Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Harry Potter Studio Tour!

Here's a little snippet of information that you might not know about me: I am a die hard Harry Potter fan.

I would say it's a guilty pleasure, but I'm not guilty about it. I have loved the Potters since the very first books came out, in fact I even queued up at midnight to buy the 7th and final book the day of it's release (is that sad?). Basically I know everything there is to know about this amazing wizard. The books, the films, the characters, the actors. I love them all. 

So. When I found out I'd been bought tickets to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London for Valentine's day, well, I was kind of, sort of, a little bit ridiculously over excited! And to say I wasn't disappointed is an understatement. It was absolutely amazing. So I've decided to share a few of the pictures that I took at the magical place known as Harry Potter World. 

First up! The costumes. Pretty much every single costume worn by the actors on the set of the films was on display in the studios. Even the Weasley's woolly jumpers from the very first films. The teachers, the death eaters, the Yule Ball 'dress robes', they were all there. I especially like Professor Dumbledore's fancy silver robes, that man has some serious style.

Considering I'm such a shopaholic, it's no surprise really that my favourite part of the tour was Diagon Alley. Fred and George's joke shop, Flourish & Blotts with Gilderoy Lockhart's books in the window, not to mention Olivander's wands! There was just so much detail that had gone into the window displays, it was i n c r e d i b l e! 
Muggle shopping is so boring in comparison.

Oh and here's a few pictures of me and my over-excited face. Yes, that's a butter beer in my hands. (Try not to be too jealous, guys). 

I think my second favourite part of the tour was all the sets and the intricate details that went into them. The potions room possibly being the best of these - due to the hundreds of jars of magical ingredients and the self-stirring cauldrons! So awesome. I also really liked the Weasley's kitchen. The magic knitting, washing up, and ironing. I so wish I had a kitchen that did all the chores on its own! 

I'm sure I'm forgetting so much stuff, and I haven't even included half of the pictures I took. Mainly because I only had my phone with me so they're not great quality. Also because I think you should all go and check it out for yourselves! 

I would say that if you go on this magical tour, then expect there to be a lot of noisy children. And I mean a lot. I think I elbowed at least three of them in the face whilst I was there (not on purpose... honestly). But then I suppose Harry Potter is a children's book, so it's only to be expected.

Oh and the most disappointing thing of the day was the gift shop. I desperately wanted to go home with a wand but when I saw the price tag I immediately decided against it. I thought I'd console myself with a bag of every flavour beans, but again, ridiculously over priced.

So I didn't come home with any souvenirs, but it didn't dampen my spirit because I still had a really great time at this amazing place! Also I've just realised how much I've been rambling on about it, so sorry about that. But it really is an impressive tour, and if you ever get a chance to go there then I think you should definitely go, even if you're not a die hard fan, like myself. You'll probably be converted!



Monday, 25 February 2013

London Fashion Week #3

(I take no credit for these photos, I found all of them from various websites online. Including Tiny Twisst, Lly Mlrs, and Monica Barleycorn)

I was going to write one more post on my favourite collections from the last couple of days of the shows, but instead I decided for my third and final LFW post that I just wanted to jump straight to the best part - the street style. I realise I've fallen rather behind with my London Fashion Week posts but, hey, I lead a very busy, hectic lifestyle, OK? (Not really, I'm just lazy). So I do apologise if you're all already bored to death of Fashion Week posts, but I'm just going to write one tiny weeny last one. Cool.

I love street style. I'm going to go ahead and say that, for me, it's better than the actual shows. Woah. Controversy. Seeing what other people have put together to wear to Fashion Week is fascinating to me. The array of patterns, colours, styles, and textures you see is beautiful, and the thought that goes into each outfit can be even more interesting than watching just one designer's perspective walking down a runway! 

This year there was, of course, no shortage of coats draped over shoulders (women forget how to put their arms through their sleeves during Fashion Week. It is undetermined why) and huge sunglasses being worn, even indoors. But I have found a few pictures of my favourite styles of the week. I'm serious, these girls looked absolutely gorgeous (and a couple happen to be some of my favourite bloggers). I clearly have a bit of a thing for big fur collars and black & white vertical stripes at the moment. Oh and a bit of tartan here and there. But I think my favourite street style outfit has to be Lily Melrose's blue Topshop trouser suit. The colour is killing me and everyone knows I love a good pair of cigarette pants. Amazing. So jealous of this girl's style.

Oh, and Laura (from Tiny Twisst) is pulling off the monochrome Penny Babydoll dress to perfection with that tartan coat. Am I right?

Well that's really all I have to say for now. As I'm sure you're all up to your eyeballs in street style at the moment. But thanks for reading!



Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Last day as a 'spendaholic'...

