24 Oct 2013

Take me down to China Town

October has been such a whirlwind month and I will admit blogging has taken a backseat...which really does break my heart a little. I've been getting home to bed at 11pm from my new job for a solid month and completely missed the window of blogging and boyfriend time. If you are a blogger yourself you will know that blogging requires dedicated commitment and a good post takes a decent amount of time in its creation. A lot of love goes into my posts and I try to document my adventures and outfits as much as I can as it really is my favourite creative outlet- along with sewing, painting and drawing.

A blessing and curse of being me is that I am also a perfectionist the majority of the time! So some drafted posts don't always make the cut.

I'm pleased to announce that my new working hours are a million times more sociable! Hurray! So more time to cuddle the boy and blog. 

Just when I had a moment of fear that I had lost my blogging Mo-Jo a day out with my hometown girlies definitely got me back on track. We had planned our trip to see "Matilda" the musical for quite some time and and it really was one of those days that was just perfect.

I simply adore snuggling down in a toasty jumper in the colder months and layering with a shirt- is my essential go to style....if in doubt layer with a shirt! I am simply in love with this seasons trend of Tartan. I picked up this really tame tartan coloured mini skirt from Urban Outfitters a while back and just love it. It's already been worn 5 or 6 times already.

Coat- Zara
Shirt- Charity Shop
Skirt- Urban Outfitters
Shoes- Office
Bag- Bagable
Amy and Rhiannon travelled down from Bristol for day and I decided to introduce them to Camden Market as they had never been before and I knew they'd love it. 

Essential must dos with girlfriends: obligatory photo booth photos, and taking them to Eds Diner too! 
Oreo milkshakes and eds platter plates all around.

Massive thanks to Amy taking today's outfit photos! x

21 Oct 2013

Bag it up

Whether it's the 'night out' bag, or maybe the 'popping out to the shops' bag, the guilty 'fits virtually nothing inside but looks great' bag, the 'I bought this because I needed it to complete a particular outfit' bag, the 'practical' bag, the 'festive favourite' bag, or my personal penchant, the 'everyday' bag (the one that we insist on carrying unnecessarily copious amounts of crap around in); whatever bag it may be let's face it, us girls are prone to owning several different types of bags. 

It honestly does baffle me til this very day how men can get away with fitting everything in their back pocket. I love bags, in fact it's fair to say I have quite the collection but you will still see me using the same 3 or 4 in rotation because once you find one that works with you you're sorted. 

I was simply thrilled when Bagable got in touch with me recently asking me to review one of their bags. Without a moment's hesitation I agreed and began to scour through their website in search of my dream bag. What I didn't realise was how incredibly hard it was for me to decide. Their choice of bags is varied and impressive and nothing short of exhausting when faced with the challenge of choosing a favourite! After looking at their website I was surprised to see that they also had a shop in Kent not far from where I lived so I decided to pay them a visit and see all their bags in their full glory. 

Buying a bag for us ladies we all know is such a personal experience. We all have a different agenda of what we look for in a bag. Maybe for you it has to look great, or be genuine leather, or maybe has to be a designer, maybe it has to fit your kindle? I don't know; we all have different things we require and I guess for every woman there must somewhere lurk an ideal bag. 

Bagable stock an impressive selection of popular branded bags- Fossil, Kipling, Paul Frank, Fiorelli and many more but for me I have always been a massive fan of Nica, having owned 2 previously (one had fish buckles!) which I adored massively. Their bag designs are chic, modern, pretty and my personal favourite details of theirs has to be their bag linings which are always lined with a contrasting patterned fabric. Something I cannot stand with bags: black lining. What is that about people? You can never find anything. 

Anyway, I felt so incredibly overwhelmed with their choice of bags on offer, I have always had a soft spot for Kipling- complete their famous monkey keyring!- I'm such a sucker for a cute quirk to anything really!. 

As you can see from their amazing selection of bags it was an incredibly difficult choice, in particular this yellow owl bag sang to me.

