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Grafea make beautiful leather bags of exceptional quality and style.  I picked the Hari rucksack in cool Smurf, for The Mum I reckoned scorching Hot Red was the bang on trend colour option.

    These backpacks are made of gorgeous calfskin, they look and feel wonderful.  In popping colours, also available in Bianca (white), Popcorn (yellow) and Pink Lemonade.  Available at and a few other internet shops, Google it.  
    Two long adjustable straps and a short top handle.  One large front pocket, two side pockets, spacious inside compartment and one zipped back pocket.  With silver-tone hardware, I adore the silver metal on my bags.  H 31cm x W 35cm x D 14cm.  
    £160, because The Mum and me are worth it.  But because I'm a savvy shopper I got a 15% discount at Just4Leather, enter tigerworld at the checkout, you're welcome.  
    Grafea Hari Rucksacks  
Zara leather & lace

  This is gorgeous, the Zara Faux leather And Lace Dress.  A black pleather and striking lace design drop waist beauty.  I've probably got enough drop waist frocks now, probably.  £39.99  
    Zara Faux Leather & Lace Dress  
bag tags


I offer you my pick of the luggage tags, from the hearts, via stars, to the Lego.  My favourite bag tag is the purple heart tattoo design by Fluff.  I picked mine up on honeymoon in Las Vegas and simply can't travel without it.  Great joy, I just bought 3 more at Amazon.

    The FLUFF Love Heart Silver Wings Luggage Tag by designer Claudette Barjoud.  A lilac heart and silver wings, made of PVC with name/address window on reverse,  £5.  I also like the FLUFF Love Heart Black in Silver.  
    Despite being a FLUFF devotee I couldn't let this go past me.  A starry passport cover and luggage tag travel set from MissPrettyLondon, £8.99 per set.  
    Another I like is the Lego Bag Tag, fun, retro and cool, I had to have it.  Available in several colours, I opted for blue on eBay for £7 including P&P.  
    LOVE HEART Silver Wings by FLUFF       LOVE HEART Black in Silver by FLUFF  
    MissPrettyLondon travel set  
      Lego bag tag  


I'm loving a bit of Lego, sorted out my new key rack system for The Boiler Cupboard, then fell in love with a multitude of minifigures, then this.  My Lego necklaces came from eBay, for a couple of my Scottish pounds, loose change.  Buy two or three, rip off the cheap nasty chains, mix and match then slip your heart on a real silver ball chain.  Original home-made Lego jewellery




Stitch Up 

  This is the very pretty black suede Stitch Up from Office.  Featuring a black suede upper with cut out, over stitch and bow detailing, a leather sock, leather lining and a synthetic sole.  The heel height is 9cm and so very comfortable to walk in.  The Stitch Up is also available in navy and in red.  Originally £65, down to £40 in the Office sale.  


The best tights I've ever found are from Uniqlo

    These opaques are a tad pricey at £9.90 a pair, but they last and last.  In my experience they stand a lot of washing and wearing, they don't bobble, snag or run.  Available in several colours.  
    The Uniqlo Women Heattech Tights are 83% Nylon, 17% Spandex.  They're warm when needed on a cold day, but not too warm for an indoor occasion.  They stay put and have a comfortable snug controlling feel.  They advice a  hand wash but I throw mine in the machine and all's well.  I just bought a batch of 7 pairs, it would've been 6 pairs but I found a 10% discount code for a £50 purchase so it paid to order a 7th pair and effectively get that pair for free.  


snow boot  

  I've been contemplating a really warm sensible boot for a long while, since my last Norway winter trip.  All the fashion conscious over there wear tie-up snow boots.  I decided on the Rubber Duck Women's Big Foot Black Studded Toggle Snow Jogger Boots, the boots with the catchy name.  It was of course, the studs that made my mind up for me.  
    Beyond cosy and very comfortable with a textile upper and a warm faux fur textile lining.  An easy slip on design with a tough non-slip outsole, these boots are 26cm high with a circumference of 36cm.  £44.99 from M&M Shoes on Amazon and a few quid for postage.  Bring on the snow.  
    Rubber Duck Studded Big Foot Toggle Snow Jogger Boots   
starry duffle  


There's a flash sale at Office.  For 20% off everything online enter EMNTWE at the checkout, but do it quick, this discount code ends at midnight on Thursday 1st November 2012.

    I bagged me the Converse Canyon Duffel Bag in the Phantom Black option.  A sporty slash military style 100% lightweight cotton bag with an adjustable shoulder strap and an internal zipped pocket.  It measures 50.8 X 30.5 X 30.5 cm, which is about 20 x 12 x 12 inches.  
    Usual price is £39.99, with the discount it's down to £31.99 and there's free delivery, go get yours.  Now, no dallying  
     Converse Canyon Duffel  
military parka 

  Military is a massive AW12 trend and thankfully it doesn't have to be camouflage.  I got mine from New Look.  This is the New Look Black Studded Military Parka.  An all-weather utility jacket in a parka style.  Features stud detail, square ones and a couple of my signature stars, to the deep front pockets.  There's a high neck with front zip and popper fastening and a zipped up hidden hood.   The contrast pleather cuffs and shoulder detail are a real nice touch.  
    It's Autumn-warm and a flatteringly cut shape, I'll be wearing this a lot.  £34.99  
    New Look Black Studded Military Parka   
Topshop clutch  

  This is the fabulous Black Leather Clutch with all the trimmings from Topshop.  
    In a perfect clutch I need leather, usually in black.  Must have silver hardware (NOT gold ever!).  I like studding detail and this example is especially good continuing right round the bottom, classy 1cm diameter 0.3cm deep flat silver studs...nice, very nice.  I adore a wrist strap and the side strap is a big plus, increasing the options on how this beauty will be carried for top fashion marks.  24 x 17 x 4cm.  £45, but I found a sneaky little 10% off discount code.  
    I say ALL the trimmings, but I see myself attaching one or two of my Miller & Jeeves black leather tassel keychains.  
Urban Bliss  


Got enough drop-waist frocks?  No?  Me neither.  This one came with a flash 24 hour 20% off discount code, like what you get in your email inbox if you're signed up for such things at online shops

    This is a New Look online exclusives from Urban Bliss, Black leather-Look Drop Waist Dress.  Girly style with a rock chic edge, made in a soft PU fabric with a realistic leather look.  This dress features a sleeveless design with a concealed zip fastening at the back and the delightfully flattering drop waist.  £29.99 sans the discount code.  Devine.  
Dotty P peplum  

  The Dorothy Perkins Jacquard Drop Waist Dress.  £45, but the recent Dorothy Perkins Fashion Week 25% off discount code and the DP free delivery over £40 kissed it better.  
starry nights  


They made a duvet cover set especially for me!  I, of course I mean us, just, it's more me than him.  The Husband doesn't really care what the duvet set looks like, he needs me to keep him right on these matters.  This is the Personalised Stars Duvet Cover Set from Minna's Room.

