Monday, 28 March 2011

girl crush

Lykke Li, photographed at Rough Trade East, Shoreditch, London, February 2011. Photograph: Karen Robinson for the Observer

The Swedes are such babes and I would count the night a drunken Scandinavian man thought I was Swedish to be one of the best evenings of my life. He was obviously VERY drunk. Singer Lykke Li is the epitome of a hot Swede and on a day when I am full of the cold I thought a picture of her would be far more appealing than a picture of me. Her debut album, Youth Novels, was the soundtrack to one of my many failed attempts at romance and I felt that every song resonated with me including the delightfully chirpy 'Little Bit' which was once featured in an episode of Hollyoaks for it's sins. Her new album, Wounded Rhymes, is dark and dreamy, my favourite kind of melancholic melodies and I CANNOT stop listening. Plus I truly seek comfort in the fact that even uber-cool Swedish babes are unlucky in love.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

everything will be all white

Today was a glorious day; the sun did not stop shining and when the icy winds temporarily dropped the heat was spectacular. Sunny days make me feel invincibly happy, I think of holidays and BBQ's, beer gardens and ice lollies, shorts and sunglasses. Last weekend when spending my not-so-hard earned wages I made a few purchases inspired by the impending summer season. I have already gushed about my love for Ivy from 90210 and recently when making shopping decisions I have firmly followed the acronym WWIW, What Would Ivy Wear?

And above are just a few of the things I picked up that passed the 'Ivy' criteria; the sweatshirt in the middle is from Topshop (£26.50) and literally hasn't been off my back since I bought it. It is comfier than a pj top, fits in perfectly with the Navajo trend and hangs off the body in a ridiculously flattering way-I am in love.

The fringed waistcoat on the left is a Primark bargain (£12) and is actually rather nice quality, I especially like the little wooden beads on the end of the ties. I will definitely be wearing this over floral dresses and with looses vests and pale denim cut offs in the summer sun.

Finally, and the photo really doesn't do it justice, is a thick knit white vest from H&M (£7.99). I spotted this a week or so ago and thought that it would look ace over a bikini on the beach or just with jeans and jewelery for a smart every day look.

Now all I need is for the weather to stay nice so I can wear all my new things, that and a spray tan as my goth like pallor doesn't quite fit in with the whole California chic vibe!


Tuesday, 22 March 2011

ode to the disco pant

So I have been after the American Apparel Disco Pants FOREVER and this weekend I finally gave in to my urges and purchased the Disco Shorts. The super-tight, super-shiny knickers are bum skimmingly impractical but I love them and the thick material is surprisingly forgiving even after several packets of Fizzy Fangs. Worlds away from the ideal work trouser I was searching for I have no doubt that these bad boys will get more than enough wear on the dance floor to make them worthwhile, and I still have a hankering for the trouser version so watch this space.

Image from American Apparel
Disco Shorts £45

Thursday, 17 March 2011

I almost have the Friday feeling

It is the night before pay day and the way I feel you would think it was Christmas Eve. I am incredibly excited about spending half my wage on new things this weekend in Glasgow, anything to keep me distracted a week and 2 days into Lent when my crisp and chocolate cravings are at an all time high. For the record I am not deeply religious I just look at Lent as a good way to lose weight and cut out snacking, and it keeps the other catholics happy.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

give yourself a short shake

Today I gave myself a figurative and physical shake. My plan for this weekend was to stay in my pyjamas for 48 hours however lying in my bed at 3pm today I realised that while I do love my comfies sometimes lounging about makes you lazy and lacklustre. I am appalled with myself for neglecting this blog in recent weeks but my life has been tediously busy. I have been working full-time, and the shock of early mornings also meant that my bed went unmade for almost a fortnight which is terribly out of character for me and was in fact the catalyst for my getting out of bed! Now, after a long shower and with the help of The Strokes I feel refreshed and ready to tackle my task for today: finding the perfect work trouser.

My new job (which is merely a means to an end at the moment) has a smart/casual dress code. My understanding of smart/casual has always been that pretty much anything goes except denim and trainers so imagine my utter horror when I discovered that shorts were prohibited yet jeans and sports shoes were allowed. I love shorts, in fact I live in shorts; denim, leather, cotton, they are my absolute favourite garment for all occasions. This is my predicament, I have lots of shorts but am seriously lacking in the trouser department (no immature giggling please).  The length of my legs means that smart trousers tend to finish right at my ankle giving me the look of a school boy who took an unexpected growth spurt, not ideal. And while I do like a cropped tailored trouser the ever changing Scottish weather means they can be a risky choice. Then there is the jean, I have already had a rant about how difficult it is for me to find jeans that fit and for that reason I tend to find a pair that fits and wear them until they disintegrate, literally. Last Friday I discovered a large rip in the ass of my favourite jeans, a rip so long that it was exposing not only my pants but a huge chunk of fleshy cheek. I have no idea how long the rip had been there but there is a chance that I exposed myself to ALL of my new colleagues as well as train full of people en route to Aberdeen. Oh the horror.

There are so many nice pairs of trousers out there just now but I know that as soon as I get into a changing room I will be transported back to my youth where searching for school trousers was an impossible task fraught with frustration and tears. That's why I always wear shorts, they never let me down.

The Saturday Set-Up, LOVE those red leather trousers from ZARA
Image from ASOS.
I really need these leather trousers in my life, like now. (£100 ASOS)