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This month, I made two very important shoe purchases: one pair a classic, the other less so, but both are already getting many an outing. First up, Christian Louboutin's Pigalle pumps in black python with a very walkable 85cm heel. As much as I adore the 120s (the sexiest of the all the shoes, in my opinion), I knew these would be a much more sensible purchase. Secondly, those Chanel trainers. I scored these bad boys from eBay from the loveliest seller, who'd bought his wife these and the matching jacket in Las Vegas. They'd never been worn.
I got so excited shooting these that I started screeching at my boyfriend that we should do a 'still life' with the shoes side by side, and he looked at me as though I was completely mad. That's what a collective Chanel and Louboutin haul does to a girl.
I am also wearing some of my other favourite newish finds. I am a little bit in love with this Mickey Mouse sweatshirt - a mere £8 from Primark at ASOS! I bought the 10 but should have sized up - I wanted it super baggy. And I'm not quite sure how I survived before these particularly bad ass Givenchy shades arrived into my life.
I definitely don't go on enough holidays to justify the sheer number of bikinis I own. But when did practicality stop me from following my sartorial dreams? Which is why I decided I need a great one-piece, too.
I found The One in the form of this Missoni-esque French Connection number I snapped up from Surfdome, which has the most INCREDIBLE fit. I'm a petite pair shape with a less than ample chest and this actually gives me cleavage. I know, right. Maybe TMI but as a proud member of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee, it's my duty to let my fellow members know any boob-boosting secrets I encounter. It also magically sucks in my tummy. It really is magical, you guys.
I'll be wearing this bad boy poolside with cat eye sunglasses (these were an ASOS purchase that arrived today) and lots of gold jewellery. Talking of gold jewellery, check out my SICK Twitter hashtag ID necklace from Anna Lou of London! I love social media a lot, can't you tell?
Finally, my favourite nail polishes for summer: Color Club's Reign in Spain (a neon coral that makes me look more tanned instantly) that I got in my latest Birchbox and Nars' Kutki (it's from the Thakoon collection last year but I've searched and you can still get the set here).
I've been searching for the elusive Perfect Black Jeans for nearly 5 years. I thought I'd found them in the form of Topshop's now defunct Pippa jeans, but have decided that the pairs I stockpiled are a little too jegging-ish for me. No, I wanted a pair that were a true black, skinny alllll the way down and NOT remotely resembling jeggings. I wanted some that would suck in all the lumps and bumps and that I could wear rolled up with heeled pumps or with my Marant kicks during the day. You guys, I found them. I have new online denim boutique Jeanography to thank. They kindly invited me to try out their Fit First Time service. You select three styles (or sizes of the same style) for free and then keep the pair that fits. They pick up the box with the remaining styles and voila, it's as easy as that. Pain free. Plus they have the nicest stylist called Liz who talks you through your choices (which is great for me as I have constant retail indecision). Here are the styles I chose and my verdicts: Hudson Jeans Nico Super Skinny in Black When I think of Hudson, I think of Georgia Jagger - who despite being teeny tiny (and obvs tinier than me), has those all-important curves. I think this is why the Nicos fit so great. They were mid-rise banishing any sight of a muffin top, and a nice substantial fabric which felt like it sucked everything thing. But they are a lovely true black with no flashy labels and a plain black button. I was sold. This was the pair I ended up keeping. James Jean Twiggy Legging in Slate This style was my wild card, seeing as I initially said I didn't want anything jegging-like and was hoping to find my perfect pair of black jeans. These are grey and called 'leggings' but are definitely more jean-like. They appeal to my skinny, tall, Marant-loving girl within - within being the operative word. My friend Lexi (the aforementioned tall, skinny, Marant-loving type) had a pair of Helmut Lang jeans that were the PERFECT off-black/grey and these James jeans definitely came close. The only thing missing was the model frame to put them on. The low rise didn't do anything for my love handles so sadly these were a miss, but would be AMAZING if you were straight up and down. Oh, and I should say that I probably got a size too small. Ha. True Religion Halle Super Skinny in Black I felt like I had to try a pair of True Religions, since I've heard such great things from denim aficionado friends but have never tried them. They were as good as they say - but were just pipped to the post by the Hudson Nico because of the Nico's subtle hardware. Thanks, Jeanography! The little Hawaiian top I'm wearing in the photos was a vintage find from Paper Dress Vintage, one of my favourite affordable vintages boutiques in London (it's on Curtain Road, a hop, skip and a jump away from one of my clients - hello, lunchtime shopping). And the Isabel Marant flatforms are my holiday heels, if I can figure out how to walk gracefully in them.
I'd been searching for the perfect boyfriend jeans for a while now, not completely content with my much-worn Zara boyfriends (they're too ripped up for some occasions and the indigo wash isn't as versatile as a mid-blue) and not willing to shell out the £££ for the Acne Betty, because I just knew there was a high street version out there, somewhere, to satiate my baggy jean leanings.
I'm glad I waited because I found them, you guys. As soon as I saw this Noisy May pair on my friend Anneli, I had to have them. Anneli had been telling me how she hasn't taken them off, and I understand why. Mine haven't left my side - perfect with pointed pumps, ballet flats, sporty trainers and a seriously comfy alternative to my faithful skinnies. They are the perfect wash, rise (a little bit high-waisted) and fit (not too baggy, not too snug). I could go on... Haven't heard of Noisy May before? You will do. They're a new brand available on Vero Moda (a personal fave) and they do the most perfect jeans. Sigh.
I've also been meaning to post my new bling. In LOVE with my new personalised monogram necklace from oNecklace which I've been wearing with this pretty insane vintage necklace depicting my zodiac sign, Aries, a lucky Etsy find. I'm also loving my little heart pinky ring (another vintage Etsy purchase) and these delicate gold knuckle rings (also from Etsy - as you can see, I'm addicted). Regarding the knuckle rings, the gold plating has rubbed off after only a few wears, but they are the same price as some of the ASOS versions and have the benefit from being sterling silver underneath, so no green fingers.
And last but not least, I went on a very successful Portobello market haul last weekend and, amongst other treasures (on my 'to-blog' list), picked up this vintage Jaeger silk tee in my favourite colour (er, pink). It's the EXACT hue of my LK Bennett shirt, so naturally, I wear them together.
Another video of yours truly by the lovely folks at Fashtag TV. Here you can see an outfit I've been wearing non-stop (although I managed to accidentally bleach the silk on the T-shirt yesterday while handwashing it in Vanish - ARGH).
Jigsaw Top (blush-coloured version here or similar here)