    A stunning 100% cotton duvet set.  The design features black stars printed on a super soft top quality white duvet cover with black pillowcases with white stars and your choice of names.Available in single, double, king size and two singles, because it's from Scandinavia, that's the way they do it there.  
     Find it on purveyor of all things cool NotOnTheHighStreet  
       Starry bedding  
Rok Chixs 


Two silver rings from Rok Chix have arrived at Starry Towers.

    This Silver And Aquamarine Cluster Ring is my birthday gift from The Parents.  A handmade sterling silver ring with a cluster of chunky little faceted aquamarine gems that are a gorgeous, cloudy sky-blue colour, set on a flat sterling silver band approximately 3mm wide.  £60 from that hero of the internet supermarkets NotOnTheHighStreet.  
    Rok Chix Cluster Ring   

And this is the beautiful Rok Chix Silver and Gemstone Spinning Ring in Clear Quartz .  A clean, simple design with no fussy settings, this minimalist sterling silver and gemstone ring features a rivet-set free-moving 8-10mm gemstone set between two open ends of a 3mm wide sterling silver band.  Also available in rose quartz, white freshwater pearl and black freshwater pearl.  I want more of these, different size, different gemstones, love it.  £45 from

      Rok Chix Spinning Ring   
mirrored stars  


Hupa Lupa have a range of cards, brooches and wall hooks with stars, butterflies, skulls, beetles, crowns etc in various materials and finishes.

    It had to be the stars for me.  I have the "my little star" card with the star magnet which will be on my Blomus jewellery board when it goes up in the Starry Towers walk-in-wardrobe-room when that room is completed, and the star brooch, both in the mirrored silver acrylic.  £6.50 each from NotOnTheHighStreet.  


I do love a tassel me.  I've been hunting for a black leather tassel with silver metalware that I could clip on to adorn handbags, use as a keyring.

    After lengthy and extensive investigations my dreams came true, this is exactly what I imagined.  This is it, the Miller and Jeeves Handmade Tassel Key Ring in the black leather and nickel.  Just the right size and a substantial top quality product.  Available in a variety of colours in choices of leather, suede and pigskin, with the option of nickel (silver) or brass (gold) fittings.  Total length from top of ring to bottom of tassel is 16.5cm (6.5 inches).  
    The first one, I'm using as a keyring for the keys to Starry Towers, the next two will be increasing my already bang-on-trend handbags bang-on-trendness.  
    Only £12 from NotOnTheHighStreet with free delivery.  
    Miller & Jeeves tassel   
snake blazer  


I used to have a black snakeskin blazer, OMG, I loved that rock chic jacket so much.  It was my go-to going-out night-time pubbing-and-clubbing jacket.

    Seems I misplaced it, a long long time ago, and I've been mourning it ever since.  I have no recollection what I did with it, the last time I saw it, what the hell happened to that favourite jacket?  Could I really have thrown it out?  What sort of monster was I approximately fifteen years ago?  
    I'm on the hunt for recapturing my  black snakeskin vibe.  This River Island Black Snakeskin Blazer is and isn't like my missing blazer.  The fabric of my old blazer was all black, not black with lighter accents and had a sheen, almost a shine, and it was lined with shiny black satin, good for the turning back of the cuffs.  It was similar to this one in that it was light, comfortable and had the same cut, fit and shape, with the exact same padded shoulder and collar/pocket/vent styling.  
    This River Island Black Snakeskin Blazer is a black snakeskin print, unlined, long sleeve, long-line collar blazer with two pockets to the front and single centre back vent detail, £40.  
    River Island Black Snakeskin Blazer   
shooting star 


I found this gorgeous silver Pulse Shooting Star charm at Peculiar Vintage.

    British jewelry designer Stef Warde launched Peculiar Vintage in 2010 making traditionally handcrafted jewelry with a soulful hand-hewn quality from recycled precious metals.  
    This charm is 925 Silver Hallmarked, the gun measures approx 2.5cm in length and the star approx 1.3cm.  The star can be personalised with up to two initials of your choice, I didn't.  £35 for the plain or £45 with engraved letter/letters.  I'll wear mine on various lengths of silver chains, and perhaps with a mix of silver charms, depending on my look that day.  I love it.  
shiny shiny  

  If you're hankering after an ASOS item, here's an active 10% discount, enter LUCKSONMYSIDE at the checkout, enjoy.  
    This is my favourite, most bestest performing, high shine top coat, which also delivers a right good very hard wearing base coat.  As a base it provides a smooth, ultra-hard surface which locks on the colour for up to 10 days, not that I get to test it to the 10 day promise, due to being a nurse, there's a no nail polish rule to add to all the other soul-destroying rules.  As a top coat it gives your nails a brilliant multi-faceted shine.  It dries quick-sticks, in under a minute and protects against chipping and colour fade.  
    Boots are currently doing a Sally Hansen half price offer on the second item, buy two bottles.  Give your talons some loving care while enjoying their beauty.  
    Sally Hansen Diamond Shine   

  The F&F Peplum Dropped Waist Tunic Dress.  

