I originally started off this blog intending to write about fashion. Until I realized a few things. A. I am not a very good fashion blogger. B. With uni work and all, I didn't have enough time to keep up with the various fashion weeks. In short, I was getting out of depth. So I'm going to start again.
I'm going to write about my two passions in life: food and fashion. I love food and I love fashion. I love them both equally. So I am going to talk about food and fashion how I see and experience in on a day to day basis. To put it specifically I'm going to talk about two things: what I ate and what I wore See, that's simple enough.
Yesterday was a good day. It was the end of exams. I love finishing exams in the summer when you walk out of that dreary building with this massive weight off your shoulders, and you get to walk out into the sun. Bright, glorious sun. But I digress.
Breakfast: Peanut butter and jam sandwich.
Lunch: sausage and jalapeno omelette with a side of baked beans at Selly Sausage. There was a lot of toast slathered in butter on the side too. I wiped off the butter because I'm not a big fan of grease then I realized later I shouldn't have bothered because I didn't eat the toast anyway. I'm going for cheese and jalapenos next time because omelettes are never that nice without cheese.
Cappuccino at Caffe Nero. I have become anti-Starbucks recently. Too much milk, too much sugar, barely any coffee. Nero is slightly better, depends on the barista. Proper cappuccino at those small randoml Italian cafes is always better.
Dinner: sole fillets with lemon chevril sauce with a side of garlic prawns and buttered winter vegetables, at Country Girl. This was rather nice although the prawns were a bit small for my liking. The vegetables..leeks and spinach in a butter sauce was lovely. I found the actual sole with the lemon chevril sauce quite bland but then I guess fish wouldn't be a pub specialty. If I wanted a pub specialty I should have picked one of the ten burgers like everyone else. It's just that I'm not a big burger fan. I always take the bread out which people find strange and kinda negates the point of having a burger. I just don't like sandwiched things...sandwiches, baguettes, burgers, wraps... I like my food..what's the word for it....naked.
Managed to put down quite a bit of alcohol..a glass of house white and half a bottle of house red. I've recently changed my stance on alcohol with meals. I used to try and not drink until after the meal so that I could actually enjoy my food without being 'under the influence'. However I had the best meal of my life ( a crab avocado al ferno) with a lovely glass of blush wine and I've been converted ever since. The wine woke my taste buds just so that everything tasted just that much nicer. So now I've decided that ONE glass of wine with a meal is good.
What I wore:
For my presentation: white Abercrombie shirt, grey Dorothy Perkins skirt, brown Topshop tights and blue New Look flats. I had to iron my skirt. I hate ironing. I try to avoid it as much as I can.
For dinner: blue Urban Outfitters dress ( got it in the sale..9.99 down from 58 pounds...bargain!), brown topshop tights, blue New look flats, brown leather jacket and black Topshop quilted bag.
I love my Topshop bag. It goes with everything. It works for both night and day. It's just big enough for day time and small enough for night time. Plus it's kind of both elegant in a young 'It' sort of way. Buy yours here! http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=true&catalogId=19551&storeId=12556&categoryId=74447&parent_category_rn=130031&productId=1099286&langId=-1 I can't seem to load a picture up. They also do it in a grey snakeskin, a pink snakeskin and a plain bright red. I love all of them and I might start a collection. I recommend going for the black first just because it goes with EVERYTHING in your wardrobe.
I love the quilt..obviously the whole bag is very Chanel-inspired. The chain strap is also very elegant..not cheap-looking like some of the other high street chain straps I seem ( ahem, Primark). I've had my bag for about six months and it's lasted quite well so far. The only slight issues were the bit that attaches the chain strap to the bag fell off once so I had to get it superglued in Timpson's. And I always worry that I overstuff my bag and am going to ruin the lock bit at the front but fingers crossed..not happened so far! I love how you can style it as both a cross body bag or just wear it on one shoulder, which is the one I go for most of the time. Makes me feel very Mary Kate. I only ever wear it as a cross body bag if I'm walking on my own at night and am worried someone's going to run past and snatch my bag. Urban Outiftters do a similar one actually.
When I saw this in store initially, I got rather excited because I love Urban Outfitters and I love quilted bags. Now after comparing it with the Topshop ones though, I definitely prefer those and plus a. they are cheaper ( 25 pounds compared to UO's whooping 52!) and b. they have more of a variety of designs. The pink snakeskin is particularly gorge. And if you look closely, the Topshop bag is slightly longer and more rectangular-shaped whereas the UO one is a boxier shape which I don't like. The reason for the massive price difference between the two is that the UO is 100% leather wheras the Topshop is polyethene. I've never been very bothered about leather bags..I suppose they last longer but if I wanted a bag that was going to last me 20 years, I wouldn't be buying it in pink snakeskin. Oh and if you're anti-leather that's another reason to go for the Topshop!
Despite all this, I am still very much a UO fan. Walking into UO feels like walking into my dream wardrobe. I scored a fabulous Lux dress in an medium electric blue ( I can't find a picture on the website) and a dark denim skirt and the total came to 20 pounds which is such a bargain, keeping in mind how overpriced UO usually is. I'm happy with my dress especially because I wore it last night and recieved quite a few compliments on it, including from one girl in the queue for Snobs! I always believe compliments more when it comes from randomers because obviously your friends will always say you look nice because a. they're your friends and b. they love you anyway. The girl said she'd seen the same dress at UO earlier that day but they were only left in an XS. That's one of the nice things about being a non-average size I guess. When it comes to sale shopping, it's better to be very small..like a 6 or very big, aka a size 16. It's the inbetweeners that suffer because their sizes get sold out earlier.
If UO is my dream wardrobe, the top floor of Selfridges is my heaven. I literally feel like I have died and woken up in designer heaven. First you come up the escalator, and you're greeted by the sight of a mannequin wearing a Pucci dress and hot pink tights. The mere sight of this makes my heart go pitter-patter. Behind the mannequin are a row of black elegant Stella McCartney and McQueen dresses. Then you walk around and the bag...oh my god..the BAGS. First there were the Marc Jacobs ( I can't remember if the Marc by Marc Jacobs were mixed in with them)..then the Chloe bags. Then the cutest little black motorcyle Balenciaga. I must say I love nearly all designer bags apart from Mulberry. Maybe it's just too English for me.
The shoes are on the same floor. Five years ago I would have gone straight for the shoes. But now I'm definitely a bag girl. I see all these beautiful shoes but I can't wear them!
With shoes, it's more a case of 'no pain no gain'. And after five years I decided I couldn't take the pain any longer. Whereas bags don't cause you any pain, they just hang on your arm, similar to but even more fabulous than a cute boyfriend ( especially because they don't complain haha)...and bags are just SO beautiful.
They're just so different. They say different things. The MJ is stylish yet a bit quirky. The Chloe is hip. And the Balenciaga is just pure sex. What more does a girl need?