(Jacket, River Island. Top, New Look. Skirt, Topshop. Tights, Primark. Boots, Next. Hat, Topshop. Belt, Topshop. Necklace, Topshop.)

Wow. I am seriously lacking the ability to pull an attractive face. Anyway, I just need to take a moment to mention my fabulous friends Jason (who's blog you can read here), and Amanda, for taking so many pictures of me recently. I so often drag them out of bed to take snaps of me outside our house and they always oblige without fuss or complaint. I don't know what I'd do without them.

Today I've decided to put myself on a serious spending budget. I've taken some cash out of the bank to use for parking at uni, food, and other necessities, but I am determined to leave my various debit cards at home. I'm hoping this will dramatically reduce the amount of impulse buys that I come home with every day after wandering around town during breaks from university. I seem to have acquired a spending addiction recently and I need to put a stop to this as it's getting ridiculous. I'm living far beyond my means, as they say. (Whoever 'they' are).

My drastic money saving brain wave didn't come soon enough though, as this morning, before I made the decision, I had already spent £2.50 on these awesomely fun tights with polka dots on. I'm not going to beat myself up about it though, because they weren't exactly expensive and, let's face it, they're amazing. Money well spent. 

I got so excited over my new tights that I decided I needed to include them in an outfit post right away. I paired them with a basic vest and my cute black skirt from Topshop with lace at the bottom. To round the outfit off I embraced my inner hipster and threw on my khaki beanie hat. (Just kidding, my ears were chilly.) And of course, my staple sparkly ankle boots. I just don't think I like any of my other shoes anymore

Unfortunately almost as soon as I'd taken these pictures I was reminded that I had to leave for work within about twenty minutes, and so I had to do a quick change and swap my new fabulous tights for my boring work uniform. Sigh. It now seems like I've changed my clothes about 10 times today. 

I have owned various patterned tights over the last couple of years but I've never had much luck with them so far. I bought some Henry Holland suspender tights a while ago and they laddered on the first night I wore them. I also recently got a pair of tights similar to my polka dot ones, but instead of dots they had tiny little crosses on them. I l o v e d them but, again, they laddered almost straight away. I think maybe I'm jinxed or something? Hopefully I'll have better luck with my new Primark ones! (Although. I doubt it.)

Thanks for reading, beauties. Peace out!


PS. Please excuse my knobbly knees. 


Tuesday, 19 February 2013

London Fashion Week #2

I'm completely slacking and not keeping up to date at all with my LFW posts. So I do apologise. But here is a quick update on my favourite shows from days 2 and 3 (I realise it's like day 5 now. Told you I was slacking) of London Fashion Week.

Clements Ribeiro

This Clements Ribeiro collection from day 2 of London Fashion Week was all about the print. Classic mid-length dresses and trouser suits with a clashing mixture of floral and animal print? Beautiful. Bit weird maybe, but still beautiful. Really I would expect no less from this design duo because you just need to look at their collection for high street store Evans and you can immediately tell how much they love eclectic pattern. And now I love it too. Well done guys. 

Moschino Cheap and Chic

(All pictures found on the official LFW website)

I think my favourite collection from day 2 however has to be the Moschino Cheap and Chic range. The name Cheap and Chic gets me pretty excited already, as I do love a bargain. Anyway. This collection was all about the print too, from monochrome letters, to all over leopard, to bubble gum pink. Fab.

I think the best part for me was the trouser suits. If I ever get a job in which wearing animal print or bright pink suits is acceptable, I think it's safe to say that I'll have succeeded in life. I think my favourite one is in the very last picture with that super sexy pink and black pattern. The cigarette shape trousers with that beautiful print, I'm dying. 

Mark Fast

Feathers. That's all that needs saying about Mark Fast's collection. Actually I might expand that to pink feathers. If you're going to send a group of models down a runway wearing dresses and coats made almost entirely of pink feathers then you have stolen my heart and I applaud you.

Mark Fast was one of the shows from day 3 and, well, to say it captured my attention is an understatement. Seriously, pink feathers?! What a total babe. The pale pink feathered skirt on the dress in the first photo, with the black mesh and caging top? Arrghlsenljgedignksdg. Beautiful. If I ever had any occasion to wear that dress then I would totally buy it. In fact, I would just buy it to wear round the house. 

Anyway! That's all I have to say for now... I will be back soon with more LFW posts.



Saturday, 16 February 2013

London Fashion Week AW13 #1

It's London Fashion Week! 
What? Hadn't you heard? 

If you're like me, you probably can't get enough of LFW right now. If you're not like me, then you might be getting a little bit bored of everyone constantly going on about it. But... I don't care. I'm obsessing over it and spend every spare minute I get on the website checking up on the highlights and live streams. It makes me happy.