A simple basic black drop waist frock, I love a drop waist, I mean seriously.  I've got several bought over the last couple years.  This is a look that's been around for a while, and it'll be around for a lot longer, especially in the Starry Towers walk-in wardrobe, I adore the style.  Feature's a round neck, short sleeves and an exposed zip to the back.  £16

      From Matalan the Metallic Lurex Tee, I got the silver, but it's also available in black, £10.  

The second Matalan is the Fairisle Cardigan in navy and pink.  This is also available in a lighter mainly pale pink colour way, much the same colours as this one, only the emphasis on the lighter and darker shades are reversed.  The colours really do compliment each other well.  It's a fitted style with button down detail, made of acrylic and 15% wool it's thick, substantial, cosy and machine washable.  The style and pattern are very traditional while also being cute and fashionable.  £16


Here's a Warehouse discount code for 20% off, you've got 6 days left to use it, enter ORANGE20 at the checkout.


Stars in my starry-eyed eyes again, there's nearly nothing starry I won't go for. 



      First there's the Boohoo Star Print Woven Knit Jumper.  This printed jumper is a stylish way to cover up, very cool.  With long sleeves, a star print to the shiny silky front, a swing style and a sheer plain black knitted back.  This can be worn as is or over a vest for a cosier layered look, £18.  
      Then the delightful lounge-around F&F Star print all in one in navy from F&F.  This onesie has a full length zip to the front, is detailed with a star print and has trimming at the collar, sleeves and hem.  Super soft and comfortable, I'm looking forward to Autumn chills and won't be relegating this to the bedroom, this is day-off-going-only-as-far-as-the-Sunny-D-village-shop, only  £10.  According to the packaging this was previously £12.50.  
Blink boots

  My new Blink Botune Black Leather Studded Ankle Boots are just fabulous.  
    I'll be making a serious rock chic impact with the studs and tassels on these black leather ankle boots. These versatile boots give an edge to floral day dresses and look hot with skinny denim.  Featuring a tassel zip to the outer side and a stitched centre seam adding interest and detail to the front.  Then there's the silver studded back and metal tips to the asymmetric cuffs, with a chunky block heel.  
    With all of the above to offer, it hardly really matters, but they have a cushioned insole for comfort too.  
    I got mine from New Look, £69.99.  I'm usually a size 5, but these are small made, buy a size up.  
silver sparklers

  Got me some sparkle from Brand Alley.  Lovely dressing up trinkets of shiny shiny, perfect for a Summer wedding I'd say.  
    The Silver Sparkles White Black Eleven Crystal Cord Bracelet cost  £14.  This is a shamballa style bracelet with Swarovski crystals but no macramé intertwining black cord breaking up the twinkle, which I think makes it even more attractive than my other shamballa bracelets.  This is definitely the more dressy, special occasion, more evening out version.  
    The Silver Sparkles White Silver Crystal Bead Pendant is on a short 16 inch delicate chain, with the Swarovski pendant free to move along the chain, £16.   
Nails Inc

  I've got some sprinkles, lots and lots of sugary sweet sparkling sprinkles.  Thank you Nails Inc, they are truly lovely.  
    I got Sweets Way and Pudding Lane.  Sweets Way Sprinkles is my favourite of the two, a white polish infused with matte blue, pink and white sprinkles.  Pudding Lane is teal with navy and gold sprinkles.  All very fairy cake butter cream icing, my mouth tells me yum just looking at them on my nails.  
    Both are an irresistible Summer wedding ready pastel polish infused with mattified glitter particles, delivering the perfect amount of pastel plus sparkle.  
    I also got Albert Place, a beautiful soft pale pastel blue.  Sweets Way Sprinkles looks even better on top a layer of Albert Place.  For that Summer wedding I'm thinking a random mix of Albert Place, Sweets Way and Sweets Way over Albert Place.  
    I've tried the silver Nails Inc Diamond Burlington Arcade Nail Jewellery on top them all adds a high shine sparkle for a more glitzy holograph effect, love them all.  
    Nails Inc..from left..Sprinkles Sweets Way, Sprinkles Pudding Lane and Albert Place  
      Them lovely people at Nails Inc also sent this free gift, a five mini polish set called London Icons.  Bang on trend Summer polishes, for free, thank you again Nails Inc.  
      Nails Inc The Icons 5 mini polishes free gift  
shrunken boyfriends

  In the search of a black lightweight blazer for that Summer wedding I have been successful, twice.  Both tick the boxes, lightweight, black, fitted and short length.  
    First the ASOS Shrunken Boyfriend Blazer.  This jacket features sleek, longline lapels, a single button closure, long sleeve styling with silky lining prime for the turning up of cuffs, welt pockets to the waist, and a split vent to the reverse.  £40  
    From Debenhams, the Red Herring Black Lace Blazer features an all over lace design with lightly padded shoulders. It has a single button fastening, full length sleeves and two mock front pockets  Priced at £38, sign up for the Debenhams email newsletter, apply the 10% discount, get the blazer for £34.20.  
    Now, which one to wear for the wedding?  
ASOS mint clutches

  A box from ASOS brought two clutches to Starry Towers.  I'm putting the Summer Wedding Guest outfit together.  See below for the centre pieces, the Warehouse Metallic Skater Dress and the Kurt Geiger Pointed Mules.  The dress and shoes are fabulous and not in my usual fashion sphere.  I wear a lot of black, with blue when I fancy something a bit different.  Therefore a silver dress and mint green footwear have caused me pause for some considerable consideration.  This has called for my best stylist skills and gave me the opportunity to be a lot more imaginative than my usual, it feels good.  
    I'm thinking I'll tie in the pastel mint and shiny silver of the shoes with a clutch of the same, then reign it all back in with a black jacket, the jacket has to be fitted and short so as to show my true waist and not cover the drop waist detail, if I don't get that right I'm going to look wider than I am.  Good thinking.  
    I've found two clutches at ASOS, I'm well minted.  
    The first clutch is the ASOS Premium Leather Square Buckle Clutch in mint.  This has a fold-over closure with a silver-tone twist clasp fastening, a stitched panel design, a detachable wrist strap and a contrast lining with an inner zip pocket and branded tab.  I love the silverware and the wrist strap.  This clutch is half price, down from £60 to £30 in the sale.  The photograph doesn't show the true fresh mintiness, in reality the colour is the same pastel green of the second clutch and the Kurt Geiger Pointed Mules (see below).  
      Then we have the ASOS Leather Croc Metal Bar Clutch in a colour called wasabi.  Leather clutch bag by ASOS Collection. Featuring a colour block design with a mock croc effect, flap fastening with a silver-tone metal capped edge and an interior compartment with a zipped pocket.  Was £40, down to £20 in the sale.  
UGG currently have discount codes, for instance JULYSOLE20 will save you 20% off a spend of £125.  If you're spending a bit less go to and search "Rubbersole" for the other codes.  
    Say you're looking to purchase a new pair of UGG boots, you could be be in need of a back-up for your back-up back-up UGGs, the tall classic blacks are £199, but with the code, the price crashes to £159, with free delivery.  
    This is the only way to shop your favourite expensive footwear brands, wait for a great discount code, never pay full price.  
    Ugg Tall Classic Black  
fabulous pumps

