Sunday, 29 June 2014

Alice + Olivia

Alice + Olivia Kidman tweed jacket
Alice + Olivia Kidman tweed jacket
Alice + Olivia Kidman tweed jacket
Alice + Olivia Kidman tweed jacket
Alice + Olivia Kidman tweed jacket
Jacket: Alice + Olivia Kidman tweed jacket (via charity shop)
Jeans: Topshop (Jamie)
T-shirt: Primark
Boots: Topshop
Bag: TKMaxx

I know it's not attractive to brag but I would like to take a minute to talk to you about my fabulous charity shop find.  

On Saturday morning I left to pick up some hangover cure bacon for my boyfriend when I popped into my favourite charity shop for a quick browse.  I found this little pink boucle number hiding in the coat section.  I check the label and my jaw hits the floor when I realise it's Alice + Olivia.  My jaw hits the floor some more when I see the price: £10.  A quick google and I spot the jacket online retailing for £465.  An instant winner.  

I can't really believe my luck.  It feels amazing owning something as high end as this for such a steal.  I can see why people love designer so much, everything about this jacket is wonderful from the material to the finish.  I feel pretty fabulous and shit hot when I wear this, I love knowing that there's only a couple of other people who own this jacket.  There's nothing worse than walking down the street and seeing five people wearing the same thing as you.  You'll have to prise this out of my cold dead hands.

The next issue is how to style this jacket, so far I think it's best with nice basics and pretty jewels but I think it will be amazing for the office too.

If this doesn't encourage you guys to have a good dig through your charity shop rails I don't know what will!

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Friday, 27 June 2014

I'm a Brooklyn Baby

ASOS Blouse, Arizona Birkenstock
ASOS Blouse, Arizona Birkenstock
ASOS Blouse, Arizona Birkenstock
ASOS Blouse, Arizona Birkenstock
ASOS Blouse, Arizona Birkenstock
ASOS Blouse, Arizona Birkenstock
ASOS Blouse, Arizona Birkenstock
Blouse: Glamorous at ASOS
Jeans: H&M (ancient)
Shoes: Arizona Birkenstock (available from Germany HERE and in the UK HERE)
Sunglasses: Le Specs*
Bag: TKMaxx
Lips: True Love's Kiss by MAC

My parents are visiting the UK for two weeks and my mother brought me a very German gift: Birkenstock.  In the UK nowhere stocks Birkenstock in my shoe size (EU 35 or a UK 2.5) so mama A brought these over from home.  I've added a link to a German website where you can get a better size, style and footbed selection.  This pair have a super soft footbed so it's like walking on clouds.  Orthopaedic and according to Vouge: super stylish.  I've always been a lover of comfort over style so this is right up my street. Made in Germany for the win.

Life has been good to me recently: I've discovered how to watch the US Netflix on my laptop, I've passed my exams and I started my real grown up job this week.  Watching Jeremy Kyle won't be as fun now that I'm a tax payer but I'll just switch to watching Real Housewives of Somewhere in America instead.  I got to go to London this week to meet my new boss and learn the ropes a little.  I'm going to be based in Cardiff but will be making the trip to London every other month.  I'm overwhelmed but positively so.  It's exciting to be a 'professional'.

Talking about work, I think this Glamorous blouse would also double up nicely for the office? I don't like the fact that office wear has to be boring and this would make a good 'desk to drinks' item don't you think? 

I'm not sure how I'm going to manage blogging plus part time work and my 20,000 word dissertation over this summer.  I just have to keep it together until September 12th and then my student life is over for good.  I mean it, I'm never going back to university again.  I know I said that last time but this time I really mean it.

More soon!
x


ASOS Blouse, Arizona Birkenstock
ASOS Blouse, Arizona Birkenstock
ASOS Blouse, Arizona Birkenstock
ASOS Blouse, Arizona Birkenstock
ASOS Blouse, Arizona Birkenstock
ASOS Blouse, Arizona Birkenstock
ASOS Blouse, Arizona Birkenstock

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Life on reflection




All my life I have been a worrier.  This time last year I was worrying if I would even pass my undergrad and graduate.  Then I worried about getting onto my masters course.  Fast forward to 2014 I have spent the past few weeks worrying about my exam results, worrying if I would pass, worrying about not finding a job, worrying about having to write my dissertation over winter rather than summer.  You see I'm a worrier.

