Sunday, 16 November 2014

Dear Santa...

Winter 2014 Wishlist

So, that time of year has come again where I compile my wishlist, aka my ever so subtle hint to all those who know me as to what I would really, really like Santa to bring me this year *wink* *wink* *wink* (BUY ME THEM NOW!) :)

I'm in need of a new pair of winter boots, my Harry Hall riding boots from last year have served me well but their time is well and truly up. I mean, what good are winter boots that let in the rain!? I think I want something a bit chunkier this season, I'm really feeling the whole androgynous thing right now. Okay, I almost always am...but who can say no to another pair of DM's!?

Despite having more coats than one person could ever possibly need (I also bought TWO just last week) I feel an uncontrollable urge to purchase this fabulously long, dark gothic number immediately! I tried it on in the Allsaints Regent Street store the other day and have been thinking about it ever since! The really sad thing is, I'm not even joking.Oh Eryn, I need you in my life. :,(

Now, if you don't know what this backpack is, I don't think I want to know you. Who doesn't want a Kanken! I want the classic one in black so I can wear it every second of everyday with everything.

I have also recently become enamored with Vivienne Westwood Accessories, especially this uber cool copper diamante armour ring. However, at £280 I'm not holding my breath for this one, I'm guessing it's probably above and beyond Santa's limit. As is this equally awesome orb watch...sadly.

I've been a good girl this year Santa, I promise.

(I've also included handy links so the elves can order it all just in time for you to deliver it for Christmas)

Best wishes, 
Nicola (aged 21 and 11 months)

Doc Marten Chelsea Boots - Tower Boot £99
Eryn Coat - Allsaints £398
Classic Black Kanken - Kanken £65
Diamante Copper Armour Ring - Vivienne Westwood £280
Vivienne Westwood Watch - Selfridges £210

Friday, 10 October 2014

The Last Day of Summer

I begin writing this from the comfort of my sofa, cosied up with a blanket and sporting a woolly jumper for the first time in months. To my deep, deep dismay I present to you some photographic evidence of how I spent the last day of summer here in London.

On Monday morning I had to dig out my Barbour to brave the wind and rain on my way to work, yet just 24hrs before I was wearing sunglasses and was able to showcase my new apple green structured jacket at Brick Lane market. This jacket was an absolute steal at a mere £7 from Primark (reduced from £17)! I'd only popped in for one thing, as you do... and ended up buying two jackets, two pairs of shoes, a bag and various other bits and pieces. Initially, my mum had picked up the same jacket for herself in black and as I was rummaging for her size I came across the very last apple green one just waiting for me to sweep it off its rail and give it a loving home.

As I hadn't imagined I'd get to wear it anytime soon, I hadn't really bothered brainstorming looks or buying additional pieces to pair with it so I literally just threw something together before setting off for a busy day at the hustle bustle of Brick Lane market. As my boyfriend and I were going to dinner that evening to celebrate his birthday, I wanted to put together a versatile look appropriate for both day and night.

The only thing I actually HAD intended on buying were these nude courts with a twist and so I styled the rest of the outfit around them. I had an old shirt blouse that was exactly the same colour but wasn't exactly the right neckline to wear under the jacket and so I gave it a revamp. I folded under the collar, criss-crossed one side of the shirt over the other and pinned it and... voilĂ , an on trend rap-over shirt!

While galavanting, we picked up these fab Dan Hiller prints! Check out and purchase some of his cool pieces here! Speaking of cool...we had dinner at probably the coolest restaurant I've been to, Inamo. They had interactive tables which let you flick through the menu, view the chef cam, play games and even choose the 'tablecloth'. Oh, and the food wasn't bad either!

Believe it or not this look is almost entirely from good old Primark, bar my Ray bans and H&M jeans. The bag is  my mums and is also from Primark a few seasons back, as are my nude snake-skin effect flats that I wore while traipsing around during the day. They're great and go with everything!

Jacket- Primark
Top - (revamped) Primark
Jeans - H&M
Shoes - Primark
Heels - Primark
Bag - Primark
Sunglasses - Ray Ban


Saturday, 6 September 2014

Guess Who Graduated?

So, I kind of forgot to tell you something rather big, I graduated in July. You see, I was so relieved that the horrors of Law School were behind me that I have spent the last month and a half trying to erase the three terrible years from my memory for good. (Except, I may conveniently remember defamation law next time someone slags me off on Twitter or something, or bits of intellectual property law the next time I catch someone using my photos without BEWARE, 'lawyer when she wants to be' on the loose!)

