Wednesday, 26 December 2012

From a Galaxy Far Away...

Or Yorkshire as it were!

Yep, I'm back home in the countryside for Christmas and thought I'd use the extra time off for a quick post.

Unfortunately, it's not Christmas-related (I got far too caught up in the day to do proper photos etc.) but in fact a little outfit I wore to brave the shops for a bit of last minute present shopping.

I've been dying to show you this awesome sweatshirt I bought recently from Veronica Fever- a cool independent brand selling cool customised clothing, all by one talented lady.

Looking moody thanks to absence of the boyfriend to take photos and make me smile- I hate tripods!
Sweatshirt- Veronica Fever
Faux Fur Coat- car boot sale
Beanie Hat- Honour Over Glory
Earrings- Topshop
Shorts- made by me from thrifted jeans
Boots- Dr Martens

I opted for the very blogger-esque tie dye one with a double CC drip galaxy motif, but she makes other very cool ones; the Jurassic Park one is next on my list!


I'm not normally one to do posts raving about a brand but I love coming across unique little places to buy things and knew I had to share this one!

Have you come across any amazing sellers/e-shops recently?


Foxy x

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Vivi in Stile

When the folks at Peroni Nastro Azzurro asked if I'd like to try out their new app, Vivi in Stile (living in style) - a mini city guide with hand-picked, recommended restaurants, bars and fashion, to explore Manchester I was a bit apprehensive.

Then I realised that it would be a great opportunity to explore the city. I only moved to Manchester a year and a half ago and while I like to think that I know my way around, it's fair to say that there are loads of gems I've yet to uncover; I still get lost for god's sake!

I decided to use the app to pick somewhere nice to go out for tea on Friday with Chris- the second free meal he's enjoyed with me this week (I won a free chicken platter from Nando's on the radio a couple of weeks ago!), my generosity knows no bounds. With Christmas coming up, neither of us have a great deal of spare cash to go out on, so it was really lovely getting to go out for an unexpected nice meal.

The app generally has an Italian flavour to it, though as I love a good Italian, I was already familiar with most of the Italian restaurants selected by their expert writers. We decided to try Grill on New York Street as we both love a good steak!

Here's what I wore:

Jacket: charity shop
Dress: c/o Forever 21
Belt: vintage
Chain bag: charity shop
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

Ever-predictable, I was running really late, didn't have time to do my nails and couldn't decide what to wear! I don't do dressed up so well; the base of the outfit looked promising with a simple dip hem black dress from Forever 21 but obviously I didn't feel right in it so chucked on my new printed silk bomber jacket and clunky JC Lana's. A slick of red lippy makes it dressed up though, right? (MAC Red FYI)

Earrings: Gogo Phillip @ Topshop

The map function on the app came in handy on the journey there as the taxi driver didn't know where he was going. I don't know why we use them to be honest, just like to give them the trade as their office is down the road!

Upon late arrival at the restaurant, I was pleasantly surprised that even though the place was full of office Christmas parties, it felt quite private as we were on an upper level in mini seating booths.

We had bread, Calamari and Mussels in cider and chorizo to start- all excellent. I had an incred. cocktail called a Mint and Violet Crush- tasted like Parma Violets!

For mains, I had 'Posh Surf & Turf'; a sirloin steak with garlic prawns, baby scallops and crayfish and Chris had a HUGE rib eye. Afterwards, we walked the short distance down the road for cocktails at The Alchemist- very well planned I'd say ;)

The app would be great for couples planning a city break. I couldn't believe how central Grill on New York Street was having never seen it thanks to it's location down a small side street. As well as the bars and restaurants, there's plenty of  cool independent shops to discover too.

You can download the Vivi in Stile app for free on Apple and Android.

Have you uncovered any gems in your town recently?


Foxy x

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Simple DIY Collar


This is just a quickie to show you a really simple DIY I did the other week.

Take one old stiff-collared shirt; this may or may not be a cheap rag you bought to dress up as a slutty school girl for freshers week and, depressingly, no longer fits *cough*.

Then simply snip the collar off! Use fabric scissors and cut really close to the seam to make the edges look tidy.

And voila!

Perched on my new bowler hat

Poor photo taken on my phone!

I added a collar chain that I picked up for around £3 from Forever 21 but for a more permanent fixture, you could add studs or sequins.

Here's some inspiration...
Stud collar, £15, Asos

Cross embellished collar, £15, Asos

Studded collar, £29, Etsy
And there you have it! Gives plain tops a bit of an update and they're much cheaper to do yourself!

Have you customised anything lately?


Foxy x

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Oxfam Originals


A couple of weeks ago I went along to a 'lock-in' event at Manchester's Northern Quarter Oxfam Originals shop.

If you live in or around Manchester but have never been to the Oxfam Originals shop, I would highly recommend a visit.

It's somewhere I read about long before moving to Manchester. A charity shop only stocking original vintage clothing with no rummaging through rails of past season Primark miniskirts and embroidered nylon nasties- sounds great, no? Though I must admit that I enjoy the rummaging.

When I first took a look around the shop a year or so back, I was browsing with the wrong frame of mind. I found it overpriced and a bit pointless; what with the fantastic range of vintage shops that the Northern Quarter boasts and plenty of typically-priced charity shops around the area where I live.

I've since come to learn that this particular shop shouldn't be lumped in with either of these places. Think of it a more reasonably-priced vintage shop, with the proceeds going to a good cause, rather than an expensive charity shop and you're sure to love it as much as I now do.

The shop:

Jam-packed rack
Men's accessories and jewellery cabinet
Bag and shoe selection
Fab range of ties my dad would love
some fab 80s belts

As you can see, there's a really good selection of gent's stuff as well.

