AWOL.

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Hey everyone,

Just a heads up I may be disappearing for a little while again, as my laptop is once more on the blink!
You're all very welcome to follow me on Twitter in the meantime.

Muchos love,
MessyCarla.

Catching Up.

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Hey everyone,

Gosh I take a 20-day hiatus, and it feels like I've been gone forever!
May has unsurprisingly been a very busy month - I've been working hard while squeezing in a birthday and trip to London (just!).

So I return with an outfit post, which I'm trying to get on top of posting again.
Especially as I've been shopping a lot lately. Naughty.

I don't know why I haven't posted about this dress before.
I've had it for about a year, and it's from Primark via Ebay for a fraction of the price.

It's another of those magic dresses that seem to go with anything and everything!
So easy to dress down with a cardigan for shopping or a cheeky trip to the beach (see below) - or to dress UP with heels and lipstick:



DRESS: Primark.
BELT: New Look.
NECKLACE: Dorothy Perkins.
SHOES: Primark.
POINT OF FASHION: Shopping.

As I've been away for a few weeks, I figured I'd post some pictures from my 365 Days mini blog to give you a crash course in the not-so-exciting life of Carla:

















1: After a particularly hard shift at work, I made one of my favourite comfort foods: Mac N' Cheese.

2: Me and Sam went for a wander around South Shields, as she'd never been back since being born there. We went to the beach, and caused havok in the arcade.
I love how the funfair hasn't changed since the mid-80s. It's quite charming and kitsch.

3: I love my new green belt from ASOS Curve with my flamingo necklace from Topshop. Flamingos are one of my favourite animals (alongside pandas, penguins and seals) and while browsing YouTube I came across a video of their mating dance which is the animal world's equivalent of a mosh pit. I actually couldn't stop laughing!

4: It was my birthday on May 12th, but as I was in London I got to open my presents a day early! My parents were very kind and bought me some fugly/amazing platforms from Office, baking stuff, The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook, an Alexander McQueen-esque scarf, a necklace from Dorothy Perkins and some chocolate covered popcorn.
My sister got me cocktail themed presents - including a shaker and a mini bottle of Cointreau.

5: I spent my birthday in London with some fabulous bloggers for the Evans Press Day. We found out a very exciting secret mission, but it's all a bit hush-hush at the moment, sorry! Afterwards we went to Fire & Stone for amazing pizzas then me and Lauren went to Claire's to chillax before I got my train home.
Claire's house is ace - she has so much cat memorabilia which I approve of, being a crazy cat lady myself, plus of course lots of relics from her years living in Japan! Her husband is adorable too.

6: I finally saw Despicable Me, and like Agnes I love unicorns too - so couldn't resist snapping a picture with my own unicorn, Brian. Yes, I really am 22.

7: I tried making sushi for the first time, and although it was yummy it of course all fell apart when I picked it up. My dad had another go and was of course a bloody natural. Cleverclogs.


And finally I leave you with a blooper from today.
I like to call this one: "Wind. I Hate Thee."



FUFUFUFUFUFU.
Also check out my hawttt roots!


Muchos love,
MessyCarla.

Outfit Post: The Magic Dress.

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Hey everyone,

Today I wore my 'magic dress.'I got it in the sale last year at River Island for my 21st birthday, and is the peice I picked out of my wardrobe whenever I'm having an 'UNGHHHHHHH!' day when it comes to everything else I own.

It's magic in the sense that it's suitable for basically any time of the day.
I've dressed it down with a denim jacket and flats during the day, a crop cardigan and brogues for a pub date (see below), and with high heels and a sweep of lipstick for night time.

There's holes on the waist where I've been overzealous in putting my belts on (aren't we all...?) and the dainty buttons at the back are fraying and coming off.
But it's a tough little cookie!

(However if anybody comes across a size 16 or 18 in a blog sale or Ebay - do let me know. Y'know, just in case...)

DRESS: River Island.
TOP (underneath): Topshop.
NECKLACE: Dorothy Perkins.
EARRINGS: River Island.
BELT: New Look.
SHOES: Primark.
POINT OF FASHION: The Magic Dress.


River Island earrings.
Hello, my name is Pat Butcher.


My bestie Hattie was home for Easter, so we got up to our usual shenanigans.
We had a few cold frosty ones at our local, then we both had cravings for chicken wings so we heading into town for a the Nando's wheel of wings. White trash, much?





1: Hattie got her nickname because she used to come to college in a seemingly endless selection of hats. She seemed to have taken a break from wearing them, but turned up in a green baseball hat that made her look what would happen if a mermaid came to shore and got a job as a trucker. (Hattie's real name is Rachel, FYI.)
2: The Only Way Is Hebburn. Keepin' it classy as per usual. With my Beth Ditto cardigan thrown over my shoulders and my new shades from Dorothy Perkins.

3: We are all still working our way through the mountain of Easter treats that has been leftover. I like that around this time of year, chocolate comes in the shape of various woodland creatures.


In other news, the country (and the rest of the world?) is still reeling from the Royal Wedding.
I'm not usually into anything to do with the Royal Family, although I did get to watch most of it before I went to work.

The lovely lovelies at TeaPlease.co.uk know how much love I have for a certain ginger prince - so they were kind enough to send me this necklace:



I really, really do!

Seriously, everywhere has exploded with the Harry love, right? Especially on Tumblr...

Finally, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to draw a winner for the Modalu handbag, but I honestly haven't had a spare moment to count all the entries properly until today.
So I'm happy to announce that the winner is....

*drumroll*

Miss Katie!

Congratulations!
I've popped your details over to the girls at ShopALike who will be happy to get your prize out to you soon!

Thanks for everyone who entered - I'm so pleased there was a fantastic response.
I already have a few more giveaways in the pipeline, so stay tuned!


Muchos love,
MessyCarla.