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27 January 2014

Big weekend!

I've had a big weekend in London for one of my oldest friends 40th birthday bash. We go back more than 20 years....over the course of the proceedings she reminded me that we met at a rave.....'you know, that one by the roundabout?'?! Erm....Amanda can you narrow that down a bit......roundabout?? This was a very long time ago and the details are a tad blurred for us all!! Anyhow, back then we enjoyed partying hard, we progressed to clubbing, endeavoring to be a little bit more sophisticated and then we headed off to spend a Summer out in Ibiza! She ended working out there....whereas I just went out for a month of fun! Many more Summers in Ibiza ensued for Amanda so with this kind of nightlife background I knew she would want to recreate the good old days!! She did all the leg work a few months back, she knew she needed to accommodate 80-100 guests so she went for a very secretive private dining experience where you would get a text an hour or so before with an address to you could get to within 30 minutes!! Can't say too much about the event as they ask you to be discreet but needless to say there was lots of fun to be had!

For me the best part of the trip was catching up with everybody from those good old days! I travelled up from Bristol with another friend who harks back from way back then!! We arrived at lunch time, leaving us a couple of hours to hotfoot it around Oxford Street for a spot of shopping! First stop was Jo Malone for the birthday girl. We then had a quick flit around Topshop, H&M and Zara but I had set my sights on securing this little number from Uniqlo.



This fab little black and white check gingham shirt was £19.90 and I have to say for the price it is excellent quality. It's a very fine cotton, definitely Spring weight......so lovely I wore it home on Sunday and I have it on again today......maybe that's just a little bit too much information!! Anyway with our shopping done we headed off to meet up with more friends as were all staying at the Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch. The Hoxton is fab for anyone wanting to stay that side (east) of London. It's a great place to hang out and chill and it was an excellent base for where we were going as the birthday girl lives nearby in Bethnal Green. We arrived and had a couple of cocktails with our host before heading off to our rooms to get ready. My one regret is that I didn't take more photos but I shall share with you what I got!

We spent most of our time hanging around in the bar reception area......I would have happliy have stayed rooted here for the whole weekend as it was the perfect place for people watching! As you can see by the pram....they cater for everybody!


The bedrooms were fab too! Love the humongous mirror! No good for selfies though! 



The view was amazing!


Some shots of party time!


There was a space ship theme!


 Here's a flavour of how the food was served up!


This is the best shot of my outfit I could come up with! Don't you just love the goggles!! Looking all very etheral too!


I have recreated the look in daylight!



Jaeger tux jacket
Vintage Frank Usher top
Zara coated jeans
M&S leopard print heels

Think I pitched this outfit perfectly! I did take the recently purchased Jaeger dress but as we ended up in a couple of proper east end pubs, I'm glad I went with the vintage top and trews! 

Here's what I travelled up in 


Topshop coat
Gap v neck sweater
Gap skinny's
New Balance trainers
New Look hat
M&S handbag

A couple more looks from last week


Gap sweater
Aquascutum shirt
Gap skinny's
Next slip-on's 


River Island pea coat
M&S Autograph sweater
Gap shirt
Gap navy skinny's
Office brogues

And finally today's outfit featuring 2 new purchases, the Uniqlo shirt and some Nike Free trainers.....oh and some colour!! Let me warn you.....the trainer obsession is in full force!!


Zara coat
M&S sweater
Uniqlo shirt
Gap outlet skinny's jeans
Nike Free trainers

There we have it....a slightly different post from me! Would love to hear your thoughts about anything and everything!! You've learnt a little bit more about me.....lol, not sure if that is good or bad thing?! Look forward to seeing your comments and responding to them!

See you soon! Michelle xx





23 comments:

  1. Great post Michelle! So glad to hear you are a bit of a party girl, my kids laugh when I say Deep House is my favourite kind of music lol Looks like you had a lot of fun and so nice to be with friends and just be yourself instead of being wife and mum constantly, which is why I enjoyed going on holiday with the girls last year so much fun, it's like you are transported back in time, to your old self xx

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    1. Sharron you are so right! That little bit of throwback escapism really makes you appreciate being a mum and wife too! I really did enjoy myself but it was so lovely to get home! A bit of dance music is without doubt my guilty pleasure xx

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  2. Wow, sounds like an amazing weekend, love the photos, love the look of the party and how cool are the east enders?!! My sister lives in Dalston and I just love people watching there! Your outfit for the party is gorgeous, that vintage top is stunning! Great post loved it x

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    1. Thank you Frances.....felt just right to go vintage as there are so many gorgeous vintage shops in that area! Had a good old potter down Brick Lane on Sunday....another great place for people watching! Looking forward to my next rip up there already xx

