Thursday, 30 September 2010

ebay strikes again.

I have a confession, I'm obsessed with ebay.
I think it is the thrifty side of me that is desperate to have a constantly updated wardrobe while still saving a few pennies. I have been known to hunt for something that I can buy in my local Top Shop just to save £2.
I also think it's the freedom of what is available. For example, I just bought two coats from ebay after struggling to find anything I really truly liked in the shops and online sites I usually try.
A few clicks and I had hundreds of results which I narrowed down to two coats. And then bought both.
Last night too, I was linked to an amazing vintage shop on ebay and ended up buying two vintage skirts.
Now these skirts are gorgeous, and they are vintage. They are that gorgeous vintage that I never seem to be able to find in vintage shops too.
And they ended up coming to about £24.
Generally, although not always, ebay is a money saver. 
I love it for hair products that I can't afford, makeup and I even bought my ipod from ebay.
If I want something specific I love ebay for helping me find whatever I want, even if it's not in season at the moment, or something old I remember seeing in a shop six months ago and regretted not buying.
Okay, it's completely hit and miss. 
You can't always find what you want, and a lot of things aren't much cheaper than a shop once you account for postage and packaging.
But for example, it was my friend Lauren's 21st on Monday and she really wanted some UGG earmuffs. 
They RRP at about £75.
I found some on ebay and after a long wait in the final few minutes I grabbed them for a third of the price.
And they're real, which I know isn't always the case with ebay. Especially products like UGG boots.

For me, I love knowing something is coming in the post.
I love shopping, but there's something so exciting about waiting for something to arrive.
I can't wait for my skirts and coats to come!!
I admit though, I'm more of a buy-it-now girl than a bidder, but I know people who've saved lots of money by bidding.
Bidding is stressful though, and a lot of annoyance can occur when you get distracted, convinced you've sealed the deal, and find yourself outbid with 6 seconds to go.
True story.

We live in a world hit by one of the biggest recessions in a generation. But many of us aren't willing to give up our lifestyle. 
So if you're happy to  wear someone else's unwanted clothes, or wait a few days for shipping, why not?
A lot of businesses use ebay now, so little vintage finds are fantastic, as are companies who buy things wholesale and sell them for a fraction of the price.

So next time you're looking for something specific that you can't find in stores, give ebay a go.
You never know what you'll find and how much you'll save.

Charlotte xxx 

We're all looking for something, something to be

These photos were taken by the lovely Ashley of Two Eyes in the Mirror. We took about a million photos between us using her camera and the one I rented from the library. The ones above and quite a lot of others in this post were taken on the camera I borrowed- isn't it awesome? I'm going to be borrowing it all the time!! When I went to take it back (reluctantly!!) I told the lady I wanted to keep it, but might rent it out again on Friday. She said Fridays are busy so I'll probably have it again by tomorrow!!

This is the outfit I was talking about in this post. I don't love it quite as much second time around, but a few people had been intrigued by it, so I thought I'd wear it again today. This leopard print scarf is my baby. It's actually a different scarf from this post because that one went AWOL before I left for America, but this one is a nice warm woolly ones for a lovely Duluth winter!!

Speaking of that post though, it came to bite me on the bum. My mum rung me and I asked if my clothes were on the way and she said "oh well I read your blog and it sounds like you're enjoying having a small wardrobe." No!! You weren't supposed to read that!!

While I was sat in my journalism class just before we went to take photos it started to rain. I thought, oh no, the photos are going to look awful!! But then I thought, oh well, at least my umbrella matches my outfit. I'm not sure if you can really see from these photos but it is in fact leopard print (of course!!). I got my boots are muddy taking photos in the nice greenery though :[[

(I wish I could photoshop out the bits of crappy leaf on them!!)

Ahh Ashley just sent me the photos from her camera now but a lot of them are blurry apparently so she's only sent me a few!! The ones I took look okay though- maybe they'll make a photographer of me yet!! Hopefully she'll get all the files I'm sending her now- MegaUpload seems to be being a little biatch!!

skirt- h&m top- h&m boots- scarf- TK Maxx umbrella- matalan belt- dorothy perkins earrings- gift

I went crazy this morning trying to find these earrings!! I always wear them when I wear leopard print because they're just so perfect. My friend Eve bought me them a while ago, but I just love them- probably my favourite earrings!!

Sorry this post is so photo heavy. I get excited when I have such good photos!! I am definitely renting this camera out again and persevering with it on self timer. I want it so badly- the photos just look so much better than with my little point and shoot, bless it.

Oh and if you're at all interested in my journalistic achievements, my second column is up on the University website. I know you've all read so much of my stuff about being away from home and homesickness but I do really love this one. My housemate and her friend found it hilarious apparently!! You can read it here :]]]

Well that is definitely more than enough photos for one day!! I am already in my pajamas (it's 6.15pm)- well I went to the gym and had a shower and thought well, I'm not going out again today!! I have a wonderful evening of homework planned-whoopee!!

Hope you're having a fabulous Wednesday,

Charlotte xxx

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Am I a photographer yet?

