Sunday, 24 November 2013

1 Month to go

In exactly a month it will be Christmas Eve (cue screams from those of us perhaps a little too old to be as excited as we are). That means that in a month's time, it will be a matter of hours before children every where - and by children I mean anybody willing to embrace the Christmas spirit as I will be - will wake up and set eyes on their stocking. There's nothing as wondrous as seeing it go from empty to bulging over night, even if we no longer have a portly fellow in red to thank these days.

I've always thought that stockings or small gifts are one of the best parts of Christmas. The tiniest of presents can range from being humorously ironic to heartbreakingly thoughtful and they're all packed within a rather large sock. It's basically a fashion blogger's dream!

Since we are a mere month away from the night before Christmas, I thought I'd create a festive wishlist post of things I would love to either find in my stocking, or put in someone else's.

1) Whatever Beanie, Etsy £7.91
As you probably know already, I'm quite the clueless enthusiast and also an avid lover of beanies. So, as you're likely to have figured out, this "whatever" printed beanie appears to have been manufactured in my dreams. I suppose it would keep me warm in the chilly weather too, although that's less important than its style credentials!

2) Horse print knickers, Topshop £4
My mother always finds some pair of comedy knickers to sneak into my stocking and make me laugh. Somehow though, these horse print briefs are so dorky that they become cool, is that possible?

Maybe I'm just dorky .

3) Luxury Pud Bath Bomb, Lush  £3.40 
I quite like the idea of being able to smell the beauty oozing out of my stocking before I've even opened it, thanks to this Lush bath bomb! I'm always drawn in by their cosmetics and this Christmas pud themed bomb is no exception. I'm relaxed just thinking about it.

4)Check scarf, Topshop  £14.00
I can't help but feel my parents would jump at the opportunity of having me wrap up a little warmer in the winter months. So, if I'm going to do so, I may as well do so in style and in my favourite print. 

5)Velvet trim socks, Topshop £3.50
I always want cute socks, so I would certainly be happy to find these festive velvet trim ones from Topshop in my stocking on Christmas morning. I think most girls would.

6) Lipstick in Inhibition, Topshop £8
When winter comes around, darker shades of lip colour do the same. Little makeup bits are always a cute stocking filler, right?

7) As If bracelet, Etsy £3.80
As if this isn't the cutest bracelet I've ever seen! Once again, a Clueless quote steals my heart and I suddenly need something I didn't even know existed last week.

8) "You're a virgin who can't drive" Clueless phone case, Etsy  £10.50
This is the final Clueless themed gift, I promise. But out of all of them, it's probably the one I adore the most. I don't think it needs too much explaining, I just love it.

9) Disty ring multi pack, Topshop £6
Yes, I already have a sizeable ring collection. Yes, I still want more. Yes, these are the perfect little things to do the job.

10) Hamsa palm necklace, Kukee £1
I've been going through a bit of a boho/hippy phase at the moment, so this Hamsa palm necklace simply sung to me. As far as jewellery goes, you can't really turn your nose up at £1 either - perfect stocking filler price.

11) Unicorn iron on, Ebay  £2.29
To cut quite a long story short, once upon a time I saw a denim jacket covered in unicorns when on an expedition to Camdem. I trawled the internet and couldn't find one like it, so as a result I resolved to DIY my own. That's why I have iron on unicorns in my dream stocking, it's not (entirely) random!

12)Moon and stars above the knuckle ring, Kukee £1.50
Another inexpensive stocking filler here that would  fit effortlessly into my ever expanding ring collection and into my current obsession with "hippy" styles.

13) Titanium Aura chunky necklace, Kukee £10
Kukee are serving this festive wishlist well! This is that kind of necklace that can take an outfit from boring to stylish instantly, which I'm sure means it would make any girl smile on the 25th of December.

Father Christmas, I promise I've been good this year!
Bethany Paige X

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

OOTD: A love of satin

I’ve always had a bit of a thing for satin. As a child I considered it the fabric of “grown up” women, most probably due to my mother’s fondness of a certain midnight blue satin blouse with pearl affect buttons that she wore, and still occasionally wears, on evenings out with her friends. I never saw a child wearing satin, therefore it must be exclusively for those over the age of 20.

Obviously, as I and my interest in fashion grew, I learnt that satin was not a fabric of such segregation and can in actual fact be worn by any age group. More importantly, it can leave any age group with a outfit that oozes glamorous playfulness.

