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15 Mar 2014

The cropped tee



Excuse the 80's retail reference but cropped tops make me think of my "Tammy Girl" era. Then I was 10. Now I am considerably older than that but I am still going to pretend that I can get away with it.

I was in Zara a few months ago and got a little bit inspired by a mannequin...it happens. "She" was wearing a mid-length skirt and a cropped top. There was something nice about it - modest but fashionable. My only hesitation was the thought of the world seeing my stomach and the hint of the belly button piercing that I got as soon as I finished my last university degree exam/post pub - i.e., this would not be a good look.

But you know what? Sod it. I say this because during my UK trip I spotted the most beautiful/perfect cropped top. Grey marl with the kind of embellishment that makes me swoon. I bought it and I bloomin' well wore it.

The key - at least for me - is to have just a hint of flesh on show. It's better that way. It's better for me as it makes me feel less self-conscious. And I imagine it's better for everyone else who looks at me as well :) No belly button reveal this time. Pair with a high waisted skirt and you're set.

Top: Topshop - Link!
Skirt: Topshop - Link!

There are two other things I want to rave about here:

1) The Ray-Ban aviator in 62mm. These are officially called the "Large Original Aviator".



The difference between these and the other ones I have is just 4mm but they make such a difference. They remind me of the Victoria Beckham glasses I drooled over at the airport but are more than half the price...and just as fabulous. Sorry Vicky and thanks to LisaLisaD1 for bringing these to my attention!

2) I have been shopping the stash again and came across Lorac Serenity eyeshadow. Who remembers when I bought this? :)



If you wanted a beautiful wash of gold with a slight copper undertone then you need this! It's just such a pretty base. I wear it all over with a ton of NARS Mekong smudged along the lash line. Done in about 2 minutes and gives just the right amount of smokey eye.

Now of course a shadow this perfect in colour has to be discontinued doesn't it? *rolls eyes*

Occasionally they seem to bring it back in a set so I will keep an eye out. Are all Lorac shadows this amazingly buttery in texture?



Hope you had a great weekend so far. I have done very little to report but I am reading a great book at the moment.  I finished Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty which I really enjoyed (I saw the endorsement by author SJ Watson on the front cover and so had to buy) and am on to The Marriage of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris. It covers a serious topic - a young girl getting married to a man she hardly knows - but the characterisation is warm and well thought out.

Let me know if you have read anything great lately!

68 comments

  1. Love grey and light pink together! And that eyeshadow! And Tammy Girl, ofc xxx

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    1. Love that you remember it as well Sandy :)

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  2. Wow wasn't expecting the skirt to be so long and full, it has such a cool retro look (I clicked the link). great pairing!

    Michelle/Lavish Introvert

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    1. I love it. I have it in pink but have ordered the white. It's a great skirt!

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  3. you look beautiful (when not?) and I downloaded Apple Tree Yard after you mentioned it but I haven't started it yet!

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    1. It's such a good read. I read it pretty quickly. It's quite racy though - prepare yourself :) haha

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  4. Wow, I remember Tammy girl. I used to shop in there all the time! Anyway, I absolutely love the look and would definitely wear it, for me I can only get away with crop tops when its like an inch of belly showing.

    http://thebravestindividual.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I got a particularly fetching ra-ra skirt from there once .I absolutely loved it :) haha

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  5. Love this outfit - the grey goes so well with the pink! :)
    theemeralddove21.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. I'm so in love with this look! and your hair is so gorgeous! I really want to do this to my hair! x

    FASHION SIGNAL | UK Style and Fashion Blog

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    1. I LOVE Ombre. I don't think it will ever be "over" for me. You can go as subtle or as extreme as you like as well - I think you should try it :)

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  7. I love this look, you have such amazing style!

    Tiny Alis

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    1. aw thank you so much! It's all down to Topshop :) haha

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  8. I'm trying to find a good smudge brush. Do you have any recommendations?

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    1. Yes! I love the Laura Mercier smudge brush. In fact there has never been a Laura Mercier brush I have met that I didn't love!

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  9. I'm trying to think of your age if you remember tammy girl hehe.

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  10. hey! I really like your blog :)
    check out mine and follow if you like :)

    http://ninalavitaebella.blogspot.com/

    have a nice day xx

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  11. This made me smile... Tammy girl, such nostalgia, love it:)

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    1. I loved me some Tammy Girl once upon a time :)

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  12. Tammy Girl! I used to shop there all the time! i remember my local one had a photo booth...Your hair! every time you post I have to resist the urge to dye mine again...it will happen. xx

    www.nataliejayne.blogspot.com

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    1. A photobooth? You lucky girl! :) I used to get so excited to go to my local store in Brighton - those were the days haha

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  13. Love the look on you, and your makeup is fantastic!

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  14. ohhhh i remember Tammy Girl. I used to own a rather interesting pair of pink baggy trousers from there. How embarrassing. I love that cropped top though :)

    Melissa | MELISSA LOVES THIS

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    1. Pink baggy trousers? I actually like the sound of those :) haha

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  15. Great look! I love your hair!
    -Magenta xxx

    http://magenta-s-w.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. I love the crop top and long skirt look - it is great for those un-summery days England tends to have! x

    Amelia Holly

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  17. Awww Tammy Girl... that makes me feel old. Love this look! Particularly love the aviator shades... they are gorge. :)

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    1. Me too - those were the days :) Thanks Danielle!

