What have I been up to?

Apologies for the blog silence.

My excuse this time is that I have been moving flats in Dubai. This has become a bigger task than expected, especially as I have moved from a furnished to a non-furnished space and need to kit it out with all the basics. I am unashamedly turning the place into an IKEA showroom. When I eventually post some pictures you will see that I am not even joking. Bar the odd piece from Crate and Barrel and the like, it's almost completely IKEA. I get totally carried away in that place.

Anyway, one part of the new flat that I am excited about is the maid's room. And no I am not getting a maid. The majority of 2 bedroom + places in this part of the world have a maid's room and it's essentially a box with an ensuite that only the very cruel would consider as a legitimate place to make someone live. It does however, make the perfect makeup/wardrobe showcase/indulgent space and so I declared it mine and have started "girly-fying" the shizz out of it.

The first part of this is creating an Inspiration Rack and it's an idea 100% nicked from other blogs and several Tumblr pictures. The idea behind mine is to mix textures, colours and pieces that either:

a) Make me smile or
b) Need to be worn in the next couple of weeks.

It's just a nice way to merchandise "stuff" and it gives me a little bit of inspiration and happiness. So IKEA provided the rack and I provided the "stuff" :)





A couple of things to note here:

a) The 11' Cambridge Satchel in Lilac on the left (Link!) - I had a couple of questions on Instagram about this and I got it recently from Urban Outfitters. I absolutely love it - the colour and the quality are just gorgeous.

In my mind I compare it to the Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac - the sizes are fairly similar - and I 100% prefer the Cambridge Satchel. Both style bags are quite "done", and the more fiddly closure on the Cambridge can be annoying, but for whatever reason I just like it more.

b) The Office Nighthawk boots (Link!) - Any of you who follow my Facebook page know that I waited/stalked these boots on the Office website. They are a blatant ripoff of the original Chloe version and were sold a couple of years ago. I call them my Bros boots (showing my age there!)


Popular demand led to their return on the website and I pounced! It was seeing them on blogs like this - Link! - that inspired me. The boots are such a plain shape but the detail makes them totally unique - although 1000s of us have them and Topshop do a pretty lovely version too. Either way, winter and it's cooler weather can't come soon enough! :)

PS. If I was to have done an OOTD for the last few evening's it would have almost definitely featured these studded joggers from Topshop



Crotch shot!

These are the perfect "pop-to-the-shops-and-can't-be-bothered-to-get-properly-dressed" bottoms. They are also the type of thing that you could wear with heels and a leather jacket but I am not cool enough to do that so a black vest top and flip flops it has been :)

Okay, end of ramble post!

Speak soon! x

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  1. Studs are officially invading every clothing item! I enjoyed the colour co-ordination in your indulgent space :) Best of luck with the move, let us know if you branch out from IKEA! :P

    xx Veronica

    http://frowardfashion.blogspot.com

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    1. As long as I don't wear them all together I think I will be okay - that should be a joke OOTD one day :) haha

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  2. I just bought the Nighthawk boots last week and I CANNOT possibly wait to wear them and moreover, see how you combine them!!!

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    1. I am thinking of buying them but I am in between sizes (5-6)and have no way of trying them on...how do they come up regarding the sizing?

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    2. I found they came up about half a size bigger than expected. I just went for my usual size 5 fyi! :)

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    3. Thanks so much, that is very helpful...I am going to get my regular size then :) Also...may I ask where did you get the suede grey boots on the left from the nighthawks? :) I love them.

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  3. Ooh, I like the idea of my very own "maid's room". What an incentive to keep my head down, work a little harder and keep my cash card out of sight! We live in hope!!! Enjoy your new home :)

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    1. :) its standard here but takes a bit of getting used to - ie, having a room for a maid! Weird!

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  4. love the studded joggers, i love the chic sporty look but i don't think i'm cool enough to pull it off haha

    bloody love your clothes rack as well, wish i had a room for all my stuff as well, it's every girl's dream!

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    1. its a very tiny room but i am going to make the most of it. it's the most exciting part of the move - haha

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  5. aaah the satchel! Beautiful. Totally wish I had my own maids room! You're so lucky to live in Dubai, my auntie lives there and it's an amazing place xx

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    1. it's a nice place - you work hard but living here at the weekends feels like being on holiday :)

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  6. There is nothing wrong with Ikea'ing out a new place! I love that it is the same all over the world and very much made use of that and it's familiarity! London, Paris, Berlin & Shanghai - all of my places have looked the same, a home away from home!

