Outfit: What Have I Been Wearing Lately

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┬áHere are a few Instagram snaps of what I’ve been wearing to work, mostly suit co-ordinates or skirt and jacket combos. Have to say I looking forwards to being able to shed the winter coats.

1. all Vivienne Westwood, Anglomania coat, suit and shirt, Gold Label Mary-Jane shoes

2. vintage velvet jacket, Whistles skirt, Markus Lupfer tshirt, Rupert Sanderson Bessie shoes

3. all Vivienne Westwood, Red label Harris Tweed Love suit and heart jumper

Old BookCase Shoe Storage Display

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I am still midway with the renovations and awaiting a few more shelves for my walk-in – yep I do have more shoes than I thought. In my bedroom I decided to swap my old chest of draws for a taller styles so was left with a space. I debated having another Billy bookcase but didn’t want to make the room cramped. Instead I decided to evict all the books from this bookcase we had in the hall and bring it in to my bedroom. Since it has glass doors I thought it would be great to display more more ornate shoes whilst keeping them safe from dust. The bookcase was inherited from my Granddad, it still has his cigarette┬á burn on the top. I remember as a child my mum telling him off as he would often leave his cigarette balanced on the top whilst he went off doing things. It doesn’t really match the otherwise white room but I really quite like how it looks, or perhaps that’s just because I like the bookcase, either way I’m happy with it. I am still putting off re-varnishing the wood floors, it wasn’t a fun job the first time I did it.

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The ‘before’ shot

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Cigarette burn and a cup mark

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I also picked up these fun storage boxes from Dunelm, I use my Lush hatboxes to hide away bits and bobs but had filled them up so these will be great for hiding messy make-up and toiletries. I know it will be worth it in the end, but I’d just like to be able to find a pair of socks without having to rummage through ten bin bags first! Hopefully by next week it should be finished, just one last trip to Ikea.

Mini-Snaps: Prints & Patterns

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1. Vivienne Westwood dresses and belts; 2. Rupert Sanderson shoes; 3. Stella McCartney blouse; 4. Vivienne Westwood Men’s jacket; 4. Little Chanel outfit; 6. vintage Chanel Fantasy tweed jacket.

These are actually from the week before the builders came, noway I was getting pastel pink Chanel out with the house covered in dust. First up are a selection of dresses I had picked out, nice summery ones which I rarely get the chance to wear. With the house being a building site I though it would be best to choose a few outfits and keep them somewhere easy to get so as not to risk things getting ruined. On the first day of the renovations we forgot to pull up the rugs in my bedroom and lounge and they are totally destroyed, lesson learned – cover everything imaginable as plaster dust is a sneaky thing. Ah yes the beautiful Rupert Sanderson Lintie shoes, as you can probably see they are far too big for me, I got sent the wrong size by mistake and they didn’t have my correct size so sadly they had to go back. Boo, hoo. I have asked for the super sexy Jean pumps to be sent as a replacement lets hope they fit.

This is a close up of the print on a Stella McCartney blouse I found at TK Maxx earlier in the year, it is beautiful and lists all the old ship routes. Educational and fashionable. The second print close up is the Vivienne Westwood Tea Garden print, they have used the print from SS13 women’s Gold Label for pre-collection Men’s in this stunning bomber jacket.┬á Quite fancy it myself.

Finally a partial outfit shot, got my Chanel on. This vintage jacket is one of my most treasured possessions. From the 80s but you will still find similar in the store today. Also a little peep at my new flats. One thing I always treat myself to are Chanel flats, I’ve tried other brands but nothing compares to the sheer quality, comfort and longevity of Chanel. They are expensive but last for years, well worth the investment. Will show you more of these soon, I went for something a bit different to my usual ballerina.

Hope you are all enjoying this sunshine.

Girl Crush – Emanuelle Alt

(Michael Perry patent boots, Rupert Sanderson ‘Bessie’ heels, Kat Maconie ‘Camilla’ boots)

I have a confession to make, sometimes when I’m out shopping I shop for a tiny Emanuelle Alt who lives in my head. She is the version of me and how I would dress had I been born with an extra 9″ and thin as a rake. Don’t get me wrong I have no problem with my body but sometimes there are some trends I love but alas cannot pull off! How I would love to be able to rock a pair of skinny jeans and a baggy t-shirt like Emanuelle, she has the perfect figure and attitude for dressing simply. She always dresses it up with either a statement jacket, think leather or shoulder padded blazer or a killer pair of heels favoring designers Isabel Marant and Balmain. I was just checking out the new season shoes on offer and spotted some gorgeous pairs, for some reason blue is appealing to me. Here are three of my favourite and whilse I’m not sure if they are my own style I think they would be perfect for Emanuelle. I can just imagine her in the Michael Perry patent ankle boots with their rows of tiny buckles. The kitten heel Rupert Sanderson’s are typical of her style, she often favours a black court shoe but the navy detailing adds a nice splash of contrast. I have a pair of Prada kitten heels which are similar to this which I can’t wait to get out again this season although it will be with skirts not skinny’s for me! Finally I chose these midnight blue velvet Kat Maconie boots, they are just so beautiful and the velvet seems so luxurious for winter. They are a little different to what Emanuelle would wear but hey every girl needs to try something new every now and again. As for me I really think shades of blue and navy will be my think for autumn / winter.

Do you ever ‘Shop’ for other people?

(Image of Emanuelle Alt via Stockholm Street Style)