Sunday, 30 August 2015

OOTD | DELFINA



I've loved Three Floor ever since I wore one of their dresses to my first ever Cosmo Blog Awards almost three years ago and now I pretty much solely rely on them for my special occasion outfits. Their whole aesthetic is girly yet edgy at the same time, quite conservative but very modern with all manner of cut outs, overlays and splashes of unexpected colour. This particular dress is called the Delfina and I absolutely fell in love with design of the nude cut outs, very flattering indeed and who ever said you can't pair navy and black together? For a night out, I decided to forego the clutch and instead wore my popcorn bag without the long straps, matched my lips to my trusty Zara shoes, then popped on a bowler hat for good measure.


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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

OOTD | KENDALL + KYLIE FOR TOPSHOP






So I didn't take a shine to the majority of the Kendall + Kylie for Topshop collection but on my quest to own all the crop tops in the world, I picked this particular piece up when it launched. I really like how you can adjust it around your waist with the ties as I often have difficulty finding crop tops that fit nicely since my waist is quite a bit smaller in proportion to the rest of my body. I also decided to (unnecessarily) expand my button up skirt collection with this midi-length one. Not too sure if this style suits me but I quite like to try different things and I loved wearing this outfit on a casual day, even if it meant I had to be extra careful where I placed my bum down to sit.

What did you think of the Kendall + Kylie collection and did you pick anything up?


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Sunday, 23 August 2015

OOTD | EASTERN SUNSET


F&F clothing recently contacted me to style up an occasionwear look with some of their pieces and I jumped at the opportunity as I absolutely loved the previous pair of palazzo pants I received from them. I'm not really the type of girl who goes all out glam when heading out to parties or events, I prefer to make a bit of a statement with an unusual design or a pop of colour. I guess I like my special occasion looks to be memorable by putting a creative spin on them, seeing as I really don't do fancy things all that often. When I scrolled past this dress, I knew it was the one for me. The colours and print either make me want to go on an exotic holiday or read a fantasy book, I don't know which pull is stronger but it's certainly just absolutely beautiful to wear. With such an eye-catching print, I left the accessories minimal. You can't go wrong with a pair of black pointed heels and this white kitty clutch is neutral enough to match most things whilst adding a cute, quirky factor to your outfit.


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Monday, 17 August 2015

THEATRE | BEARS IN SPACE STARRING JACK GLEESON

When I first heard that Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon in Game of Thrones) would be bringing a puppet show (yes you read that right) to London, I was perplexed to say the least. It didn't seem too long ago that Jack announced that he was going to stop acting after his villainous character's demise on the TV show, in favour of a university education. Suddenly the West End's Soho theatre was advertising a puppet show called Bears in Space, the only description accompanying it being 'Bears. That are in space.' Well then...

I didn't know what to expect but I've always loved the intimate venue of the Soho Theatre, small plays bring me just as much or sometimes even more enjoyment than huge productions and the bar/cafe area is a nice place for food and drinks, also to while away hours chatting, studying or working. The atmosphere is very relaxed and there's no allocated seating so you can simply just turn up and buy a ticket on the spot if the show's not sold out. 

Bears in Space opens with four lads on stage, the narrator and his three sons so to speak. There's a story they want to tell you about a koala and a polar bear thawing from cryopreservation on a space ship (it gets even more ridiculous but amazingly so). Officers Volyova and Bhourgash (the koala and the polar bear respectively) have to make a decision to land in a nearby city to gather more energy for their airship as their talking computer points out that their supplies are running low. If they run out of energy, their beloved Captain Lazara, who is still frozen in a cryo chamber to prevent the spread of disease, will start to warm up. Unbeknownst to the bears, the town of Metrotopia that lies beneath them is ruled by a villainous yet cowardly leader by the name of Premier Niko (played to perfection by Jack Gleeson, with quite Joffrey-like mannerisms). The bears have to face many hardships and tests before the end, where unfolds a heartwarming yet quirky tale of loyalty and friendship.

The puppets are old and fraying, no machinery of any sort to facilitate movement except the use of the actors' hands and arms. However the three actors (the sons) breathe life into them, as soon as they move and speak they become one with their counterparts, and all you see is that particular character. Yes, for previously inanimate objects, the puppets transform and become so full of character, it's rather enchanting to behold. The main puppeteer Aaron Heffernan is especially outstanding, he switches between Volyova and several other different puppets seamlessly. From projecting different voices to translating mannerisms through the puppets, he is extremely entertaining to watch.  You may get a further idea into the absurdity of this play from the wide spectrum of characters Jack Gleeson portrays. From an endearing, socially awkward computer, to a lonely yet rather sassy goblin, to the sadistic yet wimpy ruler of Metrotopia, this play is reason enough to hope that this young man continues acting, it would be a shame otherwise, he is talented beyond description. In fact there is no weak link between the four guys, even the narrator shines, popping in between acts to set the scene in a Wes Anderson sort of fashion, dressed in shorts with a guitar in hand.

The show is packed full of comedy and I have to say the humour is right up my alley, completely random and utterly ridiculous at times but I found I could barely stop laughing throughout the entire performance. Behind all the hilarity and sci-fi, at the centre of it all lies a heartwarming story with wonderful morals. By the end, 80 minutes felt entirely too short. Bears in Space was so much more than I had expected, I've not seen another puppet show to be able to compare it too but it is definitely one of the best theatre experiences I've ever had. It's wacky and different, very creatively and cleverly executed, and entertaining as hell. If there is one play you go to see this year, I would highly recommend this one, it's absolutely unforgettable.


PS. Huge thanks to Jack for signing my GoT DVD and agreeing to pose for this photo haha.

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

OOTD | DON'T THINK ABOUT ELEPHANTS




As the 70s resurgence is still going strong, flared sleeves and lace up details continue to influence many of my recent purchases. I also find it hard to resist any type of elephant print so it was a complete no brainer that this dress ended up in my cart. This particular day I paired it with my over the knee boots, though I feel like they've kinda surpassed their moment in the spotlight, I still love and get tons of wear out of mine.

PS. Who caught the Inception reference in the post title? Still my favourite film everrrr *praise hands emoji*

UPDATE: A lovely follower has just informed me that it's World Elephant Day today! What an awesome coincidence!


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Sunday, 9 August 2015

OOTD | SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW





 & Other Stories dress / Primark pineapple bag (similar) / ASOS phonecase (sold out but similar) / Valentino shoes / & Other Stories ring

Over the summer I've really been enjoying doing two Dutch braids, it gets all the hair out of my face and neck without the strain of whacking it all up into a ponytail or bun which can get very heavy if you have extremely thick hair. This rainbow beauty has taken this year's 'ultimate summer dress' title for me. It's not difficult to see why with its lightweight material, super flattering cut and elasticated waist. It was difficult enough for me to convince myself not to wear it every single day this season, its memorable, vibrant print is usually a dead giveaway. Cool short story, one of the days I wore this dress, I bumped into super vlogger couple Zoe Sugg and Alfie Deyes and Zoe immediately complimented it! Will be sad to hang it up when summer comes to an end but I might try and bring it out during the colder months to brighten up the gloom.



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