Monday, 28 October 2013

Animal Leathers

Top/Topshop, Shorts/Zara, Shoes/NewLook, Necklace/H&M, Bag/Zara

Happy Monday lovelies!! Hope you've all had a great start to the week!!
Another holiday post here - but what a delightful animal print inspired one it is!! I spied this cami in work and knew for £24 I just HAD to snap it up for the Turkish sun! I love the print and think its deceiving in its quality, looking an expensive basic, and paired perfectly with these leather shorts from Zara. I picked up the shoes from New Look right before we left as I was lacking in sandals during the winter months and needed a black alternative to the gold pair I had. Trusty New Look came through for me! I tried to stay away from buying a pair in panic, knowing I would never wear them again and I think I definitely succeeded, I saw this style everywhere this summer and will most likely see them again next summer!! Hoooorah for a responsible purchase! I feel like every time I stop myself from making a hasty, useless fashion purchase I deserve a gold star!!! It takes a lot of persuasion from my angelic side to ignore the devilish opposite tempting me to buy those killer heels in a garish colour which I will most likely throw in my wardrobe never to see light again!! I stayed strong on this occasion! 
How has everyones day been!? Mine's been pretty stressful but fingers crossed good things to come! Will be able to fill you in soon enough!!! :)


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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Holiday Blues in H&M

Dress/H&M, Shoes/Schuh, Jacket/Zara, Bag/H&M

I fell in love with this Isabel Marant inspired dress and whats even better was that it was perched happily waiting for me on the sale rail as I strolled into H&M on my lunch, not expecting to find such a juicy bargain I had to bag this little beauty! Its so easy to just throw on and the pockets are an added bonus. It would also make a great beach dress or even look fab with heels - the dress screams versatility hey?
This was of course another holiday get up, and this night we enjoyed an amazing dinner at a restaurant recommended to us before we got there called Love Boat in Icemeler. Now I know what you're thinking, the cheesy name does not suggest the finest of dining however dont let it fool you!! The food was incredible and the service was even better, they had a way of making things happen without uttering a word to each other, like a performance rehearsed to a T! I ordered mixed fajitas and Tom did the manly thing and ordered a steak!! The fajitas were so good we ordered them a second time when we returned! YES we really did go back a second time for some last night holiday love boat loving!!! Definitely go go go if you are ever in the area, likely I know!

& how could this meal end any better for me?

Good night lovelies, dont forget to follow with Bloglovin & GFC :)

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Casa & Blanca Boutique Hotel Turkey

 Hello lovelies!

Sorry I have been slightly AWOL recently but I went away for a week the boy to Turkey for some much needed sun and relaxation and just got back yesterday!!! It was both of our first times to Icemeler, Turkey and the hotel we stayed at I couldn't recommend more (Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel)! Consider this a mini hotel review and outfit post :). 
We were nervous as always that with last minute deals the pictures are never as they seem when you get there but we couldn't have been more impressed, the hotel was modern and most importantly the sun loungers were the most comfortable things ever!!!

Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel Turkey

Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel Turkey

Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel Turkey

All in all our first holiday together couldnt have been better, the weather was in the 30s most days (bar one thunder storm moment), our hotel was perfect and it went without any glitches! Would I return to Turkey again? I cant say I would be rushing back unless it was to this hotel! The country itself is stunning however the area we went to seemed to be over run by british home comforts, when I go away I love to see new cultures and we didnt really get this! I would 100% recommend this hotel for a relaxing, romantic jolly with your boy though, so anyone wanting some late winter sun, seriously head here!!!!


This was my outfit from the first night so forgive my pale self. I am obsessed with these crochet shorts which I purchased last summer from H&M and they have proven incredible handy particularly for summer festivals!! 
Apologies to those wishing for some sun in this autumn rain as the next few posts will be holiday related outfits! Promise I will return to winter woolies in a week or so!!!


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Saturday, 12 October 2013

Vogue's Fashion Night Out Hits Manchester

Hello lovelies!!! Its the weekend!!!
Hope you're all having a delightful weekend whatever it is you are all doing!

This post is dedicated to all things Vogue!! As you all know, Vogues Fashion Night Out was held in Manchester this year (echoing screams from me when I was told the news!) & it was no less amazing than I had anticipated if not better!!! I couldn't decide on an outfit for the eve and after spending the day earlier in work, surrounded by a bunch of equally eager fashion beavers I decided to keep it simple and transition my day outfit to the night!! I kept it black and although the jeans in the above picture were an attempt to show my denim love (coming from Selfridges after all it seemed only fair!) I swapped to my trusty black H&M leather pants which you can see further down!! The night was hectic and there was something worth attending all over the city, it was so nice to see every store go to a huge effort for the nights festivities. Vogue brought with it an electric energy to the city which has me already counting down until next year, fingers crossed and if sources are correct, it will most likely be returning to the Northern lights rather than sticking down south!!

