Thursday, 31 May 2012

Inspired by Michelle, Inspired by Elizabeth


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I stole this outfit from Michelle. Who stole it from Elizabeth. Blogging is a funny world- full of inspiration and imitation! It took me absolutely forever to find this shirt, and I'd tried this dress with a couple of different shirts but I reeeeeally wanted it to be this one. Layering a shirt over a dress is a revelation, so thank you Michelle and Elizabeth for bringing it into my life! It was horrible and rainy today so this was a great way to make such a summery dress a little more rainy-day appropriate!

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floral dress- Topshop
denim shirt- Primark
beige oxfords- New Look
necklace- Forever 21

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Today I went to get my hair done, and then wandered around Stockport running errands and accidentally bought a dress. Oops! I've had my eye on it for a while, and those of you who follow me on twitter or Instagram have already seen it, but I can't wait to post it up on here! I'm definitely going to be wearing it all weekend. I've also painted my nails red, white and blue for the jubilee!

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Sorry for the short post- I'm off to go and see The Dictator with my parents in half an hour so I'd better go get ready!

Charlotte x

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Sponsor girl next door fashion for June!



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Wow, guess who totally didn't realise it's nearly the end of the month? June is going to be a really exciting month here at girl next door fashion. My move back to the US is going to be crazy, but it's also going to be really exciting and I can't wait to experience that with you guys. June is a fantastic month to sponsor because if you're from the UK, you get the exposure of a UK-based blog in the US, and if you're US based, you get all my British and European readers as your new audience! My rates are super-cheap and I would love to have you on board for what promises to be an amazing month. Interested? Drop me an email at girlnextdoorfashion@gmail.com and I'd love to have a chat! Whether you're a small business after a review, or a large business after an ad, I'm happy to have a talk about whatever it is you're looking for!

PS. Yep that is an outfit you haven't seen yet in the Sponsor pic. Well noticed. And yes, my Minnesota necklace is the wrong way around.

PPS. WOAH WHAT IS THAT? IS THAT A NEW LAYOUT?! Yeah I fancied a change. What do you think?

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Summer Saturation


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Not a lot to say today. I'm starting to get bored of having all this free time! I know I'm leaving in just over a week but I am so rubbish at doing nothing! I have to have a productive day of some kind! Today I had my swimming lesson and stayed to swim a little longer, went to get my eyebrows done and went to the doctors. That's about as exciting as it's getting at the moment! I'm sure next week when I'm panicking last-minute about getting everything packed and organised, and when I have a million things to do when I arrive, I'll be cursing myself for moaning about being bored! After the last few months of being crazy-busy with university it's so strange to suddenly stop being so busy.



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dress- Lipsy c/o Next
pink flats- New Look
belt- H! by Henry Holland
necklace- Forever 21

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A few weeks ago I squealed with delight when I got an email from Next asking me if I wanted to review an item from their site. Next! Wow! I chose this amazing floral-print "mullet" dress by Lipsy. It's my first foray into the "mullet-hem" trend and I love it. I often find maxi dresses a little fussy- they just get in the way!- but I love that I can bend down in this dress just like I would in a midi or maxi, but it has the shorter front which keeps it fun and fresh. I was looking for items which I thought would be great for New Jersey. I imagine (correct me if I'm wrong!) that it's quite casual in the evening, and I can't bring a lot of things with me, so I hoped I could wear this dress for day or evening in New Jersey. I know it would probably look better with wedges, but they weren't really practical for my day yesterday! I added the belt to add shape but it was a bit too big so I didn't put it through a hole and as you can tell from the pictures, it kept falling down!

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Anyway, that's all from me. Have a lovely evening!

Charlotte x

Monday, 28 May 2012

Swans in the Sun

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Oh hey swan trousers. It has been far too warm to wear these trousers but I just love them too much! I actually wore this outfit on Saturday and Sunday. I know, such an outfit repeater. But I spilled food down myself on Saturday (don't I always?!) and had to wash the tshirt so the whole outfit resurfaced on Sunday. I decided to keep it super casual this time with just a white tshirt which I bought in October and only took the tags out of on Saturday (so bad!) and my black ballet flats. Oh and my new favourite necklace, which was £5. Bargain.