I had originally planned to do a collaborative blog post with the best bits of LFW but clearly that was a bit ambitious. It's all so beautiful and colourful and exciting that just one post really isn't enough. So here is the first of several posts about my personal favourite fashion week moments.

First up... Zoe Jordan!

(All pictures found from the official LFW website)

I am in love with this Zoe Jordan collection. I wrote a blog post the other day (you can read it here) about how I'm currently loving pops of neon peeking out from neutral and monochrome outfits. Well. This collection basically sums up my current obsession in a nutshell. How beautiful are the splashes of florescent pink and orange mixed in with the grey patterns? Loving it. Absolutely loving it.

I definitely need to get my hands on some hot pink accessories to wear with my over sized grey boyfriend coat. It'll be an investment because looking at some of the other collections from yesterday I think it's safe to say that neon is going to be HOT for AW13. And I think I'm fine with that.

What's been your favourite collection so far? Are you all dying with envy over everyone getting a chance to see the shows whilst you're stuck at uni and work like myself? Would love to hear from you!




Winter sun...

I cannot believe that it's Saturday today. This entire week has been a bit of a blur, and now all of a sudden it's the weekend again. Scary.

But on the bright side (literally) I stepped out the front door yesterday and it genuinely felt really warm. I had to rush back inside to grab my sunglasses because it was so sunny. Yay! 

So I thought I'd write a quick blog post about it. 

I spent most of yesterday whining about everyone being at London Fashion Week except me, as I was stuck at uni. But the nice weather did cheer me up quite a bit. Hooray! So I wore my new sunglasses that I ordered from a few weeks ago. When they arrived I got all excited about my new purchase but the weather was still grim so I didn't get a chance to wear them, until now! 

So what do you people think? Do they suit my face? At first I wasn't really sure, then I decided I did like them. Now I'm not sure again. 

But, whether they suit me or not, I'm just happy that I finally had some decent weather to wear them. Spring may finally be on its way...



Thursday, 14 February 2013

Raccoon hat, etc

(Jacket, River Island. Jumper, H&M. Tshirt, Miss Selfridge. Jeans, Miss Selfridge. Boots, River Island. Hat, Primark)

Recently I read an article on the Guardian website in which the writer proclaimed that grown women wearing animal hats outrages her. Yep. Outrage. And she goes ahead and tells us to 'just buy a normal hat, buy some normal gloves and most of all... grow up.'

How rude.

Why should I wear a 'normal' hat?! And conform to what society considers to be 'normal' anyway? If I want to wear a super cool - and equally ridiculous - hat that looks like a raccoon then that is exactly what I shall do!

I probably don't expect to be taken seriously whilst wearing the hat, and obviously wouldn't wear it to work or to an interview. But, come on, what's wrong with having a little fun with fashion? That's the whole point, right?

Well anyway, today I will be wearing my raccoon hat with pride. And with my immature accessory I will be pairing a simple outfit. Skinny jeans, T Shirt, and leather jacket. This is my staple outfit and I wear it pretty much every day. I bought this jumper a few days ago and I'm going crazy over the colour. I'd normally wear it with black jeans but they're in the wash at the moment. So I've gone a bit blue-mad today. I think it works though.

I'm also wearing my new bright red apocalips 'lip lacquer' in 'Big Bang'. Normally I go straight for pink lip colours and so don't think I've actually ever owned a red one before. It's a bit 'out there' but yeah, I like it.

Anyway, I hope you're all having a great Valentine's day and I think we should all take a stand against this crazy woman at the Guardian and wear our totally awesome animal hats today! YOLO and all that!



Friday, 8 February 2013

Current obsessions: Neon

(All pictures found on Pinterest)

I've been thinking over the word neon all afternoon and it's beginning to sound like it's not a real word anymore. Does this happen to anyone else?

Neon. Neon. Neon. Neon. Neon. Neon. Neon.

Anyway! Can you tell I'm bored of winter yet?? I'm getting into the Spring / Summer mood which means more and more colour is popping up onto my Pinterest. And yes, at the moment this means neon (see? it doesn't sound like a real word anymore). I honestly think that I have never ever been into this trend before. Pastels, yes. I obsessed over the pastel trend last summer for sure. But neons? Nope, not for me.

That's all changed this year though. This week in fact. I keep finding myself looking at ridiculously bright, colourful things and thinking yes, I need that in my life. Don't get me wrong, I will most certainly not be leaving the house in a florescent yellow coat anytime soon. But luminous nails and tiny little neon satchels? Now that is a trend I can get on board with. 

I can already see that pairing a little splash of neon with blacks and neutrals is going to be my staple this Spring. And in preparation I've purchased a luminous green necklace with a little gold spike pendant from Topshop this afternoon. I'm such a keen bean. 

