Monday, April 30, 2012

tie dye skirt

dress/jumper: asos
cardigan: primark
rings: forever 21 & JWLRY
necklace: forever 21
boots: new look (so, so, so, so old!)
nails: models own hedonist* (review here)

Just a casual outfit today as I've been so busy doing things at home. I think I'm going to have square eyes from all this the time I've spent today staring at a computer screen! I can't wait to get off the computer and relax! I did go for a quick stroll at lunchtime (I seem to always run out of food after a weekend…) so I did have to actually get dressed. The weather is currently a mix between a bit of sunshine and still a bit damp after the weekend's epic downpour!

I really didn't want to like this jumper/skirt two in one from ASOS, but theres something about it that is so comfy, wearable and casual at the same time but still looks pretty unique. So I naughtily decided to keep it despite it being wayyyy over priced. I have a lot of love for tie dye at the moment and I keep meaning to go out and buy some dye so I can get DIY-ing! The boots I'm wearing today I've had for years and years  and recently re-discovered. They have to be my favourite flat boots. I got them in the sale randomly in New Look in Hereford one day in the middle of summer. They were the only ones I'd seen in store so I presumed it was fate finding them! I've worn them so much the soles are finally starting to wear away and I need to look into getting them re-soled at some point! I've noticed I have a distinct lack of cardigans in my wardrobe as well, this is the only one I've got with me at the moment and I don't even like it that much. Must make a mental note to buy some more!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

sunday portrait week 122

001. Today I spent my Sunday like I most weeks, chilling and eating. We went to Wimbledon for a trip to Wagamamas (Chicken Katsu ftw!) and apparently there's a Dominos Pizza on the cards for tonight too. Went out to a few bars last night and actually had a really awesome night. This is a photo of what I wore that night. People always ask about my night out outfits, I do frequently post them on twitter or instagram (its @llymlrs if it wasn't obvious!) but I never have time to post them on here before I go out.

002. I love neon at the moment, I'm so tempted to buy the highlighter yellow version of my Topshop jumper that I wore in the Filofax Blogger Style off. I think I prefer the neon "trend" (I hate the word trend or anything that refers to anything being "in fashion") to the pastels one. I was actually really worried when I was going to all the S/S 2012 press days and seeing all this garish bright stuff. But now I can't get enough of it! I love colour pops rather than full on neon outfits! Especially my beloved Models Own Hedonist for my nails! Some more neon treats I've got my eye on is the American Apparel Neon Nail Polishes, this River Island lime crop top & this gorgeous bright blue blazer!

003. My giveaway for the Zara bag is still on! You can enter it here! The Rafflecopter entry form has gone down really well and Im very happy with how its gone! Im going to be doing a few more giveaways in the future! Possibly bi-weekly ones so that its not too much overkill!

004. 24 hour flash sale for the Five ring mixes on JWLRY! Five for £5! So that means it's £7.50 (Including p&p in the UK!) So its a real bargain! Im going to have to adjust some of the postage prices over the next few days now that the Royal Mail prices have shot up. I think the small rings will probably stay the same price but the five mixes might go up slightly. Overseas orders are going to suffer the most unfortunately! I will keep you informed of the goings on though!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

week in photos

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Sweet Potato Fries from The Diner, My Birthday Cake. River Island Shirt, Sparkly Books, Topshop Pj's. My Dermals, Pink Cava to celbrate, Blue WKD in honor of Victoria, Morrocan Oil, Philosophy Stuff, Type Nerd! Banna Pj's from Primark, PJ's OOTD~, Prooving I bought socks at Primark, Massive Asos boxes, Balham Overgroud. Pub with my Dad, Reading on the Crosstrainer, First World Priblems, Zaggora Hot Pants, Spicey Beef Salad, Which Hair Mask? Trying Decaff (not good) London Streets, Zizzi's for lunch, Quotes, Calozone!

Friday, April 27, 2012


top: monki
necklace: river island
jacket: primark
bag: H&M
bracelet: black-tied*
shoes: office
rings: market stall and love hearts and crosses*
nails: bourjois ??

Tonight I'm off out for a few cocktails so I wore something that I could go from day to night too without being too much or taking too long to get ready. I kept it simple with a oversized slightly scruffy looking skirt long shirt. I decided not to iron it because I just have this thing about white shirts, they can either look really cool and crisp or they can look too over done and uptight. Plus I prefer the scruffy bedhead look! I paired it with my favourite jacket, trusty office flatforms and my statement snakeskin clutch!

