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The Tower of London

I've lived in London for nearly 2 years now, and I've done all of the free things the city has to offer, but I've not really done many of the paid tourist attractions.

My boyfriend lives 5 minutes walk from the Tower of London, and I take for granted that I walk past a worldwide famous building so often. We decided to actually become tourists in our own town, and take a trip into the Tower last weekend. 

The building is so iconic, and I got majorly snap happy, and loved the chirpy yeoman doing the tour.

The whole place is separated into a few different sections which are indoors (luckily as it was snowing and FREEZING). The armouries were beautiful and showed suits of armour from the Tudors onwards. The difference between Henry VIII when he was young to when he was 49 really highlighted how much he liked to indulge!

It sounds strange but I find it so weird to think that these things were actually used by real people. It's bizarre to think that something that somebody would use every day ends up behind strengthened glass and gawked at by millions of visitors every year. It's all so fascinating, and I particularly love seeing old books like the one below. It's so ornate and extravagant! 

Do you ever play tourist in your home town?

Purse Palpitations Week #11

Another week, and more things I want in my life. Click on the Purse Palpitations tag below this post to see my lusts from past weeks too!

I'm trying not to buy too much black at the moment, but I've just ended up filling my wardrobe with grey instead. This mesh insert jumper is great for the sports luxe trend and looks soooooo cosy.
Dorothy Perkins £19.99

Yes, I have 3 denim shirts already. That doesn't mean that I don't want to wear this one with leggings and high tops until I skip around the house with glee.
Mango at John Lewis £29.99

I've tried wearing round sunglasses and they don't suit me. But I'm still of the 'the bigger the better' thought process when it comes to sunnies. Cat-eye specs instead for me please.
& Other Stories £29

I am a big fan of tube skirts. Weirdly they are much more flattering on me than midis which just make me look like I have a spare tyre. I love this start print one from Topshop.
Topshop £22

Dressing Up a Plain Jumper

I have the continual problem of wanting to wear something cosy and warm to work, while also needing to look reasonably professional. On a freezing cold, rainy morning there is nothing I'd rather do than pull on a slouchy jumper and sink into it behind my desk, but sleeping isn't really encouraged in the office, and you know, I have stuff to do (I promise!).

Jumper: eBay £12
Necklace: Primark £4
Shirt: Vintage
Jeans: Miss Selfridge
Boots: Vintage
I got this jumper from eBay after searching for 'fisherman knit', and the shop I got it from comes in every colour going and I think I'll go back and get a navy version too. I like the androgyny of wearing a white shirt under a jumper but making it feminine with skinny jeans and red lipstick. 

Lipstick in Raschel Red: & Other Stories £12
I worry about looking too manly if I go for full tailoring, so a bit of bling definitely helps. I got this necklace from Primark for £4 and I've had loads of compliments on it so that makes it even more of a bargain!

What do you wear to keep cosy at work?

I Drink Tea Now

I always consider myself a disappointing British person when I turn down a cup of tea.
"Coffee then?"
"No thanks, I don't like either."
Considering my family, boyfriend, and housemate all base their day around when their next brew will be, I don't know why I've never taken to it.

In an attempt to be healthier at the end of last year (I refuse to use the word 'detox' as I like calories far too much for that), I tried out green tea. Antioxidants and all that. But it turns out that green tea has more caffeine in it that regular builders tea, and now I can't spend a morning without it. It's taken me on a natural progression to 'real' tea, and you know what? It's not actually that bad.

I get the ceremony of it now: the teapots, the favourite mug, the biscuits on the side (who am I kidding, that's definitely the best bit!).

Are you a tea fanatic? Can you function without caffeine in the mornings?
(This post isn't sponsored by Twinings, we just happen to have a lot of their tea in our flat!)

My Favourite iPad Cases

Just before Christmas I gave in to temptation and bought an iPad. My laptop's been on the cusp of dying for a while now, and considering it's pretty old in tech terms I needed an upgrade. I've got one of those magnetic  cases that puts the iPad into sleep mode when you close it, but I bought it quickly from Amazon just to make sure the screen didn't get scratched. Now I'm on the lookout for something a bit more pleasing on the eye; these are the ones I'm loving right now.

Neon iPad clutch
£35 J by Jas M.B. at Urban Outfitters

Pink laser cut iPad clutch
£22 Next

Printed iPad cover
£80 Lanvin from Net-a-Porter

Space Invaders iPad case
£18.80 Bloomingdale's

Purse Palpitations Week #10

It's been a while since I last did one of these posts, but that's not to say I haven't been roaming the internet for bargains as well as other things I can't afford. So here's the return of Purse Palpitations, and the things I've been drooling over this week.

Topshop £38
Michael Kors - The Outnet £89
Mango at John Lewis - £22.99
Boohoo £15
Oasis £35

Oxblood Leather

I tend to stick to leather on shoes and jackets, but that's not to say I don't love leather trousers, tops and skirts on other people. When roaming around a sample sale recently I found an amazing Alexander McQueen leather skirt which I had to have in my life.
Top: H&M
Leather skirt: Alexander McQueen
I've got far too many things in oxblood and I know it's not exactly great for Spring, but Winter is going to roll right back around again and I'm determined to get a lot of wear out of this beauty.

I wore it for the first time to a filming at the BBC, the last ever in fact, of a new sitcom by Spaced star Jessica Hynes. The show is called Up The Women and will be shown on BBC4, so keep an eye out for it!

What do you think of leather skirts?

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& Other Stories

From the parent company of H&M and Cos comes the new Regent St flagship branch of & Other Stories. Following on from the recent influx of Swedish fashion brands taking over central London (Monki and Cheap Monday being only a year old or so on Carnaby Street), & Other Stories doesn't focus on what is 'in fashion' right now, but rather on textures, shapes and colours.

Some of the clothes are designed by ex-creatives of Acne and other high end brands, bringing a hint of luxury to those who can't afford it otherwise. People like me! The layout and merchandising of the store is inspired. Clothes in cages, pictures on the wall showing designers' inspiration, suggestions of shoes and accessories dotted around encouraging you to pick them up and contemplate what they could go with.

I loved the design of their 'The Balm' cosmetics range too, and their make-up is clean, shiny and quirky. I got a free lipstick for queueing for so long, it's a really strong shade of red so I'm sure you'll see it on Shopped & Dropped soon!

& Other Stories is open now at 256 - 258 Regent Street, but you can also shop online at
As of 20th November 2014, any products marked with an asterisk (*) have been provided as a sample for unbiased review