Thursday, 20 September 2012

Polka Dots for a Pound

Hey Guys,
firstly I just want to say a big thankyou for all your kind words about the passing of my cat. It's still rather upsetting to think she's no longer here, but we plan on having a plaque made to display in the garden in her memory.

This outfit I wore yesterday, I'd planned on popping out but then decided against it due to the constant raining. This dress was one of those I bought from the carboot for a measly £1. It's a little on the large side but a belt helped to cinch it in and I think it looks ok?
(The belt was a freebie from my goodie bag at The Editeur)


Dress - Primark via Boot Sale

Earrings - Superdrug / Ring - Store 21 / Watch - CheChe / Bracelet - Thomas Sabo / Belt - Patrizia Pepe 
Shoes - Next via Charity Shop
Well I hope your all having a nice weekend so far. I'm back to uni tomorrow which I'm quite looking forward to as it will mean I actually have something to get up for in the mornings again! (Please remind me of this when I am stressing out in a few weeks time!)

Charlotte
xx

Friday, 14 September 2012

Bargain Denim & A Sad Farewell

This jacket was a complete utter bargain, I bought it from a carboot sale for £1!! Can you believe that, only 100 shiny pennies! There is no sign of wear; this jacket must have been worn only a handful of times if at all! When I hand-washed it when I got home from buying it (as I do with any second hand clothing) there was a release of dye suggesting that it was infact like new!
I only discovered last weekend there is a weekly carboot a 20/30 minute bus drive away from me, aswell as picking up this jacket I also snagged 2 dresses, a glittery black clutch and a vintage porcelain butterfly print bangle - all for £1 each!

The dress was a bargain sale buy from a few months ago. It's from Love Label and I got it in the sale for £21 however it's original price was around 50-60 and the day after I ordered it the price when up to £40.
I love the beading/embroidery detail and it has a slightly scooped back, however I just wish the waistband was a little lower down as it would make the dress more flattering.


I also wore my new chelsea boots from Matalan, they were on offer for reward card holders making them £10 instead of £16, and as I had a £10 gift voucher from a while back they were completely free.
One thing I would say about these shoes is they are slightly narrow so may not be the best for those with wide feet. I found them to pinch my toes a little but it eased up throughout the day as I "broke" them in.





I decided to wear my cat heart necklace my Mum bought me for Christmas 5 years ago. Sadly on Tuesday I had to unfortunately say goodbye to my 16 year old cat. I was only 6 when we got her so she's been around pretty much as long as I could remember. It was very heartbreaking having to have her but to sleep, however it was the kindest thing to do as she suddenly took ill after a blood clot caused her to be paralysed from the waist down leaving her in an awful lot of pain.
We rushed her to the vets immediately so gladly her suffering was short. She was a very loved cat and will be missed by the whole family and the rest of my cats. It's still very upsetting to think that she is gone and will take a lot to get used to her not being around.

RIP Cassie Cat
Sorry to end on a sad note, I'm sure those of you will pets will understand how heartbreaking it is to lose an animal, especially when they've been such a big part of your family for a long time.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Charlotte
xx

Sunday, 9 September 2012

ChloBo Ice Pop

As I mentioned in my post about my evening at The Editeur event, I was lucky enough to receive a bracelet from ChloBo inside my goodie bag.

I have to admit, before the event ChloBo was a company I hadn't heard of, however I now know they have quite a following of celebrity fans including Cheryl Cole, Elle MacPherson and Fearne Cotton to name a few!

ChloBo jewellery was founded and designed by Chloe Moss after her travels to Indonesia. 
Chloe says "The collections are a reflection from my travels, but also insight into my
life. My jewellery is personal and each piece can be worn in so many ways to reflect that individual and the occasion." "Jewellery to me is more than an accessory; it’s a form of personal expression to
experiment with."

Express you certainly can with the many offerings from ChloBo, of which you can find online or stock in almost 100 stores nationwide (see online store locator).
If money were no option I'd definitely have my arms piled high with a wide selection of the different collections, however each of the bracelet would look equally as fab, worn daintily alone I have being with the IcePop Peace bracelet I receieved.

It came in a lovely organza bag with ChloBo printed on the little pull ties.


All the Ice Pop Peace bracelets retail at £40 and feature faceted white beads, with a contrasting coloured peace sign, mine being orange. There are 6 other colours available, or you could opt for the Ice Pop Skull bracelet which instead features a coloured skull.
All the ChloBo jewellery is hand-made using semi-precious beads and 925 sterling silver - I love the little etched "ChloBo" tag that features on the IcePop bracelets.

The bracelet itself has great stretch, meaning it should be suitable for all to fit over their hands. The inner-elastic feels of good quality - preventing the dreaded snapping and beads spilling everywhere! And also, fear not, ChloBo jewellery comes with a 12 months warranty - providing of course the fault isn't a result of accidental damage!

Along with my warranty card was a card informing me about Club ChloBo, of which if you join you receive a £20 voucher on your birthday! The Editeur event was a matter of days before my birthday so I signed up straight away and sure enough come my birthday a £20 off a £50 spend voucher code landed in my inbox, so I shall hope to be putting that to good use soon!  

Have you heard of ChloBo before?

