Friday, 21 November 2008

New Finds: From My Gran's Dresser

My amazing, courageous Gran passed away just over a year ago, and as a consequence my sister and I were left with much of her jewellery. At the time I couldn't bare to look through it all, but I recently rediscovered a few pieces and thought I'd share them:

A close-up of the clasp on the necklace. (The pearls are faux, but I still love it.)

I'm going to try and start wearing them soon - such a lovely way to be remembered don't you think?

Monday, 17 November 2008

I Heart Tatty Devine

For those unaccustomed with the name 'Tatty Devine', take yourself over to their wondrous website as quickly as your bandwidth will allow. Full of gorgeously cute, quirky jewellery and accessories, with both an online shop and two cute boutiques in London (situated in Brick Lane and Soho), Tatty Devine has been featured in many magazines and websites, including Vogue.

My current favourites are:

Heart-shaped Lolly Hairband - £41

Horse and Carriage Necklace - £54

Ruby Slippers Brooch - £25

(I've always loved The Wizard of Oz...)

(All images courtesy of Tatty Devine)

Saturday, 15 November 2008

What Veronica Bought Next (Or Last...)

Being a student on an extremely small budget, minus both job and loan, shopping for anything more than Tesco Value products has been extremely limited. However, I have managed a few small buys/gains, mostly made possible by either Primark or Student Night at Topshop!

I'll apologise now for the quality of the photos in this blog - largely due to a low resolution camera and the poor light they were taken in. I also wish I could have shown them being worn, but I've no one to take a photo of me, and no decent full length mirror.

Anyway, I bought this cute little tea dress a few weeks ago from Primark - when on it's nicely fitted but skims the stomach area so is flattering. I've worn it a bit too much!

This skirt is again from Primark at about £8 I think. It is slightly high waisted, so I usually where it with a shirt or tee tucked in.

In real life this cardy is shorter and a nicer red than it seems here. Originally from Zara, I rescued it from the 'discard' pile of a friend's sister.

Grey oversized cardy from Topshop.

And last but not least, my favourite recent purchase - a tee from Topshop. I've worn this so much - tucked into various high-waisted skirts, and baggy over denim mini's and skinny jeans. It's the most flattering baggy t-shirt I've found in a long while, and looks great in a rock chic kind of way.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Writer's block...

Or not. But it's a good excuse for the 2 months or so gap since my last post, and for that, and the lack of explanation of the real reason ,I apologise, but I'm not quite ready to explain yet (not that it's at all interesting or worthy of a read, but there you go).

Anyways, onwards and upwards I hope?

I vow to be back and hopefully regular from tomorrow. I have still been reading other blogs intermittantly and they are as wonderful as ever. Particularly an entry almost three weeks ago by Mary entitled 'What I Did on my Summer Vacation...'. If you haven't yet read it, make sure you do, it is the most beautiful and emotive thing I've read in a long time.

Lots of love xxxx

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Wish(ing Really Hard For) List

For some reason the less money I have the more I look up and dream about clothes and fashion. Oh dear.

These shoe boots from Dorothy Perkins look a little pirate-esque in this photo, but not so much in real life. It doesn't put me off though, they look amazing with skinny jeans or a high-waisted skirt and tights.

I have no idea why I like these Chanel tights so much, but I'm so fascinated by them.

I've been in love with these frill detail red courts from Topshop forever, they're just so cute. Unfortunately I think they are soon to be out of season and I still can't afford them. I'll just have to look instead!

Vintage inspired chain from Urban Outfitters - just endless effortless style.

Markus Lupfer sequin jumper - how cute is the red bow?! Fabulous with full length black leggings and either flat brogues or Oxfords, or some killer shoe boots. Again, totally out of my price range. Well, for now at least!

Friday, 19 September 2008

Time Out..

There have been a distinct lack of posts in the last week or so, and for that I have to blame moving into my new rented house in London with my favourite people. I absolutely love it, but have many things to sort and so no time for interesting blogs for a few days yet.
Bare with me?

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Once Upon A Summer's Day...

...a photoshoot took place (otherwise known as my sister's media coursework).

And the top two were:

Skirt: H&M, Shoes: Primark, Flowery blouse: New Look

(ignore the goofyness, i liked the roses in the background..)

