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London Fashion Weekend

As you know, I’m not much of a fashion blogger. I love clothes and experimenting with my wardrobe, but the closest I’ve ever come to blogging about it was with this Blair Waldorf inspired ensemble last year.

When the lovely Timea at LivingSocial invited me along to London Fashion Weekend, I thought it would be as good a time as any to get the camera out and shoot an outfit post or two. Surely I would have picked up a few tips by osmosis from reading so many fashion blogs day in day out?

nails of the day barry mIs a Nails of the Day post a thing? My favourite Barry M nail varnish in pale blue.

Not so much. I totally froze, I had no clue how to direct the amazing photographer (thanks Mum) and the outfit I was wearing looked shapeless and lackluster. It really made me appreciate the art of street style photography and I’ve learnt once and for all that nothing beats practice. Fashion bloggers, I salute you.

outfit of the dayOutfit of the Day: Whistles jumpsuit, Reiss jacket, Dinny Hall necklace

After a quick pit-stop in the gardens by Temple station we leisurely made our way up to Somerset House. This is what it looks like normally before the fashionistas ascend each season…

somerset houseSomerset House

It’s a beautiful building and one of my favourite places to see an exhibition (I last visited for the Mapping the City exhibition).

After handing our tickets in we were ushered into the fashion show. Ushered makes it sounds glamorous but actually it was because we were running a little late… The show we saw provided an insight into new season trends and I was thrilled to see plenty of flairs, suede and backpacks on the catwalk.

After the fashion show we went for a wander round Somerset House to see the brands exhibiting. We spent most our time looking at accessories and I had to exercise serious restraint. From quirky, fun and affordable jewellery to luxe leather bags that would last a lifetime, I’ve never had such fun window shopping. I discovered some creative small brands for the first time and it really reminded me how important it is to support the independents as well as the big brands.

We collected our goody bag, grabbed a London Fashion Weekend ‘special’ cappuccino and wandered around the perimeter of Somerset House, soaking in the sunshine.

london fashion weekend

London Fashion Weekend

After a final browse we decided to head off for a wander around Covent Garden. As expected it was rammed, so we walked a little further and found ourselves in Neals Yard. Although my wardrobe is all about the monochrome, nothing gives me more joy that bright public spaces. Just try walking through Neal’s Yard without cracking a huge smile.

neals yard covent gardenNeal’s Yard

Stomachs rumbling we stopped for lunch at Wild Food Cafe. We ordered salads (I’ve never ordered salad in my life) and it was delicious. Grilled chicken, quinoa, avocado… and a glass or crisp white wine. Spring had finally arrived!

lunch and wineWild Food Cafe

It was great fun and really nice to spend some quality time with my mum. Mother and daughter days out are just the best!

I was a guest of LivingSocial. As usual, all opinions and ramblings are my own.

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Hercule Poirot

Came across this photo of me dressed as Poirot and I couldn’t resist sharing…

During the World Cup we had a dress down day at work for charity. We all pulled the name of a football team (usually known as a country) out of a hat and dressed up appropriately.

Although initially stumped when I got Belgium (waffles! Chocolate! Beer!) I later had a brainwave and decided that I would be Poirot for the day. Complete with moustache. And yes, the train journey home was kinda awkward. What I’ll happily do for charity.

Hercule Poirot

The best slogan t-shirts

How great are these slogan t-shirts?! I’m yet to see a single one that doesn’t apply to either me or my friends.

My cousin has this as a sweatshirt. The first time the family saw it they loved it!

slogan t-shirts

This would make a cute father’s day gift:
slogan t-shirts

Reminds me of the Gilmore Girls:

slogan t-shirts

My fitness fanatic colleague would love this:

slogan t-shirts

This one has my name written all over it:

slogan t-shirts

You can buy the slogan t-shirts here

Hat tip to A Cup of Jo

Blair Waldorf wardrobe inspiration

I’m trying something new today with my first outfit post. As far as blog posts go it’s quite daunting, especially as I’m not in the habit of posting pictures of myself. But I love this outfit and the feedback on Twitter suggests others did too, so I’m going for it…

I saw this dress before Christmas and couldn’t resist buying it. The tartan pattern combined with the Peter Pan collar was too good to resist and I had the perfect heeled boots to pair it with.

The Catholic schoolgirl look isn’t the look I tend to go for but the tartan pulled me in. I finally dug it out of my wardrobe at the weekend for a girly afternoon tea.

This is definitely my Blair Waldorf on the steps of the Met look – although I think I’m in need of a headband if I’m going to make Queen B proud.

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Dress, Primark; Boots, New Look; Bag, DKNY.