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A Hint Of Gold…

November 22, 2014

garage_015garage_014garage_002I picked up this rose gold clutch bag in the sale at work and with the party season just around the corner, it’s perfect to jazz up any LBD or  give that little bit of sparkle to any day time look. For it’s first outing I teamed it with my new blouse from Topshop, this rich burgundy shade is my favorite colour and the silky feel to the fabric makes it that perfect dressy blouse with out being OTT. To keep the outfit on the casual side I added my Fedora hat and faux fur scarf.

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What I’m wearing -

Jacket, Faux Fur Scarf & Bag – Wallis

Jeans, Blouse & Boots - Topshop

Hat – Urban Outfitters

Necklace – Freedom

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What I’ve been up to lately…

November 20, 2014

laura_03laura_01Laura Ashley Press Day

As I’ve been a busy bee recently and visited a few press and blog events, I thought I’d do a little round up post – starting with the Laura Ashley SS15 press day. I met up with Katrina and headed over to Laura Ashley HQ, this was my first visit to their head office but Katrina has been many a time so she lead the way. The home-wear really caught my eye – oh so many lovely things I have on my wish list now! The clothing was very cute and had some delightfully kitsch prints.

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Ashley and myself were invited along to the Voucher Codes swap shop, we each had to take along five or more items in good condition and these would be up for swaps with other bloggers who’d done the same. A good way of updating your wardrobe and saving money at the same time. I walked away with a really cute hat and a cashmere Burberry esque scarf – I was very happy indeed! As well as shopping, there was mac-n-cheese, cocktails and balloons. I mean you can’t beat a cupcake balloon hat, can you! I was also in the video of the night, if you want to cringe and hear me speak, you can watch it here.

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On Friday I popped along to the HOF press day – the home-wear was to die for, I literally squealed with delight as I saw the room! They also had some pretty lovely clothing on show, I’m lusting after that gold leather jacket from Biba. It’s out end of Jan and is limited edition, so if it takes your fancy keep an eye on the website and act fast! I must also mention how good the nibbles were (by Sugar & Spice), I hung around for a little longer than needed to taste and photograph them. I’ve also included a snap of London taken from the press room, I mean London is a pretty city and that view! It was one of my favorite press day’s I’ve ever been to, with so many thing I can’t wait to buy come SS15!

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Lavish4amy_ash01Tea, cake and a catch up with Ashley!

I feel very lucky having Ashley living not far away, means I have a blogging buddy just down the road. Which is good, as when we meet for tea and cake we both spend time photographing how pretty it looks before we take a bite. After taking Ashley to my favorite local coffee shop Lavish Habit in Balham we headed to the common, which was rather muddier than I had expected. Coco didn’t seam to mind running in the mud, Ashley and I however didn’t wander to far from the path to take our outfit snaps. We only managed a few snaps due to the fading light and crazy misty fog seeping over the common.
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Winter Walks…

November 16, 2014

winter_walk_025winter_walk_023winter_walk_020Last Sunday we headed to the rather muddy but rather beautiful Richmond park, Dave took some beautiful photographs of the deer and at one point we were stuck in the middle of a huge heard as they were galloping. Brilliant to watch but scary incase we got in the way or worse Coco got in the way or too close but all was fine and he really enjoyed his huge walk. Dressing for a day walking in the park meant dressing sensibly so I opted for jeans and boots, I teamed my favorite kimono with my printed fedora and this gave me a great chance to wear my new rings from Mad Elizabeth. How cute is this Hamsa midi ring - its tiny and the first midi ring I’ve ever tried and I love it. I’m also sporting this Turquoise ring, both rings would make great Christmas stocking fillers. I think it’s important to shop local and support our independent shops this holiday season. I’m planning to create a special stocking filler post with my favorites from independent stores – watch this space! :-)

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Rings c/o Mad Elizabeth

Coat, T-shirt, Jeans, Boots & Bag – Topshop

Hat – Urban Outfitters

Kimono – New Look
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The Music Cube…

November 13, 2014

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Westfield  invited Dave & I down to their Stratford shopping center to take part in the Music Cube event. How it works – with a handpicked selection of artists performing within a sound proof glass cube, we get plugged in with Sennheiser URBANITE headphones (they were amazing and gutted I couldn’t keep them!) and a sensory vibrating floor whilst they are performing – it’s taking a silent disco to the next level. With the artist all kept under-wraps until two hours before their live performance it was a great surprise to see who we’d be watching perform and it was the lovely and ever so talented Chloe Howl. I must admit I hadn’t heard of her (but I hardly listen to current music and when I do it’s radio two – I’m stuck in the past) but I had heard one of her songs (while at work) and never connected the dots to whom sang that song. I’m really glad the Cube introduced me to her music as she has a great voice and is ever so cute too! It was a rather strange experience being in the middle of a shopping center at a silent disco but it turned out to be lots of fun, most people let go and were having a little dance along, it was great to see so many happy people enjoying good music!

