Hello New Shoes, Bye Bye Blues


Love this song. :)

Well, technically these aren't new shoes as I bought them some time in July but I have only worn them once and they haven't made an appearance on the blog yet! I put myself on a self-imposed shopping ban for August and so far I haven't bought anything. This means I'll have plenty of pennies to buy myself some new things for my autumn/winter wardrobe.

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I'm not usually a fan of wedges or big clunky shoes, but I fell in love with these ones from New Look. I'm loving the autumn fashions this year - lots of gothic lace, crushed velvet, rich burgandy colours - and these shoes will look perfect with some of the things I'm planning to buy!

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As these are wedges, they're pretty comfortable so would be perfect for a night of dancing. However, so far I've only worn them out to dinner as I'm scared I'll ruin them on a night out. They're suede so will mark easily and I will either a) step in a huge puddle on the way out, b) spill sticky drinks all over them, c) scuff them on the pavement on the walk home, or d) all of the above! I would love to save up for a pair of designer shoes but I'm so bad at destroying shoes, I think it's safer just to shop in Primark and New Look for the moment!

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I'm so excited to go shopping next week! Hopefully I'll manage to find lots of lovely things and have time for a few more outfit posts before university starts again in mid-September.

Gillian x

Nautical Necklaces


Summer in Britain wouldn't be complete without a trip to the seaside for walks on the beach, collecting seashells in plastic buckets and ice cream cones by the pier. Unfortunately it doesn't look like summer's going to last much longer, but these nautical themed necklaces will help it seem like the sun is still shining. Here are some of my favourites.

Little Oyster Locket, Submerged & Sailing Ship, all from This Charming Girl.

Sailor Girl from Cutie Pie Jewellery, Whale Loop Necklace, Pirate's Treasure & Octopus Necklace, all from Etsy.

Boat Trip & Wooden Anchor, both from Junkie Lovers & A Fish Called Willy from Chelsea Doll.

Down By the Sea & Steampunk Cosmic Seahorse, both from Etsy.

Which one is your favourite? Do you like nautical jewellery?

Gillian x

Outfit: Studs, Studs, Studs


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I bought this top ages ago from the Mela Loves London concession in New Look thinking it was a dress, but it most certainly is not! To get away with the indecent shortness, I wore it with some wetlook leggings from Dorothy Perkins. I love the soft peachy pink colour of the tunic, and the tiny silver studs all over it help to toughen it up a bit. They also had the same top in black which I almost bought instead. The black one would have probably been a bit more versatile, but I decided to buy this one anyway because I loved the colour.

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I seem to have a bit of a thing for puff-sleeves at the moment. I also have a bit of a thing for animal themed jewellery!

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These earring are from River Island and are shaped like little pink honey bees! So cute! I've been stocking up on lots of animal jewellery lately - including seahorse and frog earrings and a snake ring - which I'm sure will be making an appearance on the blog soon.

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Unfortunately my shoes are looking a bit scuffed and worse for wear, probably because I wear them almost every time I go on a night out! They are ridiculously comfortable! I had a look in the New Look sale to see if they had any left so I could replace these ones, but sadly they only had size 8's. That's one thing I hate about being a size 5 - it's a really common size so always sells out the quickest!

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I was hoping to have done a couple more posts this week but I have been feeling a bit ill so have spent most of the time snuggled up on the sofa with a hot water bottle and some DVDs. I've only been to see one show at the Edinburgh Festival so far, but am hoping to get out and about lots this weekend and next week so stay tuned for a post in the near future about what I've been to see!

Gillian x

Eau de Parfum


Hello everyone, sorry about the lack of activity on the blog lately! I've spent the last week or so catching up with friends and tidying and unpacking after getting back to my flat, but I should have plenty of time to update now. The Edinburgh Festival starts this weekend so hopefully I should have lots of interesting things to blog about over the next few weeks!

Anyway, on to today's topic - perfume.

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I love having a wander round the perfume department in Debenhams, looking at the pretty bottles and spritzing myself in wonderful scents. When I win the lottery I'm determined to have a huge vanity table covered in perfumes for every occasion and a collection of gorgeous vintage perfume bottles and atomizers. Due to my student budget though, I tend to stick to these two favourite fragrances.

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This is Bvlgari's Pour Femme, a classic perfume that has been around since the early 1990s. I love the idea of having a 'signature scent', and this is definitely mine. In my 1st year of university, the first time I saw my friend - who I always sat next to in class - outside of our lecture she said to me "I always thought our lecture hall smelled really nice, but I've just realised it's actually your perfume!".

Cheap Smells (which is a great website btw, I always test perfumes out in Debenhams but buy them from here because they're much cheaper!) describes this fragrance as "a serene, sensual fragrace":
Its' refined bouquet opens with top notes of mimosa, violet, iris, and orange blossom, symbolic of naturality and purity. Heart notes of bulgarian rose and jasmine tea, followed by base notes of florentine iris, vetiver, and madagascar musk, reveal a modern sense of clarity, serenity and sensuality.

To me, it smells like parma violets (not to everyone's taste, but I love them!) and a bouquet of roses. It is both delicate and heady at the same time, light enough for daytime but strong enough to wear on a night out too.

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This is my other favourite perfume, J Lo's Glow After Dark. I've been using this perfume since I was about 16, and I don't think I'll ever get sick of it! On our first date, the guy I'm seeing told me he liked my perfume and asked what it was - sadly I had to admit it was J Lo not something classy and fancy like Chanel haha!

Cheap Smells says:
Glow After Dark was inspired by the feeling you get when you're out at a nightclub with your friends, celebrating and enjoying the nightlife. It's all about the fun times with your girlfriends, going out, feeling good, looking good and having fun.
With juicy notes of passion fruit and ice lychee, sexy notes of pink peony and orange flower, and warm notes of blonde woods and soft pink musk, Glow After Dark evokes feelings of warmth and sensuality from the outside in.

I think this perfume is really hard to describe - it's fruity but not fresh. It's strong but not overpowering. In a way, it reminds me of mulled wine even though it smells nothing like that! Glow After Dark is the perfect perfume for a night out, but if used sparingly I like to wear it during the day too.

Do you have a 'signature scent' or do you have lots of different perfumes for different occasions? What are your favourite fragrances?