The Christmas Skirt

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Heat Tech Sweater – Uniqlo  •  Sequin Skirt – River Island via ASOS  • Boots – ASOS 

Here’s an unpopular opinion for you: I don’t like Christmas.

That isn’t to say that I hate it (though sometimes I say that I do), it’s just that I find the whole predictable process extremely hyper-commerical and tiresome. I don’t like the obligation to buy tonnes of presents for people I would happily buy for any other day of the year, especially when it involves diving into jam-packed shop after jam-packed shop. I don’t like the inevitable disappointment of placing so much trepidation on one 24 hour cycle. And no, I don’t even like Elf.

That’s all well and good Jess, but what has all this got to do with this outfit? I hear you cry.

Well, the thing is, this skirt is sort of my way of alleviating some of my exterior Scrooge. Don’t get me wrong, I am a tentative fan of the Christmas jumper, but frankly, they don’t seem to go with much of my wardrobe. This sequinned skirt, on the other hand, is my Christmas jumper equivalent.

Its from River Island and it’s very different from what I usually choose to wear, though it’s proving to fit in rather seamlessly with my other wardrobe staples. Here I am wearing it and the Uniqlo sweater that’s so ubiquitous in my current outfits that I’m considering having it surgically attached.

I hope that by at least attempting a Christmas wardrobe through the medium of a column of sequins, I can be forgiven for disliking the annual holiday that everyone else goes mental for.

ps. check out my new Instax polaroid camera!!! Post coming soon.

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Unreal Fur

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKiss and Tell Boots - ASOS  •  Skirt – Zara (old)  •  Faux Fur Coat - Unreal Fur

I’ve found the new me, and that me involves towering boots reminiscent of a seventies pimp, and shaggy faux fur.

These are two of the purchases I have made with 21st birthday money, and they are two pieces I know I’ll have forever. The shoes are the amazing ‘Kiss and Tell’ boot by ASOS, while the coat is a steal I nabbed in the my-wardrobe Black Friday deals.

These boots are super-duper ostentatious but incredibly, are still comfy. The coat meanwhile, is the most well-made item of clothing  I have ever owned, which is as I’d expect from such an expensive item. It’s light and beautifully soft, but remarkably warm.

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Versailles Palace

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Sweater – Uniqlo  •  Trousers – Topshop  •  Boots – ASOS  •  Necklaces – (part of  a set) Topshop (similar)  •  Chain Bag – Zara (old)

I’ve always been someone who scoffs at people who wear heels (however small) on city breaks. “How can they enjoy themselves!?” I used to ponder. Of course, this all came before my birthday shoes.

When Simon and I went to Paris for the weekend, it just happened to be a few days after I’d received these ASOS beauties from my beautiful housemates, so naturally I risked overstepping the baggage limit to bring them. And if I had them in Paris, it would be rude not to wear them, wouldn’t it?

So it is that these shoes have seen the marble floors of the Versailles Palace. Which, by the way, is an absolute must-see for anyone travelling to the City of Lights. Never have I seen so much gold in one place.

ps. I was actually pretty damn ill on this day, and my glands had grown to the size of golf balls. I hope you can’t tell! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUntitledOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Christmas Gift Guide • Breakfast Club Edition

Here we are again. December third. Twenty-two days from Jesus’ birthday, and have you got all your presents? Probably not.

Ok, ok so I speak for myself. But you never know, maybe you have a few tricky people to buy for.

I’m here to help, (or so I hope) and I’ve come up with something different: four gift guides based on the four types of young person found in John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club. I missed out ‘Criminal’ because although I’m no saint, I just don’t know what I would buy for one and to be honest, they could probably just steal for themselves anyway. Anyway, here they are. Hope it’s useful/funny/enlightening/all of the above.

THE BRAIN

the brainClockwise from top left:

 

#GIRLBOSS by SophiaAmoruso


£15.28, buy it

I like this because not only is it obviously motivational and will make you want to get off your butt and work more than anything else, it is also very, very honest. For example, the Nasty Gal CEO is candid about her shoplifting during the days when joining a cult seemed like the only way to avoid the big scary world (we’ve all been there.) Sophia is, in conclusion, a badass.

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Breton Leopard

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I found it in the Last Chance To Buy section in the Sheffield branch of Topshop.

At least, that’s where I found it the second time round. And I was bloody lucky bagging it twice!

You see, this Topshop leopard print skirt sold out as fast as you could say “Cara Delevingne is fronting the campaign.” I snapped it up straight away, but I was so excited about it that, though I tried it on in the changing room, I failed to note that the fit was very, very tight. I brought it home and found that a size ten made me look like a fifteen-year-old drunk on a night out, and that I had to constantly pull it down to maintain my dignity. So, like any good big-bummed lover of money would, I sold it. A sad moment indeed.

Sometimes I wish I believed in fate because then I might be able to accredit finding the very same skirt one week later in a size up.

Surely the last available one of it’s kind on earth, I gratefully scooped it up and took it lovingly away with me to paris.

Here it is on it’s outing to the Louvre…

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Wolf in Paris • The City of Lights on the Cheap

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This weekend was a busy one. Instead of getting a little bit too drunk in Sheffield, Simon and I went to Paris!
City of Lights; City of Love; City of So Many Men Trying to Sell Me Shit Eiffel Towers.

As student/waiter we obviously can’t afford big hotels and meals out. So we tried to do it on the cheap.

