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Can't even put into words how lovely it feels to settle down with my laptop and some music, and write after the strangely busy day I've had. Ended up running errands with Mamabear and the sister so I could hitch a lift to the bank! Oh well, I did manage to pick up some books, replace my old edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone which went missing, pay rent, buy some underwear, and soak up the, ahem, atmosphere of my hometown. I've also entered the Very fashion job competition, after much hesitation and deliberation: thought I may as well give it a go, you can vote for me here, if you'd like!


(Top, H&M;
Floral culottes, Topshop;
Wooden 'Ampersand' necklace on 14K gold-filled chain, c/o Maria Allen Jewellery.)

I wore this today to run the above errands, have some Hello Kitty print cycling shorts on underneath too! I really adore H&M basic tops from their Divided range, the fit is absolutely perfect for my tastes and are ridiculously well priced. Throughout the day, I've been playing around with how this shirt is tucked in too, I can't decide if it looks nicer completely tucked in, tucked in at the front or not at all... Oh wells, I'm home and in my pyjama bottoms now!

Since I posted my eclectic little blogpost on Tuesday, I feel like I've been inundated with emails and comments about the necklace I wore. Fear not girls, I wouldn't just bypass the piece completely! Wanted it to be featured in a little more depth today instead. My wooden Ampersand necklace from Maria Allen Jewellery is my absolute favourite piece at the moment, a beautiful, handmade, laser cut wood necklace. For Maria's first post-graduate collection, I am seriously impressed and am saving speedily for a Wooden Teapot Brooch as well as the Golden Feather bracelet. I'm sure you can see from the photos why this is my new favourite: the Ampersand is just so well made, and I love the two-tone wood.

I'm just about to go and finish writing up my latest Ways to Wear post. I think I'll schedule it to post for tomorrow, as I'll be at work on Friday I believe, and then in London on Saturday for the day. Think I shall spend the rest of my evening alternating between reading one of my new books, reblogging endlessly on my Tumblr again (can someone teach me how to use the queue function?!) and sipping cups of coffee. Perfecto. Finally, I just want to say a big thanks to Bee and Gem for being amazing friends over the past two weeks, love you girls. See you all tomorrow (kind of)!

42 comments

  1. Lovely top and necklace!
    I love Harry Potter **

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  2. I love the way you played with two distantly apart colors a bright blue and a dull green or brown.. I am color blind you see

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  3. I adore this outfit, its wonderful (: and that necklace is beautiful too! x

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  4. Cute outfit! I love paring clashy prints..it always turns out lovely.

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  5. Cute as a button, Mish. I´m a big fan of H&M basics myself, think I actually have the same top in black and white and I love it completely x

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  6. great style! i like it!

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  7. Oh wow i really really love this outfit!! Love H&M at the moment it's just so affordable and lovely. I love the fact they do simple things with not too fussy! i think i need that top, my stripe addiction is calling me too it hahaha!
    Oooo i think i have the philosopher stone book at home (I'm hoping i do) i want to read it. I am reading the last book at the moment (lol cheating i know) SO SO SOSOO OS good i am addicted
    Have a lovely week xxxxxxxx

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  8. Love the outfit and gorgeous necklace, it looks lovely on you!
    x
    www.freshlysqueezedfashion.blogspot.com

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  9. i love love love the top youre wearing!
    xx

    http://nanakkii.blogspot.com

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  10. Awh thank you girls for the lovely comments, you are all so nice! Hope you're all having a sweeet Thursday! xo

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  11. That necklace, I NEED ONE. It is amazing & ampersand is such an amazing word! It's the small things ;)

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  12. I love your outfit so much! I am always wary of mixing patterns but you pull it off so well! Looks gorgeous. I really like this week's 'blog of the week', the feature is a fab way of discovering new blogs! I started reading the Harry Potter series again last month, love the books so much I'm sure I could recite them :/ that sounds a bit sad! x x x

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  13. You look lovely, the shorts are so nice! xx

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  14. I can not even tell you how much i LOVE this necklace the English student inside me just jumped out and almost grabbed it from round your neck :P It's definitely on my 'to-buy' list! Just had payday as well SO tempted! Love the outfit too, stripes and florals perfect combo! Also, I've seen the odd couple of tweets about hospitals and such, hope your fam are all on the mend!!!

    L x

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  15. Your outfit is perfect! I love the necklace too! I entered a giveaway for one of those the other day, wish I could remember where it was though! :\
    Sounds like you had a great day as well :) x

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  16. You look stunning Michelle. I've noticed from reading your twitter and tumblr you have had a lot of bad luck recently. As the old saying goes "when it rains, it pours". I just hope from now on, you get an equal amount of good luck. You are one of the most genuine and kind-hearted bloggers, so I sincerely hope things are on the up for you xxx

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  17. To use the queue function, when you reblog a post, there are two drop down menu's to the right hand side. The second one should state 'publish now'. Click on the arrow and click 'add to queue'. Then, when you're on your dashboard, click your blog's name up the top next to dashboard where you can see just your own posts and followers etc, and on the right hand side towards the bottom of the list is 'queue' - click that, then choose how often you want queued stuff posted a day and what time.
    Does that make enough sense, I may have been confusing I'm not sure. I hope it helped!!
    PS I am in LOVE with your necklace!
    Sirens and Bells xxx

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  18. this outfit is beautiful!
    http://daisymaii.blogspot.com/
    xx

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  19. This is such a cute necklace! Think I might ask for one for my birthday next month...

