Thank you for your kind comments about the Paris trip! Sadly I don't live in London of course so I stayed in a hotel for the weekend. Lastminute.com do these mystery hotel deals where they're super cheap for a more expensive hotel, but you don't know the name until you book. So I booked a 4 star hotel for as much as most B&Bs and felt super posh! I stayed near Euston and got a train to Marylebone, but it broke down or there was a strike or something- earphones are maybe not so good at these times! So I changed a few times and ended up nearer Oxford Street, so I just went straight there! Yes I booked a much earlier train on Friday to fit in some London browsing, and I hit all the larger shops for a look around.
My first errand was to spend an American Apparel voucher that I've annoyingly had for ages, but it was a classic case of strangely having to buy something, and so nothing takes your fancy. I tried on a low backed nylon tank dress that a few bloggers have but it was just a dress in swimming costume material. Same with the one with mesh along the top. Plus that only comes in XS/S and M/L, which is a bit crazy. What if you are S/M?! So I didn't want to be predictable but I got another u-neck dress but in a neon, almost coral pink. Too much of a good thing maybe! But it's great like the rest and they make you feel super fabulous, even when breathing in all night. I'm not sure if the colour is a little too coral though and I have a light pink dye lying around. Have any of you ever dyed an AA dress?
I wore a cropped white tee and a high waist H&M polka dot skirt with handy pockets. Have any of you who have worn crop tops found that everyone's eyes just go straight to your stomach? Or at least the bit you are showing. I was really tempted to try this pink H&M dress on though and flounce around in that, ohhh looked marvy!
Here's some other things I bought. I went all around Topshop as I just couldn't find the shoes!! It was a busy Friday afternoon and I was wondering round so many floors in the crowds like, seriously where are the shoes?! Two floors down I found them! I bought some makeup though, all pink. Then I wandered into Urban Outfitters and saw a bowl of the floral heart purses on gold chains. I picked one up to admire it and it was like a crazy jewellery box because the chains of about six bags were all tangled. A poor sales assistant tried to get them apart but someone must have had a heart bag death wish as they were together for good! So they kindly got one from the store room and I felt like I had to buy it, but I returned it on the Sunday because it barely fits my phone inside, let alone my camera, money, cards, ID, makeup, spare tights, etc, etc! Also sometimes those chains get caught in your hair and pull strands out, which isn't great! Still, check it out guys, it's very pretty.
I also took a wrong turn in H&M and ended up in the kid's department, where I found accessories heaven! Flowers and bows galore. They had a huge range of bands and clips and badges. Even if you're not a girly bow fan, they have some fab stuff that you could cut off and stick somewhere else for a smaller price. Also Hello Kitty clips! And Powerpuff Girl stuff too, but I've never been a fan, though can't deny the cuteness! They also have these great ears for £2 each that are all fleecy and are a fab addition to a normal night out. I do not kid! Well it's my birthday soon and they will accompany a badge very well. It's cool to have friends who don't mind looking really silly.
I shopped 'til I dropped and had a lovely night in the hotel just enjoying the free time by myself! Sadly there was a 4.30am wakeup call for Paris so the plan was to tire myself out by walking round and round London, which worked well!
If you check out the previous post you get Saturday...and by Saturday night I was packing my bag ready to go home. I was going to dry my hair straighter but that takes ages and I just wanted to shower and fall asleep, so I twisted it the way I used to last year in loads of ringlets. I had quite a bit of stuff, plus the shopping, so I lugged it round for a few hours before my train as I had a second errand that tied in nicely with the Paris trip. Remember the Miu Miu tea cup shoes? And how the bottom of one of the curls snapped off at the Girls Aloud concert? Thanks to a fabby commenter, I found out I could take them back and last time I posted about how I took them to the Bond Street Miu Miu store and they sent them back to Italy. I got a call a few weeks ago saying they'd fixed them!
I'm totally not trusting the post at the moment as the keys to my student house this year got lost so I had to pay for all the lock to be changed, heartbreaking! The day after I found out about that was when I got the call from Miu Miu so I said I'd pick them up myself to avoid anymore crazy mail mishaps. I trekked to the store and it was empty apart from one lady trying out bags, and one of the sales people popped into the back with my shoe receipt, then out the shop front door which I thought was a bit strange! Another sales lady kept smiling at me as they do in a quiet, awkward little shop and then another ladycame out without a uniform in Prada shoes and smiled at me. Then the first came over and said 'hello, would you like a job here?'. Well kill me right now and sell my soul to Prada because it was the best moment of my life! Haha I was like umm what?! and the lady said ah you look so great, you should work here! Do you need a job? And then the other lady came back with my shoes fixed! They are perfect! I was so pleased with the shoes but said that sadly I don't live in London! Believe me, I'll be moving as soon as I can and rushing straight back to Miu Miu, even though 99% of the time I look a bit grubby so they may take that back. I think it was because, although this is my favourite dress EVER as it fits perfectly and feels so comfortable and natural, it's a bit like a doll dress? Maybe with floral tights and ringletty hair and pink lipstick it's even more so. The lady who got my shoes said she remembered me bringing them in and the first lady asked if I was a designer or anything, which is very funny because I can't design for toffee (for use of a better word!). So basically if you want a job at Miu Miu, dress like a child!
I'm trying to remember when I first bought this dress and I know it was from eBay US and I didn't even love it that much before it arrived, I might have to go through the archives of this blog to find out. I must have been sometime early last year.
So by now, I had about ten bags and managed to hit another H&M before dropping onto the train platform to wait with a Heat magazine. This is where this photo was taken, where I tried on some black sequin leggings, which I bought! I'd returned the heart bag to Urban Outfitters and was in the mood for something fabulous. What are your thoughts on wearing leggings as pants/trousers when they are sequinned?
P.S. The bloggers on the weekend convinced me to get Twitter! Still not sure of the whole talk about your life thing, but you can follow me here.
P.P.S. I answered some questions over at Hi Fashion! Check out the interview here.