Joanna pointed out a bag that I hadn't noticed yet and I fell in love with it at once. It was a Nica camera bag with an owl faced opening clasp that was complete with a carry strap and a adjustable shoulder strap. I took out the stuffing straight away and popped my DSLR in and it fit (like a glass slipper with an owl face)! Not only that but also inside it comes complete with a matching change purse and an extra pocket compartment. I almost never see camera bags that are pretty; most are functional and ugly or pretty and impractical.  

 This bag is the perfect happy medium, gorgeous to look at but still with even enough room for my phone, purse, lipstick, paw paw cream, tissues, makeup, wet wipes, diary, pens, chewing gum...where was I? Oh yes, thank you to Bagable for my new favourite bag, I look forward to having more adventures with it very soon and sharing them with you xx

Playsuit- Topshop
Shirt- Charity Shop
Shoes- Office
Bowler- H & M

Bagable has also kindly offered all readers of The Cinnamon Slipper a discount code for your dream bag! Simply enter 'CINNAMONSLIPPER10' and this entitles you to 10% off

11 Oct 2013

Cauliflowers fluffy and cabbages green

One of my favourite events of this year had to of been when I went to the RHS Spring Late in March with the girls. I was simply thrilled when the RHS got in touch recently saying how much they enjoyed my previous blog post and very kindly invited me to cover their upcoming Harvest Late evening. Tuesday came around and Jonathan and I decided to make a little evening date of it. We got all dressed up and were excited from the moment we got there. We were welcomed into the halls by people juggling vegetables and surprised to see some the biggest pumpkins I've ever seen in my life! 

Seriously those pumpkins were insanely huge! How do you even grow them that big? They seriously blew my mind. Not only that there was the most beautiful selection of prizewinning vegetables on display which really were perfection. I was pleased to see that Midnight Apothecary were there once again and I made sure Jonathan tried their cocktails too. I distinctly remember their rhubarb cocktails from last time tasting really a-m-a-z-i-n-g! This time around I had their 'Elderberry me' and it did not disappoint. My eczema has been pretty bad recently so one drink was enough for the evening.

We had a go at pumpkin carving, listened to some folk music in the 'woods', dabbled in some apple tasting and apple bobbed but what really made us smile was the London Vegetable Orchestra- which really exists! and they were fab! Their instruments made out of vegetables and they delighted us with performances of- Greensleeves, English Country Garden and my personal favourite had to be 'The Bare Necessities'. 

Dress- French Connection
Camera Bag- Nica C/O Bagable 
Shoes- Shoe Zone/ Ebay

Cauliflowers fluffy and cabbages green, 
Strawberries sweeter than any I’ve seen. 
Beetroot purple and onions white, 
All grow steadily day and night. 
The apples are ripe, and the plums are red, 
The broadbeans are sleeping in the blankety bed. 

8 Oct 2013

Dusty Pink

Months ago it was fashion forecasted that pastel coloured coats, in particular pink, were set to be hot this Autumn/Winter. For the past 2 or 3 years at Winter time I've worn dark coloured coats- black, blue and chestnut- but this year I myself was really drawn to go for a lighter colour. In last month's Vogue I simply fell in love the new collection by Marks and Spencer's and their new campaign featuring of all the famous UK leading ladies. An item that lept out of the ad to me had to be the blush pink coat worn by Karen Elson- which promptly sold out! I just knew pink was the way to go this season. I also saw this dusty pink coat by Zara in magazines but it was virtually impossible to get hold of and I didn't want to pay double for it on ebay. I almost gave up until I decided to give my local Zara a phone call and to cut a long and boring story short she was mine and it's been permanently attached to my body ever since. 

Its been such a busy week and I i've been simply useless at taking the time to stop and photograph my outfits. I wouldn't think to wear this dress in the autumn/ winter months but I was feeling like wearing a touch of colour yesterday.

Coat- Zara
Dress- Ingenue
Shoes- Shoe Garage
Satchel- Camden Market

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