House of Fraser shoes: My wish list

House of Fraser shoes: My wish list

I have a bit of a problem with shoes. I don't know how many pairs I own and when I throw old pairs away I end up buying more to replace them. However, other than my obscene Irregular Choice and Ted Baker obsession, a lot of my shoes tend to be little cheap things from high street stores that never really last for that long. I need to start investing in shoes that are a little more expensive but won't end up looking like crap by the end of the year.

irregular choice shoes, Vivienne Westwood shoes, Ted Baker shoes
My shoe collection... This is only the beginning. THERE ARE MORE!


This doesn't mean I have to spend hundreds of pounds though, there are plenty of places where even just spending £10 extra will get you something of a much higher quality.

At House of Fraser, there is such a  huge collection of so many styles and brands that I could happily spend hours scrolling through their website. After a mini lunch time session of virtual window shopping I've managed to find a bunch of pairs that would totally 'complete' my shoe collection...

Boots

Boots are one of the things that I don't have nearly enough of. In fact, there what I'm more guilty of when it comes to choosing price over quality. I bought a pair for less than £20 in December and I already need to replace them.

Boots are so versatile and can be worn throughout the seasons (obviously depending on the style). Ankle boots are by far my favourite and I love wearing them with dresses and skirts as they make more of a statement and can even tone down a more formal look. I have been after a heavier 'more heavy duty looking' pair to contrast with the many floral dresses I own so I can still wear them in the winter with tights. These Head over Heels Parody boots pretty much cover all basis, plus they're only £30 so they're still not breaking the bank.

House of Fraser Boots
Head over Heels Parody. Image Source: House of Fraser website

Sandals

Aah, sandals. I don't have nearly enough of them, both the flat and heeled varieties. In fact, I have had the same pair of sandals for six years! My main problem with sandals is that I hate my feet and hate the idea of having them on display. After a lot of trial and error in many a shoe shop I believe gladiator style sandals will be best for me. 

These Head over Heels Corfu Caged sandals would definitely work as they'll cover my feet more and they come in black too. They're also currently in the sale for £31 and if my last pair of sandals cost £10 and lasted for six years, I don't think that's too bad!

House of Fraser Sandals
Head over Heels Corfu. Image Source: House of Fraser website

And as for the heeled variety? Pretty sure I need these Office Siren Platforms in my life.

House of Fraser shoes
Office Siren Platforms. Image Source: House of Fraser website

Brogues

I'm convinced brogues are a trend that will never die. I have a couple of pairs and was heartbroken when my Melissa ones broke a few months ago. I refuse to throw them away though because I am convinced they can be saved!

I pretty much live in brogues these days so I'm always looking for a chance to grow my collection. They're so comfortable and they go with anything!

Floral dress with brogues, New Look brogues, New Look shoes
See! Floral dress with brogues.
One of the bonuses of House of Fraser is they stock a bunch of my favourite brands and I spotted these Gent Block Heeled brogues from Office. They're affordable, will go with pretty much everything I own and come in two colours. #Win

House of Fraser shoes
Office Gent Block Heel. Image Source: House of Fraser website

And to replae my old Melissa pair, these flats from Dune are exactly the same colour and look extremely comfortable.

Dune Brogues
Dune Leslee Brogues. Image source: House of Fraser website

Court shoes

Heels and court shoes are where my shoe obsession escalates out of control. I even own sitting down shoes (shoes so high you can only walk in them for a limited amount of time) and over the past year nude heels have become a bit of a weakness.

I found these Miss KG Carrie nude, snake skin-esque which make them a bit more of a statement rather than your basic nude shoe. At £49 in their sale, they also fit into my 'lovely quality shoes on a budget' theme too!

House of Fraser shoes, Kurt Geiger
Miss KG Carrie heeled courts. Image source: House of Fraser website


These Carvela heels are also a bit of a statement pair because of the detailing and they're in the sale. Who could honestly say no to a pair of Carvela shoes for £69? A mad woman, I tell you!

House of Fraser Carvela Shoes
Carvela Gallery High Heels. Image Source: House of Fraser website

But at the same time I saw these blue Ted Baker heels and I can already hear my bank account crying.

House of Fraser Ted Baker shoes
Ted Baker Monirra. Image Source: House of Fraser website


Me right now:


You can see the full House of Fraser show range here and they have a bunch load of bags here too.

What's on your wish list at the moment? Let me know in the comments!



*This was a sponsored post but all views are my own

London Fashion Week 2015: What I wore

London Fashion Week 2015: What I wore

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Aah, London Fashion Week. An opportunity to dress to the nines on a day when you wouldn't normally get out of your pyjamas with the benefit that no one will judge you for it.