    Love those rose gold heels!

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    1. lovely to see your name in the comments :) hope you are well!

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  7. Could you maybe do a room/apartment tour when you're settled?
    I was also wondering if you could give some of your favorite Tumblr links? I'm always on the lookout for new Tumblr's for inspiration.

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    1. ooh good idea re tumblrs! I actually need some good interior ones so if you know of any that would be greatly appreciated! i will definitely take some pics once i think it is blog worthy :)

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  8. I love this idea! Wish I had space for that! X

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    1. i have waited about 2 years but finally have a little alcove for it - my favourite part of the flat. haha

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  9. Very nice. I hope we can get a sneak peek of your new apartment once you're done with it! :) x

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    1. will do - cue massive tidy the day i take photos to pretend i always live in order :)

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  10. love your blog! That lilac crossbody is amazing!

    xoxo Shauna


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    1. Thank you! Re the bag its such great quality too! :)

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  11. wow I love that rack of clothing, it looks simply divine :)

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    1. thanks Vivian - i just love looking at it. How sad!

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  12. Gorgeous! Such a beautiful way of displaying clothes

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  13. love the selection of clothes on the rack and these joggers are exquisite in the joggers category ! x
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    1. thank you :) they do some lovely jogging bottoms this season - also have my eye on a dip dye pair! :)

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  14. Ikea is beyond addicting haha I'm pretty sure my entire bedroom is from there (not kidding). Your inspiration rack is so pretty! Love the soft pastel colors and of course the lilac Cambridge satchel! I have the neon pink on and am in LOVE with the shape and style of it. A pastel one would be a perfect one to add to my collection :)

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    1. I agree! haha I love the pastel yellow they do - such a pretty shade!

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  15. Can't wait to see your IKEA "showroom" it'll just add another room to the inspiration from IKEA haha!

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    1. haha :) its probably a doppelganger of something you have seen before but yeah sure! :)

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  16. I really enjoy reading ur posts, closet room tour soon maybe ????
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  17. I really like your "merchandising" rack! pretty picks and such a great idea for getting more wear out of certain pieces.

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    1. Thanks Kelsey - that's the aim...either that or just make me happy haha :)

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  18. how high is the heel of your spiked Louboutins? :) I'm aiming at Pigalle but the classic version and can't decide - 85 or 100... any sugestions? :)

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    1. It's the 100 and it's not too bad to walk in at all. Much more comfy than the Simple!

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  19. Can't wait to see your new closet/makeup room!!! Ahhhh every girl's dream :)

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    1. :) Can't wait to get it all set up!

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  20. officially jealous of everything in this post x

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    1. :) can't wait to get my silly makeup/clothes room ready to show you :)

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  21. Hey Laura! I've been following you for years now, since the youtube days, and I recently decided to make a fashion blog myself. I would love it if you or your followers could check it out! xx Sara http://mypetitefashioncorner.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Sara - good luck with the blog and will definitely check it out!

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  22. Crotch shot! I laughed out loud to that! The merchandise rack looks great, I'm in the process of doing my room. We don't have ikea here though so it's not so easy, or sadly as affordable :'(

    Amelia @ UGLY DUCKLING xxx

    Come say hey at Ducklingtoswan.com! :)

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    1. Boo - thats the beauty of ikea. Cheap prices. I bet you live in a place where there are lovely antique/unique shops - sadly that's missing here!

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  23. Love a bit of Ikea, my whole house would be decked out in ikea if I had my way! xxx

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    1. haha i think mine is going to be :)

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  24. I have just moved flats too, so stressful! Love your inspiration rail, it's a great idea and looks so much better than how I currently house these sort of items...over a chair!

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    1. this is about the only tidy area of the entire place so don't be fooled - there is plenty of naughty clothes slinging going on behind the scenes :)

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  25. I love all the beautiful colors on your rack! I really can't wait to see you wearing the clothes!

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    1. thanks Martha! There are some lovely dresses I can't wait to wear!

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  26. Omg where are those taupe booties all the way on the left from?? I've been looking for ones like those for forever!

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    1. They are from Isabel Marant but ASH do a pair VERY similar.

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  27. The joggers are gorgeous and studded Louboutins too. *swoon*

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  28. gaahhhhh i love your inspiration rack! i'm about to move apartments too in a couple months and definitely am thinking of doing the same thing too. also like how you included shoes as part of the inspiration - i always forget to wear shoes i have because i simply do not see them all lined up!

    rachel xx

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  29. The boots look amazing :)

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  30. Ikea meatballs! and their 50p hotdogs!! haha they literally have everything you will ever need.

