I'm loving all the Glastonbury outfits. Lily in the jumpsuit, Florence in roses (thanks to Topshop), lovely! Makes me a bit sad I'm not doing any festivals after four years of 'em but but hopefully there will be something better instead! Exam results soon argh! But I stopped here to tell you that I went to London last week. If you don't live in London (or maybe if you do!) you will know that it's a treat to just walk around and soak up some of the capital's atmosphere!
There's a few things you can pinpoint that makes London so great, mainly being the people. It could be the amount of people or the pace of the crowds but it feels like there are a million new faces and outfits about to pass you, which can make you feel a little bit more anonymous. It feels like everyone's in a hurry to go and do something very important. Maybe it takes more to be an individual so that's why everyone seems to really consider their style? Or just because there are so many amazing shops!
I really went to have a chat about blogging with a company who had done a talk at uni. It's totally different and refreshing to chat to someone about blogs! This left me with loads of questions popping in my mind all day about our place in the blogging world and all the things that have happened to fashion bloggers. It was also pretty cool to see a really contemporary and sometimes quite elaborate office space!
My Mom booked the day off work so we decided to stick around Oxford Street as I had an errand to run! This was all aided by Susie Bubble's shopping map, thanks Susie it really helped!! My rough hand drawn copy left much to be desired but we somehow managed to visit all of the shops picked out, most by accidentally passing by when looking for somewhere else!
I think it was still half term as Oxford Street was rammed and we did all the flagship stores. This shirt is the one from the H&M lookbook a few posts down! It's seriously gorgeous but they didn't have it in my size or any of my fallback sizes. I'll look out for it in stores here but I think it was £50 so I'll have to think of a great time when I'll really need or want to wear a shirt! It reminds me too much of my Viktor Rolf x H&M shirt though, but it's still gorgeous.
The other lucky incentive of going to London was to take my Miu Miu teacup shoes back... to get fixed! Thanks to J who commented on a post where I said a bit had snapped off one of the curls on the back, who said the shop may repair them. I rang in advance and had trouble describing exactly which shoes they are to the Italian lady, even though they are officially called the tea cup shoes, but she said bring them in and most of the time they are fixable! It's a bit nervy bringing them all the way to London as they're quite special shoes. But the curls on the back are made of plastic and both were wobbly before wearing. I'm sure others had similar problems and I would have been a little peeved if I'd paid the full £350 price! Designer stores are quite intimidating but I got them out and they said they could send them off! So they are somewhere between England and Italy, I hope they're OK! If they are unable to fix them I ticked a box that said I'd rather have them back than get a credit note, but maybe they would have gave the original value back...? Hmmmm I'd rather not take the chance and keep the shoes, broken curl or not! A least that way I could subject them to some wear and tear, because if I get a second chance at a perfect pair I'm certainly not going to be inclined to wearing them just about ever! Also no payment was discussed so I hope I don't need to cough up double their price when I get them back!
A shoe bow lighter, we then went to Luella! It surprised me that a store for such a prominent brand is so small, but I guess they only have limited stock so don't need so much space. The shop was absolute heaven! I'm glad they were stocking the SS09 range because everything was pink, orange and purple. I also didn't realised most of the purple tweeds were glittery! There was a full on glitter coat in the second room where most of the range was reduced, it was wonderful. The shoes were gorgeous and the sales assistants were wearing Luella too- major envy!
I can reveal now another example of my scatty self as I'd snagged my polka dot tights on the train and I do always bring spare pairs of tights, but only had an opaque lilac pair. And I was wearing a red dress. Oh well! Red and lilac was a clashing theme that felt quite right in the Luella shop (unlike everywhere else!). The hair bows caught my eye straight away in a bowl near the front. I wrote about these absolutely ages ago, in fact I just found the post here and it's from April 2008! I'm assuming the style is the signature Luella style, released in colours to match the collection. There were head bands as well as the bow clips, and you must know how I'm a hair bow addict, can't go a day without one! I've always worn hair accessories and hair bows are so common now, they just feel in the same league as a necklace or a ring. I couldn't decide between the dark purple and lilac colour but the lovely SA pointed that the lilac matched my accidental tights so it seemed right. He was wearing a bright orange cardigan, it was great! The ribbon bow was £30 but the price tag says £59 so I think they were in the sale! A fine price for the ultimate hair bow I feel! I was equally excited about the Luella bag and heart sticker. And that's the only thing I bought! I was tempted by the laptop necklace above in Dahlia but I'm already geeky enough!
I was also tempted by a straw boater in Beyond Retro but will wait for a cheaper one online, and this necklace in Topshop was the best thing ever. It was HUGE! Everyone who walked by was lifting it up and laughing, it weighed a tonne! Serious neck pain would be free with that thing!