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My Style: One Wedding, Two Looks

At the weekend I went to my boyfriend’s oldest friends wedding, they were born an hour apart and have been friends ever since, so I decided to work two very different dresses from the Marks and Spencer Limited Collection. I know what you are thinking two dresses to a wedding that isn’t my own is a little excessive, well in my defence I was invited to the wedding ceremony at the church and then the evening bash, so with the downtime in-between I decided that I wanted to try out my new LBD in the evening.

So, for the main event the wedding ceremony was in the most gorgeous church just behind Poole Quay, and I decided to be extra brave and work this amazing bright coloured digi-print from Marks & Spencer’s amazing Limited Collection. As soon as I tried it on I knew instantly that I loved it because of the colours and the flirty silhouette, I was a little worried however if I could pull it off. As it was so bright, I knew that working a bright pair of shoes would be perfect, as well as a bright colour on my nails, I went for Rimmel’s Peppermint shade. I did also look for a bright blue clutch but I couldn’t find one anywhere, but I am so glad that I went for this Art Deco-style clutch box from Warehouse as it will go with everything.

My Style: Marks & Spencer – Limited Collection, Abstract Print Dress, £39.50 (c/o); Warehouse, Deco Box Bag, £26; Marks & Spencer – Limited Collection, Red Raffia Sandals, £29.50; Swarovski Bracelet; Thomas Sabo Charm Bracelets.

For the evening bash, which was in the RNLI’s Head Quarter’s right on the quay, I decided to work my new little black dress, basically I loved the print number but I forgot my white blazer and the black didn’t work and it was a little nippy, so I went for a black number teamed with my fiery heels.

Firstly I am in love with this dress, only £25 from Marks & Spencer it is a complete bargain and it is super flattering, I felt slim and sexy all night and I loved it paired with my blazer from New Look. I broke up the black with a skinny cream belt from Warehouse, which matched my clutch perfectly. I also changed up my jewellery a little and added a cool gold beaded doll bracelet from Maggie Angus’ new autumn/winter 2012 collection, which got a lot of lovely comments.

My Style: Marks & Spencer – Limited Collection, Scoop Neck Plain Dress, £25; New Look – Blazer; Warehouse – Clutch as above; Warehouse – Belt; Marks & Spencer – Limited Collection heels as above; Swarovski Bracelet; Thomas Sabo – Charm Bracelets; Maggie Angus – Doll Bracelet (c/o).

So which look do you prefer? Full on print or LBD?

[Pics: hotel shots taken with my Olympus Pen, outside at the wedding on my Blackberry – no room in clutch for proper camera]

Shopping: All About The Jubilee

I love a good celebration, whether it is my birthday **hint, hint it’s this weekend**, a wedding, or an anniversary, so The Queen’s DIamond Jubilee is right up my street. Not only am I becoming a little bit of a royalist but I am loving that so many fashion brands have got behind the Union Jack, which if I do say so myself is by far the prettiest flag!!!

There are so many cool Jubilee-related items out there and I am loving places like Selfridges and Liberty’s that have put together dedicated Jubilee pop-ups and gorgeous window displays. It was hard narrowing down my choices for this special Jubilee shopping edit, but here are my 15 must-have/wishlist purchases:

1. Tatty Devine Crown Tiara, £66 exclusive to Selfridges – this is the perfect finishing touch to any Jubilee outfit.

2. Thomas Sabo Crown Charm, £59 – I am a Thomas Sabo addict, I love a good charm and this beauty complete with a real diamond would be the perfect addition to any bracelet.

3. House of Holland Tea Towel, £25 from Browns – leave it to Henry Holland to bring cheeky to the Jubilee – I love this slogan tea towel.

4. Ice-Watch Union Jack Watch£75 – put together my new fav watch brand and a patriotic face and I am there!!!

5. Nails Inc Jubilee Crystal Colour, £15 – inspired by the Union Jack this is a fun nail varnish featuring red, blue and silver glitter, it also comes with a crystal cap and a patriotic British themed gift box.

6. Aspinal of London Jubilee Clutch, £595 – OK granted very pricey but very pretty, this clutch is limited to just 50 and each one is numbered. I love the studded Union Jack and the iconic queen’s head silhouetted in vibrant colours.

7. Topshop Corgi Shopper, £10 – well I couldn’t miss out including The Queen’s favourite dog now could I – plus if you are a little fed up of the red, white and blue colour-scheme this could be perfect for you.

8. Stella & Dot Elizabeth Bracelet, £26 – this bracelet is not only cute but 20% of the proceeds will go directly to The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.

