Alexa Chung and a very jealous Mum

Yes I know you got excited by the mention of style icon Alexa Chung in the title but then words failed you when you saw the mention of mum- no I’m not referring to her own mother in case you were wondering.

The latest fashion project of the 32 y/o British fashion model is a clothing line with M&S called ‘Archive’.

M&S, established in 1884, tasked the fashion guru with exploring their archives of clothing past and designing a collection that both celebrated the brand’s history and reassembled how far they’ve come marrying both old and current trends. The collection is very unique and it’s definitely one of the most special projects Chung has been part of as she says herself.

I’ve always loved Alexa Chung. Her cool, lady like cool chic style is so stylish and effortless. In fact during my French Oral exam I discussed the topic of Fashion and actually spoke about Alexa as my style icon. I’m obsessed with shirt collars and so this is definitely one style we both share, but obviously only one of us looks to the other for inspo.

    

    

However not everyone is a fan of Chung. British mum and blogger, Alison Stankard has come forward with an alternative campaign idea for the British Retail brand. Stankard is the creator of blog ‘Totes Inappropes’. The blog focuses on parenting and fashion in a very light-hearted humorous tone. This mom of three doesn’t take herself too seriously, and readers warm to her thanks to her funny personality and quirky personal style.

Stankards view is that M&S should be using models who are real everyday people and she puts herself forward for the job. In her open letter to M&S on Facebook she pitches herself saying “I can advertise your bastion of British style in a none threatening size 12 warts and all kind of way”. Ya gotta give the momma props for her confidently and bravely selling herself openly on social media.

PA mother-of-three has posted a hilarious plea to M&S to model their clothes, in a bid for them to ditch their 'perfect' models like Alexa Chung - claiming she'd be a better fit for the job, warts and all.

As she puts it Chung is “very edgy and cool and let’s face it, everybody would like to be her but let’s be honest we are all a bit sick with envy at her. I mean she’s got near perfect legs and is so beautiful that Alex Turner has written a whole album about how he hasn’t got over her yet.”

Oh Yes people she did she went there with the break-up.

I love Alexa but this woman is hilarious so I find it dislike her or say she’s being ridiculous. She says she regularly shops there and it would be very cool if M&S teamed up with a blogger mom for a clothing line.

Here’s the full post:

Comment below your thoughts on this pitch? And also your opinions on the ‘Archive’ collection.

Later Lovelies,

-G xo

 

 

*Photo credits to M&S page, dailymail.co.uk and Alison Stankard’s facebook page.
Check out ‘Totes Inappropes’ facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/totesinappropes123/
The Alexa Chung and Marks and Spencer’s collection ‘Archive’:
http://www.marksandspencer.com/l/women/alexa-chung/alexa-chung-collection

 

 

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Summer Time

Hello lovelies.

So my last post, while I found it good to do a more intense real life type post I thought I would do a more chill down time snappy read one today.

But if you did like what you read first all thank you! And second of all there’s definitely more to come.

So here’s the things that make up a great summers day for me…

In no particular order leeego… 🙂

1. Good Reading Material

So for some reason I do most of my book/novel reading in the summer time.

I just find it so relaxing to take a break from my phone and fall into another world. Focus more on the characters problems than my own 😄

These are a few books on my summer reading list:



2. The Playlist🎶🎶

Very very important. What is summer without the tunes that turn  our days into movie scenes.

Spotify is my go to for music. There’s so much to choose from. Now I am a cheapskate so I have to deal with the ads and a limited number of skips. But besides this barely tolerable factor I like using the app.

This playlist is a working progress but I’ll suggest it here anyways. A for effort 😄

Now this one isn’t mine but there’s a good variety of club summer like tunes here. ☀️
And who doesn’t love a bit of throwback to the old favourites.


*For more see my Spotify @gurlthinking. Also some playlists are collaborative so feel free to add to them!

3.The shades.

Sunglasses are my favourite accessory, along with chokers. And when the sun breaks through the sky you have to have the perfect pair so as not to let down your cute ass outfit, consisting of white de-stressed shorts, basic tee and maybe even a kimono.  These are some of my faves, ones I own and some you can buy online.

These are from Charlotte Russe

 

Primark/Penneys

Unfortunately I don’t have links to these but below are two sunnies I have my eyes on!

Image 1 of Quay Australia Class of 89 Round Mirror Lens Sunglasses

LOVE these!

http://www.asos.com/quay-australia/quay-australia-class-of-89-round-mirror-lens-sunglasses/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6525318&clr=Black&SearchQuery=sunglasses&pgesize=36&pge=3&totalstyles=773&gridsize=3&gridrow=10&gridcolumn=2

 

Image 1 of Hindsight Vintage Round Metal Sunglasses

http://www.asos.com/hindsight-vintage/hindsight-vintage-round-metal-sunglasses/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6396480&clr=Tortsilver&SearchQuery=sunglasses&pgesize=36&pge=3&totalstyles=773&gridsize=3&gridrow=8&gridcolumn=3

4. Hurr

I’m very lazy when it comes to my hair. I don’t like doing too much with it or putting too much product on it. I like to have it very natural looking. A new fave of mine is sea salt spray. This emphasises the waves my hair already has, but giving it more volume and a soft feel and textured look.

