Tuesday, 31 August 2010

London Town.

Oh dearest blog, how I have abandoned you.  I didn't realise it has been this long.

I have been crazy busy at work and catching up with lovely people I haven't seen in ages.  I even have a shiny new iPhone which is very exciting to play with.

Yesterday, I had a glorious day out in London with Donia.  Nope, unlike the rest of London, we didn't go to Notting Hill carnival.  We firstly went to Oxford Street Topshop which is always a creative fashion explosion for me.  I love it in there.  I would quite happily get lost amongst the vintage, boutique clothes and piles of exciting shoes...

Unusually, we moved away from Topshop to Brick Lane to suss out the vintage shops.  Annoyingly, as it was Bank Holiday, many shops weren't open.  We did have a good look around though and it was very exciting for me since I have never been.

There were so many lovely bags, shoes (even vintage Jimmy Choos) and fabulous clothes that I wanted to buy.  I could have bought everything and looked like a complete mish-mash of decades and era... it would have totally been worth it.

(iPhone photo of some graffiti in Brick Lane)

We hopped back on the painfully busy tube to Covent Garden to be ladies of leisure.  Donia escorted me to an intriguing restaurant called Belgo.  We were told to go downstairs, which I found strange within itself... and led to an underground restaurant which was themed like a monastry's cellar where they brewed all flavours of beer.  AND, mussels are Belgo's speciality, which of course, was very exciting news for me since mussels are my all time favourite.

Raspberry beer and moules marinere go... not as well as hoped togther but it was still an experience!

We then headed to Gordon's Wine Bar.  This was yet another case of Donia leading me underground into the unknown.  The wine bar turned out to be an underground cellar in darkness with candle lit tables squashed into corners under dripping ceilings.  It was so cosy.  

Once my eyes got used to the lack of light and smell of potent cheese, we enjoyed a couple of glasses of Pinot Grigio.  It was so cosy in there.

All in all, an exciting day out, yet again, with Miss Moore.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Vintage Play Time!

Ooh!  Why is it when I am completely lacking in funds that I find fabulous things that I waaaant?

I am slightly obsessed with jumpsuits at the moment.  I wish I were taller to pull them off.  I might just have to wear heels more often.  

This is a glorious 80s jumpsuit for a bargain of only £35 from Rokit.  So VERY tempting.  I am trying to change my style a bit so I don't get stuck in the same jeans/t-shirt rut I keep finding myself in.  On that note, I really should do some more outfit posts.

There is a BEAUTIFUL one in Topshop at the moment which is WAY out of my very modest price range.  Alas.

Another beautiful playsuit from Rokit yet again.  £45.  Eek!

80's, much?  Absolutely love it.  Rokit.  £50.

Sigh.  I might have to bite the bullet and just got for it.  I might not be able to control myself!

I am slightly in love with Rokit.  Check it out for all sorts of glorious Vintage goodies!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

'In The Mood' - Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra

Video taken from youtube.

I Was Born In The Wrong Decade.

Some days I believe I was truly born in the wrong decade.  I have a fixation with the 1920s and 30s.

All photos are from Google images.

For my next piano exam, I have to play a piece called 'It Ain't Necessarily So.'  You all know it.  Good old 'Porgy and Bess.' I found a fabulous version on Spotify of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong singing it and it made me instantly feel like I had fallen backwards in time.


Admittedly, I would only go back for the glitz and glam obviously.  I am slightly envious of my grandparents being able to go to "dances" and twist and jive until the early morning.

Also, apparently my Grandad was a complete whizz on the dance floor.  Now that would have been a fabulous sight!  I'll be sure to ask for a rendition next time I see him.

The story of my grandparents' meeting is such a glorious one.  So simple, yet romantic.  My grandparents working in a clothing factory together during World War II, my Grandad not allowed to go to war since breaking his leg, and Nanna being told repeatedly by her mother that he wasn't good enough for her.  Love must conquer all since my Nan succumbed to my Grandad's charms and are still together after 66 years of marriage.  The way they tell that story always makes me smile since they retell it with such obvious fondness which reassures me that romance most certainly isn't dead.

Next time I visit my Grandparents I'll be sure to get a hold of some of their old photos to reminisce.

Now, I will wallow in bliss as my ears take in the sensational sounds of Glenn Miller...

Monday, 9 August 2010

What Time Is It, Mr Wolf?

Well, if I had one of these bad boys, I would always know the time.

This is from Hannah Makes Things again.  My favourite new jewellery website.  Please check it out.

I can only imagine how beautiful that watch/necklace would be.  Oh, how I wish, yet again (for the millionth time) that I were rich.  If I were a rich girl...

Friday, 6 August 2010

Online Window Shopping Never Hurt Anybody...

Two potential new loves in my life.  Once I've been paid anyway.

From a fabulous website called Misguided Fashion.  

Some fabulous purchases to definitely be bought there.  Check it out!

You can't tell on this photo but this playsuit has a skeleton print on it.  Too cute.

Images taken from Misguided Fashion website.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

My New Favourite Purchase


I have just bought myself a harmonica necklace. 

Thanks to More magazine, I came across this cute website Hannah Makes Things.  I wish I had enough money to buy one of everything on the website but I behaved myself but just HAD to get a tiny  harmonica to hang around my neck.


Best purchase ever.