Wednesday, March 30, 2011

1 Swallow Doesn't Make A Summer

Martha Jeans, Topshop
Dress (as top), Primark
Cardigan H&M
One swallow might not make a summer, but now the spring rains have returned post-sunshine, maybe several swallows make a more summery me. I wore this dress a fair bit through the winter, but now it's now a little bit too short to be belted and worn as a dress with thanks to our campus laundry facilities that refuse to shrink my too big jeans and shrinks all the things which need their length.

Having seen the lovely Michelle over at Daisybutter tucking in some of her dresses and longer tops, I decided this might be a good way to keep my dress, utilise it for spring and breathe some new life into it.

Yay or Nay to tucking in? Too much like being back at school or great new way to update an item and save shrunken ones?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spring, Sprang, Sprung

Like lots of you the good weather has been glorious here and after an exam yesterday, with sun pouring through the window in front of my desk, the boys and I decided enough was enough. Time for coffee.

The Boys indulging in coffee and apple pie, tea and caramel shortbread.
My coffee and the nicest chocolate muffin I've ever had.
We spent 3 hours sat outside, enjoy the afternoon sun and talking about nothing in particular. Blissful. And I'm certainly glad we decided to make the most of the sun yesterday afternoon, because today I woke up to grey skies, drizzle and a slightly cooler breeze. Spring sprang, but hopefully that's not the end of the lovely weather.

Sitting outside with the boys brought back memories of being abroad. Living in France, Germany and Spain, sitting outside cafes with a soft drink or a coffee was a frequent occurrence but was something I had rarely done here. The cost of cafe culture in the UK can be almost double that in Germany or Spain and as 18 years old freshers we were more interested in partying hard than chilling out. But along with improvements to university buildings since we've returned from our time abroad, have come improvements to the campus cafe and an additional coffee bar for students. This means coffee is not only readily available, but reasonably priced and convenient. Cue a rising trend in cafe culture for us, and even further enjoyment in finding independent cafes like the one we went to yesterday that offered a good value and and a change to the routine.

I'm interested to know, what are your thoughts on cafe culture? Love it? Hate it? Do you consider the larger chain coffee shops to be a great social meeting point or an overpriced fad?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Just Smile

Truth be told, it's not been the best week this week, however it also wasn't the worst. The Guy and my Mum have both contributed to putting a massive smile on my face at points in the week.

Package from The Guy containing some Tea he knew I'd love.

My Mum posted me Vogue after I was unable to buy it here.

Baking Yesterday. The peanut butter cookies didn't come out quite as planned, but they still went down well with the boys.

Cookies not complete without aforementioned tea, to which I'm now addicted. It's also an oddly garish pink colour
I hope everyone has had a good week and weekend and if it's not been all it should have been, that there have been smiles to pick you up.  

Friday, March 25, 2011

Junkie Lust #5

I haven't done a Junkie Lust for a while, but my nude coloured flats are dying a death and so I should really set about finding some new ones. If I'm honest I don't want to have to ditch my current ones. They're comfy, and they're colour perfection, but they're also fabric which means they're actually not that practical for the spring, particularly being pale as they show every mark and splash.

Current front runners are these...

Lucy Ballerinas, ASOS £20

I like that these are not fabric, and although they're a little more pink than I'd like, they're the closest I've found to a good substitute. I feel a purchase coming on...

The other thing I like about ASOS shoes, is their sizing. They tend to come up a little larger than many other high street shops, which means a size 5 is a great fit for me, where a size 5 is usually just about fits, but could do with being a 5.5 from most shops.

I know lots of you have wish lists at the moment, but anything on those that you know you really need? Anybody else out there, like me having issues finding a replacement for something?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Step Count, Step Count...

14 Days until I finish for a three week Easter break, 70 Days and 13 more exams until my degree is officially finished, 81 Days until I leave for my holiday.

Whilst lots of people tell me I'm wishing my life away, by counting down to so much, but I love to see the progression of things, and on days when I'm finding things tough, having a countdown gives me perspective and helps me to remember that nothing lasts forever- the bad as much the good.

I find that fashion can be another great countdown. A month of Fashion Weeks behind, I'm now looking forward to seeing the edits in Vogue and Elle and looking at what's new for the season, and with Press Days flying about and Summer clothes well and truly in the shops, the feeling of optimism and progression is making itself known Chez Fashion Junkie.

