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Monday, 21 April 2014

(Bank) Holiday in the Sun


Hope you're all enjoying the remainder of the Bank Holiday weekend.

I'm so happy that we had some nice weather for once. I'm lucky enough to live right by a big park so thought it would be a shame to waste the sunshine and not take some photos.

Scrunchie- Junk Love
Sunglasses- Ray Ban
Earrings- DIY (see below)
Cropped tee- Forever 21
Belt- charity shop
Jeans- American Apparel
Sandals- Jeffrey Campbell (Mynt buckle sandal)

I don't think these Jeffrey Campbell Mynt gold buckle sandals have had an airing on the blog yet. I bought them in the Christmas sales after falling in love with them last year.

To be honest, I'm wearing them just for show; they absolutely KILL my feet. All my other JCs are so comfy so I was really surprised to find that these hurt so much. I think it's all the buckles, they rub like every edge of my foot. I had these on for about 15 minutes in the photos and I've now got two huge blisters. They are so beautiful but thinking that I may have to sell them!

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have seen me sporting these green pompom earrings at several opportunities this week.

I've seen them around the web and thought it would be easy enough to make some myself.

I picked up these fluffy pompoms for 30p each from a haberdashery in Manchester. You can of course make your own pompoms pretty easily with wool but I wanted some extra fluffy ones like these!

I got into making my own jewellery a while ago (with the intention to sell it but never got around to making enough...) so I have boxes full of all the bits and bobs (findings they're called in the biz).

I used gold earring hooks and some chain to dangle them from and then just attached a jump ring to the end of the chains and sewed them to the pompoms. You could of course just use a length of string or ribbon and sew that to the pompoms.

I love going to my local bead shop to pick up cool charms and once you've got all the findings, you'd be surprised at how easy it is to create a necklace, bracelet or earrings- cheap too!

I always found eBay a good place to pick things up cheaply. For beginners, it's really easy to get ready-made gold or silver plated chains in different lengths with the closures attached, then you'll just need jump rings (small hoops) to attach to your charm before you put it on your chain. You'll also need a set of pliers; if you search 'jewellery making pliers' you'll find collections of the different sorts to prise open jump rings, nip close the jump rings, cut wire etc.

If anyone would find a post on jewellery-making tips useful, do let me know.

How have you been spending your Bank Holiday weekend?

I went to Manchester Fashion Week on Saturday evening so look out for a post on that soon!


Foxy x

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Topshop x Adidas Originals


I was probably more excited about the Topshop x Adidas Originals collection than any other collab they've done in the past.

Being a big fan of Adidas from a young age (I'll show you some snaps of me as a 9 year old in my prized sky blue and canary yellow tracksuit if you like?) and with sportswear and urban influences creeping ever further into my wardrobe, I wanted to be part of this!

I was glad that I got online super early to bag this T shirt as it seemed to be one of the pieces that sold out fastest.

You can take a look at the remaining pieces in the collection on the Topshop and Adidas (bit more of the range left here) site's.

Sunglasses- Ray Ban
Earrings- eBay
Choker- eBay
Denim jacket- charity shop
T shirt- Topshop x Adidas
Backpack- La Moda
Jeans- Primark
Boots- Vagabond

I teamed my T shirt with more of a sportier bag- this amazing backpack from La Moda. If you've not checked them out before, I urge you to have a look; their footwear selection is on point!

Also wearing my prized new Dioon canvas boots from Vagabond. I've wanted them for ages and really don't know why I held off buying them for so long- they're nothing short of awesome. Worth. The. Money.

Did you manage to get hold of anything in the Topshop x Adidas collection? What did you think of the range?


Foxy x

Sunday, 16 March 2014

A Festival Look from Beyond Retro


Even though the weather doesn't seem to have accepted it, summer is on the way.

Sadly I haven't got any holidays booked yet but I have got a festival to look forward to. I'm going to Reading in August and I'm already beginning to look out for cool stuff to take with me.

I always think that festivals are the perfect time to let go of your style inhibitions and be a little more daring. You also want to stand out from the crowd a bit; it's bad enough seeing your Topshop dress on three other people on a night out, let alone a couple of hundred in a field with thousands of other people!

Vintage is surely the way to go for festival dressing to ensure that your look is unique.

If you're not lucky enough to have a good variety of vintage shops close by, there a few companies who have seriously upped their game online. Beyond Retro is one of them!

I've put together what I'd consider to be the perfect festival outfit below.

Jacket // Bralet // Shorts // Belt // Bag

Jacket, £30

Okay so this jacket is amazing. As someone who has recently bought two vintage shellsuit tops recently, a loud sporty jacket is definitely a new obsession of mine. This one is a bit nicer though, being silky rather than tacky sportswear! I love the bold colours and the Versace-esque print- seriously perfect.

