Archives for the month of: April, 2014

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It is gloomier than my favourite fictional donkey in London today but at least it’s Friday!

Camo shirt: Express, NY

Necklace: Brooklyn Flea market, NY

Black lacy cami (mostly hidden) aka the most useful item in my wardrobe: Marks & Spencer

Happy Friday one and all!

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Love,

The Styletterie

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I have lived in London all my life. I tend to walk with my head down, just trying to get where I am going without tripping up or making unnecessary eye contact. But the other day, the sun was out and I finally managed to convince myself to walk home from work. And I became just like every annoying tourist ever, stopping every 5 steps to gawk and take photos of everything. This is how London gets you. For 11 months of the year, we bitch and moan about the weather, the pollution, the tube, the hostility, the muggings, the greyness etc. etc. And then spring happens, a few blossoms appear, the sun peeps out from behind a cloud and everything changes. And that one month (if that) is what keeps us here for the rest of the year. (Ok fine, that and the culture, theatre, restaurants blah blah blah). But seriously, who knew London could be so pretty? I had to stop myself from grabbing people on the street to ask them “did you know? I didn’t know, how about you Sir? Did you?”

So even though this has nothing to do with style (although I would wear anything that had a pattern as pretty as some of the things I saw on my walk), I thought I’d just take a moment to appreciate the beauty of my hometown, and apologise for overlooking it so frequently.

(I don’t speak Twitter but, um, hashtag no filter etc. I didn’t do anything to these pictures except press the little button on my phone to take them.)

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ImageI love the contrast of the delicate pretty flowers with the grey wrought iron gates, it’s just so London.

 

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ImageI’m obsessed with these leaves. They look like little paper butterflies!

 

ImageI took these pics last week, and the weather has already gone grey and gloomy and rainy since then. (Well, there was a bank holiday weekend, what did we expect?) There is a hint of sun today though.

Oh London, you old tease….

 

Love,

The Styletterie

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A bunch of us went to my friend’s house in the country last weekend for some nature (bleurgh) and some partying (yay). The main event was twenties themed (because apparently people aren’t bored of that yet). I have mixed feelings about the twenties as a fashion era (pearls and bling = good; drop waisted = WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO HURT ME?) but I fortunately have one twenties-esque dress (ie. it has tassels) that I wear every time this theme pops up. I also do OTT bling rather well, though I say so myself.

This is what I wore:

Dress: French Connection, about 4 years ago. There were no full length mirrors in the house so I was unable to get any decent pictures of it. But to sum up, it’s short, black and fun to swish in!

Deco tiara: Asos

Pearls: Various, some were from Christmas crackers, some were my Grandmother’s, some were from Oasis

Deco watch: Marks and Spencer

Bracelet: Swarovski, a present from my parents for my 21st. This also suffers from leaping off my wrist syndrome, like my other Swarovski bracelet.

Tassel earrings: Karen Millen

Pearl and bling cluster ring: Marks and Spencer

Bling rings: The teardrop one is Mikey and the round one was a gift from my Dad (I think he bought it from one of those aeroplane brochures)

Overuse of the word “bling”: model’s own

ImageI didn’t have time to do anything to my hair so I just threw in some kirby grips and topped it off with the tiara.

 

ImageI also wore some crystal studded tights (Marks & Spencer)

The shoes are from Aldo, and apparently I used to be able to walk in them! Sadly, this is no longer the case.

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ImageRed fur stole: Monsoon

 

ImageRed lipstick: Wet ‘n’ wild, from New York, 99 cents and still the best lipstick I’ve found. It does bleed a little as you can see but this photo was at the very end of the night, so I’d say it held up pretty well.

And speaking of the end of the night….

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What started as a little lie-down resembles the start of a Poirot episode to a worrying degree….

Disclaimer: nobody died in the making of this blog post.

 

Love,

The Styletterie

 

Ps. There was a prize for best costume. And I totally won 😀

 

 

 

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How sweet are my Uncle and Aunt, sending me an Easter present from Athens? I love this colour and material for spring/summer!

Surprise presents are the best!

😀

Happy Friday!

Love,

The Styletterie

 

Ps. Yes I know their sign off looks like childhood euphemisms for boy/girl parts! Can’t bring myself to tell them yet though…  :-p

 

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I went and saw Jason Derulo at the Hammersmith Apollo recently. The seats were rubbish (apparently “standing” now means “a metre of space at the very back of the room”) but he spent much of the show with his top off so, you know, money well spent. 😉

I wore:

– 2 Black strap tops, 1 from M&S, 1 from Urban Outfitters

– My Monsoon jeans (these are actually my only jeans, I really need to buy more!)

