Uniqlo thermals, my husky and me

With Southeastern trains having an unbelievable snow fail, and having waited for a few hours for a train before giving up on going into work for today I thought I'd put my Uniqlo thermals to good use and head to the garden with my gorgeous husky.

You can't see them, but I'm wearing thermal tights, a thermal top and thermal shorts (oh yes) under my skirt. Uniqlo are truly the masters of keeping us warm on days like today. I just added the Topshop reindeer socks and my River Island fox hat to keep it chic.

Leopard Crazy


Twitter Treasures

I love twitter, not only because you can get the latest news, bash your least favourite contestants on X Factor and look at weird trends but also because you can learn about hidden shopping gems that you might not have otherwise.

Jewellery by Vanya is an example of this. A beautifully laid out website selling affordable pieces that look like your grandmother's treasured heirlooms. The quirky, cute and thoroughly gorgeous offerings are each more desirable than the last and its all I can do not to put 20 in my basket at a time.

My personal favourites are the bow, gilded leaf and especially the wonderfully simple Lady Lileth Japanese tear drop necklace, I can just picture that adding a little luminosity to any look.

With rings starting at £8 and necklaces at £12 you'd better get shopping before this adorable boutique goes stratospheric... which it most definitely will.


The East End Thrift Store

Last weekend the Boy and I decided to give the East End Thrift Store a visit. Its been over a year since we last went and we weren't disappointed. What was once a loft room stuffed with junk is now a showcase of their best vintage finds. Downstairs you can still find amazing bargains for £10 - and if you're looking for a snowman or reindeer intarsia jumper btw this is definitely the place to go - but upstairs is now like an Aladdin's cave of clothing delight.

I tried on that yellow, blue and red jumper and was about 30 seconds away from buying it before shoppers guilt (and my mothers voice) kicked in and I reluctantly put it back on the hanger, so if you were the lucky person who bought it - good on you!
 We then ventured to Brick Lane to have a look in Beyond Retro and some other stores before I declared myself to be 'vintaged-out' much to the Boy's amusement and we headed back west to the more 'modern' world of Topshop. Not before however seeing this bendy bus completely mounted on the curb and making a horrendous mess of trying to reverse.

A good day all round.


Something woolly this way comes

There was something a little different about Savile Row this afternoon. Some crazy person decided that it would be a good idea to lay down some grass and bring sheep to this famous street. Which crazy person I hear you cry? Well that would be HRH Prince Charles. 

He wants us to all use real wool which will apparently help us to look good and save our planet to boot. But eco-postulating aside, it was a novelty to have these beautiful fluffy beings going about their daily business, complete with farmer and sheep dogs.

So buy wool everybody, its warm, wonderful and the Prince of Wales wants us to keep it sheepy.

Keep your eye out for other events in conjunction with National Wool Awareness Week. 


Snow is falling...

Ok, so with the Indian summer that we are supposed to be having this weekend, this jumper seems wildly inappropriate. But with 78 days until Christmas (not that I'm counting) and the promise of yet another freezing winter, I couldn't help smiling to myself when I saw this in Zara today. 

Crazy intarsia jumpers are set to be a big thing this winter (when it finally arrives), or so the magazines tell us and this one is just like nanna would have knitted (not mine, but somebody's I'm sure).

With reindeers and Christmas trees adorning both the front and back of this topper, its set to have a very short shelf life - unless you're into post 25th irony when its February- but for a shopper that is all about the here and now, I think its utterly adorable.

I hope to see everyone wearing something this silly come the end of October and if this one takes your fancy, you can but it here for £29.99

Now get out there and start snow dancing.

Fringe benefits

Its that time of the year again. As soon as it starts to get cold enough to wear hats and snoods and the rain makes my hair frizz uncontrollably I get the urge. So here it is, my annual fringe cut.

I give it six months of bi-weekly hold-your-breath-in-case-they-cut-it-too-short trims before I give it up again to grow it out in time for summer, but for now here it is in all its blunt and thick glory.



My first ever Chanel purchase (and a couple of monkeys)

I accompanied my mum to the Cambridge biannual glass fair on Sunday and while she perused the selections by Whitefriars, John Walsh and various other design houses that mean nothing to me, I managed to find a name I recognised amongst the crowd.

A rather lovely gentleman was selling these vintage Chanel bottles for £5 each, but thanks to my charm and sparkling smile(or something like that), he threw in the bigger one for free.

Its not quite a 2.55, but not bad for a first purchase. I can't stand the smell so I've never bought the perfume - also I am fully aware that owning the fragrance does not a designer owner make, otherwise I'd be boasting a selection of Viktor and Rolf, Dior and Jean Paul Gaultier goodies (I wish).

My See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil monkeys are apparently from the 1930s, but as I found them and thier price particularly charming (£4) I decided to add them to my newly created perfume bottle collection.

So far I have three....


Is that roadkill on your head?

Theres nothing better than posing in front of random brick walls in a busy Guildford on a Saturday afternoon. 

Other than feeling a bit silly, I just wanted to share my new purchase with the world. A hat that would make a Russian Tsar proud - Topshop £20.

The rest of my look:

Coat - Borrowed from the boy, Jumper and Shorts- H&M, Necklace - A present from Love From Hetty And Dave (Blog post to follow)

Guess what shoes I was wearing?



Ashish has gone all Francais on us with his new range for Topshop and created an awesome range of basics - with added ooh la la. (Sorry, couldn't help it) 

This is my personal favourite, comfy, grey (very important)and makes the right kind of statement ('hello'- genius).



Put a hat on it

I have a thing about little hats. I don't own a single one, just the usual beanies and winter warmers, but If I were to get a little perching one, it would certainly be this one. My head is notoriously adverse to head gear, but in order to complete that barbershop quartet look I was clearly going for here, I think that this fabulous topper from My Sugarland should be top of my wishlist.

Photograph courtesy of the fabulous Abi from

Photo editing by me and the wonderful Picnic and Picasa!
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