Wednesday, 20 April 2011
After an afternoon of dedicated work and serious procrastination, I thought it was of ultimate necessity that I purchased a new top and trousers for the spring.
I found this sleeveless shirt for £18 and reduced Khaki chino's down to £20 and I couldn't resist purchasing the two. Although they work well together I find it much more fun to mix the shirt with shorts or jeans, and wearing the chinos with plain tops and a belt. I'm hoping I'll have an opportunity soon to pair them with heels.
But they both offer a new mix into my wardrobe and I'm enjoying my naughty purchase! Now back to sitting in the sun...
Monday, 18 April 2011
Thought I would just upload a cheek picture of my Chanel Bag meeting my Godmother Janet's Louis Vuitton bag. Don't they look good together?
I know I'm lucky but I feel every woman needs that one special bag for different occasions. What's your special bag? Doesn't have to be designer, it could be handmade or highstreet! What does it mean for you?
Friday, 15 April 2011
We went to this exhibition a couple of days ago and was a really nice royal day out. I do like to make an effort to visit castles and palaces, mainly because my mums blue blood has naturally began to ran inside me. My Dad is also a fanantic on history and I really enjoy to find out the whackiest and shocking facts from the past - so this visit was a good opportunity to combine all my interests of fashion, history and culture.
We followed the task given to children for their visit, which was to guess what Princess lived in each room, with outfits, dolls, portraits and letters giving us clues.
The room I found most fascinating was Queen Victoria's bedroom she lived in as a child. She had a very sheltered life because of her Mother that she later resented so much so, she chucked her Mother out when she became queen. As a princess living a privileged life, her words in the poem did not express her happiness at any point. Her room was transformed into a large dolls room, which dolls reaching 12ft high sitting in her room, with her large oak bed covered in large mattresses with scattered dolls on top. You couldn't help but gasp and laugh seeing such large and quite frankly scary dolls staring at you when you entered. They also put on display her tiny little shoes that she wore, they were so delicate.
The rooms reflected other Princesses of past era's, with another favourite being Diana, as this was her residential home before her death in 1997. Her room was simply decorated with a long off the shoulder white dress, that had such a tiny waist. It was interesting to picture the Princess that did actually live here and how their lives must of been.
Afterwards we walked across the grass to The Orangery, which is sort of described as the 'conservatory'! It was a large open windowed area that is popular to be hired out for weddings - and you could see why.
We then ordered an afternoon tea selection for £18, that included breakfast tea, four finger sandiwiches; cheese & pickle, cucumber and cream cheese, ham & mustard and smoked salmon, followed by a selection of cakes and scones with cream and jam. I also bought from the giftshop a few postcards and little book which is titled 'The Etiquette of Dress' which is funny, as it gives you tips about every type of clothing event such as morning dress - you wouldn't dare wear your nightdress for breakfast!
To end the day we took a quick window shop around Harvey Nichols. Recommend the day out if you are interested in art and fashion or a fan of cakes!
Thursday, 14 April 2011
After searching through numerous charity shops and second hand furniture stores, I was still no closer to purchasing a bookcase for my bedroom. Just on Tuesday though I got the biggest urge to complete my project, this probably stemmed from my inability to concentrate on my work at the moment, but also convincing myself that if my room were tidier I would put more effort into my work!
So I set about trawling on eBay for a good hour, and managed to find a bookcase that was only a few miles away for £40. I bought it straight away and was delighted that I could go and pick it up an hour later. It all happened quite quickly, but I was happy to pick it up and get things started. I then went and bought some paint and covered the bookcase in two coats in the space of two hours.
The morning after I could then use sandpaper to wear the edges of the bookcase and create a more effective shabby chic appeal.
As you can see it is now filled with all my books and magazines and I think it really compliments the decor already in my room. Have any of you given yourself a large project or decorated your own furniture?
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous." - Coco Chanel
I thought I would share with you probably one of the most long awaited gifts I've ever received. The Chanel 2.55 classic lambskin bag.
It's not brand new - purely because of the price tag that ensues - its pre-loved. It was made in France between the years of 1989-1991, which I really enjoy because the bag I hold in my hands is the same age as me!
The bag is an extremely generous birthday gift and inevitably an investment, so long as it is kept in good condition the value will only increase with age. So enjoy the pictures on such a sunny, lovely day!
I'll do another post soon what the bag means to me and the history, so for now, what do you think?