  Three pairs of fabulous pumps at Starry Towers this week, and nobody more surprised than me.  Usually my pump experience only goes as far as my Croc Crocband Flats for work and my CocoRose and Tipsy Feet handbag-friendly emergency pumps for when you simply can not take one more step in a heel.  I use my handbag-friendly emergency pumps in airports on short connections.  
    First supermarket version is in fabric, the F&F Animal Print Peep Toe Pump, very Amy Winehouse minus the blood stains, astoundingly...only £8.  With a cushioned foot bed, textured sole, and bow embellishment across the peep toe, they are so comfortable, yet so fabulous, v cool.  Currently there's £10 off a spend of £50 at Tesco, enter FLIPFLOPS at the checkout.  
    Not to be outdone, George have an answer to the question, Summer pumps?  The Snakeprint Toe Cap Shoe, also £8.  These ballerina style pumps in snakeskin style with toe cap trim to front are also available in the colour option "wheat", which look to be a pinky shade, my choice had to be the turquoise.  Love Your Ballets, indeed I do now.  
    The high street version is in leather, the River Island Black Pointed Ballerina Pumps with contrast silver pointed and stud detail toe caps and white leather trims.  These were previously £45, down to only £20 in the sale.  
Ohhhh Kurt

  I find myself drooling, physically, actually slavering, over my new shoes, pass me a tissue and gaze adoringly at these beautiful Kurt Geiger Pointed Mules.  
    These are the Kurt Geiger Enigma Pointed Mules I've been weeping over for weeks.  First spotted them in The Sunday Times magazine I think it was, they went on to tease me with appearances in several other fashion magazines.  
    Pointed Mules in pale mint green, featuring a high cut vamp with a contrast piped trim, textured leather uppers, a pointed metallic toe, slim, flat sole and a high, metallic stiletto heel.  They also have the Kurt Geiger stars on the sole, a sweet little detail.  I couldn't believe my luck when they were reduced in the sale, from £140 to £31.50.  
    These will get their first outing at that Summer wedding, worn with my Warehouse Metallic Skater Dress, I just need a new jacket and clutch to complete my wedding guest look.  
metallic dress

  With an invitation to a Summer wedding next month I've been watching out for a dress for the occasion.  I'm expecting sunshine and want to go bare legged so I was hoping for something exactly like this high-on-the-breathability, light and comfortable stunner.  It had to be mini length and preferably something bang on trend and stand-out that'll upstage the bride.   
    LOOK magazine broke the news.  This Warehouse Metallic Skater Dress is constructed in a structured tailored fabric enhancing the fitted shape of this dress. It features a drop waist full skirt with deep band hem and a concealed zip fastening at the side. I love a drop waist.  
    I imagined a silver dress with a bit of puffy hip area would add inches, but the fitted style gives a very slimming silhouette.  Metallics are IN with a capital I and N, and they won't be going out next season either.  Not that that's going to stop me wearing it like forever.  
    It's a wonderful frock, perfection.   £66.  
lace shorts

  These F&F Lace Shorts are fully lined and finished in an all over floral lace.  They're mini length and detailed by a band at the waist and a concealed zip fastening at the side, £14.  
    Added bonus is I bought size 6, thank you Tesco for your ever so slightly unrealistic sizing.  
trinkets & sandals

  Trinkets-a-hoy here at Starry Towers, trinkets and shoes.  
    I have the Kurt Geiger Two Pack Ball Chain Necklaces in the blue option £15.00.  This is my recent Edinburger Airport purchase.£15 on the website, £12.50 duty free at the airport.  Features two coloured ball chain necklaces, a dark blue and a light blue, each has a star pendant, one each in a silver and a gold finish.  
    The Warehouse 3 Row Star Necklace in silvertone, was £10 now down to £7.  
      My favourite shoe people have done it again.  If you're looking for a sandal to rival all sandals, Zara is the place.  
      This is the Zara Fashion High Heel Sandal.  The red block 11.5cm heel contrasts beautifully with the delicate thin black straps.Was £69.99, down to £19.99.  You would have to be a fool to not.  
kitten metal spike heel

  The Zara Pointed Slingback With Contrast are made of goat leather, have a perfect 8 cms silver metal spike kitten heel and a pointy toe.  £49.99.  Stylish and classy, with a touch of timeless.  
wonder frock

  The Forever21 Pintucked Dropped Waist Dress is my most favourite buy from Forever21, ever.  This wonderful, fantastic and much-admired LBD is so flattering, so comfortable, so can't-live-without beautiful.  
    A retro-inspired lightweight and sleeveless shift dress, featuring a pintucked dropped waistline and simple round neckline has a perfectly darted bust and shirred skirt with a finished hemline.  To the back there's a centre seam with a hidden zipper placket and a hook-eye closure, ONLY £16.75!  
    Washing instructions say hand-wash, mine has been through a mixed-load wash a couple times and all is well.  Another plus is, hang to dry and no ironing required.  
    I'd buy another two of the same, but the size small is sold out.  I'll be watching, checking regularly in the hope it comes back in stock.  
smart & sexy shorts

