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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.


(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!)


Money Woes #6


Trying to invent new outfits with my old clothes.

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


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! 🙂


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 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!!



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

My Mid Week Outfit- and Other Things….

So after feeling very nervous about finally visiting the hairdresser after a year long absence… I decided to just have a trim. BUT, on the plus side, I also got to try out heated rollers- they are amazing and I will be buying some when I get paid! (Along with the million other things I need/want to buy!)

These are my must haves for my March pay packet- nothing to extravagant as I’m trying to save up!!

These pastel jeans are from Topshop, and I love, love, LOVE them. They’re only £25!!! A complete steal!

I am a teeny tiny bit obsessed with animal prints at the moment- the picture isn’t very clear (apologies!) but they are tiny little elephants! So cute! The shirt is from Asos, and is £35.

This is also from Topshop, and I have to confess I already have this dress in red, but I love this green colour so much! It is such a versatile dress too- you could dress it up with heels, or dress it down with a cute cardi!

I got so many compliments this afternoon about my nails- I think they might be my favourites!!

My outfit today was all about pastels! What do you think?

For once, the whole outfit isn’t from Topshop! The skirt is River Island, the shirt is Zara, the shoes are New Look, and the belt is Topshop (obviously, I couldn’t completely give up on them!) The charm is Disney Couture- I got it a few years ago and found it this morning lurking at the bottom of my make up bag!

Oscars 2012: They Saved The Best For Last!

I really tried to stay up to watch the E! Red Carpet coverage last night. Really and truly, I did!!! But after an hour of unnecessary ad breaks, Ryan Seacrest talking nonsense and another non-descript guy who kept telling me about who he thought was going to win, I gave up. I really wish I’d have hung on longer, because the dresses were amazing! I looked through them all over breakfast this morning and I think I missed my mouth a few times, I was in that much awe! (If you know me you’ll understand this is a big deal- I do like to eat!)

Obviously, seeing Seacrest being doused in fake ashes by The Dictator was the highlight of the evening. I’ve already watched it five times today on youtube!!!

There were no shocks whatsoever from the event itself; The Artist won pretty much everything, Meryl Streep took another award home and Octavia Spencer got Supporting Actress (yay!)

Now, on to the main event….!

I have a 3 way tie for best dress of the evening, and I am refusing to pick because all three actresses looked equally stunning.

Penelope Cruz, Armani

Jessica Chastain, McQueen

Michelle Williams, Louis Vuitton

Cruz has embraced the vintage look completely and has managed to pull it off without looking too try-hard. The black and copper McQueen gown is so different to the other dresses worn by Chastain this award season, and it looks beautiful. Does Michelle Williams ever get it wrong on the red carpet?!

Special mention should also go to Angelina Jolie, Rooney Mara, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Did anyone else feel like Jolie needed to eat something though!? Definitely needs to eat a pie or something!

Angelina Jolie, Versace

Rooney Mara, Givenchy

Gwyneth Paltrow, Tom Ford

There weren’t too many people wearing things warranting being on a ‘worst dressed’ list- a few pieces were a bit boring, but they still looked pretty (the example being Natalie Portman, in a red spotted strapless gown.)

Viola Davies and Rose Byrne were my least favourite looks of the night- Davies looked like her boobs were about to pop out her dress, and the colour was disgusting! I liked her hair and make up though, loved how she went quite natural!! Byrne’s dress is getting a lot of praise around the world of fashion blogging today but I thought it looked quite cheap!

Viola Davies, Vera Wang

Rose Byrne, Vivienne Westwood

I am completely torn between loving and hating Emma Stone’s dress. I love the colour, but the bow at the neck seems very fussy.

Emma Stone, Giambattista Valli

Let me know your favourite dresses from last night! I can’t believe it’s all over for another year!

Ps. How cute is it that Michelle Williams takes Busy Phillips with her to all the award shows!?