I use the Tony and Guy Casual Sea Salt Spray. It’s a 75ml bottle that I have-perfect for travelling. It lasts me a while too because I don’t use that much at a time. I use this after I’ve washed my hair while it’s still damp, it doesn’t work with dry-trust me! 🙂

 

 

So that’s all I think of for now. I thought this would be a fun post to share what I love during the summer.

ByEEEEE

-G xo

For the guys…

Hello Lovelies!

So in my last post I shared some ideas that I had for buying gifts for your sisters and friends. Today I thought I’d do a similar post but with gift ideas for the men in your lives. I have two brothers and I know that it is hard to know what to get them especially when I actually ask them and they reply with ‘whatever’. Yes very helpful I know, so I searched all over the internet and here’s what I found.

So my brother Jack has this thing about clothes where he wears them as soon as he buys them or gets something as a gift. Which is why on christmas day he leaves it to one of us in the family to essentially sort out what he’ll wear by giving him a shirt or jacket as a present. If you think this is like your brother too then check out these clothes below.

       €25

http://eu.riverisland.com/men/jumpers–cardigans/cardigans/black-shawl-neck-knitted-cardigan-288536

 

 

€25

http://eu.riverisland.com/men/shirts/long-sleeve-shirts/dark-red-twill-button-down-collar-shirt-290678

     €38

http://eu.topman.com/en/tmeu/product/shoes-and-accessories-1928529/bags-1928561/messenger-bags-4663794/brown-canvas-satchel-4972505?bi=1&ps=20

        €48

http://eu.topman.com/en/tmeu/product/shoes-and-accessories-1928529/watches-2084377/gold-plated-smart-leather-watch-4931038?bi=0&ps=20

As I said in my last post I always think it’s nice to give someone a book for christmas. It may seem like an intimidating job going into a bookshop and being welcomed by hundreds of books and having the task of choosing one. But have no fear because I’m going to try and simplify and de-stress this experience for you. The first thing to consider is what kind of a person they are and what hobbies they have. My dad like photography, my eldest brother is obsessed with cars and my other brother is currently studying an art and design course. Think of those type of things and then you have a category of books to look at and from there you just choose whichever one fits your budget and seems the most appealing 🙂 Here a few options!

     €23.70

http://www.easons.com/p-18844-wall-and-piece.aspx

 

 

 

 

£12.97

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Street-Photography-Now-Sophie-Howarth/dp/0500289077/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1450124045&sr=1-9

 

        £23.99

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Humans-New-York-Brandon-Stanton-ebook/dp/B00XUELCYG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450124493&sr=1-1&keywords=humans+of+new+york+stories

 

 

 

      £12.99

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Masterpieces-Modern-Design-Museum/dp/184796057X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450124581&sr=1-1&keywords=masterpieces+of+modern+design

 

      £17

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Destinations-Lifetime-Amazing-National-Geographic/dp/1426215649/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450125133&sr=1-12&keywords=travel

And if books aren’t the way to go here are some techy options 🙂

 €44.99

http://www.currys.ie/Product/sony-mdrxb450apbce7-headphones-black/330591/408.5

Altec E Jacket Bluetooth Speaker - Black                         €49.99

http://www.hmv.ie/Altec-E-Jacket-Bluetooth-Speaker-Black/movies-games-entertainment/pd/108325?path=electronics

And some film and music enthusiast options! 🙂

Love/Hate - Collector's Edition                       €24.99

http://www.hmv.ie/Love-Hate-Collector-s-Edition/movies-games-entertainment/pd/125036?path=Movies

Jurassic Park Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

€24.99

 

http://www.hmv.ie/Jurassic-Park-Collection/movies-games-entertainment/pd/123751?path=Category__Movies-Coming-Soon__movies-out-next-week

Pulp Fiction - Various Artists            €15.99 (Vinyl Soundtrack)

http://www.hmv.ie/Pulp-Fiction-Various-Artists/movies-games-entertainment/pd/61038?path=vinyl

Alrighty dolls I think that’s all I’ve got to share for now. Tomorrow I’m continuing my christmas shopping, my aim is to have it all completely sorted by the end of the week. I hope this helps and gives you some inspiration. Amazon is great for books and tech stuff. ALways check to see if there are discount codes available to use at the checkout. Most importantly take note of the dates for final shipping before christmas. The last thing you want is to order something that won’t arrive until after the holidays.

Bye for now

~G

(Like last time none of the companies mentioned above have asked me to mention their websites or products. These are all just my own personal recommendations. All photos used are either from the websites mentioned or google images)

 

 

Santa’s coming to town!

Hello Lovelies!

I think we can all agree that this is one of the best times of the year. However, it can also be one of the most stressful! This week I finished my exams and I can now start getting my christmas shopping organised. As I went on my merry way around the shops first getting ideas I started to think about the gift guides that we see everywhere and I don’t know about ye but I don’t any of them particularly helpful, they’re usually not in my price range or the gift ideas don’t suit anyone I know. So here’s my gift guide, a very reasonable price range and really nice things!

