Monday, 29 June 2015

The flare issue

Topshop Dree shop here

I've been fairly vocal about the fact that I don't 'do' flares. I feel they don't suit my short stature and having spent my formative years in extremely wide legged trousers, of the sort that soaked up, sponge like, any sort of rainwater from the pavement leaving tidemarks up the length of the leg, my dalliance with flares was only ever a short one. That said, apparently this year the 70's are back, and to get the bona-fide 70's look, you have to be rocking a flare.

Now, something I never thought I'd advocate would be a cropped flare. This sounds the absolute antithesis to everything I would ever wear; think ABBA wearing those cropped, horrible tight satin short flared jumpsuits (and that was just the boys) and you'll remember how totally unflattering they were; how to create hips and saddlebags where none exist, how to shorten even already short legs incredibly....basically, they were an absolute no no.

Until Toppers, of course, cut them out of super soft denim in just the right shade and gave them a suitably cool moniker: Dree, the narrow cropped flare. They found themselves in my wardrobe by way of a web order (£20 in the sale and now further reduced!) and whilst I did question the reason they have gone into the sale (they're vile?) I thought it would be fun to try them on, at least. And I really like them! They aren't a flare, really, more like a cropped, straight leg jean, but the fit is lovely and they are such soft and lovely denim. I'll be wearing them on the blog soon so hopefully you can see what I mean, but I think the tide might have turned on my dislike of flares. Or perhaps not, but these are definitely a viable option.

XO Amie

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Shop Credit Crunch Chic on Etsy

All items available on the CCC Etsy store here

You might remember from this post that you can now shop a selection of my vintage picks via the Credit Crunch Chic Etsy shop. I've added some new pieces so there's a little more choice and every item up at the moment comes in at under £30 so it's all super affordable, which was what I had intended the Etsy store to be. I love vintage and I love shopping, and so having this platform to sell my items on has been really satisfying!

I've made a few sales so far and it's helping me to thin out my vintage collection; it's not that I want to get rid of everything I've got but there are items I never wear so it feels silly holding on to them. I'd rather they went to someone who would wear them and enjoy them! 

Current top picks include some increds vintage Boots aviators, some pretty Van Dal slingbacks, some amazing 80's boxed Renata sandals and a gorgeous oxblood leather handbag. If you'd like to check the shop out click here.

I hope you find something you like! I will be endeavoring to add stock more frequently over the summer so favourite the shop for stock updates and don't forget to follow!

XO Amie

Friday, 26 June 2015

Ecru denim

 Wearing top c/o ASOS jeans c/o White Stuff  vintage Bruno Magli shoes

As I'm sure I've mentioned before on the blog, I never used to wear denim. Ever. I don't really even know why; I suppose I found jeans quite hard to wear as I came of age in a time prior to the skinny jean revolution; I remember seeing Kate Moss wearing a grey pair in a magazine and thinking 'that'll never catch on' which is hilarious looking back. I did occasionally wear baggy 'skater' style jeans and real bellbottomed flares for a time but it is only really in the last half decade or so that I've started to appreciate the necessity of a few good pairs of jeans.

I've got quite a decent denim selection in my wardrobe now; I had to resign to some dedicated denim shopping earlier in the year as my two treasured pairs of Gap black skinny jeans both started to fall apart and I found replacements with varying success; currently my Topshop Binx and Baxter black skinnies, my ASOS Lisbon skinnies and my Whistles boyfriend jeans make up my most worn slim-leg selection, and then I also have two pairs of the ASOS Thea girlfriend jeans and these, White Stuff Southern Ocean crops, for days when I don't want to wear a super skinny jean but I'm not looking for flares.

I don't know I'd be able to wear flares again; I've definitely thought about trying the trend but I don't think they really suit me. It might be my height, at around 5'3" I'm not the tallest and I definitely don't have the longest legs that I think are more suited to a slinky flared shape. I am, however, definitely loving the paler denim trend; I used to think I'd only like to wear black denim but actually there's something about this new 'ecru' shade that is just so wearable. Infinitely more so than white, I think, but definitely more summery than black and looks less 80's when paired with colour than black does! 

Although these White Stuff crops are, as the name suggest, a cropped jean, I love to wear them rolled down to make them more an ankle length style. Worn with an easy black tee from ASOS and my fave vintage shoes, they are such a staple of my wardrobe at the minute and I've been wearing them loads! They are also really comfortable and come in a huge range of other colours (see here) and I would definitely repurchase them in another shade! The fit on the leg is slim but not super tight or skinny, making them ideal for everyday.

XO Amie

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Urban Outfitters Home

UO home sale picks

I tend to buy most of my homewares from junk shops and occasionally eBay but I must admit I'm always on the lookout for a sale bargain or several. Urban Outfitters is a store I love for its quirky selection of good but all too often I am left wanting due to the prices. Their sales are legendary, however, and I've rounded up a few great pieces that you can snap up at a more bargainous price!

Sale time is a good time to buy pieces of furniture and more expensive items especially if you've been wanting to change up your living space. If I was looking for a new coffee table, this metalised zinc one is a great way to add an industrial feel to your living room. I also love the elegant decadence of the Harper glass topped side table which is super pretty.

