The week before Christmas was my birthday, so I decided to do a few things in order to celebrate the grand old age of … twenty. Here is what I got up to!

Currently Coveting Comedians
To kick off the celebrations, my boyfriend took me to Manchester on Thursday (the day before my birthday), to see the very funny and oh-so-fit Russell Howard! I have to say, that I had doubts before the show, as to whether Russell would be as funny like he normally is on his TV show, Good News. But my sceptical thoughts were blown away when he came out with his classic one-liners that had the audience in stitches. Another highlight was when he sported a pink thong on stage – yes, you read that right, a PINK THONG! I never laughed so hard in my entire life!

Me and Ali also had a gorgeous meal at Thai restaurant; Siam Orchid. We both had mussels to start with, followed by a pork stir-fry for me, and a chilli chicken stir-fry for Ali. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who happens to love Thai food and is in Manchester.   We both spent the night at The Portland Hotel, which I have to say, was very posh – too posh even, for us mere mortals! Nevertheless, the room was perfect for one night, and for £65 (the rooms are normally £200), we did well!

Style Savvy Spending – Take Two, Trafford Centre
You may have read the last Style Savvy Shopping post, which was based at the Trafford Centre, well on Friday 16th December (the day of my birthday), I had another cheeky shopping trip there where I spent quite a bit of money!

Here is what I bought:
From L-R: River Island t-shirt, Photobooth images and a Build-A-Bear, Urban Outfitters top, Republic blazer, Republic Tights, Miss Selfridge body-chain and polka-dot tights and Republic high-waisted jeans.

Most of the things that I bought were for my ‘uniform’ at work, as well as a few bits and bobs that were on my Christmas Wishlist.

Beautiful Buffets and Cool Cocktails
The last day of celebrations was filled with an awesome night of seeing my besties, scoffing a buffet and sipping giant cocktails.

I wore two of my purchases from Friday’s manic shopping trip. I decided to go for a casual/going out look, and opted for a simple sparkly vest and shorts, rather than a dress.

Here is what I wore:

Vest, Cardigan, Shorts and Tights – Republic (via staff discount)
Lipstick – Rimmel in Starry Eyed

I decided to have the meal at Red Hot World Buffet in Leeds. It has everything from Italian food, to Japanese and even Thai! I would definitely recommend this buffet, as not only is it cheap, but you will never look at another Chinese buffet again, without thinking ‘Red Hot Buffet is better’!

We all had a great time – it was nice to catch-up and have a meal as opposed to going out and getting wasted.

Overall, I really enjoyed my turning twenty, and I cannot wait to see what the rest of my twenties have in store for me! How did you celebrate your birthdays this year?

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Today I went to the Vintage & Craft fair at the New Continental Pub in Preston, to sample all of the delicious vintage delights!

As those of you who read this blog know, I love going to vintage fairs – check out this post of when I went to Judy’s Vintage Fair in Leeds. So I couldn’t miss this opportunity to scour the stalls to find some lovely, tucked-away vintage items!

The New Continental was rammed with eager vintage buyers, looking for those special hidden ‘gems’ in the racks. The pub (which serves amazing food by the way – although it is a tad expensive!) was host to 15 stalls brimmed with cute cupcakes, retro homewares and handmade jewellery, to name a few.

Here is what I bought at the Vintage Fair:
As you can see, I only bought a couple of things, due to the lack of money. But I know what you’re thinking; “Sarah you already have black boots, why have you bought another pair?!” Well the ones which I bought a couple of months ago now have the soles coming off them (sob! sob!), so I bought these babies for only £12, which I think is good considering I wear my other black boots everywhere. I hope these ones will be the perfect replacement!

The owl cushion speaks for itself. It was handmade from some Union Jack fabric, which I think is awesome by the way! His new home will be on my currently messy bed.

