Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Layer Up

Hello!

Shot this outfit a few weekends ago but I feel like I've been all over the place recently and things have kept getting in the way of posting.

The weather has been pretty much the same so still relevant I feel; was a bit concerned that we'd be in the midst of a full on blizzard at this point but all is good so far. Does anyone else feel like we're always told that it's going to be THE WORST WINTER SINCE TIME BEGAN every year? Yawn.

I always find that dressing for this time of year can be a bit tricky- particularly when you're out Christmas shopping and think you've nailed it for the nip in the air, until you walk into the first shop and they've ramped the central heating up to 'Sahara desert' and you feel like your brain's going to melt. Layering is the key!



Faux fur Cossack hat- charity shop
Cross necklace- Rock n Rose (Pixie Lott collection)
Silver friendship bracelet- Links of London
Boyfriend coat- New Look
Jumper- H&M
Leopard sheer top- Oh My Love
Side split maxi skirt- Boohoo
Platrane boots- Jeffrey Campbell


I've been wearing this New Look boyfriend fit oversized coat loads recently. I really wanted one like this last year and didn't manage to find one I liked enough. Spotted this one after they sent me a 20% off birthday coat- meant to be!





My bracelet is from Links of London who, if you don't know, do loads of lovely silver jewellery. They have a really nice range of friendship bracelets like this one which are a little more special than the likes of the things I used to make at school out of plastic threads (anyone remember those? Were they called scoobies?!).







I've been trying to work more silver jewellery into my outfits recently- feel like I've had a gold overload in recent years! The cross necklace I'm wearing from Rock n Rose is a great piece to pull both gold and silver tones together thanks to the chunky gold chain and silver cross charms.

Hope everyone's looking forward to Christmas?

Love,

Foxy x

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Friday, 13 December 2013

Christmas Gift Guide

Hello!

A bit late but if there's anyone out there still struggling for last minute present ideas, I've put together a little gift guide for ladies!

I mulled over the person I might have in mind when picking out gifts and thought it was actually best if I chose things I know I'd love to receive myself; who do I know better than me, right?

When it comes to gifts, I like to go down the route of quirky, handmade or unique- I generally like to receive and give gifts that are hard to find and that you don't see everywhere. I also think it's best to give gifts that someone wouldn't necessarily buy for themselves too; be that either because they're something a bit expensive or luxurious, or just something they've never come across before.

I've tried to come up with a bit of a mixed bag, so here's my guide below.



1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6


1// Chain  iPhone Case, £94, Moschino

Now, I don't have an iPhone, but you can bet your ass (or most valuable possessions) that if I did, I'd have a case like this! A bit pricey for a case you might say but a great present, no? I mean, other than a handbag, you carry your phone around and have it on display the most. I've also found a great cheap version of this on eBay, here.

2// Scrunchies, £3 each, Fashiion Friills

I'm a massive fan of the scrunchie- on the cool side of the 90s for me. I came across Fashiion Friills on Instagram (@FashiionFriills) and they have the best selection I've seen recently. These are handmade in so many different fabrics and prints and are just £3 each with free shipping! You can also buy several with a discount. I've not bought yet but thinking of getting a few for stocking fillers (and myself).

3// A3 New York illustration Print, £12, Ella Masters Etsy Shop

Ella is a blogger I've followed for some time so I've seen her amazing illustrations from the beginning and I'm just such a big fan really, I think she's really talented. This New York print is part of her 'city' collection which also includes a gorgeous Paris one- perfect for a friend who loves travelling! I don't know if her position has changed on this but I know she was talking about stopping selling her prints so you should get one fast! You can visit Ella's blog here.

4// 'Tea for Me' Pot/Cup, £49.95, Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater is a new brand I've come across and they do all manner of cute and quirky vintage-style printed homewares and personalised gifts. The British-made teapots are particularly lovely and come in loads of pretty handpainted designs. This sampler pot and cup style (how cool?) comes boxed so would make a perfect present for a chai-loving friend.

5&6// 'I Love you to the Moon and Back' Ring and 'The Mystic One' Midi Ring in Rose Gold, both £16 each, Dixi

I've long-admired Dixi's magical jewellery collection but it was only recently that I discovered that they are UK-based! Not sure how I didn't realise this but I will definitely be ordering soon now that I do. The rings they do are particularly pretty and are designed to be piled on and stacked together. The script ring comes in Silver, Gold or Rose Gold and the midi ring features an iridescent moonstone. Both great gifts!


