An excess of images

Friday, 31 December 2010
I'm sorry if this is an excess to you, but I quite like a visually interesting blog and mine sometimes lacks lots of photos. And as it's New Year's eve, when better to take a few pictures to show you what I'm enjoying right now and will be in 2011?! 

My Mum and I went in to town today to get out of the house and have a look around. We ended up spending a lot of money!! As opposed to normal, she spent a lot more than me! In fairness, most of what she bought was stuff for the house that we needed, so that doesn't really count but she also bought a nice jumper dress in Warehouse. I bought a velvety t-shirt in the Topshop sale that I'd had my eye on for a while and some underwear too. Then I bought a pack of 3 rings in Oasis (on sale for £3), which are quite simple but nice. I always get excited when I find rings that fit my fingers and buy them even if they're not that special because I can never buy rings in most of the places I shop because my fingers are too small. But one of them has a little bird on it, which I really like. Then I got some eyeshadow in Marks & Sparks (which Mum kindly paid for) as well as tights which I desperately needed as I always rip them! We also popped into Wilkinsons because my Mum had decided she was on a mission to get lots of stuff for the house (apparently it's a New Years thing, a bit like a spring clean... only in winter..) and I found these Union Jack cushions that are really nice, sort of velvety. So we bought one for me and one for my brother. Oh, and also some pretty notecards in Debenhams. I also decided to treat Nibbles the hamster and bought him a bag of sunflower seeds (his favourite) and a couple of things for his cage. He must like them because he hasn't moved from the little grass & hemp house since I put it in there. He's just sitting in it eating sunflower seeds! Cute :)

Then I also thought I'd show you things like books and dvds I'm enjoying at the moment and will be reading in 2011, as well as the essential products I'm using at the moment and other bits and bobs :)

All three were Christmas presents: I finished Never Let Me Go the other day and recommend it, it's touching and sad and I can't wait to watch the film. I saw 500 Days of Summer when it was released and really enjoyed it, if you havent seen it already then do: a funny and touching comeback to the stereotypical rom-com. I especially love the musical sequence!! I'd never heard of He loves me, he loves me not, but knew I'd enjoy it because Audrey Tautou is in it. I watched it yesterday with my Mum and it didn't disappoint. In fact, I was still thinking about it today, it's creepy at the end!

And two books I'll be referring to in the year to come. Delia's cookbook was another Christmas present which will be used not only in 2011 but for a long time I don't doubt! Let's be honest, Delia is the queen of the kitchen! I don't particularly love her as a person (soz bbz), but I have to admit you can't go far wrong with Delia and she knows her stuff. The Arthur Miller biography should come in useful this coming term as I am doing a unit on American Theatre (which I can't wait for!) so I'll probably be studying several of his plays. 

I'm loving my shearling backpack from Zara, using my new jewellery stand, spritzing Marc Jacobs' Daisy, wearing Cath Kidston-esk pyjamas from Primark (steal!), adoring my long sparkly necklace from Topshop, listening to Ellie Goulding's Bright Lights album, patiently waiting to get a lens for my Canon EOS 50e camera (which I bought for £10 from a charity shop, BOOM), vandalising mirrors with the 'Read My Lips' marker that was in my stocking this year, and last but not least worshipping these beauty products, from left to right: Jo Malone shower gel (yummy), Clinique 3 step skin care regime, Clinique Sparkle Skin exfoliator (magic!) and Aveeno moisturiser which I only discovered recently (where have you been all my life?!) Phew! Lots of pictures!

And the best things about Christmas are most definitely sitting by wood burning stoves (preferably with a cup of something hot) and Christmas trees with their lights on...

Right now I'm salivating over the smell of my Mum making lasagne. I'm not going to lie, she makes the best lasagne in the world. You might think your Mum makes the best lasagne... but I guarantee you she doesn't ;) Thanks for reading, I hope you all have good a New Year's Eve, whatever you're doing.

Harriet x


Sunday, 26 December 2010
Ok, so I admit, I did wake up several times throughout the night on Christmas Eve. We are staying at my Aunt and Uncle's in Nottingham for Christmas this year and I have young cousins, which is always exciting and fun around Christmas. So we got up quite early and came downstairs, waited nervously outside the door of the living room and then went in and opened presents whilst drinking tea. It was lovely. I love watching my Mum open presents I've bought her and I think I did pretty well this year, I got her the new Nigella cookbook that she asked for, lots of other books, including a special edition of 'The Great Gatsby' (her favourite book) and some other little bits. I also got some beautiful presents this year, a leather aviator jacket from ASOS that I asked for, lots of stocking things from my Aunt & Uncle (they also got me the blouse I'm wearing in my Christmas look), some dvds and books and more clothes. I felt so spoilt, but it was such a fun morning. In the afternoon we had the most epic Christmas Dinner ever, it was so scrumptious! 