  The Forever21 Lace Panel Shorts, £12.75, are lightweight with a hidden back zipper placket and hook-eye closure are so neatly cut they make my bum look bang tidy.  
    These high-rise ponte knit shorts featuring lace panels along the sides are my new favourite shorts and my second favourite buy from Forever21 so far.  
    Forever21 Lace Panel Shorts  
knit vests 

  The G21 Knitted Vest Top.  In a beautiful strong bright blue this mix stitch knit vest features a scoop neckline and a step hem, slightly longer at the back.  
    The G21 Star Knit Vest Top.  This black fine knit vest top has a scooped neckline and a gold foil star print to the front.  It runs on the big side though, so if you, like me, are usually a 10 on the top (and an 8 on the bottom) at George, opt for the size 8.  
    Only £12 a piece, and a bigger surprise, they're from George  
Summer blazer  

  The River Island Grey Stripe 3/4 Sleeve Shrunken Blazer is lightweight with 60% linen content and silky lining. £50.  This jacket is cool and casual while remaining smart.  It has a single front button and two front pockets.  Looks so chill this.  I'm loving the 3/4 sleeve with the appearance of pushed-up without the having to push-up, and the more tiresome keep-up once you've pushed-up, always annoying when a sleeve slips down constantly.  
    River Island Grey Stripe 3 Quarter Sleeve Shrunken Blazer   
lace dress, suede boots & side strap grab bag 

  Taking another little gander around the ASOS sale I found there was further opportunity for a bit more of that damn good 'extra 15% off sale prices'.  I was thinking, cos I'm the first to admit I ain't no Carol Vorderman (thankfully, her eyes have gone a bit funny recently), I wasn't even going to try to work out the final price I paid, but I surprised myself.  
    First up I give you the Vila Dress In Crochet With Scoop Neck, this beautiful dark blue frock features a crochet outer and a sheen finish lining.  It's cut with a scoop neckline to the front and back, has short crochet lace sleeves, with a fitted body and a textured, sheer crochet theme to the skirt hem.  It started at £45.00, was down to £22.50, then that extra 15% off kicked in...£19.13, I think.  
    My second ASOS swag snatch is the absofeckinlute bargain of recent shopping times, the ASOS Suede Grab With Hand Strap Detail.  I've been after a clutch bag with the bang-on-trend side hand strap for a long time, taaa-daa, if you put enough effort into shopping, you will be justly rewarded.  
      This is a genuine suede grab bag by ASOS Collection.  It's crafted in soft grey suede with metallic snakeskin-effect leather trims.  It features an oval spacious shape, a gunmetal zip closure with a tasselled zipper (nice), the all-important wrap-around hand strap, and piped metallic seams.  This was originally priced at £35.00, was down to £10.50 in the sale, it's beyond belief, but really, I got it for £8.93.  Nailed it.    
      The new boots match the shade of blue of the Vila crochet frock, perhaps one notch off, but no more, and that is as good as 'perfectly' when it comes to fashion.  I'd set my heart on finding blue ankle boots, I like blue, I like ankle boots, I need evening out type footwear.  Through much trial and error, online browsing and free returns, I've been sussing that 'fit for purpose' (ie I have to be able to actually walk in them) is becoming more important than trying to go full on fashion...I can't walk at impossibly high angles any more, and from what I've witnessed on city streets, I'm not the only one.  It's not pretty, watching young lasses walking like a Frankenstein/SAW escapee mash-up, exhausted and blind monster foot amputees, someone get the poor creature a wheelchair.  
      These real suede Zign Ankle Boots with knotted zip-back heel detail are functional thanks to the sturdy block heel, but just high enough at 3.5" to be night-time.  With rounded toe and a branding mark Z, in a Zorro stylee, discretely placed on the outer heal side, nice touch, they're at Zalando for £75, register on the website for a £5 discount code and get them for £70.  
ASOS sale 

  ASOS has a couple of little skater style frocks at sale prices not to be missed...I didn't...didn't miss them that is, not in the slightest, not at all.  
    First up here is my ASOS Spike Cluster Ring.  A statement ring by ASOS Collection featuring a cool edgy rock-chic cluster spike design of both shiny and matte finish spikes on a smooth tapered shank, in a silver-tone finish.  Was £8 down to £5.50 in the sale, cheap as chips, and just as easy to break.  I recommend you examine your ring closely on arrival.  
    It's not easy to see under such a profusion of spikes, but...  
    ...way more obvious once a load of the spikes fall off, as I experienced on first wearing.  The ever-so-fabulous spikes are attached to two hoops on the ring shank.  Happily I was able to save most of my dropped spikes, and hooked them back on.  The two hoops on the ring shank have to be pressed down hard to stop the spikes falling off, save yourself a load of grief by doing this prior to wearing.  
      Now, the frocks.  The ASOS Dress With Chiffon Panel is a mini skater dress, crafted in contrast chiffon fabrics. Featuring a round neckline and short capped sleeves, a contrast sweetheart bustier panel, a seamed high waist, a short flippy skater skirt, a single button fastening to the reverse with a long keyhole cut out, and a concealed zip through closure.  I like it so much I got the navy and the teal.  This is a superb, exquisitely made dress.  Was £35, down to £24 in the sale, hurry before it's all gone and regretted.  
      The Rare Lace Cap Sleeve Skater Dress is available in three colours, I only wanted it in aqua blue.  This is a mini dress by Rare, featuring a round neckline, lace overlay, short, sheer sleeves, a high, fitted waist with a metallic pin buckle belt, belt loops and soft pleating to the skirt.  Throw the belt away and accessorise with one of your own tan or black skinny belts, the gold/yellow tone metallic belt is nasty and cheap looking.  This dress was £49 down to £19.50 in the ASOS sale.  
      And here's an added incentive to shop the ASOS sale, for the next 5 days use promo code BONUS10 at the checkout for an extra 10% off the sale prices, and you could try EXTRA15 for an extra 15% off, I'm not sure if this is only for special customers, but it's surely worth a shot.  
      ASOS Dress With Chiffon Panel in navy front view         ASOS Dress With Chiffon Panel in teal back view  
       ASOS Rare Lace Cap Sleeve Skater Dress aqua blue  
contrast sleeve denim

