Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Neutral takeover











Hat - Warehouse (here)
Sweater - Mango (here - only £4.99!)
Skirt - c/o Missguided (here)
Boots - c/o Missguided (here)

Colour took centre stage for my LFW wardrobe and just as I thought my usual colourful self was back in action, neutrals took over... Again. There's something about a good old camel tone, a grandma-like beige and a mocha that I just can't get enough of, clearly I just enjoy matching my clothes to my hair - and something else I understandably can't get enough of? These boots (that I have hardly taken off since receiving, high five to Missguided for these amazing creatures)
This week is a majorly busy week as i'm sending my first piece for my final collection at uni into production and i'm so excited about how this is all coming together and even more excited to shoot the editorial once it's all over to share with you guys! 


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Monday, 23 February 2015

LONDON FASHION WEEK AW15 DAY 4












Sunglasses - Jeepers Peepers c/o Lavish Alice (here)
Roll neck sweater - Mango (here - only £4.99!)
Coat - c/o Boohoo (here)
Culottes - Warehouse via ASOS (here)
Bag - c/o Pretty Little Thing (here)
Shoes - Public Desire (similar here)

I have had a complete whirlwind of a week, and my luck never goes well during Fashion week (but then again, does anybody's?). Day 1 I fell super sick and ended up bed bound, Day 2 nothing I needed actually turned up for the rest of LFW, Day 3 it hailed and rained and poured and the heavens opened which made street stylin' and blog photo's impossible (not the mention the fact I was all on my bill as everyone else had the sense to avoid the terrible weather), but today was finally Day 4 and it's safe to say it was much more successful! 
These Public Desire sandals are surprisingly really comfortable so i've been donning them all month and LFW wasn't going to be an exception - and they were definitely well received, I don't think my feet have ever received so much attention before (which is kind of a weird thought but hey...)
I know so many people just love to go all out wacky and peacock their way around Somerset house but being there to actually work and running back and forth from Somerset house to Freemasons Hall (more like a headless chicken than a peacock), I always prefer a more relaxed look closer to my actual personal style so there was no better option than the trusty culottes and my current season obsession - the turtle neck sweater. I picked this one up from Mango for £4.99 last week and as you can imagine, i'm dead chuffed with my new bargain jumper, to the point where I got every colour... Ooops... 

Did you go to LFW? Share your thoughts on the coming season and look out for my next LFW post featuring my show favourites! xx
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Friday, 20 February 2015

Ivory













Shirt - c/o Blue Vanilla
Culottes - Warehouse
Shoes - Heelberry

I've spent my week being super ill since I got back from France which may explain the lack of outfit posts which I do apologise for buttttt they're back now and all is well on The Fashion Wonderland! I am still sick at home and bed bound, however i'm not complaining, this means I get to work from home all snuggled up and get some posts planned, woo! 
I went off shirts for a long time, purely because every one I seemed to buy did that weird thing on the button stand around your chest where it had nice, classy gaps going on, but in the past month i've acquired around 5 new shirts - this Blue Vanilla one now being a fave. I love the 90's vibe of this look with the sleeves pushed back and bagging over a little and I love the maroon paired with the ivory - sometimes it's nice not to jump immediately for black and shake it up a bit! 

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

PARIS PHOTO DIARY

We had a pretty cultural trip in Paris and it involved a lot of adventuring and a ton of walking aimlessly, which by doing so we discovered things we never would have! We literally walked from the Pyramides near the Louvre area, to the Eiffel Tower and then to the Champs Elysees - and back to the Eiffel Tower... It's safe to say i'm still resting! Along with our visit to the Premiere Vision exhibition (a fabric exhibition held yearly for fashion professionals) we managed to cover pretty much anything worth doing in Paris - my favourite being the Catacombes which you can see in the photos full of skulls and bones... In case you have no idea what the Catacombes are, it's basically miles and miles of underground ossuaries holding the remains of around 6 million people dating back to the 1700's due to too many bodies in cemeteries (bit of a history lesson there for you!). But yes, that was interesting... And slightly morbid... Anyway... 
The rest of our trip was spent on a mission for Macaroons and any Zara/Sephora store that we came across (resulting in both of us fulfilling our Velvet Teddy dreams! We need Sephora stores here in the UK!) - and Hollie's mission? To eat snails. Yep, she ate snails, right in front of me.
That's pretty much the round-up of that trip, now, where to next?


















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Monday, 16 February 2015

TOP PLACES TO EAT IN LONDON

With Fashion Week starting this week, I thought it would be cool to share my favourite London restaurants with you all as I know how much of a pain it can be to find somewhere to eat (even if you live here), especially if you're looking for something in particular (with a particular price point) - plus there are so many hidden gems in London that locals may never hear of with most of the best places being dotted around the city, so - for those of you who love to find new places to eat, here it is, my list of my favourite places to eat in London! 


The Meat Co. - Westfields Shepherds Bush



My absolute favourite places to eat are always Steakhouses. There is literally nothing more that I love than a good burger or a rack of pork ribs. I went here for my 22nd birthday after stumbling upon it on a rainy day with my family and ended up with a whole private dining room which was amazing. I ordered the rack of ribs and oh my, was it good. 