    Laura

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  20. Your outfit is beautiful! The skirt is sooo pretty, perfect for summer. I recently just bought shorts with a similar floral from New Look, in the sale. Should have a look :) xx

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  21. Love this outfit, it's gorgeous! Enjoy reading your books :) xxx

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  22. Love the H&M Divided range, it's the first section of the store I head to! I love the top, might have to see if I can get one for myself! Cute necklace too!

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  23. another great outfit. it seems like you have such effortless style!

    thanks again for making me 'blog of the week', i really appreciate your support & lovely comments :) x

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  24. what a lovely outfit! and an even lovelier necklace!

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  25. I love how effortlessy you pulled off your colour & pattern clash! You look amazing. Love the little shorts xx

    http://hayleyhour.blogspot.com/

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  26. Such a great outfit and I LOVE your necklace. I want one!

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  27. Still in love with your necklace!

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  28. Such a sweet necklace, thanks for leaving a link! Will have a good nose at their website. The shorts are beeeautiful, the shape is so lovely! Very feminine and it works with your top! The clatch of patterns is nice.

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  29. Thats such an adorable necklace and the shorts have such a unique pattern! :)

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  30. Lucy: You must buy one Lucy! It can be your graduation present to yourself! Hahaha best comment evz, Ampersand is an amazing word, and I used to be a little obsessed with sketching the perfect Ampersand while studying Graphic Art at school ;)

    Louise: Aw thanks gorgeous :D I'm glad you like the little feature, I've had so many emails and comments about it this week in particular, despite having run it since about March :-P Oh don't you worry, I could recite them too haha, we could probably enact a duo recital between us!

    Jen: Thanks lovely, I've had them for about 4 years, still a favourite!

    Laura: Ooh you should treat yourself sweet, it's so bloody perfect, I love me a good Ampersand! Thanks Laura, family are all doing ok, Gran is feeling weak, Dad is home but has to have check-ups every other day at hospital and my cousin had his op yesterday! Been a crazy fortnight!

    Hayley: Thank you so much lovely! Haha oh gosh I hate that, haven't entered a giveaway in absolutely ages though. It was a good but tiring day, my back aches when I'm out and about for too long, eeep!

    Jess: Aw thanks Jess (: That means so so much, it's been an awful fortnight but hopefully things are on their way up. Your comment has definitely made my day. xxx

    Katy: Aaaah I have love for you right now Katy, thank you for letting me know, going to queue some things to be posted soon!

    Daisymai: Thanks sweet! Your name is so pretty haha.

    Laura: Oh you should, Maria is so lovely and her jewellery is absolutely perfect.

    Jessica: Aw thanks lovely. Just had a look around on your blog, it's so nice! xo

    Sophie: Thank you! Oh I have them all piled up ready to take on my Friday ;)

    Cherry: Me too! It's at the back of the Southampton store, I believe, but always the part I check first (: Thanks honey!

    Elizabeth: Thanks hun (: And you are welcome, I know how hard it can be to get started and it's easy to lose heart when there's no-one to read at the beginning. Also, I read your post last night, you should totes buy a floppy hat. x

    Sarah: Aw thanks Sarah! x

    Georgie: Eeep, thank you ^____^

    Alyssa: Thanks sweety! Loved your blog post today, I'm probably going to scour the Children's section of every bookshop I come across until I find the Audrey book! (:

    Hayley: Thanks Hayley!

    Amanda: Aw thank you (: Oh you should order one, it would really suit you! x

    Rachel: It's the perfect literary geek piece hahaha ;)

    Katie: You're most welcome sweet, hope you buy something so I can have a nose! Thank you lovely, I'm never one for being too matchy-matchy, or a strict follower of 'fashion rules', whatever they may be! x

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  31. Cathy: Aw thanks lovely! x

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  32. that necklace is so cute, love it!! cute print mixing michelle, hope you are well xo

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  33. oh michelle that necklace is to die for! and yay for the harry potter book replacement! hope your doing well :) x

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  34. WOW! The necklace is amazing!!!! I think I'm going to buy one for the cool folks at Hero & Cape - i know they love their ampersand! x

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  35. Emma: Thank you darling. I'm doing good thanks, hope you are as well (:

    Hannah: It's so perfect, right? Aaah I'm so excited that I have a full collection again, mine must have gotten left behind when I moved out of my flat ):

    Sarah: Thanks lovely!

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  36. Your style really is beautiful,xx

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  37. Great mix of prints, love!

    Sarah-Leigh x
    http://sarah-leighsstylefiles.blogspot.com/

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  38. love this outfit, the mix of prints work really well, the colours kinda clash a bit - but in a good way!! x

    ceeharvey.blogspot.com
    (p.s, check out my giveaway)

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