9. Simeon Farrar Great Britain Kitten T-shirt, £45 – I am a big fan of Simeon Farrar and this is the cutest Jubilee-inspired piece that I’ve seen a cool kitten with punk rock on his paws – seriously, what’s not to love!!!

10. Filofax Jack Vintage Personal Organiser, from £17 – want something patriotic and practical? Well this Filofax is perfect, comes in two sizes pocket or personal – I love the matt finish.

11. Pretty Ballerinas Commemorative Crown Slipper, £189 – love these suede slippers that pay tribute to The Queen with an elegant crown motif on the toes.

12. Maggie Angus Silver Queen’s Jubilee Crown Necklace, £20 – I have to admit I didn’t realise how pretty crown’s were until looking at all the Jubilee pieces, this quirky silver-mirrored acrylic necklace is fun. It also comes in gold but I think I prefer the silver.

13. Ted Baker Lowbow Purse Union Jack, £79.20 at John Lewis – bows, Union Jacks and a dachshund I am sold!!! How sweet is this leather purse?

14. Alexander McQueen Silk Chiffon Shell Patchwork ‘God Save McQueen’ Scarf, £445 – want to rebel a little against the monarchy? Well not work this Union Jack-printed McQueen scarf.

15. Barbie Collector Royal Wedding William and Catherine Doll Set, £66.19 – I am sad that The Queen doesn’t have her own Barbie, I would have loved to add that to my collection, but Mattel did do one to celebrate Will & Kate’s wedding. I felt at £99 it was a little pricey but not you save over £30 I think I might need to buy it.

Are you as excited as me for the Jubilee?

Gift Guide: Sparkle This Festive Season

I know that everyone says that diamonds are a girls best friend, and granted that might be true, but for me I think all types of jewellery makes a perfect gift. I have put together some statement pieces, classics and the downright cute, there is sure to be something for everyone in this mix of jewellery gifts.

1. Tiffany & Co., Heart Key Pendant£200 – no girl can resist the charm of a blue Tiffany box, add in a gorgeous key charm necklace and I know I would be sold!!

2. Olivia Rubin for ChloBo Black Sparkle Bracelet£45 – I adore OR’s designs and I am so excited about this jewellery collaboration, especially because of this speech bubble charm

3. Maggie Angus, Cosmic Star Gift Set, £31.99 – I adore the statement acrylic designs of Maggie Angus and for Christmas there are gift sets, my favourite groups together the bib necklace with cut-out black star earrings.

4. Tatty Devine, Pegasus Necklace Silver Mirror, £30 – can’t have Christmas without a Christmas angel and these mirrored wings are gorgeous.

5. Jan Knibbs, White Flower Necklace£85 – I have just discovered Jan and I love the intricate detailing in her pieces especially this lace collar adorned with Swarovski crystals.

6. Cath Kidston, Heart Pendant Crystal Necklace, £32 – can’t go wrong we adding a little sparkle to the festive season.

7. Big Baby, Beehive Babe Pin Brooch, £16, John Lewis – decorated with tiny Swarovski crystals this is one cute and quirky brooch.

Weekend Away: My Red Bull Adventure To Leeds

I don’t know why I haven’t posted this sooner, I blame scheduling on the wrong date, which is why I have had to rewrite slightly. It did read last weekend, but actually it is now a couple of weekends ago I was kindly invited to the crazy Red Bull Flugtag courtesy of my Paulie. This is the third time this event has been in the UK and I have been lucky enough to go to all three in the VIP area, but this was the first time out of London so we decided to make a weekend of it and see what Leeds had to offer.

Getting To Leeds:

As soon as a road trip comes up I quickly consult the OK Diner website and see if there is one on our route, and thank the milkshake gods there are three on the A1. If you haven’t experienced OK Diner you have to make a road trip ASAP, this is just a cool American diner with retro fittings, huge booths and a great menu of thick milkshakes, pancakes and burgers!!

This is my normal tipple, the classic banana shake, which is delicious. On the way home I went for the Black Forest packed with 2 scoops of fruits of the forest ice cream, 2 scoops of chocolate ice cream, and blended with black cherries. It was so tasty I totally forgot to take a snap!!

The Hotel:

First up I was a little disappointed that Best Western don’t have a hotel in Leeds, I know right shocker!!! As you will know if you are regular reader we are crazy BW fans since we hotel hopped up the west coast of America a few years back, so I had to go for something a little different. I have to admit I am a bit of a research geek when it comes to choosing a hotel but it didn’t take me long to settle on the Cosmopolitan Hotel, mainly because of the impressive magazine collection they have in reception, but also due to its great location close to all the shops.

