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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LAST MINUTE GETTING NEW YEAR’S EVE READY.COM

There’s one day left of 2016 and quite frankly – I’m terrified. Tonight I’m going to be raising a glass in the hope that all the remainers survive it!! (See what I did there?? Meheh). It’s been a crazy one, and I feel like the universe succeeded in becoming especially spontaneous this year. So here’s hoping for less unexpected surprises, and lots of love in 2017.

One thing stayed consistent for me though – my magpie tunnel vision. I’m forever going to be determined to hunt out clothes / bargains, and fill my room until it truly looks like the most beautiful landfill you’ve ever seen. In true magpie style – here are my top last minute-surely no one can deliver this in time- picks for what to wear this NYE (FYI even if you’re not going out out, sassiness is non-optional).

 

Amaris burgundy choker detail ruched bodycon dress – £20, PrettyLittleThing

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ASOS mix and match star dress now 21.00

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Embroidered T-Shirt Dress – £60, by Jaded London on Topshop

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Long Sleeve Star Sequin Mini Dress – £65.00, by Rare on Topshop

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Miss Selfridge Embroidered Sequin Mesh Detail Mini Dress – On sale now 49.50 on ASOS

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Navy long sleeve wrap dress – 25.00, Missguided

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Red lace cami choker bodycon dress -Now on sale £20.00, Missguided

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Satin maxi dress – £14.99, H&M

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Sequin Dress – £25.99, Zara

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Block colour metallic dress – on sale now £15.99, Zara

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Long jumpsuit with slit – on sale now £17.99, Zara

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Rainbow Embroidered Cami by Jaded London – on sale now £30.00, Topshop

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Sick sunday…

..spent not feeling sick.

So usually my Sundays are spent crawling around, regressed in nature back to the dawn of time. In fact probably less than microbial movements, just pure grunts and desperate attempts to sign, “Maccys”, to anyone in the unfortunate close proximity. So this Sunday the unexpected happened, there was not a hangover to be seen. So crazy was this occurrence that it inspired me to take a boat trip, a walk, go to a market, drink some wine, munch some steak, have some coconut coffee. Oh my SUNdays. 

Kind of a regular now at Maltby St market- and it’s kind of a big deal. The steak is definitely worth skipping a Sunday snooze for! Check them out on Instagram @thebeefsteaks

£8 for steak & chips – I had chimichurri sauce, and there’s horseraditch cream on the left there:

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Washed down perfectly with a glass of cold Greek red wine.

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Getting a boat is a fun & cheap way to see loads more of London- we took it from Tower Bridge to Embankment. Like true captains of the Thames.

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Velvet Crush

Velvet is everywhere right now. It’s reminiscent of the velour tracksuit noughties days, but it hasn’t quite gotten that far…yet. I made my first velvet purchase last weekend, on a mad dash around Zara whilst on a hen do in Edinburgh. All we needed was Dale Winton and it would have been an even more heavenly version of supermarket sweep. It was an epic stripe jumpsuit. If it wasn’t for the equally epic camel toe it gave me, we would have been life long friends. 

Velvet striped jumpsuit – £25.99, Zara

Now we’ve departed ways I need some more new velvet in my life. Here’s a few of my favourite pieces right now. Get ready to stroke…

 

Velvet Dream no1

ts04g03kros_zoom_m_1ts04g03kros_zoom_f_1Crushed Velvet Twist Front Top -£19.00, Topshop. Also available in ochre:

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ts27s20kbls_zoom_f_1Velvet Flippy Skirt – £19.00, Topshop


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7395660-1-green.jpgVelvet Midi Wrap Dress – £20.00, Boohoo on ASOS


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Velvet Platforms -£45.00, ASOS 


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Anita And Green Black Cut Out Velvet Bodysuit – £22.99, New Look


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Velvet floral appliqué lace bodysuit -£22.00, Missguided. Also available in black.


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Floral two piece choker strappy velvet playsuit – £25.00, Missguided


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The Wade Velvet Boot – £65.00, Archive by Alexa @ Marks & Spencer


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Crushed velvet leggings – £15, Missguided


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Chelsea floral applique midi dress -£28.00, Pretty Little Thing

Monday wishlist 1*

Monday wishlist 1*

 

Nobody let me outside. Unless it’s to go it’s to the gym! Where they’ve probably revoked my membership due to inactivity. Actually maybe I should start living in the gym?! Shorter commutes to work… jacuzzi… Wow feeling slightly more motivated on a Monday now! I just transferred the last of the money I owed my friends from our weekend excursion, and had the shock of a lifetime when I saw my balance. I’m now imposing quarantine on myself – until pay day. I’m generally not very good at this because I get the classic- don’t want to miss out on anything fever. I’m going to pass my time instead – by writing and drooling over all of the new stuff I want (won’t) buy…

Miss Selfridge see through top
£31 – asos.com

Topshop tall skirt
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Topshop cropped trousers
£23 – nordstrom.com

NIKE white high top
£73 – stylebop.com