Fluffy Knit

Jean : Primark
Top : New Look
Cardigan : Primark
Boots : Customised by me
Necklaces : Spirit Child Jewellery

So I spent today wandering around pet shops trying to find my dog a new bed, wasn't very successful I must say but came away with this cardigan, which wasn't from a pet shop. As soon as I saw it I knew it had to be mine! I wanted the same one last year but it sold out before I had the chance. It's so warm and fluffy, I will probably live in it when it gets colder. They also have it in dark green and burgundy but I thought black would go with everything. May have to nip back for the burgundy one though! The jeans were a bargain at £8, even if they last me one season (which they won't, I've had Primark jeans last me years!) they would still save me a lot of money. I love burgundy at the moment, it's the perfect autumn colour and I'm hoping to get a burgundy fedora at some point.

On to my boots. You may or may not have seen these beauties over at Wild & Free Jewellery. As much as I love them I can't justify £100 plus shipping from America for boots at the moment. So I remembered I have a pair of cowboy boots that never get worn, why not make some myself? I literally cut my boots down the back, folded them over and added lots of broken and worn out belts. I'm yet to stitch up the backs but love how they have turned out so far. Love a good bit of DIY!

I'm off to make myself a cuppa tea and chill with the puppy, until next time! <3


How To Throw A Day Of The Dead Party

How to throw a Day of the Dead party *

Unless you're a hardcore fan of the year's spookiest festival, chances are you'll be feeling a little jaded by Halloween by the time it actually rolls around. The shops are bursting with witches' hats and false fangs, pumpkins are piling up in the vegetable aisles, and with it all comes the promise of darkness, cold and rain. If you want a more unusual way to get into the magical mood, take inspiration from Mexico's beautifully macabre Dia de los Muertos or 'Day of the Dead'. Running from the 1st to the 2nd November, this annual event puts a positive spin on death, celebrating loved ones who have passed away with parties, food and games.

Dead good decor

Symbolic of the coming afterlife, skulls feature prominently in Day of the Dead celebrations. Whimsical and bright rather than gruesome, you'll find these colourful designs on streamers, masks and other party accessories. Sugar skulls are a central part of the festival, and serve as sweets and decorations, particularly on the altars. Building an altar is one of the most important traditions, so keep your celebrations light by constructing one in honour of a childhood pet, a celebrity or your favourite fictional character. Decorate with flowers such as marigolds, which represent death in Mexican culture, candles, the deceased's favourite foods, and any other serious or silly objects you associate with them.

Thrilling threads

A Halloween fancy dress costume from very.co.uk will work for Day of the Dead, but you can also introduce a Latin theme with colourful skirts and black suits, accessorised with more skulls. Face paint is essential, so have this ready for your guests to apply on arrival. Even a basic skull will look dramatic, but you can try your hand at these stunning designs if you're feeling more artistic.

Mexican munchies

With Halloween taking over the shops, you should have no trouble finding skull-shaped sweets, cakes and treats. For a more filling feast, you can build on the Mexican theme with nachos, burritos and assemble-your-own fajitas. Kitchen whizzes can try out this recipe for traditional pan de muertos, or 'bread of the dead'. As for drinks, keep it traditional with tequila and margaritas, and kids or teetotallers can try these non-alcoholic versions.

Freaky fun

Get your guests in the party mood by playing some Latin music as they arrive. Everyone loves Shakira and Ricky Martin, but for something less obvious a quick perusal of the Billboard Latin Music Chart should lead you to suitable tunes. Once the altar is assembled and your revellers are fed, it's time to try out traditional 'calaveras literarias'. These are humorous poems designed to honour the dead by poking fun at them. Create a few individually or as a group and recite the best to the deceased's altar. In Mexican tradition these light-hearted anecdotes are used to pass family history down through the generations.
Remember that the Day of the Dead is supposed to be a celebration, so whether you go all-out or just use a few ideas, it's all about having as much fun as possible!


Grey Days

Jumper : H&M
Skirt : H&M
Hat : Dorothy Perkins
Boots : eBay
Jewellery : Spirit Child Jewellery

After a little time away from blogging I'm back! I'm hoping to blog more from now on, I've been so busy recently and find it difficult to take photos in my new house without my mum on hand to take photos but I guess I'll stop being lazy and get the tripod out more often...!

I got this gorgeous jumper from H&M a few weeks ago, it's the perfect item for Autumn and goes with everything. I was attracted to the lace detail, it's so pretty and I love a bit of grey, boring I know. I teamed it with a sequin skirt for a casual night out outfit with these ancient boots I've had years and my trusty rust fedora. As you might notice I dyed my hair red, wanted a change and I needed to cover up a bad ombre DIY job. I like it but it fades very fast!

Until next time!