#RAISEABROW

‘Bold is Beautiful

EMPOWERING BIG DREAMS AND BOLD MOVES’

LAST friday, walking around Manchester, super smug to be out of work for good friday – I found an all pink-errrythang store of dreams. Like the spice girls on steroids, it was girl power to the max. The music was blasting out, with neon pink lights, rails of clothes, and pink camo netting hanging from the ceiling. I went in to explore only to find it was a pop-up charity shop from Benefit.

POP-UP WHY?? Please stay!!

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ON WEDNESDAY’S WE WEAR PINK…

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Benefit’s charity shop collaboration is to raise money for charities: Refuge & Look good feel better – supporting women with cancer. The charity shop has now left Manchester (sob!), but If you’re around Glasgow’s St Enoch Centre, you can still catch PINK DREAMLAND until Sunday 23rd April.

ALSO.

If you go for a brow wax at Benefit until 30th April – 100% of the profits will go to Refuge & Look Good Feel Better. #RAISEABROW

Find out more about the project here

 

 

 

Ladies Day at Aintree 2017

Ladies’ Day.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, except for a lot of fun, which is always guaranteed with my ex-work-wife-Jess. If our previous antics were anything to go by, it was probably going to involve alcohol, the occasional shot in an egg cup, and some hula hooping. If we could manage any of that and stay standing in heels- I was going to be mega impressed, and definitely a races convert.

WHAT I WORE..

My outfit was a charity shop mash up with current accessories, so I felt less cheap.

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  • An unknown designer dress, charity shop
  • &Other Stories leather heels – my favourite ever find! Thank you charity shop-knutsford-WAG-cast-offs
  • Blue flower power earrings by H&M – £8
  • Black scarf / wrap by Primark -£5, with cute lace edges.
  • New Look Bird Embroidered Clutch Bag, ASOS – £22.99

And followed by a £9 fascinator which was a later addition to the outfit.. The fascinator hadn’t made it into the original outfit cut because all of the ones I had seen were either-

a) Way too expensive, and I was going to need to win a loooot of money to offset my new headgear expenditure.

Or

b) Crap.

If I wanted a piece of bird wire sticking to my head I would go to Wilkos..and probably incorporate a fake bird.

WHAT WE DID..

(Glass raise to each prosecco-mention necessary)

When you google ladies day- it’s kind of a mash up of flashing body parts that you didn’t know existed, flying through the air- faster than their hosts, or women abandoning their sky-high heels and wading through a sea of plastic cups. I was determined to stay committed to my heels; making a pact of: “home-do-us-part”, rather than “drunk-do-us-part”. Of course in complete prosecco-abandonment there were some commitment issues, and we parted ways…

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Our transport in style began with a train to Liverpool Lime St from Manchester Victoria, then a short walk, yet not-so-short-in-heels, to Liverpool Central to get to Aintree. Jess brought the class to northern rail with the best picnic ever: salmon & cream cheese bagels and prosecco.

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The costa cups she had supplied us with were genius – and later meant we could continue subtly chugging prosecco, (in a lady-like way), whilst everyone else had theirs confiscated before we boarded the next train.

I wasn’t expecting the commute between trains to be eventful. IT WAS. Stopping half way to buy a fascinator for myself, inside Clayton Square, to cure the major F(ascincator)FOMO. We then went into Coopers  for more prosecco. I don’t think you’ve experienced liverpool until you’ve been to Coopers. (Liverpool Echo give the full lowdown..) There was no other way to describe it than Men’s day, but felt like this was probably the general vibe.

“Where are all the girls??” – Probably already at the races being papped to win best dressed, but to hell with that, where’s the prosecco??!

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Our kareoke song of choice was Valerie. It took a lot of convincing from Jess, and me refusing to sing spice girls, but we bossed it! I mean I kept coming in too early apparently, but I think it was just the unrestrained passion to get those notes out. Jess invited one of the regulars to dance with us, and then we serenaded (insert appropriate old man’s name), and received a standing ovation. It was time to exit on a high.

Over to Liverpool Central, we jumped on a train with what was basically-Westlife. A big group of Irish guys who were also on their way to the races. When we started introductions, Jess decided instead they should be re-named as characters from Father Ted – my favourite being: ‘My Lovely Horse..’ One of the guys, definitely the lead-singer – ‘Ronan’, was wearing a massive foam hand which he kindly gifted to me. It was a winning part of my look before it was confiscated as we entered the grounds.

