hairstyle, and despite having more than a hint of Princess Leia – I quite like it!
 
 
With a nod to Lily Elsie, and other iconic stars of that age this style was a modern take on a very vintage style! If you would like a tutorial let me know – but I’m sure you could figure this out for yourselves! It’s so simple!
 
These photos were taken on the steps of Joshuas old house, on the last weekend he was there. The whole time I have known Josh he’s been a ‘Number 9-er’ so it’s going to be so odd visiting him in his new flat!
 
 
This beautiful 1970’s blouse I’m wearing was an eBay find, and reminded me of Pierrot and clown ruffles – it’s so much fun to wear!
 
My lipstick (which I received a lot of questions about!) is a mixture of Topshops ‘Rio Rio’ (which is a lovely matt-textured, pillar-box red) and MACs ‘Morange’ (a very bright orangey red). The combination of the two makes quite a colourful pout!
 
My cornflower blue nail polish is by a brand called ‘Me Me Me’ which I found whilst working at the Vitality Show earlier this year.
 
 
The teeny hotpants are old Topshop ones, and the boots were from Office originally, but I nabbed my pair for a mere £5 on eBay! Score!
 
 
This little outfit was worn to a street party in Brighton, where Time for T (they are practically documented on this blog lately!) where playing on a makeshift stage.
 
I love this (albeit over-exposed) shot of Joshua and I on the day! Because one of us is always taking the photos it’s rare to get one of us together!
 
 
Tiago and his band Time for T performing – I love these guys!
 
 
Joshua is wearing a vintage blazer from Beyond Retro, vintage tie from an Italian flea market (from our holiday last year) and a topman waistcoat and shirt.
 
He’s so stylish!
 
 
And finally, because I’m so excited by this – I have to share with you my latest gadget!
 
I recently took the plunge and got myself an iPhone 4 – and much as it pains me to be one of ‘those people’ who gushes about technology – this baby has changed my life!
With all the travel I have to do for work (Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow last week!) there are so many apps which make my life infinitely easier!
 
And I got an adorable Fifi Lapin (everyones favourite fashionista bunny!) cover from Iconemesis to boot! It makes texting such a pleasure!
 
 
And of course, where would be the point in having an iPhone if I didn’t join Instagram?!
 
Below are a couple of my snaps from the last few weeks, if you would like to follow the link is here – though I have to admit I’m not too sure how all this works!
 
 
 
I promise not to leave it so long until my next post!
 
Besides, I can’t wait to show you all what I got up to for my recent 26th birthday (arggghhh how on earth am I 26?!)
 
Hope the constant rain isn’t getting you down!
 
Love Yours Truly, x

Tweed and Silk…

Good evening! I’m back from an unintended little blogging break! It came without warning really, I just found myself terribly busy with work (in the last two weeks I have travelled all over London, as well as visiting Bath, Leeds, Manchester, Harrogate, Guildford, Kingston and Cobham! Phew!)
 
I did keep snapping away however, so I now have a nice backlog of planned blog posts to tackle!
 
These photos were taking last Sunday, as Joshua and I walked to go watch the England game with our friends Alec and Margaux (of The Splendid Suitcase) in their gorgeous flat.
 
Everything I wore was fairly new (to me at least!) 
 
 
The vintage blazer was something Joshua found for me at Vintage Nation a few weeks ago. I’ve been on the hunt for one for what feels like years, alas they were always too big! This one however is a childrens blazer and fits like a dream…So impressed my man found it (swoon) 
 
These brogues are old favourites from Topshop and my (oops- laddered!) hosiery were an Urban Outfitters sale purchase a little while back.
 
 
 The beautiful slip I’m wearing was from Beyond Retro in Brighton. It’s such a good quality, soft silk, and the pleat detailing on the bottom is just so pretty! Every time I move it swishes and swirls in the most fantastic way! It feels very Daisy from the ‘Great Gatsby’!
 
 
I also recently obtained this awesome tote bag from an event of the same name at the Duke of York cinema in Brighton, where they were showing a special screening of one of my favourite films ‘Ghostworld’
 
 
As soon as we sat down at Alec and Margaux’s it was straight down to business for these two England-loving lads! 
Look how nervous they are at half time. Oh I wish we could have played better for their sake!
 
 
And although Margaux and I watched the game, we also took interest in a cheeky floor picnic, consisting of crisps and dips, tea and biscuits! Tasty stuff!
 
 
This is the view from the living room window…Jealous? Moi? (I had visions of setting up my sewing machine at this spot – were it my home!)
 
 
As I said before, I’ve been travelling a lot this last fortnight for work, however whilst getting about I’ve had a great time discovering new interesting places.
I carry a disposable camera in my bag most of the time, and here are some recent shots I got developed from my travels.
 
 
Harrods in London, all dolled up for the Jubilee celebrations!
 
 
These cheeky phone booths in Kingston-Upon-Thames made me smile…
 
 
And this series were taken around Notting Hill – how insanely magic is that pub?!
 
 
 
Now for those of you who are interested, I recently purchased an iPhone (after so much deliberation – I’ve always had cheap, non-technologically-advanced phones!)
 
However I’m really enjoying it, and you can follow my adventures with my new(ish)Twitter and Instagram accounts! I’m a little bit obsessed with Instagram it has to be said!
 
 
Also this week, I’ve popped some bits on eBay, so if fancy a peek or a bid, have a look HERE.
 
Much more coming up, including a street party, my recent birthday, and a photo project!
 
Love Yours Truly, x