Monday, 31 October 2011

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I'll be back this evening with my usual Week in Photos, see you then :) x

Saturday, 29 October 2011

October Film Roundup: Buy, Pass or Rent?

Drive (2011)
Where do I start? To be honest I could've dedicated a whole post to this film and possibly might do so after a second viewing. The colours are beautiful, the directing is beautiful and actually the silence is quite beautiful too. I'd like to go back and time how far into the movie it is before the Driver actually speaks anything other than the odd word (aside from the opening lines). It's pretty amazing how a character, and an actor, can really own the story and hold the audience's interest whilst hardly speaking. The silence is a particularly powerful element to why this film works so well. Having said all of that, if you don't like too much violence, 80's music or long silences then it's probably not for you. I've placed my DVD pre-order for January 30th and I'm looking forward to it already. Buy!

Country Strong (2010)
I decided to rent this based on the country music factor alone so I didn't really have any expectations. As it turned out, and much to my surprise, I actually really quite liked it. Country Strong didn't have me on the edge of my seat or anything like that but overall it was interesting and entertaining. I'm also quite impressed by the singing, Garrett Hedland's in particular and I enjoyed Gwyneth Paltrow's performances in the film much more than her recent guest appearances on Glee. Oh, and you've just got to love Tim McGraw, right!? I guess, in a sentence, I found it was much more accessible for a wider audience than the likes of Crazy Heart but nowhere near as good overall as Walk the Line. If you do watch this on DVD there's also an original ending on the special features which is definitely more powerful than the one they chose to use, but then again the one they've used is nicer. Overall it's definitely worth renting, I'll possibly purchase sometime in the future.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Weekly Style Inspiration 37.

Boots £70, Sheer Skirt £35: Miss Selfridge
Watch £26, Earrings £8 : Urban Outfitters
Sweater approx £172 : Rag & Bone at SSENSE
Jamie Jeans £40, Cardigan £42, Scarf £14, Skirt £35 : Topshop
Bag £45 : ASOS

This week's inspiration is a bit of a messy one. I much prefer them when they have a nice complimentary colour palette but then I'm just fussy, so here are the things I found and liked. I'd definitely wear the cardigan, jeans and earrings together or the jeans with the patterned sweater. 
The boots are far too expensive in my opinion but I do like the fur trim. However this look could be easily replicated by adding a simple fur trim to a pair of boots or wedges like the low wedge boots I have from Zara. I haven't been that inspired yet by the selection of boots on the high street this year, luckily my Zara and New Look lace ups from last year haven't fallen apart yet!

Obviously the sweater will remain just a dream as I can't afford to be spending that much on one jumper but it is beautiful isn't it?

The bag from ASOS is not the kind of bag I'd usually go for at all, the colour, the style, its just not a safe choice. Having said that I really do like it, I'm not sure what it would go with, it doesn't exactly blend in with the rest of my choices but there's just something I love about it.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Character Style Inspiration: Zoe Hart

I spent a couple of hours yesterday catching up on the first few episodes of Rachel Bilson's new show Hart of Dixie. I won't ramble on too much about what the show is about (if you're interested you can find out more here) but basically she plays New York surgeon Zoe Hart who ends up moving to the fictional town of Bluebell, Alabama to work as a GP and has trouble trying to fit in. So far I really like the show and I'll definitely be continuing to watch it for the rest of the season. One thing that stood out for me, aside from what was actually happening in the plot, was Zoe's wardrobe. I think Rachel herself has great style in real life and can actually see her wearing a lot of the outfits that her character has and now I want them all too! I hadn't prepared a usual Weekly Style post for today so I thought I'd have a little search around on the internet and see what I could find in the way of Zoe Hart style outfits and here's what I came up with!

Look One:

I actually think the Equipment Sophie blouse from Net-a-Porter could be the one Rachel actually wore on the show as it's pretty much identical. I did find one from this ebay store which would be a great budget alternative at a mere £16.99. I didn't include it in the collage because the mannequin it in the picture was just too terrifying! Okay, I know it's not quite as nice and I'm not too keen on the black buttons but that's easily fixed. It was surprisingly difficult to find anything similar to the (what looks like) leather culottes so instead I opted for pleated skirts and high waisted shorts in varied price ranges. I personally love the shorts from Net-a-Porter but of course typically they're the most expensive option!

Look Two:

The embellished cropped jacket looks so great with the navy tapered trousers and this is actually one of my favourite colour combinations. I believe the jacket Rachel wore is by Veronique Leroy but I'm not sure of the cost other than the fact I wouldn't be able to afford it! Although it would be quite difficult to replicate exactly using high street brands I'm sure a blazer or cropped leather jacket in a similar shade would work just as well. The cropped blazer I've chosen from ASOS has the most similar shape to the original jacket that I could find and of course it could be customised with some metallic fabric or ribbon around the edges like on the original jacket.

Look Three:

Again, a cropped jacket, simple top and shorts. I actually really like this River Island blazer and I think it would look great with jeans too. Obviously at this time of year it's a little cold in the UK for wearing shorts without any tights, but this look could easily work with a pair of wooly tights, boots and a nice snood or faux fur stole. This outfit was the most difficult to find items for, I guess that's because they're all basics and it would most likely be the easiest to replicate as we all probably have the items in our wardrobes already!

Even though it took me forever (literally hours) I actually quite enjoyed putting together this post, it made a nice change so maybe I'll do some more in the future.
Which TV or film characters are your favourite style icons? 