And now, the serious stuff done, an outfit for you. Another beautifully sunny day here today, but still not quite warm enough to bare my legs completely.

Black dress, H&M
Grey Jacket, Primark
Leggings, Primark
Racerback Vest (underneath dress), Stradivarius
 I bought the dress back in January, with a view to it working well through the spring with leggings or when it's warmer bare legs. I'm also just as much in love with jersey blazers this spring as I was when in warmer climates last year. An easy way to add shape to something and a great cover up on spring days that are still a bit too cool for just a cardigan. 
Hope you're all enjoying this nice turn in the weather and enjoying a change in wardrobe as the seasons turn. Anybody else on a countdown?

I also had another nice little pick me up from The Guy today. Another reminder that it really is the little things, as this put the biggest smile on my face.

And it really is extraordinarily good tea. I love Apple and Ginger as flavours, something The Guy knows all too well, and when I lived in Germany  I did develop a slight dependency on Apple Tea, the final bag of which I used last week. A perfect and very sweet little package.

In a world where kindness and consideration do not seem to be fashionable, I know I'm very lucky to experience "the little things" which make my day, and put a smile on my face.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

The sun is shining. The ACTUAL sun. This makes me very happy, even if I have to watch the over optimistic freshers with their shorts, their cider and their stereos from my desk, whilst putting in the Spanish and German revision.

Jacket, H&M
Necklace, ASOS
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead T-Shirt, Topshop
Purple vest (not seen), Stradivarius
Jeans, H&M
This T-shirt is actually a night shirt. I bought it from Topshop back in September and decided that I liked it so much I wasn't prepared to restrict it to the bedroom. I thought it was appropriate for today, because when the sun comes out like this, I find myself wanting to do everything all at once, and not miss anything.  Life's too short.

I hope you all get a chance to enjoy the sun in one way, shape or form and don't work too hard!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Light of my Life

Thanks to the ever fabulous Laura from A Daisy Chain Dream, I have the chance to become an Aussie Angel. How could I resist? I've long lusted after the fun the Aussie Angels get up to, and as a firm fan of the 3 Minute Miracle, it's an exciting prospect. So, how do I make this happen, well by answering the question below:

“Put a spring in your spring! Tell us, how would you lighten up your life? #AussieLight

There are two things I love about Spring, one is the flowers coming into bloom and the other is all the light. Unfortunately, flowers make me sneeze- otherwise I'd have them in my room, all the time. And when the light does fade, the strip lights in halls are not even close to a comfortable replacement. So how could I resist these? They're made of dried leaves and are designed to look like flowers. Light and flowers, lighting up my life.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Hello Sailor

I used to really love the nautical theme for spring, a bit of red and white and some stripes for good measure, but this year I seem to have developed a sudden aversion to it, preferring instead to stick with shades of grey and pale pinks with some navy. A little less obvious and maybe a bit more grown up too.

I did however, have this in my wardrobe. Believe it or not, it's supposed to be a dress, but I bought it online when I was in Spain, and when it arrived, it didn't cover anywhere near enough for me to ever wear it as a dress. I decided to keep it anyway, rather than risk the Spanish postal service to get it returned and also, because I still quite liked it, and I haven't really thought about it.... until today...

T-shirt, ?
Jeans, H&M
Cardigan, H&M
Jacket, Primark
Birdcage Necklace, Accessorize (I think)

When I first pulled the t-shirt out, my first thought was "My red shoes are at home...." and then I gave it a bit more thought, and I'm actually rather pleased with the result. Although the stripes are still a little nautical, it feels a bit more "me" and a little less "look at me" than it might have done with red and white.

I'm also new to trying out colour combinations. Usually I'd stick with Black or Blue and another colour, but mixing the Navy, Grey and Pink I really liked it, and although I don't always feel very "put together" when I'm wearing several different colours, this felt right.

Anybody else finding their style evolving into something new? Love or hate the nautical theme that always seems to hit the shops around now? Anybody else decided on their own variation of a trend?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bargain Basement

You might have noticed that I'm addicted to green. Green has been my favourite colour since I was a kid and green clothing is something I've started to own more and more of. And when I saw these shoes, I knew they were meant for me.

