New Candle Obsession

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My best friend got me into candles, after being forced to smell every possible scent in Jo Malone and Molton Brown each Saturday I eventually gave in and jumped on board the band wagon. Now we have trays of candles in every room, a different fragrance for any occasion or mood imaginable. I had been wanting to try the Flamingo Candles* for a while, I’d heard only gushing reviews of the wonderfully creative scents and you can’t deny the come in the prettiest flamingo branded jar. These Flamingo candles are from Flamingo Gifts

who offer a huge selection in the range, with fragrances from the tradition such as Oriental lotus & Rose otto to Blackcurrent Jam there will be something to suit everyone! They really do fill the whole room with scent which lasts and lasts, I am a real convert and am already making a list of which to choose next. Flamingo Gifts have 10% off at the moment too (usually £11) so well worth taking advantage of that and having a treat, or two.

I’d love to know which fragrances you have tried?

Outfit: Tokyo Laundry

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 Wearing: Sweater Tokyo Laundry, ‘Mom’ jeans H&M, shoes Vivienne Westwood Gold Label

For someone who loves fashion and loves getting dressed up at any possible occasion, I find myself seeking out simple basics more and more at the weekends. After planning work outfits five days a week on top of any outfits for nights out its reassuring to have comfy bits I know I can just pull on to go out for lunch or a walk around the shops. I’ve been living in a mix of jeans and these two sweaters from Tokyo Laundry*, simple classic basics you can dress up or down as you like. I hadn’t shopped with Tokyo Laundry before but was impressed with their fast delivery and quirky packaging. Both jumpers were under £20 and yet really great quality, both lovely and soft – my purple sleeves even got stroked. They do a Menswear line too so one for the guys to check out. I really am looking forward to dressing these two pieces up, I would wear both to work with a pencil skirt and heels for a smart-casual look.

You can also see my new photo spot on our balcony, its a real sun trap and we are looking forwards to sitting out on long summer days- when they get here anyway!

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Wearing: sweater Tokyo Laundry, shorts River Island, shoes Converse

Moving House

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We’ve been moving these past few weeks, all I can say is what a nightmare! Still surrounded by boxes but getting there, if slowly. First thing’s first, getting all the shoes out of their boxes and back on the new shoe wall.

 

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Outfit: Those Boots You Are Sick Of Seeing

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There aren’t many things I will wear to death, but when I do find something I really, really like then I will wear it until it falls to pieces! These black suede Ash Jalouse boots, which I have mentioned far too many times to remember, haven’t left my feet since I got them. They are the perfect heel high to be both comfortable and a little dressy and really do go with everything. As I love these so much and have really not been kind to them I also got a pair of the Ash Jess boots in a soft grey-brown, but I am trying to save those until the weather is a bit more friendly. I took my Jalouse to the cobbler for a re-heel and he also gave me some black suede dye so I can try to revive the colour – will let you know how that goes.

Outfit: Repertoire Fashion

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 Wearing: Day Birger jumper*, M&S jeans, Guess shoes, Vivienne Westwood handbag

 Jeans and jumpers are pretty much my work wear staple at the moment. With this impossibly cold and changeable weather simple yet classic items are key, then you have the option to dress them up or down. This Day Birger jumper from Repertoire Fashion is the perfect neutral base item, it goes just as well with jeans as it does skirts. It is a great balance to these patched jeans and leopard print shoes, taming the prints clash. I especially like the longer back and side split, which is not only a flattering cut but adds interest. You really can’t beat an Aran knit sweater for winter. If you’d like the chance to win a fabulous new winter knit check out the Repertoire Twitter giveaway too.

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Shoes: Velvet Cons

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I love velvet, in fact I’d happily live in a world filled with the stuff its perfect for chairs, sofas, cushions, bedding you name it. Where it gets a bad rep is when its used in fashion you soon get visions of Blossom’s floppy hat, Gothic long black Frock coats or bad stretch trousers from your Gran. But when its used well – think Christopher Kane, it can be one of the most striking fabrics plus everyone will want to hug you… that could go either way I guess. Anyway my point is that it shouldn’t work on a pair of Converse but it does, really, really well! I’m utterly obsessed with these and when they match the décor of your local pub that’s even better right? RIGHT? I’ve been eyeing up the Con’s in the sale and am tempted with the leopard print ones, you know I can’t resist an animal print!

