a collection of fur coats

28 September 2010

Fur coats, fur waistcoats, fur bags and lots more furry goodness is popping up all over the high street (all faux of course) So I have delved in and got myself a cropped gilet, a pouch bag and a russian ski hat. I've also been considering a coat.. but is it too much? Check out these picks and let me know what you think of the faux fur coats this season.



They look so warm don't they? Can't wait to get my hands on one! But which..

♥ abby

perfect autumn / winter bags

23 September 2010

In the transition from spring/summer to autumn/winter we have seen the florals and pastels move swiftly out of trend and the buckles and fur swoop in. This is a low down of some of the types of bags that are in this season and a few (of what I deem affordable) favourites of mine. At least untill the likes of H&M, Miss Selfridge and Bershka release more and then no doubt i'll have new favourites!

Starting with Satchels. Satchels or Messenger bags often remind me of old postman or newspaper boy bags, especially those shaped like the topshop one below. Traditionally they have a flat bottom and a long strap that you'd either leave hanging or put across you body to the other shoulder. These 3 examples have the strap but the flat bottom is fading in the design of these bags. Do we need it though? I don't think so! Though the Zara bag does look fab in it's boxy state!

Saddle bags are traditionally quite firm and made of leather. The reason being when attached to the side of a horse they can be knocked around a bit by your feet and what not so you didn't want the contents to be ruined. The english heritage trend has bought bag the leather buckled and tooled saddle bags and generally they're the same shape as those below. These would all look great paired with some dark jeggings are lace up boots, carrying out the heritage look that I love so much.

Fur is popping up all over the place. I currently have my eye on the coats, bags and hats and have already got myself a nice chunky russian-esque hate courtesy of the boyfriend. You'll also notice with some of the next few bags that they are pouch or duffle shaped. This is a style that we're seeing increasingly this season, so a fur, shearling trim duffle bag would be right on trend.. right? ;)

We've seen and adore the shearling / sheepskin jackets. Aviator is in! Now i'm seeing sheepskin trim bags to match. I love how this has come about meaning that even without the legendary aviator jacket you can have these at your side with a normal bomber on it and still look the part. No doubt that's what i'll be doing.

These tapestry prints remind me of my nans old matching curtains and sofa, especially the miss selfridge bag. I get a very english vibe from these bags, I suppose it links back to the heritage trend and i'm sure they'd look great dangling beside some knee high lace up rider boots.

♥ abby

autumn / winter wants: shoes & boots

22 September 2010

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This is an ever growing list for me! I have a major boot fetish that will never be completely satisfied because there are always new ones being released. In fact whilst compiling this post more have been added to these featured shops! So know doubt i'll do another post kinda like this :P

I actually want all of these, some for different reasons to the next. The 1st pair i would wear with tights or long socks where as the 5th look as though socks are built into the shoe, who am I to argue with that! Pairs 8 & 9 are english heritage all over which is my new favourite trend! I love the shearling and fur topped boots, i'll definitely be adding some more of these to my collection as i'm finding with the one pair that I own that they're so diverse in my wardrobe.

Got your eyes on any boots for this season? Or have I just developed your craving? :P

♥ abby

loafers are back in town

21 September 2010

For some bizarre reason when searching for a pair of heeled loafers I had Thin Lizzy - The boys are back in town playing over and over in my head.. and so the post title was born. Any who I noticed in a heritage based email from River Island 2 of the 3 models were wearing loafers. On further investigation I twigged how gorgeous and different they are and I now crave these shoes!

English Heritage is probably my favourite autumn trend. Currently wishing that I had the money to accommodate it in this short season but alas this isn't the case.

I have noticed some loafers about the online retail market but not many that I like other than these from River Island. I'd love to know if you yourself have spotted any lovely pairs!


So do you need a pair like I do or is this just a fad you'd wish would disappear?

♥ abby

featured find: Angry Jewellery

20 September 2010

I should of posted this on friday but instead I posted this and this. I've been distracted trying to work out lookbook, outfit posts and how not to look like a moody cow in every photo etc so here's the find I wanted to share :)

These also come in white and are only £6.99 each at FinestImaginary.com. I'm after a pink grr! and a white arg! to wear together :) Get 10% off with voucher code: tenpercent2010 Do you like this kind of kitsch jewellery or is it way off your taste? Let me know!

♥ abby xx

republics next day delivery

17 September 2010

It's not often that I add next day delivery to an order but Republic are offering £2 next day delivery until 5pm today! I expect a certain amount of customer service with next day delivery and Republic have hit it dead on. I received a dispatch email around 6am this morning and a text at 9am saying my order would be with me between 9.30am and 12.30pm today. I have never received such a text before so was very impressed!