– My Forever 21 plaid shirt that I’ve worn to death this winter, tied around my waist. (If you’d told me a year ago that one day I’d be tying things round my waist again, I’d have laughed in your face.)

– Fake tattoo style choker. From Claire’s Accessories about 14 years ago. Following on from my efforts of the last 2 years to make the bracelet version fashionable, I have now decided that the time is ripe for the choker! Basically I will be reintroducing all the old stuff from my wardrobe that I still secretly love until it becomes fashionable again and no one can stop me. Next stop…..hair chopsticks!!!

(I’m actually serious)

– I bought the “keep calm and talk dirty to me” tee there.

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– Cobalt blue handbag that I bought at a market stall in Florence for about €15

– Peace sign bracelet/ring, Miss Selfridge (I think), and super-old karma beads (another thing I want back in fashion, dammit! I used to wear at least 20 at all times).

I will resist the overwhelming urge to sing my own name now (Jason Derulo’s most enduring legacy, surely?) and just say-

Love,

The Styletterie

 

WEDDINGS!!! Who doesn’t love weddings?! (Ok, I know a lot of people don’t but still…) Food, love, cheesy music, flowers, embarrassing speeches, dancing, cake, the opportunity to dress up… Weddings are my favourite thing ever! (Next to Made in Chelsea, obvs.) A very good friend of mine got married a couple of weeks ago 😀 and this is what I wore:

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Floral dress: Asos (as seen in my wishlist post a while back).

Leopard print shoes: New Look

Hearty necklace and earrings: Swarovski

Tennis bracelet: Swarovski (I love this but I find that Swarovski bracelet clasps are useless! This is a replacement as my previous one just fell off my wrist and this one does the same quite often. Same goes for a different Swarovski bracelet I have. Grr)

Diamanté bracelet: cheap, old, maybe H&M?

Love bracelet: Marks & Spencer

Teardrop ring: Mikey

“Ruby” ring: random cheap shop in Bath, I bought this at least 10 years ago and the “silver” is totally discoloured but I love it! I always think it looks like a wine gum 🙂

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I love the look of off the shoulder dresses and had always wanted to wear one. They aren’t the most practical style in the world (I couldn’t raise my arms, and leaning down to strap up my shoes etc. really hurt) but it’s a nice way to show some shoulder without having to hoik it up all the time, like you do with a strapless dress. Although it did occasionally look as though it was falling down, it never did!

 

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Oh and just in case anyone else is on the lookout for a good strapless bra, the best one I’ve found is Wonderbra’s Ultimate Strapless Bra! (You can buy it in Debenhams.)

 

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I was worried that my Motel leopard coat might be overkill with the shoes but I think it was ok. And anyway, I changed into my glittery Office flats before leaving so simultaneous coat and shoe time was minimal. (Also, don’t worry, I took some of these pics while I was just trying out my outfit, I didn’t actually go to a wedding with such messy hair!)

 

ImageI also removed one layer of netting from the petticoat of the skirt because, while I love the slimming effects of pouffy skirts on one’s legs, I always feel a bit like an overgrown baby in them!

 

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My bag used to belong to my Godmother so I love carrying it, even though it fits hardly anything and is falling apart a bit!

 

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Happy wedding season!

Love,

The Styletterie

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I’ve never been nominated for anything before! This is just like the Oscars! I’d like to thank the Academy… :-p Ok I’d actually like to thank the excellent Good Niamhning for nominating me. Her blog is awesome, go check it out!

Rules
1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer eleven questions the blogger gives you.
3. Give eleven random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate eleven blogs you think are worthy of the award (but they must have less than 200 followers).
5. Let the bloggers know you nominated them.
6. Give them eleven questions to answer

 

Here are my answers to her (surprisingly difficult) questions:

1. What is your dream job?

My dream as a kid was always to be a super-famous pop star but the ability to carry a tune, alas, also remained within my dreams. Realistically, I’d love to be a writer, or a stylist, or some combination of the above. And a super-famous Hollywood actress by night! And a detective! And a professional pizza taster! And also the Queen!

