John O’Groats

I love trains.  I really really do.  So, whilst I’m in my final ‘summer’ so to speak (although still working full time, as and when) I felt it was only necessary to take the train to John O’Groats.  As you do.  Snaps and stories.

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We took the sleeper train from London Euston up to Inverness.  This was my beaut of a berth.  If you haven’t been on a sleeper train, I’d really recommend it.  It’s so much fun toddling down to the dining carriage bar for a drink and to mingle with the other passengers.  (Note my left over gin and lemonade glass.)  It can be a bit hit and miss as to how well you actually sleep, but I find the swaying and to and froing really rather comforting.  Then waking up and finding out you’re in the middle of Scotland and that the London lights are 300 miles behind you, pretty breathtaking.

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We wandered around Inverness for a bit before catching our next train, from Inverness to Wick.  This was a 4 hour pretty bumpy ride through the Highlands but was absolutely beautiful.  I saw puffins, deer, even majestic stags and of course, lots and lots of sheep.  It was gorgeous.

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From Wick, we took another very bumpy bus up to John O’Groats (the most northern part of the UK) itself.  It was crazy, literally nothing there.  I felt extremely overwhelmed about how far north we were (which is weird, cause I’ve been to Australia heaps of times LITERALLY the other side of the world) but is was beautiful and desolate at the same time.  Excuse the pretty casual get up here.  (I’d spent upwards of 12 hours on trains).  But FYI my tee is ASOS, jeans are trusty BDG at Urban Outfitters favourites, socks are Topshop and sneakers are Vans.

After a twenty minute stroll around John O’Groats we got the same very bumpy bus back to our hotel in central Wick (located on the shortest street in the world, don’t you know).  After relaxing over a bottle of cava we headed down to a gorgeous dinner and some drinks in the bar, before collapsing into bed.

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After an early start, we got the same (bumpy) train from Wick down to Inverness where we spent the day strolling the Ness and the Isles of Ness, shopping and gorging on Pizza Express.  At 8pm we boarded the sleeper train to head back to London Euston where we arrived 12 hours later.

So that was it!  It was a beautiful trip and exactly the break I needed.  The Highlands were just gorgeous and I can now say I’ve been to the most northerly point in the UK!  Next, Landsend.

 

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Home Alone – Kevin, The Fashion Icon

I had a pretty chilled Sunday afternoon.  I watched Home Alone, burnt my new Yankee Candle and wrote all my Christmas cards with a cuppa and a mince pie.  Jubbly.  It was only after I got thinking how freaking cool the character Kevin is in Home Alone!  I mean, alone all by himself, no crazy family .. every kid’s dream come true to have free reign over the house!  Not just that though, his outfits.  That kid has style!  See what I mean?

Image1)  Grey, White and Red Fairisle Beanie – Topman – £12.00

2)  Burgundy Mohair Mix Knitted Snood – New Look – £7.99

3)  Light Brown Patterned Sleeve Jacket – River Island – £85.00

4)  Loom Tartan Wool Scarf – Franco Ferrari at Harvey Nichols – £185.00

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Cheap Monday Marble Jumper – Cheap Monday at ASOS – £50.00

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1)  Bomber Jacket by Schott NYC – Topshop – £150.00

2)  Scandi Fairisle Beanie – Topshop – £14.00

3)  Classic Cabe V Neck – Crew Clothing Company – £58.00

4)  Linea 100% Wool Scarf – House of Fraser – Was £39.00 Now £29.00

Well I certainly want to dress like Kevin.  Nothing like a little fash inspo from a favourite childhood Christmas movie, ciao!

Winter Wishlist

First off, apologies for the hasty formatting.  I’m in a terrible rush as I’m desperate to hit the shops to buy all the beautiful things listed I can’t afford.  Sigh.  

It was yesterday, a typical lazy (and hazy) Sunday when I got so chilly I had to turn the heating on.  It got me thinking of all the clothes I could do with that you can really snuggle into.  You know what I mean when I say that, right?  Clothes you can wrap around you, covering your face, rub your cheek against and feel super warm and cosy in.  Ahh.  Here’s my pick of the bunch for Winter 2013:

Image1)  Natural Chunky Knit Wrap – The Collection at Debenhams – £45.00

2)  Wildfox Gothic Crosses Cardigan – Wildfox at ASOS – £299.00

3)  Barts Grande Scarf – Barts at ASOS – £49.99

4)  Free People Aurora Tie-Dye Sport Top – Free People at Urban Outfitters – £58.00

5)  Knitted Hat – H and M – £6.99

6)  Beckside Crew – Jack Wills – £59.50

7)  Free People Hendrix Kimono Cardigan With Applique Detail and Tassell Trim – Free People at ASOS – £240.00

8)  Phase Eight Britney Dress, Multi – Phase Eight at John Lewis – £68.00

And FYI, here’s my pick of the bunch from 2012:

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Have a great week!

 

 

Pride of Playsuit

Hello!  Here is my third and final #OOTD post from my holiday in Cyprus.  

