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Style Swaps 001

Style Swaps 001
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Tshirt: Cos; Cuff: Cheap Monday; Trousers: ASOS; Shoes: ASOS; Clutch: Whistles
Wilkommen! (Is that how you spell it… hmm… debatable) I love to be inspired outfit-wise by others. I’m a lazy bones when it comes to creating my own sassy yet stylish outfits so I tend to take inspiration (read: steal) other people’s ideas. This is what Style Swaps will be about. I used to be inspired by celebs but more and more I’m finding Pinterest to be a  great source of style-tastic greatness so expect a lot of my outfits to come from there. Enjoy!
This week I have been loving the chic all-in-white look. Now, as previously mentioned, were I ACTUALLY to wear this, it wouldn’t stay white for long… But in my head I waft elegantly to and from important meetings in the manner of a babe’in ice queen. Perhaps a la Frozen.

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I Want That 001

I Want That 001

Liberty Print Blazers: Nike; Kimono: Topshop; Silk Skirt: COS; Kate Moss for Topshop Dress: Topshop; Sandals: Birkenstock


Welcome to my first ever I Want That post… As of next week it will be on a Monday but I didn’t want you to miss out this week. Essentially it’ll be a place where I can share what’s been languishing in my online shopping baskets for the past week, whispering that I buy it…

When the Liberty Print Nikes came out last year, I pined and pined for them. I did not think so much yearning could exist for a shoe but hey, whaddayaknow? This year’s offerings are not QUITE as spectacular but these fairly low-key ones would snuggle up quite nicely with my already-quite-large trainer collection.

 The kimono trend is something I attempt to dip in to every summer and usually end up failing at… I’ve never found one that’s the perfect length for my short torso and dinky legs (I’m being kind to my body here). This Topshop beauty from the petite range comes pretty close though and makes me want to wear it whilst lounging by the pool, sipping on pina coladas.

 Kate Moss’ much anticipated Topshop collection hasn’t disappointed once again. Can Mossy do no wrong?! This dress was without a doubt my fav. It’s perfect for lazy picnics in the sunshine. (As a side note, I think if I actually attempted any picnics in it, there’d be Fanta stains and Hobnob crumbs down it within seconds but  let’s keep up the pretence, shall we?)

 I love Cos for the simple fact that they do ‘hiding a jelly belly’ style to perfection. Just eaten a full Nandos platter to yourself? No problem. Couldn’t decide between cake or ice cream so had both? That’s ok! Their forgiving silhouettes mean I’m always drawn to them and, as an avid Nandos/cake/ice cream lover, this silk skater skirt has all my summer-time munching needs covered.

 The leopard-print Birkies are probably the epitome of ugly-shoe-wearing that’s sweeping the fash world right now. I do not care. I do not care so much that I’ve actually already purchased these and am eagerly awaiting their  arrival. Join the ugly-shoe revolution with me! (Or not… I hear gladiators are back this summer)

 What have you been lusting after this week?


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A week on Instagram 001

This first post is technically a lie as the photos below are from the last 4 weeks. I haven’t instagrammed that much, but I plan to here on in (brownie promise).

1. We made Nigella Lawson’s Chocolate Olive Oil Cake 2. Working my love of cats into my uni work 3. New fluffy H&M jumper 4. Bunny jumper from Camden market 5. Cosy nights 6. Home-made tie-dye fun 7. Showing off my River Island ‘sack dress’ before attending a lecture hosted by Alan Rusbridger


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P-PCAA (Peter-Pan Collar Addicts Anonymous)

Don’t think that acronym is going to catch on…

Regardless of this, I feel like I need to share my dirty secret. *deep breaths* My name is Lesley-Jane and I am a Peter-Pan Collar Addict. There, that wasn’t so hard.

Seriously though, it’s becoming a bit ridiculous. No matter what it is, if it has a P-PC (do I NEED to explain?) then I will happily fall in love with it.

In lieu of this, here are my top 10 high-street P-PC purchases. I realise this is a tad excessive but please, I can’t choose just 5!!

We’ll kick off with a few of the best Topshop offerings (they too share my addiction and seem to be making sure EVERYTHING has a P-PC):

Click the pictures for linkage 🙂

(apologies for weird sizing issues… WHAT is up with      inserting pictures atm??)










Onto New Look, a fashion retailer that have REALLY upped their game recently. I used to be disheartened with the stuff they produced, reserving that shop in my mind as a kind of haven for all things pre-teen and ill-fitting. Anyway, POINT IS…they have a few lovely pieces in right now so you should definitely go and have a look:








Lily recently featured this blouse in an outfit post and it looks gorgeous on!



Next up: River Island! Another shop that wavers in quality of style and design. I don’t know, River Island and I have an odd relationship but when they get it right, BOY do they get it right:

Oh bugger off, size issues!!!