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  31. The picture of your inspiration rail literally made me swoon. Cx

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  32. Laura can we stop ignoring the obvious and acknowledge the black stud Louboutins that I think I can see?!? Spill the beans ;o)... x

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    1. haha promise to do a post on them :)

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  33. Blimming love those boots! And that rack (why does this sound like I'm referring to your chest!), well I thought it was a Pinterest picture, it looks that damn organised. Well done you and happy new home. Off to check out Crate and Barrel now xx

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  34. I have spent my evening reading all of your posts that I missed. Amazing! Love your British sense of humour. When I realized you are now following me on instagram I squeeked. Totally adore you! Love, Yulan

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  35. Ah, your new space is just going to be amazing - I love the inspiration rack. And I've been dying for some similar Chloe booties too... just love the studs.

    xo, alison*elle

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  36. I have similar boots from Zara for sale, they are not my style :( I love ypur blouses a lot! <3

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  37. Bros Boots! Totally!! Had a little giggle at that one, Laura x

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  38. I love the boots!! And the Inspiration Rack is always such a great idea, it makes any room look more creative and glamorous! xx
    colormeloverly.blogspot.com

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  39. I am going to Urban Outfitters website right now. I love that bag! Can't wait to see apartment pics! Stacie xo

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  40. What a cool way to make sweatpants look more glamourous! Love it. xx

    just-another-day1.blogspot.ca

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  41. I may have to nick this idea too....?
    I love it, and those Topshop shorts!? YES XO

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  42. Love the idea of a merchanidise rack. I've a room ripe for conversion into a dressing room so I'll try and incorporate something like that.

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  43. ooooooooooohhh can't wait to see what you've done with the place :)... Love those shoes, do they run true to size??

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  44. That is the most inspiring rail I have ever seen!

    Stunning stuff. Also great idea as I have tons of stuff forgotten about at the back of my wardrobe!

    Cath x

    squaremarshmallow.blogspot.co.uk

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  45. Great post. Your blog is stunning <3
    Would you maybe like to follow eachother?
    Love, Anne

    www.movieanne.com

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  46. Hello beautiful. I just discovered your blog. It's great I like is very stylish and you are very pretty :) You have a new follower. I invite you to know my blog. I hope your visit;) A big hug. PersonalStyle.
    www.blogpersonalstyle.com

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  47. I want a cambridge satchel, the lilac one is gorgeous!

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  48. Gorgeous shoes! Love all of them :)

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  49. Studded joggers?! I need to find those in the States!

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  50. Absolutely love those bottoms!!!!! Love a rail like this to, wish I had more room for one! x

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  51. Loved your post! And the studded bottoms are really cute! All relaxed but totally stylish :-)

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  52. The rack looks lovely and the joggers are awesome!

    http://deonnep.blogspot.co.uk/

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  53. This is a great idea. I also have that rack but since getting a new flat with built-in wardrobes it's been made redundant. May have to grab a bit of inspiration from this post and start doing something similar!

    Also, love those boots from office!! I've been eyeing a pair from newlook that look very similar!

    http://lashesandlaces.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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  54. I saw those racks at Ikea and totally thought about it but I definitely do not have the space! Love the idea though. And nothing wrong with Ikea!! *cough* Thats what my place is decked out in!

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  55. wow how cool! I LOVE the purple bag:)
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  56. I love how you follow your heart with this blog and how I can totally feel your vibe. It's so gorgeous, so I thought - maybe we can now follow each other? <3

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    Lucija
    WLL

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  57. Your clothes display can really uplift ones mood. BTW I love the studded boots!

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  58. I love the inspiration rack! I'm so doing it!

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  59. so jealous of your cambridge satchel! i recently ordered one from the designer series to use at school but it, unfortunately, hasn't arrived yet - i can't wait for it to get here! but looking at yours has made me lust after a pastel one so bad right now! may have to get another one soon... X

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  60. I think everyone is having the same 'rail' idea. Im looking froward to decorating my new place. Look forward to seeing your photos.

    petitesideofstyle.com

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  61. THOSE BOOTS OMG!
    xxx
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  62. beautiful shoes and pants! full of inspiration:)

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  63. I love the inspiration rack! How often does it stay like that though...?

    www.momentsunexpected.com

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  64. those joggers are adorable!


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  65. I have the same clothes rack! Just got it for a week or so and I must say I wouldn't mind spreading these things as universal furniture around the house :)) It is addictive, I tell you! One is never enough.

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