Recently I bought a beautiful pale yellow dress, with a purple floral print, in possibly the lightest satin known to man (so much so that an underskirt is needed in order to retain ones modesty)! It was one of those love at first sight, impulse bought pieces that you only regret slightly when you get home and realise alterations are needed. Still, I find those are often the best kind. After completing the alterations  - which involved changing it from dress to skirt - it took roughly 30 seconds before I put it on and styled it up!

Here’s the result. I wore this skirt, grey jersey, and black lace ups combo to sixth form earlier this week. And got a fair few compliments, may I add. 

Sweater - Primak, skirt - vintage, shoes - Topshop, bag - vintage

I hope you're all having a lovely week, 
Bethany Paige X

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Sugar and spice and all things nice

Generally speaking, my wardrobe can't really be described as "girly". It consists mainly of oversized shirts and chunky - bordering on tacky - jewellery. Even when I do head in the direction of skirts or dresses, I tend to finish them with a pair of running trainers, much to the annoyance of my mother! Yes, it's rare to catch me in archetypally feminine clothing. 

However, as tends to be the case on a Saturday morning, I was effortlessly navigating my way around the Topshop website when I stumbled upon possibly the most girly pair of shoes known to man (or woman). They are heels, they are fluffy and they are the palest of pinks. In short, they are like fashionable marshmallows for your feet.

Suddenly, believe it or not, I'm craving nothing but sartorial sugar. I'm lusting after powder pinks, dreaming of soft floaty fabrics and, perhaps most surprisingly, I can see my running trainers and chunky black boots staying in my shoe cupboard for at least a few days a week. 

Here are the shoes to thank for such a situation (available in black or pale pink):

As if the shoes weren't enough, I then came across a silk dress, entirely fitting with my new lusting criteria. It seemed only right to pair them together and create the outfit of every girly girl's dreams! 

No doubt my trainers will reappear soon, but for now I'm happy to keep dreaming of these beauties.

Happy Saturday my lovelies,
Bethany Paige X

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Step aside black boots

I have a bit of an obsession with black boots. So much so, that once in a line they can stretch the width of my room, with 6 pairs in total. From my chunky H&M monsters to my Litas, they are my footwear staples that have the ability to take an outfit into realms of beauty, without outshining the other aspects of it. They are just the kind of basics that every fashion loving individual needs.

Recently though, as is not often the case, I have been craving something else. Boots, yes. Black, no - In fact, quite the opposite. Over the past month or so, my heart has set itself upon having a pair of chunky white boots. Of course, being the person that I am, as soon as I first thought of the idea I became completely and utterly fixated. If you follow me on twitter, you'll have witnessed this first hand thanks to numerous tweets along the lines of: "Craving chunky boots in white, help me! Where can I find some?!" And so began my search.

Eventually - and I say eventually because they were surprisingly hard to pin down - I found two styles that I absolutely adore, yet are reasonably priced.

In order to justify my lust (not that I really needed to) I created three outfits all using these rather beautiful white boots. For the purpose of these outfit collages I used the RI ones, but they are easily interchangeable for those available at ASOS market place too! 

(All Topshop except boots)

What do you think, could white boots become a wardrobe staple of mine?
Bethany Paige X

Sunday, 3 November 2013

50 shades

When people ask me what my favourite colour is, I often find it hard to produce an answer. A 9 year old Beth would've had no such hesitation. I'm sure the word "pink" would've left her mouth possibly before the question had even been finished (I did enjoy living up to that young female stereotype)! Yet, 7 years later and I can't respond with such certainty. Granted, I have been partial to the pale pinks of Louis Vuitton and Roksanda Ilincic this season, but whether that warrants, therefore, the crowning of pink as my favourite colour is questionable. In actual fact, there is another colour which I favour at the moment, but at its mention it can cause quite the controversy. Who would've thought that such a innocent answer could evoke such a shocked response?

"Grey? How can grey be your favourite colour?"

Yes, you read that correctly. I am absolutely head over heals in love with grey. I have a colour crush on that which is usually ignored or branded as "dull". Judge away my fellow fashion bloggers, as I do not chose the neon yellows or duck egg blues of the colour charts but instead the simple, and to me altogether more appealing, light grey.

I hope you all had a lovely Sunday,
Bethany Paige X