Shorts, £24

I like these stonewash denim shorts as they're a bit different to the usual ass-skimming fare. Did anyone see the ASOS mag feature recently out where they styled up some longer leg denim shorts? These reminded me of those. Got to love a bit of stonewash too.

Bralet, £22

It doesn't get much cooler than a leather bralet, surely? This black top works perfectly to offset the loud jacket.

Belt, £16

I always find belts so boring unless they're picked up thrifting or from a vintage shop- I can't honestly remember the last time I bought a new one. BR have loads of wicked 80s belts with lovely gold hardware like this one, mmm.

Bag, £22

I'm a big fan of the bumbag for festivals but loved this little rucksack. It's real leather and is sure to add 90s cool to anything.

What do you think of these items together?

Let me know if you've come across any great vintage sites recently.


Foxy x

Friday, 14 March 2014

Sharing the Love


This is just a quick one to show off my lovely new bracelet.

This came about via Debenhams who involved bloggers in a really cool campaign for Valentine’s Day (yeah I'm a bit late here, I know!)

They basically asked bloggers to nominate another to receive a piece of jewellery from their collection.

I was lucky enough to be the last link in their blogger chain and received this beaut bracelet, selected for me by the lovely Lily of Lily Kitten- thanks girl!

(excuse my bedding as a backdrop)

I thought this was such a cool idea.

Have you been on the receiving end of any random acts of kindness recently?


Foxy x

Thursday, 6 March 2014

White Witch


Here's a quick outfit I snapped before heading to a little Manchester bloggers meet organised by the lovely Georgie which, handily, happened to be taking place just down the road from me- result!

Fedora- Primark
Necklace & Earrings- Punky Pins
Dress- Motel
Bag- Vivienne Westwood
Boots- eBay

I was in two minds on whether to buy this dress for ages. I loved it as soon as it came out but put off buying it for some reason, then it gathered momentum and started popping up on loads of blogs and I felt like everyone had it! Once it came back into stock I decided to buy it anyway- so glad! I've worn it loads of times since. You can't see here but the back of it's really cool.

I wore it with my new pieces from Punky Pins who do lots of awesome jewellery. I love the big pentagram necklace- feel proper witchy wearing it with this dress!

Massive thanks again to Georgie for organising the meet-up. She put loads of effort in and got us some amazing goody bags. You can read her post on the event, here.


Foxy x

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Home Sweet Home


Sorry to folks of Manchester who might've thought I was going to talk about this place- which is totally awesome, by the way.

But no, I'm talking about my home!

I've recently acquired a few new bits and pieces around my flat so thought I'd do something a little different and share some details from my home on here.

The above was a present from Chris at Christmas. I love Stanley Kubrick and Lolita is one of my favourite films. He got me a french art print and framed it- I love it so much! This hangs in our living room by part of our DVD collection.

I recently chose this chrome antelope head from a site called Out There Interiors who do lots of quirky little bits for the home. They have all kinds of weird and wonderful furniture on their website.

We've got Antony (obvs gave the beast a name) in our bedroom which is sometimes a little terrifying when you spot him out of the corner of your eye when half asleep.

My vintage record player was a birthday present from my mum and dad- I've wanted one for ages! I've been buying loads of vinyl for practically nothing in charity shops. It's a shame that records are so unwanted now; music sounds amazing on this thing! I've found loads of gems recently like Madonna, Duran Duran and Eurythmics LPs.

My dad also gave me this old record box to keep them all in.

I'm getting older now (sigh) so thinking about buying a house in the not so distant future is on the cards. We live in an unfurnished flat so it's been great to build up a little collection of our own furniture.

Do you know any cool places to buy home stuff- I'd love to know!


Foxy x

Friday, 21 February 2014



A couple of weekends ago, I met with the Manchester Fashion Week gang for a chat about things to come, a browse through some new pieces from Ark Clothing and take part in a shoot with the lovely Charlotte of WamBam Photography.

The meet was held at the rather grand Radisson Edwardian hotel where we were treated to refreshments and had a good nosey around the hotel including their gorgeous spa.

Browsing some of Ark's new Spring arrivals which feature lovely pastel jumpers and collared dresses.

I loved the tartan dress most.

Chilling with these babes whilst waiting to have our photo taken; Katie, Danielle and Lola.

My outfit of the day:

Choker- eBay
Oversized shirt- charity shop
Lace bralet- Forever 21
Riding pants- American Apparel
Bag- Vivienne Westwood
Boots- eBay

It was great to have our outfit photos done by a professional for a change, certainly an improvement on my shots! (Sorry cameraman boyfriend).

We went up to the top floor of the hotel to have our shots done against the huge windows. The view across the city was awesome.

I love this shot of us all on the glass staircase. Look forward to seeing these girls again very soon.