And ofcourse i'll show off the goodies in outfit posts soon :) loving republic lots at the moment! Anything on the site you like? Order before 5pm today for £2 next day delivery. So hurry!! :)

a little further shopping inspiration.. ;)

Have you experienced any exceptionally good delivery lately?

♥ abby

notd: tip-ex?

16 September 2010

barry m white & rimmel matte top coat

I thought this would look smooth, different and very unlike anyones nails in my city. I was thinking a few steps over nude would be pretty smart! But instead I have tip-ex nails.. Especially tip-ex looking because of how poorly painted they are (my bad!) I may try again but for now i'll be avoiding matte white nails.

Had any thing like this go wrong for you recently?

♥ abby

autumn / winter wants: bags, belts, hats & scarves

12 September 2010

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I think half of these items aren't really suited towards winter, more so for autumn as they're what I want for the next couple of months. Obviously the hat and snoods are must needed added warmth that we'll need as the cold winter air appears, though I have already pulled out my snood &wooly hats a couple of times in august and september! The lace-up belt and saddle bag are in keeping with the english heritage trend that I loveee! More on that later. What are your autumn accessories essentials?

♥ abby

featured find: ruffles on my ruffles

10 September 2010

I came across this duvet cover on the urban outfitters website and fell in love! Though lets be honest, i'm not sure how keen shaun would be sleeping in a pink ruffley bed. I guess I have some persuading to do!

Do you like it?

♥ abby

notd: diy matte khaki

9 September 2010

Easily my new favourite colour, I think khaki has been taking over the world slightly in recent months. I have been looking for a khaki like nail varnish for quite a while and of course Chanel, Eyeko and a few other companies are releasing shades but they are either not yet out or just have yet to reach my city.

And so I took matters into my own hands and mixed one up for myself inside an empty Benefit sample pot. I used mainly Collection 2000 Hot Looks Mint Mojo with a few drops of Barry M Grey until it became the shade I was after.

I think bare, with no top coat this shade looks fab. It's not too much and work well with no shimmer. I then popped Rimmel's Matte Finish over my diy khaki as an experiment. It works exactly as khaki should, a dull not overwhelming shade that appears even sexier matte. Definitely a new favourite. I'm a little reluctant to try the Chanel and Eyeko shades when they're released as I love my creation so much :)

So what do you think? Will you being giving this a go for your perfect Khaki or holding out for the new releases?

♥ abby

*Please excuse the awful quality of these photos. I know that I keep saying it but I will being using an actual camera soon instead of my iPhone (which I have used the whole time i've been updating..) Thank you for your patience :)

military boots and the trimmings

8 September 2010

It really is love with these bad boys! I want them in every colour with all the different trimmings. They're so versatile and so I am wearing mine constantly. I just love them! :D

I should only buy one though.. one shade with each different trimming I mean ;) I have zippers with heels.. Next is fur cuffs! Which is your favourite colour? I think these will be a must for this season especially for my boot collection ;)

♥ abby

experimenting with nails: watermelons

7 September 2010

Regularly reading a number of nails focussed blogs has made me more and more curious about nail art and when I saw this post I just had to delve in and experiment. Polish and Powder's is a lot more precise and definitely better than mine! But this was my first time.. I actually did this a couple of weeks ago and have been pondering over whether to post my very first attempt at anything arty on my nails but why not. At least this way you'll be able to see an improvement! ..If any :P

My nail varnish collection is not a huge one and to be honest it's mainly Barry M including not many shimmers so I went out and purchased 2 colours to try this out. A Bongo Beat from Collection 200 Hot Looks, Rimmels 400 Starlet and used my Barry M grey for the seeds.

♥ abby

autumn / winter wants: coats and cover ups

6 September 2010

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Getting bored of these yet? ;)

Well at least we're getting onto the more wintery items now. I love all of these items for layering up my autumn winter outfits for when the wind picks up. My essentials for this season though and what i'll be purchasing first is a nice khaki parka, an aviator jacket and one of the crochet cardigans, but I haven't decided which yet.

What do you think? and what will be your essential cover ups this season?

Oh and do you like my new blog design? I'd love to know what you think :)

♥ abby

featured find: lace booties anyone?

3 September 2010

I've been meaning to start this post for a little while now and have finally found something that has forced me to begin my featured finds. Each week a come across at least one item, trend, fact, blog (and loads more) that I find interesting, exciting, just plain pretty or hideously ugly and want to tell you about it! And so that's exactly what i'm going to do.

Yes these will more than likely be the most simple of posts but is that such a bad thing? especially on a friday afternoon..

Let me know what you think, about the boots too ;)

♥ abby

autumn / winter wants: skirts

2 September 2010

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I hardly own any skirts at all so intend on buying all of these, especially seeing as they're all inexpensive making the 5 of them together totally affordable! at least that's what I keep telling myself :P I know my choices are pretty simple and body gripping, but that's what I like and they suit my body shape so why not have them in every colour, design and length for a little diversity at least ;)

What do you think? Are any skirts you have your eye on for this season? Or even is there any other style that you might recommend for my body shape?