Inside, so many people, nearly all looking amazing. Queues to the bar and queues to bet. We decided to get our first bets in and then hit the bar! Beginners luck was on my side and although I only bet the minimum £2, I managed to win with every race I bet on!! Could this be a new career….?! I mean I’m clearly 100% psychic

(Although apparently still struggle to spell psychic)

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Outside with wine, the sun was shining and we went to watch the races. Like, you know, the real reason we’re here?! You know you’ve left Manchester when it’s actually not raining. For the best view you can climb the hill – which looks terrifying in heels, until you find the stairs at the back. There’s also an indoor stage where Sophie Ellis Bextor was playing, and I would love to say we went for some murder on the dancefloor circa 2001 but I think by this point the prosecco was getting the better of us..

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Bumped into some familiar faces!

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AND?? SO…

Next year – we’re there. I love any excuse to dress up and now I can see this is going to be a reoccurring must-attend event. Definitely need a spray tan for 2018!!

 

KILLER KILO SALE

TAKE ME TO CHURCH…

..the Leeds Holy Trinity church on boar lane to be exact. This was the unexpected venue for the vintage kilo sale last Saturday,where it can be found every month. A church full of clothes and retro music in my kinda service.

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I wasn’t expecting to find it right in the centre of Leeds, but the stock washing line is unmissable and the items clearly needed a home, so I had to go in and check it out. Also intriguing was the question of whether anyone ever runs off with, or changes into those items?? I’ve only been to the vintage kilo sale in Manchester’s sachas hotel before on Oldham st – where you might want to tie the clothes down a bit tighter, but you can also get married in for a bargain £999!

I would quite like a church-lock-in at a kilo sale. Spend a day with lots of food and wine, (the essential supplies), and try to put as many outfits together as possible. Time is definitely needed as it’s hard to quickly spot items. It feels like a challenge.There is so much stuff inside that you might need to mentally prepare yourself – especially if you’re more of a minimalist. But, it’s worth powering through the hectic vibes to find the hidden treasure – think  Aladdin’s cave- if Aladdin & Jasmine wore  vintage sportswear and faux furs.

If you opt for really light pieces then you can get amazing value for money. It’s £15 for a kilo or items can be bought for less, and are individually priced. Who doesn’t need a kilo though?! There’s no point having regrets in life. I’m still having flashbacks to the amazing Adidas jacket that I didn’t buy.WHAT WAS I THINKING?!! Also it was about as heavy as a napkin, so it probably wouldn’t have been anymore expensive than the other things I bought.

Here’s a look at some of my finds:

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CAN YOU PHIL COLLINS WITH VINTAGE CLOTHING??

Keep up to date with kilo sales coming near you

Kilo sale  & Blue rinse 

 

GINGHAM STYLE

IT’S FASHION PICNIC TIME..

I’m starving for some newness. Don’t get me wrong, sales are amazing, especially the Zara sale. (It’s obligatory to spend at least one of your work lunchtimes running around Zara like Dale Winton on acid!). But, bargains aside, I’m happy to start thinking about lighter layers and new season trends. If you’ve been similarly starved of sun like we are in the UK, you’ll know what I mean. Unless – you’ve been cheekily hitting those sunbeds and now have a suspicious, enviable glow. I’m less St Tropez and more magnolia right now because aside from risky skin damage, what worries me about sun beds is the fear of being baked alive – like the girl trapped in one in final destination (865?!) #FAKETAN FOREVER PEOPLE

So I’m going to turn the heating up and fake stepping into spring. “Fake it until you become it”as Amy Cuddy  says.. (I cannot recommend her Ted talk enough by the way! Perfect for helping to nail new year ambitions..)

First of my SS17 new favourites is a guide to gingham pieces: the chicest table cloths around…

Innocence Black Gingham Check Frill Trim Shirt Dress – £24.99, New Look Innocence Black Gingham Check Frill Trim Shirt Dress £24.99.JPGInnocence Black Gingham Check Frill Trim Shirt Dress £24.99 2.JPG

 

Deconstructed Midi Skirt in Gingham £32.00, ASOSasos-deconstructed-midi-skirt-in-gingham-32-00-2asos-deconstructed-midi-skirt-in-gingham-32-00

 

Madame gingham floral ankle boots, £89.00 – Topshopmadame-gingham-floral-ankle-boots-89-00-topshop-3madame-gingham-floral-ankle-boots-89-00-topshop-2

