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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair - Cambridge

Shopping vintage = my favourite thing.

I'm a big believer in not buying clothing for the brand name and instead? Collecting pieces that make me feel great, whatever the cost.

My wardrobe is a mix of high-street and vintage. For me, pairing the two together breathes more life in to my outfits, tells a story and gives modern items a classy twist. 

So when Alex messaged me about heading to a Vintage Fair in Cambridge I let out a little squeal of excitement. An afternoon with one of my favourite ladies and hand-picked vintage goodness? Of course I was all-in.

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair travels all over the UK and winds up in Cambridge once a year. Held at the Guildhall the setting is beautiful, flooded with light from the large, stained glass windows the two rooms are filled to the brim with vintage treasures.

Before any shopping could commence Alex and I had one thing on our mind... First rule of the Vintage Fair club? Their must be home-made cake and tea. 
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
It opened at 10am so we made sure we got there for 10.30, giving us time to rummage through all the goodies before the place got too crowded come lunch time. 
Top tip when shopping at fairs: Bring cash and arrive early to grab your favourites - but make sure you come back in the middle of the afternoon. Often the stalls owners will save their best pieces for the middle of the day, when the initial stock they wanted to get shot of has been bagged and tagged and the fair is at it's busiest.
Judy's Fair promises to save you up to 75% of what you'd end up paying for Vintage on the high-street, so it's definitely worth making the trip and picking up some bargains.

From the elegant 20's style to floral 50's, 80's slogan shirts and tie-dye 60's it ticks everyone's fashion boxes and caters for both the ladies and the fellas (although I have to admit, there was definitely more for us than there was for the men). 
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger reviews Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Cambridge
I picked up a gorgeous leather mini-skirt for £20, a paisley print silk blouse for £12 and a pair of dungarees that are quite possibly cut to the best style I've ever witnessed for just £25.

The changing rooms were set at the back of the hall and were communal - so all us ladies were stripping down to our panties and trying on things together. It was quite nice, having strangers opinions on what you were trying on and seeing how other people styled their picks.

It was pretty much the perfect Sunday. Hanging out with one of my best friends, eating cake, shopping my idea of fashion heaven and picking up some workable vintage pieces to mix in to my existing wardrobe.

If you're new to shopping vintage this is the perfect way to introduce you to it, at an affordable price. The stall owners are all super helpful and on hand to offer tips if you're perhaps unsure on what might look good with what - these guys know their stuff, so you don't have to be scared to ask!

If you fancy checking out the nearest affordable vintage fair to you, all the details are on Judy's website here - which includes all the dates for upcoming fairs and festivals.

YOU'RE WELCOME!


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The Denim Shirt Dress

A fashion and lifestyle blog by wonderful you wearing COS denim-look shirt dress for spring 15
A fashion and lifestyle blog by wonderful you wearing COS denim-look shirt dress for spring 15
A fashion and lifestyle blog by wonderful you wearing COS denim-look shirt dress for spring 15
A fashion and lifestyle blog by wonderful you wearing COS denim-look shirt dress for spring 15
Denim-look Shirt Dress: COS. Boots: Daniel Footwear.
COS. The place I go when I think I deserve a treat. And on this particular visit, I must've thought I'd won the lottery, because I went all out and walked out with a bag brimming with over-sized, super silky, amazingly wonderful pieces.

Including this giant beauty.

Let's admit it, most women love the idea of waking up in the morning and throwing on a mans oversized shirt. It's a pretty sexy feeling, right? And COS aren't about to miss a trick, I mean, why not make a classic movie star look an accessible everyday staple?

With a single box pleat to the back, oversized shape and hidden buttons it falls beautifully on your body. It's made up of super lightweight fabric making it the perfect transitional piece for spring time and although purchases from COS aren't the most affordable, it's a piece that speaks for itself. There's no need for accessoring or building this outfit up. You can simply throw on a pair of tights and boots or dare to bare with your pins out and you're good to go.

Get the look:



Photography by Ally in Blunderland


Thursday, 12 March 2015

Double Denim, Baby.

Fashion and Lifestyle blogger wearing Levi's and Oasis double denim.
Fashion and Lifestyle blogger wearing Levi's and Oasis double denim.
Fashion and Lifestyle blogger wearing Levi's and Oasis double denim.
Fashion and Lifestyle blogger wearing Levi's and Oasis double denim.
Fashion and Lifestyle blogger wearing Levi's and Oasis double denim.
Jacket: Levi's. Jeans: Oasis. Boots: Daniel Footwear. Top: Topshop (similar here). Rings: Nikki Stark Jewellery.
So here’s the deal, I enjoy double denim. A lot.

Particularly when it comes in the form of the comfiest, softest jeans I’ve ever owned.

Oasis just launched a whole bunch of awesome in to their denim selection - and these high waisted ankle grazers have the stretch and comfortable wear of a pair of leggings, with the structured style of jeans.

I live in leggings, so to be having a full-on happy love fest with a pair of jeans isn’t the norm – but I’m not complaining, I am down with this new pairing, 100%.

Ally took these snaps for me when she came down to visit last weekend. We had a little walk around my village and discovered a few nice new spots to take some blog photos.

Hearing Al talk about how much she enjoyed being in the countryside made me realise how easily I let myself forget, the beautifully peaceful setup I have at home. In an otherwise chaotic life, there’s no place I’d rather drive home to on an evening.

The hustle and bustle of city life has never really appealed to me, it’s true, I’ll be a country bumpkin for life.

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Healing a Broken Heart


I woke up this morning and something felt different.
A weird peace within that felt so calming, like a weight had been lifted off my chest and I could breathe again.
A Lifestyle blog post on healing a broken heart. From the bottom of the bottom the only way is up.
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If we take a few steps back…

I'd had great hopes for 2015.

