Searching For The Perfect Watch

Time for a confession: I haven’t worn a watch for at least 10 years.

Not because I can’t tell the time or because I rely on my phone but my body hates watches. Seriously. I can wear a watch and within hours/days/weeks it’ll break. I’ve tried taking watches back to the manufacturers and complaining yet they don’t find a fault. The problem is ME! I’ve since looked into it after breaking numerous expensive watches and it’s all to do with the electric current running through the body. Whilst the majority of people have no problems with technology my messed up body decides it doesn’t like watches, cameras and phones. In fact years ago my friend’s central locking in her car used to play up when I was travelling!

Recently though I’ve been fine with phones and cameras (touch wood) so I’ve decided it’s time to invest in a watch (excuse the pun). My problem is after years of not wearing a watch I don’t know what style to go for and I’m wary of buying an expensive one in case it breaks. I desperately need one for work so had a quick search one lunchtime in New Look and Primark and none suffice. Also seen a couple on the John Lewis website but they are all bloody sold out.

I know what I don’t want:

Plastic
Cheap looking
Digital
One of those charm bracelet types
Novelty i.e. with ears or mustaches on
A rip off of a designer style

Unsurprisingly the few watches I have seen and liked are all designer – Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Lulu Guinness.

I want something classic that’ll go with anything I’m wearing, not too big and not too small. I’m beginning to feel a bit like Goldilocks here….

Here’s what I’ve found on the internet:

Limit via WatchShop.com £24.99

Limit at WatchShop.com £24.99

Not really sure if this is very “me” but it looks small and discreet.

River Island at ASOS £20

River Island at ASOS £20

The colour mix of metals would work well with my jewellery. Annoying that they don’t have it on the River Island website or instore though.

Oasis at H Samuel £33.99

Oasis at H Samuel £33.99

Clearly I’m feeling the two tone.

Timex at Jewellery Junkies £58.49

Timex at Jewellery Junkies £58.49

Bit more expensive than I was aiming for but this is exactly the kind of watch I’d like.

Not a whole lot to choose from, don’t even think I’m being particularly picky!

Any suggestions of nice yet inexpensive watches?

L     x

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Expanding My Horizons… With Ji Ji Kiki

If you’re wondering about the title this post is part of a series where I find new stores/websites I’ve fallen in love with and Ji Ji Kiki is the latest brand to capture my heart. Classed as an independent online boutique I adore the quirky jewellery and the homewares section is just lush.

The titles of their clothing makes me smile. SO much nicer than a generic “red ruched dress” etc.

Both dresses are VERY me.

The jewellery is a mixture of quirky and vintage inspired pieces and any store selling unicorn accessories is immediately going to appeal to me!

There is also a vintage section where you can buy jewellery and homewares with prices starting from £3.50.

I had one of these mugs! Seeing it again totally takes me back to my childhood where a lukewarm cup of tea was concerned a treat and made me feel like a grown up.

I’m also impressed with by the look of their handbags.

So what are you waiting for?! Go check out Ji Ji Kiki for some quirky goodies at fab prices. As soon as pay-day comes around that red boat dress is mine!

Have you heard of Ji Ji Kiki? What do you think of my picks?

L      x

New Job, New Me!

I start a new job this week, retail management for a  lingerie store, and although there is no uniform to wear I will be required to dress in plain black during my working hours. I own plenty of black clothing but alot of it is black with embellishment or patterned or too casual for business. Here’s what I’m contemplating buying:

River Island £28

River Island £28

In Love With Fashion £32

In Love With Fashion £32

This wrap dress looks like it would be ever so flattering. Also comes in a range of other colours.

Matalan £20

Matalan £20

ASOS £15

ASOS £15

It’s the one thing I don’t own, is a pair of black trousers or jeans. I don’t even have a pair of black leggings! These ASOS twill trousers would make a welcome addition into my wardrobe.

River Island £20

River Island £20

ASOS £22

ASOS £22

The shoulder detailing is lovely and makes this a little unusual.

River Island £28

River Island £28

New Look £16.99

New Look £16.99

This embellished sweater is quite casual for me but I reckon I could make it work.

Pop Couture £18

Pop Couture £18

I also need to look for comfortable black shoes:

ASOS £28

ASOS £28

New Look £17.99

New Look £17.99

New Look £29.99

New Look £29.99

Dorothy Perkins £35

Dorothy Perkins £35

 

Any thoughts on my picks? Any tips of not getting lost in a sea of black?

L      x

 

 

 

 

And We Won’t Be Found

Title is a song lyric from Passenger’s song The Last Unicorn

Animal motif clothing is hardly innovative but lately the animal of choice seems to be the unicorn. Trendsetters that we are Yvonne, Carla and myself have been obsessed with all things unicorn related for a few years now thanks to an in-joke.

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I’m actually pleased about the influx of unicorn apparel and accessories and this is my pick of the best around.

£28 by Brat & Suzie at La La Land

 Brat & Suzie at La La Land

This dress is also available at Topshop and has been seen on Perrie Edwards of Little Mix fame

Are you a fan of unicorn clothing? Any other websites selling unicorn accessories I should check out?

