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From H-T: Necklace – Topshop, Denim Shirt – Primark, Denim Shorts – Vintage & Tights – Republic.

You’re probably thinking: ‘Sarah’s posted an outfit?!! What has the world come to?!’ I know, I know, I don’t usually post OOTDs (outfit of the days) on my blog, purely because I don’t think my style is inspirational – I’m no Lily, Gem or Olivia. But seeing as my internship is coming up – one month of interning at a busy weekly fashion magazine – I thought I should try and get some ideas flowing for what to wear (I need at least 20 outfits!)

So here is my take on double denim. The shirt is a men’s small from Primark – needless to say, it’s VERY baggy, but I sort of like baggy tops even though they have a tendency to hide my frame. At £10 it’s a tad pricey for Primark, but I’m sure I will get a lot of use out of it. My shorts are vintage – possibly from Urban Outfitters– and even though they are denim, I think they contrast the light denim shirt well. As you can see, one of my images features some festival bands. These will feature in all of my photos – they are a bit grubby, but oh well! They are from Live At Leeds 2009, Macs Night Club, Leeds Festival 2010, 2011 and 2009.

Today has been a slow day (full of Smallville, blog reading and eBay scouring), however tonight I plan a trip to the library to get started on my Journalism Issues essay due for next week! I plan to get most of it done tonight, wish me luck!

What do you think of my take on double denim? Fashionista or fashion faux pas?

This weekend I went to Blackpool to sample the shops, the food and of course, Blackpool Illuminations!
Here is a quick post on what I got up to!

Apology
Big apologies for not posting a lot throughout the past couple of weeks! I have been very busy with uni assignments, work, my radio show and doing things for other blogs. However, I will be back in full form this week – I have plenty of post ideas lined up, I just need to write them! So stay tuned, and thank you for sticking with me and reading my blog, I appreciate it!

Outfit
Apologies aside, here is the outfit I wore. I decided to incorporate a bit of ‘goth’ into my look with the cross necklace (which later broke when I was in the arcades – gutted!), my vintage black cut-up Levi’s, vintage boots and my trusty Primark tights. I wanted to wear a cosy jumper to complete the look, so I opted for my polka-dot Primark number! Polka-dots are big at the moment with Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs including them in their Autumn/Winter 2011 collections, so I had to include this knit into today’s look!


Jumper – Primark
Cross Necklace – Primark
Tape Measure Ring – Topman
Levi Shorts – Vintage (via Urban Outfitters)
Tights – Primark
Boots – Vintage

Savvy Spending
As soon as I arrived in Blackpool I marched to Republic to buy some more ‘uniform’ clothes. I had a quick dash around the small store and settled for this black and white star crop blouse for only £10!

This blouse reminds me of up-and-coming boutique; Numph’s white & black Luella Bat Print Blouse, from online fashion store My Label. I love this blouse, which is owned by top bloggers such as Gem Fatale and Carrie of Wish Wish Wish. However, I chose to opt for a quite different and cheaper version which I could wear for work. I would pair this with my River Island light blue skinny jeans and metallic vest top.

River Island was my next and final stop. Why you ask? I ended up spending a whopping £60 in there! I didn’t mean to spend that much, but I just couldn’t help myself when my eyes caught this lovely vintage-style black beaded dress!

I have been looking for a dress similar to this one for ages, and when I saw it, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bag this baby! I could wear this dress for nights out with the girls and special occasions. I could also make like Altuzarra and team it with a Miss Selfridge khaki parka – the possibilities are endless! Despite the fact these thoughts were running through my mind, my hand was still shaking at the cash desk. In my mind I was thinking: “Hello overdraft!”

Unfortunately as soon as I bought my new dress, my ‘sensible’ side started to rear its ugly end and I decided that £70 was enough to spend on a day’s shopping trip. Hey, I still needed to hit the arcades and spend lots of money in there!

Ooh La Laa Pizza Express!
Me and Ali chose to eat at Pizza Express for tea. Both of us had never been to Pizza Express before and heard lots of raving reviews from our friends, so we decided to give it a try. And boy, was it worth it!