Hope you enjoyed my selections; let me know what your favourite piece is and link me to your own gift guides!

Love,

Foxy x

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Sunday, 17 November 2013

A Late One...

Hello!

Wow this one's been a long time coming.

Feel like I've been so busy at the moment! I'm starting to get back on top of things; I had the day off work on Friday and literally just spent it tidying the house and clearing out loads of clothes to sell on eBay and Music Magpie. I'm aiming for buying myself a Vivienne Westwood bag in the new year sales so selling things justifies the expense I guess.

Bit of a different post but I thought it would be cool to post up my Halloween outfit. I had an awesome Halloween this year; I went to visit my uni buds from Birmingham and we just got very drunk at a house party.

I decided to be a generic vampire because I left it too late to think of anything witty or controversial. I toyed with the idea of being Miley Cyrus but the hair proved to be too much of a hurdle. Glad I wasn't as apparently everyone else had the same idea!



Earrings- Primark (old)
Choker- vintage via charity shop
Dress- vintage



I was excited by the prospect of wearing this dress again because I absolutely love it! It's an 80s Monsoon number I got for a friend's vintage-themed birthday. It hasn't fit me for a while but I've lost a bit of weight recently so I was pleased to get it zipped up!

It's lace and velvet so right on trend, which I always find pretty cool when you consider you're wearing something around 30 years old!






Halloween also means copious amounts of sweets- not just for the kids. Really trying to get back on a health kick at the moment before the next holiday of eating- Christmas!

The lovely people at The Gobbstopper recently offered to send me a jar of their sweets and as someone with a sweet tooth, I couldn't turn them down!




I chose some of my favourite sweets for my pick and mix jar: giant snowies (or jazzles as me and the other half call them!), blue raspberry bon bons and giant fizzy bubblegum bottles. It even arrived on October 31st- spooky coincidence?




The Gobstopper have a ridiculously huge selection of retro sweets and you can choose their pick and mix options like I did which come in a really nice Kilner jar. Perfect Christmas present for someone with a sweet tooth!


What did you get up to this Halloween? Do you prefer staying in with friends or going out?

Love,

Foxy x
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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Meet The Brick

Hello!

I don't usually do reviews but couldn't pass up the chance to get my hands on this!

'The Brick' by Binatone is a retro-looking mobile phone with added mod cons.




While having plenty of cool nostalgic features such as old school ringtones, the game Snake and a ridonkulous one-month standby battery life (hands up if you remember when you didn't have to charge your phone every day...); you can connect The Brick to your smartphone via Bluetooth to access your music and contacts.

First off, it looks pretty cool. Don't get me wrong, I'd feel like a bit of a prat carrying it around town and having a conversation on it (Dom Joly anyone?) but at home, it makes a great display piece- a few visitors have already commented on it! Always a lover of anything 80s, my Brick looks quite at home sat next to my record player and old Roberts radio.

I mentioned you can play music through this- it makes a pretty good speaker! It played my smartphone music really well using the Bluetooth (you can also put your SD card in it) and it's louder than my usual phone's speaker. Win.




Also, did I mention it has a torch?! Amazing.



I totally get the idea behind this, it's a bit of a joke isn't it, so don't be fooled into thinking The Brick offers much more than a fun take on modern technology.

Personally, I think it's a really cool piece of kit to use around the house- I'd love to try the home phone version.

Available now at Carphone Warehouse for £49.99, it's not too expensive so I think it'd make a great present for a retro-loving relative. I may pass mine on to my Dad, who still uses my 10 year old Samsung which was a flip phone- remember those?!




I thought seeing as I was featuring a 80s-style phone I'd show you this 80s gem I picked up recently whilst charity shopping. 80s, check. Gold, check. Shoulder pads, checkcheckcheck. Love it. Bargain at £3.99!


What piece of retro gadgetry do you miss most?

Love,

Foxy x


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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Mallorca: Day Three

Hello!

Time for another holiday post.

On day three we pretty much just bummed about on the beach and I didn't really wear anything of much interest (unless you want to see my non-model-like bod in a bikini. You don't) so I've just got some pictures from the evening.

I say evening, though I think it was gone 10pm before we even headed back out. We stayed on the beach as long as possible and chilled out on our balcony drinking beer until it went dark.