It's nice being with extended family at Christmas, I think it creates a nice busy atmosphere. Christmas is the one time of year when you don't want the house to be quiet! Since my Dad died nearly two years ago I appreciate my family a lot more and it means a lot to be with them, especially at Christmas. I also love it here because they have a dog, two cats and a guinea pig and I love animals. We can't have pets at home because my Mum is allergic to pretty much anything with hair or feathers, and as much as I say I love ALL animals, reptiles don't appeal to me and I just couldn't have one of those hairless types of cat because they're just ugly. Sorry cats, but it's true. It's a good thing they can't read or use a computer otherwise they might have been upset by that... We did have fish that lasted quite a while but they're dead now and I also had a rabbit for quite a few years. I say to my Mum that the first thing I'm going to buy when I move out is another rabbit :) I have a hamster at the moment, called Nibbles.

I can't wait to post lots more looks of my new clothes (and old, now that I'm home and have better lighting) so an early New Year's resolution is to post more, because I don't post nearly enough at the moment! I hope you like the new look of things too, I thought I should change it up a bit and it would motivate me to post more! Right now I'm going to watch some rubbishy television with my family and read my new book ('Never Let Me Go' by Kazuo Ishiguro) Hope you've all had a lovely Christmas too! Here are some Christmas snaps!


Busy, but nearly Christmas!

Friday, 10 December 2010
I'm ridiculously busy at the moment! Today I finally finished editing my films for our unit project next week. I was in a group with my friend Steph and our project turned out really well, we're so proud! They're being screened next week so we've been busy for the past fortnight filming and editing but we're both so organised it was a dream team and we've finished right on schedule. I know some people are having to go into the department over the weekend to finish editing - so glad we don't have to do that. I also made the poster to advertise the screening, which I'm pleased with. The screening will consist of the whole class's films being shown in various locations through the department - some in the cinema and some in other parts in an installation format. We all have individual titles (ours is 'To and From') and the whole project has been named 'There's no (place like) home'. The unit has been about globalisation and it's been really interesting. Most of our projects focus on the idea of displaced people or individuals, hence the name of the project.

I've also had essays and things for the other side of the course, so I've been busy busy busy. I haven't done any Christmas shopping yet either, so I need to get on that asap! Although I have no idea what I'll be buying yet as I am extremely poor at the moment! Oh, the life of a student! And to top it all off they're going to increase tuition fees to £9,000 a year. Great, just what we need to encourage more people to go to university, get a good job, improve the economy and make our country better for future generations. Or not.

I have thoroughly exhausted my emotions about the education cuts and fee rises in the past fortnight and only have this left to say. Nick Clegg is a coward and a liar. I know he is in a coalition government, but that does not make it ok to completely disregard a pledge that he made to his voters. To be honest, I would rather it was Labour who were doing this, because at least we wouldn't have been lied to. I doubt that the Lib Dems would even be in power if it weren't for them courting the student vote, and this is the first thing they do. Well, it's just going to ensure they're not in power again for another 50 years. Congrats.

Anyway, moving on from my bitter attitude towards Cleggy, I think I'm going to relax and watch some TV :) Has anyone seen this week's Gossip Girl?! Loved it! There were a couple of bits that annoyed me but I won't mention them in case you haven't seen yet and want to watch.

Bye for now

Harriet x

Finally a new look!

Sunday, 21 November 2010
I haven't posted a new look for a while, mainly because I hate taking pictures in my room, as you can see the lighting is horrible so I look incredibly pale (which I am) and there's not really a plain bit of wall to take it against. So the pictures never look as good. I need to do them in the morning when the light's best, but being a student I rarely surface before midday. Actually that's a complete lie! I'm always up early for lectures etc, but I never have enough time to take pictures because I'm a bit of a perfectionist. Anyway, this picture isn't great but I thought it was about time. Finally got the perfect boots from River Island with the money that was in a money bank I've been using since Christmas last year. So that's quite impressive I think; they were £75.00 and I love them :) This look is also on lookbook.

Thanks for visiting x

Wow, I forgot what the real world is like!