Whether or not some people agree or not, fashion plays an important role in this world, as explained so perfectly The Devil Wears Prada. London is one of the fashion capitals of the world (if not THE capital) and London Fashion Week is pretty much the highlight of a yearly calendar, both A/W and S/S. As well as the big names that we can all dream of owning, it's an opportunity to show off the rising talent on the fashion scene and how Britain really has an influence over such a world wide culture and obsession.

Obviously, I had a mild panic over what to wear. OK, mild panic is a complete UNDERstatement. I was completely overwhelmed and even had heart palpitations at one point. I spent the majority of Friday emailing my boyfriend in pretty much all capital letters about how I had nothing to wear, how I hate my wardrobe and how I thought people would judge me if I turned up wearing Primark (snob).

But then I remembered I got a Ted Baker voucher for Christmas... Thanks Mum!

I own a lot of Ted Baker and I think it's clear that I'm a bit of a fan. However, these all pretty much fit into the 'accessories' category and other than a t-shirt I have nothing to wear and show off. London Fashion Week was finally an opportunity to spend my voucher and treat myself to something that I will pretty much wear all the time.

After some intense research and calling multiple Ted Baker stores to get hold of the Bluoise dress that's in their sale I had no joy and made a quick dash home to get the voucher and go to the Regent Street store, which is pretty much the mother ship, and ended up in the fitting room with pretty much everything I wanted.

Various snapchats to Charlie, Distracted from the fitting room, opinions of the boyfriend and Ted Baker sales staff I went home with the beautiful Viviann dress that even received an audible gasp from someone else in the fitting room when I stepped out to show it to Gary.


Ted Baker Dress


I think this may also be the loudest dress in the shop!

Due to the boldest pattern known to man there was a lot of debate in store and at home over what I should wear it with and the decision was made to keep it simple with a biker jacket, huge Mary-Jane platforms and my Ted Baker clutch.

Ted Baker Dress

I think the dress is a good mix between absolutely mental while still conservative and 'classy' as it's quite modest in the cut. My choice of accessories helps to tone it down a little so it can even be worn for a casual night out so I'll be wearing it again for the second time in a week when I go to the theatre. I'm pretty much in love with it!


How would you wear a bold print? Let me know in the comments!


What I wore: I let my boyfriend dress me

What I wore: I let my boyfriend dress me

I have been feeling very uninspired by my wardrobe recently. I have pretty much become this:



I'm sure you've all been there too.

In an attempt to resist the urge to buy more things I thought it would be fun to give my boyfriend full reign over what I wear to work for a week (as I pretty much spend weekends in my pyjamas).

On the first day he pretty much just went for something that I would generally wear anyway but as the week went on it completely changed.

Day 1

Tartan Dress
Scarf doesn't really go with the dress... 
Doctor Who Lunchbox
Awkward smile and all the colours
Other then the scarf that really doesn't go with the dress or the coat, this is actually an outfit I wear on a regular basis. Not really all that adventurous. I did however remind him that it's pretty cold and may need a cardigan to help me with the constant battle with the office air conditioning!

Day 2

I'm blue da be dee da ba dai
Not sure about the coat...
Now this outfit I really wasn't sure about purely because it felt like there was a blue overload. However I got a lot of compliments around the office, even from people I didn't know so I guess that means he did good! However, heels two days in a row was a killer!

I haven't worn this skirt in a long time so it was nice to rediscover it and not leave it at the bottom of a draw until it's completely forgotten!

Day 3



This was my most comfortable outfit because we were going to see the Kaiser Chiefs straight after work. Although I wear a lot of these pieces, I would never combine them. Especially an over sized t-shirt with a checked shirt. Apparently I can pull it off though.

Gary also said that my accessory for this outfit was my copy of 'The Half Blood Prince' and didn't even end up taking a bag!

Day 4

vintage dog tooth skirt



Red Cape

The night before I had decided to go for monochrome striped nails which Gary used as his inspiration and I had a new business pitch so had to look reasonably smart.

I got this skirt in a vintage shop a couple of years ago and have probably only worn it three times because I don't really have many things it goes with it and I think the last time I wore a time was back in secondary school when it was mandatory but I think the two combined work really well.

Worried I looked a little too grey, Gary treated me to a splash of colour with my vintage cape and Nightmare Before Christmas lunchbox as my bag. I think this is my favourite outfit of the week and received the most comments from my colleagues.

Day 5 

peplum top New Look

Doctor Who Jewellery

And then we reached the last day. After the previous Monochrome day it was nice to be given a load of colour.