Charlotte
xx

Friday, 7 September 2012

Dipped hem and flowers

This is a dress I bought with my birthday money, I've worn it once before when I went out with some friends but didn't take any pictures. However I've styled it a little differently today and wore it with my new Peacocks boots again.


Tights - Primark

I bought this dress when it was on a WOW offer so paid only £14. It's now back to it's full price which is still a steal at £22.99 instore or online.

Jewellery - Diva at Miss Selfridge
The dress is a chiffon material with no underlay to the top half, however due to the double folding of the material across the booby area, there's no flashing of cleavage.
Another great thing is a shirt dress I can actually button to the top without the whole gaping issue, granted I did opt for a size up, however, due to the elasticated waist it didn't compromise on the fit elsewhere.

The jewellery was a gift from a lovely twitter friend of mine whom I met of mine (@lottie2310m) who I met through blogging. She sent me these along with some other goodies so thankyou Lottie!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Charlotte
xx

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

DIY Coloured Bobby Pins - A Simple Tutorial

A few days ago I read Fashion Rocks My Socks blogpost on the upcoming "Bobby-Pin Trend" and decided I wanted to get myself a piece of the action!

Rather than fork out a couple of quid for a few pins, I decided to take matters into my own hands and DIY it with some plain old black bobby-pins and some nail varnish!

What I did is pretty self-explanatory I guess, but I thought I'd do a quick blog post to share with you!

My Bobby-pins were cheap as chips from the 99p store.

I first fastened the clips around a few pieces of paper (or you could use card) to secure them for painting. 
Then I placed the paper on a scrap surface (I used an old chopping board I use for DIY)


Next I took my polish of choice and applied one thin coat along the length of the pin, and slightly around the curved end.
(Several thin coats works better than one thick as it minimises spillage onto the card/paper preventing them from sticking together)

 I decided to use MUA All Nude, and Gosh Holographic Hero - as you can see it depends on the polish you use as to how much coverage you will get.

Simply keep building up with thin coats until you reach full opaqueness.


Leave to dry, then gently remove from the card/paper. As you can see the underside tip will be black (or whatever colour your pins originally were)

You can choose to leave your tips or you can simply add a tiny pop of polish on the end like I did.


Leave overnight to ensure they are completely dry then pop them in your hair!
MUA - All Nude

The possibilities are endless! I'll certainly be DIYing some more. I see some bright colours coming my way! You could always experiment and go for a striped design!
Do let me know if you enjoyed this tutorial and if you decide to give it a try!

Charlotte
xx

Monday, 3 September 2012

Lace Zoo

I've created somewhat of a zoo with my jewellery today. I even had cat wedges on at the start of the day but changed when I bought these new boots as my feet were hurting.


Dress - Little Mistress via ASOS

Boots £12 - Peacocks Sale

Elephant Ring - Superdrug / Bracelet - Internacionale / Belt - Primark / Earrings - Superdrug
This was the dress I featured in my birthday haul. Thankfully it looked longer than it did on the model pictures. I'd be on the hunt for a cream lace dress for a while so was pleased when I came across this with the added bonus of the studded collar detail.

Charlotte
xx

Saturday, 1 September 2012

The Editeur - Editeur At Large

A short while ago I was invited along to The Editeur designer boutique in Chester, for their blogging event #EditeurAtLarge organised with the help of the amazing Claire of Tweet, and Sarah of Fashion Dotty.
The evening was my idea of pure heaven! Prancing around in designer clobber, sipping champagne and chomping on cupcakes! Not to mention I was in the company of several amazing bloggers in addition to the likes of ChloBo founder Chloe and hat designer Laura Aspit Livens.

We were given complete run of the shop and allowed to try anything on, including the new in (that very day) Michael Kors collection, and have ourselves papped by the lovely photographer for the evening.

The first item I grabbed was this sparkly number from Michael Kors. A lovely batwing bodycon dress (looking at these pictures I wish I'd sized down but still oh so fabulous and bling!)


The lovely Frances of Frances Cassandra and Gemma of Gemma Satire
Next up was possibly my favourite outfit of all time! I seriously neeeed this outfit! If I won the lottery I'd go and buy this immediately! Alice by Temperley bodycon leather dress and matching jacket, both adorned with gold studs.

I thought this Pinko dress was simply adorable - a versatile piece that  would be equally fab for a day trawling round the shops as it would dressed up for a night out. The baggy style of the dress wasn't normally something I'd go for but the embellishment was shouting out to me and when I tried it on it was love!


As if cupcakes, champagne and clothes weren't enough, we were also treated to hair stylist who had me rocking a fabulous topknot!! 


The whole evening was fabulous! I thoroughly enjoyed myself and wish I could do it all over again!
The whole purpose of the evening was for The Editeur to build links with us bloggers to help with their blog found here! I hope to be able to work with The Editeur again and I'm praying that this amazing event was only the first in a long line to come!

Thanks again to The Editeur, and thankyou for our amazing goodies! We were treated to goodies from ChloBo, a special hair piece from Laura, and an amazing pair of Wolford tights amongst other goodies!

For now I can only drool over the amazing clothes to offer at The Editeur as sadly my student loan doesn't stretch to designer clothing, however for those of you with a heftier bank balance than mine do check out their site as there are a plethora of names available including  Matthew Williamson  and Red Valentino as well as many a lingerie brand such as Calvin Klein and Elle MacPherson

Charlotte
xx

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