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18 Nov 2015

HELLO KARA!


KARA backpack by hellojesso.com

Meet my new best friend... the KARA backpack!

I've always loved a backpack. Even when they were the key marker of a nerd. Even when wearing the straps on both shoulders was uncool. Even then, I still loved them.

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16 Oct 2014

LA Adventures: BEAUTY HAUL... and some other stuff


It's been about a month since now since I got back from LA, and it's taken me this long to sit down and do a mini haul post on what I bought whilst in La-La land. I didn't do much shopping on this trip, but I did manage to go to Sephora which was at the top of my 'Shops to go to' list.

If you're sitting comfortably, I'll do a quick run down of the things I bought... ready?

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1 Aug 2014

Seoul Adventures Part 1 - Shopping

Mirror Selfie in Seoul
Greetings from Seoul!
Ok, technically I've been back from Seoul for a week now, but I just wanted to share some of my Seoul adventures with you.

If you want to know about the travel aspect of the trip: who we flew with and where we stayed etc. you're in luck. You can read all about it on my travel blog where I've done a whole post on - Where I Stayed  - Seoul.

If you want to read about shopping and food in Seoul, then get comfy. First up - SHOPPING...

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7 Jul 2014

Summer Wishlist: River Island Strappy Cami


This is now my second summer in Hong Kong, and I wouldn't say that I have fully acclimatised but at least I don't feel like I'm going to burst into flames like a vampire coming into contact with the sun anymore. Progress, right?

I've never been one for warm weather dressing. I'm a sweater, not the knitted garment kind, the sweating kind. This means I've always found it hard to dress for the heat. I don't want to be all damp and feel like my clothes are stuck to me, and god forbid visible sweat patches. 

My Hong Kong summer uniform right now consists of a lot of denim shorts and sleeves tees and tanks. Although they tick all the right boxes in terms of comfort, sometimes I feel a little too casual. That's where these strappy camis from River Island come in...

Smart-ish, different from a regular cami/vest, can be dressed up or down, will keep me cool in the heat, and comfortable... tick tick and tick tick tick (or check, to you American English folk). 

I've never been a huge River Island fan in the past as a lot of the clothes had far too many diamante details and embellishments for my liking, but I think these understated strappy camis are a winner. 

All that's left for me to do is order them. Thank goodness they ship internationally! 

If you have any tips for dressing in the heat or staying cool - feel free to share them in the comments below. 
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29 May 2014

Annual blog post time!

It would seem I have fallen into the bad habit of posting once a year and then falling into a blogging slumber, not to be seen again for at least another 365 days.

Catch up post. What's been going on by hellojesso.com

Well, I am awake now!
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13 Oct 2012

Sandro meet Zara: The search for a winter coat

I haven't bought a winter coat in years. I used to buy one (or three) every year, but it soon got ridiculous and I had more coats than cold days - hard to imagine when living in London, right?

I gave the coats a break and spent my sheckles on other things.

Now, the time has come when a new winter coat is in order [insert choir of shopping angels here].

I tried a few on in good ol' H&M (or as I like to call it - Hennes. Y'know, its proper name!), Topshop, and the usual high street haunts, but nothing was screaming 'BUY ME!'. I feared I had lost my coat shopping mojo. Woe is me. Think of the cold!

However, on a trip to NYC, I saw it. The One. The Sandro Michigan Bis coat hanging resplendently in Bloomingdales (or as I like to call it - Bloomies). I mean just look at it...


Did I buy it? NO! Unfortunately, its $810 price tag was a bit to hefty for my wallet, so I had to walk away. I may have shed a tear but I don't think anyone saw.

I tried to forget about Sandro, but I couldn't. Images of outfits that could have been played on my mind. Oh the adventures we could have had. Alas.

Then whilst walking past Zara one day, staring back at me was my coat. It looked like the Sandro, but obviously was not. Next thing I know, I was at the till buying it. Oh the joy it brought me. Screw you buyers remorse, you're not welcome here!