I love my American Apparel leggings so much, I feel like I wear them so (too) much at the moment. As I've mentioned before they are the perfect alternative to American Apparel Disco Pants. If Disco Pants weren't so long or as tight I'm sure I'd be all for them, but they just don't suit me. These are just so comfortable and easy to wear and so much cheaper. I know I keep raving about them but I absolutely love them!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

asos amp boots

asos amp chelsea boots

Todays post is a pretty gratuitous blog post about my new boots. Then again most of my posts, and most blogs in general are just about gratuitous purchases and showing off what you buy. Lamenting the loss of the boots of dreams, The Topshop Adonis boots I decided to trawl the internet for something similar to fill the whole only a pair of shoes could fill. I kept searching but I couldn't find anything quite right, but when I came across these ones there was something about the shape and the style that really called out to me! I added them to my save for later basket and waited until the inevitable 20%/25% ASOS code. Thankfully one came up the other day and I decided to purchase them. So they were about £40 in the end which I don't thinks too bad. They have this really cool shape to them and have a good sized platform. Even though they make me feel like a giant they are very comfortable and easy to walk in!

Whats with Topshop and ASOS all naming their boots with "A" names?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

rose gold accents

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top: asos
leggings: american apparel via asos*
necklace: pieces via asos
jacket: river island
boots: asos
bag: zara (my giveaway for the same bag is here)
nails: rococo t-cup*

Today Im off to meet my long suffering, but doting Father as I haven't seen him in what feels like months! Although on reflection is probably has been months! My baby brother called me this morning and despite it was pretty mumbled (and in some parts shouted!) I'm pretty sure he asked me if I didn't like him anymore! So sad! However I'm just so ridiculously grumpy and tired at the moment while I get over the "withdrawal" period of cutting caffiene. I didn't realise how dependant I was on the stuff until I realised I was drinking 4-5 cups a day plus Coke on top of that! Not good for my health at all!

I wore this outfit to events last night but decided to recycle it for today. Although on reflection the epic hail storm and thunder and lightening currently distracting me from writing this post is probably a sign I am dressed highly inappropriately for the current weather. Oh well. I had a mini ASOS spree when there was a 25% off Marie Claire code and I'd had my eye on this top anyway so decided it was time to purchase it. Its very revealing and I am wearing a Motel Rocks bustier under it! I also wore my new Zara bag too which I adore! It's so big and fits in loads of stuff. I love the way it looks with my Mulberry purse (not showing off, yaddayaddayadda and it's the postmans lock contiental wallet in plaster pink soft buffalo if you're intrested) The Rose Gold hardware on both the items is just to die for. Plus the way the soft grey and the salmon pink look together just really does something for me! More things need to be rose gold! The necklace I'm wearing is actually copper tone but Im going to say its rose gold too ;)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

red stripe

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dress: topshop via ebay
jacket: primark
scarf: river island
shoes: office
necklace: topshop (similar here)

I actually took this outfit last week to post on my Birthday, but I was too excited to sit at my computer and post it so its going up today! Its been so long since I've done a actual "what Im wearing today" post and I really do apologise! Normally I do actually wear the outfits I photo about on the day I post about them. But various bits and pieces I've been doing recently have meant I've not had time to do a proper one. Fingers crossed I'll actually do one tomorrow! The weather here in the UK doesn't help, by the time I settle down to blog in the afternoon (I generally do blog related stuff from 2pm till about 8pm, taking photos around 3-4) its very dark! I thought it was supposed to be summer and my lighting woes would have gone by now!

I wanted this dress for a while and my flatmate saw it on eBay for half the price so I ended up buying it. My justification was that I don't have any red and white striped items. It sounded like a good enough excuse at the time! Im a touch to wide in the shoulder department unfortunately so it's a bit of a squeeze. I find alot of the topshop skater style dresses aren't broad enough for me! I paired the dress with my pleather primark jacket that has served me so well over the years. Ive had it for about 3 years now and it has to be one of my all time favourite items I've owned. I really do want to buy a real leather jacket though at some point, I just haven't found "the one"! Im so picky when it comes to coats and jackets! I also wore my trusty River Island scarf which is the perfect way to jazz up a super boring outfit! Excuse the mega clashy nails too! I did them for my Filofax Blogger Style off entry and didn't change them before I took these! Oops!