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Arrow & Triangle Nail Tutorials

Nails Inc Plum, Collection 2000 Angel Wings & Andrea Fulerton black nail art pen

Topshop Pool Party & Models Own Sterling Silver 

Another couple of quick nail art tutorials for you. This time the designs are based on images from this tumblr. They have so many designs that I'd love to try out. I much prefer the colour combinations they've used but I had to work with what I've got!
- For both designs the first step is the same as always, a base coat and base colour of your choice.
- I then used small strips of tape to mask out the triangle shapes and painted over this area with the second colour.
- When you take the tape away you should be left with a neat triangle shape. This design actually looks quite nice on it's own.
- For the arrow design all I did was paint a line over where the two colours met using a nail art pen. I followed the line once above the join and once below to make it thicker.
- On the triangle design I used a bobby pin to put the dots on top of the silver area but if you have a nail art pen in the right colour then that would probably be much neater.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Journal Update #2

As promised a couple more completed journal pages. This time they're from the Wreck This Journal which I found hidden in a box whilst looking for something else the other day. My finger print flowers was actually the first journal page I completed and I still rather like it. The vegetable prints aren't as pretty but it was definitely a fun page to complete. I forgot how great potato printing is so it was a good little reminder but I also branched out a bit and used peppers and leeks too. Looking at the results you wouldn't believe I studied art would you?!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Weekly Style Inspiration 36.

Dahlia Double Collar Dress £68, Pieces Herdis Leather Travel Bag £190 : ASOS
Burgundy Blouse £34, Oversized Tee £18, Suede Handbag £25, Faux Fur Stole £16 : Topshop
'Forget Me Not' Bangle £14, Purse £39 : Urban Outfitters
Boots £25 : River Island 
'Madeleine' Printed Vest £35 (approx) : Monki

This week I unfortunately seem to have found several items that are way out of my price range. I guess if I travelled a lot the leather bag would be a good investment whereas the purse would be too much of a ridiculous purchase under any circumstance. It does look super soft though and I love the neutral colours.
I've seen a lot of new 'basics' appear on the Topshop website recently and I'm hoping some of the new tees will feel as nice as they look. I struggle to find basics that I really like so I'm always on the lookout for new designs although I find Topshop's can be a bit hit and miss. I used to get my t-shirts and vests from H&M but they've changed them and they're just not as nice. Any recommendations for where does the best basics?
The nature inspired print on the Monki vest is really pretty and just perfect for Autumn layering. I think it would go well with the faux fur stole and a chunky cardigan. I picked up a brown shaded stole from Primark last year but I've seen a lot of much nicer ones about already this year including the selection at H&M. They really complete an outfit nicely and look great with a leather jacket.
The Dahlia dress was just too pretty not to include, this brand really do make some lovely dresses. It also comes in a beautiful cornflower blue shade. I'm not sure which one I like best but either way at £68 I can't afford it!

Sunday, 9 October 2011

A Little More Autumn.

Taken on Sony NEX 3

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Weekly Style Inspiration 35.

Boots £24.75: Forever 21
T-shirt £12, Jamie Jeans £40, Nail Varnishes in Marine Scene & Waterlily £5 each: Topshop
Owl Ring £21: Tatty Devine
Shirt £16.99: New Look
Suede Shorts £60, Vest £26, Dress £37: Miss Selfridge

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

September Film Roundup: Buy, Pass or Rent?

Hanna (2011)
We're off to a positive start this time round, I absolutely loved this film. It had been on my 'must-see' list for a while so when I noticed the DVD had been released I rushed over to Lovefilm to add it to my list only to find it wasn't available! I ended up paying £3.49 to rent it from itunes instead but it was most definitely worth the money. A few things about it really stood out to me the first of which is the soundtrack. Its not the conventional accompanying music you'd expect for this genre of film but it works so well and really helps to emphasise certain scenes. Secondly, Saoirse Ronan steals the show, her performance is brilliant. I'm sure she has an amazing career ahead of her after performances like this one and her role in Atonement. This film is now sitting at the top of my 'to buy' list, I can't fault it, I'm looking forward to watching it again.

Mean Girls 2 (2011)
What can I say about Mean Girls 2? I'm a huge fan of the first Mean Girls film as I know a lot of people are. Mean Girls is one of those movies I can watch over and over again, it's always hilarious and it never gets old. It's smart and memorable, just two things that this film isn't. Sitting here trying to write about it I'm actually having trouble remembering most of what happened. What I do know is that the set up is very similar to the original and the story takes place in the same high school with Tim Meadows reprising his role as the principal. Unfortunately that's where the similarities end. The main problem is it just isn't a very good script, definitely a pass!

Monday, 3 October 2011

October 3rd 2011

I've spent most of my day packaging things up for the shop & watching The Big Bang Theory. The day pretty much flew by to be honest. I did take a little trip to Hobbycraft for some supplies for new shop items I have planned as well but I'll keep you updated on those. 

P.S For the people that were interested the Deathly Hallows necklaces are now back in stock!


Sunday, 2 October 2011

Happy Birthday Little Blog!

Taken on Sony NEX 3, October 2nd 2011

A year ago today I first posted here at etc. My first post was titled 'October Essentials' and I guess over time that's developed into my Weekly Style features. From there I slowly starting branching out and posting simple DIYs, photography and my thoughts on some of the many films I watch. I'm still not really sure which category my blog falls under or even what I'm talking about most of the time but I'm so glad to be part of this community. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm really proud of how much my blog has grown over the last year and I hope it continues to grow. 

I'd like to say a huge thank you to all of you who have commented and pressed the 'follow' button, it really means a lot. Hopefully I'll see you next October for etc.'s second birthday!

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Sawyer Snapshots #1

Just a few snaps from when Sawyer was playing in the kitchen on Thursday.
My blog turns 1 tomorrow which seems completely crazy....

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