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Photos - Shooting Dave

Tallulah’s Threads…

November 6, 2014

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Tallulah’s Threads is an online Boutique specialising in Vintage clothing and accessories for today’s Fashion loving girls. They sell hand picked Vintage items from around the UK and Europe, sourcing unique and high quality garments from the 50’s to the early 90’s and they also carry a small collection of they’re own vintage inspired pieces, which is what I’m wearing. I’ve been following Tallulah’s Threads on instagram for some time now and seeing sneak peeks of the new AW14 collection. The collection features an array of beautiful smock dresses from tartan checks to autumnal florals. So when Danielle creator and genius behind Talluah’s Threads got in touch asking if I’d like to pick a dress from her latest collection, boy was I excited! It was also a tough choice, florals and tartans – it was like the collection was made with me in mind!! After much debating I picked this green tartan short sleeved smock dress and  I love it. It’s the perfect winter dress. Use promo code VINTAGE REFLECTION for 10% off, go on, treat yourself to a pretty new dress ;-)

tartan_coat_021tartan_coat_035tartan_coat_042tartan_coat_019While browsing the internet for new payday treats, I came across these beauts of an ankle boot. They are from Topshop which is handy as I was able to use my staff discount, but the iceing on the cake was after a month of lusting after them, they went into discount and then I got staff discount on top – bonus!! After I got my mitts on these boots and I’d picked my Tallulah’s dress I knew how I wanted to style them together to create this outfit… I’m pretty pleased with the outcome :-)
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Dress c/o Tallulah’s Threads

Coat & Boots – Topshop

Bag – Vintage

Hat – Urban Outfitters

Radley Watch c/o Joshua James

Necklace – Freedom

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Photographs – Shooting Dave

 

Scarlett of Soho…

November 2, 2014

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The folks over at Scarlett of Soho got in contact with me about testing out their home try-on kit. They’re a relatively new company, launching in April earlier this year. What really caught my eye was the beautiful website, with its a great selection of frames on offer and the really neat thing is you can browse the site choose four frames you’d like to try and they send them to your home. You get to hold onto the frames for five days and give them a real road test. The thing I dislike about regular glasses shops is the pressure of picking a pair of frames there and then, last time I had to take selfies and send them to Dave to get a second opinion. This time around I can try the four frames of my choice in the comfort of my own home and get a second, third and even forth opinion ;-)

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About Scarlett of Soho

 Inspired by an 18th century British eyewear craftsman and designed with the finer details in mind, with refreshingly affordable frames that are timelessly classic yet modern. There frames start from just £97 a pair, all in. No hidden costs, no ridiculous up-sells.

Prescription

Incase you don’t now your prescription, Scarlett of Soho will be happy to collect your prescription for you and they provide this service free of charge. Kindly email them over some details and they will call your optician on your behalf, ask for your prescription, and as long as it is in date, they can then use the details to begin processing your order. How good is that, they really have thought of all the little details!

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Now, which pair of spec’s to choose?!

My favorite style of frames has to be the Drummond in Burnished Amber, which is the pair I’m wearing below. I loved the colour and shape to the frames. To be honest as soon as I saw this pair I was hopping they would suit me, as they were my favorites! I liked all the styles I picked but I just loved these the most and the fact I was able to try them on at home, get friends opinion on them was just the best! I would highly recommend Scarlett of Soho, not only do they have an excellent selection of frames on offer but they take the hassle and stress out of choosing your glasses.

amy_glasses_blog_075 The Drummond in Burnished Amber features:

- Premium aged Italian acetate.
- Patented rivet hinges for durable stability.
- Unique frame-of-mind phrase on right ear tip.
- 1.5 index or free upgrade to 1.6 high index resin lenses, depending on your prescription.
- Anti-scratch, anti-reflective, hydrophobic, easy-clean lens coating.

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Photos – myself & Shooting Dave

A Night Of Fright…

October 31, 2014

 

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Trick or Treat!?

Like last year we created a spooky themed shoot to celebrate all Hallows eve. For this years shoot Dave had the brainwave of using UV paint and lights, this shoot really came together with his technical know how and skills, pop over to his site for more details about where his ideas for this shoot came and how he created the lighting set up.
This year I wanted to try out a sugar candy skull, which took me for ever to create! I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. As for Jermaine he opted for a rather scary looking clown meets joker face paint and doesn’t he look terrifying!!

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What I’m wearing -

Dress – Topshop

Lace Jacket c/o Quiz Clothing

Floral Crown c/o Mad Elizabeth

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Photos – Shooting Dave

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