Outfit: Snakeskin & Velvet


Sounds like a horrible combination, doesn't it?! But I really like this metallic snake print mesh and black velvet (which always reminds me of the Alannah Myles song!) dress from New Look. I bought it a few weeks ago when New Look were doing their 20% off all dresses promotion, so along with added student discount it ended up being quite cheap!

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I'm not entirely sure if it is actually supposed to be a snakeskin print, but it's definitely some sort of reptile. I quite like how it isn't an obvious pattern, but just gives a little bit of metallic sparkle.

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My earrings are cute little keys from Miss Selfridge. I hardly ever wear 'dangly' earrings as I tend to stick to studs or hoops, so it's nice to wear something different for a change.

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I love these sequinned peep-toe heels. I got these from a shop called Famous Footwear (I think!) in an outlet shopping centre for something ridiculously cheap like £5. I used to have an almost identical pair from New Look but sadly they got worn to death and I had to chuck them in the bin, so when I spotted these I had to buy them as a replacement!

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Gillian x

Wishlist: Tara Starlet


Like most bloggers, I love all things inspired by vintage fashions and styles. So when I recently came across the clothing line Tara Starlet I instantly fell in love.

Vamp Prom Dress & Flower Button Dress

Tara Starlet is an independent fashion line run by a mother and daughter who share a passion for vintage style. Their pieces are inspired by everything from '40s screen sirens to '50s housewives and everything inbetween.

Gingham Prom Dress & Fifties Capri Pants

Tara Starlet also believes in the 'waste not want not' ethic of the post-war years, using end of roll fabrics and recycling buttons and trimmings wherever possible. Although not quite as unique as original vintage clothes, this does mean that the chances of someone having exactly the same dress as you are much slimmer than if you had been shopping in Topshop!

Belted Vixen Dress & Home Front Dancing Dress

With everything from cute playsuits perfect for picnics to pretty gingham dresses for frolicking in the sunshine, Tara Starlet has everything you need for a vintage inspired summer. If only I wasn't on a student budget, all these gorgeous clothes would be mine!

Side Button Skirt with Blitz Bodice & Polka Dot Playsuit

Gillian x

Outfit: The Pink Skirt


Some of you may remember this pink skirt from New Look that I posted about a few weeks ago. Thanks for all your suggestions for what to wear with it! Lots of you seemed to agree that it would look good with a simple black colour scheme.

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I wore it with a black top from Primark, spotty tights from H&M and a pearl multi-chain necklace from River Island.

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My ring is from Asos and is shaped like a wolf's head, I love it! I think rings are probably my favourite type of jewellery. Most of mine are cheap though, so they tend to turn my finger green after wearing them for a while!

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My shoes are from New Look, and are just as uncomfortable as they look! I think I could have done with getting a size bigger as they squish my little toes so much!

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Gillian x

Supermarket Sweep


When I was younger I used to get lots of my clothes from George at Asda, probably because my mum hates shopping so spending an extra 15 minutes in the supermarket was much easier than spending an entire Saturday trailing around town with a 7 year old girl! Once I became a teenager, however, I stopped accompanying my mum on the 'big weekly shop', and now that I live in the centre of town there aren't even any large supermarkets near me. Having a look through the clothing sections on the websites of Asda and Tesco, two of the UK's biggest supermarkets, I think I might have to go on a mission to a store that stocks clothing as they have some great stuff for very reasonable prices.

In the past, supermarket clothing departments tended to be made up of lots of childrens clothes and mumsy blouses and knee length skirts. Now, they seem to cater much more for the teenage and twenty-something market, and many of the pieces wouldn't be out of place in Primark or New Look.

Perhaps it's a good thing my local supermarket doesn't have a clothing department, otherwise I would end up buying a new dress and a pair of shoes every time I went in to get a loaf of bread!

Do you ever buy clothes and accessories at supermarkets like Asda, Tesco or Sainsburys? Do you think supermarkets could become rivals to highstreet stores like Primark?

Gillian x

(p.s. this is my first attempt at a scheduled post - if all goes to plan this should be posted while I am staying at my friend's house, sleeping off all the vodka from the night before!)

Outfit: I Hear the Train a Comin'


Go listen to this song!

I'm catching a train this afternoon to go home and stay with my parents for a couple of weeks, so today's outfit is a comfy and casual one. Regular readers will probably recognise a few of the items in this outfit!