Whilst I was at the fair, I came across some very eye-catching and unique stalls. Here are a couple of my favourite stalls of the day:

prestonv3This stall is owned by the lovely Sabina from Roxy Valetta Boutique. I loved this stall in particular, because of the wide range of bargains that were on offer. From sunglasses, to jewellery, to clothes and shoes – this stand was practically vintage heaven! I bought the black boots here, which were at an original price of £15, but Sabina gave me them for £12 – how nice of her!

prestonv2Another stall sold some amazing handmade owl cushions, paperweights and brooches, as well as other handmade jewellery and vintage cards! I bought the owl cushion for only £10 – which is quite cheap in comparison to say, Urban Outfitters, who had some owl cushions on sale ages ago for double the price! I had my eye on a domino ring, and I saw some scrumptious scrabble rings too, but in the end I decided to stick with the cushion instead!

Overall I was impressed with the fair. And to say that there were only 15 stalls, there were so many things to choose from! I just wish I had more money whilst I was there, as I probably would have bought a dozen more vintage bargains! Have you been to any vintage fairs recently? If so what bargains did you buy?

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Eccentric media moguls, VICE.com have organised some exclusive parties to celebrate the launch of their website, in association with American Apparel.

The Issue Launch parties will take place this week in six cities all around the UK, including three new cities which have been added to the line-up.

All events will have live music from up-and-coming bands such as Purity Ring (who are on their first UK tour), as well as DJs and of course free drinks!

Also, the first 100 people who attend the party will receive goody bags from style-savvy store, American Apparel!

Here is the rundown of cities involved:
MANCHESTER – THE DEAF INSTITUTE
– Tuesday 25th October 8pm-3am.
Live music from: Purity Ring, Boredom and Great Waves.
DJs: Gold Teeth and Hangloose.

LEEDS – NATION OF SHOPKEEPERS
– Wednesday 26th October 8pm-12am.
Live music from: Purity Ring and Theme Park.
DJs: No Bones.

NOTTINGHAM – THE RESCUE ROOMS
– Wednesday 26th October 10pm-Late.
Live music from: Walls and I Am Lono.
DJs: Kirk Spencer, Dollop and more.

BRISTOL – START THE BUS
– Thursday 27th October 9.30pm-2.30am.
Live music from: Walls and The Crisis Project.
DJs: Hear No Evil.

LONDON – THE OLD BLUE LAST
– Thursday 27th October 8pm-1am.
Live music from: Purity Ring, Boredom and Theme Park.
DJs: VICE

BRIGHTON – GREEN DOOR STORE
– Friday 28th October 11pm-4am.
Live music from: Purity Ring, Theme Park and Deaf Club.
DJs: Dark Party, The Recommender, Danger De Mort and Aereo.

Entry is free, so what are you waiting for? Head to a launch party near you! Sign up for free drink tokens here, and say hi to me if you come to the Manchester event!

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Yesterday I went to Judy’s Vintage Fair at the Corn Exchange in Leeds city centre. I was amazed by how many stalls there were as well as the range of goodies that were on offer!
Here is a little feature on what I bought!

Outfit [After my new Haircut]
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Coat – Primark
Vest – River Island
Leather Shorts – Vintage
Socks – Dad’s
Possible Cankles – Model’s own
Boots – Vintage
Haircut– by VIPZ Hair Salon

The Vintage Fair
As soon as I strolled into the Corn Exchange, I was mesmerized by the amount of people gunning for a vintage bargain! Naturally, my strategy was to have a look around the stalls in a clock-wise direction – a wise move as I probably would have missed something if I just drifted back and forth aimlessly!

It was this move which lead me to buy this charming ‘clock-work’ necklace from quirky stall, Sour Cherry. At £5, this hand-made necklace was not only considerably cheap if you compare it to say, the stalls of Camden Market, but you can tell the owner Kayleigh, who is based in Sheffield, has put in a lot of effort in making these mouth-watering pieces. I loved everything her stall had to offer, but with a budget of £30 to spend, I had to pluck myself away and venture forward to see what was in store for me next!

Here are some of my favourite pieces from the Sour Cherry website, where most of the jewellery & accessories are priced between £4 and £6:

The ‘Geek’ necklace is my favourite!

The next stand to catch my eye was the lovely Fiona Bee’s. Fiona, who has sourced most of the items that were on sale at the vintage fair, sold me this amazing 1950s American camera bag, with a surprise camera inside! Originally, I wanted the camera bag to store my Samsung 10x WB500 in, but when I opened the bag, there laid a 1950s Kodak Autosnap Camera! I instantly snapped it up (geddit?)  for £12 and felt quite proud of myself for only spending £17 so far!
Fiona currently doesn’t have a website, however if you wish to contact her to find out which vintage fairs she will be at next, click here.

