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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 #26


When maxing out my Topshop store card is the only legitimate way to get a new summer wardrobe.

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!

Competitions and Downton Hair…Kind Of

Even when I was little, I never won competitions. Even small games like pass the parcel. And musical chairs. At my own birthday party. I was the one who congratulated the winner like a 5 year old beauty pageant loser (obviously, not as melodramatic and the crown was usually a pencil sharpener or something equally as cool.)

It’s never bothered me before, and it still doesn’t really bother me; but yesterday, I entered a competition on a whim, advertised by another blogger. 2 hours later, I had entered about 10 competitions and was feeling quite ashamed. I have no idea why I got so obsessed with entering them!

And I don’t really know why I felt ashamed. Probably because that 2 hours could have been spent doing something much more productive. Especially as I can guarantee that I will not win a single one of those competitions. I have now come to accept my lot in life as a competition loser. But I am proud to be a loser! Well, most of them time.

The competitions I really love to enter are writing competitions. I like to see what other people think of my work. But it’s much harder to put your own work out there into the void to be judged, as opposed to just filling in a form. So I await the results of them with bated breath.

I do know people who have won scads of competitions, and they’ve won some pretty amazing stuff. After my entering binge, I think I may have got it out of my system. If I win, I will keep you posted. But if I don’t win, I’ll go and buy something pretty anyway, so it’s no big deal!

As a side note, yesterday I went out and tried to do a bit of a Downton Abbey hair style for the evening. Let me know what you think!

My shorts and necklace are from Topshop, and the shirt is from HnM.





My Size 14 Taboo…

….(Or size 10 if you’re from the US)

I decided to go on an impromptu shopping trip after a gym session this afternoon- I’d noticed I’d lost some weight so I was feeling pretty happy about finding new clothes, especially as I’d seen so many nice pieces on the internet.  The first shop I went in was Topshop (quelle surprise!), where I managed to load myself up with skirts, tops, jeans and trousers- so many that I probably looked like a walking pile of clothes walking to the changing rooms.

Here’s where it gets bad. Horrible, train wreck kind of bad. Nothing fit me properly. Too small, unflattering cuts, you name it, I tried it on. After 3 years of not being particularly bothered about how much I weighed at university, since Christmas I’ve tried to be better with my diet and lifestyle. I’ve been sweating my way through 3 gym sessions a week, and I’ve been resisting cake…most of the time. I am the thinnest I have been a in a while. Now, this still puts me in the size 12 category which is the average size of women in the UK.

Sat in the changing rooms, clothes off their hangers and in a heap around me like some sort of fashion-apocolypse had just taken place, I had to admit to myself that I wouldn’t be buying anything from Topshop today.

And that got me thinking. (Firstly, where on earth was I going to shop from now on?! ) More importantly, it made me think about how clothes are sized. I’d never really thought about it before- I’ve been a size 12 for 2 and half years, so I know exactly what to pick up off the rails when I find something I like. But venturing out of the changing rooms, I started to do a bit of research. I noticed that for every item I picked up, there were endless size 6s, 8s, 10s….there were a few 12s here and there, but not many. Size 14s were practically non existent. But who judges what is a 6 and what is an 8? And why are sizes so different for different items of clothing?

When I got home, my mum pointed out that I should have just got a size 14 if I liked the clothes so much. The problem was that, even if they had the clothes I wanted in a 14, there was no way I was going to buy them. Just because they were a size 14.

I don’t know how I got this mentality- that it doesn’t matter that you’re wearing a pair of jeans that look amazing, if they’re a size 14, they’re too big to buy.

Maybe I’m afraid of what the sales assistant will say. Maybe I’ve been brainwashed. Maybe I’m worried size 14 will begin a downward slope that will end in me being lifted out of my bedroom by a crane. Whatever the reason, I left Topshop today empty handed, feeling deflated and full of self loathing.

I know I shouldn’t feel this way, but I do. Since I started shopping in high street stores in my mid teens, I’ve never felt fat or out of place in a shop. To be perfectly honest, Topshop has been my second home!

I have a feeling I will be returning to Topshop in the future- it would be unrealistic to say I will give up on them completely after one bad experience. I just hope I can be brave enough to try on a size 14 if I need to.

Fun At the Farm!

An old friend from university has come to stay for the weekend,  and I decided to treat her to a real Yorkshire day out at the farm!! We saw some lambs that were only 20 minutes old! So cute! I’m not looking particularly stylish- wearing your nicest clothes to a farm when it’s raining is never a good idea! The coat is from Topshop, and the jeans are Levis.

I think my excitement is pretty apparent by the last photo!!!


ImagePoor Topshop. I would feel sorry for them over this particular humiliation, but it did make me laugh a little at how silly they are for putting this on their website.

After all the hype surrounding those ridiculously offensive tshirts being sold at Topman last year, I would have thought it would have been a priority not to offend any more people with their tees.

Okay, so it’s not Topshop’s own T-shirt, I’ll give them that. The offending tee comes from brand Tee and Cake.

I have no idea how Tee and Cake let this particular print get so far into production without somebody spotting the error. Anybody who buys it will not only look really, really silly, but will be trying to make people think they know about Shakespeare. Because it’s cool.

Shakespeare is cool without having to put it on a tshirt. And if you didn’t see the error, you don’t deserve to use his words to make a fashion statement.

The Pan Am Comeback

I watched the new ABC show Pan Am warily; TV executives these days seem to have decided that the nostalgia factor is all a show needs to make it successful. Looking at the declining ratings in America, I thought they must have spent all their budget on the set and not enough on the script writing.

I was half right; the first show apparently cost $10 million to produce. 10 million dollars?! And the fact is, it doesn’t grab you as being worth that much from the first episode. There aren’t that many jazzy special effects or even big name stars to attract viewers- the biggest is Christina Ricci, who ironically, seems to be the worst character.

But all hope is not lost if you take Pan Am with a grain of salt. It’s trashy TV, but presented in a way that makes the viewer think they’re watching something meaningful; as long as you don’t forget that it’s really just a high flying soap opera, you won’t go far wrong.  They have story lines galore, from the Cold War to the rise of feminism. But in the end, it doesn’t actually make you think that much.

The casting is bizarre, but it works okay; Ricci does her best with a pretty unexceptional character, and Karine Vanasse is a joy to watch as Collette, the sophisticated French stewardess. For some reason, Margot Robbie  (Donna from Neighbours) has been drafted in to play a runaway bride, but she is also one of the better characters, outshining most of the other cast when she’s on screen.

So,  they have the eye candy for the men, obviously. And for the ladies it comes in the shape of Michael Mosely and Mike Vogel, our dashing pilots; and the beautiful costumes, which is the revelation of the show.

Think Downton Abbey in the air- that’s the excellence of the detail of the costume department working for Pan Am. It’s a delight to watch. And though it might buy into the vintage niche that’s around at the moment, it does it splendidly.

I’ve taken inspiration from Pan Am to find the best vintage, and vintage inspired, fashion this week. For the dedicated sorts out there, the best places are vintage shops on the high street- think COW and local Oxfam stores. For those, like me, who never have much luck shuffling through rails of clothes, there are lots of alternatives on the internet.

1. For a touch of nostalgia and  if you really love the Pan Am branding. Can be found on the official Pan Am site, or they have some on eBay too:

2. For 1960s style dresses try Vivienne of Holloway, who do a variety of beautiful prints a selection of styles. This is one of my favourites:

3. Topshop have pencil skirts sorted this season. My favourite is, conveniently, in the Pan Am blue:

4. For the shoes, I couldn’t resist these black courts from Office , aptly named Flight of Fancy: