Tuesday, 29 July 2014


What is the deal with bagpipes? Is there anyone in the world that enjoys the sound of them - I imagine they were invented as a medieval torture device or perhaps the earliest assisted suicide machine. Just played for lonely women on a cliff until she can take no more screeching and throws herself to the waves below.

I mention bagpipes, as I seem to be confronted with them everytime I try to watch some Commonwealth Games coverage. Switch channels or streams to get away with it and there is another fellow torturing a crowd of people with his pipes. I suppose if it was a choice between that and Rod Stewart again (see the opening ceremony, or better yet don't), I think I would just chop my ears off (maybe eyes would need a poking too if it was Rod). So yes BBC, there is about 10 sports going on at once, I should never have to hear bagpipes.

Anyway, back to the fashion - I picked up this little number from H&M Conscious Collection on eBay a few months ago, for just a few pound and I am super pleased with it. Black may not seem like an appropriate for summer, but I think you can get away with it if you add a few pops of colour like I did with some vibrant nails, a bold crossbody bag and a pink lip.

The floaty skirt is good for getting a little bit of breeze, but not so good if you don't want to flash people at the bus stop, hence the addition of some tights.

Dress, H&M via eBay - Similar Here.

Elegant Touch House of Holland Nails in Tie Dye For - Same Here.

Have any of you guys made some good second hand purchases recently?

Gems x

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  1. Great bargain! I got a beautiful set of watercolours second hand and a great dress! X

  2. Ha a ha I think I'm the only non Scottish person who actually likes bagpipes- I'm enjoying them on the commonwealth coverage. I feel like it's an instrument I can sing too.
    You look beautiful

  3. I love your dress! Looks fab with the tights and jacket! One look at your outfit and I could tell you're a UK blogger :) Love the nails too! BTW what you wrote about bagpipes is hilarious. In India, we have a popular whiskey called bagpiper so that's all we can relate to! haha

  4. This dress is so beautiful, one of my favourites of yours. Your nails look perfect, I need that design in my life. I agree about the bagpipes. I have heard a lot of them lately and finding it very frustrating. Actually I am watching the commonwealth games right now while commenting on blogs.

  5. The dress is so unusual, and completely stunning! What a great find. I am absolutely hopeless at second hand purchases. Totally agree re the bagpipes. Ugh! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  6. Wow, what a bargain! It fits you perfectly. I really liked that H&M range. :)

    Tara x

  7. Hahah, I hate bagpipes, except when they're in heavy metal music :D We have a band here in Bulgaria, that kicks ass with bagpipes. You should totally have a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7jY919-mAE
    Btw I love your hairdo here! It's so pretty and goes great with the dress!

  8. I hate bagpipes too, so annoying! Love your dress though, it's super cute x

    Josie’s Journal

  9. Oh wow, wow, wow! This dress is just stunning on you Gems! I love the leather panel and also adore how it's pretty yet toughened up with the design. Gorgeous! Your nails are just awesome, you are the best at opting for jazzy, creative nail art, this divine print being no exception <3

    Eurgh, feel you on old plant pot head. Why DID Kelly Jones and the 'phonics ever decide to collaborate with him?! :| And bagpipes just make me want to retch too haha, so with you there as well ;)

    Sophie | soinspo xo

  10. Unfortunately I haven't found anything good and secondhand recently. Your dress looks great. Black is a summer colour, why not?



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