Asda, £1.50
And the other reason I couldn't leave them behind, the price tag. No I did not make a typo, they were reduced in the sale to a mere £1.50.

I actually bought them at Christmas, so I have no idea if they're still available, I suspect not. But this is another instance of my putting things away for later. I wanted to keep them for the spring summer, so that they weren't necessarily being worn by so many people, and also because I had some shoes I'd been wearing through the first bit of the winter that I wanted to wear out, and then start with some others as the new season started to come in.

Does anybody else do this, or is it just me?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mix It Up

Last night, as I was thinking about what to wear tomorrow, I suddenly realised that having the blog has made me a lot more conscious of what I wear. It also makes me think about how I wear things I've already shown before.

So here's what I pulled out of the wardrobe for today

Tunic, Topshop
Jeans, H&M
Necklace, Topshop

Having already worn this tunic on the blog, it made me question how else I could wear it, and this is why I'm so pleased that the blog has made me think about what I wear and how I wear it. What better way to get more out of my wardrobe? I tend to live on quite a small selection of my wardrobe. Limited space in my halls wardrobe and limited space in suitcases on my travels have made it quite easy for me to do this, but never before have I found myself questioning the versatility of the items I have with me.

Anybody else out there had a sudden thought as to how their blog influences their life or their wardrobe choices? Anybody had negative thoughts about their blog and it's impact? I'm intrigued to know?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Since You Been Gone

I'm alive, I promise. The last 2 weeks have been ridiculously hectic chez Junkie, but on the plus side I have lots to tell you and lots to show you! First up though- keeping it casual for you guessed it, another exam

T-Shirt, Zara
Skirt, DIY
Cardigan, Primark
Tights, Primark

Now you might know already, that I had rather an exciting interview last week. It was for a job that looks really exciting and I was looking forward to it. I'm pleased to say that it was very positive so needless to say, I'm a happy little fashion junkie. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to photograph my outfit on the day, but being as I was quite proud of my ensemble, I've replicated it for you all to have a look at

Dress, George @ ASDA
Jacket, Creation
Belt, Primark
Tights, Charnos via Fashion Bandit Competition

I think it was the right balance between youthful, playful and smart. I fell in love with this dress when I saw it in the summer, although a high neckline is not something I usually go for and the tights which I won in the lovely Fashion Bandit's Anniversary competition are amazingly comfy. I was slightly worried that they would be a touch on the small side, but it turns out they're perfect. I'd love to hear your take on this? Love it? Hate it? Think it was all wrong for an interview?

My interview was last Friday, and because The Guy and I were in London we'd decided to head out to the Ministry of Sound on Friday night, to let of some steam. Lucky for me, the manager there happens to be my step-uncle-4 times removed- or something. But he's lovely and treated us to a very special night of VIP treatment. I was horribly full of cold all day on Friday and almost didn't go out, but we had such a fab night, that both The Guy and I were glad we pulled ourselves together.

Aside my interview, the other major reason for being in London was a Golden Wedding Anniversary. My paternal grandparents celebrated 50 years of marriage with 21 family members, including some of our extended family, and as well as coming from all over the UK, some cam from Sicily and from France to be there.

Chaos as speeches were made to the sound of falling chairs. We're a fair rabble!
My amazing grandparents, I love them dearly, and it was a pleasure to celebrate with them.
Some of my extended family, who are like grandparents to me, and two people I see only very rarely.
A lot of laughter, amazing food (we're a foodie bunch by nature), a frightening amount of wine and a fabulous night. Well worth the trip down.

Sunday meant time to head back to uni, and back to reality. Although The Guy remained with me for a couple more days, exams beckoned and an over flowing washing basket was threatening. Unfortunately the train company was on strike meaning our 3.5-4 hour journey took us 7 hours.

Slightly dishevelled and crumpled having endured 3 trains, a coach and a some very uncomfortable seats. But my one of my favourite outfits.
And check out the necklace. Another part of the amazing prize from Fashion Bandit and a firm favourite already. It's a very me necklace, bold, chunky and unapologetic.

So a huge thank you to Fashion Bandit, Hope that you've all been having fun, and I can't wait to catch up on all of your blogs.