Sunday, July 31, 2011

sunday portrait week 85

excuse my one sided pose! my eye is still a bit dodge!

001. Have such an amazing day planned for Thursday in London, But I cant really tell you right now whats going down! Hating all the secrecy but you will more than likely find out on Tuesday whats going on, as something super exciting is happening then too! I know I've said this before but I am truly and sincerely grateful for the opportunities you guys have given me by being so supportive of my blog. Without you choosing to follow my blog I really wouldn't have experienced some of the things I have in the past two years.

002. Trying to sort out moving to London STILL, but nothings really falling into place like I hoped. I obviously didn't make it to London last week because of my eye (which is SO much better! thanks everyone for your kind words!) and I'm not sure about the person I was going to live with as she's decided she wanted to live elsewhere. My goal was to be out by the end of this month, its still looking hopeful I just really need to push for it now! I definitely need to be living in London for Fashion Week (gosh its come round so soon!)

003. I styled my hair very roughly with the Babyliss Conical Wand that I posted about on my other blog. I actually really like the effect, nice soft curls without being those horrible ringlets you get from most curling irons! Very pleased with it!

004. There is still 20% off in my shop until Monday night using "WEEKEND"! The fives are sold out but are on pre-order which you can get the extra money off with if you dont mind waiting. I am running out of a lot of stock at the moment but as Im planning on moving I really don't want to get too much stock in because I think I'll be shutting the shop while I move and settle in! Everything ordered last week will FINALLY be sent on Monday! Apologies if you've had to wait! They sent my envelopes to the wrong house!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

graduation day

clutch: primark
shoes: new look

So I graduated last week, and so this post is a little late, but I was in two minds if I was going to post them or not, However I decided to go for it in the end. Something about posting my graduation photos to me felt like the lines blurring between my "real" life and my blog life. It felt a little too personal for my tastes, Its not that I dont feel comfortable sharing my life on the internet, hell I do it every single day! I just feel weird posting photos of my friends and family, much like the reason I've never posted my holiday photos or ones from my 21st! Decided to omit them and just post the ones my mother took of me on the day.

Onto the outfit, the shoes I did plan on getting didn't come in time so I opted for black ones I've had from New Look for what seems like years! They are so comfy and easy to wear. I really hate my knees, they are so messed up from years of bumping them & various sports injuries! Im really glad I ended up with this pink dress as it was really "me", especially since I was probably one of the only people wearing alot of colour. I don't do blending into the background. Excuse my wind swept barnet as it was super windy that day!

Major thanks to my Mum for being a photographer and proving to the world I do not have wooden stumps for legs!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

red lace

dress: primark
necklace: forever 21
blazer: river island

Queen of inappropriate dressing! I wore this to the doctors today haha! The oldies were giving me some funny looks to be honest! Was sitting there with a half swollen face, no makeup and a super dressy dress. It made me laugh though! They dont really know whats wrong with me, but they gave me some antibiotics to clear up the infection around my eye! So fingers crossed it will go away soon!

Apologies if your waiting for stuff from my jewellery shop & from my blogsale, Anything ordered this week specifically, Im waiting on a new batch of envelopes, they were supposed to be here two days ago but they still havent been delivered. I hate the mail system, I really do! Thought I'd do a quick weekend code till Monday! Use "WEEKEND" for 20% off!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

rabbit heart

sweater: topshop
skirt: H&M
rings: jwlry
nails: eyeko rain
lips: mac cut a caper

This jumper is one of those items I regret buying, I love it but it absolutely stinks if you leave it in your wardrobe for a while. A little bit like rust or something? I cant really explain, but hey I'm still wearing it so it cant be that bad. Its not too bad the day after you wash it, but if I leave it a while it just smells gross! I do really love the shape and style of the jumper but it just annoys me too much most of the time to wear! I have this skirt in four or five different colours too, I love them! So versatile and easy to wear! I've been kicking around the house all day doing housework, ironing and packing blogsale stuff and sorting out a few things I've been working on for a while! I'm so desperate to let you guys know about some things that are going on but its still all a bit hushhush!

