“Promises, Promises” outfit I wore for a hen do recently

"Promises, Promises" outfit I wore for a hen do recently

Chi Chi sleeveless dress
£25 – modcloth.com

Pandora sterling silver cz ring
£35 – bloomingdales.com

Benefit false eyelash
harveynichols.com

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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

Is Your Wardrobe Linked To Your Mindset?

No I’m not talking wearing black ‘cos you are in a bad mood. I’m curious about mental age affecting clothing choices.

Having been told a few times that I dress “too young” for my age I’ve recently been thinking/worrying about this as age is a bit of an issue with me. I mentioned here about the age limit for dungarees and have been left wondering what other items I’m too old to wear. I’m 28 years old but have been told I look younger. I’m lucky in that I work in an old man’s pub where the customers frequently mistake me for a 22-year-old. I usually lie about my age and say I’m 23. The youngest I’ve ever been told I look is 19. Yes the guy was pissed and clearly in need of glasses but I’ll still take that!

I have self diagnosed myself as having a touch of Female Peter Pan Syndrome. My body may be 28 but in my head I still feel 16. A recent study shows that a large number of people don’t feel like a grown up until they reach the grand old age of 28 years old. Here’s what various reports have to say about Peter Pan Syndrome:

Female Peter Pans are also more likely to be financially dependent upon their parents than men – and parents are more likely to give money to a daughter than a son.

Consistently indulges in fruitless pursuits and short meaningless relationships.

Women in adultolescence focus on having a good time and keeping up with the latest trends.

Some invest a lot of time and energy in looking for Prince Charming – or whoever will charm them in the moment. Building a career and working long hours are not as much of a priority or a desire.

Although their lifestyle may seem appealing, many are painfully insecure and put extraordinary effort into looking good to compensate for how they feel inside.

The following celebrities are also 28 years old:

Duffy

Duffy

Miquita Oliver

Miquita Oliver

Freida Pinto and Scarlett Johansson seem older to me, maybe it’s just the Hollywood thing though. Out of all the featured celebs I’d have to say it seems Avril Lavigne has FPPS – her style hasn’t changed much since she first launched onto the music scene in 2002, she’s still sporting coloured hair, skulls, crosses and stars. Indeed a song from her upcoming album is entitled “Here’s To Never Growing Up” – rather apt.

Does my feeling alot younger than I am reflect my clothing choices? Perhaps. I enlisted the help of my closest friends, asking “In the interest of my blog do you think I dress too young for my age?” and begged for genuine answers. Well my friends are nothing if not honest yet I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with their replies:

“Not at all! You’re not collecting your pension Doll! Fashion should be fun and flirty at your age! X”

“You’re fashionable without being the same as everyone else and you don’t wear stuff you shouldn’t xx”

“nope I don’t think so at all xx”

“No but I do worry about that too. You have no fear when it comes to fashion x”

And the answer I was most dreading comes from the bestest, who has said in the past that I dress younger than my age, however I love her answer the most! (This could be narcissism on my part though, tell-tale sign of PPS)

“You’re very fashiony and much more daring than me with colours and prints. Generally people get less fashionable and more plain and classic as they get older. You also have no fear of the cold which is not normal after 20.”

From my friends’ comments I’d say that liking fashion makes me appear younger than what I actually am! Yes I like my dresses short and having fun with accessories but I wouldn’t say I’m as daring as my friends are making me out to be. If I was happily married and settled down would I be more inclined to dress in an understated yet stylish way? If I altered my wardrobe would I alter the way in which I make decisions? Would I eventually leave Neverland and grow up?

It looks then that the issue lies with me, not helped at all by my mother’s admission that she too has female peter pan syndrome. The difference between young at heart and peter pan syndrome is how it affects you making life decisions. I know that if the shit ever hits the fan I make a terrible decision my parents will always be there to pick up the pieces as they have been countless times in the past and I don’t just mean moneywise. (Yes, yes overprotective parents can be a cause of PPS aswell).

fpps peter pan and wendy

On a more light-hearted note here’s just some of the reasons why I think I’m a female Peter Pan:

  1. I can’t tell you what I did last week but can remember, in great detail, stories from my late teens.
  2. My favourite songs are from when I was 17/18/19.
  3. I think I can still drink like I used to be able to. The 2 day hangovers suggest otherwise.
  4. I take great delight in strangers thinking I’m not the eldest child of the family.
  5. I’ll happily live on cuppasoups and porridge for 2 weeks to fund a drunken night out.
  6. I get offended if I’m referred to as a cougar for kissing boys younger than me.
  7. I still refer to guys/men as boys.
  8. I still avoid my mum if I’ve done something she won’t approve of!
  9. My bedroom resembles that of a 13 year old girl – clothes, cosmetics and accessories EVERYWHERE.

As Peter Pan once said “Girls talk too much” so I shall finish here before I ramble on anymore.

I’d be eternally grateful for thoughts and comments on this matter.

L  x

Expanding My Horizons with Lashes of London

Lashes of London
Lashes of London is a fantastic online shop which sells 2 of my favourite trends – sequins and pastels. The prices are fantastic and I’m a little bit in love with how they name their trends – Unicorn’s kiss or Reckless Muse anyone??
Lashes of London have just launched a blogger competition to win £200 to spend on Lashes goodies. This is my entry so get crossing your fingers for me. It’s been FOREVER since I’ve had a decent splurge on clothes.
It’s not all sequins and pastels they also have some amazing animal print dresses plus their sale items are at ridiculously low prices so please go check out the website here and wish me luck with the competition!

Nude Hues and Soft Fabrics

For some unknown reason recently I’ve been drawn to nude/cream/neutral coloured dresses made of chiffon or tulle. There really is NO point in me even looking at dresses like these as a) I am on a spending ban b) I have nowhere to wear said dress and c) the colouring is difficult for me to pull off unless I’m lightly tanned and I’m just not feeling the fake tan at the moment.

Regardless….

I will post the photos of the gorgeous dresses I’ve seen. Just cos I can.

Parnila at The Remedi £142

Parnila at The Remedi £142

Valiasa at The Remedi £120

Valiasa at The Remedi £120

Benetton at Zalando £65

Benetton at Zalando £65

Little Mistress

Little Mistress

I found this dress on Zalando selling at £65 however ASOS are selling the exact same dress for £55!

River Island £60

River Island £60

Are you a fan of nude coloured dresses?

Christmas Party…. With Barratts Shoes

Christmas Party.... With Barratts Shoes
Another day another fab giveaway I’ve stumbled across: Over at Kel Loves one lucky blogger can win £70 to spend on pretty shoes in Barratts. Go check out Kel’s blog for full details. Bloggers who want to take part have to come up with a Christmas themed outfit, mines is for a Christmas party.
It is the festive period so if you cannot be over the top now then when can you? This dress has a lovely flare to the skirt (cue lots of swirling around in it) the over the knee socks make a welcome change from black opaque tights and the boots pull the whole look together with the accessories.
I spent aaaaaaaaages looking at the Barratts website as they had so many pairs of shoes and boots that I want.
What do you think of my entry? Would you wear this to a Christmas party?

Next’s Dress For Christmas

Next's Dress For Christmas

Blouse
£30 – next.co.uk

Black pants
£36 – next.co.uk

Leather handbag
£72 – next.co.uk

NorthernMum is running a competition with Next to give a lucky reader a £500 giftcard for Next just in time for Christmas. All you have to do to enter is make a mood board featuring what you would wear from the Next range on Christmas Day.
The above is my entry and would be perfect for my Christmas Day off visiting my granny before eating an obscene amount of delicious food and partaking in silly games!