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Sorry for the selfie overload – I hardly ever wear lipstick or blowdry my hair so I got overexcited!

It was my friend’s birthday a couple of weeks ago and we all went out to celebrate. Dinner at Vapiano (literally the stupidest system I have ever encountered, we basically queued separately, ate separately and then left) followed by clubbing at G.A.Y. which was awesome! We showed our age by dancing manically to 5ive and S Club, before traipsing all the way to Heaven, where we showed our age further by dancing manically to 5ive and S Club (unlike us, that never gets old)! Hailee Steinfeld performed her debut show in the UK and was fantastic.

I wore:

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Black mesh top, by The Ragged Priest. I got it in Ad Hoc, this really cool shop that I passed on my Made in Chelsea walking tour (yes, I am THAT cool. Also it was a gift from a friend) last month.

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I wanted so. much. stuff.

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The sunglasses were £15 each and I wanted them ALL:

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I really nearly bought the cat’s eye ones (from the black and white picture) but I always buy novelty sunnies and then don’t wear them because they actually never look as good as normal ones. I did manage to find a replacement pair for the (more subtle) cat eye sunnies that I broke on holiday though so that was good. And I got a discount on the top as one of the patches was coming off a bit. 🙂

I wore it with black treggings and booties (both from M&S) and my super old leather jacket (Warehouse) because you can’t really go wrong with a classic.

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A few coats of Revlon Black Cherry lipstick and I was ready to go!

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I was running late so ended up taking a black cab there, and couldn’t resist trying to take a taxi selfie. I would have taken one on the night bus home as a compare and contrast exercise but it was crowded and I was embarrassed!

Random funky sweet shop we walked past:

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Hailee Steinfeld at Heaven:

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Wasn’t convinced by her outfit to be honest….

But, like I said, she was brilliant!

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Balloons!

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These were released at the end, causing my friend to flail so hard that my phone (I was trying to film) was thrown out of my hands into the crowd, so I ended my night scrambling around on the floor trying to find it before someone crushed it!

Which I did! 😀

Thanks for reading, have a great weekend!

Love,

The Styletterie

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I was actually late for work the other day because I was half way down in the lift before I realised that I really couldn’t subject my innocent fellow tube-takers to the horror of this outfit. Clashing may be the new going but retina-bleeding will never be the new colour-blocking.

(I clearly didn’t have the same qualms about exposing the people who are kind enough to read my blog to the same pain- sorry! Send the optometrist fees to the usual address.)

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Pink trench and mustard top both Marks & Spencer.

I had to rush back and dig up my neutral Primark trench with faux leather sleeves.

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Jewellery wise, I wore my daisy necklace from the Brooklyn flea market and my sheep earrings, which I’m still in love with.

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Hope everyone is having a good, fashion faux-pas free week – the end is in sight! 🙂

Love,

The Styletterie

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I am having a peculiar love affair with this console table. I can’t remember the last time I felt lust like this. And the last time I thought about an ostrich this much was, well let’s save that story for band camp shall we?

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It comes in black:

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You can get it (for about £500 less) without the lamp:

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In fact, all sorts of animal arse options are available to you:

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Or even a whole horse for those with the sort of houses that could only be improved by the addition of a giant behoofed mammal.

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These are all from ibride, and I am now kind of obsessed with their weird and wonderful website. I originally saw the table on Out There Interiors, where I bought my coffee table for my new flat (alas not an ostrich), and I am obsessed with everything on that website too!

If only these were cheap novelty items then I would be the proud lover owner of the Diva Lucia (it’s even named after one of my best friends, this has to be a sign!), but at £895 a pop, I think I may have to exercise my iffy self restraint.

Boo 😦

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Happy Hump Day!

(Ooh…humps…..maybe I could find a table shaped like a camel…?)

Love,

The Styletterie

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I could not resist posting this!

I actually squealed when I saw this week’s Grazia (and sent these pictures to everyone I know). Yes, I realise that a facial feature can’t really be a “trend”, and that my self worth in no way relies upon Grazia telling me that my face is acceptable (or even fashionable). I also realise that most of the women pictured have what I consider to be reasonably dainty noses, and I take issue with the final paragraph that states that not everyone will fancy you if you have a big nose (WHY NOT?? I’M ADORABLE!) but still! Vindication at last! My time has come! All those years of wondering why no one famous (ie. “attractive” to my teenaged mind) ever has a big nose erased in one fell swoop!