I was so sure that after such an awful end to 2014, what with breaking up with my boyfriend after 7 years because he broke my heart, moving out of our home and essentially starting from scratch things could only get better, right?

Wrong.

On Valentine’s Day he got engaged.

I thought I knew what it meant to be heartbroken, at the bottom of the bottom - until Facebook greeted me with a shiny ring and two deliriously happy faces declaring their love for one another.

Earth shattering, soul destroying, emotionally draining, all-consuming news that left me feeling like a shell of who I was.

After a matter of months how was it possible for him to be in love with someone else, let alone engaged? I felt every emotion all at once, my body ached with sadness, my anxiety levels went through the roof and I threw up from the shock. I was so unbelievably furious, too. After so many years, all that love we'd built together and he didn’t even have the decency to tell me himself? My god I hate Facebook.

I questioned my self-worth. I mean if he didn’t want to marry me after all that time and chose her to be his wife after 5 fucking minutes, what did that say about me? About us?

And who the hell was he, now? The man I'd grown with, loved, cherished?

I don't know this man, I thought. This man is absolutely insane. 

It all felt a bit too dramatic really – this is the sort of crap that goes down in Eastenders, not real life. I spent weeks numb to the world, avoiding contact with anyone, I figured if I just ignored the situation it would go away.

I was flooded with messages from my friends, his friends, my family and I didn’t care what they had to say. The whole thing felt incredibly embarrassing, you know? I simply didn’t want everyone to know that we had failed and he had found someone else, someone he clearly held in a much higher regard. I wanted the world to swallow me up and spit me out as someone new.

Every day since has been a struggle. I’m tired, exhausted actually. Every person I encounter infuriates me and I’m wishing the day away so that I can go back to bed and think about him without any interruptions.

Until today.

I woke up this morning and something felt different.

A weird peace within that felt so calming, like a weight had been lifted off my chest and I could breathe again.

I realised that it’s down to me, no-one else, to move myself forward.

It's going to suck for the longest time. And my mind is going to go through all the scenarios and feel all the emotions over and over again.
I’ll never be able to forget and the feeling won’t ever go away completely – I truly believe something like this you carry with you forever, simply manifested in different ways.

But I can make it easier on myself, if I want to.

I can get up, play my favourite song, brush my hair, put on some mascara and my favourite top and maybe just those four simple things will help make the day a little better.

I can say yes to opportunities, not avoid them.

I can tell everyone I don’t want to talk about it anymore.

I can surround myself with positive people.

I can move forward.

I can heal the brokenness.

I can.

And I am.
A Lifestyle blog post on healing a broken heart. From the bottom of the bottom the only way is up.
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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The February Blues: Fashion and Beauty Haul

Fashion and Style blogger Wonderful You shares this YouTube video of fashion and beauty bits.
Dear February,

You have been royally pants.

The worst of all the February's I've ever experienced.

So to combat that, I went shopping.

And spent all the money. 

Retail therapy is a temporary fix, but hey, every now and then its okay to splurge right? It certainly perked me up for a while :-)

So, with that being said I hope you enjoy seeing all the bits and bobs I've picked up, including some items from my favourite stores, & Other Stories, COS and Charlotte Tilbury! 

(PS. THREE WEEKS UNTIL BALI BABY, YES!)




Monday, 23 February 2015

Blunderful You

A personal style blog talking about making friends on the internet through the blogging community.
A personal style blog talking about making friends on the internet through the blogging community.
A personal style blog talking about making friends on the internet through the blogging community.
A personal style blog talking about making friends on the internet through the blogging community.
A personal style blog talking about making friends on the internet through the blogging community.
Jumper: & Other Stories. Jeans: ASOS. Boots: Daniel Footwear. Coat: ASOS (similar here). Backpack: ASOS (similar here). Necklace: Vintage.
A couple of weekends ago I drove up to Birmingham. It's my place, you know? Great shops, food and more food.
Where I live, the shops are beyond disgraceful and being just under an hour away in the car, I'll find myself there on the regular.

This particular weekend was a little different though, I went to meet Ally for the first time.

Ally writes over at Ally in Blunderland and from our casual tweets I kinda just knew we'd get on well.
So when she asked if I might fancy a coffee I said yes. Because, I did. I did fancy a coffee with her.

Saturday rolled around and I didn’t even really feel nervous to meet a total stranger for the first time.
It was a funny one, because unlike other internet friends I’ve made *creepy internet weirdo alert*, we hadn’t spoken all that much, really – we were pretty much going in cold. That probably should've been scary, right?

It wasn't.

She helped me pick my first ever pair of trainers (because she's cool FYI) and laughed at me whilst I tried on backpacks for Bali. She explained how Benefits Hello Flawless Foundation is the best thing since sliced bread and then we ate, ALL the food.

I'd suggested Ekachai - my absolute favourite South East Asian restaurant housed in Selfridges food quarter - purely for it's completely incredible Crispy Duck Salad...best ever in the world, in case you were wondering. (Ally agrees)

And it was just the loveliest of days, that made me so very grateful to the blogging world. For introducing such a wonderful person to my life.

That's my favourite thing about blogging. That I've made the best friends through this community.

Ally is totally brilliant, witty, intelligent and not to mention a little easy on the eye, fellas. And simply saying yes to a coffee, means I've gained another wonderful friend.

She took these snaps for me too, 'cause she's good like that. And it turns out that these Daniel Footwear boots are the comfiest platforms I've ever had the pleasure of feet-meeting. And that opting for pastels in my wardrobe sometimes is okay.

Here's to many more Crispy Duck Salads, Ally. I suppose you're sort of alright..kind of.

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