Feeling a little sorry for myself tonight, my eye has blown up and gone so red and sore. Its been giving me a bit of pain for the past few days but I thought it was just hayfever or something. Today in between taking these photos & now its puffed up completely and is just giving me so much grief. I could't get into the doctors till Friday, so I'm really hoping its not too bad tomorrow. I'm so bad when I'm ill, I'm a cybercondriac too which doesnt help! According to Google I must have my orbital bone removed or something ridiculous! Haha! Sure some antibiotics will help it though! Apologies if I dont blog until its gone though! But knowing me I probably will!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

we are the sound

jumper: topshop
shirt: H&M
skirt: romwe
rings: jwlry & primark
nails: eyeko rain
lips: natural collection pink mallow
necktie: new look (headband worn as tie)

I know what your thinking, another school girl outfit, trying to re-live my yoof* now that I'm actually a adult (sob!). Bought the jumper on a whim today from Topshop, was a choice between this jumper and a ampersand jumper, but the ampersand jumper looked like it would be too big for so I decided against it. I love the chunky cosy feeling to it, its so warm and comfy! Paired with my trusty Romwe skirt, a H&M shirt (proper view here!) and a necktie which I fashioned out of a old bow headband from New Look! I know the skirt looks a little short in these photos, but I've got this habit of posing while taking photos on my tippy toes, I dont even know why I do it, so alot of things bunch up at the waist! I can assure my modesty was preserved. Thanks cycling shorts!

I'm going to London on Thursday to look at apartments and houses in the hope something will jump out at me! 'Im really excited as I'm hoping we'll have a ton lined up ready to just go for! Im also meeting my new housemate for the first time, which I actually met on Spareroom, a flat share website. We've been e-mailing for a while so its super cool to finally meet her!

New post on ETC LLYMLRS too!

* please note this is a deliberate spelling mistake, for the lolz

Monday, July 25, 2011

play crack the sky

*the dress is black but the lighting was very odd where i took my photos today!
dress: missguided
belt: primark
earrings: urban outfitters
rings: jwlry
nails: cicate skinny jeans via glossybox
lips: mac cut a caper

Today I went for afternoon tea at a local bar with my friend Hannah. She had tea and I had iced coffee, but then I was naughty and had a sly Corona as well. Whoops. The weather was really lovely when I stepped out the house so I sort of regretted wearing such a heavy black dress but by the time we'd finished it was freezing again! Bloody English weather!

Missguided sent me this dress when I was on holiday, I absolutely love it. I'm all for the fit and flare dresses! So flattering on people like me with little waists and then rounder hips! This ones a little bit long for my personal taste, I'm really petite so I find certain lengths just hit me wrong making my body look a awkward shape. I think just taking off a inch would make it so much more flattering, I'll get my mum to get the sewing machine out! I did wear my Allegera boots with it so I had a little extra height to balance things out! The leopard belt is a Primark two for £2 special, the other was purple but I gave it to my Mum.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

sunday portrait week 84

suppose you see enough of my mug in HQ every week! photobooth ftw.

001. Tonight Im sitting and nomming on thai beef salad and coconut rice, feeling like the ultimate fatty! I forgot we had a Thai takeaway where I live so I just had to indulge! Hoping to catch up on some TV (TRUE BLOOD <3) and sort out all my makeup. I've bought a few new bits and bobs recently, probably swapped my usual clothing spend in favour of makeup but oh well! I've done a review of Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation today as its been highly requested after I mentioned using it.

002. Want to just mention all the horrible things going on in the world at the moment, the awful shooting in Norway, the death of Amy Winehouse and all the terrible things happening on Africa as a result of the drought. Today would have been one of my best friends 21st birthdays too, but he tragically died of cancer a few years ago. Its just been one of those weeks really that puts life into perspective, makes me realise how thankful I am for the safety and security in my life, but things like the Norway bombing and shooting just make you realize how vulnerable we all are and how unexpected things can really shock the world. My thoughts go out to everyone who's suffering as a result of things at the moment.

003. I've put up some blog sale stuff, alot of its gone already so I'm sorry if you've missed out or what you wanted has gone! I've also put free shipping on the five stone rings, that includes international shipping so its just £10 for all five & no postage charges!

