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Category: Fashion

Poppy D competition- styling an interview outfit

Poppy Dinsey is currently running a competition with Job Academy where you can win £150’s worth of Selfridges vouchers. All you have to do is come up with your perfect interview outfit- and as a former interviewee extraordinaire, I thought this was the perfect competition for me! (And obviously having £150 to spend in Selfridges would be lovely too….)

Thankfully, I’m currently employed at a lovely company working as an editor- but my working life got off to quite a rocky start. I had to fight really hard to get into the industry that I felt passionate about- I’m talking countless phone interviews, face to face interviews, rejection letters, online applications, online assessments, a few more rejection letters….it was all pretty rubbish.

The one thing I was never confident about was what to wear to an interview. My first ever interview as a graduate was at a very large, very famous magazine. I walked into the interview head to toe in Topshop, only to find myself staring down girls with Mulberry bags and perfect Chanel nails. It knocked my confidence before I’d even talked about the job, and made me feel about as fashionable as a circus tent.

If I was to go into an interview now, this would be my outfit of choice. Bright trousers, a plain jumper, and bright nails and lips to make things pop a little.

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(Sweater, £129, Ted Baker; Trousers, £215, MSGM; Shoes, £16.99, New Look; Bag, £40, Topshop; Nars lipstick, £18.50; OPI nail polish, £11.50.)

Totalling up the cost of this outfit, I can safely say I will never wear it to an interview! Unless I win £150’s worth of Selfridge’s vouchers to cover some of the cost…. 🙂

What do you think of my outfit? (My housemate hates the trousers!)

Oscars: The After Party (Vanity Fair Style, Yo)

‘Wait, you’re not doing a full blown Oscar dress post? With designer commentary, tiaras and sparkles?!’

Well, no. Because everything was so DULL this year!

There was just no ‘OH MY GOD, HER LEG LOOKS LIKE IT’S POSSESSED!’ moment. Everyone looked fairly safe (though kudos on the animal accessories, Quvenzhané Wallis. I now want a bag shaped like a dog.)

Everyone knows the after party is where it’s at. After the 10 hour show, everyone’s like ‘Uh, get me out of this couture shit, I have’t been able to eat all day in case I spill something on it. GET IT OFF ME!’

And POOF, some magic clothes fairy comes and brings them a rocking frock that they can get their groove on in.

So these are my favourites. We will probably have to agree to disagree on some of them.

1. Jessica Day (aka Zooey Deschanel) rocking some old lady chic. But in the best way possible.

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2. Lily Collins. Top half- flowers, pretty, kind of naked? Bottom half- Retro mermaid.

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3. This doesn’t even need justifying. Jennifer Lawrence looks good in Calvin Klein.

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4. Mrs. Bloom. Going all Gatsby on us. Love it.

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What were your favourite looks from last night?

Cambridge Satchel Company Pop Up Store

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I really love the satchels from the Cambridge Satchel Company. I’m hoping to get my hands on one in January, so when I heard that a new pop up store was opening in Covent Garden, I got over there asap!

There were so many beautiful bags to choose from- from metallic to fluorescent to good old fashioned brown. This green one is my favourite! 🙂

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If you’re around Covent Garden at any point in the next few months, get yourself down there. And try refraining from licking the bags. I know they are super nice, but it’s usually frowned upon in shops.

Disney & Harrods

So here we go. The beautiful dresses currently on display in Harrods for the Christmas season. Eat, drink, be merry, and watch Disney. And have a very merry Christmas!

Shit, it’s only just November…..huh.

Also, you may realise that I have only shown half  the dresses on display. 2 reasons for this:

1. The pictures of Snow White (Oscar de la Renta), Tiana (Ralph & Russo) and Rapunzel (Jenny Packham) didn’t do the dresses justice at all. They are beautiful, really- and it pains me that I can’t show you just how beautiful they are.