Sunday, 7 November 2010
So I've been a bit MIA for a few weeks now! I am sitting in my living room at home and writing my first blog post in a while. So apologies for that. But to put into perspective how busy I've been and to excuse my absence somewhat... this is the first time I've been home since I went back to uni, which was 5 weeks ago now. That may not seem that impressive, but last year I came home from uni quite a lot, and I don't think I've ever gone more than 2 or 3 weeks without seeing my Mum. But I've literally had so much work and other stuff to do that I haven't been back home. I also have barely been on lookbook or any of the usual blogs and websites I follow. It's also been great to be this busy though, I always find I'm much more productive when I've got lots of things to be doing.

I study drama at uni and this year I've been doing way more extra-curricular stuff than last year. It was so scary to be a first year before and I was pretty terrified of getting involved last year (I was also a bit preoccupied with the social side of uni!!) But this year I'm doing a lot more already. I don't know whether it's because I'm a second year and I feel more confident now or whether it's just knowing how to organise my time a bit better but I'm enjoying everything about this year so much. I just produced a show with my friend Katie, which went brilliantly, and have got two more projects coming up as well as a lot of reading and work for my actual course, so it's all exciting but stressful right now.

I'm also having to deal with living in a house this year, something that's been both brilliant and at times not so fun. I'm living with 5 other people and we're a really close group of friends. We have a great house and we're in a great neighbourhood and for the majority of the time I love living there. However, I am quite a clean-freak... and some of my housemates are... well, let's say messy. Ok, it's not that bad because one of my housemates (the messiest) often does these massive clean-ups and the place looks great afterwards, I just don't like the state the house gets into in between his clean-ups! I just have to turn a blind eye to it though because if I spent my whole time cleaning it to how I'd like it I would never leave the house!

The other week our house got picked to be on Radio 1's student tour show with Fearne Cotton. Let me just say.. IT WAS AMAZING. FEARNE is AMAZING! I love her! She's so lovely and we had the best day! If you're interested you can go on the Radio 1 website and on Fearne's section there's pictures and videos etc of me and my housemates in Bristol. Fearne and the production team came round to our house for breakfast (which we may have slightly burned, but to be honest we were so excited we forgot there were croissants in the oven!) and then we went to the Union and took part in the show throughout the morning, which involved various challenges, one being Gig Date that I took part in! For that part of the show me and my housemate Lucy did a blind-date-style challenge which ended in us going to the gig that night (the Klaxons - SO good!) on a double date with two random guys who participated. Let's just say the whole show was hilarious and we had a brilliant day. My housemate Josh (who is the funniest person I have ever met) clearly made a big impression on the producers because he's practically a regular on Radio 1 now! Ok, slight exaggeration, but he's been on Jo Whiley's show twice now, just because he's funny to talk to! How cool is that?! I don't even mind that he gets all the attention because he is so hilarious to listen to.

And one more thing before I go! Due to the crazy busy lifestyle I've been leading for the past few weeks (ok, not crazy, just busy!) I did not even realise that I had won Lily Melrose's Alexa-esque bag giveaway!!! Thankfully, she had kindly waited a few days for me to get in touch, thinking this may have been the case. So thank you so much to Lily for doing this generous giveaway! She is sending it to me this week, and this gives me an excuse to finally do some more lookbook pictures.

Thanks for visiting, Harriet :)

Back to Uni

Friday, 24 September 2010
I'm going back to university tomorrow, I'm so excited, I really can't wait to be back! Holidays are nice, but it's not even sunny anymore, and nobody is about, they've all left home already. So I am fully ready to be back at uni. I'm going to be on my own for a bit because my housemates aren't back until next week, but there will be other people around, so it should be fun.

I have no new looks at the moment because I have been lazing around the house in leggings and t-shirts pretty much all week! Also, I'm not sure when I'll have Internet at my new house, it may be a week or so. But I'll still be able to get online at some point. Also, I didn't pass my driving test :( which is a shame. It was all going quite well until we were on a country lane, which I really don't like because it gets all windy and can be quite dangerous. Anyway, I was slowing down when a rabbit ran in front of the car and I changed from 3rd gear into 4th by mistake when I meant to go into 2nd. So the car started juddering about and I was really confused because I didn't realise I had gone into 4th. So that's why I failed. But apart from that the drive was fine so I should pass next time. 


"Sorry I'm bad, sorry I'm blue."

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Blouse and shorts are from Topshop, belt from H&M and the shoes are from New Look.

