Sunday, 18 September 2011

Barbour Polarquilt jacket

this is new for the 2011 barbour range, its my first own barbour since i was a little girl when they were cheaper. Now i know ive been a bit harsh on barbour in the past, because i never really saw anything i liked in the range and compared to the quality of my other 2 quilteds from next, they werent even on par and cost double the amount.
I went to a garden centre earlier today and noticed they had quite a large barbour range, so, keeping up to date i had a browse and ive ended up returning with both a lambswool scarf for my boyfriend which was priced at £21.99 and my own barbour jacket, £99.95, Polarquilt.
The difference with this jacket? it has a fantastic fleece inner and a zip. its lightweight, feels lovely (rather than like plastic) its got a lovely matte finish aswell so it doesnt look super shiny and tacky in the light.
Its cheaper than all oft he other barbour jackets in the range too, apart from the bog standard quilted jacket that only has popper buttons and feels like youre wearing a bag. being honest.
This is the Navy colour. believe me, it does look black, but apparently its navy. it does say this on the barbour by mail website too so dont be completely fooled :)

The scarf is made of 100% lambswool, and unlike some itchy scarves, this one does nothing of the sort. Now, i know buying a guy a scarf doesnt seem amazing, but believe me, he steals my other scarves far too often so this might just solve the issue. arent i just great? <3

looks like im all set for winter anyway! its a fantasic jacket, and comes in navy or olive, however much
the navy is more practical :)

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

♥ CountryWear By H&M ♥

I thought id show you one of my latest looks i posted on my chictopia blog, Its taken a while but i finally received my new blazer in the post today :D i was so excited and ill admit the fit is absolutely amazing, the colour is fantastic and the material is great, its going to be perfect for A/W. i teamed it up with a white shirt underneath, my RLP jeans which i adore, and my brown italian leather boots and leather gloves, both tan in colour. 
I adore this blazer, and will absolutely be going back to h&m to buy more, its just a shame its taken 3 weeks to get to me!
Its been a lovely middle of the holidays, and this is one of the most perfect looks ive thought of for the coming months now its getting into autumn not summer :)

Blazer: £34.99 H&M

Friday, 19 August 2011

A new Equestrian Venture - Polo!

Im going to start playing polo! I will officially be the first on my stables to go and have a polo lesson, hopefully over the next couple of weeks, with the intention to turn my own horse into the perfect polo pony and compete in chukkas next season :) i cant wait. 
If you havent seen polo before, its a really energetic, highly respected and proper sport which is a joy to compete in. I found this video on youtube of a girl on her first polo lesson :
So in honour of this i thought id show you some of my very favourite authentic polo shirts for England, afterall, all the polo players wear them!

Ralph Lauren Blue Label Skinny GBR Polo:  £130

Joules Official England Polo: £54.95

Saturday, 13 August 2011

♥ Chelsea Boots? Buy Riding Boots! ♥

Alright guys, ive noticed chelsea boots coming back onto the market once again and ive noticed the prices for these types of boots are absolutely extortionate!. So i figured, why not let you guys know a little secret.... this example from topshop:

The Ultimate Chelsea Boots £62.00

Now, my boyfriend of all people made me realise these are the fashion option, i didnt know they were even called chelsea boots until recent. As far as I'm concerned, these are jodhpur boots that us horse riders wear everyday to ride and muck out stables!
So, whats my point?  These topshop boots are £62 right?
Well. Believe me you can get them a whole bunch cheaper than these, with better soles, harder material and actually made of leather!
Go to a saddlery!

Let me show you these from an online trustworthy saddlery, this place has sales all the time, stores up and down the UK and has the largest range unless you go to the actual brands. 
These are their own brand Boots:
£23.00              Link

Believe me when i say. Equestrian boots will be by far better quality and better for the money, and in most cases cheaper. Shop around first!
some other well known equestrian brands are: Ariat, Shires, Rambo, Horsewear, Dubarry and hunter.

Friday, 12 August 2011

♥ Posing Like Chictopians Do ♥

This is one of the best less than a minute tutorials i could find you guys on youtube. If you are new to chictopia, a bit like me, or you just want more ideas to make your photo's great, this is the video to watch!
Im not as luck as some, i live on an estate, there isnt so much scenery, and i have to self take the photos! hopefully i will get this changed soon though :) i may need to let the boyfriend use the camera for once....

♥ Living Like A Bear ♥

One of my very favourite looks for fall, my knitted cape with the only hat that suits me! apart from my panda hat.
the amount of people who talk about me in this hat is stupidly incredible! ive been out shopping, people have looked at me, ive heard them talking, stopped me and one chinese girl even asked for a picture and repeated Kawaii about ten times…. the bear hat effect ;)
:) so it will ABSOLUTELY be out again this A/W!

Most adorable River Island Cosy Jumper Ever!

Well if this isnt just one of the most adorable jumpers around i dont know what is. I was instantly drawn to the colours, the little hedgehogs and the hearts. If youve also been following the A/W developments of our most loved high street brands youll know that jumpers in pastel and natural tones, with animal prints and cute girliness are this seasons hottest in the knitwear department.
As im not one to really splash out on one piece in particular, this effort from river islands Chelsea girl collection has gone down a treat for me.
Cant wait to see it instore and see what the fabrics are like!