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Whevs, I’m excited!

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Happy Friday and have a great weekend everybody!

Love,

The Styletterie

Newplace!

I am currently in the process of moving out. This is a Big Deal for me.

I have never lived alone, or even away from my family. If my parents hadn’t upped and left the country for warmer climes a few years ago, I’d probably still live with them. As it is, I live with my sister. I LOVE living with my sister- she’s my best friend and an amazing cook, it’s kind of a no-brainer. However, now that I am getting *ahem* older, I have decided that I should at least try and go it alone for a bit (Spoiler alert-this is less dramatic than it sounds, I am moving 10 minutes down the road). I am simultaneously excited and terrified. (What will I eat?!)

Unfortunately all this moving has put a serious spanner in my blogging! Not for want of inspiration, but simply because every time I sit down to blog I find myself thinking “this time would be better spent researching integrated washer dryers” and I somehow distract myself from the task at hand, despite the fact that researching integrated washer dryers is exactly as boring as it sounds. But I miss blogging! And my sister and boyfriend may kill me if I don’t manage to find at least 5 minutes a day where I’m not thinking/talking/googling/monologuing incessantly/all of the above about cabinets. Seriously, it’s that bad. I have little dancing household appliances can-canning across my brain ALL DAY. It’s like Fantasia with furniture.

So, I’m going to try and blog a bit more, as I’m not quite ready to relinquish my grip on sanity just yet.

That said, if this blog takes a turn away from from fashion and towards decor, go easy on me – I’m only human!

Hope everyone’s having a good week, and Happy Autumn! 🙂

Love,

The Styletterie

Because you can never have too many!

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Scouring ASOS for a birthday present for a friend, I naturally stumbled upon a couple (*ahem*) of things I wanted for myself. It didn’t help that I had a 20% off card from Elle magazine (the September issue, with Kristen Stewart on the cover) so felt like I had to “make the most” of the discount by spending tons more money than I otherwise would have.

But my favourite purchases were these 2 pairs of earrings:

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Bought these as an attempt to replace my similar shaped pink and green ones that broke 😦 They were £8.

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LOVE these ones, and they show up better against my dark hair too. £20 (£16 with the discount :-D)

I am letting myself off the hook however as I did also buy the aforementioned present (a knitted jumper with a burger on it that I totally want for myself as well!) for my friend’s birthday!

Where’s my halo?

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Happy Friday, have a great weekend!

😀

Love,

The Styletterie

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I don’t wear bikinis because I’m not strong enough (yet!*) to fight against society’s ridiculous restrictions on what it’s ok for me to look like.

Also, my tummy is so white. It’s like it belongs to a different person.

It glows in the dark.

Anyway, the fact that one-pieces are in fashion again is a cause of major celebration for me, and I may have gotten a bit carried away! The front 5 are new and the back 6 are old favourites.

(I found a few more that I had forgotten about after I took this picture! I may need to have a swimsuit cull in the near future…)

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Back row (L-R):

Multicoloured: Marks & Spencer (LOVE this one, it’s underwired and everything)

Coral: River Island (really flattering but needed to sew in a strapless bikini top as it had zero support)

Ice cream and polka dots: Figleaves (very busty, not for the modest among us)

Orangey coral: River Island again,

Blue & White: Frost French Floozie (I needed to size down, the cups were massive)

Stripey: Marks & Spencer, bought mostly for “real” swimming, as in laps, not attempting to look attractive on the beach. I find halterneck swimsuits more flattering but so uncomfortable, I always get a bad neck after wearing them consistently, so for proper swimming I prefer normal shoulder straps.

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Black: Figleaves, has a built in bra, and is super comfy. It’s very plain but retro enough that it is still a ‘look’

Blue leopard: Marks & Spencer, possibly my new favourite

Chartreuse: Marks & Spencer again, flattering tummy ruching, and the colour almost makes me look tanned! (I had to size up as the body was quite short.)

Black one with sheer polka dot straps: Figleaves. They didn’t have my size but I liked it so much I bought it a size too small. Consequently I put it on then decided against it almost every day while I was on holiday. When will I learn…?! :-p

Stripey: M&S, same as the chartreuse one but I didn’t think it through. It has the same tummy ruching but because of the *ahem* hilly terrain it covers, the stripes don’t sit straight. They create a sort of optical illusion that makes my tummy look really weird! This one may be relegated to the “laps in the local leisure centre” league. (It is an M&S “long” one though for people with long torsos like myself, so it is super comfy.)