The top is, again, something I rarely where and when I do it's usually with a skirt for a night out and never for a day in the office. It works really nicely with my burgundy trousers which I never thought would happen. Maybe he does have some taste!

My accessory with this was my 50th Anniversary Doctor Who necklace, chosen intentionally because he wanted 'to make it look like the TARDIS was flying through space'.

Overall I'm very impressed with his efforts and will definitely be asking for his advice more often rather than just dismissing basically every item of clothing I have!

How do you think he did? Let me know in the comments!


UPDATE: Due to the popularity of this post I have decided to make this a tag just to see what happens, whether you let your partner/sibling/flatmate or child dress you even just for a day or two. Up to you! If you do it though please send me links :-)

I tag:

Aymie from AymieLouise

Mark from That Gent Mark

Jemma from Dorkface

Charlie from Charlie, Distracted

What I wore: I could totally go to Hogwarts

What I wore: I could totally go to Hogwarts

Yes people, I am in Gryffindor.

I wore this outfit to the Jack the Ripper Walk and loved it. I was a tad annoyed that I wasn't able to get a photo. Luckily, I had a day taking photos with Charlie, Distracted so I get to show it off!

Yes I know the hat and scarf don't really go together but let's face it, who wouldn't wear a cape with a bowler hat? Plus, any day where you wear a Harry Potter scarf is always a good day.

What the hell am I doing with my arms?

I got the cape from Wish and was a bit annoyed when it arrived because not only was it bigger than it claimed (as you can see from the picture above) but also I had to make my own button holes, something that I never expected I'd have to do no matter how cheap the garment. I do love it though and it's surprisingly warm.



And here is my favourite Etsy purchase to date, originally bought for the Nightmare Before Christmas sing-a-long at the Prince Charles Cinema but it didn't arrive in time. I pretty much wear it all the time even if it's not Halloween or Christmas and it even became a good talking point when I interviewed for my job!

So... whaddya think?

What would you wear with a cape? 

The new Laura Oakes launch with Debenhams

The new Laura Oakes launch with Debenhams



Other than books and shoes, there's nothing that excites me more than homeware. It's a little bit strange but I have Pinterest boards full of interior design ideas that I could never afford to do and I have frequently considered buying Good Housekeeping... and there's nothing wrong with that.

The Laura Oakes collection at Debenhams is pretty much everything I love; bright florals and even a jungle vibe for some pieces. Perfect as I live in a rented flat and can't really decorate so they'd go perfectly with a neutral home.

Just look at all the colours
The range consisted of soft furnishings, lamps and a whole plethora of other accessories, there wasn't a single thing I didn't like and for some of the pieces I was thinking of how I would use them and where I would put them.

The dish below for example would brighten up my dresser and would be the perfect thing to put all my watches proudly on display.



 And the mirror and candles below would make my bog standard Ikea furniture (that you see in pretty much every rented home) more of a pampering paradise. And it's beautiful.



Obviously, I have admired many homeware ranges but I found this collection pretty unique, the tiniest details have gone into the pieces and the cushions look more like a water colour work of art. I probably wouldn't want anyone to sit on it.



POP UP ART! My favourite thing!
I spent forever tyring to get a picture of this chair! 

 At the event itself, it was a perfect opportunity to finally meet some of the bloggers I follow and talk to on a regular basis. There were cocktails flowing that were created specifically for the launch, a treasure hunt and an opportunity to create your own Laura Oakes-esque scrap books. I missed out on this last bit though!

Both cocktails were delicious
If you're like me and are dreaming of owning at least one Laura Oakes piece, keep an eye on the Debenhams website.

What do you think of the collection? Let me know in the comments!



*I was invited to attend this event but all opinions are my own and completely unbiased.


The TMI tag

The TMI tag

Birthday present - Has no relevance to the post but it needed more pictures!
I do love a good tag! They're a great way of getting to know more about your favourite bloggers and although I don't do every one I have been tagged in, I always do the interesting ones.

This morning I was tagged by That Gent Mark to do the TMI tag and it was a little intense. He says there were 50 questions (although he missed out two :-p) so I've had to put together 48 answers very quickly and it was a lot more difficult than you might think!

So here we go, try not to judge me.

1. What are you wearing?

I have started a little challenge for the purpose of blogging where I let my boyfriend choose all my outfits for a week. After day one I am currently wearing white jeans (in February) and a cat t-shirt. I decided to add a cardigan and my velvet Irregular Choice loafers though.

2. Ever been in love?

Yes!

3. Ever had a terrible breakup?

More than one!

4. How tall are you?

4'11". Please don't laugh.