The title of this look is from a song by Buckcherry. I can't wait to go back to uni, life is pretty boring right now. I mean, I'm not complaining about holiday haha! Don't get me wrong! But I have been on holiday pretty much since the 27th May. I didn't come home from uni straight away, but I haven't had any technical work since then, so it has been a long holiday. I went to Edinburgh for a week for the Fringe Festival and also went to Portugal for 2 weeks with my family but apart from that I haven't been doing much. I couldn't work because I was away for a month in the middle of the holiday, so work couldn't take me back, and all my friends have been working so it's been a quiet holiday. So I'm really looking forward to getting back to Bristol and having a busy life again! It'll probably hit me hard when I go back, I will have forgotten what it's like to be so busy! The only thing I've really been doing recently is having driving lessons. My test is on Monday, I can't wait to finally be able to drive (if I pass!) because all my friends have been driving for about two years! I really should have started learning earlier. Better late than never though I guess! Well, we'll see on Monday if I've passed!

I got really excited yesterday because I got a new lens for my 35mm camera. I got home and was couldn't wait to try it out. I got an Olympus OM10 camera a few months ago on ebay for quite a good price, however recently I've noticed the film advance (that you use to wind to the next picture) has been getting stuck every now and again. It usually sticks for a bit and then starts working again. I thought I would just have to deal with it because it's an old camera. But when I tried to use it yesterday, it's completely stuck so I can't use it at all. I'm so gutted. It will cost more to fix it than to buy a new camera. I don't want to just give up, especially seeing as I've just got the new lens, but it's annoying because I can't afford to spend loads on equipment and it should have lasted a bit longer than that!! The annoying thing is that it wasn't like I damaged it or anything, it just happens to them sometimes. So, I'm going to take it to a camera shop and double check that it is definitely broken, and then I think I'll buy a new one. I want to get another cheap one on ebay because I can't afford to spend a lot of money, but I don't want the same thing to happen again! I'm trying to find ones that look reliable and in good condition. I also want to buy the same one again so the lenses fit it, and because it's relatively cheap. I also want to get it soon because I was hoping to use the dark rooms at uni to try and develop my own photos. That could be interesting. I can just imagine myself tripping over equipment in the dark, swearing and getting developer and all sorts of chemicals everywhere! Well, I'm sure in reality it will be a lot more professional than that... hm. Yeah. 

Well, that's my annoying camera story, hopefully it will be sorted soon and I can start using it or another one soon!

Thanks for visiting, Harriet x

Autumn Winter 2010

Tuesday, 14 September 2010
So this is the crazy collage of the type of thing I'll be buying this Autumn and Winter. There's no way I'll be able to afford everything on here but I'll hopefully be getting a few things. Some of the pictures can just be used as a general idea of the type of thing I'm looking for. I really like the two watches I've included, they're both from ASOS. The clothes are mainly a mixture of Topshop, Zara, River Island, H&M, New Look and a couple of other online shops like and There are other things I'll be wearing this winter that aren't included because I already have them, such as my faux fur coat, brogues and satchel. Back to uni essentials!

The Perfect Boots

Monday, 13 September 2010
So, I haven't got any new looks at the moment because I haven't really been doing much. I've been wearing my comfiest clothes and generally staying at home this weekend. I went for a drive with my Mum the other day, the first proper drive I've done in her car. I think she was surprised! She said I was a better driver than she'd thought, which is kind of a backhanded compliment, but it's better than her saying the opposite I guess haha! So I'm having a driving lesson every day this week to prepare for my test next Monday. I think I should be ok, I just hope I don't make some stupid mistake like forget to make a final check at the end of a manoever or something and get a fail. Eh, I'm sure I'll be fine. 

Yesterday I helped my Mum dig up the border in our garden because we were planning on planting some bulbs and other plants. We didn't quite get around to that because we spent the whole time attacking the brambles that had completely overtaken the garden and spread everywhere. Their roots were so deep, it took ages to get them out. I woke up today and my legs are killing! I feel as though they've had a serious workout, like I'd run a marathon or something! And the worst thing is, my Mum says hers don't hurt at all!! Shows who was doing the serious grafting then eh ;) So I had a plan today that I was going to do loads of things after my driving lesson.. Bake some scones or some macaroons (or both!) and hopefully do some adjusting of clothes that I've been meaning to do for a while. That completely went out of the window when I discovered how much it hurts to walk. So, I've been sitting in the living room for most of the day in an old cosy jumper of my Mum's, drinking jasmine tea, watching trashy films and reading Vogue. What an easy life I lead eh?! I'm bored at the moment but I bet I'll be missing these days of lazing about when I go back to Uni in a couple of weeks!

