Monday, 16 July 2012

Penny For Your Thoughts

Shirt, Vest & Rings - Topshop // Skirt - River Island // Converse - Office // Shilling Necklace - Vintage
So the count down to Thailand is on! 18 more sleeps to be precise and my mother is worried about my casual attitude towards my holiday preparations. She does not appreciate that I've got it all under control or being told to chillax... 

Actually it's 4 more sleeps now and the reality of my casual attitude and the adventure I'm about to embark on is all beginning to sink in. I have things to buy and a rucksack to fit everything into. My day has been an endless list of "to-dos" or "to-buys". On top of this I've been neglecting the gym since T in the Park and am currently in a quandary over a possible property purchase. Things are never simple are they? I think the fact of the matter is that when I booked this trip to Thailand I never thought it would actually arrive. When I bought my rucksack it seemed like a glimmer in the distance. And when my sister cracked out her notebook and started marking locations on a map of Bangkok it was still a trip someone else was taking. But I am taking it. This is a trip I've wanted to take since I was 14 and the reality of it is quite scary.

I'm escaping the rain, which has featured in the majority of my outfit posts since the summer holiday began, and heading off to a land of temples, smiling faces, jungles, beaches and thai food. And maybe I'm escaping all the thoughts that have been in my head for the past year... thoughts about my job, my living situation, my love life. I know these things won't go away but maybe I'll be able to think on them with a clearer head when I return. If I can blog when I am away I will... If not then Bon Voyage, I'll see you all in August!

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Where the Wild Things Are

Shirt - Charity Shop // Skirt - River Island // Boots - ASOS // Necklace - Primark // Lipstick - MAC Russian Red  
I was lucky enough for the rain to stay off on Friday and for the temperature to creep up to a positively balmy 15 degrees so it was a no tights evening and a chance to wear my relatively new suede boots! These are the tan version of the purple ASOS Aggie boots that feature in the post "Purple Rain". The ASOS Aggie boots are currently in the sale for £31 but have unfortunately sold out in this colour - I am tempted to get them in grey or black leather too but three pairs of the same style boot is a bit excessive... no?!

The skirt is from River Island and cost £16 - bargain! The necklace is actually a purchase from last year but it was the first time I've worn it as it was really itchy but it felt fine under a shirt collar. I was a bit apprehensive about matching a silk tiger print shirt with a cream floral skirt but all in all I think the clash of textures and patterns works really well.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

T in the Park 2012

Jacket - Vintage // Dress - H&M // Wellies - Hunters // Socks - Primark
(Please excuse the sun squint!)

Well my first T in the Park since 2006 was a wet one... a very, very wet one. In fact no words can describe how wet it was. The above picture was Friday's outfit which was a lovely warm evening - oh how misleading that evening was! The rain began very early Saturday morning and did not stop 'til Saturday evening turning the fields of Balado into a quagmire. I dragged myself through mudlike swamps and free-form mini lochs and sported a rather fetching plastic jacket all day but had THE most amazing weekend. If the weather chose to punish me the company, the music and the atmosphere certainly didn't. However, I am glad I chose not to camp. Post with several embarrassing and wet photos to follow :)

(The camouflage jacket was stolen from my father after seeing a post by the lovely Amy Bell at The Little Magpie . I was just about to purchase a jacket on eBay when I asked my dad if he owned a camo jacket. He popped off to the shed and voila - success! After discussing this with Amy we both decided that all men happen to have one of these bad boys kicking about somewhere... that and a drawer of adapters and screws!)

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Sunny Side Up

T-Shirt, Loafers, Watch & Ring - River Island // Jeans - Topshop

The sky may be grey but I am feeling pretty in pink. I bought this t-shirt a while ago but it is currently in the RI sale for £5. It it's the perfect match for these jeans and I cheer myself up every time I throw on this outfit... Can't say better than that.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012


Satchel - Warehouse £35 // Loafers - River Island £15 // Rings - River Island £3 & £2 //
Gold Vest - Topshop £10 // Vests - Topshop 2 for £10

Two days in to my holidays and the rain is coming down consistently. This would depress me if I wasn't going to Thailand in 17 days or if I hadn't remembered I had a £20 voucher for Debenhams in my purse! So off I trotted up town with the intentions of buying myself some Benefit Porefessional and having a rummage in the River Island sale. That was until I saw this bag... Reduced from £76 to £35 so with my £20 voucher I paid the grand sum of £15 for it. In effect, the most expensive bag I've ever owned has proven the most inexpensive. And it smells divine.

I didn't really put a lot of effort into rummaging through the sale items in River Island but I did get a lovely pair of loafers and a turquoise ring I've been umming and ahhing over for the past month. I also picked up a knitted vest in the Topshop sale which I plan to layer over everything for T in the Park this weekend. Like all Scottish people I know that layering is essential especially if I'm planning on wearing sundresses - which I am! (yes it will probably rain all weekend but that's what my Hunter's and camouflage jacket are for!).

What have been your best sale bargains this summer?

Monday, 2 July 2012

Purple Rain

Shirt - Costume Cupboard // Trousers - American Apparel // Boots - ASOS // Ring - Topshop // Necklace - Vintage // Lipstick - Revlon Black Cherry

I am finally on holiday... for six whole weeks! This will mean a vast increase in the number of OOTD posts I am able to do. Scotland is very much against me as far as OOTD posts are concerned. It's either raining, freezing, once it was even snowing or I just don't seem to have the time. But today a little rain was not going to stop me - hence the umbrella! The shirt is another little steal from the costume cupboard (for those of you who haven't guessed I am a drama teacher). Our costume cupboard is quite literally bursting at the seams and so I generally have permission to take the odd piece now and again. I'm also showing off my ASOS Aggie boots for the first time. I bought these a couple of weeks ago and loved them so much I bought them in the tan as well. (I actually bought the tan pair during a night out. I had a few drinks and couldn't stop looking at my purple boots. Plus I had a 20% off code - damn the ASOS app!) The boots retail at £45 and are real suede but they are currently on sale though for the bargain price of £31! I think they deserve a post of their own but will probably feature in a considerable amount of posts are they seem to be the boots I am living in at the moment.