Connie pink gingham check bardot shirt – £20.00, Pretty little thingconnie-pink-gingham-check-bardot-shirt-20-00-pretty-little-thing

Black Check Print Necktie – £3.99, New Look black-check-print-necktie-3-99-new-look-2black-check-print-necktie-3-99-new-look

 

Innocence Black Gingham Check Tie Waist Cropped Trousers – £24.99, New Look innocence-black-gingham-check-tie-waist-cropped-trousers-24-99-new-look-2innocence-black-gingham-check-tie-waist-cropped-trousers-24-99-new-look

 

 

Gingham Cotton Cold Shoulder Top With Tie Detail – £34.00, ASOSasos-gingham-cotton-cold-shoulder-top-with-tie-detail-34-00ASOS Gingham Cotton Cold Shoulder Top With Tie Detail £34.00 2.JPG

 

Gingham Cropped Cotton One Shoulder Bralet – £36.00, ASOSasos-gingham-cropped-cotton-one-shoulder-braletASOS Gingham Cropped Cotton One Shoulder Bralet 2.JPG

Jumpsuit in Gingham with Cold Shoulder Detail – £38.00, ASOS asos-jumpsuit-in-gingham-with-cold-shoulder-detail-38-00ASOS Jumpsuit in Gingham with Cold Shoulder Detail £38.00 2.JPG

Rik Rak Gingham Off Shoulder Dress with Shirring Detail -£30.00, ASOS asos-rik-rak-gingham-off-shoulder-dress-with-shirring-detail-30-00-2asos-rik-rak-gingham-off-shoulder-dress-with-shirring-detail-30-00

Stripe & Gingham Shirt with Cold Shoulder – £36.00, ASOS asos-stripe-gingham-shirt-with-cold-shoulder-36-00-2asos-stripe-gingham-shirt-with-cold-shoulder-36-00

Cami Midi Dress with Dropped Hem in Gingham – £40.00, ASOS asos-tall-cami-midi-dress-with-dropped-hem-in-gingham-40-00-2asos-tall-cami-midi-dress-with-dropped-hem-in-gingham-40-00

Sally Gingham cold shoulder cotton top, £18.00 – Boohoo

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Embroidered gingham shirt – £29.99, ZARA

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Black and White Gingham Mesh Cropped Turtleneck Top – £24, Urban Outfitters urban-outfitters-black-and-white-gingham-mesh-cropped-turtleneck-top-24Capture.JPG

90s GRUNGE BABY

Let’s party now it’s pay day….

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Whilst January felt like waiting for a miracle to be born into my bank balance, I’ve learnt that I can’t be trusted to be paid early in December. The festive times were the perfect excuse to get “spendy happy”, like my apprentice heroine, Grainne McCoy. Speaking to my personal-budget management skills, she was a bit too honest to Sir Alan’s aids in the semi final when she explained how she had managed her money. Grainne is goals nevertheless though. Not only is she a sassy Irish businesswoman with incredible make-up, you’ve got to admire her endurance for getting completely hammered during the gin making task, sampling way too much of what can only be described as Irn Bru Gin, and then surviving the board room on what must have been an epic hangover.

What a babe:

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With Grainne as my spirit animal and the bleak January times behind, it means it’s time to buy lots of new things. (JOKE). I’m actually saving for a flat deposit right now. So, instead of splurging, I need to be thinking about re-working that wardrobe, and hoping for another work sample sale. The magical, mystery land of sample sales where all of the items are 50p!!! (Massive work-perk). The proceeds go to charity which means it’s guilt free and everyone wins, including my floordrobe.

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This week I’m grunging it up. I love that the 90s trend has continued into 2017.
Androgynous, oversized, ripped denim; it’s all easy to wear comfy-coolness. I’ve seen quite a few 90s looks with minimal make up to match but I can’t work that right now. This is optimum – Caspar-the-friendly-ghost –complexion-times! Also, I like make-up too much.

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This look is Simply Be to the ankles, with a vintage sheepskin coat I found in a charity shop, and Pretty Little Thing platform boots. 

The distressed pink shirt is oversized and I’ve paired it with some ripped, distressed denim. I’m going to do another post about jeans soon because there’s so many different styles out at the moment. There’s a lot of grunge band & artist t shirts around too, and I think one would go great under the shirt to layer the look, and also to keep warm!

The boots, I’m obsessed with. They’re permanently attached to me. With the platform heel I thought I wouldn’t be stomping about in them all the time but they’re really comfy and I like the change from my black new look boots but they still go with everything.