I hope the Media Center (sorry, but that's it's title, not center :[[) is expecting to see much of this camera over the next few months. I'm still on Auto mode at the moment (and I can barely use that!!) and self portraits have been a nightmare so far, but yeah, I'm kinda proud of these.
Duluth is really beautiful this time of year. 
But I'll need a lot more practice to capture its true beauty.
I don't know what camera I'm using, some kind of Nikon. But you can tell the difference in quality straight away.
Will I get one of these in my stocking this year? I hope so.

Charlotte xxx

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

top gun.

Okay, well yesterday I rented out a Nikon camera and took lots of lovely photos of leaves and things. Would you like to see them? Maybe I'll upload them and do a post of them. I really liked the outfit yesterday but I didn't feel confident enough to take any photos. So today I somehow managed to put this outfit together (which I'm not going to lie, I love); based around the fact that I was having a bad hair day and wanted to co-ordinate my outfit round my hat, and thought right, photos.
And I'm not sure what I've done but my pictures didn't come out very well. Maybe I accidentally changed some settings, I don't know, but unfortunately I gave up and took all of these on my point-and-shoot. Sorry!! I'm hoping Ashley will help me with settings tomorrow and we should get some good photographs!!

So I was tired this morning and my hair just wouldn't go right. I never used to be a hat person, there are still a number of styles I just can't pull off. But last summer I discovered this hat as a perfect helper with festival hair, and I was over the moon to find it suited me. Here in cold Minnesota I'm going to need a warm hat for winter!! So I thought, okay, start with the hat. I then grabbed these tailored winter shorts which I bought from Charlotte Russe a few weeks ago but hadn't worn yet, and a PWT (oh and a cardigan, but I took that off later in the day). I am obsessed with knee socks so they went on, and simple grey boots. I'm not sure if the boots really go with the sock- I usually wear knee socks with brogues or mary janes, but they went with my grey colour scheme. And the aviator jacket just felt autumn-perfect. So I'm not going to lie, I like this outfit.

Last night was Lauren's 21st Birthday so we went out for Mexican food. To cut a very long and eventful night short, I got to bed about 1am and had lectures this morning so I'm a little tired today to say the least. Thanks to the wonders of Skype though I got a chance to speak to my best friend Steph this afternoon which really cheered me up.

aviator jacket- river island white tshirt- ragstock shorts- charlotte russe hat- new look socks- river island boots- next

Both Lauren and I are feeling kinda homesick today though. For Lauren I think it's because of her birthday and being so far from home, and the drama of last night. For me, I'm not sure. Tiredness, stress, I don't know. All my friends have gone back to uni now and I think I just really feel like I'm missing out now. And it's difficult. I don't want to insist that people spend all their time missing me and talk to me every day, but it's really hard to be away from everyone and missing out on things. I just want people to still talk to me and tell me everything so I feel like I'm there. The time difference doesn't help much either.

I thought I could have a really relaxing day today but it turns out I have a lot to do. Homework, as usual. Articles to write, as usual. Birthday presents to sort out... busy busy!! I got my first piece of post today from my friend Eve!! It was a card with Pandas on (funnily enough, the same card my BFF Ellen got my as a leaving card- everyone knows me and my panda obsessions well!!) and it was lovely!! It was so nice to get post. Hint!!

I'm sorry for the influx of photos, but these just came out so much better than I thought. Maybe it's Duluth in the autumn, being outside, using my old point and shoot or the colouring that I used, but this could be one of my favourite photoshoots ever. People kept walking past me and I got embarrassed, but I just waited for them to go past- annoying when you're on self-timer!! A few people have made comments today about the fact that I take photos of my outfits and talk about them, and when you put it like that it just sounds stupid, but there are millions of fashion bloggers in the world- I'm not even the only one at UMD. I love blogging and I won't let myself get embarrassed by it!! I really love this outfit. I'm getting used to all the strange looks people are giving me; it makes me want to be even more outrageous!! I felt today like this outfit just screamed "autumn" (or "fall" as it is over here, which for some reason seems more appropriate, but my British friends would kill me!!). I'm ready for it now. Well, when my box of goodies from home arrives. I only have one coat and I'm starting to get cold!!

I'm not sure if you remember the outfit that I christened Blair Waldorf, but this outfit is definitely Serena. I've FINALLY caught up on Gossip Girl (well, I have half of episode 2 of series 4 to finish watching) and oh god, I forgot how good it is!! I'm literally finishing one episode and being like, okay I need to know what happens now!! I never really felt like I was inspired by Serena's style before, but I could see her wearing something like this back in Series 1 or 2. Maybe I should do a series like at College Fashion? Jenny wouldn't be hard for me!! I loved that series at CF- I think that was how I got into reading it- and now I write for it!! Crazy, eh? I like series posts, I mentioned doing style inspired by other bloggers a few weeks ago, what do you think? I also loved Annie's Summer Finn Inspired collection- so creative and inspiring!! I did have two fish called Summer and Tom (500 days is one of my favourite films ever), but Summer died on Sunday and Tom yesterday!! I am bad at taking care of pets!!

Well I'm meeting up with Ashley again tomorrow so hopefully we'll take some lovely photos!! A few people were asking about the pink bandage skirt and leopard scarf outfit I wore last week so I might put that on again so you can all see it!! I'll try to get the photos I took with the SLR camera up too cause I have to return it tomorrow!!

How do you feel about autumn fashion? What are you favourite trends for next season? What will you be wearing when the weather turns? Drop me a comment!!

Charlotte xxx