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I don’t know why I enjoy this effect so much. I think it’s just the Riverdance principle – one person doing it looks a bit whevs, several people at once = oooh!

Hope everyone’s having a great week!

Love,

The Styletterie

*(One day, I will be so ready. And society had better watch itself…)

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Oh wait, I’m already there 🙂

I’m currently in Athens, visiting my family. We’re in the middle of a heatwave, all the locals are devastated – I am thrilled! 🙂 Who knows? I might even tan.

I bought this bag from Accessorize (my sister has the blue version that says “Hit the beach”). It’s meant to be a “bikini bag”, which I assume means it’s to put your wet bikini in when you change out of it but I think it’s way too cute for that and have been using it as a clutch.

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I had a little snakeskin pouch that came with a beach bag I bought a few years ago so I put my money and tissues etc. in that, and then put in my pineapple scarf from Suite Blanco in Lisbon, Victoria Secret lip gloss and my phone (the moving glitter phone case is from Skinnydip London, I am obsessed with their stuff).

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If you’re on holiday, I hope you’re having a brilliant time and if you’re not, I hope you’re not too upset about it!

Happy hump day!

Love,

The Styletterie

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Just two recent outfits…

I wore my new pink M&S top with M&S treggings and sparkly Converse to see Dave Chappelle at the Hammersmith Apollo last week. We were way further forward than I thought we’d be and I have never been so grateful for a lack of audience participation in my life! I think I am going to make an effort to sit near the back at comedy shows in the future… It didn’t help that my sister was wearing an even brighter top (it was neon and actually glowed under the lights) – we have never felt so vulnerable! Having said that, our cheeks hurt for hours afterwards so definitely a good show!

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The top is super flowy and comfortable and has a funky pleated back, which adds interest and makes it just smart enough for work:

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I’m not sure how flattering it actually is- I’m worried that it creates a slight hump-back/maternity effect- but I think that’s mostly just in photos, it’s fine in motion. And I couldn’t resist the colour!

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Necklace: Sublime; ring from Monastiraki last year; bracelets are various ones ones I have accumulated over the years, I think the grey circle one is by Elle Amber.

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The top kind of speaks for itself… how could I not buy it?! Anything that combines Disney with Beyoncé is alright by me! I am obsessed with Primark t-shirts actually, they are pretty much all I buy these days- I love the captions, the material and the shape. Although I can’t wait for them to get over their “half rolled up sleeves” phase.

I wore this outfit to go for dinner yesterday. The skirt is Primark, and the trainers are New Balance (410 Sonic) from Asos.

If you had told me even a year ago that I would be wearing trainers to dinner, I would have laughed in your face. (Admittedly, we only went to the local kebab place, I wouldn’t have worn them had we been going anywhere nicer.) But as I get older, I am rapidly losing tolerance for anything less than super-comfiness (another thing I never believed I’d say until recently) and so I bought these with a view to mostly just wearing them to and from work. However, what with seeing so many people (primarily bloggers) making trainers into a ‘look’, I have been venturing out in them more and more. It took me ages to find ones that I liked, as I wanted really clean, uncluttered ones that didn’t make my feet look enormous (I have realised that whenever I think a woman looks nice in trainers, it is almost always because her feet are tiny and dainty- aka my life dream) but I am really happy with these ones.

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Still not as cool as my sparkly Converse though!

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Hope everyone is having a great week!

Love,

The Styletterie

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So, this year, rather than buy tickets with the plebs ( :-p ) for Ascot (as I did last year) I was invited by a friend’s family to go to the Royal Enclosure with them. Obviously I enjoyed the opportunity to posh it up but the thing I didn’t realise is that the Royal Enclosure dress code and hat rules are different from the standard rules. So, I needed to find a dress than covered my shoulders and knees and a hat that covered at least 4 inches of my head…..

Clearly last year’s butterfly veil wasn’t going to cut it.

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I did some research, and found this hat designer called Bundle MacLaren, and promptly fell in love with every single hat on her website:

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Unfortunately I could not justify spending close to £200 on a hat I’d wear once, although I shall dream of all those hats forevermore.