5. How much do you weigh?

Last time I checked it was nearly 7 stone.

6. Any tattoos?

I have seven! Although one is far from complete as it requires funds I do not have but I'm still already planning more?

I have a butterfly on my left shoulder, song lyrics on my hip, stars on my wrist, a tribal thing on my lower back (tramp stamp FTW), Oscar Wilde's 'The Nightingale and the Rose' on my ribs, a sugar skull on the inside of my upper arm and the beginning of my Alice in Wonderland piece which is the Cheshire Cat on the base of my neck. You can see these last three here.

7. Any piercings?

Yup, all up my ears, my tragus and my lip. I very rarely wear earrings though.

8. OTP

Do Amy and Rory from Doctor Who count?

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9. Favourite show?

At the moments it's possibly a toss up between Game of Thrones and RuPaul's Drag Race although I can watch Black Books, Spaced and Green Wing repeatedly without getting bored of it.

10. Favourite Bands?

Nine Inch Nails, AFI and Dresden Dolls (or Amanda Palmer as a whole). Didn't even need to think about that.

11. Something you miss?

Being in an Orchestra. I keep saying I'll join another one but I'm nowhere near as good as I used to be and am scared people will think I'm rubbish and take the Michael.

12. What's your Zodiac Sign?

I'm a Scorpio. Apparently this means I'm very loyal but have a short temper and can definitely hold a grudge. Oddly accurate...

13. What's a quality you look for in a partner?

Definitely humour and loyalty. I know this second one is a little hard to spot but I've had my heart broken too many times.

14. What's your favourite quote?

"Never love someone who treats you like you're ordinary" - totally true, why should I let myself believe you're special and important when it's not returned?

15. Who's your favourite actor?

My current favourites are Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch. Both are spectacular AND hot. However, I have love Vivien Leigh for as long as I can remember.

16. What's your favourite colour?

"Blue... no... aaaaargh!"

Actually it's purple but I wear blue alot.

17. Loud music or soft?

More often than not it's definitely LOUD

18. Where do you go when you're sad?

This depends on the level of sad and whether there's anyone around. Usually if I'm sad I'll either cuddle Gary or go and see Charlie. If I'm so sad I can't cope I'll curl up in a ball in a corner somewhere and read.

19. How long does it take you to shower?

On average about 15-20 minutes but I could happily be in there for about half an hour.

20. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

Well, this all depends on whether I wake up (I'm not very good at this) and how long I take in the shower. During the week It's probably about 40 minutes once I've braved leaving my duvet burrito.

21. Ever been in a fight?

More than one! I was bullied at school so have taken my fair share of punches and slaps.

22. Turn on?

Humour and kindness

23. Turn off?

Bad grammar, double negatives, not reading and generally being mean.

24. The reason I started blogging?

It started out as my journey looking for a job in the film industry after I had graduated from university. That totally didn't happen so it evolved to what it is today/

25. What are your fears?

Beans, majority if insects, spiders, THE DARK and being alone. There are loads more but these are the main ones.

26. What's the last thing that made you cry?

Last night Gary made me watch a video showing all of Harry Potter from pretty much Snape's story line. It was emotionally traumatising. I LOVE YOU SNAPE!

Sobs uncontrollably onto desk

27. When's last time you said 'I love you'?

This morning before we both went to work. I always make a point of saying 'I love you' before you part ways with important people even if you're pissed off. You never know what could happen but if something were to happen then at least you know the last thing you said was 'I love you'. I get this off my mum.

28. What's the meaning behind your blog name?

This is another film thing to represent how many obstacles you can go through before you get a job in the industry. It's not really relevant now and have been thinking of changing it.

29. What's the last book you read?

Dreams and Shadows. It wasn't that great and I wrote a mini review here.

30. What are you currently reading?

I haven't picked anything else up yet as I have rediscovered my Nintendo DS and am busy playing Zelda: Spirit Tracks.

31. What's the last show you watched?

Gary's got me obsessed with the News Room. It's awesome.

32. Who's the last person you talked to?

My colleague about nail art.

33. The relationship between you and the last person you text?

My best friend.

Charlie and I after our Christmas movie all nighter!

34. What's your favourite food?

I have no idea! I eat curry a lot...

35. Place you want to visit?

There are so many but I have wanted to go to Japan for years.

36. Where's the last place you visited?

Well, I'm at work at the moment but if these means the last place you went on holiday then it's the Falkland Islands in 2012 and Barcelona in 2009-ish. I need a holiday.

I took this when I was in the Falklands - how cool is that?

37. Do you have a crush?

I'm in a very happy relationship right now so only celebrity crushes. Trent Reznor and Benedict Cumberbatch are top of the list.