Cushions are always a good buy in the sales, too, especially as these can be cheaply recovered in your choice of fabric at a later date if you are handy with a sewing machine! Likewise, buying into cut price shelving like these triangle shelf units and wall bins can give great extra character to a room as well as being practical. 

Finally I had to include the bison skull jewellery stand; I love the idea of this and I think it looks so cool with the dream catcher on it! Not sure it would fit in with my bedroom decor but I love the way it looks all the same!

XO Amie

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Primavera Sound #outfitoftheday #2

Wearing: Urban Outfitters top Whistles trousers Chanel ballerinas vintage Gucci bag

This is my second and last outfit post from Primavera and this was taken on our last day in Spain when we visited Park Guell. For those who haven't been there, it's the residence of the late artist and architect Antoni Gaudi who designed the park and his former home is now a museum. A public park on the top of a hill, the beautiful views of Barcelona from the summit are breathtaking.

It was probably the hottest day we spent in Spain and I wore my silk Whistles trousers and a loose crop top from Urban Outfitters as we mooched around in the sunshine and enjoyed the scenery. Since we last visited in 2009, there had been a few changes such having to pay to enter the main auditorium area. I don't know whether it was because it was high season, but there were also loads of street sellers there too, and it was very busy; not unpleasant, but definitely in contrast to the previous visit when Adrian and I were almost the only people there!

My feet were rather hot in my ballerinas but unfortch the day before this my Bruno Magli's had broken so it was actually lucky that I'd bought these shoes with me at all! I had such a lovely holiday and just looking at the pictures again makes me want to go back!

XO Amie

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Sweet everyday beauty

Current beauty faves: The Body Shop Smoky Rose fragrance // No. 7 Smoothing eye cream // Nails Inc Alexa Cashmere // Rimmel Stay Blushed cheek cream in 004 sunkissed cherry // Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick in 101

I've mentioned before that in the spring and summer time I lean towards a lighter makeup, and whilst I'll never fully abandon my flicked eyeliner/slick of lippy 'signature' look, I do try and adapt it to fit in with the season. Autumn and winter is all about the red or berry lips, the copper and tawny eye colours, but it's nice to lighten the look for the more summery months.

To do that, whilst remain true to my everyday look, I choose a paler colour palette which is in keeping with the muted and neutral tones I like to wear. Maybe a few years ago I would have worn a bubblegum pink or even a coral lip, but these days I prefer a pale nude toned pink or a washed out peach for the summer months. My current go-to is this Kate Moss for Rimmel option which is pale enough to impress some impact but not too light that it looks dull.

For the cheeks, I steer clear of my wintery, dusky rose toned blushes and reach for an old favourite, this Rimmel cheek cream. The colour is a faded cherry pink that blends out beautifully for a natural flush of colour. Likewise on the eyes, rather than a taupe or brown shaded eye I simply wash a swipe of this No. 7 eye cream in soft pink over the lid. It's slightly iridescent but not frosted (no 80's looks here!) and it provides a great base for my eyeliner.

I'll occasionally wear a summery bright on my nails in the warmer months but I habitually paint my nails in a mushroom or nude shade, only venturing into colour if it is pastel, and usually on then if it's on the pale spectrum! I love this Alexa Chung for Nails Inc cashmere pink which is super flattering and makes your hands look really tanned!

I'm loving summery perfume, too, and whilst I'm all about the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess, I am also enjoying rediscovering this old favourite; Smoky Rose by The Body Shop. The mixture of the summery floral with the smokiness makes this a perfect scent for evening, bringing a little decadence to a summer fragrance.

XO Amie

Monday, 22 June 2015

Instagram Roundup: Primavera Sound 2015

Primavera Sound 2015

I've been promising a Primavera roundup on the blog and unlike last year, I managed to take a few more Instagram worthy snaps on my phone this time around. I didn't take my phone out with me much of the time last year; Adrian had his cheapy pay as you go mobile and I didn't want to run up a huge roaming bill or have it pickpocketed, so I took a classic disposable camera instead. This year, I took a more secure handbag and whilst I used my instant camera it was a bit big to carry around the festival all day so I saved the snaps on that for blog pics and photos with friends, meaning I had to rely on my phone to take the photos inside the festival.

I don't really like using my phone too much at gigs because I feel like I miss out on enjoying the actual music if I'm focusing on getting great pictures. I did take a few snaps of the bands here and there and more of the architecture this time and days out at the beach. The bands I did take pics of here were Ought, Viet Cong and Health and they were all really good, but there were many other amazing artists that I was too busy dancing to, to take pictures of!

We stayed in Barcelona for a couple of days after the festival to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city, and this involved plenty of time on the beach, as well as trips to the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. The weather was infinitely better this year than last, for most of PS'14 I was wearing my coat and trying to keep my sandalled feet out of the rain but this year was much better; hot and sunny every day with temperatures in the high twenties. I actually wish I had packed more 'hot weather' gear but as someone who often feels the cold I left the booty shorts at home which was probably an error!

I had such a fab time at Primavera Sound festival and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to try a festival experience without the camping factor (you stay in hotels or air b&b's in the city; meaning a lovely hot shower and soft bed is never too far away!)

XO Amie