So I've been compiling a wishlist of clothes that I want to buy (or more likely, hope, dream, imagine I could buy) this season, but I've hit a snag. I don't want to finish it and say, this is it! This is what I want! Because.. I can't find the perfect boots. I know what I want, I've seen many almost-perfect versions of what I want. I want an ankle boot, fur or sheepskin lined (faux, so as to have a hope of being affordable) with maybe a buckle or some kind of detail. I know, I hear you cry, they are everywhere at the moment! But what I can't decide is whether I want black or tan (I love tan, but I have tan ankle boots, maybe black would go with more.. but I already have black biker style boots etc etc) because I don't want to be buying two pairs of expensive boots this season, I think realistically I will have to settle for one nice pair. And the other thing I can't decide is heel height. I think the ones with a heel, maybe quite chunky, look nicest, and are more flattering on the leg.. but are they the most practical? I want to be able to wear them everyday, and being a student, I don't wear heels in the day. I am extremely short, and oh how I wish I could wear heels every day, but I think I would just look like I'm trying too hard. But then I'm wondering if a low heel would be the best of both worlds. And this is what I'm finding hard to get, the right combination. Something that is affordable but looks well-made, not too high, nor completely flat, the right colour (because the wrong shade of tan can very easily look tacky) and with a nice-looking (and feeling) lining. And ultimately, that will fit me and that I can wear on a daily basis with skinnies or tights and dresses etc. So, here's what I've narrowed it down to so far. Hopefully you can help me, and this will help anyone who's also struggling to decide which boots are right for them this year.

River Island, £39.99 (I think this is a good price) They only have a size 7 on the website at the moment though. Maybe they'll have a 3 instore.. it's always a gamble with Topshop and River Island though, their 3s always seem too big. That's why I'm thinking a furry lining would be good, might pad them out a bit!

Topshop, £95.00 Aren't these beautiful?! Imagine those with a skirt and leather jacket, beautiful. But there is obviously no way I could wear these in the day, and as much as I love them I don't think I could afford them even if I was going to wear them all day every day, let alone the few occasions I think I could actually wear them.

River Island, £39.99 Again, I think these are a good price, I'm not sure about the colour though. I sometimes think a tan this bright, especially with that really pale sole can look a bit tacky. Am I right or am I being overly fussy?! Also, not sure if I want a suede look, was thinking leather might be nicer. Both the River Island boots I've shown so far also come in black. I don't like these ones in black at all, the contrast with the sole is too big. The other ones are nice in black though.

New Look, £34.99 I think these are lovely, a good price and are very similar to the Topshop ones at a much nicer price! I would love these! But, I'm not sure where they would fit into my wardrobe.. I don't think I could wear them in the day because of the heel, but I couldn't wear them out in the night because I think they'd be too warm and I wouldn't wear a boot to a club. I suppose they'd be good for semi-casual evenings out, but I don't have too many of those. It's either casual for the day, or dressed up for the night, there's not really an in-between where these fit. What do you think?

Ok, these are amazing! They're only £29.99 from New Look and they look much more expensive than that in my opinion. These aren't really a serious consideration for me (although I would love them) but I just put them in here to show you how nice they are! I think I'd wear them with a patterned dress and big chunky scarf. These also come in black but I think this is a really nice deep reddish brown.

Ok, these are the last ones from New Look, they're £29.99 and is it just me or are they the perfect combination of what I'm looking for? Of course they are, which is what everybody else realised before me, and why they're out of stock. LOL. Typical. But, I'm sure they'll still be instore and they must be really popular so they'll get more in, so I'm not too worried. I think New Look have got some really nice shoes and boots this year and their prices are so much more student friendly! Especially with the 10% student discount on top! These also look great in black too, and for that price I could probably afford both over the course of Autumn and Winter! I think they'd be a bit nicer if they were slightly more tan, but the good thing about this colour is it's not too loud, it would go with so much and be stylish but not too much and so I could probably get away with the heel too. If you go to New Look's website the brown version of these are shown in the main picture on the left. I think they look really nice here, a comfortable height and perfect for this season. I think that image shows them in a better light so if you're unconvinced I suggest you have a look there :)

These ASOS platform boots are £45.00 which I think is quite good because they seem like good quality shoes, however they don't really fit my criteria. They are the sort of shoes I would buy if I were the type to wear heels on a daily basis. Perfect for Autumn. 

