wahaca and the lady.

Topshop silk shirt, ASOS harem trousers with corset waist detail, Mulberry Alexa, New Look platform chunky heel booties

When Val came down to London a few weeks ago with a friend, I took both of them to Wahaca, possibly my favourite Mexican restaurant here in London - it's a fresh modern spin on Mexican market eating, and everything comes in perfect portions, made with fresh ingredients and remarkably tasty! A must-try for anyone in London; I'm taking some friends to the newly opened branch at Wardour Street next week :)

It's quite true that Taureans are remarkably attuned to liking one style and sticking to it (the trait of loyalty! I'm inspired by a wide range of styles, but I do stick to them). H&M Magazine pointed out that Taureans love what Phobe Philo has done with Celine. The return of lady-like to tailored pieces has done wonders to women's self-confidence - we can dress as powerfully as men but with our own feminine flair added... this silk blouse, paired with a pair of harem trousers (the best - not overly tailored but with enough structure to polish an outfit off) and low-key booties makes a lovely, lovely off-day look that can also double as a work outfit if I add a stunning black tuxedo jacket. Smart, intelligent and polished is sexy.

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two versions of schoolgirl.

Zara cotton turtleneck sweater/jumper, Primark skirt, Topshop tights, Mulberry Alexa, Topshop brogues, Warehouse beanie, DIY necklace, Venetian Murano glass ring

I met up with Stella and Shiru on a Friday afternoon after school for a quick coffee and a browse through Selfridges, only to find that Stella had also gone the schoolgirl route (albeit a more cosy field-frolicking version, rather than my darker intellectual stickler one - this look is reminiscent of the girl who carries a Moleskine everywhere and sits down for coffee [no milk, no sugar] every few hours to ponder things like politics, philosophy and literature - I'm not so sure I'm that girl though Shiru might be), pairing a satchel with lace-up shoes and cute headwear. While it might be slightly OTT for some people to match their accessories by colour, I still adore the pink of my Alexa with these brogues; and the different shades of camel Stella sports are wonderfully in tune with the classic 70s tone of the season.

If you were wondering, my hair's actually up in a high side-pony under the beanie, but I let the ends peek out to create the illusion of a messy shoulder-bob - I've been considering going short but I love long hair too much!

The days are getting shorter even if each day feels like it lasts forever into the night, and I'm piling on more layers; at the end of October I could have just worn this outfit without worrying about getting more ill than I already am, and bare legs were admissible. The only warmth I get during nights out in bare legs on boats and in London clubs is from the various people who pass in and out, holding their glasses up high and losing themselves in the music, the crowd and the celebration of our seemingly endless youth...

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halloween 2010: 1920s flapper vampire girl

Topshop flapper beaded tunic dress, Topshop garter-print tights, Chanel purse, Guess patent stiletto pumps, Joy headband and feather clip, Riccimie triple-strand necklace

For Halloween this year, I dressed up as a vampire flapper girl for a vampire-themed Halloween party at Studio Valbonne; I hadn't had a clue as to what I'd dress as until I spotted this beautiful stormy blue tunic dress at Topshop and immediately thought of a 1920s flapper outfit. The Great Gatsby is one of my utmost favourite books (I'm in love with the clutch Kate Spade did) and I'd never really gone all flapper before with a headdress. For a modern reinterpretation I picked up a floral headpiece from Joy with a bit of veiling, and a feather clip I attached to the main headpiece - as my hair's dark, I didn't want a black headpiece. Chanel Rouge Allure in Maniac (from the Chanel Noirs Obscurs Collection) and wide winged eye makeup finished off a glamorous vampire look...


P.S. I was out with Stella and Shiru again! Stella's sporting gorgeous Topshop key pieces in the form of the Russian fur hat and the sparkly prom dress layered over a H&M Peter Pan-collar blouse!

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pink leather and deep purple knit and cinnamon bun comfort.


Sparkle & Fade tunic tank dress, Zara scarf, Mulberry Alexa bag, Topshop brogues

Yes, I finally got myself a bag after a couple of years of sharing bags with the Mother - say hello to the darling that is the fuchsia pink Mulberry Alexa! When I first arrived in London, we dropped in at an Amex shopping night at Harvey Nichols and picked up this sweet darling, the perfect introduction to London style.

While K has lamented the various inconveniences of the bag in terms of ways to carry it, closing it, the fastenings, the size and the weight, it's quite easy to master usage of this versatile bag - it's also less heart-breaking to use it for school or running errands, as opposed to the popular Chloé Marcie or Paraty bags, which seem less durable and definitely heavier. I can even fit my 13-inch MacBook, one textbook and all my other knick-knacks into the Alexa with some room to spare.

On the afternoon I debuted the Alexa, I met up with Shiru for some comfort food at Nordic Bakery at Golden Square - I had a slice of orange and poppy seed cake while waiting for a fresh batch of the famous cinnamon buns to come up from the kitchen; simply delicious and just what I needed after an intense week of parties. Shiru's coursemate Stella (of Stella's Wardrobe) is a fellow fashion-addict and coincidentally dropped in at the bakery while we were there; she's developed an obsession for the Alexa and I couldn't resist letting go of it long enough for her to have some pictures with it - there she is up there gleefully holding it :)

Apologies again for the lack of quick updates! I've really been going out too often, but London's addictive and I'm having the time of my life even with the occasional bouts of melancholy and loneliness.


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