  I'm particularly fond of the contrast trend in a coat and a jacket, I mean really really fond.  It's good on handbags too come to think about it.  Contrasting collars and sleeves on outerwear is my thing, it's very me.  
    Having spotted this in the April issue of Cosmo magazine I've been waiting, none too patiently, for Warehouse to make it available.  
    Adding to my contrast outerwear wardrobe the Warehouse Jeather Sleeve Jacket has a casually-cool look; featuring branded buttons, dark stitching and a light denim body.  
    What, you may be asking, is jeather?  I'm guessing it's an example of them popular portmanteau words, a jean leather hybrid, and sounded slightly better to the designer bods when they compared it to deather, denim leather.  What it is is a lightweight denim coated to create the look and feel of leather.  
    It's £60, but with the 25% Grazia discount code at Warehouse I got it for £45.  
Annie Haak Tassel necklace

  I've been at the Annie Haak again.  This was a carefully considered decision, consisting of  long hours of lusting over the laptop screen, tape measure in hand, figuring the lengths and the way it would hang.  Eventually I decided yes I wanted a silver long chain tassel necklace.  So I got one, but not just any silver long chain tassel necklace, the Annie Haak luxury silver long chain tassel necklace.   
    This absolutely beautiful Gili Luxury Tassel Necklace has a handcrafted sterling silver tassel on an 88cm long sterling silver handcrafted link chain.  The tassel  is 80mm long by 15mm wide and weighs approx 18.3 gms.  
    This stunning tassel comes on the Annie Haak standard Gili necklace (weight 7.2 gms).  They also offer a luxury Gili chain weighting 15.6 gms, which of course, I opted for.  It's a quality heavy tassel requiring a quality heavy chain.  (All measurements are a very very close approx.)  The necklace is supplied in a quality velvet pouch and Annie Haak jewellery box.  
silver toe-cap courts

  I've found them!  My new bang on trend heels for blingy occasions.  My new shoes are way better in real life than the website images.  
    These are the Topshop GABBI Metal Toecap Points in black.  A black suede pointy toe classic court with a 3.5" stiletto heel.  And only £50, currently there's free delivery on orders of £50 and over, hurry hurry.  
silver stuff

  Grazia discount code for 25% off at Warehouse, enter G25 at the checkout.
    For a 10% discount off the New In collection at AX Paris enter LOOK34X at the checkout.  For 20% off your first order just sign up for their newsletter.  
    I've got some new silver jewellery I'm all excited about and in sparkly adoration with. has a load of beautiful and highly desirable real sterling silver trinkets to fall in love with.  My purchases are fabulous.  
    First up, is their Stunning Designer Style Ball Charm Ring.  This is a truly fabulous designer style real silver ring.  A plain silver band with a bunch of silver ball charms of varying sizes individually attached.  I've had a cheap metal version of this before, loved the style intensely, but non-precious metals aren't for me, and it fell to bits.  
    Then I got a real silver and onyx version, but it's kinda on the small side and only fits my pinkies.  I even tried out the similar, but much smaller, Links Of London Effervescence Ring costing a huge £150.  Big price tag and surprisingly low on the bling factor.  Beating them all hands down is this Stunning Designer Style Ball Charm Ring  at only £30.  
    I also got the lovely Silver Stars Ankle Chain.  A plain silver anklet chain with three silver star charms between silver beads.  The stars and beads slide freely along the section of chain between the two outer fixed beads.  26cm (23cm with a 3cm extender), loving it already, and it's not even bare leg time of the year yet.  Only £12 .  
Lola Rose

  I'm just totally loving my new Lola Rose jewellery, and so will you.  They's making me well happy.  Check out for loads of designer name bargains, I went there for the Lola Rose.  
    First up is my beautiful Lola Rose  Dana Faceted Heart Peacock Quartzite Stretch Ring, available in several other semi-precious stone colour options.  These fabulous new style stretch rings by Lola Rose do away with the worry of getting your ring size right online.  
    The centrepiece is a gorgeous approx 3cm x 3.3cm faceted heart that sits on an elasticated double strand band of approx 3mm diameter beads.  This will stretch to fit most finger sizes.  Put it this way, if you can't get this on all your fingers and both your thumbs, you is a humungously large chunky-chip-fingered monster and must commence a hand/finger/thumb exercise program immediately.  
    Then we have the Lola Rose Courtney Bracelet in Black Agate with Silver Star, also available in many other stone colour varieties and some with a gold star.  This beautiful charm bracelet features 3mm smooth round beads and a 1.3cm sterling silver star charm.  And I do love a sterling silver star charm.  The love knot closure is suitable for most wrist sizes.  And seriously, if you can't get this on your wrist you should stop buying bracelets and just go with hula hoops.  And I'm not talking about the KP snack food.  
    Lola Rose Dana Peacock Quartzite Ring  
      Lola Rose jewellery is crafted from natural semi precious stones, making each and every piece truly unique, and presented in a high quality pink velvet and branded ribbon Lola Rose pouch.  
       offers competitive prices, free delivery and free returns.  Sign up to their mailing list for a 10% discount off your first order.  
River Island

  I just got a couple of River Island bargains in the current sale.  
    I tend to favour the black, I very occasionally go blue, but I certainly won't go pastel or neon.  I'm talking jackets, coats, blazers, that sort of top half outer wear.  But I have deviated...reassuringly for me, not very far...I've went grey.  The River Island Grey Smart Blazer looks and feels good, it's also a tad lighter for the better weather.  The main attraction was the contrast black trim details to pockets and collar.  The cut is great and the quality superb, the bargain price sealed the deal.  This was £55, but at less than half price now, down to £25.  
    Still loving my skater dresses so couldn't resist, I also scooped the Black Textured Dress.  Smart and stylish with 3/4 sleeves and a lovely luxuriously soft textured fabric, it drapes so nicely, it looks exquisitely right for both day and night dress-up occasions.  Was £30, down to half price at £15 in the sale.  