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  3. Hi Michelle! Oh your friends party looked absolutely awesome and such a blast-so pleased you had a fabulous time of it all! You look gorgeous in your chosen outfit, I must say the Frank Usher vintage top is really lovely! I only live about 15 minutes drive from Bethnal Green, if you were down for a longer stay I would have definitely nabbed you for a drink or two!! I just love your Uniqlo shirt and pink sweater- a gorgeous combo! Have a great week my dear!! xxx

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    1. Arghh! Sharon....if only I had known you were that close by!! You could have come to the Hoxton for a drink or 2!! Gutted to have missed an opportunity!! Next time!! I will definately be up again so will be in touch....you still need to teach me those amazing thrifting skills of yours! xx

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  4. Wow! How gorgeous do you look? Defo right outfit chosen, stunning! Had to laugh at spaceship theme and food (syringe?!) lol. Gorgeous new shirt, a great addition before frugal Feb kicks in. Nice to go away but love coming home too. Fab post xx

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    1. Bless you my lovely!! Felt happy in the outfit so it must have been right!!

      The syringe....honestly!! That was a box of parsnip crisps....not sure what the sauce was in the syringe!!

      Frugal Feb?! Who I am I kidding....you and me both know that is not likely to happen...lol!! God loves a trier though right?! xx

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  5. Fab party outfit, Michelle. That top is beautiful and perfectly suited to the event by the sound of it. How exciting to have a weekend of freedom with the girls too :-) Lynne x

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    1. Twas a wonderful weekend away Lynne!! So nice to get out and dress up and be transported back 20 years.....if only for one night!! xx

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  6. Lovely lovely outfit and as you say - perfectly pitched for the event. It looks like you had a fabulous time and isn't it funny how to have these little throwbacks of how it all used to be? Now - never as happy when nursing a cup of Earl Grey in the evening on the sofa. Back then - it was what dress for which do? Tis a sign of age! Well I think you've sold that shirt to me - especially as you've pointed out it's a light summerweight. It's a cotton lawn and I used to love buying Liberty lawn fabrics to turn them into skirts in my teens. Less said about my dressmaking skills the better though! And do you know what ... I've found myself eyeing up pink things recently. I'm very worried!

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    1. Hey Sue!! The best bit about it was that in the bitterly cold windy weather I had 4 layers on!! Result!! Over the outfit I had on my Topshop coat which I travelled up in.....I can't bear bring cold!! Another reason for my outfit choice being just perfect !!
      The Uniqlo shirt is my latest love....it will go with much....never mind Spring it is perfect for now too!!
      And as for you eying up pink??!! I shall watch and learn as I'll admit to not being 100% happy in it....I need some company here!! xx

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  7. Hi Michelle....looks like you had a blast in London and your outfit is absolutely fab!! MInd you all your casual weekday outfits look pretty amazing also:)
    ~Anne xx

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    1. I did have a fab time....thank you Anne! Have to admit I am at my happiest in those casual everyday looks!! xx

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  8. I loved reading this post but you've left me very intrigued about the secret venue. Your outfit looks gorgeous, I think you absolutely made the right choice. It just have been fun catching up with everyone xx

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    1. Lol Donna....let me tell you the venue was far from glamourous and it the archive dept of some building....not in the least bit fancy :0(
      Never mind that though as I did have a fab time catching up with my old muckers and it was great to dress up for a change!! xx

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  9. Wow sounds like you had an amazing weekend Michelle & you looked absolutely stunning - although I think the goggles made the outfit though ;-) Loving your new purchases you're definitely rocking the trainer look perfectly Jane xx
    www.mymidlifefashion.com

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    1. Had a ball Jane, thanks!! Fab chance to dress up!! Saw somebody in your fabulous cream furry jacket so am now hankering after that!! xx

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  10. You look fabulous in your party outfit & it sounds like you had an amazing time (loving the space age food!!). I miss London (I used to live there) and the East-end is brilliant! Love your Uniqlo shirt, such a great buy & of course the trainers are ace!! x

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    1. What we need Sian is a night out in Circo in Bath!! We could get dressed up and have a boogie somewhere a bit classy....let me know when you are free ;0) Xx

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  11. Wow! I LOVE that going out outfit. You look amazing!!! I think that's the first time I've seen you wearing heels :)

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  12. Thank you Celina....believe me when I say I aim to get those heels out a lot more often......I love them xx

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  13. What an awesome time!! You look amazing & I never had you down as a raver! Might of been one myself back in the day! ;) Thank goodness we still don't dress the same as we did back then! ;) Ax

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