And a cat ear hat for you!
Hey! Just a quick one from me – I wanted to let you know about a fun way that you can help donate to Comic Relief and look super cool at the same time (glasses/moustache not included). TK Maxx have teamed up with Stella McCartney, who designed this set of tees for this year’s Comic Relief campaign. If you get your mitts on one, all the profits go towards helping people in need across Africa and the UK. Hurrah! I picked the Kate Moss vest – isn’t she a cutie? Once you’ve got your fave and styled it up, pop over to the TK Maxx Facebook page, or search ’50 Ways’ in the iTunes store or Google Play and upload your look – for every picture uploaded, another £1 is donated to Comic Relief. What are you waiting for?!
As an added incentive, I’m going to give away a brand new cat eat bowler hat to one lucky commenter – all you have to do is pinky promise me that you’ll help out somehow, from buying a t-shirt, donating even the smallest amount directly to Comic Relief or even just chatting about it on Twitter using the hashtag #RNDTEE. Giving to charity and the chance of winning a hat – win win! I’ll pick out a comment at random on Friday 8th and notify the winner directly. My stuffed Dachshund isn’t too fond of wearing it, so help a brother out ; ) x
So, after gallivanting across the world for the best part of the summer, I’m finally back for longer than a week in good old London. I was starting to miss the cooler weather, food, sights and sounds. Whilst it’s delivered on all of the latter, the weather hasn’t been quite as cool as I’d hoped..I’m almost ready for dressing in my autumnal attire. A fresh breeze makes wearing socks and hats bearable, something I embraced on a cooler day this week. Sorry if I’m making any of you rather warm Londoners feel sweaty!
My outfit has a bit more of a story behind it that that – my leopard dress (a print that I can’t stay away from season after season!) was a gift from my friends at River Island from their vintage inspired Chelsea Girl range. I have a huge passion for vintage styling, but more often than not, I just don’t find the time to scour the rails at charity shops or over-priced vintage stores looking out for gems. Despite this blog getting described using the word vintage on occasion, I wear surprisingly little vintage! Probably because brands that produce vintage-inspired pieces are my saviours – I get the shapes I love delivered to my door without any rifling through bargain bins, and without a hint of mothball, which is always a plus!
So, knowing about my love for vintage, the folk at Chelsea Girl got in touch to ask if I’d help to judge a competition. I obliged of course, and I’d love it if you’d take part! All you’ve got to do is upload a picture of you in your favourite retro get-up on the River Island page (I know you bloggers must have plenty of snaps lying around) to be in with the chance of winning £500 to spend on the range, and also to be used as inspiration for the new collection! Myself and Chelsea Girl designer Lucy Moller will be conferring to pick the winner from the top 10 looks. Hurrah!! Easy peasy. Click through to the River Island blog to read all of the details.
Now, time to dig out my holiday clothes again if this weather decides to stick around for a bit (cross your fingers for next weekend – it’s my 22nd birthday!) x
Hat - New Look | Dress - River Island | Shoes - ASOS | Bag - Mulberry
Months and months ago now, I was interviewed by the lovely Jaclyn for the online manifestation of her shop, Audrey Grace Boutique. I’m sure you’ll all heard about Audrey Grace by now – Jaclyn has teamed up with some of my favourite bloggers, designers, photographers and illustrators to create what can only be described as a dream world. Unfortunately, the majority of us won’t be able to visit the physical store, currently located in Jackson, Mississippi, but it is popping up in New York next week too for those of you living in the Big Apple. ; )
For those of us not lucky enough to finger through the rails full of Vivetta, TBA, Alexandra Grecco, Dear Creatures and more..we’ll live vicariously through her collaborations, one of which I was lucky enough to be a part of!
Jaclyn sent me this beautiful TBA dress to style and photograph. I was initially worried about it’s sleevelessness, given both the cold and my dislike for showing my arms (irrational, I know!), but that was soon remedied by my BOTM (blouse of the moment..of course). It’s charming print is what makes it so special – adorned with ballerinas and swans. It brought me back to my ballet days, which I unfortunately quit after grade 6, but remember it with fondness. I would turn up with a mess of black eyeliner and a band t-shirt over my leotard , not the typical ballerina, I know. When giving the old pointe shoes a try taking these pictures I realised what hard work it was and how out of shape I’ve become..there is still a bit of grace left in me though, I’d like to think!
Giveaway: $100 voucher to spend at Audrey Grace
Even if you can’t pop by for a visit, Jaclyn wanted to offer one lucky commenter the chance to put $100 towards their favourite dreamy dress – all you have to do is let me know your favourite Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly film in your comment. The winner will be contacted by Jaclyn, who will let you know which of your favourite brands she’s currently got in stock, and send you out your favourite piece. Easy peasy! The giveaway is open internationally and I’ll announce the winner on Saturday 17th. Good luck! x