L     x

London Wishlist

I’m heading to London in July to see the swoonsome Michael Buble in concert and spending the weekend there exploring and shopping. Since London is the fashion capital I’m anxious to make sure I look my best, plus I’m envisioning “bumping” into Prince Harry 😉 Although I like to look at photos of the London street style it’s not a look I could pull off so I’m gonna stick to items within my comfort zone. I’ve been warned not to take a huge suitcase but c.mon we are going from the Friday to the Monday so I’m going to need a fair few items!

Here’s the items I can imagine wearing while I’m away although in reality I’ll be stuck wearing the same old clothes that I currently own:

Miss Patina £68.80

Miss Patina £68.80

Very pretty and ladylike.

I can imagine wearing this when Harry invites me to Buckingham Palace. Me, delusional?! never!

Gorgeous colour and lovely detailing on the bag, this could work for day or night.

We are going out for a fancy dinner one night so I’d wear this with my black Carvela heels and a sparkly black clutch bag I already own.

These nude wedges would go with the majority of the outfits I’ve picked and they’d be comfortable enough for sight seeing.

Could be worn with the Miss Patina dress or the Only jeans.

A great statement piece which could easily smarten up a basic tee.

Would look great against the coral maxi dress and also with a basic tee to wear with the Only jeans.

Again another item that could be worn for day or night.

I’m seriously considering buying this dress and wearing with my trusty leather jacket.

 

Very pretty for summer although I’d pair it with black accessories to stop it looking too twee.

I’d wear with a black cami, leather jacket, tonnes of eye liner and attitude!

Jazzing up a basic staple with the croc effect.

Would go with loads of my existing wardrobe as well as the Only jeans.

Only £27.95

Only £27.95

Brilliant colour for summer.

For evening these could be smartened up with aforementioned Carvela heels and the fab Three Floor top.

July needs to hurry up as I’m FAR too excited about this trip already. Have planned to visit Harrods, Selfridges, Madame Tussauds, Camden Market and star spot in Chelsea. Although if I buy these clothes I won’t have any money to spend in that London! Any recommendations of places I should go? Or restaurants I should try? Any fashiony events I should attend or shops I HAVE to check out?

 

L       x

Blossoms In The Street

As if I need to tell you fashion savvy lot but floral headbands are HUGE right now. A multitude of celebs including Lana Del Ray, Pixie Lott and Alexa Chung have been snapped wearing them and now there are an abundance of affordable head pieces hitting the high street.

Millie Mackintosh

Millie Mackintosh

Pixie Lott

Pixie Lott

Lana Del Ray

Lana Del Ray

Dianna Agron

Dianna Agron

 

Leading the pack in selling floral headbands is Crown & Glory which has been featured in several fashion mags.

Lotta Rosie £18

Lotta Rosie £18

Whole Lotta Rosie £20

Whole Lotta Rosie £20

Topshop have also jumped on the bandwagon.

£12.50

£12.50

£16.50

£16.50

I wrote the other day about my fun day out and you can see the photos here of Yvonne wearing another Topshop garland headband.

Here’s some more high street numbers:

Miss Selfridge £16.50

Miss Selfridge £16.50

Boohoo £8

Boohoo £8

Boohoo £6

Boohoo £6

Johnny Loves Rosie £14

Johnny Loves Rosie £14

Johnny Loves Rosie £18

Johnny Loves Rosie £18

Claire's £6

Claire’s £6

 

Personally I’m a fan of the smaller styles as I don’t think I have enough hair for the bigger styles.

fb rosie fortescueMade In Chelsea’s Rosie Fortescue is spotted here wearing a Crown & Glory band but I think the flowers are too big for her hair and the band is placed rather far back on the head, she would have been better off with any of the following Crown & Glory headbands

Not A Lotta Rosie £15

Not A Lotta Rosie £15

Tea Rose £15

Tea Rose £15

Other websites worth checking out include: Rock n Rose, Urban Outfitters and Dolly BowBow

Are you a fan of floral crowns? Any recommendations on where else to buy similar headbands?

L     x

How I Wore… Multiple Animal Prints!

Mixing animal prints is probably a sartorial faux-pas  but I frequently do it and today was no exception with me clashing prints on shoes and handbag. On this gloriously sunny day (hello summer) I wore my new Cynthia Rowley dress which was newly purchased in TK Maxx the other day. Although they don’t have this dress on the website you can have a peek here to other styles or rummage around your local store which is what I love doing. I can spend many an hour scouring the rails and nearly always end up leaving any TK Maxx store with at least one pair of shoes!

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This dress is ideal for me as it can be easily dressed up or down and the colour opportunities for accessories are limitless. And it swishes nicely when you spin which is obviously massively important to everyone, or maybe that’s just me! I’m imaging this dress also making an appearance later on in the year to brighten up winter, paired with thick tights, long boots and knitwear, this will work equally as well as when paired with sandals for summer.

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Denim Waistcoat – New Look (last year)

Leopard Print Bag – Peacocks (about 4 years ago)

Zebra Print Wedges – Bank (last year but worn for the first time today!)

Hardly an innovative outfit but think this kind of ensemble may be my go-to look for summer

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I’m so glad I have these shoes in my life.

The bag is just a basic across the body bag in a leopard print but it goes with the majority of my wardrobe and I find myself reaching for it on a regular basis.

My photographer for the day was my ever adorable, and rather talented niece Mya – she can take better photos than me already!

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Whaddya think of my dress? Do you ever mix animal prints? Or do you think it’s a fashion no-no?

L   x