I didn't get my camera in over the treats table, but you'll have to take my word that there was an incredible selection of delicious cakes!

Had an awesome cup of tea in some vintage china too.

With 10% off everything, would be rude not to pick something up! I got this great acid wash oversized denim shirt for £9.99.

Wool bowler hat: £3 (sale), Primark (old); Earrings: £4, Topshop; Scarf: Charity shop; Leather look backpack: £1.10, charity shop; Necklace: Vintage

Do you think there should be more charity shops like this one, or does it take away from the experience?




Monday, 29 October 2012

In the Sticks


A couple of weekends ago I drove up to my parents for a visit and thought it would make an excellent photo opportunity as I don't think I've really featured where I'm from too much on my little blog.

As some of you know, I'm originally from North Yorkshire but moved to live in the city of Manchester after I finished my degree in Birmingham.

I often post bits about thrift finds in the nearby towns of Settle and Skipton but I don't think I've posted much about the tiny little hamlet I'm from- and why would I? There's nothing there!

I don't really dress up much when I'm back at home as it generally isn't appreciated by the sprinkling of farmers and village folk I bump into.

On this visit, I thought it would be a good excuse to show off my new charity shopped faux fur coat (yet another to add to the collection!) I picked up in Manchester for a very reasonable £16.

Pictured with my gorgeous Jack Russell, Molly!

I'm wearing it with my new playsuit from Motel. I've had my eye on this style for a while so was very pleased to see it crop up at half price in their sale!

The floral print on it is absolutely gorgeous. You can't see, but it also has a cool cut-out back detail.

Gold Cross Earrings: £4, Topshop; 'K' Necklace: Vintage

Here's some pictures of my surroundings. I'm no photographer and it was a pretty miserable day but you'll get the idea!

Penyghent (one of the 'three peaks')

Have a great week!




Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Little Black Dress


Last week I popped along to an event held by

The event was held to celebrate the website's new party dress collection and also to unveil their own design 'ultimate little black dress'. sells, you guessed it, dresses, as well as accessories and jewellery; stocking brands like Rise, House of Dereon and more recently, Reiss.

My blogger friend Bex and I went along. She's only recently started her blog- it's lovely so you should go and show her some love!

Being the absolute moron that I am, I began snapping away only to realise later on in the evening that I'd left my SD card sticking out the side of my laptop...

Hence the reason that the below two pictures are the only decent few in the post, because Bex took it! The rest were taken on my barely adequate phone...

Jumper: H&M; Leather Look Backpack: Charity Shop; Tie Dye Midi Dress: Glamorous via Republic

My new Jeffrey Campbell Lana boots

The 'ultimate little black dress'

Bex in her cute bunny jumper!
The event was really fun and it was good to spot some familiar faces!

I'm sure Bex will have a post up soon if you want to see some better images ;)




Friday, 12 October 2012

Meet Lana...


Sorry for being away so long; I'd like to say that I've been really busy with work and other unpleasantries but truth be told, it was my birthday!

And birthdays mean lots of lounging around, being waited on hand and foot (hopefully), sat around drinking cocktails and scoffing birthday cake. For the past two weeks I've been in the birthday mindset and been totally lazy- my gym bag has been in my car, unused for three weeks! Oh dear...

Anyway, I wanted to share my fave birthday present which was gifted to me by my amazing boyfriend.

Drum roll please.


Another pair to add to the collection!

I've had my eye on them on Motel Rocks since they went live so was really chuffed to get them! They're so bloody high but amazingly comfortable- even more so than the Lita's, I would say; I think there's extra padding inside.

I love them because they're a bit different. I find that the Lita has been copied to death and there are so many good fakes that sometimes I go out in mine and doubt that anyone knows the difference. These are really quirky; I love the curved heel, cut out back and the distressing around the toe. They're really unique.

If they look a little scuffed it's because I'd already been out in them. Far too keen.

The Jeffrey Campbell shoe boxes are always so lovely with pretty illustrations on them.

I wore them out on my birthday and lasted all night without blisters or having to limp, dance standing on the spot or taking them off- a feat rarely achieved by most of my other shoes!

I also wore them out to the cinema earlier this week (watched Looper, it was brilliant!). This is what I wore:

Earrings: Car boot sale; Patterned blouse: £3.50, charity shop; Cuff: Portugal; Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell @ Motel Rocks



Sunday, 30 September 2012

Portugal Part Two


As promised, I bring you the second round of pics from my holiday in Portugal earlier this month. You can read the first post here.

Last time, I brought you the pretty side of things; the beach, the port etc. but I really enjoyed exploring the older, run down streets of the poor part of the town. There were loads of really interesting buildings with pretty tiles on the outside.

And of course some obligatory shots of what I wore!

My actual favourite holiday dress- had it for years!
Dress: Urban Outfitters (old)
My 'sack' dress!

Sunglasses: Ray Ban; Dress: £25, Blue Rinse Vintage; Backpack: £1.10, charity shop; Pumps: New Look

Towards the end of the week we went on a boat trip to explore all of the little caves along the rocky coastline. This was no ordinary boat- it was a pirate ship!

Sunglasses: Missoni, £15 (I know, right?!) @ TK Maxx; Cropped tee: Forever 21; Skirt:

I'd really recommend taking one of these trips to anyone going to the Algarve. The majority of the caves can only be visited by boat and many are hidden out of sight from the land. I didn't take photos inside but once anchored up, we filtered into smaller motor boats and were taken right inside the coves.

I can't believe how awful the weather's been since we got back- so glad I didn't go overboard (haha awesome pun, no?) on buying summer clothes!

Have you been away recently?


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