Thursday, 27 March 2014

Victorian Doll

Dress - c/o Black Dresses ♦ Shoes - Urban Outfitters ♦ Bow - local market

I look kind of like Victorian orphan in these photos, the kind that star in horror films. I've been a lucky girl this month and received a beautiful dress from Black Dresses They have a huge range of black dresses, stretching from casual to evening wear. I chose this sweet little number as I figured I could wear it for lectures and lunch dates and still dress it up with heels and accessories for a big night out.

With dresses from £15 to £445, there really is something to suit any pay packet, and most importantly, any style. I literally agonised over my choice as there were so many pretty dresses but I thought this from Miss Moda would be a cute versatile addition to my ever-expanding wardrobe.

I chose to debut it for dinner with my family. Teamed with my faithful silver courts and a curls, it makes the perfect evening meal look. The occasion was a pretty big one; my sister's friend is visiting from Canada, so we all went to a favourite Indian restaurant of ours. I'd never been much of a curry person in the past, but recently, I've found myself craving a sweet dhansak curry, especially when it means I get to dress up nice!

Check out Black Dresses !

Monday, 24 March 2014

Jelly Tot

Jacket - Sack Sale (thrifted) ♦ Tee - Boohoo ♦ Skort - eBayJellies - River Island  
Headband - Primark ♦ Heart necklace - a gift ♦ Lips - Accessorize, Smitten
Please excuse the grumpy face, this is the precise reason I choose not to look at the camera when taking outfit pictures. My face always betrays me; I can't trust it not to do something strange so I hope you'll overlook that. In the words of Chandler Bing, 'could I be anymore 90's?' The I'm With The Band tee, the denim jacket and of course, the shoe that every self-respecting 90's era child possessed - the jelly sandal. However, the skort injects a touch of uber-modernness, so it's all good.

Years ago, when I was perhaps fourteen, I honestly thought about reviving these faithful shoes as I've always loved how they looked, however I decided against it for three reasons:
1. I didn't have the clothes confidence I have these days (which is basically not giving a fudge and wearing what I like) 
2. Although my size would undoubtedly have stayed the same (been a size three forever) my old silver pair had gone the journey long ago.
3. Nowhere anywhere stocked them.

 But luckily for me, the high street is bringing back these long forgotten beauties and I remember why I loved my jellies so much. This green heeled pair was made for me. My love has been well and truly rekindled. 

So guys, jellies - best left in the 90's or time to bring them back? Hey, if scrunchies can be cool again, there's hope for anything. 

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Storm Ridden

This Spring is the moment of the British rock bands - Bastille and the 1975 to name a few personal favourites. Independent bands are always my port of call when looking for new music and Storm Ridden are latest Brit-band to step into the spotlight. Based in Wolverhampton, Storm Ridden is a four-piece who are influenced old school rock like Black Sabbath with an added a pinch of blues flavour, creating an eclectic style of music that is difficult to place. This band is proving that rock 'n' roll music isn't best left to the oldies and with the right amount of modern touches, is still totally relevant. 

The group are made up of lead guitar Ryan, bassist Luke, drummer Alex and vocalist Tom and were formed in the Summer of 2013. Tom has a really unusual voice which really adds to the uniqueness of the band - I really love his vocal style as it's unlike anything I've ever come across before in the modern music scene.  The guitar is spot on, with some really catchy riffs. The bass nails a focal part in the intro In The Summerhouse and drums add a strong rhythm to the songs, giving them a heavier edge. Storm Ridden play the kind of music that fans of heavier rock 'n' roll and even metal are bound to love but those who are into to a more current vibe will enjoy too. 

It's not for everyone, but for you guys who love old school tunes and are on the lookout for new band that will conjure up nostalgic feelings of the glory days of rock yet still keep things fresh, you should definitely check out these guys.

Check out their video for In The Summerhouse below

You'll enjoy if you like

Black Sabbath ♦ Guns & Roses ♦ Iron Maiden

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Don't Even Look At Me

Don't Even Look At ME
Tee - Boohoo ♦ Leggings - Black Milk ♦ Boots - Hypnotic ♦ 
Heart necklace - a gift ♦ gemstone & initial necklace - By Francis Frank ♦ Glasses - Replay

Somebody told me I had swag today. I think that is the first and last time I will ever hear those words again, because I am the least swaggish (is that the correct word?) person I know. In reality, I am the definition of awkward, but I'll take the compliment and pretend I'm not lame for a while. I have been wearing the hell out of the tee ever since it arrived in the post last week; it's just so effortlessly cool. I was in need of a simple basic top to go with my many crazy leggings, but I couldn't resist a quirky slogan. 

