Ascot 2014

This weekend marks the King George Weekend (A Modern British Classic) at the Ascot Racecourse near Windsor.  It also marks just over a month since I graced Ladies Day at Ascot with my beautiful girlfriends (from left to right: Georgie, Chaz, Myself, Shona and Becky).  Here’s what happened:

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After a bright and early start we all met at Georgie’s house for the 30 minute taxi journey to Ascot.  As we were in the Silver Ring, we were allowed to take 1 bottle of sparkling wine/champagne/cava per person as well as a picnic taken in a cool bag or hamper. I settled on a bottle of Prosecco and a ladylike burger from a stand inside.  Here’s a snap of us before we all went in.  I’m the short one in the middle.  Whilst I contemplated wearing heels, I also figured there would be a lot of walking involved on the day, to and from the betting stations and the bar (of course).  So I bit the bullet and went for my fancy Dune sandals of 4 summers ago, and I’m so glad I did!  Sparkly feet and no foot pain whatsoever, winning.  Whilst I can’t remember where all the girls outfits are from (but if you’re interested, comment below and I’ll find out for you :)) my #OOTD is as follows:

Fascinator – British Heart Foundation Charity Shop

Dress – Planet at Debenhams

Watch – Vintage

Clutch – Florence and Fred

Sandals – Dune

Cheers!

Cheers!

After we found ourselves a patch of grass amongst the throng, we sat down to toast the day and drink our bubbles.

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We’re all such busy ladies, so it was lovely to catch some sun, chill, chat, drink and giggle catching up.  People watching was beaut too!  (Also can we please acknowledge Georgie’s gorgeous hair?!)

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As you can see, it was utterly crowded in the Silver Ring, but it was great because it added to the atmosphere in so many ways.  It was lovely seeing everyone dressed up and having a good time.  Just before the races started the Queen popped on by in her carriage, we didn’t see her, but had this pretty good view of the big screen!

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Next the races started.  There were 6 in all, between 2.30pm and around 6pm with about 30/40 minutes between each, enough time to pop to the ladies, the bar, or make your bets.  We all got involved in the betting.  Whilst my Dad had very methodically selected 6 horses with the aid of the Racing Post, we all picked the horses we liked the names of!  I came away £25 up!  #Winning

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After an AMAZING day we got our taxi home where we descended on Yates’ in all our finery to watch the England game, and we all know how that turned out!  Nevertheless we had a fantastic time, it was a great experience, and I’d really recommend Ascot to all!

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Christmas Party – Afternoon Style

Greetings!  I’m just about to head off to my first Christmas Party of 2013.  Well, sort of.  It’s a party in one of my modules, to wrap up the semester, but being only from 3-5pm and just at Uni, I’ve dressed Christmas Casual with just a little bit of sparkle.

ImageTop – Zara

Skirt – Topshop via Ebay

Leggings – Florence and Fred

Boots – Nine West

ImageMake up – Everday with Bronze Eye Shadow

Turquoise – Barry M Gelly Hi-Shire in Greenberry

Coral – Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in Passionfruit

It’s certainly no where near my winter and wine wish list (https://bellasbits.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/winter-and-wine-wishlist/), but it is technically winter and there will be wine (even at parties between 3-5pm!).  Off I pop!  Laters.

 

 

Winter Denim Tabard Time

So as I mentioned here: https://bellasbits.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/denim-tabard-time/, this dress is a classic piece that can be taken effortlessly from summer to winter.  Here’s my winter take on it:

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Top – Rokit Vintage

Necklace – Ideal Home Show

Dress – Urban Outfitters

Tights – Florence and Fred

Boots – Nine West

Voila!  And stay tuned for my giveaway!

Faux Fur and Cover-ups

Hey!  Here’s an outfit I wore a few days ago and thought I’d share it with you.  It was just for a casual trip to Uni and I felt really comfortable in it.

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Dress – Urban Outfitters

Top Underneath – Urban Outfitters

Leggings – Florence and Fred at Tesco

Boots – Nine West

Cardigan – Miss Selfridge

I’ve actually had this dress for, wait for it, 5 years and this was the first time I’ve ever worn it!  I popped to the supermarket with boyfriend after, and he said he kept missing me because it’s never something I would usually wear.  I think it’s quite an adult, grown up dress .. maybe me .. and my style are gracefully maturing?!  I did find the dress quite low cut though, so I turned around the gorgeous blue Urban Outfitters top with a lace back .. to make it a high lace front.   The boots are actually my Mums that I have successfully stolen for the Winter (cheers) and my cardigan fits in pretty well with my snuggly clothing obsession: https://bellasbits.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/winter-wishlist/!  Take Care :)

By the Gent’s Loos

Hello all!  Today I spent the day at Uni, so this is basically an everyday sort of outfit, perfect in these shivery Winter months.

The top is from H and M, the necklace is Accesorize, the skirt is Forever 21, the tights are Florence and Fred and I talked about the Urban Outfitters boots in a post last week :)

My student flat is really dark on the inside and very bricky on the outside so it’s hard to find the right kind of place to take a picture, by the picture of the Gents Loos (which we put up for a party we had a few weeks ago, if anyone was wondering!) is a good start.