Warehouse next, don’t really peruse their site or shop much. Fairly bland pieces whenever I do but I am fond of this P-PC attempt:






And last but not least (drum roll please)… Urban Outfitters!! Man I love this shop, too bad the prices are fairly out of my reach (unless I REALLY abuse my student loan). I’ll leave you with two of their fantastic and totally wearable P-PC pieces:











So there you have it, P-PC porn in all its beauty. Apologies for weird sizing, I’m FAR too tired to sort it out.

Lesley-Jane x

Which P-PC items are you loving right now and do you ever think the term “P-PC” will catch on?!?!?


p.s. Some of the pictures aren’t linking to the sites properly (don’t know why). If you want to know where they’re from, just go to the shop website and type in peter-pan collar into the search bar… should be able to find the item and other such beauties pretty easily that way. Apologies for WordPress’s general rubbishness today 😦 xxx


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How do I love thee, Zara? Let me count the ways…

In the words of a Valley Girl..”Oh. My. Gawwwd!!”

Zara is online. Zara is online. ZARA IS ONLINE!!!

I’m a touch excited.

For the past few years, Zara have begun to climb my radar of high-street shops that are actually decent. There was always Topshop, but Topshop and I have a weird relationship in that I feel sometimes, it tries a bit TOO hard to be “edgy”; it forgets the value of quality, stylish basics. With Zara, it’s all about decent tailoring and WEARABLE pieces with a few “out there” designs thrown in for good measure. I’ve yet to find the Zara in Brighton but a quick trip to google maps will sort that out.

You know what else I’ve realised? Zara is like Chloe’s stylish little high-street sister (and they both have people names…spooky!). Believe me, if I had the cash, I’d be a Chloe girl. As I was flicking through Zara’s relatively new online store, I had this feeling like I recognised something. It took me a while but eventually it dawned on me that Zara really is my affordable solution to achieving my “Chloe-girl dream”. It’s not QUITE girly enough to also fulfil my secret suspicion that I’m somewhat of a “Stella McCartney-girl” too but hey, I can always hope a new high-street shop will come along soon.

So without further ado, here are a few of the pieces online at the moment that I’m lusting over.


Faux-fur Coat £69.99 (I checked it was definitely faux)

Get into my wardrobe you cheeky little coat. You tempt me with your furry ways and promises of protection against harsh Brighton sea-front weather.







Shirt-dress with Printed Skirt £35.99

I don’t know why but the Beauty and the Beast song started playing in my head when I spotted this. FRACK knows why… it looks nothing like Belle’s ball-gown. Oh, I’m an odd child.







Cargo Trousers with Zips £39.99

Hello, sexies. You would look ridiculous on my little legs but I want you, if only to admire you from afar in my wardrobe. *sigh*









Tee Shirt with Embroidered Strip £19.99

Oh you poor little lovely, I fear that less seasoned shoppers than I overlook you because of your plain-ness. Perhaps you are cast aside in favour of more “jazzy” pieces? Never fear, for I have a thing for intricate tees and that is why you will come home with me.








Moccasin with Tassels £39.99

I do declare, zee most perfect little shoe. I could have chosen an array of boots that would have been far more practical with encroaching winter weather but you know me: if there’s an unsuitable alternative, I’ll take it.






I should be worried that I “talk” to clothes like I’m trying to seduce a reluctant older man, right? I have a feeling a psychotherapist will be analysing these posts one day…



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Ashley Olsen

My ultimate fashion/style/beauty inspiration…


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Letter to e-Bay

Right, I need to vent. Ima vent. VENT VENT VENT.


Dear e-Bay,

We have a love/hate relationship, you and I. Some days I will scour you like a treasure trove, finding such beauteous items as a vintage 50’s polka-dot skirt for 99p (not worn it yet… but I WILL). Other days, you’re no better than Primark on a hot saturday afternoon when their air conditioning is as terribly crap as their attempts at “budget fashion” (don’t get me started on Primark). So anyway, yes, you could say you’re a bit of a schizophrenic Marmite to me.

But the thing is, e-Bay, I’m good to you. I pay you attention; visit you lots; make sure the pay-pal account is always topped up. I mean, Jesus e-Bay, I don’t think there’s another girl out there that has such pristine feed-back. So why then, e-Bay, did you treat me like crap?? Ey?? I feel used and hurt after the 3 good years we’ve had together.

I uploaded a shirt onto you. A dark floral shirt to be precise. It reminded me of the Alexa Chung “hot granny-style”. Note the word STYLE, e-Bay. Not once did I say Alexa Chung HAD worn one, or even one similar. Just that it was reminiscent of her STYLE. And this morning, I wake up to an e-mail from you. A long and laborious read, I can tell you (much like this post). The gist of it was that I had “misused a brand name” in an attempt to garner more views!!! You ignorant fool e-Bay! I never did that! And for you to accuse me of being a view-whore is, well, heartbreaking. I think this might be the end, e-Bay. Maybe we can work it out in the future…perhaps.

Yours Sincerely,

p.s. just… you know… on the off-chance that anyone is actually reading this, go and have a look at the existing stuff I have on there. It hurts but… I must sell my babies. http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/xljx-2008

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