♥ abby


1 September 2010

I'm not so sure this would count as a full detox to be honest.. it's more of a mild one. But the fact of the matter is I am a very unhealthy person. hmm.. or maybe just unhealthy. I feel my body suffering when I eat or drink certain things and this has resulted in a fair amount of trips to the doctors because of low iron, acid build up, high iron and so on..

Another reason for doing this is to help my skin, the only way I really look after my skin is through using products, and don't get me wrong they're great but should I really be relying on them? I want not only my diet to be healthier, but also the way I look and my lifestyle. For me this is a big big change and because of this i'm going to do it in stages..

My aim is basically to cut the crap.. Which I know i'll find hard as my willpower isn't that great at the best of times. Over the next 4 weeks i'm going to cut things out and make new rules for myself. As i remove something from my diet it will be replaced by something good for me and my skin.

Targets over the next 4 weeks

week 1: cut out doughnuts, cookies, biscuits, cakes .. pretty much everything i can buy in warrens! replace with boxes from the graze - Already started! If i want a snack drink a glass of water, have only 1 snack a day from the graze or a small portion of fruit, nuts or organic chocolate as a treat :P

week 2: cut out tea, coffee and fizzy drinks (not that I ever drink fizzy anyway!) and replace with green tea, water or cranberry juice.

week 3: stop eating chips, pizza, takeaways etc. only allowed once a fortnight.. if that! ncorporate more avacado, blueberries and sammon into my diet. try to eat all 3 atleast once a week. also don't have such huge meals! i over eat and i shouldn't. i will not be eating the same size meal as shaun, i will not tower up my plate (especially for sunday roast) and i will not cook a massive amount and feel it's a waste if i don't eat it all.

week 4: have breakfast every morning around 9. this should be either an item from the graze box, a fruit yogurt or a bowl of porridge, with no extra sugar

I noticed an article pop up on the msn homepage called 'the ugly truth about bad nutrition' and pulled a few things from it about how eating certain things can effect your skin and weight for a bit of inspiration..

alcohol - Binge drinking causes havoc inside your body. Alcohol is a toxin and your body does not want it. It has a knock-on effect on your looks. Booze can burst the blood vessels close to your skin, leaving broken veins visible on your face. It is also extremely calorific - leading to weight gain - and severely dehydrates the skin, causing wrinkles. Finally, it also inflames the blood vessels on your eyes, leaving them looking bloodshot. And the more you drink and the older you get – the harder all of these symptoms are to cover up with beauty creams and make-up.

sugar - Too much sugar in your diet will make you fat; it is as simple as that. But did you know that too much sugar also gives you wrinkles? Gorging on the sweet stuff leads to the sugar in your bloodstream attaching itself to and altering the proteins collagen and elastin, the fibres which normally keep your skin looking silky and smooth. The proteins then become saggy and aged – as does your skin.

trans fats -  a very bad type of fat found in unwholesome snacks such as chips, biscuits, crisps and junk food. First and foremost, they will make you gain weight – and any pounds you add to the pile will be hard to burn off. Research has shown that trans fats add more weight than other foods with the same level of calories.

salt - Salt is good for your appearance if you rub it into your skin. High salt intake has been linked to increased levels of obesity because it leads to fluid retention and consumption of high calorie soft drinks and alcohol to quench one’s thirst.

additives - Added extras such as tartrazine (found in sweets and biscuits) and carmoisine (ready meals) have been linked with allergies, asthma and gastric problems. Mmm, nice rash.

carbohydrates - Carbohydrates are an essential part of your diet, but they do make you put on weight (especially if you do little exercise) so do not overdo it and always go for natural rather than processed sources, which contain more sugar. Too many carbs also make you feel – and appear – drowsy: never a good look.

fizzy drinks - You should not be drinking them anyway due to their high sugar content (even the diet versions contain incredibly nasty sugar substitutes like aspartame – but don’t even get us started on that) but fizzy drinks do not do your looks any favours.

The high acidity attacks your teeth, diminishing your once-glorious smile, while new research has found that soft drinks can cause serious cell damage.

A team found that a common preservative, sodium benzoate, found in many leading brands switches off vital parts of our DNA, leading to accelerated ageing. There is also evidence that fizzy drinks actually increase the amount of bacteria in your mouth, leading to bad breath.

Some of the critiques on certain foods can be a bit extreme but there is a lot of truth in this. Oh and i'm now even happier that i don't drink fizzy drinks :P

Have you thought of detoxing at all? either fully or even more mild than mine.. tell me about your experiences :)

It's my first time doing something like this.. so if you have any suggestions of foods or things to cut out then please let me know!

♥ abby