These are also from ASOS and are £55. They are neither brown nor black but I think the colour is lovely and they are suede. The faux fur trim also looks really nice and cosy. Once again, the heel is a bit high and they are a bit out of my price range considering all the other things I want to buy at the moment. I would definitely consider them as a Christmas present or a sale buy though, the heel would definitely give me a bit more height, I just wonder if they're comfy enough, as I'm not used to wearing heels in the day. Also, the problem with ASOS is that you can't try on before you buy, and because I have such awkward shaped feet (small size 3, nowhere seems to fit, and narrower & shallower than average) it's always a risk with buying online. Those cage-type shoes never work on me because there's always a massive gaping hole where they should be clinging to the front of my foot.

I think these boots from Office are pretty perfect right now in terms of practicality and understated style. They look comfy and classic and like they would last forever. They're £65.00 which isn't too bad if you think you'll wear them for a long time to come. They don't fit in with my category of fur lined, but they are very nice. They also come in black.

These are also from Office and come in both black and brown. They don't look that exciting, which is why I would struggle to spend £87.00 on them, but they do look comfy and casual and perfect for wearing everyday. The only problem is they look like they would be a bit long for me in terms of the toe. I guess I would have to try them on. I definitely don't think I could afford these as well as buying various other things I want to in the next few months, so if I were to choose these I would probably get them as a Christmas present.

So that's about it really. For someone looking for boots who has a bit more money to spend, Aldo and Zara have got some nice boots that I didn't include because there was no point. I couldn't bear to look at even more expensive ones though! So, out of these ones I think the first ones from River Island and the ones from New Look that I've shown in both colours are my favourites in terms of price and everything else. However, if I can I will definitely be treating myself to the buckled high ones from New Look too! If I could convince myself to wear them I could definitely be persuaded! Haha! It would probably mean sacrifices of other things though.. like food. No, I'm kidding, but I probably wouldn't be able to buy other stuff. We'll have to see. Which ones do you think I should get. It would be typical that the two I actually am considering buying are either sold out or not in stock in my size. Luckily, the New Look in Bristol has a good shoe selection, so I might be in luck! 

Sorry for this very long post, hopefully it will help me come to a conclusion about these boots.. I haven't even tried to decide on flats yet! ;) Anyway, if you've been struggling with the vast choice of ankle boots at the moment (because let's face it, we really are spoilt for choice this year!) then I hope this has shown you a good selection of high street choices available! Let me know your thoughts and if you have any other suggestions. I'd love to know your opinion on the whole "heels in daytime" issue I'm having. Do you think the kind of chunky low heel I've shown here is alright for walking to lectures and general daywear, or would you say that for a student, heels are strictly eveningwear?

Thanks for visiting, Harriet. x

Grey day and another page of my WTJ

Friday, 10 September 2010
This is my sixth look on lookbook now, I'm not sure about this one, I couldn't get the lighting quite right anywhere. But these shorts are very comfy and even though it's grey and dull outside, it's still warm enough to wear shorts. I wore a skirt yesterday with long socks and when I was in town I was so hot! It's a funny time of year here because it looks cold outside but as soon as the sun comes out from behind the clouds it gets really warm!

Here is the other page I've done so far in my Wreck This Journal. I chose the page where you have to poke holes in it with a pencil. Here's the result. You can't see the holes too well, but they're inside each of the hearts.

Right now I'm in the living room with my Mum, we're about to watch some rubbish on tv and I'm also flicking through Vogue and all the images I have on my laptop of things I want to buy this season. I also have two other posts lined up, one about shearling and another about satchels. If there's anything you'd like to see on this blog, please let me know! I'd love any suggestions. If you'd like me to do any reviews or posts about specific things it would be great to hear your ideas. Also, feel free to ask me any questions about myself or fashion in general.

Harriet x


Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Today I've had a really lazy day. I didn't have a driving lesson this morning so I had a nice long lie-in and then stayed in bed reading and going on the Internet. I've been deciding what I can afford to buy this season, lusting after certain shoes, bags and clothes, and thinking that I really should apply for a job at a clothing shop. It would be so beneficial to me! Think about it, an allowance to spend on clothes to wear as a uniform, discount on clothes and you'd get to have first pick before your size runs out! Maybe I should apply to Topshop or somewhere like that when I go back to uni.

I did another page of my Wreck This Journal today (read my first post about it here) so I'll be posting a picture of that tomorrow and hopefully a new look including my new shoes :)

And one last thing, I'm really liking this faux fur gilet from Topshop (£50), I haven't seen any others this length yet and I wonder if anywhere else has got something similar at the moment. I think the pom-poms are really cute, I'd also love a knitted hat with pom-poms on this year! Very cute :) I think the gilet would be perfect for Autumn, before you need a really heavy coat, but it still has a wintery feel about it. I think it would look nice with either skinny jeans and a long-sleeved top for a casual look or a cute dress, ankle boots and over-the-knee socks for a pretty but still casual look.


