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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!

Quote: Audrey Hepburn: “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”

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Dear Diary;

Yesterday was yet another busy day in the fashion cupboard, with returns after returns. Here is a quick post on what I wore.

From Top to Bottom: Jumper – VINTAGE, Love Ring – RIVER ISLAND, Leather Shorts – VINTAGE & Tights – PRIMARK.

Lyrics: Marina and the Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot

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From Top to Bottom:  Denim Jacket – SELECT, Silver Vest – RIVER ISLAND, Leather shorts (underneath the vest) – VINTAGE, Tights – PRIMARK, Boat Shoes – c/o SPERRY & Unphotogenic Face – Model’s own.

Sorry for the lack of blog posts – I have been inundated with assignments and exams! But I can finally say that I have finished my second year at uni – yay!

Anyway, I thought that I should ~show off~ my new shoes – which I am completely and utterly in LOVE with at the moment! These metallic beauties are so comfortable, and my feet don’t get soggy when it rains – I live in Preston (a.k.a rain central!) You can wear them with literally anything – well I do anyway! ; ) I’ve also had quite a few compliments on them, and they definitely make you stand out of the shoe crowd! Sperry is an American company which has specialised in creating boat shoes since 1935. They currently offer a wide range of shoes for women, from these gorgeous gold sandals to these beautiful black laced boots. They also have a men’s and kids range too! If you fancy grabbing yourself a pair – ASOS, Office and Coggles all stock Sperry shoes.

Right, I’m gonna get ready for work! Is anyone excited about the Britain’s Got Talent final tonight? I am know I am – Ashleigh and Pudsey to win!

Lyrics: Space Oddity – David Bowie

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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 Week’s Nails is a new feature which basically does what it says on the tin! Every week I will upload some pictures of the ‘nail art’ on my nails. It’s a short but sweet post!

As this is the first post, I have included an image of my vintage manicure set my mum gave me, which I use on my nails.
It includes everything – from a nail file, nail clippers, cuticle sticks and scissors, to name a few! The items are packed in a beautiful brown box, which you click open at the top.

Now onto what varnishes I used to achieve this week’s animal print-effect nails!  I decided to go for an orange leopard print feel – do orange leopards even exist? Probably not, but oh well!

L-R2 in 1 Top Coat & Nail Hardener Superdrug, Leighton Denny Polish in Do Me A Flavour Free (RRP £11) Glossybox and Barry M Metallic Liquid Eyeliner £4.79 Superdrug.

I applied a base coat using the 2 in 1 top coat nail hardener, followed by two coats of Do Me A Flavour. I felt that I needed to do two coats with this nail varnish, as the colour is quite light and you could still see the true colour of my nails through it. Afterwards, I applied a top coat of the 2 in 1 nail hardener, and then finished off with placing black dots onto my nails with the Barry M liquid eyeliner.

Here are my nails:
As you can see, the spots aren’t to perfection! I’m a bit impatient with these things, and I usually go wrong and paint my fingers instead of my nails! But to say I haven’t painted my nails in three years,  (I used to paint them ALL the time in high school) I think they look quite alright, if I do say so myself!

I thought that the Leighton Denny colour was a really nice shade of orange. It sort of goes well with my quite pale-olive skin tone. I’m not too sure about the price of it though – £11 is a bit steep for nail varnish, so I probably wouldn’t buy another varnish from there, unless I couldn’t buy a cheaper alternative to a LD colour I liked.

So there you go the first instalment of ‘This Week’s Nails’! Look out next week for another one of my attempts at nail art!

(Images for featured image sourced from here)

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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?

[The image used in the feature graphic is from here]