Wednesday, 16 April 2014

OOTD | Oh I'm hanging high

Shirt - LaRedoute* | Skirt - Amazon | Coat - Charity Shop | Boots - River Island | Lips - Rimmel Pencil in "Indian Pink"

Today was a lovely day to take blog pictures, it makes me so happy how the sun has come out so much these past couple of weeks. I've come to the conclusion that my favourite colour to wear is grey marl, it's versatile and always flattering. This adorable shirt is from LaRedoute and not only is it grey marl, it also has cats all over it! The quality of this shirt is quite amazing, the cats haven't faded and the shirt is still as grey as when I first received it a couple of weeks ago. I picked up this tweed oversized boyfriend coat today in a charity shop (these pictures don't do it justice), Vanese told me not to buy it as we're coming into summer but I just couldn't resist, coats like this are usually around the £40 mark so to find this for £6.50 I didn't really have a choice in the matter! 

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

March | Wishlist

March Wishlist
Life has been so busy recently with college and all of it's deadlines. I started this year with a positive attitude towards blogging, making sure I'd do at least 4 posts per month.. and here I am with 1 post done in March! I want to start blogging properly when I get all my work done and save some money for some new clothes! Anyway, here's my (late) March Wishlist! <3

1 - Patterned bottoms are so in right now and whilst on a hunt for Sammi's pair on River Island, I came across a similar version. I love the pattern and like Sammi's it would look nice dressed down and with a belt (which awesomely comes with the trousers).

2/3 - I have a massive love for striped tops, I just love how casual they are and I think it's super important to own at least one! 1 is from Topshop and I like the black background and thin white lines, these shirt would probably look good with any colour lipstick! I could also see this crop top being paired with one of those adorable ballerina type skirts.

4 - Co-ords have been very popular recently, I imagine they will be a favourite this spring/summer. What I like about this pair is that the top/jacket have sleeves, most co-ords I see are sleeveless so it's nice to see a change. I love the rolled sleeves, colours and the patterns.

5 - Over the past couple of months I think it's fair to say that trainers have been getting very popular again. The last time I wore trainers were probably when I was in primary school and after that I never thought I'd actually want a pair.. but after seeing many photos on Tumblr I've been persuaded and now I feel I need a pair! I've seen quite a few people purchase these Nike Air Force 1's in black and white. I really love the white pair and since black is what I wear most of the time, it would be nice for a pop of colour to end it with!

6 - Recently I've been liking Matalan. It came as a surprise to me that their items are actually quite good! As soon as I saw this coat on their site I knew I had to put it up on this wishlist. Pastels are always in around this time so I think this would be the perfect coat for spring and summer. It's lightweight and cropped and looks seriously good with the outfit it has been styled with! There's also a longer version which is just as beautiful!

Saturday, 8 March 2014

PerksOfBeingAlly 2nd Birthday & Bill's Restaurant

Two years ago on February 28th 2012 I made this blog. I'm honestly so shocked I've stuck it out for another year as I've been way more busy than when I first started blogging. Since this past year my blog has grown so much; I only had 183 followers and I now have over 300, I produce much better content (I'm loving just doing outfits and wishlists). I just love blogging as it's my own space, I get to do what I want to do and when I want to do it, it's such a fun escape. Here's to another year! <3

On a different note.. a couple of weeks ago I went to Bill's in Covent Garden with Vanese and Sian. I've seen lots of good reviews on Bill's so I was really excited to try it out. When we arrived I fell in love with the scenery, it was all so cute and homey. On the walls were hundreds of sauces that you can purchase, the tables had candles on them and when it got dark they'd light them all up and the room looked so beautiful. When we sat down we were offered drinks and decided to get water, the water came in a large glass jug which was useful since the cups were quite small and it would be annoying to keep asking for more water. 
Everything on the menu sounded amazing and I'm pretty sure I've never seen such an inexpensive one before! I went with the Halloumi and Hummus burger with Skinny Sweet Potato Fries which was served on a wooden board, I'm a big lover of hummus, so paired with Halloumi.. I was bound to fall in love. And Underneath is a picture of Vanese's Cod Fish Finger Sandwhich with Fries which she said she also loved!

