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linebreakEarlier this week I headed to one of my favourite cities – Manchester! It was a much needed ‘chill’ and ‘window shopping’ day, which consisted of a Starbucks (a caramel frappe and a skinny blueberry muffin, yum), whilst I sorted out my portfolio. I then had a cheeky browse in Urban Outfitters. I love their accessories and gifts section – if I could, I would have a whole UO library in my house – I just love their books! Today I am on my way to Leeds for a girls weekend, which will be amazing, as I haven’t seen my best friends in two months!

What are your weekend plans?

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Sunglasses Primark |Jacket The Vintage Set •|Vest Urban Outfitters
Leather Shorts H&M | Tights Primark | Flatform Brogues River Island
Pearl Necklace & Bracelet Vintage |Rings Topman and New Look

I thought that I should show you this amazing ‘Audrey’ jacket, which I bought recently from The Vintage Set! Dogtooth is everywhere at the moment – just pop into your local Primark, Forever 21  and New Look – and you can see that they’re swarming with this Coco Chanel-inspired print! I have also been eyeing this jacket up for a while now, and when the lovely Charlotte from The Vintage Set gave me a Blogger’s discount code, I just HAD to get my hands on it! It’s so chic and comfy – and it can be worn causally with my River Island flatforms (they were £8 – bargain!), or with my black Chelsea boots for work!

If you’re a vintage lover, I suggest you check out The Vintage Set for one-of-a-kind pieces! It’s cheap and cheerful too!

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Silver Aviators River Island, Cropped Biker Jacket H&M Kids, Black bandeau (underneath top) Urban Outfitters, Vila Striped Top (worn as a dress) Republic, Silver Boat Shoes Sperry.

You may have noticed that I have been M.I.A for the past two weeks or so – this is due to moving into my new house, Freshers, and oh, I’m currently on holiday in Malta too! This Vila top is perfect for the Maltese weather (which I have to say is VERY hot!), and I practically live in my silver boat shoes – they are the comfiest shoes I have ever worn!  All in all, I’ve had such a good week with the boyfriend – we swam with dolphins, had a taste of the nightlife and went sightseeing! It’s safe to say that it will be hard to adjust back to uni life and the rainy Preston weather!

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‘Saturday’s Shoes’ is a new short feature which simply does what it says on the tin! (Or should I say ‘shoebox’?) Every week I shall post one pair from my shoe collection and write about them – think of it as a ‘shoe review’! Enjoy!

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sas2sat3The ‘studded’ look is everywhere at the moment – with top retail outlets such as Missguided, Urban Outfitters and of course Toppers including this trend into their high street collections! So when I spotted these Crafted studded slipper pumps in Republic a few months back, I KNEW that I had to have them!

I have to say that these shoes are really comfy – although I do have to wear insoles due to them not fitting my feet properly! I’m usually a size 3, and these are a 3, but for some reason, they are a tiny bit big for my small feet!  (What a mouthful, I know!) However, they are perfect for work, and practically go with anything!

Do you have any studded shoes? What are your thoughts on the ‘stud’ trend?


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Cats. You either love them or hate them. But either way, it seems that these furry animals have made a huge impact in the fashion world, and here’s why!

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(Images sourced from here, here & here)

The ‘cat-craze’ began in Spring 2010, when Italian designer brand Miu Miu took the catwalks by storm, with their famous and iconic cat print designs. The high street soon took note – from Zara to online retailer ASOS including these cute creatures in their collections. It seemed that cat print had taken centre stage in the fashion world, and had created a new generation of cat lovers. By Autumn 2010, the ‘cat-craze’ bowed out gracefully to pave way for camel tones and grunge glamour. Talk about a cat-astrophe!

But now, two years later, it seems that cat print is making a comeback. From emerging designer Orla Kiely’s cat print scarves to Charlotte Olympia’s designer dupes appearing on the high street – I mean who could seriously turn down a pair of adorable kitty flats? And with more celebs than ever wearing cat print as the new black – think country-pop singer Taylor Swift, and of course British designer and style icon Victoria Beckham – the ‘cat-craze’ is back for 2012. Meow!

So to celebrate the return of the ‘cat-craze’, I have gathered some ‘Top Cat’ buys for you below. Enjoy!

From Left to Right: 1. River Island Rose Gold Tone Cat Ring, 2. Missguided Cat Face Platform Wedges, 3. Elsie Belle Jewellery Vintage Cat Cameo Necklace, 4. ASOS Shirt with Cat Embroidery, 5. Urban Outfitter Cat Print Crop Sweater, 6. Topshop Cat Bracelet, 7. Miss Selfridge Cat Print Brief & 8. ASOS Cat Print iPhone Case.

I personally love the River Island ring, and the embroidered shirt!
What are your thoughts on the ‘cat-craze’ comeback?
Will you be investing in some cattish buys?

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Going on holiday soon? Well, whilst you have your Fifty Shades of Grey packed in your handbag, let’s not forget summer’s must-have essential – a pair of shades to protect those peeps of yours! And who needs one pair, when The Live Scene has fifty of them at your disposal?

Even though we only have one month of summer left (boo!), we still need a pair of sunglasses to see us through the remainder of August (get what I did there?) Here, I have found a range of shades – from designer to high street, from £1 to £200 – there is a pair to suit everyone’s needs!

