Monday, 28 January 2013

Pig It Yourself: Collar

Its a rare occasion when my outfit lacks a collar; like Blair Waldorf's hair band, a collar is arguably my signature accessory. Naturally. I couldn't resist making my own, just in case I ever- heaven forbid- buy a garment sans collar. And naturally, I had to share my little DIY with you...

1) Pester any male that you can get your hands on for an old shirt.

2) Hack the collar of the shirt off (as carefully as you are able). 

3) Dispose of the rest of the shirt however you see fit- I personally enjoy putting it back in the males wardrobe and watching their confusion unfold when they go to wear it...

4) Select your beads for decoration. The ones on my collar are pale pink bugle beads. Initially I wanted black ones to create a Roy Lichtenstein style collar but alas I did not have enough...not that I don't love my pink beads- happy mistakes and all that jazz.

5) With a needle and thread that matches your collar fabric colour sew the beads around the edge of your collar to accent the pointy bits (ever so technical). You can also continue all the way around if you wish or go completely crazy and cover the whole collar, after all it's your creation so see my instructions as guidelines rather than gospel.

6) Wear your collar and get ready to drown in a sea of compliment s.

Sunday, 27 January 2013


jumper: Warehouse, lace dress: vintage aka 'borrowed' from my mum, boots: Clarks, necklace: Next

This is visual proof that I've been reading too many blogs. A dress as a skirt?! Madness! Or is it..?

Natalie and Dylana Suarez I blame you. 

You and your effortless coolness that makes me think: 'hey lets see how many layers I can possibly wear,- kind of like joey in friends but with more of a hippy, bohemian-y vibe'... After this photo was taken a coat, a snood and gloves were all added leaving me walking like a robot all day and not remotely as cool as the Suarez sisters. Serious gene envy.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Pig in (greatly needed) blanket

Coat: Ness, Dress: Next, Boots: Clarks, Bag: Oasis
Today was extremely chilly indeed. The fact it snowed supports this. 

Consequently I froze in this outfit as a jersey dress and mac is no substitute for bundles of wool. Dam those sheep have it good. I really must try harder when it comes to dressing for the weather. Maybe a coat with built in heaters? Although I don't want to roast...

On a side note, was I the only person to geek out at the fact that Game of Thrones had a two page spread in Vogue?! 


Thursday, 10 January 2013


Jumper: H&M, blouse: Oasis, trousers: Oasis, necklace: Swarovski, shoes: Urban Outfitters.  
Why yes, those are tartan trousers.
Why yes, that is a peter pan collar.
And, why yes, those are of course glittery pumps.

Need I say more?

Thursday, 3 January 2013

This little piggy went to fashion

Dress: Oasis, Shirt: Warehouse, Brogues: Marks and Spencers Limited Collection

What I'm about to tell you is probably, in blogging etiquette, way past its tell by date but I'm going to go ahead and divulge anyway. I'm such a faux pas.

I finally got a placement! I am employable! Exclamation!

For the past few months I've been working at a fashion importers as a Merchandiser Assistant. I have a desk and everything! Since September my life has literally felt like I'm in Devil Wears Prada minus the demonic boss- sorry Meryl- and I am so happy I could squeal (a most unladylike pig affliction).

I pinky promise that in future I will try and keep you in the placement loop, hopefully with work wear outfits such as the above: Elle Woods Geek Chic.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Pig It Yourself

Top: Tu at Sainsburys, Jeans: Marks and Spencers Limited Collection, Satchel: Simple Way
This isn't the most colour coordinated of my outfits however I just couldn't bear to leave my new satchel out of the loop. No one puts my satchel in the corner.

The fashion concious among you will be familiar with the likes of the Cambridge Satchel Company and Zatchels. For the fashion illiterate these are brands that trade solely on the foundation of old school satchels with modern make overs. The past year these modern make overs have consisted of neons, polka dots and metallics, all of which have helped shoot school satchels into the sartorial stratosphere.

Translation: I want one.

Problem: pennies.

Solution: Simple Way

You see, Cambridge satchels and Zatchels both come with quite hefty price tags (at least in my opinion- arguably the craftsmanship and quality justifies this) and so when my mum came across a cheaper version she did what any mother would do in this situation and turn it into my Christmas present. Woop!

Simple Way is a company that sells leather kits enabling you to sew your own bags. By boxing day my satchel was ready to use and -despite rather a lot of un-lady like grunting in production- be warned leather-work is hard on your trotters- so much fun to make I think they might be addictive...