I ordered garlic bread for starter, whilst Ali opted for the chilli version. The garlic bread was just the perfect size for a little one like me! Usually, when you order garlic bread in Italian restaurants you are greeted with a full on 11 inch pizza version! So I was happy when this one turned up on my table.

For mains Ali decided to have the chef’s special hot pizza, whereas I went for pizza with a vegetarian mushroom topping. I really enjoyed my pizza, despite not being able to finish it! After Ali ate his pizza, he decided it wasn’t hot at all – this is the guy who piles on extra hot sauce on his Nandos meals! So it didn’t really surprise me when he claimed it wasn’t spicy enough for him.

Even though we were both full, we decided to share PE’s chocolate fudge cake dessert – which we finished off within minutes of it arriving! It was so nice, and wasn’t as bitter, or ‘too chocolaty’ as I thought it would be!

Overall, I enjoyed my tea at Pizza Express, and would happily go again – although I would skip the starters so I can finish off the mains next time!

Blackpool Sights
After our meal, we decided to have a long walk along the Promenade and view the illuminations. We had also managed to catch the sun set!
Watching the sun set by the beach was beautiful and prepared us for the illuminations. I have never been to see the illuminations before, despite living nearer to Blackpool than Ali (who lives in Ipswich by the way!) So it was a nice experience to walk down the Promenade and take in our surroundings before hitting our last stop, Coral Island.
Coral Island is basically a casino, but with games, bingo and arcades. Me and Ali tried to win as many tickets as we could, so we could win each other prizes. We played Guitar Hero, went on the dance mat and played Deal or No Deal. In the end, Ali won me this cute Coral Island bear!

Overall it was such a fun and nice day out after handing in our uni assignment! We both enjoyed the illuminations, and of course Pizza Express!

Have you guys been to Blackpool? What do you think of it?

This is one feature I have been dying to write! I have loads of eccentric and amazingly written websites bookmarked on my computer. But these are the five that I read religiously every day without fail, and I thought I should share them all with you!

Of course, these are only a select few; I would have posted all of my bookmarks but I wouldn’t want you to scroll down the page forever! The blogs below aren’t in a specific order, nor are they numbered as they are each amazing in their own way.

BLAH

I love, love, love this blog! The owner, Claire has just recently graduated from UCLAN, the same university that I go to! But not only does Claire post amazing outfits and finds, her articles are also very informative and interactional! She is one blogger that inspires me.

If you don’t already have Sitting Pretty on your bookmarks, or follow it on Bloglovin’, I suggest you do, as this is one blog I recommend you read!

BLAH Alice Mary Barnes

Alice’s blog is very different to other fashion–orientated blogs that I have come across, and I love it! Her posts are mainly about catwalk fashions, her inspiration and the latest trends. Alice recently graduated from Northumbria University with an envious first in Fashion Communication.

I always make sure I visit Alice Mary Barnes when I need to catch up with the fashion crowd! Follow her blog here.

BLAH

fln
As a northerner, this blog is like my online street style bible! Due to the blogger, Lauren, moving south to work in PR, the blog has transitioned smoothly from street style to personal style – and who wouldn’t want to read about Lauren’s personal style?

Fashion Looks North is always a very entertaining read, and I suggest you follow Lauren’s blog via Bloglovin’, if you haven’t already.

BLAH

gem

Gem has come a long way since she started her blog in 2007! Not only is Gem an inspiration (she has achieved so much through her blog such as curating her own shop for Motel Rocks), but her posts are well written and are subject varied, which is always refreshing.

You can follow Gem Fatale’s Style Blog here.

BLAH

aliLast but not least is this amazing sports blog by a fellow UCLAN journalism student; Ali Stafford. I know, I know, you probably weren’t expecting a sports blog, but Ali is a very exceptional writer and even if you aren’t that interested in sports (like me), you will always find his features an interesting read.

I suggest you check out his blog and follow him on twitter: @AliStafford2.

BLAH

So there you go five blogs of many that I love. I suggest you check them all out and give them a read. I also have some exciting news which I thought I should mention in this blog post!