We were going to go to a nice restaurant this night but because it got so late and we'd already drank a bit, we decided we wanted to go to a beach bar on the sea front and get some ribs and cocktails!

Ace plan.


Here's what I wore:



Floral crown- Rock n Rose (sample sale)
Cross earrings- Primark
Dress- Sparkle & Fade (via Urban Outfitters)
Bag- vintage (charity shop)
White sandals- Primark




Me and the fella are die hard White Russian fans and we found a similar cocktail they seemed to do everywhere called a 'Coco Loco'. I think there are a few variations on it but it's typically rum, vodka, coconut liquor and coconut cream. Anyone who knows me well knows I fricking love coconut anything!






I brought some coconut liquor home so that I can make some here. 

What's your favourite cocktail?

Love,

Foxy x
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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Unboxing: Jeffrey Campbell Platrane Boots

Hello!

I thought I'd break up the holiday posts with some birthday fun.

Yes, I turned 24 earlier this month. Really must update my bio...

I had such an awesome birthday this year. The celebrations spanned two weeks with my boyfriend, family and then finally friends this weekend just gone.

My boyfriend bought me some new Jeffrey Campbells- yeah he did!

I had my eye on the Platranes, platform stacked gorgeous cousin of the ever-popular Coltrane boot, for a while which apparently didn't go unnoticed. I love them!











Black jumper- H&M
Isis print skirt- Freak of Nature via ASOS


Some chair posing! This brown leather tub chair is a recent addition to my flat. For anyone interested, it's from Lakeland Furniture who do lots of reasonably-priced lovely furniture like this!

I've had my Platranes on non-stop; they're seriously comfy for anyone wondering what they're like to wear.

They got a very stylish outing last week when I wore them for the Vogue Fashion's Night Out in Manchester. Hopefully I'll be able to cobble together a post from the sparse selection of pictures I took.

I think you'll be seeing these babies a lot more!

What shoes are you currently digging?

Love,

Foxy x
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Thursday, 10 October 2013

Mallorca: Day Two

Hello!

Here you have the second installment of my holiday diary.

On holiday, I always have to go and visit a local market; I think it's been instilled in me from every family holiday I've been on- my parents love a good market!

Inca is where Mallorca's big market is held every Thursday but since we flew out on Thursday morning and were leaving again the following Thursday, there wasn't really an opportunity to go.

As we were lucky enough to have the resort's main bus stop right outside our hotel, it was pretty easy to get to nearby towns so we looked into other markets and chose to hop on the bus to Son Servera which wasn't too far away.

Son Servera holds a pretty large market every Friday with stalls ranging from jewellery, pottery and handbags to amazing local food and produce.




I bought one of these dreamcatchers!






All the stalls selling meats and cheeses have loads of samples for visitors to try- you could get a pretty good free lunch out of your trip if you wanted to!




Love a good churro- Spanish doughnuts for those not in the know. We had some of these amazing massive chocolate filled ones. Unsurprising that I put on about half a stone on this holiday!




Here's a few shots from back in the resort (S'illot). The second was the least sunny day we were there, though it was still nice and hot.







Sunglasses- Ray Ban
Pineapple print dress- ASOS (now in sale)
Leather backpack- charity shop



This was one of my favourite things in the resort. There was a little stretch of water running parallel to the sea with a bridge you could walk over- complete with it's own duck house! So cute that all the ducks loved it so much, they were always sitting on it!




Into the Night


This is what I wore in the eve...






Wearing my new fave Mac lippie (it's a creme sheen one called 'Lickable') and purposely did my holiday nails in a colour to match!





While we were in Son Servera, I managed to stumble across a Spanish charity shop. I didn't go hunting for one- honest!

It was pretty jumbled with just piles of stuff everywhere and no prices on anything. There were loads of folded jeans stacked up all over the place and eagle-eyed as I am, I spotted a pair of Levi 501s!

I decided that they probably wouldn't cost much so it didn't really matter too much if they didn't fit so grabbed them and took them to the cash desk and I was actually blown away- just €1! What's that, about 80p?

When i tried them on back at the apartment that evening and they fit like a glove, I couldn't resist wearing them out.



Earrings- House of Midas
Mesh top- Boohoo
Bandeau top- Tinned Bananas
Belt- charity shop
Levi 501 jeans- charity shop
Sandals- Vagabond




Thus concludes day two! Hope you aren't getting bored of these coz err, there's the rest of the week to come.