004. I went to a Birmingham Blogger meet up on Saturday which was lovely! Will post what happened on ETC LLYMLRS during the week, I did a vlog as well! But what I was most surprised was that alot of people live in the same sort of area to me. Hayley has set up a UK bloggers map and if can your add your location to it it will help you find bloggers in your local area, its a great way to meet people who are interested in blogging in your area! You obviously don't have to do it if you don't feel comfortable letting people know the city you live in, but its really fun meeting people who share a common interest with you!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

vote for yayer!

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Harriet from Yayer recently got in touch letting me now they were nominated for a Best Vintage award at the Reveal Magazine Click to Buy Awards 2011! I'm so ridiculously pleased for them as they are one of those vintage brands that have just grown over the past year & its really great seeing them do so well. Its nice to see small companies getting the recognition they deserve, being up against some of the major players like eBay, Pret-a-Portobellow & Asos Marketplace.

If you could go on over to the voting pages and vote for them it would really help them! Voting closes on August 12th & everyone who completes the voting will be entered into a draw to win one of five luxury goody bags!

Friday, July 22, 2011

the modern age

leggings: american apparell
blazer: H&M
nails: eyeko punk, eyeko tea rose, beauty uk soft pink, barry m baby pink, stargazer 504

Lets all go to Tesco, where Lily buys her best clothes... errr. Hahah I'm joking, but seriously so much love for this dress! Its funny how some of the things I wear all the time and really love I dont post on here about. I'd say I wear this dress at least once a week at the moment. Its really great to add a ~pop~ of colour without being too much, I dont really do brights, but this is acceptable in my books! I would normally wear my big black forever 21 cross necklace, but its gone walkabouts since I did a massive clean out of all my jewellery!

Thought I'd try Ombre nails for my graduation, came out really nicely to be honest! Might do it again with different colours. It's so easy and simple to do plus looks super nice. I'm wearing some falsies as well because my natural nails are just too short. I normally use the Nailene 200's in active square when I have false nails, but recently I've not been able to find them in the shops (Boots/Superdrug) anymore. I got these off eBay though!

Posted my thoughts on Glossy Box over on my other blog, go read it if you fancy a little more!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

the basics

top: primark (mens tee with sleeves cut off)
skirt: H&M
leggins: american apparell
necklace & rings: jwlry
nails: models own top turquoise
lips: mac hue
dopey face: priceless

Another day, another boring outfit. I promised myself I'd blog every outfit I wore this week, this is an example of a outfit that I'd wear and just not blog about. I dont know why but I really cant be bothered to dress up any further than the basics at the moment. Maybe its because I havent left the house once again or Im just a little uninspired with the clothes I have. It could also be that I just like dressing really simple, I dont see the point in being fussy and OTT, just isn't me! I don't particularly like patterns or florals! Spent today rummaging through boxes of clothes, rediscovering old favorites and sorting my ever growing charity pile out.

I graduate tomorrow which is super exciting, end of a era and all that. The idea of being a real adult, having to find a job and pay for stuff without the help of a student loan its kinda daunting. Its exciting too though. Got some cool opportunities coming up at the moment which is really inspiring me to keep working hard and going forward.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

moving pictures

top: primark
skirt: romwe
necklace: forever 21
nails: models own top turquoise

Today I wore this, The tee is a Primark mens in extra small, it was only like £2 or something ridiculously cheap. I much prefer the mens basic tshirts than the womens ones. I find the womens ones really weird, stretchy and generally unflattering! Also wearing that Romwe skirt I've been wearing alot recently, its one of those really classic versatile pieces that goes with practically everything. I really need to take another trip to Forever 21 to get some more necklaces and jewellery. I've been eyeing stuff up on their website but I've heard a few horror stories about ordering online from there so I'm a bit reluctant! I think the London store is opening up soon for anyone who lives there though!

Remember to follow my new blog for more bits and bobs!

Monday, July 18, 2011


shirt: H&M
skirt: H&M
blazer: river island
nails: models own top turquoise
rings: jwlry

Today has been nice, something about staying indoors when the weathers bad and just sitting down, going through some of your fave blogs, drinking a few cups of tea and generally chilling. My brother also locked me in the house so I have a bit of cabin fever, although I havent decided to jump out the window yet so it cant be all bad!

Just wore this off white shirt, bandage skirt & blazer, maybe a little dressy for doing nothing in, but when have I ever stuck to the rules! I've hardly bought any clothes this month,  I just sort of don't like anything enough to spend my money on things. The only thing I desperately want is this tunic in black so I'm holding out for Topshop to come up with the goods!