The Faraday - Epsom

Left image: The Dirty Burger, consisting of 2 beef burger patties, chicken breast, pulled pork, deep fried mac and cheese patty, salad and BBQ sauce... Beware of the food coma
This is pretty much my local and my most visited pub/restaurant ever, it's quite a new pub and has quickly become the new Epsom hangout. The food is very American so has an extensive burger menu with lots of pulled pork and other meaty dishes as well as open burritos, hot dogs, nachos etc... You just can't go wrong... And plus the desserts are only £2-3 and are amazing (*drooling over thoughts of their waffles*). They also have a selection of 5 ever-changing craft beers for you beer lovers!


Far Rock Away - Shoreditch



This place is just perfection for me. Ribs, hot dogs, burgers, pizza and all things American - what more could you possibly need? I went pretty hard on their Artichoke pizza last time I visited and they have a great list of cocktails to choose from - all less than £10! Definitely worth a visit if you love american themed restaurants.


The Culpeper - Commercial Street by Brick Lane


I was lucky enough to attend Boohoo's Christmas party here and it was just perfect. The decor and vibe of the whole pub is so great, and everything flows perfectly together - the decor, the food, the drinks. They keep it quite 'craft' like with local beers and wines as well as a cocktail list using herbs and seasonal ingredients grown by themselves on the roof terrace, which of course is also used in their dishes, meaning the menu is changing constantly - perfect for those who love to try new things!
I'm not massively adventurous when it comes to vegetables, but we had a roast dinner there and I tried everything - purely by how amazing it all looked and I do not regret it. I enjoyed every single part of my dish and i'm super excited to visit again one day - especially for a Sunday roast! Follow their Instagram @theculpeper to keep up with their ever changing menu.


Ace Hotel, Hoi Polloi, - Shoreditch


I used to walk by the Ace Hotel everyday on my way to work back when I was at Richard Nicoll and always really wanted to go and last summer I finally got the chance to, and it definitely did not disappoint. They describe themselves as a 'modernist brasserie' and it's very 'Shoreditch' as you can expect but the food is amazing. They keep it quite simple and approachable but still a little fancy, varying from their cheeseburger, to Oysters and Monkfish - but are more than reasonably priced which is the beauty of Hoi Polloi! Breakfast there is definitely recommended!


Blues Kitchen - Camden


Like blues, burgers, and whiskey? This place is exactly what you would expect from Camden (they have one in Shoreditch too!). They smoke their meat in-house and it. is. delicious. Me and my friends were literally in a food coma to the point of no return! Everything on the menu is just to die for (for meat lovers anyway) and they have a pretty impressive whiskey collection to wash it down with as well as a dessert menu which is hard to pass up - especially when they have things like Oreo filled doughnuts (don't try and tell me you've heard of that before). This place is definitely best to go to on an evening as the atmosphere is brilliant, kind of makes you feel like you're in a Tarantino/Rodriquez movie but in Camden... 


Vingt Quatre - Chelsea

Finding photos was hard for this one...
VQ's was one of the first places I discovered when I moved to London. I remember my friends being like 'yeah let's go to Chelsea and get dinner' at around 4/5am after a major night out in Mayfair and I was like 'are these guys crazy do they know the time?'... But they were right and over to VQ's we went - a 24 hour restaurant on Fulham Road serving everything from Pancakes, Full-English breakfasts, burgers, steaks and pasta - so basically, what ever you fancy, any time of day. Last year they expanded and opened a second restaurant on Tottenham Court Road too (which is amazing as it's even closer to the clubs and let's face it, sometimes you want to be a little posher than your post-night out kebab or Mcdonalds!). I'd go as far as to say for all these reasons, it's probably my favourite place in London.


The Fable - Holborn


Another place I discovered at a blogger event, this time it was the Fashion Chick uk launch event with Creators of Desire. I'm not really a central line user so I never tend to stray to those parts of London, so it was nice to find somewhere new, especially one like The Fable which I immediately liked upon walking in. It was super lively which is always a plus when you don't know somewhere well (as though you've walked into the right place!) and the decor is wonderful, which as you can probably tell from the name is quite fairytale related but in a very tasteful, subtle way. The menu is very British with the odd exception in there (the Thai red curry sticks out like a sore thumb in a menu full of traditional english dishes, but definitely a nice surprise!) and there's definitely something for everyone there, and if not, you're bound to enjoy the drinks menu!


Sarastro - Covent Garden


Sarastro is more of an experience, however the food is pretty good. It's by the Opera house and they do like pre-Opera dinners with performers and the place is just crazy... But great crazy... I've been a couple of times for birthdays and although I was kind of thinking it would be strange having random opera performers whilst i'm eating my dinner, it was actually good! The whole place is super quirky with little terraces you climb up into to dine while they perform below. 
The food is Turkish and Mediterranean with a fair variety, but even the set menu is great if you have a large booking. I definitely recommend the Hors D'oeuvres that they serve for the entire table to share, they're delicious and it's great to try new things that you wouldn't usually. 
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