Here's me in all my Gryffindor glory (I got Harry Potter related comments for weeks on end about my gown colours and it's likeness to Gryffindor's so I said it before you got the chance. HA.

And here's Mumma NewestNickers on hand with a huge smacker!

Mama and Papa

Please accept my sincerest apologies for my dads 70s/80s tie (I'm not even sure WHAT that thing is) It's his all-purpose 'smart tie', it's completely and utterly occasion indiscriminate...heck, I think he's even worn it to every funeral he's attended in the last 30 years!

I present to you my bunch of loonies, also often referred to as my family...minus the nuttiest one of all my big sis, Anita.

'The Camera Man' aka my boyfriend Christian

Hold your breath...prepare to be wowed...because ladies and gents that ridiculously tanned person standing next to me whom looks completely unrelated to me isn't JUST my sister, shes my TWIN sister. *SHOCK* *GASP* *FAINT* (see, I done that bit for you too) I reckon the genes just did a 50/50 Greek Cypriot/Irish split.

Obligatory hats up in the air graduation pic because, how could we not!?

Please don't ask me what my plans are now I've graduated because I WILL proceed to slap you, Thank you and goodbye.


My Dress- ASOS

My Shoes - New Look

My Watch - Larsson and Jennings

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

ALS Ice bucket challenge

So, unless you've been abducted by aliens this past week I'm sure you are all aware of the ALS/MND Ice Bucket Challenge that has gripped the online population of the world! For those of you not familiar with the craze, it involves (shock horror) a bucket, water and lots of ice...well in theory it should anyway! And... I couldn't resist the peer pressure to partake. I thought I'd get out of it but then TWO people nominated me on Monday evening. I planned to do it the next morning before work to keep within the 24hr time frame allotted BUT unfortunately, I got a migraine and didn't even make it to work let alone get a chance to do the ice bucket challenge. I think it was worth the wait though...

Initially I was in two minds about doing it because of all the negative press but when I really thought about it and the great cause behind it I saw no reason why I shouldn't also help both raise awareness and money for ALS or better known in the UK as Motor Neurone Disease.

Granted there are so many people who are taking part in the challenge without having a clue what it's all about and not even bothering to mention the charity or donating...however, as long as someone is doing both these things I see no reason why anyone should be calling people silly for doing it! Anything that raises money for charity is good if you ask me!

The easiest way to donate to MNDA for those of you in the UK is by:

  • texting ICED55 £5 (or other amount) to 70070 (only available in the UK);
  • call 01604 611860 referencing the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Biker Queen


The Allsaints Alford leather biker.

I have been on the lookout for the biker of my life forever, but I never really liked any enough to part with the kind of cash that would buy you a really good quality investment piece...well, until last week...
Cliche I know but it was love at first sight when I saw the Alford biker at Allsaints' Covent Garden store. The shrunken lambskin leather that it's made from gives a really unique look and texture to the jacket which is what first drew me to it...BUT it just kept getting better...

(I'm sorry for interrupting the flow of my insanely cool photos and all but HOW COOL IS THIS SIGN!? - I so just wanted to open the door, I guess the whole danger part had little to no effect as I was just perplexed by how nothingness can be dangerous!?  IT CLEARLY ISN'T A VOID IF IT'S 'DANGEROUS', MR SIGN MAKER! It was probably just a massive ditch of some sort but I guess I'll never know now...)

This is the vest that inspired the post's title and um, I think it's pretty damn clever if I'm honest. Okay, I'll stop blowing my own trumpet now. However, what I will do is start talking about my favourite artist for probably the third time since I started my blog now... LAURIE LIPTON! See: 'Pelle Italiano', as I said in that equally leathery post I have a vast collection of pieces from her collection that she designed for Allsaints a couple of years back and this is just another one of many!

(Sorry I always have to upload a few funny ones. This shoot was rather sombre anyway, they were defo needed this time round! Agreed!? Agreed.)

TAH DAH! This is what you were all waiting for! You see, HOW much better did this jacket just get now you know it doubles up as a super chic gilet too! A LOT right!? (worth EVERY damn penny!)

Please find above my trio of delightful accessories. Watch by the fabulously understated and simplistic new watch brand, Larssons and Jennings. This is the limited edition all black 'UMBRA'. My sandals were a steal at a mere £14 from Primarni no less! And lastly but by no means least my beautiful Tresor Paris earrings gifted to me by a little group of leprechauns (aka my cousins in Ireland) on my recent visit to Dublin.

Anyway, I have to be up at 6am for work tomorrow and its already 1.45am here in London, so I'm OUT! I rest assured you love my new biker as much as I do.