What Pearl Wore 2014

Since starting this blog I have started off each new year with a round up of my favourite outfits. I wasn’t sure if to do so this year due to the evolution of the blog, but then again I think its interesting to be able to look back over my fashion journey.  Sadly the blog is still suffering from the recent hacker incident and some of the images aren’t showing, it is disheartening to say the least. It will take time to rebuild so please bear with me.  Here are the links to my previous 5 years in fashion and a rather sparse year 6:

What Pearl Wore 2009, 20102011,

(sorry but posts for these years aren’t back up yet from the hacking, its taking a long, long time to restore 2012, 2013)

 

 What Pearl Wore 2014

Full on Westwood

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 My Carrie Bradshaw moment – the skirt is a version of her wedding dress in the Sex and The City movie! All Vivienne Westwood couture

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Squiggle, squiggle, squiggle!

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One of my favourite Gold Label gowns, its got a train what more can I say.

 

 

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My favourite Worlds End piece and favourite dress in the world, the Shirtwaister.

Evening wear

Once upon a time I would have said there was no distinction between by day to night wear, these days my workwear has to be really toned down which has influenced by style all round. These are two cheap High St outfits the black is River Island and Zara, the floral is Select but I really like the cuts on them both – with crazy shoes by Chanel and Agent Provocatuer though, you can’t take the girl that far out of the city!

 

 

 

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Winter

Best thing about winter? Its the coats and this is my favourite coat by a mile, 90’s Westwood at its finest. You can’t keep a coat like this locked away for best, worn here with River Island jumper, M&S jeans, ASH boots.

 

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Can’t beat a vintage aran knit and a VW kilt with some killer boots.

 

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Summer

As much as I like coats and boots I am much more of a summer girl, if only for the easy of getting ready in the morning. Dress + shoes = done!

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60’s influence in a dress from my beloved Mooch vintage in Sheffield, Fendi B belt, VW shoes

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If you aren’t sick of seeing this dress on the blog by now then you are doing well!

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Little pin-up/sailor inspired outfit. top River Island everything else VW

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Cute little Topshop find with staple Converse, wish we had more days hot enough for this!

Outfit: Current Favourites

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Wearing: Markus Lupfer Saint tshirt, M&S jeans, TK Maxx gold glitter boots, nails Chanel Malice

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Wearing: vintage Hoola girls shirt from Mooch Sheffield, M&S jeans, Vivienne Westwood red Sunny shoes

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Wearing: Vivienne Westwood Anglomainia coat & socks, Ash Jalouse distressed boots, Tibi paisley printed dress

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Wearing: shirt & pencil skirt set from Select, Vivienne Westwood argyle shoes

 

Just a couple of Instagram snaps of my favorite outfits lately – I do have some none iPhone photos to post soon and thanks again for bearing with me through this whole hacking nightmare. The blog will be back with a bang in the new year.

Home: French Bedroom Company

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 The French Bedroom Company is the brainchild of Georgia Metcalfe, a girl with a passion for French style who wanted to bring quintessential chicness to the UK. If you are lucky enough to be in West Sussex you can drop by the luscious boutique, or you can delve inside Georgia’s world online. As you know I have an eye for anything luxurious and quirky so The French Bedroom Co is a homewear mecca for me. I could honestly kit out my entire home with their wonderful offerings, but until then here is a little corner dedicated to their wares. What better way to brighten up an empty nook in the hallway than this handsome ceramic moose – he is dressed to impress for Christmas with his baubles.

 Lighting the way is this urban metal work arrow lamp, it runs on batteries so no need to scramble for a wall socket. When we move this will light the way to the shoe room, but for now it signals the way across the hall. Completing the trio is the My Deer candlestick, it is incredible detailed with a row of stags surrounded by little acorns and foliage.

All in all I have to say this has brightened up the hallway in more ways than one. Should you be looking for some beautiful homeware from chaises to chairs, a classic throw or an edge piece of wall art, even a gift for someone special, with something for all budgets you should take a look at The French bedroom Co.

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