Thursday, 25 April 2013

Summer Wishes Wishlist

Since the sun has been shining so brightly for the last few days I decided to make a wishlist of all the bits and pieces I really want, but alas I cannot afford at the moment :'(
Also can you tell I'm a tiny bit obsessed with pastel colours, gold and animal designs at the moment haha!
summer wishlist
Fred Perry Polka Dot Dress- £85 (I actually think my mum has got me this for my birthday hehe)
Monica Vinader Earrings- £420 (SO totally out of my budget but I couldn't resist!)
ASOS Bunny Chase Watch- £20 (I don't think I've seen a more adorable watch)
New Look Aztec Crop- £9.99 (Hmmm I might actually be able to afford this)
Topshop Elephant Necklace- £16.50 (Another piece I want to add to my statement jewellery collection!)
ASOS Round Kitten Sunglasses- £12 (Perfect retro specs)
Joe Browns Colour Block Sandals- £14.95 (I really am in desperate need of new summer sandals and these fit the bill)
Monki Edla Backpack- £20 (I already have one backpack but I feel like another one is needed :P)

What do you guys think of my wishlist? What's on your summer wishlist?

bakes x

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

OOTD: Dare To Bare (Legs!)

I actually had a mini party in my pants this morning when I saw how sunny it was and decided TODAY WAS THE DAY to get my legs out for the first time this year! I've seen a few other bloggers on their blogs and instagram daring to bare their legs in the last week or so but I wasn't brave enough until today and I'm so glad I have now. Wearing my black tights was making my wardrobe seem about 10 times more wintery than it is, so not wearing tights has given me so many more outfit ideas :)

Once I had stopped staring out of my window and thanking the sun gods,  I immediately started rifling through my wardrobe to find a suitable dress. I decided on my panther skater dress from Topshop because 1. I haven't worn it in ages and 2. I didn't want to scare the sun away by whacking out my most summery sun dress!

had to pair it all with my favourite mint pieces at the moment, I might have over-worn the cardigan already haha, but they matched the panther's eyes and I bloody love ankle socks, so it's allllll good.
Dress- Topshop £25ish?    Cardigan- Vintage £6    Socks- Topshop £3.50    Vans- American Outlet Store $25/£45    Scarf- Vintage £4
I also had my first iced coffee of the year, which was an absolute dream! And then feasted on strawberries sprinkled with icing sugar and a green tea. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

Has anyone else been as excited as me to bare their legs for the first time this year?
(please someone say yes!)

bakes x

Thursday, 18 April 2013

OOTD: Spring Chick Vs. Grunge Goth

Just a quick little post for you guys showing you how I styled my most recent purchases, which you can read about in this post here. I really wanted to wear some colour because spring was taking sooooooo long to come around. It seems to have arrived now and I like to think this outfit had something do with that ;)

I also enjoy how cute my spring colours are on top and how grungy and dark my bottom half is, I just love my creepers too much and when summer comes around they are too hot to wear so I'm getting as much out of them now as possible! I can't believe I've had them for 3 years either! Literally the best wearing pair of shoes I've owned, they look like I got them out of the box yesterday.

What do you think of my outfit mash up? Are you as insanely happy as me that spring has turned up FINALLY?!

bakes x

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Not Really Supposed To Be Shopping Mini-Spree

Yesterday I made a little trip down to a couple of nearby towns (Ware and Hertford if you're interested) to have a browse because I was going a little stir crazy sitting around at home.

I'm not realllllly supposed to buying anything at the moment due to lack of job (anyone out there feel like throwing one my way?! Seriously I don't think I can fill out any more applications without gouging my own eyes out), but decided only looking in the charity shops would be allowed, since you can never really spend too much in them, well unless you buy the whole shop.

First stop was Isabel Hospice my favourite charity shop in Ware, for some reason it always has the best pieces, like my Jaeger trouser from my last post. Anyway I found this perfect little signet ring, I realise none of my name has a 'D' in it but I couldn't just leave it there for a meagre £3. Also it was the only ring to fit my ridiculously small fingers and it's still too big to fit on my little finger so I have to settle for my ring finger, but it's all good.
Engraved Signet Ring-  Isabel Hospice £3

Recently opened in Ware is a Vintage Shop/Tea Room called Vintage Wares (clever) so I popped in there to see what I could spy, there were quite a few lovely things including a Topshop navy lace slip dress that I wanted to get my paws on but being £20 was slightly out of my budget, so I settled on a pastel mint cardigan I thought was perfect for spring.
Pastel Mint Green Cardy- Vintage Wares £6

Next I decided to drive over to the Matalan in Hertford. I get the impression from a lot of people that they really don't like Matalan because they think it's a bit rubbish and only for mumsy mums and old people, but I actually think it's pretty decent. I mean obviously there's the 'old person' parts to it but I usually always find something there I would wear and a lot of their jewellery is on par with Topshop or River Island styles and for a fraction of the price.

I've been searching for a statement necklace for a while now but the afore mention highstreet shops like Topshop's prices have put me off, with some of them reaching over £20-25 for basically a piece of costume jewellery! Anyway I found this beauty in Matalan for £10, it has everything I was looking for- gold and silver chains, pastel hues, spikes, sparkles and glitter. A killer piece I think you'll agree.

Definitely going to wear it under a shirt collar and with my new cardigan! Also picked up these stackable animal rings for £3 down from £7. I do love a good animal ring.
Stackable Animal Rings- £3 (down from £7)

Just one more photo to show you my collar/necklace detail from my outfit yesterday. The rest of my outfit wasn't super interesting just leggings and a wooly jumper, but god damn I love this shirt, it is so unnecessarily loud haha.
Shirt- Charity Shop in Nottingham £4    Necklace- Isabel Hospice £2.50

Anyone else had any charity/vintage shop finds recently?

bakes x

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

OOTD: Black & White Print Clash

This is an outfit I actually haven't worn out. DUMDUMDUMMMM!

It was just something I thought up and wanted to try out just to see if it looked good. The trousers I absolutely adore (though I'm scared they make my hips look wide?!). They are from Jaeger but I got them from a charity shop for about £3, which I am sure you can guess I was ridiculously happy about! I just found a similar pair on their website for £160 so I'm even happier now! The blazer is from Wallis and I think it's great, comfy but looks good enough for work and basically who doesn't like polkadots!

Anyway this was a hit or miss attempt at print clashing but within the monocrome trend. Usually I'm a bit obsessed with getting colour into my outfits so it was quite challenging for me to try and get the same amount of interest into my outfit without relying on colour.
The two prints side by side.
Blazer- Wallis £33    Body- Primark £6    Trousers- Jaeger (charity shop) £3    Wedges- H&M (old)    Belt- Primark £3    Necklaces- Topshop (old)
How were people's Easter weekends? I went to the Liechtenstein exhibition on Friday, which I highly recommend (even for those who 'don't get art!') and to the Up The Creek Comedy Club in Greenwich in the evening for a friend's birthday that was equally brilliant and hilarious. Saturday was filled with coffee drinking and sofa sitting, and wandering around a spookily deserted London. The rest of the weekend were the usual mix of family time and wayyyy too much chocolate :)

bakes x