Monday, 14 November 2011


These are the shoes in question...

Purchased from New Look for £24.99

These are not the sort of shoes I usually buy as I wouldn't really turn to them on an everday basis yet they're not high enough for me to constitute being 'night out' heels.
However, they are perfect as 'sensible' and comfortable heels. Primarily for a formal environment. 
I basically bought them to go with a suit/office wear for interview/work place scenarios. As I am now in my 4th and final year of my degree I felt I should have some suitable footwear for when the inevitable comes and I am thrust into the real world of job-hunting.
Although until then they will be safely tucked away in my wardrobe :)

As you can see from the first picture they're real suede, so I didn't mind paying a bit more than usual for New Look shoes. And they are actually really comfy too, which is obviously key here. The heel is just the right height to match a skirt suit for interviews etc in my opinion. Not too high to look like I've come straight from a club and not too flat and dowdy.

These were not my first choice, and I originally ordered a similar pair (the same price) but of which the heel/small platform were also suede. These were perfect and looked a little smarter than the pair pictured here (which I spent a while debating with myself whether the wedge material was too casual). However I had a nightmare with New Look's online ordering/delivery (which I won't go into right now, but it has subsequently been resolved) and never ended up receiving them...for them then to be permanently out of stock.

Anyone else have their 'sensible' work/formal/ heels that they crack out for the office? I would love some other suggestions for work-appropriate heels please.

Lots of love

Sunday, 6 November 2011


Did we all have fun on bonfire night last night? 
The local fireworks display I went to was good, although not as good as the one they usually do. There was no bonfire! What's a fireworks night without a bonfire or sparklers I ask you?!

I added lots of extra layers to wrap up warm last night as there's nothing worse then having to stand around outside and being chilly the whole time. 
I snapped my pictures earlier in the day though, before I had added the extra jumper and a coat to the equation.


I got both the top and the hat a couple of days ago when I had a little rummage around a few local charity shops. I'm supposed to be limiting my spending, but this is for a good cause, right?

I'm sure the hat won't be to everyone's taste (my male housemate = case in point) but I couldn't resist the combination of leopard print and fur. And all for the princely sum of £1.99! I normally have issues finding hats which actually fit well (I seem to have a deceptively small head!) but this fits well and kept my head SO warm last night. It'll be reserved for those especially nippy winter days/evenings when a fur hat is all that will do.

Top and hat: Charity shop
Black vest (under top): Topshop
Necklace: Accessorize
Trousers: Vanilla Star @ TKMaxx

I haven't worn these trousers in ages, dug them out yesterday and was reminded of just how comfy they are. They look like black skinny jeans really but they're made of a sort of joggers/soft material. All the benefits of leggings without any of the bum-covering issues. Win.

Anyone found any chairty shop gems lately?
Love and hugs

Thursday, 3 November 2011


I love a good candle.
Just going to come out and say it there!
Having them lit around my room makes me feel all cosy and homely. Plus I love the scents filling my room...which leads me on to my craving for Yankee Candles. Hardly revolutionary, I know.

My absolute favourite scent by Yankee Candles is 'fluffy towels', it's just so...nice! (Pat on the back for creative use of adjectives there...).
I love the clean scents like this one the best. The jars are so expensive that I never buy them unless it's an outlet store or there's an offer.

Anyway, I discovered a new candle shop in the city I live in and went in for a little gander of the Halloween offerings so I had something seaspnally appropriate to burn alongside our little pumpkin.

Well...the long and short of it was that the Halloween Yankee Candles are vom. They only had 2 and they both smelt horrible, so I obviously had to get something else instead...

I did exercise restraint, as you can see. 'River Valley' is a new scent, again fairly fresh and 'clean'.
And then I was fairly ashamed to be buying Christmas Eve but it really DOES smell like Christmas Eve. And I won't be burning it just yet. 

As a small note, I really recommend the wax tartlets, they are much better value for money than the candles, especially the jars. You can break them into 2 or 3 pieces and use each piece separately and they still release the same amount of scent. Each third should burn/release scent for around 8 hours.

That's all from me for now.
Lots of love
P.S. I made a cheeky little ASOS purchase this afternoon...despite a slef-imposed limit on spending. But they were having 25%student discount and it's to replace something I already bought and decided was a bit pricey so shall be returning instead...Watch this space!