38. Last time you kissed someone?

This morning before we both went to work.

39. Last time you were insulted?

If this is genuinely insulted then it was two weeks ago. On the mockery side of things then it happens regularly and was probably yesterday.

40. What's your favourite flavour of sweet?

Anything apple! Except Jelly Beans. They're wrong.

41. What instruments do you play? 

A couple but they're much neglected. I play the trumpet, piano, bass guitar and the ukulele. I've played the trumpet since I was nine.

42. What's your favourite piece of jewellery?

My Beauty and the Beast watch Gary got me for my birthday. I also adore my antique pocket watch my dad got me for my 21st but it needs to be repaired. I like watches :-)

LOOK AT IT


43. What's the last sport you played?

HA! That's hilarious. If video games count then it's definitely trying to defeat that bloody giant chicken thing in Zelda.

44. What's the last song you sang?

I was singing along to the Eve of War from the War of the Worlds on my way into work this morning.

45. What's your favourite chat up line?

I have absolutely no idea!

46. Have you ever used it?

I don't think I have ever used a chat up line in my life.

47. When was the last time you hung out with someone?

Other than Gary it was Aymie from Aymie Louise on Sunday. I introduced her to British comedy :-D

48. Who should answer these questions next?

I nominate:

Charlie from Charlie, Distracted
Aymie from Aymie Louise
Lix from A Classic Notion
Katy from Little Miss Katy

And whoever else wants to... It is a lot of questions after all!

What I've been reading: Dreams and Shadows

What I've been reading: Dreams and Shadows

I love books. I love fantasy books especially and pretty much anything that has Neil Gaiman's name on it. This book is described on Goodreads as 'A brilliantly crafted modern tale from acclaimed film critic and screen writer C. Robert Cargill -part Neil Gaiman, part Guillermo Del Toro, Part William S. Burroughs - that charts the lives of two boys from their star-crossed childhood in the real of magic and mystery to their anguished childhoods'. 

Sounds amazing right? I thought so too.

Image Source: Google Images
For me there's nothing worse than losing all interest in a book, it's very rare for me to not finish one and I was so excited about reading this after I picked it up when I went a little over the top in Foyles with Charlie, Distracted.

Image Source: Google Images
The book started out really well, it was dark and twisted and flicked between narratives but it really didn't take long for me to get bored and eventually give up. I can't pin-point exactly what put me off about it if I'm being completely honest, I just didn't click with it.

You might be different though so let me know if you enjoy it!


Keep up to date on my latest book adventures and follow me on Goodreads.

Jack the Ripper Walking Tour

Jack the Ripper Walking Tour

I have lived in London for eight years (oh God) and there are so many things I need to do to make sure that I stay in love with this city and discover more about it. In my 'New Years Resolutions' type post, I mentioned how I wanted to take advantage of the city more and was so happy when I was invited to the Jack the Ripper Walk.

I went to university in Whitechapel so it's not like I never had the chance to do this and used to walk past the meet ups basically everyday after evening lectures. I never really had an excuse so when I was offered the chance to go, I obviously said 'yes'.

Jack the Ripper Walking Tour London
Image Source: +xo_clairelouise 
We met outside Whitechapel Art Gallery (which just so happens to be one of my favourite buildings in London) then were lead down the familiar and some unfamiliar streets of the East End, following the steps and stories of Jack the Ripper himself.

With the aid of a very clever pocket projector, our guide truly immersed us in the tale. He was so charismatic and spoke with such passion and didn't miss out any detail, no matter how gory.

Jack the Ripper Walking Tour London
Image Source - Madeleine Miranda

As I'm sure most of you have, I had already seen a lot of the sketches and read a lot of accounts of the tale (plus there's that film with Johnny Depp) but I wasn't prepared for the more intense kind of autopsy images that flashed before us from that clever adaptor and copies of the letters sent in blood red ink (apparently from the man himself). It really makes you realise that this wasn't a twisted fairy tale, it actually happened.


Jack the Ripper Walking Tour London
Image Source - Working Mum Blog
Jack the Ripper Walking Tour London
Image Source - Working Mum Blog 
Even though I was thoroughly grossed out for the latter parts, this was a wonderful experience and I am so happy I got to go at last. Plus London is absolutely beautiful at night.

Gherkin London
Image Source - Madeleine Miranda
If you'd like to experience this for yourself you can book tickets here.

Many thanks to Madeleine Miranda and Working Mum Blog for sharing their photos with me as I was stupid enough to forget my camera.


*I was invited to attend this for free but all opinions are my own and completely unbiased