Wednesday, 15 July 2015

How Very Tennis (Outfit of the Day/OOTD)

Saturday just gone, Paper Dress Vintage held a big sale as they are having to shut up shop *sad face*, but fear not, as they will be reopening a new shop in Hackney this coming autumn *happy face*! Myself and Amy popped in to see if we could pick up a bargain or two.

I picked up 2 B-E-A-U-tiful chiffon maxi dresses (Amy said I looked like a Princess in one of them). I can’t wait to show off my purchases to you all very soon on the blog! Until then, here’s what I wore this weekend.

Remember my Dresslink wishlist? Well my chosen pieces finally arrived last week. This colour block dress really caught my eye with its 60’s mod feel and flirty hemline. I ordered it in a size large as I’ve had enough experience when it comes to buying from these type of websites. Although still a bit on the short side, it was perfect on me! I was happily surprised to see that it features more of a dark navy blue colour than what looks like black on the website photos. It is light and unfitted, helping to keep me cool in the scorching weather we’ve just had. I did have to wear some white short leggings underneath, just to maintain a bit of modesty. Once the weather gets cold again, I plan on buying some burnt orange knitted tights and pairing them with this dress along with some black ankle boots.

The bag is also from Dresslink and is at a bargain price of $2.98! It also comes in 4 different colours. It’s perfect for quick trips into the city. The strap can be taken off too, so you can carry it as a clutch. If you're looking for cute cheap clothes, I do recommend Dresslink. I was given $20 free to spend on their site. This dress, bag, another top, and the tracked postage to the UK all came to $19.90 - absolute bargain!!
My white brogues are from Matalan, and they’ve already made quite a few appearances on my blog (here, here and here).

After our little shop, we grabbed a quick bite to eat at Dinerama, a food market in Shoreditch from the same guys at StreetFeast in Dalston (foodporn alert!). Amy got us some drinks from the bar and came back with this beer featuring a wicked ska design on the can. My buttermilk fried chicken and Amy’s corn chips, both from Breddos tacos were scrumptious! We then headed off to meet some of Amy’s friends (whilst also bumping into an unexpected friend of my own!) for some drinks on the river.

What did everyone else get up to this weekend? Did anyone catch the Wimbledon final?

Thanks for reading :)

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Peanuts (Outfit of the Day/OOTD)

This weekend just gone, me and Amy headed to the top of One New Change, not just for the amazing rooftop views of London, but also to catch a bit of the tennis. Great British Summer have placed some pop up screens around London for us all to enjoy watching Wimbledon out in the sunshine*. Our chosen location was absolutely beautiful with St Paul's Cathedral as the backdrop. They'd also decked out the rooftop with fake grass, deck chairs and giant Union Jack cushions. We quickly popped into M&S Food on the lower ground floor of the shopping centre to grab some beers, cookies and peanut butter ice cream (this is not where the title of today's post is from...). Having bought our supplies, it was into the glass elevator and straight up to the 6th floor. The sun was shining and Federer was just about to hit the court, so we had a few spare minutes to snap some outfit pictures and bask in the glorious views!

*sunshine not guaranteed!

Let's start with my pretty cute new top (which appears to already be sold out!). I found this when I was ordering some stripey trousers from Forever 21 and needed to spend a little extra to get the free postage. I'm a big lover of peanuts (especially in the butter form) so the little slogan above the pocket had already caught my eye. But then, I saw the back.......

It's only Charlie Brown and the gang!! This is such a great top for summer as it's cropped and not fitted. I ordered a size small. As I'm not really one for flashing my tummy, I paired it with a vintage high-waisted floral skirt. My shoes are also quite new. I'd originally ordered these from Clarks in a size 5.5, but they were a tad too big, so I popped back and swapped them for a 5 (and also ended up buying another pair of shoes in the sale - oops!). The first time I wore them they did rub and cause a blister, but that's just because it was fresh leather against my sensitive heels. They now wear like a dream!

The one item that started this outfit was my necklace. It was sent to me by A Fair Trade World, a company that sells jewellery handcrafted by women in Uganda. The beads are made from recycled newspaper, magazines and calendars, which are cut into tiny thin triangular strips, rolled into shape, and covered in a protective coating. You'd never know they were essentially balls of paper. A Fair Trade World is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, and so the women who hand make the jewellery are paid a living wage so they can 'hope and dream of a new and better life for themselves and their children - one with smiles as warm as the Ugandan sun'. They sent me this blue stripey necklace, which is totally me, right?! They also sell bracelets, earrings, bags & purses, and even sell bags of beads so you can have a go at making your own jewellery! This is a great company, trading for all the right reasons.