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I've spent most of the last few days sorting things out for America. Less than two weeks to go- eek! It is exciting though- I will have lived in America for a total of 13 months and lived in two different States and I'm only 22. I'm actually arriving in the US less than a year after I came back from my year abroad! I think I worked out I will have visited 16 States in total by the time I come back- which doesn't sound that many when you consider I have 34 to go but not bad in 5 years! I'm finally starting to get excited. I think the problem with taking a big trip is there's so much to organise that it can feel so overwhelming that it's difficult to get excited. But I've done nearly all my online training now, and today I started with my extra swimming lessons to get me ready for my lifeguard training and I'm feeling much more confident about it. And let's face it, I'm getting paid to spend my summer at a water park on the Jersey shore. It should be an awesome summer. And then I have my 22 day road trip to look forward to, and then my trip back to Duluth to visit all my friends from my year abroad! I also found out today that I can get the megabus to Boston from New Jersey in 4 hours, so I'd love to try to squeeze that in before I leave! Eeek so exciting!

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swan print trousers- Topshop
white tshirt- H&M
necklace- Forever 21
black flats- H&M

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I think one of my biggest concerns about my trip is my blog. I'm only going to get two days off a week, and I'm working nearly 11 hour days, so I'm not going to get a lot of time to take outfit photos. Furthermore, it's going to be really really warm (and you know how I struggle to look stylish in hot weather!) and I'm only allowed to take one suitcase. So I think my blog might take a bit of a different direction while I'm away. Outfit photos aren't going away though. I have 12 weeks of work with 2 days off a week, so I have about 24 days in which I can take outfit photos (I'm going to be in my uniform the rest of the time!) so I'm going to think about it as a kind of 30 for 30 again. I know I can make 30 outfits from 30 items, so 24 days shouldn't be a problem at all! I hope my blog will go back to normal when I get back, but I know you guys will be supportive if there are some changes around my blog while I'm away. 

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Have a lovely day guys. I'm going to carry on compiling lists of things to do before I go!

Charlotte x

PS. Sorry for the mega-amount of photos. Steph took these for me yesterday and I just love them!

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Week in Photos


If you follow me on Instagram, you will think that all I've done is go swimming and eat froyo this week. I guess that's fairly true...


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1. Monday lunch
I absolutely love to make soup- this is lentil and carrot, one of my favourites
2. Sunny walk home
Now the weather is better, I love my morning walk home from swimming. 
3. Manchester in the sun
I don't give Manchester enough credit for the beautiful city it is. It looked amazing in the sun.

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4. Gospel Choir
There was a gospel choir in Piccadilly station on Tuesday promoting Belvita biscuits. Horrible biscuits, awesome choir.
5. New Red Lippie
I love matte lipsticks and this Revlon one was a little cheaper than Mac Ruby Woo.
6. New Lipsy dress
This dress is going to be perfect for the summer.

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7. Revlon Matte Lipstick collection
I wish they came in even more colours!
8. Revlon Smokey Pink
The perfect pretty pink.
9. Pale bare legs
I got some stick on Twitter for the fact that I'm pale and I chose not to wear tights. I'm pale, so what? I'm English of Irish descent. Being pale is part of who I am. I'm okay with it. I spent far too much time hiding behind fake tan and skin colours tights but I just don't care anymore.

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10. My first "mullet hem"
I like being able to bend down!
11. Wednesday lunch
Quorn fajita wrap with homemade guacamole and cheese. It tastes better than it looks!
12. Bouncy castle!
There was a bouncy castle outside the gym!

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13. Fruity Cider
Mmm...summer.
14-15. New Mark Hill Wand
My friend Sarah has this wand and her hair looked amazing last weekend so I bought one of ebay. And my first attempt.

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16. Wag-esque
Big sunnies, big curls, big necklace.
17. Froyo Part I
Froyo with raspberries and white chocolate pieces
18. Mint on mint
I was looking for some new shorts for New Jersey and I found these ones in H&M. Perfect for summer!

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19. Fresh pineapple and raspberries
I could eat fresh pineapple every day. I was so happy when my Dad cut one up for me yesterday!
20. Froyo Part II
Steph came round today and we walked to the village for some froyo. Mine was raspberry, strawberry and peanut butter cuts, Steph had mango, pomegranate and honeycomb.
21. Walk in the park
After our froyo Steph and I walked back from the village and she took photos of me in the park. More to come!