I think what I like about neon is that it reminds me of nights out in clubs where they'd hand out glow sticks and luminous face paint to everyone. Oh to be 18 again. (I'm now 20. Super old and far too sophisticated for all that). So this year I'm going to wear luminous nail varnish as a 'grown up' alternative to clubbing with glow sticks. Sound like a plan?  



Tuesday, 5 February 2013

50 Shades of Grey...

(Coat, Ebay/Topshop. Dress, Topshop. Boots, Next. Necklace, Primark. Watch, River Island. Lip stain, Revlon.)

As you can see from these photos, I just LOVE wearing lots of bright colours...

Just kidding.

No, I will be the first person to admit that I don't wear enough colour. For some reason I'm always drawn to black clothes (I've talked about this before). And if it's not black - yep, you got it - it's grey. I think I like the idea of letting my hair and lip colour do the talking, and contrast the brightness of that against my dark clothes. It's just how I roll. 

Anyway, I have to tell you the story of this coat because it was basically an air punch moment that needs to be shared with you. So, I have been lusting after this furry collared over sized coat for months now. But, being the poor student that I am, I have had to wait until now to get my hands on it. The original Topshop price tag was £110, and this just wasn't sitting well with my budget. However, a couple of weeks ago I spotted it on Ebay. Brand new, with tags. My size. Bidding starting at £60. Result! So I kept my eye on it. Unfortunately after a relentless bidding war I lost the coat in the very last second to my evil fellow bidder who won it for a total of £87. To be honest, although I was gutted to have lost, I was also a little relieved because £87 was still a little bit more money than I was willing to part with.

But then. Two days later. I'm searching through Ebay again and lo and behold... My coat appears again. Brand new, with tags. My size. It's a 'buy now' item - so no bidding wars this time. And how much was it I hear you ask?? £59.99. Yes. I'll just let that sink in for a moment. 

So! Not only did I purchase the coat I'd been lusting after for £50 cheaper than the original price tag. I found it in the end for even cheaper than what my cunning fellow bidder paid for it (Insert evil laugh here). Pretty good result I think! 

Anyway, that was quite a long winded story. Back to the outfit. So I paired my l o v e ly new coat with my favourite Topshop day dress (which I wear far too often) and a pair of black tights to keep out the chill. I'll probably end up changing into jeans later though, as it's pretty windy down in Portsmouth at the moment... Brr! 

By the way, has anyone seen Django yet?! I watched it yesterday and thought it was amazing. Quentin Tarantino and Jamie Foxx are the ultimate pair! 

Watch this space for a cowboy inspired outfit post.. hmm..




Friday, 1 February 2013

Braving the intimidating...

Windswept hair. Looking good.

Hey there my lovely readers! So, having recently been paid, I've been on a bit of a spending spree the last few days (more posts to come), and one of the things I spent my money on were these disco pants. I've been lusting over this trend for a while now, although I have also had my reserves about it, which is why it's taken me so long to jump upon this particular band wagon.

The first thing that put me off the disco pants trend is that they can be a bit... hipster. Now, don't get me wrong. There's nothing wrong with being a hipster. I just don't particularly like to associate myself with that style too heavily. So that was what first concerned me about buying some. My second worry was the hefty price tag on the American Apparel pair (£75!!!) which seemed a teensy bit extravagant, especially on my budget. Nevertheless, I was browsing through my standard internet sites the other day, and came across these lovely ones on for a mere £11.99. I know. I could barely believe it myself. So, a day later (Missguided have incredible delivery service) they were in my hands and voila, this blog post was born.

I'm not sure what particularly drew me to buy the blue pair, possibly because they remind me of my jeans, and felt safe. Anyway, I got the blue ones. I'm pleased with my choice because they're a really lovely shade and I wear far too much black anyway, so it's a win win. The one thing I would mention about these trousers for anyone thinking about buying a pair, is that they show every single lump and bump - which can be irritating when choosing underwear. Also, you've gotta feel pretty confident about wearing them because they feel so revealing. Make sure you're the one wearing the trousers, not the other way round. If you see what I mean. However, despite them being so i n c r e d i b l y tight fitting, they're actually surprisingly flattering! So don't be too intimidated and put off by them...

I'm not sure whether I'll wear these during the day very much. I've seen some people style them casually, and pull it off. But for me I think they'll always be a 'going out' kind of thing. So I'd definitely wear them with heels, and maybe a crop top. I like the 50s feel they have to them and they remind me of Sandy from Grease. You know, once she loses the 'good girl' image. 

So, as some sort of conclusion, I'm glad I bought these disco pants because I've been wanting to try them for a while, and it's definitely good to take risks with fashion. Sometimes it won't work out. But I guess you won't know 'til you try, right?  

© Sarah Nunn

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