However, life has a strange way of working out.  When I compare my life to this time last year I am blown away by how much better it is.  Everything has changed, from my personal life to my academic life.  It's all been a bit of a gamble and involved having to dig out my inner Destiny's Child.  

It has been an extremely testing 365 days, from a relationship break down to starting my masters in which I have been performing better than my undergraduate this entire year has been a life changer.  I've had to trust my instincts and just go with it.  I signed for my new flat in May not knowing whether I would find a job in Cardiff, let alone one that was related to my masters.  But like I said life has a strange way of sorting itself out.  Now I'm in a shiny new flat, I've passed all my exams, I am starting part time at my job this week whilst writing my dissertation and my personal life has never been better.  Apart from some confidence issues linked to my body but that's nothing some visits to the gym can't fix.

What I'm trying to say is that even when it feels like life is going against you and it's all going wrong, you have to stick it out.  Get yourself together, let your inner Destiny's Child out and keep on ploughing ahead.  It's amazing what you can accomplish when you set your minds to it.

I am planning on graduating in 2015 with a merit in my masters having completed a year at my new job.  I've had an amazing support network around me which is making this dream seem very accessible but I think a lot of it comes down to myself.  I'm not a quitter even though sometimes it's felt easier to wallow in self pity and not bother.  I've been told by a friend that in life we need struggles to get ahead, and it's years like this that show me how far I can come and how amazing change can be.  I can't believe how different my mind set is now compared to last June.  

I know my positivity might not last for very long once my job and dissertation routine kicks into full swing, so it will be good to have this post to look back on to remember that struggles are not endless and that it does get better.


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Monday, 23 June 2014

Nina Eats - Frankie's Italian


In the past I have learnt not to judge a book by it's cover and in this case what is beneath the cover is probably the best Italian food that Cardiff has to offer.

Frankie's Italian is an Italian takeout but my gal pal Welsh Girl Problems told me you could sit down and eat inside.  Craving carbs and real Italian food we settled in.  The decor is sparse but everything is so clean you can see your reflection off the table (of which there are only 3). We ordered bruschetta and a garlic pizza to share.  These are all just flavours that go together perfectly but it all has to be fresh for you to get the best taste out of it.  In this case we had no complaints whatsoever.  Warm crispy bread with juicy tomatoes plus a touch of basil and garlic. The garlic pizza was dripping with delicious olive oil, probably not good for the heart but good for the soul.

For mains WGP and I both went for pasta.  Eating pasta out can be tricky because a lot of the time you're given soggy and flavourless pasta that you could have cooked better yourself.  In Frankie's though, not the case.  WGP went for fusilli al pesto (fresh green pesto and ricotta cheese £5.50) whilst I went with fusilli Umbria (Italian sausage, fried onions, mushrooms and black peppers in a cream pecorino sauce £6.50).  Our pasta was perfectly 'al dente' and the portion size was perfect, we didn't leave feeling stuffed but pleasantly satisfied.  I've had their pizza before and that was equally as delicious (the last one I had came with fresh mozzarella which was delicious). 

I was naughty and took a slice of homemade tiramisu home for the next day and it was spot on. Gino also treated us to his homemade Italian version of rocky road (shortbread was replaced with Italian biscotti).

If you're a Cardiff resident looking for perfect Italian food that is fuss free and very much homemade and down to earth you needn't look further.  If you pick up any of their pizzas before 6pm it only costs you £5.  It's also worth noting that they make all their own pizza dough and you can really taste the difference.

Price: £
6 Mackintosh Place, Cardiff CF24 4RQ
Telephone: 029 2045 4234
Twitter
Just Eat

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Thursday, 19 June 2014

The long and short of it

Jumper: vintage Dorothy Perkins. Necklace: Louche at JOY. Lips: NARS Satin Lip Pencil in YU

Growing up my mum always had my hair cut into a bob and it wasn't until I put my foot down when I was 12 that I started growing my hair long.  From that point on all I wanted was long flowing hair and if the hairdresser ever chopped off more than the '1 and a half inch trim' I would cry and be inconsolable.  Long hair was everything to me and I never thought I would cut it short every again.  Jump to March last year and I went for a drastic change: from past boob length hair to collar bone.  It felt liberating and freeing. 