Friday, 25 May 2012

Stars, Stripes and Flowers


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I have a confession to make; I suck at summer. I get too hot and I just don't know what to wear! Today I just wore a pair of denim shorts, converse and a top, and I have a feeling that's going to be my summer uniform. I just find it hard to be creative with my clothes when I can't layer. I do love a bit of print mixing though. I received these hitops from Republic a few weeks ago and it's just been too cold until now to wear them! I absolutely love to stars and stripes print (I didn't realise until today that you can fold the inside down and they're striped inside!) and I was so excited to mix them with this floral dress. I love mixing pretty dresses with trainers for summer.



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floral dress- Topshop
hitop trainers- c/o Republic
necklace- Forever 21

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So I've been pretty busy the last few days! I'm finally making headway with my to-do list. Yesterday I wrote articles and then went for a walk round Stockport in the sun with my friend Jenny which was really nice. I love being able to see my home friends while I'm back! Today I spent the whole day working on my lifeguard training. I had a 130 page book to read and a study guide to complete and I have a few online classes to do too. I've also finally managed to get some swimming lessons sorted for next week. I can't believe I'll be in New Jersey this time in two weeks!

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I'm excited to actually have a bit of a rest this weekend. Steph is home this weekend so I'm excited to see her on Sunday. Now I've worked through my to-do list I can have a bit of a break next week and get on with things I've wanted to do for ages- like sort my blog out! I want to do a complete redesign, sort out all my pages and just feel organised. I hope I get time to do that before I leave!
Ooh also, I guest posted over at Maggie's blog yesterday- you should go check it out!
Have a lovely weekend guys and enjoy the weather!

Charlotte x

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I fancied a bit of a change from outfit photos, so I thought I'd post you a quick recipe! These cookies are amazing and super-quick so I thought I'd share it with you guys! I really love cooking so I'm thinking about adding more recipes to my blog- I'd love to hear what you guys think!


These cookies are one of my favourite things to bake. I'm not really a big baker- it's pretty much these or brownies! When it comes to cookies, I like simple, yummy and soft- these fit the bill perfectly. They don't involve a lot of effort and can be made super-quick. They also involve a lot of store-cupboard ingredients, so once you've bought everything for the first batch, you can have pretty much instant cookies! I baked them for my friends this weekend and they said they were better than Millie's cookies! I don't know about that but they are good! The recipe is from Cookie Magic by Kate Shirazi.
125g/9 tbsp butter
175g/scant 1 cup soft light brown sugar
1 large free-range egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g/1 generous cup plain (all-purpose) flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt (omit if using salted butter)
100g/4oz white, milk or dark chocolate, chopped into largish chunks

Preheat the oven to 180c/350F and line two baking sheets with greaseproof paper or silicone liners

Melt the butter in a large saucepan, then add the sugar and take the pan off the heat. 
Beat in the egg, add the vanilla extract, then sift in the dry ingredients, giving it a good old stir so you don't start cooking the egg. 
Stir in the chocolate chunks.

Spoon into little piles on the baking sheet, bare in mind that they spread quite a lot so leave a big gap between them (I ended up with one giant cookie!).
Bake for about 10 minutes. My advice is to go off the colour as they tend to harden quite a bit when they come out of the oven. They should be a nice golden yellow.
Leave for a few minutes before sliding them onto a wire rack or plate to cool.
Eat lovely and warm or leave to harden and cool


Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Peachy Keen


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blouse- c/o Sugarlips Apparel
skirt- c/o French Connection
wedges- New Look
necklace- Forever 21

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I apologise that I am a squinty Susan in these pictures. I really need to learn not to take photos in the conversatory in the heat of the day on a particularly sunny Wednesday. When will I learn eh? I should probably take advantage of the warm weather and get some outfit photos done while I can.

Not much to report in this post. I guess the more I blog, the less I have to say. This is what I wore today. (Woah! That rhymes!). Actually this is one of the four (!) outfits I wore today: sweats and a hoodie to the swimming baths, this, my new Next dress that arrived and then, when I realised it's always risky to wear clothes before I review them especially when I'm cooking dinner tonight, a dress from last year. As I mentioned yesterday, I now have to wear at least two outfits a day as I am a spilling hazard. I need one of those bibs that collects dropped food. Yes, I am 22.

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Let's just ignore my hair, shall we?

Charlotte x