Sunday, 14 September 2014

OOTD: Dalmatian

Shirts Zara 
Shorts Vintage Levis
Bag Cambridge Satchel Company

These photos are really weirdly coloured, so soz about that- that's what you get when you take them in direct sunlight. It's hard to get away from sunlight over here- it's so HOT,you really do need to take a taxi for every journey longer than about 15 minutes max (hence the ponytail- I just can't cope with my hair down). The sweat pours into my eyes. Good job eyebrows!

Got myself some new garms as I don't know if I mentioned it but I could hardly bring ANYTHING out here! (I wish you could use emoticons on blog posts. They are just so good at emoting). These shoes are  bloody comfy, I barely had to wear them in and they do a good job of smartening up an outfit without having to pop on a heel. Top tip: don't walk across a dusty building site in them or you will get sand-tipped toes as above. Not so chic. 

I've started a new job and had some friends come over from London so have been ultra busy this week. We went to Bounce which is basically just a warehouse filled with floor to wall trampolines. It was the most funnest fun ever. The next day I was in paaainnnn from performing multiple rounds of swivel hips. #stillgotit.

Here is a sunset I saw today. Pretty isn't it?

Faye x

Sunday, 7 September 2014

The Shoe Diaries #2: Nike Flex Experience Rn 2

Decided I needed to get my ass to the gym. Seeing as there is a gym in my building there really is no excuse. As I haven't been to the gym in about 4 years, and I don't think you're supposed to run on a treadmill in leopard print skater shoes, my boyfriend treated me to some sparkly new rainbow trainers. 

He was lucky enough to have a Maserati to test drive for the weekend so we cruised on down to the Dubai outlet mall in search of some new kicks. I got these at the Nike store for the bargainous sum of about 30 pounds (pound sign still won't work on laptop). Even though they are for exercise purposes and not for looking nice, obvs I still wanted them to look nice. I felt about 14 getting these because I haven't bought actual trainers that look like actual trainers since I was a teenager. Back then they went really well with my Adidas poppers and white sleeveless roll neck. How hideous  sports luxe. 

I love the colour combo of these and I feel like I could still wear them out and about such is the fashion these days amongst bloggers and the 'style-set'. I HATE that phrase. But I can't deny that they have influenced me into liking trainers with everyday outfits. That is the power of the blogosphere.(Another horrid phrase). 

Faye x

Monday, 1 September 2014

5 Good Films to watch on Netflix

I hate to sound like a broken record but I hate the non-existent internet! As a result I am writing this post in a cafe (yes I do feel like a cool, freelance journalist- I'm sure everyone else here totes thinks I am). Not having a job=watching a LOT of Netflix (once the job hunting has finished for the day of course!). These are some gems I've discovered along the way.

Frances Ha
This film revolves around a 27 year old living in New York and trying to make it as an dancer. Dull a premise as that may sound, I just fell in love with Frances!  The film is quite hipster-ish as it's shot in black and white and many of the characters are middle class bohemian, arty types. Normally this may put me off, but I think Frances Ha leans on the adorable side of typical-quirky-girl-living-in-New-York. She's so likeable and empathetic that you can't help yourself rooting for her. Her turbulent friendship with best pal Sophie is also sweet and touching, and I like that it's the most important relationship in the film.

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorfs
A documentary about the high-end department store Bergdorf Goodman's in New York, this film features stories from a number of celebrities, stylists and designers. The anecdotes are funny and interesting, particularly those from Iris Apfel and my new favourite person Betty Halbreich, a hilariously blunt personal shopper who doesn't hold back. Through this documentary I also discovered my appreciation for Linda Fargo, who is one stylish lady. 
Bill Cunningham New York
Of course I had heard of Bill Cunningham before I watched this film, but for some reason I imagined he would be really serious and gloomy, I don't know why! I could not be more wrong however. He is the cutest and most cheerful man. At times this documentary almost made me cry, I won't ruin it and tell you why but it's a bit of an emotional rollercoaster! Just a really entertaining film about a sweet and fascinating character. A must, must watch.