After work I ran over to Harvey Nichols to meet up with the rest of the La Vida team. As excited as I was for the events there was a lot of interviews and press events which had to be covered first!! Harvey Nichols welcomed us with cute little designer and celebrity huts which housed Nicole Farhi, Oliver Proudlock and Jamie Lang to name just a few with the designers personally customising our very own VFNO t-shirts to take home. I loved this as it gave us an opportunity to see designers really getting involved and truly bringing world class fashion to the north. As amazing as this was, food is not to be forgotten and every store went to huge efforts to bring all sorts of delectable treats to us including endless pick and mix buckets, american style hot dog stands, candy floss bars and not to mention the complimentary champagne which was flowing from every floor!
Never one to complain for free champagne! (how convenient - this rhymes, might make it my motto?!)

Selfridges, Topshop, Harvey Nichols, Hugo Boss, Gap, Bank, and Burberry; the list is endless as which stores participated in the yearly extravaganza and as much as I loved every part of it, work came first and luckily it meant I had the pleasure and honour of interviewing and meeting THE Emily Sheffield, Deputy Editor of Vogue!!!!!! She was incredibly nice and it was inspiring to meet someone so passionate about not just having Vogue head north but also have such a love for all things Northern. We met up with her at the Vivienne Westwood store on Thursday and the interview will be being posted very very soon on the La Vida site so please make sure you go check it out!!!

All in all the night was a huge success, designers, celebrities, brands and most importantly us northern folk all coming together to showcase fashion! One of my favourite things about it all had to be the outfit spotting, a huge effort was made by all and I think its so important to remind the rest of the world that London is not the only fashion capital! I personally think the city needs to watch its back! :)

Until next year!!!


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(Top/Sandro, Jeans/Zara, Shoes/Next, Gilet/Vintage, Necklace/H&M)

Wednesday, 9 October 2013


Tomorrow, Vogue hits Manchester & for once the IT crowd are heading north rather than staying south and I am SOOOOO excited!!!! There is something going on in every corner of the city (check this map out for whats what tomorrow night) and its exciting to know that the spotlight will be held firmly on Manchester.
From Erdem to Christopher Kane, Cara Delevingne to Cheryl Cole, there is guaranteed to be someone in attendance tomorrow who will tickle your fancy. I am going to attempt sampling something from every store and photographing it for all your viewing delight, no doubt making an infinite post with infinite photos! Get ready!!! I am also really excited to be heading over to Bank tomorrow night to style  both myself and other northern bloggers. Not to mention heading up VFNO with the La Vida team who will be covering the whole event.

Who's coming?!! Its never too late to make a trip up North!!


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Thursday, 3 October 2013

True Love Pink

photo credit/Vogue Germany

So we're all aware of the pink coat frenzy which is going on at the moment & if you dont, get out from under your rock!! M&S have sold out, Topshop have a delightful alternative and pretty much everywhere is loving the oversized pink winter warmer. As soon as I saw these photos I just KNEW I had to share them with you all. I am pretty sure I would happily adopt any one of these pink hued treats. Unfortunately its almost impossible to read the price and designer of these must have pieces, not to mention its written in German but I think thats for the best!! Christmas Wishlist maybe? 
Don't panic Mum, I know how good your eye sight is, I am not referring to the €19000 little number. Maybe I'll just pop myself on the wait list for the M&S equivalent!

Which one is your favourite?


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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

THE Black Fur Gilet

Top & Trousers both/H&M, Gilet/Oxfam, Boots/River Island, Bag/Mulberry


So please excuse my picture quality here, I am still getting used to my new camera/was too eager to wait for my flatmate to get home to take some snaps of this AMAZING gilet I just bagged from Oxfam! I love vintage shopping and I love finding unique pieces but I have to admit, city centre Manchester is not the best for vintage shops, apart from Oldham street and Cow - I have yet to find any jaw dropping purchases! My friends and I keep promising each other we will venture out to places near Alderley as we hear charity/vintage shops around there have some real jems. We have set a date for next weekend and I am determined to stick to it. 
However, I may have to start eating my words! I have been looking for a fur gilet for this winter for yonks, and as much as I love my Topshop green beauty, I didnt want to settle for something similar in black as there wasn't anything really unique about it. As I pined for the Whistles one which I raved about here, I decided that was most likely out of the question so I set on a hunt to find the perfect winter wooly. I found this today and I just love how the rows of fur sit, although its probably not the warmest of pieces, in all honesty, I'm not quite sure what the fabric used on this is, it was a mere £10.99 and so leaving it behind hanging lonely on the rail was just simply not an option. 
As well as this number I treated myself to a new winter boot yesterday, these black leather boots from River Island weren't my first choice but I saw them on another girl and thought how fab they looked. I am always a sucker for heels but make the mistake of going too high, so I am extremely proud of myself for choosing a pair that aren't going to completely ruin my feet after a day in them AND they were £15 cheaper. Pat on the back for me. 

What do you guys think? Whats your best vintage find?

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