ImageThe playsuit is from ASOS and the sandals are from Dune.  I have a lot of love for this playsuit.  I bought it for my Thailand travels last year and it is one of the most comfortable getups to throw on as it’s 100% cotton.  Happy Day.

And have a lovely day yourself!

 

Asos Haul – Cheeky Boom Boom!

Has anyone else noticed that Jeremy Kyle isn’t sponsored by ‘Cheeky Boom Boom’ anymore?!  No?  Just me?  Okay ..

So I got paid today and as I’ve been working really hard at Uni recently, I thought it was about time I treated myself with some good old fashioned online shopping (complete with 25% Student Discount, result!).  When the items arrive, I might mess about showing you me wearing/styling them, but we’ll have to see haha!  Here’s what I bought:

A gorgeous dungaree dress!  Depending on the length, it might even be possible for me to wear this to work.  When I checked back two hours after purchase to get the pictures for my blog, it had sold out!  So sorry kids, won’t be able to steal my style on this one ;)

A collar!  I’ve been on the hunt for one of these for a while.  At Brick Lane the other day they were going for £15 so I was quite chuffed to find this one for £10.  It’s the kind of thing that would be good for a night out, or spruce up a plain tee for work.

I think this boob tube had a low sale price because of ridiculously how out of season it is, and I couldn’t resist!  Again, this is a bit more of a going out affair and I think it would look awesome with some high waisted trousers.

Okay, don’t laugh, but these are maternity jeans.  I said, don’t laugh!  I’ve recently found that maternity wear is one of the most comfortable ways to look stylish without resorting to tracksuits.  Take these jeans for example, they are skinny denim with a slight stretch on the leg, with an elasticated waist .. brilliant!  Instant comfort minus the morning sickness!

So regarding I don’t send anything back, I’ll blog with how the items look in real life, not on stunning models with a pure white background (although I am slightly striving for the photography haha!).  Take care!

Colourblind Reflection

If you’re reading this, stop.  Wait until the weather gets rubbish again and read it then.  I’m only writing this because I’m burning up in the delicious weather.  It’s been absolutely beautiful.  I’ve finished all my exams and have nothing to do except drink cider and sit in the sun all day.  So if you’re reading this, stop, go outside and read a book and get some sun on your face, and read it later when the sun goes down and the day is done.

I’ve been in a bikini the last few days, and as much as I love you all, won’t subject you to pictures of that!  Here’s what I wore a few days ago for afternoon tea with boyfriend’s Aunt and Uncle.  I got ready VERY quickly and as the title suggests, on reflection I was perhaps slightly colourblind in deciding what to wear!  But here it is anyway:

Cardigan – Urban Outfitters     Top – Asos     Jeans – TK Maxx     Shoes-New Look

A close up of my jeans and shoes.  I absolutely love these jeans.  SO comfy and different from standard skinnies.  And my new shoes!  These are actually heeled wedges but you can’t really see from this angle.  I’ve bought them for the two weddings I’ve got coming up over the next two weeks so have been wearing them out and about just to break them in.

A close up of my top half.

A close up of my face.  It’s only in this picture I’ve seen how much my purple dip dye has washed out, boo!  I’m wearing MAC foundation, Rimmel blusher, NO7 nude lipstick and MAC mascara.

Now get out in that sun!

Hope, Faith and Charity Shopping

A lot of the blogs I follow are predominantly about fashion, thriftiness and fun.  I think charity shopping can be all of these things.  You can find a cheeky bit of fashion among the size 18 maxi skirts and men’s shirts, if you’re willing to rummage, look a bit harder.  It’s the way many of my friends feel about TX MAXX, thinking it’s just a giant jumble sale and they can never find anything.  Have a rummage!  (Gosh I love that word, keep saying it, rummage, rummage ..)  So I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite charity shop finds over the last six months or so.  Here goes:

So this beauty cost me just £4.  It looks huge, but it’s basically a glittery gold top complete with … shoulder pads!  It’s a little bit cropped, so will look perfect with high waisted shorts and jeans for a night out.  I’ll probably where it out when my dreaded exams are over, might even blog a picture for you!

Okay, so it kind of looks like a kilt.  It’s not!  It’s a lovely checkered high waisted skirt, that looks fab with tights boots and a waistcoat.  Purchased this bad boy for just £2.50 in Windsor.

This is my favorite Grandad jumper which I purchased in a Carlisle charity shop for about a fiver.  It smelt a little bit odd to say the least at first, so I had to wash it about three times before it was wearable but I love it now!  It’s great just for lounging about and is a definite fav with skinny jeans.

This is a multi coloured skirt I found in Southampton for just £3.  Apologies for the creases!  Now I’ve dug it out of my wardrobe I think I’ll be wearing it to work this week with a black shirt, color pop all the way.

So here are all my purchases!

Hope you enjoyed that brief look into my closet.  Whilst I love the Outfitters of Urban, Topshop and ASOS, you can’t beat the satisfaction of finding an absolute beaut of a bargain in a charity shop.  So have a rummage guys!  Will show you more purchases as they happen.  Have a good day!