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Ripped jeans, black boots

Hooray! Autumn is drawing in! I love the sunshine, but I just can't dress for it. Jeans and boots are my go-to wardrobe items and I'm so glad I can rely on them again.

These jeans are a really old favourite. The holes in the knees appeared there through sheer love and overwearing and I actually really like them now, despite being disappointed when they first ripped. 
And then there's the boots. These are my ultimate favourite pair of shoes; good for clomping and stomping. They have a 90s grunge vibe about them and I wear them with pretty much everything from toughening up girly dresses or just to fend off the rain..

Obviously the best thing about the change in seasons is the sales. I got this plain white tee with a navy collar rim in the Hobbs sale, which is basically the only time I can afford any thing from there. Reduced down to £17 it's the ideal addition to my plain and simple wardrobe upgrade. My mission to find good quality items that have an interesting cut or pattern is coming on well, expect to see more of it soon!

Future Cinema: Dirty Dancing

It's no secret that I love a quirky cinema event. I've done all-nighters, open air public screenings, even the odd premiere if I'm lucky. Last weekend I went to the ultimate in immersive cinema. 

Held in Hackney Downs, Future Cinema's most recent extravaganza was based around Dirty Dancing, one of my favourite films and a chick flick legend. We were invited to be 'guests' of Kellerman's Holiday Resort, the very same resort Baby and her family visit in the film. A huge part of the Downs was transformed into a literal all-singing all-dancing vacation camp complete with everything, beginning with the resort's staff welcoming us, offering to take our bags and showing us to our first dance lesson.

We roamed the resort and looked around the reception area which was kitsch beyond belief and even included a muzak style quartet to play to guests who were crowded around the absurdly busy bar. Elsewhere there were various activities to drop into including hula hooping, life drawing, dance classes and massages to keep everyone really feeling like they were at a bustling holiday camp.

Aside from the main screen, the big draw was the Staff Quarters. Covered up with sheets and wood, people were peeking inside and trying to get in, but it seemed that only certain people could get in. It's there that real knowledge of the film came into play; we needed a watermelon! Luckily for me I'd painted my nails with watermelon nail art, but for my friend we went and bought a slice from the watermelon stand.

And that wasn't the only food available. We had awesome mac n' cheese and later on quite a lot of candy floss. Every little detail was attended to, even the drinks were all served in Kellerman's cups.

When it got to the actual screening I thought it would just be the standard big screen affair. However, Future Cinema choreographed real dancers to recreate the scenes on screen right in front of us which was totally unexpected. The best part (apart from the iconic lift at the end, obviously) was when Baby carries the watermelon into the staff quarters and the real life set-up burst into a frenzy of dirty dancers - it was perfectly timed and enthralling.

I loved this event and depending on the film, I'd definitely go again. I'm praying for a Mean Girls event set in a school, how amazing would that be?!

Life: August 2013

I ate a LOT of ice cream at Roskilly's Dairy in Cornwall
I tried porridge for the first time ever. With cinnamon and bananas. Yum!
The amazing Charlie & the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea at One Aldwych
I made a Cookie Monster birthday cake for a colleague

I met Benedict Cumberbatch! He signed my book and spoke to me and I died of happiness
I want a puppy :(
Window cleaners on The Shard
Dug out my 2005 NIN tour t-shirt for Reading Festival

Watermelon nail art for Dirty Dancing Future Cinema
Willy Wonka nail art for afternoon tea
Swirly nail art
Kiehl's discount event at work is VERY dangerous!
As of 20th November 2014, any products marked with an asterisk (*) have been provided as a sample for unbiased review