After perusing many stalls and talking to a few of the traders, I finally reached the last stall, Lace & Liquor Vintage, and made my final purchase which were these yummy shiny brown ‘granny shoes’. They were originally £20, but after a little bit of ‘haggling’, I bought them for £15 – which did exceed my budget, but I could sacrifice a Greggs’ steak bake for some shoes right?
I have always wanted some in the traditional black colour, so in a bid to be a little bit different I had to buy these babies! I tried the website link on the card I was given, but sadly it wasn’t working. So after a little bit of investigating I came across the owner of Lace & Liquor Vintage, Catherine and her blog! It is definitely a must-read and I love the layout! I think you should check it out!

So there you go! A little account of what I bought at the Vintage Fair yesterday!
Some of the stuff on sale was overpriced; however I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend vintage fairs to you! Look out for the next vintage fair post in the coming months!

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Today I went on a cheeky little shopping trip to Leeds city centre to sample the high street stores’s delights! Here are my findings, along with some lovely vintage items I purchased at Leeds Festival last week!

After spending most nights watching The Tribe – a TV series where every adult in the world is ‘wiped out’ by a virus which leaves the children to fend for themselves – I have been fascinated by the style of the characters. Think down town street style mixed with crazy hair styles and tribal jewellery!

One of the characters in particular; Amber, has unique but simple costumes! I was especially amazed with the eccentric silver ear cuffs she wears in series one, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy this lovely ear cuff from Topshop below!

earcuffEar Cuff – Topshop

This ear cuff will team up with the outfit I bought from River Island perfectly! Metallic is a hot trend for Autumn/Winter 2011 with designers such as Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton sporting this eclectic trend down the runways of New York, London, Paris and Milan. So it comes to no surprise that I bought this silver metallic vest for £20 from one of Britain’s best high street stores!

As you can see in the outfit below, I paired this pocket vest with a black midi tube skirt – which as you can see on me looks more like a maxi than a midi! This was the beauty of this £15 purchase – oh and having short legs! This outfit is perfect for a laid back lunch or if you add these Urban Outfitters leopard print boots to the mix, makes for a perfect night out with the girls!

Vest – River Island
Skirt – River Island

Another RI purchase was this baggy MTV crop top which I tucked into these (excuse the word) sexy vintage leather shorts which I bought at Leeds Festival. As you know fetish and leather are massive trends for the Autumn/Winter season with Acne and Nina Ricci incorporating these trends into their designs, and these leather shorts are perfect for achieving the designer look for less this season. My newly purchased gold Primark ring will finish off this look effortlessly.

Vest – River Island
Shorts – Vintage
Ring – Primark

My £5 vintage black boots are featured in all of the looks here, and were bought at the famous music festival I went to last week. I instantly fell in love with these babies and they have been glued to my feet ever since i purchased them!  They also have a small heel, which makes me feel much more confident and comfortable when I’m out and about stalking the streets of Leeds.

Boots – Vintage

My final purchase was this book below which I’ve wanted for months! 50 Fashion Designers You Should Know has always been on my wishlist, but being a poor uni student meant that I have never been able to spare some cash to buy it! Luckily after receiving some money a couple of weeks ago, I went straight down to Urban Outfitters and bought this book ASAP.  I have already started reading it, and I have learnt so much about designers such as Coco Chanel and MainBocher so expect a book review on this fashion encyclopaedia when I have finished reading it!

Book- Urban Outfitters

So there you go, my purchases that I have bought today totalling a very unhealthy £75.50 plus the £20 I spent at Leeds Fest .In other news, I might try and begin to post sole outfit posts so look forward to them!

Last week I spent five days at local music event; Leeds Festival.
Despite the line-up not being to my liking, and the poor turnout for some of Main Stage bands, me and my boyfriend, Ali, enjoyed ourselves! Here is a little photo diary of my time there.

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Did any of you go to Leeds Festival? What did you think of the bands’s performances?

