pampering

Up, Up, And Away!

A few weeks ago, I was sent a press release about the new Metropolitan collection from London Retro and offered a pair of my own to review. I was undecided which pair to choose, the play-it-safe Eliza, the slightly-different Victoria or the totally-crazy-yet-awesome Babs (Bethany makes them look awesome in this blog post!) so decided to use MyOptique’s StyleAdvisor feature. Basically, you upload a photo of yourself (I used the one from this post which I’ve been using as my profile picture elsewhere) and answer a few questions about your favourite colours, brands, and even what you’d take to a desert island so they get an idea of your style. The three that came back were the Victoria, the Soho and the Bakerloo. I went for the Bakerloo

They came about a week later, in a pretty box…

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…and in the box was a case (and a cleaning cloth, so often forgotten)…

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…and in the case was a pair of glasses (obviously)

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They’re a lot more purple in this photo than in real life, and are just the right size (well, I think so anyway) so I can have the nerdy glasses look, but they’re not crazily oversized on my face. When they arrived at the office, I put them on straight away and wore them all week – you know how sometimes when you get new glasses, and they’re a bit weird for the first few days? Not these.

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This outfit is one that I seem to wear at least once a week at the moment. I bought the top at the Fox+Feather menswear launch in September (which I keep meaning to post about. I blame that other website of mine) – I love it because of the balloons, and the pretty little Peter Pan collar. Balloons are a very Bristolian thing, so this top makes me happy when I wear it. It’s a weird (but amazing) city.

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Top: Sugarhill Boutique* | Jeans: F&F* | Shoes : Primark

May Ball

When I was at uni, the May Ball was the event of the year. I love dressing up in big fancy dresses, I miss not having any reason to do that anymore! (Sure, I can dress up for peoples weddings, but when is a floor length gown acceptable? Never. You may end up being punched by the bride.) I’ve blogged before about the fun we had each year but apparently I’ve never shared my dresses on the blog. These are some fashion mistakes that need to be shared. So in lieu of an outfit post (I’m getting so lazy with those), here are my four ball gowns (including my sixth form leaving ball, because I loved that dress)


So back in sixth form, I was a twig. Its very weird to look at this photo, and realise that it was 10 years ago. I don’t know why I look so bloody smug here either. My mums sister made this dress, and I remember being so excited picking out the different fabrics. I had my hair and nails done at the hairdressers as well  – this was before Chester heard of such things as proms, so it was quite unusual for any of us to make this much effort.


I found this dress in Zara at the Trafford Centre in the January sales reduced from about £70 to £15 because one of the straps at the back had ripped. It only needed a few stitches to fix, so I wore it to my first year May Ball. I remember running down into town on the morning to pick up these long gloves from the party shop because I couldn’t be bothered to paint my nails then heading over to the Wife’s house in PJM so she could curl my hair. It took 3 hours for Lou to curl it all which I then ruined within 5 minutes by going on a ride at the fair. Chesney Hawkes was the main attraction at this ball (oh, and David Sneddon, but no one ever remembers him)


In my second year, I ordered this dress from delias.com which was far too exciting…buying clothes online was still a relatively new thing in 2003/4 to me, despite going to uni in the wilderness of Aberystwyth (I think the only clothes shops we had were a tiny New Look, a small Dorothy Perkins, a small Peacocks and a few independents). I begged my dad to buy this for me, which he did eventually, then waited about a month for it to be delivered. It was a very frilly, pink, sparkly dress that I never wore again, and that got a little ruined at the bottom from all the spilt drinks in the union. Boo drunk students.

I have no idea what this pose is.


In my final year, I spotted this dress in a new independent that had opened up on the Aber high street, and would go in every few days to try it on and think how pretty it was (and took photos to torture myself about it). I had no money to buy it and didn’t think I would so I just filed it away in my head as a want (this is obviously back in the days before wishlists were commonplace on blogs…actually, it was 2006, so before blogs were commonplace really!) A week or two before the ball, my dad phoned me and said he would be putting in a bit of money into my bank account because he had received my mums life insurance payout. I thought it would be a small amount, that would just about cover my overdraft and pretty much forgot about it. A few days after that, I was in my econometrics tutorial, and idly clicked over to my online banking. I nearly whooped in the middle of the tutorial when I saw how much had appeared  – enough to cover my overdraft, a loan I had, a credit card and enough left over to buy a few pretty things. As soon as the tutorial finished, I pretty much ran down the hill, straight to the bank to pay everything off, then straight to the shop to buy the dress!

Can someone have a big formal party please so I have an excuse to wear a pretty dress? Thanks.

Matter Of My Perception

Dress: Dorothy Perkins, Tights: Jonathan Aston, Shoes: Primark

Whenever Sarah and I get together, we say we’re going to do a series of photos showing all the stereotypical blogger poses. Which we then forget about in the excitement of eating our body weight in cheese and Haribo. I ended up doing this pose…which is actually one of Sarah’s. Sorry dude.

Yes, its another of those bloody circle dresses. I picked this up on the last day of work last year in the sale – it was just £12, but the girl at the till gave me a 10% discount for a stain she noticed on the neckline, which turned out of be water from my umbrella. Score!. The tights are purple houndstooth ones that I picked up for £1 in Boots when I visited Basingstoke for work – it was the most productive part of the day! The shoes are some battered old Primark platforms that were similar to a pair that were in Topshop a few years ago. So comfortable, but they need repairing :(

Alex has been in Seattle this week and got back today so I’ve been all alone again. On Thursday night, I went with a colleague to Nails Inc, after finding out that they were doing mini special effects manicures for just £5. I went for a silver base with a pink glitter crackle, which looked really good, but is already starting to chip. Boo! The offer is on till the end of the month, so its worth a trip!

On Friday after work I met up with Laura and Selina for some Yo Sushi (40% off with this voucher!), gossip and beers. I love meeting up with bloggers, always a lot more gossiping going on offline! I prefer smaller meetups too – much less intimidating. (Of course, if you wanted to do the same, you could use the bloggers map to find others ;))

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