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I'm wearing my Warehouse striped skater dress, last seen in this post, with some New Look black leggings and a brown woven belt from Primark. I'm also wearing my cowboy boots, which made their first appearance on the blog last week. I always try and wear bulky things like boots and my coat (which I forgot to take a picture of!) while travelling so they don't take up lots of room in my suitcase.

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I love gold hoop earrings and this is my latest pair, from H&M. The necklace is from Primark and is supposed to be worn as a single long chain, but I wound it around twice to make it shorter. I couldn't get a very clear picture of it, but it's a lovely thin gold chain with various wooden beads and little gold discs. I'm also wearing lots of assorted wooden and gold bangles.

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As I mentioned, I'm going home for a few weeks, probably until the start of August. It's not exactly a proper holiday, so I will have my laptop and plenty of spare time to blog. I'm not sure if I'll get the chance to take many photos, but I've got a few outfits saved up and some ideas for other posts, so there will definitely be something for you to read! If you want to keep updated with new posts, remember to follow elevatormusik either through Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Gillian x

What's In My Bag...


I love being nosey and seeing what other people carry around in their bags, so I thought it was time I did a post like this too.

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First of all, the bag itself. This is the bag I usually use during the day. It's big enough to fit several notebooks and my laptop in for uni, but it's not too massive so I can use it when going shopping etc as well. It was quite hard to photograph, but it does look nice in real life. I got it from Accessorize last year; it's this bag but in black.

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My purse always stays in this bag, and it contains all the usual - money, ID, student card, Visa, loyalty cards etc. It's by Saddler and is a gorgeous turquoise/green colour. I also always carry my Snapfax with me, it has lots of great student discounts on everything from restaurants to hairdressers. My bag seems to accumulate cinema tickets, receipts, bus tickets, flyers and various bits and pieces of paper. Doing this post was a good chance to clear most of these out and chuck them in the bin! Finally in this photo, my umbrella. It's always a sensible idea to carry an umbrella with you in Scotland! I did have a cute leopard print one but I left it in one of my lecture halls one day and never got it back, so right now I'm using this boring black one from Boots.

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I never leave the house without taking some form of makeup with me. This is what I would take with me on a normal day - Lily Lolo mineral foundation and kabuki brush, Urban Decay black pencil eyeliner, and some Chapstick or Vaseline. I also like to keep a hairbrush in my bag for bad hair days, and a wee mirror for sneaky check-ups!

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I take my phone with me everywhere, not because I'm obsessed with social networking on-the-go or phoning people all the time, but because I don't wear a watch so always use my phone to check the time. My current phone is a Samsung Tocco Ultra. My MP3 player is pretty ancient by now (I think I got it in 2006) but it still works and I don't actually use it as often as I used to so I don't see the point in buying something new and expensive. It's a purple Sony Walkman and I love it because it looks rather space-age. The black case is for my camera, which I always try and take with me in case there's anything nice to photograph while I'm out and about. My camera is a Samsung ST45, but obviously it's not pictured here as it was taking the photo!

During the summer I like to shove a pair of sunglasses in my bag. As the weather here can change so quickly, it's always good to have some spare glasses in case the sun comes out. I also always keep some emergency plasters and kirby grips in my bag, you never know when you might need some!

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My Moleskine planner always comes with me too, so I can note down deadlines and appointments and keep track of things I need to do.

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My bag is full of lots of pens, there's nothing I hate more than needing to write something but not having anything to write with. All my pens are black as I hate hate hate writing in blue pen, I think it looks untidy and horrible! Black biros 4eva! And finally these are my keys. I once left home without them and got locked out of my flat which was extremely annoying and stressful, so I have never gone out without them since! The green thing is a "Monkey" but its face has rubbed off so it doesn't have quite the same cute effect anymore. I also have a little glittery frog keyring, as they are one of my favourite animals.

Other things that are often found in my bag, but weren't pictured here are - a bottle of juice or water, Hall's Soothers, chewing gum, an A4 notebook (sometimes 2 or 3 if I have several different uni classes to attend), a sampler-size bottle of perfume, whichever novel I'm currently reading, and assorted pieces of jewellery.

I've had a really busy weekend, so I was hoping to have a quiet night in tonight with some home-made enchiladas, a film or two, and having time to catch up on all your blogs. However, I've just been invited out for dinner so I better go have a shower and find something to wear, I promise I will get back to reading your lovely blogs soon!

