23 January 2012

Burgundy, Navy and Floral Prints

And many apologies! 

Blouse: Gift from boyfriend Jumper: H&M Skirt: New Look Coat: Topshop Bag&Laptop Case: Cath Kidston

I haven't blogged in a while, so much has been going on, I've been thrown into University work and am feeling really motivated this term. I've also been feeling really demotivated, and uninspired, with my blog, which has put me off blogging, I feel really disappointed with and have lost a bit of interest. Thankfully it's now coming back! 
This outfit is pretty plain, and is actually what I wore yesterday for the Uni library, where me and Sheri spent our Sunday working! We live such thrilling lives, ha! I wear this skirt probably way too much, but it's so easy to just chuck on, and it goes with everything really!  I've recently become addicted to Instagram, so if you have it, you're welcome to follow me, although most of my photo's are of food! My instragram name is charlestown92 :) Sorry about this post, I'm slowly easing my way back into blogging, I really wish I could post as often as I wanted, I just don't have time to! It's a shame! My big deadline is due the 9th of February, so until then, my posts will probably be pretty sparse and irregular, but i'll try my best! 
It's my Mum's birthday today, so Happy Birthday Mum! I wish I could see her, but my Uni is on the other side of the country, but hopefully i'll get to go home soon! If you read this, I hope you're having an amazing day, love you lots!

Love, Charlestown xoxo.
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16 January 2012

Fancying a Change!

Blouse: Topshop Skirt: Urban Outfitters Coat: H&M Shoes: Peacocks Bag: Urban Outfitters Scarf: Edinburgh Woollen Mill 
Cold and crisp mornings;
I haven't posted in ages! The past week has just gone so quickly, I spent most of it doing work and research in my bedroom which hasn't been too fun, but then went out on Saturday night which was a good way to end the week! It was 90's night at our student union, and me and Melanie dressed up as girls from Clueless, think thigh high socks, short skirts, shirts and matching prints! 
I fancied a change with my outfit pictures, I don't really like having to take them in my room every time, especially as it involves me pushing my double bed right across the room on my own, ha! My housemate Emily, who studies Photography, happily took these pictures for me, thank you Emily I love them! This is the first time that I've really ever worn some sort of heel on a normal day, lately i've really been wanting to get more use out of my wedges and heels, but always too nervous to wear them. I have very similar black wedges from Topshop which are so hard to walk in, but I really love the look of them. So when I saw these in Peacocks for less than half the price, I snapped them up! I can still only manage a couple of hours in them though!
Thank you for all of your lovely comments on my last post, I don't think i've ever had so many before. Hearing all of your lovely feedback has really made me want to keep up my outfit posts, expect many, many more coming up!

Love, Charlestown xoxo.
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11 January 2012

Patterned blouse, pinafore dress & shiny shoes.

Back to School!
Dress: Zara Blouse: UO Coat: Greenwich Market, years ago! Bag: Cath Kidston Gloves: Christmas Present Shoes: Christmas Present/Russell and Bromley
I'm not really sure what my face/arms are doing in these pictures, and I really don't like these pictures at all! Oh well. I've only ever worn this dress once before, and it was for a job interview, so I'm always a bit worried that when I wear it I look like i'm ready for work, or school with the blouse under it! I really like that sort of school-y look, with tweed, knit jumpers, collared shirts, and plainer colours. I love how Cait of Wayward daughter dresses, especially during the colder months, with her lovely coats, tartan scarfs and berets. I don't know if it's noticeable, but my gloves are on a string! A couple of years ago, I bought some stringed gloves from Cath Kidston, they were amazing, I don't think I took them off ever, apart from when I lost them, and then never found them. I've since been on the look out for some similar ones and managed to find two pairs that I liked, the Cath Kidston ones in my last post, and these Jack Wills ones!
It's my appraisal week at Uni, which means i've only got tutor meetings this week, which also means i'm going to be spending a lot of time cooped up in my room working, which is not something I enjoy! At least my modules for this term sound interesting, one is called the Victorian Occult, so i'm going to enjoy reading up about seances, magicians and the supernatural. Hope your new term back at University/college/six form/school is going well!
Love, Charlestown xoxo.
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9 January 2012

Bobbin print and string gloves.

Pretty things in the sales!
I've never really been one for sales shopping, if I ever like anything I can guarantee that it won't be in my size, and if I do find something in my size it would be something I would never buy! I'd had my eye on the Cath Kidston bag and gloves for a while, and when I saw them in the sale I knew I had to get them. I can't really justify buying stuff from there when it's not in the sale, it can be so expensive! I fell in love with the deer mug a long time ago on the Urban Outfitters website, but it quickly sold out. I never realised just how big it was until I saw it for sale in the shop, it's like two cups full! The blouse with the bobbin print is also from Urban Outfitters, another shop that I can only really justify buying when in the sale!

Love, Charlestown xoxo.
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7 January 2012

Unexpected treasures!

Floral embroidered dress

I saw this dress quite a while ago on Olivia, and fell in love with it! I don't really own an all black dress, and have been wanting one for ages, so when I saw this in Primark, and in the sale, I bought it without any hesitation! I love how it just goes with everything because of it's colour, but it's not too work-y because of the lovely floral print around the collars, sleeves and skirt. Plus, it's a really thick material so I can wear it in the winter, and it looks really well made. Has anyone else noticed how good Primark has been lately for clothes? I haven't managed to visit one in such a long time, seeing as my nearest one at University is nearly two hours away, but i've seen so many skirts and blouses on bloggers that you wouldn't believe were Primark. 
How have your weekend's been so far? I'm trying to do some work right now, but keep getting distracted with Urban Outfitters and Asos now that my loan has come through! 
Thank you for all of your lovely comments on my last post, it was so simple to make, and it would be such a good gift idea. I've been thinking about making quite a few of them with vintage china and scented, coloured, candles and selling them, do you think this would be a good idea? I'll let you know if anyone does happen!
Love, Charlestown xoxo.
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6 January 2012

What Charlestown Made...

A Tea-cup Candle!
I got this Teacup candle kit for Christmas from my parents, and only just got round to making it yesterday. I love teacups and saucers, as you can probably tell by now, and candles, so what's not to love?! The kit included everything you would need to make two candles, and the instructions were really easy to follow!
I didn't realise that it would be so simple to make, only involving melting the wax, and then pouring it into the cup; there aren't too many steps!
1) Bring half a saucepan of water to boil, and rest a bowl of wax in the saucepan, gently stirring till it is fully melted. 
2) When wax is fully melted, dip the base of the wick into the wax, and quickly place in the bottom of the cup, waiting for it to fully dry. 
3) Using a stainless steel spoon, transfer into a glass jug to then pour safely into your teacup. 
4) Using two pencils, or chopsticks, hold the wick in place so that it is straight and central within the cup. 
5) Wait for the wax to dry, for approximately 12 hours. Then light, and enjoy sat snuggled up with a book and cup of tea, or however you want!
Happy New Year everyone!! Hope the year is lovely for you! I can't believe the first week of 2012 is nearly over, it's flown by. I'm going back to University on Sunday, so you can expect my outfit posts to be back up and running, and more frequently! I'm going to be posting my recent sale purchases tomorrow, with my new year's resolutions! 
Love, Charlestown xoxo.
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