I've since seen loads of other retailers doing 'Sandro-esque' coats but I love my Zara one. I think it's the best 'inspired' version - obviously. God bless the high street!

Here we are after a day out together (ignore my awkward face)...





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4 Apr 2012

Carry on Longchamp

Seriously, I don't know why I don't just buy one of these Longchamp bags. I seem to be always 'wishing' I had bought one.

First I let this Jeremy Scott credit card pliage bag slip by.


Then this very appropriate Jeremy Scott 'Greetings from Paradise' tote ...
Hmmm, I'm starting to see a Jeremy Scott theme here. 

Anyway, as both of these bags are long gone and consigned to the 'I wish' pile, my attention has been drawn to this Mary Katranzou 'Lantern' print tote

Wouldn't it just make a great holiday bag? I think so. 

*Images via Selfridges. 
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3 Jan 2012

Philippines via. St. Tropez

After the torrential rainstorm that just passed over London, I cannot wait to see some sunshine.

Fortunately that won't be long now as next week I'll be heading for the Philippines. Excited at this point would seem like an understatement.

So of course my thoughts have turned to what to wear, what toiletries to bring etc.

As I make my virtual shopping list of 'essentials' that I must have for this trip, a couple of items that are screaming "TAKE ME" are these Wildfox Couture tees from ASOS...

Wildfox St Tropez T Dress
Wildfox Jet Set Inside Out Tee
Obviously I neeeeed these tees. If I don't have them, how will my fellow travellers know that I'm part of the jet-set? It's all very self-explanatory.
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30 Nov 2011

Champagne Pow Pow


This weekend my friend is leaving us and heading to the hills (well technically The Alps) to embark on an adventure as a chalet host for a ski season. An avid skier and all round outdoorsy person, I can't actually believe she hasn't done this sooner.

Usually I do get a bit jealous when anyone I know heads away on holiday, except for ski-type holidays as I'm just not into them. The potential for bones getting broken is too high. I do however love the thought of the apres-ski - roaring fires, hot chocolate, alcohol and food - or so I've been led to believe.

However the launch of Ashish's ski range for Topshop puts a tick in the pro-skiing box. I love a pun, so these oversize sweatshirts and hoodies emblazoned with a play on ski words suits me down to the ground. I'm also partial to a little bit of leopard print, so another plus.

View the full collection online at Topshop.com



Also for those of you wondering what 'Champagne Pow Pow' is, apparently it is "Very dry snow, which is often so light it can't be made into a snowball". Who knew eh?

*all images via Topshop.com
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3 Apr 2010

It's In The Bag

Remember back at school when having the right school bag was a big deal and choosing the right school bag for the start of the school term was not a choice to be taken lightly?

I do.

I was never really one to follow school bag rules, apart from the Benetton duffle bags that came in an array of colours and had the thin rope straps that really dug in to your shoulders and left (un)attractive red marks - you know the one.

I liked rucksacks/backpacks and wore them with both straps on my shoulders - oh yes, I pushed the nerdy boundaries, but I also liked bags that other girls at my school at the time would have thought 'granny-ish'.

At the top of my school bag wishlist was a leather satchel. A nice natural tan leather satchel complete with buckle straps. The ones that started off as that pale stiff leather (kind of like the leather of Louis Vuitton straps and handles) before softening up and turning a nice golden vintage colour thanks to the oils on your hands. Ahhh to dream.


Image from: Graham & Green

I never got one.

I remember the bags being about £70+ and way more than my mother felt appropriate to spend on a school bag.

Now that I am an adult... I have decided to fulfil my dream of owning a classic leather satchel with a Cambridge Satchel Company 15" yellow leather batchel (it has an additional top handle) complete with blind embossed initials.



In your face childhood!
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11 Feb 2010

The Short Straw

It may be snowing and it may be minus degrees outdoors, but I'm thinking about spring now.