Bill's was such a nice restaurant and the staff were very friendly, I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to go to out to eat but doesn't want to spend too much.They also have free wifi, so they've basically won me over. I'll definitely be visiting again <3

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

OOTD | I've been losing sleep, dreaming about the things that we could be

Lace Top - Charity Shop | Skirt - MissLuxe | Flats - Primark | Rings - Waiste & Primark | Lipstick - MAC "Russian Red"

Skater Maxi Skirts have become quite popular recently, so on the last day of January I purchased this lovely black pleated maxi skirt from MissLuxe for an amazing price of £15 (I'm almost certain this was the only one under £30). When it arrived I really really loved it, but I had nothing to pair it with, a week later in my two hour lunch break I found this beautiful lace polo top. I wore it with flats because I'm not a fan of heels and anything with a flatform made me look even shorter than I am! I matched the red flats with MAC's Russian Red and popped on a hair donut. I think monochrome always look good with a pop of red.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Wishlist | February

Feb Wishlist

This month I've been loving essentials and summer-esque bits

One : Monki 
Zosia Cardigan - I really love big oversized cardigans, this one from Monki is so similar to an American Apparel one that I like and is just as expensive! This would be so lovely to throw on in summer on a humid evening.

Two : Shell Pink Chiffon ShirtI really like the colour of this boxy blouse from New Look, a nice colour for spring. I'm really digging how long the sleeves are too. I think this blouse would look really nice with a black PVC mini skirt!

ThreeThe Jules Bag by Marc B - I was totally blown away by this beautiful burgundy Marc B bag when on the Topshop site. This is such a lovely every day bag that I would love to be carrying around with me in summer. I'd say burgundy is quite a versatile colour so this bag would probably go with every outfit. 

FourSevered Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn SchneiderI came across this book whilst on Amazon, it's about a a seventeen-year-old boy called Ezra Faulkner who some say has the "perfect life" until one day his life is turned upside down after a tragic car accident causing him to break his knees. He can no longer achieve his dream in the athletic career and is no longer popular. He then meets a girl called Cassidy Thorpe and she is someone who is unlike anyone Ezra has ever met and together they discover new adventures! I'm a sucker for a love story and nearly every review I've read on this book says that it's fairly similar to The Fault in Our Stars and I love that book so I think I'll thoroughly enjoy this one!

Five : Lucy Lace Bra - Triangle Lace Bras are the only things I see on Tumblr these days and everyone looks beautiful in them. I've put way too many triangle bra's in my wishlists to not have one by now, it's one of those things I always forgot to buy when I have money! I love how cute and dainty they look.

Six : Topshop Tika2 High Vamp Skaters - I've seen many different versions of these slip on's everywhere recently (I'm pretty sure their a dupe of someone's but I can't remember who!) I've really been loving how people have been styling them with jeans and printed pants. These ones are a bargain at £20 on Topshop, I love the croc effect and the mono colours which make them easy to wear with almost anything!

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Saturday, 15 February 2014

OOTD | To outplay is not to love

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Shirts - Primark / Necklace - Topshop / Boots - River Island / Lipstick - MAC 'Russian Red'

On Friday I spent my evening, night (& morning!) with Sian and Vanese. We got ready at Sian's - who has an awesome Nikon camera so of course I couldn't not take some good quality pictures, thanks Sian! I bought this crop top from Primark for £10. I never spend over £5 on a single item in Primark but this blouse was totally worth it. I wore Vanese's gold cat necklace that I got her from Topshop for Christmas and wore my skater skirt and belt from New Look, I can't resist a black and gold colour scheme! I saw some other shirts in Primark that I will definitely be going back for, I'm loving their new S/S stock. Even though summer isn't coming anytime soon it's still nice to be able to wear non-knitwear related items.

I've added a new "Shop My Closet" section on my blog. If you don't know what that is, it's where you can quite literally.. buy things from my closet! There's only a few things on there, I have more to add and I have even more items on Depop (username is "AllyRetro").

I've been loving lots of music recently, I've been loving Beyonce's new album (Partition has been on repeat for days!) I've also been loving Bombay Bicycle Club's new album "So Long, See You Tomorrow" one of my favourites from the album is "Come To", this song gives me massive nostalgic feelings, it's a really great song, have a listen.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

OOTD ft Mr Nutcase | Stop making a big deal out of the little things

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Cardigan, Leggings - Primark | Shirt - ASOS | Boots - River Island | Chain - H&M | Ring - Waiste | Case - Mr Nutcase*

Happy February! I've been meaning to feature this shirt Vanese got me for Christmas so I thought leggings with my boots would do the job! I paired it with my burgundy cardigan I bought last year in Primark. I do love this cardigan, I just wish it wasn't so bobbly, think I might need to invest in some more! 

My phonecase is from Mr Nutcase. I chose to do a customised one with this 3D cat design I found on Tumblr (and because of the 3D illusion, when I turn on my phone torch it lights up and looks super badass) and then I added "Feline Meow" as a sort of pun! I do wish there were more layouts when designing, but other than that everything else is brilliant. The quality of the case is really good, it doesn't look cheap or show any obvious outlines. The delivery was fast and if you like their Facebook page you get a free screen protector. You can get a case for almost anything that needs a case at an amazing price of only £15!

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