Monday, 14 April 2014

Shopping: Favourite Flats

4 Flat Shoes under £50

I have real difficulty when it comes to buying flats. I can buy trainers, I can buy boots, I can definitely buy heels but flat shoes are a real hurdle. I don't know what it is but I just can't bring myself to part with my cash when it comes to heels under 4 inches. However, being a uni student, it makes so much more sense to invest in comfy, chic flats than to keep buying high heels that I won't wear. So, I thought making a little lust list would help kickstart my flat shoe fetish (hopefully). 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Outfit: Veronese

This weekend, I spent some time in London. On Saturday, I started the day by visiting the Veronese Exhibition at the National Gallery. 

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Outfit: Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

I was running away from a bee in this photo but it actually came out nicely!

Hat: New look
Leather jacket: TK Maxx
Dress: Misguided
Boots: Miss KG

Threw this little number on to run some errands and then go for drinks (which turned into a full blown night out) with one of my friends. I love this little Misguided dress, it's an absolute steal at £6.99 and as a piece, it can seamlessly take you from day to night with a simple shoe change. I'm definitely going to be picking up a few in different colours. 

We started our night in Birmingham's Jekyll and Hyde, which is a great little pub/cocktail parlour located on Steelhouse Lane, behind the magistrates court. It's got lots of cute vintage decor, with pin up art littering the walls and a really down to earth atmosphere. The bar tenders are lovely and the cocktails are lovelier. If it's not busy I often like to ask the bartender to surprise me with a cocktail, and being late on a Wednesday evening the bartender at the Jekyll and Hyde was more than happy to oblige. My favourite was the wildcard concoction with dandelion and burdock bitters with a little dash of jasmine to take off the edge - not something I even knew existed, let alone would ever order - but it was phenomenal. After 4 or 5 cocktails, my friend and I were in the mood to dance and as the Jekyll and Hyde was closing we decided to see what else Wednesday nights in Birmingham had to offer, after an unsuccessful jaunt to the Arcardian, we returned to our old haunt, the infamous Snobs Birmingham. 

It's really funny, despite not even being 20 yet, going to the Arcadian and then Snobs made me feel really old. I remember sneaking into these places at the tender age of 16, with a borrowed ID and a mixture of attitude and childish excitement. Now, I'm seeing other 16 year olds doing the same thing and it makes me feel like a Grandma! What's even worse is they're looking at me like I am a Grandma, I prefer the term seasoned professionals though. 

Martha xo

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Focus: The Boyfriend Jean

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that I am on a never ending quest to refine and define my personal style. Every fashion aficionado knows that horrible feeling of "I have nothing to wear" or rather my wardrobe no longer inspires me. Every style enthusiast knows about those mental list of items to buy or trends to try that will apparently change your life. However, when shopping, it is almost inevitable that something will catch your eye making you completely forget about the mental list or creating an inspiring, cohesive wardrobe. So with that in mind, I decided to start a little blog series to help me Focus

Focus is my attempt at focusing my mind on key pieces that will help me to create a more cohesive and versatile wardrobe. As you may know, I'm a sucker for stand out pieces, often falling in love with the item and buying it before realising I have nothing to wear it with. On a student budget, however, this capricious manner of buying is just not acceptable. It's time to focus. 

With Spring in full swing (if we're following the calendar and not the weather) and summer just around the corner, the boyfriend/mom jean has to be the first on the list. 

The boyfriend/mom jean and I have always been arch enemies, a small waist to larger hip/thigh ratio means these types of jeans often hang of my waist but cling to my thighs - not the nonchalant look I'm going for here - but I am not one to shy away from a challenge (or a decent belt). 

The mom/boyfriend jean are versatile wardrobe pieces. They add a little bit of edge but are still easily mixed with other pieces. I envision wearing mine with a flowing kimono, some chunky sandals and a printed leotard in the day, swapping the sandals for a barely there heel for drinks or a casual night out. Now I just need to find the right pair! 

Martha xo

all photos from pinterest unless otherwise stated.

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