Had so many entries for my Zara bag giveaway! Rafflecopter has gone down well and seems to easy to use. Hopefully this will mean I'll do more giveaways on here. I'd love to do a weekly one but I don't know if thats overkill! I have an amazing giveaway that Im already planning for my blogs three year anniversary!

Monday, April 23, 2012

giveaway: grey zara messenger bag

giveaway grey zara messenger bag with rose gold hardware competition win prize
giveaway grey zara messenger bag with rose gold hardware competition win prize
giveaway grey zara messenger bag with rose gold hardware competition win prize
giveaway grey zara messenger bag with rose gold hardware competition win prize
giveaway grey zara messenger bag with rose gold hardware competition win prize
giveaway grey zara messenger bag with rose gold hardware competition win prize

In this give away Im giving away a brand new grey Zara messenger bag with rose gold toned hardware. I saw Lily wearing this bag a few days ago and just had to get one for myself. There was two left in the shop so I thought I'd buy one to giveaway on here too as I haven't done a giveaway for a while. I think the bag is absolutely gorgeous colour, its a really soft grey which contrasts really well with the rosy toned hardware!

I decided to trial a new giveaway entry system for this giveaway, because I get so many entries to giveaways it takes me ages to go through them all as I have to pull them all manually and check the entries. I also have people e-mailing me all the time asking if they've won too, so hopefully this way will be a bit easier and quicker for everyone involved! I hope people understand how enter, if not I will relaunch the giveaway in the traditional comment entry way! Goodluck!
- Giveaway ends on Midnight 7th May (GMT)
- Open to anyone and everyone! (+ International Readers!)
- There will be ONE winner!
- You need to enter through the Rafflecopter form, any comments will not count as entries.
- Winner will be chosen using Rafflecopter.
- If winner does not reply within three days the prize will be passed to another person

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, April 22, 2012

sunday portrait week 121

001. Thanks so much for all your birthday messages! I had such a nice day in the end! Im not a big birthday person so all I did was get pierced, eat food and shop! I've been watching the London Marathon, I spent 3 hours in a trance watching the coverage on the BBC! I'd love to do it one day! The commitment and dedication that goes into running one is incredible, I'd love to do it for my friends charity! Tonight Im having a takeaway (Indian! yummy!), Catching up on The Voice and watching some films!

002. Like I said, I got a new piercing the other day! The ones I got are collar bone micro dermals! Here's a photo of them and an explanation of what they are here. If they don't reject I'll do a post on them! I'm very happy with them and so glad I got them done! Piercings aren't to everyone's taste but I like them, I hate when people say you're "ruining" yourself. Obviously everyone's entitled to an opinion but there is just no need to say something like that. I wouldn't even consider myself "ruined" that I have them! I have two facial piercing scars (unless I point them out, so many people don't even notice the scars)! It doesn't bother me that they are there, I don't regret any of the piercing I've had over the years! At the time I wanted them, and they meant something to me at that point in my life!

003. I've decided its time to change up my blog layout, I've had this one for a while now and it's getting a bit tired. Im one of those people that hates change so Im worried about it! I just want too add some more colour, a few more stylistic elements to the posts (like the block quote boxes I use) and maybe switch up the header! I realised recently that there are so many blogs out there that look so similar, even more so at the moment so I want something really new and different!

004. I need to catch up on my Google Reader, I feel like I haven't sat and read my favourite blogs for ages! I feel quite out of the blogging loop at the moment!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

week in photos

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Im in this months Company Magazine, Pret for Lunch in South Kensington, The Natural History Museum, Kiwi! Dinosaurs, Skulls, My new Pal, The Greatest Snog in the World, Oreo and Chocolate Snog, Dominos on a Sunday, Origins Out of Trouble Mask, Pre-TOWIE McDonalds run, Baggy Ankles ): Myspace ruined my life tee (Myspace generation FTW!) Selfridges Splurging, Which Nars blush do you think I got? Bed and Twitter, BE SRS (Copy-write & Trademark of Kate Johnson) Four Seasons Spa, Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Palette (NEED!) Zoe taking snaps, Bronze Goddess Perfume (LOVE!), Lily obscuring the view, In the lift, My Brothers YESYESYES birthday card, River Island hat, Caudalie Eau de Beaute, My back Garden, My Birthday, Posing, Fizzy Lollipop, Fresh wounds, Iced Coffee, The Diner, Fanta!
PS. Im asked every week, but I wrote a how to do instagram posts last week on my other blog, please see that for more info! (:
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