Well, remember how I said I was popping into town with my friend and was going to try not to buy anything?! Well, that turned into an impromptu trip down the motorway to Bristol to go shopping at Cabot Circus, because apparently we don't have enough shoes in Gloucester! What can I say, a girl can never have too many shoes can she?! To be honest, I wasn't really going for anything specific, because I didn't want to spend much money, but I thought it would be fun to go anyway, and I love Bristol, I'm obsessed and can't wait to move back so I jump at any chance to go there really!

Anyway, my whole plan of not spending money didn't really, well, go to plan! I think I have a bit of a problem when it comes to clothes, because I just can't seem to say no, or resist. And even when I'm being good, like today, I still seem to spend more than I should! I bought these be-a-u-ti-ful wedges in New Look today. I didn't really used to like wedges but the more I've thought about them I've come around to them and when I tried them all on today I thought they looked amazing! Also, they're almost but not quite ankle boots, so they're still a shoe but they support my ankle more than normal heels, which is good for my feet because normally I can't get shoes small enough so I end up falling out of them or something! So hopefully these will be even more comfy than normal! I just wish I could wear them everyday! Somehow I don't think uni and the hills I have to navigate will agree with them though! Here's a picture, I don't think they look very special in the pic but they look lovely on!
*Just looked at the shoes and this pic and think the shoes are darker than this but it's late so I'll find the right colour tomorrow!

Also, I have been looking for a nice shearling aviator jacket (I know, just following the trend, but after seeing Burberry's I became obsessed, and they're so beautiful) that's within my price range and I thought Topshop's was about £300, which frankly, is lightyears out of my budget! I'm not sure where I got this price tag from because now I can't find it on their website.. maybe I dreamt it! Anyway, the point is I saw this jacket, which is neither real leather nor real sheepskin,  but actually feels lovely, for £78!
Let me tell you, I got very excited! When something I thought was out of reach suddenly became obtainable, well, I couldn't hold it in, I was literally jumping up and down. Ok, I didn't jump up and down, but I did in my head :D So although I can't buy it right now, it's definitely going to be mine in the near future! I think it's the nicest high street one I've seen so far, and it felt so cosy and warm :) So either I'll try and save up, or it will have to wait for Christmas. But either way, I shall be wearing it when the weather gets cold enough to need it! I don't think I've been this excited about a jacket.. ever! I normally get excited about coats, shoes, bags, never really jackets. It's funny, I never would have bought those shoes or be interested in this jacket before, I guess my style is changing. 

So, those are the two main things I thought I'd post about. I got a really cute and simple gold cameo necklace in Miss Selfridge that was reduced to £2, very pretty :) So it was a really nice evening, I'm glad we were spontaneous and decided to go. We had a meal at Gourmet Burger Kitchen, which do amazing chips, so yummy! And the burgers are good, obviously! And it was such a coincidence but my uni housemate who is from Manchester contacted me to ask about the hot water at our house in Bristol and she had decided to come for the night too, so I was able to see her for the first time since term ended! We went to our house and showed my friends round, they really liked it so hopefully they'll visit. So, all in all it was a great day and I'm sure I'll be posting looks with my new stuff very soon!

Florals :)

Tuesday, 7 September 2010
I thought I should try and wear this top more because otherwise it was a complete waste of money, you know when you have clothes that you really love and think they're so nice, but you never actually wear them because you're not sure how to or don't have the confidence? This is one of those outfits. I don't really have a specific style so one day I'll be wearing a dress, another day I'll be wearing shorts and a nice top and then some days I'm wearing jeans and a big jumper and I never really know where some outfits fit. I don't want to be too overdressed for a normal day (especially when you can't keep it up everyday) but then don't want to be too underdressed for a different occasion. Phew, fashion is hard work! ;)

So anyway, the top and shorts are from Topshop, the cardigan is from Urban Outfitters, the belt and boots are from Primark and the tights are by Henry Holland, I got them from River Island.

I saw that fashion my legs blog had included me in their "this week's favourite lookbook legwear looks",  which is nice :) I love patterned tights and cool socks so that was a compliment. The annoying thing is I find that no sooner have a bought a pair of tights and worn them once that they seem to get a million holes in straight away. I've learned that the more expensive tights from Topshop are just as likely to rip as the £2 ones from Primark, so I tend to try and not spend too much on tights if I think they're not going to last. These Henry Holland ones seem to be much thicker and look much stronger than most others so I thought they were worth the money. It's funny because I had some really nice stripy tights from Topshop that lasted about one wear and then the bow tights from Primark in my look "That secret that you know" have lasted for ages! I guess price isn't always representative of quality.