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  18. Tammy Girl!!! I remember dragging my poor Mum around that shop, we must be around the same age!

    I've been toying with the idea of some Ray Ban aviators for quite some time now (over a year - I'm hugely indecisive!!) but I think seeing these on you, it's made my decision!

    I actually bought a cropped top from Zara recently but got it home and chickened out and took it back! It was a bit shorter than this though and the belly button was on full display (I too had one pierced straight after my exams on bored summer's day!!)

    Good books, I'm not sure if you've read The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns, both are very good but have been around a while. I'm trying to read Life after Life at the moment but struggling with it for some reason, I just can't get into it!

    Hope you've had a great weekend (I know it's back to work for you tomorrow in Dubai - wish I was back there!!)

    Lis x

    www.elisabethrilatt.com

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    1. Was that Zara top blue by any chance? I bought one from there - it had long sleeves and looked so nice...on the hanger. On me? Not so much - far too short.

      I love those books - fantastically written. Good recommendations!

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    2. Yes it was! Must have been the same top, if only I was 10 years younger! Everything felt a bit 'airy' around my midriff!

      The author of those books has released a new one I think, I must get around to reading it soon!

      Lx

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  19. I remember owning something from Tammy Girl but I'm not convinced it was ever from the actual store when I had it, I think it had been bought over by Arcadia by that point.
    I like the combination of pink and grey and this is definitely the best way to wear a crop top. I'm not a fan of the full on stomach showing whether it be my own or other peoples.

    Raise The Waves

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    1. Whatever happened to Tammy Girl, that's what I want to know? :)

      I did buy another top from Zara but I had to take it back - way too much belly jelly. I salute the girls with the self-confidence to carry it off but it's not my bag :)

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  20. I need that Topshop crop tee. It's absolutely beautiful. Loving the entire outfit including the make-up. The Lorac eyeshadow is calling me. Such a shame that it's discontinued. Why must good things come to an end eh? I'm currently interested in reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. :)

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    1. Gone Girl is so good - it's as gripping as all the reviews say although I think I was surprised by the ending. Anyway, I shall say no more :)

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  21. That eyeshadow looks amazing and simple! Also, I love the detailing on the top! So chic, yet casual.

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee

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  22. I (unfortunately) remember Tammy Girl very well - I had a long sleeved top from there saying "what shall I be today..." then loads of cats that all had different personalities (crazy, cute, glamorous, etc) - horrendous! Your outfit, on the other hand, is anything but - I think you've nailed the cropped tee look.

    It's funny that you should ask for reading recommendations, as I've started a new feature on my blog where I discuss different things I've been loving over the past fortnight, and I featured you on my 'read' section as my favourite blog of the moment! The post is here: http://www.meg-says.com/2014/03/the-fortnightly-one-1.html and I've also been reading The Lovely Bones, Gone Girl and Watching the English. All brilliant!

    Meg | meg-says.com

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    1. Ah Meg thank you so much for your blogpost! That's a really lovely thing to read and I do appreciate it a lot. Thank you for commenting - I am following you now!

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  23. Funny that you mention the size of the glasses because I've seen someone wear frames that are entirely too large for her very cute face >_< but LOVE the soft and subtleness (Is this a word?) of this look!


    xo
    Maggie A
    LOVEMAVIN/YOUTUBE || LOVEMAVIN/BLOG

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  24. Stunning outfit! Perfect Pairing!!!

    http::/www.candicemue.com

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  25. Ha Tammy girl was a fave shop of mine. I seem to remember buying a pair of floral dungerees that were worn to death during one summer! I love the crop tee on you. On me not so much due to excess bellyage but on you it's a beaut. Will check out that book. I love a good read xx

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  26. Such a cute post! I think that cropped top is the perfect lengthh too! Definitely not too revealing as come can be.

    Annie
    A College Confession

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  27. i really really really wish i could pull of a crop top and have the confidence to wear something that gave even the smallest hint of flesh but until i'm confident enough, i shall be lusting from afar ;) you, however, have styled it so well and made what could be a very revealing piece look very sophisticated! :) X

    http://bethsbias.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I think it's all about finding the right length of crop top - ie, for me it's about not being that cropped :) haha Thanks so much Beth!

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  28. Absolutely love the outfit, but the picture of your make up is my fave this time. It gives such a nice shot on your hair, which I love since it is ombred hihi :)

    xo Mélane

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    1. Thank you Melane - ombre will never end for me :) I am addicted!

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  29. You are really pretty Laura!! And adore your hair ♥

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    1. Thank you so so much Simona - that was a lovely comment to read :)

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  30. That lorac eyeshadow is to die for! Also I love the detail on the neck of the top :)

    somethingaboutcarey.blogspot.com

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  31. Love love love that top!
    Must invest in one myself.

    Charlotte
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    www.whatcharlottewore.blogspot.com

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  32. The detail is so pretty on the crop top.
    Hugs xoxo
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  33. I LOOOOVE the aviators.. These larger ones are so cool!

    Anneli x
    www.owlinvogue.com

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  34. OMG You're literally stunning! I think I have a new girl crush hehe! what do you use to edit your photos as they look really nice :)
    http://ellacatherine1.blogspot.co.uk/

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  35. I love that top, and that eyeshadow is pretty gorgeous too! H xx

    www.hopesgone.blogspot.com

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  36. I still don't know about crop tops for myself but I love how you paired it in this outfit! :)

    Xo Vicki

    www.bowsessed.com

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