After prancing about, trying not to flash me knickers in the summer breeze, it was time to grab a deck chair and settle down for the tennis. It was a beautiful moment to watch Andy Murray win his match with the sun setting next to St Paul's. Even when there isn't a big pop-up screen, this is a gorgeous spot to look down on London in the summer. There's a swanky bar and restaurant up there too!

Has anyone else been watching Wimbledon? Where do you all plan to watch the final?

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Fleetmac Wood @ XOYO with Jukely

Last week I signed up to new music website Jukely. It's a gig subscription service where you pay £25 a month (or £45 if you'd like a +1 to each show) which allows you to grab passes to as many of their chosen gigs as you like. If , like me, you love finding new musical talent in London, then this is definitely for you! I'm one of these people that will hear one song I really like, check if the artist has any upcoming cheap gigs, and just buy 2 tickets and go. I've managed to see some great bands and artists in tiny venues (James Bay in a little church in Shepherds Bush last year was a highlight) before they get swallowed up by all the hype. When you sign up, you are given a free week to trial the service. Now coming to the end of my free week, and I've already made back the money I'll be paying monthly (I went for the £45 +1 option). The first free passes I chose were for Fleetmac Wood at XOYO.

Fleetmac Wood are a collection of DJ's who put on Mac parties around the UK and America (they were even at Glasto this year!) who only play Fleetwood Mac re-edits and originals. They fully encourage party-goers to dress up, with even their DJ's displaying amazing costumes. Tickets for this gig were priced at £10 in advance (plus booking fee), or £15 on the door. That's already half of my monthly bill in this one pass during my free week! 

When we arrived we were a little disappointed as there were only around 5 people in the bar. Fleetwood Mac tunes could clearly be heard, so we knew we were in the right place. It just turned out we were on the wrong floor...

We were dancing as soon as we entered the main room! The music was amazing (obviously!), with all the classic (and some not so) Mac songs we all love, but with bigger, funkier beats and twists so you feel like you're hearing them all for the first time again. The night didn't just feature DJs, there was also a dancer on stage for a few songs, and music videos being projected onto a big wall. 

For any Fleetwood Mac lovers out there, I really would recommend getting yourself to one of Fleetmac Wood's events.

I would also recommend checking out Jukely. Click any of my links to the site to not only get a week free, but also £10 off your first month. YOU'RE WELCOME!

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Speedboat Time with London RIB Voyages - The Ultimate London Adventure!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Mike from London RIB Voyages (big thanks to Leanne for passing on my deets!) who invited me to climb aboard one of their speedboat experiences. I chose 'The one that started it all', The Ultimate London Adventure. A date was arranged and off to Waterloo me and Amy went. I was a little bit nervous as I'm not usually one for speed, so we grabbed a cheeky beer beforehand. The meeting point for the boat ride was easy enough to find; right next to the London Eye. We were greeted by the team and given coats and life jackets to wear.

After the excitement of getting to play dress-up (these coats were soooo fleecey and warm inside) it was time to climb aboard the bright red speedboat. Lucky us managed to score front row seats!

We were welcomed on board by our tour guide for the evenings trip, the wonderfully friendly funny-lady Stacey. She gave us the lowdown of what we could expect during this 50 minute experience. We started at The London Eye and traveled East, bobbing past the Modern Tate at a reasonable speed. Our ears were treated to some fun pop songs, perfect to sing along to. Once we passed underneath Tower Bridge (my favourite London landmark!) it was full steam ahead!

I needn't have been nervous. Yes, it did go very very fast (it made my eyes water, hence the sunnies), but I felt extremely safe, and IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!! The captain was steering us left and right, the speakers were pumping out Bon Jovi and the James Bond Theme, and we got to wave at the loser boats going at super slow speeds. You get a teeny tiny bit of river spray to the face, but it's quite refreshing. I would advise keeping your bag on your lap, as our boat had a little puddle form on the base, which spread itself across the floor following the boats zig-zag pattern down the river.

After a swift u-turn, it was back towards Tower Bridge, and back to the restricted speed. This part of the tour was the 'guide' part. It sounds boring, but it was far from! Stacey was so engaging, telling us amusing and weird facts about all the popular landmarks on either side of the river. She even invited us all over to her flat on the top floor, for a beautiful view of London, tea and hobnobs (if anyone knows where I can find Stacey to make arrangements, please let me know...).

If you're looking for something fun and different to do in London, I highly recommend this Ultimate London Adventure experience. You could also give their other experiences a go. Break The Barrier looks especially exciting!

*I was invited to try out London RIB Voyages for free, but rest assured, all views are my own (and honest) :)
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