  What a great idea, just wish it was my idea.  The simplicity and obviousness of the Blingback is a wonder to behold.  I got the STARS, obviously.  £14.95 at and Amazon.  
    I found the Blingbacks while on the hunt for my ultimate party shoes, I want a sexy shoe, an envy-inducing shoe, a display it on the mantle-piece shoe,  a stunning shoe with a really stand out heel, but it also has to be comfortable.  This search is proving très difficile, sacrebleu!  
    Meanwhile, these Blingbacks will add sparkle and interest to a plainer pair of stilettos.  
    The blingy diamante clips come in a range of designs and with a choice of either a black or a clear comfortable silicon strip.  The silicon heel cushion fits inside the shoe, providing comfort and protection for your heels from shoe rubbing.  
    Blingbacks - the Stars  
Kurt Geiger ring

  There's a 25% discount code for Kurt Geiger, enter GRAZIA25 at the checkout.  I got the KG Kurt Geiger Greta ring I've looked at for a while.  I'm glad I hung on and this code came my way unexpectedly, because...the Greta Ring started out at £50.  In the recent sale it went down to an amazing £13, but it got even better with the discount code.  I got it for £9.75.  Sometimes, my bargain hunting skills...I even surprise myself.  
    Mine is the 'gold' tone, which comes with the crystal clear pyramid stone, and I got the small/medium, which is a generous 17mm/UK size N.  It fits my pinkies and ring fingers on both hands.  
Annie Haak

  I found a sterling silver ring I lurve at  Annie Haak makes beautiful, quirky, different, fabulous, stylish, eye-catching and divine sterling silver jewellery.  
    I have the Sterling Silver Ring Large Charm.  
    This ring is elasticated, so one size fits all, made of silver balls with a large open star charm.  There's a choice of charms and if you want a smaller charm they have two other options available size-wise, the medium and the itsy bitsy.  
    Lots of lovely other stuff too, necklaces, bracelets, earrings.  
    There's a 12% discount, enter MOREFACE at the checkout before 31st March.  
River Island frock

Still loving the skater dress in all it's various colours, fabrics and other such variations.
    I had found my favourite already, my River Island Blue Lace Belted Skater Dress, on here at 29/01/12.  Still loving that one lots and lots, but this is just one iota better because it's the same gorgeous dress, but in black, so it's going to meet my needs on LBD occasions as well as all other times.  
    Now I'm in equal love with my River Island Black Lace Belted Skater Dress.  It's basically the same lace skater dress only, in black, and short sleeved.  
    Both dresses have the same sweetheart neckline, the cut, the perfect mid-thigh length, the lace fabric, the lining, the woven skinny belt, it's all superb quality.  I've already worn and washed the blue in the machine, being extra careful...on a 30 degree wool wash.  It washes really well, I hung to dry and no ironing required.  These River Island lace skater dresses are fantastic.  
    They cost £35 a piece, get as many as you fancy, they're worth every penny.  
Boohoo frock

  This Boohoo dress found it's way to the Starry Towers Walk-In Wardrobe this week.  How'd that happen?  Anyways, here it is.  
    I'm loving a skater dress, they're very flattering and feel dressy and chic on.  The Cheryl Mesh Top Skater Dress in black is a classic sleeveless skater dress with a sweetheart neckline and a sexy mesh top, at £20.  
Diesel purse


I had a little look at Friend C's Diesel Choosit Zip Purse and I liked a lot.  I'm a Diesel fan already and this set me thinking I could do with a new purse.

    I chose the Diesel Women's Gemstuds Kriptonite Leather Zip and Popper Wallet.  
    This leather purse/wallet is 19 x 3 x 11 cm, has press stud fastening to the main compartment, multiple card slots and an interior zipped pocket with a blue zip, as well as an exterior zipped pocket.  The exterior zip has a branded keychain.  More Diesel branding with a metal logo detail to the front and a lovely bright blue shade interior branded logo.  
    Normal price is £75 but I got mine for the best price at Amazon, only £50.  

    I was looking at my new stuff and figured there's a few little bits that have somehow or other slipped through the blogging process.  
    At H&M I have the answer to the peplum trend for only £12.99.  The H&M Top Peplum Hem black Short-sleeved figure-fit top in soft jersey with a seam at the waist and a flounce at the hem.  It's available in several different shades/patterns, I went for the simple black to go with a variety of bottoms.  
      I think it's too late to be promoting this Matalan Chiffon Star T Shirt in black, I think it's sold out, sorry bout that.  But it was a total bargain at only £8.  

I wasn't sure about the poncho until I saw this one at sale price at Desireclothing.  They have a few to choose from all at reduced sale prices.  I chose the Black Fairisle Print Hooded Poncho in black down from £20 to £10.

starry eyed

  When it comes to sunglasses, I only wear Ray-Bans, until I found these Ray-Ban Wayfarer-a-likes at River Island.  
    Like Wayfarers, but with silver star detail, they're also available in pink and brown tortoiseshell.  
    Not as good as Ray-Bans, but a very affordable and reasonable £10.  
random dress picks 

  These are the Really Adorably Nice Dresses Of Marvelousness I want to share with you.  
    First we go to River Island.  The River Island Black Chiffon Side Dress, priced at £50.  So quirky and different, a basic little black mini dress is transformed with unique long chiffon side details.  It looks great, feels wonderful on.  
      Over at, tick a few boxes in one easy to wear frock, tartan - check (s'cuse the pun), skater - check, total bargain - check.  The Desire Tartan Skater Dress, was £20, now down to £15.  It's very very nice.  
      The flapper trend?  Get it in one gorgeous little frock for a very reasonable price at Desireclothing.  The Desire Black Embellished Flapper Dress, was £50, now on sale at £25.  
      I'm loving the skater style so much and was thinking, lace - check, tartan - check, what about mesh and contrast...over to  The Layla Royal Blue Mesh Insert Contrast Skater Dress, previously £24.99, now only £14.99.  
      Over at ASDA there's the G21 Scallop Trim Shift Dress, a ponte pinafore style dress with scallop trim.  I got the coral (down to £10), totally pissed off that the turquoise seems to have come online and immediately went Out Of Stock.  Hmmm.     
starry jammies  