Gillian x

Outfit: Little Blue Dress


I realised the other day that the vast majority of my 'going out' dresses are black. This is good because black is slimming, easy to accessorise with and generally quite classy. However, it's also a bit boring. So when I saw this blue bodycon dress in the H&M sale I thought I would buy it in an attempt to become more colourful.

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I love the combination of cobalt blue and coral, so I have paired it here with some wedges from Primark. The belt is from Dorothy Perkins. The necklace I'm wearing is from River Island and is also a recent sales aquisition. I always try and do my jewellery shopping during the sales as things usually always get reduced to half price (or less!) and you don't have to worry about finding what you want in your size.

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I'm still not entirely convinced that blue is the new black, but I think I like this dress enough to keep it. It seems to like creating unflattering arrangements of fabric around my tummy area, but on the other hand it does make my boobs look awesome haha!

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I've got a busy weekend planned which includes watching Role Models, making and icing lots of cupcakes, helping a friend move out of her flat, going out for Mexican food and margaritas, going clubbing and taking a trip to IKEA. Hopefully somewhere inbetween all that I'll have time to catch up on reading all your blogs!

Gillian x

Outfit: The Owl Necklace



How gorgeous is this necklace? I bought it recently in H&M and I wore it today to brighten up a casual outfit I wore to go shopping.


This is one of my favourite dresses as it's so versatile and easy to dress down for day-time and up for night-time. It's a black jersey skater dress from New Look, and today I wore it with Dorothy Perkins leggings, an Oasis cardigan and a black belt also from New Look.

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These are my favourite daytime shoes of all time. ALL TIME! I got them a couple of years ago from Dune and unfortunately now they're a bit worse for wear. The outside is still in pretty good condition, but the lining inside is all ripped which makes them kinda uncomfortable to wear. I'm constantly on the lookout for a lovely new pair of cowboy boots to replace them with!

I'm loving owl-themed things at the moment, and picked up an owl ring today which I'm sure will be making an appearance on the blog very soon! I went out looking for some good sale bargains but unfortunately didn't find very much. Have you had any luck in the sales this year?


Gillian x

The Joys of Tumblr


Hello everyone, how were your weekends? As the weather has been rubbish, I spent most of my weekend eating homemade chocolate and marshmallow brownies while discovering the delights of Tumblr. I guess I'm a little late to the party, but how good is Tumblr?! I have decided I'm not going to sign up for an account because then I really will get addicted, so for now I'm just saving my favourite pictures into my aptly titled 'Mega Nice Stuff' folder. Here are some of my favourites so far.

Do any of you have a Tumblr account? What are your favourite Tumblrs, whether pretty photographs, inspirational quotes or amusing pictures?

I've had quite a few new followers recently which is great, come and say hello! I've also added a link to Bloglovin in the sidebar, so if you use that you can now follow elevatormusik through Bloglovin.

Gillian x

Outfit: Floral Addiction


I have so many floral dresses, it's getting a bit out of hand. But I just can't help myself, they're so pretty and easy to wear.

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This dress is part of the H! by Henry Holland range at Debenhams. It had 30% off and it just happened to be the last dress in the shop. When I noticed it was in my size I just couldn't say no! I also tried on a purple dress in the H! range but got extremely confused attempting to put it on, only to discover it was actually a playsuit. It looked quite nice on, but I decided not to buy it as it was such a palaver to put on!

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I wore this outfit to have a wee feast at Nando's and then visit the pub with one of my friends. I hadn't been to the pub for ages, I had forgotten how good a pint (or four!) of cider and blackcurrant was! The black flats are from Dorothy Perkins and I think the tights are from H&M. I am the worst person in the world at getting ladders and holes in tights so I try and stock up whenever I find them cheap or on offer.

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Trying to accessorise this outfit was harder than I thought as most of my necklaces are on really long chains. I tried this shorter one from Dorothy Perkins but I didn't think it was quite right as it's too big and chunky. Any suggestions of what jewellery you would wear with this dress, or cute websites to browse through?

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I think this might become my new favourite going-out bag. I hate bags that are so tiny all you can fit in them is your phone and keys, and have no room left for makeup or your camera! This studded bag from H&M is the perfect size so I can fit all my stuff in it but it isn't too big and clumsy for night time. I also love how the chain is detachable so you can turn it into a clutch bag if you want.

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I am also loving thumb rings at the moment. This ring was part of a pack of five from H&M.

Gillian x