Sunday, 25 January 2015

MUSIC | January Playlist

Hey! I've attempted to do music related posts on my blog quite a few times but always seem to fail the simple task of continuously posting them on a monthly basis, so here I am, trying again for 2015.

I recently discovered a website called 8tracks, a site full of playlists that consist of at least 8 tracks. I honestly didn't think there were a better music streaming site than Spotify, until now! For the past week I've been losing myself in different playlists, discovering new artists and absolutely loving it. (My favourite is the chill section) Listening to all these new songs inspired me to make a playlist for January, compiled of all the songs I've been playing non-stop and my flatmates probably can't stand! So have a listen, tell me what you think and if you've got an account, follow me - allyretro!

(You can press play without a new window opening or you having to have an account to listen, 8tracks is too cool for that)

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

OOTD | All In The Value

Coat - Matalan | Blouse - H&M | Skirt - Tesco Clothing | Boots - TK Maxx | Bag - River Island 

Hello first outfit post of 2015! A couple of days ago me and Vanese were popping in to town and the sun decided to join us.. of course we had to take full advantage of this and find a nice spot to take outfit pictures at. I settled on this wooden gate, it makes a nice change from my white background!

I bought this coat a couple of months ago at a bargain of £10 but have never worn it, I don't like to wear coats are shorter than my skirt - (also the neckline on it is so awkwardly scooped, it irritates me) but it's 2015 now and I've got to start wearing what I buy! I have fallen in love with this H&M blouse, I'm surprised I've not damaged it anyway yet, I've worn it so much! It goes with pretty much every lipstick and well.. that's all I've ever wanted in life! Finished the outfit off with my trust River Island bag, you can never go wrong with black and gold!

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

RESOLUTIONS FOR 2015


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Hello there, stranger! To say its been a long time would be the biggest understatement of 2014! As the end of the year approaches, so does my urge to blog again. I feel like since coming to university I've done nothing but laze about & watch Gossip Girl (doesn't mean I regret it!) Some say you shouldn't wait for a new year to make changes - as much as I agree, I also think that sometimes a new year is what you need. It's a chance to say goodbye to bad habits, let go of grudges, eliminate the negative & move on to better things. That being said, here's some of my resolutions for the new year..

|| Have a positive attitude towards life 
|| Attempt one good deed a day
|| More blog posts on food
|| Spend less time over-thinking and worrying
|| Be more organised
|| Don't be afraid to tell people how I feel
|| Exercise
|| Create a playlist on Spotify each month
|| Give away clothes I don't wear
|| Challenge my comfort zone
|| Make an Acai Bowl
|| Blog more frequently
|| Say goodbye to weirdly shaped eyebrows
|| Drink more water
|| Don't let anxiety or panic stop me from doing my thang
|| Find the perfect red lipstick
|| Complete the 30-day-shred
|| Read more books, magazines and blogs
|| Go to at least three gigs
|| Less chocolate, more veggies
|| Go to another country in Europe
|| Get a new look
|| Save and be smarter with money
|| Remember it's work before play 
|| Buy a new acoustic guitar
|| Do something for the first time

What are you resolutions for the new year?
(Happy new year x)

Sunday, 31 August 2014

NEW IN | WINTER BOOTS


The lack of footwear I have is unreal, every year there is a perfect pair of boots that I cannot afford and when winter arrives I'm left wearing flats. Recently I was looking around on the TKMAXX site and came across these babies. Other than the fact that they are insanely beautiful, the prices that they are is crazy. The platform boots are £24.99 and the chelsea boots are £19.99. I bought them both seeing as they were so cheap and the price combined is what I'd pay for one pair anyway. I've been wearing both non-stop and can't believe they are so cheap and such good quality, I was expecting the heels and platforms to be foamy or plastic but they're really sturdy. I'd definetely recommend everyone check out TKMaxx's footwear section, they have so many boots and shoes at great prices. I'm excited to wear these two during winter.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

HAUL | BACK TO BASICS

Hello friends
I do apologise for my impromptu break from blogging, life has been all over the place and I didn't really feel I had anything to blog about. Things have calmed down now and I have collected some basic clothing essentials that will be great for university. 

Striped Top - Primark (via Depop) - £5

Stripes are always a yes, they look good dressed up with a big statement necklace and dressed down with jeans. I like this top because it's boxy and more black than white and that just makes it easier to wear with everything. I've been wearing this non-stop and won't be stopping anytime soon!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Update + OOTD | A Place We Call New

Jumper - Charity Shop | Skirt - Matalan | Shoes - Primark | Lipstick -  Bourjois in "Nude-ist"

Hello lovelies, it's been a while! 

Not much has changed since my last post, but I did (if it's not obvious) get my septum pierced! I was getting bored of my nose ring and have always loved septum piercings so I decided I'd go for it. I also got a temporary job at Next for a bit of summer, I actually had my first day today and it was actually quite nice. I am very scared for the sale to start on Saturday though, I do hope the customers don't go all crazy! The last bit of exciting news that I actually recieved today is that I got into university! It feels surreal, I wasn't expecting my results until next month and then all of a sudden I got an email from UCAS telling me my conditional offer has changed to unconditional, I am a very happy girl.

I've been wanting to feature this white jumper for a couple of months now and it's such a shame that I waited until the colour faded into an off-white to show it! I came across this skirt in Matalan a couple of months ago and thought it was so cute. I never actually bought it as I didn't think it would look right on me but I saw it again when out shopping the other day and saw the £4 price tag and thought it would be rude not to! It's super high waisted and says on the tag that it's part of a two-piece set, it would be lovely to find the top to this as I'm loving co-ords this season. The skirt fits much better than expected, it didn't look very skatery when I first saw it, but on it does! I paired these two items with a nude/pink lip and pointy flats. 

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

OOTD | All the pretty stars shine for you, my love


Cami - £8, Hotpants £5 - Clothesminded* | Shirt -River Island |  Boots - River Island

Hello all, how are you?
I have been absent from blogging due to life stresses and college work, but yesterday I finally finished my two years at college and am already feeling bored of summer!

Any hoo, I was so happy to be sent these hotpants from clothesminded as I'm always in the same bottoms, it's nice for a change. I've been wearing these hotpants religiously, they're so comfy and don't stretch after wearing or washing them (winning!).What I love about these hotpants is that they're very weather appropriate and super high waisted! They look great paired with absolutely anything, I almost feel like I should be on a beach! I forgot to take a clear picture but they have two big pockets at the front, such a nice touch and so useful for summer if you don't want to carry around a bag.  I paired these pants with another item from clothesminded, it's this tribal print cami that has a fringe, so paired with the hotpants gives off a festival-y vibe! I topped this all off with a red shirt, I'm not one for showing arms so I think this makes a nice cover up.