  I'm so loving my starry onesie...for lounging around, for nipping to the Sunny D village shop...I've looked for more but there was nothing glam or starry enough for me.  
    I was feeling rather dejected till I found the Star Print Fleece Pyjama Bottoms at George.  These bottoms are super soft with an all over white on black star print, they're comfy fleecey pyjama bottoms with a tie detail and elasticated waistband.  
    Night wear as day wear is fast becoming my favourite choice of clothing for days off.  
    These delightfully snuggly trousers are £6.  Also selling at £6 is a Long Sleeved Hooded Fleece Top in black which matches nicely with the bottoms.  This equally soft fleece pyjama top has a hood and large kangaroo pocket, perfect.       
River Island frocks

  I need a nice Spring day out, maybe for afternoon tea and triangular sandwiches with the crusts cut off and a pretty cupcake with stars on, but I digress.  I need an excuse to wear my new River Island frocks.  
    This is special, comes in different colour options, but I think this blue is the loveliest.  The flirty skater skirt is a key style for spring, this ice blue lace 3/4 sleeve belted skater dress with tan skinny belt is Coo-el with a capital C.  Blue Lace Belted Skater Dress, £35.  
    The Navy Crochet Panel Waisted Dress is relaxed, casual and pretty.  It's sleeveless with contrast crochet panel detail and back button fastening.  Don't ever let anyone convince you that navy and black don't work together, they so do, wear this with thick black tights for winter then go bare legged with it in summer.  Only £20.  
    These two blue shades of Frill Bodycon Dresses were originally £18 each but are now down to £8 a pop, a total bargain.  It's available in six different colours though some of the others are selling at £15.  
      That's my spring frock wardrobe sorted.  
UGG Baillie

  If you like your genuine UGGs, and you should, there's a very special discount code available at official online retailer  It's not got long to run, so I'm rushing this post up tonight.  The code expires on Tues 31 Jan 2012, so hurry now.  
    The code is valid on all full price items over £130, enter RBSHOES20 at the checkout.  And there's free delivery.  
    Another great bonus is Rubbersole do the half sizes, a 4.5 is a European size 37 according to the site size chart.  I have found the 5 too large especially when the boots get older and have stretched a bit, the 4 is better for me, though maybe just a tad too short on my left foot.  The 4.5 is perfect.  
    I'm always wearing my Classic Talls folded down, sooo I reckoned I need the UGG Australia Bailey Button in black  
    I'd be lost without my UGGs, wearing at least one pair every day.  
      These are £190 at full price, down to £152 with this fantastic discount.  

Bailley Button

ASOS night out

  I'm sooo ready for a night out, these two new ASOS beauties need to be shown off with pride.  This is THE clutch and THE night out frock.  
    THE clutch.  This ASOS Suede Croc Stud Clutch by ASOS Collection is the perfect oversized clutch for day or evening.  Made of soft suede with a croc effect finish, this stylish statement accessory is available in black or nude, I've got the black.  
    It features an oversized rectangular main, a fold over flap and a detachable wrist strap.  Adding the cutting edge detailing there's the pyramid stud trim, I lurve a stud detail.  Oversized clutch bags are big enough for all the daily essentials but classy enough to add a dollop of chic, this one adds a dash of blingy fashion savvy.  The best news is it's only £30.  
    THE clutch  
      Now THE frock.  The frock is a T-shirt Dress by Mina in silver.  This is the metallic trend must have.  The fabric is so soft and drapes beautifully, it's fantastically good.   
      Crafted in a high-shine textured metallic material, it features a wide round neckline with a contrast bound trim.  With a relaxed short styling, a stitched hitched detailing to one side seam, and loose short sleeves with contrast trims.  Designed with a casual T-shirt cut in a slouch fit, it's my new favourite dress-up dress.  The bestest bit is, it was previously £45, now it's only £18.  Get it quick before it's gone.  
      THE dress  
Fashion Union

  I get back from a long time away in snowy foreign lands and what's this...a nice wee surprise I'd all but forgot about (nearly), the couple sales bargains from FashionUnion.  I ordered before I set sail.  
    These are simply great bargains at £23 for the two.  Basic good comfortable relaxed style tops.  
    The Black Jennie Stripe Jumper was £24, and down to £15 in the sale.  This longline statement knit jumper features wide horizontal stripes, a scoop neck, and long sleeves and is also available in grey.  It's a lovely soft knit and long enough on my short stature to be worn as a tunic.  
    The Grey Kendra Oversized Star print Tee is an oversized tee featuring a large scribble style star to the front, fitted sleeves, a wide boat neck, and boxy fit.  Also available in red, it was £16, down to only £8 in the sale.  
DKNY boots

  DKNY Cascade Boots are THE boots for the cold and wet weather.  Stylish, good looking and practical...that's me...but the same compliments can be applied to the boots.  Made of a waterproof nylon textile and rubber, lets start from the chunky substantial soles and work up.  
    They have a 0.5" rubber lug traction sole with a 1.5" block heel, keeping a girl sure-footed in the snow.  The round-toed rubber upper is exactly what's needed for trudging through snow and all that unintentional splashing in slush and puddles.  The lightweight knee high shaft is made of the waterproof nylon and has a pocket to the outer side of each boot.  A slip-in style pocket like you'd find on the hip of a jean or a trouser.  Very nice detail.  
    More fabby details are at the top of the shaft with an adjustable pinch buckled belt, logo tab and fabbiest of all, the wide ribbed knit cuff accent which provides the contrasting trim I require in a Winter boot and cosy comfort.  
    So far, so perfect, now, what of the inside?  Will the interior disappoint?  Not on your wellie, see what I done there?  Not on your wellie instead of not on your nellie.  Anyways, the boots are lined with a soft, warm fleece fabric from the knit cuff right all the way down to the toes.  The absolutely perfect bad weather fashion footwear.  
    I'm usually a size 38 in footwear, in this DKNY boot the 37 fits me.  I got mine in Norway, you can get yours at (half price in the sale) or House Of Fraser (full price, few sizes left).  




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