2. What is your most embarrassing story?

Story? Singular? You must be joking. Hmm, if I had to choose, it would probably be the time I tried to wave at a boy I was desperately into and crashed my bike into a statue because I wasn’t looking where I was going. Or the time I tripped and fell into a guy’s arms in a club which almost felt like it might be a meet-cute until I reared up and head butted his nose then ran out while he lurched around clutching his face. Or maybe the time…..(seriously, I could do this all night)

3. Where is your favourite city in the world?

There are so many cities I still haven’t visited that may turn out to be my favourite but so far, I’ve had really good experiences in Los Angeles, Dublin, New York, Stockholm and Athens. And I’ve lived in London my whole life because it’s amazing. And I think Paris is overrated. Sorry.

4. What is your favourite book?

Wah? Are you trying to kill me? That’s an impossible question! But books that I have loved include Matilda – Roald Dahl, The Faraway Tree series – Enid Blyton, Summer Sisters – Judy Blume (what? I was a teenage girl once and Judy Blume is awesome!), The Madness of a  Seduced Woman – Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, How to be a Woman – Caitlin Moran and The Beauty Myth – Naomi Wolf. I’m also super-excited for the release of The Vagenda book next month!

5. If you were only allowed to use one beauty product forever more, what would it be?

Lip balm, probably Blistex or Vaseline. I can’t bear having dry lips.

6. Do you have any hidden/not so hidden talents?

No. I’m frequently described as a good listener so…no.

Lol

7. What is the thing you like best about yourself?

I’m a good listener?

I think I’m quite nice, I hate seeing people upset.

8. What was your outfit today?

Fairly dull actually. I’m at work so I’m wearing black treggings, my black ballerina “Cecilia” flats from Office (the best flats ever, and they usually do a sale around Easter…) and a white boho-y top from Next that I bought last summer but am wearing for the first time today because I worry that it looks a bit maternity-y. Silver and blue vintage earrings, a silver bangle, and a touristy evil eye bracelet from Athens make up my jewellery. And I’m wearing my new-ish Primark spring trench with faux-leather sleeves.

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9. Do you have a hero?

Can I plagiarise Matthew McConaughey here? No? Ok, Cher Horowitz, Blair Waldorf and Summer Roberts combined, with a dash of Rory Gilmore.

10. Dogs or cats?

Goldfish.

11. If you were on death row, what would be your final meal: starter, main and dessert?

Starter: Pizza, souvlakia imported from Greece, McDonald’s, Chinese and ice cream (what? it’s not like I’ll be watching my weight…)
Main: My sister’s roast beef, with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, carrots, sweetcorn and gravy. Omg, I’m hungry now…
Dessert: Hmm, what takes a really really long time to eat?

11 Random Facts about Meeeeeee

– I looked up why it’s called the Liebster Award. (Apparently “liebster” means “dearest”, “beloved” or “sweetheart” in German).
– My main life goal is to eat McDonald’s on every continent.
– My nicknames are Dim and Rooney.
-My spirit animal is Amy March from “Little Women”.
– I never cry in real life but put me in front of a moderately, slightly, not-quite-super-happy movie and I will flood the cinema.
– I want to look like Salma Hayek when I grow up. (I’m 27 and starting to lose hope…)
– I am rubbish at all sports. I actually picked my secondary school on the basis that they didn’t have a sports day. (And then they introduced one. Naturally.)
– I am the youngest of 4 siblings (and not at all spoilt ;-p)
– I think Eminem is the greatest poet of my generation.
– My favourite movie is “Grease” and I know every line.
– I have a massive crush on Beast in “Beauty and the Beast”. (The castle, complete with library, ballroom and a million adorable members of staff, has nothing to do with it.)

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Totally randomly, while I was looking for pictures of the Beast, I came across this, which may just be the coolest thing ever!:

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Ok, and now 11 questions I would like my chosen blogs to answer:

-What is the meaning of life? (Ok, that one’s optional)

– What was your best ever holiday and why?
– Who is your style icon?
– What do you want to be when you grow up?
– How did you choose the name for your blog?
– Favourite TV show and ultimate TV crush?
– What song do you listen to when you need cheering up?
– What are you most proud of?
– Place you’d most like to visit?
– Do you speak any other languages?
– What’s the best fancy dress costume you’ve ever done?
– Coke or Pepsi? (Just kidding! No one likes Pepsi.)
– Favourite Disney movie and heroine?

And here are the blogs I’m nominating! (Apologies if you do have over 200 followers, I wasn’t certain how to check!):

keepmoving
The Adventures of Char Bar
Sometimes I wear tiaras
Chelsea Rose
Beauty & the butcher
A touch of Vivian
Sundays 4 you
Is this why I’m still single?
The Dirty Pretty Little Thing
20something
red sock, white laundry

 

Happy blogging! 😀

 

Thank you!

 

Love,

The Styletterie