For reference the pic below is what my hair looks like right now but as I am still catching up on outfit posts from October you will still see some pics of me with the blonde hair.
So it is almost 2014. Where has the year gone? I honestly feel like time is moving too fast and eventually one day it will just run out. So I will be 28 next year (getting old lol!) and really need to think about travelling overseas sometime pretty soon. I see photos from all of my friends who have visited and even lived overseas and I get so jealous. So time to stop procrastinating and start planning!
My biggest dream is to visit New York City and live like Carrie Bradshaw. I would visit the Manolo and Prada stores in New York and spend up big. Of course this is a dream and I do not really have that sort of money but a girl can wish right?
So excited. Now I just need to save some money! Tell me have you been (or lived in New York?)
I am not sure about you but there is nothing sexier than a guy in some skinny jeans, a polo top and some nice shoes. Finding your special guy a decent pair of jeans can be pretty difficult though especially if they are fussy!
If they are super fussy check out some of the great jeans on offer at Roger David. I am sure you will find a full outfit for your man, just in time for Christmas parties!
Being single doesn't matter either as you can find some nice clothes for your brother or dad. I have already bought my brother some presents this year but I do know he would probably love another pair of jeans. Oh well there is always next year!
I recently added some new additions to my household! I think you guys have already met my guinea pig Asher (the plain white one) but now I also have Tilly (the fluffy one) and Skye (the black and white one). They are adorable but Asher was my first guinea pig and will remain my favourite. She is also happy for me to pick her up and play with her…the other two, not so much.
I also still have my beautiful baby Bella who has taken over some of my new furniture already. As soon as I got the cane chair she claimed it as her own. FYI it is now white and upholstered. Pics to come.
And my beautiful best friend Phoebe. Although she is getting on in age (she is 14) I honestly feel blessed every day to have her in my life.
I couldn’t imagine a life without my fur babies they are everything to me. I hope one day I can open my own rescue shelter for cats that is my dream. Maybe one day.
1. The Pretty Office Chic
The winter weather in Britain is usually a mixed bag, veering from frost and snow to heavy downpours. However, the cold is usually a constant factor, so a good winter wardrobe must be stocked with cosy knitwear and practical shoes and outerwear. Wearing bulky layers can make even the most stylish dresser feel frumpy at times, but this needn’t be the case. Many of this season’s trends involve high-quality fabrics and designs which mean that style needn’t be sacrificed for warmth and comfort.
The leather trend was all over the Fashion Week catwalks and it has been adopted enthusiastically by high street chains and smaller designers alike. Leather is a natural fabric, so as well as keeping wind and cold out and body warmth in, it's also great for weathering those damper days - so with a leather coat, you can make a real style statement and be practical too.
Whilst a classic leather jacket was the perfect choice for autumn, leather outerwear has been taken up a notch for the winter season. Look to boutique designers and leather specialists for a longer-length leather coat in a streamlined, tailored style.
Fur has added instant chic to outfits for centuries, and this year is no different. Animal lovers can rest easy, however, as most designers now opt for faux, the quality of which has improved dramatically over recent years. Fur needn’t be limited to outerwear, meaning that you can stay snug indoors, whether on a casual day out or night in. Look for a cardigan with a fur collar, though ensure the knitwear is fine: a thick weave combined with a fur trim can look bulky.
Finally, winter calls for decent footwear. Walking in snow and ice means that heels are a no-no: instead put practicality first. Go for classic riding boots which reference the heritage trend. They work with skirts or trousers and allow you to be comfortable on your feet all day.
Combining practicality and style is simple this season, and so is paying for your new wardrobe staples. The Platinum Card from American Express offers flexibility with no preset spending limit. This charge card has a number of appealing features, including travel and concierge services and the opportunity to earn reward points. Restock your wardrobe for the New Year ahead and make your finances work for you with an American Express charge card.
Thanks for the those have beared with me during my break and stuck around. It is great to know that I haven’t lost too many readers.
During the past few weeks I have realised that I (myself) have changed and hence the direction of my blog has changed. I no longer just want to post photos of my outfits. I am yearning to branch out and include my other hobbies on this blog.
I have considered changing the name and URL of this blog but am unsure yet. Any suggestions?
Not many people know but I make jewellery, design blogs and also refurbish antique furniture. I would love to combine all of these attributes into my blog and I just feel like this blog doesn't currently do this.
If you choose to no longer follow my blog due to these changes that is fine and thank you for following my blog during the past (almost) 3 years.
This post is just to advise that I am taking a break from blogging for this month. I am incredibly busy with work, redecorating my house, blog designs and family.
If you would like to submit a guest post to my blog during this time please email me: email@example.com
Posts can be outfit posts, craft/DIY posts, recipes or lifestyle.
I am open to ideas but do prefer genuine guest posts from other bloggers. Please no posts with links unless it is to your own blog ONLY. Anything else will be deleted.
I hope you all have an amazing month and look forward to catching up with you all in December.
If you are anything like me you probably have about a billion photos stored on your computer or on your iPad/iPhone. I pretty much take photos every day on my iPhone and always hope I will never lose them.
One of the best ways to keep your precious memories is to purchase good quality ink cartridges and quality printing paper. I am pretty lazy with this and used to print out my nature photography on plain A4 white paper. Definitely not a good look! Also good quality ink is paramount to ensure “shop” quality printing. Printing ink is always so expensive though so try to find cartridge discounts to save yourself some money.
You can create some fun DIY projects with photos with anything from scrapbooking, to photo books to creating your own collage walls. Don’t keep your memories stored away- showcase them and enjoy them out in the open every day!
Hello all! I'm Elana from the blog Room 334, and I'm so excited to be visiting Ilana's corner of the world! We even have similar names, so I suppose this was fate. As a U.S. blogger, I like to think that this means I get to "travel" to Australia for the day. Or maybe that's just in my dreams.
Just to give you a little background on myself: I'm a Southern California native who lives in Illinois for school. I'm in my last year of college where I'm majoring in fashion merchandising, minoring in journalism, and taking the campus by storm as I run the student newspaper. Over at Room 334, I blog about my daily outfits (you'll find me in fit and flare dresses and cardigans all day, every day) and up-and-coming designers and shops that I find interesting.
Today, I wanted to share an outfit that I wore last week when I had family visiting. This bird printed dress is one of my favorites, and I'm a huge fan of layering sweaters over dresses for fall. It's one of my favorite things to do when the weather can't make up its mind, and it's even more fun to do when the dress has a fun collar.
This outfit is a pretty accurate depiction of my style; dress + peter pan collar + ampersand + t-strap flats. It's all of my favorite things rolled into one outfit.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks to Ilana for having me! I hope you'll all stop by Room 334 and say hi as well!