So I'm about to go into town with my friend and this has been relatively safe recently because I've been practically broke and therefore known I can't spend much money. However, what I forgot was that I have a rather large overdraft which I have never gone into, and I know my student loan will be in my bank account in a month's time. So it's very tempting to spend money now! I'm going to really try and be good and not buy anything but I can't promise anything! I've got a whole wishlist for Autumn/Winter so I'm going to have to pace myself and work out what is going to have to be crossed off! 

I know nobody's commented here yet but I hope a couple of people have been reading. I can't wait until my 10 days on lookbook are up and then I can finally post on the lookbook forums and start interacting more on the site! Hopefully that will also direct a bit more traffic to my blog, because it's nice to write to people, and not purely just for myself.. makes me feel a bit weird, like a diary, but that's visible to everyone! Anyway, I'll stop babbling now and get to the point. If anyone is reading this, what's on your Autumn/Winter wishlist this year, what are your must-haves and your would-likes? Thanks for visiting!

It's late but I'm awake :)

I really should go to bed, I have a driving lesson at 9am, but I think I'll have a little midnight snack before I do, hehe! I thought I'd write a post about something non-fashion-related because, after all, this is meant to be an everything-mashed-into-one kind of blog isn't it?! So, I thought I'd recommend some really great films that you may or may not have seen. I'd never really watched many anime films until this year when I became interested in the work of Hayao Miyazaki. To be honest, when I thought of anime, all that popped into my head was pokemon (haha, don't pretend you didn't go through that phase too!). But I decided to buy some of his films from Amazon and they're really great. I realised that I'd already seen Princess Mononoke years ago with my brother, which was funny, and my Mum once took me and my brother to see Howl's Moving Castle (which is great) and we were the only three people in the cinema! She likes to say that we still managed to argue about where to sit, this may or may not be true! But anyway, last night we decided to watch Spirited Away, which I didn't know is the most successful film of all time in Japan. And it's a great film. So, those are my three Hayao Miyazaki films that I'd recommend. It's always fun to try something different, especially with films, you might find a whole genre you didn't know about!

Miyazaki's films are really imaginative and creative, I think if I had to pick a favourite, it'd be between Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away. The stories are really touching and the anime is beautiful. They're quite appealing to children because the content is very pg-friendly, however they're still really lovely films to watch, maybe as a family or just on your own. I could definitely watch them over again.

So, I may do some more of these posts, depending on if I think of things to recommend. I don't know, maybe music or more films etc. And you could always comment (if anyone's reading this!) and recommend things back or tell me if you've seen any of these!

Thanks for reading :)

The world's like a science

Monday, 6 September 2010
She & Him are a great band that I discovered this year through a friend. I can't stop listening to them on spotify, I'm pretty sure I know most of the words to most of the songs now! I had a bit of a drama with my camera today. I thought I'd take some pictures of this outfit because I really like it and wear it all the time, but my camera had other ideas. Firstly, it took me ages to find a good place to take the photographs, there seems to be nowhere in my house to do this other than the stairs. I don't like it when there are cluttered backgrounds in pictures unless it's been really planned and somehow adds to the photo. So after a million years of taking some shots I finally went to upload the pictures onto my laptop only to find out that they were in an "unreadable format" or something. I have had this camera for a few years now and always upload the pictures onto my laptop, and this has never happened, so I was very confused. It was like all the photos were cut up and half-processed, really weird. I'm not sure why it happened, but I couldn't salvage any of the photos so I took them again, having finally found a good place to do it. So, what I thought would take about half an hour has probably taken about 3! I wouldn't normally mind but I'm meant to be making our dinner for tonight! So after this post I better get to it!

The top I'm wearing has really nice chain detail on the neckline and breast pocket, which is cute. The top and shorts are both from H&M, the belt is from Topshop, the tights are from M&S and the heels are from Primark. I went to about 4 different Primarks around the country to get these shoes because the last pair in my local shop had something wrong with them and I really wanted them. I find it so hard to find shoes to fit my feet and it's actually quite good that places like Primark tend to have quite small shoe sizes. I can no longer buy shoes in places like Topshop, either my feet have shrunk or their sizes have got bigger. And somehow I don't think my feet should be shrinking at the age of 19. Why have their sizes got bigger?! I can't even buy flats there, let alone heels! Anyway, these heels have lasted quite a while and are pretty good quality when you think about how much they cost (£19).


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