To be honest they're grating on me a bit- I'm bored of that bitch on holiday while it's raining here even though it's just me a few weeks ago!


Love,

Foxy x

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Sunday, 29 September 2013

Mallorca: Day One

Hello!

Wow, these posts are so overdue.

Earlier this month (a lot earlier), I landed back in the UK from a fab week away in Mallorca with the man, in a little town called S'illot on the South East coast.

It was a pretty cheap holiday but just what we needed, a week to relax by the sea. I think the holiday was even more relaxing due to increased stress levels just before we went. I won't bore you with the details but less than a week before flying, the company we booked our hotel with went into insolvency so we essentially lost the booking and it was touch and go as to whether we'd be going at all! Thankfully I booked on my credit card so we got the money back in the end- lesson to be learnt there!

I made sure I, well Chris, took plenty of photos so that I could do a holiday diary blog with a new post for every day we were there. Bear in mind I didn't take my DSLR so these are all taken on a not-so-great point and shoot. Enjoy day one!




Having just arrived and looking typically pasty!

Sunglasses- Ray Ban
Top- UNIF
Denim cut off shorts- vintage jeans + DIY
Sandals- Vagabond


Into the Night

I'm much more of a night person than morning so one thing I love about being on holiday is that you don't need to put a time on anything. I especially like enjoying the sun until the very last moment and generally going out late at night to eat/drink and not having to worry about getting up in the morning.

Before leaving, we'd checked Trip Advisor for the best places to go in the evening. I'm all for stumbling across amazing places all by yourself but sometimes it's good to have a little guidance.

We went on the hunt for the top-rated restaurant which was close to where we were staying but somewhat off the beaten track.

It was a really nice walk along a rocky coastline, away from the main strip of bars and restaurants. We found that down this way was where most of the locals lived.

On the way we stumbled on a mini local food market with stalls selling all kinds of local produce like olives, wine, preserves, meat and cheese.








I did these outfit shots on a cliff by the sea- not that you can tell because it was so dark up here!


Earrings- vintage
Dress- Lavish Alice
Clutch bag- vintage via charity shop
Sandals- Primark


I got this Lavish Alice dress at a sample sale in Manchester my work took part in. I couldn't resist trying this dress on and once I did, I fell in love! It was little over a tenner so it would've rude not to. It's now sold out on their site but I managed to find it here and here- though it's much more expensive!




The restaurant!

It felt slightly weird going to an Italian on our first night in Spain but with loads of fresh Spanish seafood and ingredients on the menu and a spectacular view of the Mallorcan sea you soon forget that!

The food here was insane. I had handmade spaghetti with seafood and I think it has to be the best meal I had all holiday. It was really reasonably-priced and the Italian guy who owned it was great, he was so knowledgeable about the food. We went back to 'Mama Mia' on our last night too (something I never do on holiday!), it was so good!



Look out for my day two post coming soon!

Love,

Foxy x
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Sunday, 25 August 2013

First Ever Giveaway!

Hello!

I can't believe I've never hosted a blog giveaway before. It's been on my to-do list for ages and I've been amassing various bits and bobs to include and finally, I think I've got a decent prize together for you!

I've collected things that I've received in goody bags from blogger events and added some of my own things to the box too.




Here's what the winner will get:







Beauty

Espa 24 Hour Replenishing Moisturiser (sample size): Espa generously gave all attendees of the Fabb blogger event in Manchester a £30 giftcard to spend on their products. I used mine on an uh-mazing face mask (recommend this so highly) and got some great sample freebies at the checkout so thought I'd throw this one in.

Lancome Génifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Concentrate (sample size): I got two of these samples in my first Manchester Fashion Week Official Blogger box so thought I'd include one in my prize box. This feels gorgeous to apply.

Self tan from Tanatomicals and Solaris: If you're a regular reader, I think it's pretty clear to see I definitely don't wear this stuff! I'm a low maintenance girl and the fuss of fake tan just doesn't appeal to me personally- I've read good things about both of these products though.

ImPRESS Crackle Press-on Manicure: I was given this in a goody bag from a blogger event by Little Black Dress. I've been meaning to try it out but figured someone else would probably get more enjoyment out of it than me!



Sweets

I'm a sucker for sweets; got such a sweet tooth! I bought some of my faves to include in the box- it was so hard having them in the house without eating them!