Paul Smith: Gentleman Designer
I wanted to go and see the Paul Smith exhibition in London when it was on but missed it so was glad to catch this instead. Again, I had heard of Paul Smith but knew little about him. The documentary is split into three parts as you follow Paul around London, Paris and Tokyo whilst gaining an insight into the man himself , the brand and the influences behind the clothes. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the womenswear on offer- it was much cooler and edgier than I expected.

The Pixar Story
A behind the scenes look at how Pixar went from a tiny start up company to the giant it is today. I loved watching Waking Sleeping Beauty (sadly not on Netflix anymore) which is in a similar vein as It's a lot of fun to see how your favourite characters came to be- animators are definitely a talented bunch of peeps! Side note: I recently found out about The Pixar Theory, which is the idea that all the Pixar films exist in the same universe and link together. I'm not convinced it exists but it's fascinating that this came out of someone's brain! I love film theories and speculations, like this one about the link between Leonardo Dicaprio's films.

What have you enjoyed recently on Netflix? I'm always looking for good stuff to watch, so hit me up with some recommendations! 

Faye x

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

New In: Gold Jewellery

Recently I have purchased these two foxy little numbers:

This necklace was about 6 pounds (for some inexplicable reason my pound key is displaying a hashtag) in the sale at The Dubai Mall. I've had my beady eye on this for ages- it has been adorning my Pinterest board for about 4 months, so I was chuffed to find this reduced by so much. It is crying out to be worn with a crisp white collar! Side note: My boyfriend says this is Rose Gold. He's totally colour blind right? 

I picked up these earrings in H&M when I was still in London. I'm getting more and more into earrings and especially hoops. They are a bit gaudy but that's how I like an earring. My boyfriend said I looked like a 'hoochie mama', which I'm gonna take as a compliment. Ha. Here is a pic of me wearing them whilst enjoying a refreshing green juice.

In other news, I have been having blog-related stress recently. I don't have a DSLR camera, I can't afford to buy a new outfit every week (seriously how do so many bloggers constantly have new things?) and my blog layout is pretty basic. But I really do enjoy blogging. It's fun, I love writing and fashion and I love having a visual diary of things I've done. So I have decided not to worry too much about it. Yes I wish I did have the things listed above but they will come in time, so I will be patient and carry on blogging because I like it. Emotional outpouring over. TTFN. 

Faye x

Sunday, 24 August 2014

OOTD: Welcome to The Jungle

Dress Ted Baker 
Shoes Forever 21
Sunglasses Primark

So, it's really hard to blog when your internet is so slow it's pretty much non-existent 75% of the time. 

Anyway, I wore this dress on the way back from a trip to the Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa in Abu Dhabi. The hotel was pure luxury and the food was amazing- It was the best breakfast I've ever had. Made-to-order pancakes/french toast (I chose the former and smothered them in chocolate sauce and chocolate and toffee curls), a selection of freshly squeezed juices and an extensive bakery selection including cronuts. They taste like a deep fried croissant FYI, which in my book is bloody delicious. 

The breakfast of dreams- so light and fluffy.

Honey from an ACTUAL honeycomb! 

The infinity pool looked out over the Eastern Mangroves (hence the name of the hotel). I didn't know this but apparently they are like inlets of water you get in a jungle/swamp. 

It's been a weird few weeks, what with no job I've just been in a cycle of job-applying, sun-bathing and binge-watching Netflix/BBC iPlayer. I've finished Breaking Bad (last person in the world I know) and am now contemplating beginning Orange is The New Black whilst I finish catching up with Don't Tell the Bride and The Great British Bake-Off. I really miss Geordie Shore. Anyone know where I can watch it? 

I've also become ridiculously obsessed with an iPhone game called Covet Fashion, you basically dress a model for various different 'events', rate other players' efforts and if you score highly enough you win a particular item of clothing/footwear etc. It's bloody addictive, to the point where I actually bought some 'diamonds' (used to buy currency) with actual real-life money because I needed some particular boots. My boyfriend was not impressed. 

Hope everyone has a lovely bank holiday weekend over in sunny/rainy/hurricane-y England. 

Faye x

Monday, 18 August 2014

The British Tag!

I was tagged by the ever so lovely Daniela to do this tag. As I'm currently living abroad and already miss the UK like crazy, what better time to do the British Tag!