I thought I’d divide this into two posts a his and hers if you like, and ladies first! 🙂

 Ok so this is definitely on my xmas wishlist! I’ve swatched the colours and they’re all fab! This is a great pressie because the shades are perfect for day to night wear and its really value for money. I priced this palette in Cara pharmacy for €15 BARGAIN! 🙂 I love the matte browns and that gorge black for a cool smoky eye effect. Now this is just my personal opinion because I definitely don’t claim to be a makeup expert, I’m definitely what you call amateur! 😀

 Alright so I always think jewellery is a really nice gift to receive because there’s something so personal about it. One of my favourite pieces this year have been my two Alex and Ani bracelets. The entire collection is so simple and pretty and very special too because there’s nothing quite like them. This is one of the bracelets I have and its called the path of life II bangle in russian gold. I love that the gold is sort of rustic. This bangle costs €36 in the Kilkenny shop. If you’d like to buy a more personal bangle they also do ones with birthstones too and the bangles also come in silver! Here’s the link to check this bangle on the official Kilkenny page~  http://www.kilkennyshop.com/brands/alex-and-ani/alex-and-ani-path-of-life-ii-gold.html

Ok so I have had an obsession with bags for as long as I can remember, at one point I had over 50 and that was around my early teens. I go through different stages of wanting a big tote style to a mini, at the moment I’m using a tote but how cute is this mini black winged tote from River Island! They have some of the nicest purses and bags and they’re all generally reasonable enough. This bag in particular is priced at €45. A very lovely pressie for the bestie or sis! Link: http://eu.riverisland.com/women/bags–purses/shopper–tote-bags/black-mini-zip-winged-tote-handbag-678306

And to go along with the River Island purse loving, I had to include this here because I love the metallic pastel colours! The back and interior is black so it’ll still match the bag while also adding a pop of colour to the duo! This purse costs €22 and River Island purses are known to be durable and spacious so this really is a good deal! 🙂 Link: http://eu.riverisland.com/women/bags–purses/purses/grey-metallic-patchwork-purse-675923

 I really think you can never go wrong by giving someone a book for christmas. It doesn’t have to be a novel or serious classic, it can just be book on a topic they’re interested in. Books by celebrities is always a safe bet. Millie Mackintosh has released a book called Made and I was definitely excited when I was given this for my birthday! Millie is one of my style icons and this book provides with a little view into how she dresses as well as other things in her life. I found this book for £8 (can’t get a € price :/ ) on amazon. The best thing about online shopping is that its shipped right to your door so you can skip the mayhem of the shops and long queues! Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/MADE-book-style-food-fitness/dp/1785030817/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1449871411&sr=1-8&keywords=books+on+fashion

Black Check Strap Watch  | New Look

Oh dear god I fell in love with this watch the moment I saw that monochrome strap! How fricken cool is this guys! My taste in watches is simplicity. I like either plain black or brown straps and a plain watch face. I’m not really into big gold fancy and glitzy watches. If you’re like me or your friend is then this watch is perfection! The black and white strap adds a little something yet the entire watch remains classic and pretty! New look I have noticed are doing some lovely watches. This one in particular is such a steal at €14.99 😀

Link: http://www.newlook.com/eu/shop/womens/jewellery-and-hair-accessories/black-check-strap-watch-_360423109?productFind=search

Rose Gold Bracelet Watch  | New LookAnother watch but a different style is this rose gold one, also from New look. Rose gold is so stunning on everyone and a very popular trend this year! This watch is more dainty and girlier than the above. I think this would make a lovely dressy watch (one to wear going out/special occasions) because of its bracelet style. Only just a bit more money yet still very reasonable at €22.99

Link: http://images.newlook.com/is/image/newlook/womens/jewellery-and-hair-accessories/watches/rose-gold-bracelet-watch-/360401871?fmt=jpg&wid=318&hei=418

Other ideas that can never go wrong are spa vouchers! These are perfect for all our hard-working mothers. To go along with this could be a voucher for your sister or godmother or aunt or whoever you like to get their nails done. If you wanted to get your parents a joint gift then definitely a voucher for a restaurant is sweet! Don’t be afraid to give someone a voucher thinking its not personal enough-because depending on the voucher it actually still can be a thoughtful pressie!

When buying gifts I think it’s important to try and stay relaxed about it and not stress too much because after all it’s christmas- the time for cheer! Organisation is key here! Before I actually go shopping I go out and roam through the shops and get ideas and take down lists of things I see that I think someone would like. I also pay attention to the not so subtle hints that are dropped around the lead up to xmas- mom this is definitely directed at you! 😀 Try to pick gifts that show some thought like a book someone has always wanted to read or a charm for a bracelet.

Alrighty dolls I think I’ll finish up here, I have a few more gift ideas that I definitely want to share so check back to see when the post is uploaded. 🙂

Happy Shopping and Merry Christmas!

xo Georgia 🙂

P.S quick disclaimer I haven’t been asked by any companies to discuss their products. These are all my own personal opinions. Also the pictures used are from the websites of the shops or google images- I do not own the copyrights to any of the images.