2. The Jasmin (Escada) and Belle (Valentino) dresses were very….eh. Again, the pictures weren’t great (stupid glass and reflections getting in the way!), but they just weren’t the prettiest. And it’s late, and I have to get up for work tomorrow, and it was taking a long time for them to upload, so I gave up in frustration.

Yeah, yeah. I’ll stop with the excuses now.

Aurora, Sleeping Beauty, Elie Saab

Ariel, The Little Mermaid, Marchesa

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Pocahontas, Roberto Cavalli

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Mulan, Missoni

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Cinderella, Versace

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Note: These pictures were taken by my friend Marlene, because my iPhone decided it was too dark for it to take nice photos. Even Instagram failed me! The horror!

And if you want to see the design sketches, click here.

Disney & Harrods Sneak Peak

After a long day at work, I went with a friend to see the brand spanking new window display at Harrods- Disney princesses y’all!

Did I say display? Sorry, I should have said DISPLAYS. 10 designers have re imagined the most iconic dresses worn by the greatest Disney princesses for a special Harrods Christmas display to coincide with their Disney princesses store inside.

I will do a full post tomorrow with all the pictures- but here’s a little taster. This was my favourite dress: Aurora as Sleeping Beauty by Elie Saab. How much do you love the detailing on this dress?! And the display itself is incredible!!

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The Downton Abbey Wedding Dress- Minus the Spoilers!

I promised that I would do a post on the beautiful dress worn by Michelle Dockery in the Mary/Matthew Downton wedding that was aired a few weeks ago. I am so, so sorry that I haven’t been posting as regularly as usual- starting a new job really takes up a lot of your time!

In the coming weeks, I can promise nail art posts (I’m thinking of gracing WAH with my presence at some point this week!), trips to Hampton Court Palace, First Proper Paycheque Spends (SO EXCITED!) and maybe even a theatre review!

Now…let’s all bask in the splendour of Lady Mary!

 

 

Kate Spade Gift

My cousin (who is very, very lucky and lives in New York) came back to gloomy England for a visit this week and brought me back this beautiful keepsake box from Kate Spade as a gift! Because you can’t buy Kate Spade online in England, and because I don’t live in London to visit their Covent Garden/Sloane Square stores, I am a bit of a newbie to them. It’s safe to say I am in LOVE with their bags- especially this one.

Tales of Topshop

I am so utterly poor at the moment- I haven’t been shopping in over 3 months! Very, very depressing!! As I’m saving up for a very, very big change (more on that at a later date) I know it’s not forever and I’ll be glad I saved every penny I could. So all I can do for now is look at all the beautiful things I would buy if I had the money. Obviously, they’re all from Topshop!

Leggings, £20

Blouse, £32

Cardi, £42

Jacket, £60

Holdall, £42

Kate in McQueen (…again!)

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Princess Catherine wore an Alexander McQueen dress and Silvia Fletcher hat yesterday to ride down the Thames for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

As soon as I saw it I thought she looked beautiful, but I’ve noticed many others are calling it ‘safe’ and ‘boring’, amongst other things. So what if this particular McQueen has been worn previously by Tulisa and Kim Kardashian!? I thought Kate  looked so pretty! There’s a lot of talk that it isn’t going to be one of her ‘most memorable’ outfits when we look back in years to come. And rightly so! It’s the Queens Jubilee-and nobody upstages Her Majesty!

 

My Beaut of a Bag

This is a super speedy quick post, just because I feel I may have neglected my blog over the past few days in favour of actually doing things outdoors!! I do love blogging, but when it’s sunny I have to take the hint- it’s time to shut the laptop down and head outside!!

I’ve been in London visiting a friend from university this weekend and I had an amazing time- there will be a blog post on it tomorrow, I promise! I will also give you lucky readers 2 MORE posts as well- you lucky, lucky things!

On Saturday, I saw this bag in Dorothy Perkins and couldn’t resist- I’d seen a similar one I wanted from ASOS, but I thought this one was prettier. And my money was yearning to be spent, so I had to give in!

Let me know what you think! 🙂