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FAUX FUR FROLICS

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& a style scavenge..

Shopping for bargains is literally my idea of heaven. Throw in coffee, a door wedge caramel slice from SLICE, matthewliamrice.com & fashionmixbag, and you’ve got yourself a northern quarter Sunday!

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I had to exercise some self-restraint when we went into a charity shop though, and exercise of any kind, let alone the fun-foregoing kind, is not my strong point. I was wearing my ASOS faux fur coat when I found another cute faux fur jacket in burgundy. This was a problem because my current faux fur wardrobe count is:

  • x3 coats
  • x2 jackets
  • x1 gillet

This self-imposed faux fur embargo won’t last, but because I don’t have a proper wardrobe, just a rail that meets a bedside landfill – my acquisitions are restricted. I bought a couple of other pieces instead, (less bulky items), a girl’s got needs after all.

We went on a northern quarter & ancoats exploration after this to take some outfit shots. I’m not hot with using the camera yet so I blasted out the music to keep the vibes up on “set”, creating a relaxed early 2000s, public transport kind of chav feel, and tried my best to not do RBF (resting bitch face) on all the photos.

Coat in pastel faux fur – now on sale £52.50, ASOS

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Fine-knit unicorn hat – £4.00, H&M

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Soft Leather And Suede Croc Embossed Backpack – now on sale £22.00, ASOS.img_7164

New Look Chunky Platform Lace Up Boot – £34.99, ASOS.

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Black Button Front A-Line Skirt – £19.99, New Look

 

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Pom Pom Earrings, Miss Selfridge

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F***  U BLUE MONDAY.

 

 

ARE YOU BACK AT WORK? A VICTIM OF O.S.S? DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS??

OFFICE SHOCK SYNDROME.

Today was a complete shock to the system. I spent it trying to adapt back into the surroundings of being a communicative professional, fully dressed and doing it completely sober. I can’t stress how difficult I’ve found getting to 5pm without the lately traditional prosecco, or at the least a small sherry!! Post bingemas is not a time for abstinence in my opinion. I’m not ready for cold turkey. Dry January sounds too dangerous. Staving off the shakes with rocket fuel levels of coffee, I just about managed to survive. I’ve been impressively telling people I’m going to the gym – what I mean is the sauna. I’m going to pretend I’m somewhere hot – and hopefully not encounter anymore boy brags about nearly being stabbed in the gym. Yeeeeah you’re “soz ard” you. It’s also going to be to try and revive my frozen limbs exposed to Manchester’s artic temperatures.

With the weather feeling more like more polar bear wear than anything else, I’ve picked out some of my favourite knits and cover ups to keep the hibernation vibes high.

 

  1. Alissa lace up back knitted jumper – £18.00, in berry, black, & khaki, Pretty Little Thing

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2. Asilio Ladder To Lust Knit Sweater – now on sale £80.00, ASOS

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3. BDG Nep Knitted Turtleneck Jumper – £44, Urban Outfitters

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4. Black embroidered sweater dress – now on sale £14.00, Missguided

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5. Burgundy choker neck chunky cropped jumper – £22.00, Missguided

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6. Floral Emrboidered Knit by Glamorous Petites – £38.00, Topshop

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7. Glamorous Tall Ruffle Detail Knitted Jumper – £33.50, ASOS

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8. Jumper – £25.00, in lilac & cream, Pretty Little Thing

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9. Knitted jumper – £29.99, H&M

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10. Light Before Dark Sheer Ribbed Jumper – £39, Urban Outfitters

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11. Loose cardigan – now on sale £20, available in black & wine, Monki

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12. Off-the-shoulder jumper – £9.99, in black & red, H&M

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13. Off-the-shoulder jumper – £17.99, in black striped & Grey marl, H&M

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14. Premium jacquard boxy jumper- £35.00, Missguided

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15. Ribbed jumper – now on sale £7.99, in powder beige, black, natural white, & khaki, H&M

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16. Soft Tie Sleeve Knit Jumper – £39.00, in Tall & Petite, Topshop

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17. Textured Zebra Funnel Jumper – now on sale £28.00, Topshop

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18. Vero Moda Altha Boxy Striped Long Sleeve Jumper – now on sale £18.00, ASOS

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19. V-neck slouch basic jumper cream – £20.00, Missguided

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20. Tawana drop hem open knit jumper – now on sale £12.00, in navy & beige, Pretty Little Thing

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