We stayed in this studio, owned by the lovely Sandra. Extremely tiny but extremely beautiful, the little studio had a view of the Eiffel Tower and a little kitchenette which we used to cut down on food costs (we cooked pasta 2/3 nights and made sandwiches for lunch.)

On the first day, we ran around the city, abusing the fact that, as 18-25 year old EU residents, we get into everywhere of note for free. Flashing our passports not only allowed us to skip big ticket queues, but also meant we got into The Louvre, Musee D’Orsay and Chateau Versailles for FREE.  If you’re off to the city sometime soon, don’t forget to carry your passport out with you if you fill these categories (I think most of you reading this will!)

We also saw Notre Dame (free), the Eiffel Tower (free if you don’t opt into that massive queue) and then went for dinner at Blend Burger. Having had a fair few burgers in my time (I always order one – whatever the restaurant) this one was probably the nicest I’ve ever had. Importantly, you are given the choice of how your patty is cooked so you can swerve the inevitably disappointing ‘well-done’. Instead, mine was medium-rare; deliciously juicy and just the right amount of sloppy as it mingled with it’s cheesy, pickly, bacony neighbours.  By the way, before 4pm it’s €15 for a burger, fries and soda all in. *Heart eyes*
As for travel, we looked at EasyJet but surprisingly settled for Air France. Living up to the country it represents, this airline blesses every seat-back pocket with a free copy of ‘Madame’, a fantastic fashion magazine produced by none other than the people at Conde Nast.
Though walking miles is inevitable on any city break, the Metro gives you a well-earned and interesting break at just €17,65 for a two-day pass…that’s under £15 for travel (not including to/from the airport.)
Taking the RER B train to Charles de Gaulle and back isn’t so expensive, but don’t do what we did and take a 7.20am flight; because the metro doesn’t fire up until 5.30am, we were obliged to spend €60 on a taxi and a bleary-eyed 3am wake-up-call. If you’re looking at an earlier, cheaper flight, make sure you factor in this extra cost to see if it actually is cheaper – the extra €60 might just swing it.
Here are a lovely bunch o’ photos from our trip. x

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In Defence of the Leopard Print Coat

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Going on Twitter is not normally the most distressing of activities, but this was no ordinary Tweet.

“ASOS can send me as many mailers as it likes” it read, “but I won’t be buying a leopard print coat. It is not the 80s and I am not off Eastenders.” 

Before outrage gets the better of us, let us pause to take stock of the situation. This person is:

  1. aware of the decade,
  2. clear on the (often blurry) boundary between fact and fiction, and
  3. a sensible subscriber to the ASOS newsletter.

A prime example of an astute and safe member of society, you might think. Except that this person is apparently oblivious to the sassy necessity that leopard print coats have become to modern civilisation.

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Breton and Pointy Toes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABreton Stripe Top – ASOS  •  *Faux Fur Stole – Dorothy Perkins* •  Wet-Look Leggings – Topshop  •  Boots – ASOS

This is one of my favourite outfits like, ever. It was my birthday outfit! The breton stripe top and the wet-look leggings I find to be the most versatile of pieces, lending a perfect canvas for the rest of the look. If you don’t own either, I would buy both!

These shoes are my gorgeous birthday presents from my house mates and I chose them for their absolute perfection. I bought them because they look very expensive when they’re actually not (this is how I do most of my shopping.) The suede-look, croc-style, chelsea boot and pointed toe are all reasons to make these shoes stand out. The toes are so pointy that I look a bit impish but we all know that fashion is about dressing up!

I received this burgundy stole in a goodie bag at the Fashion Chick party and I’m obsessed with it because of that sumptuous colour. Also, it’s all fluffy and warm. mmmmm.

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Gaucho Grill, Manchester

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWarning: this post contains many chandeliers.

Welcome to my favourite restaurant: this is Gaucho Grill.

Gaucho Grill knows that eating incredible steak underneath all of these amazing chandeliers is pretty damn glamorous.

I was 21 yesterday and I got to choose somewhere to eat with my mum. There are several reasons why I chose Gaucho Grill and the first has a lot to do with the chandeliers.

As you might have seen in my review of Jamie’s Italian, I’m the biggest fan of interiors. Where Jamie’s was a bank (which I recently found out my grandparents used to work in!), Gaucho was either a church or a theatre. With two mezzanine levels, a towering ceiling, and a great big white organ, this was clearly somewhere of grandeur. And let me tell you, it still is. The cow hide walls and the plush carpets are absolutely exciting. Plus, the kitchen is open and part of the floor which I really like.

As for the main event, the steak really is on a par with other places I have had amazing cuts (Shula’s in America and James Martin himself). Mum and I opted for a fillet chateau-briande, and though this place is not exactly cheap (£57.50 for that steak) we get two sides included with that. We obviously obviously went for chips. The crispy/soft chips alongside the Argentinean steak in all it’s medium-rare glory made for one of the nicest and most indulgent meals I’ve had in a very long time. As a student at university, I am after all, used to daily jacket potatoes with baked beans and cheese.

Meanwhile, we were knocking back the day’s special cocktails which happened to be one of the nicest tipples ever: apple and raspberry martinis.

Thank you Gaucho for being unfalteringly exceptional, and thank you mum for taking me for such a great meal!

Find Gaucho Grill Manchester 2a St Mary’s Street, near Rackham’s.

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