If like me you are a magazine addict, and I am talking about a collection that is so big that you have to cull it from time-to-time, have to store some in the loft, and even by vintage copies off eBay or at car boot sales then this is the hotel for you. The extensive ‘Vogue Library’ has an amazing collection of over 200 magazines, with some dating back to the 1970s, and it isn’t just copies of Vogue UK, there are also Vogue US, Harper’s and Queen, Vanity Fair, ELLE, and Harper’s Bazaar.

I do kind of wish I had more time to check out the issues, I was fascinated with how the all important September issues looked in the 1980s I particular loved the difference between September 1982 vs 1985, love the hat!!

Not a September issue but an amazing cover, I spied the amazing Liza Minnelli looking hot on the cover of December’s Vogue back in 1989.  I have to admit I do love the limited text of vintage mags.

I am not sure if this is Cindy Crawford’s first Vogue cover, but seriously she hasn’t change a bit since April 1987 has she?

So the hotel gets an amazing five stars from me, I have to admit it wasn’t the best hotel in Leeds or the cheapest and technically it is three star in hotel circles, but for a weekend away shopping and exploring Leeds it was perfect. The room was a good size, I even got rubber ducks in the bathroom, and I loved the decor as soon as I saw this chandelier I just knew it was going to be a good weekend.

If you are after a hotel that doesn’t break the bank, has quirky features, spacious rooms, friendly staff and a bar with a great cocktail menu then this is the hotel for you. I would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Leeds. *I would just also like to point out – we paid for our room*

Little Tokyo:

On our first night in Leeds I wanted to treat Paulie to a great meal and someone kindly on Twitter recommended this amazing Japanese restaurant, Little Tokyo, which is a gorgeous little place on Central Road just behind the main shopping stretch. Paulie is a huge sushi fan so it was the perfect place to eat and everything from the exquisite decor, these were the twinkle lights above our table, to the wooden off-cuts formed in table tops, to the magical stream running through the restaurant with fish in, to the quirky footwear our waiter was wearing, everything about this place was just so cute.

I had the chicken Teriyaki bento box and it was gorgeous, and Paulie went for a sushi platter, both dishes came out served so beautifully in these dishes and unlike other sushi places we have eaten I couldn’t finish my plate there was so much.

For dessert I enjoyed mango sorbet and it was served on a frozen bowl which had fruit and petals moulded into it, I don’t think I have been to a restaurant before where so much thought had been put into the details. The whole meal was amazing, from the decor to the food, the wonderful service and most importantly they didn’t want to rush us out of the door, which is always refreshing. If you are in Leeds you have to check this place out.

My Style:

As I was being brave with the dinner choice I thought I would give this whole socks and sandal look a whirl. Sorry for the crap picture, lighting and all that jazz in the hotel room and an uncooperative boyfriend meant I did it myself. Wearing my Tabio socks, F&F at Tesco denim skirt, Primark coral jumper *all about the holes*, finished off with my amazing Maggie Angus squirrel necklace and my trusty New Look coral wedges that are so comfortable to wear.

Red Bull Flugtag 2011, Roundhay Park:

Waking up on the Sunday after such a great night of Japanese food and bowling *where I won* was hard especially hearing the rain coming down, I was so lucky that Paulie made me buy a new waterproof jacket as I would have got absolutely soaked watching the Flugtag. If you haven’t heard or seen the Flugtag before let me give you a quick introduction: well it is simply crazy people, who have designed crazy flying machines, which they then flop off the end of the runway!!

As always Red Bull think of everything, in the VIP section I had the luxury of sitting on some very comfortable cinema-style seats, which came with their own binoculars, I even got a cool umbrella to keep me dry, great music, a Mr Whippy ice-cream and an incredible half-time airshow.

The day may have been wet and miserable, and I have to admit Leeds didn’t attract as many celeb-spots as previous Red Bull events, we only had George Lamb, Susanne Shaw, her Dancing on Ice partner, JK and Joel, some annoying actress from Emmerdale, and the best celeb had to be Mr Eddie the Eagle, a complete legend and super friendly!!

There were lots of amazing teams but my favourite and the winner of the event was ‘To Infinity and the Pond’. These guys made perfect replicas of the Toy Story characters and they were amazing, so glad that they took the top spot. There was also an ‘Orville’, who was very true to the lyrics of his song ‘I wish I could fly way up to the sky but I can’t’!!

There was also a photobooth, I know it is becoming like the cupcake of events but I still love it, took a bit of convincing but I got Paulie in it, minus the funny get up he wasn’t having any of it. These pics though sum up what a great weekend we had.

Leeds it was definitely too short and I admit I had lots of shopping plans but we just seem to run out of time. Don’t worry Leeds I will be back!!