Blouse: Vintage, Shorts: H&M, Necklace: Handmade

(All outfits and poses courtesy of my sister - any complaints, go to her :D )

Friday, 5 September 2008

3 of The Best: Foreign Films

(I really couldn't chose my favourites so this is just a random choice of some of the best..)

1) The Dreamers

I was only recently introduced to this film, but it was immediately love - a beautiful cast (Eva Green, Louis Garrel and Michael Pitt), enchanting clothes, Parisian settings, riots, old cinematic references, and masses of sexual controversy. You really have to see it to understand.

2) Y Tu Mama Tambien

Yet another beautiful cast (Gael Garcia Bernal, Maribel Verdu, and Diego Luna), with the main story taking place around a round trip between two teen best friends and an older woman. Jealousy and growing up are the central themes, with plenty of sexual controversy again for the shallower (or just plain horny) person. Again I can't explain the love, I don't think I ever can, just watch.

3) The Devil's Backbone

Directed by Guillermo del Toro (well known for films such as Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy (1&2), The Orphanage, Cronos, Blade II, etc..), you can have some idea what you're in for if you have experienced him previously. If not, GET A MOVE ON! All his films are just magic, although often scary and creepy at the same time, but they just have to be experienced. I simply will not do this film justice if I try and describe it.

So there you have it. Maybe not the most obvious choices, but certainly worth a watch, even if you decide that you hate them, they're worth experiencing.

Thursday, 4 September 2008

New Buy: Black ribbed wool skirt

Skirt: Lux at Urban Outfitters

Vest: Primark; Shoes: Miss Selfridge

T-shirt: H&M; Shoes: Old jazz shoes

Wedges: Dorothy Perkins

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

The Story So Far

So, if you read (doubtful) my last post, you'll see that I was right about the infrequent (understatement) postings I make - I guess I know myself better than I thought.

Next week I go back to London to hopefully continue into my 2nd year of university. As such, I feel this calls for a reflection on my (barely there) summer:

It started brilliantly with a trip to Amsterdam with three uni friends. We stayed in a place called Bob's Hostel which was great, although not everyone's cup of tea I imagine. Whilst there we visited the Van Gogh museum, which, being fairly arty, I loved. This was followed by a slightly less arty, although still cultured, visit to the Sex Museum. Both fascinating and perverted. Other highlights included renting bikes (a MUST if you go), and chilling out all over the place. A favourite haunt was The Doors pub/cafe/hangout, situated next to our hostel. Check it.

From Amsterdam we went straight to Paris via a four hour train (Thayls) journey. We stayed with two Parisian friends, alternating between a gorgeous apartment in Saint Germain des Pres, and an amazing house (castle) in the south western outskirts. I've been to Paris previously so skipped out the obvious Tour de Eiffel, and Arc de Triomphe, heading instead for such wonders as le Musee du Louvre, Notre Dame, and Montmatre, as well as hanging out at a house party in Le Republique (where I managed to meet someone who knew an old friend from home, small world huh?), and night time frolics on Le Pont des Arts (a gorgeous pedestrian bridge very near to the Louvre). I shall be back soon dear Paris.

From here on my summer deteriorated. I first worked at Henley Regatta, which was tiring - long days of waitressing and drunk people, but the people I worked with were amazing, and we had great nights after the long days. After this I managed a weeks break before heading to Farnborough (Hampshire), to work at the Airshow. This was even more tiring and stressful than Henley, with less fun times, with more important clients (including a Sheikh from Bahrain). Nevertheless, it was work, and I'm very glad I did it.

The rest of my summer (until now) was taken up my revising for some resits (more on that later), which I have now thankfully finished. I celebrated by trawling Oxford Street for the day - posts of buys another day. And now I'm here. Threeish months gone so quickly. Ack, rather too cliche and emotional I think.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

In The Beginning...

Ok, so this is my first ever post of my first ever blog, and I'm still not really sure what it's even about - good start huh! I'm hoping that it will turn itself into a set of nicely assorted posts mostly about my favourite things in life, but also occasionally detailing parts of my life that I think may be interesting to read about. But I'll take it as it comes, for all I know this may be my first and last post, but we'll see!
For now, thanks for reading and take care.
Veronica x