I want a bit of warm sunshine, bright days, and enough of the S.A.D please.
I want to not have to wear my huge parka, two pairs of socks, scarf, gloves and hat, instead I want to start thinking about pedicures and sandals.

My current day dream is to trade in my knitted woolly hat for a straw boater.
Memories of my primary school summer uniform come flooding back - baby blue and white stripped summer dress, white thin belt, white or blue cardigan, all topped off with a straw boater complete with grosgrain ribbon trim. (FYI - In the winter we wore berets. I loved my school uniform.)

I haven't started my search yet for a straw boater, so far I have only seen this one from New Look.


... please hurry along Mr Sunshine.
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3 Feb 2010

Stud-U-Like

New year, new season stuffs, new wants.

Want #254 - Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Studded Canvas Bag from Net-A-Porter.


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26 Dec 2009

Head Gear


This may not protect my brain should I be in some sort of automobile accident, but this is the head gear I want to be wearing.

After my mini obsession with Luella headbands, I've now moved on to this velvet Marc By Marc Jacobs number which is currently on sale at good ol' Net-A-Porter.

I just found an old Euro Millions ticket in my drawer - maybe I've won!
I don't even need the jackpot (although that would be nice) - I just would like £63 for this headband.
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21 Dec 2009

Don't Hate Me...

I can't believe what I'm about to say... but I like these Snowjoggers.
There I said it.

I can't help but like the knitted reindeer design, and they do look warm and comfy, and like they would make playing in the snow so much fun.
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15 Dec 2009

Faux

I've always had a bit of soft spot for animal print. Don't get me wrong - I'm not talking OTT head to toe, animal rugs on the floor or anything like that. I'm talking the odd top, cardi, tank etc.

But now I want this Topshop Coat.

Super soft, super warm, and with just the right amount of '60s feel.

Long story short - I want. Husband no like.

He says it looks like a prostitute coat.

I say.. he's been watching too much Band Of Gold



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14 May 2009

Lunch with the gang - Luella, Marc and Jade

Lunch was good today. Went with Jade and met with Luella and Marc - you know how it is.

First stop Luella...


Had to stop myself from getting more bow headbands to add to my collection. This was very difficult as they now come in lilac, purple, bright pink and orange - lovely.


There were also a couple of dresses that caught my eye, but due to the failure of winning last weeks Euro Millions; these dresses were slightly a lot out of my price range.

On another Luella note though, her website has finally been re-done to show the correct seasons collection - it's about time! It's a bit weird to use, but I'll persevere to be able to look at nice things.




Anyway I digress... after a short walk we went to visit the new Marc By Marc Jacobs store. Only one world to describe it - overwhelming - but in a good way. Obviously there was lots of stuff I wanted, but I settled on...
USA Tote - Borderline tacky it's amazing! I love it.

All in all, an amazing lunch. Tomorrow lunch time has a lot to live up to.
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9 May 2009

I want...

APC strappy chunky wooden heel sandals please.

Just something else to add to the list...



Either colour will do.
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30 Jan 2009

I Can't Believe It's Primark





It's images like this that suck me in and make me go 'I can't believe it's Primark!', and then I get to the shop and realise that I can't be bothered. But you must admit these Spring/Summer '09 images from Primark don't look half bad.
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13 Jan 2009

Damn Euro Gold!

How much do I want this dress? A lot. It is currently on sale for 210 Euros, but the damn conversion rate at the moment is a major spanner in the financial works.

So I will have to make do with just oogling this Ashish wool bow dress online; at least that's free.

Actually, knowing my luck I'll probably get charged for just looking!

Damn that Euro gold!
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14 Oct 2008

Its Lacroix Dahhhhling


Most of my posts start with the words I want... and even though I wanted this post to be about something different, I have to tell you about this coat that lo-and-behold, I want.

This ruffle trench coat is actually by Lacroix and available from La Redoute of all places!

Needless to say, I will dream about it and want it and keep looking at it until it sells out just to torture myself.

It's not even that expensive, but I'm meant to be being a grown and saving my money for bricks and mortar.
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