Late last month I went on a shopping frenzy – I spent £38 in Primark in one session for crying out loud! So whilst I sort through my now-bursting wardrobe full of clothes I don’t need or wear, I thought I might as well showcase my purchases as well as a few items which I am looking to get more use out of for summer. So here goes…

Lately I’ve been buying accessories such as bags and jewellery – most notably rings! So I thought I’d put them all in my floral vanity-like box from Primark – only £3! And take a photo, enjoy!

Here they are from clock-wise round:

Primark Floral Vanity Box, £3 – I fell in love with this floral box instantly! Not only does it look quite vintage, it can have many purposes. For example, I could use it as a bag or I could use it as a storage box. It was reduced from £7 which was a further incentive to buy it!

Primark Gold Chunky Chain Necklace, £3.50 – I’m really into my necklaces at the moment and as soon as I saw this chunky gold necklace I knew I wanted to buy it! Whenever I shop, if I like a product I always think of what it can go with – this plays an important part in whether I buy or not. Plus I have Ali, who makes me take everything out of the basket and go through which items I need the most. He’s a good’un. I have made good use out of this necklace already; you can see it in action here.

River Island Tribal/’Festival’ fringed Bag Necklace, £3 – I bought this in the Christmas River Island sale when I worked there last year. I haven’t worn it yet as I’m saving it for this summer and the festival season where it will be at home. This necklace is not only an eye-catcher, it’s also a useful bag to store change for when I’m at the festival.  Who said fashion cannot be practical?

Octopus CD Purse, £8 – I bought this purse ages ago purely because of the design! Octopus is this great boutique in Queens Arcade, Leeds, which sells unique and bright home furnishings such as cutlery, tables and even toasters! I hope to use this purse this summer to store loose change.

Primark Gold Small Purse Necklace, £2.50 –Another purchase from my Primark splurge from the past two weeks! This purse is so delicate and pretty – not usually what you would come across in Primark. You can see it with my outfit here. Another ‘vintage-like’ purchase and I must say, Primark have definitely upped their game this spring/summer!

Primark Floral Headband, £1.50 –Love, love, love this! I try to wear this as often as I can, if the outfit is appropriate. You can see this here. Sadly, one of the flowers came off on a night out, so I went to the Primark’s in Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester and I couldn’t see any! They must be popular. Luckily I managed to fix it. Phew.

Ebay Scrabble Ring, £2.50 –This ring is definitely one of my favourite purchases! I first saw this ring on style-icon Pixie Lott and instantly wanted it! Definitely a worthy buy!

Primark Multi-Coloured Bracelets, £2.50 –These bracelets have a ‘tribal/festival’ feel so I thought I’d buy them. And for a pack of 8 bracelets for £2.50, I thought “why not?” Unfortunately, the one thing about them being a Primark product is that they break easily. So now I’m limited to 4 after giving 2 away to Ali (which later broke) and two which broke when I was in the Primark fitting room! Nice!

Pink Poodle Bird Compact Mirror, £9.99 –This was one of my purchases when I went to Glasgow for the weekend, two weeks ago. I’ve been searching for a nice, quite cheap compact mirror for ages after losing one on a night out and came across this baby in Glasgow’s West End. You can see the mirror in more detail here. Definitely a worthwhile investment.

River Island Feather Headband, £1.50 –I bought this last year and unfortunately lost it. Luckily a few months later it was in the River Island in Preston, so I snapped it up again using my then staff discount!  Unluckily for them, it was a sale item so I got it half off the original price of £1.50. Bargain! I love this headband and usually wear it when I go out on the town. I will be swapping and changing this item with the Primark floral headband this summer.

Primark Big Black and Clear Rimmed Sunglasses, £1 –After my free Sugar magazine sunglasses broke after 3 years of usage, I thought it was time to get some new ones – especially as my only other pair is some gold aviators I picked up from a night out, which are too big for my head! So these £1 ones from Primark will do nicely.

From a friend, Pink and White Shell Necklace (on the teddy bear), £3-£6– I bought this ages ago from a friend who was selling her necklaces – hence the uncertainty about the price! This is going to worn this summer, especially as it’s a nice, beachy, piece of jewellery.

So there you go, here is my little box of goodies which will be on my ‘use’ list for this summer. And I think all of them were a bargain seeing as I’m a poor uni student! Cannot wait for September’s loan already!