Sunday, 27 September 2009

H&M Leggings.

Firstly, I just wanted to say thanks for all the congratulations in my previous blog entry!

I adore H&M, it always seems to have the pieces that I yearn for at that point in time, and most importantly, at a price I am willing to pay. So, when I came across a pair of crushed velvet and lace leggings, I bought them without hesitation, as velvet and lace are two of my most favourite fabrics! Here are the delicate lace leggings which were £12.99/$20.00:...and the grey (I think they might look a bit blue!) velvet leggings at £9.99/$16.00 which I actually spotted a few weeks later (after purchasing) in Grazia magazine, so I'm glad I immediately got them as they would definitely have been sold out! I'm still looking for their £12.99 black all-over sequin leggings which was advertised so heavily, that every branch I go into doesn't ever have any left!! However, I have found an alternative and will purchase them instead if I don't find the H&M ones by November.
Shoes are from my favourite footwear brand, Irregular Choice!

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Promotion.

Back in April 09, I had subtly mentioned that I had started my first job in Fashion Design as a Design Assistant for a UK fashion brand...however, 5 months later, I have been promoted to Junior Designer! I am over the moon as I now have my own area that I have to design for; formal tops i.e blouses, camis, tunics, bustiers... and my favourite, embellishments!
So, I think I can say that this is why I haven't been updating as often as I'd like to, because I have been an extremely busy bee!!...especially with the house move!

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Book Review: A Certain Slant of Light.

I came across 'A Certain Slant of Light' by Laura Whitcomb through Amazon's recommendations based on books I have bought or sent to my basket. I thought the cover looked very intriguing and because I always 'judge a book by its cover', I bought it without even reading the synopsis! I was confident with purchasing it as Amazon has been quite good at their recommendations to me. When it arrived, I was so impressed with the quality of the book, it was glossy with embossed areas. I also adored the mini image of the book in the spine... it's just one of those little things that make a difference.I tried to explain what the book was about in my own words, but I felt like I wasn't doing it any justice! So please read the following extract from Laura Whitcomb's website which will absolutely make you want to read the book!:

"In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: For the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen--terrified, but intrigued--is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.
I can't fault the book at all, it was amazing. I finished it in 2 days because I couldn't keep away from it, reading at every opportunity! It made me think of the early 90's film Ghost with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore...it's a completely different storyline, but some of the supernatural descriptions used in the book reminded me of some of the scenes from the film... I also just found out that Ghost the Musical is coming out in 2010!!!
Upon completing the book, the image on the cover suddenly came to life and became a very significant moment in the story...which made me very happy since I loved the cover so much! I say this about a lot of the books I enjoyed, but this particular novel would make an incredible film.
While browsing Laura Whitcomb's website, I came across her blog and discovered that she is currently writing the sequel to A Certain Slant of Light called Under the Light! I just hope it will be as good, if not better than the first.

Saturday, 12 September 2009

T-Bar II.

If you haven't noticed already, I adore Vintage... and this might just be me, but I often associate a specific style with the word 'vintage'. When it comes to a shoe style, I always think of a t-bar, a mid-heeled t-bar...so when I'm in a shoe shop, I'm usually most likely to go and check out the t-bar styles! However, a lot of modern day t-bar shoes have a heel height of around 3" or more, so it is quite difficult finding that vintage-esque pair, without it actually being vintage. I have a pair that I received last Christmas that I mentioned here, but when you love a particular style so much, there's no stopping you getting other colours!So, while I was browsing Primark (a super-cheap store but with some really great items, I think the US equivalent is Target), I came across these taupe coloured t-bars, with the most interesting ruffle detail. The ruffle wasn't overly feminine (which is what I loved about it) and had a metallic gold lining... I thought they were so kooky! I also laughed to myself at the other versions they had of it on the shelves: a 4" platform and as a pump! They really wanted to cover all areas! Anyway, I of course got the mid-heeled pair which felt really comfortable, and paid £12/$20 for them!

Sunday, 6 September 2009

RUBYrecycled.

After the big house move, I decided to start clearing out my emails and reading the ones I had previously ignored due to lack of time. I came across a current Etsy Weekend Deal email, which is a newsletter that Etsy sends to inform you of any Etsy shops that have a weekend promotion going on. As I scrolled down, a thumbnail image of some buy-one-get-another-half-price cards caught my eye, so I decided to visit the store they came from - RUBYrecycled.
Admittedly, I am not a greeting card buyer at all, I always make my own as I like to personalise them as much as possible... but these just looked so lovely and I was definitely going to take advantage of the weekend deal!Each card has a hand cut butterfly in the front corner with a colour peeking from underneath. They are absolutely adorable and it's usually so hard for me to find a nice butterfly-themed product. The card quality was also of a very high standard... it is very thick, which made me realise just how flimsy commercial cards really are!! I'll definitely be buying more once I've used these up!

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Fröken Lila.

Fröken Lila is a fellow blogger whom I often visit as she loves what I also love - Fashion and Vintage! So, I'm always seeing her latest thrifts or her daily outfits, which is always fun to see!
A few days ago, she had purchased one of my vintage 'L' initial necklaces from my Etsy shop and she blogged about it! It is such a lovely entry and I wanted to say Thank You! If you fancy reading it, follow this link.