Accessories

Floral sunglasses: I made these in a DIY post a while back. I'm taking a pair on holiday with me so thought I'd give the second away!

Johnny Loves Rosie Hair Pin: Another piece from the Little Black Dress goodie bag. If you haven't heard of Johnny Loves Rosie, they've got a great range of accessories (got some awesome scrunchies and flower crowns in at the moment)

Pieces Turquoise Bangles: These were in my goody bag from Get The Label's awesome blogger event recently.




To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter widget below. There's lots of options for extra entries with the two mandatory ones being following my blog with either GFC or Bloglovin' if you don't already and also liking my blog's Facebook page- which I've just made live this very minute!

I'm off on holiday for a week on Thursday so I've left the giveaway open until I get back.



a Rafflecopter giveaway


*UK entrants only*


Good luck :)

Love,

Foxy x
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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

It was a Good Day

Hello!

If the Ice Cube reference was lost on you then the post title probably sounds a little juvenile- a bit like what you wrote in your diary at primary school...

Anyway, today was good day.

Here's what I wore.




Gold and pearl earrings: Car boot sale
Gold chunky lion head necklace: eBay
Black crop tee: Forever 21
Belt: Charity shop
High waist jeans: American Apparel
Bag: La Moda (sample sale)
Nike Low Blazers: Get the Label





So why was it such a good day?

It was one of those days where nothing was planned but it was eventful all the same.

I decided pretty spontaneously to get the next tattoo that I've wanted for a while (not that spontaneous at all then) so popped into town to Manchester Ink- would recommend these guys by the way.

I think I mentioned in my last post that I've recently been on a bit of diet. I did a two-week complete detox to kick it off and had been looking forward to a weekend treat for what seemed like forever.

I was therefore more than happy to hear from Barburrito recently who offered to treat me and a guest to meals at one of their outlets!

I wouldn't have actually thought to try them out but I was so impressed with the selection of fillings for their burritos, friendly staff (Manchester Picadilly branch- thanks guys!) and colourful decor. Chris was very pleased that I chose to take him along (he loves American/Mexican food) and made the most of his burrito by having a triple steak version. So greedy haha...




After this, we decided to go to the cinema and watch the new Gosling film, Only God Forgives. Of course Chris got the times wrong (rookie mistake trusting a man with such responsibility; should've known better) so we got there around 25 minutes after it had started.

The next showing was over two hours later and after considering going home and coming back, we instead chose to stay in town and have a few drinks!

It was absolutely pouring down and we got soaked on the way to the pub but it was great to curl up on a big sofa with a few beers for a couple of hours afterwards.

The film was really good (but very violent- be warned!), though not quite as good as Drive (is anything that's come out since?) and we didn't get home until late.

So it was an action-packed day!

I love being out all day and getting into bed absolutely knackered at the end of it, don't you?

Love,

Foxy x


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Saturday, 10 August 2013

Kimono-no no no, when it's really yes yes yes yes yes


Hello!

I've been listening to too much Destiny's Child recently. No wait, I take that back; there's no such thing.

This is a quick outfit I snapped the other night.

I really need to invest in house with a private garden. I do loves me some alfresco blog photos but there's always someone around making it awkward.




Beanie: Ragged Priest
Cross necklace: charity shop/DIY
Grey crop tee: Primark
Kimono: Nereus London
Black skinny jeans: Primark
Snake print wedges: Office



Yeah so I actually LOVE this kimono! I've been looking for the perfect one for ages and was so excited to come across Nereus London who do loads of gorgeous oversized ones in really cool and unique prints- among other bits and pieces!

I discovered them on a new site called Runway Republic which is basically a boutique marketplace of women's fashion online. I'm always looking for new brands that do handmade and quirky one-off pieces so I was really chuffed to come across it; definitely recommend checking it out.





Pulled out my trusty Ragged Priest beanie for these snaps. It's been a bit too warm for them recently but the temperature's starting to drop now (this excites me- I'm so an Autumn/Winter girl).

I'm also pretty stoked that these jeans now fit like a dream. When I bought them they were pretty muffin top-inducing but I've been on a diet for around a month in the run up to my holiday (standard) and it's actually gone better than expected.




Standard blogger mirror image- couldn't resist, the print in the kimono looks so cool!


Have you come across any new clothing sites recently? Love to hear these in the comments.

Love,

Foxy x
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