I haven't regretted it one bit, and I've been patiently growing my fringe out since December, so last Friday I thought it was time to get my hair restyled a little as there really was no shape to it whatsoever. I asked for my old fringe to be more blended in with the rest of my hair and for some more layers.  Also I went for a slightly graduating cut (IE it's shorter in the back and gets longer in the front) but this was mainly to add some shape and bounce.  My hair is naturally slightly wavy which makes this cut perfect.  The hairdresser wanted to blow dry it straight but something about hairdresser straight hair makes me cringe.  Shorter cuts need volume and a bit of grit I think so once I got home I was straight on the texturising spray ( my spray of choice is the V05 Give Me Texture) and the sea salt spray (Bumble and Bumble).

Again I'm just so in love with it.  It's fuss free.  I wash my hair two or three times a week and don't use any heat on it whatsoever.  I can still put this up and will probably be able to managed a top knot with some intense back combing.

If you're thinking of going for the chop I would really recommend it.  Not only does going short mean you can start over with taking good care of your hair and making it as healthy as possible but it's great to try new things.  At the end of the day it's just hair, if you don't like it it'll grow. I for one don't see myself going back to spending hours blow drying and styling my long hair.  I think I'm firmly in the 'long bob' category.



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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

To be young

Topshop Jamie, Primark Sandals, Vintage Palm Trees, Ray Bans, Statement Necklace Louche
Topshop Jamie, Primark Sandals, Vintage Palm Trees, Ray Bans, Statement Necklace Louche
Topshop Jamie, Primark Sandals, Vintage Palm Trees, Ray Bans, Statement Necklace Louche
Topshop Jamie, Primark Sandals, Vintage Palm Trees, Ray Bans, Statement Necklace Louche
Topshop Jamie, Primark Sandals, Vintage Palm Trees, Ray Bans, Statement Necklace Louche
Topshop Jamie, Primark Sandals, Vintage Palm Trees, Ray Bans, Statement Necklace Louche
Topshop Jamie, Primark Sandals, Vintage Palm Trees, Ray Bans, Statement Necklace Louche
Top: Urban Outfitters (ancient)
Shirt: Vintage
Jeans: Topshop (Jamie)
Shoes: Primark
Bag: Lola and Me
Glasses: Ray Ban
Lips: Sail La Vie by MAC (limited edition)
Necklace: Louche at Joy

I think I've spoken about my dislike of dressing for summer before.  I'm not the most body confident person.  I prefer not getting my legs or my arms out, it's just something I really don't feel comfortable with in the slightest.  So much so that I'm almost wishing summer was already over so I could hide away in my long sleeves and knitwear.  It's hard being 4ft11 and having the genetic predisposition where everything I eat goes straight to my hips and thighs.  I really should just get over myself and go for a jog and cut down on my carb intake but it's hard to get motivated.  I'll have to get a Beyonce playlist on the go and just get on with it. End of self pity talk now I swear, I'll go for a 'jog' this evening so no one can see me.

Anyway, this garish blouse is from my Montpellier days and the infamous flea market.  I think this shirt was 1 Euro or something like that.  It's got 'Malibu' written all over it plus it's covered in palm trees which is supposedly a trendy print for summer?  I love owning vintage/flea market pieces, it feels a bit more original and you know no one else is going to be running around in the same thing as you. How gorgeous is my new statement necklace? I was looking for a dress for my boyfriend's work do this weekend and was recommended Joy which stocks Louche, who do stunning dresses and very pretty jewels.  I'll post a separate picture of my dress once I've worn it.

Also, I swear I'm not being paid by Heidi-Louise from Lola and Me to be toting this bag around everywhere.  I bought this bag by myself and I always have it on me.  It fits perfectly in my big Longchamp to keep all my little bits and pieces together.  Plus the print is perfect for summer! 

Hope you are all enjoying this summer sun more than me! I feel like the grinch of summer.  

More soon
x


Topshop Jamie, Primark Sandals, Vintage Palm Trees, Ray Bans, Statement Necklace Louche
Topshop Jamie, Primark Sandals, Vintage Palm Trees, Ray Bans, Statement Necklace Louche
Topshop Jamie, Primark Sandals, Vintage Palm Trees, Ray Bans, Statement Necklace Louche
Topshop Jamie, Primark Sandals, Vintage Palm Trees, Ray Bans, Statement Necklace Louche
Topshop Jamie, Primark Sandals, Vintage Palm Trees, Ray Bans, Statement Necklace Louche
Topshop Jamie, Primark Sandals, Vintage Palm Trees, Ray Bans, Statement Necklace Louche

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