Thanks to everyone who's already followed ETC LLYMLRS, I know there's a little grumbling about having two blogs, To clear things up, I'm not giving up this blog, I'm a little unsure why people would think I would be... It would be crazy if I went and threw all the effort I've put into this one away. Its going to be the "off topic" blog, basically the  stuff that doesn't fit in with what I have going on here. I think it's gonna work so much better having the two separate ones as I know not everyone likes the more general stuff, some people just want to see clothes and the outfits! I've just a blog on there about the camera that I use.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

sunday portrait week 83

001. I graduate this week, super excited to get that all done and dusted! Sometimes I feel like my life is painfully boring and then it can go from super dull to awesome in a matter of days. I need to see Harry Potter at some point #unpopularopinion but I'm not really that much of a HP fan, I mean I can watch it, I think its quite good, thats cool but Im not like ZOMGPOTTER. I read the books and stuff when I was younger and the race to finish the book was like the ultimate in coolness.

002. Plans are finally getting in motion for me moving, Im HOPEFULLY viewing some places next Saturday, I really hope some place nice comes up as I really want to move down like NOW. I'm also hopefully (again no solid plans!?!) going to be in Brighton next weekend visiting friends. I was planning on going to the Midlands Blogger meet up but I cant make it anymore as I've overbooked myself ): This is why I need a new diary!

003. Yesterday I went to a Herbal Essences event at The Crazy Bears Club, Me and a host of lovely bloggers (I can confirm everyone I met is lovely in real life!) all were treated so some absolutely yum food & cocktails. With loads of chit chat about the ins and outs of blogging & just general life! Its really lovely meeting bloggers in real life, its funny because despite not meeting people before you kinda "know" them already if you get me!

004. And I know not blog related but I CANNOT wait to watch Money in the Bank WWE Pay Per View tonight, Seriously love pro wrestling so much. I think alot of people think I'm really simple and only like fashion, but I've said before on here I'd rather go to Wrestlemania over Fashion Week any day! I have so many other interests that I don't show on the blog, I love crime (especially serial killers and mobsters!) and history (especially the darkerside of society). I'm super interested in conspiracy theories and love watching really bad and pointless American TV shows. I wouldn't even say "fashion" is my main interest either! I love the social networking side of blogging more than the content!

005. I have decided I'm going to start posting on my ETC LLYMLRS blog, despite the fact I've not posted anything on it properly before it has 11 followers haha! Its probably going to be a bit more a insight into "behind" the clothes (not undies, perv's!). I'm hoping to post things like events I go to, bit about products I use, reviews, thoughts on items I buy, in depth looks at things, wishlists, items I want, photos of things I do. Like I'm always asked about things like my hair (don't brush your hair, backcomb it and clip it up at the side!) and or my makeup (still use all the things mentioned in this post!) But am reluctant to post about them here because I want to keep my blog focused on what its supposed to be about, clothing! I'll get a post up tomorrow on it & redo the header and maybe the background to give it a different identity to this blog! and no the blog wont be on wrestling, despite how much I'd like to write one ;) So go ahead and follow if you wanna see more of that stuff!

Friday, July 15, 2011

up all night

skirt: romwe
necklace: forever 21
belt: topshop (i bought it when i was like 15?)

So alot of things are going on behind the scenes at the blog at the moment, I cant really talk about all of them yet as they aren't 100% sorted and finalized, but I just wanted to share that I'm now interning at Motel! I'm working as a "Social Media Assistant" and I'm running their Twitter & Tumblr pages, it would be great if you could all go follow to help me out a bit! If you have any suggestions of things you'd like to see just let me know! I'm going to be doing a fashion Q&A session on the Motel Twitter soon so you can ask me anything to do with styling and how to wear things and I can help you out! I'm super excited about working with Motel and so grateful for the opportunity!

Anyway, the outfit. I think this completely sums up the way I like to dress. A little bit girly, a little bit dark. I like the whole soft/hard contrast between pink and black at the moment so its pretty much my go to look! Off to London tomorrow to a Herbal Essences event, must start detangling my hair in preparation! Really looking forward to meeting some bloggers, alot that are going are ones I've not met before, so Im super keen!
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