I then tried on this hat/hairband thing from Topshop, with a view to adding some material somehow to make it hattier, but I looked like a cross between a horse and an ugly stepsister.

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I also saw this hat, by Awon Golding Millinery, and thought it was adorable (also too expensive, considering that I wear hats precisely never.)

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So, inspired by this hat, I decided to see if I could DIY something similar, without breaking the bank. (Spoiler: did not break bank. Did break 5 nails and my spirit.) I didn’t want to just copy it and write Bonjour so I figured I’d theme it to the event and quote Eliza Doolittle’s famous Ascot faux pas in My Fair Lady.

I bought this fascinator from Accessorize:

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This was my amazing sketch of what I planned to do with it:

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An artistic career beckons, clearly.

Now, fascinators are looked down upon in the Royal Encloshaaah but are permitted (for the first time this year), provided that the base is more than 10cm in diameter. (These rules are so ridiculous.) I was pretty confident that the hat complied with the rules but just to be on the safe side, I started by covering the headband bit with black ribbon to make it less obvious that it was in fact a *shock horror* fascinator.

This also had the added bonus of making it a bit less bridal.

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It was easier than I expected actually, I just wound some ribbon round and then haphazardly sewed through it, attaching it to the material of the hairband as much as I could. I also added some leather scraps at the bottom to make it comfier. It was pretty messy but didn’t show, so who cares?!

Next up came the writing. This stressed me out big time. I spent ages trying to figure out how to do it, trying to write on the hat in pencil first (invisible), dithering about stencils and whether I should pin it all down before sewing etc. Eventually I lost patience and just started freehanding it, sewing in my John Lewis ribbon as if I was writing. Which worked fine. It was insanely slow going though!

Not to mention the fact that I am rubbish at thinking ahead and have huge handwriting so ran out of space halfway through! I also realised that in my original “drawing” (if you can call it that) I hadn’t taken the headband into account and so I had to re-figure where I’d put the writing. I also decided to eschew the pearl idea, partly because I liked the simplicity of it as it was but mostly because I ran out of time. I also gave up on my brilliant idea of sticking a toy horse (spray painted gold or black) on the hat, after my family told me I looked like a Lloyd’s TSB advert.

Not before I bought a 10 pack of plastic horses though.

Any-tangent, the writing-

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I picked and unpicked various bits, redoing the D to make it curlier etc. and my thread broke all the time but finally, after several days in which my hat was all I could think or talk about, I was finished!!

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I also bought this little hair comb from Asos, primarily because it reminded me of an old hat of my grandmother’s that I love but that is too big for my small head and un-bouffant hair…

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My grandmother’s hat:

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I attached the comb (again very messily) to the band so that even more of my head was covered, and to make it a more exciting look.

(N.B. All the bees at Ascot agreed that this made the look more exciting. :-/ )

Despite all the effort, I was glad to have a hat that I knew no one else would have. Still though, if I ever get invited back, I might just buy a hat and stick an extra flower on it!

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The dress I decided on (purely because it was the only dress I had that covered all the necessary areas), was this Asos mullet hem neon yellow number (seen here):

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I added an old stretchy belt, to give it more shape, and wore it with old wedge heels from Athens (with removable daisies), my daisy necklace that I bought at the Brooklyn Flea market a while back, and my new Skinny Dip London ice cream bag. (I am seriously obsessed with Skinny Dip at the moment!)

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Blurry pictures are my favourite… 🙂

Ah, the picture of elegance. Trying to showcase the hat-

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The day itself was a lot of fun! The weather was pretty miserable, which was a shame, not least because it ruined my hair, but I still enjoyed watching the horses, admiring the hats and quaffing champagne. (And not necessarily in that order.)

We picnicked by the car which made me laugh. Only in England could you have this hugely fancy event, (the Queen attends every day, membership is invitation only etc.), and have to bring your own food and eat it in a field behind your car in the rain.

It was fun though!

The Queen arriving:

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The Queen- a tangerine dream ❤

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I actually won some money too, which was very exciting! 🙂 And I learned a valuable lesson, because I would have won a lot more if I had listened to my first instinct instead of changing my mind!

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I kept my Zara scarf on most of the day, as it was quite nippy at times.

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All in all a fabulous, super-British, super-pretentious, super-fun day!

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Have a great weekend all!

Love,

The Styletterie