Take care!

Party Life: Fashion

So, I think I intended to tell you about Southampton night life, but I’m going to leave that for the Southampton specific post.  Here’s some of my party life fashion moments.   I don’t know HOW many times you have seen this outfit, but this is seriously how fantastically versatile it is!  Top from Topshop, Culottes from Urban Outfitters – bish bash bosh!  This is a pretty standard summer clubbing outfit for me.  Something that doesn’t show too much leg, but that doesn’t need tights and will show off my waist.  FYI this was taken in Jesters, which I’m sure you will hear more about in the Southampton post.   So you can only see half this outfit, but it’s still a goodun.  The statement necklace is from East and the top is actually a full on body corset that I needed for dance, from Florence and Fred.  The high waisted shorts are TK Maxx.  Every single outfit I wear clubbing is with flats.  I would love to be able to wear heels, but I just can’t.  How can I do the worm in heels eh?!  Ah, a heels shot!  However, I did only wear the heels for pre-drinking to get me in the mood, then it was straight into flats before heading out the door.  The boob tube and the heels are New Look and the high waisted shorts are River Island.  High waisted shorts are pretty much a clubbing staple for me.  They’re comfortable, suck in your tum and mean you can do the worm without flashing your panties.  Win.

 

A slightly more official looking photo.  This was for a Dinner Dance for my Performing Arts Society at Uni.  The dress was a fiver in TK Maxx, the heels (I sat down ALL night, hurrah!) are Schuh and the blazer was borrowed from my housemate.  Boyfriend wears .. Topman.

 

Karaoke buzz!  This was for a night out in Carlisle which was just great fun.  The top is TK Maxx and the high waisted shorts (seeing a pattern here?!) are Topshop.

So there’s a quick round up of Party Life fashion – stay tuned to hear more about Soton nightlife!

What’s Happened In May … So Far!

Basically, May has been SUCH a hectic month, it always it.  The sun is just beginning to show its gorgeous face, exams are looming, there’s far too much work to be done … thus the inevitable need for distraction and fun!

 

1)  We went to Thorpe Park!  It was very weird actually, we drove down for the day in the cold, wet and wind and seeing as Thorpe Park is very close to my home, it was very bizarre to drive all that way and not actually go home.  Here shows Emily (being the most sensibly dressed out of us all wearing proper waterproof hiking gear), Eimear (in her famous Southampton Scarf who she supports to the death), Jamie (in wellies, a very good idea) and myself (in Dorothy Perkins denim jacket (WHY did I think that was a good idea?!), Topshop dress, Florence and Fred jeggings (again, WHY?!) and Reebok trainers (and what?!)).  It was an amazing day, especially seeing as Eimear had never been before.  Because the weather was so awful there was barely anyone there, meaning we got on every ride in about ten minutes, amaze!

2)  Draw Something!  I’ve recently discovered this Android App, and its amazing!  Basically, the idea is that its quite like Pictionary, you draw something for someone and they draw something back and you gain points to buy more colours and words … simples!

3)  STA Travel!  For those of you who don’t know, the boyfriend and I have booked to go backpacking around Thailand for a month (where I will TRY and blog but I have no idea how successful I will be), meaning countless trips in and out of STA Travel in Southampton, in fact we’ve got another one tomorrow.  I just love it in there.  Everyone that works there is so cool and friendly and has been to millions of places and just done the most amazing things, I want to be in their gang!  If you’ve ever booking a far flung hol, I would absolutely recommend it.

4)  My beautiful new Cath Kidston bag :)  I had quite a bit of money from my Birthday left over and was desperate for this bag in the white with the spring colour flowers, but alas, it had sold out EVERYWHERE.  So after many hours or scouring the internet high and low, I found the brown version which I still absolutely LOVE.  A Summer and Winter bag, that’s waterproof and won’t get dirty.  Score.

5)  Now, to any chefs out there, do you remember that rush, that satisfaction the first time you cooked a proper meal, and it was delicious and people enjoyed it?  I experienced that for the first time this May Bank Holiday.  After a failed attempt to go to a Boot Fair (that had already closed by the time we got there, at 10.30am pffftttt), we decided to have a quick Tesco run and whilst in there, I was struck by inspiration.  May Day Bank Holiday = Roast Dinner, and so the quest began.  After four hours running around our absolutely tiny kitchen that I share with 8 others, yelling profanities having filled up every single hob and oven shelf much to the annoyance of the housies, I did it.  And it was incredible.

6)  Southampton in the sun!  After 18 months of living here, I walked to town for the first time and it was delightful.  Normally I get the bus or drive but in the sun I thought, hey, let’s walk.  And it was lovely, sun and Southampton = perfect combo.

7)  I’ve officially handed in all of my Second Year Coursework – hurrah!  So inevitably this called for a 10.30am trip to the pub to drink pints and play pool, and not leave all day.  Lush.

8)  And this weekend, the weather was so divine and the boyfriend and I were getting so stressed out about work and exams we decided to just escape and head off to the New Forest for the day, which was absolutely beautiful.  We found a few villages and bought lots of ice cream, got scared by lots of horses before we found a clearing where we played cards, played frisbee and got burnt.  Bliss.