Shoe Picnic: Ugg Hamric

When I think of Ugg as a brand, I think of those shapeless boots that have been everywhere on the high street the last few years; the ones you see girls walking on the side of because they don't keep their shape for longer than a couple hours and the sole ends up one side of their foot or the other. I understand they are really comfy, and that the 'proper' boots are meant to be better in terms of structure, but I'm not a fan.

However, looking at these new Hamric boots from Ugg I would in no way associate them with that clumsy footwear; they retain some of their chunkiness but there are stylish little elements such as the swooping rubber toe-cap and the little wood-effect section between the soles and shoe make for a really put-together looking boot that I would never associate with the less-than-elegant look of their previous shoes.

As these shoes are actually leather snow boots they would be perfect for the cold snap that's supposedly coming, and not just up the sides of mountains! with skinnies (and thermals under!) tucked in and a thick cosy coat on top you would be all set for this year's snowfall because there is nothing worse than sitting through a day at work/school/uni with wet socks.

A Gothic Halloween at Topshop

It's halloween tomorrow and though I'm not actually doing anything for the holiday, I'm loving the 'halloween' type gothic collections at Topshop at the moment. If you're into a dark look outside of halloween weekend these bits could work all year round - or all together if you're really dramatic! I particularly love the nail wraps, to add a bit of a halloween-y touch to your everyday clothes;

All New

These are the fruits of little little shopping spree the other day! I've had my eye on the vest-top for quite a while now but it never really seemed worth buying on it's own so when I paired it with these acid-wash skinnies in the New Look changing room I decided to finally grab it as a whole outfit. The cardigan was an afterthought that I really liked in the mirror but in these photos... I'm not so sure, I think it makes me look broader at the top and I'm not entirely loving the structured-ish shoulders, but maybe it's just because I'm not used to the style. What do you think of it? Keep or return?

vest top: new look / jeans: new look / cardigan: new look / bodycon vest: h&m
creepers: tuk c/o spartoo / nails: essie lilacism

Haul: Cabot Circus

I went to Cabot Circus solo last week with the vague idea of looking around and doing a little shopping.. well, quickly that turned into a shopping mission and I turned up at my dad's office looking for a lift laden down with far too many bags! In my defence all my christmas-present shopping is already done and under budget, not to mention it's payday soon. I also tried on an amazingly awful (good or bad I'm not too sure) pair of platform leopard print high-tops but they were about half a size too small, boo. Looking at these photos, I must have been in a little bit of a 'grey' mood when I bought these, don't you think? ;)

H&M bodycon dresses/long vests, £4 (sale) and £7.99

New Look Inspire Acid Wash Skinnies £24.99, Cardigan £17.99 and 'Cosmic' Tank £12.99

Project Social T via Topshop Ribcage Tee £22

Weekly Nails #4

I grabbed this polish in a 3-for-2 deal at Boots the other week on a spur-of-the-moment. I don't really do dark polishes - I tend to go for pastels or brights - so I thought it would make a nice change, and in fact the formula of this Stylenomics polish is far nicer than the other Essie nail polishes I own. I'm not sure if this is because it's a new collection and they've changed it slightly, or something to do with the pigmentation or something else. Either way it applies more smoothly and seems to stay glossy and intact for longer. The colour itself I wasn't too keen on at first; in the bottle under the (very) bright lights in the shop it was definitely a deep, foresty green but on the nail it definitely comes across as much darker, black from a distance. I still like it on my nails but the difference in colour between bottle and nail surprised me a little. You can pick it up in Boots as part of the new A/W collection for £7.99.

Weekly Wishlist #017

It's coming up to what I like to call the 'sparkle season'; sequins and glitter are everywhere in the winter, especially when it comes to party fashion and metallics are firmly in this year too. Though wearing these as one outfit might be a slight overkill these are all great as individual pieces and would make a great statement both out on the town, at a party or in the case of everything but the beautiful dress, dressing up a casual outfit to add a bit of sparkle to your day.

Product Review: Curvissa Leaf Print Tea Dress

This review will just be my opinions on the item. If you want my review of the service please read this post.
The second item I picked from the Curvissa site was the M.I.M Leaf Print Tea Dress, priced at £59. When I spotted it on the site I fell a little in love and put it down as my first choice like a shot. When I received it I was really excited too, The fabric is lovely and thick, luxurious feeling, and the pattern is vibrant and pretty. And then I tried it on.. oh dear, where's the waist? In the photo on the website the model's waist was clearly defined and on 5'9 me the waist appears to be practically below hip level. Maybe sizing down would have fixed the problem slightly but somehow I don't think so. After belting the waist with a cheap primark belt it looks a little better, but I'm not sold to be honest. It's a shame because I was so looking forward to wearing it and it just doesn't flatter me at all, even with the shapewear I have on in these snaps. Oh, and also I've included some closeups of my new shoes because they are too pretty to pass up!

dress: c/o curvissa / belt: primark / heels: hush puppies

Shoe Picnic: Miss L-Fire 'Orient'

I know Miss L-Fire as a brand that's largely favoured by those who are 50s/pinup fashion inclined, particularly in the online community they are lusted after. There's something very unique about the brand down to even the little details and though they are often compared to Irregular Choice in my opinion they are far more wearable for everyday as they are just that tiny bit more subtle.

These heels go by the name 'Orient', retailing at £89.99, and they definitely remind me of Asian fabric in their design; something about the tiny embroidered birds and the placing of the little blossoms just brings that up. The shape of the actual heel is lovely too without being too high, and I love the way the suede extends onto the heel to keep it a little uniform. The t-bar is unique in itself too and looks to be very flattering due to the wideness of the straps.

The rich black suede material of these shoes would make them perfect for cold winter's days when you have something a bit dressy to go to; particularly with a fur-lined coat and seamed stockings! Or failing that they would look equally lovely in a basic 50s-inspired jewel tone frock and black tights with a simple wept-up hairdo. How would you wear these cuties?

Review: Katy Perry Purr Perfume

When it comes to perfumes and scents, I'm not hugely diverse; usually what clinches a winner for me is a cute bottle and a smell that isn't too old lady/too much like those cheapo body sprays. When I spotted the Katy Perry 'Purr' perfume in Boots for half off I had a sniff of the tester and decided to grab it. According to perfume sites it smells of citrus and apple that then develops into a more floral smell and I'd say that's about right, it's very fresh but not too sharp at the outset and after a while becomes slightly musky and a pretty floral scent. I think it will become a firm favourite, and will look great sat with my Harajuku Doll perfumes.

Home Wants: Bedroom

This week in Home Wants I'm taking a closer focus at a specific item; the bed! In a bedroom it can really make or break the theme of a room or even entirely comprise of it if you're into minimalism; I would be, but the clutter keeps seeping in. In scouring the 'net, I found oldrid's bedding to be particularly inspiring for starting a theme with bedding from my favourite Cath Kidston, not to mention pretty, fresh looking furniture at pretty good prices. Here's some of the bigger (pretty!) bits and pieces I particularly liked;

all items from Oldrids and Downtown