My favourites have to be the two pairs of Karen Walker shades, as well as the classic Chanel-inspired half tint sunglasses, as seen on the likes of style icons Mary-Kate Olsen and Nicole Richie. You can get these designer dupes from eBay for only $9.99!

Sunglasses are not only a summer fashion essential, but they also protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays from the sun. These blue Arnette Agent sunglasses are perfect if you want to have a cool down by the pool, whilst at the same time protecting your peepers! Whilst some shades may look fun – who can forget Paris Hilton’s and Kanye West’s trademark ‘raver’ sunglasses – you have got to remember that unless you want crow’s feet or eye damage – and trust me, who wants that? You’ve got to care for those beautiful eyes of yours! And with these fifty shades at your disposal, you can look good and feel fine at the same time!

Hover your mouse over the sunglasses you like and click!

White retro sunglasses, £1, Matalan Ray-Ban black 50 wayfarers, Urban Outfitters Gold top bar tortoise shades, Yayer Black festival cartoon glasses, £5, River Island Black square oversize sunglasses, £25, Topshop Hot pink heart shape sunglasses, £4.99, New Look Carrera sunglasses Animal print cat eye sunglasse, £6, Miss Selfridge Brown lens aviators, £12, Stylist Pick Half tint circle sunglasses, $9.99, Ebay Pink frame circle sunglasses, £180, Karen Walker Black & white frame sunglasses, £200, Karen Walker Blue heart sunglasses, £3, Dorothy Perkins Round sunglasses, £16, Topshop Oversized floral sunglasses, £4.99, Missguided Leopard print wayfarer sunglasses, £12, Boohoo Stars & Stripes sunglasses, £2, Republic D&G Pink animal print sunglasses, £164, Sunglass Hut Ray-Ban multicoloured print sunglasses, £135, Sunglass Hut Emporio Armani Blue Mask Sunglasses, £130, ASOS Half frame sunglasses, £49, ASOS Silver tinted sunglasses, £49, Debenhams Ray-Ban silver visors, £100, Next Purple wayfarer style sunglasses, £145, Benjamin Eyewear All over metal sunglasses, £22, Topshop Bling diamante sunglasses, £7.99, New Look Brown print round retro sunglasses, £100, River Island Printed sunglasses, £6, Miss Selfridge Oversize tortoise shell sunglasses, £10, Boohoo Red aviators, £240, Alexander McQueen Oversize 70s sunglasses with arm detail, £15, ASOS Purple Calvin Klein aviators, £80, River Island Geometric enamel detail sunglasses, £7.99, New Look Geek glasses, £8, Boohoo Pink metal sunglasses, £22, Topshop Lanvin crystal & metal sunglasses, £419, Harvey Nichols Adidas sunglasses, £98.95, Smart Buy Transparent round retro sunglasses, £79, French Connection Havana glitter sunglasses, £165, Miu Miu Arnette Sunglasses, £62.25, Smart Buy Huntington sunglasses, £24, Jack Wills Juicy Couture punky crystal sunglasses, £75, Very at eye red sunglasses, £200, Celine Teardrop sunglasses, £69, French Connection Oversized glasses, £6, Miss Selfridge Coral lace print sunglasses, £10, River Island Chloe sunglasses, £233,95, Smart Buy 90s oval metal sunglasses, £16, Topshop Emporio Armani red sunglasses, £110, Very Holcombe sunglasses, £24, Jack Wills

Dear Diary;

I hope everyone had a lovely Jubilee weekend! After an amazing four day break, I am back at Look for my third week. Here is yesterday’s outfit, and a little bit about what I got up to this weekend!

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From Top to Bottom: Top – TOPSHOP, Necklace – PRIMARK, Scrabble Initial Ring – EBAY, Gold Cross Ring – URBAN OUTFITTERS & Heart Print Trousers – REPUBLIC.

These past four days have been amazing! On Sunday me and Ali decided to brave the ‘Jubileers’, and head down to London to celebrate his birthday. We hit M&M World and managed to have our photo taken with Yellow (he’s my favourite), and I bought Ali a little souvenir in the form of a t-shirt! For lunch we headed to a beautiful Lebanese restaurant in Covent Garden. It was a nice change from the usual Italian, Chinese and other places which we usually go to – the food is sooo healthy and we had managed to get two starters for free! Bargain! Next stop was Chelsea and Kensington to try and hit the charity shops, but we had no luck in finding any. On the plus side we did see Freddie Ljungberg walking his dog near Sloane Square! ~Cue star struck moment~ On the way home we decided to see what all the fuss was about, by heading to Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford. It was safe to say that me and Ali weren’t impressed – Northern shopping centres definitely trumps the South on this front IMO.

Below is a little ‘my day in London photos’, enjoy!

From Left to Right: Me and Ali, M&M World, Ali, Ali and Me with ‘Yellow’, Leicester Square, Falafel Hummus, My roasted lamb with rice, Ali’s lamb cutlets with chips, A chocolate crepe from Kensington Crepe café, Knightsbridge & Me and Ali again.

I apologise that this is such a picture/word heavy post; I usually don’t have very much to say!

Lyrics: Fun – We Are Young