1. How many cups of tea do you have and how many sugars?

I actually don't like normal tea! The only teas I drink are herbal, and I'm particularly partial to a green tea with lemon. I used to get worried whenever someone would ask for a cup of tea, as I didn't have a clue how to make a 'good cup'. How embarrassing, I shouldn't be British at all. Working as a receptionist/part-time tea maker soon sorted that out though. I now feel confident in my tea-making abilities.

2. What is your favourite part of roast dinners?

Although I'm vegetarian I do still love a good roast, just without the meat. I'd say my favourite bits would have to be the roast potatoes and the gravy. If there's not enough gravy just forget it. Me and My sister used to have a roast dinner at our nan's house every Monday after school and she would always wind me up, saying she could see meat floating in my gravy. Sisters eh?!?

3. What's your favourite dunking biscuit?

Again, as a non-tea drinker I don't dunk. Obvs I love a biscuit though I'm still a human. Hobnobs all day erry day. The only way to improve a Hobnob- chocolate Hobnob.

4. Favourite British past time?

I like typically British Summer past times like going to fĂȘtes: coconut shys, guess the name of the rabbit and buying cakes for 20p each. I also love a good car boot/jumble sale. 

5. What is your favourite sweet?

I just love pic and mix in general, I really shouldn't eat it due to the gelatine content but sometimes I can't help myself. My favourites are sour cherries, foam bananas and does anyone remember white chocolate skulls with red stuff in the middle? I never see them any more- the youth of today are missing out!

 6. Who is your favourite British person?

I'm having 3- Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson and David Attenborough. Pretty self explanatory. I still sometimes read Jacqueline Wilson books on my Kindle in secret. 

7. What is your favourite shop and restaurant?

I'm struggling with this question. I love Topshop for obvious reasons, but if we're talking a real British institution I'd have to say John Lewis. It's just such a pleasant shopping environment! Woah I'm old. My favourite restaurant has got to be a good old' chippie. Give me fat chips drowned in salt and vinegar with a pickled egg and a buttered roll and I'm well happy.

8. What British song pops into your head?

It's probably The Spice Girls- Wannabe but I think that's because I've watched a few of these tags on YouTube and that's what they've all said so it's programmed into my brain. I bloody loved the Spice Girls though- my 10 year old self thought they were the prettiest people I had ever seen in my life. Mel B was always my fave. 

9. Marmite?

Marmite for the win!  I'm definitely late to the party however- I only discovered Marmite on buttery toast with about 4 years ago when one of my fellow Topshop VMs made it for me one break time. I'm weird with butter- I love it on its own but can't have it in sandwiches mixing around with the mayonnaise or pickle- VOM. In other marmite related news- bring back marmite rice cakes. They were such a dream with a bit of cheese. 

All pics found on Google

I tag all readers who aren't British- what do you think about all things UK? 

Faye x

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Summer Accessory Faves

Moving to a different country means being VERY selective with what you take. My suitcase was 10kg overweight when I weighed it at home which meant I had to remove a lot of stuff. That wasn't fun I can tell ya! I've ended up with what I like to call a curated, boutique (tiny) wardrobe. As one can imagine, accessories, particularly jewellery, can take up a lot of space and weight.

These are some of my favourites which made the cut:

1. The Necklace

I acquired this vintage locket when it was left on my bed at home in Bristol. My dad said he had been sorting some stuff out and he found it, a long ago gift from my nan. I have yet to pop a photo inside so it's just decorative at the moment but I think it's lovely and dainty. 

2. The Bracelet 

I just bloody love this Marc Jacobs bracelet. It was given to me when I left an old job and as a big fan of chain type jewellery, it is right up my street (always to be said in a Cheryl Cole accent). 

3. The Sunglasses 

These are bog standard Topshop sunglasses but I always tend to get compliments on them. I like big sunglasses as I think I have a big round face, so wearing Rayban Wayfarer types do not suit me.

4. The Watch

I like that this New Look watch is different and isn't trying to be a copy of a Michael Kors. I appreciate its sporty feel. The only downside to this watch is that I can't really tell the time on it all that well. What are iPhones for eh?

Faye x