I have big news guys - we're getting a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy! I cannot wait to introduce a new puppy brother to the cat family and bring home a cute little cousin for Rudy

Any fellow pet lovers out there? 

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

I want to ride my bicycle ... but not in this skirt.

I'm one of those people Facebook moans about - at the first sight of sun, I'm not ashamed to say I dig out my Summer wardrobe. In my defense, it has been pretty warm round my ends, so I felt the need to show the world my pale little legs. I probably should have taken the pictures outside in the natural light but as you know, I leave taking my OOTD photos last minute. I'm such a bad blogger, but my boyfriend has a beard, does that make up for it? I read in Company magazine that you can't call yourself a blogger unless your man is your photographer and has an impressive furry face. One point to Alice, right?

Cardigan - Boohoo ♦ Top - Primark ♦ Skirt - River Island ♦ Boots - Hypnotic ♦ Hair-band - Primark 

Heart necklace - a gift ♦ Gemstone & initial necklace - By Francis Frank

I had a bit of an embarrassing moment today. I'm on the lookout for a new bike for mountain biking so I travelled up to Halfords to take a look. The guy at the store was really helpful, however it got a bit awkward when I had to sit on the seat of two bikes to gage my frame size - in this skirt. I was extremely careful so hopefully he didn't get an eyeful of something he shouldn't but only he knows for sure... I really don't dress practically at all. 

I'm wearing my Valentines necklace! I love how it layers up with my everyday heart necklace, it's hard to find jewellery that doesn't fit over the top of it so this is perfect. Check out By Francis Frank, their gemstone accessories are so unique!

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Indie Brand ... By Francis Frank (late Valentines gift)

Remember in my Valentines OOTD I mentioned my valentines gift was coming from America and would be here in a few weeks? Well it finally arrived, and let me just say the boy done good! I discovered By Francis Frank a few months back and have been obsessed with their amazing raw gem jewellery. All the way from Los Angeles, they are inspired by bohemian lifestyles and the designer's cultural background. With this paricular beautiful necklace, you are given a choice of amethyst or citrine as your gem and luckily for me, Jack picked exactly what I would like best. He had our initials embossed onto the bronze heart, but you can also choose to have a four letter word of your choosing. I adore my necklace so much and can't wait to add more pieces to my jewellery collection!

Thursday, 6 March 2014

The Spode Cottage

After uni on Tuesday I was craving a burger, and remembered my Mom had told us about a pub, The Spode Cottage, a Western themed pub. The decor screams cowboy and it has a warm and welcoming feel to it and the staff are really friendly. The pub is pretty big and has alcove style rooms which really adds to the charm. It also has a library area by the bar where you can chill out and read. 

Being veggies, we often find we're limited to a few choices when we go for lunch, but what was so great about the burger menu is that you got a choice of burger; vegetable, spicy bean or chicken - and then choose out of a huge selection of topping combinations, which you could mix and match to your taste. Check out the extensive menu choices here I chose the Vegas topping - pineapple, cheese and chilli sauce but opted to swap the sauce to BBQ. Jack went for a classic fried onion, cheese and BBQ named Memphis but there was a host of other options such as blue cheese, fried egg and bacon.

The salad was fresh and crispy and the coleslaw was lovely. If I had to suggest one improvement, I'd say rustic chips perhaps would have been a bit more interesting with this meal, but to be honest I can't complain because the whole plateful was delicious! My burger was amazing - they weren't at all skimpy on the cheese and it was such good quality; I could tell that a lot of effort goes into the burger preparation.

For a pub, it's quite pricey, but I definitely think it's worth the money, my plate was totally loaded with food. Every day there is a different deal and as it was Tuesday we each had a free dessert with our food, but sadly we were too stuffed to take advantage! Rest assured, next time we'll come with completely empty bellies as I'm desperate to try a pudding. To my surprise, The Spode Cottage isn't a chain pub, it's independently run. I personally think that's partly the reason the standards are so high - chain restaurants and pubs tend to be very samey and use ingredients that maybe aren't so fresh. If you are in the Rugeley area, check this cute little place out, I don't think you'll regret it.

Check out their website here

The Spode Cottage
Rugeley Road, Rugeley WS15 4AT

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